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January 2011 Archives

Political Panel

Rhéal Séguin and Gilbert Lavoie discuss the latest Charest appointments of high ranking PQ alumni. And we get their bet on a federal election in the spring. 
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Donna Guzik's look ahead at the week in business

The markets react to Egypt and other big stories this week in business.

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Louise Arbour on the crisis in Egypt

Louise Arbour is the head of the International Crisis Group in Brussels. We spoke to her about the current turmoil in Egypt.

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Midwifery students in Quebec are worried about finding jobs

Students graduating from the provincial midwifery program at the Université de Québec à Trois Rivières are worried about their future prospects. The CBC's Ainslie MacLellan reports on their concerns and also gets a tour of a birthing centre in Quebec City.
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Spring Election?

Rob Russo, bureau chief for the Canadian Press in Ottawa, gives us his take on the latest election talk. 
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Suicide prevention week

Suicide prevention week has begun in Quebec. To tell us more, Judge Michael Sheehan, who has been volunteering with suicide prevention for over ten years, joined us in studio.

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To reach the Association Québécoise de Prévention du Suicide, call 418 614 5909 or go to their website. www.aqps.info.

Fifth Estate: Mafia in Canada

Bob McKeown of the investigative program Fifth Estate, describes his report on mafia influence in Canada. it heavily features connections to Montreal and the Rizutto clan.
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Unravelling the mystery of the pyramids

The great pyramids mystery could soon become a lot less mysterious thanks to professor Xavier Maldague and his team of researchers from Laval University.
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Gaspé floods, a month after.

It`s been a little over a month since the Gaspé coast was assaulted with unusually high winds and tides.
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Unrest in Egypt

Analyzing the turmoil in Egypt: we hear from an Egyptian native now in Rimouski, journalist Taieb Moalla, and an expert from the Munk School  of Global Affairs.
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War Art at Sherbrooke University

The New American Century Project and the War Map Dress Trilogy are the names of two exhibits at Sherbrooke University's art gallery.  The CBC's Alison Brunette met with the artists and told Quebec AM about their work.

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Registered Disability Savings Plans

The federal government offers Registered Disability Savings Plans to Canadians with sever disabilities. This morning on Quebec AM, Laurie Beachell tells us who is benefiting from the plan and where there is still room for improvement in securing the financial future of disabled Canadians.

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New Face for the Quebec Oil & Gas association

He's been hailed a saviour before, but can he turn the tide on the shale gas PR war?  Lucien Bouchard is the new president of the Quebec Oil and Gas association.  Here is reaction to his nomination from his old party's energy critic, and an environmentalist.

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Refugees, drug coverage and Quebec

Pharmacists in Québec and the federal department of Citizenship and Immigration are at an impasse over repayment of prescriptions for refugees in this province. We get the latest.

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We also speak to an expert in refugee law about the context and policies on admitting refugees to Canada with medical conditions. Listen to Susan's interview with Sharryn Aiken, associate dean in the faculty of law, at Queens University.

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Emergency Architects in Kitcisakik

Emergency Architects have been helping people living in the first nations community of Kitcisakik build their safe homes for big families.

One of the Architects working on the project is Guillaume Levesque, and he was with us earlier to tell us what an Anishabe's dream home looks like. 

Listen to his interview with Susan Campbell.

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Make Way for Youth program in Eastern Townships

Places Aux Jeunes is a province-wide effort to attract young people to settle in rural areas.

 

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon's visited Stanstead to drop- in on one of their activities. It was a discovery day for people from bigger cities and beyond.

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Refugees in Quebec asked to pay for drugs up front

Pharmacists in Quebec are in a dispute with the federal Citizenship and Immigration Department over repayment of drugs for refugees in this province. They have asked refugees to pay up front, otherwise they will refuse to fill those prescriptions. Susan speaks with Dr. Norbert Gilmore, professor emeritus at McGill and the director of the HIV clinics at the McGill University Health Centre about the implications.

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Tune in to CBC.ca/montreal for more news on this today.

We will follow this story Wednesday on Quebec AM.

 

History, then and now

Tim speaks with historian Charles-Phillipe Courtois about the best way to remember Quebec history.

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Hip-hop messenger

The Quebec English School Boards association has a new video campaign to attract more students to the system. Hip-hop artist Annakin Slayde has a new tune for them. We'll hear why they wanted this kind of campaign.
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Historic deal for the Innu on La Romaine Hydro

Armand McKenzie, on behalf of the Innu people of Uashaunnuat of Sept-Iles, speaks with the CBC's Marika Wheeler about a tentative deal with Hydro Quebec. The deal would see $125 million dollars flow into the Innu community. In exchange, Hydro Quebec would run power lines through their ancestral land.

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School Closure

New-Carlisle High School, closed for the day.

