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Episode date 6 February 2013
Interviews and reports
Lionel Gelber Book Prize longlist: Books that could change the way you think about international affairs
On Monday (Feb 4) it was announced a dozen books on international relations are on the annual Lionel Gelber Prize longlist for 2013.

The literary award is for the best non-fiction book in English that deepens debate on foreign affairs questions. The award is named after former Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber.

It is award by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the Jury Chair William Thorsell, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Munk School.  He is a former Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and a former Editor-in-Chief of the national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.
Fighting bad fat, with good fat
In our bodies there is good fat, and there is bad fat.  Unfortunately, there is far too often too much of the latter.

It is no secret that obesity is an increasingly serious and costly health issue in Canada and in developed countries around the world.  There are some drastic interventions, on an individual level, that can counter this, including stapling of the stomach, or reduction of intestines as an example (gastric bypass /bariatric surgery).

Now researchers at Canada’s University of Ottawa, have discovered what may lead to a huge advance in therapeutic treatment for obesity using stem cells.

They have discovered that muscle stem cells actually have the potential for two destinies, either as muscle cells, or as brown fat cells. Brown fat is a desirable fat that burns calories from undesirable fat.  The discovery means that using a simple chemical trigger, muscle stem cells can be switched into becoming brown fat cells.

Tests on lab mice show significant weight loss even when the animals are fed high fat diets.
Boomers not as healthy as they think
(Heart and Stroke Foundation)
Canadians have big plans for life after retirement but poor health may ruin those plans. Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation says ageing Canadians are not as healthy as they think they are and unless they make lifestyle changes now they may spend their final years with sickness, disability and immobility.

Although Canadians live longer, government statistics indicate there’s a 10-year gap between how long they live and how long they live in good health. The major threats are heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions.

The so-called baby boomers, the large group of people born after the Second World War, are getting older now and 80 per cent of them think their doctors would rate them as healthy, according to a survey for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. More than a quarter don’t feel concerned about how healthy they will be later in life. But Dr. Beth Abramson, who speaks for the Foundation, says they should be. She spoke with RCI’s Lynn Desjardins.
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Federal Court rules employers must accommodate staff’s child-care requests
A Canadian Federal Court Justice has ruled employers should accommodate reasonable childcare-related requests from their employees. [...]
Trading meat for cheese
Canadian and European Union officials are in the midst of finalizing a potential major trade deal this week during meetings in Ottawa. [...]
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