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July 20, 2009

Pt 1: Forest Fires in British Columbia-As the sun set over British Columbia's Lake Okanagan last night, a bright orange band of fire -- propelled by gusting winds and tinder-dry underbrush -- continued its steady march across the hills overlooking the placid lake. So far, 4 hundred hetcares of West Kelowna have been left charred in the fire's wake.

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Pt 2: Tanya's Trial- Documentary - Last fall, Detective Wendy Leaver had what she thought was an open-and-shut case. A man was accused of forcibly confining and brutally assaulting a young woman named Tanya. And as long as Tanya made it to court to testify, Detective Leaver thought she'd have a good chance at a conviction.

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It's Monday July 20th.

The Palestinian group Hamas is accusing Israeli intelligence of lacing chewing gum with a chemical that is increasing the sex drive of Palestinian teenagers.

Currently, good thing Hamas hasn't got wind of Israel's ultimate secret weapon: a slurpee that will cause teenage girls to yack on the phone like forever and make teenage boys horse around in the change room after gym.

This is The Current.


Forest Fires in British Columbia

As the sun set over British Columbia's Lake Okanagan last night, a bright orange band of fire -- propelled by gusting winds and tinder-dry underbrush -- continued its steady march across the hills overlooking the placid lake. So far, 4 hundred hetcares of West Kelowna have been left charred in the fire's wake.

Sharon Bond, who we just heard, is one of 6000 people on evactuation alert. While, at last count, 11000 people have been evacuated from their homes since the fires started Saturday afternoon.

Kelly Hayes is a local journalist and politician. He is editor of Castanet, a website billed as Kelowna's Homepage, and sits on the Central Okanagan Regional District Board. He joined us from Kelowna.

Analyst

As we just heard, this same region in British Columbia was hit by a fire of similar magnitude just six years ago.

Tom Hobby is a forest economist and consultant with SCR Management Inc. He thinks we should be doing a better job to prevent another major fire from happening six years from now.

He is also the author of a new report about this issue called, Looking at the Problem. He joined us from Cheltenam, England.

Tanya's Trial- Documentary

Last fall, Detective Wendy Leaver had what she thought was an open-and-shut case. A man was accused of forcibly confining and brutally assaulting a young woman named Tanya. And as long as Tanya made it to court to testify, Detective Leaver thought she'd have a good chance at a conviction.

But getting Tanya to court wasn't going to be easy. Tanya is a prostitute and a crack addict and she is prone to disappearing for days on end. Wendy Leaver heads a unit with the Toronto Police Department that is dedicated to investigating crimes against the city's sex workers.

Documentary producer Sandy Bourque chronicled the days leading up to Tanya's scheduled court date. Her documentary is called, Tanya's Trial. It first aired on The Current in May.

Warning: This documentary deals with adult subject matter and contains very strong language.

Here is a link to a follow up to the documentry, which aired on The Current the following day.

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