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Title: INTRO
Date: 010505
Time: 21:00:00 ET - 21:30:00 ET

MARK KELLY: Tonight, persuing a parasite: North Battleford struggles to clean up its tainted water supply. The road to Damascus: the Pope takes his pilgrimage to Syria. And war memorial: a new statue honours the women who became soldiers for Canada.

Guest: DAVID COMMON, Reporter
GERHARD BENADE, Medical Officer of Health
ED TOMANEK, Resident
WAYNE RAY, Mayor of North Battleford

MARK KELLY: Good evening. The ripple effects are now being felt across Saskatchewan, even in neighbouring Alberta. Today health officials in North Battleford said the number of people affected by the city's tainted water has risen, and the deadly parasite has been on the move. But as David Common reports, they also say the worst of the crisis is likely over.

DAVID COMMON: It seems everyone in North Battleford is either sick or knows someone who is. James Chipak had diarrhea and a fever, and his parents believe his illness came from the water.

JOHN CHIPAK: Well, we were just being really careful with our water usage, you know, as far as brushing teeth...

MRS. CHIPAK: We used bottled water.

JOHN CHIPAK: Bottled water... all our cooking as of late.

COMMON: And today the province acknowledged the problem is bigger than it originally thought.

DR. GERHARD BENADE: The number of lab concern cases in Battleford's health district now stands at 36.

COMMON: It doesn't end there. North Battleford lies on the Yellowhead Highway, a major roadway across the prairies. And with the people, the parasite has travelled along the highway too. As many as 30 cases of cryptosporidium have been identified so far across Saskatchewan and Alberta, almost all in people who have passed through North Battleford.

ED TOMANEK: I'm upset. I've got relatives that visit us the last few weeks, and they're all sick. And my waitress is sick, and she just got well yesterday. She's back again with diarrhea today.

COMMON: There is one comfort today. Tests at the water treatment facility now show the parasite may be gone.

UNIDENTIFIED: The first sest of lab samples from raw water taken from the town's system has come back negative for cryptosporidium.

COMMON: But further tests are needed. Until then bottled or boiled water is mandatory, and it's keeping the local bottled water suppliers hopping.

UNIDENTIFIED: Very, very, very busy. We're working just about 24 hours a day to keep up with the demand of the water.

COMMON: The mayor says he hopes to offer at least a partial rebate to help offset water costs.

WAYNE RAY: We'll have to. We'll find the money someplace.

COMMON: It's suspected this sewage channel might be part of the problem. It's two kilometres upstream from North Battleford's water treatment facility, and city officials admit the sewage may have seeped into the treatment plant. Since the beginning the city has said it wants to be open and forthcoming with information. Well, today the city received a report on what went wrong at the water treatment facility and what needs to change. But the city says it needs to review those recommendations first before making anything public, likely not until Monday. David Common, CBC News, North Battleford.

Guest: DON MURRAY, Reporter

MARK KELLY: Pope John Paul arrived in Syria today, the second stop on a tour that's retracing the footsteps of Saint Paul the Apostle. History will be made when he becomes the first pontiff to visit a mosque, just as it was made in Greece yesterday when the Pope apologized for the wrongs done by Catholics to Orthodox Christians. The CBC's Don Murray reports.

DON MURRAY: In a trip of precedents, this was another: the first Papal mass in Greece in 1003 years. Yesterday John Paul II had reached out to the Orthodox majority. This morning his presence and his message were for the tiny Roman Catholic minority. The church, he says, is counting on you. By far the moment of greatest public enthusiasm on this trip was when the Pope spoke in Polish. The large Polish Catholic contingent in the crowd, many of them immigrant workers in Greece, erupted in applause. Historic trips have been the hallmark of John Paul II's papacy. His triumphant return to Poland soon after he was elected Pope more than 20 years ago opened wide cracks in the Soviet empire. Now he has made a trip and a gesture that may begin to heal the rifts that split eastern and western Christianity 1000 years ago. This afternoon the Pope arrived in Damascus. His first meeting was with Syrian President Bashir Alasat. John Paul will also meet with leaders of the Syrian Catholic church, who welcomed his arrival. The Pope calls the trip a pilgrimage retracing the steps of Saint Paul. John Paul will also pray at the tomb of Saint John the Baptist in the Omayed Mosque in Old Damascus. In so doing he will become the first Pope to enter and pray in a mosque. Age has not withered his will to surprise. Don Murray, CBC News, Athens.


