Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Episode date 21 November 2012
Interviews and reports
Ontario Health study attracts international attention
(Ontario Health Study video)
One of the world’s most ambitious and extensive health research projects is now entering its second phase. 

It’s known as the Ontario Health Study and is now approaching a quarter of a million participants in Canada’s most populous province. 

This wide ranging project it aims to gather data towards  understanding the complex factors which lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer, etc.

The voluntary project began with a questionnaire on a wide variety of medical, lifestyle, environmental and work related statistical information. The second phase is now asking for blood samples, and other physical data.

Dr Lyle Palmer is lead principal investigator for the Ontario Health Study
Gerda Hnatyshyn, keeping a promise to help Canadian artists
Gerda Hnatyshyn
Gerda Hnatyshyn promised her dying husband, former Canadian Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn, that she would fulfill his dream of a foundation for artists.

This week the latest awards were presented in a ceremony in Montreal on Monday, November 19. Lani Maestro won the Visual Arts Award and Nicole Gingras the Award for Curatorial Excellence.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Gerda Hnatyshyn, the President and Chair of the Board of The Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Four out of five low-income Canadians move up the income ladder over 10 years, study shows
A recently released study on income mobility in Canada has found that Canadians are moving up the income ladder.

The study called Measuring Income Mobility in Canada found out that over the 10-year period between 1990 and 2000, 83 per cent of people who started in the bottom 20 per cent of income earners moved to a higher income category. Over the 19-year period measured (1990 to 2009), 87 per cent moved up.

“Most Canadians may be surprised by the results [of the study], given what we hear about income inequality in the popular media”, says Charles Lammam, associate director at the Fraser Institute and co-author of the study.
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Newly elected Quebec provincial government presents first budget
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/POOL/Mathieu Belanger
After narrowly winning the Quebec provincial election in September, the ruling Parti Québécois of Premier Pauline Marois tabled its first budget on Tuesday (Nov 20). [...]
Conservative foreign policy document vigorously criticized
Opposition MPs, human rights experts and former diplomats are appalled by the contents of the highly classified draft document of a new "Canadian foreign policy plan", obtained by CBC News. The document, prepared by Foreign Affairs and dated Sept. [...]
A Canadian heraldic milestone
Another milestone in Canadian history. Upon confederation of Canada a “Great Seal� was required for government documents and official business. Approved by royal warrant it was actually never used as the Great Seal but was adopted as the “ad hoc� arms of Canada. [...]
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