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Episode date 12 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Needed: Empathy, dignity, and respect for Aboriginal people in Canada's healthcare system
Canada's Aboriginal people often feel uncomfortable, fearful or powerless when they try to use the Canadian healthcare system, concludes a new report released Tuesday (Dec 11).

The report "Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care" was released by by the Health Council of Canada. The Council is an independent national agency created in 2003 by a First Ministers' accord. Councillors are appointed by provincial and territorial governments, and the government of Canada.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the Council's Dr Catherine Cook.
International tests evaluating students
(CBC)
Well over 50 countries, including a number of US states, and Canadian provinces, have taken part in international evaluations of students learning.

Schools and classes from participating countries are chosen at random, and standardized tests are given in order to compare results. 

One of the international evaluations is called, Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and tests students in Grade 4 or equivalent, while another and different set of tests are called Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) tests students in Grades 4 and 8 or equivalent.

The results of the 2011 world wide testing have been released.
The Woman with Men in Kilts, Wins Award
Tressa Wood with 2 Men in Kilts
Tressa Wood will be honored at a gala at the end of January, along with 39 others designated the "40 under 40" by Business in Vancouver magazine. 

Tressa Wood was chosen for her entrepreneurial skill when it comes to franchising, but she is also to be commended as someone who knows a good thing when she sees it.
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'Union transparency' law up for vote in House of Commons
Usually a "private member's" bill propsed by a Canadian Member of Parliament has little chance of getting passed. [...]
Vancouver Architect designs Hong Kong's Chinese Opera House
Bing Thom and Ronald Lu's design for the Xiqu Centre is inspired by a Chinese lantern.
Inspired by a Chinese lantern, Vancouver architect Bing Thom’s design was chosen for the new Chinese opera house in Hong Kong. It’s an opportunity for Thom to leave his mark in the place he was born. He emigrated to Canada with his parents, as a child. [...]
Circumpolar no-fly zone
(Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
An American climatologist says the Arctic should become a “no fly� zone. Mark Jacobson is also a civil engineering professor at Stanford University in California. [...]
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