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August 2011 Archives


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NDP leadership race begins

The state funderal for Jack Layton has barely passed. And the NDP has to choose a new leader. Many names have been circulating quietly throughout the mourning period for Mr. Layton. Now the real positioning begins. Former New Democratic Party candidate Anne Lagacé Dowson shares her thoughts as to the future of the NDP's leadership.


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The price of giving up land: expropriation near Stoneham

Quebec AM's Peter Tardif explores some of the issues around the expansion of highway 175 near Stoneham. The province has expropriated land from several property owners. While many have settled, others are unhappy with the offer.
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Irene brings flooding, washed-out roads and power outages to Québec

Many parts of Quebec are cleaning-up after Irene passed through on Sunday overnight into Monday.

The situation is still changing as the storm moves toward the Lower North Shore and Labrador.

For the latest on Environment Canada forecasts you can go to cbc.ca/weather and choose the weather in your community.

For information on the storm you can also check the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

For road closures and detours because of flooding, you can go to quebec511.gouv.qc.ca/en.

We will be updating the situation throughout the day on CBC News.

Écolobuses pulled off the roads in Quebec City

After two breakdowns in one week, the transit commission in Quebec City, removed all eight electric Écolobuses from city roads while they investigate the cause of the problems. We speak with Sylvain Castonguay the general director of the National Centre for Advanced Transportation. The centre helped Quebec City choose the buses when they were first brought into operation in 2008.

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Cure the problem or prevent it in the first place: the debate over blue green algae

Quebec AM reporter Alison Brunette tells Susan about a trial in Lac St. Louis near La Tuque to deal with blue green algae. Researchers are using an ultrasound emitter developed by a company in Drummondville. As Alison explains, the people involved in the project hope their trial will show that ultrasound can prevent the overgrowth blue green algae otherwise known as cyanobacteria.


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But not everyone agrees that this is the best way to tackle the problem. Paul Isabelle is an industrial designer who lives on Lac Sergeant, north of Quebec City. He says we aren't doing enough to solve the problem of preventing blue green algae overgrowth in the first place. He wants more controls on the way we develop near lakes and other bodies of water.


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David Bird is a professor of biology at the Université de Québec à Montréal. He says blue green algae occurs naturally in most lakes. He says it's the overgrowth that's the problem. He questions whether eliminating all blue green algae would harm a lake in the long term.


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Healing from concussion: Quebec City expert talks about what lies ahead for Sidney Crosby

The Pittsburg Penguins released a statement Wednesday evening saying that Sidney Crosby is still seeing specialists to deal with his concussion injuries from earlier in the year. We speak with Phillipe Fait, an athletic therapist in Quebec City who specialises in helping people heal from concussions. He tells Susan about what likely lies ahead and the chances that Sidney will return to the ice.
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Friendship with Jack Layton hatched over beers in Quebec City pub

Quebec singer songwriter Martin Deschamps will perform at Jack Layton's funeral this Saturday. He tells Susan how they first met at a Quebec City pub and bonded over beers.
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Using ultrasound to defeat blue green algae in Quebec lake

Quebec AM's Alison Brunette brings us details of an experiement underway in a lake near La Tuque. Researchers are using an ultrasound emitter to prevent the growth of algae. They are hoping their experiments will show another way to turn green lakes into clear, healthy lakes.
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Domaine Howard comes alive in Sherbrooke

Our Eastern Townships correspondent, Alison Brunette, rides along on a tour of Domaine Howard, a large estate that used to belong to former Liberal MP and Senator Charles Benjamin Howard more than sixty years ago. Eric Langlois became fascinated with Howard's history, and now plays in him character on tours of the estate.

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Pony up: street art project has people in Quebec City looking up

People living in Quebec City have been finding little My Little Pony toys hanging from wires in the last few months. Quebec AM's Julia Caron investigates the art, the mystery around the artist, and reaction from on the streets. She also looks into the legal and safety issues around this unusual art project.
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Remembering the Bluebird Café fire of 1972

Susan Campbell speaks with David Montgomery about his memories of the fire. He is originally from the Gaspé region, but was in Montreal on the night of September 1, 1972 above the Bluebird Café. He escaped from the fire, and his brother and sister were also rescued. But his sister later died from injuries, and his brother was never the same. He supports the idea for a memorial where the bar used to be.


Sharon Share is spear-heading that idea. Her father died in the fire, just three months before she was born. She tells Susan why it's important to have something at the spot to remember the victims of fire.  

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Thousand kilometre cycling trail planned between Lac St-Jean and Quebec City

How's this for a biking route? Around Lac St. Jean, along the Saguenay Fjord, and through the mountains to Quebec City. A thousand-kilometre trail designed to become a tourist destination. Ainslie hears about the plan from Maxime St. Laurent, marketing coordinator for Tourism Saguenay-Lac St Jean.

