130930_ng4ef_rci-coke_sn6351- Toxic cocaine now making its way to north Ontario

Previously detected in major southern urban centres, medical staff in Sudbury, in northern Ontario, are seeing more cases of complications for people using  cocaine which is being laced with a toxic chemical.  Doctors, other medical officials, and social workers are sounding the alarm about the effects of cocaine cut with the drug “levamisole”.

130514_f69gh_rci-diplomats-pafso-wash_sn6352- Strike by Canadian diplomats worldwide – ends

(June 7, 2013) After weeks of sporadic and limited work actions, Canadian diplomats have started worldwide strikes after negotiations fell apart with their employer, the Canadian government.

130809_a42fm_rci-fish_sn6353- Ripley’s Aquarium opening soon in Toronto

Ripley’s Entertainment is putting the finishing touches, such as adding the salt to the water,as they get ready for the opening of their new Aquarium in Toronto in September.  There is no fixed date as General Manager, Peter Doyle says, the company does not go ahead until everything is perfect, and all the marine life is comfortable in their new home.

130930_by2ey_rci-marijuana_sn6354- Marijuana production goes commercial in Canada

The Canadian government is outlawing the home growing of marijuana for medical use. There are now more than 37,000 people who are allowed to used weed for medical problems as prescribed by a doctor. The number of users is expected to grow to as many as 450,000 by 2024.

130829_m083r_rci-vcr-firework_sn6355- Canada has 3 of the world’s top 5 most liveable cities

The top most “liveable” cities in North America are in Canada. According to an annual survey by the prestigious “Economist” magazine Intelligence Unit, the west coast port city of Vancouver ranks third in the world, out of 140 cities in the survey. Toronto, Ontario, which is Canada’ biggest city, ranks 4th in the world followed by the prairie city of Calgary, Alberta, which actually tied for fifth spot with Adelaide Australia

130604_cp0rp_rci-passportnew-canada_sn6356- New Canadian passport valid for longer, but has fewer pages

Canada’s new passports will be valid for up to 10 years, and include an electronic chip, but they will have fewer pages, which means for frequent fliers, the passport will have to be replaced more often. The new so-called e-Passport will have 36 pages. Right now the passport has 48.

130516_947ky_rci-creedictionary-3_sn6357- Cree Dictionary app gives easy access to First Nation language

It started as a computer program to collect Cree words, and then through the help of two professors, community input and some computer expertise, the Cree Dictionary is now an iPhone application, and soon on Android as well.

GREAT LAKES Manitoulin iland8- Grave concern over low Great Lakes water levels

The Great Lakes of North America constitute an enormous reservoir of fresh water.  The surface area of Lake Superior alone at over 82-thousand square kilometres is virtually the size of Ireland.

Pakistan Honour Killing9- Pakistani family fears honour killing

East Coast correspondent Robert Jaros brings us the story of a Halifax couple who are trying to avoid being deported to Pakistan where, they say, they would be the target of honour killings and their children would be at risk of being kidnapped.

130814_nj4bb_rci-foreign-strike_sn63510- Foreign service strike may go to arbitration

On-going job action by Canada’s foreign service officers has caused long delays in processing visa and immigration applications abroad but that might end if the dispute goes to binding arbitration. About 150 officers have walked out of 15 of the busiest processing centres including Beijing, New Delhi, Mexico City and London.

Pictures of Canada from RCI’s listeners

Pictures of «Show off your country to citizens of the world» contest

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1.’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3.’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.