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The Link podcast is a brief summary of just some of the many stories and interviews presented during the week with discussion on the stories along with occasional special guests, and features which are often about aspects of life in Canada.

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The Link podcast is a brief summary of just some of the many stories and interviews presented during the week with discussion on the stories along with occasional special guests, and features which are often about aspects of life in Canada.

    The LINK Online, Mar. 13,14,15, 2020

    The LINK Online, Mar. 13,14,15, 2020

    Your hosts, Vincenzo, Terry, Marc. (video of show at bottom)


    Air pollution- a silent pandemic

    Milan's Duomo Cathedral in Italy is barely visible through smog that hovers over the city on Dec. 29. 2015. The lack of rain and wind has brought pollution in Italy's business capital to exceed levels considered healthy for more than 30 straight days. (Antonio Calanni/Associated Press)

    With the world pre-occupied by COVID-19, the deadly virus spreading around the world to become a declared pandemic, scientists say there's a silent pandemic that's already been occurring for years.

    A new study shows the effects of air pollution are causing millions of premature deaths yearly Marc speaks with Dr. Courtney Howard, president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

    The NHL, MLB and MLS among latest to suspend seasons due to coronavirus

    The gates are closed inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 12, 2020. The NHL has suspended the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson)

    Vincenzo discusses the many major national and international sporting events that have been cancelled, suspended, or postponed all due to the novel corona virus known as  COVID-19.

    Of course in addition to other events like Formula 1, to the World Figure Skating championships, an increasing number of entertainment events have been cancelled, and many schools and other institutions have temporarily closed. Many planned parades and other gatherings have also been cancelled or postponed. Now even the Canadian Parliament has been suspended until April 20.

    Canada set to become fourth country to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’

    Pride flags are seen at a demonstration on Parliament Hill in 2018. The Liberal government on Monday introduced legislation that would make Canada the fourth country in the world to ban so-called 'conversion therapy.' (Adran Wyld/The Canadian Press)

    Terry discusses new proposed Canadian legislation which would ban so-called "conversion therapy".  This is a type of counselling intended to convert LGBT people, usually youth, towards becoming heterosexual.

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    • 30 min
    The LINK Online Feb 28,29; Mar 01, 2020

    The LINK Online Feb 28,29; Mar 01, 2020

    Your hosts today, Vincenzo, Terry, and Marc ( video of show at bottom)


    Canadian Space Agency invests in moon exploration

    The control center at the Canadian Space Agency in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, February 28, 2019. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi)

    The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is seeking to get more involved in exploration of the moon. To that end they've given out more than $4 million in contracts to several companies and a university. This is to help them develop technologies to be able to detect water on the Moon, measure mineral composition, and tools to navigate rovers on the lunar surface.

    Vincenzo spoke with Erick Dupuis, the director of Space Exploration Development at the CSA.

    International survey indicates trust in key institutions declining

    The Trust Barometer survey was taken before the current Indigenous crisis and rail blockades, but even at that trust in institutions and government shows a decline (CBC news)

    A new international survey shows people around the world are slowly losing trust in society's key institutions. The Edelman trust barometer, or trust index, is now in its 20th year. The marketing and PR firm has been using the 'guage' as a tool to advise their clients, but over the years its expanded to become an insight into how people feel about their politicians, business, the media, and NGO's.

    Canada occupies a middle ground between trust and distrust of those institutions, but this year it shows a drop of several places showing Canadians, like many others, are losing faith in these institutions to deal both quickly, and ethically with ongoing crises.

    Marc spoke with Lisa Kimmel, CEO and Chair of Edelman Canada.

    David Ayres: the legend grows

    The man himself following his Saturday Night Special. (CBC)

    An amateur goalie, and sometime zamboni driver, Canadian David Ayres, was in the stands at an NHL game. When the Carolina Hurricane's goalies were injured, the team had to call in a spectating Ayres as an emergency back-up.

    The Hurricanes went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.  It's a story that has made headlines, and the late night talk shows, across N. America.

