Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Episode date 11 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Random drug and alcohol tests in Canadian workplaces
. (Blair Gable/Canadian Press)
In Canada two major cases involving random drug and alcohol tests are being discussed in legal situations. The Irving pulp and Paper Company of New Brunswick wants to continue with random alcohol tests, while in Alberta, Suncor is leading a number of companies in wanting to introduce random alcohol and drug testing for employees and contractors at its oil sands sites in Fort McMurray.

The Irving case has gone all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, while the Suncor case is awaiting a hearing by an Alberta labour arbitration board.

The jurisprudence on the acceptability of random alcohol and drug testing has remained largely unresolved due to conflicting opinions in various jurisdictions in this country.

A pending decision by the Supreme Court, and by Alberta labour boards, and possibly later court cases, will provide clarity to employers on whether random alcohol and drug testing policies have a future in Canada.
Canada expands sanctions against Iran, voices concerns over Syria's chemical weapons
(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Tuesday (Dec 11) that Canada is expanding its sanctions against Iran because of the country's lack of 'meaningful negotiations' with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In a teleconference Tuesday morning with Canadian media from Morrocco, where he made the announcement, Minister Baird was also asked about the concerns that Syria might use chemical weapons on its own people or neighbouring countries.

Minister Baird is in Morocco for for a summit on the Syrian war.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
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Rush and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
CP Photo/Courtesy CBC
Often described as the Canadian “power-trio� the Toronto band will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The announcement was made today in Cleveland, Ohio. [...]
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence begins hunger strike, says she's ready to die
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
“I’m willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it’s time for the government to realize what [it’s] doing to us," Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence made the comment on Monday (Dec 10) during a press conference on Parliament Hill. [...]
Sad news from Toronto Zoo
(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
Everyone was elated last week when 11 yr old female polar bear Aurora gave birth to three cubs. That early joy turned to deep sadness for staff as one male cub died shortly afterward, and the two others died on Sunday. [...]
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