Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Episode date 24 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Britain and Canada to share some embassies, consulates
(Daniel Farrell)
Canada and the U.K are expected to sign an agreement to share some embassies or high commissions in foreign countries. Canada’s foreign minister will likely say the move is a cost-cutting measure. Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, Paul Heinbecker thinks this is a bad idea for several reasons.
Exciting new fossil finds may "revolutionize" thinking
(JB Caron/ROM)
For Jean- Bernard Caron, curator of invertebrate paleontology with the Royal Ontario Museum, it was an exciting discovery.  In fact, he says it could be the most significant new fossil bed discovery in three decades.

This summer he led a research team to the Kootenay National Park in south-central British Columbia. Its an area where there is a geological feature known as  “Burgess Shale” and  was once the floor of an ancient sea, but which is now high up on mountain sides.  Discovered originally in 1909, the Burgess shale been a treasure trove of fossils, particularly of soft-bodied marine animals preserved in the ancient mud and shale.

The team this summer was going back to some sites which previous ROM teams had located but not thoroughly investigated. While there they discovered an entirely new “outcrop” of exposed shale and fossils.

He said they gathered many new fossils, and although there has not yet been time to analyze all the material they brought back, he said preliminary indications seem to point to new fossils that may revolutionize thinking about what types of creatures existed some 500-million years ago.

Dr Caron indicated he had to keep the exact location of this new fossil field secret, and could not reveal too much about the findings until the research is completed and has been peer-reviewe. However he did agree to talk in general terms about his work when RCI's Marc Montgomery contacted him at his museum office in Toronto.
CPAC parliamentary channel at 20: Long-form TV in 140 character world
Canada's Parliamentary public affairs television CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week in Ottawa.

Formed in 1992 to broadcast the Question Period from Canada's House of Commons, the service's broadcasts include committee meetings, debates and political coverage from Ottawa. Funded by Canada's cable TV industry, CPAC is a not for profit service that presents long-form television at a time when broadcasters show sound bytes and 140 character texts on Twitter are the norm.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to CPAC's President and General Manager Colette Watson. She is also Vice President Television at the Rogers Group of Companies.
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