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Episode date 31 January 2013
Interviews and reports
Canadian real-world study of electric vehicles
(Better Place)
Auto makers have been known to occasionally make claims about vehicle performance that don’t necessarily match the real world experiences of consumers.

That is expecially true when vehicles are developed and tested in milder climates, but are driven by consumers in Canadian climates.   Summer temperatures in many parts of southern Ontario can easily reach 30-degrees Celsius, and this winter many of those same areas have seen near or at -30C. along with driving conditions of ice, snow or sloppy, corrosive, salt-laden slush.

With the advent of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, their long term performance in such conditions has not really been tested.  Now the University of Waterloo in the central province of Ontario is involved in an evaluation programme of Electric vehicle performance in addition to other data on the way consumers use the vehicles.  The study is called "Drive 4 Data"
Teen pregnancy up in parts of Canada
After years of decline, the rate of teen pregnancy is going up in parts of Canada. Experts think it might have to do with a decline in socio-economic conditions. Canada still has very low rates of teen pregnancy compared with Great Britain and the United States.  But any slippage causes concern.

The rate of pregnancy in these young women has not changed much across the nation. It went from 27.9 per 1,000 to 28.2  between 2006 and 2010. However in four provinces it jumped dramatically: almost 40% in New Brunswick, almost 36% in Newfoundland, more than 17 per cent in Nova Scotia and 15 per cent in Manitoba according to a study by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).

The rates say a lot about what’s happening to young Canadian women, according to Alex McKay, the study’s research coordinator.
Canada's biggest union to hold national bargaining conference, as unions face tough times
Canada's biggest union is organizing its first national bargaining conference under the theme "Forward Thinking, Better Deals"

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents 625-thousand public sector workers in health care, education , transportation and public untilities.

The union negotiates some 38-hundred collective agreements.

The conference comes at a time the union says the right to bargain collectively is under attack, and some legislation has been passed to restrict it.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Paul Moist, CUPE's president.
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Frigid temperatures, power outages, and flying objects as high winds hit parts of Canada
(Photo Ryan Hicks/CBC)
In the western prairie province of Manitoba high winds are causing wind chill factors of minus 40 to 45 degrees Celsius. In the Atlantic province of New Brunswick, it has caused power outages for thousands. [...]
Royal baby bill presented to Canada's House of Commons
(Photo CBC video)
Officially it's called "An Act to assent to alterations in the law touching the Succession to the Throne" and it was presented by Canada's Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to the House of Commons Thursday morning (Jan 31). [...]
Your head on a stick!
(Hot Pop Factory )
For dedicated fans, Pez candy really is secondary to the dispensers themselves. There are dozens of web sites for Pez collectors along with Pez collector newsletters and collector conventions. [...]
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