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August 2011 Archives

Monster trucks and dinosaurs, no more

There is sad news this morning for travellers along highway 20.

The legendary Madrid, halfway between Quebec and Montreal is closing its doors today at 3pm.

Julie Arel is the daughter of the original owner.

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PQ caucus gathers in Saguenay

The problems for PQ leader Pauline Marois just keep adding up. Members of the PQ caucus are meeting in Saguenay today to get ready for the fall session. On the eve of that caucus - a regional riding president resigned and there are rumours others will follow.

Philip Authier of the Gazette was in Saguenay for the meeting.

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Radio Noon Farm Panel, August 30, 2011

Our weekly farm panel with dairy farmer Jeanie Neveu, sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge and agricultural specialist Hugh Maynard.


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François Legault would not extend Bill 101 to English CEGEPs.

François Legault who co-chairs the Coalition for the Future of Quebec tells host Bernard St-Laurent he'd rather improve English language instruction in French colleges, than bar French and Allophone students from attending English CEGEPs.

Legault also wants to reduce immigration levels for a two year period and see an increase in French language courses for new arrivals.

Legault says he'd commit to a ten year return to politics, and not to just one term. 

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'Irene' moves north and east in Quebec

'Irene's' aftermath in Quebec: Environment Canada talks about the rest of the storm's path as Hydro Quebec describes its time line for restoring power.

We hear from a homeowner who heard a big kaboom and then just saw "green" as a tree crashed into his house and his neighbour's.

We hear from a solo sailor contending with the storm while another caller describes how 'Irene' interrupted a horse show in the Eastern Townships, but didn't shut it down.  

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A new target for ER wait times

The head of Montreal's Health and Social Services Agency, David Levine, tells Radio Noon that he wants to limit waiting times in Montreal hospitals' emergency rooms to an average of 12 hours by the year 2015. This summer, wait times increased over the year before.

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Preparing for Hurricane Irene extends into Quebec

Jean-Marc Couturier with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says the rains could start hitting Quebec during the day on Sunday. He says central Quebec, including the Townships and the eastern part of the province will be get the most rain.

Senior Climatologist David Phillips with Environment Canada says August has already been one of the wettest on record for the city of Montreal - and that's before Irene moves through this weekend. 

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The high dropout rate for boys in Quebec persists

Two experts in the Quebec education field discuss ways to repair Quebec's high dropout rate amongst boys as the new school year approaches. We also hear from callers who explain why they left school when they were young.

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François Legault remains Quebecers' first choice

The latest CROP poll shows that the man who doesn't even have a political party is Quebecers' pick for premier. It even suggests François Legault could be in majority territory if an election were held today. But there's also some good news in the poll for Jean Charest and his Liberal government. Not so for the PQ.

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Developments in Tripoli and what they mean for Canada's role

Acting host Loreen Pindera turns to CBC London bureau chief Ann MacMillan for the latest news from Libya including the freeing of trapped journalists and the various diplomatic efforts over the strongman's assets. We also get the military perspective and hear about the potential political fallout as the rebels expand their grip on Libya.

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Jack Layton's final return to Parliament Hill

Hundreds are waiting outside the foyer of the House of Commons to pay their last respects to the late Leader of the Opposition. The CBC's Justin Hayward describes the scene for our listeners.

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Jack Layton's appeal to cancer survivors

Acting host Loreen Pindera speaks with a cancer survivor about Jack Layton's uplifting letter to Canadians.

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Farm Panel Tuesday August 22

Guest host Loreen Pindera brings together dairy farmer Jeanie Nevue, beef and sheep producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural communications specialist Hugh Maynard to talk farm matters.

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Questioning the NDP's future in Quebec without Jack Layton

Deputy Leader Thomas Mulcaire speaks out for the first time since the death of Jack Layton. Mulcaire talks about the "sudden sorrow" he and his colleagues are experiencing.

Joël-Denis Bellavance of LaPresse looks ahead to the challenges facing the NDP without the 'bridging' skills of Layton, a leader who could bring different factions together. 

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Quebec remembers "le bon Jack"

Radio Noon hears from callers and people on the streets of Montreal - all shocked and saddened by the news of the death of the NDP leader on Monday morning.

Two NDP MPs talk about the huge orange shift he brought about in Quebec. Hélène Laverdière who defeated Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe remembers Layton's excitement on election night.

We also hear from his opponents across the chamber and their admiration for his drive and courage as he battled prostate cancer.

His former teacher at McGill, Charles Taylor, says he was honoured to learn that Layton considered him an influentual force in his political life.

Civil rights lawyer Julius Grey tells Radio Noon he found Layton "refreshing" because of his optimism. He thinks Layton's optimistic approach to politics will live on.


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Tremblay pinpoints five key traffic zones

The mayor is targeting five key congestion areas, which engineer Hellen Christodoulou tells acting host Shari Okeke is a good first step, but she adds the full participation of all transportation players is needed in the longterm.

A truck driver describes the personal toll the road and bridge delays are causing. This week alone two truckers with his firm have quit due to stress and he says he has had three accidents he attributes to all the construction and confusion on the roads.


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Kanawana Memories

As the summer holidays wind down, two former Kanawana campers, Andrew Caddell and The Vinyl Café's Stuart Mclean, share their memories and the life lessons they learned at camp.

Andrew Caddell also tells Radio Noon listeners about the Pip award he established to honour his father and his son, with Stuart McLean being a past winner. 

