May 5, 2010

On today's show...from Ottawa...When Nadia Kajouji died after she jumped from an Ottawa bridge into the Rideau River in 2008, that was just the beginning of the story of her suicide. After two years of investigation, William Melchert-Dinkel, of Minnesota, has been charged with using an Internet chat room to urge Kajouji to kill herself. What makes the case even stranger is that Melchert-Dinkel was busted by a web-surfing British granny... from Halifax... A raging brush fire ravaged an entire neighborhood in the Halifax-area exactly one year ago. Brett Ryan - a prominent local musician - saw his house go up in flames. But he's rebuilding and has just issued a new album on the first anniversary of the disaster... from Iqaluit... Polar research scientists report something very weird happened in late April: it rained at the North Pole. David Phillips of Environment Canada explains the wacky weather... from Quebec City... Natalie Gauthier's partner is back from combat service in Afghanistan and he is suffering from PTSD and depression. Since then the couple have been negotiating the maze of the military's bureaucracy to get him the treatment he needs... from Prince Albert, Sask...Rev. Sandy Scott is retuning to his parish after spending the last several months as a chaplain at CFB Kandahar. It's was a tough job - that he wouldn't have missed for the world...from Sudbury... Some people like Group of Seven paintings. So does Jim Waddington of Hamilton. But he takes his love a big step further: For the last 30 years he's been tracking down all the sites where the G-7 artists set down their easels and put paint to canvass... also from Sudbury... CBC is getting rid of its vinyl records as it uses computers to play back more and more of its recorded music. That sparked a fun promotion at CBC Sudburywhich gave listeners a chance to raid its record library for three-and-a-third minutes to pick their favorite three discs...from Vancouver... It was longer than two 40-foot school buses...and its heart was the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. The skeleton of a blue whale fitting that description is being pieced together...bone by bone...at UBC.

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