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Boxing match called off between Saguenay town councillor and local radio host

The match is off. Last week we heard how Saguenay councillor Marc Petterson challenged local radio host Carl Monette to a boxing match to settle their differences. Petterson claims that Monette has been unfair by making comments about his wife and his wife's son on the air. Petterson says this started after he put his name in as a Liberal candidate in the last federal election. Petterson now says the match is off and he's no longer commenting on the matter. We reached Carl Monette in Ontario where was fishing.
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MRSA and children, the connection between anti-biotics and infection

Our regular health contributor Dr. Peter Lin tells us about a recent study that found that MRSA is more common in kids who've been treated with antibiotics.  We'll find out why...and what you can do to protect your children.
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Another extention for the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos

The Jeffrey Mine has been granted another five weeks to secure private investment it needs to secure 58 million dollars in provincial loan guarantees. The initial deadline was July 1st. Then it was August 15th, now it's October 1st. Ainslie speaks with Guy Versailles, a spokesperson for Balcorp, the company leading the consortium of investors.

After that she hears from Michaela Kyserlingk. Her husband died of mesothelioma - a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos. She has recently drawn the attention of the federal government after using the Conservative logo in an online ad campaign. The ad reads "Canada is the only western country that still exports, deady asbestos!"

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First Nations CEGEP to open north of Drummondville

On Monday Ainslie spoke with Marian Snow about organizing a trip to see a new First Nations post-secondary school opening on the Odenak reserve north of Drummondville. It will be the first CEGEP of its kind to open since Manitou College closed in the 1970s.

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Two Quebec men suing Loto Quebec over "Extra"

Two men from Quebec say Loto Quebec's Extra numbers aren't randomly chosen, therefore, they're chances of winning are diminished. They have filed a lawsuit against the corporation. Ainslie speaks with one of the co-plaintiff's, Michael Arar.
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New study casts doubts on controversial theory for treating MS

A new study published in the journal Nature is casting doubt on a recent and controversial theory about MS. Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni believes the disease could be caused by restricted blood flow from blocked neck veins. He has developed a treatment to open those veins, a treatment that many Canadians have travelled overseas to obtain. Ainslie speaks with Jock Murray, professor emeritus at Dalhousie University about what new information has come to light.
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Reflections on the UK riots

Marc Gendron is a Quebec musician living in London. Andrew Greenfield is originally from northern England, now living in Quebec City. They both reflect on a week of violence and looting in the UK.
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Tackling addiction in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam

Jean-Claude Therrien-Pinette is community services coordinator with the health and social services centre in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam. His community is going through a crisis. He talks about how a recent meeting of Innu leaders resulted in a new plan to tackle addiction. He also talks about how the battle is frustrating.
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Making amends for the husky slaughter in Northern Quebec

In the 1950s and 60s, federal and provincial officials order the killing of at least a thousand husky sled dogs in Inuit communities in Northern Quebec. They claimed that the animals were a threat to people in those communities. But the impact of killing the main mode of transportation for the Inuit had a major and lasting effect on many people.


William Tagoona is a producer with CBC North, based in Kuujjuaq. He travelled to Kangiqsualujjuaq where Premier Jean Charest and provincial native affairs minister Geoff Kelley recognized what happened in a special ceremony. The province is also providing $3 million dollars in compensation to several community groups. Ainslie caught up with William to talk about this chapter of Inuit history and the ceremony.


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Tougher rules on ballast water for St Lawrence traffic debated

The state of New York has brought in tougher rules to prevent invasive species from entering the waterways of the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes. Coming into effect in two years, they would essentially require ships coming into New York waters to have onboard water treatment systems and show that they have extremely low levels of organisms in ballast water that could include invasive species.

Since all traffice headed into the Great Lakes has to pass through locks in New York, these new rules would essentially apply to all traffic coming through the St. Lawrence.

Jennifer Caddick is the executive director of Save the River in Clayton, New York. She explains what the current rules are right now on washing out ballast water. Caddick also explains why she supports these new rules.

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Bruce Bowie is the president of the Canadian Shipowners Association. He believes the rules are too tough and not necessarily effective.

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Innu say they are still waiting for a deal with mining company

A Vancouver-based mining company has begin exploration in Labrador not far from Schefferville. But the Innu of Sept-Iles who used the land for hunting and spiritual purposes are upset. They say an agreement on financial compensation and other assurances have not been reached.

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The company declined to comment saying it did not want to negotiate through the press.

