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Episode date 22 November 2012
Interviews and reports
Canadian doctor recognized for work in maternal health in developing countries.
(Save the Mothers)
Canada’s Dr Jean Chamberlain Froese, is once again about to receive prestigious recognition for her work.

This weekend she will receive one of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals.

This comes after being recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with a Prix d’Excellence.  Both of these prestigious awards are in connection with her work as founder and executive director of the  Save the Mothers  organization and her promotion of maternal health in the developing world.

Dr Jean Chamberlain Froese is back in Canada to receive the Diamond Jubilee award, after which she will immediately return to her work and family in Uganda.
“Sense won over nonsense” in fight against Ontario quarry, says activist chef
A coalition of farmers, foodies, artists, environmentalists and native bands has won a battle to halt construction of a giant limestone quarry in southern Ontario.

The prime farmland, located in Melancthon Township, about 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto, is owned by Highland Companies. The American company had bought the land saying it would grow potatoes in it, but soon made an application to build the quarry.

On Wednesday, it announced the withdrawal of its proposal, acknowledging it “does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process.”

Michael Stadtländer, a renowned chef who has a 100-acre farm and a restaurant in the area of the proposed site, couldn’t be happier.

“Sense won over nonsense”, he says.
Grand Challenges Canada: Funding for inventive health projects in developing countries
Grand Challenges Canada
Anti-diarrhea kits that fit easily into a cola crate (with bottles), a bracelet to monitor a pregnant woman's health, these are just two of the 68 innovative projects getting seed grants from Grand Challenges Canada.

The government funded body awards $100,000 financial seed grants to innovators around the world, and will be looking for more ideas in the next few months.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Dr Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada.
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Parliamentary Budget Officer takes government to court over access to information on austerity measures
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
After months of failing to get the information he requested from the Canadian government, Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page has filed an application with the Federal Court. [...]
Canadian retailers jump on the Black Friday bandwagon to curb cross-border shopping
Black Friday used to be an American-only tradition. On the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, most major retailers open very early in the morning and offer promotional prices to kick off the holiday shopping season. [...]
Canadian nominated for a disparaging literary award.
(Laurent Rebours/Canadian Press)
Canadian writer Nancy Huston is among the nominees this year for a title not many would want. Britain’s Literary Review has an annual award for “bad sex in fiction�. [...]
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