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June 2011 Archives

Taking on street fighters

A new municipal bylaw allows Montreal police officers to ticket people who get involved in street fights. Police say more and more street fights are breaking out at bars' closing time.

Mario Plante, the Assistant Director of Montreal Police North explains the new bylaw. Aki Tchitacov, the Executive Director of Dans La Rue, tells us what it could mean for young people at risk. And Ziggy Eichenbaum, the owner of Ziggy's Pub on Crescent Street, gives us a picture of what the scene can be on the street after the bars close.

We ask our listeners to weigh in: "Should police ticket people who get involved in street fights?"

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Mixed reception for Prince William and Kate

Prince William and Kate are visiting Montreal and Quebec City this weekend. Some people are eagerly anticipating the visit, while others will be protesting.

Guest host Shawn Apel checks in with a chef at the Hotel and Tourism Insititue who is preparing to give Will and Kate a cooking workshop. We hear from a group that is planning to protest and commit acts of civil disobedience during the royal couple's visit to Quebec City.

And we check in with the listeners, asking, "Are you excited about Will and Kate's visit, do you support the protestors, or do you feel indifferent to the whole event?"

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Farm Panel June 28

Hugh Maynard checks in from London, England and Bob Laberge tells us about a new reality TV series about farmers looking for love.

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Stress in the city?

People born or raised in a big city like Montreal or Quebec city are more likely to suffer from anxiety and mood disorders than those who live in a rural areas like the townships or the Gaspé. A new study is the first to show that where you live actually changes parts of your brain which deal with stress.

Researchers at McGill's Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and the University of Heidelberg (Hi-del-berg) in Germany have collaborated on a study that has been published in the online issue of the journal Nature.

We ask our listeners: "How is your stress level? How much do you think where you live has to do with how stressed you feel?"

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Le Smoked-Meat? New French words added to Le Petit Larousse

The "Le Petit Larousse" dictionary has come out with a new 2012 edition. The updated version includes over 3,000 new words, including several Quebecois words and expressions.

Among the newly-baptised French words, "le smoked-meat" gains official acceptance as a French word.

Guest host Andie Bennett talks to Radio-Canada linguistic expert Guy Bertrand about the changes.

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Booze ban at La St-Jean

The City of Quebec is cracking down on what it calls "out-of-control" public drinking at the Fete National celebrations. Revelers will no longer be allowed to bring their own alcohol on to the site.

Last year, there were two armed assaults. Two years ago, a young man died after falling off a roof while intoxicated.

Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume says gone are the days of what he calls, "The Wild West" when you can stroll along Grande-Allée with a 12-pack of beer under your arm.

The city is spending half of its $1.2 million dollar security budget to make sure that every single police officer in the city is available to patrol tonight.

Reporter Ainslie Maclellan tells us how people are reacting to the new approach.

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Fed up with construction?

It's officially summer, and that means construction. It seem if you can't turn around without tripping over a construction pylon. Some seniors living in apartments at the Olympic Village felt compelled to block construction near their building, becuase the noise -- starting before six a.m.-- was interrupting their sleep. And on the roads, traffic delays are getting longer as tempers are get shorter. 

The situation is so bad, The Montreal Gazette and La Presse have taken an unprecedented step. They wrote a joint editorial demanding  the governemts try harder to keep traffic moving.

We ask Radio Noon listeners, "Are you fed up with construction, or is it a necessary inconvenience during the summer months?"

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Farm Panel June 21

Hugh Maynard and Bob Laberge celebrate the 100th birthday of the McIntosh apple, discuss the plight of cucumber farmers in Germany, and give us an update on aid for farmers in the Richelieu Valley.

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New rules for young drivers

Will tougher rules for young drivers make Quebec's roads safer?

Twelve people lost their lives on Quebec roads this weekend. Half of them were under 25.
 According to the SAAQ, Quebec's auto insurance board, 16-to-24-year-olds make up about 10 per cent of drivers in the province, but are involved in 24 per cent of accidents resulting in bodily injury.

Starting this week, it will be easier for young drivers to lose their licence. Drivers will have to be 25 years old to receive the full 15 demerit points. People under 23 you will only have eight points before their licence is revoked. (Click here to see the the details of the new rules.)

Host Bernard St-Laurent speaks to Jean Marie De Koninck, the head of the province's road safety task force, and Chelsea Parasuco is an 18-year-old driver from Beaconsfield. Then he takes calls from listeners to hear their opinion on the new rules.

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Daniel Lessard leaves the corridors of power

Daniel Lessard has been a journalist for 42 years. This Sunday he will host his last edition of Radio Canada's 'Les Coulisses du Pouvoir', The Corridors of Power.

He talks about the changes he has seen in Ottawa, about how he met the Queen, Bill Clinton and others at 24 Sussex Drive when security was light and social media wasn't yet a factor.

Listen in... 

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Sports fan violence: what triggers hockey riots?

Sara Jallad lives a block away from the scene of Vancouver's hockey rioting. The former Montrealer describes to Radio Noon her disgust with the rioters.

American sociologists, Jerry Lewis and Robert Carrothers, have studied sports fan violence. They discuss the triggers behind the rioting. Consider the huge number of people out in the open watching the event, the excitement that builds if a team hasn't won the top prize in more than five years, and then the actual participants, themselves.


