Friday, September 14, 2012

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Episode date 13 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Can the Arctic fox outrun climate change?
(photo: Ansgar Walk)
Each spring and fall, a number of species in Canada’s far north change the colour of their coats.

They do this to better blend in with their surroundings as a means of survival. In other words, to better hide from predators, or be better camouflaged as hunters. For example, the arctic hare in summer is brownish to blend in with earth and rocks, while in the winter snow, it is pure white. It is a survival strategy that has evolved over eons.

The arctic fox is another animal that changes fur colour spring and fall. But the arctic climate is changing, and changing rapidly, with longer summers and shorter periods of snow and ice in winter.  Scientists are now wondering if such species can adapt, and adapt quickly enough

Andrew McAdam is an associate professor in evolutionary ecology at the University of Guelph in Ontario. He spoke to RCI's Marc Montgomery
Improve Canada-Asia relations, urge experts
(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Canada needs to forge stronger ties with China and Asia suggests a new report. The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada argues that Canada needs to pursue more than economic ties. It also needs to focus on security, culture, education and more. For details RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Prof. Gordon Houlden, formerly a director of the Foundation and now director of the China Institute of the University of Alberta in western Canada.
First ever Canadian gathering of women's shelters
Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses
The Canadian Network of Women's Shelters & Transition Houses is organizing Canada's first ever gathering of representatives of sheltering organisations in Montreal from September 16 to 19.

Forum 2012 will help them share their experiences and help collaboration across the country.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the Network's Executive Director Tracy Gierman:
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