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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.

 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.

 Everybody thinks one more hour of sleep - yay!  But anyone with little kids knows they never seem to get that 'extra sleep' memo.
 This texter to the show agrees:
 "My almost 2 year old fell asleep last night, just before he got up this morning @ 3:45 ...arrgh"
 THE SLEEP DEBT: "It's growing"
 For the last fifteen years, we've been getting less and less sleep, as sleep specialist DR. MARCEL BALTZAN explains.
 And he says less sleep is translating into more calories:

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CALL-IN EXPERTISE: Join the fun... 
 With the flexibility of our RADIO NOON format, we can take full advantage of a guest's expertise and ask our listeners to get involved. Twice this week we invited our listeners to pose questions of their own.

 Radio-Canada's bureau chief JOYCE NAPIER was in our studios on Wednesday. She had a lively exchange over Republican politics with McGill prof THOMAS VELK who just happened to call in.

 On Monday, former Prime Minister and Finance Minister PAUL MARTIN, who now sits on an IMF advisory board, fielded questions about the financial crisis surrounding the Euro, Greece and Italy.
 Here's a sample:

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 We like to hear firsthand, from our listeners, about their own personal experiences.

 We were discussing complaints about long wait times for employment insurance when ROSA called from Quebec City. She says it took 13 weeks after the birth of her daughter to receive her benefits.

 "That's 13 weeks of mortgage, of groceries, of bills that I had, with no income coming in." She says she's lucky she has a supportive family.
 Clients aren't told about an office of customer satisfaction that they can appeal to ...which prompted this text to Radio Noon: "EI needs an office of client DISsatisfaction"
 Human Resources Minister DIANE FINLEY told the Commons this week that replacing Service Canada's paper system with more automation will mean faster service.

 Friday, as we honoured members of the Canadian armed forces who died serving their country, we got a call from RICHARD, a veteran, who had attended Remembrance Day observances at Westmount High School.

 He spontaneously repeated JOHN MCCRAE'S poem, "In Flanders Field", for our listeners.

 And finally LINDSAY MICHAEL put together this lovely sound montage from the National War Memorial:

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Radio Noon is on air with BERNARD ST-LAURENT Monday to Friday between 12 and 1 pm on CBC Radio One.
Our phone-in number when we're on the air is 514 597 4500 or 1 877 597 4500 if you're outside Montreal.
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Sally Caudwell
CBC Producer Montreal
Radio Noon desk line 514 597 4468  

November 11, 2011