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Episode date 11 February 2013
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Bat die-off catastrophic, says wildlife pathologist
(AP Photo/New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Ryan von Linden, File)
The deadly white-nose fungus appears to have killed a bat in yet another Canadian province. Wildlife officials in Prince Edward Island are asking the public to report any sightings of live or dead bats after a carcass was found last week.

As many as 6.7 million North American bats are thought to have died of the fungus according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners. Tens of thousands of bats are dying in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. This new case would be the first in Prince Edward Island.

“Catastrophic,” is how wildlife pathologist Scott McBurney of the Atlantic Veterinary College describes the die-off. In one hour, a bat can eat 600 insects. A colony of 500 bats can eat a million in one night. These are bugs that could otherwise be eating crops or spreading diseases like West Nile virus. Mr. Burney spoke with RCI’s Lynn Desjardins.
2nd Edition of the Underground Comedy Railroad Tour
Courtesy of Andrew Searles
It went so well last year, they’re doing it again this year. 

Andrew Searles is described on the poster as the 'First Negro to play the Fiddle' and Rodney Ramsey as the 'First Negro on Skis'.  It's all in keeping with their tongue-in-cheek attitudes.  These two young comedians grew up in Montreal and have taken a chapter from the canon of Black Canadian History and put a comic twist on it to make a point, and make people laugh.  February is Black History Month in Canada, as it is in the United States, but with our harsh winter, perhaps we have a greater appreciation for getting together to laugh.

The historical Underground Railroad refers to the network of secret pathways and routes that connected safe-houses and brought slaves from the American south, north to freedom in Canada, where slavery, while practised, was not institutionalized, back in the mid-nineteenth century.

The railroad provided the code; people involved in helping the ‘passengers’ were known as ‘conductors’ and while thousands crossed into Canada all along the border from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, the majority made their escape at Detroit, known as Midnight, crossing the Detroit River, known as the Jordan, referring to the biblical river of the Promised Land, to present day Windsor, in Canada, then known as Dawn.

Balancing issues and concerns, as Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister meets new U.S. Secretary of State
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Judging the impact of a meeting between Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has to concentrate not only on what was said, but also on what was not said.

The two men had their first meeting on Friday (Feb 8) at the U.S. State Department in Washington.

Among the topics discussed climate change, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and the fact that Canada is the United States' largest foreign energy supplier.

Also discussed were the situations in Iran, Syria and Mali.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
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Attawapiskat: Second blockade of road to De Beers diamond mine in Canadian province of Ontario
Residents in the remote Canadian community of Attawapiskat are blockading a road leading to a De Beers diamond mine. This is the second blockade in recent days. [...]
Canada Reads, and this time it's regional
Image courtesy of CBC.ca
The CBC Radio ‘battle of the books’ is an annual event. This year, in its 12th edition, it is taking on our Canadian identity in 5 regions, represented by novels from, and about the region. [...]
Lunar New Year Celebrations in Canada
Photo courtesy of the PMO
We're now in the Year of the Snake. The festivities celebrating the lunar new year, or the spring festival as it is also known, got underway in many Chinese, Viet Namese and Korean households across Canada over the weekend. [...]
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