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Episode date 17 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Media coverage of mass murders and inpiration to copycats
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Whenever there is a horrific killing as is the recent case in the US, the media descends en masse to cover it.

These are unimaginable crimes, but several experts have been saying that exposure to violent TV crime shows, and violent films, and in recent years, video games, have inspired killings. 

Many killers have clearly said they were influenced by certain films or TV shows, or by the news coverage. 

A number of experts go on to say that the massive news coverage of such events sensationalizes the crime, adding that can tip certain people over the edge and inspire them to think that  by committing such atrocities they will get the world to pay attention to them. 
Indigenous rights, a crisis of dependency, and political options
Protests by Canada's indigenous people continue across the country, as at least one hunger strike is into its first week.

Under the theme 'Idle No More' some indigenous people are calling on the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to respect the sovereignty and treaty rights of Canada's indigenous people. And they're making these calls outside of the usual political representation of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) - a government funded organization representing Canadian First Nation indigenous people, but not the Inuit or Metis.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Dr Taiaiake Alfred a professor at Canada's University of Victoria, about the source of the protests, the constitutional rights of Canada's indigenous nations, and the crisis of dependency created by the relationship between the indigenous nations and the federal government. Professor Alfred teaches in the Indigenous Governance Program at the university.
Canada’s Hottest Real Estate Markets Cooling
It's getting harder to put the sold sign on, as home sales decline.
The price of houses dropped by 1% in Canada, and 12% fewer homes were sold in November this year, than last.  According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, sales were down in most markets, and large Canadian cities, except Calgary, Alberta, where there was a 10% increase in sales.

Major declines in the two hottest markets accounted for most of the overall decrease.  Sales were down 27% in Vancouver, and 18% in Toronto.  Gregory Klump, Chief Economist with CREA, said, ‘Interest rates have remained low and the economic backdrop has remained supportive for housing activity, so that should leave little doubt that changes to mortgage regulations are responsible for having cooled activity.’

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Historian, broadcaster, senator, Laurier LaPierre dies at 83 - now our turn to shed a tear
Dale Barnes/CBC Still Photo Collection
For many Canadians Laurier LaPierre is remembered as one of the hosts of the iconic news and current affairs programme "This Hour Has Seven Days" at Canada's national broadcaster CBC TV. [...]
A Green Christmas?
Ken Rafuse preparing foe Christmas in downtown Vancouver, B.C., earlier this month.
“Winter is not… what it used to be�, according to Environment Canada’s Senior Climatologist, David Phillips. With just a week left until Christmas, the chance of a “White Christmas� is very unlikely for many Canadians. [...]
Hominid's hunting technology, much earlier than thought
(U of T researcher, PhD candidate Jayne Wilkins)
A team of anthropologists led by the University of Toronto has determined that ancient hunting technology goes back further than thought. In fact, about 200-thousand years earlier. [...]
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