Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Pt 1: Alberta School Board- We started this segment with a clip of Alberta's Education Minister Dave Hancock. He explains his decision to dismiss the members of the board of the Northland School Division.
It's Tuesday, January 26th.
Police have charged a woman after she pushed a "tofu cream pie" into the face of the federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister.
Currently, More specifically, the police have charged her for making something called "tofu cream pie".
This is The Current.
Alberta School Board--Trustee/Minister
We started this segment with a clip of Alberta's Education Minister Dave Hancock. He explains his decision to dismiss the members of the board of the Northland School Division.
The division oversees the schools in 23 remote and mainly first nations communities in northern Alberta. Just under 20 per cent of the students in its schools graduate from high school. Its students underperform on provincial achievement tests. And teacher turnover has been high.
The Education Minister has replaced the board of trustees with a single trustee. Cheryl Wogan is one of the board members who was dismissed with that decision. She's also the parent of a grade ten student in one of the district's schools. She was in Red Earth Creek, a small community of about 400 people, about 450 kilometres north of Edmonton. Dave Hancock is Alberta's Education Minister. He was in Edmonton.
Alberta School Board - Aboriginal Field Study
For some perspective on how other remote native communities are doing when it comes to education, we were joined by Mac Saulis. He's the coordinator of the Aboriginal Field of Study at Wilfred Laurier University. He was in Waterloo, Ontario.
Listen to Part One:
Jihadi Websites - Warner
We aired some music from an on-line video made by Al-Shabaab, an Islamic insurgent group in Somalia. The video shows heavily armed fighters and people who have had their throats slit. Last year, the U.S. Government added Al-Shabaab to the list of groups it considers to be terrorist organizations. But despite that, Al-Shabaab still operates its website relatively unhindered.
People who monitor the websites of violent extremist groups are split about what to do about that. Some say sites such as Al-Shabaab's should be shut-down. Others say that would throw away one of the only tools that international intelligence agencies have for monitoring the groups behind the websites.
Bill Warner is firmly in the "shut-them-down" camp. He's a private investigator in Sarasota, Florida. And among other things, he spends his days trying to shut-down websites belonging to radical Islamic groups.
Jihadi Websites - Boucek
Not everyone thinks that pulling the plug on radical Islamic websites is a good idea. Christopher Boucek is an associate with the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Last month, he provided testimony about radical websites to The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities. He was in Washington, DC.
Listen to Part Two:
We started this segment with some sound on how the historic debate between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Biden began. At the time, Sarah Palin's request seemed like a folksy kind of thing. But according to John Heilemann, there was a subtext to the quip ... one that millions of people watching didn't catch.
John Heilemann is the national political correspondent for New York Magazine. He's also the co-author of the book, Game Change: Obama and The Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime. John Heilemann was in New York City.
Last Word - Colbert Game Change
We ended the program with one more thought on John Heilemann's book Game Change. As you heard, the book has become a phenomenon in political reporting and one that hasn't gone un-noticed by political satirist Stephen Colbert. We gave give him the last word today.
Listen to Part Three: