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Episode date 18 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Rare criminal charge of witchcraft
(Toronto Police Service)
It is one of the rarest criminal charges in Canada.

It has actually been in the Canadian criminal code since its beginning in 1892, but goes back much earlier than that. 

In 1735 King George II of England amended a sorcery law to include fraud and as Canadian law is more-or-less based on British common-law, the witchcraft charge eventually made it into the Canadian lawbooks. It is known as section 365 and prohibits pretending to “exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration”.

In an extremely rare instance, the charge was laid recently against a Toronto man who advertised his services as a healer and large sums of money allegedly changed hands.
Human Rights Watch calls for national inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered women
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The international human rights organization Human Rights Watch has called on the Canadian government to hold a national inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered women, most of indigenous origin.

The call came on Tuesday (Dec 18), the day after the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in the Canadian province of British Columbia released a scathing 1448-page report called "Forsaken".

The head of the Commission, Wally Oppal, wrote in the report "The story of the missing and murdered women is a tragedy of epic proportions. It is simply unfathomable that these women were forsaken year after year."

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Meghan Rhoad, a researcher in the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.
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Prine Edward Island's Party Problem
Kenny Good, with Good Taxi
It’s the smallest province in Canada, but this time of year, it has a big problem; a shortage of taxis! It’s no joke. Taxis are in short supply in the capital, Charlottetown, most of the time. [...]
Missing Women Commission: Women forsaken by society at large and then again by police
Photo CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
Hundreds of missing and murdered women, many of them indigenous women, were forsaken by Canadian society and police forces. That's part of the conclusion of Commissioner Wally Oppal in his report for the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, which he headed. [...]
Anniversary of a country music legend.
If you’re a fan of country music, today is an interesting milestone for you. It was on December 18, 1904 in Nova Scotia that Wilfred Carter was born. He later became one of the greatest stars of country music in North America. [...]
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