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January 2011 Archives

Dawson Cafeteria's

There are three cafeteria's at Dawson College.
Some students there say they are informally segregated by ethnic background.
And not everyone feels welcome there.
Homerun's Sara Germanotta spent lunchtime at Dawson.
She talked to Sue about students who are trying to change things.

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 Islamist leader Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi has returned to Tunisia
He spent 22 years outside of the country.
Haroun Bouazzi is with the Canadian Collective of Solidarity with the Tunisian Struggle for Social Justice.
Listen to his conversation with Sue.

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Homeless for a Week

Pierre-Paul Lemay is living in the streets.
The Université de Montréal student wants to know what its really like to be homeless.

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To check out Pierre-Paul's journey visit their Facebook page.

Australia Day

Today is Australia Day!
Homerun's Ann Lang went to the Tourtiere Australienne shop on Parc and Mont Royal. 
Here's what it sounded like.
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The Oscar nominations

The Oscar nominations are out today.
The Quebec film Incendies is up for Best Foreign Language Film.
Luc Déry is one of the producers.
Here's Sue's interview with him.
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Annakin Slayd

Today Montreal's English public schools launched a new ad campaign.
They released a YouTube hip-hop video called, "Go Publique" 
The song is performed by Montreal hip-hop star Annakin Slayd -
Here is his conversation with Sue Smith.

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Challenge Day

It's been a very emotional day for some students and teachers at John Rennie High School in Pointe-Claire.It's Challenge Day.
Homerun's Sara Germanotta has been participating in the event.
Here's Sara's conversation with Sue Smith.

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Saku Koivu

Saku Koivu is playing his first game in Montreal as an Anaheim Duck tomorrow in   Montreal.
Sara Germanotta was at the Bell Centre when he met with reporters.

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Jean Charest

Today a Leger Marketing Poll says that most Quebecers still believe Marc Bellemare
even though the Bastarache Commission found that he was not under political pressure to appoint judges in Quebec.
Christian Bourque is with Leger Marketing

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Concordia University's New President

The University's Board of Governors voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Frederick H. Lowy as Concordia's President on an interim basis. 

He's the former President and Vice Chancellor of Concordia.

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Counterfeit Textbooks

The RCMP is cracking down counterfeit textbooks in Montreal.
Officers raided several photocopy stores located near universities.
Homerun's Sara Germanotta is following the story.

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Travel Nightmare

You expect adventures when you travel to the southernmost tip of South America...
 But a Montreal couple got more than they bargained for when they headed to Patagonia last week.
Nicolas Shapiro and Marie-Christine Carriere are back in Montreal now after six days trapped in the town of Puerto Natales. Loreen Pindera spoke to Nicolas.
Listen to her conversation with Sue

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Raw Denim

Today we are talking about raw denim jeans
They are all natural jeans that you are not supposed to wash for at least 6 months.

Listen to Josh Le conversation with Sue

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Training Mob

The CBC is trying to encourage you to make healthier changes in your life.
It's part of a national campaign called Live Right Now
And if you want to get in on the action - but find it hard to get motivated - a new website may give you that extra push you need. 
Homerun's Ann Lang talks to Sue about this.

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The head of the Bastarache Commission says there's no concrete evidence of influence peddling in the nomination of judges in Quebec.
Michel Bastarache says the evidence shows former justice minister Marc Bellemare appointed three judges to the bench of his own accord and not because of alleged pressure from Liberal Party fundraisers.
Rheal Seguin is the Quebec City reporter for the Globe and Mail.

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Bande a Part 10th Anniversary Celebrations is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Host Alexandre Courteau came by the Homerun studio to tell us about what's planned.

And he also gave Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck a tour of the studio where they are holding the big event... just down the hallway from our own Studio 20.



Today, a Haitian prosecutor charged Jean-Claude Duvalier with corruption, theft and misappropriation of funds.
He ruled Haiti between 1971 and 1986.
Frantz Voltaire heads the Haitian Information and Documentation Center in Montreal.

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Author Angie Abdou adores the Habs

angieabdou.jpgAngie Abdou's novel "The Bone Cage" takes us inside the world of two elite athletes who are trying to qualify for the Olympics.

It's a Canada Reads contender, defended by Georges Laraque.

Homerun Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck spoke to her:

I hear you and your family are big Habs fans?


