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Episode date 7 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Softer rules for burning coal infuriate environmentalists
Canada’s environment minister has announced weaker emission rules for coal-burning power plants. The regulations stipulate they can emit no more than 420 tonnes of greenhouse gases per gigawatt hour of electricity generated. That number is much higher than the 375 tonne limit proposed in earlier draft regulations.

Environmental groups are furious. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with P.J. Partington, technical and policy analyst with the Pembina Institute.
Canada cuts diplomatic relations with Iran
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister announced on Friday, September 7, that Canada will close its embassy in Iran, expel Iranian diplomats from Canada, and will formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Shortly after this was made public Friday morning, RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to John Mundy, a former diplomat and former Canadian ambassador to Iran. He is presently a Visiting Associate at the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies.
Canada better at fighting international corruption
Pascal Lauener/Reuters
An international watchdog agency has declared Canada to be one of the “most improved” countries in enforcing anti-bribery laws.

A report released this week says Canada joins Australia, and Austria as the most improved enforcers of international corruption laws.  Transparency International, a Berlin-based watchdog agency says its part of a wider trend among 37 signatories to a 1997 anti-corruption convention sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

RCI’s Marc Montgomery speaks with Toronto-based corporate lawyer, Milos Barutciski, the director of the Canadian division of Transparency International
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