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December 2011 Archives

New Year transitions

Quebecers share their personal experiences of career transitions with guest host Shawn Apel.

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Should all cell phone use be banned while driving?

The National Transportation Safety Board in the U.S. recommends all cell phone use, including hands-free devices, should be banned for drivers.

We ask Quebecers if they agree. We hear from Jean-Marie de Koninck with Quebec's provincial task force on road safety, the owner of Wendy's Driving School, the head of a small trucking company on the South Shore as well as a representative of the Quebec Automobile Association.

Our callers weigh in: one admits to being in an accident while using his cell phone; another has a simulator company where you can assess distraction levels; we also hear from a customer of adapted transit who says many times she has watched as her driver talked on a cell phone. 

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Quebec City Ice Hotel to open on time: CEO

Jacques Desbois tells acting host Shawn Apel that uneven weather won't delay the January 6th opening of the famous ice hotel. He says the main structure is up - and that's the key.
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Last Day for the Mount Stephen Club

Founded in 1926 by a group of Montreal businessmen in a Victorian mansion, the club serves its last dinner tonight. We hear about its history from Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal.
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'Dans La Rue' at Christmastime

The director of the community-based organization, Aki Tchitacov, talks about the advice they share with street kids at this time of the year. He says the kids generally want to mend fences with their families, but it's not always easy to do.

 

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More travels for the Montreal puffin

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The now famous Montreal puffin is headed to Newfoundland by going further inland. The bird shelter was able to secure an airline trip for the adventuresome bird by going west to Toronto first.

CBC's Jay Turnbull fills in acting Host Anna Asimakopulos on the latest developments in the saga of the seabird.

(top photo: CBC Jay Turnbull)

(side photo:  Le Nichoir)

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Radio Noon December News Quiz

Who's the newly elected MNA from Bonaventure?

According to the SAAQ, what's the average age of a car on Quebec roads?

The interim coach of the Canadiens played what position when he was a professional hockey player? 

Test your knowledge.

Radio Noon host and quiz master Bernard St-Laurent has all the questions for contestants: Peter Johnson, CBC Montreal's executive producer of news and host of Homerun, Sue Smith, versus Daybreak producer Meredith Dellandrea and Homerun producer Nathalie Walther. 

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Answers:

Damien Arsenault,

just over 7 years,

left wing 

Puffin-ology

Ian Jones, a Memorial University biologist who specializes in seabirds, gives us a birder's guide to the puffin.

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An animal shelter in the Montreal area has taken care of the bird since it was found rain-soaked in the city's downtown. Since our interview was recorded an airline has agreed to take the bird back to Newfoundland-Labrador.
 

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Farm Panel Tuesday December 20

Here's our weekly discussion with dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge and agricultural communications specialist Hugh Maynard in a pre-Christmas farm round table.

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MOST TEXTS AND CALLS TOPIC:

Niqab Swearing-in Ban                               

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(photo: Reuters)

     The federal immigration minister, Jason Kenney, introduced a ban on face coverings for anyone swearing an oath to become a Canadian citizenship.

     We took a ton of calls with most listeners supporting the move, but a few suggesting it went too far.

     The niqab decision is federal.

     But during our story meeting on the subject, we were wondering about the status of Bill 94 - that's the Quebec legislation introduced in 2010.

     It followed the Bouchard-Taylor Commission into Reasonable Accommodation.

     It, too, affects the wearing of face veils.

     Bill 94 is still not law... bogged down at the committee stage.

     Here's Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil talking to Bernard St-Laurent on why Bill 94 is stalled: 

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Reacting to the death of Christopher Hitchens

 

hi-hitchens1-ap-852-4col.jpgRadio Noon speaks with Canadian writer and intellectual John Ralston Saul on the death of British essayist Christopher Hitchens. Saul says Hitchens was "always a voice for fearlessness." 

We also hear from our callers. 

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Environment minister on Quebec's cap and trade move

Environment Minister Pierre Arcand tells host Bernard St-Laurent it's "a flexible way to reduce greenhouse gas". Callers, environmentalists, and business respond.

 

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We hear from Sidney Ribaux of Équiterre and Norma Kozhaya from the Conseil du Patronat 

While most of our callers welcome the news and one caller predicts Hydro-Quebec will benefit, another caller worries about what it will cost business.

 

(photo: CBC)  Sidney Ribaux in studio with Bernard St-Laurent

 

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"Part of the give and take of politics": CPC MP

Liberal MP Marc Garneau wants a full apology over the phone calls from a Conservative polling company about Irwin Cotler.

Conservative MP John Williamson calls the tactic "bruising" and "part of the give and take of politics".

However you characterize it - our callers don't like it.

Take a listen... 

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New face of poverty

We hear from two people involved in battling poverty from the frontlines. Cyril Morgan, executive director of the Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal, talks to Host Bernard St-Laurent about the new people coming to their shelter and food bank.

Marc de Koninck who's a social worker and heads the social development committee of Centraide in the Quebec-Chaudière-Appalaches region talks about the misconceptions people have about the poor.

And we hear from a caller who is now struggling to make ends meet. Ten years ago he would never have thought he'd be here.

 

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Quebec to sue Ottawa over long-gun registry

111213_7d4e5_dutil-robert_sn135.jpgRadio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent interviews Quebec's public security minister, Robert Dutil about Quebec's turning to the courts to save the data in the registry.

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CAQ and ADQ leaders announce merger

François Legault and Gérard Deltell have an agreement-in-principle to join forces under the Coalition Avenir Québec banner.

Peter White who's with the ADQ's national executive representing the Eastern Townships joins Bernard St-Laurent in studio.

The ADQ will hold a mail-in vote on the merger, most likely in January.

