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May 2011 Archives

Farm Panel May 31

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard say the fields aren't as wet, but planting is way behind.

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Amir Khadir and the Royals

Our phone lines light up after Quebec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir refers to the royal couple as "parasites". The newlyweds are to visit Montreal and Quebec City in early July.
ADQ leader Gérard Deltell says Khadir is out of line, while Montreal executive committee member Alan de Sousa says Quebec will benefit from the royal couple's presence.
Our callers are clearly divided.

 

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The Storm Over 'Storm'

A media storm erupts over a couple's decision to keep secret the gender of their third child named Storm. Clinical psychologist Pierre Faubert shares his thoughts and concerns with host Bernard St-Laurent.

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Layton's Flood Zone Visit

The head of the NDP becomes the first federal party leader to visit the flooded Richelieu River Valley. Our callers weigh in on the pros and cons of having the military stay on to help and we hear from two area mayors and a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu school principal. 
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Campground Flooding

René Baertschi of Camping Kirkland in Venise-en-Québec talks about the devastation already caused by the flooding in the Montérégie, as we head into a weekend of more showers. 
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The Radio Noon Monthly News Quiz - May

We inaugurate our Radio Noon Monthly News Quiz with former Radio Noon host Nancy Wood, Daybreak's Monique Lacombe, CBC reporter Steve Rukavina and assignment editor Katherine Canty.
Can you name one of two newly appointed senators from Quebec? A Canucks player who has an arena named for him in Montreal? Or how about a CBC host from Montreal who's retiring after 35 years?
Test your knowledge as host Bernard St-Laurent takes on the role of Radio Noon Quiz Master.
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Hérouxville Documentary

The former councillor of the small Quebec community says in a new documentary he was laughing as he wrote up the town's 2007 code of conduct, knowing it would cause a media storm. Host Bernard St-Laurent speaks with André Drouin, film director Stefan Nitoslawski and Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal.

 

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Bob McDonald of Quirks and Quarks

The host of CBC's popular Quirks and Quarks science show hits our Radio Noon studio and deftly handles some wide-ranging questions from our listeners.

 

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Farm Panel May 24

Sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge, dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard are on the line with Bernard St-Laurent. Wet weather fallout continues to dominate farmers' lives.

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Drug Treatment Costs

We ask our listeners if they would want their doctors to tell them about cancer drug treatments not covered by the province. We hear from a man whose wife is still alive after taking a drug approved by Health Canada, but not by Quebec. The family has spent more than 100 thousand dollars.

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Raising an Autistic Child

Mbosowo Andrew is the single mother of an autistic six year old. She shares her frustrations and worries with Radio Noon listeners as other parents of autistic children demonstrate in Quebec City for increased support.

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Senate Reaction - Quebec

Radio Noon's phone lines are alight following news that three failed candidates have been named to the Senate, including two Quebecers.

 

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New Majority Cabinet

Four elected MPs from Quebec make it into Stephen Harper's new majority cabinet. CBC parliamentary reporter Louise Elliott goes through the ins and outs of this cabinet with host Bernard St-Laurent.

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Farm Panel May 17

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard are joined by Larry Mastine of Pickseed Canada to talk about the effects of all the rain hitting Quebec this May.

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Forecast: More Days of Wet Weather Ahead

We hear from the man known as Canada's top weatherman, David Phillips from Environment Canada on what's ahead. We go back to Clarenceville resident Judith Almond to hear about the receding water inching back and horticulturalist Richard Beaulne says they have lots of time to talk to clients at the Pointe Claire nursery these days! Plus retired farmer and UPA secretary Michel Morin describes how some of his members are really struggling through this flooding ordeal.

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Racial Profiling

Quebec's Human Rights Commission says it's time to tackle racial profiling, especially by police forces. Sheldon Jean-Baptiste, a 22 year old recent graduate from Concordia, contacted us to say he was a victim of racial profiling this week. The mother of the late musician, Bad News Brown, says people were profiled coming out of the tribute to her son.  Former police officer Jim Anderson who's co-chair at the Police Tech department at John Abbott Cegep says teaching awareness about race issues is part of their program. 

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Animal Welfare

Verdun launches new bylaws for pet owners as Montreal moves to improve animal welfare.
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Dion on the Liberal Party's Future

Stephane Dion takes calls and talks to host Bernard St-Laurent about the challenges facing his party and attacks 'attack ads'.

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Flood Inspectors

Steve Rukavina takes Radio Noon right into the waters of the Richelieu River to check out how flooded residents are coping as flood inspectors arrive on the scene.
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Clement on Gas Prices

Cabinet minister Tony Clement is calling people from all aspects of the petroleum industry to Ottawa to explain gas prices. He says Canadians are tired of feeling "pinched at the pumps". Our callers weigh in - along with the president of the Quebec Association of Independent Gas Retailers and Marketers, Sonia Marcotte, and George Iny who heads up the Automobile Protection Association.
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Mighty Judgment

Mighty Judgment is Philip Slayton's take on the Supreme Court of Canada and how it runs our lives. He talks with Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent about bilingual justices, the selection process and benchmark decisions. He also takes calls from our listeners.

 

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Farm Panel May 10

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard gather with host Bernard St-Laurent for our weekly panel on farm matters. This week we hear about soil and temperature conditions - a worry for all farmers, not just the ones whose fields are flooded, Quebec Communion wine and the Canada horse, among many topics.

 

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Unite the Left?

Should the political left in Canada follow the right and merge together? On the weekend former NDP leader Ed Broadbent said his party's success on election night means social democrats should come to the NDP. We ask Liberal MP Denis Coderre as well as our listeners for their thoughts.

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"Doored" Cyclist

Do we need more rules to protect cyclists after a Montrealer is seriously injured when his bicycle rams into a car door opened directly into his path?

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Unite the Left?

Should the political left in Canada follow the right and merge together? We ask Liberal MP Denis Coderre as well as our listeners for their thoughts.

All Girls Hockey Teams

Should girls play hockey on all girls teams or mixed teams? Montreal Stars hockey player and captain Lisa-Marie Breton weighs in.


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Record Quebec Flooding

Judith Almond of Clarenceville, Quebec, shares descriptive images of the high water levels around and under her waterfront house with our Radio Noon listeners. More than 800 sandbags are surrounding her family's home. They've put a wooden plank out of a window to serve as a walkway to higher ground and she has watched a heron catch a fish a mere 2 metres from her kitchen wall.

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Farm Panel May 4

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard talk about the election results from a farm perspective.

 

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Young and Elected

Radio Noon spoke with the NDP's Charmaine Borg, 20, who won in Terrebonne-Blainville and plans to move into her riding. Former politicians phoned in to offer her advice while many callers wished her and her colleagues well.

 

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Post-Election

Acting host Steve Rukavina hears from election night warriors - their views of the campaign and what lies ahead - plus our listeners weigh in.

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Former Montrealer reacts to Bin Laden's death

Lori Arczynski who lost her husband on September 11th, 2001, shares her thoughts with acting host Steve Rukavina on the news that American special forces have killed the man behind the terrorist attacks. While she welcomed the news on one level, she says her nine year old son stumped her when he asked her why there wasn't a trial.
 
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Royal Wedding

Radio Noon steeped itself in history for the royal wedding and talked with Catherine Mills Rouleau who writes for North America's oldest newspaper the Chronicle Telegraph.Here's her interview with acting host Steve Rukavina.

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Radio Noon's Election Highlights - Week Five

An election-packed four day week following our Easter Monday holiday. Check out excerpts from our Candidates Round Table exchange to Mario Dumont's advice to the surging New Democrats and our final election quiz.

 

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