Saturday, March 30, 2013

News 3.30.2013

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News Saturday, March 30th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* Up to 20 centimetres of wet snow is expected in parts of the Czech
Repbulic overnight and on Sunday, meteorologists warn.

* The police have launched a nationwide drunk-driving crackdown.

* A Czech businessman abducted in southern France earlier this month
was murdered, the daily Pravo reported.

* Prague zoo has opened a new habitat for elephants and hippos.

* The Czech Republic, along with the rest of Europe, switches to summer
time at 2 AM on Sunday when clocks move forward by one hour.



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Heavy snow expected on Saturday night, Sunday
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Up to 20 centimetres of heavy wet snow is expected to fall in the
south, east and north-east of the Czech Republic, meteorologists
warned. Around 50 cm of snow could fall in the north-eastern Jeseniky
and Beskydy mountains. Roads in parts of the country could also be
covered with snow and ice. Meteorologists also said this March was set
to be the coldest on record since 1987.


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Police launch drunk-driving crackdown
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The Czech police on Saturday launched a nationwide crackdown against
drunk driving. Around 1,500 police officers will take part in the
campaign organized along with the Czech Malt and Brewing Association
which gives drivers who pass alcohol test a free tester and a sample of
alcohol-free beer. The campaign will last until Monday.


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Interior Ministry to pull municipal police bill
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Interior Minister Jan Kubice will pull a bill extending the powers of
municipal police forces from the lower house, the news agency CTK
reported on Saturday. The bill was approved by the government last
August; however, debates in several committees of the Chamber of
Deputies showed it would not gain enough support on the floor. The
issue is to be discussed by the cabinet next week.


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Missing Czech businessman "murdered"
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A Czech businessman abducted in southern France earlier this month was
murdered, the daily Pravo reported on Saturday quoting police sources.
The 72-year-old man arrived in Nice on March 6 to close a real-estate
deal with two Czech nationals but was abducted on his way from the
airport. The police reportedly believe he was shot dead by one of the
clients; his body has been discovered in the French Alps, the daily
said. The police arrested two people in the Czech Republic in
connection with the case.


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Prague zoo opens new elephant, hippo habitat
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Prague zoo opened a new habitat for elephants and hippos on Saturday.
The occasion was accompanied by a name-giving ceremony for a baby
elephant which was born in January. The elephant girl was named Sita.
The new habitat, which cost over 500 million crowns, will allow the zoo
to extend its elephant breeding programme, zoo's management said.
Prague zoo has bred elephants since 1933; it now has seven female, one
male and one baby elephant.


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Czech Republic switches to summer time
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The Czech Republic switches to summer time, or daylight saving time, at
2 AM on Sunday, along with the rest of Europe. Summer time will end in
October. The change will affect 15 express trains which will be delayed
by an hour, Czech Railways said. In the Czech Republic, summer time was
first introduced during WWI and then again during WWII. It was
abolished in 1949 but brought back by the communist authorities in 1979.


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Hockey: Slavia ties semifinal series against Plzen
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Regular season winners Slavia Prague beat Plzen 3:2 in the fourth game
of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the Czech hockey league
playoffs on Friday night, and tied the series 2:2. The fifth game is
scheduled on Monday. In the other semifinal series which continues on
Saturday, Zlin is tied 1:1 with Trinec.


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Weather
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The prolonged Easter weekend will be partly cloudy, with rain and later
snow, mainly in the south and east of the country. Daytime highs should
range between 1 and 5 degrees Celsius.



