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July 15, 2010


Pt 1: Cancer Pathology - Nick Bala is a professor of law at Queen's University. He's suffering from a very advanced cancer that is difficult to treat. But he says things could -- and should -- have been different, if only the pathologist who examined his original biopsy had got it right. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Son of Hamas - Meet the first-born son of one of the founders of Hamas and find out how he ended up spying for Israel and converting to Christianity. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

It's Thursday, July 15th.

Despite some set-backs, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has pledged to continue "reaching out to Canadians."

Currently, especially those Canadians who are good with transmissions.

This is The Current.

Cancer Pathology - Nick Bala

Nick Bala is suffering from a very advanced cancer that is difficult to treat. That's hard enough to accept. But what makes it even harder is that he believes that wouldn't be the case if it wasn't for an error made by the pathologist who examined his original biopsy.

Nick Bala is a professor of law at Queen's University. But he was in Victoria this morning. His cancer was misdiagnosed as benign by retired Ontario pathologist James Murray. The Current made a request to speak with someone at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The College declined that request, and sent us the following statement:

The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board has referred Mr. Bala's complaint back to the College to reconsider its decision, and given that we are in process, we cannot provide comment ... [W]e will expeditiously list this case for review by the appropriate Committee, in light of the Board's direction.

Articles: College defends 'problematic' pathology testing / Windsor waits for McLellan report on pathology errors

Cancer Pathology - Tim Caulfield

Nick Bala isn't the first Canadian to fall victim to a botched pathology or lab report.
Last year in Newfoundland, a judicial inquiry into hundreds of mistaken breast cancer results found that the quality control at the lab that processed the tests was "so haphazard as to be non-existent."

Just yesterday, the Cypress Health Region in Saskatchewan announced a review of more than 7,500 CT scans after questions were raised about the initial findings. And later this month, a doctor appointed by the province of Ontario to investigate surgical and pathology errors in Windsor will present his report.

According to Tim Caulfield, these cases are adding weight to the push for greater transparency and accountability when testing mistakes happen. He's the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, as well as a professor in the faculty of law and the school of public health at the University of Alberta. He was in our Edmonton studio this morning.


PART TWO

Son of Hamas - Mosab HassanYousef

Earlier this month, Mosab Hassan Yousef was granted political asylum in the United States. It's a safe bet that's not where he imagined he would be at age 32.

He was born and raised in the occupied West Bank ... the first-born son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas. That's the Palestinian political party and armed faction that the Canadian Government has designated as a terrorist organization.

As a child, Mosab Hassan Yousef saw his father as a heroic figure. But he would grow up to betray him by spying on Hamas for Israel and converting to Christianity.

Mosab Hassan Yousef's new book is called Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices.

Music Bridge

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Letters

We have just enough time left this morning to take a look at the mail you sent this week. And The Current's Lara O'Brien joined Jim Brown in studio to help read the mail.

Census: Yesterday we talked about the fallout from the Federal Government cancellation of the mandatory long-form census... that's the census with 53 extra questions tracking information such as ethnicity, disabilities, religion, education and income. The government is trading it in for a voluntary census that will be sent to 1 out of every 3 households.

We heard from Ivan Fellegi, Statistics Canada's Chief Statistician for 23 years and from Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, who is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. After hearing this debate, we heard from our listeners with their thoughts.

Korean War: It was sixty years ago this summer that the Korean war broke out. During the three-year conflict, about 27 thousand Canadians were involved in the war. More than five hundred Canadians died. But despite this, the Canadian government refused to acknowledge it as a war, and instead, called it a "police action".

Scotty Martin is a veteran of the Korean war. And Monday on The Current, he told us why that still doesn't sit well with him. Hearing this conversation prompted many to share their own stories.

Google Maps: If you are in Canada and you use Google Maps to pull up the map of China ... what you see would be very different from someone who did the same search in China. That's because Google Maps has multiple versions of world maps, rather than a single definitive version.

Tuesday on The Current, we heard about one particular conundrum. In India, Google Maps shows the state of Arunachal Pradesh as being part of China. And the politics aren't confined to India and China ... as one listener attests to in his letter.

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