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Episode date 18 March 2013
Interviews and reports
Librarians warned of loyalty duty to Canada's government, high risk activities
Canada's government librarians and archivists are being warned of 'high risk' activities such as going to a classroom, attending a conference. or speaking in public meetings about what they do.

They are also being reminded of their "duty of loyalty" to the "duly elected government".

These warnings are contained in the Library and Archives Canada - Code of Conduct - Values and Ethics.

They also come at a time that Library and Archives Canada, Canada's national library and public archives, is faced with budget cuts, cuts to services, and a slowing of acquisitions of Canada's heritage.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to James Turk, the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
Canadian runs marathon, climbs Kilimanjaro in less than a week
(Marathon Quest 250)
Albertan Martin Parnell, 57, has just raised the endurance bar while raising money for charity. On March 6th, he ran the Kilimanjaro Marathon, in Tanzania. Just three days later, he climbed Africa’s highest mountain in less than 24 hours.

“It’s normally a six-day climb, but I summited in 21 hours,” said the semi-retired mining engineer from his home in Cochrane, Alta.

“It was brutal...The real challenge on this [quest] was the altitude. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet high, and the highest I could get to [in Cochrane was] 8,000 feet. There was really nothing I could do to prepare. So, it was really on an act of faith,” he said.
Concordia University now offering Canadian Irish Studies Degree
They’re just packing away the artificial shamrocks and the last of the green garlands after yesterday’s 190th St. Patrick’s Day parade in Montreal.  The oldest in North America, this annual rite of spring is one of several that draw thousands of people out into the streets of cities and communities across Canada.  Now, for anyone interested in looking into Irish culture or Canadian Irish history more deeply, Concordia is the first university in Canada offering a Bachelor of Arts in the rich and varied subjects.

The School of Canadian Irish Studies has grown over the last 15 years to include more than 800 students studying in 22 disciplines.  It is the culmination of a lot of hard work on many people’s parts.  Michael Kenneally, Director of the School of Canadian Irish Studies, said a foundation was created to support the development of the program.  Since 2000 more than $3.5 M Cdn was raised.

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War Witch big winner at Quebec's film awards
Peter McCabe/Canadian Press
War Witch, a film that focusses on the lives of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was the big winner at Quebec’s 15th annual Jutra Awards, taking home awards for best film, best director and best actress. [...]
Governance without Government in Cyberspace?
Hosted by the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, the Governance without Government in Cyberspace? conference focusses on cyberspace security and governance. [...]
Canada, WTO members, negotiating international trade in services
Canada announced Monday (March 18) it is joining 20 other World Trade Organization (WTO) members in negotiations for an agreement on international trade in services. [...]
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