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Episode date 21 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Threats to Canada, spy report
(Canadian Press)
Canada’s spy agency warns that some foreign takeovers may threaten national security.  The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says that foreign state-owned firms  might make illegal transfers of technology or engage in other espionage.

The warnings come in the agency’s annual report and at the same time as shareholders approved the 15-billion dollar of oil company Nexen by the China National Offshore Oil Company.

The report is in line with warnings made two years ago by CSIS director Dick Fadden who said some Canadian politicians were coming under foreign influence.

RCI’s Lynn Desjardins sought further details from former CSIS senior intelligence officer Michel Juneau-Katsuya, now CEO of the Northgate Group intelligence firm.
Climate change and forest fire research
(Ministry of Natural Resources)
Climate change is having an effect on forest conditions and how firefighters will fight these blazes in the future. More and more they are tending to burn more intensely and are harder to control, as well as posing a greater safety risk to firefighters.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is conducting a number of so-called “prescribed burns” this week in northern Ontario.  These are forest fires that have been deliberately set in order to study the dynamics of a fire under differing conditions and with different species of trees.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke with Steve Toman, Fire Operations Supervisor at Red Lake Fire Management Headquarters
Pamela Mordecai's Subversive Sonnets
Pamela (Pam) Mordecai's "Subversive Sonnets" takes on many challenges in forms, themes and approaches. This new collection of poetry was launched Thursday in Toronto by TSAR Publications.

In a wide-ranging conversation with RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda she talks about sonnets and how she's adapted their musicality. She discusses the themes she raises, and the humour and respect with which she deals with them. She talks about language and the rhythms of language, and how she explores them through her poetry.
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