Pt 2: Legalizing Euthanasia - This week, Sheila spoke with Dr.Balfour Mount. He has dedicated his career to offering humane alternatives to euthanasia and he is considered the father of palliative care in Canada. He actually coined the phrase "palliative care" more than 30 years ago.
It's Thursday, July 23rd.
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Assembly of First Nations - Elections
Some are saying it's the longest election on record for leadership of the AFN--the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). It started as a battle between five, but quickly became a close count, ballot after ballot, between Shawn Atleo from B.C. and Saskatchewan's Perry Bellegarde.
It's a presitigious and influential position: the National Chief of the country's largest aboriginal organization representing more than 630 First Nations across the country.
And this morning - after an astonishing eight ballots- Shawn Atleo is the new National Chief of the AFN, but only after Perry Bellegarde conceded.
Now, Shawn Atleo will undoubtably have a daunting to-do list, from dealing with the outbreak of pandemic flu in remote communities to working for better housing, health care, education and economic development for aboriginals. Not to mention winning over critics who believe the AFN itself needs to change.
To look ahead to these challenges ahead we reached two people. John Lagimodiere is Editor and Publisher of Eagle Feather News in Saskatoon. And on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario we reached Lynda Powless. She is the Owner and Editor of Turtle Island News.
It's mail day at The Current and joining Sheila Coles to sort through it is CBC TV reporter - and next week's guest host at The Current - Tom Harrington.
This week, Sheila spoke with Dr.Balfour Mount. He has dedicated his career to offering humane alternatives to euthanasia and he is considered the father of palliative care in Canada. He actually coined the phrase "palliative care" more than 30 years ago.
Now he's a cancer patient himself and he's worried about recent news that the ethics committee of the Quebec College of Physicans is considering a call for the legalization of drug-enduced euthanasia under certain circumstances.
Robert Buckman joined Sheila for the letters pack, to add to the dialogue FOR physican-assisted euthanasia. He's a medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital, and a professor in the department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Last week, on the show we talked about new visa requirements the government introduced for citizens of the Czech Republic and Mexico-- countries that happen to be two of the largest sources of refugee claimants to Canada.
Rape of Berlin
Last week, on the show we heard about a dark chapter in history. Sixty-four years ago - as Soviet troops advanced into the crumbling, burning remnants of Nazi Germany - soldiers sexually assaulted an estimated two million women. We heard from German psychiatrist Philipp Kuwert who tracked down 35 of these surviving women to learn more about the life-long effects of rape in war.
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Cut:"May It Begin"
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