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Bridge lane closures cause major commuter headaches

The sudden closure of the southbound lanes on the Mercier Bridge has had a domino effect on the island of Montreal, slowing up traffic on all the links to the south shore.

Civil engineering Professor Emeritus Saeed Mizra explains the structural problems on the bridge and why gusset plates are so key. He points out that plate failure led to the collapse of a bridge in Minnesota four years ago. 

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Parizeau fires back with an open letter of his own

We take a look at this latest case of PQ infighting. On the weekend 12 young PQ MNAs call on former Premier Jacques Parizeau to let them take the lead on sovereignty.

The veteran sovereignist replies this morning, rejecting their request, saying they are trying to silence him.

MNA Martine Ouellet, the PQ's critic for sustainable development and one of the signatories, comes to our studio to put forward their case. 

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Farm Panel June 14

Sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge, dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard take on yet another Green Report from the government.

Hugh talks about the e-coli outbreak in Europe while Bob says his soya seeding is finally done. 

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Reach for the pulsars with McGill's award-winning astrophysicist

It seems Vicky Kaspi can explain the mysteries of outer space to anyone.

She tells us how pulsars will be the lighthouses of the future and how outer space changes the way we think, here, on earth.

Vicky joined our host Bernard St-Laurent in studio today for a really interesting discussion.

Listen in.

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A blog hoax shakes social and mainstream media

The popular 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog isn't true. An American graduate student in Scotland is the writer.

We weigh the consequences on Radio Noon. UBC journalism professor Alf Hermida reminds us that the media hoax has a long history. Carleton's Chris Waddell urges mainstream media news outlets to tread carefully. Both stress: check sources.

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Help is coming but flooded farms still must wait.

Two farmers talk about the impact the flood has had on their land, how they can't yet plant but how some of their friends have been fishing from their front porches.

We also hear from Michel Fecteau, one of the organizers of this weekend's big volunteer event in the Richelieu River Valley and how they are going to deploy thousands of volunteers.


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Helpers prepare to descend on the Richelieu flood zone

Thousands of volunteers have signed up to help with the big clean-up.

CBC's Lindsay Michael describes the cheering effect this weekend will have for flooded residents.

And local MNA Stéphane Billette thanks Quebecers for all the support.

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Irshad Manji's call for moral courage

Acclaimed author Irshad Manji has just published her second book, 'Allah, Liberty and Love'. It's subtitled 'The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom'.

She talks to Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent about her family's arrival in Montreal as refugees, the gift of freedom that Canada gave her, and why in times of moral crisis, moderates must turn to action.

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A café owner faces 'demo' damage for a second time

Investigators reconstruct the scene where two men died after police shootings earlier this week in downtown Montreal. We get an update on the investigation. 

A café owner says he had nothing to do with the shootings so wonders why anti-police-brutality protesters would smash his windows.

A protester defends their actions in the name of collective grief and rage.

Listen in as we ask our listeners if they think the demonstrators have a point, or did they go too far?

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Should police investigate police?

The SQ is investigating the police shootings of 2 men in Montreal who died yesterday.

We hear from the provincial police, the lawyer who represents the family of Fredy Villanueva who was shot to death nearly three years ago, and from Myrna Lashley who sits on the board of l'École nationale de police.

Most of our listeners call for new ways to investigate but others ask who's better to do the job?

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Farm Panel June 7

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard gather for our weekly round table on farm issues with host Bernard St-Laurent.

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A fourth defection hits the PQ

Jean-Martin Aussant has quit the PQ to sit as an independent. He tells Radio Noon that he doesn't believe Pauline Marois is the one to lead Quebec to independence. He confesses to Bernard St-Laurent that he felt very emotional leaving his friends in the PQ caucus.

We also hear from CBC reporter Tim Duboyce and from pollster Christian Bourque of Leger Marketing. Bourque says previous times the PQ has seemed to turn on itself, the Liberals have benefited in the next provincial election.

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PQ rocked by three high profile departures

Three elected members of the Parti Quebecois left the party in a dispute over the proposed deal for a new arena for Quebec City.

National Assembly reporter Tim Duboyce takes us through the morning's dramatic developments while former PQ adviser Jean-François Lisée says it's a 'worst case scenario' for the party.  

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Flooding Cleaning Know-How

Jean Cloutier knows first hand the daunting task ahead for owners of flooded out homes along the Richelieu River. As the owner of the Aqua-Vac cleaning company, he describes the ins and outs of making a home liveable again.

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Urban wildlife woes

A Toronto man is facing charges for allegedly attacking a family of raccoons with a shovel. And it's believed he went out with the shovel, because he was frustrated by the damage the raccoons were causing in his garden.

Our phone lines light up as listeners recount their own frustrations with urban wildlife. And Bill Dowd, president of Humane Wildlife Control, shares his advice and takes questions.

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Canada Post strike could start tonight

Postal workers are prepared to walk off the job at midnight tonight if they can't negotiate with Canada Post.

Steve Rukavina is in the host's chair today. His question - "How will the Canada Post strike affect you?"

We also hear from John Caines from Canada Post, and Alain Duguay, president of the Montreal local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

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Operation 'SharQc' Cases Appealed

The crown will appeal a Superior Court judge's decision to throw out drug cases stemming from the police operation 'SharQc' targeting Hells Angels. What does this decision mean for mega-trials and the fight against organized crime? We hear from a crown prosecutor as well as a criminal lawyer and our legal affairs reporter.

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