June 9, 2010

Pt 1: Edmonton Oncologists - It was bad enough when Anne Reynar was diagnosed with inoperable and advanced colon cancer. But then came the realization that because of a doctor shortage, treatment for her just couldn't be a priority. (Read More)

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Pt 2: South Africa Street Kids Doc - South Africa is getting ready to host the biggest sporting show on earth. But in Durban, that means the police is busy sweeping the streets of so-called "undesirables." We met some of the city's street kids, in this documentary by freelance broadcaster Kyle G. Brown. (Read More) 

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Pt 3: Flotilla Forensics - It has been a little more than a week since Israeli soldiers raided a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza. Though we've heard many first-hand accounts of what happened, the problem is that they often contradict each other. We gathered a variety of perspectives and try to sort out what they add up to. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

It's Wednesday, June 9th.

The security company hired for the G20 does not have a license to operate in Ontario.

Currently, the good news is that all the lifeguards for the fake lake are fully qualified.

This is The Current.

Edmonton Oncologists - Anne and Wave Reynar

In early May, Anne Reynar was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. She and her husband Wave expected she would be treated at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. But the call they were told to expect for that never came.

Now, they believe the institute never intended to treat her. Because of a province-wide shortage of oncologists, health care facilities such as the Cross-Cancer Institute say they are having to ration care.

So patients with a high likelihood of survival get treatment first. Patients with lower chances of survival -- people such as Anne Reynar -- end up at the back of the line.

Anne Reynar is now getting palliative care at her home in Leduc, Alberta. Wave Reynar was with her this morning.

Edmonton Oncologists - Doctor Peter Venner

Doctor Peter Venner is the Director of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute. He was in our Edmonton studio.

Edmonton Oncologists - Alberta Health Minister

Gene Zwozdesky is Alberta's Minister of Health and Wellness. He was in Red Deer.


South African Street Kids Doc

We began this segment with some soccer sounds. In two days, the World Cup begins in South Africa, the biggest sporting event on the planet. More than 350,000 soccer fans will visit the country before the tournament is over. And the nine host cities are pulling out all the stops to impress the world.

Some have gone as far as to sweep the streets of so-called "undesirables"- homeless people, drug addicts and prostitutes. In Durban, the police have taken an especially hard line with the city's street kids.

Freelance journalist Kyle G. Brown spent some time with some of those children. We aired his documentary.


Flotilla Forensics - Eyewitnesses

We began this section with a clip from Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the United States. Israel has rejected calls for an international investigation into what happened when Israeli soldiers raided a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza a little over a week ago. Instead, it will conduct two investigations of its own, one civilian, the other military.

In the mean time, reports of what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara are trickling out, even if they frequently contradict each other. This morning, we heard a number of different perspectives about what happened on board that ship and how nine people ended up dead.

Articles of Interest: Video Footage, Al-Jazeera Reporter


Cut: Passing Hours

Composer: Stuart Andrew Roslyn

Publisher: APM Collection (ASCAP)

Flotilla Forensics - Doctor Yalcin Buyuk

Doctor Yalcin Buyuk has been trying to piece together what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara. He is the Vice-Chair of Turkey's Council of Forensic Medicine. He has seen the bodies of the nine people who were killed that day. He has also reviewed their autopsy reports. He was in Ankara.

Flotilla Forensics - Rob Ben-Yishai

Ron Ben-Yishai has a different view of what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara. He is a National Security Correspondent and Commentator for the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot as well as its website, Ynet News. He has interviewed some of the Israeli soldiers involved in the raid. And he was in Tel Aviv.

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