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July 2011 Archives

Young Liberals want change to start of CEGEP school year

Mariepier Isabelle is the president of the young Liberals in Quebec. She tells Ainslie why some students want to move the start of school to September. Isabelle argues that students would be able to keep working longer, instead of having to pack their school books before the tourism season ends.

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Former CBC correspondent Brian Stewart reflects on the famine crisis

Twenty seven years ago, Brian Stewart brought striking images of hunger and starvation in Ethiopia into the homes of Canadians. Canada reacted as did people around the world. Brian Stewart reflects on the current crisis in Eastern Africa where millions of people are hungry and at risk of dying from starvation.
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Competing for Quebec tourism dollars

There is a tradition among many Quebeckers to flock to the warm water beaches of Southeastern New Brunswick, or Old Orchard Beach in Maine. We check in with an operator in both places to see if the high Canadian dollar is drawing more Quebeckers to the US this summer.
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Dr. Stanley Vollant walks in Pessamit for young people

We have chronicled the long pilgrimages of Dr. Stanley Vollant, since he decided to visit every Aboriginal community. He was recently walking from Ste. Anne de Beaupré to Wendake. And this Friday night he will be in Pessamit, his hometown. There is a special walk to encourage young people to avoid substance abuse and make healthier choices instead.
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Immigration lawyer questions most wanted list

Last week, Immigration minister Jason Kenney announced a most wanted list for 30 men suspected of committing war crimes in other countries, and now likely living in Canada. Ainslie speaks with immigration lawyer Dan Bowbot in Montreal. He questions why Ottawa issued such a list, and whether those accused will have a fair chance to defend themselves against the allegations.
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The push for more female engineers

Monique Frize is the chair of the Canadian Committee on Women in Engineering. She is working to see more female students in engineering faculties and eventually engineering jobs across Canada. One of her suggestions is that schools highlight more of the applications of engieneering in society beyond building infrastructure.
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From braid to wig: the story of a hair donation

Julia Caron has been working with Quebec AM over the past year. She has a personal story about deciding to cut her very long hair, and donate it to an organization that can transform it into a wig for someone with cancer.
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Feisty Quebec lawyer set to star in new legal show

Anne-France Goldwater remembers when her father told her she should be more ladylike, and she knew even then, she wasn't made that way. Since then, she has gone on to become a lawyer and has earned a reputation as a foul mouthed, feisty advocate who has taken on several high-profile cases. She speaks with Ainslie about the type of television program we can expect to see when l'Arbitre begins on V. It will be a Judge Judy style legal program, but Goldwater insists it will be different.
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Dispute between two First Nations over land in Laurentians Wildlife Reserve

Clifford Moar is the Chief of the Masteuiash First Nation near Lac St Jean. He explains why he is in conflict with the Huron Wendat First Nation over territorial claims in the Laurentians Wildlife Reserve.

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Konrad Sioui is the Grand Chief of the Huron Wendat First Nation. Here is his response.

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Meet your MP: NDP's Annick Papillon represents the riding of Québec

This summer on Quebec AM, we are introducing listeners to several new members of parliament elected in May. Today we meet Annick Papillon, newly elected member of parliament for the riding of Quebec.
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Kayak federation responds to coroner's report

Bernard Hugonnier is the technical director of Quebec's federation of kayaking and canoeing. He speaks with Ainslie about the recommendations of a coroner's report into the death of a kayaker last August.
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Davie shipyard stays afloat

An 11th hour deal to save the Davie shipyard in Lévis has succeeded, just in time to compete for lucrative federal contracts worth billions of dollars. The Upper Lakes is the new owner of the shipyard, in partnership with Daewoo, SNC Lavalin and Raytheon. Glenn Wanamaker spoke with John Dewar, vice-president of Upper Lakes, about what's to come.

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The deal is a relief for Gustav Johan Nydal, the soon-to-be outgoing president and CEO of the Davie shipyard, He speaks with Ainslie about how the deal unfolded.

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Clément Gignac is the economic development minister for Quebec. He explains why the province is investing in the yard and the shipbuilding industry, despite the risks and stakes involved.

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Training can prevent more kayak deaths: coroner

Last August, 40 year old amateur kayaker Michel Rousseau drowned in the waters off Ile-Aux-Coudres near Baie St-Paul. This week, the coroner's office released the results of the inquest into his death. Quebec City coroner Andree Kronstrom explains her findings. One of the key recommendations is for inexperienced kayakers to get training before they hit the water.

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Here is the link to the Quebec canoe and kayak federation (Fédàration Quebecoise du canoe et du kayak).

Here is another link to Transport Canada's guide to sea kayak safety.

