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MOST TEXTS AND CALLS TOPIC: Should 16 year olds have the vote?
 The Parti Quebecois will be debating this proposal next month so we did a test run with our listeners.  What do they think?

 Quebec Solidaire MNA AMIR KHADIR says he's not sure lowering the voting age is the way to go but he does allow that something needs to be done to encourage voter involvement.

 Some callers and texters tells us the PQ is banking on its sovereignty option appealing to youth. But LaPresse columnist GILBERT LAVOIE says dropping the voting age will be the least of Pauline Marois' concerns when the party meets next month. Solidifying her leadership will be uppermost in her mind.

 Our first caller suggests 16 year olds can't decide what shoes to wear, let alone choose a party.
 That brought in this call from 17 year old NATHAN.
 While he doesn't support a lower voting age, himself, he also believes teens deserve more credit than that:
 Here's Nathan's call:

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(photo: Radio-Canada) Women demonstrate in Ottawa on the anniversary -- and in Quebec City and Montreal  


 Our Radio Noon Question: Is fighting for gun control, and in particular the long gun registry, the right way to remember the murders of 14 young women studying engineering at l'École Polytechnique?

 The Parliamentary Secretary to the Justice Minister, MP KERRY-LYNNE FINDLAY says her government is committed to eliminating violence against women, but she doesn't agree with the protesters in Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal who are trying to save the registry.

 She tells us "It's not usually those who have registered long guns who are responsible for criminal acts".

 Findlay calls the exclusion of Conservative MPs from a Polytechnique commemoration in Ottawa "most unfortunate".

 As a mother of three daughters, she says December 6th is "not a time for politics".

 In this audio segment from the program, we start with HEIDI RATHJEN who was at the Polytechnique in 1989 and is a strong advocate of the long gun registry and we then hear Bernie's interview with the minister:

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 We also got this email from CAROLE who takes us back to that late afternoon 22 years ago:

 "Yes, people must make every effort to keep the gun registry alive and this is a good day to do so... "

 "I was a university student when the Poly Massacre happened. I will never forget how my husband told me about the massacre when I came home from an evening class. He told me there had been a massive attack, but he could not tell me that the victims were all women, he was overwhelmed by the symbolic weight of the event. I think he was almost hoping some men would be among the fallen, just to make it less hateful, easier to dismiss as the act of a crazy person. And when I watched the news and saw that it was all women who were being killed, I froze on the spot and realized in a split second the enormity of the event."

 "Many of us knew someone who knew a victim. My work colleague at the time knew a victim. We are all still in mourning. I still get tears in my eyes when I pass the commemorative park in Côte-des-Neiges."

 We like to roam far afield on Radio Noon - literally and figuratively.

 We like story meetings that are organic. That's the polite way of saying that our morning editorial meetings can be a tad unfocussed (okay, more than a tad!)

 We love hearing Bernie's war stories from his days as a National Assembly reporter. Any day he can get us laughing over some remembered caper at the Natass.

 Lindsay always has a social media insight to add to our discussion and I have to say, Ilike a good rant, myself.

 Our program director Helen Evans also joins us with the news assignment list, helpful ideas, and a laugh that can only be described as distinctly her own.

 Bottom line - we don't like to limit where we take a story, what captures the imagination and what we think Quebecers would like to hear about, or talk about.

 This week we took you to FERMONT near the Quebec-Labrador border. The CBC's Marika Wheeler described the growing pains of a mining boom town. Mine work pays so well, employers in other sectors just can't compete.

 We heard about the power outages on the other side of Quebec in CHISASIBI and WEMINDJI. Those Cree First Nations are working to help people cope in minus 20 degree weather. The community of Chibougamua is sending 
in shipments of firewood, while Hydro Quebec tries to restore power.

 SOS RICHELIEU created to help people flooded out last spring by the Richelieu River was robbed this week. Gift cards, worth $17,000, which were to help people celebrate Christmas were taken. But Director MICHEL FECTEAU says other members of the community have stepped up to make up for the loss.

 And finally we learned about PETROLEUM EATING MUSHROOMS - a research project by the Université de Montréal and McGill aimed at cleaning up contaminated oil sites. Professor B. FRANZ LANG from UdeM filled us in.
 Here's a segment from his interview with Bernie.

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 So, you see -- far afield. You can cover a lot of editorial territory in a week.

 Give us a listen -- and remember we like all feedback: calls, texts, tweets, facebook, email -- we welcome it all,
That's it for this week...  Sally

Sally Caudwell, Producer

The Radio Noon team: Bernard St-Laurent, Lindsay Michael, Claudia Sanchez and Sally Caudwell.
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