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July 2011 Archives

War crimes suspect still detained

Members of Montreal's Congolese community say they're sure Abraham Bahaty Bayavuge was not involved in war crimes in the DRC. They say the Canadian government is wrong to keep him in detention. Bernard St-Laurent speaks to guests about Bayavuge's situation, as well as the larger picture of Canada's war crimes crackdown.  
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Canada off the hook for tobacco lawsuits

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the federal government will not be on the hook for billions of dollars stemming from provincial lawsuits against tobacco companies. Bernard St-Laurent speaks to representatives and callers from all sides of the debate. 
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Expressing life in the streets

The Festival d'Expression de la Rue is in it's third and final day, today. Bernard St-Laurent speaks with organizer Jean-Francois Mary about this event which is all about supporting Monteal's homeless population...and learning more about life in the streets.

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Investing during the US debt crisis

Bernard St-Laurent and McGill management professor Kenneth Lester discuss investments in this time of US economic uncertainty.

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Fundraising for the famine

The famine in East Africa has killed tens of thousands of people, and more people are dying every day. A devastating drought across the region, war, neglect and spiraling prices have all contributed to the situation. It is now the worst hunger emergency in a generation.  Bernard St-Laurent talks to Action Against Hunger worker Claire Blackburn in Nairobi and her Montreal counterpart Mira Cuturilo.


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The future of food banks

Queen's University researcher Elaine Power says the time has come to shut down food banks in Canada. She argues that food banks have become a serious obstacle in the fight against poverty. Fiona Keats, the exectuvie director of the NDG food depot, brings her perspective
to the discussion.


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Farm Panel, July 26

On this week's Farm Panel, Bernard St-Laurent speaks with Jeannie Neveu and Hugh Maynard. Their discussion ranges from herbicide resistant weeds, to picking blueberries, to enjoying wine.

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After the attacks in Norway

The man police say killed at least 93 people in Norway pleaded not guilty.

Anders Behring Breivik faces 21 years in prison - though afterwards it can be extended in five year segments. But that rarely happens in Norway.

Bernard speaks with three experts on how Canada is and should work to prevent this kind of violence here: criminal lawyer Walid Hijazi, security expert Michel Juneau-Katsuya and psychologist Michael King.


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Crime down in Canada, Justice Minister pledging to get tougher

Statistics Canada says crime is down in Canada since last year but the Federal Justice Minister is pledging to get tougher on crime. Is now the right time to get tough on crime?

We heard from Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, public safety critic for the official opposition Jasbir Sandhu and Liberal public safety critic Francis Scarpalleggia along with many calls from listeners. 

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175 years of trains in Canada

The Canadian Railway Museum is Celebrating 175 years since the first public railway in Canada today. That got us thinking about trains.

Most of us have train stories because you never know who you might meet...

We asked Quebecers to share their stories with us.

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The UN declares a famine

The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst drought it has seen in 60 years. Today, the UN brought new attention to the emergency and declared that parts of southern Somalia are experiencing a famine.

A food crisis is considered famine when two adults or four children per 10,000 people die of hunger each day and a third of children are acutely malnourished.

Radio Noon's Steve Rukavina spoke to Brian Stewart, a retired foreign correspondent with the CBC and Mira Cuturilo, the executive director of Action Against Hunger Canada.

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Farm Panel July 19

Sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge, dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard on Quebec's farming issues.

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Child-Free Couples

Magenta Baribeau is a documentary film maker who is working on a piece about child-free couples. Over the weekend she organized a picnic to meet couples who chose not to have children.

We invited Magenta Baribeau to the Radio Noon studio and opened our phone lines to ask listeners what they thought.

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Rupert Murdoch Testifies to Parliament

Rupert Murdoch and his son James have just finished testifying before a parliamentary committee. The emergency session of Parliament was televised live.

Steve Rukavina spoke with Julian Glover, a political columnist with The Guardian newspaper in London.

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Group That Works with Aboriginal Youth Loses Funding

Wapikoni Mobile is an organization that travels to Aboriginal communities across Quebec. They teach young people to tell stories and learn new skills through film.

Wapikoni has just learned that their annual funding will not be renewed by Service Canada.

That leaves their budget 500,000 dollars short.

