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Episode date 12 February 2013
Interviews and reports
In 197 countries Feb. 14: One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women
On Valentine's Day, February 14, the One Billion Rising campaign will demonstrate in 197 countries to end violence against women.

The campaign was started as V-Day 15 years ago by Eve Ansler, the author of the Vagina Monologues.

This year's One Billion Rising campaign includes supporters such as actor Jane Fonda and Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, along with a variety of events around the world.

In Canada's most populous city, Toronto, a number of activities are planned for the campaign.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Mehrak Mehrvar, the Chair of the One Billion Rising Toronto Organizing Committee.
Canadian telescope to explore history of universe
CIFAR
It will be the first space telescope built in Canada in some 30 years. It will also be the biggest ever in Canada.   At 100 metres  x 100 metres, it is about the size of 6 hockey rinks and it will be seeking answers as to why the universe has, and is expanding. 

Part of the $11-million Canadian Hydrogen Intensity-Mapping Experiment (CHIME), the radio telescope is being built at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) in Penticton B.C.  This is a superb location, being physically protected by surrounding landscape from earth generated signals and interference. 

The telescope wil be the most sensitive instrument in the world for this type of research with signals sampled one billion times per second, which are then processed to give images of the universe.  In a low-cost Canadian innovation, the array will use over 2,500 low noise recievers adapted from the cellphone industry, with additional technology from computer games.
Newborn's bacteria differ according to delivery, breastfeeding
(Michael Zamora/Corpus Christi Caller-Times/Associated Press)
Babies born by caesarian section have different bacteria in their gut and that may increase their risk of developing a host of illnesses, according to a new study.  Vaginal delivery gives babies a specific group of “good bacteria” that develop their immune systems. Without those bacteria they may be more likely to get illnesses like asthma, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Babies fed exclusively formula also have different bacteria from babies who were breastfed.

Next, researchers will try to find out for sure whether this bacteria footprint actually does make a difference in the child’s health. Meghan Azad is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Alberta and the Manitoba Institute of Child Health who worked on the study. She spoke with RCI’s Lynn Desjardins.
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Canada's broadcasting/telecommunications regulator wants Canadians' input on mobile phone code of conduct
CRTC video
Canada's broadcasting and telecommunications regulator is holding hearings this week on a proposed mandatory code for mobile wireless services in Canada. [...]
Canada's Official Opposition hosting event: 'Reverse the Cuts' of international development
Canada's Official Opposition NDP party is holding a luncheon event Wednesday (Feb 13) "to share the results of the Reverse the Cuts campaign and demonstrate that Canadians care about international development."[...]
GovernmentĂ‚  backtracks on internet snooping
Colin Perkel/Canadian Press
Canada’s government has scrapped a proposed law that would have forced Internet service providers to help police intercept and track online communications. [...]
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