RCI fr-ca Fri, 29-08-2014 12:19:14 EDT Copyright: (C) Radio-Canada, http://www.radio-canada.ca/util/politiques/index.html#RSS http://www.radio-canada.ca/rss/ RCI http://rss.radio-canada.ca/fils/images/src_144.gif 42562 <![CDATA[ Google Maps will bring Street View to Canada’s Parliament]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/17_07_57_2013-04-09-google-maps-will-bring-street-view-to-canadarsquo-s-parliament/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:07:00 EDT
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.

On Google Canada's blog page, Aaron Brindle wrote: "Today, Canada’s capital opens its doors to Google Maps. From the floor of the House of Commons and the Red Chamber of the Senate, to the Library of Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office, the Street View Trolley is making its way through the hallowed halls of Parliament, mapping this iconic landmark of Canadian history and culture for all Canadians to enjoy and explore."



More information:
Google Canada Blog on Street View on Parliament Hill - here

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42555 <![CDATA[ New poll is bad news for Harper government]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/12_19_37_2013-04-09-tory-poll/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 09:00:00 EDT
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. Harper has a "hidden agenda."

The Ipsos Reid survey was conducted for Postmedia News and Global Television.

It found that 54 per cent of Canadians believe the country is on the "wrong track." That compares with 46 per cent who believe Canada is heading in the "right direction."

The poll showed that 58 per cent disapprove of the Conservative government. Forty-two per cent approve.

But it is in the areas of secrecy and ethics that the Tories suffered severe displeasure in the poll. Sixty-nine per cent believe "the Harper Conservatives are too secretive and have not kept their promise to govern according to high ethical standards." Thirty-one per cent believe the Conservatives have kept their promise.

The poll found that 63 per cent disagreed with the statement that "Harper Conservatives are living up to the promise they made when first elected in 2006 to provide an ethical, open and transparent government." Thirty-seven per cent said they believed the Tories had met their commitment.

After seven years in power and holding a majority since 2011, Mr. Harper's popularity has been sliding this year. The further bad news for the Tories is that polls show Justin Trudeau is more popular than Mr. Harper. Mr. Trudeau is due to be elected the leader of the Liberal Party this weekend.

Mr. Harper is also facing a backlash by Tory backbenchers who say the party leadership is over-controlling. The Conservatives also face questions about some election practices, such as so-called robo calls directing voters to wrong polling stations in the 2011 federal election in Guelph, Ontario. In addition, two cabinet ministers have been forced to resign under fire this year.

In the coming months, Mr. Harper is expected to begin an effort to refurbish the party and its image. An expected cabinet shuffle is expected this summer.

An expected Throne Speech this fall will emphasize tax cuts, getting Alberta oil to foreign markets and more world trade.

Mr. Harper does not have to call an election until 2015. (th)]]>
42554 <![CDATA[  International Pillow Fight Day draws Canadian crowds]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/12_16_42_2013-04-09-pillow/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 09:00:00 EDT
In Toronto, Chaos reigned and stuffing flew at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday as hundreds gathered for the event. Hundreds more gathered in Vancouver. Pillow fighters also rallied in Washington D.C. and in London's Trafalgar Square.

International Pillow Fight Day is organized by an organization called Newmindspace. It is the biggest event on its calendar. Newmindspace has been organizing free all-ages events in Toronto since 2005. They've also done things in other cities across North America, including, New York and San Francisco.

“It’s basically fun, free public events,” says Newmindspace co-founder Lori Kufner, whose group has organized other games like capture the flag, Easter egg hunts and subway parties.

“There is a semi-political ideology about public space and keeping it public,” she says. “We also just want people to re-imagine how they see public spaces…You can be like, ‘I remember that one time, where instead of going to a meeting at City Hall, I was in a giant pillow fight here.'"

It may have been fun, but there were rules that included:

*Soft pillows only.

*Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.

*Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.

*Remove glasses beforehand.

*Wait until the signal to begin.

