Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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Episode date 1 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Is the Holman print program worth saving? The evolution of the arts economy in the Canadian North
Ulukhaktok artist and printer Louie Nigiyok. Photo: Eilís Quinn
ULUKHAKTOK (Holman), Northwest Territories - Louie Nigiyok, a printmaker and artist from this remote Inuit community in Canada's western Arctic, starts his days pretty much the way that he always has since the 1980s.

He wakes up and makes his way to the local print studio, now housed at the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre.

After sweeping and tidying up, Nigiyok passes through the centre's gift shop, where his drawings and print works are displayed, to the centre's drawing studio.
Youngest Gitmo prisoner finally repatriated to Canada
After spending a decade imprisoned by U.S. authorities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Omar Khadr has come home. The Toronto-born Khadr was 15 years old and badly injured when he was captured after a four-hour firefight in Afghanistan in 2002. He was charged with murdering U.S. Sergeant Christopher Speer as well as committing acts of terrorism. He plead guilty to those charges in return for a promise he would be returned to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Now that he is back in Canadian custody, the correctional services could release him as early as next May. But critics still want to know why repatriation took so long and why the Canadian government violated Mr. Khadr’s rights. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins reports.
Canada criticizes United Nations' priorities
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was very critical of the United Nations as he addressed the opening of the 67th regular session of the General Assembly on October 1.

"We cannot and will not participate in endless, fruitless inward-looking exercises," he told the Assembly. He added: " I make this observation in a constructive and positive spirit."

The Foreign Affairs Minister delivered the speech to the Assembly, rather than Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister had been in New York City last week when other leaders addressed the UN, but had opted not to address the UN, and received an award, "World Statesman of the Year" from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
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Vigils for murdered, disappeared Aboriginal women and girls
The 7th annual Sisters In Spirit Vigil will be held in Ottawa and 150 locations across Canada on October 4th. The annual event honours murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls. [...]
Champion skater named “Canada’s sweetheart� dies at 84
(Canadian Press)
She was beautiful, gracious and charming and the only Canadian to ever win an individual gold medal in Olympic figure skating. Barbara Ann Scott sure wowed them at the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. [...]
Seniors on sleeping pills may risk dementia
(Reuters)
Might be better to stay awake. A new study suggests people over 65 years old who take benzodiazepines may have a higher risk of developing dementia within 15 years. The drug is used to treat insomnia and anxiety. [...]
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