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December 2011 Archives

The language of whales

humpback-en_21858.jpgGet ready to be taken under the water to listen to the language of whales. Peter Tyack, one of the scientists working on a project to identify and group thousands of recordings of whale songs, joins Kim Garritty to explain what whales hear and what sounds they produce.

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Part two of Kim's conversation with Peter Tyack.

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Last but not least, our show technician Karl Vincent and news reporter Shawn Lyons join guest host Kim Garritty in attempts to guess what kind of whales are making the sounds in the Whale FM project.

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Cruise ship as housing for incoming workers on North Shore

OceanPearl_05copy.jpgHome Sweet Home for construction workers on the North Shore could be on a cruise ship. It's the Ocean Pearl, pictured here. Luc Généreux came up with the plan, and explains how it would work.

 

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Life and death in Fermont

The northern Quebec community of Fermont doesn't have a cemetery and it doesn't have have a birthing centre. People in town joke that you can't be born there, and you can't die there. CBC's Marika Wheeler came by the studio to tell us more about the begining and end of life in Fermont.

Part 1: Giving birth

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Part 2: Getting buried

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Update on Somalia

The UN declared a famine in most of southern Somalia this past August. Around that same time, members of the Somalian diaspora across the world were trying to find ways to assist the struggling region through the worst famine in a generation.

Kenneth Lavelle from Medecins Sans Frontieres tells us more about the current struggles.

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Somali-Quebecker Rufai Shirwa talks about his experience fundraising and visit to Mogadishu this fall. 

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Twelve days of Christmas: Quebec AM style

Our studio technician and all around renaissance man Karl Vincent brings us an original rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas with an impressive Quebec twist.

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Music courtesy of the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble. Thanks to all those who entered our Twelve Tweets of Christmas contest.

Hydro Quebec letter raises questions

Hydro Quebec is backtracking after a leaked internal memo seemed to celebrate the fact that the utility shut off over 50,000 customers' power this year because of unpaid bills. Hydro Quebec spokesperson Patrice Lavoie and Sylvie de Bellefeuille is a credit counsellor for the consumer rights group, Options Consommateurs weigh in on the controversy.

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Christmas Babies at Holland Elementary School

Students at Holland Elementary School in Quebec City have really embraced into the Christmas spirit. Quebec AM's Julia Caron went down to see for herself earlier this week. Some students sat down with her to share their holiday enthusiasm and she soon discovered two of them shared a common affliction with her: Christmas Baby Syndrome.

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Inuit hunters still dealing with death of search and rescue tech

Canadian Armed Forces investigators have released more details into the death of a search and rescue technician last October. Janick Gilbert of Baie-Comeau died after parachuting into icy waters near Igloolik, Nunavut, to try to save two Inuit walrus hunters.

A preliminary report says Gilbert lost his personal life raft because the cord ripped. It also indicated that he may not have been wearing the ideal dry suit.

CBC North host Abraham Tagalik spoke with one of the hunters, David Aqqiaruq on the Iqaluit CBC morning show Qulliq. Susan speaks Abraham about how Aqqiaruq is dealing with Gilbert's death.

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Giving the gift of private health care

If you're still wondering what to get that special someone for Christmas, a private clinic in Quebec City is suggesting you buy him or her a doctor.

Quebec AM's Julia Caron joins Susan to talk about the campaign, and the controversy over paying for access to a family doctor.

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Making exercise a holiday tradition

As the time to make New Year's resolutions approaches, many people will vow that - this year - they will get more exercise.

Our health contributor Dr. Peter Lin joins Susan to talk about overcoming the obstacles to getting active.

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Arab Spring panel

One year after the start of the Arab Spring uprisings, we look at how these movements have played out in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt, and at what might be in store for Syria.

Susan is joined by three guests: Taïeb Moalla is a Journal de Québec journalist, orginally from Tunisia. Mohamed S. Kamel is the co-founder of Egyptian-Canadians for Democracy. And Kinda Jayoush is originally from Syria, and heads up the company MediaCorp in Montreal.

