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Episode date 20 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Bat die-off a potential “ecological disaster,” scientists warn
(Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation/Associated Press)
Canadian scientists have made an “emergency” recommendation that three species of bat be put on the endangered list. Millions of bats have died as a fungus ravages colonies as they hibernate.

Bats can eat between a half and their entire body mass in flying insects every day. A massive die-off could have severe consequences for agriculture and forests.

The scientists made the “emergency” request to list the bats as endangered to Canada’s environment minister in February and are alarmed that he has not yet responded. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with a lead scientist, Mark Brigham, head of biology at the University of Regina.
Canadian university tuition fees rising faster than inflation
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Widespread student protests this past spring in the Canadian province of Quebec against student tuition hikes raised many questions about how post secondary schooling should be paid. One of the criticisms of the protests was that students in the province had not had a hike in fees in a long time, and that the fees were lower than in most of the other provinces in Canada.

A new study "Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning" by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows that university fees across Canada have been rising faster than the rate of inflation, and only a few provinces have not followed this pattern. It also shows that even if provincial government revenues would permit lower tuition fees, that has not always been what ends up happening.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to one of the authors of the study, Erika Shaker. She is the Director of the Education Project at the CCPA.
Surprise! You're retiring!
(CBC video)
A poll just released this week gives an interesting look at the differences between how people imagine their retirement and the reality.

RBC Royal Bank released their third annual survey called Retirement Myths and realities.  The survey polled almost 3,000 Canadians aged 50 and older with household assets of $100,000 or more.  It was divided almost equally between those still working, and those who have retired.

The survey called Retirement Myths and Realities is the third annual poll commissioned by RBC Royal Bank.

RCI's Marc Montgomery spoke with two experts involved in the survey
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