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June 2011 Archives

The striped bass is making a comeback

A striped bass was once a real prize for sport fisherman in the St-Lawrence - maybe too much of a prize because the population was wiped out in the 60's. But over the past decade, biologists have been reintroducing the species. And they are starting to see promising results. We get the details.

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Another tool to reduce drinking and driving

The educational organization, Educ'Alcool, has developed a free app to help people calculate how much they've had to drink. And now it is available in English. We find out what you can count on it for.

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Our wily tourist seeks help in Montreal

Nothing says tourist like a camera around the neck, a map in hand, and a quizzical look on the face. Meet Shawn Apel, CBC's tourist-for-a-day in Montreal. We find out how the locals treated him.

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Sherbrooke, civic workers in contract dispute

Blue Collar workers in Sherbrooke say if they can't sign a collective agreement with the city by the end of next week they are going on strike. We find out what their demands are, and how the city is planning to deal with the disruptions.

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CBC President answers the tough questions

The Boss is in the House. Hubert Lacroix, President of CBC/Radio Canada joins us in studio for a look at what lies ahead for public television and radio in this country, and to answer some of your questions about service here in Quebec.

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New protocol for diabetic children released

Getting schools board comfortable with diabetic students can take time and a lot of teaching. Now the Quebec health department has put out a protocol about dealing with diabetic children. The mother of one diabetic girl tells us why she thinks it's a landmark document.

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Building the longest wooden arch bridge

A Quebec company that has become a leader in making wooden structures is getting ready to build what it calls the longest wooden arch bridge in the world.

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The Duke and the Duchess coming to Lévis

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are coming to Quebec City and Lévis on Sunday. We get a preview from MP Steven Blaney, who did his royal homework to woo the newlyweds to his community.

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Creating ties between 1st Nations & mining firms

Arden McBride, chief of the Timiskaming Algonquin First Nation, joins us from the first-ever indigenous summit on mining and energy taking place this week - from gold and copper, to oil, gas and hydro, control of these resources is a growing concern for aboriginal communities.

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Music from Deep South at Bishop's

In the deep south of the United States in the late fifties and early sixties, change was in the air. Desegregation was on the way, voter rights on the agenda and there was Rock 'n Roll. George Rideout tells us about his new musical, Columbia Days, opening soon at Bishop's.
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From laptops to iPads for Townships' schools

For eight years now, students with the Eastern Townships School Board have been learning a large part of their curriculum on laptop computers. The one laptop per student program was an initiative to help keep students interested in school. Now it's getting an upgrade. We find out what difference iPads will make.

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Young advocate for child diabetes goes to Washington

Children from around the world are gathered in Washington to discuss the way juvenile diabetes affects their lives. The lone Canadian Canadian delegate knows a lot about that. Myriam Paquin is from St. Augustin de Desmaures, just outside Quebec City. She is 13- years-old. And as you'll hear in our conversation, Myriam has never known life without diabetes.

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Pierre Curzi on life after quitting the PQ

Pierre Curzi receives standing ovations at his constituency office in Montréal. This comes a couple of weeks after he and two other MNA's quit the Parti Quebecois to sit as independents. He speaks with Susan Campbell about whether he wants to establish a new party.
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Businesses in Quebec City's Grande Allée area prepare for big night

The CBC's Ainslie MacLellan drops by several establishments as they prepare for the big festivities for St Jean Baptiste. This year the city is bringing in stricter controls on alcohol and establishing a security perimeter.

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Quebec City Police explain their plan for St Jean celebrations

The CBC's Kim Garritty dropped by a news conference, just two days before St Jean Baptiste celebrations kick off in the capital city. She explains to Susan what the police say will be the approach taken by officers on the big night. This follows a directive from the mayor, that overdrinking and open liquor are no longer welcome at the party.
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Soldiers return home to Quebec

The CBC's Marika Wheeler waits with families at the Jean Lesage airport as sixty soldiers from CFB Valcartier return home to Quebec from Afghanistan. First she speaks with Lois Arkwright George, the mother of Captain Nicholas George.

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Marika then speaks to Peter George as he looks for his son in the crowds.

