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Episode date 22 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Fifty years since the Cuban missile crisis.
(CBC)
It was on this day, fifty years ago, that then US President John Kennedy, first spoke to the public about an extremely tense political situation, one that put the world on the brink of nuclear disaster.

The US leader went on television on Oct 22 1962, to tell Americans about a situation of national urgency. He said that the Soviets had established ballistic missiles on Cuba, missiles which could strike against targets throughout most of North America, including Washington.

It was the height of the Cold War, and the US and Soviet Union were highly distrustful of each other as they competed for military and political supremacy.

The threats and counter threats implied and real, created a situation where a wrong decision by either of the superpower leaders, Kennedy in the US  or Kruschev in the USSR, or even a third lesser power, could have had catastrophic consequences.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke with David Welch, political science professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and author of several books on the subject and co-author of  The Cuban Missile Crisis: a Concise History.
Midnight decision by Canada raises questions about foreign investment
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Three minutes before midnight last Friday night, October 19, Canada released its decision not to approve a $6 billion dollar takeover bid by Malaysia's state owned Petronas of the Canadian natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources Corporation.

Earlier in the day Canada's Minister of Industry Christian Paradis told reporters he would not comment on the specifics, saying he would announce it properly when the decision was made.

On Monday the opposition parties demanded details on how the decision was made.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report:
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Canonization of Kateri Tekawitha
Jamaican Prime Minister on official visit to Canada
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is on a five-day official visit to Canada. [...]
Canadians speed to world record
(Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)
The Canadian 4-man short-track speed skating team has set a world record . Competing at the International Skating Union World Cup this weekend the Canadians set the record in the 5,000 metre relay. The event was held in the western Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta. [...]
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