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Four years ago, a family in San Diego, California died when the gas pedal in their Lexus got stuck. It wasn't until that crash and a number of other deaths that Toyota finally acknowledged publicly there was a problem and recalled 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

Last year, car companies admitted about 22 million cars -- a record number -- had rolled off their assembly lines with various defects. It already appears they are about to break that record. 

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NHL's role in hockey violence; Life Lines; Nader on auto safety; From Kandahar to Carleton U; Mail on The Public God; Kitty Genovese; Remembering Sue Townsend

NHL's role in hockey violence; Life Lines; Nader on auto safety; From Kandahar to Carleton U; Mail on The Public God; Kitty Genovese;  Remembering Sue Townsend
This week on The Sunday Edition for April 20, 2014.

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From Kandahar to Carleton U.

From Kandahar to Carleton U.
Her first classroom was a patch of dry land in the desert. An unlikely oasis. But to eight-year-old Maryam Sahar Naqibullah, that's just what it was.

Maryam and the other 12 students, all eager, all of them girls, dressed head-to-toe in their burqas, had walked hours to get there. They sat on little square mats, hand-stitched by their mothers. In Kandahar province. Under the hot Afghan sun. And drank in their first lessons.

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Is the NHL complicit in hockey violence? Michael's essay

Is the NHL complicit in hockey violence? Michael's essay
The most important season of the year in this country is underway: the hockey playoffs.

Absenteeism from school and office has gone way up. Our media are vibrating with the excitement and drama. Parents abandon small children to the elements. Armed forces are at their lowest state of readiness. Life-saving surgical procedures have been postponed.

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The Public God - A Forum on the Role of Religion in Public Policy

The Public God - A Forum on the Role of Religion in Public Policy
On Tuesday, April 8th, The Sunday Edition hosted a forum titled The Public God. We heard a lively and provocative conversation about the role of faith in government, in public policies and in our culture.  

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Documentary: The Tracks of Armstrong, B.C.

Documentary: The Tracks of Armstrong, B.C.
The town of Armstrong is nestled in the Spalmucheen valley, part of BC's North Okanagan. It once produced Canada's biggest celery crop and the famous Armstrong Cheese. It now boasts a vibrant theatre company. It has a hugely agricultural fair.  Just under 3000 people call Armstrong home.
  

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Farouk al-Kasim: the Man Behind Norway's Oil Wealth

Farouk al-Kasim: the Man Behind Norway's Oil Wealth

Like Canada and the United States, Norway has a very lucrative oil and gas industry. But unlike those two countries, Norway did not use its resource wealth to pay for hefty tax cuts or social programs.  Instead, the Scandinavian country squirrelled its money away in a sovereign wealth fund for future generations. And today ... less than 25 years since its inception ... that nest egg has grown into the world's most valuable sovereign wealth fund, worth almost $850 billion.

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The Public God Forum; Farouk al-Kasim: The Man Behind Norway's Oil Wealth; Listener Mail; Documentary: The Tracks

The Public God Forum;  Farouk al-Kasim: The Man Behind Norway's Oil Wealth; Listener Mail; Documentary: The Tracks
This week on The Sunday Edition for April 13, 2014.

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In defense of public broadcasting - Mark Damazer, former BBC boss

As dark clouds loom over the future of the CBC, the former head of programming at BBC Radio 4 makes a fiery, unapologetic case for public broadcasting.  At an event at the University of Toronto's Massey College, Mark Damazer talks about why it matters, how to defend it and the importance of fighting against a prolonged death by a thousand cuts.

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Profanity and media; Robert Redford on Leonard Peltier; Chinese Medicine; Goldman Sachs and Libya; Lorrie Moore; Mark Damazer on Public Broadcasting

Profanity and media; Robert Redford on Leonard Peltier; Chinese Medicine; Goldman Sachs and Libya; Lorrie Moore; Mark Damazer on Public Broadcasting
This week on The Sunday Edition for April 6th, 2014.

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