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Finally, Nicholas speaks to reporters about what it's like to be home.

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Life after the flood is not the same

Daniel Guyot explains to Susan what life is like six months after the ocean tide flooded his home in St. Ulrich. We reached him on his cell phone in front of his house, and you can hear the ocean in the background. He says the sound of the surf used to bring him pleasure. But now it's a source of anxiety.
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Valcartier troops begin coming home

Troops from CFB Valcartier are starting to return home from Afghanistan. Eugene Lang is co-author of "The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar". Tim speaks with him about what lies ahead for the troubled country once the Canadian combat mission winds down.
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Bishop's University goes geothermal

Tim goes exploring on Bishop's University campus with the help of Michel Caron, the director of buildings and grounds.Eventually, the university could save $325,000 a year in energy costs.
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Appeal Court weighs key Labour Code issue

When is a replacement worker not a strike-breaker under Quebec's Labour Code? That's one of the key issues arising from the Journal de Québec lockout three years ago. Today, it's being argued before the Court of Appeal. We'l look at its importance for the labour movement.

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"We're afraid of the sea, but we still like it."

The Grand Marée of last December brought high tides, massive waves and flooding to many communities along the Gaspé coasts and Lower North Shore. The CBC's Susan Woodfine recently visited the two communities of Ste. Luce and Ste. Flavie. In these two towns, just over a hundred homeowners have to decide whether to take compensation from the province and move their homes to less flood prone ground, or to stay put and face the uncertaintly of another bad storm one day. And as Susan Woodfine, explains for some people. their relationship with the sea has changed.
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Francois Legault explains his vision for a new political party

Susan speaks with Francois Legault about his plans to form a new political party in Quebec.
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Luring tourists to the Lower North Shore

Claire Labadie launches a brand new project: aquaculture tourism. A group of tourists has travelled all the way to Labrador, then to her community on the Lower North Shore in Bonne Esperance, because they want to see her scallop operation up close. The tour will also offer samples and education about the little seafood. And as Claire explains to Susan, she hopes this will be viable industry.
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There's a better way to grill

Dr. Peter Lin reminds us, sadly, that there are some health risks with barbecuing some foods. But he tells Tim how we can reduce the risk. Bring on the marinée.
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Stretching pennies all the way to NYC

Some of the students at Métis Beach School in Métis-sur-mer have been fundraising for a big trip to New York City. One of the last projects is to collect enough pennies to cover their meals and other expenses. We're talking five kilometres of pennies. Tim gets the scoop.
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Young PQ MNAs get their response from Jacques Parizeau

There is a generation gap in the Parti Québécois. Twelve PQ MNA's on the early side of 40 want the old guard led by former Premier Jacques Parizeau to stop telling them what to do. Tim speaks with one of them about why they feel the need to fly on their own. And how they are reacting to Jacques Parizeau's repsonse.

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What do you think of "Ô Kébèc" as a new anthem for Quebec?

The Société St Jean Baptiste commissioned a new anthem for Quebec. Raoul Duguay and Alain Sauvageau answered the call. Read the lyrics and hear the song on their website.

This is what some people on the streets of Montréal think of the anthem.

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Pauline Marois' leadership fragile after an explosive week

Our political panel Rhéal Séguin of the Globe&Mail and Gilbert Lavoie of le Soleil discuss the last seven days in politics. After four defections from the Parti Quebecois, the ground under leader Pauline Marois is shaky. We'll hear what might happen in provincial politics over the summer.
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Changes to analog signal for CBC

José Breton has been protesting outside of Radio Canada in Quebec City recently. He's upset that he will no longer be able to receive CBC TV with rabbit ears alone.

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It turns out that the changes to the analog signal will affect people differently depending the market in which they live. Steve Guiton is vice-president and chief regulatory officer for CBC. He explains to Susan what changes will happen and how the CBC is hoping for an extention or the introduction of low cost cable packages.
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Susan also speaks with Valerie Plaskacz of Heritage Canada about the changes on the horizon.
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Super volunteer Eileen Perkins

Tim has a lively conversation with Eileen Perkins of Richmond. Quebec AM listeners will remember Eileen as a long time community correspondent for the show. And many others have known her for her volunteer work in the Eastern Townships.She is going to receive a special honour at the National Assembly in the fall for her work.
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Quebec City search and rescue dispatch centre to close

The new fisheries minister announced yesterday that the government is closing down two search and rescues dispatch centres, including one in Quebec City. We'll hear from a union representative who says this is a mistake.