Competition for shipbuilding contracts heats-up

The CBC's Jennifer Henderson is based in Halifax. She's been looking at the competition among the shipyards that want to get billions of dollars in federal contracts. Jennifer speaks to Ainslie about the bids and the 11th hour attempt for the Davie Shipyard to stay in the race.
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Quebec stage supplier discusses Bluefest collapse

The footage of the stage collapse at the Ottawa Bluesfest is a remarkable example of what can happen when the weather kicks-up a storm. There are still many questions about what exactly happened. Stéphane Berger is the vice president of Groupe Berger. The company is based in Montreal and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and provided the stage for the Bluesfest. He explains to Ainslie what he knows following the incident.
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Bumps on the road to high speed internet on the Lower North Shore

It's not easy bringing high-speed Internet to all of the Lower North Shore. But progress is being made this summer. Ainslie speaks to Richard Lacroix, a consultant on the high speed project to find out more about the plan the timeline for connecting communities.
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The Amundsen sets sail for another voyage in the Arctic

Louis Fortier leads another expedition to the North as the scientific director of Arctic Net. He speaks with Ainslie MacLellan about the voyage and the science that will take place once they arrive. Fortier also responds to the controversy that broke out last year over the funding partnership that Arctic Net has with oil companies BP and Imperial Oil.
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Aboriginal film and music project parked after funding slashed

The Wapakoni Mobile project travels to Aboriginal communities across Quebec to encourage young people to tell stories through film and music. The project has recently lost half a million dollars worth of funding from Service Canada. Anna Woch is a film instructor who works with the program. She defends the project as well as the rationale for public funding.
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Pipeline companies want access to 8-1-1 in Quebec

The Quebec Common Ground Alliance represents companies that build infrastructure underground such as pipelines. They want access to the 8-1-1 number in Quebec and other provinces so that people can call that number and find out where underground lines exist, before they dig. But that phone number is already used as a hotline for health in Quebec. Ainslie speaks with the head of the Quebec Common Ground Alliance about their case for using 8-1-1.
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Gaspé shipyard watching future of Davie

Denise Verreault is the CEO of Groupe Maritime Verreault, a shipyard in Les Méchins. She explains her position on the future of the Davie Shipyard. Her main concern is the competition for qualified workers.
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Meet your MP: Lise St-Denis, new NDP representative in Saint Maurice Champlain

This summer on Quebec AM we are hoping to meet some of the new members of parliament representing Quebeckers. This morning we speak to Lise St-Denis, NDP MP for Saint-Maurice Champlain. Last week she revealed that she has cancer after media reports that she had missed several days of the last parliamentary session.

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Quebec salmon anglers are seeing a strong summer catch

The salmon are biting in Quebec rivers this year. Ainslie speaks with David Bourdages in Carlton in the Gaspé. He is the Regional director for the Salmon River management federation. He also explains the decisions anglers make to simply catch or to catch and release.
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The threads between linen and the Irish in Portneuf

Marika Wheeler was recently in Portneuf. That's where she has pulled together some of the connections between Irish settlement and the region's history of linen.

To begin with, the town of Portneuf is celebrating its 150 year anniversary, including a special exhibit on Irish settlement.

Every two years the region also celebrates the history of linen production in the area with an exhibition. This year they invited Belfast-born, Vancouver artist Lycia Trouton to display a work of hers.

She has embroidered the names of victims of sectarian violence on to four hundred squares of linen.

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New role for Eastern Townships correspondent

Alison Brunette will be taking on full time responsibilities as our Eastern Townships researcher and columnist for Quebec AM. She explains to Ainslie her role and how people can get in touch with their story ideas.

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You can reach Alison at 819 620-0000 ext. 2226, And you can email Alison at alison.brunette@cbc.ca

Ottawa announces new retrofit rebates for homeowners

Canadians have up until March 31, 2012 of next year to receive federal rebates on home renovations that cut back on energy use. Natural Resources Canada has extended the ecoENERGY program. You can call 1-800-622-6232 or check the website ecoaction.gc.ca for details.

Crisis in eastern Africa worsens

We call out to Amanda Lindhout in eastern Kenya. She is observing one of three camps that make up the overall Dadaab refugee camp, the largest in the world. Right now it's overflowing with people who are hungry and ill. Most of the people have come from Somalia, some of them walking for days. Lindhout is a former freelance journalist and now the founder of a Canadian NGO that supports Somali women.

"The stories we're hearing about the journeys taken here are just unbelievable."

Lindhout describes the scene on the ground and the stories she's hearing about the journey from villages to the camp.

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Fundraising totals for Richelieu flood victims less than hoped

Michel Fecteau is the force behind the relief effort for the people devastated by flooding in the Richlieu Valley. So far the public has raised $2 million dollars, most of which has been channelled to the Red Cross. But Fecteau says it's not enough, when looking at other disaster reactions.
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Australian folk singer racks up the kilometres on musical tour

Kim Churchill is used to driving, sleeping in his van and jumping in the ocean. He tells Ainslie MacLellan about playing several shows in Quebec over the course of a couple of weeks. Ainslie checked the mileage, and she's counting 1600 kilometres in this province alone.

