Pt 2: The Hurt Locker - Six years after the war in Iraq began, barely a day goes by without a deadly bomb blast. Just today a suicide bomber killed six people including an Iraqi policeman. Earlier this week, seven U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi translator were wounded in another blast.
Today's summer guest host was Sheila Coles.
It's Wednesday, July 15th.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton now says he supports gay marriage, even though he opposed it during his eight years in office.
Currently, Clinton says he doesn't understand what all the fuss is about ... If their marriages are anything like his, it'll all be a sham anyway. So who cares.
This Is The Current.
Visa Restrictions - Government
This week, Canada's Department of Immigration introduced new visa requirements for the Czech Republic and Mexico ... countries that happen to be two of the largest sources of refugee claimants to Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the changes are necessary in order to stem a dramatic increase in the number of refugee claimants from both countries. We heard from him.
Refugee advocates see things differently. Many of them fear that the changes will make it more difficult for people fleeing persecution. Edna Flores is a refugee claimant from Mexico who is living in Vancouver. She says she left Mexico a-year-and-a-half ago to escape a violent situation, after police there ignored her requests for help. Her refugee hearing is set for next week.
Bill Bila has similar concerns for Roma refugees from the Czech Republic. He is a board member and a volunteer with the Roma Community Centre in Toronto.
For his thoughts on striking the right balance between accommodating refugees and keeping the system running smoothly, we were joined now by Martin Collacott. He is a Former Canadian Ambassador to Syria, Lebanon, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and he was in Vancouver.
Visa Restrictions - Overview
Audrey Macklin has a different perspective on the situation. She's a law professor at the University of Toronto and she was in Toronto.
The Hurt Locker
Six years after the war in Iraq began, barely a day goes by without a deadly bomb blast. Just today a suicide bomber killed six people including an Iraqi policeman. Earlier this week, seven U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi translator were wounded in another blast.
The explosions and carnage have become so commonplace --they typically don't make headlines anymore. And that presents a challenge for anyone trying to understand how Iraqi civilians and Western soldiers go through their days knowing that their next step - could be their last.
Mark Boal is an American journalist who spent two weeks embedded with the members of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squad ... the soldiers whose job it is to disable roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. Now, he has taken that experience and turned it into an action movie called, The Hurt Locker.
The film is now playing in Toronto. It opens this Friday in Vancouver and Montreal. And it will have a wider release across Canada on July 24th.
Artist: Ray Montford
Cd: Fragile Balance
Cut: CD 6, Remember
Label: Softail Records