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Episode date 7 February 2013
Interviews and reports
Brossard-Chinatown: web-doc on a unique community near Montreal
Around most major Canadian cities, there are often several suburban centres which have grown up around, and just outside the big city itself.

Although they are usually cities in their own rights, with a mayor, municipal services, shopping area, and other community services, they are also known as “bedroom communities”, or place where a large number of people go home to at night after commuting to and from the big city.

In Montreal, there are several such cities both to the north and south of the island itself.

The city of Brossard lies directly south of Montreal, just across the river. But what makes it somewhat different than many other communities, is that of its 82,000 population, one in ten is Chinese.
Corruption clamp-down
Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
Canada has been criticized for not doing enough to stop Canadian companies from bribing foreign officials. Now the government has proposed changes to the law to correct that.

The amendments would close a loophole that made it difficult to prosecute Canadians who pay bribes outside of the country. It would increase the maximum sentence for bribing a foreign official from a maximum of five years to 14.

The proposed changes would also outlaw something called “facilitation payments.” That is money paid to foreign officials which may not be directly connected to a business deal. For example, a customs official may be bribed to allow construction materials to pass into a country. The changes would also make it illegal for companies to not report money spend on bribes in their own financial records.

“These amendments send a powerful message to the Canadian business community,” said Janet Keeping, president and chair of Transparency International Canada. This organization has lobbied hard to get the Canadian government to improve its anti-corruption legislation.  RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with her.
High profile Canadian producers, filmmakers propose all Canadian movie TV channel
A number of well-known film and television producers, as well as Canadian filmmakers such as Denys Arcand, David Cronenberg, and Deepa Mehta, are hoping to start an all Canadian TV channel called Starlight.

The producers and filmmakers are asking Canada's broadcasting regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a cable television licence that would make Starlight part of any basic cable TV package in Canada.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Starlight's President and CEO, Norm Bolen.
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Wildlife conservation, or not?
Evie-Lynn Maendel
An incident on a Hutterite community in the western province of Manitoba has many people very outraged This past summer, an orphaned fawn was accidently struck by machinery on the colony property, but not seriously injured. [...]
Canada's Competition Bureau calls for overhaul of cellphone contracts, eliminating hidden fees and misleading claims
The independent government agency responsible for protecting Canadian consumers has called for an overhaul of cellphone contracts in Canada, to eliminate misleading ads and hidden fees. [...]
Prime Minister Harper's hockey history book will be released in November
Photo CNW Group/Simon and Schuster Canada
As yet untitled, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's book on the history of hockey in Canada now has a publication date of November, 2013, according to a press release from the publishers Simon and Shuster in Canada and in the United States. [...]
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