Severe storm touches down north of Lac St Jean

Ainslie gets an update from René Heroux of Environment Canada on the storm that hit the communities of St. Elizabeth-de-Proulx and St. Ludger-de-Milot. The storm touched down on Saturday afternoon damaging properties and uprooting trees. Luckily there were no injuries. Heroux was on his way to the region to see if the storm was a tornado or a microburst. He explains the difference.
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Quirky Quebec eatery to close down at the end of the summer

The Madrid is a familiar sight to anyone who has travelled along Highway 20 between Montreal and Quebec. Home to a collection of large replica dinosaurs, and monster trucks, the rest-stop has become a destination for curious travellers. But after several decades of entertaining commuters, the owners say it's time to spend time on other projects. Ainslie speaks with Julie Arel, co-owner of the Madrid about their decision to sell the property to a developer. 
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How to prevent another tragedy along the Jacques Cartier

Quebec AM's Peter Tardif speaks with the mayor of Shannon about the recent drowning of a teenager. Clive Kiley talks about the dangers of going into unfamiliar water with strong currents.
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Remembering William Commanda

Kitigan Zibi is mourning the loss of respected Algonquin Elder, William Commanda. Ainslie speaks with his godson, Chief Gilbert Whiteduck.
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The noble art of stick-throwing

As part of the Douglastown Irish week, organizers are offering workshops in Celtic stick fighting. Roger Stone explains the in's and out's of stick throwing to Ainslie.
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The Emperor of Lake Memphremagog: Bulgarian marathon swimmer explains his life in lakes

Bulgarian marathon swimmer Petar Stoychev probably has raced across Lac St. Jean, the English Channel and now Lake Memphremagog. We find out why Stoychev has made his life about winning just under the surface.
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Spreading poutine fever out West

Ainslie speaks with Francis Côté, the owner of La Poutine in Edmonton. As the poutine craze spreads to places across Canada, Francis explains why he thinks being a Quebecker gives him an edge on the curds and gravy scene.
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Who should take responsibility for the infrastructure crisis?

The Ville Marie tunnel in Montréal was closed down since Sunday when a 25-tonne piece of concrete structure crumbled. Luckily no one was near the spot at the time. The latest incident has pushed the controversy over infrastructure funding to the boiling point.

Sam Hamad is the minister of transport for Quebec. He says that an investigation is still underway to determine what happened. Yet, he has also said that the company doing construction on the site may have somehow been responsible for triggering the collapse.

He spoke with CBC Montréal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty about why his department would not necessarily be responsible for the collapse.

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Ainslie spoke with Saeed Mirza, professor emeritus of engineering at McGill University. He takes issue with Hamad's interpretation of responsibility.

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Two Riopelle sculptures found, but damaged

Two sculptures by the late Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, have been recovered after they were stolen from his home in Esterel in the Laurentians. The twin sculptures are known as La Défaite, and they were valued at a million dollars.

Claude Lafitte was Riopelle's friend and knows his work well.

He spoke to Quebec AM's Alison Brunette about the man, his work and this theft. 

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Cut back on the salt and improve your heart health

Dr. Peter Lin breaks it to us. We eat too much salt, and it can have a big impact on our blood pressure. The good news is that cutting back can have a reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
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Spa association wants tighter controls after death at farm retreat

A 35-year-old woman died after a detox treatment on Friday at a farm in Durham, Quebec. The SQ are investigating. The incident has prompted some spa owners to call for more government regulations. Jocelyna Dubuc has been in the spa industry since the late 70s. She is also one of the founders of Alliance Spa Relais Santé.

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Blue Collar strike in Sherbrooke update

Our Eastern Townships reporter Alison Brunette gives us an update on the blue collar strike, and the impact of closing sports and leisure facilities.
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Composting by bicycle: the "racoons" of Quebec City

When you think of raccoons you often imagine rascally creatures who break into your garbage and make a big smelly mess. But there is a group of people in Quebec City who call themselves raccoons -- in French we say ratons laveurs  --  that would also like to have access to your garbage. These ratons laveurs actually offer a composting service in exchange for a small donation. They deliver your compost by bicycle for use in a community garden in Beauport. Felix Audet is part of the team that started the project this summer.
Quebec AM's Julia Caron spoke with him at their deposit site.
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Leaving the coastline: update from the flood zone in Eastern Quebec

The CBC's Susan Woodfine has been following the aftermath of flooding along the Lower St Lawrence since the high tides hit the region in December of last year. Today we hear how at least two homeowners have decided to leave and move inland, or back to the city. We also hear about a project to capture the impact of climate change on film.

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Meet another new MP: The NDP's Guy Caron

Guy Caron represents the riding of Rimouski-Neigette-Temiscouata-Les Basques for the NDP. He is the next new member of parliament that we meet on Quebec AM.
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Blue collar strike begins in Sherbrooke

Ainslie speaks with David Price, Sherbrooke councillor and chair of the Lennoxville borough about the start of the partial strike in Sherbrooke. He explains what services have stopped, and he says the city will go to court because officials believe the strike is illegal.
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Quebec rugby player makes the national women's team

Quebec AM's Elvis Anber drops by a busy gym at Laval University where Marie-Pier Pinault Reid normally trains. She has been picked for the national women's team. Marie-Pier talks to Elvis about the rise of rugby in Quebec, and her reputation on the field.
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