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Pt 2: Turning Garbage into Fuel - Landfills abuzz with bulldozers, shrieking seagulls and trash as far as you can see are eyesores to most people; symptoms of the uncomfortable fact that our solutions have never really kept up with our production of waste. But when some people look at a landfill, they see a different kind of waste: a wasted source of energy.
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Pt 3: China's Nationalism - In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, China has faced harsh criticism about its crackdown on protests in Tibet. But inside China, the story is playing out somewhat differently. Many Chinese are celebrating their government's actions.
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It's Wednesday, April 2nd.
An hour before the event actually happened, Chinese authorities sent out a news release describing its citizens' overwhelming response to the arrival of the Olympic torch in Tiananmen Square.
Currently, the crowds were ecstatic to find that Chinese athletes have won every single gold medal ... again.
This is The Current.
Zimbabwe Elections - Opposition
We were joined from Johannesburg, South Africa by the treasurer for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Roy Bennett.
Zimbabwe Elections - Panel
For their thoughts on the challenges ahead, we were joined by two prominent Zimbabwean exiles: from Montreal by Gabriel Shumba, the Executive Director of the South Africa-based Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, and from Johannesburg, South Africa by Basildon Peta, a Zimbabwean journalist who works for the British newspaper The Independent.
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Turning Garbage into Fuel
Landfills abuzz with bulldozers, shrieking seagulls and trash as far as you can see are eyesores to most people; symptoms of the uncomfortable fact that our solutions have never really kept up with our production of waste. But when some people look at a landfill, they see a different kind of waste: a wasted source of energy.
Rod Bryden, the man credited with keeping the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, is also the CEO of Plasco, a company that is already turning garbage into energy in Ottawa.
He's not the only one in the nation's capital passionate about the potential of trash. Conservative MP Bob Mills has just announced he won't be seeking re-election after 15 years of representing Red Deer, Alberta -- in part so he'll have more time to study the world's garbage.
For the last three decades, he and his wife Nicole have been making trips across the pond, where they study Eurotrash -- and we're not talking about nude beaches and tacky nightclubs here. They're looking at how other countries dispose of their waste, and in some cases, turn it into heat and electricity.
Bob Mills joined us from Ottawa.
Turning Garbage into Fuel - Critic
To many, garbage gasification is a very appealing idea -- garbage in, energy out and low emissions in the process. But some environmentalists and waste management experts say gasification really is too good to be true. Clarissa Morawski is a consultant specializing in waste minimization policy and joined us from Peterborough, Ontario.
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In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, China has faced harsh criticism about its crackdown on protests in Tibet. But inside China, the story is playing out somewhat differently. Many Chinese are celebrating their government's actions.
Indeed, some say Beijing didn't respond forcefully enough. The protests in Tibet and the West's condemnation of China's response to them are provoking a backlash and stoking a rising nationalist sentiment that Chinese officials are feeling obliged to respect.
And it's not just China's diplomats who are expressing concern. At the end of March 2008, pro-Chinese demonstraters gathered for a rally in Toronto to express support for Beijing on the issue of Tibet. Alexander Lao was one of the demonstraters and he joined us in Toronto.
This rising nationalist sentiment cuts two ways for the Chinese Government. On the one hand, it's a useful way of rallying its population in the face of criticism from the West. But it also makes it harder for Beijing to cozy up to western governments when it wants to.
For their thoughts on how this dynamic is playing out and what an emboldened China means for the rest of the world, we were joined by three people: from Edmonton by Wenran Jiang, Director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton; from Norman, Oklahoma by Peter Hayes Gries, author of China's New Nationalism and the Director of the Institute for China-US Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma; and from Boston by Dibyesh Anand, a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Westminster University and the author of Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination.
Last Word - Royal Canadian Air Farce Going Off the Air
The Royal Canadian Air Farce is going off the air after 34 years. A shortened, ten-episode season will begin on CBC Television in the fall of 2008, with a final send-off planned for New Year's Eve. Of course, The Air Farce got its start right here on CBC Radio One. For more than 20 years, it was a fixture of Saturday morning listening. We closed today's episode with part of the comedy troupe's first appearance, as guests on CBC Radio's variety show, The Entertainers, on December 9th, 1973.
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