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Episode date 30 November 2012
Interviews and reports
Eye on the Arctic – Inuit appeal EU Seal Ban
Levon Sevunts
Earlier this month, several organizations, including Canada’s national Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, went to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to appeal the EU seal ban.

The European Parliament passed a bill to ban the importation of seal products in 2009 after a campaign by animal welfare activists against the commercial seal hunt.  The ban carries an exemption for products produced from Inuit subsistence huts.

But despite the exemption, Inuit say the effect of the ban has been devastating as it has killed the market for seal skin products.
Canada votes against UN Non-Member State status for Palestine
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Canada was one of only nine countries to vote against giving Palestine non-member state status at the United Nations on Thursday (Nov 29).

The UN General Assembly vote passed easily with 138 countries voting for the resolution, 9 against, and 41 countries abstaining, including Commonwealth partners Australia and the United Kingdom.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird flew down to address the UN General Assembly just before the vote, and explain Canada's position.

The next day he announced "Canada is bringing its heads of missions in Israel and Ramallah and its permanent representatives to the UN in New York and Geneva back to Ottawa temporarily to assess the implications of yesterday’s UN General Assembly vote and inform Canada’s response to it."

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
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The Deh Cho Bridge Open Today
Courtesy of CBC
The North West Territories made international headlines earlier this week as the birthplace of the Bank of England’s new Governor, Mark Carney, the out-going Governorof the Bank of Canada. [...]
Expensive mobile phone calls
(Gavin Seal/CBC)
Across Canada, it is illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone. In the western province of Manitoba, the fine for “distracted driving�, ie talking on a phone, is $199.80. [...]
Inquiry into corruption in Quebec construction industry wraps up until January 21
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)
After weeks of explosive testimony, the Charbonneau Commission into corruption in the construction industry of the province of Quebec has suspended testimony until January 21. [...]
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