It's Monday October 27th.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommendation that Bisophenal A -- a plastic used in some baby bottles -- is harmless, was based on a report by a group that counts chemical companies and plastic manufacturers as clients.
Currently, And it's recommendation that eating ornate glass eggs is a good source of Omega 3 was actually written by Faberge.
This is the Current.
The experts all seem to agree that we are in the midst of dark times and can expect them to grow darker still. We're hearing the word deficit echo throughout the country as a sign that our revenues aren't what we hoped they would be and we'll have to spend more than we're taking in to keep the economic ship as we know it on an even keel.
No one questions a surplus in the hope some of our tax dollars will find their way back home. But deficit strikes fear into the heart of many who expect, at some point, to be asked to pony up the spending shortfall. Joining us today to talk through the myths and realities of deficit spending are three people who've had to balance a government budget and know what it really means to settle the bottom line.
Floyd Laughren was Ontario's finance minister In Bob Rae's NDP government in Ontario. Gordon Wilson was leader the B.C. Liberal party and also served as finance Minister for NDP Premier Glen Clark. And Norman Betts was New Brunswick's Finance Minister in Bernard Lord's Progressive Conservative Government.
In the summer of 1943, two young Canadian men were sent on a secret and extremely dangerous mission into occupied France, part of a covert effort to stoke an uprising across Europe and end Nazi rule throughout the continent. The risk of capture was high, so both men carried suicide pills. Their life expectancy was short.
Frank Pickersgill and Ken Macalister's journey from Winnipeg and Guelph, Ontario to their fate at the hands of their enemies is one of the great, forgotten stories of Canada's campaign against the Nazis. It's recounted in a new book called, Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation. Jonathan Vance is the book's author and he was in London, Ontario for the show.
The Impact of These Unlikely Soldiers
In our last part, we heard the heroic and tragic story of Frank Pickersgill and Ken Macalister - two young, Canadian men sent to infiltrate Nazi-occupied France, who died in a cellar at Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
To this day, Frank Pickersgill and Ken Macalister are remembered fondly by the people whose lives they touched. Saul Rae was a Canadian diplomat who met Frank Pickersgill not long before that fateful mission. At the end of the war, he and Frank's brother Jack set off to find out what had happened to the two missing men. That story has been passed down to Saul's son, Bob Rae, who continues to tell it fondly.
And the lives of Frank Pickersgill and Ken Macalister also intertwined with George and Alison Ignatieff and had a profound affect on their family, including their son, Michael Ignatieff.
We heard how Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff tell the story in this part.
If you have young children, and you live in Yellowknife, you probably pay about 30 dollars a day for daycare. In Winnipeg, it's about 20. In Toronto, it's as much as 70.
But in Quebec, quality day care is just 7 dollars a day.
It's been 10 years now since the Parti Quebecois introduced the country's first universal daycare program. One of the driving forces behind the plan was then Education and Family minister, Pauline Marois. She is a 30-year veteran of Quebec politics and a working mother who raised four children while holding many ministerial positions. She's now the leader of the Parti Quebecois -- the first woman to lead a political party in Quebec.
But it is her role in creating Quebec's system of universal daycare that has brought her to Toronto where the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care has recognized her with their Excellence in Advocacy Award.