September 10, 2010

Pt 1: Koran Burning - A small church in Florida with a membership of about 50 people has captured the world's attention and provoked widespread anger with its plan to hold a "Burn The Koran Day" to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. We're asking whether all the media attention is legitimate or just providing a spotlight for a marginal viewpoint. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Dr. Peter Diaries - Twenty years ago today, CBC Television put a man named Peter Jepson-Young on the evening news. They brought him back every week and for 111 episodes, he documented his days as he died of AIDS. A lot has changed since then. But a lot has stayed the same. We revisit the Dr. Peter Diaries. (Read More)

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Pt 3: AIDS Now - We hear from three people who are living with AIDS today ... to find out what has changed and what hasn't. (Read More)

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Today's guest host was Ian Hanomansing.

It's Friday, September 10th.

A psychologist at the University of Victoria is making the case that undeserved praise can undermine children.

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Koran Burning - Panel

Pastor Terry Jones runs the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. It's a small church with a membership of about 50 people. But he's getting a wildly disproportionate amount of attention thanks to his plan to mark the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th by burning about 200 copies of the Koran.

And yesterday, he parlayed all that attention into what appears to be a powerful bargaining chip. He says he'll call off those plans now. But there may be one small problem. The Imam at the proposed Islamic Cultural Centre in question denies that there is any deal and says he has never met with Pastor Jones.

So this morning, as the world awaits Pastor Jones' next move, we're asking if the media -- and its worth pointing out that the CBC has not shied away from this story - has empowered Pastor Jones and given him a platform that he doesn't deserve.

For their thoughts on that, we were joined by Tony Burman. He was the Editor in Chief with CBC News. He's the Head of Strategy for the Americas with Al-Jazeera. And he was in Washington. And Haroon Siddiqui is a columnist with Toronto Star and the author of Being Muslim. He was in Toronto.

Music Bridge

Artist: Fembots
Cd: Calling Out
Cut: 1, Good Days
Label: Weewerk


Dr. Peter Diaries

We started this segment with the opening words of the very first Dr. Peter Diaries ... a series that began airing 20 years ago today on CBC Television in Vancouver.

For 111 episodes, Peter Jepson-Young chronicled his life with AIDS in a weekly series. That was twenty years ago, when AIDS was relatively new ... when it was terrorizing gay men, and scaring everyone.

Dr. Peter, as he was known, decided to do something that was pretty daring at the time. He decided to speak out about being gay, and having AIDS. He wanted to dispel misconceptions and overcome some of the irrational fears that surrounded AIDS at the time. So CBC Vancouver put him on the evening news.

Peter Jepson-Young was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He began the Dr. Peter Diaries on September 10th, 1990. They continued until just a few days before his death in November, 1992. Shirley Young is Peter Jepson-Young's mother. And she was in our Vancouver studio this morning.

Links: Dr. Peter Aids Foundation / Dr. Peter Week declared in Vancouver



We continued to mark the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of the Doctor Peter Diaries on CBC Television in Vancouver. For the next half-hour, we wanted to introduce you to a few of the people who are living with AIDS today.

We heard from Leanna Storm. She is getting her daily medication from a nurse at the Doctor Peter Centre in Vancouver. She remembers when she first heard of HIV-AIDS. But Leanna did get it from a dirty needle. And as an aboriginal woman, she's part of one of the demographics most affected by HIV-AIDS.

As we touched on in our last half hour, the demographics of HIV-AIDS in Canada have shifted dramatically over the past 20 years. The absolute number of cases is about the same. But the epidemic has shifted. In 1990, about 95 per cent of the people living with HIV-AIDS were gay men.

Today, gay men make up about half of the cases. Intravenous drug users make up another 17 per cent. Women, 20 per cent. And a disproportionate and growing number are aboriginal people.

As part of Shift, The Current's focus on the demographic changes sweeping through Canada and the world, we wanted to spend the next half-hour looking at how the face of HIV-AIDS has changed in the last 20 years.

Tiko Kerr is an artist from Vancouver and one of the longest surviving Canadians with HIV. He was diagnosed in 1984. He was in Vancouver. .

Today, about 1 in 5 people with HIV-AIDS in Canada are women. Monica Whyte is one of them. She's 36. She has two children. And she was in Calgary.

Greg Robinson is a retired physician in Toronto. His experience shows that there's still a long way to go in treating people with HIV-AIDS. And his life depends on getting there.

And to bring the discussion full circle, we went back to the Doctor Peter Centre in Vancouver, to meet one more person living with HIV-AIDS. Anthony Amodeo faces an ongoing struggle with his drug addiction. He lives in Vancouver

The Current will have more on the new face of AIDS in Canada next week from Saskatchewan. That province has the highest HIV-AIDS rate per capita in the country. Find out why and what it means.

Music Bridge

Artist: Chris Velan
Cd: Twitter, Buzz, Howl
Cut: 2, Long Way From Home
Label: Mutation
Spine: MM 1101

Last Word - Saskatchewan Bison

We ended the program today with a preview of Monday's show. Anna Maria Tremonti is off to Saskatchewan for two days of programming. This year, The Current is focusing on the demographic shifts that are changing Canada and the world. And Saskatchewan is changing fast.

The population of Saskatoon is exploding. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Housing starts are off the charts. And the city's biggest problem may be managing its growth. But in the midst of all that, the provinces' Francophone population -- The Fransaskoise -- has run into tough times. So a small group of farmers north of Prince Albert have joined forces with the local Metis to try to reinvigorate their cultures and their economy with something called Terroir. We aired a clip.

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