 

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Farm Panel Tuesday December 13

Agricultural communications specialist Hugh Maynard and beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge join Bernard St-Laurent for our weekly round table on farm issues.  
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Niqab ban at citizenship swearing-in

Anyone swearing an oath to become a Canadian citizen will have to have an uncovered face.
Radio Noon debates the niqab ban.

We hear from federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, his Quebec counterpart, Kathleen Weil, as well as the executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, and our listeners.

 

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MOST TEXTS AND CALLS TOPIC: Should 16 year olds have the vote?
 The Parti Quebecois will be debating this proposal next month so we did a test run with our listeners.  What do they think?

 Quebec Solidaire MNA AMIR KHADIR says he's not sure lowering the voting age is the way to go but he does allow that something needs to be done to encourage voter involvement.

 Some callers and texters tells us the PQ is banking on its sovereignty option appealing to youth. But LaPresse columnist GILBERT LAVOIE says dropping the voting age will be the least of Pauline Marois' concerns when the party meets next month. Solidifying her leadership will be uppermost in her mind.

 Our first caller suggests 16 year olds can't decide what shoes to wear, let alone choose a party.
 That brought in this call from 17 year old NATHAN.
 While he doesn't support a lower voting age, himself, he also believes teens deserve more credit than that:
 Here's Nathan's call:

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Petroleum eating mushrooms


IMAGE_1.jpegWe hear about a decontamination research project at l'Université de Montréal and McGill which is using petroleum eating mushrooms. Professor B. Franz Lang from UdeM, a co-director of the study, explains the project's elements to host Bernard St-Laurent. 

(photo:courtesy UdeM)   Project Co-Director Mohamed Hijri's team on site

 

Here's Professor Lang's interview with Bernie:

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Should 16 year olds be allowed to vote?

Should 16 year olds have the vote? It's an idea being promoted by some PQ MNAs and will be debated when the sovereignist party meets next month.

We ask our listeners what they think? After all, 16 year olds are old enough to drive.

Callers overwhelmingly say no, and Quebec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir is not convinced.

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(photo: CP archives) Amir Khadir not sure a lower voting age is the way to go. He does want to increase voter turnout.)

 As for PQ leader Pauline Marois, LaPresse columnist Gilbert Lavoie says she has much bigger issues on her plate than letting 16 year olds vote.

Here's our discussion on Radio Noon: 

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Power troubles not over in Chisasibi and Wemindji


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Two transformers at the LG-1 station blew Monday morning, shutting down power to two Cree communities in northern Quebec two days ago.

We hear from the two communities, Hydro Quebec, and Quebec Native Affairs Minister Geoff Kelley.

(photo: Tuesday morning in Chisasibi

 

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Farm Panel December Tuesday 6th

Beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge and agricultural communications specialist Hugh Maynard join Bernard St-Laurent for our weekly round table. Jeannie Neveau couldn't be with us.
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Remembering the Polytechnique massacre

PC_111206_4f8z3_plaque-polytechnique_sn635.jpg(photo: PC ) Young women gather at the memorial plaque at l'École Polytechnique          

Protesters trying to save the long gun registry descend on Quebec City, Ottawa and the courthouse in Montreal. They don't want to lose the registry which the mother of one victim calls the only positive development to come out of the deadly shootings of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in 1989.

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Quebec family doctor prediction

111205_oy5pg_louis-godin_sn310.jpgHealth minister Yves Bolduc says all Quebecers will have access to a family doctor by 2016. Bolduc also says Francois Legault's CAQ would be a disastrous to Quebec's health system. Bolduc is engaged in a war of words with Gaetan Barette with the specialists. There's speculation Barette could be a potential CAQ candidate.

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 For his part, Barette says the health minister should force GPs to work harder.

Here's our discussion about family doctors and health care:

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MOST TEXTS AND CALLS TOPIC:  "X the Xmas ban"
                                                                                 RYR101-12-0200732_high.jpgOn Friday's show we couldn't keep up with the tide of calls denouncing an email sent out to Quebec employees for the federal department, Service Canada.

 Lindsay Michael and I scramble to track all the calls. At one point Claudia Sanchez, our technician, reachs back from the console to pick up a ringing line.

 People want to be heard - nearly every caller wants that directive overturned!

 

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ASMA tells host Bernard St-Laurent, she welcomes the bright lights:

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Quebec decorations controversy

si-service-canada-220.gifRadio Noon hears about a Service Canada email telling employees to keep public areas devoid of Christmas decorations. The email does allow employees to decorate their private work spaces. 

Most of our callers disagree with the directive, including several people from non-Christian faiths. But we also hear from a few who support the move and one who lauds it for environmental reasons.

(photo: CBC) Place Guy Favreau before minister intervened

 

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The anti-decoration email was raised in the House of Commons on Friday. After our program was off the air, the federal minister responsible for Service Canada overrode the Quebec memo - clearing the way for Christmas trimmings in public areas.    

Quebec teen's suicide blamed on bullying

raymond-marjorie-01709897.jpgThe mother of 15 year old Marjorie Raymond, says her daughter left a suicide note saying she couldn't face another day of school because of bullying. Chantal Larose is speaking out to raise awareness about intimidation in schools.

Marjorie's tragic death has triggered many questions about bullying, the warning signs, and effective ways to intervene.

Host Bernard St-Laurent speaks with Luc Allaire with the CSQ teachers union, Anne Lagacé-Dowson, executive director of the Tolerance Foundation (and former Radio Noon host), and SQ police spokesperson Geneviève Bruno.

Our listeners from across the province call in with their own experiences. We hear from a father whose daughter is being bullied and is retreating to her room, from an art teacher who is encouraging her pupils to be kind. A listener in the mental health field is concerned about the longterm stability of bullies and a committee parent tells us she couldn't get the educators at her child's school to listen. 

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