MARK KELLY: A youth convention turned violent today at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Thousands of teenagers took their anger out on police after they were stopped from entering the annual event. Organizers were forced to lock the doors when the maximum capacity of 30,000 was reached. Riot police were called in to calm the crowd. No arrest were made but about 30 people were injured.


MARK KELLY: And fire raged through a neighbourhood in downtown Montreal this morning. Three buildings with both commercial and residential units were engulfed before the fire was brought under control. No one was injured but 15 people were forced from their homes. The cause of the fire is not yet known.


MARK KELLY: Another fire, this one in Japan, claimed the lives of at least ten people today. It started overnight in the dormitory of a construction company east of Tokyo. Rescue workers are still searching for casualties. Fire inspectors are still searching for the cause.

Guest: MIKE WISE, Reporter
BLANCHE LANDRY-BENNET, Former Army SwitchboardOperator
JOAN WYMENS, Former Army Member

MARK KELLY: During the Second World War they stepped in to fill the breach. Thousands of Canadian women joined the army. Some went overseas, some carried out crucial tasks here at home, and today all were honoured with a new memorial in Kitchener, Ontario, the city where most of them were trained for duty. The CBC's Mike Wise reports.

MIKE WISE: They came from across North America to witness something many thought they'd never see, a statue honouring the contributions of women in Canada's war efforts.

CROWD: Hip-hip-hooray!

WISE: Twenty-one thousand women served as part of the Canadian Women's Army Corps stationed here and overseas. They weren't fighting in the front lines, but they played an important role in supporting the soldiers and now their contributions are being recognized.

BLANCHE LANDRY-BENNET: At that time it was just something that you were supposed to do. Everybody, you know, joined the army or joined something because you wanted to help. This is something special. We haven't... I've never heard of anybody having a monument just for it.

WISE: Most of the women trained here in Kitchener. Their barracks are gone. This statue is now a reminder of their contributions and a memorial to the 25 women who lost their lives in active duty. Joan Wymens was just 18 when she went to work in an army mail room in Ottawa. Her great grandmother attended her graduation services then. Today she's sharing this ceremony with her great granddaughter so that her generation knows what women did for their country.

WYMENS: After the war people didn't really talk about it much; everybody got on with life. And then after the 50-year anniversary started to come, it's been like a catharsis. People who never talked about it never shut up since.

WISE: The model for the statue is an actual army Reservist. Corporal Sarah Powers couldn't make it to today's ceremony because she's serving overseas with the Canadian military in Bosnia. Organizers say she represents Canadian women who wouldn't have a career in the Canadian military today if not for the efforts of the women the statue represents. Mike Wise, CBC News, Kitchener.

Guest: UNIDENTIFIED, Protesters
THOMAS HUESOM, Marijuana Smoker
MARC-BROISST-MAURICE, Marijuana Party President

MARK KELLY: Some smoky protests today in several Canadian cities, but it wasn't tear gas filling the air... it was marijuana smoke, all part of an international campaign to have the drug legalized. The CBC's Cameron McIntosh reports.

CAMERON MCINTOSH: It is illegal, but in Winnipeg today it was all out in the open. More than 150 marijuana users lit up at the Manitoba Legislature...

UNIDENTIFIED: If everybody in this world smoked weed this world would be so calm.

MCINTOSH: People who want the freedom to use marijuana legally, people like Thomas Huesom.

THOMAS HUESOM: I got arrested for selling pot about two and a half years ago. I did 60 days for it.

MCINTOSH: This rally is only the one in Winnipeg. There are gatherings like this all across the country today. It's known as the Millennium Marijuana March, a movement for legalization active largely on the Internet, a loosely-knit network of advocacy groups in over 80 cities worldwide.

UNIDENTIFIED: The police meet over here.

MCINTOSH: In Canada crowds varied in size from a handful here in Halifax...

PROTESTOR: We're going to do it right here, buddy, right here...

MCINTOSH: a parade of several hundred in Toronto, and this rally in Montreal, where the President of the Marijuana Party of Canada called on the federal government for a moratorium on arrests for possession.

