Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Radio Canada International - Cybermagazine

Thursday April 24 2014 edition 

HIGHLIGHTS

Canada's Transport Minister responds just within time limit on rail safety recommendations

Under the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act federal ministers must formally respond to recommendations made byt the Transport Safety Board. On Wednesday (April 23), three months after the board made three recommendations on rail safety, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced new safety rules.

The recommendations come out of an investigation into an incident in July, ...

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Whales lose threatened status, are less protected

Controversy has erupted over a government decision to change the status of North Pacific humpback whales from a species which is “threatened” to one of “special concern.” The downgrade reduces the level of protection afforded the massive mammals.

Change linked to oil pipeline project

Environmental groups are suspicious of the change pointing out ...

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Keeping science simple and short, (i.e. 3 minutes or less)

You’ve been working intensely for three or four years in your particular scientific field, becoming very comfortable speaking in very complicated and arcane scientific terminology to others in that field.

Now, try to explain all that technical and complex work in simple terms, easily understood by non-scientists, and you have just 3 minutes to do it.  It’s ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Federal cuts mean the end of Canada's world-class Cereal Research Centre

To most Canadians the name Cereal Research Centre means virtually nothing, but to grain farmers across the country, the CRC is an extremely well-known and important institution.

The research station will close this month as part of government austerity measures.

It marks the end of almost a century of scientific effort by ...

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Official Opposition: Canada should send peacekeepers to Central African Republic

Canada's Official Opposition NDP party is calling on the Canadian government to send peacekeepers to the Central African Republic to prevent a genocide. The NDP's foreign affairs critic, Paul Dewar, made the request in a press conference Wednesday (April 23).

"This will be a complicated conflict to deal with if we don't do anything now," said Dewar. He urged the ...

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Open letter by 465 Canadian academics concerned about damage to democracy

Yet another group of academics, this time 465 Canadian professors, have signed a open letter voicing their concern about the damage to democracy if the Canadian government's proposed Fair Elections Act is passed.

Published in the Globe and Mail newspaper Wednesday (April 23) the letter calls on the Canadian government to "to withdraw the bill and draft truly fair ...

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Bighorn sheep horn may be a record-breaker

A wildlife officer in western Canada thinks he may have found a record-breaking set of horns from a bighorn sheep.  These animals are plentiful in the province of Alberta and are a big draw for trophy hunters who will pay guides up to $35,000 for excursions.

The big horns of a 10-year-old ram were found two weeks ...

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Is it art or.... ?

In an ever ongoing debate about public art, the western city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has entered the fray.

A resident there has put a black tarp over a work of temporary public art in protest, saying it’s an improvement.

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'Essential services' designation an attempt to take away right to strike, says union

A decision by the Canadian government to designate thousands more employees of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as essential is an attempt to take away the employees' right to strike, according to the union representing them.

“Many of these workers have never been essential but they are throwing them in to get to their 80 per cent, to ...

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IN DEPTH

 



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