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This week hosts Lynn Desjardins, Wojtek Gwiazda, and Marc Montgomery present highlights chosen from stories covered this week

Who owns DNA? A case before the US Supreme court has implications for medical testing and research in Canada, and around the world © iStock

We first hear an excerpt of a conversation with international patent expert Professor Richard Gold of McGill University’s Faculty of Law.

He talks about a lawsuit currently in being heard in the  US Supreme Court regarding a challenge to a patent granted to a genetics research company.

It is of international significance as it seeks to determine, or at least better define, the issue of “owning” DNA.




NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s speech at policy convention in Montreal prepares party for 2015 election. © NDP video

We also hear of an important political gathering that occurred this pas weekend

Canada’s Official Opposition in federal politics is currently the New Democratic Party, led by Thomas Mulcair.

The NDP held a policy meeting to discuss their platform and direction for the party and for a future national election, which must come by 2015.




The chamber of the House of Commons. © PC/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

 and we hear about concerns in Canada’s Parliament from elected members.  It seems things have changed in the past few years and backbenchers have less opportunity to express their opinions and concerns.

It also appears it’s not just driectives coming from the top echelon of governing Conservative party, often accused of being overly controlling, but indeed is happening in all parties, where the leaders want to exert more control over what is being said by their party members.

Other procedural rules are being employed to ensure there is no dissension in the ranks when it comes to voting.

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