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After much lobbying Canada has been invited to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating table

If talks succeed, a number of buoyant emerging economies in Asia, Oceania and the Americas would create one huge free trading block with more than 500 million consumers. But some citizens' groups, farmers and opposition members of parliament say it would be a victory for corporations at the expense of ordinary people.

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What do Vincent Van Gogh and Canadian high school students have in common?

A unique contest tries to find out. As a once-in-a-life-time Van Gogh exhibition comes to the nation's capital.

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World's top scientists urge protection of Northern Canada's George River caribou herd

A panel of leading scientists is calling for the protection of calving grounds used by one of Canada's (and the world's) most significant caribou herds. They've signed a letter of support for an Inuit Land Use Plan for northern Labrador that proposes to make the 14,000 km2 George River herd's calving grounds off limits to industrial development. We talk to one of those scientists, Dr Jim Schaefer, a professor in the department of biology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Mi'kmaq and Acadian groups are upset about archeological artifacts leaving Nova Scotia

The federal government plans to centralize in Ottawa millions of artifacts found at national historic sites across the country. Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaq and Acadian communities say the remnants left by their ancestors are part of their collective identity and should remain in the province. Archeologists fear the move would hinder their study of the region's history.

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Tecumseh, the native leader who helped define Canada in the War of 1812

It's been called the forgotten war, the "great mistake", and the birth of Canada. But the horrific warfare and battles waged during the War of 1812 were part of the distinct evolution of Canada. We talk to historian James Laxer, the author of 'Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812', who tells us the outcome would have been very different had the natives, led by Tecumseh, not joined the fight.

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Invasive plants threaten Ontario's ecosystem

Although beautiful and sometimes exotic, plants on sale at the garden centre might not be the best choice for your garden. Ontario's biodiversity is being threatened by invasive, non-native plants. The Link’s Toronto correspondent Lyne-Francoise Pelletier discovered two organizations, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, which are trying to halt the problem.

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Alberta’s evolution from wheat-grower to oil-giant

The oil-rich province of Alberta has become Canada's economic powerhouse in the past 15 years. The Link’s Calgary correspondent Frank Rackow joins Marc Montgomery to discuss the changes he has seen in covering Alberta and western Canada for Radio Canada International for the past 13 years.

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Egypt after the uprising

Egyptians are planning a mass demonstration to protest moves by the military to gain control of the country. University of Waterloo history and political science professor Bessma Momani brings us a Canadian perspective on what the Arab Spring has come to in Egypt.

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G20 leaders tackle economic slowdown

The G20 leaders are meeting in Mexico as the Greeks work on a new coalition government and the governor of the Bank of Canada is warning Canadians to prepare for major shocks! We talk to Patricia Croft, former Chief Economist at RBC Global Asset Management, who says this is an extraordinary set of circumstances.

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