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February 2014 Archives

Kidney donation saves friend

KIDNEY.JPGSue speaks with two friends who are about to go into surgery together.  Stephen Evans has been diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. 
Andy Bowers is donating one of his kidneys to save his friend.  They started a Facebook page called Sign of a Hero to spread awareness about organ donation.
 
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Homerun-Canada Reads "Half-Blood Blues" special

suedon better.jpg On Wednesday February 26th Sue Smith and the Homerun team were live from Indigo Books with Donovan Bailey. The Olympic champion is defending the book Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyen in this year's Canada Reads competition.  During the show we looked at Montreal's special relationship with jazz and examined issues around identity and race with members of Montreal's black community.  Click below to hear our conversations featuring live music from Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Shrofel.

 

Little Burgundy jazz
Felix award-winning drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Anne Rockhead, the daughter-in-law of Rufus Rockhead who owned Rockead's Paradise, and local tap dancer and choreographer Ethel Bruneau. 

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Montreal's jazz community today
Dave Turner, Chet Doxas, and Dawn Tyler Watson.

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Stereotypes in the spotlight
Rapper and poet Cadence Weapon, singer Murray Lightburn of The Dears, and former-NHLer Georges Laraque.

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"Half-Blood" perspective
David Shelton, Abisara Machold, and Tracy Biddle.

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Montreal's black community
Fabienne Colas of Montreal International Black Film Festival, Frances Waithe of the DESTA Black Youth Network, and Trevor Williams of the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation.

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Quebec government combats homelessness

Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection Veronique Hivon announced a new policy to address the homelessness problem in the province. Sue speaks with Minister Hivon and Matthew Pearce, the Director General of Montreal's Old Brewery Mission.

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Knitting for Haitian schoolchildren

Knit.jpgTwo students at Dorset Elementary in Baie-D'Urfé are knitting dishcloths to raise money for a school in the Dominican Republic. We speak with knitter Isabel Szollosy, and Kate Bateman, founder of the school for Haitian children in the Dominican Republic.

 

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Underground chef at Montreal Highlights Festival

Photo - BARZELAY, David.JPGChef David Barzelay is the brainchild behind the "underground" restaurant Lazy Bear in San Francisco. Sue speaks with Barzelay about his guest spot at this year's Montreal Highlights Festival.
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Melanie Joly at Liberal Party Convention

Thumbnail image for hi-joly2-8col.jpgMelanie Joly made her case for Montreal to the Federal Liberal Conference where she moderated a panel. Joly is planning to run for mayor in Montreal in 2017.
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Montreal celebrates Carey Price's shut out

price.jpgMontreal Canadiens' goalie Carey Price shut out the Americans in the semi final game in Sochi. They will be playing Sweden in the gold medal final this Sunday. Here is how Montrealers are celebrating. (Photo courtesy of Gary Hershorn/Reuters)
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CBC breaks down the PQ Budget

CBC's Bernard St-Laurent and Shawn Lyons join Sue on Homerun to breakdown the PQ budget and let you know what it means for you. 

 

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Montreal Stars celebrate Canada's gold

hockey.jpgLisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux is a former captain of the Montreal Stars. Seven of her Stars team-mates are on the Women's Olympic Hockey team. She spoke with Sue Smith after the gold medal game.
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Quebec federation of nurses proposes fix for health care system

Quebec federation of nurses is proposing small, not-for-profit clinics without doctors. CBC's Steve Rukavina joined Sue Smith in studio with more details. 
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Mike from Mile End died in hospital

photo[1].JPGWho was Mike? "You get different stories from different people," says CBC's David Gutnick, "he was one of those people who just had myths around him." The man who was an institution in Mile End died February 11th in hospital. CBC's David Gutnick joined Sue Smith with Mike's story.
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Technology Analyst says social media is changing the face of micro-aggression

"A micro aggression is much more subtle. A subtle form of racism that can be unintentional," says technology analyst and journalist, Carmi Levy. Levy spoke with Sue Smith on Homerun about an email circulated at McGill University.
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Double Hook bookstore owner, Judith Mappin, dies at 85

"She was a wonderfully kind and gentle person," says Terry Rigelhof his longtime friend Judith Mappin who died February 14, 2014. Rigelhof, a retired Dawson professor and author, spoke with Sue Smith on Homerun. 
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Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne on her work in Haiti

li-regine-win.jpgRégine Chassagne of Arcade Fire sat down with arts reporter Pierre Landry. She says helping others has always been a part of her life, it was something she learned at home. 

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Régine on the paradox of leaving Los Angeles after Arcade Fire's Grammy win and flying directly to Haiti.

