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Episode date 20 November 2012
Interviews and reports
A workplace link to breast cancer?
(CBC vid grab)
A new study suggests a possible link between exposure to workplace chemicals and an increased risk in female workers incidence of breast cancer.

Dr Jim Brophy and Dr. Margaret Keith are occupational health researchers and adjunct faculty members at the University of Windsor, in Ontario.  They are co-principals of the study which questioned a large population of women with breast cancer compared to an equally large number of women of the same age without breast cancer, al living in the same region. 

The study involved research into the women’s work and lifestyle histories, and seems to point to an increased risk for women working in such areas as farming, canning plants, auto parts and plastics moulding firms.  The suggestion is that all of these workplaces have a number of complex chemical compounds in their environment including heavy metals, pesticides, a variety of monomers and polymers, fire retardant chemcials, and solvents, which are either known to be either toxic, or endocrine disruptors. 

Doctors Brophy and Keith say their work was peer reviewed and should be considered more closely by medical institutions , industry, and government.
Small Voices, Big Dreams - Children's hopes, aspirations and fears
Small Voices, Big Dreams 2012
A new survey shows children around the world are concerned about pollution and the health of the planet.

Released in Canada on Monday (Nov 19) by the Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) the survey of 6,200 children aged 10-12 was carried out in 47 countries by the Childfund Alliance.

The survey asked many different questions about hopes, career choices and what a child would do if they were president or leader of their country.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to CCFC's CEO Mark Lukowski.

'Canada’s motivations abroad no secret', says critic about leaked foreign policy document
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s new foreign policy will be shaped by economic interests and not by the country’s traditional roles as peacekeeper and foreign aid provider, according to a document obtained by CBC News.

The draft of the highly classified document titled "Canadian foreign policy plan" states that Canada has to establish closer economic ties with the emerging markets of Asia, South America and Africa. Canada’s “influence and credibility with some of these new and emerging powers is not as strong as it needs to be and could be.”

According to activist Yves Engler, author of the book "The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s foreign policy", Canada’s focus on trade deals and business opportunities is not a surprise.
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Ottawa rejects pleads from provinces and approves generic version of OxyContin
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq will not interfere in the regulatory approval process for a generic form of OxyContin, a painkiller whose patent is set to expire on Nov. 25. [...]
Universal Children's Day - 'We were all children once.'
United Nations photo
In 1954, the UN General Assembly called on all nations to declare a Universal Children's Day to promote the welfare of children around the world. [...]
Monument to bureaucracy
(Radio Canada)
What we have here, is a failure to communicate. [...]
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