It also seems this is a big week for 'Lumbermen and Voyageurs' at the camp. Take a listen to their conversations with acting host Shari Okeke.

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E-Voting examined by Elections Canada

Liberal MP Stephane Dion is glad that Elections Canada is looking into voting online, given voter turnout for federal elections has dropped to 60 per cent. He tells acting host Shari Okeke that we must move very cautiously, see what other countries are doing, and make sure there'd be no hacking and that voter confidentiality would be ensured.

Most of the reaction to our discussion of electronic voting was skeptical.

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Farm Panel, August 16

Dairy farmer Jeannie Neveu, sheep and beef producer Bob Laberge, and agricultural communications specialist Hugh Maynard join acting host Shari Okeke for their weekly round table on farm matters. This week, they look at organic labelling and what shoppers should know.

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ER wait times worse than last summer in Montreal

Imagine waiting more than 48 hours in an emergency waiting room. On average 84 people are doing just that in Montreal hospitals.

One caller describes his long wait with a metal shard in his eye.

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Asbestos financing deadline extended

The Jeffrey Mine project gets a reprieve, the town of Asbestos is relieved. The town's manager says his region needs time to diversify its economy while critics of asbestos mining are outraged.

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Should dogs be allowed on the metro?

A Montreal dog owner is launching a campaign to allow dogs on the metro.

CBC reporter Steve Rukavina has been following this story and came by the Radio Noon studio. We opened up our phone lines to ask you what you think...

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A Costly Train

Last fall, the Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT) estimated that it would cost 450 million dollars to build a new commuter train link between Montreal and Mascouche. Just a few months later, the estimate hit 665 million dollars.

Treasury board president Michelle Courchesne said, at that price, it doesn't resemble the original project at all. That's why she ordered the AMT to freeze any future contracts or offers.

The CEO of the Agence Metropolitaine de Transport, Joel Gauthier, came by the Radio Noon studio to discuss the costs.

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Riots in the UK

Radio Noon takes a closer look at the riots in the UK.

939_14092_web_8column.jpgA clinical psychologist tells us that he thinks it has to do with absent fathers. A spokesperson for the anti-police brutality protest here in Montreal beleives the riots are serving a purpose, pushing back against poverty and racism.

We also hear from Radio Noon listeners who answer the question -why is this happening?

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Plan Nord: In Depth

Native Affairs minister Geoffrey Kelley was in studio to answer your questions about Plan Nord.

In this special edition of Radio Noon, also hear perspectives from Dan Tolgyesi, the president and CEO of the Quebec Mining Association, Eric Darier, the director of Greenpeace Quebec and Scott McKay, the PQ representative for l'Assomption and the Official Opposition critic for mining in Quebec.

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Farm Panel August 9th

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

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S & P downgrades U.S. credit rating

Stock markets are plunging today in the aftermath of the downgrade of US credit. More and more people are wondering what they should do with their investments.

Today on Radio noon we asked the experts.

We heard from one of Canada's most successful investors- Stephen Jarislowsky. He says this is a good time to buy... if you can stand the stress. We also heard from Ken Lester, a professor at McGill University in the Desautels Faculty of Management.

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Skin Cancer cases on the rise

New statistics on skin cancer show and increase of 50 per cent of the number of Quebeckers developing the disease in the last decade. Experts say it's because people are ignoring the message to avoid the sun. Dr. Gerald Batist is an oncologist and Director of the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital.

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Sound familiar? Tunnel collapse in Boston

People in Boston can probably relate to the infrastructure woes Montrealers are experiencing right now.

In 2006, during a major road reconstruction project known as "The Big Dig", a concrete ceiling panel weighing three tons fell in Boston's Fort Point Channel Tunnel.

It fell on a car travelling on the highway below. One person was killed, and another was injured.

To learn more about that incident, and the political fallout that came after, we reached Boston Globe reporter Sean Murphy.

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Chocolate study

Researchers at Université Laval are studying the effect that high-cocoa chocolate can have on our resistance to the sun.

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 Listen to Bernie's conversation with Bruno Riverin, a masters student with the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.

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Should Sam Hamad resign?

Transport Minister Sam Hamad is not accepting any blame for the collapse of the concrete  beam in the Viger Tunnel.

Hamad says his department will review its procedures, to consider whether it's relying too much on the private sector for inspections.

Today on the Radio Noon we ask, should Sam Hamad resign? Or should he stay and oversee a review of Transport department policies?

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Farm Panel -- August 2, 2011

Jeannie recounts her travels around the province, and tells us about the need for rain. Hugh explains why the high dollar isn't good for famers and how hemp could be used for military uniforms.

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Collapsed beam shakes motorists' confidence

The collapse of a concrete beam in the Ville Marie Tunnel Sunday has further erroded an already-shaky confidence in the Montreal's road infrastructure.

Transport Quebec officials say the 15-meter long concrete beam could easily have killed motorists.

Monday, the Parti Quebecois called on Transport Quebec to release the reports from all the inspections conducted on Montreal's infrastructure. (The reports were released after the show on Monday.)

Radio Noon host Bernard St-Laurent askes listeners "What would it take to reassure you?"

To help answer questions about why this happened, and what could be done to prevent more incidents like this, we were joined by Maud Cohen, president of the Quebec Order of Engineers and Martin Lemay, PQ MNA for Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques.

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