Friday, November 30, 2012

News 11.30.2012

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News Friday, November 30th, 2012

By: Masha Volynsky

* The Finance Ministry has announced that it expects the deficit for
this year to go up to five percent of the GDP.

* Jiri Dienstbier and Milos Zeman have asked the Communist Party
leadership to support their bids in the presidential election.

* The Czech Republic voted against Palestine's bid to upgrade its
status at the UN.

* Teachers in the Karlovy Vary region have sent an open letter to the
regional government objecting to the appointment of a Communist
politician to the post of Education Councilor.

* The Prague City Council has rejected a proposal that would allow for
the renewal of the tramline along Wenceslas Square.



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Annual deficit estimated to go up to 5 percent
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The Finance Ministry has announced that it is expecting the deficit for
this year to reach five percent of the GDP, in comparison to last
year's 3.3 percent, due in large part to the recently approved church
property restitution bill and problems with drawing of EU funds this
year. In October, the ministry was still counting on an annual deficit
of 3.2 percent, but Friday's fiscal outlook shows a different prognosis.


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Dienstbier and Zeman ask for Communist support
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Presidential candidates Jiri Dienstbier and Milos Zeman met with the
leadership of the Communist Party on Friday to ask for their support in
the upcoming elections. Unlike the Civic Democrats or the TOP 09 party,
the Communists have not nominated their own presidential candidate. The
party's leadership said that it would take them a week to deliberate
and decide on who to support. This recommendation may influence the
decision of Communist Party voters in the January election. Mr
Dienstbier said that he considers himself to be the only real candidate
for left-wing voters, so he felt it was natural to ask the Communist
Party for support.


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Czechs vote against Palestine's bid for UN upgrade
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The Czech Republic voted against the Palestinian Authority's bid to
upgrade its status at the UN to a non-member observer state. Czech
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said that this position was in
line with the Czech Republic's long standing policy on the issue. Eight
other countries voted against the move, including the United States,
Israel and Canada. The motion to grant Palestinian Authority non-member
observer status was supported by 138 nations, while 41 abstained from
voting. Leaders of the Czech Social Democrat Party and the Communist
Party criticized the government for the decision to vote against
Palestine's new status. Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Social Democrat
Lubomir Zaoralek said that Czech foreign policy is incomprehensible.


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Karlovy Vary teachers object to communist education councilor
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A number of teachers from the Karlovy Vary region on Friday sent an
open letter to the governor and regional council asking for them to
consider replacing the new education councilor - Communist party member
Vaclav Sloup. The teachers argue that the position of councilor for
education should be given to someone from the education sector who has
no affiliation with a political party. Earlier this week, Mr Sloup said
that he would consider closing down a number of high schools in the
region. Mr Sloup was politically active under communism, heading one of
the dreaded border patrol units whose job it was to prevent people
fleeing the country. Earlier this month, teachers and students in
Southern Bohemia protested against a communist education councilor in
their region.


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Court gives higher combined sentence to Krejcir
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Prague's Municipal Court has found fugitive businessman Radovan Krejcir
guilty of tax evasion, passing an 11-year prison sentence and a
three-billion-crown fine. Friday's verdict issued in absentia is a
combined sentence for Mr Krejcir's current and previous convictions for
tax and securities fraud as well as embezzlement. Mr Krejcir escaped
from the Czech Republic in 2005 and has been living in South Africa
since 2007, where he has applied for refugee status.


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Complications crop up after Stock Exchange switches to new trading
system
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After two years of preparations, the Prague Stock Exchange switched to
a different electronic trading system on Friday, causing some problems
for traders and clients. Prague's electronic securities trading
migrated to the German Xetra trading system, linked up via the Vienna
Stock Exchange during the previous night. According to the online news
server iHned, there were numerous glitches in the first hours of
trading, due to the limited capacities of the data link. Many people
said that they could no longer see some stocks in their electronic
portfolios. The problem was fixed before noon.


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CASA planes are still not fully functional
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The anti-rocket system on the CASA military aircrafts that the Czech
Defense Ministry purchased from a Spanish company is still not
functional, the ministry informed on Friday. Testing of the planes was
supposed to be completed by the end of the week, but the malfunction
will prevent the planes from being used by the Czech mission in
Afghanistan, as was originally planned. Other allied armies have
already begun using the CASA aircrafts without the anti-rocket system.
The purchase of the planes was highly controversial, and there is still
an ongoing investigation into the former Defense Minister Vlasta
Parkanova and her deputy over possible corruption.