    Terry talks about this exciting and rare event

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    • 30 min
    The LINK Online, Feb. 20,21,22, 2020

    The LINK Online, Feb. 20,21,22, 2020

    Your hosts, Levon, Vincenzo, and Marc (video of show at bottom)


    Trudeau asks for patience as rail blockades continue but offers no clear plan

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    As the rail blockades by Indigenous groups and supporters continue, business groups warn that the economy of the entire country is slowly grinding to a standstill. Farmers and the agriculture sector are extremely worried about perishable product standing idle in parked rail cars and about vital export contracts.

    Ports on both coasts, Vancouver and Halifax, are operating at only a fraction of capacity and a major container shipper has already diverted ships to U.S. ports. Manufacturers are also warning that they are running out of supplies, and their shipping contracts are compromised.

    Meanwhile, more protests and rail blockades in solidarity with the small group of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who oppose a natural gas pipeline through their claimed territory in northern British Columbia, have sprang up. The crisis also underlines internal divisions between Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and the majority of the band who are in favour of the contentious natural gas pipeline.

    The crisis was debated this week in the House of Commons in Ottawa with two very different views on how it should be handled. Levon has comments from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and reaction from Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer.

    full story here  *note also RCI has several stories on this ongoing issue

    Game studio in Ontario making audio-based video game

    The Vale is a medieval fantasy role-playing game, where players will take the role of as the second born and blind, daughter of the king. On her way to a castle, a horde of barbarians attack her caravan, and she’s left alone to fend for herself.  (Courtesy Falling Squirrel Games)

    A medieval fantasy role-playing video game is being developed with a new twist. Players are guided by sound and controller feedback. This means it's not only accessible to players with sight, but also those who are visually impaired.

    Vincenzo spoke with the creative director of Falling Squirrel Games in Ontario.

    full story here

    Survey: New office work space trends are actually counter-productive

    The ideas of "open office" work spaces were touted as a way to boost communication, transfer of ideas, and increase productivity. As it turns out, that idea isn't working so well at all. A new study says it leads to distractions and the loss of about two hours worth of productive time every day. Kane Wilmott is CEO and founder of iQ Offices co-working space who commissioned the study.

    full story here

    Video of show

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    • 30 min
    The LINK Online Feb 14.15.16, 2020

    The LINK Online Feb 14.15.16, 2020

    Your hosts today, Levon Sevunts, Vincenzo Morello,Marc Montgomery (video of show at bottom


    Canada plans to support ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping

    The community of Arctic Bay, Nvt., is seen on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. The federal government plans to support a proposed ban on the use of heavy fuel oil by ships plying Arctic waters. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Environmentalists have long been concerned about shipping in the Arctic using heavy fuel oil (HFO) also known as "bunker oil" to power the large vessels. HFO is a thick low quality fuel, used primarily because it is relatively inexpensive. However, environmental groups also say HFO use emits substantial amounts of black carbon soot along with the risk of extremely difficult if not impossible clean up should there be an accident or spill.

    Levon heard that Canada may announce a ban on HFO use in the Arctic next week, but he also gets reaction from a shipper who feels such a decision is wrong.

    Read the original story here

    Climate change, human activities, and increasing disease exposure

    The current fears and spread of a deadly strain of a coronavirus has many asking how do these new diseases appear? (via CBC)

    As the Covid-19 virus continues its deadly spread, the question arises as to where these viral and bacterial diseases come from, or how some known disease becomes even more virulent.

    The answer comes from a few situations but certainly climate change and other human activities are involved.

    Dr Courtney Howard spoke to Marc. She is president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and an emergency room doctor in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

    original story here

    Tinder as a marketing tool: Exploring off brand uses of the dating app

    File Photo (Reuters/Mike Blake/Illustration)

    Tinder is a social media site designed originally only as a dating app. At least it was. Now it seems people are beginning to use it for other things as well.

    Vincenzo spoke to Stefanie Duguay, an assistant professor of communications studies at Concordia. She saw that some users on Tinder were using the app in “off-label” uses, different from its intended use as a dating app.

    original story here

    Video of show Feb 14,2020 (available also on facebook, and YouTube RCI channel


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    • 29 min
    The LINK Online, Feb. 7,8,9, 2020

    The LINK Online, Feb. 7,8,9, 2020

    Your hosts, Levon, Vincenzo, and Marc  (video of show at bottom)


    Ottawa set to dispatch second plane to Wuhan ‘to bring every Canadian home’

    Megan Millward, her husband Lie Zhang and their two children on board an evacuation flight from Wuhan, China.