One Toronto participant, Rameez Akim, came dressed in a banana costume. That choice, he said, was meant to give the fight a sense of occasion, and to--partially--freak out his opponents.

“I had to suit up,” he says. “This is a special event. I had to look intimidating. I had to put fear into the hearts of my opponents.”

Mr. Akim said what really prompted him to participate was the chance to have fun and interact with strangers, an opportunity, he said that is all too rare in Toronto.
“It’s fun for everyone,” he said.

“There are kids who are five years old, and adults who are 50 years old, and they're all just going at it.”]]>
11999 <![CDATA[ 'Unlikely Radicals' - the story of how garbage and determination turned citizens into activists]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/daily/interviews-2012/17-22_2013-04-09-unlikely-radicals-the story-of-how-garbage-and-determination-turned-citizens-into-activists/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT
The battle had started in the late 1980s and was only resolved last year. It involved a large cross-section of the population, and brought together many different communities, First Nation indigenous people, farmers, miners, and Anglophones and Francophones.

Four years after that blockade, the musician and author became a Member of Parliament, and is now part of Canada's Official Opposition NDP party.

He's now come out with a book Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Charlie Angus about the book and about the challenges facing citizens then, and now.]]>
11998 <![CDATA[ Canadians furious over temporary foreign worker cases]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/daily/interviews-2012/16-53_2013-04-09-canadians-furious-over-temporary-foreign-worker-cases/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT Royal Bank of Canada have infuriated some Canadians. While there are questions about whether the bank is in fact using foreign workers to replace 45 Canadian employees, the two cases have prompted bitter criticism of the lawgoverning the use of temporary foreign workers.]]> 11997 <![CDATA[ University of Alberta researcher helps discover that two-legged dinosaurs could swim]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/daily/interviews-2012/16-49_2013-04-09-university-of-alberta-researcher-helps-discover-that-two-legged-dinosaurs-could-swim/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT 42559 <![CDATA[ Annette Funicello, inspiration for some of Paul Anka's hit songs, dead at 70]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/17_27_19_2013-04-08-/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:25:00 EDT
Funicello was the inspiration for two of Canadian teen-idol, Paul Anka's greatest hits. Puppy Love and Put Your Head on My Shoulder, were written when the two were a teen dream-couple in the late 1950's.

Annette Funicello said some of the songs were written on the piano in the Funicello family's living room in Encino, California.

Annette Funicello had been suffering with Multiple Sclerosis for many years.

Paul Anka is releasing an autobiography called, My Way. (ck)]]>
42553 <![CDATA[ 'World has lost a giant among leaders' Canada's PM on Margaret Thatcher]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/11_37_40_2013-04-08-world-has-lost-a-giant-among-leaders-canada-s-pm-on-margaret-thatcher/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:37:00 EDT
“While many in positions of power are defined by the times in which they govern, Margaret Thatcher had that rarest of abilities to herself personify and define the age in which she served. Indeed, with the success of her economic policies, she defined contemporary conservatism itself."

Prime Minister Harper reminded Canadians she addressed Canada’s Parliament twice.

He also recalled his first meeting with her as a new Prime Minister: “New to my own duties as Prime Minister in 2006, she provided me wise and gracious counsel in London, the memory of which I will forever cherish."

Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke on Monday morning at the age of 87.

More information:
Prime Minister Harper's statement on death of former UK PM Margaret Thatcher - here
CBC News - "Margaret Thatcher, former U.K. PM, dead at 87" - here

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42551 <![CDATA[ Many nurses wouldn’t recommend their hospitals]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/11_02_33_2013-04-08-many-nurses-wouldnrsquo-t-recommend-their-hospitals/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:59:00 EDT CBC. About 60% said there was not enough staff for them to do their jobs properly.

40% suffer stress because of constant staff shortages and a failure to replace sick nurses.

40% of respondents said they worried that when errors happen in their hospital, action is taken in only half the cases.

Nearly 40% said they didn't feel as if they could do their job to a quality standard that they were pleased with.

Governments have imposed budget constraints on hospitals in several provinces. (ld with files from CBC)]]>
42550 <![CDATA[ Transatlantic rowers rescued]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/09_26_29_2013-04-08-transatlantic-rowers-rescued/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:23:00 EDT
Olympic gold medallist Adam Kreek was inside the cabin when water started pouring in and the vessel overturned. "I looked up and saw there was still an air bubble as the cabin was filling. I popped my head up and took a really big breath and dove underneath and I saw the light."

The four endurance rowers were reaching the end of a 6,500-kilometers trip from Dakar, Senegal to Miami. They wanted to be the first to row from Africa to North America without escort.

After the boat capsized the four activated emergency beacons and were picked up by a Chinese ship carrying automobiles. (ld with files from CBC)]]>
11996 <![CDATA[ Five top public servants to be honoured]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/daily/interviews-2012/16-54_2013-04-08-five-top-public-servants-to-be-honoured/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT
Five former Clerks of the Privy Council will be honoured by Canada's Public Policy Forum at its 26th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards in Toronto on Thursday (April 11). The Forum is an independent not-for-profit organization  which promotes the quality of government and the public service.

The five former Clerks to be honoured are Kevin Lynch (2006-2009), Alex Himelfarb (2002-2006), Mel Cappe (1999-2002), Jocelyne Bourgon (1994-1999),
and Paul Tellier (1985-1992).

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to David Mitchell, the President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum.]]>
11995 <![CDATA[ Ungava Gin a winner at recent World Spirits Competition]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/daily/interviews-2012/15-20_2013-04-08-ungava-gin-a-winner-at-recent-world-spirits-competition/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT Ungava Canadian Premium Gin was honoured with “Best in Show” at the recent World Spirits Competition held in Austria. Last summer it took home two “Excellent” scores from New York City at the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge. 

The stand-out yellow liquid, in the bottle with the Inuktitut writing on it, is growing in popularity and developing a new generation of gin drinkers around the world. 

The idea began in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, with the proprietors of Domaine Pinnacle.  The ice-cider producers had moved into beverages using local maple syrup, and then they began thinking about gin.



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11994 <![CDATA[ One-third of fish is mislabelled]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/daily/interviews-2012/14-33_2013-04-08-one-third-of-fish-is-mislabelled/ Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT Canadian technology has helped researchers determine that 33 per cent of fish sold in the U.S. is mislabelled. This is one result of a large market study on mislabelled seafood. Another study indicates a similar situation in Canada where between 30 and 40 per cent of fish are mislabelled.

Inferior farmed fish are often substituted for more expensive types. Researchers at the University of Guelph in the province of Ontario developed the method for identifying fish samples using DNA and took part in this study for Oceana, an ocean conservation group.]]>
7943 <![CDATA[ Politics Today April 7, 2013]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/columns/politics-today/19-38_2013-04-05-politics-today-april-7-2013/ Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT

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.]]>
7942 <![CDATA[ Arts-Culture #41 (Sun Apr 07, 2013) Alberta illustrator Karon Argue]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/columns/arts-and-culture/16-43_2013-04-05-arts-culture-41/ Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT
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.

www.karonargue.com
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7941 <![CDATA[ Many Canadians risk high blood pressure]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/columns/health/12-56_2013-04-05-many-canadians-risk-high-blood-pressure/ Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT 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.]]>
11412 <![CDATA[ The LINK Online #41 (Sat April 06, 2013)]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/web-radio/the-link/10-40_2013-04-05-the-link-online-41-sat-april-06-2013/ Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT
We hear some very worrying news about Canada's forests. Climate change and warmer winters have allowed a tiny beetle to flourish, and after massive destruction in British Columbia forests on the west coast, they have spread east across the Rocky Mountains to Alberta and are threatening the entire boreal forest of Canada

On the good news front, we hear from an experienced Canadian female journalist and human rights activist who says she has seen things getting better for women around the world, in a slow process but one that is gaining momentum. She talks about this change and the courage of the women behind it, in her new book The Ascent of Women.

We also hear from a labour studies professor at Ontario's Brock University who is seeking to augment her programme with poems about class struggle, poverty and resistance.

Your comments are always welcome, whether by email, or posted directly to our website beneath each story.]]>
42549 <![CDATA[ Last meeting of Canadian Auto Workers before forming Canada's biggest private sector union]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/12_48_02_2013-04-05-last-meeting-of-canadian-auto-workers-before-forming-canada-s-biggest-private-sector-union/ Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:47:00 EDT
The founding convention will be held on the Canadian Labour Day weekend in September and form Canada's biggest private sector union.

The auto workers union is one of Canada's biggest private sector unions with 193,000 members. It represents workers not only in the automobile industry, but also hotels, airlines, rail, education, hospitality, manufacturing, and shipbuilding sectors of the economy.

At the CAW council meeting in the town of Port Elgin, in the province of Ontario, CAW President Ken Lewenza talked about progress towards forming the new union, current labour relations, and the latest federal budget.

He criticized governments for failed austerity schemes: "By focusing on austerity rather than job-creation, our governments are making the problem worse - not better. It's time we invest in good jobs, quality services and much-needed infrastructure," said Lewenza.


More information:
CAW press release on council meeting - here
Canadian Auto Workers web site - www.caw.ca
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada - www.cep.ca

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42548 <![CDATA[ Anniversary of the explosive end of Ripple Rock, British Columbia]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/11_23_16_2013-04-05-the-explosive-end-of-ripple-rock-in-british-columbia/ Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:22:00 EDT
At low tide, lurking just a couple of metres under the surface, the twin peaks known as Ripple Rock were deadly hazards to shipping in the southern entrance of Seymour narrows between Vancouver Island and the mainland, near Campbell River. The underwater montain got its name from the ripple on the surface caused by the strong currents flowing past the structure.

From1878 until its destruction in1958 it claimed over 100 lives and sunk or damaged over 100 vessels.

By 1931, recommendations were being made to blow the top off the underwater peaks.
Several attempts were tried to drill from the water above, but these failed.

Then a proposal was made to drill a 174metre vertical shaft down from nearby Maud Island, drill 762 metres across to the rock, then two shafts up 91 metres towards the tops of the peaks. Some 1200 metric tonnes of high explosive were placed at the tops of the shafts.

At 9:31 AM on April 05, 1958, the explosives were detonated, displacing over 600-thousand metric tonnes of rock and water.
The successful effort lowered the height of Ripple Rock to about 45 metres below the low-tide mark.

youTube film of CBC period B&W report click here

youTube return and period colour film click here


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42546 <![CDATA[ Montreal police detain woman over online photo of anti-police graffito]]> http://www.rcinet.ca/english/blog/10_28_27_2013-04-05-/ Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:24:00 EDT
They took her to the police station where she was questioned for several hours before being released upon a promise to appear in court.

About a week ago, she saw that someone had spray painted the image of Police Commander Ian Lafreniere on a wall in a Montreal neighbourhood.
The image has his name written on it and shows a bullet hole in his forehead. Cmdr Lafreniere is head of the communications division and was frequently seen as the police spokesman responding to media reports about the student protests.

Ms Pawluk said, although it was violent, the image was well-done and she took a photo and posted it online. She says the idea was not to be threatening adding, “ the person who did the artwork should be in my place, I just took a photo”.

A Montreal defence lawyer says he thinks the woman’s detainment could be a political statement by police “that they have zero tolerance for anything seen as threatening to their image”

(CBC) Anti-police graffito has since been removed from the wall

Ms Pawluk has not been formally charged but has to appear in court on April 17. She says she has been ordered not to communicate with Cmdr Lafreniere and to stay at least one kilometer from police headquarters.

Public response to the story on the domestic CBC news website is almost universally against the police action and attitude.
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