June 24, 2008

Pt 1: World Tamil Movement Declared a Terrorist Organization -To many in Canada's Tamil community, the World Tamil Movement is a legitimate non-profit organization that helps new immigrants to Canada and provides assistance to Tamils in Sri Lanka. But Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says the WTM funnels money to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam or LTTE, an organization that has been on the Canadian government's list of banned terrorist groups since 2006. And in mid-June 2008, Stockwell Day added the World Tamil Movement to that list.

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Pt 2: The Art of Scent - Anyone walking into the fragrance section in pretty much any department store is greeted by an array of scents from different aromatic concoctions. But increasingly, the most popular fragrances are hardly, well, "fragrant."

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Today's guest host was Margaret Evans.


Satire

It's Tuesday, June 24th.

After withdrawing from Zimbabwe's runoff election, Morgan Tsvangirai has sought refuge at the Dutch Embassy in Harare.

Currently, in a brilliant show of skill, the opposition leader singlehandedly breached the embassy's defence, repeatedly exploiting the building's right side which was left un-guarded by the Dutch national soccer team.

This is The Current.


World Tamil Movement Declared a Terrorist Organization

Canadian Tamil Congress Spokesperson

To many in Canada's Tamil community, the World Tamil Movement is a legitimate non-profit organization that helps new immigrants to Canada and provides assistance to Tamils in Sri Lanka. But Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says the WTM funnels money to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam or LTTE, an organization that has been on the Canadian government's list of banned terrorist groups since 2006. And in mid-June 2008, Stockwell Day added the World Tamil Movement to that list.

The World Tamil Movement was the first domestic organization to land on Canada's list of banned terrorist organizations. But in the first case of its kind in Canada, the disbanded group fought back with a legal challenge to try to reverse the decision. Everyone involved was cautious about it. The former President and Vice President of the World Tamil Movement, as well as the lawyers representing them all refused to be interviewed on the subject. But one of their lawyers, Adriel Weaver, agreed to give us a statement.

The fight over the group's status was felt throughout Canada's Tamil community. Joining us in Toronto was David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress -- a group that is not associated with the World Tamil Movement.


Statement From Ex-President of World Tamil Movement

Sitha Sittampalam, former president of the World Tamil Movement, prepared a statement for The Current.


Mackenzie Institute

There are those who think Stockwell Day was right to add the World Tamil Movement to the Canadian Government's list of banned terrorist organizations.
Joining us from Toronto was John Thompson, President of the MacKenzie Institute, an organization that studies political instability and terrorism.


Music

Artist: Steve Dawson
Cut: CD8 "Photograph"
CD: "We Belong to the Gold Coast"
Label: Black Hen Music
Spine #: BHCD 0030



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The Art of Scent

Anyone walking into the fragrance section in pretty much any department store is greeted by an array of scents from different aromatic concoctions. But increasingly, the most popular fragrances are hardly, well, "fragrant."

We heard some actual reviews of three different cutting edge fragrances that are, you might say, making quite a stink in the industry. According to world-renowned fragrance expert Marian Bendeth, they're part of a new trend of scents that have stopped trying to hide what we really smell like when we live our lives. So much for smelling like roses.

To try making some sense of this trend, as well as the role our sense of smell plays in our lives, we were joined by two people: from Providence, Rhode Island by Rachel Herz, author of Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell and a visiting professor at Brown University; and from Montreal by David Howes, co-author of Aroma: A Cultural History of Smell and a Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal.


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