August 27, 2010

Pt 1: Amnesty International - Amnesty International is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over the last half-century, it has become one of the most widely respected human rights organizations in the world. But as it expands the focus of its work, some worry it is becoming a less effective organization. Nancy Wilson talks to Amnesty's new Secretary General, Salil Shetty. (Read More)

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Pt 2: In His Bones - Meet a recreational skeleton rider named Denny Simon and find out how a 67-year-old man gets possessed by one of the craziest -- and most reckless -- winter sports around. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

Today's guest host was Nancy Wilson.

It's Friday, August 27th.

While touring Nunavut, Prime Minister Stephen Harper skipped a stone towards the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Larsen.

Currently, the Prime Minister described it as the Canadian military's latest surface-to-air-to-surface-to-air-to-surface-to-air missile.

This is The Current.

Amnesty International - Salil Shetty

67,000 Canadians are members of Amnesty International. Many more support its work. But that doesn't mean Canada is exempt from Amnesty's un-relenting assessment of our failures and short-comings.

Amnesty's new Secretary General has had some unkind words about Canada's human rights record of late ... about Ottawa's refusal to push for the repatriation of Omar Khadr ... about what he sees as back-sliding when it comes to protecting the rights of women and native peoples ... as well as preserving space for dissent and owning up to our responsibilities at the international level.

Salil Shetty is Amnesty International's new Secretary General. He's also the former Director of the United Nation's Millennium Goal Campaign. And he takes his new post as Amnesty is marking its 50th anniversary and assessing its future. Salil Shetty was in Montreal.


In His Bones

We're off to Calgary this morning ... to meet a man named Denny Simon. He's 67. And he's a recreational skeleton slider. That's where you voluntarily hurl yourself headfirst on a small sled down a chute of sheer ice at breakneck speed. Calgary is the site of Canada's first bobsled track.

It was built for the 1988 Winter Games before Skeleton was an Olympic sport. You can see the Calgary Olympic Park from Denny Simon's living room. And that's where The Current's Dominic Girard starts his documentary. It's called In His Bones. And it first aired on The Current in February.

Have a look at Denny Simon in action posted below:

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