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Episode date 25 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Multiculturalism: a threat to a Canadian identity?
 No-one will deny that Canada is a very multi-cultural. It’s seen every day in the different faces and clothing styles, and in the languages heard being spoken on the street.

Results of Canada’s most recent census show there are almost 200 languages spoken in Canada. It also notes that almost one sixth of the population speaks a language other than Canada’s two official languages in their personal lives.

In fact “multiculturalism” has been official government policy since 1971, and in 1982, multiculturalism was written into statutes as law.  However, for political science professor Salim Mansur, of the University of Waterloo, multiculturalism is posing a threat to Canada’s identity, and foundation as a liberal democracy.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke to professor Salim Mansur in London, Ontario.
Jamaican Canadian realities and PM Simpson Miller's visit to Canada
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's first official visit to Canada was supposed to last five days, and end on Friday. It ended early because of Hurricane Sandy, and the Prime Minister's return to Jamaica.

However, in her few days here, she met with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian officials, as well as members of the Jamaican Diaspora.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Professor Andrea Davis about Canada-Jamaica relations and the reality of Jamaican Canadians. Davis is the Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at Toronto's York University and co-editor of the book "Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Presence"
New Mormon Temple a landmark for Calgary, Alberta
The New Mormon Temple in Calgary, Alberta
It’s a monumental structure, built on a ridge, overlooking Alberta’s largest city.  And for most of October, church members hosted an open house, welcoming people to visit and see the splendors inside.  Carmel Kilkenny spoke with Rick Melchin, one of those church members, to find out more about the history of the Latter Day Saints in Canada, and the effect of the spotlight on the religion, in this current American presidential campaign. 
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War of 1812 National Recognition Ceremony
CP photo/Fred Chartrand
At Rideau Hall in Ottawa today, 48 First Nations and Metis communities were honored for the contribution of their ancestors during the War of 1812. [...]
Opposition leader calls government website change “pure Orwellian�
Over the past few days, a Canadian government website’s content was changed a number of times after opposition Members of Parliament said the Transport Minister was contradicting information on his own department’s website. [...]
An Edmonton tradition comes to an end
(CBC)
After almost 100 years in operation, a tradition in Edmonton. Alberta is coming to an end. The province of Alberta, and indeed much of Canada’s western prairie provinces were a popular destination for Ukrainian immigrants early in the last century. [...]
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