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Pt 2: High on the Job - A year from now, the eyes of the world will be on Vancouver as the city kicks off the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the lead-up to the games, Vancouver has been on something of a construction binge. New Olympic venues ... a multi-million dollar facelift for the waterfront in Coal Harbour ... and condos, condos and more condos.
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Pt 3: Letters - Thursday is mail day at The Current. And our Friday host Sheila Coles joined Anna Maria from from Regina.
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It's Thursday, February 5th.
The Vatican has demanded that formerly excommunicated Bishop Richard Williamson recant his view that the Holocaust never happened.
Currently ... And you know ... The Vatican feels pretty good about its track-record on getting people to recant.
This is the Current.
Mom at 60
On Thursday, Ranjit Hayer and her husband had twins in Calgary. That in itself may not seem remarkable but in this case the new mom is 60 years old. She's been trying to have kids for 43 years.
She was refused In Vitro Fertilization in this Country due to her age. So, Ranjit Hayer sought help in India. The result - A case that will raise questions about how we use reproductive technologies.
Doctor Brian Goldman brings us this exclusive story. Until the end of December, he was the host of CBC Radio's award-winning medical show, White Coat, Black Art. And he was in our Toronto studio.
We'll have more on this story, tomorrow on The Current when we'll wade into some of the many ethical questions it raises.
High on the Job
A year from now, the eyes of the world will be on Vancouver as the city kicks off the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the lead-up to the games, Vancouver has been on something of a construction binge. New Olympic venues ... a multi-million dollar facelift for the waterfront in Coal Harbour ... and condos, condos and more condos.
But there is growing concern that all the fast money being thrown at the construction industry has led to an increase in drug use among the construction workers responsible for changing Vancouver's skyline.
Last fall, the association representing British Columbia's construction companies and the union representing the construction workers introduced a sweeping drug-testing policy ... the most far-reaching of its kind in Canada.
The CBC's Aziza Sindhu has produced a documentary, "High on the Job", about how the policy is playing out on construction sites in Vancouver. And she joined us joins us from Vancouver.
Thursday is mail day at The Current. And our Friday host Sheila Coles joined Anna Maria from from Regina.
In today's mail bag:
The Niqab: An integral part of most court trials is the face to face confrontation between the accused and accuser. Tuesday on The Current, we asked whether that right is compromised by a complainant who wears a niqab. A niqab is a headcovering that obscures all of a woman's face except her eyes. And for some Muslim women, it's an important part of their religious tradition. During a preliminary hearing for a sexual assault case last fall, a judge ruled that the complainant could not wear her niqab while testifying because it interfered with the accused's right to a fair trial. This story prompted a lot of comments in the mail.
We also heard from a woman known only as Jane Doe. You may recall that Jane Doe sued the Metro Toronto Police for negligence in the investigation of her rape, which took place in the summer of 1986. She is a teacher and a writer who also works to make the justice system more accommodating to women who have been sexually assaulted. And she joined us by phone.
Third Man Factor: It takes a certain combination of factors ... a monotonous environment, lack of sleep, stress. Put these all together and you would be in perfect condition for the "third man experience." The "third man" is an unknown, unseen presence that gives you guidance. Last week on the program, we heard some third man stories. And we received many more in the mail again this week.
Sex & Seniors: Canadians are healthier than ever and living longer. And with that extra energy as people age, seniors are more sexually active than ever. But with that comes a much more alarming statistic ... The rate of HIV infections among Canadians over fifty has doubled in the last decade. Last Friday on the program, we heard a documentary about seniors, sex and the need for better sexual education. Many people wrote in with their thoughts on sex and seniors. We shared some of their letters.
We also heard from Nicole Hergert of Calgary. She sent us an email to tell us about the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and how it's using theatre to open up discussions with seniors about sexuality. Nicole Hergert is a counselor with the Calgary Sexual Health Centre.
Lovely Irene Doc Promo
We ended the program today with a little preview of something we're working on for next week, a documentary by Fiona Christensen about a campaign to name an "Angel" street in every capital city across Canada and a song that is calling people into action.
The documentary is called "Lovely Irene" and you can hear the whole thing next week on The Current.