Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Pt 1: Haiti - La Mangoire is hidden away, away from the main streets of Port-au-Prince. To get in you go through a rusty gate on a crooked wall. Seven or eight hundred people live there, street food vendors live there, along with small trades people. David Gutnick made his way to La Mangeoire and he was in Port au Prince.
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Haiti - Gutnick
La Mangoire is hidden away, away from the main streets of Port-au-Prince. To get in you go through a rusty gate on a crooked wall. Seven or eight hundred people live there, street food vendors live there, along with small trades people. David Gutnick made his way to La Mangeoire and he was in Port au Prince.
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Our Man in Tehran
We started this segment with a clip of Hodding Carter, a former spokesperson for the U.S. State Department. It was 30 years ago today that six Americans -- all sporting Canadian passports with a few alterations done courtesy of the CIA -- made it through Tehran's international airport and began their journey home. All six had been sheltered in the Canadian Embassy during the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis. And even as they were making their getaway, 53 American diplomats, embassy personnel and Marine guards were being held captive by self-described students.
Ken Taylor was Canada's Ambassador to Iran at the time. His role during the tense, early days of the Iran hostage crisis is recalled in Robert Wright's new book, Our Man In Tehran: Ken Taylor, The CIA and The Iran Hostage Crisis. Robert Wright is a professor of History at Trent University specializing in foreign policy. Robert Wright and Ken Taylor were in Toronto this morning.
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Last week, Detective Constable Christopher Purchas stood up in a courtroom in Ottawa, pulled up a Google Earth map of Canada and pointed to a series of red dots. Each of the dots, he said, represented a "hub" of hundreds of internet protocol addresses that had been available to share child pornography sometime in the last 30 days. He said there were 405 in Ottawa alone.
Detective Purchas is a member of the child exploitation unit with the Toronto police. He was testifying at the sentencing hearing of a man who has pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography. He was there because the Crown wanted to illustrate the scope of the problem of sharing child pornography on-line. It is believed to be the first time in Ontario that a child pornography expert has testified at the sentencing stage. And according to David Butt -- a lawyer and a former crown prosecutor -- it's part of a turning point in how the courts are dealing with on-line child pornography.
In a separate case last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal added three years to the sentence of a man convicted of child pornography and sexual assault. The court ordered him back to prison even though he had been released last January. And in the ruling, Madam Justice Kathryn Feldman specifically cited the impact of technology in the proliferation of child pornography.
For his thoughts about the significance of these two cases, we were joined by Paul Gillespie. He is a former officer in charge of the Toronto police Child Exploitation Section. He's also the founder of Kids Internet Safety Alliance, known as KINSA, an organization dedicated to finding, rescuing and healing children who are victims of sexual abuse and whose images have been shared over the internet. Paul Gillespie was in Toronto. Michael Seto is a psychologist with the Integrated Forensic Program at the Royal Ottawa Health Care group. He was in Kingston, Ontario.
Artist: Chris Velan
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Last Word - Ten Commandments of Apple
Before we go ... As you might have heard, Apple is releasing its long-awaited Tablet today. As with past Apple product launches, the anticipation has been fierce. Credit that to the sometimes fanatical devotion that Apple has managed to instill in its customers. So in a nod to the Tablet, we ended the program today with something we're calling The Ten Commandments of Apple.
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