Wednesday, December 17, 2008 | Categories: Episodes
It's Wednesday December 17th.
President Bush is relieved to hear the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at him will face charges.
Currently, Bush is even more relieved he never invaded Holland.
This Is The Current.
Economics and NGOs
The season of giving is taking a hit right now. Many charitable foundations and aid groups that depend on thriving money markets are being forced to scale back their work. And that can have a devastating effect on people who are already among the most vulnerable.
The Broadway Youth Resource Centre in downtown Vancouver is a case in point. It supports at-risk youth. And Robert Wilmot, the centre's Executive Director says the economic slowdown has arrived at his door. We aired a clip of him speaking to this.
The Centre is funded in part by The Vancouver Foundation. It's among the largest charitable foundation in Canada. Last year, it provided 42-million-dollars in grants to people in need. But this year, the money expects to be able to provide just 28-million-dollars, all because of declining financial markets.
Faye Wightman is the President and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation. We aired a clip.
And it's not solely local charities that are affected. Canadian organizations involved with humanitarian work abroad are also having to scale back their programs. Dr. Michael Schull is the President of Dignitas International. It's an non-governmental organization that provides HIV/AIDS prevention treatment for people in sub-Saharan Africa. He was in our Toronto studio.
At times like this, many Canadian charities will be turning to people like Malcolm Burrows for advice. He's the head of Philanthropic Advisory Services with Scotia Trust and he was also in Toronto.
Listen to Part One:
Part 2: A Nation of Wimps
We started this segment with a clip of comedian George Carlin ... not a typical source for sage advice on modern parenting. But to Hara Estroff Marano, he may have a point. She's very concerned about the long-term effects of what she calls "over-parenting." More specifically, she's worried too many parents are spending too much time catering to their children's every whim and doing more harm than good in the process. All of which is torqued - this time of year.
Hara Estroff Marano is the Editor of Psychology Today. She's also the author of A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting. And she was in New York City.
Listen to Part Two:
Part 3: Stuart Kauffman Feature
For many people of different faiths, this is a time of year given to spiritual reflection. It's certainly true for Stuart Kauffman. He's a biologist and he's been spending a lot of time thinking about God. A God or something sacred that is everywhere and in every living thing. Something scared that gives us life. A God that does not contradict the teachings of science.
But the God Stuart Kauffman has in mind - might not be who or what many would imagine. Stuart Kauffman is the Director of the Biocomplexity and Informatics Institute at the University of Calgary. His latest book is Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion and he was in Calgary.
Last Word: Every Grain of Sand
Later today on CBC Radio One, it's The Point and host Aamer Haleem will be talking to a doctor who says anti-obesity campaigns are leaving younger and younger children with eating disorders. That's The Point at 2 o'clock -- 2:30 in Newfoundland and Labrador. And tonight at 10 o'clock on CBC Television, The National will continue its series on acts of kindness with a profile of a 100-year-old midwife named Jenny Fleet.
Before we ended the program ... Stuart Kauffman's argument for fusing spiritual thought with scientific reason. Among other things, he talked about seeing God in every living thing ... a sentiment Bob Dylan expressed in his song "Every Grain of Sand." But today we gave the last word to Emmylou Harris' with her version.
Artist: Emmylou Harris
Cd: "Wrecking Ball"
Cut: 07, "Every Grain of Sand"
Listen to Part Three: