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December 01, 2009

Pt 1: Displaced Somalians - Amanda Lindhout is the Canadian freelance journalist who was released last week after being held captive for 15 months in Somalia. She spoke to CTV News Channel a few hours after being freed.

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Pt 2: Munk Debates - Next Monday, the most important climate negotiations in 12 years will begin in Copenhagen. The goal of the United Nations conference is to lay the groundwork for a global treaty to cap greenhouse gas emissions and stem climate change. But in the lead-up to the conference, a debate remains over how grave the threat of global warming is, how much needs to done to fight it, and at what cost.

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Pt 3: Bringing Kyle Home Documentary - Northern Ontario has a rugged landscape -- kilometre after kilometre of trees, rocks, lakes and occasionally, small pockets of people in first nations communities such as Fort Severn and Keewaywin.

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It's Tuesday, December 1st.

Due to injuries sustained in a car accident, Tiger Woods will not play in a charity golf tournament today.

Currently, a spokesperson for Mr. Woods would not elaborate on the nature of his injuries ... or the car crash ... or confirm if Tiger still plays golf ... or if his name really is Tiger.

This is The Current.


Displaced Somalians - UNHCR

Amanda Lindhout is the Canadian freelance journalist who was released last week after being held captive for 15 months in Somalia. She spoke to CTV News Channel, a few hours after being freed.

Amanda Lindhout never got a chance to tell the stories of the internally displaced people she met that day. And in the 15 months since then, their situations have become progressively worse.

The CBC's David McGuffin risked a trip to Somalia in October. He travelled to the Galkayo refugee campe where he met a woman named Betula Share who had just endured a ten day trek getting her childen away from the fighting.

There are now about one and half million internally displaced people in Somalia, a country without a functioning government. Roberta Russo is with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia. She was in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Displaced Somalians - Red Cross

The Red Cross is trying to get food, medicine and supplies to those Somalis who have been pushed out of their homes. Hugo van den Eertwegh is the Deputy Head of the Somali delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was in Nairobi as well.

Displaced Somalians - Analyst

Somalia has been considered one of the most lawless places on earth since the collapse of the national government back in 1991. For some perspective on why Somalia's ongoing political turmoil is having this effect on so many of its citizens, we were joined by Elizabeth Ferris. She is the Co-Director of the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.



 

 

Munk Debates

Next Monday, the most important climate negotiations in 12 years will begin in Copenhagen. The goal of the United Nations conference is to lay the groundwork for a global treaty to cap greenhouse gas emissions and stem climate change. But in the lead-up to the conference, a debate remains over how grave the threat of global warming is, how much needs to done to fight it, and at what cost.

Those questions will be on the table at the Munk Debates in Toronto tonight. George Monbiot and Canadian Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be on one side. Bjorn Lomborg and Lord Nigel Lawson will be on the other. And they'll debate this proposition: Be it resolved: Climate change is mankind's defining crisis and demands a commensurate response.

Two of the participants joined us this morning for a warm-up for that debate. Bjorn Lomborg is a professor at the Copenhagen Business School and the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It. George Monbiot is a columnist with The Guardian newspaper and the author of Heat: How to Stop The World from Burning and The Age of Consent: A Manifest for a New World Order. They were both in Toronto but in separate studios at the request of the Munk Debates.

They'll be participating in the Munk Debates on this subject tonight, along with Elizabeth May and Lord Nigel Lawson. The event will be web-cast on the Munk Debates web site at www.munkdebates.com and on cbc.ca. Ideas will broadcast the debate on CBC Radio One next Wednesday.



 

Bringing Kyle Home Documentary

Northern Ontario has a rugged landscape -- kilometre after kilometre of trees, rocks, lakes and occasionally, small pockets of people in first nations communities such as Fort Severn and Keewaywin.

For the young people who live there, the future can seem fuzzy. There are no high schools in many of these communities. So they can stay and maybe pick up low-paying jobs. Or they can head south for more education. But heading south to cities such as Thunder Bay can bring a host of problems for teenagers who have never been away from home.

Two weeks ago, a young man from the Keewaywin First Nation was found dead in a river after a night of drinking. His name was Kyle Morriseau. He was 17. And he had left the north to attend high school in Thunder Bay. The CBC's Ivy Cuervo has prepared a documentary called Bringing Kyle Home and she was in Thunder Bay.

Music Bridge

Artist: Ray Montford
Cut: CD7 Spirit Runner
CD: Many Roads
Label: Softail Records
Spine #: MR03CD


Last Word

As you may have heard on the news, Swiss voters have backed a proposal to ban the building of new minarets in their country. Minarets are the towers that rise from many mosques around the world and this applies just to the minarets not the actual mosques.

The proposal and the fact that it won the approval of 57 per cent of Swiss voters has sparked a great deal of criticism, from Islamic leaders and secular leaders alike in other countries. So we decided to pay a visit to Imam Aslam at the Madina Masjid mosque in Toronto's east end where a newly constructed minaret is just about complete.


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