Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Episode date 9 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Chinese telecom presence in Canada: security threat?
A US government intelligence committee has just come out with very stern and direct warnings about economic and security threats posed by dealing with Chinese telecommunication companies.  The concerns are contained in a report following an 11-month investigation into Huawei Technologies Ltd and ZTE Corp. 

Both the US and Australia have banned Huawei from participating in major telecommunications projects, and have also warned against installing telecom components from the company

In Canada, security agencies have also been sounding warnings about potential threats posed by Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese companies.
Huawei  already does business in Canada with Bell, Telus, Sasktel and Wind mobile. The Chinese company is working out a possible deal for a secure network for the federal government.

Huawei has long argued there is no evidence to link it with hacking or any espionage efforts, and both  Huawei and ZTE reject any such allegations

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke with Michel Juneau-Katsuya about these concerns.  Mr Juneau-Katsuya is a former senior intelligence officer and manager with Canada’s security agency CSIS with over 30 years expertise in intelligence information.  He is now the CEO of The Northgate Group, a security consulting firm.
International Walk to School Month
(Green Communities Canada)
It’s International Walk to School Month as declared by groups in over 40 countries including Canada. The goal is to encourage physical activity and to make communities better for active transportation like walking and cycling. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Jacky Kennedy, director of Canada Walks, a program within Green Communities Canada.  Lynn asked her why most Canadian children go to school by car or school bus.
Canada's PM Harper off to Senegal, then Francophonie summit in Kinshasa
Africa and the Francophonie will be Prime Minister Stephen Harper's focus this week as he stops off in Senegal on his way to the Francophonie summit in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The International Organisation of La Francophonie includes states and governments who share the French language. Canada along with the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec, and the province of New Brunswick are members.

This year's summit is being held in Kinshasa against the background of continuing conflict in the eastern part of the DRC.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
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'Towards a More Equal Canada' Broadbent Institute on income inequality
Ć¢€œWhat kind of Canada do we want to live in?" is what Ed Broadbent is asking Canadians. The former leader of Canada's New Democratic Party is the founder of the progressive think tank the Broadbent Institute. [...]
It's a World Record!
(Devin Heroux/CBC)
My goodness, where are the Wurzels when you need them? And, what people won't do to get a Guinness world record! But its all for a very good cause. This world record definitely required a huge amount of effort and two years of planning. [...]
Famous Canadian author had bouts of depression
(Oxford University Press)
The author who wrote Anne of Greene Gables was sometimes depressed. Lucy Maud Montgomery penned one of CanadaĆ¢€™s most famous novels and also, a journal which was heavily redacted in 1985. [...]
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