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Episode date 17 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Prorogation, democracy, and reforming Canada's political system
When the premier of Canada's most populous province of Ontario resigned this week, Dalton McGuinty also prorogued the provincial legislature, shutting down the capacity of opposition parties to scrutinize the government, and call for accountability in the legislature. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has prorogued the House of Commons twice in recent years.

In Ontario this week, the opposition parties are calling for the legislature to be re-opened.

What is the impact of prorogations on the political process, on democracy, and on Canadians' perception of democracy?

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Lori Turnbull, Associate Professor of Political Science at Canada's Dalhousie University. She is co-author of the book "Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government".
Merger to create largest private-sector union in Canada
The birth of this country’s largest private-sector union got another step closer Monday, after the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, or CEP, voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger with the CAW –the Canadian Auto Workers. When details are finalized early next year , the new combined union will  become  the biggest private sector union in Canada with some 300-thousand members.This idea of the merger first came up a year ago, and both unions are now quite happy that the merger is going to proceed. In a long process of discussion and consultation, the CAW had voted in favour of the merger in August, with the CEP membership voting over 90% in favour this week.

RCI's Marc Montgomery spoke to three Canadian labour analysts and prepared this reaport
Proof helmets save lives
(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
If you don’t wear a helmet while cycling you are roughly three times more likely to die from a head injury. 70 people die every year in cycling accidents in Canada. New research shows that the use of helmets could prevent some of those deaths. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with the person who led the study, Dr. Nav Persaud , a family doctor  and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
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Canada increases budget for cyber security
Canada's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has announced an additional $155 million of funding towards cyber security. “Canadians and Canadian businesses want to know that the private information they entrust to government will stay private. [...]
World class Canadian musuem gets new name, new focus.
(CBC video grab)
One of Canada’s most architecturally beautiful and prestigious museums, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, will be changing its focus. [...]
Engineer reports pipeline company’s substandard practices
They just wouldn’t act on his complaints. A former engineer with pipeline maker, TransCanada says he told the company’s management about substandard practices and felt it refused to act. So he reported his concerns to the government regulator, the National Energy Board. [...]
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