Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Episode date 30 January 2013
Interviews and reports
Canadian photographer Louie Palu's latest project: chronicling the drug war in Mexico
Photo © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press
Award winning photographer Louie Palu works on long term projects, and on subjects which he feels don't get sufficient coverage in the media.

In a previous multi-year project, he covered the reality of the Afghanistan war.  In the last few years, he's focussed on the drug war in Mexico.

With an art college background in Toronto, and an always curious journalistic sense, he has pushed himself to discover and record the reality he is witness to. He feels photos should teach and not shock, and yet he often finds himself in dangerous and shocking situations.

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper featured a number of the Mexico photos in a photo essay on Saturday (Jan 26).

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Louie Palu about his photos, his art, and his journalism.
Building for the environment and living off the grid
(cbc vid grab)
Keith Robertson is an architect with the firm Solterre Design, in the east coast province of Nova Scotia  More than that however, he’s an expert in energy efficient design and recycling of materials. He’s an LEED-accredited architect, which is a special designation in energy and environmental design and construction.

A few months ago he completed a house which his family of four will eventually use as a full-time retirement home.  What’s unusual is that there are no electrical wires or poles to connect him to the power grid.  The home is entirely “off-grid”, producing its own heat and power, augmented by a little propane for cooking, and a wood burning stove if needed. A number of repurposed and recycled materials also went into the house.

What’s also interesting is that this super efficient house, didn’t cost that much more to build than a conventionally-built house of similar size.
Immigrants over-qualified, underpaid
(Concordia University)
Two-thirds of new immigrants to Canada have more education than their jobs require, according to a new study. Things get better the longer they stay. But the study’s author says Canada should invest in solving the problem which costs the economy an estimated $5 billion dollars a year. Immigrants need to invest too and to be patient, according to Mesbah Sharaf, an assistant professor at Concordia University’s Department of economics in Montreal.

Using data from the government’s Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada Prof. Sharaf found that six months after arriving in Canada, 76.3 per cent of men and 71.8 per cent of women had more education than their jobs required. Four years after arrival the figures improved slightly. 70.4 per cent of men and 64.6 percent of women were over-educated for their jobs. That compared with Canadian-born workers who are 44 per cent qualified.

RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Prof. Sharaf about his study.
Read the news
Old painting, new controversy
An advert for the Canadian Wheat Board is raising some eyebrows. The print advert running in some publications directly aimed at farmers, features a 1969 illustration by world renowned American pin-up artist Gil Elvgren. [...]
#dayinthelife tweets from the account of Canada's Prime Minister, with photos of cat at breakfast, with team at start of day
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is sharing his daily reality with tweets and photos ever since the return to Parliament this week. [...]
Yo Yo weather
(cbc vid grab)
It's getting so that in Canada, you can no longer put away your summer clothes for the winter season, and vice versa. [...]
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