MARC-BROIS ST-MAURICE: They could do this right away so that we could start an open debate without people being afraid of labelled as criminals. There's certainly not a criminal, so I'm going to stand up and fight for my rights...

MCINTOSH: Back in Winnipeg organizer Chris Boors is planning to establish a provincial branch of the Marijuana Party. He says Canadian advocates have gained a lot of credibility by winning the right for medical exemptions. But most people here admit winning the right for recreational use is another battle. Cameron McIntosh, CBC News, Winnipeg.

Guest: NEIL MACDONALD, Reporter

MARK KELLY: It was once written the best place to find God is in a garden. And it's that idea that has led to the transformation of an ancient mountainface in Israel, an incredible undertaking designed by a Canadian architect. Neil MacDonald has that story.

NEIL MACDONALD: The base of the Epiphah possesses a serenity that's rare in this part of the world. Jew and Arab get along here, more or less, and the view is always breathtaking. But Haifa's centrepiece is neither Jewish nor Christian nor Muslim. It is a Persian garden, a spiritual oasis recently completed by adherents of the Bahai faith. And what a garden: a whole kilometre of mountainside terraces, sculptures and waterworks. It cost $375 million and took 14 years to build. It involved moving a mountain, or at least reshaping it to achieve the necessary symmetry.

FARIBOURZ SAHBAH: As you walk, nothing, no picture, no space argues with you. It's... everything is somehow calming, comforting.

MACDONALD: The Middle East can be a terribly unfriendly place for a fledgling religion, something the Bahais know well, especially in Iran where there faith originated. Perhaps with that in mind, the Bahais' founder issued a strict diplomatic instruction: his followers would never proselytize, never preach in the Holy Land. That goes over well with Israel, which has a law against missionary work. In fact, the City of Haifa actually moved one of its main boulevards nearly two metres to align it with the shrine at the centre of the garden. The project left the religion low on funds, but adherents now have a modern wonder to which they can make pilgrimage, with graceful, timeless buildings to house their institutions. And although they don't preach here, they believe this place radiates the Bahai message of universal equality, of honour for the prophets of other religions, for the unity of humankind.

DOUGLAS SAMIMI MOORE: That our religious traditions have all fundamentally come from the same God, and that we are at a critical time in human history when we need to recognize that oneness in all of its implications in creating a unified planet based on the principles of justice and peace.

MACDONALD: Not the sort of thing one hears too often in the Middle East, especially nowadays. Neil MacDonald, CBC News, Haifa.

Title: UP NEXT
Guest: TIE DOMI, Hockey Player

MARK KELLY: Saturday Report will be back in a moment, when Paul Lethbridge will have this story.

TIE DOMI: I just wanted to tell everyone here gathered here that I am truly sorry about the incident that took place Thursday night.

KELLY: Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi apologizes for his bad behaviour on the ice.

Guest: PAUL LETHBRIDGE, Reporter
TIE DOMI, Hockey Player

PAUL LETHBRIDGE: Well, game five in the Leafs-Devils series was billed as a roar in the swamp, but so far it's been more like a waltz. Toronto taking it to the defending Stanley Cup champions early, and Dave Manson back in the Leaf line-up expecting a rough ride in the trenches, and it was. First period Scott Gomez nails a Leaf here, and then Scott Stevens does the same to Darcy Tucker. Both get called for penalties at the same time, so the Leafs get a two-man advantage for the full two minutes. There's the two men in the box, and they make it count. Brian Mackay right through traffic there, and it's one-nothing Leafs after one. In the second Corey Cross... good looking move here. He's in deep, his second goal of the play-offs. How do you like that? Two-nothing Toronto. And from Cross to crossbar: Mats Sundin rings one off the iron, so the score stays at two-nothing Toronto, still in the second. Petr Sekora hauls down Yanik Roland. The Leafs had no call, then look at that! He gets the puck right back and cuts the Leaf lead in half. It's still in the second. The Devils get a two-man advantage of their own. Jason Arnott stuffs it in the side on the rebound. Two-two through two, and that's where we are now going into the third period, Toronto and New Jersey tied at two each. And prior to the game Tie Domi apologized to Scott Niedermayer for a vicious elbow he delivered in game four in Toronto. But the most difficult thing for Domi was letting his teammates down and trying to explain what a suspension was to his young son.

