Pt 2: MP Exit Interviews - It turns out that not all politicians were born to run. We hear from former Members of Parliament about the job they left behind. (Read More)
Pt 3: Respect in the Workplace - Some say that taking care of business means keeping a respectful workplace. That's why many employers require their workers to take some sort of respect training. We heard whether respect in the workplace training really works. (Read More)
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It's Tuesday, June 15th.
Currently, the military officials, however, classified NATO's chances of victory in Afghanistan as unobtainium.
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Makana Football Association
Robben Island's most famous inmate, Nelson Mandela, wasn't allowed to play. He watched the matches from his isolation cell until prison authorities put up a wall to block his view.
Tony Suze and Mark Shinners were founding members of the Makana Football Association. Mark Shinners was a negotiator with the Pan African Congress in talks that led to South Africa's first democratic constitution. They both joined The Current from Mr. Suze's home in Pretoria.
MP Exit Interviews - Alison Loat
Politics is often referred to as a blood sport. But for the men and women who seek public office, it's also a job - one which they eventually leave behind.
With that in mind, a non-partisan research organization called Samara has conducted a series of exit interviews with former Members of Parliament. Samara studies citizens' engagement with Canadian democracy. The group's Executive Director, Alison Loat, wanted to learn more about what compelled MPs to run for office, and what life was like on the job.
The first set of findings of the exit interviews are contained in a new report called "The Accidental Citizen?." As part of The Current's Work in Progress series, Alison Loat joined The Current to discuss the sometimes surprising findings.
MP Exit Interviews - Panel of MPs
Well, we thought it would be interesting to conduct some informal exit interviews of our own. So we invited three former MPs to share their thoughts with us.
John Godfrey spent 14 years on Parliament Hill as a Liberal MP, including a stint as Minister of State and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. He left federal politics in 2007 to become headmaster at the Toronto French School.
He was in our Toronto studio, along with Jean Augustine - the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons, where she sat from 1993 to 2006. She also served as a Minister of State and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. She is now the Fairness Commissioner for Ontario.
Monte Solberg was the MP for Medicine Hat, Alberta, for 15 years - first for the Reform Party, then for the Canadian Alliance and eventually for the Conservatives. He spent three years in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet, holding the Citizenship and Immigration and the Human Resources and Social Development Portfolios. He left politics in 2008, and he now writes a column for Sun Media. He was in our Calgary studio.PART THREE
Respect in the Workplace - Daniel Lublin
We began this section with a clip from the NBC sitcom, The Office. We heard the voice of fictional boss Michael Scott, the annoying regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper, who is the antithesis of sensitivity. And as we heard in the clip, a workshop on respect in the workplace is about to go horribly wrong.
Well, a new provincial law against workplace bullying takes effect in Ontario today. It comes on the heels of a shocking case in Mississauga, where a scandal erupted earlier this month after CBC aired footage taken by a city employee of workers being duct-taped together.
A criminal investigation into the case did not result in charges being laid against any employees. But two supervisors involved in the incident have been suspended without pay. The City of Mississauga has also ordered employees to re-do respect in the workplace training.
Alex Juani is the City of Mississauga employee who blew the whistle on the incident. We heard a clip where he described the respect workshop he and his co-workers attended the first time around.
Alex Juani isn't the only worker who questions the effectiveness of respect in the workplace training. As part of our Work in Progress series, we looked at whether workplace respect workshops actually work. Daniel Lublin is an employment lawyer, who represents both employers and workers. He was in Toronto.
Respect in the Workplace - Panel
We began this segment with a clip from a genuine Respect in the Workplace training video, by ATS Media - an example of the subject matter they cover in these courses. Many employers require their workers to take some sort of respect training. And proponents say it can be effective, if done properly.
Erica Pinsky is a workplace consultant and author of Road to Respect: Path to Profit (How to Become an Employer of Choice by Building a Respectful Workplace Culture). Daniel Skarlicki is a professor of organizational behaviour and human resources at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. They were both in Vancouver.
Last Word - Robben Island Singers
We started the show today with the story of the Makana Football Association on Robben Island Prison off the coast from Cape Town, and its role in the fight against South African apartheid.
The legacy of Robben Island still resonates in The Robben Island Singers. Grant Shezi, Muntu Nxumalo and Thembinkosi Sithole spent 32 years collectively in prison, branded as terrorists for their part in the anti-apartheid struggle.
But they found solace and inspiration in music, and now perform songs of peace and reconciliation around the world. They're also the subject of an upcoming documentary, and we're going to leave you with some of their music. The song was called "Take Over."
Composer/Performer: Robben Island Singers
Album: Songs from South Africa's Freedom Struggle
Label: Groundswell Educational Films
Track: 12, Take Over