Friday, February 22, 2013

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Episode date 21 February 2013
Interviews and reports
Environmentalists sound warning on future of Alberta caribou
Environmentalists say caribou in the oil-rich province of Alberta are facing increasingly desperate times.
Groundwater and climate change
(Agriculture Canada)
The water we can’t see is in many cases more important to human lives, than the lakes and rivers and reservoirs we can see.

Throughout the world, much of the water we need for our survival and growing food, comes from the water below ground.

The importance of groundwater will only increase as climate change results in changes to precipitation patterns and above ground water sources.

Increasing climate extremes of drought and flood will also increase variability in precipitation, soil moisture and surface water, and as such, the reliance on groundwater sources.

Unfortunately, we know very little about the amounts of groundwater available nor how fast its being extracted and as such, its sustainability.
University of Toronto joins online learning consortium
Photo: edX
The University of Toronto has signed on with edX, a not-for-profit U.S.-based consortium founded last year by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Edx, which offers free massive open online courses (MOOCs) to hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world, is expanding quickly. Besides the U of T, other new edX member schools include McGill University, in Montreal, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

“Being able to be part of a consortium of great universities and offer courses in the MOOC format is really an opportunity to do public outreach at a global level”, says U of T’s vice-provost, Cheryl Regehr.
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(Barilla Ho, Stephen Hamilton/The Canadian Press)
In the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, the Office Québécois de la langue française (OQLF) is a government watchdog agency mandated to investigate and enforce infractions of the province's language laws. [...]
Police allowed to search password-free cellphones, says Ontario court
Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
The Court of Appeal for Ontario says police officers have the right to look through someone's phone if it's not password protected. If the phoneis locked or password protected, however, investigators should get a search warrant. [...]
‘War Witch’ Congolese actress granted visa to attend Oscars
Rachel Mwanza, the Congolese actress who stars in the Oscar-nominated Canadian movie War Witch (Rebelle in French), will be able to attend the Academy Awards on February 24th. [...]
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