The Sunday Edition — June 24, 2018

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On this week's episode:

Michael's essay - What would Mr. Rogers say? 
In the wake of this week's border horror show, take a moment to enjoy a new film biography of the beloved children's entertainer. "His consistent message to children was that each of them is special, each is unique and each should be celebrated for who they were."

Meet Herménégilde Chiasson - poet, painter, former NB Lieutenant Governor, and passionate Acadian
His work and his life are informed by his Acadian ancestry and the tragedy of the expulsion. Herménégilde Chiasson is Michael's guest.

Your reaction to: Michael's essay about the frenetic pace of news these days, followed by the classic Bob and Ray skit, "Slow Talkers of America."

He was a young refugee. She was a widowed mother of four. Their unlikely friendship has come full circle. 
Placide Rubabaza fled war-torn Burundi in 1994 at the age of 19. He landed - terrified and alone - at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. Teacher, mother and refugee activist Patricia Anzovino took him under her wing. Today, Placide is a doctor and Patricia has dementia. And the connection is as strong as ever. Alisa Siegel's documentary "Just to Have Had You," was recently honoured by the New York Radio Festivals; it first aired in February, 2018.
 
Why Canada doesn't have a national pharmacare program, and why we need one
Dr. Eric Hoskins left his post as minister of health for the province of Ontario to become Chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. His task: to consult and to recommend a plan that would make prescription medication available free of charge to all Canadians. Dr. Eric Hoskins is  Michael's guest.

This wearable medical device could help people with paralysis move again
Canadian biomedical engineers are working with a textile company to develop wearable technology that would allow people with paralysis to regain use of their limbs.  Bonnie Brown's documentary is called, "The Mind Moves in Mysterious Ways".
 
How you react to the Trinity Western decision may depend on your religious beliefs
The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling that an evangelical Christian university cannot receive accreditation for its law school has LGBT students celebrating and some others mourning a loss of "diversity." TWU students must sign a covenant agreeing to abstain from sex outside of heterosexual marriage, in accordance with Christian values. Michael's guest is Carissima Mathen, Vice-Dean of the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa. 
 
Mike Check: When Sunday Edition guests arrive in our studio and before the interview begins, they're asked to recite a piece of doggerel laden with "p's". Hilarity ensues.
 
A full menu of music this week by: the Don Vickery Trio, Mike King and Swing Dynamique, Sharon Isbin and Friends, Suzie LeBlanc, Ella Fitzgerald, the Solomon Lenny Trio, Antonio Vivaldi, Jeff Healey and Billy Strayhorn and Carmen McRae.