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Episode date 23 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Auditor General: Govt budget decisions fail to look at long-term impact
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Canada's Auditor General Michael Ferguson released his autumn report Tuesday, October 23, and it focussed on a number of issues including cyber security, the transition of ill and injured military personnel to civilian life, and long-term fiscal sustainability.

In the House of Commons Question Period opposition parties cited the report and accused the government of financial mismanagement. Government ministers, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, emphasized the Auditor General's comments on government progress.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke with Auditor General Michael Ferguson shortly after he released his report.
Canada's quality of life on the decline, study shows
Photo: CBC
The recession has hit Canadians harder than economic numbers, such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), would indicate.

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing, led by researchers at the University of Waterloo, shows that the quality of life in Canada deteriorated by 24 per cent between 2008 and 2010, whereas the main economic indicator, the GDP, declined by only 8.3 per cent over the same period.

The index went beyond economic measures and analyzed a set of key indicators in eight domains of wellbeing: Community Vitality, Democratic Engagement, Education, Environment, Health, Leisure and Culture, Living Standards and Time Use.

RCI's Gilda Salomone spoke with Roy Romanow, co-chair of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing’s advisory board. Mr. Romanow is also the former prime-minister of Saskatchewan.
Canada' Auditor General on national security
(CBC video grab)
Canada’s Auditor-General, is a watchdog who overseas government activities and reports to Canada’s Parliament.  As an agent who is independent of the ruling government, the Auditor-General examines federal departments, agencies, most Crown corporations, and other federal government activities to ensure they are doing what they are mandated to do, and that public funds are not being misspent.

Micheal Ferguson, former AG for the province of New Brunswick, was appointed last year to the federal post.   One aspect of his report released today, looked at the federal government’s efforts to combat cyber security threats.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke to Ray Boisvert, a former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and currently president of I-Sec Integrated Strategies.
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Report: Inadequate measures to prevent prison self injury
Canada's Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers has released a report outlining the inadequacies of Canada's prison system to effectively deal with self injuries in prison, and those with mental health problems. [...]
Junk food should be taxed, Ontario doctors
iStock Photo
Ontario doctors want to fight childhood obesity and they think that taxing fatty and sugary foods is an effective way to do that. The recommendation is part of a campaign against unhealthy foods launched Tuesday by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). [...]
Coalition of animal shelters to have a stronger voice
(Manitoba Mutts)
Alright, I admit it, its mostly because of the picture, but it̢۪s an idea that does have merit. Four Winnipeg animal shelters are coming together to form an association to lobby city government. The new coalition will be called Shelter and Rescue Alliance of Manitoba. [...]
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