Anna Wosh is a film maker and an instructor with with Wapikoni Mobile. Manon Barbeau is the founder and director of Wapikoni Mobile. They both came by the Radio Noon studio.

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All economic eyes are fixed on the US debt standoff

The US debt talks will have an impact on all the world's economies, including ours. We get a background primer from the chief economist of the Laurentian Bank, Carlos Leitao. And we hear about the political implications from McGill history professor and American presidency author, Gil Troy.

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Old Port swimmers try to sway public opinion

Swimmers, municipal councillors, and activists take to the waters of the St Lawrence to make a point about dipping in the river. Many call our phone-in to say they regularly take a dip, but a former New Yorker is not about to follow the swimming tide.


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Champlain Bridge report under fire

The opposition wants Ottawa to release more bridge data. Liberal leader Bob Rae calls Ottawa's handling of the bridge "nothing short of disgraceful".

NDP MP Hoang Mai says the minister needs to make an immediate statement in favour of a new bridge.

Transport Minister Denis Lebel says all the available studies are now in the public's hands and the bridge remains safe.

We hear from the owner of a trucking company who's tired of all the wrangling. He says, for the sake of his industry, the bridge needs action now.  

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Garbage Pickups

What's the ideal number of garbage pickups per week? The number of weekly pickups varies across the province. Could you live with once a month? That's what one Quebec community has. 

Our callers weigh (no pun intended) the pros and cons with host Steve Rukavina and CBC reporter Shawn Apel.

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Montreal police crack down on cyclists' headphones

No cycling with earphones: that's the message from Montreal police. We're told one earpiece is also not allowed, but bluetooth is okay.

In general, our Radio Noon callers are not impressed.

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The call for a new Champlain Bridge continues

The CEO of the Champlain Bridge, Glen Carlin, talks about the constant repairs and the span's future. Liberal MP Stéphane Dion says it's time for a new bridge and our listeners share their own strategies for the South Shore span. One caller avoids it outright.


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Farm Panel July 12

Among topics today, our panellists discuss the mighty mosquito. Listen in as dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural communications specialist Hugh Maynard join host Steve Rukavina for our weekly farm panel.


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Rating this mosquito season

Farm panellist Hugh Maynard takes the measure of one hungry pest, while entomologist David Lewis explains why a June or July mosquito is bigger than the late summer variety and many other mosquito facts. 

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Should Quebec have its own long gun registry?

Pollster Christian Bourque weighs in on whether Quebec should have its own registry if the federal government abolishes its own list, as promised. Bourque says cost would be more of a factor in Quebecers' eyes, if it were a provincial program.

According to one caller, the long gun registry is not the same thing as gun control.


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Quebec AM host Tim Belford says good-bye

Somehow during Bernard St.Laurent's fond farewell to Quebec AM's Tim Belford after 21 years in the host's chair, they end up speaking Latin and laughing about their Townships university days.

Enjoy. Take a listen...

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Quebec turns to bonuses to cure its GP shortage

The family doctors' federation and the province are hoping an incentive plan will get family doctors to work longer hours and take on more patients. Quebec is short about one thousand family doctors.

Dr. Louis Godin of the federation tells host Bernard St-Laurent that doctors prefer incentives over coercion and Health Minister Yves Bolduc is confident this is the right way to go.


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Verdict outrage turns to questions of how and why

Radio Noon has lawyer Jordan Charness on the line to answer listeners' questions about the Guy Turcotte verdict. The cardiologist was found not criminally reponsible for the killing of his two children by a jury yesterday.

We hear from a psychologist who says it's understandable why people are so upset. Our callers phone in to talk about feelings of rage and betrayal, to discuss the judicial system and whether crimes involving child victims should be treated differently.

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Dramatic Turcotte decision surprises courtroom

Quebec cardiologist Guy Turcotte has been found not criminally responsible for the killing of his two children.

CBC reporter Ivan Slobod takes us through the dramatic developments of the morning while criminal lawyer Louis Belleau weighs in on the decision.

We've got the reaction of the children's mother and our callers wonder what message this verdict is sending. They say they are "appalled" and "outraged".


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Farm Panel July 5th

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu talks about her farm mission to Ukraine, while sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard join in the discussion with host Bernard St-Laurent.

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