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Elena Buixaderas: a Spanish poet in Prague
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At a crossroads in Europe, the Czech capital has always been an
international city and has attracted writers from many parts of the
world. But, despite the rich historical links between the two countries
going back to the 16th century and beyond, we would not normally
associate modern Prague with Spain. One person who has been building
literary Spanish-Czech bridges for the best part of two decades is the
Prague based Spanish poet, Elena Buixaderas. She is David Vaughan's
guest in Czech Books.

http://radio.cz/en/section/books/elena-buixaderas-a-spanish-poet-in-prague


It's not Easter without a good whipping!
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Prague welcomed Easter early this year, maybe even earlier than usual.
The cold weather and the return of snow almost made me forget a few
weeks ago that spring and the Easter holiday are around the corner. But
the rows of identical house-like stalls that one morning landed on one
of my favorite squares in Prague - Namesti Miru - served as a somewhat
cynical reminder.

http://radio.cz/en/section/letter/its-not-easter-without-a-good-whipping


Magazine 30.3.2013
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In Magazine: Czech bettors lose money on the new Pope; a good way to
beat the cold is to attend the annual wine-tasting event From wine
cellar to wine cellar; check out the capital's latest attraction: a six
star one-room hotel and, a police search is on for 19th century
explorer Emil Holub's pipe.

http://radio.cz/en/section/magazine/magazine-2013-03-30






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Friday, March 29, 2013

Radio Prague Today 3.29.2013

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Cultural News Roundup: King Tut exhibit, Lucie & AZ Tower

This week we have a roundup of cultural stories making headlines: an exhibition dedicated to Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen, a new musical inspired by the rock band Lucie, and the completion of the AZ Tower - the country's tallest building.

President and foreign minister clash over appointment of former first lady as ambassador to Slovakia

President Miloš Zeman is pressing for the wife of his predecessor Václav Klaus to be named the Czech Republic's ambassador to Slovakia. However, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg – who Mr. Zeman beat to become head of state – is opposed to the appointment of Livia Klausová; he says the idea looks like payback for the former first lady's support for Miloš Zeman during the presidential campaign.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

News 3.27.2013

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News Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

By: Jan Velinger

* The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court has thrown out treason
charges filed against former president Vaclav Klaus.

* The Chamber of Deputies has passed an amendment paving the way for
the electronic registration of firearms in the Czech Republic.

* Construction work on the AZ Tower, the country's tallest building, is
complete.

* A fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning damaged part of the
historic Topic House in the Prague city centre.

* Tomas Berdych has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters
in Florida.



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Court throws out treason charges
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The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court on Wednesday threw out
treason charges filed by a group of senators against former president
Vaclav Klaus. Parliament's upper house, dominated by the leftwing
Social Democrats, voted on March 4 to file the charges against the then
outgoing president on the claim he had on several occasions acted
outside the boundaries of the country's constitution. Central to the
treason charge was a controversial amnesty Mr Klaus declared on January
1. Had Mr Klaus - who stepped down on March 7 - been convicted as
charged, the worst punishment he could have received was the loss of
office and a ban from running for president again.


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Chamber passes amendment introducing electronic registration of firearms
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The Chamber of Deputies has passed an amendment paving the way for the
introduction of the electronic registration of firearms in the Czech
Republic, to replace an outdated hardcopy registration system. The new
system, which will now have to receive majority backing in the Senate,
will also introduce other changes, extending, for example, the period
of validity of firearm permits. The amendment is also meant to increase
safety and security in the transport of firearms, to be overseen by the
police. If passed into law, the legislation will come into effect in
the middle of next year.


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President to veto legislation on waste disposal over solar issue
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President Milos Zeman will reportedly veto legislation on waste
disposal that includes a loophole benefit for solar energy operators,
the president's spokeswoman Hana Burianova has revealed. If the
president takes the step, the veto will be his first since taking
office. The mistake in the law, allows solar energy plants an
additional six months to sign contracts on financing for the removal of
solar panel waste. The chairwoman of the lower house, Miroslava
Nemcova, said the chamber had not passed the bill in its current
wording but that the mistake had taken place in the Senate.


