It's Wednesday, November 11th.
Despite shortages in Canada, Afghan detainees in Canadian custody will given access to the H1N1 flu vaccine.
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We started this segment with a clip of Captain Michael Young, the Deputy Officer in Charge of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre at the Canadian Forces base in Trenton, Ontario. He co-ordinated the rescue of Jupi Angootealuk, a 17-year-old boy from Coral Harbour, Nunavut who spent three days stranded on an ice floe along northern edge of Hudson Bay.
Like most rescue efforts in Canada's north, this one began with the volunteer members of community-based search and rescue groups. The Canadian military was called in later. Harry Blackmore is the President of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada and he was in St. John's.
Northern Rescues - Senator
Well the search in Monday's rescue is a reminder of how vast our country and the Arctic itself is. From her vantage point in Iqualuit, Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik says this is a reminder of the problem that distance is.
Senator Bill Rompkey has long argued that the Canadian Forces need to have search and rescue teams based in the Arctic. And the rescue of Jupi Angootealuk just reinforces that need. Senator Rompkey was in Ottawa.
The Currie Libel Trial
We started this segment with an editorial that was printed on the front page of the Port Hope Evening Guide on June 13th, 1927. World War One had been over for nine years. But it still managed to spark what would become one of the most sensational libel trials in Canadian history ... a courtroom battle that raised issues of responsibility and accountability in war that still resonate today.
Justice Robert Sharpe tells the story in his book, The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial. He was in Toronto.
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Outsourcing Journalist Letters
We had a few minutes left in this part so we thought we'd read some of your mail on Outsourcing Journalists that we received in our inbox yesterday.
We started this segment with Harry Anslinger, speaking not long after he became the first Commissioner of the newly formed U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics back in 1930. The idea of a war on drugs has been a consistent and powerful feature of American politics ever since.
But earlier this month, the residents of Breckenridge, Colorado decided to take a very different approach in their town. They voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It's the most sweeping legislation of its kind in the United States. And it's just one example of renewed pressure for change when it comes to U.S. drug policy.
Brian Vincente managed the campaign to get the bill passed. He is a defense attorney and the Executive Director of a group called Sensible Colorado, a group that lobbies to loosen marijuana laws. He was in Denver.
Legalizing Marijuana - California
Tom Ammiano wants to go even further when it comes to relaxing marijuana laws ... and on a much bigger scale. He's a Democratic member of the California State Assembly and the Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
In the 1970s, he was a public school teacher who worked with Harvey Milk -- the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California -- to change the state's laws on gay teachers. He actually played himself in the Hollywood movie about Harvey Milk's life. Tom Ammiano is now the sponsor of Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act and he was in San Francisco.
Legalizing Marijuana - Economist
But despite that financial argument for taxing marijuana, there are economists who say it may not be as much of an economic boon as some policy-makers expect. Rosalie Pacula is one of them. She's the Co-Director of the RAND Corporation's Drug Policy Research Centre and she was in San Diego.
Last Word - Paul Koring
We ended the program today with a thought on this Remembrance Day about journalism and the stories that remain. This one from D-Day ... Journalist Charles Lynch was a reporter travelling with Canadian troops as they hit the beach in Normandy on D-Day. Paul Koring, the Globe and Mail's Washington Correspondent, knew Charles Lynch and he recounted Charlie Lynch's own tale about that pivotal day.