Monday, January 18, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
It's Monday, January 18th.
Banking giant JP Morgan Chase posted nearly 12 Billion-dollars in profits for 2009.
Currently, All it took was 25 Billion dollars in government aid.
This is The Current.
Haiti - Warnholz
We started this segment with a scene at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince just five months ago. People were dancing, drinking and laughing. Today, the hotel is in ruins. As the earthquake hit, entire floors collapsed onto the floors below and its rooms became tombs for hundreds. There is still so much chaos that this morning, the death toll in Haiti is still uncertain with estimates ranging from between 50 to 100 thousand to as many as 200,000. An estimated 300,000 people are homeless. And the entire country faces an unknown future.
Even as rescue workers continue to pull bodies out of the rubble, the focus is on getting emergency relief to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. And some people are already looking ahead to the next step. We heard from Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.
Yesterday, Canada's Foreign Minister Lawrence Canon announced he's convening an emergency meeting of major countries next Monday specifically to deal with the challenge of crafting a long-term plan for rebuilding Haiti. Jean-Louis Warnholz has been an economic advisor to Haiti's Prime Minister. He's calling for a Marshall Plan. He's working closely with the United Nations and the U.S. State Department on aid efforts for Haiti. He was in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Last April, Hedi Annabi, the head of the United Nations' mission in Haiti, stood up before the UN Security Council and delivered a surprisingly optimistic message. We aired a clip. He was killed along with so many others when the UN Headquarters collapsed.
Would you like to help? Visit cbc.ca/haitirelief.
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Haiti - Children
Even before Haiti was devastated by last week's earthquake, the children living there -- and there are many of them -- were burdened with malnutrition, diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and a shortage of hospitals and schools.
Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere. About a third of the nine million people who live there are under fourteen. Now, the future of Haiti's children is all the more uncertain. Kate Conradt is the Media Officer for the aid group Save the Children. She was in Port-au-Prince.
Artist: Chris Velan
Cut: 10, What We Do
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Spine: MM 1101
B.C. Drug Kingpin
About a year ago, the CBC's Bob Keating got a tip that a helicopter full of B.C. marijuana had gone missing on a flight to the United States. He checked out the story. And it turned out to be true. A helicopter had been seized at a remote landing site in a national forest just across the border in Washington State. The pilot -- a young man named Sam Brown -- was in custody in Spokane.
Bob began reporting on Operation Bladerunner. And this morning, he joined us with the latest development ... that a Canadian drug smuggler may have a contract out on his life because of the actions of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration -- the DEA. Bob Keating is a CBC reporter based in Nelson, British Columbia.
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We started this segment with a clip of Mary Milne. She's 67. She lives in Toronto on a limited income. And she has agreed to let us tag along while she does her grocery shopping.
Mary Milne is hardly the only Canadian senior who has to make tough choices about the food she buys. There aren't any national statistics. But across the country, food banks report that increasing numbers of seniors are walking through their doors. In the United States, there is a federal law that requires each state to have free meal programs and free meals-on-wheels programs for seniors. It has been on the books since the Nixon Administration. But Canada has no national policy for addressing the nutritional needs of seniors. Mary Milne was in Toronto.
Seniors & Nutrition - Food Banks
As Mary Milne mentioned, she uses a local food bank. And unfortunately, that's no surprise to Katharine Schmidt, the Executive Director of Food Banks Canada. We aired a clip.
Bill Hall knows all about the difficulties of helping seniors navigate the food bank system. He is the Executive Director of the Battlefords District Food and Resource Centre. And he is faced with the extra challenge of reaching older adults living in rural and First Nations communities. Bill Hall was in Saskatoon.
Seniors & Nutrition - Dietician
Heather Keller is a dietician in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She has conducted two major studies about low income seniors and nutrition. Heather Keller was in Guelph, Ontario.
We ended the program today with one more thought on Haiti. Like many, students from the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota were moved by the devastation, but they were inspired to respond musically ... their hope: to raise awareness and to show support for the people of Haiti. Their song is called Together.
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