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Episode date 25 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Canadian to command the International Space Station
(Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has established a number of firsts, including being the first Canadian to walk in space, the only Canadian to board the MIR space station, and soon, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS) on what’s called Expedition 34/35

He is set to blast off aboard a Soyuz rocket on December 19th, from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery had a chance to speak with him this week, from the Canadian Space Agency located near Montreal.
Government MP's motion to define human being re-opens abortion debate
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
On Wednesday, September 26, Canada's Members of Parliament will vote on a motion by government MP Stephen Woodworth to appoint a special House committee to review the Criminal Code article which states a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth.

Even though Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on record as saying he will not re-open the debate on abortion, and his Government Whip in the House has condemned the motion, a senior cabinet minister, Jason Kenney, has just this week gone on record to say he will vote for the motion.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the Status of Women Critic for the Official Opposition NDP Party Niki Ashton to find out more.
Lawsuit seeks safe needle exchange for Canadian prisoners
(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
A former prisoner and several AIDS prevention groups are suing the Canadian government for not providing needle exchange programs in federal prisons. This kind of program exists in several western countries and activists say it’s time Canada offer it as well.

HIV and hepatitis C rates are 10 to 30 times higher in prison than in the rest of Canadian society. Especially hard hit are women and aboriginal inmates. The government’s own officials have recommended setting up a needle and syringe exchange program in prisons but the current conservative government has steadfastly refused.

RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Sandra Ka Hon Chu, a lawyer and senior policy analyst for the Canadian HIV-AIDS Legal Network and a lawyer who will argue the case, Douglas Elliott.
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