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Hard liquor will be strictly banned from Christmas markets
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Visitors of the many outdoor Christmas markets around the Czech
Republic will not be able to enjoy the traditional rum-based hot drinks
like punc and grog this holiday season. The authorities have announced
that they will strictly enforce a law prohibiting non-licensed vendors
from selling drinks with alcohol content higher than 15 percent. In the
past, the police turned a blind eye to such practices at the festive
Christmas markets, but following this year's methanol-crisis which
claimed 37 lives, they have decided to take a harder line. The sale of
hot drinks will be restricted to mulled wine or tea.


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Prague council turns down trams on Wenceslas square
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Prague's city council did not approve a change in the urban plan that
would allow for trams to run along Wenceslas square up to Vinohradska
street. The opposition Social Democrats and some Civic Democratic
councilors voted against the change on Thursday, after the city
assembly gave its approval earlier this week. The old tramline on
Wenceslas square was suspended in the 1980's.


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Kupka exhibition opens at Prague's National Gallery
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A large exhibition of the Czech modernist painter Frantisek Kupka opens
on Friday at the National Gallery in Prague. Entitled The Journey to
Amorpha, the exhibition follows the painter's path toward
non-figurative art. The exhibit is based on Kupka's paintings that were
first exhibited in Paris in the early 20th century and are considered
the first public presentation of abstract visual art. The exhibition,
held in cooperation with Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of
Modern Art in New York and other institutions runs until March 2013.


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Weather
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The upcoming days will be partly cloudy and overcast, with light snow
expected over the weekend. High day temperatures should be between -1
and 2 degrees Celsius.



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Business News 30.11.2012
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In Business News this week: MPs debate draft budget for 2013; OECD cuts
Czech growth forecast for this and next year; Prague Stock Exchange
introduces new trading system; how much would CEZ's exit from Albania
cost? Car maker Skoda to introduce four new models next year; and the
east Bohemian town of Prelouc is ranked as the country's best place for
business.

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Modry tygr (The Blue Tiger) wins Best Picture at Kinodiseea
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Just a few days ago a Czech/Slovak/German children's film called Modry
tygr (The Blue Tiger, released earlier this year) won the award for
Best Picture at the Kinodiseea international children's film festival
in Bucharest. The film, based on a book by Tereza Horvathova, is set in
a magical part of the city, focussing on a little girl and boy whose
botanical garden is in danger of being demolished and can only saved by
a magical tiger that the children befriend.

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Education ministry planning effective action against discrimination of
Romanies in the education system
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The Czech Education Ministry has unveiled a new series of comprehensive
measures aimed at removing widespread discrimination of Romany children
in the Czech education system. Although the European Commission has
long urged the Czech Republic to address the problem little corrective
action has been taken since the matter was first raised in 1998.

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Business News 30.11.2012

In Business News this week: MPs debate draft budget for 2013; OECD cuts Czech growth forecast for this and next year; Prague Stock Exchange introduces new trading system; how much would ČEZ's exit from Albania cost? Car maker Škoda to introduce four new models next year; and the east Bohemian town of Přelouč is ranked as the country's best place for business.

Modrý tygr (The Blue Tiger) wins Best Picture at Kinodiseea

Just a few days ago a Czech/Slovak/German children's film called Modrý tygr (The Blue Tiger, released earlier this year) won the award for Best Picture at the Kinodiseea international children's film festival in Bucharest. The film, based on a book by Tereza Horváthová, is set in a magical part of the city, focussing on a little girl and boy whose botanical garden is in danger of being demolished and can only saved by a magical tiger that the children befriend.

Education ministry planning effective action against discrimination of Romanies in the education system

The Czech Education Ministry has unveiled a new series of comprehensive measures aimed at removing widespread discrimination of Romany children in the Czech education system. Although the European Commission has long urged the Czech Republic to address the problem little corrective action has been taken since the matter was first raised in 1998.

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Episode date 29 November 2012
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Closing in on sharing pirated films and music
(Tobias Schwarz/Reuters)
Even as an United Nations gathering discusses questions of tightening state controls on the internet, another kind of internet control battle is going on. Music and film producers are trying to crack down on peer-to-peer file sharing, or pirated copies of motion pictures, videos and music.

Music and film companies, the holders of copyrights, are increasingly becoming concerned about illegal file sharing of their works, and loss of revenue.  They are hiring companies to perform something called “copyright trolling”, that is tracking who has illegally shared and downloaded their products.

