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Dance to be tested as a therapy for Parkinson's
(Rachel Bar)
Can learning to dance, or learning a specific dance, improve muscle control and movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s disease?
That’s the basic question soon to be asked by a team led by a researcher at Toronto, Ontario’s York University.

Just as singing can help people who stutter, in a similar manner there is anecdotal evidence that learning dance associated with rhythms and melodies, can improve motor skills in Parkinson's sufferers.  

Recently, York neuroscience Professor Joseph DeSouza of the Faculty of Health received a $20,000 donation from an Italian social club, Irpinia, to help fund this new research 

Using brain scanning technology, the project will be developed with Canada’s National Ballet School, along with scientists at McMaster and Western University (both also in Ontario)   the team will train National Ballet dancers to lead dance and movement classes for Parkinson’s patients.
Canada rates a 'B' on livability index
Canada is seen by the rest of the world as a great place to live. Yet a new report places it seventh on a list of 17 countries. Issues around poverty bring down its ranking as does income inequality.

The report was prepared by the Conference Board of Canada, a not for profit research organization funded by fees for services charged to the public and private sector.

“Canada earns a ‘B’…Canada’s middle-of-the-pack ranking means it is not living up to its reputation or its potential,” writes the report’s author Brenda Lafleur. She spoke with RCI's Lynn Desjardins.
Timely guide from teachers' federation on Canada's indigenous people, took two years to prepare
Secondary school teachers in Canada's most populous province now have a new resource to explain the history and reality of Canada's First Nations Indian, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

The document, which includes a DVD and CD, was done as part of a series of five 'Common Threads' reource packages produced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO).

It took more than two years to prepare, and comes out at a time the indigenous peoples movement 'Idle No More' and the hunger protest of Chief Theresa Spence attracted international attention.

The Federation represents 60-thousand teachers and other education workers in the province of Ontario.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to First Nations educator Troy Maracle, one of the authors of this new resource 'Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing'.
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Goodbye old friend
(Evan Mitsui/CBC)
Canadians may not be penniless, but they will soon be penny-less. Today (Feb 04, 2013) the Royal Canadian Mint stopped issuing the one-cent copper-coloured coin. Copper “coloured� as its composition changed in 1997 from 95.5[...]
Canadian connection to King Richard III find
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It’s being hailed as the most important “royal� archeological discovery in years and the solution to a 500 year mystery as to the final resting place of King Richard III. He was the last British monarch to die in battle. [...]
'Body' found on mural in parliamentary office of leader of Canada's Official Opposition
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Hidden for more than 70 years, a dead knight has been discovered by conservators working on a mural in the office of Canada's leader of the Official Opposition NDP Party, Tom Mulcair. [...]
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