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May 7, 2009

Pt 1: NHL Owner - Alright, lets see if we understand this correctly. We've got a National Hockey League team that has filed for bankruptcy in a desert city in the Southern U.S. that's never really got the hang of hockey in the first place.

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Pt 2: Genetic Sexual Attraction - In June, Ontario's public adoption records will be unsealed for the first time since the province started recording adoptions in 1921. Ontario will be the fifth province to unseal its records ... making it significantly easier for birth families and adoptees to be reunited.

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Pt 3: Genetic Sexual Attraction - Part Two (cont'd) - Before the break, we heard the story of an adoptive reunion that led to a sexual relationship between two reunited family members. It's a rare occurrence ... a phenomenon known as Genetic Sexual Attraction or GSA. Aziza Sindhu joined Bob McKeown in studio once again to continue this discussion.

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Today's guest host was Bob McKeown.

It's Thursday, May 7th.

Afghanistan's only known pig has been taken from the Kabul Zoo and quarantined out of fear of the swine flu.

Currently, Government officials say it would have been cruel to just kill the pig ... After all it's not like she tried to get an education or drive a car or anything crazy like that.

This is The Current.

NHL Owner

Alright, lets see if we understand this correctly.

We've got a National Hockey League team that has filed for bankruptcy in a desert city in the Southern U.S. that's never really got the hang of hockey in the first place.

We've got a multi-billionaire who wants to buy the team for considerably more than it would fetch on the open market so he can move it to a place that's dying for an NHL franchise.

Elementary, my dear Bettman? Well, apparently not.

The long-beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes -- a team not even Wayne Gretzky could help turn into a money-maker -- filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday night. Then Jim Balsillie -- the billionaire hockey fanatic and co-founder of the technology giant Research In Motion -- tendered a generous offer to buy the team at 212.5 million U.S. dollars. He put one condition on the deal. He wants to move the team to a city in Southern Ontario. Jim Balsillie hasn't confirmed it yet, but pretty much everyone thinks that city is Hamilton, in the heart of one of the strongest hockey markets in the world.

It's the third time Balsillie has tried to buy an NHL franchise. The league has rejected him twice so far. And whatever the merits of his current offer ... to put it mildly, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman isn't showing much enthusiasm this time around, either.

To help us understand why, we were joined by Scott Morrison. He's a commentator with Hockey Night in Canada on CBC Television. He was in Toronto. Stephen Brunt is a sports columnist with The Globe and Mail. He was in Hamilton. And Howard Bloom is the Publisher of SportsBusinessNews.com. He was in Ottawa.

Genetic Sexual Attraction - Part One

In June, Ontario's public adoption records will be unsealed for the first time since the province started recording adoptions in 1921. Ontario will be the fifth province to unseal its records ... making it significantly easier for birth families and adoptees to be reunited.

But on rare occasions, those reunions can come with a very disconcerting consequence. It's a phenomenon known as Genetic Sexual Attraction or GSA for short ... an instance in which a sexual relationship develops between biological relatives. For those reunited family members who experience it, GSA is often shrouded in secrecy, shame and fear.

The CBC's Aziza Sindhu has been researching GSA. She's talked to two families who have experienced it first hand. She was in our Toronto studio.


Genetic Sexual Attraction - Part Two (cont'd)

Before the break, we heard the story of an adoptive reunion that led to a sexual relationship between two reunited family members. It's a rare occurrence ... a phenomenon known as Genetic Sexual Attraction or GSA. Aziza Sindhu joined Bob McKeown in studio once again to continue this discussion.

Letters

It's the Thursday Edition and that means it's time for our weekly look at the mail and The Current's John Chipman joined Bob McKeown in studio.

Swine Flu: On Tuesday, as part of our coverage of the swine flu outbreak, we spoke to Art Caplan. He is the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. We asked him about the ethical challenges of mass producing a vaccine for swine flu. And that conversation prompted some mail on this issue.

Global Deal: The United Nations Convention on Climate Change convenes this December in Copenhagen. And according to Nicholas Stern, it will be the most important international gathering since World War Two.

Nicholas Stern is a former chief economist with the World Bank. And last Friday, he told us that it is crucial that we come to an international understanding of the impact of climate change on our shared futures.

Our interview with Nicholas Stern was of particular interest to David McLaughlin. He is the President and CEO of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. Last month the Roundtable put out its own policy paper called "Achieving 2050: A Carbon Pricing Policy for Canada." And David McLaughlin was in Ottawa.

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