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Episode date 5 August 2012
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Breakthrough in treating infant blindness
(McGill University Health Centre)
Some babies are born blind. About one in 80,000 newborns have LCA, a rare, inherited eye disease that used to be untreatable. Now a Montreal doctor and some international colleagues have discovered a gene responsible for most of the cases. That could lead to treatment restoring sight to the children. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Dr. Robert Koenekoop, Director of the McGill Ocular Genetics Laboratory at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
The art of sports photography
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
For two weeks, photographers at the London2012 Summer Olympics will be taking pictures of the world's best bodies in motion.

The famous Canadian wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, once told me that his life's work was one long struggle to be taken seriously by the high art establishment.

It seems form and technique are not all equal even if the skills to paint the natural world are no easier to come by.

The same can be said of sports photography.

It is often thought to be less glamorous and less rigorous than the photo-journalism of say a war.

Consigned to the backpages of newspapers for most of its history, it has been easy to dismiss it as unimportant.

This is changing.

Modern fluid societies with shorter attention spans are becoming increasingly dependent on the meme; the brief totalizing message that edits life for us.

Game on world.
Hiroshima Peace Ceremony
Courtesy of Jacques Pharand
In Montreal’s Botanical Garden, a Peace Ceremony will take place at 7 pm on August 5th in the Japanese Garden.

It will be among the many ceremonies across Canada this weekend in commemoration of this horrorific first for humanity.

But this ceremony has a unique connection. The Peace Bell was a gift from Hiroshima to Montreal on the occasion of the twinning of the cities in 1998.

At 7:15 pm, the bell will toll for the duration of the minute the bomb was dropped on the Japanese city, killing tens of thousands as they began their day.

Sonia Dandenau is the Cultural Agent for the Japanese Garden and Pavillion at the Botanical Garden: A Space for Life.
Carmel Kilkenny spoke with her about this special occasion, and it's history.

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