Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Episode date 8 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Questions over oil sands
The oil sands in Canada’s western province of Alberta, lie under about 140-thousand square kilometers in the northern area of the province mostly surrounding the boom-town of Fort McMurray.  The oil sands underlie an area larger than England.  In terms of world oil reserves, they are second only to Saudi Arabia.

The mining and processing of the oil sands results in substantial residue or tailings. This is mostly sand and clay, but laced with a variety of hydrocarbons, salts, and toxic chemicals that can’t be released into the environment.  Once a site has been mined, the industry is proposing to fill in pits with a thick layer of tailings, then “cap” it with a mixture of fresh water and dirty mine-processed water. They claim that the heavier material will settle to the bottom and eventually solidify, leaving clean water on top that could one day be used for recreational purposes.

Critics say, the theory can only be proven by long term actual trials in a couple of test “end-pit lakes”.  Testing which has not been done.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke with University of Alberta professor David Schindler about the proposal.. He is an ecology professor with an expertise in lake studies.
Thanksgiving in Canada
Canadians families are celebrating Thanksgiving today, October 8, 2012. Turkey is often on the menu as is pumpkin pie and other foods associated with the harvest. Most people have a holiday from work and gather with family members to eat a traditional dinner.

Thanksgiving is a tradition that dates back to the earliest days that Europeans came to North America. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke to food writer and historian Anita Stewart to learn more.
Will Justin Trudeau repeat legacy of his Prime Minister father?
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
Almost a week after Liberal Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau announced he was running for the leadership of his party, there's a lot of talk about the importance of the decision for him and for what was once considered Canada's natural governing party.

Trudeau's father Pierre Elliot Trudeau's election in 1968 as prime minister harnessed the enthusiasm and idealism of the 60s era. The Trudeaumania that accompanied his first election campaign and his progression from youthful PM to elder statesman was described by journalist Larry Zolf in his book "Dance of the Dialectic", subtitled "How Pierre Elliot Trudeau went from Philosopher-King to the Incorruptible Robespierre to PHilosopher-Queen Marie Antoinette to Canada's Generalissimo and to Mackenzie King and Even Better".

Now his son Justin faces a similar challenge, rejuvenating the Liberal party, but the difference it's against the background of his father's political career.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
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Demonizing a Canadian staple
Canada is blessed with an abundance of wheat which grows on vast prairie lands in the west. But there is currently an anti-wheat movement which holds that the grain causes obesity, heart disease, and a host of digestive problems. [...]
Fall colours across Canada's forests
(Andy Clark/Reuters)
Today is the Thanksgiving holiday across Canada and many people will take advantage of the day to get out of the cities and enjoy the fall colours as the trees turn from green to brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds, before dropping to ground. [...]
Friends and family remember singer Raylene Rankin, the voice behind "Rise Again"
Family and friends gathered Thursday and Friday (Oct 4 and 5) to pay tribute to singer Raylene Rankin who died September 30 of cancer. The 52 year old was a member of the internationally acclaimed singing group The Rankin Family. [...]
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