The forensic software company, Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement is one such company. CANIPRE is hired by copyright holders to track illegal sharing and provide information  They claim to have files on a million Canadians who have downloaded pirated movies or music. Adding that  a recent court decision forcing Internet providers to release subscriber names and details is only the first step in a bid to crack down on illegal downloads.
Canada's Liberal Party, searching for a new identity and a new leader
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Canada's opposition Liberal Party is facing a major challenge as it prepares for a leadership convention in April, 2013.

It is a party which for most of Canada's history has been in power. In recent years it has found itself as the Official Opposition. Since the May 2011 election of a majority Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it has been relegated to third party status, with the social democratic NDP now the Official Opposition.

The party knows it needs a renewal in the party to win back Canadian voters. And it needs to carve out a position between the Conservatives and the NDP.  A new leader may be part of that renewal and new identity.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
The Truth or Consequences for Toronto's Elephants
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Inquiry into corruption in Quebec construction industry wraps up until January 21
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After weeks of explosive testimony, the Charbonneau Commission into corruption in the construction industry of the province of Quebec has suspended testimony until January 21. [...]
Leonard Cohen’s Homecoming
Photo CP/Chris Young
He stepped onstage to a standing ovation and it just got better from there. In the first of two nights at Montreal’s Bell Centre Leonard Cohen was back where it all began for him, in the place his lyrics often describe. [...]
Canadians want a break, others want more money
(Craig Rubadoux/Associated Press)
An international survey released Wednesday show Canadian workers would prefer to have an added week of paid vacation over an increase in pay. Over 10,000 workers in 10 markets were surveyed on which additional benefits they preferred. [...]
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

News 11.29.2012

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News Thursday, November 29th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Republic does not support Palestine's bid to upgrade its
status at the UN, the Czech foreign minister has said.

* The opposition Social Democrats have again vowed to abolish the
government's pension reform as soon as they come to power.

* President Vaclav Klaus has formally received the resignation of
Transport Minister Pavel Dobes who will step down on Monday.

* A Czech student who was detained in Togo on espionage allegations has
been allowed to return home, his university said.

* The former head of the Prague municipal police has been sentenced to
six years in prison for accepting a bribe.



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Prague against Palestine's bid for UN upgrade
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The Czech Republic does not support the Palestinian Authority's bid to
upgrade its status at the UN to a non-member observer state, Czech
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told the news website lidovky.cz
on Thursday. In the upcoming vote at the UN General Assembly, the Czech
delegate will vote against a resolution requesting the upragrade, Mr
Schwarzenberg said, arguing such position was in line with the Czech
Republic's long standing policy on the issue. According to media
reports, some two thirds of UN member states, including China, Russia,
France, Austria, and others, pledged their support for the bid.


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Once in power, Social Democrats vow to abolish pension reform
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The opposition Social Democrats have again vowed to abolish the
government's overhaul of the pension system as soon as they come to
power. Speaking at a conference in Prague on Thursday, the party's
economic expert, Jan Mladek said they would abolish individual pension
accounts managed by private funds as introduced by the reform. Mr
Mladek said a Social Democrat cabinet would look for inspiration to
Hungary where private pension savings were nationalized in 2010.


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President Klaus receives transport minister's resignation
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President Vaclav Klaus on Thursday formally received the resignation of
Transport Minister Pavel Dobes, of the LIDEM party, who had earlier
announced he would step down on Monday. Mr Dobes joined the cabinet in
July 2011 but found himself under pressure to step down from within his
own party over problems of a new system of central vehicle registry.
The coalition parties are yet to reach agreement on the new transport
minister.


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Committee recommends stripping of immunity of MP Pekarek
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The mandate and immunity committee of the Czech lower house has issued
a recommendation that deputies lift the immunity of MP Roman Pekarek.
The committee reached a unanimous decision on the matter, chairman
Bohuslav Sobotka told reporters on Thursday. Mr. Pekarek was in the
process of appealing a six-year jail term for corruption when he gained
a seat in the Chamber of Deputies due to the resignation of a party
colleague from the Civic Democrats. He has rejected calls for him to
quit the lower house. It will vote on his fate in its next session,
which starts on Tuesday.


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Czech held in Togo on espionage charges free to return home
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Czech university student Radim Tobolka, who was earlier this month
detained in Togo on espionage allegations, has been allowed to return
home, a spokesman for the University of Hradec Kralove said on
Thursday. Mr Tobolka, who attends a postgraduate programme in political
science at the university, was researching the political systems in
Togo and Burundi. He was arrested on November 10 but the police raised
no charges against him. On Thursday, the authorities returned his
passport and said he would be able to leave the country as soon as he
obtains a visa, the university said.