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Sheila Copps hopes to rebuild Liberal party

Former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps is running to become president of the federal Liberal party. She's hoping to get the party back on track after a disappointing election result and a series of leadership troubles.

Susan sits down with Copps to talk about how she plans to turns things around for the party.

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Perfusionist shortage at CHUS hospital

A shortage of perfusionists, specialists needed to perform open heart surgeries, is forcing the Sherbrooke University hospital, the CHUS to transfer patients to Quebec City starting in January.

We hear from Julie Gagnon, president of the Quebec Association of perfusionists and from Marie-France Gagnon, who left the CHUS to practice in Halifax.

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Quebec City studies possible safe injection site

After Montreal, the Quebec City region could be also be in line for a safe injection site for drug users. But the plans are only in the very initial stages and there is strong opposition on the horizon.

Susan speaks with the regions's public health director Francois Desbiens.

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Pee Wee 3D

If the young hockey player in your life gets a pair of skates and a camera under the tree this year, he or she might have all the tools necessary to earn a spot in a feature film.

The makers of Pee Wee 3D are looking for young hockey players to send in videos of their best moves, for a chance to audition for the movie.

Susan speaks with producer Christian Larouche about the project.

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  • To enter your video in the Pee Wee 3D contest, visit the website.

Habs fire coach Jacques Martin

Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin was shown the door after a disappointing run for the team this season. He has been replaced on an interim basis by former assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth, but this appointment is already sparking controversy because Cunneyworth does not speak French.

Jeff Marek, host of Hockey Central on Rogers Sportsnet and Pat Hickey, sportswriter for the Gazette join Susan to talk about what sparked Martin's firing, and who might end up at the helm of the Habs in the long-term.

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ADQ members divided on merger

Some members of the Action Démocratique are worried that their party's conservative principles will lose out, in a merger with the Coalition Avenir Québec.

Susan speaks with one of the members who oppose the union, Denis Claveau, president of the ADQ's youth wing.

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Drinking habits in Quebec

A new survey released by l'Institut de la statistique du Quebec this week took a look at drinking habits across the province. One of its findings is that 77% of the citizens of the Capitale-Nationale are considered regular drinkers - more than any other region in the province. Quebec AM's Julia Caron brings us some reaction from the city's "regulars."
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Gun Registry Debate

Quebec's public security minister, Robert Dutil announced this week that the province would go to court to keep the federal government from destroying data from the federal long gun registry.

Susan speaks with two people on different sides of the debate: Frank Di Blasio is president of Safari Club International's Montreal chapter, a group that advocates for hunters' rights, as well as conservation and wildlife management.

Heidi Rathjen is a survivor of the Polytechnique massacre and a strong supporter of the gun registry.

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Asbestos and the Red Cross

Families of people who have died from mesothelioma are calling for the wife of a man who works in asbestos exports to step down from the board of the Red Cross.

Board member Roshi Chadha is married to Baljit Chadha, president of Balcorp, the company at the centre of a deal to re-launch the Jeffrey asbestos mine.
Susan speaks with Guy Versailles, spokesperson for the company.

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Political merger means end of an era for early ADQ members

Come January, if a majority of the ADQ's 13,000 members agree, the party that formed the Official Opposition just four years ago will cease to exist.

In its place -- la Coalition Avenir Québec.

Leaders of the two parties formally announced their willingness to merge yesterday, after a vote of the ADQ executive bureau.

Susan speaks with Marie Grégoire, a former ADQ MNA and current political analyst for RDI's "Club des Ex" about what the merger means for the ADQ.

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Twelve tweets of Christmas: Quebec Am's Twitter contest

Quebec's Department of Education is looking at how Twitter can be used to help students develop their writing skills. Last month, the Department awarded a grant to the Institut de Twitterature Comparée to look at the educational potential of Twitter. Jean-Yves Frechette is a retired teacher and co-founder of the Institut. Here's part of his conversation with Susan.

