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Episode date 13 November 2012
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Geothermal energy recovery from mining
(CBC)
Around many operating mine sites, there are cooling basins for water that is continually pumped out of the mine to keep it from flooding. Because the water comes from deep underground, it is often very warm, in fact keeping temperature cool for miners underground is an expensive proposition.

J. Ashley Scott, is a bio-engineering professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury who saw the warm pools of water around the mining town, and began looking into the issue of putting that heated water to use.

He says around the world there are about a ten operations using mine water in geothermal recovery technology, in spite of the fact there are about a million abandoned mines worldwide, and some 5,000 in Ontario alone!

He notes there are somewhat different technologies involved in using warm water from flooded abandoned mines, and warm water removal from functioning mines, although the amount of potential for energy recovery can be substantial in either case.  He also notes that creating a geo-thermal recovery in a new or expanding operating mine could cost much less than from abandoned mines where the costs would be greater, although still advantageous in most circumstances.
Ottawa’s new social policy will mostly benefit private sector, says economist
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is seen in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, ahead of her announcement about a new funding initiative for social policy in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Ottawa’s controversial new approach to social policy will help “unlock innovation in local communities”, says Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. The government argues the new system of “social impact bonds”, which includes the private sector, will be a valuable source of fresh funding for Canadian communities. But critics argue that profits will mostly benefit bankers and investors.

“Governments should not have to pay private sector for good ideas in social services”, says David Macdonald, economist with the Canadian Center for Alternative Policies.

The policy would allow private-sector investors and non-profit organizations to put money up front in projects that are typically financed by the government, such as programs to address homelessness or hunger. If the goals of the project were reached, investors would collect a profitable return by Ottawa.

RCI’s Gilda Salomone spoke with David Macdonald about the impacts of the new policy.
Leonardo and The Last Supper wins Governor General's Literary Award
The Governor General's Literary Prize winner for non-fiction in 2012, by Ross King
First it garnered international rave reviews, now ‘Leonardo and The Last Supper’ has been awarded Canada’s venerable Governor General’s Literary Award, as the best Canadian non-fiction book this year.  It’s the second “GG” for author Ross King who won six years ago for ‘Michaelangelo and The Pope’s Ceiling’. 

Of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Ross King says, “it has become completely decontextualized, like so many masterpieces it has been separated from the conditions of its production.”  He wanted to remedy that. 

Ross King says he first became aware of Leonardo Da Vinci when he was 8 or 9.  He had left-handedness in common with the painter, inventor, architect, designer and genius, and that he often practised writing backward like the Italian master.  But he says it was the drawings that amazed him.  He says ‘along with a few hockey players, he was in the pantheon of my heroes when I was in grade school and adolesence.’  "Leonardo and The Last Supper" is a great story, well-told.

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“No photo ID, no new health card�, 96-year-old told
CBC News
Elizabeth Stead, a 96-year-old woman from Ottawa, would like to have her Ontario health card renewed, but can’t, because she doesn't have proper documentation. [...]
Oliver Jones honoured with a Canadian stamp
Stamp honouring Canadian Jazz musician Oliver Jones
Born in Montreal in 1934, Oliver Jones is the son of immigrants from Barbados. He went on to become another Canadian Jazz icon. And now, in a second quasi-retirement, Oliver Jones is honoured on a Canadian stamp. [...]
November sales of magnificent art by Canadian masters
(courtesy Heffel Fine Art/ Boswell/ PostMedia)
Several works by some of Canada’s most famous artists are coming up for auction. Among them a work by famed Group of 7 artist A.Y. Jackson that has been in a private collection since it was painted 74 years ago. The work is called “Radium Mine�. [...]
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