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April 22, 2009

Pt 1: Sri Lanka - After nearly thirty years of fighting, the Tamil Tigers are surrounded ... hemmed in by the advancing Sri Lankan military on an ever-shrinking strip of land just 12 square kilometres in size. That's about the size of Nelson, British Columbia or Flin Flon, Manitoba. There are about 50,000 civilians trapped in there with the Tigers. And there are reports that they are being killed in large numbers.

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Pt 2: Prescription OpiateIf - you've ever needed prescription pain-killers, you know how much help they can be. But the abuse of those same drugs -- particularly those derived from opium -- is growing at an alarming rate in Canada. And now some experts fear that instead of easing people's pain, they are wrecking havoc with people's lives.

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Pt 3: Flint v. Ottawa - On bus shelter billboards across Ottawa, a photograph of a dirty baby doll stares you in the face. The words "This Ain't Flint.ca" are slapped across the poster. At first glance, there is no indication of what this ad is about. But if you type "this ain't flint.ca" into your web browser, you'll get the picture... It's a campaign to show the people of Ottawa how the recession in the capital is - well, not all that bad . . . especially when you compare it to a place like Flint, Michigan.

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

The Current for April 22, 2009


It's Wednesday, April 22nd.

A radio station in Ottawa is being criticized for running an ad that says no matter how bad the economy gets, at least the city is doing better than Flint, Michigan.

Currently ... And you know, even Flint, Michigan thinks that's just kinda sad.

This is The Current.

Sri Lanka - Unicef

After nearly thirty years of fighting, the Tamil Tigers are surrounded ... hemmed in by the advancing Sri Lankan military on an ever-shrinking strip of land just 12 square kilometres in size. That's about the size of Nelson, British Columbia or Flin Flon, Manitoba. There are about 50,000 civilians trapped in there with the Tigers. And there are reports that they are being killed in large numbers.

The Sri Lankan Military and the Tamil Tigers are accusing each other of being responsible for the bloodshed. And the International Committee of the Red Cross is calling the situation "catastrophic."

James Elder is monitoring the humanitarian situation. He's a spokesperson for UNICEF in Sri Lanka and he was in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Conflict - LTTE

Yesterday, more than ten thousand people crowded onto the lawn in front of Parliament Hill to protest the Sri Lankan Government's military action to re-state their support for an independent Tamil homeland and to push the Canadian Government to intervene in the crisis.

David Poopalapillai was among them. He's the spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress and he was in Toronto.

Sri Lanka Conflict - Military

The Sri Lankan Government insists that the military is giving the Tamil Tigers every opportunity to surrender peacefully and doing everything it can to get civilians out of harms way.

Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara is a spokesperson for the Sri Lankan military and he was in Columbo.

 

Prescription Opiate - Talk Tape

If you've ever needed prescription pain-killers, you know how much help they can be. But the abuse of those same drugs -- particularly those derived from opium -- is growing at an alarming rate in Canada. And now some experts fear that instead of easing people's pain, they are wrecking havoc with people's lives.

The CBC's Geoff Leo has been looking into this issue. And he joined us from Regina.

Prescription Opiate Addiction

To find out how the medical community is addressing the abuse of prescription opiates, we were joined by Rocco Gerace. He is a medical doctor and the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He was in Windsor, Ontario this morning. Janet Currie is a Consumer Prescription Drug advocate and the Director of Focus Consulting.

 

Flint v. Ottawa - Newcap Radio

On bus shelter billboards across Ottawa, a photograph of a dirty baby doll stares you in the face. The words "This Ain't Flint.ca" are slapped across the poster. At first glance, there is no indication of what this ad is about. But if you type "this ain't flint.ca" into your web browser, you'll get the picture... It's a campaign to show the people of Ottawa how the recession in the capital is - well, not all that bad . . . especially when you compare it to a place like Flint, Michigan.

The ad campaign is catching a little buzz in the Nation's Capital. And a lot of flak in other places, namely, Flint, Michigan, a city famously known for being hard on its luck. The CBC's Allison Johnson visited Flint last Friday, and found that residents of the target city, well, they "ain't" neccessarily liking it.

The man behind the campaign is Scott Broderick. He's the general manager for Newcap Radio in Ottawa. We reached him this morning though in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Flint v. Ottawa - Tourism

Scott Broderick's ad contrasts present-day Ottawa to a recession-devastated Flint of 1989. CBC Producer Allison Johnson took a Flint city tour with tourism official Matt Bach to see how it holds up, twenty years later.

Jerry Preston is the president of the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. And he was in Flint, Michigan.

Music Bridge

Artist: Metric
Cut: CD 4 "Too Little Too Late"
CD: "Live it Out"
Label: Last Gang Records
Spine#: Q2-00908

Last Word - Tamil Protest

Stay with us on CBC Radio One. Q is next. And later today on The Point, host Aamer Haleem will be talking to the author of Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism. The Point is at 2 o'clock -- 2:30 in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador. And, tonight on CBC Newsworld, The National will look at how vigorous physical exercise can wake up your brain. During the hockey playoffs, The National is at 9 o'clock and 10 o'clock Eastern Time on CBC Newsworld.

At the beginning of the show we discussed the events in Sri Lanka that have been sending ripples out all over the world this week. Thousands of Tamil supporters blocked the streets in London, England. Hundreds were arrested in Paris. And yesterday in Ottawa, more than ten thousand people gathered in front of Parliament Hill. We ended the program with the voices of some of the people who were there.

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