Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Episode date 8 March 2013
Interviews and reports
Mahalia Jackson comes to life in Canada's Ranee Lee
Photo by George Allister courtesy of the Segal Centre.
Roger Peace wrote and directed The Mahalia Jackson Musical, which premiered this week at Montreal’s Segal Centre Theatre.  The production, featuring a gospel choir of 14, is enjoying great reviews with jazz singer Ranee Lee lending her soul to the words and music of the great Mahalia, the American black woman who refused to sing anything but gospel, and never in a club or a tavern.

The show follows the chapters of Mahalia Jackson’s life from her humble childhood in New Orleans to her move to Chicago and her growing ambition to do more than other people’s laundry and cleaning.  It’s interesting to watch the development of her relationship with her voice and her talent as well as the people in her life. 

World Baseball Classic has Canada facing long odds
(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Team Canada began its quest to win the third World Baseball Classic Friday in Phoenix, Arizona, taking on Italy, the team that knocked Canada out of the tournament four years ago.

The Canadians are one of sixteen teams from around the world competing in the competition loosely based on soccer's World Cup but resembling more a series of exhibition games because a lot of players are concentrating on making their regular-season teams and are not playing in the WBC.

Canada has seen three of its best players--catcher Russell Martin, third baseman Brett Lawrie and reliever Jesse Crain--withdraw from the tournament because of injuries. But sluggers  Joey Votto and Justin Morneau remain in the the lineup, giving Canada a bit of power if not a lot of hope.

For an assessment of Canada's chances this year, Terry Haig contacted Toronto Star baseball columnist Richard Griffin.
Eye on the Arctic – More information needed on mining in North Quebec: poll
Site of the Matoush uranium project. ( Photo Credit: Claude Bouchard. Radio-Canada )
Each week, Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across Canada’s northern regions

Climate change is opening up Canada’s northern regions to greater energy and resource exploration.

This activity has sparked debate across the country about how best to balance business interests with environmental protection; and economic development and the needs of Canada’s northern aboriginal communities.

A recent Léger marketing poll; commissioned by the Canadian Boreal Initiative, an environmental group concerned with conserving the boreal forest, examined the attitudes of northern Quebecers to some of these questions.
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Rare Manitoba photos found in Australia
(University of Manitoba)
Eight historic photos of Manitoba have turned up at an auction in Australia. The photos include one of controversial political figure Louis Riel, considered the father of the western province of Manitoba who was later hanged for treason. [...]
Toronto now 4th largest city in North America
Photo courtesy of CBC
With the population growing at a rate of 38,000 people a year, Toronto is now ahead of that other Great Lake metropolis, Chicago. Mexico City is still the largest city in North America with a population of nearly 9 million people. [...]
Northwest Territories set to get big change in status
Media reports say Canada's Northwest Territories will be granted province-like responsibilities when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper travels to the capital, Yellowknife, on Monday. [...]
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