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January 29, 2009

Pt 1: Jimmy Carter - The U.S. envoy to the mideast turned his attention to the western backed Palestinian government in the West Bank today as rockets were fired into southern Israel and Israeli warplanes attacked new targets in Gaza. The flare up of violence underscores the need to shore up the fragile 11-day-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

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Pt 2: Battle for the Arctic - We call it the "True north strong and free." And we do it proudly. A lot of Canadians have simply taken it for granted that the vast archipelago of Arctic islands atop our country -- as well as the waters around and between them -- belong to us.

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Pt 3: Letters - Time for our weekly look at the mail and our Friday host, Sheila Coles joined Linden MacIntyre from Regina.

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Today's guest host was Linden MacIntyre.

It's Thursday, January 29th.

Barack Obama will visit Canada on February 19th.

Currently, NDP leader Jack Layton has already extended a formal request for a coalition.

This is The Current.


Part 1: Jimmy Carter - Gaza

The U.S. envoy to the mideast turned his attention to the western backed Palestinian government in the West Bank today as rockets were fired into southern Israel and Israeli warplanes attacked new targets in Gaza. The flare up of violence underscores the need to shore up the fragile 11-day-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

It hardly seems like a promising moment for talks about lasting peace. Unless of course, you're Jimmy Carter. Thirty one years ago, he brokered the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt ... the first-ever peace agreement between Israel and an Arab nation.

And now -- in the wake of some of the worst fighting in the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- the former United States President sees a unique window for ending it, once and for all. He lays out his ideas in a new book. It's called We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work. And Jimmy Carter joined us this morning from New York.


Obama

Now the current U.S. President, Barack Obama, has already made a personal overture to the Arab and Muslim worlds by granting his first sit-down television interview to the Al-Arabiya network. In that interview with Hisham Melham, President Obama outlined his message to the Muslim world and even referred to his own ties to Islam.

We aired an excerpt from Barack Obama's interview on the Al-Arabiya television network ... his first sit-down interview as U.S. President. It aired on Tuesday.



Part 2: Battle for the Arctic

We call it the "True north strong and free." And we do it proudly.
A lot of Canadians have simply taken it for granted that the vast archipelago of Arctic islands atop our country -- as well as the waters around and between them -- belong to us.

But that's far from clear these days. In fact, Canadian scientists are in a race against their colleagues from other polar countries to chart unknown regions of the North. That work will be provide a legal foundation for drawing political borders around the Arctic and for the rush to claim the immense resource wealth that may lie under the rapidly melting polar ice.

That race is the subject of a new television documentary called The Battle For The Arctic. It will air tonight at 9 o'clock -- 9:30 in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador -- on CBC Television's Doc Zone. Investigative journalist Julian Sher is one of the writers and directors of the documentary and he joined us in Toronto.





Part 3: Letters

Time for our weekly look at the mail and our Friday host, Sheila Coles joined Linden MacIntyre from Regina.

In today's mail bag:

University - Yesterday on The Current, we heard how universities are increasingly turning to contract faculty to fill out their teaching rosters. This discussion prompted some mail from our listeners.

Well some of you also wrote to ask us: What about the students who are losing money and time as the York University strike continues? Others mentioned the class action lawsuit filed this week on behalf of undergraduate students at York University. So to tell us more about that, we were joined by Toronto lawyer Henry Juroviesky.

Pink - Little girls often love the colour pink but yesterday we heard how pink is more than princess and pretty ... it's also packed with social and historical politics. But not all little girls love pink and that point was made over and over agin in the mail.

Well to provide us with another perspective on this issue, we were joined by Dr. Ken Zucker. He's the Head of Gender Identity Service and the Psychologist-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He was in Toronto.

Third Man Factor - An explorer in the Antarctic, fighting for survival in the toughest of environments. Or a stressed-out medical student, standing half awake in the shower. Both of these people are living in the ideal conditions for the third man experience ... when you are joined by another, unknown presence. Some call it a divine companion ... others see it as a helper or guide. Tuesday on The Current, John Geiger illuminated the experience for us. He is the author of The Third Man Factor: The Secret to Survival in Extreme Environments. Well we heard some "third man" stories on Tuesday and then we got more in the mail.

Finally this morning, a clarification. Yesterday, in an interview about the federal budget, one of our guests mistakingly said that the home renovation tax credit would be permanent. After that, we heard from the Prime Minister's Office. They told us that the Conservatives have clearly stated it's a one year deal ... with a clear end-date.


Doc Promo - Seniors & Sex

When her husband Ben died after 51 years of marriage, Faith Rum had to chart a new course in life. And that included dating. But it's a different world now ... And one of the big differences is HIV/AIDS. It turns out that the incidence of HIV among seniors has doubled in the last decade.

And one of the reasons for that is that sex and the senior citizen isn't something people talk about much. Tomorrow on The Current, Susan Bell will have a documentary for us about that uncomfortable silence. Its called Faith's Journey. We aired a little preview.


Music Bridge

Artist: Chris Velan
Cut: CD2 "Long Way from Home"
CD: "Twitter, Buzz, Howl"
Label: Maple Music
Spine #: MM1101


Last Word - Linden on the Mercer Report

To end the program on the last day of Linden MacIntyre's stint here, we ended with Linden's investigative piece on The Mercer Report and one that seems especially appropriate for today, as much of the country is still waking up to snow, snow ... and more snow.

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