Political Panel

Gilbert Lavoie and Rhéal Seguin analyze the Quebec political scene.
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Jesse Hirsh

Jesse Hirsh tells us about a new software that gives your internet pictures an expiry date.
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The latest in the Québec City arena saga

Pierre Karl Peladeau, the head of Quebecor, has confirmed that he will invest tens of millions of dollars in a new Québec City arena. Susan gets the skinny from Francois Bourque of Le Soleil.
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An experiment in poverty - Naufragés en ville

We speak to Pierre Coté who left his job as marketing consultant in Québec City for two months to take part in the new Radio Canada program Naufragés en ville. The program follows two people who are trying to survive on the same amount of money as people who receive welfare. We also speak to Marc St-Onge one of the show producers.

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Talisman Energy discusses shale gas leak

Tim speaks with Stéphane Perreault about a recent release of gas from an exploration spot in Leclercville. We also hear comments from Environment Minister Pierre Arcand about the need for the industry to get more control over leaks.

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School Closure

A.S. Johnson in Thetford Mines: closed for the day.

Everest school in Quebec City: closed for the day.

Rimouski biologist named scientist of the year

Joël Bêty is a biologist at the Université de Québec à Rimouski who studies bird migrations to the north. He was recognized as the scientist of the year by Radio Canada. We speak to Bêty about his work.
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Running out of sand on the Mags

Sand reserves on the Magdalene Islands after heavy fall storms take a heavy toll on the shoreline. More and more sand is needed to stabilize land afffected by erosion. We speak to Mayor Joël Arseneau about the options ahead.

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After Bastarache, where does the province go from here ?

We speak again to Pierre Cimon, once the lead prosecutor for the Bastarache commission. He gives us his take on what the commission accomplished.
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Jean-Marc Fournier responds to Bastarache commission

Quebec justice minister, Jean-Marc Fournier, responds to the recommendations of the Bastarache report.
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Tourists return from Tunisia

We speak to a travel agent in La Sarre about the struggle to bring two Quebec tourists home early from Tunisia after political unrest erupts.
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Gas war: Shale VS cow

Cow gas versus shale gas. Which is more more damaging to the environment?
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Kirpans refused at the National Assembly

A group of Sikh people were refused entrance to the National Assembly yesterday when they insisted on keeping their kirpans.

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Need another reason to quit smoking ?

Dr. Peter Lin talks about the instant effects of nicotine on the body.
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From editorials to politics

Susan interviews Carol Neron in Saguenay about the possibility that he will run for the Conservative. They also discuss the recent ads launched by the Tories.
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The mystery of Duvalier continues

We speak with Francois Gélineau of Laval University about the arrest of Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti on Tuesday.

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China as superpower ?

A big meeting between the US and China this week has highlighted the role of China as a future economic superpower. We speak to Charles Burton, former counsellor in economic and political affairs for the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

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C11 coalition: attracting foreign investment

Canada's 11 biggest cities are joining forces to attract foreign investment dollars and increase trade. Carl Viel explains the C-11 Coalition and what it means for the Quebec City region.

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Memories from the time of Duvalier

Frantz Voltaire moved away from Haiti during the Duvalier regime. He reflects on why he left, and how the regime left a lasting impact on Haitian society.
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Questerre slows down shale gas exploration

Michael Binnion is the president of Questerre Energy Corporation. He was in Quebec City and spoke with Tim Belford about the company's plans to slow down exploration while the provincial regulator looks at various elements of this new energy development.
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New hospital in Baie St. Paul

The province plans to build a new earthquake resistance hospital in Baie St. Paul.  We get more details and reaction from people in the Charlevoix.

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Pierre Landry reviews the Braids

Our culture columnist Pierre Landry tells us about a new musical force on the Quebec scene. Braids are originally from Calgary, and now living in Montréal.

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Check out their myspace page. (www.myspace.com/braidsmusic)

Truth and reconciliation commission travels to Northern Quebec

We speak with Justice Murray Sinclair about the commission travelling to Nunavik in March.

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For more on the truth and reconciliation commission including dates and information on taking part in the process, go to their website, tca.ca.

Baby Doc returns to Haiti

The return of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to Haiti has many people in the Haitian Quebec community abuzz. We speak with Dr Jean Fils-Aimé, author and radio host at CPAM 1610 radio in Montréal.

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Assistance dogs and human rights

The Quebec Human Rights Commission says people who use assistance dogs have the right to take them in public. We hear about the decision. And we also learn more about assistance dogs by visiting a family in Repentigny and speaking to a researcher about their effect on children with autism.
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Dwindling caribou heards

The George River caribou population is falling. We speak to Steeve Côté, a researcher from the University of Laval who is working on the Quebec Ungava Research program.
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Bias against obesity at work

Susan speaks to a lawyer about bias against obese people in the workplace.  

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Bookfest

BookFest would like to remind cultural, community, municipal, school and other organizations from the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands to register an activity before January 21st.

