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April 2013 Archives

Stephen Blais gets his swing back

Hallie speaks to city councillor, Stephen Blais, about the heart attack that almost killed him in January and how he's starting to get his golf swing back.



Cub Reporter

Hallie interviews, and gets interviewed by ten-year-old cub reporter, Jonah Leinwand.



We Day

Hallie Cotnam speaks to Craig Kielburger, about his national youth activism event, "We Day".



Kanata Shepherds


CBC's Denise Fung meets with staff and residents of the Shepherds of Good Hope supportive living program, who are preparing to move out to Kanata in June.



Abraar School

Hallie Cotnam reports from Ottawa's number one rated elementary: Abraar School.


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Trudeau Auctioneer

Robyn meets Kent Browne, the man who auctioned off Justin Trudeau.





Amanda Putz's Music Column

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for amandaputz3.jpgAmanda Putz shares her music picks from the opening weekend of the Northern Scene festival.


Jim Bryson , Jenn Grant, Kellylee Evans, Measha Brueggergosman, The Acorn as part of Writers Fest @ Knox Presbyterian Church  120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Northern Scene
John Carrol @ Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield)
SHOTGUN JIMMIE (Record Release for "Everything Everything") + special guest Chris Page (Arboretum Arts Festival presents) @ Raw Sugar Cafe 8pm doors - 9pm start - $8

Tom Wilson & Lee Harvey Osmond @ The Black Sheep

Grassroots Fest:
Sat:  7:30 Ana Miura & Amanda Rheaume opener,
         8:00 Suzie Vinnick & Wendell Ferguson
Sun: 7:30 Kids from the Childrens' Songwriting Activity perform their song with Missy Burgess
         7:45 Weekend Choir with Andy Rush
         8:15 Big Soul Project Community Gospel Choir and Band
The Wild Vines for April 27 @ Luneta Bistro
Kobo Town (CD release tour) @ Ritual Nightclub
Victor Nesrallah special guest at The ALLAIRE SHOW @ Quinn's Ale House - weekly singer/songwriter matinee series 3pm-5pm (1070 Bank St. near Sunnyside in Ottawa) and features John with a different songwriter each week!
Musical performance by exciting young Brazilian singer/songwriter Rommel Ribeiro, nominated by Radio-Canada for its "Revelation 2012-13" award.  Ribeiro was the opening act for Brazil legend Gilberto Gil in his recent appearance in Canada.
Professional salsa dancers will perform and then invite the audience to participate in a class to learn a few basic steps.
Not your usual rubber chicken fare. The buffet dinner features Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. The embassies of Peru, Guatemala and Haiti will also donate typical appetizers from their respective countries. Only $60 a ticket! (**ONLY ADV TICKETS, NO DOOR)

**CANCELLED due to illness! Corin Raymond @ Black Sheep (great story about Cdn Tire money to make double-CD of old Cdn folk songs) 8 pm
Ball & Chain and The Wreckers @ Westboro Masonic Hall,  3 pm, dance lessons 3:15

Sunshine Bakery

Hallie Cotnam reports on the Sunshine Bakery at The Royal where in-patients and out-patients at the mental health centre earn catering credentials, and learn how to make a mean chocolate chip cookie.


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Food Truck Re-fitter

Hallie Cotnam reports back from Alexandria, where local businessman, Terry Sauve, is riding the food truck wave.

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Crisis Responder

Robyn speaks to Kevin Cameron, a crisis responder, about the lessons he has learned from dealing with school shootings like the one in Taber, Alberta.



Far-flung School Trips


Ottawa Morning's Education columnist, Joel Westheimer, debates the pros and cons of expensive school trips to far-away places.



What Lies Beneath

Robyn speaks to Scott Tweedie of Parks Canada about the weird and wonderful discoveries he's made over the years at the bottom of the Rideau Canal.


Girl Rising

Robyn speaks to a documentary film maker and an Ethiopian novelist about "Girl Rising": a story about nine girls in nine developing countries, all fighting to stay in school.



