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Episode date 10 February 2013
Climate change requires new building codes, economist urges
City of Edmonton
The Canadian government is issuing new “normals” for use in building infrastructure. The new benchmarks take into account changes in temperature, precipitation, wind, and other factors that have occurred over recent years. People planning to build bridges, sewer systems and other infrastructure need to know how strong to make structures so they will withstand extremes.

But one economist says it’s not enough to look at the past when building. He thinks building codes should be based on projections of what will happen in the future. Paul Kovacs is an economist at the University of Western Ontario and executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. That body was created by Canadian Insurance companies to examine the costs of natural disasters. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with him.
Arts-Culture #33 (Sun Feb 10, 2013) Sylvie Gallant, Opera in Space
(Opera in Space)
This, week we phone London England, where a Canadian has created a unique opera company. It's calle Opera in Space and the company takes classical operas, pares them down and performs them in unusual locations, such as castles, or warehouses, and takes advantage of the physical space to create added ambience for the audience which remains in close proximity to the players.
Politics Today February 10, 2013

On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on questions about the Crown succession bill, and some issues in Canada's upper chamber the Senate.

He dealt with some serious issues raised by Canada's environmental commissioner, the first meeting of Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and talks to Ottawa political investigative journalist Stephen Maher about his novel 'Deadline' - a seamy political thriller set in the capital.
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