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September 2013 Archives

Boost for Ubisoft

What makes Montreal good for business? Ubisoft CEO Yannis Mallat says he's investing $373-million here because of the "incredible talent."
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Are smart phones making us less human?

A video of comedian Louis C.K on why he won't let his kids have cell phones has gone viral. This on the heels of a study from the University of Montreal which found that over 50% of highschool students have smart phones. Cynthia Savard Saucier is a user experience designer with a Montreal digital agency, and specializes in smart phone behaviour and people's relationship to their smart phones.

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Laval election roundup

Radio-Canada Rive Nord journalist Francis Labbé gives us a roundup of the Laval municipal election, which is turning out to be a hot race with the city voting in the first new mayor in 23 years.

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REPLAY: Sue Smith interviews Denis Brodeur

Denis Brodeur, the father of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and a former team photographer for the Montreal Canadiens, has died. He was 82 years old. Sue Smith had the opportunity to speak to Denis back in May 2012, the night of a big game.

 

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Queen Mary 2 rescues Montreal rower in middle of Atlantic ocean

Listen to Sue Smith's touching conversation with Montreal rower Mylène Paquette and Queen Mary 2 Captain Kevin Oprey. Earlier today, the cruise ship rescued the Montreal rower who is making her way across the Atlantic solo.

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New Peta ad targets schoolchildren

In an effort to drum up dialogue, PETA will be targeting Montreal school-age children in a new ad billboard campaign near schools. Homerun host Sue Smith speaks to a Peta re, and we get reaction from head of a local school board. 
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Maple Syrup heist catches Hollywood's attention

A Quebec story could soon become a big Hollywood Blockbuster. This is the Maple Syrup Heist story that broke this time last year. Anne Sutherland is a Montreal Gazette reporter and her articles about the theft of the maple syrup will serve as the basis for the script. Listen to her conversation with guest host Steve Rukavina.

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Founder of Polaris Music Prize weighs in

Steven Jordan weighs in on the controversial win of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Instead of accepting the prize at a gala event, they wrote a scathing critique of the Polaris prize. Listen to Homerun guest host Steve Rukavina's conversation. 
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Craig Kielburger visits Montreal school

The founder of Free the Children is in Montreal today. He joined Homerun host Sue Smith in studio to discuss his latest series of talks, and weigh in on the Nairobi shopping mall attacks.

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Quebec Women's Federation reacts

The Chair of Quebec's Council on the Status of Women says the government is trying to sway the group's opinion in favour of the Charter. Listen to Sue Smith's conversation with the head of a separate women's group, Alexa Conradi. 
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Olympic speedskater Francois-Louis Tremblay

Today, Canadian speed-skating is losing one of the greats. Francois-Louis Tremblay is originally from Alma, Quebec. Over the past 10 years he has become one of the most decorated male winter athletes in Canada. Listen to his conversation with Sue Smith.

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New urban sprawl report

The PQ government says its worried about young families leaving the island of Montreal. A new report says over the last five years an average of 20,000 people are heading to off-island suburbs each year. Raphael Fischler is the Director of the School of Urban Planning at McGill University. He joined Sue Smith live in studio with his take on the report.

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Should Montreal become its own city state?

Thats one one group of Montrealers are calling for today. Michel David is on the board of Directors of a group called Montreal City State.

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Award-winning author Deborah Ellis

The TD Kids Book Club closes on September 18 at 1pm. Today we spoke with the author of Kids of Kabul, Deborah Ellis. She will be visiting a lucky Montreal-area school and hosting a book club in October.

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Jean-François Lisée on the charter

As the National Assembly resumes, the debate over the Quebec Charter of Values continues. Listen to Sue Smith's conversation with the Quebec Minister responsible for Montreal, Jean-François Lisée.

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Quebec Charter of Values discussion

On Monday, Homerun hosted a special hour-long panel debate about the proposed charter of Quebec values.

You can replay the live chat event here

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CAQ calls charter "too radical"

Coalition Avenir Quebec MNA Nathalie Roy tell's Homerun's Sue Smith Quebec's proposed values charter is "too radical." The charter includes a ban on many religious symbols worn by public employees.
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Josée Duplessis steps back

The head of Montreal's executive committee, Josée Duplessis, says she will not run again after two terms in city council. She says she will not try to "cling" to power, and instead create room for new representation.
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Lindsay Place Eagles

It's taken 20 years but tonight football is back at Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire. Jordan Coones is the head coach of The Lindsay Place Eagles. He talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.
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Louise Penny about to be #1 NY Times bestseller

Louise Penny talks to Homerun's Sue Smith about her latest novel, How The Light Gets In. It's set to debut at the top spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
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The PQ, one year later

The Parti Québécois government turns one year old today. Sue Smith checks in with the minister responsible for Montreal, Jean-François Lisée.
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Charbonneau commission resumes

CBC legal affairs reporter Ivan Slobod reviews the first day back at the Charbonneau commission after summer break, including testimony from AECOM executive Marc-Andre Gélinas who detailed an elaborate price-fixing scheme between four engineering firms in Gatineau, Que.

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