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Episode date 5 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Canadian job market, where lies the future?
(Chris Young/Canadian Press)
It might be a case of jobs of the future, and jobs of the past. It might also, in some cases by a cyclical thing.  A recent study by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, (CIBC), is called “The Haves and Have Nots of Canada's Labour Market”.

The study showed that there was an ongoing surplus  of job seekers in certain trades and skills, while there was an ongoing shortage in other fields.
Traditional occupations like butcher, tailor, and elementary and secondary school teachers were oversupplied, while doctors, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists were among those fields with a shortage.

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announces arrests in human smuggling operation
House of Commons
On Wednesday (Dec 5), Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney hosted a press conference to announce authorities have identified 85 people as having entered Canada illegally through a smuggling operation that brought people from Romania, through Mexico and the United States into Canada.

Of the 85 identified, 40 have been found, and 30 of those detained. Of the total about 35 are children. The Canadian government says these arrests are part of its campaign to crack down on human smuggling. In a technical briefing for the media after the press conference, border and police authorities could not give a number or confirm that there were smugglers among the 85.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report:
ARCTIC HEALTH SERIES - Bridging the Cultural Divide in Nursing: Minnie Akparook
Minnie Akparook. Nursing school photo 1976. Photo courtesy of Minnie Akparook.
Nurses are on the frontlines of health care in Canada's remote Arctic regions. Often working in isolated nursing stations, these health care professionals are part nurse, part emergency room doctor, part counsellor, part social worker and part mid-wife.

Most positions are filled by nurses from southern Canada who may not be familiar with local aboriginal languages or culture. This leads to high turnover and positions remaining vacant for long periods.

Many locals crave a stable work force staffed by aboriginal health care workers that understand northern culture and can deliver health services in local languages.

But despite this great need, there are still only a handful of such nurses practising in the Canadian Arctic. The road is often not easy for them. But once they begin working, they are able to bridge the cultural divide between southern medicine and holistic aboriginal culture.

To find out more, Eye on the Arctic sat down with Minnie Akparook, an Inuk nurse from Nunavik, Canada about the obstacles she overcame to start her career and the health challenges facing Canada's Inuit population today.
On Becoming A Nurse
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Food Banks Canada urges Canadians to put food banks on holiday gift giving lists
Food Banks Canada
According to Food Banks Canada, 882,000 individuals turned to a food bank each month for help this year, and 38 per cent of them were children. [...]
Snowy Owls going south into British Columbia
CP Photo/Darryl Dyck
Forced by a severe decline in the rodent population in the far north, Snowy Owls are heading south, into British Columbia. Bird enthusiasts are thrilled with a record number of sightings, some as far south as Vancouver. [...]
Update on shark fins, and bad sex
(Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)
Yesterday, we heard news regarding the bans on shark fin products. The most populous and ethnically diverse Canadian city, Toronto, has just had its bylaw banning the sale, purchase, and consumption of shark fin products overruled by an Ontario Superior Court judge. [...]
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