Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Pt 1: Indigenous in Colombia - In a report released this week, Amnesty says that dozens of indigenous groups are at grave risk because of the armed conflict in Colombia, as well as large-scale economic projects. And Amnesty is calling on countries that do substantial amounts of business with Colombia -- countries such as Canada -- to do more to address the situation.
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Indigenous in Colombia - Guzman
In a report released this week, Amnesty says that dozens of indigenous groups are at grave risk because of the armed conflict in Colombia, as well as large-scale economic projects. And Amnesty is calling on countries that do substantial amounts of business with Colombia -- countries such as Canada -- to do more to address the situation.
Among other things, Amnesty wants to see a 'human rights impact assessment' built into the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. And that could become an issue when Parliament returns next week.
The free-trade deal was signed in 2008. But the legislation to implement it died when Parliament was prorogued. It's expected to be re-introduced when Parliament resumes. Federico Guzman is a constitutional lawyer in Colombia who has worked with several indigenous groups. He is in Canada this week and joined us from Montreal.
Indigenous in Colombia - Ambassador
Jaime Girón has a very different view of the relationship between global trade and the fate of his country's indigenous population. He is Colombia's Ambassador to Canada and he was in Ottawa.
Indigenous Colombia - Minister for Intl. Trade
We were also joined by Peter Van Loan. He's Canada's Minister for International Trade and he was in Ottawa.
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If you live in or around Toronto, you probably know that voice. For 15 years, Andy Barrie has been the host of Metro Morning, CBC Radio's local morning show in Toronto. Over those years, Andy has forged an uncommon bond with his listeners and he shared whole parts of his life with them ... including his diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease and the death of his wife Mary, to whom he was married for nearly 40 years. He announced his decision to leave the program a few weeks ago, on his 65th birthday.
On Monday, Andy Barrie will join Metro Morning's new host, Matt Galloway as a guest. And then it's off on his next journey including a new role here at the CBC away from the microphone. Andy Barrie joined Anna Maria in our studio.
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Sibling Skaters - Talk Tape
Among the 206 Canadian athletes competing in Vancouver, there are a number of sibling pairs who are chasing gold. Cross-country skier Chandra Crawford has her biathlete sister Rosanna for company. Britt and Michael Janyk grew up trying to best each other in alpine skiing. Chris and Mike Moffat race luge. And Charles and Francois Hamelin, as well as Jamie and Jessica Greg ... are all speed skaters.
Mykola Makowsy is 24 years old. His brother, Lucas Makowsky, is competing at the Olympics. He finished 13th in the Men's 5000 metre, and 19th in the men's 1500 metre. Tomorrow, Lucas will compete in his final event, the men's team pursuit and older brother Mykola will be watching. The Current's producer Dominic Girard met Mykola Makowsky and shared their story.
Thursday is mail day on The Current. Jim Brown is the host of Calgary's morning show, The Calgary Eyeopener and he returns to The Current us for the next few Fridays.
Amnesty International: Moazzam Begg is a former prisoner at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay and as such, a vocal defender of the rights of detainees there. It's a position many could support. But Mozaam Begg is also the founder of a group called Cage Prisoners -- an organization that many believe promotes extremist views. Last week on The Current, we heard from both sides of the debate. Gita Saghal is the former head of Amnesty International's Gender Unit before she was suspended from the organization. And Claudio Cordone, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General. Then we heard from you.
Joe Sacco: Joe Sacco is a cartoonist by trade ... so naturally when he went to tell a story, he made it a graphic novel. Footnotes in Gaza, is a story that revolves around November 1956 -- the time of the Suez Canal Crisis. Last Friday on the program, Joe Sacco outlined the two events his novel hinges on. After we interviewed Joe Sacco.
After hearing this item our listeners shared their feedback including one letter that used the word - deligitimize - which has taken on a new importance with our next guest. Eran Shayshon is a Senior Analyst with the Reut Institute in Tel Aviv. He's identified what he calls a Deligitimization Network working against Israel. Eran Shayshon was in Tel Aviv.
Gay in Uganda: Last week Uganda's parliament began debate on its anti-gay law -- a law that proposes life imprisonment and in some cases, the death penalty for being gay. In a country that is deeply religious, anti-homosexual feelings run high. It makes it difficult for the gay community to have a voice. But last Wednesday on the program, freelancer Kaj Hasselriis introduced us to a gay Ugandan who goes by the name Long Jones. And he described what coming out has cost him.
And in response to some letters, we wanted listeners to know that freelancer Kaj Hasselriis only named people in his report who wanted and chose to be named. They made their own informed decision to do so. They felt it was important to be out of the closet and hope that their bravery in doing so would help turn the tide in their country and inspire others.
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