Friday, January 11, 2013

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Episode date 10 January 2013
Interviews and reports
Canadian shoppers survey: smartphones and handwritten lists
(Radio-Canada vid grab)
When you do your grocery shopping what do you look for? 

Do you look for environmental claims, or whether it's a domestic made product?  Do you look for brand names, or simply the lowest price? 

These are the kinds of questions asked by a Canadian-based international marketing firm.

For ten years, Brandspark International, a market research and brand strategy firm, has been conducting consumer surveys in Canada and other countries to find out how consumers shop and why they choose certain products. Its also an adjunct to their “Best New Products” awards.

Canadian Reaction to Indian Gang-rape
About 60 demonstrators walked in silence last week, to the Indian consulate in downtown Toronto.
Protests, demonstrations and vigils have been organized in several communities across Canada, as people reacted in horror to the gang-rape and eventual death of 23-year old Jyoti Singh Pandey.

On December 16th, the young physiotherapy student, was returning home from seeing the movie, Life of Pi, with a male friend, when they boarded a bus with 6 drunken young men, one of whom was the driver.  Both were attacked and she was brutally raped.  After driving around for hours, the men eventually pushed their naked bodies out onto the road.  Assaulted with an iron bar, Jyoti Singh Pandey was airlifted to a Singapore hospital where she died of her internal injuries on December 28th.
Canada's indigenous people at turning point as Idle No More protests continue
(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)
The details have not been finalized, but Canada's Prime Minister, the Governor General and indigenous representatives are meeting on Friday, January 11.

This in reaction to an unprecedented series of protests and hunger strikes loosely organized under the banner of the 'Idle No More' movement. Primarily focussed on the First Nation Indian indigenous people, it has also had echoes among the Inuit and Métis of Canada, as well as the Canadian mainstream.

It started with a tweet on Twitter and the hashtag #IdleNoMore. Then it expanded into a national day of action, and is now a pan-Canadian movement. As well a hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence in Ottawa, has pushed Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Queen's representative the Governor General to agree to meetings on January 11, something that initially did not seem to be probable.

The success of the 'Idle No More' movement has also raised questions about how representative the government-funded Assembly of First Nations (AFN) of chiefs is of the entire First Nations indigenous community.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Dr Taiaiake Alfred about the turning point facing indigenous people and Canada.  Dr Alfred is a professor of indigenous governance at Canada's University of Victoria.
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Canadian Technology at CES in Las Vegas
Photo Peter Nowak/CBC
The Consumer Electronics Showis a major draw to the desert-city. 150,000 people are milling around what’s described as a technology circus. This year, over 90 Canadian companies are exhibiting their wares. Toronto-based InteraXon is one of them. [...]
Canada’s ‘Rebelle’ (War Witch) nominated for Oscar for best foreign-language film
AP Photo/Item 7
"Rebelle" (War Witch) a Canadian film that focusses on the lives of child soldiers has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film Category at the 85th Academy Awards in February. The announcement was made Thursday (Jan 10) in Los Angeles. [...]
A man obsessed
(Jason Shron/Rapido Trains)
Sometimes you just have to go with stories about people who go a little off the beaten path. This includes people who go beyond the label of "enthusiast" when it comes to their hobby. [...]
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