June 14, 2010

Pt 1: Psychological Effects of Oil Spill - The oil spill in the Gulf of mexico, now in its 56th day, is taking a psychological toll. We heard from a public health expert, and from children in Louisiana. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Lyme Disease - Doctor Maureen McShane spent 10 months suffering from Lyme disease. And she really did suffer. Now, she has dedicated her practice to treating others with the disease. She says it's something public health officials should be taking more seriously. (Read More) 

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Pt 3: Overpopulation - There are an estimated 227-thousand more people on earth today than yesterday. As the world's population grows, so does consumption of its resources. But talk of population control remains the last taboo. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

It's Monday, June 14th.

B.C. cabinet minister Blair Lekstrom quit over his government's plan to implement the HST at the end of the month.

Currently, and by announcing his decision now, Lekstrom narrowly avoids paying the HST on quitting.

This is The Current.

Psychological Effects of Oil Spill - Joanna Leopold and Isaac Phillips

We began this segment with a clip, setting the scene in Empire, Louisiana last Friday. Children from a number of communities affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gathered there for what was dubbed the "Out of the Mouths of Babes Rally." The idea was to create a space where the children could talk about how the spill is affecting them. Freelance journalist Julia Botero was there, with her recorder in hand. We played another clip.

The rally was organized by Joanna Leopold, a mother of three from Belle Chasse, Louisiana. And Isaac Phillips was also at the rally. He is an 8 year-old who lives in Buras, Louisiana. They were both in New Orleans this morning.

Psychological Effects of Oil Spill - Raymond Goldsteen

According to Raymond Goldsteen, this disaster could have a long-lasting impact on the mental health of the people affected by it. He's the Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health at the Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, New York.

PART TWO

Lyme Disease - Maureen McShane

Eight years ago, Maureen McShane was bitten by a tick in the garden of her cottage in the Laurentian Mountains. She was living in Montreal and practicing family medicine in upstate New York at the time. And she didn't think much of it, until about two weeks later when she started to feel sick.

For the next ten months, she endured what she calls "a living nightmare" of pain, sickness and misdiagnosis. Eventually, she learned she had Lyme Disease. You get it by being bitten by an infected tick. And it can mimic any number of other ailments, from malaria to neurological disorders.

That makes it hard to diagnose. And the longer it goes undiagnosed, the more dangerous and even life-threatening it can become. Today, Doctor McShane has recovered. And she now dedicates her medical practice to treating Lyme Disease. She was in Montreal.

Lyme Disease - Nick Ogden

Lyme Disease has become a significant public health issue in the United States. Last month, the cast of the TV show, "The Vampire Diaries" filmed a number of public service announcements that are now being broadcast on YouTube. We played a clip from the ad starring Candice Accola.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are nearly 29,000 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in the United States, and another 6,000 probable cases. Most of those are in northern states that border Canada. But there haven't been any comparable records kept for Canada. In fact, Lyme Disease was only made a reportable disease this year.

Doctor Nick Ogden is a Lyme Disease specialist at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He was in Montreal.

PART THREE

Overpopulation

We began this segment with a clip, with the sounds of the streets in Calcutta, or Kolcata as it is now known, where an ever-growing mass of humanity crushes together on foot and in all manner of vehicles. They converge on a city with more vehicles per kilometre than any other in India, the second most populous country on Earth. It's the sort of place that evokes Paul Ehrlich's notorious book, The Population Bomb.

The book was published in 1968. And in it, Ehrlich warned that the Earth's population was on its way to becoming unsustainable. Since then, the Earth's population has nearly doubled. It's expected to top out at about 9 billion by the middle of this century.

And yet few people are talking openly about population control. Julia Whitty says it's time to change that. She is an award-winning author and environmental journalist. She outlines her argument in an article in the current issue of Mother Jones magazine. It's called "The Last Taboo." Julia Whitty was in New Orleans this morning.

Last Word - Photographer

We ended the show this morning with the CBC's David Gutnick in a place called Malawi Camp near Capetown, South Africa.

It is home to several thousand people living with no electricity and no running water. Their tumble-down shacks are made of rusting tin, rotting wood and plastic sheeting recovered from a garbage dump.

But these days - as the World Cup takes place down the road at the brand spanking new Greenpoint Stadium in downtown Cape Town - there is a new face in Malawi Camp.

Cape Town photographer Lindeka Qampi is travelling around the city with her camera taking shots of children playing soccer. And in Malawi Camp, soccer takes place on a garbage strewn field next to the busy highway. We left you with her.

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