 

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And here is what Arcade Fire is up to next.

 

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Liberal MP defends Andrew Leslie's moving expenses

andrew-leslie.jpgLiberal MP for Westmount and Ville-Marie, Marc Garneau, comes to former general Andrew Leslie's defence over Leslie's moving expenses. That conversation with Sue Smith on Homerun.
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New movies this weekend: a throwback

robocop.jpgHomerun has a new film reviewer: Eli Glasner. He joins Sue Smith to talk about two movies that are new in theatres but are a throwback to the 80s. He will be with us every Friday bringing you the weekend's newest movies. 
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Heritage Montreal to fight Redpath mansion demolition

redpath-home-demolition.JPGHeritage Montreal is still trying to save the Redpath mansion even though Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has okayed the demolition. Heritage Montreal is taking the matter to the province. Dinu Bumbary speaks with Sue Smith on Homerun.
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Craftyhearts: spreading the love

crafty_hearts[2].JPGValentine's Day isn't just about romance. Montrealer Marites Carino is the co-founder of Craftyhearts. They're doing their best to bring Valentine's cards to the entire city.
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EMSB at secular charter hearings

drainville.jpgAs English Montreal School Board prepares to appear at the secular charter hearings in Quebec City, the Chair Angela Mancini speaks with Homerun's Sue Smith. Mancini says the EMSB will take all legal recourses necessary to fight the bill.
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"Takedown: The DNA of GSP"

gsp.jpgHomerun arts reporter Pierre Landry saw this new documentary about the life of Georges St-Pierre during the height of his career. He sat down with the directors Kristan Manchester and Peter Svatek.
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Romantimatic: scheduling your love life

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Homerun tech columnist Dan Misener spoke with Sue Smith about the new iPhone app that reminds you to send sweet nothings to your mate just in time for Valentine's Day. 
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New album from Sam Roberts Band

photo[1].JPGThe Montreal-based band will release their new album Lo-Fantasy tomorrow. Homerun's arts reporter, Pierre Landry, spoke with Sam Roberts about exploring new sounds like dance music.
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Bilodeau wins gold

bilodeau-940.jpgAlexandre Bilodeau's friend Jean-Francois Montcalm speaks with Homerun's Sue Smith about his friend's gold medal win in moguls.

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SAQ raises wine prices to follow inflation

saq-wine.jpgEvery February, the SAQ raises the price of a bottle by 5-cents to account for inflation.

This year, it's also allowing producers to raise the price they charge the SAQ.

Wine writer Natalie MacLean weighs in.

  

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Dan Aykroyd in Montreal

Actor Dan Aykroyd is in town to promote his Crystal Head Vodka. He talks to Homerun's Pierre Landry.

 

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Erik Guay's parents talk Sochi

Jacquie Czernin, host of CBC's Breakaway, headed to Mont Tremblant to meet with the parents of one of the best skiers on the globe. Conrad and Ellen Guay are hopeful their son Erik will break Canada's 20 year medal drought in alpine skiing. Guay.jpg
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Rainbow flag to fly at City Hall

Montreal and other Canadian cities are taking a stand against Russia's anti-gay law by flying the gay pride flag during the Olympics. Sue speaks with Renaud Paquin, a student at UQAM who helped organize a demonstration to protest the Russian law. rainbow flag.jpg
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Project Pal on shooting death

project PAL.JPGWe're learning more about Alain Magloire, the Montreal man who was shot and killed by police Monday. The 41-year-old studied biochemistry, worked in a lab and had two daughters. He also suffered from mental illness. Homerun checks in with Project Pal, a non-profit organization that works to integrate people who struggle with mental issues into the community. Sue Smith speaks to coordinator Angela Murphy and members Bobby McGuire and Robert Aelick. 

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Liberal MP Irwin Cotler not running in next election

irwin-cotler.jpgThe long-time human rights activist and former justice minister talks to Homerun's Sue Smith.
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Bitcoin ATM in Montreal

bitcoinimages.jpgMontreal now has an ATM for the virtual currency Bitcoin. But authorities are warning people not to open up their wallets too quickly. Technology analyst Carmi Levy speaks to Sue Smith.
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Police shoot man in downtown Montreal

witness.jpgA man has died after being shot by police outside Montreal's central bus station. Steve Rukavina spoke to a witness who says the man may have been wielding a hammer.
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Heart and Stroke Foundation poll

doc.jpgHomerun speaks to Montreal cardiologist Dr. George Honos about a new poll that suggests more Canadians are surviving heart attacks and strokes. The poll also found that many survivors are not making healthy changes.
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