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Former Prague municipal police chief sentenced to six years for
corruption
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A court in Prague on Thursday sentenced the former head of the city's
municipal police, Vladimir Kotrous, to six years in jail for accepting
a bribe and abuse of power. Mr Kotrous was convicted of taking a bribe
of 350,000 crowns from an auto repair service in exchange for a promise
a contract with the firm will be extended. Mr Kotrous confessed to the
charge but said he only accepted part of the money. The court also
banned him from joining the police for a period of 10 years.


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New head of Prague municipal police approved
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In related news, Prague City Council on Thursday approved Eduard Suster
as the new head of the municipal police. Mr Suster, who joined the
state police in 1994, most recently served as commander of an emergency
response unit of the force. His predecessor in the post, Vladimir
Kotrous was arrested last November on corruption charges. Mr Suster
told the city council he would try to improve the reputation of the
Prague municipal police.


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Czech fuel prices down this week
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Fuel prices in the Czech Republic have continued to fall this week,
according to figures by the CCS monitoring firm released on Thursday.
The price of the most popular petrol, Natural 95, decreased by 0.24
crowns to an average of 35.6 crowns per litre while the average price
of diesel dropped by 0.008 crowns to 36.1 crowns per litre. The highest
prices have been registered at gas stations in the capital; the lowest
were recorded in the Plzen and Usti regions. Analysts say the
strengthening Czech crown and lower margins are behind the continued
drop in fuel prices.


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CD Cargo rumoured to be facing two-billion loss
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The Czech state-owned railway transporter, CD Cargo, will post a loss
of nearly two billion crowns, or around 100 million US dollars, for the
year 2012, the opposition Social Democrat shadow transport minister
Milan Chovanec said. Mr Chovanec blamed the loss on the firm's
management which has not compensated decreasing numbers of cargo trains
by single wagon shipments. Mr Chovanec also said the state-owned
company was going to cut some 450 jobs by the end of the year, and
another 2,000 jobs in 2013. The company refused comment, and said it
would reveal its strategy before the end of the year. CD Cargo employs
around 9,500 workers. Last year, the firm posted a lost of 60 million
crowns, down from over 850 million crowns in the previous year.


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Frydek Mistek mayor steps down
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The mayor of the north-eastern town Frydek Mistek, Social Democrat Petr
Cvik on Thursday said he would officially resign as of December 3. Mr
Cvik has been on leave since May when several town hall officials,
including deputy mayor, were accused of manipulating public procurement
tenders. Frydek Mistek town hall is set to elect the new mayor next
week.


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Dozens of Czechs undergo sex change each year
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Between 50 and 60 people undergo sex change surgeries in the Czech
Republic, Ivo Prochazka from Prague's Institute of Sexology told Czech
News Agency. The procedures became more common after the fall of
communist in the country; over a thousand Czechs have had their sex
changed since doctors in Prague carried out the first such surgery in
1942, Mr Prochazka said. There are around 30,000 transsexuals living in
the Czech Republic According to Transforum, a support group.


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Weather
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Rain and snow is expected to come from the west by the end of the week
with daytime highs of around 5 degrees Celsius.



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Therapist: parental failure behind increasingly aggressive kids
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Aggressive behavior in young children and adolescents is on the rise
and there are indications that parents are increasingly unable to deal
with it. Schoolteachers are ringing alarm bells and therapists are
warning of the dire consequences of failing to deal with the problem in
time.

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Turnover of ministers in Necas cabinet unprecedented
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Wednesday's announcement that Alexandr Vondra is giving up the defence
portfolio means that, since the appointment of Petr Necas's government
in July 2010, 12 ministers have now left the cabinet. Indeed, that's
the highest number of departures from one front bench since the
foundation of the Czech Republic. So why is the turnover in the Necas
cabinet so high? And what can we expect next?

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Record number of new HIV cases registered this year
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The National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS has just announced that
in the first 10 months of this year alone, the number of new registered
cases of HIV has already exceeded the previous annual record from 2010.
This week the number hit the 200 mark - and it is expected to grow
further by the end of 2012.

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Episode date 28 November 2012
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United Nations report on implications of warming permafrost
(photo: Vladimir Romanovsky- UNEP)
A recently released report by the United Nations Environment Programme, says permafrost around the circumpolar region is melting rapidly.

The report says there is a strong potential for eons of stored C02 and methane to be released, but that more research is needed to determine what the affect could be on global warming. 

