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Inside Radio Noon Blog: December 2011 Archives

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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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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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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!

 

 (photo: courtesy Canadian Press)

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

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