Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Radio Canada International - Cybermagazine

Tuesday May 13 2014 edition 

HIGHLIGHTS

Canada announces 'world-class' oil tanker safety system, but limits liability to clean up spills

Canada's Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt was very upbeat when she announced on Tuesday (May 13) what she called key measures to strengthen "Canada's already robust oil tanker safety system".

The minister's announcement comes as a response to report by an expert panel on oil tanker safety last autumn.

The report recommended safety preparedness should be tailored ...

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World governments ‘two-faced’ on torture: Amnesty

Amnesty International has accused world governments of prohibiting torture in law, but facilitating it in practice. In 1984 the United Nations adopted the Convention Against Torture but the rights group says the practice is nonetheless “flourishing” around the world.

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Canadian universities react to government science cuts

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is holding a series of town hall meetings across Canada.

The gatherings are held under the banner “Get Science Right”.    James Turk is the executive director of the CAUT

The Association represents some .68,000 academic and general staff at universities and colleges across the country.

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Biomass power Nova Scotia; where there’s smoke, there’s controversy

It was supposed to be sustainable and environmentally sound when it was unveiled in the autumn of last year. However the Nova Scotia Power Generation plant 60-megawatt biomass co-generation facility near Port Hawkesbury is not without controversy.

Nova Scotia Power has said the biomass plant would only use material gathered using sustainable practices such as burning waste biomass, such ...

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Bank of Canada: Job creation since recession not so impressive, under-employment up

Canada's unemployment rate may not be a good indicator of job creation in Canada since the recession of 2007-09 according to a new study from Canada's central bank, the Bank of Canada.

"Although the unemployment rate in Canada has evolved largely in line with overall labour market conditions since the recession, the article has shown that it may have ...

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Three employees, MM&A Railway face criminal charges over Lac-Mégantic tragedy

Three employees and a railway company will face criminal charges more than 10 months after a freight train derailment killed 47 people and destroyed the centre of Lac-Mégantic, in the Canadian province of Quebec.

The three men who were arrested Monday (May 12) are engineer Thomas Harding, manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, and railway traffic controller Richard Labrie.

The ...

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Former prime minister’s aide accused of lobbying

Police have charged Bruce Carson, a former top aide of the prime minister, with prohibited lobbying and influence peddling. Under Canadian law, public office holders must wait five years after leaving their jobs in government before they are allowed to lobby their former colleagues.

Carson was charged in connection with his work of the Canada School of Energy ...

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Teens charged in phony emergency calls

Three Canadian teens are facing charges in a rash of phony emergency calls to police across North America. The practice is called “swatting” because it involves trying to get SWAT teams in the U.S.  or emergency first responders in Canada to respond to threats like bomb cares.

One 16 year-old boy facing 60 criminal charges, allegedly used his Twitter ...

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Canadian province announces HIV testing for all.

The west-coast province of British Columbia announced this week that it will become the first jurisdiction in the country to provide encourage all residents to get free HIV testing.

The major city of Vancouver had been providing a four-year testing programme but when it was found that dozens of people who were HIV positive who did not fit into ...

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