Larry O'Brien

Robyn speaks to the former Mayor of Ottawa, Larry O'Brien about business, politics and life after City Hall.



Jack and Greg

Hallie Cotnam relays the heart-warming story of two guys, a stolen bike, and an OC Transpo bus. Meet Jack and Greg.



Municipal affairs panel talks baseball and Presto

Ottawa has its field of dreams. But the team won't be coming this year, and probably not next summer, either. Robyn discusses this and other stories with the Ottawa Citizen's Joanne Chianello and CBC Ottawa's Alistair Steele:


Jessa's Picks

 Jessa Runciman steps in for Amanda Putz and tells Robyn about some of the best music playing in Ottawa this weekend:


Telling children about the Boston bombings

The images from the Boston Marathon explosions are graphic and the accounts are chilling. Robyn speaks to two mothers with differing views on whether children should be exposed to this kind of news:


Tom McSorley's film pick

Robyn speaks to our resident film critic Tom McSorley about "The Place Beyond The Pines," starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper: 


Ottawa runners tell their stories from the Boston bombings

Over 100 runners from Ottawa participated in the Boston Marathon. Some of them narrowly missing the blasts that killed three people and injured over 140. We spoke to two people who were in Boston for the race, as well as the head of Ottawa's race weekend:


Twitter ban in Quebec courts

In Quebec, a panel of judges outlawed Twitter in the courtroom, along with text messages and emails. Sebastien Grammond is the Dean of Civil Law at the University of Ottawa. And Pierre Jury writes editorials for Le Droit. Robyn spoke to them about the decision:


Perth man rescues young girl in France

A Perth, Ont. man is something of a hero in France right now. Last Wednesday, Jack Hurd was driving through a small village near Nantes when he noticed a young girl on the side of the road. She was bound, gagged and in obvious distress. Robyn spoke to Hurd about what happened: 


Celebrating Jackie Robinson

Robyn welcomed Bill Brown, author of "Baseball's Fabulous Montreal Royals," to the studio as they discussed the life of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson:


Photo Gallery from this morning's Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday with NACO principal trumpet Karen Donnelly


What happens when a super talented orchestra musician takes over hosting duties from Robyn on Ottawa Morning? Not what you might think. Give it a listen:


Here's Part Two:


We'll post more photos this afternoon!

Should NHL players be allowed to play in the Sochi Olympics?

If you're assuming N-H-L players will be at the upcoming Sochi Olympics, you could be in for disappointment. That's because the league might not let them go. The NHL is meeting with members of the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL Players' Association. To shed some light on the issue, Robyn spoke to the host of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Radio Gord Stellick.


Freaky Friday Sneak Peak

Only one last sleep until our fourth and final Freaky Friday! Tomorrow in the hosting chair we'll have Principal Trumpet for the National Arts Centre Orchestra Karen Donnelly. Joining her in studio as a special guest will be Supreme Court Justice Beverley McLachlin and musical guests Craig Pedersen, Renee Yoxon and Francois Gravel.

Speaking ill of the dead

We're told not to speak ill of the dead. But Margaret Thatcher's death is putting that edict to the test. Her foes have held street parties in Brixton and champagne toasts in Glasgow. And yesterday, many Labour MPs sat out the British parliament's tributes to the former prime minister. Robyn spoke to Carleton University journalism professor Andrew Cohen dropped about the issue.


Amanda's Picks

Our music columnist Amanda Putz drops by with her picks for the weekend...


Guest Kelly Davidson is a breast cancer survivor

Kelly Davidson, breast cancer survivor

Ottawa woman inspires with tattoo photo

Three-time cancer survivor Kelly Davidson drops by the studio to discuss how a photo she posted online has become an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of people. The photo is of her, naked from the waist up, and a tattoo across her chest. She opted for it instead of reconstructive surgery after her double mastectomy:


Tom McSorley Reviews "No"

Even though the 17th Latin American Film Festival ended on Sunday, there's a new film from Chile arriving in Ottawa this coming weekend. Tom McSorley reviews "No."


