Pt 2: Kevin Page Feature - Kevin Page's official title is Parliamentary Budget Officer. He's commonly referred to as Ottawa's budget watchdog. But his unofficial title seems to be "chief thorn in the side of the government." The Conservative government gave him his job in March of 2008. And they've rarely seen eye-to-eye since.
Pt 3: Berlin Wall - Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall ... an event that was pivotal in the break up of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism. It's the story of a seismic shift in global politics.
It's Monday, November 9th.
The 20th anniversary of the fall of The Berlin Wall.
Currently, Except in North Korea ... where it is 1953 until further notice.
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H1N1 & Trust
We started this segment with some frustrated voices of people at H1N1 flu vaccination clinics in Halifax and Calgary last week. Across the country, Canadians have voiced their dissatisfaction with the roll-out of the vaccine. Even as the hours-long lineups have grown shorter, there are still vaccine shortages, confusion over who is eligible to get it and anger over those whose connections have allowed them to jump the queue.
We aired some tape with a listener who called into CBC Radio's Metro Morning last week. Since then the list of seeming queue jumpers got longer ... the Calgary Flames and their BC farm team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Raptors, members of the board of seven Toronto hospitals and volunteers who were also financial donors at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. As well, flu shots were also given to some staff of the vaccine-maker, GlaxoSmithKline.
The problems with the delivery of the H1N1 flu vaccine have tested people's faith -- and trust -- in Canada's health-care system and governments at all levels. Lorrie Goldstein is among those criticizing how public institutions have responded to the pandemic. He is the Senior Associate Editor at the Toronto Sun and he was in Toronto.
H1N1 & Trust
Our next two guests have been watching the H1N1 flu vaccine roll-out closely and giving a lot of thought to how it's affecting our view of public institutions. Francoise Baylis is a Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. And Kumanan Wilson is a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Policy at the University of Ottawa and a doctor of internal medicine at Ottawa Civic Hospital. They were both in Ottawa this morning.
Kevin Page Feature
Kevin Page's official title is Parliamentary Budget Officer. He's commonly referred to as Ottawa's budget watchdog. But his unofficial title seems to be "chief thorn in the side of the government." The Conservative government gave him his job in March of 2008. And they've rarely seen eye-to-eye since.
First he reported that Canada's Afghanistan mission was costing twice as much as Ottawa had projected. And then, last November, he said the federal government was slipping into deficit ... even as the finance department maintained it would run a small surplus in the face of global financial meltdown.
Now, it seems that Kevin Page is at odds with the federal government again. This time, it's over his office's annual budget, which has been cut by one third. We aired some tape of Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page speaking in front of the Parliamentary Finance Committee last week. He joined Anna Maria in our Toronto studio this morning.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall ... an event that was pivotal in the break up of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism. It's the story of a seismic shift in global politics.
But it's also the story of individual lives. This morning, we focused on one woman. Her name is Sylke Schumann. She grew up in Leipzig in East Germany. And she also happens to be Anna Mar'as friend. For her, when the wall fell, so did a way of life and a veil of secrets that had surrounded her family.
Sylke Schumann is the assistant to the President of the Berlin School of Economics and Law. In the early 1990s, Anna Maria hired her to as a translator and producer at the CBC's Berlin bureau. She also worked as a producer in CBC's London, England bureau in the late 90s. She continues to work as a journalist and filmmaker. Sylke Schumann was in Berlin this morning.