Lining up for the Liberal leadership. After a number of prominent rejections, it was beginning to look like no one wanted to sweep the former belle of the Canadian political ball off her feet. But this afternoon, two big names were added to the Liberal Party dancecard.
Telegenic academic Michael Ignatieff made his announcement in Toronto. That's where we reached him.
The other big name to join the race to succeed Paul Martin is Stephane Dion. Dion was first recruited by the Liberals to fight separatism after the 1995 referendum. Now he's playing to a larger audience. We reached Stephane Dion in Montreal.
Yesterday on CBC Radio One -- including right here on As It Happens -- we aired a series of stories about long-term care facilities -- and how they aren't just for the elderly any more. In fact, in Ontario, there are more than four-thousand people under the age of 65 living in long-term care. But many of them feel those homes aren't really able to meet their unique physical and psychological needs.
On yesterday's program we spoke to Monique Smith, the Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario's Minister of Health, George Smitherman. She said the under-65s in long-term care form a pretty small minority, and it's up to each institution to decide how to deal with them. That interview brought these calls to Talkback.
For their legions of die-hard fans, Mötley Crüe epitomize American hard-rock. The evidence? Number One -- they have pointless umlauts in their name. Number Two -- they've lived a life of unimaginable rock 'n' roll excess, to the point where their bassist, Nikki Sixx, died of an overdose. Number Two B -- that same bassist was resuscitated by a shot of adrenaline to the heart, and continues to play with the band. And Number Two C -- they wrote a song about it, called "Kickstart My Heart".
So for fans in Red Deer, Alberta, the announcement that Mötley Crüe would be playing in their city as part of their Red, White & Crüe tour -- their farewell tour, no less -- was a terrific surprise. And just before the show, one fan in particular had another surprise coming.
We reached Harvey Warren in Calgary, Alberta.
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The Kurds of Iraq couldn't be happier with their situation. They make up an important block in the Iraqi Parliament. Kurdish is an official Iraqi language. They have an autonomous region that is enshrined in the Iraqi constitution.
Too bad the Kurds over the border in Turkey can't say the same thing. For the past week and a half, Turkish Kurds have been rioting in the southeastern region of the country and in Istanbul. Fifteen people have died.
Abdul Hamit Biligi is a columnist for the Turkish daily Zaman. He is in Istanbul.
Larry Salas loves his neighbourhood. And why not? With its well-manicured lawns, friendly neighbours and peace and quiet, it's a great part of Miami in which to live. That is, of course, as long as you ignore the headless chickens hanging from trees and plastic shopping bags containing the gutted remains of goats. You see, Mr. Salas and his neighbours happen to live near what has become a busy offering site for Santeros - the practitioners of Santeria. An Afro-Caribbean religion, the offerings are made to Ogun, the god of war and iron.
We reached Larry Salas in Miami.
It's time to come clean, plant owners. We've all done it. Whether it was at a party in our university days, or at a weak moment when we were home alone, we've all done it. We've all tried to get our plants drunk. Don't deny it! You've given your rubber tree schnapps! You've tried to get your fern potted! Come on -- the first step is admitting you have a problem.
And now there's even more reason for you to admit your gardening guilt. Because, as it turns out, when it comes to dwarfing some plants -- binding is fine, but liquor is quicker.
Professor William Miller of Cornell University has been plying plants with booze, and he's published the results in this month's issue of the journal HortTechnology. We reached him in Ithaca, New York.
Spring has sprung across most of the country. And the political season is warming up as well. For their thoughts on the latest Liberal leadership candidates, and the Conservative government's first week in the House, we've gathered two thirds of our regular political panel.
Janice MacKinnon is a professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan and was Roy Romanow's Finance Minister. She's in Saskatoon. And in Ottawa, Peter Donolo is the Executive Vice President of the Strategic Council and was Jean Chretien's Director of Communications.
It was six months ago that an earthquake shattered villages in the north of Pakistan. Now, the reconstruction of those devastated communities has begun. But the task of rebuilding both villages and lives is daunting. The October 8th earthquake claimed the lives of more than seventy thousand people, and left more than two million homeless. Today, close to three hundred thousand survivors are still living in tents in camps across the quake zone.
Dr. Sylvain Couture is a pediatrician from Montreal. He is currently working with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in a hospital in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. That is where we reached him.
So he's not el Greco. But come on. Is it fair to ask any artist to paint over his masterpiece?
When Greece won the Euro soccer cup, in the summer of 2004, Theodore Antonopoulos was so overwhelmed with pride for his team that he decided to re-paint his garage door.
But Mr. Antonopoulos lives in Pierrefonds, Quebec. And in Pierrefonds, there are rules about that sort of thing. And according to the town, his garage door has run afoul of those rules.
We reached Theodore Antonopoulos in Pierrefonds Quebec.