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April 14, 2009

Pt 1: Dream Team - We started this segment with a shout out by The Voice to the Dream Team of presidents and CEOs from some of Canada's most powerful companies. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty named them with what he called his Advisory Committee on Financing last week, saying they will help him solve what he identifies as the number one issue facing Canadians and Canadian businesses: access to credit and financing.

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Pt 2: Wind Turbines - We started this segment with some sound from a wind turbine... to some, it's the sound of clean, quiet, renewable and cheap electricity. To others, it's the sound of frustration, grief, sleeplessness and medication.

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Pt 3: Fallen Soldiers - We began this segment against the backdrop of news in Canada that yet another Canadian solider has been killed in Afghanistan. The second woman to die in combat. Trooper Karine Blais died on Sunday when her vehicle hit a roadside bomb north of Khandahar.

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It's Tuesday, April 14th.

After 28 years of marriage, Mel Gibson's wife, Robyn Gibson, has filed for divorce.

Currently, in court filings Gibson's wife cited lack of Passion.

(tape of Gibson acting crazy)

This is the Current.

Dream Team - Captain

We started this segment with a shout out by The Voice to the Dream Team of presidents and CEOs from some of Canada's most powerful companies. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty named them with what he called his Advisory Committee on Financing last week, saying they will help him solve what he identifies as the number one issue facing Canadians and Canadian businesses: access to credit and financing.

Stanley Hartt is a former deputy finance minister and served as prime minister Brian Mulroney's chief of staff. He is also the chair of an Advisory Committee on Financing set up by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. And he joined us in our Toronto studio.

Dream Team - Panel

Well there is the official dream team and then there's an alternate Dream Team.

Laurie Campbell is the executive director of Credit Canada. Catherine Swift is President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Hugh Mackenzie is a research analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. They were in our Toronto studio.

 

Wind Turbines - Health

We started this segment with some sound from a wind turbine... to some, it's the sound of clean, quiet, renewable and cheap electricity. To others, it's the sound of frustration, grief, sleeplessness and medication.

Wind power is seen and sold as the answer to our energy problems. There are wind farms around the world, in Europe... in Australia. Well over 10-thousand wind turbines are rotating around North America, about 17-hundred of which are here in Canada.

Typically, farmers will rent their land to operators. But as more wind towers go up, the complaints they generate get louder. Some who live nearby claim to suffer a variety of symptoms -- symptoms a doctor in the United States is now calling "Wind Turbine Syndrome."

Last year, wind turbines were installed near Shelburne, Ontario, about 2 ½ hours northwest of Toronto. Barbara Ashbee and Denis Lorman live on a rural property with 11 turbines very close by. Initially, they were excited about the prospect. But as they told The Current's Kathleen Goldhar, that changed very quickly. We aired a clip of Barbara Ashbee and Denis Lormand, just outside Shelburne, Ontario.

Carmen Krogh is a retired pharmacist who began researching the possible links between wind turbines and health... after she'd come to believe she'd suffered ill effects from turbines. Carmen Krogh joined us from her home in Cormac, Ontario.

Wind Turbines - Company

To discuss some of the concerns of residents such as Carmen Krogh, we requested an interview with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty but he was unavailable.

Sean Whittaker is the Vice President of Policy at the Canadian Wind Energy Association. He was in Ottawa.

 

Fallen Soldiers - Panel

We began this segment against the backdrop of news in Canada that yet another Canadian solider has been killed in Afghanistan. The second woman to die in combat. Trooper Karine Blais died on Sunday when her vehicle hit a roadside bomb north of Khandahar.

Earlier this month, at Dover Air Force base in Delaware, the body of Air Force Staff Sergeant Philip Myers was returned to his family for burial. And for the first time in 18 years, amidst a quiet and solemn ceremony, the unmistakeable click of a reporter's camera could once again, if faintly, be heard.

It was President George H. W. Bush who - during the first Gulf War - banned media coverage of the repatriation ceremonies of America's war dead. In February, the Pentagon lifted that ban. As a result the American media has now been witness to 4 such ceremonies. In Canada, we have watched - again and again - as the bodies of this Country's fallen soldiers come back from Afghanistan.

In 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper banned media, but then quickly reversed that controversial decision when families of the fallen complained. Not surprisingly, the resumption of media coverage in the United States has been met with both praise and concern. And such sentiments are shared by military families on both sides of the border.

Merrilee Carlson is the President of Families United to Support Our Troops and Their Mission. She was in Hastings, Minnesota. Jim Davis lost his son Paul in the war in Afghanistan. He was in Halifax.

Last Word - Balou Letter

We just spent the last half hour talking about the power of a single image. Photographing returning caskets of a country's war dead remains an emotional and controversial issue. But such images along with other mementoes from battle can help to tell a war's story.

Artifacts from the American Civil War have done just that... In 1861, Sullivan Balou was a Major in the Second Rhode Island volunteers when he wrote to his wife Sarah. One week after that, he was killed in the Battle of Bull Run. We ended the program with an excerpt of his letter, as dramatized in Ken Burns' documentary, The Civil War.

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