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October 2013 Archives

Election spotlight: Laval

For the first time in more than two decades Gilles Vaillancourt is not running for office and Laval residents will have to elect a new mayor. Homerun asks what matters most to people living in Laval. Part 1: Residents residents.JPG Gordon Berry, Ariel Roberge and Kathy Chalikias say their concerns include lack of vision for sports and recreation facilities, environmental issues and english-language services.
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Part 2: Candidates candidates.JPG Laval city councillor candidates share their promises with Sue: Carole Grenier of Parti au Service du Citoyen, Stella Tzintzis of Mouvement Lavallois, Nicholas Katalifos of Action Laval and Tony Valente of Option Laval.
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New sexual assault suit against Quebec Catholic organization

IMG_6234.jpg Sebastien Richard speaks for a group of victims launching a new class-action lawsuit for sexual assault against minors in Quebec Catholic schools. Last July, the group won an $18-million settlement from the Holy Cross Congregation in a similar suit. "You've got to fight to get your dignity back," says Richard.
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To vote or not to vote?

IMG_6229.jpg Homerun's Sue Smith speaks to Concordia University student Eva Kratochvil who says she doesn't see the point in voting. Writer Toula Foscolos explains why she will be voting.
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CHUM partners with homeless shelter to help mentally ill

door.jpg A unique partnership between the Old Brewery Mission and the French super hospital (CHUM) will provide shelter and a dedicated psychiatric staff to a group of up to ten homeless people.
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Quebec not earthquake-ready

canada-quakes.jpg The vice-president of federal affairs for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Chris White, says an earthquake could cost Quebecers more than 60 billion dollars.
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Arcade Fire's new album

arcade-fire-reflektor-410.jpgArts reporter Pierre Landry sits down with two members of Arcade Fire to discuss their upcoming album.

In part one of his interview, members Richard Reed Parry and Tim Kingsbury discuss the album's new sound.

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In part two, the band talks about the new album's subversive ad campaign.

 

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ELECTIONS 2013: Saint-Lambert

saintlambert residents.jpgWith a municipal election less than a week away, Homerun focuses on the race in the South Shore town of Saint-Lambert.

First we hear from three different residents on the issues that matter to them most in this election.

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It is a heated two way race for mayor on the city's south shore. Philippe Brunet is running for a second term as Mayor of Saint-Lambert. Alain Depatie is running against him. He is the current city councillor for district 7 in St. Lambert.

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Parents calling for more autism services

IMG_6167.jpg Sue Smith speaks to the mother of a five-year-old boy with autism who has been waiting for services for two years. A provincial commission is reviewing how funds are spent on autism services.
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Pop up restaurant

IMG_6164.jpg There's a new pop up restaurant in the Mile End. Chefs Avi Gross-Grand and Luis Tovar are taking over Café Zosha with their locally-sourced vegetarian menu.
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Significant delays at advance polls

ballot-box.jpg Election Montreal spokesperson Pierre Laporte says wait times ranged from 60 to 90 minutes. He says polling stations were unprepared for how many voters turned up.
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The future of arts in Montreal

As we head into the final stretch of the municipal election campaign, culture has emerged as one of the central issues in Montreal. 

Arts community calls for more funding and affordable housing 

arts.jpgThe artistic director of the MainLine Theatre and the Fringe Festival, Amy Blackmore, actress, director, and president of the Toronto Black Film Festival, Fabienne Colas, and photographer and performance artist Paul Litherland join Sue Smith in the Homerun studio. 

 

 

 

 

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Candidates unveil their vision for the future of Montreal's arts culture

culture candidates 001.jpgOne candidate from each of the four parties seeking to govern Montreal join Sue Smith in the Homerun studio. André Picard is a borough councilor candidate in the Jeanne-Mance district of Plateau-Mont-Royal with Marcel Cote's team. 

Marie-Josée Parent is a candidate in the Desmarchais-Crawford district of Verdun with Mélanie Joly. Sterling Downey is running for the same seat with Richard Bergeron's Projet Montreal. And Manon Gauthier is a candidate in the Champlain-L'Ile-des-Sœurs district district in Verdun with Denis Coderre's team.
 
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Mylène Paquette's birthday at sea

mylene.jpg Mylène Paquette speaks to Sue Smith via satellite phone as she celebrates her 35th birthday in a row boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. If she succeeds, Paquette will be the first North American to row across the Atlantic solo.
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Gluten-free trend risky for those with celiac disease

kristen oliver.JPG Homerun's health reporter Morgan Dunlop speaks to Montrealers with celiac disease who have become sick after eating food they thought was gluten-free.
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Skepticism and concern over new Charter report

drainvile.jpegToday PQ minister Bernard Drainville unveiled the results of an online consultation into the proposed charter of values. Listen to Sue Smith's conversation with Haroun Bouazzi who speaks for L'Association des Musulmans des Arabes pour la Laïcité.

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Race heats up in Hudson

hudson mayors.JPGHudson residents say their chief concerns include transparency, financial management at city hall and revitalization of the downtown core. Mayoral candidates Ed Prevost and Jacques Bourgeois take turns telling Sue Smith why they're the person for the job.

 

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François Legault's manifesto

francois legault.JPG The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec has published a book that details his vision for Quebec's future, Cap sur un Québec gagnant: Le Projet Saint-Laurent. He tells Homerun's Sue Smith there is too much focus on the Quebec values charter debate and not enough on the economy.
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Thomas Mulcair in Montreal

MULCAIR.JPGThe leader of the official opposition joined Sue Smith in the Homerun studio to talk about First Nations affairs and the tentative EU-Canada free trade deal. 

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Municipal candidates on transport

TRANSIT EDIT.JPG Candidates from four of the parties seeking to govern Montreal join Homerun's Sue Smith in studio to share their vision for transportation in the city.
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New rules for how much salt you should eat

new salt rules.JPG Hypertension Canada has issued a new sodium intake target. Homerun's health reporter Morgan Dunlop speaks to Dr. Luc Trudeau and dietitian Kim Arrey about what the new target means for people seeking to live a healthy lifestyle.
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What public transit users want

Transit2 001.JPG Homerun hosts three public transit users with varied demands to talk about what promises they want to see from municipal parties ahead of the election. Sue Smith speaks to a member of disability rights group RAPLIQ, Laurent Morissette, the president of transit users advocacy group Transport 2000, Pierre Cardinal, and freelance journalist and blogger Taylor Noakes
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Food bank to use reclaimed food

danny.JPG Today is UN World Food Day, which spotlights food sustainability and nutrition. Homerun speaks to Dany Michaud of the Moisson Montreal food bank about a new pilot project seeking to use reclaimed food.
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Kirkland mayoral candidates

mayors.jpgToday we are focusing on the election race in Kirkland. It's a race between three candidates, including long time mayor John Meaney. Listen to Sue Smith's interview with all three candidates.

 

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Muslim feminist responds to 'Les Janette'

photo muslim.JPGReaction to the open letter today by French media personality Janette Bertrand supporting the secularism charter. Listen to Sue Smith's conversation with McGill University student Humera Jabir who says the hijab should not be used for political reasons.

  

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Kirkland residents panel

photo opanelists.JPGAs the election race heats up in Kirkland, we hear from a panel of residents on the issues that matter to them most.

 

 

 

 

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First-time voters weigh in

voters.JPG Two first-time voters join Sue Smith in the Homerun studio to talk about why they're heading to the polls and what the candidates need to do to win their support.
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Prejudice at the doctor's office

gosh.JPG The head of the Gender Variance Program at the Montreal Children's Hospital, Dr. Shuvo Ghosh, says transgendered people face insensitive, unnecessary questioning and sometimes denied access to treatment. Homerun's health reporter Morgan Dunlop explores the issue.
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Jacques Duchesneau on police corruption

CAQ MNA and former police chief Jacques Duchesneau says corruption allegations facing former high ranking officer Benoit Roberge is a "huge blow" to Montreal police.
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Anna Gainey running for Liberal presidency

gainey.JPG Anna Gainey says she will be the one to win the next federal election for the Liberals. Today, she launches her campaign for presidency of the party.
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Jennifer Heil's big donation

photo (1) jennifer heil.JPGThis week, people around the world will be celebrating the second annual International Day of the Girl. On this occasion, Olympian Jennifer Heil will be donating $1 million to Plan Canada for their "Because I am a Girl" initiative. She was live in the Homerun studio.

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Reaction to the PQ's new economic plan

091130michel-leblanc_41.jpgThe CEO of Montreal's Board of Trade Michel Leblanc tells Homerun's Sue Smith about the "deteriorating confidence" in Montreal's business community and says while the new plan is a good start, it's not enough.
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Idle No More occupation

Thumbnail image for IDLENOMORE.JPGQuebec organizer Melissa Mollen Dupuis on the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation and the overnight occupation planned ahead of National Energy Board hearings on the Enbridge Pipeline Line 9 project.
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Dancing and Parkinson's disease

humphrey.JPG Montrealer Sarah Humphrey says dancing has helped with some of her Parkinson's symptoms. Homerun's health reporter Morgan Dunlop looks at the connection between the disease and dance.
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"Sense of humour kept me sane" says Maziar Bahari

bahari-cp-6918391.jpgJournalist and Concordia University graduate Maziar Bahari spoke to Homerun's Sue Smith about his time in captivity in Iran, and how his story caught the attention of the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rehtaeh Parsons' father speaks out against sexual assault

Glen Canning was in the Homerun studio to raise awareness about bullying in schools and sexual assault. 
His 17 year old daughter Rehtaeh Parsons attempted suicide after pictures of her during an alleged sexual assault circulated online.
Rehtaeh Parsons passed away in April, 2013 after being taken off life support. 
 
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Health report: Talking to Your Doctor

Have you ever wondered how to speak to your doctor? Homerun health reporter Morgan Dunlop speaks to Johns Hopkins University's Dr. Zackary Berger about how to get the most out of your next doctor's visit and why it's important to know what to ask.
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