TIE DOMI: How do explain to your son what... he asked me what suspension means, and I told him I really made a big mistake. And...

UNIDENTIFIED: ...come back out. Domi was coming back that way. As the play moved down...

DOMI: ...Daddy's not playing hockey any more.

LETHBRIDGE: Well, he certainly wasn't playing tonight. Alright, let's go to Buffalo for game five of that Penguins-Sabres series. That best of seven tied at two going in. And for period Jaromir Jagr manages to sneak the puck past Dominik Hasek. Pittsburgh has the go-ahead, but early in the second the Penns dole on that lead. Alexei Morozov knocks it our of the air baseball-style, his first for the play-offs, bingo! Two-nothing Pittsburgh. But later on the later on the power play the Sabres finally rattle Hedberg. Chris Gratton puts the rubber in the net, and Buffalo on the board and the Penguins on the power play here but it's Buffalo, it's Curtis Brown stuffing it in behind Hedberg. And it's two-two and this game is going to overtime. They're joyful on the Niagara front cheer, and that's where Stu Barnes plays the hero. He wires that shot into the net. That's the winner, his fourth consecutive game that he scored a goal. Three-two is the final. Buffalo heads back to Pittsburgh with a three-two series lead, hoping to finish off those Penguins Monday night. Well, Team Canada had already earned a berth in the quarter-finals at the World Hockey Championships, and today it kind of showed as our side came out with an uninspired performance against the Germans. Goal tender Freddy Brathwaite, now Canada's main man after Robert Wongo broke a finger in yesterday's game, and the Germans get to him early on the power play. Wayne Hynes of Germany jumps on the rebound and pops it over Brathwaite. The Germans have the go-ahead. And with Canada trying to play catch-up it's Hynes again going to the net. The puck takes a weird bounce but it's in, and that puts Germany up by a deuce. In the third Vincent Lecavalier to Derek Morris. He breaks a shot out, two-one Germany. And with Germany up three-two with five minutes to go, Brad Isbister, his second of the game, that ties the score. No overtime, three-three is your final. Germany giving Canada its first challenge in the World Tournament. As we said, our guys had already advanced to the next round. Well, a scare this morning for a Kentucky Derby favourite Point Given. The three-year-old, already known for his frisky behaviour, reared up four times during his final workout. Exercise rider Pepe Arragon was thrown to the ground during the incident, but fortunately he was not hurt. As for the race itself, here's how the most exciting two minutes in sports unfolded today.

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Great time here in the Derby, they're up to the final stretch, and it is Congaree who is full up. Here comes Monarchos, runner up, and he climbs by the far outside. (inaudible)... is there. Point Given, Not Today. One furlong left. Here comes Monarchos. He sweeps to the lead. He's pulling away by two, he's pulling away by three. Jorge Chavez and Monarchos have won the Kentucky Derby. And the final time...

LETHBRIDGE: And Monarchos with Jorge Chavez aboard returned $23, $11.80 and $8.80 to win in 159 and four-fifths. And the Toronto Bluejays continue their west coast swing. Game two of the Seattle series today with the two division leaders going head to head, the Bluejays coming off that strong, eight-three win over the Mariners last night. Freddy Garcia on the mound for the Mariners, sporting a healthy three-and-oh record, but Brad Fullmer is not impressed. He figures him out in the second. He rips the ball deep to right. It stays just fair for his fourth homerun of the season. That makes it one-nothing Toronto, solo home run. The Mariners tie it up in the bottom half of the inning, though. Tom Lampkin... it's a double to shallow right field, Stan Hattier comes around and he scores. It's all tied at one. Top of the third now, Jose Cruz knocks one down the right field line. This is going to go right into the corner. (inaudible)... is a double. Shannon Stewart will score and put the Jays back into the lead. Tied game in the fifth, then on for Edgar Martinez, he belts it deep. It's out of here. That makes it four-two Seattle. The Mariners held onto the lead the rest of the way. Seven-five was your final, and this series in Seattle is even at one game apiece. In Premier League Soccer Arsenal ensured a second-place finish behind Manchester United with a two-one win over Leeds today. And that's going to put a wrap on sports.