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To hear Kim Churchill's music, check out his myspace.

Will cap and trade work in Quebec?

The province of Quebec will bring in a new cap and trade program in 2013 to cut down on carbon emissions. Ainslie speaks with business professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau, at the H.E.C. business school in Montreal. While he sees some advantages to the program, Pineau wonders why transportation won't be affected until 2015.
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Tim's says farewell

In classic Belford style, Tim offers the top ten signs that it's time to retire.
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Highlights from Tim's last show

Part One:

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Part Two:

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Part Three:

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A man with a sense of humour

Anyone who has listened to Tim Belford for any length of time knows the man has a dry, witty, sense of humour. From his columns, to his own foibles, here are few gems from his career, including a play-by-play of the Meech Lake constitutional crisis.

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Or his encounters with wildlife, including skunks: 

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Or deer: 

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This is Tim's recollection of his first day at work.

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A trip to the vault: key moments in Tim's history on Quebec AM

Ainslie Maclellan went diving into the archives for memorable moments from Tim's broadcasting career. We begin with his conversation with Gracie Martyn.

It was May 29th,1914 when the ocean liner the Empress of Ireland sank off the coast of Rimouski, after colliding with the Norwegian coal ship, the Storstad. More than one thousand people died. Back in 1993, Gracie Martyn was the last known survivor of that disaster. She has since passed away. But Tim had a chance to speak with her on Quebec AM about her experience.

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One of the major events to happen during Tim's time in Quebec City was the Summit of the Americas, back in 2001. The three day economic meeting sparked violent clashes between police and protestors, around the summit's security fence. Tim and then Daybreak host, Dave Bronstetter, teamed up for a special morning show from Quebec City the Friday of the summit. Here are some of the sounds and voices from the coverage that day, and the aftermath on Monday's show. 

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The time surrounding the Meech Lake Accord was one of the most tumultuous eras in Quebec history. It rekindled emotions that had been stirred up by the 1980 referendum, and its collapse foreshadowed the second referendum to come five years later. Shortly before the agreement fell through, Tim hosted a town hall meeting in Lennoxville, at the Bishop's University pub. He was joined by guests Royal Orr - former Quebec AM host and former president of Alliance Quebec and Parti Quebecois MNA Francois Beaulne. And he was joined by Quebecers from across the Eastern Townships and beyond. It was recorded in spring 1990.

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Tim's dream chat with legendary goalie Johnny Bower

As part of a retirement gift, our researcher Glenn Wanamaker lined-up an interview with Maple Leaf legend Johnny Bower.
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Tim swaps stories with Ernie Chartrand

Our community correspondent in Rouyn-Noranda for many years was Ernie Chartrand. He'll be back with us this morning and promises to give Tim one more fire prevention tip before Tim retires.

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Former correspondent Karen MacDonald joins Tim

For Tim's last week before the big retirement, we're bringing back some of our former community correspondents from the past 20 years.This morning, Quebec City's first correspondent, Karen MacDonald -- former co-owner and publisher of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph.

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The origins of the Log Cabin Chronicles

Tim speaks with John Mahoney, former community correpondent in Stanstead. They reminisce about the start of the Log Cabin Chronicles.
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Father of fallen soldier reflects on the end of the mission

Now that Canada's combat mission has ended in Afghanistan, many are asking: what was accomplished? It's a difficult question for Jim Davis to answer. His son, Corporal Paul Davis, was killed in Afghanistan in March 2006 in an accident involving the LAV III in which he was riding. Jim speaks to Tim about what he's thinking about, now that Canada's war has come to an end.
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Tim catches-up with Betty-Alice Strickland in Chevery

Betty-Alice Strickland was a community correpondent for Quebec AM for many years. As Tim prepares for his retirement, she catches-up with him on life in Chevery, on the Lower North Shore.
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Centenarian meets the Royals

Lennoxville resident Joan Thomson has lived under four different British Monarchs, missing a fifth by only one year. But on the weekend she had a much closer brush with royalty. Tim speaks with her about meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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Royal visitors court Quebec City, Lévis residents

They came, they saw, they conquered ... hearts. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Quebec City and Lévis Sunday, and charmed the crowds despite withering heat. A chronicle of a royal visit with Peter Black.

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A walk down memory lane with Tim

With Tim retiring at the end of the week, we take a gentle walk down memory lane as we re-unite him with a few of our former community correspondents from around the province. Today, his guest will be Bob Bourdon, story-teller extraordinaire, formerly from Mont Tremblant. And we hear one of our favourite Tim columns, about Fatso the squirrel

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An unforgettable Tim moment

And from the voluminous Tim Belford archives, Tim's close encounter with the best that winter can offer.
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