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Inside Radio Noon Blog: November 2011 Archives

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THE NOVEMBER NEWS QUIZ
 Picture this scene - there I am, the producer, at a pet store in Alexis Nihon, holding a dog training clicker in one hand, a stuffed squeaky toy in the other. Beside me, a young store clerk also with a squeaky toy.

 "1-2-3, Go" -- we squeak, click and listen. Trying to determine the loudest toy and the fastest. Yes, my many years of journalism has come to this.

 We love our monthly news quiz on Radio Noon, but the participants are of the view that the old monkey toy is slower than the clickers -- and so in the name of fairness, out with the monkey and in with the squeaky ring.

 On the last Friday of every month we bring together four CBC personalities to tackle our quiz.

 On Nov 25, NANCY WOOD, Enquête investigative journalist and former Radio Noon host, and Daybreak's SHAWN APEL are facing off against Homerun producer NATHALIE WALTHER and Executive News Producer PETER JOHNSON.

 In the excitement of answering, NATHALIE literally throws her squeaky toy into the air. It lands under the table.  LINDSAY, our researcher, runs in with a replacement toy. At another point BERNIE discovers he doesn't have page 5, so we scramble in with another page 5.

 At the end, it all comes down to the last question and Nancy's answer "Sorel", (hometown of filmmaker Danic Champoux) producing our first ever News Quiz tie!

 GIVE OUR SAMPLE QUESTIONS A TRY...

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MOST TEXTS-AND-CALLS TOPIC OF THE WEEK: LA CAISSE LANGUAGE CONTROVERSY
 The two executives hired to run La Caisse's real-estate arm was the hot button story of the week.


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 Employees at the giant pension fund manager complained about meetings in English after two Anglophones were recruited for top positions at Ivanhoe-Cambridge.
 LaPresse columnist PATRICK LAGACÉ told host BERNARD ST-LAURENT he couldn't believe this was happening in 2011. Bernie asked him what was his initial reaction?

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 By mid-week La Caisse announced the pair would be enrolled immediately in French Immersion.

 

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Student Protest.jpgMOST CALLS AND TEXTS: THE STUDENT PROTEST
 Thursday's student strike did, indeed, strike a chord with listeners. Students took to the streets to protest against the Charest government's decision to increase student tuition by $325 a year, for the next five years.
 
 We got many more calls and texts on this topic than anything other subject all week.

  Dawson Student Union President AUDREY DEVEAULT started things off: "Education is not a product. It's a right. So everyone should have access to it. No matter what background they come from."

 Teachers, students, former students, business people, supporters, and critics all phone in...
 
 These quotes from our text line give you an idea of our 'on air' debate:

 "My eyes rolled back as far as I could go ...I have many friends at Dawson that own the new iPhone/iPad which costs more than $325. This is a generation of entitlement..."

 "My daughter's boyfriend had to miss class because he didn't have money for his bus pass! He doesn't have an iPhone!"
 
 "Start by cutting the ridiculously high salaries of university administrators making $400,000."

 "A simple question for those who support raising tuition: how do you expect an indebted, Recession-plagued generation to pay into retirement."

 A CEGEP teacher calls in, reminding listeners that students face costs for books and transportation. Plus, she says students from the regions frequently have to move to continue their education.

THE MCGILL CLASH
 Protesters say Montreal police over-reacted late Thursday afternoon as they moved to break up a demonstration in McGill. After some students staged a sit-in in the principal's office, others formed a human chain around the building.
 
 TOM who was a participant in that chain called in during our Friday show with his eye-witness account. He says the police had their bicycles at their sides and then swung them at the protesters.

Here's an excerpt of his conversation with LOREEN PINDERA, sitting in for BERNARD
ST-LAURENT as host: 

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McGill has announced it's launching an investigation.

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