July 12, 2010

Pt 1: Khadr Ruling - The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that Ottawa has not done enough to protect Omar Khadr's constitutional rights and has given the government until today to come up with a better remedy. We look at what the government has and has not done and the debate over judicial activism. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Korean War - 60th Anniversary - This summer marks 60 years since the beginning of the Korean War. 27,000 Canadians fought in that war. More than 500 died. And yet the Korean Peninsula is still fraught with political tension and the potential for conflict. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

It's Monday, July 12th.

The Federal Court of Canada has given Ottawa until today to come up with a plan to defend Omar Khadr's civil rights.

Currently, The plan is to appoint Khadr as Canada' permanent representative to Cuba.

This is The Current.

Khadr Ruling - Panel

It has been eight years since Omar Khadr was captured in Afghanistan after a firefight that left a U.S. medic dead. He has spent almost all of that time in Guantanamo Bay. And now, the Federal Court of Canada says it's time to bring him home.

The court has all but ordered the Canadian government to request Khadr's return. That ruling set up a high stakes show-down between the courts and the federal government ... along with a debate about which of them should reign supreme.

For their thoughts on that question, we were joined this morning by Barry Cooper. He's a professor of political science at the University of Calgary. He was in Calgary. And Nathalie Des Rosiers is the General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She was in Bayfield, Ontario.

We requested an interview with Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. But his office told us that he "cannot comment on the issue as it is before the courts."

Khadr Ruling - Eric Adams

For some historical context about the relationship between the Courts and the Executive Branch of Government, we were joined by Eric Adams. He teaches constitutional law at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.


Korean War: 60th Anniversary

We started this segment with a montage of news clips reporting on the war on the Korean Peninsula ... 60 years ago this summer. In the three years of fighting that followed, nearly 27,000 Canadians would take part in the conflict. 516 would die. And 60 years later, the threat of conflict between North and South Korea is still very real.

Ted Barris has written a history of Canada's role in the Korean War. It's called Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950 to 1953. Scotty Martin is a Canadian who fought in the Korean War. They were both in Toronto.

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