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November 11, 2008

Pt 1: Sunday Mission Documentary - It was Easter Sunday, 2007, when a Canadian "LAV-3" military vehicle hit a roadside bomb, near Kandahar. In an instant, six Canadian soldiers were dead.

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Pt 2: Afghan War/Obama - Even as Barack Obama fought his battle to win the U.S. Presidency, he was clear on two things. The United States should get out of Iraq and get serious about Afghanistan.

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Pt 3: War Artists Panel - If soldiers do their work with guns and bullets, then war artists do theirs with paintbrush and camera, pen and paper. Canada has a long tradition of sending artists into battle, dating back to the First World War. Among them is renowned Canadian painter Alex Colville. He painted troops landing at Juno Beach on D-Day.

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Today's guest host was Gillian Findlay while Anna Maria Tremonti is on special assignment.

It's Tuesday November 11th.

The Huffington Post is reporting that Barack Obama's daughters may attend the prestigious Georgetown Day School once they move into the White House. The cost is close to thirty thousand dollars a year, per child.

Currently, Yes WE can! The rest of you - probably not.

This is the Current.

 

Sunday Mission Documentary

It was Easter Sunday, 2007, when a Canadian "LAV-3" military vehicle hit a roadside bomb, near Kandahar. In an instant, six Canadian soldiers were dead.

For Canada's military it was the greatest loss of life at one time since the Korean War. For a young journalism student in New Brunswick, it was the loss of a close friend. Lauren Kennedy went to high school with Private David Greenslade of Saint John. She wrote a newspaper story about him as he prepared to leave for the war, and kept in touch once he arrived in Afghanistan.

When Lauren found out about the bombing, she was determined to find out exactly how David had died. And through one lucky posting on the Internet site Facebook, she found the one man who could tell her. Master Corporal Brian McCallum was the vehicle commander of that LAV-3. He sat down with Lauren, and replayed that terrible day in her documentary, "Sunday Mission".

Lauren Kennedy is a recent graduate of the St-Thomas University journalism program in Fredericton. She's now a reporter with the Bugle-Observer in Woodstock, New Brunswick.

Music

Artist: Symphony Nova Scotia, Maurice Lennon (Composer)
CD: Scott MacMillan's: MacKinnon's Brook Suite
Cut: Track 8, If Ever You Were Mine
Label: WEA
Spine: 2 40945


 

Afghan War/Obama - Thier

Even as Barack Obama fought his battle to win the U.S. Presidency, he was clear on two things. The United States should get out of Iraq and get serious about Afghanistan.

Throughout his campaign, the senator Obama said he wanted more U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He also wanted a greater commitment to getting at the roots of the insurgency including reaching at targets inside Pakistan if that was necessary.

Come January, Barack Obama will be U.S. President. And those who work in Afghanistan - from aid workers to politicians to our own soldiers ...all are wondering how his promises will affect the work being done in Afghanistan.

Alexander Thier is the Senior Rule of Law advisor at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington. He's also the Director of the Future of Afghanistan project and the editor of a book being released in January, entitled The Future of Afghanistan. Alexander Thier was in Washington.

Afghan War/Obama: Taylor

How might an Obama Presidency affect Canada's mission in Afghanistan? Count Scott Taylor among the many who are asking themselves that question. The former Canadian soldier and current editor and publisher of Esprit de Corps Military Magazine.He is in Ottawa.



War Artists Panel

If soldiers do their work with guns and bullets, then war artists do theirs with paintbrush and camera, pen and paper. Canada has a long tradition of sending artists into battle, dating back to the First World War. Among them is renowned Canadian painter Alex Colville. He painted troops landing at Juno Beach on D-Day.

And yet, the challenge of the artist in capturing the real image of war - be it in a painting, in a poem, in a picture - is one we shouldn't forget. It's worth pausing today, as we remember the sacrifices of Canada's war veterans and war dead... to consider the role of the War Artist. What they see and capture in art informs how we come to see our own military history.

So, as War Artists create a lasting record of Canada's war past, they tread in an artistic no man's land - one that some say blurs the line between art and propaganda. Gertrude Kearns and Scott Waters have both depicted conflict as war artists. They were in our Toronto studio.


War Artists - Historian

For more on the role war artists have played in Canadian military history, we were joined by Laura Brandon. She's a historian at the Canadian War Museum and the author or Art and War. She was in our Ottawa studio.

Last Word - Artists

Coming up this afternoon on CBC Radio One, it's The Point, with host Aamer Haleem. And on The National tonight, the story behind the veteran on the back of the ten-dollar bill. That's The National, on CBC Television and CBC Newsworld.

Now, as you just heard, a war artist's job can be difficult, fraught with danger, and - just maybe - hard to fully appreciate. So we thought we'd end the show today with a brief glimpse of what war could be like if putting boots on the ground also meant tossing more artists into the breach.



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