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Episode date 27 August 2012
Interviews and reports
Canada has new top military commander
CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada's new top military commander was announced today, August 27, by the Canadian government. Lieutenant-General Thomas Lawson, a former fighter pilot, was introduced by Canada's Defence Minister Peter MacKay at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

General Lawson has been in the Canada's armed forces for 37 years, most recently as the Deputy Commander of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. He was also the Commandant of Canada's Royal Military college. He comes to the position of Chief of Defence Staff as Canada considers whether to buy F-35 stealth fighters.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report
Heart risks around the world
Courtesy McMaster University
Canadian researchers say countries now have information to help them customize programs to prevent heart disease. A new study suggests that by 2020, 80% of cardiovascular disease will occur in low and middle-income countries. It offers specifics as to who is more at risk and why.

For more, RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Dr. Sonia Anand, a professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Find the Franklin Expedition
Illustration of HMS Investigator in search of Franklin's 2 ships
HMS Erebus, after the Greek mythological personification of darkness, and HMS Terror were aptly named for what would be the gruesome end for the crews that manned them. The two ships, led by Sir John Franklin, set sail from England in the spring of 1845. Their mission was to navigate the northwest passage to the Orient.  But the expedition was over when the ships were frozen into the ice that first winter.

According to Inuit oral history, the ships were last seen not far from the Victoria and Alexandra Straits, just west of the Adelaide Penninsula.
Franklin died of unconfirmed causes the following summer. The following year, many more members of the crew died, and it’s believed lead poisoning from the canned provisions may have been a factor. The scurvy-stricken survivors finally set out on foot in a desperate attempt to find land. Inuit eventually found their bodies, some of them cannibalized.
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