The report, called Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost, warns that, as permafrost thaws, it will spew more climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, which, in turn, will increase global warming even more.  This is known as a feedback loop.
Chilean indigenous people, video, and a Canadian researcher
(Photo by Ariella Orbach)
When Ariella Orbach graduated with a Master's degree in Rural Planning and Development from Canada's University of Guelph she looked for another way of dealing with development issues.

A chance meeting with the director of a Chilean non-governmental organization led to a decision to work with indigenous people in Chile - the Mapuche and to found the Strategic Video Initiative project.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Ariella Orbach about the project.
Nuclear Power Debate Grows in an old Toronto Neighbourhood
Pickering Nuclear Power Station on the shore of Lake Ontario
Nuclear power plays a major role in providing the Greater Toronto Area with the electricity it needs.  Last month, a link in the supply chain to that power, was put in the spotlight.  Now a debate of the many issues involved in nuclear power has erupted. 

American company GE-Hitachi, operates a facility that is one of the processing points for the uranium that powers the Pickering Nuclear Station.  The company has been doing this for 50 years, in a central neighborhood that was a mix of industrial and residential buildings for almost a hundred years.  Several of the former industries have closed down, making way for more residential construction.  But when residents were informed about what was happening on the other side of this chain-link fence, many were stunned. 

There have been a series of community meetings in recent weeks with efforts on both sides to explain and understand. 
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Google Canada launches street view imagery of Canadian Arctic community of Cambridge Bay
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Similar to its street views in cities around the world, Google Canada today (Nov 28) launched a street view of Cambridge Bay in Canada's Arctic territory of Nunavut. [...]
Fall auctions of fine Canadian paintings exceed expectations
(Courtesy Joyner- Waddingtons)
Earlier this month on the arts column, we looked at the amazing amount of exceptional Canadian paintings that were coming up for auction. The sales at major auction houses are complete, with some real surprises. [...]
Former Astronaut in Liberal Leadership Race
Photo CP/Paul Chiasson
Marc Garneau logged 644 hours in space. Now he is going up against Justin Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, in the race to be leader of the federal Liberal Party. He’s entering a crowded field with 12 declared candidates, so far. [...]
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Episode date 27 November 2012
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Slow economy delays retirement
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A recent survey shows the lingering effects of the economic crisis of 2008 has changed plans for Canadian business owners about their retirement.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business  (CFIB) surveyed its members across the country and found that because of the recession, almost a quarter of them said they had changed they have had to delay plans to sell or pass on their small or medium sized companies.  Most owners view their company’s worth as their retirement investment, and have delayed plans to retire and sell in the hope that the economy will pick up, and as such the value of their business.

All is not gloom however for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's), as another recent poll in October of this year shows business confidence is improving slowly.
Three federal by-elections, two won by govt, one by Official Opposition
(Graphic: Electiions Canada)
In three federal by-elections in Canada on Monday (Nov 26), the ruling Conservative government retained two ridings, and the Official Opposition NDP party hung on to a third.

But despite this, these by-election results also suggest political changes in all three of the ridings.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
History in Candle Light
First Light Celebration
It’s known as the Huron Christmas Carol, the first Canadian Christmas carol, written by Jesuit Jean de Brebeuf.   It is said to have been written at the outpost on the shores of Georgian Bay, known as Ste. Marie among the Hurons sometime in the 1640’s.  It’s not hard to believe on one of the evenings of the First Light Celebration.

The restored site is now a popular tourist and educational destination and in this new millennium, it has been celebrating the coming of winter with 3 nights of candle light each year.  This year, on November 29th, 30th and December 1st, people can visit from 5:30 to 9 pm for a pre-Christmas experience and a glimpse into how people survived the winter.

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Torontonians celebrate Argonauts football team's Grey Cup victory
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/ Chris Young)
On Tuesday (Nov 27) thousands of fans in Nathan Phillips Square in front Toronto City Hall celebrated the Toronto Argonauts football team's win of the Grey Cup. The Argos defeated the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 on Sunday (Nov 25). [...]
A Record Order for Bombardier
Photo: Michelle Siu/CP
It's welcome news for Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace. Vistajet ordered 25 Global 5000s, 25 Global 6000s and six Global 8000 jets valued at $3.1 billion dollars, with options for a further 86 Global aircraft bringing the deal to $7.8 billion. [...]
Elderly couple survives grizzly bear attack
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Terry Moody, aged 80, and his wife, 59 year old Susan Bond are both recovering in hospital after a near deadly encounter with a grizzly bear. [...]
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