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Monday: CBC reporter JUSTIN HAYWARD who covered the case for many weeks joins host Bernard St-Laurent in studio as our callers react to the first-degree murder convictions handed down to Mohammad Shafia, his second wife Tooba Yahya and his son Hamed.


si-300-shafia.jpg With a phone-in you never really know what aspect of a story is going to generate the most talk, the most debate.

 In the Shafia case, all three were handed first-degree murder convictions, meaning automatic life sentences of 25 years with no chance of parole. Not a problem for our listeners.

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 It took the jurors 15 hours to reach their verdicts. The speed of the verdicts? Again, not an issue for our callers.

 The only real debate: were these honour killings?
 LaPresse reporter MICHÈLE OUIMET joins the discussion  - describing her trip to Afghanistan to interview Tooba Yahya's sister, Soraya and her family. In their remote locale, they had no idea the three Shafia girls had been murdered, or that Tooba and others are on trial. Nor had they seen the dating and sexy photos of the girls.

Michèle tells us they were shocked and talk openly about honour killings "if you don't respect the honour of the family.". Soraya's husband even speaks of  "eliminating" his own girls in such circumstances.

Here's our interview with Michèle Ouimet:


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 After the program in our daily debrief, we sit in the control room as we always do, but we're all quieter than usual, thinking about what we've just heard and talking about the range of calls and how heartfelt they sounded.  
 It also seemed many people were working through their own thought processes and reactions right then and there on air.



 The second most 'Texts and Calls' topic on the week: Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and his musings about leaving a rope in the prison cells of serial killers and letting them decide whether to take their lives or not.
 By week's end the Senator, whose own daughter was murdered, has apologized for his comments. That didn't stop a Saguenay man from filing an official criminal complaint.

 FRIDAY'S SHOW: Faye calls in. Her own father was murdered. The culprit then killed a second time before he was caught and convicted. Faye has just learned that the culprit has committed suicide. She has many questions. Here's her call:


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 Right after Faye's call we hear from Michel from Rawdon who tells us he works with 'lifers', doesn't want people to dismiss them, pointing out they can and do change their lives around.
 Here's his call:  

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That's it for this week...

 On Monday and Tuesday, Bernie and I will be away. Steve Rukavina will hosting with Lindsay Michael producing.

 Do give us a listen -- and remember we like all feedback: calls, texts, tweets, facebook, email -- we welcome it all,


Sally Caudwell, Producer

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