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Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador on the call that led to the removal of a priest from a PEI parish / Canadian astronomers excited about new radio telescope in South America / Phone-in: Jason Brown on math & statistics in daily life

Who Knew What And When ? More details are emerging about the sequence of events that led to the removal of a Catholic priest from his parish on Prince Edward Island. Rev. George Smith was working at St. Malachy's Church in Kinkora, but has now been removed from his duties because of an allegation of sexual abuse. The allegation was made in mid-May by a man who contacted the Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador. The man - who did not give his name - told Bishop Douglas Crosby that Father Smith had touched him inappropriately while he was parish priest in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Father Smith served there from 1986 to 1991. Bishop Crosby spoke with Ramona Dearing, the host of the CBC Radio Noon show in St John's, about the call he received.

The Bishop of Charlottetown, Richard Grecco, confirmed to CBC News that he had received a call from the diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador informing him that an allegation of abuse had been received about George Smith. He says he's shocked and saddened but does not know if the police are involved at this point.

Star-struck: Doug Johnstone sees stars every night. Actually, that's in his job description. Dr Johnstone is an astronomer at Canada's Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics operated by the National Research Council. The Institute is this country's gateway to the stars - it manages Canada's involvement in astronomical observatories in Hawaii and Chile, and makes sure Canadian astronomers have access to world-class facilities.

That includes the laboratory high in the thin air of the Chilean Andes where the billion dollar ALMA telescope is being pieced together. When it's finished, that radio telescope will help unlock the secret of how stars are born - something that fascinates Dr Johnstone. He's in the Maritimes attending a national conference on astronomy, and he explained why he and his colleagues are so excited about ALMA (and if you're in the Halifax area, he's giving a public lecture on Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm in the McNally Auditorium of St Mary's University).

Streaks, Polls, Soup Cans & Math : If you're a sports fan whose favourite player has been on a scoring streak, how likely is it that the streak will continue ? What's the probability of a pollster calling you just as you lift the first spoonful of soup to your mouth ? And speaking of soup, why are there so many different shapes of cans for it ?

These are the kinds of questions that keep Jason Brown's mind ticking all day long. He's a professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University and an avid musician . He's also the author of "Our Days Are Numbered : How Mathematics Orders Our Lives". It was nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Prize for Non-fiction at this year's Atlantic Book Awards.

Dr. Brown answered questions about math and statistics in daily life.


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