On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the visit of Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to the Middle East, including the opening of a new diplomatic mission in Iraq.
He reports on the new official handbook for immigrants 'Welcome to Canada' unveiled by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
And he has a look-ahead at next weekend's convention to elect the leader of the opposition Liberal Party of Canada.
Karon Argue lives in High River, in the western prairie province of Alberta.
She says she’s been drawing ever since she can remember, and as a graphic artist and illustrator, always has a pencil in hand and images in her mind.
She is known primarily now as an illustrator of children’s books, but unlike many artists who draw simple images for childrens books, her work although light and whimsical, is also highly detailed. Karon says that’s become a bit of a trademark.
Calling it a coming tsunami, Hypertension Canada says up to half of Canadian baby boomers have high blood pressure or will develop it within the next few years. The boomers are that very large group of people born during and after World War II who are reaching an age where hypertension increases.
Beyond their age, their lifestyle increases their risk for hypertension. They tend to not get enough exercise, gain weight and, in the view of Dr. Ross Feldman, past president of Hypertension Canada, they are “being held hostage” to the food industry which adds too much salt to its products.
High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels and is a leading contributor to heart and kidney disease as well as stroke. Particularly at risk for high blood pressure are aboriginal people and Canadians of South East Asian or Black ancestry.
A recent study conducted in two very different cafeterias at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus shows that people are more likely to be environmentally responsible in a "green building".
A group of UBC psychology researchers examined the recycling behaviour of a broad range of students in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a so-called "living laboratory" for sustainability research, and the Student Union Building (SUB), a bunker-like structure from the late 1960s.
In the SUB, 58% of patrons correctly disposed of their trash. At CIRS, the rate was significantly higher, 86%.
“We concluded that being in an environmentally sustainable building can lead to more environmentally sustainable behaviour”, says David Wu, research assistant at the UBC Brain and Attention Research Lab and the study co-author.
Welcome to another edition of our arts report. This time around, we continue with coverage of non-fiction literature. I had the good fortune to read this new work by Canadian Shereen El Feki.
It's called "Sex and the Citadel- intimate life in a changing Arab world". It is a most interesting examination of the attitudes toward sex in muslim countries, and she also has no fear of the occasion use of explicit words.
Ms El Feki was able to use both her muslim heritage, and her western looks to her advantage to get people's most intimate thoughts about sex, marriage, and society, at times raw, and at times its also humourous. And whether you agreew with them or not, it's also a way to better understand at least some of the issues in Islam and living both within the "citadel" of sanctioned marriage, and the conerns of being on the outside.
(RCI) Host Marc Montgomery with Shereen El Feki and her non-fiction book Sex and the Citadel
I found it a fascinating read, and Ms El Feki an equally interesting guest. I hope you will enjoy listening, and I also have one copy of the book to give away if you listen to the interview for details.
On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the two main political stories of the past week: the federal budget and the end of the five year appointment of Kevin Page as Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Confidential briefing notes from the Public Safety Department reveal that Canada may be moving from being mostly a 'target' of organized cyber-crime coming from other countries, to a 'host' of cyber-crime activities. [...]
New research has discovered a genetic factor that helps to determine whether you are predisposed to get up early in the morning, or whether you like to stay up and active late at night. [...]
The Girls Guides of Canada has a new leader, and is also showing off a brand new uniform for girls aged five to 18. [...]
Around many operating mine sites, there are cooling basins for water that is continually pumped out of the mine to keep it from flooding. [...]
This week marks an important national anniversary for Canada. On February 15th, 1965, the first distinctly Canada official national flag was raised in the cold air on Parliament Hill, in the national capital, Ottawa. [...]