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Episode date 17 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Another ban on commercial skin tanning bed use by young people
(Phil Coale/Associated Press)
Canada’s most populous province has announced it will now follow several other provinces in Canada in banning young people from using tanning beds.  Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty said the province will adopt legislation to ban the use of indoor tanning equipment for anyone under 18 yrs of age.

The Joint Canadian Tanning Association, which represents the indoor tanning industry, has called for provincial regulations to strengthen voluntary guidelines, including parental consent for those under 18, but not an outright ban.

Several countries around the world such as France, Germany, the UK, Belgium, five Australian states, Brazil, and in the US, the state of California, already have bans or restrictions on tanning bed use

This comes after years of warnings about increased cancer risk from several Canadian and international health agencies.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke to Dr  Cheryl Rosen, Head of Dermatology at Toronto Western Hospital, and National Director of Sun Awareness Programmes for the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Canada reverses position on asbestos
(Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)
Canada has will stop defending asbestos internationally. The federal government announced it will no longer block international efforts to add the cancer-causing mineral to a United Nations list of hazardous substances. In addition, the provincial government in the province of Quebec will cancel a multi-million dollar loan it promised to revive an asbestos mine there. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with jubilant activists.
Chinese investment in Canada, fears overblown?
Graphic: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
A proposed $15 billion buyout offer by the Chinese state-owned oil company CNOOC Ltd of the Canadian oil and gas company Nexen Inc has raised questions about foreign ownership issues and Chinese investment in Canada.

As part of its role of raising issues related to Asia, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada has started an online conversation "Are Fears of Chinese Investment in Canada Overblown?".

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke with the Foundation's President and CEO Yuen Pau Woo to find out more.
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