Stephane Parant, host of RCI's French language show joins, Lynn Desjardins and Marc Montgomery this week

The LINK Online, Oct.11,12,13, 2019


Your hosts, Lynn, Marc, with guest Stephane Parent, host of RCI’s French language programme  (video of show at bottom)

The Link: this week talks about the Canadian election leader's debate, a new much simpler, faster early detection method for Alzheimers, and a long time Canadian TV show that makes fun of politicians, and they like it.
Canadian election, debate of the leaders in French

Host Patrice Roy from Radio-Canada, centre, introduces Federal party leaders, left to right, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet before the Federal leaders French language debate in Gatineau, Que. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

There have now been two official debates among the record number of federal party leaders.  The English debate was at times a raucous affair, and the French language debate (Canada having two official languages) was held Thursday night.

After criticism, the format was changed somewhat to provide a somewhat better event although there were still moments of people interrupting each other, which a certain numbero f Canadian viewers don’t appreciate.

Stephane. Lynn, and Marc talk about the debate

Eye scan may soon permit early detection of Alzheimers

A specialized camera and software analyzes the back of a person’s eye to detect patterns specific to Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms develop. (Cole Burston/RetiSpec)

A new technology may hold the promise of detecting Alzheimer’s disease at a much earlier stage.  Current tests are much more expensive and invasive, involvinig PET scans or spinal taps. But a new technology has been developed involving a simple eye exam that could be done during routine eye checkups. 

Lynn spoke with Dr. Sharon Cohen, medical director of the Toronto Memory Program

A funnier side of politics

In 1996, then Prime Minister Jean Charest from Shawinigan Quebec, grabbed a noisy protester blocking his path, by the neck and shoved him aside. The “Shawinigan Handshake” became a long-standing on-camera joke between Cretien and Critch who says Cretien loved to play along (CBC)

The programme 22 Minutes is one of the longest running comedy shows on Canadian TV. The comedy/satire show makes fun of celebrities, society, and especially political figures. The latter group of course wants to be taken seriously, but somehow they are inspired to play along . Cast member and host Mark Critch talks about how they manage to ridicule political figures but leave them and audiences smiling.

THE LINK- video of show 2019-10-11 (starts at 0.41)
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