    Two planes carrying Canadians out of the centre of the coronavirus region of China  have arrived in Canada. Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne said a third plane is being arranged for the remaining Canadians in China who want to leave. There are about 100 Canadians still in Wuhan.

    Levon has an update on the situation as of Friday with comments from Health Minister Patty Hajdu

    full story here

    5G-In the rush to the internet of things, is human health at risk?

    More and more on the outskirts of towns or open spaces, and on almost all tall city buildings, cell towers are going up to ensure strong signals everywhere, almost inescapable signals.(Elise Amendola-The Associated Press))

    Around the world, governments and technophiles are talking about the development of 5G networks. This will connect billions more devices from mobile phones to household appliances, autonomous vehicles and much more.

    But also around the world, groups of medical researchers and scientists are already concerned about the existing amount of radio frequency radiation from existing networks, and even more so about the vast increase in such signals with 5G. The say RF radiation should be classed as a human carcinogen in the same category as X-rays

    Marc spoke with Dr. Anthony Miller (MD, FRCP, FRCP (C), FFPH, FACE), a specialist in internal medicine and Professor Emeritus of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

    full story here

    Research may link exercise to improved video game performance


    It may at first seem like opposites, but exercise and video game may prove to go hand in hand.

    A study shows that a physical workout before playing a video game seems to improve the player's results. A neuroscientist at Montreal's McGill university tested the theory with some his students.

    Vincenzo spoke to Dr. Marc Roig.

    full story here

    Video of show (begins at 0;57)


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    • 30 min
    The Link Online, Jan. 29, 30, 31, 2020

    The Link Online, Jan. 29, 30, 31, 2020

    Your hosts Levon, Marc, and newcomer Vincenzo Morello (video of show at bottom)


    Canada chartered passenger plane to repatriate Canadians from Wuhan

    Emily Tjandra, left, and her son Wyatt Duplessis, 15, pose for a photo in their home in Wuhan, China in this handout photo. (Wayne Duplessis /THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

    Canada has arranged for a special charter plane to fly some 196 Canadians out of the Wuhan, China, a city at the epicentre of an epidemic of this new and deadly strain of a coronavirus.

    Canadian officials are now working with Chinese authorities to secure the necessary authorizations for the plane to land in Wuhan, as well as working out the logistical details of how the repatriation will proceed given the fact the city of nearly 11 million inhabitants has been under lockdown. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne  and federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu spoke of the situation at a press conference on Thursday.

    Champagne and Hajdu said they are also still working out the details of what would happen to those Canadians and their family members who are repatriated to Canada.

    Levon has the story.

    full story here

    The issue of Huawei, national security and 5G

    The concern over national security issues is back to the fore with Britain's decision to allow Huawei partial access in developing the UK 5G network. Of the Five-Eyes international security group, The US, Australia, and New Zealand have banned Huawei, Britain has made its decision, Canada has yet to decide.(Andy Wong-AP)

    Huawei has long been accused of being an agent of the Chinese government. Many security agencies fear that Huawei could use its equipment to steal government and industry secrets, or be able to simply shut down key infrastructure in the event of a conflict, all through potential "back doors". So far none of these allegations have been proven publicly. Nevertheless, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei from participating in creating a 5G network in those countries.

    Stephanie Carvin (PhD) is an assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. In a conversation with Marc, she says China doesn't need access to Huawei equipment for nefarious activities, and geo-economic actions of China related to Huawei may be of greater concern than theoretical security concerns.

    Full story here

    Survey: Top concern for Canadian employees is their mental well being

    According to a survey by Morneau Shepell, 77 per cent of Canadians would take a lower salary in favour of better mental health support. (Photo iStock/SDI Productions)

    It seems in the current workplace environment, people are being tasked with more and more work. This has led to an increase in stress levels. Canadians are feeling this as well.

    A recent survey by a major technology oriented human resource service found that a clear majority, three out of four workers,would prioritize their mental well being over their salary

    Vincenzo spoke to Paula Allen. She is the senior vice president of research, analytics and innovation at Morneau Shepell

    full story here

    RCI Youtube channel: video of show


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