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March 1, 2010

 

Pt 1: Chile Earthquake- It was 3:34am in the morning on Saturday when Chile was rocked by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. It is considered one of the largest ever recorded. It's magnitude sent tsunami warnings to 53 different countries ... some of them thousands of miles away. They even reached the B.C. Coast.

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Pt 2: Nortel Agreement- Wednesday will be a big day for former Nortel employees. Nortel -- that one-time telecom star now mired in bankruptcy proceedings -- has reached what is being called a Sunset Deal with its former employees, pensioners and long-term disability beneficiaries. The deal is worth 57-million-dollars. And it would extend health and income benefits to the former workers until the end of this year. Which is nine months longer then they would get without the deal.

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Pt 3: Civilian Causalities -We started this segment with a clip of American General Stanley McChrystal, the top allied leader in Afghanistan, apologizing last week on Afghan television for the number of civilians killed by coalition airstrikes.

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It's Monday, March 1st.

According to EKOS Research, the Federal Conservatives got a three-point bounce in the polls during the Olympics.

Currently ... They credit their success to the Own the Prorogation program.

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Chile Earthquake - Venturelli

It was 3:34am in the morning on Saturday when Chile was rocked by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. It is considered one of the largest ever recorded. It's magnitude sent tsunami warnings to 53 different countries ... some of them thousands of miles away. They even reached the B.C. Coast.

But Chile is no stranger to record-breaking earthquakes ... in May 1960 it experienced the largest earthquake ever recorded ... a 9.5 magnitude quake. That one killed over 1,655 people and left two million others homeless. At this point, the death toll from Saturday's earthquake has topped 700.

Dr. Jose Venturelli is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at McMaster University who is currently in Chile with the Ethical Commission for the European Secretariat on Torture. He came to Canada from Chile in 1974. We have reached Jose Venturelli this morning in Buin, just outside Santiago, Chile.

Chile Earthquake - Seismologist

For some insight into the magnitude of this earthquake, we were joined by Paul Earle. He is a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and we reached him in Golden, Colorado.

 


Nortel Agreement - Hill

Wednesday will be a big day for former Nortel employees. Nortel -- that one-time telecom star now mired in bankruptcy proceedings -- has reached what is being called a Sunset Deal with its former employees, pensioners and long-term disability beneficiaries. The deal is worth 57-million-dollars. And it would extend health and income benefits to the former workers until the end of this year. Which is nine months longer then they would get without the deal.

But there's a catch. The former workers would have to give up the right to sue Nortel. And some long-term disability recipients worry a deal that sees benefits disappear at the end of the year still leaves them with no way of supporting themselves into the future.

On Wednesday, an Ontario Court judge will decide whether to approve the agreement. Bert Hill is a business reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. He has been covering the Nortel saga. He was in Winchester, Ontario.

Nortel Agreement - Plante

Arlene Plante is a Nortel employee who has receiving long-term disability payments since 2000. She is opposed to the proposed deal and she will be in the courtroom on Wednesday when the judge reviews the plan. She was in Ottawa.

Nortel Agreement - Kennedy

Sue Kennedy is the court-appointed representative for the Nortel employees on long-term disability. She is also on long-term disability benefits from Nortel. And she helped negotiate the deal the judge will consider on Wednesday. She was in Ottawa.



Civilian Causalities

We started this segment with a clip of American General Stanley McChrystal, the top allied leader in Afghanistan, apologizing last week on Afghan television for the number of civilians killed by coalition airstrikes.

According to the Afghan Human Rights Committee, 28 Afghan civilians were killed in the coalition operation to take the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, that included 21 people who perished in a single strike last Sunday.

When those deaths came to light, Shannon Meehan decided he needed to speak up. He is a retired U.S. Army Captain. He served in Iraq as the leader of a tank platoon in the 1st Cavalry Division. He has his own searing experiences with the taking of civilian lives. Shannon Meehan has written a memoir is called Beyond Duty: Life on the Front Line in Iraq. He joined us from Philadelphia.

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