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February 2011 Archives

Libyan Financial Clampdown

Canada moves to clamp down on Libyan financial assets as Gaddafi loses control in more and more cities. Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent talks with the CBC's Greg Weston in Ottawa and Radio-Canada's Joyce Napier in Washington as well as Rashad Antonius, a Middle East expert who teaches at U.Q.A.M.

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The Fighter, Montreal-style

With all the attention this week on big films and the Oscars, Radio Noon takes a look at a local production which, like The Fighter, invades the world of boxing. Underdog Plaza tells the story of a provincial boxing champion who could go on to greatness, or not at all.

Guest host Loreen Pindera spoke with the film's director, Evan Beloff.

  

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Gas Price Overload

The $1.33 price for a litre of gas at Montreal pumps set our Radio Noon phone lines

a-buzzing.

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Consuming Defeat

Montreal artist Ian Shatilla launches an exhibit entitled Consuming Defeat at the Dawson College art gallery. It comes as Shatilla prepares to leave Montreal for Ireland where his partner is fighting cancer.

 

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Northern Food Costs

Quebecers living in the far north and along the lower north shore are seeing skyrocketing food prices. Radio Noon looked into the new delivery system, the end of certain subsidies and the effect it's having...

 

 

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Truckers and Fatigue

Truck drivers galore called Radio Noon to talk about falling asleep at the wheel. Listen in as Guest Host Loreen Pindera talked with CBC Reporter Shawn Apel about his investigation.

 

 

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Red Tail Hawk Recuperation

The red tail hawk that was saved in downtown Montreal turned out to have a fracture. It was also wounded at its neck - needing surgery. The young female is now at the Birds of Prey centre in Ste Hyacinthe. Radio Noon spoke to the veterinarian, Dr. Guy Fitzgérald who's overseeing the bird's recovery and to James Shufelt, who rescued the hawk in the first place.  

 

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Farm Panel

Our weekly round table on farm matters with dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu and beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge along with agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard.

 

 

 

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Self-Harm Alert

YouTube videos displaying self-injury could have an impact on viewers, according to researchers at McGill University and the University of Guelph. Radio Noon talked with one of the authors of the study, McGill professor Nancy Heath.

 

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Deportation Dilemma

Radio Noon listeners weigh in on the case of a man who has lived in Montreal for more than 30 years. Tarquin Seemongal has a steady job, he's married with 2 children. But he also has six criminal convictions and has served time. Although he came to Canada at age 7, he has never applied for citizenship. Now he has been ordered deported.


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Taxi Symbols

Montreal municipal court ruled against a cabbie who wants to keep his religious and personal symbols on the dashboard of his taxi. Arieh Perecowicz went to court after taxi inspectors ordered him to remove his personal effects and pay a fine.

Lots of callers phoned Radio Noon's Bernard St-Laurent to share their opinions.

 

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Red Tail Hawk Update

The one year old female hawk recently rescued by a police officer and a pedestrian from the streets of Montreal has become a celebrity. Our listeners wanted to know about her recovery. We learned she's out of danger, being cared for at a 'birds of prey' centre on the south shore.

As we tracked the bird's progress, we discovered Montrealers devoted to hawks and other birds of prey, including 89 year old Mabel McIntosh who lives in Pointe Claire.

  

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Saguenay Council Prayer

Saguenay mayor Jean Tremblay isn't backing down: he will continue to open city council meetings with a prayer in spite of a ruling by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal. And that got Radio Noon's phone lines burning...

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ER Cinéma Vérité

Doctors who work in the Lasalle hospital have posted on Youtube video showing the state of their emergency rooms.

 

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Farm Panel

Beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge along with dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard join Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent for their weekly farm round table.

 

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Multiculturalism and Quebec

PQ MNA Louise Beaudoin says it's not a Quebec value... igniting a big debate in the province. A new poll indicates a majority of Quebec francophones agree.

 

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West Island Railway Moves

The Charest government is taking moves towards a new commuter rail line serving Montreal's West Island.

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Elation in Egypt: Quebecers react

As Egyptians cheered in the streets, we explored what Hosni Mubarak's leaving means. Host Bernard St-Laurent fielded calls and commentary from Cairo to Washington, Montreal and throughout Quebec in a special edition of Radio Noon.

As well, we had Middle East specialist Imad Mansour from McGill in studio to provide analysis and answer listeners' questions.

 

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Quebec City Arena

The mayor of Quebec city and the premier are prepared to split the cost of a new arena complex. They also left the door open to the private sector and the federal government.

Radio Noon listeners did not sit idly by. They flooded our text and phone lines, most decidedly against.

 

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Black History Month at 20

In this segment from Radio Noon, host Bernard St-Laurent takes note of 20 years of dedicating the month of February to the accomplishments and legacy of Blacks in Canada.

The American Consul General in Montreal talks about plans to unveil a plaque at the place where legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson lived in Montreal in 1946. We're told the plaque will be as much an acknowledgement of the warm reception he received from fans, here, as an honour to Robinson who was the first black baseball player to play in the Major Leagues.  

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Farm Panel

Host Bernard St-Laurent welcomes our farm panelists, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge, dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard, to our weekly round table on farm matters in Quebec.

 

 

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Language Law Storm

Maxine Bernier says he wasn't expecting the storm of reaction he set off when he questioned the need for Quebec's language laws on a Halifax radio station. PQ leader Pauline Marois says she was flabbergasted and Gilles Duceppe, the leader of the Bloc Quebecois, believes the Conservative MP is playing to English Canada.


Host Bernard St-Laurent had full lines when he asked Quebecers for their thoughts on Bernier and Bill 101.

 

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Grade 12 for Public School?

A Montreal school board is studying adding an extra year of high school for interested students at some of its schools. Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent pursued the subject with the chair of the Lester B. Pearson School Board and others.

 

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Back to Cabinet

West Island MNA Geoff Kelley is back at the cabinet table. He got the call at dinnertime last night in the middle of a snowstorm that he was getting the portfolio for native affairs.He talked with Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent about the political forecast ahead.

 

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Targeting English CEGEPs?

Should the French language law apply to English CEGEPs?

Bill 101 doesn't apply to college level studies, but many Parti Québécois supporters believe it should. Host Bernard St-Laurent quizzed former PQ premier Bernard Landry and heard from some impassioned Radio Noon callers. 

 

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Lunch Bag Brouhaha

When a six year old wasn't allowed to enter a Laval school contest for a stuffed teddy bear because his lunch sandwich was in a plastic bag - it became front page news. The draw designed to raise ecological awareness set off a debate on Radio Noon on whether we're asking parents to do too much for the environment.

We also heard about other programs designed to keep lunchroom garbage to a minimum. 

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