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C'est la vie


C'est la vie

C'est la vie gives listeners a window into the life of French-speaking Canadians through interviews with people in the news and documentaries from across the country.

Updated: Sundays
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Black dog syndrome

Why do people hold prejudice against black-coloured pets?

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Work clothes

Is your uniform really working for you?

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How to insinuate yourself where you don't belong.

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Director Richard Linklater discusses his groundbreaking film Boyhood, which was shot over a period of 12 years.

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Gilbert Rozon's sense of humour

Gilbert Rozon founded the Just for Laughs festival more than 30 years ago. Discover the source of his sense of humour.

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Remembering the sinking of the Empress of Ireland

One hundred years ago the Empress of Ireland sank in the St-Lawrence River near Rimouski, killing more than 1000 people. Hear from the man who rediscovered the wreck years later, and from descendants of the survivors.

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Quebec's distinct legal system

The Supreme Court of Canada requires three Quebec judges largely because of Quebec's distinct legal system. C'est la vie demystifies Quebec's Civil Code.

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Africans in Northern Quebec

Most immigrants arriving in Quebec move to Montreal. But some African immigrants are settling in Northern Quebec. Find out why.

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Evolution of an activist

She's been a community activist for 30 years, fighting for Montreal's most marginalized citizens. Now Manon Massé has finally made it to Quebec's National Assembly.

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Ginette Reno, the Habs' lucky charm

Singer Ginette Reno has won many awards, but her latest triumph is perhaps the most unexpected. At 68, she's become the lucky charm of the Montreal Canadiens. Meet her again in this 2004 rebroadcast.

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Celebrating Charles Aznavour

The great French-Armenian singer, Charles Aznavour, turns 90 on May 22, 2014. Hear why some Canadians love his music.

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Chef Normand Laprise

Normand Laprise has influenced a generation of chefs in Quebec. Now he is in the running for publishing the best cookbook in the world.

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In praise of poetry

High school students from across the country are reciting poetry. They're doing it in French, in English and sometimes both. Find out why.

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Final Resting Place

Contrary to the past, most Quebecers today choose cremation when they die, and many decide on non-traditional resting places for their ashes. Loreen Pindera brings us the story from the Saguenay region.

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The train to truth and reconciliation

Since 1990 a mural in Edmonton's Grandin station has illustrated the area's French history. But it also upset many Metis and First Nations people. Find out why, and how the communities are healing those wounds.

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The language of hockey

As we enter playoff season, meet the author of a new book which examines the language of hockey in French. Learn how you can say "puck" or "goon", and get some tips for understanding French play-by-play.

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Rowing across the Atlantic

Mylène Paquette rowed across the Atlantic, from Canada to France, in 129 days. She met fair and foul weather, and confronted her worst fear: water.

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Behind the scenes with two political scientists

Antonia Maioni and Pierre Martin are well known analysts of Quebec politics. They also happen to be a couple. Meet them and discover their day to day reality.

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Making French music in Western Canada

Meet two francophone musicians who live and work in western Canada, far from the hub of French music.

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Claude Robinson's long fight

Claude Robinson spent almost two decades of his life fighting infringement of his copyright. But despite the long and bitter battle, he still has faith in humanity.

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Translating Louise Penny

Louise Penny is a NY Times best selling author. She lives in Quebec and writes in English. And now she is also a best selling author in French in Quebec. Find out how that happened.

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Caroline Bisson's Paralympic dream

In 2009 doctors amputated Caroline Bisson's left arm, shoulder and part of her rib cage, to stop the spread of bone cancer. Five years later, she is competing in the Paralympic Games in Sochi.

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Slavery in colonial Canada

Historian George Tombs translated a ground-breaking work that shows that slavery was part of everyday life in Canada, first under the French regime, and then under the British.

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Duchesses return to Quebec's winter carnival

Until the late 90s, Bonhomme Carnaval shared the spotlight of Quebec's winter carnival with seven duchesses. Now those duchesses are back, and they're causing quite a stir.

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Blending languages in "Whitewash"

Meet the bilingual authors of the new Quebec film, "Whitewash". The action is largely in English, but also dips seemlessly into French.

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Edmonton's historic French Quarter

In the final installment of our French Quarter series, we visit Edmonton's historic French Quarter, Grandin.

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Winnipeg's French newspaper

In our continuing French Quarter series, we discover Manitoba's French language weekly newspaper, La Liberté.

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Winnipeg's French Quarter

In our special "French Quarter" series, we visit Winnipeg's French Quarter, St-Boniface.

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