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Episode date 15 March 2013
Interviews and reports
Montreal Heart Institute scores a first for North America
(Courtesy of St. Jude Medical)
The Montreal Heart Institute has become the first hospital in North America where patients can benefit from a GPS system that lets cardiologists accurately navigate the heart during proMontreal Heart Institute scores a first for North America
cedures to treat cardiac rhythm disorders.

The major benefit--and it's a big one--is that the new technology greatly reduces radiation exposure by producing a full three-dimensional image of the heart from pre-recorded X-rays. This benefits both the doctors and the patients.

The first Canadian patient to benefit from this technology was 61-year-old Daniel Bussiere. He was suffering from atrial flutter, or a form of arrhythmia and underwent a successful operation on Feb. 11. The operation was conducted by Dr. Marc Dubuc with the assistance of Dr. Peter Guerra, the chief of the Department of Electrophysiology at the Montreal Heart Institute.

Montreal festival showcases films on art
Now in its 31st annual edition, the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) has since its beginning presented films on art. Films on different aspects of art: painting, music, dance and the artists who create them.

This year's festival started Thursday (March 14) with the film The Fatwa - Salman’s story by Jill Nicholls. It ends some 250 films later on March 24.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to René Rozon, the founder and director of the film festival.
Eye on the Arctic – Inuit art exhibit challenges assumptions
Taleelayuk and Serpent, 1962. Stone. Artist: Qaqaq Ashoona.
A new Inuit art exhibition is underway at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the Canadian province of Manitoba.

Titled Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, the exhibition covers the evolution of Inuit art from the 1950s until the present day.

Organizers hope the exhibition does more than just expose visitors to Inuit art, they hope it opens up a larger discussion about northern life and culture.
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Great lakes under new stresses
(Courtesy Essex Region Conservation Authority)
The US stare of Ohio claims Lake Erie generates $10 billion in revenue, while Ontario says the Great Lakes generated about $2 billion, with some 73 million visits to the lakes. [...]
Tory cabinet minister resigns under cloud
A second Conservative Party cabinet minister in less than a month has been forced to resign. [...]
190th edition of annual Montreal St. Patrick's day parade
It's been a Montreal tradition since 1824 - and each year thousands of Montrealers fill the streets for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, this year's parade will be held on Sunday, March 17. [...]
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