Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Radio Canada International - Cybermagazine

Wednesday April 2 2014 edition 

HIGHLIGHTS

On anniversary of UN Arms Trade Treaty, Canada fails to sign or ratify

In the year since the United Nations resolution that approved the UN Arms Trade Treaty (April 2, 2013), 118 countries have signed the treaty, 31 have ratified it, but Canada has done neither, even though it voted for the resolution in 2013.

The goal of the treaty is to "Establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating ...

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Canadian youth take action against climate change

Young Canadians staged 15 events across the country yesterday to protest the extraction of fossil fuels which, when burned, contribute to climate change. This followed a weekend summit in the eastern city of Halifax which drew 500 students to “learn, develop their skills and build the movement for climate, environmental and social justice.” This so-called PowerShift event ...

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Supreme Court affirms prisoners’ rights

Inmates in Canada’s federal institutions have the right to go to court to contest decisions affecting their detention and now, the highest court in the land has strengthened that right. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last Thursday that the ancient tradition of habeas corpus means inmates must get a quick and detailed hearing before ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Railway accident data in Canada ‘inaccessible,’ researcher says

Data about railway accidents in Canada is "worryingly inaccessible, sometimes conflicting and in certain cases not available at all," according to University of Calgary researcher Jennifer Winter.

In a report released by the university's School of Public Policy titled "Safety in Numbers: Evaluating Canadian Rail Safety Data" Winter writes: "After the horrific and deadly train explosion at Lac-Mégantic, Que. in the ...

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A whopper of a tale, but it did get away, kind of

An American ice fisherman got a lot more than he expected on a recent fishing trip to Canada.

He not only caught what is very probably a world record fish, but he himself got caught up in the law, and has now made headlines around the fishing world.

Rob Scott, 65, of Minnesota was on the Ontario side ...

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A piece of history saved from the cutting torch

Many railway fans have a bit of smile on their faces today. Old 219 has been saved.

T&NO scene circa 1910, Engine #107 is presumably similar to the recovered engine #219 which was originally #119. Photo labelled "Porcupine Express" as the ...

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Harsher penalties for distracted drivers needed?

The case of a man who repeatedly broke the law against distracted driving has raised questions as to whether the penalties are tough enough to deter people from using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.

The man from the western city of Vancouver, British Columbia racked up 26 tickets and fines of $4,300 before his car was ...

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Canada’s war effort commemorated by orchestra tour

To mark the 100th anniversary of Canadians arriving in Britain to prepare for the First World War, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will tour the U.K. in October. Historian Margaret MacMillan will join the tour to speak about the close relationship between Britain and Canada in the time just before and for the duration of the war.
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Don’t pet the baby seals!

They may look cute, but they can bite, and a seal bite can lead to a very nasty infection.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is warning people along maritime shores in east coast Canada to stay away from seals they may encounter.

Both grey seals and harp seals may be seen at this time of ...

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