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AZ Tower complete
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Construction work at the AZ Tower in Brno - at 111 metres the tallest
building in the Czech Republic - is complete; officials said that
workers were now only finishing up the interiors. The AZ Tower,
designed by architects Gustav Krivinka and Ales Burian, edges the City
Tower at Prague's Pankrac by two metres. The building is slated to
house offices, apartments, restaurants and shops and other services,
including an auto salon and fitness club. The new building was designed
to make use of Green technology in order to leave a smaller ecological
footprint.


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Topic House partially damaged by fire
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Ten people had to be evacuated from their homes on Prague's Narodni
Street on Wednesday morning after a fire broke out on the roof of their
building, the historic Topicuv Dum (Topic House). One person had to be
treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire began at around 4:30
in the morning and was put out by 7 am. Topicuv Dum, located across
from the National Theatre, has a rich history and is regarded as an
important example of Art Nouveau architecture.


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Union of Towns and Association says towns hurt by lack of enough
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Smaller towns and villages are beginning to suffer a lack of medical
and dental services, the Union of Towns and Associations has confirmed.
The union is to begin talks with regional authorities as well as
insurance companies to try and improve the situation. Representatives
of villages and small towns in the region of Karlovy Vary, meeting on
Wednesday, confirmed that action needed to be taken, for example
offering health care workers already well-equipped facilities as an
incentive. The number of GPs and dentists has dropped in part due to
retirement age as well as a lower number of graduates entering the
field.


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TN.cz: Police searching waste site in connection to alleged murder of
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Police have sifted through some 300 tonnes of garbage at a waste site
in the area of Jihlava since Tuesday evening, idnes and Tn.cz report,
speculating that officials may have found the body of a 15-year-old
girl missing in the area since mid-March. According to sources, she was
last seen leaving a local discotheque with another individual. Both
idnes and Tn.cz report that police had uncovered key evidence in the
case and were holding a suspect who has allegedly already confessed to
the girl's murder.


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idnes: gold medal to sell for almost 1.5 million
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Ceska mincovna, a partner of the Czech national bank, has begun
manufacturing a one kilogram gold medal featuring 19th century writer
Bozena Nemcova, news website idnes reports. According to idnes, the
medal will sell for almost 1.5 million crowns. The author of the design
featuring Bozena Nemcova is the late Oldrich Kulhanek. Mr Kulhanek was
best-known for designing the Czech Republic's banknotes, still in use.
The commercial mint is calling the release a tribute to the artist who
died unexpectedly in January at the age of 72.


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Part of tram route along Milada Horakova Street to be closed off
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Prague's transit authority has announced that part of a tram route on
Prague's busy Milada Horakova Street in Prague 6 will be halted for a
period of three months, due to renovation and construction work on both
the route and the city's Blanka Tunnel. Trams will be rerouted along
several stops across from Prague Castle, beginning on March 31. The
rerouting is relatively minor in comparison to a major section of the
same road being closed off for several months in Prague 7 last year,
which led to marked traffic delays on Letna plain.


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Berdych advances to quarter-finals of Miami Masters with win over
Querrey
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Tomas Berdych has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters
in Florida. The Czech men's tennis number one easily overcame Sam
Querrey of the United States 6-1 6-1 in just 51 minutes, a contrast
with his previous outing when it took him two and a half hours to
overcome Colombia's Alejandro Falla. Berdych will now face Richard
Gasquet of France for a place in the semi-finals.


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Weather
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Cloudy conditions with some sunny periods are expected on Thursday;
daytime temperatures should reach highs of around 5 degrees Celsius.



