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Episode date 11 January 2013
Interviews and reports
Environmental groups feel harassed
Toma Iczkovits/Greenpeace
Government declares war on environmental groups, activists say

Environmental groups are battling several Canadian government initiatives they say are designed to hobble them. Cabinet ministers have attempted to discredit the groups calling them radical and accusing them of accepting foreign funding. Activists believe a government decision to audit charitable organizations is a thinly-disguised attack on the environmental movement.  The executive director of Greenpeace Canada, Bruce Cox told RCI’s Lynn Desjardins that his own organization did not seek charitable status specifically so it could be completely independent and not have to follow government rules. Other groups with charitable status are now having to waste time and energy responding to audits.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on global awareness and connecting with people
(Photo CBC video)
This past Thursday (Jan 10) Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield talked about the experience of being on the International Space Station in a press conference with Canadian journalists.

Hadfield joined the mission in December, and since has been on Twitter and Facebook sharing photos and impressions of what it's like to look at earth from space.

In the press conference he talked about what it feels like to circle the earth every 90 minutes, about sharing time with his fellow astronauts and cosmonauts, and about the importance of sharing this experience with people back on earth.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.

Eye on the Arctic – Remembering celebrated Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak
Dorset Fine Arts
Canada lost one of its most celebrated artists this week with the passing of Kenojuak Ashevak.

Ashevak died on Tuesday at the age of 85 at her home in the community of Cape Dorset in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.

Her career spanned decades and her iconic works depicting Arctic animals and wildlife came to define a generation of Inuit artists living and working in the North.on
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Day of indigenous 'Idle No More' protests as PM meets some chiefs
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
It was a day of demonstrations, blockades, singing, drumming, and disagreement as some First Nation indigenous chiefs met Canada's Prime Minister. [...]
Don't call don't work
Typically Canadians get telemarketing calls at supper time. Some hate it so much they put their phone numbers on a special no-call list. Problem is some offshore telemarketers are ignoring the list and driving people nuts with persistent sales calls. [...]
Top school administrator resigns in scandal
(CBC vid grab)
A scandal over allegations of plagiarism has cost a top education official his job. Chris Spence was hired in 2009 as the Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). [...]
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