 

School Closure

Notre-Dame-de-fatima school in Quebec City is closed because of a problem with the heating system. Daycare is available at Charles-Auguste-Savard school, 2155 Boul Bastien.

Human Rights Tribunal rules in favour of gay couple

The tribunal has awarded $12,000 to a couple from a neighbour, who the tribunal says harrassed the couple. We speak with Micheline Montreuil, a lawyer and secretary for the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Quebec. 

 

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Revolt in Tunisia

Taïeb Moalla is originally from Tunisia and now the National Assembly correspondent for the Journal de Québec. We speak with him about the situation in Tunisia.

 

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Sports and physical education in Haiti

The CBC's Alison Brunette tells us about a man in Sherbrooke, originally from Haiti, who wants to help his home country, through sports and physical education.

 

 

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Happy Birthday Lévis

The community of Lévis is celebrating several anniversaries this year.

We speak to Denis Therrien, president of Célébrations Lévis, about the big kick off this weekend.

 

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Unionizing Couche Tard employees

We speak with Jean Lortie, president of the federation du commerce, about filing an application to unionize a Couche Tard store in Montreal.

 

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Living Library

Our townships reporter Alison Brunette tells us about the Living Library project in Sherbrooke.

 

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Quebec surgeon reflects on Haiti

Vincent Echave was one of the surgeons who led a medical team from Quebec to Haiti following the disaster last year. He reflects on where things can go from here in the troubled country.

 

 

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When children have a fever

Dr. Lin, our regular health columnist, discusses fevers in children, and offers information for parents.

 

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Quebec Patriotic Militia goes retail

The CBC's Sabrina Marandola tells Susan about her visit to a storefront operation of the Quebec Patriotic Militia, a nationalist group that claims Quebeckers need to learn to defend themselves.

 

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Foie gras debate, la suite...

Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Caro has written a book called the Foie Gras Wars. We speak to him about the fight over foie gras in Chicago and beyond, and about where the contoversy stands right now in the U.S.

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Brian Creelman of Bishopton raises rare-breed ducks, geese and poultry on a small scale. He suggested a few weblinks.

http://www.humanefood.ca/foiegras.html

http://www.kootenaycoopradio.com/deconstructingdinner/102909.htm

In defence of foie gras

A famous Montreal chef backs out of a Winterlude event in Ottawa when he's asked to drop foie gras from the menu. We speak with Ontario farmer Ian Walker about the controversy.
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Where does Haiti go from here ?

We speak with Haitian Quebecker, Murielle Jean-Baptiste, about the future of her homeland.
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One year later, new life in Haiti

We catch up with three-year-old Lisa Croteau and her mother, almost a year after her adoption from Haiti.
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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission extends licence for Gentilly

Tim speaks with François Rinfret of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission about renewing the licence for Gentilly.
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Lhasa de Sela: "She moves between two worlds"

Our former colleague Madonna Hamel marked the first anniversary of Lhasa's death with a documentary called "She Moves Between Two Worlds" which aired on Radio 2 earlier this month.

You can listen back to that documentary on Inside The Music's Website.. 

Listeners can make a donation to Ontario's Owl Conservatory Foundation in honour of Lhasa through the website called "Snow Day For Lhasa". 

Blogger turned scout

Susan Campbell hears how blogger Simon Boisvert, aka, Snake Seventy, was recruited by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to scout new talent for the Q-league.

 

 

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Despite the sadness, life continues in Haiti

A year ago, Marc-André Franche lost his partner Alexandra Duguay in the Haiti earthquake. Tim speaks to Marc-André about his decision to return to Haiti to work for the UN, and how daily life in Haiti moves ahead despite frustration and grief.

 

 

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Pierre Landry reviews Emilie Proulx

Our music columnist Pierre Landry tells us about new music from Emlie Proulx.

 

 

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No flies on them

We speak to a researcher from the University of Guelph about using essential oils to keep flies away from cows. Simon Lachance says some fragrances can help cows repel insects, and keep the cows productive. 

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Over-Billing in the gym industry

CBC Marketplace has been investigating unauthorized charges and over-billing that have plagued the gym industry for years. Shawn Apel has an example of a failed gym that left many customers hanging.

 

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Quebec's new Ethics Commissioner

A new code of conduct for Quebec politicians and a new Ethics Commissioner to make sure it's followed.

We meet the new Commissioner, Jacques Saint-Laurent..

 

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Do Anti-Obesity Ads Work ?

We speak with Dr.Tom Warshawski, the Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation about whether anti-obesity ads that shock people are more effective than sugar- coating the message.

Here is a version of an ad from New York City Health Department.

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Quit smoking and win.

If you've decided this is your time to quit, you can sign up with this year's challenge.

No snow along Lower North Shore

A lack of snow along the Lower North Shore means people in several communities have to find other ways to get around. We speak with the mayor of Bonne Esperance, Bryce Fequet.
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