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Green Marketing expert: organic food sales holding their own in crisis
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A survey of shopping habits by the KPMG agency published this week
suggests that organic food products have lost their initial attraction:
shoppers find them too expensive and often question their superior
quality. According to the results of the poll only 4 percent of Czechs
buy organic food on a regular basis. 37 percent of respondents said
they did so occasionally and approximately the same number of people
said they had tried organic products in the past but no longer shopped
for them. So are Czechs losing interest in organic food and should
organic farmers and producers be worried? I spoke to Tom Vaclavik of
Green Marketing to find out how organic products are doing on the
market.

http://radio.cz/en/section/marketplace/green-marketing-expert-organic-food-sales-holding-their-own-in-crisis


Charging of Prague councillors over smart card system latest twist in
murky saga
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When a smart card system was introduced in Prague in the mid 2000s to
serve for public transport and other amenities, it may have seemed like
one more step in the city's transformation into a modern metropolis.
However, more or less from the off the Opencard has been dogged by
controversy and allegations of corruption. Now, in the latest, murky
twist, almost the entire city council are facing criminal charges in
connection with the system.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/charging-of-prague-councillors-over-smart-card-system-latest-twist-in-murky-saga


Controversial Marian column to return to Old Town Square after almost
100 years
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The Prague City Council has approved a revitalization plan for the
capital's Old Town Square that includes the installation of a replica
of a Marian column that stood on the square for over 250 years until it
was torn down in 1918. Many consider the column a symbol of oppression,
but its supporters, who have campaigned for its return for over 20
years, have found a strong ally in the current mayor.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/controversial-marian-column-to-return-to-old-town-square-after-almost-100-years






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Radio Prague Today 3.27.2013

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Green Marketing expert: organic food sales holding their own in crisis

A survey of shopping habits by the KPMG agency published this week suggests that organic food products have lost their initial attraction: shoppers find them too expensive and often question their superior quality. According to the results of the poll only 4 percent of Czechs buy organic food on a regular basis. 37 percent of respondents said they did so occasionally and approximately the same number of people said they had tried organic products in the past but no longer shopped for them. So are Czechs losing interest in organic food and should organic farmers and producers be worried? I spoke to Tom Vaclavík of Green Marketing to find out how organic products are doing on the market.

Charging of Prague councillors over smart card system latest twist in murky saga

When a smart card system was introduced in Prague in the mid 2000s to serve for public transport and other amenities, it may have seemed like one more step in the city's transformation into a modern metropolis. However, more or less from the off the Opencard has been dogged by controversy and allegations of corruption. Now, in the latest, murky twist, almost the entire city council are facing criminal charges in connection with the system.

Controversial Marian column to return to Old Town Square after almost 100 years

The Prague City Council has approved a revitalization plan for the capital's Old Town Square that includes the installation of a replica of a Marian column that stood on the square for over 250 years until it was torn down in 1918. Many consider the column a symbol of oppression, but its supporters, who have campaigned for its return for over 20 years, have found a strong ally in the current mayor.

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Episode date 26 March 2013
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Caution urged on high-potency anti-cholesterol drugs
(Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)
Taking strong statins to lower your cholesterol? Maybe it's time to take a closer look at the risks and benefits.  New Canadian research shows that patients who started with high-strength statins were 34 per cent more likely to be hospitalized for acute kidney injury than those who started on low-strength versions of the drugs in the first 120 days of treatment.

The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) and published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined the health records of two million patients in Canada, the US and Britain.

Higher-dose statins, including Lipitor and Crestor, have become the world's most widely prescribed drugs with some researchers arguing anyone over 50 should be taking them.

Lead investigator Colin Dormuth, assistant professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of British Columbia, says the results of the study throw doubt the common practice of using higher doses of drugs to cut cholesterol levels lower and lower.

Surplus of dentists brings changes to the profession in Canada
(AFP/Didier Pallage)
A recent report on the practice of dentistry suggests that “the average dentist may be closer to the edge of a [cliff] than the average Canadian.”