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Preparing for thousands of helpers

Susan checks in with Nadine Galipeau. She and her family have been dealing with water damage for over six weeks now. We also hear from building inspector Richard Tanguay about the state of many homes in the region.

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Over ten thousand volunteers will arrive this weekend and next to help clear away sandbags and other debris. Here is a link to the SOS Richelieu project.

Quebec Conservatives prepare for feisty convention

The Conservative convention is underway. Susan speaks with Quebec delegate Peter White. He's the president of the Conservative Association of Brome Missisquoi, and he's already been critical of his party's campaign strategy in Quebec during the last election. Now Quebec Conservatives have another bone to pick with some members of the party. It has to do with a controversial motion to change the way leaders are elected.

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PQ in crisis after three MNA's defect

The leader of the Parti Quebecois is in emergency mode after three MNAs resign from the party to sit as independents. They say the PQs introduction of the controversial arena bill was the final straw. Is there more to it? Tim speaks with political scientist and former PQ candidate Guy Lachapelle to find out.

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Party loyalties tested over provincial arena bill

Quebec AM's political panel, Rhéal Séguin and Gilbert Lavoie, discuss the latest on the hearings into Bill 204. The legislation was introduced as a private member's bill by PQ MNA Agnais Maltais. It would protect a controversial untendered arena deal between Quebec City and corporate giant Quebecor from legal challenges. But not all the PQ members are onside.
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Ironman on its way to Tremblant

The famous Ironman competition is coming to Mont-Tremblant, August 2012.
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Fighting to bring Quebec City arena deal to light

Alain Miville de Chênes is a Quebec City businessman. He's joined former city manager Denis de Belleval in a legal fight against the arena deal with Quebecor. Those in favour of the deal say this is the only way to bring back the NHL. But de Chênes says it's about respecting municipal law. 

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Shoring up the strength of the beach

Scouts along the Lower St Lawrence shore are planting sea lime grass this weekend as part of an annual clean-up.
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Rough play at QC arena hearings

Quebec City's arena project was poked and prodded yesterday at public hearings at the National Assembly. Glenn Wanamaker brings us some of the voices heard.
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Should teenagers have the right to use tanning beds?

The CBC's Douglas Gelevan looks at the issue of teenagers using tanning beds.
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PPPs and the Quebec arena deal

Susan speaks with Laval University law instructor Julie McCann about the legal framework behind private public partnerships. McCann will present at hearings into Bill 204 - a controversial private member bill to protect the Quebec City arena deal from lawsuits.
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New Sherbrooke hockey team calls for an arena facelift

Junior hockey's coming back to Sherbrooke, and the Mayor has plans to refurbish the Palais des Sports.
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Mega Trials: the pros and cons

Tim talks to the head of Quebec's bar association about whether trying dozens of accused at once is the right solution for prosecuting organized crime in the province.
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Harmonized sales tax for dummies

Everything you ever wanted to know about the harmonized sales tax.
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Judge dismisses 31 charges in Operation Sharqc crackdown

Susan speaks with criminal lawyer Jeffrey Boro about the decison by a judge to dismiss 31 charges for people accused in the anti-biker sweep known as Operation Sharqc. The judge cited unreasonable delays.
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Mural of fallen soldiers begins national tour

Tim speaks with artist Dave Sopha about his massive mural of fallen soldiers. He also speaks with Sean Libin who has organized a national tour of the mural.
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WHO issues cell phone warning

An international panel of scientists says using cellphones is a possible cause of malignant brain cancer.  Dr. Lin brings us the latest on this story.
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Discovery at Trois Rivières church dates back three hundred years.

An excavation crew in Trois-Rivières have discovered a piece of the city's history that dates back 300 years.
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