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Arts-Culture #23 (Sun Dec 02, 2012) Anniversary book on Beachcombers, longest running Canadian TV Sitcom
Welcome to our spotlight on arts and culture # 23.

This week we mark the 40th anniversary of the the beginning of the longest running Canadian TV sitcom.   In 1972, just days after a nailbiting  hockey series at the height of the cold war, in which Canada finally beat the soviet Union at the last possible moment. a new and quirky TV sitcom appeared on Canadian screens.

Then every week, for 19 successive years, thousands upon thousands of Canadian families sat down to watch “The Beachcombers".

It was unlikely success story, built around the characters in a small seaside village and especially those of a couple of rival entrepreneurs on the British Columbia coast. They made a living and were competitors in salvaging various bits of flotsam from the sea, and especially huge logs which had floated free of giant log booms, and selling them back to the pulp and paper companies.

Their base was the actual town of Gibsons, and a favourite haunt was a café called Molly’s Reach, which also exists in reality.

The two main protaganists were Nick Adonidas, a Greek Canadian played by the late Bruno Gerussi, and the really not so bad, bad guy played by the late Robert Clothier.  Surrounding them was a supporting cast of other characters including for example, Molly the café owner, and an RCMP officer called John Constable, played by Jackson Davies. 

Toronto’s Elephants Getting Ready to Go
AP Photo/PAWS, Margaret Whittaker
Thika will be leaving the only home she’s ever known.  Born at the Toronto Zoo in 1980 she is one of the 3 remaining African elephants.  The zoo has acknowledged, that in middle-age, it’s time Toka, 42, and Iringa, 43, along with Thika at 32, be moved to another location that can provide a better quality of life for the animals into old-age.
Toronto’s City Council, which oversees the zoo, voted 32 – 8 earlier this week, to move the elephants to the Performing Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in San Andreas, California.  There was some controversy over the move.  The Toronto Zoo did everything in their power to make sure the animals are going to the best facility. 

City Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby was one of the dissenting voices.  In an interview earlier this week, she expressed her concerns over both the move and the final destination in California, preferring a facility that is opening soon in Florida. 

Zoocheck Canada is a wildlife protection organization that advocates primarily for wildlife in captivity.  Rob Laidlaw is Executive Director of Zoo Check Canada.  He said the group supports the move to California.  He said the two facilities have very different mandates, and the California location is much larger allowing the elephants the space to roam, and to connect with other animals in a larger herd existence.

Bob Barker, the American animal rights activist and fomer game-show host is paying for the flight for the 3 elephants, estimated at around $1 million. 

Meanwhile, as the Toronto Zoo prepares to close the elephant enclosure, it is getting ready to welcome a pair of giant Panda Bears, on a ten-year loan from China.
Politics Today December 2, 2012

On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on Canada's vote against giving Palestine non-member state status at the United Nations.

He also discussed this past Monday's three federal by-elections, and the leadership race in the federal Liberal opposition party.
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