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November 2010 Archives

Phone In: WikiLeaks

Embarrassing contents of American diplomatic messages were released this week on WikiLeaks.

It raises the question of which value takes precedence: freedom of the press and the free exchange of ideas,  or the need for states to ensure their national security?

Are the leaks good or bad for democracy and world politics?

Hear comments from our listeners and Bernard St-Laurent's interview with Raymond Chretien, a former ambassador to the United States and France who is now strategic partner with the law firm Fasken Martineau.

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Radio Noon Farm Panel

Every week, the Radio Noon Farm Panel discusses agricultural issues in the province.
Bob Laberge is a beef and sheep producer in Danville in the Eastern Townships.
Hugh Maynard is a specialist in agricultural communications and rural development and lives in Ormstown
Jeannie Neveu is away this week.

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Phone-In: Is Hydro Quebec too tough on people who can't pay their bills?

As of Wednesday, Hydro Quebec can no longer cut power to customers who are behind in paying their bill, because the law obliges the utility to provide power for heat in the winter months.
But a coalition of consumer groups in Quebec is accusing the utillity of being overly agressive in their bill collection.
More than 35-thousand people had their power cut off this year. That's twice as many as last year.
Is Hydro Quebec being too tough on people who can't pay their bill?
Listen to the phone-in.

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Phone-in On Buy Nothing Day

It's Black Friday in the United States. One of the biggest shopping days of the year. But today is also International Buy Nothing Day. A day of protest against over-consumption ...

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Interview With Marie Blais On The Manifesto For Quebec Universities

A coalition of teachers, professionals and student organizations released a document they say will show a new direction for universities in Quebec ...... In the "Manifesto for Quebec Universities", the groups demand a freeze on tuition fees and more focus on the humanities and research in post-secondary institutions. They want to see a reduction in private-sector funding for universities. Marie Blais is vice-president of the Federation nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Quebec ........

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Interview On The CMHC's Annual Housing Outlook

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its annual housing outlook today and there is lots to think about for homeowners across Quebec and in the Montreal region in particular .....

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Radio Noon Farm Panel - Nov. 23, 2010

Jeannie, Bob and Hugh talk about melatonin in milk, Quebec winners at the Royal Winter Fair, and the latest in dairy herd management technology - a rotary robotic milker ...
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The Case Of Sheila Gauthier: The Employment And Solidarity Ministry Responds

Yesterday we told you the story of Sheila Gauthier. She's the 48-year-old single mother who worked hard to get off welfare. She's supporting three children working as a cashier at a Jean Coutu. But the government department in charge of welfare is forcing her ex- husband to sue her for child support. We speak with Nicolas Murgia, press secretary for employment and solidarity minister Julie Boulet ...

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Interview With Gilbert Lavoie, Political Columnist With Le Soleil

Demonstrations against Jean Charest and his Liberal government are being held across Quebec today. Le Soleil political columnist Gilbert Lavoie gives us his take on the importance of the protest movement and the ability of the Charest administration to weather the storm ...
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Interview with Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy

Pope Benedict XVI may be softening the Catholic Church's position on the use of condoms. Benedict said in an interview that for some people, such as male prostitutes, using condoms could show moral responsibility because the intent is to reduce infection and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy is a MUHC clinician and researcher in Hematology and Immunology at the Research Insitute of the MUHC ..........

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Phone-in: Is It Unfair For The Government To Force Sheila Gauthier's Ex-Husband To Take Her To Court Or Is It A Safeguard Against Abuse Of The System ?

Sheila Gauthier is a 48-year-old single mother. She has worked hard to get off welfare. She's supporting three children working as a cashier at a Jean Coutu -- making $11.20 an hour. But now the welfare department is forcing her ex-husband to sue her for child support .....

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Phone-in: Should Montreal's Metro Lines Have Corporate Sponsors ?

So have you heard about the latest idea to raise money for the Montreal metro? The board of directors of the STM is considering branding the metro lines. That means corporations could buy the name of a metro line ......

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Phone-in with Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is a journalist, historian and a social critic. Her latest book is called "Bright Sided: how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America" .....

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Phone-in: Is It Time For Jean Charest To Call A Public Inquiry Into Corruption ?

It seems like everyday we are hearing more allegations of corruption in this province. More and more people are calling for a public inquiry. Most recently, the powerful FTQ -- Quebec's largest union -- joined the chorus. But the government shows no sign of backing down .....

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Interview with Katleen Felix

More and more, micro-credit is being considered the most effective way to generate grass-roots economic growth in developing countries. Katleen Felix is Project Director for Fonkoze - the largest micro-credit organization in Haiti .....

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Interview with Tarik Chekchak of the Cousteau Society

If human beings want to guarantee their survival on earth, we better study and learn from Nature. That was the essence of the message delivered by Tarik Chekchak yesterday evening to an overflow audience at the Biosphere. Tarik Chekchak is the Director of Science and Environment at the Cousteau Society .......

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Radio Noon Farm Panel - Nov 16, 2010

Hugh recaps his visit to South Africa and talks about young farmers going on-line in droves, and Jeannie talks about the delicate question of snowmobile access to farmers fields ......
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Phone-in: Does It Matter To You Where Your Doctor Was Trained ?

Quebec's Human Rights Commission has just released findings that all four medical faculties in this province are systematically discriminating against foreign-trained doctors. It's calling on the universities to put in place measures to stop denying qualified doctors access to residency positions......

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Phone-in: Your questions about head injuries in sports with Dr. Scott Delaney

Thousands of Canadians end up in hospital every year with concussions....many caused by accidents on the ice rink and on the field. Dr. Scott Delaney is an emergency room doctor at the McGill University Health Centre....and a sports medecine physician. He's seen more than his share of head injuries - and surprisingly, many among soccer players. Enough to believe that protective headgear for young soccer players should be as much part of the uniform as shinpads and cleats .....

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Interview: Ellen Aitken On Faith And Globalization Initiative

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in Montreal today. He is at McGill University to launch the Canadian edition of his Faith and Globalization partnership. The initiative brings together a network of universities around the world to explore how different religions interact with each other....and with the secular world. Ellen Aitken is the Dean of Religious Studies at McGill University ...

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Phone-in: Should Remembrance Day Be Declared A National Holiday ?

Canadians across the country are taking a moment today to mark Remembrance Day. But November 11th is not a national holiday. For most people, it's a regular work day. Many people think Remembrance Day should be set aside so that everyone can remember people who died in wars. In fact, students at Laurier Macdonald High School in St-Leonard in Montreal have even gone so far as to organize a petition campaign demanding that Remembrance Day be declared a national holiday ......

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Interview with Jim Corcoran on Songwriter's Session

Jim Corcoran is the host of A Propos. The special Coups de Coeur Francophone - Songwriter's Session featuring CARACOL, LAURENCE HELIE, DAVID MARIN, and DE TEMPS ANTAN takes place this Sunday Nov 14th at the Maison Radio-Canada......

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Interview with Guy Rocher on Quebec's Quiet Revolution

Fifty years ago today Premier Jean Lesage outlined the changes his government planned to make in Quebec. Lesage and his team of ministers like Rene Levesque, Eric Kearns, and Paul Gerin-Lajoie, began guiding quebecers through a massive shift in our society. The period came to be known as the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.......

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Phone-in: Your Reaction To Iran And Saudi Arabia Being Considered For The Executive Board Of UN Woman ?

A very important vote is happening at the United Nations right now. Iran is vying for a spot on the executive board of UN WOMAN. It's a new United Nations body which has been created to promote equality for women. Iran is not the only country with a controversial record on human rights that is looking to join the board. Saudi Arabia is virtually guaranteed a seat ........

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Phone-in: What Kind Of Milk Do You Drink ?

Health Canada recommends drinking skim, 1% or 2% milk. And increasingly, health conscious consumers are following that advice. Over the past 20 years, consumption of whole milk has steadily decreased... while the amount of skim milk we drink has steadily increased. But Quebecers still drink more whole milk and less skimmed milk than people in the rest of Canada........

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Radio Noon Farm Panel - Nov 9, 2010

Hugh reports from the southern cape in South Africa, and the panel talks about bumper harvests, christmas trees and bounties for coyotes and wolves ......