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Balpreet Singh is part of the World Sikh Organization.
He's part of a group of sikhs that was barred from entering the National Assembly today.
He was there to make a presentation about reasonable accommodation.

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New Mortgage Rules

Today Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced tighter rules for mortgages.
Jean Freed is a financial advisor.
Listen to what she thinks about the new rules.

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Barney's Version

Today the Montreal Twittersphere is buzzing about Paul Giamatti's comments at the Golden Globes. They're tweeting about Giamatti's acceptance speech for best actor in a comedy- for Barney's Version.
Here's what he said:

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Montreal blogger Tamy Emma Pepin was watching and tweeting throughout the show.
She says this is great news for Montreal.

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Anwar Stewart to visit Montreal schools during off-season

Anwar-Stewart4032.jpgPlayers from the Montreal Alouettes visited Lester B. Pearson High School today as a part of their "Adopt an Alouette" program.

Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck spoke to Anwar Stewart.

You were the Master of Ceremonies at today's visit. Why do you think they chose you?

I think I chose myself. I'm the player coordinator for "Adopt and Alouette." We want it to be like a big pep rally.

Other than football, what sports did you play when you were a kid?  

Basketball and baseball.


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L. Ian Macdonald

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the Dorval and Mirabel today.
He visited aerospace facilities there.
L. Ian Macdonald is Homerun's political insider.
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Haroun Bouazzi on the role of social media in Tunisian political change

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi says he is assuming power after the president of the North African country stepped down following weeks of riots.

At least 23 people have been killed in the riots, according to the government, but opposition members put the death toll at more than three times that. 

The situation is contstantly evolving, and many people are using the Web, Twitter and Facebook to get updates and communicate with friends and family abroad.

Haroun Bouazzi is with the group Collectif De Solidarité Au Canada Avec Les Luttes Sociales En Tunisie.

He talked to Homerun Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck about the role the Web and social media have had in this time of great political change in Tunisia.


Listen to Sue's conversation with Haroun Bouazzi and another Tunisian Montrealer, Amina. Amina asked that we not use her last name on air because she fears for her family in Tunis.

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Should investing in RRSPs be mandatory?
It's a suggestion former liberal minister, Claude Castonguay, made recently.
The Quebec government doesn't like the idea...but they do admit there is a problem.
Omar Hayat is a Financial Advisor with Investor's Group.
He had some tips for us
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Auto journalist Benoit Charette's car picks

benoit charette.jpgThe Montreal International Auto Show runs January 14-24 at the Palais des Congres.

Automotive journalist Benoit Charette went for a preview today, and came into the studio to tell us about it.

Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck spoke to him in a Hallway Interview.

What do you drive?

2010 Audi A4

What was your first car?

1982 Subaru GL10

What is your dream car?

Porsche Carrera GT

What's your favourite car at this year's auto show?

Ford Focus ST

Your pick for a green car?

Nissan Leaf. It's nice to drive and the first 100 per cent electric car.

Would you buy an electric car?

Right now, no. The problem with electric cars is that they have to stay in town. They can go at best 160 km It will be at least 10 years before we see a charging network.

I always say, "Remember, 100 years ago there were no gas stations. People bought gas in convenience stores. It took 40 years to develop a network of gas stations."

The best solution right now is the Volt. It makes sense because thre is a generator, which extends the autonomy of the car. 

Listen to Benoit Charette's conversation  with Sue Smith.

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Hockey Nation

Hockey Nation is coming to Montreal.
It's a traveling hockey festival at the Dollard Civic Centre--
Saturday and Sunday between 9:15 and 4:15.
There will be all kinds of fun events including street hockey shoot outs, a CBC hockey night in Canada photo booth and hockey clinics.
Celebrity coaches like P.J. Stock and  hockey commentator Guy Carbonneau will be there.
Listen to his conversation with Sue
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Montreal actress Rachelle Lefevre in new TV series "Off the Map"

RachelleLeFevre.jpgMontreal actress Rachelle Lefevre is in a new television series on ABC that debuts tonight.

Off the Map is a drama about a group of doctors working in South America.

Lefevre played the role of  Victora in the Twilight Saga, and she also played Clara (Chambers) Charnovsky in the recently-released film adaptation of Mordecai Richler's Barney's Version.

Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck spoke to her in Los Angeles.

