October 17, 2008

Pt 1: Blaming Dion - The votes are in, the knives are out, and if there's one question facing Liberal Leader Stephane Dion it's this: "Should I stay or should I go..."

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Pt 2: Camel Jockeys - Documentary - For the wealthy, camel-racing is a great sport. Betting on large lumbering beasts as they thunder around a track can be entertaining and bring a handsome profit. But for some of the jockeys, it can be torture. They are often young boys snatched from their homes and forced to ride the camels boys who become pawns in an illegal trade of tiny, human cargo.

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Pt 3: Kangaroos For Climate Change - Environmentalists in Australia have come up with an interesting pitch for fighting global warming - eat more kangaroo. It works like this. If Australians are raising and eating kangaroo, they'll be raising and eating less sheep and cattle. That's important because cows and sheep produce methane when they burp and fart. Methane is a greenhouse gas and all that flatulence is a significant contributor to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Today's guest host was Indira Naidoo Harris

It's Friday, October 17th.

There is growing discontent in Liberal ranks about Stephane Dion's leadership.

Currently, Dion said he is surprised to learn the Puffin in the Tory election ad was actually a Liberal.

This is The Current.


Blaming Dion

The votes are in, the knives are out, and if there's one question facing Liberal Leader Stephane Dion it's this: "Should I stay or should I go..."

The clash of Canada's political titans has left the Liberal Party battered and bruised. The Liberals lost 19 seats on Tuesday, in one of the uglier losses in the party's recent history. And before the night was out, more than a few people were smelling blood in the water.

The CBC's Alison Crawford, speaking with Michael Enright on election night. You also heard Liberal MP Michael Ignatieff and briefly Liberal Leader Stephane Dion.

Jim Karygiannis, has had a few days to "ponder" what went wrong, and who's to "blame" for it. And what he's come up with, isn't pretty. He was elected as the Liberal MP, for "Scarborough-Agincourt" for the "seventh time" on Tuesday. He joined Indira in our Toronto studio.

Defending Dion

Now, as Stephane Dion considers his future, "Gerard Kennedy" is watching from a unique vantage point. He's the Liberal MP, for "Parkdale-High Park" in Toronto. He ran for the Liberal leadership back in 2006. And threw his support behind Stephane Dion, in the final ballot. Gerard Kennedy was in our Toronto studio as well.


 

Camel Jockeys - Documentary

For the wealthy, camel-racing is a great sport. Betting on large lumbering beasts as they thunder around a track can be entertaining and bring a handsome profit.
But for some of the jockeys, it can be torture. They are often young boys snatched from their homes and forced to ride the camels boys who become pawns in an illegal trade of tiny, human cargo.

Many of them come from Pakistan where they are whisked away or even sold by their parents to places like the United Arab Emirates. There, they are kept in squalid conditions and forced into the dangerous job of camel jockey.

Habiba Nosheen is a freelance broadcaster. She went to Pakistan to meet some of the boys who have been returned to their native country thanks largely to the efforts of one man. Here's her documentary, The Camel Boys.


 

Kangaroos For Climate Change

Environmentalists in Australia have come up with an interesting pitch for fighting global warming - eat more kangaroo. It works like this. If Australians are raising and eating kangaroo, they'll be raising and eating less sheep and cattle. That's important because cows and sheep produce methane when they burp and fart. Methane is a greenhouse gas and all that flatulence is a significant contributor to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, kangaroos still burp and fart. But they don't produce methane when they do. So in theory, a simple shift in Australia's national diet could make a big difference to the country's carbon footprint.

Over the summer, the Australian Wildlife Services released a report that outlined the argument in favour of the shift. And George Wilson is here to tell us about it. He's with Australian Wildlife Services and he was in Canberra.


Last Word

Earlier in the show we parsed the growing anger inside the Liberal Party over its poor showing in the federal election. And we'll leave you with a different take on liberals and disillusionment. This is Phil Ochs and Love Me, I'm A Liberal.



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