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Susan Campbell and Shawn Lyons lay out the rules of our Twitter contest.

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Send us your Quebec-inspired Twelve days of Christmas jingles, in 140 characters or less. Make sure you tweet your entries @CBCQuebecAm or use the hashtag #QAM or #12daysofxmasquebecstyle so we can find them and share them on the air.

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Planned airport in Neuville faces opposition

Fasten your seat-belts and put your chair in an upright position. There's turbulence ahead for the plan to build a new airport for small planes in Neuville, just outside Quebec City. Robert Jasmine is a resident of Neuville, and explains why there is opposition to the project. Denis Guerette, a small plane owner and pilot, also weighs in on the issue.

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Alonquin of Western Quebec submit historic land claim

The Algonquin of Western Quebec have submitted a land claim that covers a massive territory in Quebec and Ontario, stretching from Trois Rivieres to Timmins, Ontario and southwest to Sault Ste Marie. The land claim could be the largest in Canadian history. Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, leader of the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi, explains this decision.
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Political Panel's take on the year in politics

After a session marked by upset, between Quebec's political parties and within them, politicians of all political stripes shook hands and exchanged good wishes before heading off for Christmas break.

Gilbert Lavoie and Rheal Seguin join Susan in studio for a 2011 wrap up.
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Calls for Islamic cemetery in Sherbrooke

Members of Sherbrooke's Muslim community are calling for their own Islamic cemetery in the city and are asking for financial assistance. Our Eastern Townships reporter Alison Brunette brings us that story.
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Grand Prix figure skating in Quebec City

Patrick Chan. Mao Asada. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Those are just some of the world's best figure skaters and ice dancers competing in Quebec City for the ISU Grand Prix finals.

Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker brings us interviews with some of the competitors and fans.

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Women and Housing in Fermont

In the past three years the women's shelter in Fermont has tripled its occupancy rate. People who work at the shelter say the housing shortage brought on by the mining boom is making life difficult for some women.

The CBC's Marika Wheeler brings us the story.

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Maison de Lauberivière

La Maison de Lauberivière in Quebec City has been helping people in need for more than 25 years. Recently, it has been welcoming record numbers of people who use its soup kitchen, shelter and other services.

Quebec AM's Ainslie MacLellan paid a visit to Lauberivière, and speaks with Susan about the role the organization plays in the community.

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Bugs, Baseball and Synchronized swimming

Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker brings the story of three people, honoured by the National Assembly for their contributions in three very different fields.
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Power outages in Chisasibi and Wemindji

A major power outage has left more than four thousand people without electricity in the Cree communities of Chisasibi and Wemindji, since Monday morning.

Susan speaks with Rodney Mark, chief of the Wemindji nation about how people are dealing with the situation.

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Living on the Edge: Returning to the shore

After the high tides and storm surges in Eastern Quebec last year, many people had to make the tough choice of whether to stay or move away.

Quebec AM contributor Susan Woodfine brings us the story of one man who has returned to his former land on the anniversary of the floods, and of one woman who is willing to risk flooding, in order to live by the water.

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High School student group tackles bullying and teen suicide

Taxi Group pic.JPGThe Taxi Committee at l'École Secondaire de la Seigneurie is a group of students trained to spot cases of bullying, and identify students in distress. Recently, they participated in a workshop with the organization Tel-Jeunes, on how to spot the warning signs of suicide.

Quebec AM's Ainslie MacLellan joins Susan to talk about the role the students are playing at their school.

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In photo: (right to left) Virginie Chantal-Bossut, Alexandra Gélinas, Mathieu Fournier, Marie-Louise Dionne, Dalen Masson Boissonneault, Stacy Binet, Roxanne Lefebvre, (seated) Audrey-Ann Blais. Missing from photo: Claudia Ste-Marie, Camille Fortin-Thibault, Laudy-Anne Bélanger-Bolduc, Amélie Bédard

Living on the Edge: Flood Compensation

On the one-year anniversary of the high tides and storm surge in Eastern Quebec, Quebec AM contributor Susan Woodfine looks at how the provincial government handled compensation cases for flood damage.