Paul Anka autobiography and CD out now

Hallie Cotnam visits Paul Anka's old stomping grounds -- and the CBC Ottawa archives -- as he releases a new record and autobiography:


Taking school complaints to the ombudsman

Robyn talks to our education columnist Joel Westheimer about the idea of the province's ombudsman examining school policies:


Last Freaky Friday Guest Announced


This is going to be our last Freaky Friday for a little while and let's just say we're going out on a high note.

Take a listen and meet your Friday guest host:


Teen pimping trial begins

The trial for three teenage girls who allegedly lured and pimped out their friends, online, got underway Monday. Robyn spoke with CBC Ottawa reporter Judy Trinh about the case:


Shattering the wine-glass ceiling

Robyn raises a glass to Ottawa sommeliere Veronique Rivest. She had a podium finish - representing Canada at this year's Best Sommelier in the World competition in Tokyo.



Gallery: Freaky Friday Pt. 3 with Principal Tye

As promised, some pics from today's show.

Older women playing hockey: study

Events such as the IIHF world championships here in Ottawa are leading more young women to hit the ice. But new research by Nipissing University marketing professor Denyse Lafrance Horning, suggests older women are also picking up the sport. Robyn spoke to the rec-hockey playing professor about the study.


Freaky Friday Pt. 3: Welcome Principal Tye!

Today, Principal Laurel Tye was in the Ottawa Morning hosting chair. 

She was joined in studio by guest Charles Austin, former principal of Pinecrest Public School. Austin was a mentor for Tye as she was learning the ropes of being a principal. Also joining Principal Tye in studio was musician Jordan McIntosh, a young up-and-coming musician from Carleton Place.

If you missed it, this segment is definitely worth a listen. We'll have a photo gallery up later this afternoon.

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Part Two:

Principal for a Day - Gallery


This week, Robyn spent a day as Principal at York Street Public School.

Robyn's day was filled with meeting students, reading stories, and learning what it's like to preside over a community of students ranging from kindergarten to grade eight. From what we saw, Principal Tye leads by encouraging and uplifting her students. The word "love" seems to have great prominence in her lexicon.

Hear about Robyn's day as Principal tomorrow on Ottawa Morning, starting at 5:30 a.m. on 91.5 FM. Principal Tye will be in studio between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to guest host the show.

As our listeners are probably well-aware - Robyn has spent the past several weeks living a day in the lives of various people in the community. First, she gave being a church minister a shot. The following week, Mayor Jim Watson was kind enough to let her spend a day as Mayor of Ottawa.

Police chief reacts to Desjourdy verdict

Robyn speaks to police chief Charles Bordeleau after a high-profile, strip-search trial ends with a not guilty verdict for an Ottawa cop.

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Amanda's Picks

A weekend's worth of fantastic music, curated by our own Amanda Putz:

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Freaky Friday Preview: Principal for a Day

Women's hockey rewind

In 1990, Ottawa hosted the first-ever women's world hockey championships.Now, it's once again the host of the women's world hockey finals -- but a lot has changed about the game in those two decades. Robyn makes the comparison with Kim Ratushny, who played for Team Canada back in 1990, and Murray Costello, the former head of Hockey Canada. 

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Tom McSorley reviews "Barbara"

41891363606785.jpgLife isn't easy when you're Barbara Wolff. She's the leading lady in a film set in communist East Germany. Ottawa Morning's film critic, Tom McSorley, tells Robyn about the film and its heroine.

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The Edward Curtis Project

Edward Curtis was an American who photographed Native tribes at the turn of the twentieth century. Now, playwright Marie Clements -- who is part Metis and part Dene -- has re-documented the lives of the people in those communities. Hallie talks to her about the project.

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Meet the new CEO of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce...

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Ottawa is often dubbed a sleepy government town -- but the new CEO of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce is hoping to change that image. Hallie speaks to Ian Faris at the start of his first day on the job. 

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