Monday, September 21, 2009 | Categories: Episodes
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Welland Pt 1 - When the Work Goes
Over the past ten years, the town of Welland has been hit hard by job losses and plant closures. Once the kind of place where jobs were so plentiful you could quit one in the morning and find another in the afternoon, today families are struggling to find any work at all. Anna Maria and Current producer, Kathleen Goldhar went to Welland Ontario to find out what happens to the very fabric of a town and its people when the work goes away.
We'll continue to discover what defines Welland as a city tomorrow. We'll look at what happens to people when the jobs they thought they had for life disappear and what happens to the fabric of a city when the jobs go. It's part of our season-long series, Work In Progress.
Tomorrow, we'll hear from Frank Arcuri. He's the co-ordinator of the United Steelworkers Adjustment Centre for Unemployed Workers and a victim himself of the manufacturing losses Welland has suffered.
Teen Detox - Talk Tape
For drug addicts, the first stage of treatment is often a detox facility. But for teenaged drug addicts, that can pose a real problem. In many parts of Canada, teenaged drug addicts don't have separate detox facilities. Instead they are put into treatment centres with adult addicts. And that can lead to potentially dangerous situations.
The CBC's Joan Weeks has been looking into teenage addiction treatment on the island. She was in Sydney, Cape Breton.
Intersex Runner - Worley
We started this segment with a clip of Caster Semenya, the South African runner who won gold in the Women's 800 metre event at the World Track and Field Championships last month. Her victory came just hours after the International Association of Athletics Federations - the IAAF - announced that it was investigating her to determine if she met the requirements to compete as a woman.
A few weeks later, two Australian newspapers reported that those tests had determined that Caster Semenya has no ovaries or uterus and that she has internal testes that produce large amounts of testosterone. That news raised questions about whether Caster Semenya has an unfair competitive advantage and how elite competitions should handle people with ambiguous gender identities.
It's also a lot of very personal information to have revealed to the world. The latest news out of Johannesberg this week is that the South African official who had originally expressed outrage at testing has now admitted he concealed the existence of earlier genetic tests on Caster Semenya before the race. And in the wake of all the intense public scrutiny Caster Semenya is now reportedly in psychological counselling to deal with the trauma of this sudden knowledge along with the publicity.
Kristen Worley can identify with the stress that comes with the combination of intense athletic competition and equally intense scrutiny about your gender. She is an elite Canadian cyclist who publicly acknowledges that she transitioned from the male sex to the female sex. Kristen Worley was in Toronto this morning.
Intersex Runner - Panel
Athletes with ambiguous genders pose plenty of ethical and regulatory questions for the sporting world. For their thoughts on how to handle some of them, we're joined by Doug McQuarrie. He's the Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports. He's in Ottawa. And Myron Genel is a professor emeritus of pediatrics at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut. He was part of a special panel of experts convened by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1990 that helped end much, but not all, genetic gender testing. Hello to you both!
You can hear more about the intersection of sports and gender coming up on Q, here on CBC Radio One as well, Teddy Katz will examine the role of the International Olympic committee in the contoversy surrounding gender testing in sports tonight on the World at 6.