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March 2011 Archives

Stuck Seaway Ship

Steve Rukavina visits the stuck ship on the St Lawrence Seaway in Montreal and brings our Radio Noon listeners up to date on the blocked waterway.


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Greens Excluded

Georges Laraque, deputy leader of the Green Party and former Canadiens hockey player, tells Radio Noon listeners that he's shocked by the consortium's decision to exclude Elizabeth May from the leaders debate. Our callers weigh in - pro and con.

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Farm Panel March 29th

Due to technical difficulties, we don't have our weekly farm panel with dairy farmer Jeanie Neveu, sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

Candidates Round Table - Week One

Listen in as Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent debates the issues from a Quebec perspective with Agop Evereklian of the Conservatives, Marlene Jennings of the Liberals, Thomas Mulcair of the NDP and Thierry St-Cyr of the Bloc Québecois.


 

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Sports Hijab

 A Montreal-designed sports hijab has gone global. We talk to the young businesswoman and creator behind ResportOn, a sport head scarf that's finding appeal well beyond Canada's borders.

 

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The Cabbie Decision and Work on Sunday

Radio Noon explored two developments affecting how we live together and accommodate - or not - religious beliefs. The first involved a cabbie who got the okay to display religious symbols on his dashboard and the second involved a Montreal city blue collar worker who wants Sundays off because he's Catholic.

Our listeners had a lot to say to acting host Shari Okeke.

 

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Lola vs Eric

The high profile common law divorce case is cleared for the Supreme Court. Quebec family law attorney Sylvie Schirm describes for Radio Noon listeners and acting host Shari Okeke the possible repercussions.

 

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Sleep For Success

Acting Radio Noon host Shari Okeke talks with psychologist Reut Gruber and Gail Somerville of the Riverside school board about a program aimed at combatting student fatigue. An estimated 60 to 70 per cent of Canadian students arrive at school suffering from extreme fatigue.

 

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Elizabeth Taylor Montreal

Remembering the legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor and her marriage to Richard Burton which took place in a Montreal hotel and scandalized many. Acting Radio Noon host Shari Okeke speaks to the current minister of the Unitarian church. In 1964 it was Reverend Leonard Mason of the Montreal Unitarian church who performed the controversial ceremony.

Shari also speaks with Concordia film professor Thomas Waugh.

 

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Farm Panel Mar 22

Our weekly farm panel looks ahead to the federal budget, among several topics, with our guest host Shari Okeke.

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Bus Rollover Hero

Meet 11 year old Ray Lee who helped translate for Korean tourists injured in a bus rollover south of the Quebec border.

 

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Quebec Nuclear

In the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, a coalition of groups and two provincial political parties are calling for the closure of Gentilly 2, Quebec's sole nuclear power plant.

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Run-up to Haitian election

Former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has just returned to Haiti after seven years in exile. People in Haiti had great hopes when they first elected him to power. He left under a cloud of violence and corruption. Radio Noon reached Carla Bluntschli in Port-au-Prince to ask her how people are feeling ahead of the election.

 

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Pacioretty Poll

The latest poll on hockey violence shows that two thirds of Canadians don't think the NHL is doing enough to protect hockey players. Radio Noon talks with Chris Eby whose firm commissioned the survey and hears some promising news regarding the injured Habs player Max Pacioretty from the CBC's Michel Godbout.

 

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Dog Rescue Guidelines

Seeing dog teams on the ground in Japan helping with rescue efforts made us want to know more. Host Bernard St-Laurent speaks with Carol Namur of Sauvetage Canada Rescue who is well versed in emergency response measures.

Listen in as she gives us all the ins and outs of a dog rescue operation. 

 

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Anti-police brutality protest

The annual Ides of March protest results in more than 250 arrests while a handful face criminal charges. The march is traditionally marred by violence and vandalism.
Some participants did throw bottles and smash windows while others pointed at police for coming down with a heavy hand.

We spoke with a protest organizer, heard from the police and invited our listeners to call in. Our callers' views were split between support for the protesters and support for police.

 

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Céline back in Vegas

Quebec's superstar retakes the spotlight in Las Vegas, while Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent takes the pulse of the town with John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Have a listen to their conversation.


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Farm Panel Mar 15

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu and sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge carry the panel ball in our weekly talk on farm issues in Quebec with host Bernard St-Laurent.

 

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Hockey General Managers Meet

As general managers from NHL teams meet in Florida, our listeners call in with their views on the state of the game and whether the outrage over hits to the head is just a hometown reaction.

 

 

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Quebecers react to quake

Quebecers' reactions to Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Listen in as host Bernard St-Laurent speaks with our former Montreal colleague Craig Dale from Tokyo, a seismologist with Earthquakes Canada and a Montrealer who managed to link his family together from Tokyo to San Diego to Paris and Quebec.

 

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Air Canada takes on hockey violence

NHL sponsor Air Canada threatens to withdraw its support if the league doesn't crack down on violence in wake of the Zdeno Chara hit on Habs player Max Pacioretty. As well, Quebec police are investigating. All these developments including an interview with the federal minister of sports send Radio Noon listeners to their phones and text lines to comment.

 

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Hab hit hard

Habs forward Max Pacioretty took a serious hit Tuesday night. Radio Noon guest host Elias Abboud spoke to Maryse Lassonde, the neuropsychologist who works with the players of the Montréal Canadiens.

 

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Farm Panel Plus

Hear our weekly round table on Quebec farming matters with dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard. Plus meet award winning Ugandan broadcaster Grace Amito who spoke with host Bernard St-Laurent.

 

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Hacked

Listen in as Radio Noon joins the talk about cyber-security generated by our CBC Montreal series and catch the advice of ethical hacker Terry Cutler.

 

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March Storm Madness

Blizzard conditions hit Quebec with Sherbrooke taking the full punch. Callers share their experiences from special neighbours in the Townships to trying to navigate Montreal's streets as a bike courier.

 

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1971 Snowstorm Memories

40 years ago Montreal was whipped by winds and snow. It was called 'the storm of the century' and listeners to Radio Noon filled our airwaves with tales of romance, family lore, and wild adventures.

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GPS Stories

A young woman from Sherbrooke, Quebec spends three days in a heavily-forested area after getting lost en route to New Brunswick. Host Bernard St-Laurent turns to a GPS company representative for helpful advice.

Also, listen to a volunteer dog tracker describing his personal experience while a trucker tells about landing in front of an old covered bridge in his huge (and heavy!) rig.  

 

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Smoke Alarm Reminder

An early morning fire in Montreal sends 11 people to hospital. Witnesses say they heard ringing alarms but they stopped within minutes. The fire chief tells Radio Noon listeners his department can do only so many random checks a year to make sure people are abiding by fire prevention bylaws.

Host Bernard St-Laurent also examines what landlords have to do and hears consumer advice on the best smoke detectors.

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Farm Panel Mar. 1

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

 

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