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The crown and the defence weigh in on the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces the induction of legislation on April 3, 2014 to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces the induction of legislation on April 3, 2014 to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. (Nathan Denette/CP)

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A parliamentary committee is hearing feedback on the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights Act, or Bill C-32.

One of the groups speaking against the proposed bill is the Criminal Lawyers' Association. Its members have a number of concerns about how it could change proceedings during criminal trials.

We checked in with the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel to see if it supports the legislation.

It turns out that while the crown and the defence might be at odds across the courtroom, in this case, they have both rendered the same verdict on Bill C-32.

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Public funding for IVF; Victims Bill of Rights; Wind or nuclear power

Public funding for IVF; Victims Bill of Rights; Wind or nuclear power
On this episode: the case against public funding for in vitro fertilization treatments, a call to rename British Columbia, and a democracy hack that would get Ottawa politicians out of Ottawa.

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Democracy Hack: Get out of Ottawa!

Democracy Hack: Get out of Ottawa!

This week on The 180's "Democracy Hacks" series: Why politicians should leave Ottawa.

We're collecting simple, concrete suggestions to improve democracy in Canada, and the latest comes from a professional democracy hacker.

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Does British Columbia need a new name?

Does British Columbia need a new name?

Have you ever wondered why British Columbia is still called "British," even though it's not a colony any more? Howard Stewart has, and he wants to talk to you about it.

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Should the healthcare system pay for In Vitro Fertilization treatments?

Should the healthcare system pay for In Vitro Fertilization treatments?

In 2010, Quebec became the first and -- so far -- the only province to fully fund in-vitro fertilization. Couples who can't conceive naturally are eligible for three free rounds of treatment, which would normally cost as much as twelve thousand dollars per round.

But now the Quebec government says it will scale back its commitment to funding the treatment, citing runaway costs.

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Nuclear power or wind power?

Nuclear power or wind power?

When it comes to power generation, we often think of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, and renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydro. But the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) wants to remind you of its option: nuclear. In fact, it recently conducted a study to determine whether wind, nuclear, or natural gas is more environmentally friendly. The study said nuclear, but Canada's wind proponents disagree.

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