April 28, 2009

Pt 1: Tax Mistake Follow - The deadline is looming... You have until midnight Thursday to file your personal income tax. And while that mere reminder may give some of you sweaty palms for many who heard our story last week about Irvin Leroux's battle with the Canada Revenue Agency - - it raised your blood pressure.

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Pt 2: Tribunals - Ezra Levant is a self-described "blow-hard." For years, he has ranted and raved to a select audience ... one drawn to his fiercely conservative approach to the world and the force with which he makes his arguments.

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Pt 3: Lacor Hospital - Lucille Teasdale isn't a household name in the same way as other Canadians who have been immortalized in "Heritage Minutes." But to millions of Ugandans, she was a life-saver. Lucille Teasdale was one of Canada's first female surgeons and considered one of Canada's finest doctors and humanitarians.

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It's Tuesday, April 28th.

British Columbia's Solicitor General has resigned his cabinet post after his driver's license was suspended for getting too many speeding tickets. He will, however, be running for re-election.

Currently, He pretty much has to now ... the job comes with a driver.

This is The Current.

Tax Mistake Follow - Ombudsman

The deadline is looming... You have until midnight Thursday to file your personal income tax. And while that mere reminder may give some of you sweaty palms for many who heard our story last week about Irvin Leroux's battle with the Canada Revenue Agency - - it raised your blood pressure.

We aired a clip of
Mr. Leroux. The Current spoke with Irvin Leroux and his wife, Jill Moore, last Thursday. They have been fighting the Canada Revenue Agency since 1996. It all began when Mr. Leroux was audited and the agency concluded he owed them 630,000 dollars.

Thirteen years later ... here's what we know. The Canada Revenue Agency owed Irvin Leroux money back then - 24,000 dollars. But with interest and penalties his bill from the CRA climed to one million dollars. And in the meantime, they lost their business, their house and their retirement savings.

After that interview aired, we received more than 200 letters. Many wrote in with their own stories of battles over their taxes and their own demands for accountability from the Canada Revenue Agency. And that's where Paul Dube comes in. Last year, he was appointed Canada's first Taxpayers' Ombudsman. He was in our Ottawa studio.

We are still trying to obtain an interview with Jean-Pierre Blackburn - the Minister of National Revenue. So far the Minister has not been available.


 

Tribunals

Ezra Levant is a self-described "blow-hard." For years, he has ranted and raved to a select audience ... one drawn to his fiercely conservative approach to the world and the force with which he makes his arguments.

In 2006, his magazine, The Western Standard, re-printed the infamous Danish Mohammad cartoons ... the ones that sparked riots around the world when they were first published and set-off a heated debate over the limits of freedom of expression and religious tolerance. After that, the magazine was hit by several human rights complaints.

Ezra Levant spent years fighting them. And while he was fighting, he came to some provocative and controversial conclusions about Canada's human rights commissions. The result is his new book. It's called Shakedown: How our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights. Ezra Levant was in Calgary this morning.

 

Lacor Hospital - Dominique Corti

Lucille Teasdale isn't a household name in the same way as other Canadians who have been immortalized in "Heritage Minutes." But to millions of Ugandans, she was a life-saver. Lucille Teasdale was one of Canada's first female surgeons and considered one of Canada's finest doctors and humanitarians.

In the early 1960s, she and her husband -- an Italian doctor named Piero Corti -- moved to Uganda and started St. Mary's Hospital, Lacor. From the beginning, they said they were there to empower Ugandans, not lecture to them and that this would be the only way to make any lasting difference. Today, St. Mary's Hospital, Lacor treats more than a thousand patients a day. And it's considered one of the best teaching hospitals in East Africa.

Both Lucille Teasdale and Piero Corti have died. Their daughter, Dominique Corti is the honourary President of the Piero and Lucille Corti Foundation and she was in Montreal.

Last Word - Ezra

Stay with us on CBC Radio One. Q is next. And later today on The Point, host Aamer Haleem is asking if the provinces should get in on the action when it comes to on-line gambling. The Point is at 2 o'clock -- 2:30 in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador. And tonight, The National will have the latest on the confirmed cases of swine flu in Canada and answer your questions about the outbreak. During the hockey play-offs, you'll find The National on CBC Newsworld at 9 o'clock and 10 o'clock Eastern Time.

Earlier in the program, we spoke to Ezra Levant, about his new book called Shakedown: How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy In The Name Of Human Rights, in which he details his fight with the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. The battle over Ezra Levant's right to publish caught the attention of CBC Television's Rick Mercer last year... so we ended the program with his memorable rant on the subject.


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