Link hosts: Lynn Desjardins, Marc Montgomery, Levon Sevunts

Link hosts: Lynn Desjardins, Marc Montgomery, Levon Sevunts
Photo Credit: RCI

The LINK Online, Sat., Nov. 21, 2015


Your hosts this week, Lynn, Levon, and Marc (Please see special notice at bottom)

 A mother bathes her child near a stack of rubbish in Ciliwung river in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta May 28, 2009.
A mother bathes her child near a stack of rubbish in Ciliwung river in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta May 28, 2009. © Beawiharta Beawiharta / Reute

It’s not just a smelly problem, lack of proper toilets and sanitation is a serious health issue.

UNICEF says lack of sanitation is causing the death of about 800 children every day. The agency also says the diseases associated with it results in reduced physical and mental development.

The agency says millions of people defecate in the open every day, roughly one in every eight people in the world.

Levon spokewith Meg French. She is the Chief of International Programs and Public Affairs at UNICEF Canada. UNICEF has released a new report to coincide with the World Toilet Day, which was this past Thursday. And their new research shows that the lack of toilets creates a viciuos cycle of intestinal diseases and malnutrition. Here’s an extract from that conversation.

The Atlantic puffin is tough enough to withstand punishing weather for months at sea, but climate change is making it harder for the little birds to survive.

They are small birds, about the size of a soft drink can, but they are tough.

They are puffins.

The colourful little birds are well-known in Atlantic Canada, perched on rocky cliffs of Newfoundland for example where they come in the thousands to breed.

However, as is the case more and more in so many places, climate change is making their hard life , even harder.

They are featured in a new documentary called “Puffin Patrol”

Lynn spoke with the Rosemary House, co-producer of the film.

Many people in Quebec City gathered at the French embassy in solidarity with the people of France.
Many people in Quebec City gathered at the French embassy in solidarity with the people of France. © CBC

The month of November is not over and yet there have several deadly attacks and shootouts in Beirut, Paris, and elsewhere in Europe.

Terrorists operating for ISIS or DAESH as it’s now being called by world leaders, have killed over 120 innocent people in a number of attacks in Paris alone.

Many people around the world, including Canada are wondering about security as tens of thousands of migrants and refugees flood across Europe.

Ray Boisvert is a former senior official with the Canadian spy agency CSIS, (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and in this edited version of a conversation with Marc he explains what happens in security services around the world when an attack such as in Paris, takes place.


All members of RCI are mourning the sudden loss this week of William Westenhaver  Bill was an integral member of the RCI team for years, handling our mail and prize mailouts, as well as participating in a number of shows over several years, especially on the various iterations of the “mailbag” shows. Bill adored shortwave radio, and with the budget custs, found work in another department of Radio Canada, but stayed in touch with many of us, always with a smile and friendly word in the hallways of this big building. We shall miss him dearly.

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One comment on “The LINK Online, Sat., Nov. 21, 2015
  1. Avatar John Fisher says:

    I would like to add my comments on the passing of Bill Westenhaver.
    Bill was a passionate shortwave radio listener. His radio activities included being co host for many years on CKUT’s “International Radio report” with Sheldon Harvey. Bill was the editor of the Asian radio section of the SPEEDX Shortwave Club, and, as we all know, issued and signed the Radio Canada QSL Cards. Bill also sent out nice goodie packs to listeners with RCI schedules, stickers, key chains and post cards. The mail he sent out, answering letters, QSL cards, etc., were all appreciated by us radio listeners. Bill did a lot for us, and he will be very much missed. RIP and 73’s my friend.