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Edition 16 July 2012
Interviews and Reports
Canadians at the World's Largest Marching Event
(photo from JTF Nigmegen Facebook page)
Some 186 Canadian military personnel, army, navy, and air force, across Canada, are in the Netherlands this week.
They are joining thousands of other military personnel, and thousands more civilians  taking part in the world’s largest annual march. In fact, as of a few years ago, registration  has had to be limited to 47,500 particpants.  Officially known as the International Four Days March, it was begun back in 1909. This will be the 60th year that Canadian Forces participate.

Marc Montgomery spoke to one of the team leaders,Captain Eric Roy  of the Forces Health Services Group Headquarters, based in Ottawa. We reached him at Nijmegen, Netherlands at the military camp on Monday, the day before the official start, and while much of Canada has been baking in a heat wave, the Nijmegen region has been getting a lot of wet weather.

Follow the Joint Task Force Nijmegen on Facebook

Four Days March website

Four Days March background WIKI

Pipeline controversy spikes
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Fifty-four groups in the western province of Alberta are demanding an independent review of the safety of oil pipelines. This follows a scathing report on a pipeline rupture and resulting oil spill in Michigan in 2010. It severely criticized the Canadian company, Enbridge. That company is now seeking approval to build a pipeline to Canada’s Pacific coast and there is growing concern about the safety of the plan. Lynn Desjardins reports.
Politics and First Nations - voting for a National Chief
Courtesy AFN
This week First Nation chiefs from across Canada will be voting for the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The Assembly represents all First Nation peoples in the country, but does not represent Inuit or Metis people.

National Chief Shawn Atleo is running to be re-elected for a second term. But he faces a number of candidates, some of whom question his pragmatic approach to indigenous questions and his relationship with the Canadian government.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talks about the dilemma facing chiefs on this vote and the First Nation community with Taiaiake Alfred, a professor at Canada's University of Victoria. Professor Alfred teaches in the Indigenous Governance Program at the university.
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