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Episode date 14 February 2013
Interviews and reports
Canada's National Flag Day
(Dan Kitwood/AFP/Getty)
This week marks an important national anniversary for Canada.  On February 15th, 1965, the first distinctly Canada official national flag was raised in the cold air on Parliament Hill, in the national capital, Ottawa.

The idea was first proposed, to unappreciative even hostile reception, in the late 1950's.  Remaining fairly quiet at first, the debate began to heat up as the 1960's progressed.  The final design came after a long and often extremely bitter national debate on the political scene between the Liberal Prime Minister, Lester Pearson, seeking a new distinctly Canadian flag, and the Conservative opposition leader John Diefenbaker who staunchly supported the old Canadian Red Ensign of British Naval heritage.  

At the same time, the debate was also raging across all of Canada, and it too was at times very bitter, and yet it was an extremely exciting debate about creating a distinctly Canadian symbol, and to have it in time for Canada’s centennial year, when Canada would host the world at the international world fair, Expo 67.
Students get chocolate and a little love from Concordia University on Valentine's Day
(Photo: Concordia University)
Valentine’s Day is the annual day of love. At Concordia University, in Montreal, it is also an opportunity to help students improve their relationships.

'A Fair of the Heart' is the university’s annual relationship event, held every February 14th for more than a decade. The event is an intimate affair, taking place at a booth at the Henry F. Hall Building.
Canadian teens stressed out
(courtesy Toronto District School Board)
Students in Toronto report feeling stress and anxiety that drives them to tears and to lose sleep. A wide-ranging survey of 103,000 students by the Toronto District School Board found they are uncertain and worried about their future. These results will be used by the board to plan future strategy for its already-existing mental health services.

In answering questionnaires, almost 60 per cent of students in Grades 7 and 8 said they worried about their future all the time or sometimes. By high school the percentage grew to 73 per cent.

Teens reported feeling tired, having trouble concentrating or making decisions. Almost half didn’t believe they could get over their difficulties and one in three wanted to cry all the time.
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Snow carving champs
(Donald Watt/Yukon News)
A team of snow carvers from Canada’s far north is hot this year! They’ve recently won a first and second in international competitions in Italy. [...]
Canadian city, just too bright!
The city of Calgary in the western province of Alberta, has been singled out as one of the brightest Canadian cities at night. Many residents are saying it’s too bright, creating “light pollution� and complain that it makes it harder to sleep at night. [...]
‘It was meant to be’, says couple who met at Nazi death camp and was reunited later in Toronto
(Photo: Courtesy of the Kleinberg family)
They met in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, lost contact, but found each other again in Toronto, soon after the end of World War II. 63 years later, Howard and Nancy Kleinberg are still happily married. [...]
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