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Episode date 6 March 2013
Interviews and reports
Bones of prehistoric camel found in Canadian High Arctic
(Julius Csotonyi)
Canadian researchers have found the remains of a camel that lived on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut about three-and-a-half million years ago.  New scientific techniques indicate the 30 bone fragments come from the lower leg-bone of a big camel. It is the first evidence of camels living so far north in North America and it suggests camels may have originated there.

A research team led by the Canadian Museum of Nature uncovered the bones at a barren, rocky site called the Fyles Leaf Bed. The nearby Beaver Pond site has yielded other mammals from the same era. These included a badger, deerlet, beaver and three-toed horse.

The fossils indicate that three-and-a-half million years ago the area was covered by boreal forest and the temperature was between 14 and 20 degrees C warmer than it is now. The mean annual average would have been about 0, suggesting cold and snowy conditions.
Dreams made of diamonds
Matevos Harutyunyan of Yellowknife examines a diamond he’s been polishing at Melisende Diamonds Ltd. in Montreal as his friend Vardan Sukiasan looks on. Levon Sevunts
Matevos Harutyunyan has to fly across Canada from Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, to Montreal to do what he loves the most.
Harutyunyan is an expert diamond cutter and polisher but ever since the Arslanian Cutting Works factory in Yellowknife shut its doors two years ago, the only chance he gets to practice his beloved craft is during short visits to Montreal.
That’s where his friends and former colleagues Gevorg Mkhitaryan, Gagik Tamrazyan and Vardan Sukiasyan have set up Melisende Diamonds Ltd. a small diamond polishing operation that opened in 2010 in downtown Montreal with big dreams of becoming a major player in Canada's emerging diamond processing industry.
Chavez death reactions in Canada as polarized as in Venezuela
(Jorge Silva/Reuters)
He thrived on confrontation, so it’s no surprise that Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez’s death has provoked mixed reactions in his country and around the world.

In Canada, former prime-minister Jean Chretien was one of the first politicians to react to the Latin America leader’s death.

"He was very colourful and very unusual and he did his best, even if we did not agree at all times on many issues,” he said in televised interview on CBC’s Power and Politics.
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Quebec students return to the streets against tuition hikes
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Thousands of students protested against tuition fee increases on the streets of Montreal on Tuesday evening, bringing back memories of last year’s Maple Spring. [...]
Poor quality diet leading risk factor for disease in Canada
Photo: CBC
Canadian adults may be eating more fruits and vegetables and less damaging fats, but their diet is still the major risk factor for disease, according to a new report. [...]
Canada’s treatment of war vets shocks former ombudsman
(CBC video grab)
Pat Strogran is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and the former veterans ombudsman says it’s a direct result of the shock he felt over the government’s treatment of disabled soldiers. Mr. [...]
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