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Episode date 22 January 2013
Interviews and reports
Amalgam dental fillings and ban on mercury
After years of negotiation, some 140 nations, including Canada, have just signed a treaty to deal with toxic mercury.

The United Nations Enviromental Programme  (UNEP) sponsored treaty is called the “Minimata Treaty” after the city in Japan where residents  health was seriously damaged by mercury poisoning from industrial operations.

The treaty calls for eventual bans on industrial emissions of mercury into the environment, along with the use of mercury in several products. It also suggests an eventual phase out in other products such in dental amalgam, in which mercury is a major component.
Survey of how Canadian primary care physicians rate our health system
Only 40 per cent of primary care physicians think Canada's health care system works well and only needs minor chages, according to a survey released Monday (Jan 21) by the Health Council of Canada.

The survey "How do Canadian primary care physicians rate the health system?" found Canada's general practionneers are the least likely of the ten countries surveyed (including Australia, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.) to offer same day or next day service to patients. And that half of the doctors surveyed said their patients had trouble paying for medication.

The Health Council of Canada is an independent national agency set up by the governments of Canada and its provinces to report on health care.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the Council's CEO John Abbott.
Wind Bag Company of Nova Scotia
Sails at work in their first life
You know the saying; ‘It’s an ill-wind that doesn’t bring some good!’  Well in Pauline Dickison’s case, that wind brought a whole new business!  And now her product line is growing almost as fast as the company’s popularity. 

It all began with a wayward tent.  A blustery wind took it from sheltering a sailboat at their Lunenberg, Nova Scotia home, to a tangled mess in the trees nearby.  When Pauline saw what happened, the disappointment and annoyance gave way to a determination to make some use of the fabric.  And from that green initiative, the rest is a great success story.  
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Compact flourescent bulbs: Canada unprepared
(associated press)
Beginning next year, Canadians will no longer be able to buy incandescent light bulbs. The 75 and 100 watt bulbs will be banned, on January 1, 2014, and 40 and 60 watt bulbs banned later in the year. [...]
Cold weather prompts Quebec provincial electrical provider to call on public to reduce power consumption
Hydro-Québec, the province of Quebec's electricity provider, is asking for help from the public to cut down on its usage of electricity for two days. [...]
Astronaut drops hockey puck at first Toronto Maple Leafs home game
Photo Canadian Space Agency
Soaring 400 kilometres above the earth, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gave an out of this world start to the opening home game of the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team on Monday (Jan 21). [...]
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