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Episode date 13 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Designing with recycled tires
(CBC vid grab)
In 1990, near the small town of Hagersville, Ontario arsonists are thought to have started a massive and toxic fire in millions of old used tires which had been collecting there for years.  There have also been other cases of huge fires in such massive piles of old tires.
Ontario and the tire industry sought to end such dangers along with the illegal dumping of used tires throughout cities and countryside. One such effort was the creation of the non-profit “Ontario Tire Stewardship” (OTS) and the Used Tires Programme and Green My Tires website which exists to help Ontarians reduce, reuse and recycle the province’s annual 12 million used tires.

In order to increase awareness of the products made with recycled tires, the OTS began a competition called OTS Student Design Challenge in which college and university students in landscaping design are given an actual space to landscape using recycled tire products.

The first competition was last year, and a new competition is soon to begin.
'Idle No More' indigenous peoples, protests and a hunger strike
Logo design by Aaron Paquette
On Monday (Dec10), thousands of people demonstrated across Canada to uphold the rights of indigenous people with the theme 'Idle No More'. On Tuesday, Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat community, in the northern part of the province of Ontario, went on a hunger strike.

Even so, most Canadian were probably not aware of the demonstrations, and the hunger strike received limited media coverage.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Dr Pamela Palmater, an Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Toronto's Ryerson University. She is a practicing lawyer, a Mi'kmaw citizen, and a member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in the province of New Brunswick.
What will You be Doing on December 21st?
Maya Indian Jose Erenesto Campos prays during a Maya ceremony in June 2011 at the archeological site of Tazumal in Chalchuapa, El Salvador.
12.12.12 came and went with a multitude of weddings and births on what was considered an especially auspicious day, if not simply for the ability to remember the anniversary.

The next big occasion is 21.12.12, the day people say the Mayan calendar comes to an end.  But does it?  Not according to Professor Lorenzo DiTommaso.  He is Associate Professor and Chair of Concordia University’s Religious Studies Department in Montreal.  Described as Canada’s Man of Doom, he has been studying apocalyticism for years now.
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Canada's household debt-to-income ratio at all time high
Statistics Canada
Figures released by the Canadian agency Statistics Canada suggests Canadians are more financially vulnerable. The results for the third quarter show Canadian household debt-to-income ratio is now at 164.6%. [...]
Simple technique to reduce hospital infections
It is simple and effective. The process known as “light therapy� or more technically as “photodisinfection� aims to reduce post-operation bacterial infections in patients. [...]
Christmas Trees in Canada and from Canada
Photo Patrick Price/Reuters/CBC
This is not how most Canadians get their Christmas tree, but many people will drive out to the country to a tree-farm and walk around among the evergreens until they find the one they want to cut. [...]
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