Senate Solutions; NoViolet Bulawayo; Northern Gateway hazard; Massey murder

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This week on the Sunday Edition for November 3, 2013, with guest-host Laura Lynch:


 
How the Senate SHOULD work: It has been a long time since the Senate enjoyed the respect and esteem of most Canadians, but if anything, the allegations swirling around Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, have brought the Red Chamber into even more disrepute. Queen's University political scientist Ned Franks, one of the country's leading experts on our parliamentary system, makes the case for how the Senate could work and how it should be seen as an essential part of our democracy. (00:00:25)
 
Eleanor Catton: Laura talks to Man Booker prize-winning young writer Eleanor Catton about literary success, instant celebrity, and .. of course .. her novel, "The Luminaries," which is described as a Victorian sensation transplanted to New Zealand. (00:14:47)
 
Documentary: Freedom 95: If you are over 50, have worked non-stop for decades, earned some wrinkles, and suddenly find yourself unemployed, it can be shocking and intimidating. In Kitchener, Ontario, which was hard-hit by layoffs in the manufacturing and IT sectors, some people are turning to TIOW - (Targeted Initiative for Older Workers) -  a federal program that aims to get older unemployed people through the dark days. (00:42:03)
 
We Need New Names: NoViolet Bulawayo's novel tells the story of an impish ten-year-old girl called Darling who lives in Paradise, a shanty-town in Zimbabwe, but then leaves for a new life in America. NoViolet Bulawayo was herself born and raised in Zimbabwe, and made a similar journey. Laura talks to Ms. Bulawayo about the parallels between her novel and her life. She, like her character, took a new name. (01:02:26)
 
Oil Man and the Sea: If the Northern Gateway pipeline is approved, it will carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., where it would be loaded onto tanker ships. The ships would then have to navigate a maze of islands before reaching the open Pacific, on their way to lucrative Asian markets. That has led to fears of catastrophic oil spills that could devastate a rich yet vulnerable ecosystem. Travel writer Arno Kopecky decided to sail the same route those tankers will one day take, if the Northern Gateway goes ahead. (01:29:58)
 
Charlotte Gray: The Massey Murder: The prize-winning historian's latest book is a murder mystery, but it's also about "Toronto The Good" at its stodgiest; about a justice system dominated by the whims of some unforgettably whimsical characters -- all of them grumpy, well-established men. It's also about the city's duelling newspapers, and a society in which suffragists were still fighting for the vote. And it's about a country still umbilically attached to England -- and about the brutal "Great War" that would change that relationship. Charlotte Gray is Laura's guest. (01:54:45)

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