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A mine visit in Fermont

Mont Wright Mine, Fermont. Credit: Marika WheelerThe two mines in Fermont have both made billion dollar investments in the past few months.  The CBC's Marika Wheeler speaks with Breakaway host, Jacquie Czernin, about her visits to  the Lac Bloom and Mont Wright mines.

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U.S. citizens in Canada could face major tax penalties

The United States government is cracking down on Americans living abroad who do not file U.S. tax returns. U.S. law requires all American citizens to report their income, and certain bank accounts and investments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) even if none of that income was earned in the United States.

Business Columnist Donna Guzik joins Susan with the details.

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Political panel on the auditor general's report

Quebec's auditor general Renaud Lachance has raised questions about the province's handling of the daycare system.

Susan is joined by political panelists Gilbert Lavoie of Le Soleil and Rhéal Séguin of the Globe and Mail.

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Living on the edge: erosion science

It's been one year since high tides and a storm surge caused heavy flooding along the coasts of the Gaspé and Lower St. Lawrence. Homeowners and municipalities are trying to find ways to protect homes from future floods. But erosion scientists say certain methods might make the problem worse. 

Quebec AM contributor Susan Woodfine brings us the first in a series of reports on living on the water's edge.

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Canadian Club honours Joan Thomson

At 100 years old, Townshipper Joan Thomson does not appear close to slowing down. She's an active volunteer in her Lennoxville community. And now, the Canadian Club is honouring her with a bursary in her name.

Eastern Townships reporter Alison Brunette speaks with Susan about Thomson's accomplishments.

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Fly-in Fly-out Fermont: Health Services

Marika Wheeler brings us Part II of her report on Fly-in fly-out workers in Fermont, and the strain they are putting on health sevices in the community.

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Quebec school boards and anti-bullying strategies

The suicide of a 15-year-old girl in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts this week has sparked discussion about the support services available for teens in schools, and the resources devoted to dealing with bullying.

We hear from two Quebec school boards on the issue:

First, Susan speaks with Peter Hamilton, director of complementary services for the Eastern Townships School Board.

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Susan also speaks with Stephen Burke, chair of the Central Quebec School Board.

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First Nations housing

The living conditions in the Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat have captured the attention of both the public and Canadian politicians. But it is not the first nor the only aboriginal community to deal with a housing crisis.

Many remote and northern communities deal with recurring problems with mold, with overcrowding, and with substandard construction.

Quebec AM's Ainslie MacLellan speaks with Stéphane Grenier, professor of Social Work at the Université du Québec en Abitibi Temiscamingue, who says that limited funding options are a big part of the problem.

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Susan speaks with Christopher Alcantara, professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University, and author of Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights.

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Bullying and teen suicide

Earlier this week a fifteen year-old student from the Gaspé took her life, after reportedly being bullied for years. Her death, and the reasons behind it are even being discussed at the National Assembly. 

Susan speaks with Quebec AM's Alison Brunette about Marjorie Raymond's story.

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Susan also speaks with the director of the Tolerance Foundation, Anne Lagacé-Dowson.

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Fly in, Fly out, Fermont

A temporary work camp built by the company ArcelorMittal, north of Fermont (credit: Marika Wheeler)People in Fermont say their sense of security has been rattled since the town's population has doubled.

Susan speaks with CBC travelling reporter Marika Wheeler, who traveled to Fermont to see how people are dealing with the influx of workers due to the mining boom.

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Laval University blocks nude women's rugby calendar

Women's rugby players at Laval University have been told not to continue with the planned launch of a nude fundraising calendar. Two professors at the university opposed the project. Susan speaks with one of them, Guylaine Demers, professor in ethics and sport at Laval University.

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Susan also speaks with Christelle Paré, treasurer of the Rouge et Or women's rugby team, and a founding member of the club.

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