According to the “doom and gloom” study done by consultants R.K. House and Associates for the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), a surplus of dentists combined with declining demand will make it harder for professionals to open and maintain their practices.
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Couple finds 3 bear cubs near Fredericton, New Brunswick
CBC
A New Brunswick couple was heading home to Springfield, outside Fredericton, last Thursady, when they found three bear cubs near the highway. Zen Fedory and his girlfriend Krissy Green said they noticed something moving in the snowbank. [...]
Scammers in B.C. try to sell gold claiming it belonged to Ossama bin Laden
Radio-Canada
Gold buyers beware! A group of scammers in Kamloops, British Columbia, is trying to sell fake gold chains, claiming they belonged to Osama bin Laden. Police in B.C.'[...]
Reaction mixed on South Korea trade deal
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Finance Jim Flaherty says Ottawa is nearing a free-trade agreement with South Korea. He made the comment following a speech to the Asia Society in Hong Kong on Monday. Mr. Flaherty is currently on a tour of Asia, ostensibly drumming up business. [...]
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Episode date 25 March 2013
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Old Man Winter is growing shorter with age
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A wag once noted that Canada has two seasons: winter and tough sledding. Not true. But at this time of year it can sometimes feel that way. Statistics show Canada gets more snow than any country in the world. It is the second coldest country--after Russia, and just ahead of Mongolia. So it's no surprise that at this time of year most Canadians--fanatic skiers aside--have had enough.

Spring arrived last week, at least on the calendar. Most Canadians across the country are crossing their fingers that the real spring--the air that surrounds us--is gaining a head of steam and will soon arrive with its message of renewal. And in fact, temperatures are warming up and breaths are slowly being let out. Winter boots are giving away to shoes that don't feel like they weigh 10 pounds each. Overcoats are being replaced by suitable jackets. But until May, Canadians know full well, the other shoe could drop at any time--a giant snow storm could arrive.

There’s more to Vancouver Maritime Museum’s exhibit than ‘whale bone porn’
(Vancouver Maritime Museum)
The Vancouver Maritime Museum’s (VMM) current exhibit, Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor, has dozens and dozens of interesting art pieces. But it is one small display, containing nine erotic engravings made on the teeth of sperm whales, that has been garnering attention lately.

Scrimshaw, as these etchings are called, were common in the 19th-century. They are carvings made by whalers on whale tooth or bone, using ship-made hand tools and tobacco juice for ink.

In the 19th century, the two main themes depicted in scrimshaw were nautical images and women, according to Patricia Owen, curator at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
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Wild bird loses leg in golf accident, gets prosthetic limb
CBC
A sandhill crane was fitted with a prosthesis after it lost its leg in an accident at a Richmond, B.C., golf course. The bird’s leg was shattered after it was struck by a stray golf ball. By the time the crane was captured, the limb had died. [...]
Inuit to study polar bear denning habits in Nunavut
(Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
A group of Inuit in Clyde River, Nunavut, has decided to research denning habits on the north and east side of Baffin Island in Nunavut. They want to understand how many cubs are born in the dens. [...]
Cree walkers complete 1600-kilometre trek
Photo courtesy of CBC
David Kawapit and five friends left Whapmagoostui, a small Cree community on James Bay in early January. [...]
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Monday, March 25, 2013

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Episode date 24 March 2013
Columns
Arts-Culture #39 (Sun Mar 24, 2013) Author Jerry Langton: The Notorious Bacon Brothers-inside gang warfare on Vancouver streets
Today on our arts segment, I speak to Canadian non-fiction author Jerry Langton.  His new book is just out, and once again, he takes certain risks to get into the crime scene in one of Canada's major cities.  This time around its a look at the gangs and drug wars in the port city of Vancouver.

With some background on the development of gangs and criminal activity going back over one hundred years, Jerry Langton then begins to focus on a new type of criminal and gang operation. Unlike the generally held theory and situation, the Bacon brothers came not from an underprivileged background and a hard life, on the wrong side of the tracks, but rather from the right side of the track and a life of relative ease.

(L-R) Marc Montgomery speaking with author Jerry Langton

The book makes for some interesting reading, and I hope you enjoy our conversation. I also have a coy to give away. Listen to the interview for the details, and I do also like to get your comments.
Marc

theme: M Montgomery
Politics Today March 24, 2013
 

On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the two main political stories of the past week: the federal budget and the end of the five year appointment of Kevin Page as Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer.
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