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January 2011 Archives

Quebec Art Treasures Rescued

Building owner Edouard Elkaim, along with Montreal firefighters and neighbours, formed a human chain to rescue valuable Canadian paintings from a downtown building that was on fire.

For hours in the freezing cold, they moved artworks by such well-known Quebec artists as Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, and Jean-Paul Lemieux to safety.

Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent spoke with Elkaim and one of his fellow rescuers. 


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Oscars and Quebec

Quebec will be well represented at the Oscars. Adrien Morot is up for the best make-up award for Barney's Version while director Denis Villeneuve is hoping Incendies brings home the best foreign film honours. Listen in as host Bernard St-Laurent speaks to Morot and we hear Villeneuve's reaction. We also asked successful filmmaker Kevin Tierney if you know you have a winner on your hands when you're in the middle of a production.

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Quebec has another link to this year's Oscar race. Dean DeBlois, who was born and raised in Quebec, co-directed How to Train Your Dragon which is nominated for best animated film.

Neutering Dogs and Cats

When a dog owner from Verdun recently went to the SPCA for her lost dog, she was told she could only reclaim 'Bronx', if her dog was first spayed.

Montreal does have an animal overpopulation problem. So, who should decide when an animal should be neutered. That's the question host Bernard St-Laurent put to Radio Noon listeners today.

Hockey Head Shots

NHL hockey's brightest light, Sydney Crosby, is off the ice due to a concussion. His injury has highlighted head shots in the game and whether the National Hockey League needs to ban all hits to the head.

Radio Noon Host Bernard St-Laurent spoke to a kids' hockey coach on the West Island and to a doctor who has made sport safety his specialty. 


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Traffic Ticket Tizzy

In the name of openness, Montreal police have admitted they have a quota for handing out traffic tickets. That admission set Radio Noon's phone lines buzzing. Host Bernard St-Laurent spoke to the head of the police brotherhood plus a lawyer for SOS tickets. 

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Barred Kirpans

Four members of the World Sikh Organization were barred from entering the National Assembly this week because they were wearing kirpans. While security guards called it, a matter of security, the Sikhs see the ceremonial dagger as a matter of religious freedom.
The four were to appear before a committee studying reasonable accommodation involving religious and cultural minorities.

Bernard St-Laurent spoke with one of the Sikhs, an ethicist as well as the head of security at the Quebec legislature and phone-in callers.   

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Attack Ads

As the federal Conservatives launch a series of attack ads, taking on the Liberals, the New Democrats and the Bloc Quebecois, Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent asks our listeners and 2 members of parliament what do they think? 

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Mortgage Rules Tightened

The federal finance minister is changing key rules dealing with home mortgages in Canada.
Jim Flaherty's announcement comes in the wake of warnings about individual Canadians carrying record levels of debt.

Radio Noon Host Bernard St-Laurent delved into the debt load and mortgage changes with Raymond LePage, who's the managing director of SOS Dettes, a non-profit organization that helps debt-ridden Quebecers.

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Dire Straits: ban or no ban?

Should a song from the 1980's be shelved? We asked our callers if they agreed with the standards council representing private radio broadcasters who said a version of "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits should be banned for using the offensive word "faggot".

Host Bernard St-Laurent spoke to Ron Cohen of the council, Luc Provost who performs as Mado, Quebec's best known transvestite entertainer, and to gay activist Julie-Maude Beauchesne. 

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Baby boom stalled?

We've been hearing a lot in Quebec about a mini baby boom.
For the past few years, the birth rate was steadily rising.
The Liberal government says it's thanks to all the family friendly measures they have implemented. But early results for 2010 show we could be witnessing the first drop in the birth rate in almost a decade. Listen in as Radio Noon Host Bernard St-Laurent talks to a demographer and 2 Montreal-area moms... 

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Haiti: Hope or disappointment one year later?

Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent was joined in studio by CBC Montreal's own David Gutnick who covered the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Haiti and more recently, the violence surrounding the country's elections. We heard from Chantal White with the Haitian radio station here in Montreal, plus Will Postma with Save the Children and many calls from our listeners - some optimistic, others discouraged with the slow progress of rebuilding...

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Haiti: One year later

Radio Noon's Bernard St-Laurent spoke with influential Haitian journalist and host Nancy Rock about the election's aftermath as the small nation prepares to mark one year following last January's devastating earthquake.    


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Political rhetoric in Arizona

The American political class is still reeling from the shootings this weekend in Arizona. They're trying to come to grips with the multlple deaths and what role - if any - political rhetoric played. Bernard St-Laurent spoke to Radio-Canada correspondent Joyce Napier in Washington about the fallout....

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Mervil's Village

Quebec singer Luck Mervil appeared on Radio Noon to talk about his village project for his native Haiti. 

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Autism-vaccine link phone in

The study that linked autism to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was a "fraud", according to an article published yesterday in the British Medical Journal.

The Lancet retracted the study last year. That journal originally published the study by Andrew Wakefield in 1998, leading millions of parents worldwide to decline or delay giving the vaccine to their children.

The Medical Journal warns that hundreds of thousands of children are now unsheilded against these preventable diseases. It says results of Wakefield's original study have never been replicated, and charges that Wakefield had been paid $675,000 by a law firm planning to launch a class-action suit against the makers of the vaccine.

Nevertheless, some parents here in Quebec remained convinced there is a link between the vaccine and autism.

Today on Radio Noon, we asked our listeners, does this paper by the British Medical Journal change the way you feel about vaccinating your children?

Host Bernard St-Laurent spoke to Carmen Lahaie of Autism Montreal, and Dr. Horatio Arruda, Quebec's Public Health Director.


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High price of gold could make Quebec mines a target

Quebec provincial police have set up meetings with companies that mine gold.
A gold brick can be worth a million dollars, and police believe that could make Quebec operations a target for organized crime groups.
Bernard St-Laurent spoke with Dan Tolgyesi, the president of the Quebec Mining Association.

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