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Girl Guides of Canada, new leader, new uniform, new directions

The Girls Guides of Canada has a new leader, and is also showing off a brand new uniform for girls aged five to 18.

Sharron Callahan of Newfoundlane and Labrador is the new and recently installed Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada
She has been involved with Canadian Guiding from her own childhood first as a brownie, then later in life in a variety of leadership roles.

To talk about the new uniforms and modern additions to the focus of guiding, RCI's Marc Montgomery spoke to Chief Commissioner Callahan earlier this week

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New poll is bad news for Harper government

A new public opinion poll suggests that Stephen Harper's Conservative Party government is taking a pounding on the issues of secrecy and ethics. Two-thirds of those polled by Ipsos Reid said Mr. Harper's government is too secretive and has failed to govern with high ethical standards. And, the poll suggests, half the country believes Mr. [...]

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Canada's National Flag Day

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.

The idea was first proposed, to unappreciative even hostile reception, in the late 1950's.  Remaining fairly quiet at first, the debate began to heat up as the 1960's progressed.  The final design came after a long and often extremely bitter national debate on the political scene between the Liberal Prime Minister, Lester Pearson, seeking a new distinctly Canadian flag, and the Conservative opposition leader John Diefenbaker who staunchly supported the old Canadian Red Ensign of British Naval heritage.  

At the same time, the debate was also raging across all of Canada, and it too was at times very bitter, and yet it was an extremely exciting debate about creating a distinctly Canadian symbol, and to have it in time for Canada’s centennial year, when Canada would host the world at the international world fair, Expo 67.

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Google Maps will bring Street View to Canada’s Parliament

The corridors of Canadian political power welcomed a new visitor on Tuesday (April 9), a Google Maps Trolley documenting Canada's Parliament in Otttawa. The push cart that allows the 360-degree views includes motion sensors to track the position of the Trolley, a hard drive to store all the image data, and an onboard computer to operate it. [...]

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Geothermal energy recovery from mining

Around many operating mine sites, there are cooling basins for water that is continually pumped out of the mine to keep it from flooding. Because the water comes from deep underground, it is often very warm, in fact keeping temperature cool for miners underground is an expensive proposition.

J. Ashley Scott, is a bio-engineering professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury who saw the warm pools of water around the mining town, and began looking into the issue of putting that heated water to use.

He says around the world there are about a ten operations using mine water in geothermal recovery technology, in spite of the fact there are about a million abandoned mines worldwide, and some 5,000 in Ontario alone!

He notes there are somewhat different technologies involved in using warm water from flooded abandoned mines, and warm water removal from functioning mines, although the amount of potential for energy recovery can be substantial in either case.  He also notes that creating a geo-thermal recovery in a new or expanding operating mine could cost much less than from abandoned mines where the costs would be greater, although still advantageous in most circumstances.

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