Friday, June 20, 2008 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Linden McIntyre.
It's Friday, June 20th.
The Senate has passed bill S-209, which prohibits parents from spanking their children.
Currently, The Prime Minister has made it very clear the bill does not cover cabinet ministers.
This is The Current.
John McCain Visits Canada
Republican Presidential candidate John McCain announced his presence to fans of WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment, but on June 20, 2008, in a slightly more sober setting, Senator McCain talked to a group of 380 people at the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa. The Economic Club believes this was the first time a U.S. Presidential candidate has ever made a trip to Canada during an election campaign. And that got us wondering why he made the trip.
For their thoughts on that question, we were joined from New York City by David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George Bush who's now with the American Enterprise Institute, and in Toronto by Chris Sands, who studies Canada-U.S. relations with the Hudson Institute in Washington.
When Senator McCain raised the spectre of having to re-negotiate NAFTA from scratch, he was trying to warn people about a situation he thinks would be bad for everyone involved.
But Gordon Laxer thinks it might be a good thing, at least for Canada. He's a Professor of Political Economy and the Director of the Parklands Institute at the University of Alberta but he joined us in Toronto.
Listen to Part One:
New Zealand Methane Gas Emissions
Prime Minister Helen Clark has an ambitious plan for her country: make New Zealand the world's first carbon-neutral nation.
Of course it helps her cause that New Zealand is a tiny island in the middle of the South Pacific with little industry to speak of.
But it does have other problems. Specifically, 40 million sheep, 9 million cattle and more than a million farmed deer. Add them all up and the herds produce tons of methane every year, a gas many climate scientists say is among the worst culprits when it comes to global warming. And that's why New Zealand has 25 researchers working full time to reduce the methane that the country's livestock produces.
Mark Aspin is the Manager of the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium and he joined us from Wellington, New Zealand.
Researchers are trying to bring farmers on-side with their work, but many of New Zealand's farmers are still worried about how the government's plan to go carbon-neutral will affect them. Charlie Pederson is the National President of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand and he joined us from Hamilton, New Zealand.
Ruminant gas aside, New Zealand has an image as a very green country. But environmentalists there see a rather different picture emerging.
Simon Boxer is Greenpeace New Zealand's Climate Change Campaigner and he joined us from Wellington, New Zealand.
Listen to Part Two: