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Summer literacy camps in aboriginal communities help kids read better, more

First nations, Canada's aboriginal populations, are opening up to non-native ways of helping children improve their reading skills through summer literacy camps.

Gilda Salomone speaks with Sherry Campbell, president and CEO of Frontier College, a literacy advocacy organization in Toronto, Ont.

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Is the Holman print program worth saving? The evolution of the arts economy in the Canadian North

ULUKHAKTOK (Holman), Northwest Territories - Louie Nigiyok, a printmaker and artist from this remote Inuit community in Canada's western Arctic, starts his days pretty much the way that he always has since the 1980s.

He wakes up and makes his way to the local print studio, now housed at the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre.

After sweeping and tidying up, Nigiyok passes through the centre's gift shop, where his drawings and print works are displayed, to the centre's drawing studio.

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 International Pillow Fight Day draws Canadian crowds

Less than 24 hours after Montreal police arrested 279 student protesters upset with tuition hikes, demonstrators gathered in a downtown park on Saturday for a different--and less angry--manifestation. [...]

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The Bluenose to sail again

The vessel is an iconic symbol of Canada. When the original sailing schooner was launched in 1921, she was a work boat, designed to ply the Atlantic waters of Canada’s east coast catching fish. These East Coast schooners also had to be fast in order to bring home the catch as fresh as possible.

These schnoonermen over the years scoffed at yachtsmen who cancelled their races in winds and waves that they considered merely light breezes and mild swells.  In 1920 a Halifax newspaper organized a race between American and Canadian ships, called the International Fisherman’s Trophy with a $3000 prize.  After an initial loss to the Americans, Bluenose was built to be a profitable and strong working boat, but also fast. And indeed she was!  After 18 years working and racing, Bluenose was never defeated, even in her old age.

(Canadian Dime- 10cents- copyright Royal Canadian Mint)

Memorialized on Canada’s 10-cent coin, and a beautiful stamp,  the aging ship eventually was sold and later wrecked on a Haitian reef in 1946.  A Bluenose II replica was launched in 1963 in honour of that past, and now after a lengthy, costly, and controversial refit, the new Bluenose II will be launched this Saturday the 29th.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke to Lunenburg Mayor Laurence Mawhinney.

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Alberta conservation groups concerned over private wolf bounties

In the western province of Alberta, conservation groups says hundreds of wolves are being killed in the western foothills because of private bounties. The bounties are being funded by hunting and trapping groups, some of which are based in the US, and by some northern municipalities. Bounties range from $15 to $300. [...]

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