December 04, 2009

Pt 1: Doctors with Criminal Records - On July 3rd, 1995, George Korol drove to his mother-in-law's place in California and threw a flaming container of gasoline on to the patio of the house. His wife and his child were inside at the time. Korol was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was convicted of arson and uttering terrorist threats and sentenced to five years in jail. He spent almost 24 months in prison in California, before he was deported to Canada ... where Doctor Korol was allowed to practise medicine. He was allowed to practise even though the Medical Board of California had revoked his license, stating that he could no longer be trusted to act in the best interest of his patients.

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Pt 2: A Moment in Time - For many people, the horrifying events of December 6th, 1989 still feel like they happened yesterday. That was the day that a lone gunman walked into Montreal's L'Ecole Polytechnique, separated men from women and then murdered 14 women. In a moment, lives and dreams were destroyed.

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Pt 3: Faith-Based Prison - We started this segment with testimonials from a promotional video for Prison Fellowship USA. It's a Christian organization that reaches out to prisoners across the United States in an effort to persuade them to embrace Christianity and transform their lives. Prison Fellowship also runs eight faith-based units inside U.S. prisons through a project called the InnerChange Freedom Initiative.

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It's Friday, December 4th.

Canadian and American forces are forming what is being called a "doughnut of stability" around Kandahar City.

Currently, In response, the Taliban has assigned the assault on Kandahar to Mullah 'Omer Simpson.

This is the Current.

Doctors with Criminal Records - Dr. Korol

On July 3rd, 1995 George Korol drove to his mother-in-law's place in California and threw a flaming container of gasoline on to the patio of the house. His wife and his child were inside at the time. Korol was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was convicted of arson and uttering terrorist threats and sentenced to five years in jail. He spent almost 24 months in prison in California, before he was deported to Canada ... where Doctor Korol was allowed to practise medicine. He was allowed to practise even though the Medical Board of California had revoked his license, stating that he could no longer be trusted to act in the best interest of his patients.

This all came to light in Winnipeg this week after the clinic Doctor Korol ran closed suddenly. And there's more. Doctor Korol has had his license suspended twice since moving to Manitoba. He has also been convicted of two counts of assault and gone to jail. Doctor Bill Pope is the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. He was in our Winnipeg studio.

Doctors with Criminal Records

California, the state where Dr. Korol was a doctor and a convict, goes further than most states when it comes to informing the public about a physicians' personal and professional conduct.

That's due in part to the efforts of Julie D'Angelo Fellmith. She's the Administrative Director of the Centre for Public Interest Law in San Diego. Her organization has been lobbying for more public disclosure for more than a decade.

Doctors with Criminal Records

Dr. Korol's case raises all sorts of ethical questions about how much information a patient is entitled to know about a doctor and how much is a doctor entitled to privacy.

Arthur Schafer is the Ethics Consultant for the Child Health Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in Winnipeg.



 

A Moment in Time

For many people, the horrifying events of December 6th, 1989 still feel like they happened yesterday. That was the day that a lone gunman walked into Montreal's L'Ecole Polytechnique, separated men from women and then murdered 14 women. In a moment, lives and dreams were destroyed.

But that moment also set new courses in the lives of those who survived. This morning, freelance writer Susan McLelland marks the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre with her documentary, A Moment in Time.



 

Faith-Based Prison

We started this segment with testimonials from a promotional video for Prison Fellowship USA. It's a Christian organization that reaches out to prisoners across the United States in an effort to persuade them to embrace Christianity and transform their lives. Prison Fellowship also runs eight faith-based units inside U.S. prisons through a project called the InnerChange Freedom Initiative.

And now Prison Fellowship Canada wants to set up a similar unit -- the first of its kind in Canada. The organization has submitted a proposal to the Manitoba Government to establish a faith-based unit in the province's new women's prison, which is set to open about a year from now. Reverend Eleanor Clitheroe is the Executive Director of Prison Fellowship Canada and she was in Toronto.

Faith-Based Prison

Robert Robinson was a prison inmate in Iowa. He participated in the InnerChange Freedom Initiative there -- before it was shut down. He's now a re-entry case manager for Good News Ministries and he was in Newton, Iowa.

Faith-Based Prison

Despite the glowing testimonials of those whose lives have been touched by Prison Fellowships, there are those who find the movement troubling. Larry Jablecki is among them. He teaches philosophy and sociology at Rice University and the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He also teaches philosophy to prisoners at a correctional facility that does not offer faith-based programs. Larry Jablecki was in Angleton, Texas.


Last Word - Tiger Tiger

We ended the program this morning with a final thought on Tiger Woods ... a poem actually. The CBC's Dominic Girard has taken the liberty of re-writing William Blake's The Tiger in light of the great golfer's troubles.

Here is Dominic Girad's version:

Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the brake lights of the night

What immoral hand on thigh

Could frame thy lack of alibi?

 

In what fancy place did thy

Catch the cocktail waitress eye?

On what hope did you desire

To mulligan your mad wife's ire?

 

And what shoulder and what friend,

Will comfort you while on the mend?

And when golf season calls your name,

Will you ride a cart of shame?

 

What the golf club?  What the car?

In what crazy mood you were?

What the tree trunk? What bad crash

Dash your legend rep at last?

 

When papparazzi threw their spears,

And begged you hard to show a tear,

Did She smile, Her work to see?

Did She who swung bring doom to thee?

 

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the brake lights of the night

What immoral hand on thigh

Could frame thy lack of alibi?



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