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November 2013 Archives

Quebec Wines

The Quebec government announced it will make more Quebec wines available at the SAQ. It's all part of a food sovereignty plan that emphasizes buying local. Sue Smith talks to wine producer Denis Paradis from Domaine du Ridge.

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Richler Reading Room

Mordecai 002.jpgThere's a new Mordecai Richler Reading Room at Concordia. It's a new space that has Richler's desk, writing chair, some of his private papers, books and mementos, as well as an ashtray. Homerun's Pierre Landry spoke to Richler's wife Florence and son Jacob.

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Black widow spider found in grapes

spider.JPGLasalle resident Greg Lalonde found a black widow spider in a bag of grapes. Arachnologist Christopher Buddle says it's not uncommon to find spiders in grapes.
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25-year-old heart disease survivor raising awareness

christine.jpg"Without your health you can't do anything you love," says 25-year-old heart disease survivor Christine Trinh. She is dancing to raise awareness about heart disease among young people.
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Iranian Montrealers disappointed with Canada

iranians.jpg"Canada was always the country that brought peace and dialogue. But sanctions don't promote dialogue," says Katayoun Sheybani. Iranian Montrealers Sheybani and Eiman Sadegh say they're disappointed Canada is maintaining sanctions against Iran, despite a deal reached with the U.S.

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10-year-old activist at We Day Montreal

hannah.jpg "You are never too young to change the world. Find your spark and start it," says Hannah Alper, 10. Today, she shared her passion with thousands of students at We Day Montreal.
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Comedian writes her own charter

Jess.jpgQuebec's proposed secular charter has created divisions across the province. Some say it will protect us from fundamentalism. Others, say is it breeds intolerance. Today comedian Jess Salomon published one of her own. 

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Mylène Paquette on facing her fears

mylen.JPGMylène Paquette tells Sue how a little girl at Ste-Justine Hospital inspired her to face her fears and row across the Atlantic Ocean. She is the first North American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, from west to east.
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Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon dies

maddog.jpg"There's never going to be another Mad Dog, that's for sure. It's a big big loss for wrestling fans in Montreal," says Quebec wrester Jacques Rougeau about the death of Maurice Vachon. He was 84 years old.
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Challenging the definition of gender

gab.JPG Gabrielle Bouchard with the Centre for Gender Advocacy is hoping politicians will modify the Quebec Civil Code so trans men and women have an easier time being legally recognized as their chosen gender.
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Montrealers raise more than 50K for smartwatch

neptune.JPG In less than 24 hours, Simon Tian and Aaron Wilkinsis of Neptune Computer Inc. raised more than $50,000 to create their Neptune Pine smartwatch.
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Difficulties for anglophone seniors

graham.JPG Graham Fraser, the official languages commissioner, speaks to Homerun about his concerns for English-speaking seniors in Quebec and the barriers they face when accessing health care services.
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Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli inspires entrepreneurs

lazylegs.JPG "Do what you love," says ILL-Abilities founder Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli. The break dancer shared his advice at Dawson College's entrepreneurship week.
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Feminism today

feminists.JPG Feminists from across Quebec are in Montreal for a four-day gathering, the first of its kind in more than 20 years. Organizers Alexa Conradi and Delice Mugabo say women will discuss the divisive secular charter, among other things.
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Laval teens face pornography charges

The ten Laval teens charged today with child pornography related charges used an app called Snapchat to share photos, including screen-grabs of each others' girlfriends. Listen to Homerun host Sue Smith's conversation with Alissa Sklar, a technology and education consultant. She works with school boards to educate parents and teachers on the use of technology.

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New taxi app hits Montreal

hailo.JPG Hailo is a new app that connects passengers with the nearest taxi driver and lets them rate each other. Hailo co-founder Russell Hall stopped by the Homerun studio to explain how it works.
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Montrealer helping in the Philippines

PhotoNMacIsaac.jpg Norman MacIsaac, executive director of the Montreal-based international aid group Léger Foundation, is headed to the worst hit areas of the Philippines to help deliver clean drinking water.
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Maternal exercise improves baby brain health

dr. ellenberg.JPG Université de Montréal professor Dr. Dave Ellemberg says maternal exercise improves infant health. The study found that as little as 20 minutes of exercise a day, three times a week, can boost a newborn's brain development.
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Sikh doctor 'hurt' by secular charter

saluja625.jpg "I'm not only tired but I'm hurt," says emergency room doctor Sanjeet Singh Saluja. He says he will leave Quebec if the secular charter becomes law.
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The secular charter and the hijab

charte.JPGTwo Muslim-born women on opposing sides of the secular charter debate explain their views on the proposed legislation and the meaning of the hijab. 

"I'm sad that we have a piece of legislation that actively discriminates against Muslims," says Humera Jabir. "The veil is stained with blood. Women die because they don't want to wear it," says Leila Bensalem. 

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Religious leaders on secular charter

panl.JPGRabbi Chaim Steinmetz says he's disappointed by the PQ's secular charter. Anglican Reverend Joyce Sanchez says the charter will "destroy Quebec society." 

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Temple Grandin on autism

temple.JPGThe world's best-known person with autism, Temple Grandin, joins Sue Smith in studio to talk about the importance of awareness and early intervention for children with autism.

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Governor General David Johnston in studio

govgen2.JPG Governor General David Johnston wants Canadians to give back to their communities. He spoke to Sue Smith about the launch of the My Giving Moment campaign.
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First Hasidic women elected borough councillor

mindy.jpg Mindy Pollak, 24, is the first Hasidic woman to be elected borough councillor in Montreal. Sue Smith speaks to two women from the Hasidic community, Rivka Ringo and Malkie Farkash, who say they're happy to have represententation in municipal politics. [
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The lighter side: Cartoonists on Montreal's election

catoon IMG_6241 (2).JPGMontreal Gazette cartoonist Terry Mosher (Aislin) and La Presse cartoonist Serge Chapleau join Sue Smith in the Homerun studio. They say Montreal politicians provide "fantastic" comedic material. 

 

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