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Episode date 19 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Canada's Supreme Court rules public service employees not entitled to protect pension surplus
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
In a unanimous decision Wednesday (Dec 19), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled federal public sector employees are not entitled to protect a $28-billion surplus in their pension plans.

The unions wanted to make sure there was money left for future pension payouts, instead the money was used by the federal government to pay down a federal deficit.

The ruling ends a legal battle that started in the 1990s, and overturned a lower court decision.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo. He acted as legal counsel for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, one of a number of unions involved in the legal proceedings.
Medical breakthrough: non-invasive brain surgery
(Sunnybrook vid grab)
Doctors and staff at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto Ontario, have performed a Canadian first. 

Usually patients with debilitating tremors in arms and hands, called "essential tremors",  undergo various kinds of invasive brain surgery involving piercing the skull to reach the target problem area deep in the brain where cells are firing incorrectly.

However, a new ultrasound technology is seen as a revolutionary new method of treatment.

The technology involves focusing directed sound frequencies at the specific location, to heat it and destroy certain damaged cells, all the while getting real time feedback via MRI imaging. 

The inventor,  Finnish born Dr. Kullervo Hynynen, is now at Sunnybrook Research Institute. This is where a team led by Dr Micheal Schwarz of Sunnybrook, and Dr Andres Lozano of Toronto Western Hospital have treated five patients so far, all with very promising results. 

They add that the technology can also likely be used to treat cancer tumours of the brain, breast, bone and rectum, and potentially other medical problems as well.
Chris Hadfield, next Commander of the International Space Station
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield waves prior to the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)
Chris Hadfield blasted off into space at 6:12 am local time in Baikonur, Kazahkstan.  Outside it was -30 C. inside the Soyuz spacecraft, the next Commander of the International Space Station was accompanied by American Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko.  They are buckled in for the two-day trip to their home for the next 147 days, 370 kilometers above the earth.
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Biofuel credits behind mystery train crossing U.S.-Canada border, back and forth
Photo CBC News
The mystery of why a train crossed back and forth across the Canada-U.S. border without ever unloading its cargo has been solved. [...]
Merry Christmas├é in Saskatoon
Photo/CBC Jennifer Quesnel
A local atheist in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, complained to the city council earlier this month, about the holiday message above the front window of the city├ó€™s buses. [...]
Big time Canadian collector, and a big problem
(cbc vid grab)
Some people collect stamps, some collect swords, some collect antique cars, others, beanie babies, and then there are the big time collectors. A man in Red Deer, Alberta is among those big-time collectors, big items and big-ticket restorations. [...]
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