Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Episode date 26 November 2012
Interviews and reports
What are Canadians proud of?
(Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press)
A Quebec-based think tank promoting knowledge of Canada, recently polled citizens on what Canadian symbols, achievements, and institutions make them feel pride as Canadians.

The poll was commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies which is headquartered in Montreal. It surveyed some 2,200 Canadians from across the country.

They were asked to rate some 15 Canadian symbols, achievements, events, or policies, in terms of how proud it makes them as Canadians. The survey is V
called Pride in Canadian Symbols and Institutions.

These included such things as how important is Canada’s international reputation as a source of pride? Other questions included the war of 1812, (in which Canada successfully defeated an American  invasion), Canada’s policy of official bilingualism, the monarchy, the Canadian Armed Forces, universal health care, the national anthem, and so on.

A separate question on Canada’s national Maple Leaf Flag will be released later this week.
Canada, developed nations, and climate 'fiscal cliff' of developing nations
Oxfam Canada
Developing countries face more extreme weather and underfunded promises from the developed world as the United Nations Climate Change Conference started this week in Doha, Qatar.

And according to a new briefing from the international aid organization Oxfam, developing nations face a climate "fiscal cliff" if Canada and other developed countries do not come up with new money.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Mark Fried, the Policy Coordinator for Oxfam Canada, and one of the researchers of the briefing.
Tim Hortons a hit in the Persian Gulf States
Tim Hortons opening in Oman
From the 401 to the E 11, an icon of Canadian culture is taking hold in the middle-east region of the Gulf States.  In the same way a Tim Hortons can be a welcome sight on a long stretch of the trans-Canada highway, so it might be now on the Sheik Zayed Road in Dubai.  The first Tim Hortons restaurant opened there last year. 

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Judge: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford out of office over 'conflict of interest'
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
The mayor of Canada's most populous city Toronto was told he has 14 days to wrap up his affairs and leave his post. [...]
Justin Bieber receives Diamond Jubilee Medal
Courtesy of CBC
The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. Last Friday, it was given to one of the most famous Canadians. [...]
Canadian mine site as a stand-in for Mars
(Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)
The Jeffrey Mine, a huge asbestos mine in the province of Quebec, was the site of an experiment by Canada’s Space Agency recently. The mine was chosen as a stand-in for Mars in a simulated mission involving scientists from four universities and a “micro- rover� robot.[...]
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