with guest host Kevin Sylvester
It's Monday, December 28th.
Currently, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would like to remind you that there are only 362 shopping days until next Christmas.
This is The Current.
Year-End Polical Panel
Well it certainly was a big year for Canada.
Those were just a few of the political highlights of 2009 accompanied by none other than Canada's very own Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the piano.
Joining us now for a look back on the year that was and to give us as a sneak peak of what the new year may bring, we've brought back together our political panel from last year.
Joining us from Calgary is Harvie Andre, a Former Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. And in Toronto, Peggy Nash, a former NDP Member of Parliament and Current Advisor to the President of the Canadian Auto Workers,
and Liberal Strategist Warren Kinsella.
The Sound and The Sea - Documentary
Unless you live on the West Coast, you have probably never heard of the Salish Sea. But it's very possible that you'll soon be finding that name on every new map of Canada. Unofficially, the Salish Sea refers to the waters between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island stretching down to Seattle, and including the Straits of Georgia, Juan de Fuca as well as Puget Sound.
The British Columbia office of the Geographic Names Board of Canada has already endorsed the name - providing it is also endorsed by both the State of Washington and the US federal government.
In October, the State of Washington gave a thumbs up to the name change.
Now it's up to that other Washington to make it official.
If the new name does get full approval, those old names will remain -- "The Salish Sea" would be a collective name ... in the same way that The Great Lakes refers to five separate bodies of water. On the face of it, it doesn't seem like a big deal. It's a new name and it's not taking away any old ones.
But as freelance documentary producer Paolo Pietropaolo discovered, there's a lot of power in a name. His documentary is called, The Sound and The Sea and it first aired on The Current back in November.
Wendy Babcock Interview
Law school is hard work.
Even those with the best financial and emotional support can have a hard time actually becoming a lawyer. Think then - how hard it is for someone like Wendy Babcock. Before she became a teenager, Wendy Babcock had run away from home, and by 15, she was a sex worker - and spent much of her adolescence homeless. Today, she's in her first year at Osgoode Hall Law school in Toronto, hoping not only to graduate but to change the world.
Wendy Babcock joined Kevin in Toronto.
Pig Doc - Promo
Later this week on The Current we'll hear from a woman in career transition. Barbara Shaffer traded in her corporate suit for sweats and rubber boots and hit the farm to raise a dying breed of black pigs. In this promo we give you a snapshot of the first day of her new job.
In anticipation of learning more about the plight of the black pig, we're going to leave you with a classic ode to pig. From The Beatles' White Album here is Piggies.