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September 7, 2009

Pt 1: Resume Fraud -Okay, let's see. Professional Experience ... "Former War Correspondent, National Radio Host, Investigative Reporter."

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Pt 2: What Remains - Documentary - Mattawa is a small forestry town in northern Ontario. And it has seen its share of troubles. Mills have been closing and jobs have been lost. And now, the town is fixated on another, very different problem. The man who used to be Mattawa's only funeral director is facing 74 criminal charges related to improper burials. Before the charges were laid, he was known around town as an "upstanding citizen."

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Pt 3: Nation of Wimps - Parents across the country are getting ready to send their kids back to school tomorrow ... And getting ready to do whatever it takes to help them succeed. But according to Hara Estroff Marano, that desire to help our children in any way we can might be doing more harm than good. She is the Editor of Psychology Today. And she's worried about the long-term effects of what she calls "over-parenting."

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It's Monday September 7th ... Labour Day.

Currently ... Or as it is known to school-age children across North America ... Black Monday.

This is the Current.

Resume Fraud

Okay, let's see. Professional Experience ... "Former War Correspondent, National Radio Host, Investigative Reporter."

Okay that was easy.
All right, now Hobbies. How about running? ... Wait no. How about ..."Experienced Marathon Runner." I did that once.

And cooking. Hmm. How do I make that sound better? How about..."Culinary Guru." Oh, and "Yoga Enthusiast!" After all I do love Lulu Lemon.

Now don't worry, I'm not actually writing my resume. But given the economic climate, there are plenty of Canadians who are. And some of them ... well, maybe they're wrestling with how to make themselves sound a little more impressive or just plain qualified ... when they're not.

Surrana Sandy is the President of Resume Solutions, a Toronto-based company that helps people polish their resumes. And she says that there's a big difference between improving and outright embellishing ... even in tough economic times.

Unfortunately, not everyone heeds Surrana Sandy's advice. Dean Drysdale is the Chief Financial Officer for BackCheck, a Surrey-based company that fact-checks resumes for hiring companies. And he's seen more than a few people who tried to stretch the truth a little too far.

According to Mark Wexler, people's willingness to pad their resumes says a lot about us - - and the places we work. Mark Wexler is a University Professor of Business Ethics and Management at the Segal Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He's also the President of the Perimeter Group of Consultants and he was in Vancouver.

Resumes aren't the only thing people work on like a fine piece of art. Cover letters are carefully crafted as well. But sometimes what's not included is as important as what is. Joey Comeau is the author of Overqualified.


What Remains - Documentary

Mattawa is a small forestry town in northern Ontario. And it has seen its share of troubles. Mills have been closing and jobs have been lost. And now, the town is fixated on another, very different problem. The man who used to be Mattawa's only funeral director is facing 74 criminal charges related to improper burials. Before the charges were laid, he was known around town as an "upstanding citizen."

But now some families are wondering if the body they buried was actually that of their loved one. The former funeral director will be back in court tomorrow. And the CBC's Allison Dempster prepared a documentary about the story. It's called What Remains and it first aired on The Current in March.

While Allison Dempster was preparing the documentary, she was in touch with the province's regulatory agency -- the Board of Funeral Directors. According to the board, funeral homes in Ontario are inspected at least once every three years. But the records of those inspections are not available to the public ... not even through Access To Information requests.

The Board of Funeral Directors defends its handling of the situation in Mattawa. It says it pulled Timmy Lynn Smith's license immediately and took control of the funds clients had pre-paid. It then made contact with the clients and compensated people who had paid for services they didn't receive ... a total of forty thousand dollars.

There are no plans to make funeral inspection records public in Ontario. Inspection records are not publicly available anywhere else in Canada either. And Prince Edward Island doesn't have a professional body that monitors funeral homes. Timmy Lynn Smith will be back in court tomorrow in North Bay, Ontario.

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Nation of Wimps

Parents across the country are getting ready to send their kids back to school tomorrow ... And getting ready to do whatever it takes to help them succeed. But according to Hara Estroff Marano, that desire to help our children in any way we can might be doing more harm than good. She is the Editor of Psychology Today. And she's worried about the long-term effects of what she calls "over-parenting."

More specifically, she's concerned that too many parents are spending too much time catering to their children's every whim. Hara Estroff Marano is also the author of A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting. We spoke to her last December.

Work In Progress - Talk Tape

This is Labour Day. It's also the launch of The Current's new season ... And our new season-long series about work. Work in all its forms from the past to the future. We'll have documentaries, interviews, and profiles. We'll take The Current on location -- and that's a lot of work, let me tell you. Work is something we all do.

We're usually paid for it. But sometimes not. And we all have opinions about it work about the kind of work we do, the bosses we have, the employees we hire. So to help us get the ball rolling our Documentary Editor Dick Miller joined Anna Maria in studio.

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