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 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.


 Several times this week we asked listeners to send in their questions. We've included a sampling - and you'll see - no slouches, our listeners!
 Canada's top weather guru, DAVID PHILLIPS from Environment Canada was really put to the test by our listeners.

Q: What do you think of the alleged "HAARP" manipulating major disasters, lol!?!
    "It's secret", it's very confidential. ...They can't even publish their results in scientific literature," says PHILLIPS.   
 HAARP stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research. Funded primarily by the American military, the research facility is based in Alaska.
 PHILLIPS thinks it's impossible for man to create the kind of energy you have in "an ordinary garden variety thunderstorm".
 He also asks if the Americans could manipulate the weather: "Why didn't they stop Katrina?"

Q: Comment on the usefulness of manually manipulating weather such as during the Chinese Olympics and the possible dangers?

A:     The Chinese seeded clouds during the Olympics "to either stop it from raining or to rain to clear out pollution", says PHILLIPS.
 It happens in Canada, too, he tells us:

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Q: Sunspots affecting our weather? Fact or Fiction, or both?
   According to PHILLIPS those storms on the sun do affect communications, aircraft and even hydro.
 But he's not persuaded they're affecting our weather. "They've been correlated from everything from church attendance, to hemlines and storms".
 But he says, "My sense is no.. I think you can't really correlate the sunspots with the kind of weather we see on this planet."

 Acclaimed journalist and human rights activist SALLY ARMSTRONG was on air with Bernie on Wednesday talking about the gains but also the setbacks women face, especially in areas of conflict.
  Again, our listeners came through:

Q: What do you think would happen if Marilyn Waring's economic theory was implemented? "If Women Counted"?
A:      You can hear the surprise and pleasure in SALLY ARMSTRONG's voice as she fields this query from our text line.
 "That's amazing, very serendipitous," she says, referring to the Waring question.
 Marilyn Waring, a former New Zealand member of parliament, wrote in 1988 about unpaid women's work, ignored by mainstream economics.
 "There's a wellness index you can reference now about women and it's based almost entirely on Marilyn Waring's work." 
 ARMSTRONG says there has been "a sea change in attitudes" since then. 

 NDP MP PAT MARTIN found himself in hot water when he used the F-word and a few other 'choice' words on twitter.
 In his Friday interview with Bernie, he blames his frustration with the Conservative government's overuse of closure to end parliamentary debates for his indelicate language.

Q:  Ask your guest if he would use the word again?
   "No ...I'm going to be a little more cautious and a little more prudent," says PAT MARTIN, saying that's a very good question.
 Here's the audio of his reply:

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 We can never predict what stories will trigger the phone line over the text line, or vice versa.
 The forcible eviction of New York 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters did get our phones ringing.
 But we got much more reaction on the text line. Is this due to convenience? A topic of more interest to the texting generation than to other listeners? 
 We're not sure.
 But every time we talk "Occupy", people do want to comment.
 Here's a sample of some of the text line comments:

 "Hundreds arrested yet the criminals who caused the 2008 crash walk free. Keep it up protesters!"

 "For a group with absolutely no demands or message, they've more than run their course. Do something or get off the pot".

 "I'm confident no one is going to lose their job or their life savings because a few hundred people are sleeping in tents. Perhaps we need some perspective on what the real issues are".

 Our question about the Benetton 'Unhate' ad campaign which showed world leaders kissing each other on the mouth also attracted far more texts than calls.
 In that case, the Vatican is going ahead with a lawsuit against the company for its photo-shopped picture of the Pope kissing an Imam.

 We do like all the interaction with our listeners and by whatever means: text, tweet, telephone, facebook, email, mail. We like it all... 
 Give us a listen...
 Sally Caudwell - Producer 

Along with Bernie and me, the rest of the Radio Noon team includes Lindsay Michael and Claudia Sanchez.

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