Title: UP NEXT
Guest: PAUL LETHBRIDGE, Reporter
JUSTIN HICKEY, Young Hockey Player

PAUL LETHBRIDGE: And when we come back Mark will have this story.

JUSTIN HICKEY: I really miss my friends.

LETHBRIDGE: Find out why Justin Hickey has had to put his hockey hopes on hold.

JUSTIN HICKEY, Young Hockey Player
MARK PORTER, Team Manager
BRAD CORMIER, Justin's Coach
GRAHAM BROWN, Ontario Minor Hockey Association

MARK KELLY: There's nothing like the Stanley Cup Play-offs to fuel the dreams of budding hockey stars like Justin Hickey. But today he has a simpler desire. He just wants to play the game with all the other kids on his time. But as Christine Crowther reports, grown-ups are getting in the way.

CHRISTINE CROWTHER: When you're eight years old in Ontario this is the big time. It's triple-A hockey. The kids are trying out for next season. Justin Hickey would rather be there than here.

JUSTIN HICKEY: I had lots of friends on the team that kind of... all it is for is to make friends and have fun, so I really miss my friends.

CROWTHER: It's not that Justin's not good enough. He is. It all goes back to an incident right after a game last November in his team's dressing room. Mark Porter was in the dressing room next door with his team of nine-year-olds. He says they heard a crash and then a scream of foul language.

MARK PORTER: Our kids started to look at each other. Some found it kind of funny; others were quite scared by it. We had looked at each other and really couldn't deliver what we wanted to talk about because nobody was reallypaying attention to what we had to say.

CROWTHER: Fred Cormier was Justin's coach, the guy in charge in the dressing room that day. Cormier says he never swore at the kids, but admits he kicked over a garbage can.

FRED CORMIER: If you've played hockey, that's been done before. It wasn't kicked at a child. It was kicked into the bathroom when the kids were away from it. And you know, you look back in hindsight, obviously the emotions in it was wrong.

CROWTHER: The team's executive thought it was wrong too. After the incident they sent Cormier to a harrassment clinic for coaches. But that wasn't good enough for Justin Hickey's dad. He wanted Cormier benched until there was a full investigation, and he decided to keep Justin off the ice until that happened.

GERRY HICKEY: They decided to say let the coach continue to coach and let the boy, Justin Hickey, not play hockey.

CROWTHER: So Hickey contacted the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, and when he didn't get a response, went to court. But the Minor Hockey Association has a rule: you can't play if you take the Association to court. So when try-outs for next season started a few weeks ago Justin was told he couldn't rejoin his teammates. As it turned out, a judge dismissed the case, so theoretically Justin could go back and play hockey again. But his dad has decided after everything that's happened he wants Justin to go and play for a different Triple-A team. Now, the problem is minor hockey has a residency requirement, so Justin can only change teams if he gets a release.

GRAHAM BROWN: A release doesn't come because a player or a parent is unhappy with the selection of a coach. It's not the player or parent, it's the Association who appoints the coaching staff.

CROWTHER: So for now Justin's staying where he is.

JUSTIN HICKEY: I'd rather go to any team really, but I'm not going to, though (inaudible)... want to play hockey.

CROWTHER: Christine Crowther, CBC News, Port Perry, Ontario.


MARK KELLY: And that's Saturday Report for May the fifth. I'm MARK KELLY. Thanks for watching.


Association has a rule: you can't play if you take the Association to court. So when try-outs for next season started a few weeks ago Justin was told he couldn't rejoin his teammates. As it turned out, a judge dismissed the case, so theoretically Justin could go back and play hockey again. But his dad has decided after everything that's happened he wants Justin to go and play for a different Triple-A team. Now, the problem is minor hockey has a residency requirement, so Justin can only change teams if he gets a release.

GRAHAM BROWN: A release doesn't come because a player or a parent is unhappy with the selection of a coach. It's not the player or parent, it's the Association who appoints the coaching staff.

CROWTHER: So for now Justin's staying where he is.

JUSTIN HICKEY: I'd rather go to any team really, but I'm not going to, though (inaudible)... want to play hockey.

CROWTHER: Christine Crowther, CBC News, Port Perry, Ontario.


MARK KELLY: And that's Saturday Report for May the fifth. I'm MARK KELLY. Thanks for watching.


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