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Phone-in: What do you think of the new plan for the Turcot interchange ?

The Quebec government unveiled its new plan for rebuilding the Turcot interchange. The cost of the project has doubled to a total of $3 billion, and it will feature a reserved lane in each direction shared by buses, taxis and carpoolers - among other innovations .......

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Phone-in: Why do you think boys are dropping out of school ?

We have a special edition of Radio Noon for you today. We're talking about boys and school. Why do you think boys are dropping out of school? Many of us have seen the situation first hand. And the statistics back it up. One-half of boys under 20 are dropping out of high school in Quebec. Today we're going to look at what's causing this situation and also look for some solutions....

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Phone-in: Should Montreal name a street or public place after Mordecai Richler ?

Should we name a street or public place after Mordecai Richler? City councillor Marvin Rotrand started a petition earlier this week. But the Societe St-Jean-Baptiste says Richler doesn't deserve the honour because he was a racist and anti-quebecois .....

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Phone-in: Should Car Drivers Pay More To Support Public Transit ?

Car owners on the island of Montreal will likely have to dig a little deeper into their pockets next year. Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay says a new car tax is coming. The money raised will to go to fund public transit......

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Interview: Ret. Gen. Romeo Dallaire on child soldiers

Retired General Romeo Dallaire has made it his life mission to end the use of children in conflicts and wars. And he wants you to help him. He's written a powerful new book titled: They Fight Like Soldiers They Die Like Children.....

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Phone-in: Should Common Law Couples Have the Same Rights And Obligations As Married Couples ?

Quebec's highest court is paving the way for common-law couples - not just married ones - to claim alimony. It's the latest step in a long battle between one of the richest men in Quebec, and his former common-law partner. The implications are huge, and the court has given the government one year to work out the details.......

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Phone-in: Are Drive-thru's A Blessing Or A Curse ?

Drive-thru restaurants are becoming more and more popular and more and more controversial across the province. Consider the case of Tim Horton's on St-Charles Blvd in Pierrefonds. Morning commuters waiting to order their daily coffee are clogging up traffic for people just trying to get to work. It's become enough of a problem that Pierrefonds city council is trying to deal with it.

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Phone-in: Can Omar Khadr Be Rehabilitated Or Is He A Danger To Canada ?

There are renewed calls to keep Omar Khadr out of Canada. One of the people leading the charge is Ezra Levant, a prominent conservative columnist. He has described Omar Khadr as being worse than confessed murderer Colonel Russell Williams ... In Paul Bernardo territory he says. Levant says Khadr is a psychopath....... Can Omar Khadr be rehabilitated ? Is he a danger to Canada ?

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Interview: Lufa Farms on first commercial-scale roof-top production greenhouse

The world's first commercial-scale roof-top production greenhouse is being built in Montreal's Marché Central district. The 31,000 square foot greenhouse will grow pesticide-free vegetables for Montreal residents and restaurants. The project is the brainchild of LUFA Farms.....

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The Radio Noon Farm Panel - Nov 2, 2010

Hugh checks in from South Africa and tackles food security issues, while Bob and Jeannie discuss the connection between the price of potash and the price of food. Plus, big city newspaper columnist Pierre Foglia spends the day working on a dairy farm ....
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Phone-in: Has Barack Obama Let You Down ?

People across the United States are going to the polls today to elect senators, congressmen, and governors. Most expect the Democrats to take a big hit. They could lose control of the House of Representatives, possibly the Senate, as well as several state governors.......

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Phone-in: Could the deaths of the three teens on Sunday have been prevented ?

Many people are still trying to make sense of the terrible accident that killed three teenagers Sunday morning after they were hit by a passenger train. They were with a group of five young people in a place well known for graffiti and street art. Are these kinds of accidents avoidable?
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Phone-in: How Do You Train Your Dog ? Do You Agree With Cesar Milan's Techniques ?

The Quebec Associaion of Veterinarians is taking on Cesar Milan. He's known as the "Dog Whisperer". The man who can tame and train even the wildest canines. But Quebec veterinarians say some of his training methods are dangerous, outdated, and can even hurt the animals .....

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