You are shooting Off the Map in Hawaii. Have you discovered any favourite new spots?

The Diamond Head Cove Health Bar. It's a tiny space with just a few seats. They have acai bowls and they do great omelettes. It's just a few blocks from where I am staying and I'm there all the time. I live there.

What do you miss about Montreal?

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Fallout in Arizona

Doctors in Arizona say Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is now able to breathe on her own.
She was shot in the head on Saturday by Jared Loughner.
He is still in custody, after being denied bail. 
Our next guest grew up in Tucson near the Safeway store where the shootings took place.
Neil Singh studied at McGill University.

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Foie Gras Controversy

Montreal Chef Martin Picard will not be preparing the kick-off dinner for Ottawa's Winterlude.
He was supposed to until organizers removed the foie gras from his menu.
Lucie Caron speaks for the National Capital Commission - which organizes the festival.

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A few Chefs in Ottawa are showing solidarity with Martin Picard.
Steve Mitton is the owner of Murray Street Kitchen in Ottawa.

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Luck Mervil and Georges Laraque: One year after the earthquake in Haiti

January 12, 2011 is the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.

Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck spoke to two Haitian Montrealers: Luck Mervil and Georges Laraque. Luck is a writer and musician, and Georges is a former NHLer.

Both have projects to help rebuild Haiti. Luck's project Vilaj Vilaj aims to build housing for people who lost their homes in the earthquake. Georges has been raising money to rebuild the Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince through the National Hockey League Players' Association's Hockey for Haiti program.

Tanya asked them to tell her about one of their favourite places in Haiti that hasn't been destroyed by the earthquake. Their answers were surprisingly similar.



Luck Mervil's Russian Hat

Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck met Luck Mervil outside of an RCI studio to talk to him about the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. As he was leaving the studio, fellow Haitian-Montrealer and known animal rights campaigner Georges Laraque was giving him a hard time about his fur hat.

Luck was unswayed, saying the hat has special meaning to him. Check out this amusing Hallway Interview.


Hockey Night in Canada

In just a few moments the "Hockey West Island Peewee A Kings" will step into the spotlight.
The team has been chosen to introduce an upcoming NHL game on Hockey Night in Canada.
They start filming tonight at 6pm at the Bob Birnie Arena in Pointe Claire.
Mike Collinson is the team's head coach.

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You can see the Hockey West Island Peewee A Kings on Hockey Night in Canada, on January 22nd.

Red Cross in Haiti

 It's been almost a year since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti.
 And Haitians are still in the process of rebuilding their country.
 Several aid agencies are on the ground helping with the reconstruction.
 They include the Canadian Red Cross.
 Conrad Sauvé is secretary general of the Canadian Red Cross.     

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The Cost of Parity

Today the loonie is actually worth a little more than the American dollar...
But we're still paying more for everything from greeting cards to cars.
And many consumers are angry about this.
Homerun's Sara Germanotta is following this story...

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Music that gives Valorie Salimpoor the chills

Valorie Salimpoor led a study at the Montreal Neurological Institute looking into how music affects us.

And it turns out that listening to music can release dopamine, just like food, drugs or sex.

Homerun Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck asked Valerie to tell us about a time when music has given her the chills.

Listen to Sue's interview with Valorie Salimpoor.
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Hallway interview with Raoul Bhaneja

Actor Raoul Bhaneja will perform the Hamlet tonight.

He's doing a one-man version of the Shakespeare classic.

It opens as part of the Wildside Festival at the Centaur Theatre.

Homerun web reporter Silvet Ali spoke to Raoul about his pre-show rituals.


Joe Beef's gourmet "Double Down"

Joe Beef chef, Frederique Morin, is taking on the Colonel.

The restaurant is serving a foie gras double down dish

somewhat inspired by the KFC breadless chicken breast sandwich.

Jeanette Kelly went down to the kitchen of Frederique's sister restaurant, Liverpool House at lunch time today.

Morin and his sous-chef Emmanuel made up a Foie Gras Double Down for her:


Hallway interview with Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia is back in Montreal with his new show, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend." It's on it's way to Broadway - and it's in Montreal for three nights at the Gesu.

He just released his book, "Sleepwalk with Me." Homerun web journalist Jesara Sinclair did a hallway interview about his own experiences sleepwalking.