June 16, 2010

Pt 1: Native Child Welfare - A disproportionate number of aboriginal children in Canada are being raised in foster-care and not by their own families. And some critics say the tendency to take aboriginal children out of their families rather than providing the family supports that could help them stay there is replicating a situation all-too-similar to the residential school system. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Joe MacInnis - We speak with Joe MacInnis, a world-renowned explorer, a recognized expert of the deep sea and one of the people that movie director James Cameron called upon in his quest for solutions to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Read More) 

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Pt 3: Vuvuzelas and Tradition - The vuvuzela is a long plastic horn played by soccer fans in South Africa. Its boosters say it's a beautiful part of the game they love. Its critics say they are annoying, distracting ... even dangerous. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

It's Wednesday, June 16th.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is trying to block police at the G-20 Summit from using a controversial sound-cannon.

Currently, It has also asked for a preemptive ban on vuvuzelas.

This is The Current.

Native Child Welfare - Fiona MacDonald

We started this segment with a clip from Daphne Thomas. She's a survivor of Canada's Residential School System. She'll be in Winnipeg today when as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada begins a series of events related to what happened in those schools. But she's already worried about what's happening to the next generation of Aboriginal Canadians -- her grandchildren's generation. A disproportionate number of them are ending up in state care ... foster homes, group homes or institutions. And Daphne Thomas says that's at least partly a consequence of what happened to people like her.

Aboriginal child advocates estimate there are 27,000 aboriginal children living in government or agency care in Canada. That's three times the number of children who were in residential schools when the system was at its peak 60 years ago. And aboriginal children make up an estimated 30 to 40 per cent of the children in state care in Canada ... even though they make up just 4 per cent of Canada's population.

Daphne Thomas isn't the only one making connections between Canada's Residential School System and the number of aboriginal children in state care or agency care today. Fiona MacDonald is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. She'll be speaking before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about her research in her report entitled Are Child Welfare Agencies the New Indian Residential Schools? Fiona MacDonald was in Brandon, Manitoba.

Native Child Welfare - Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock has been tracking the plight of aboriginal children in care. She's the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She says the agencies caring for aboriginal children, collectively, have 22-percent less to spend on them, than those agencies caring for non-aboriginal children. Her society has taken the matter to the federal Human Rights Commission. Cindy Blackstock is in Clear Lake, California near San Francisco.

We requested an interview with Indian and Northern Development Minister Chuck Strahl. He declined.

Article of Interest: Winnipeg Free Press


Joe MacInnis

We started this segment with a clip of U.S. President Barack Obama in a nationally televised address last night from the oval office, a venue usually reserved for issues of National Security when it comes to a presidential address, the symbolism was lost on no one in this eighth week of the spill.

Two weeks ago, some of the best minds in ocean science, deep-sea exploration and engineering met in Washington. The meeting wasn't called by BP or the Obama Administration. It was called by James Cameron, the Canadian-born movie director behind Titanic, The Abyss and Avatar.

Joe MacInnis was one of the people at the meeting. He is a world-renowned Canadian ocean explorer, as well as a medical doctor, behavioural scientist and an author. He's working with film director James Cameron on solutions for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Joe MacInnis was in Toronto.


Vuvuzelas & Tradition - David Gutnick

We started this segment with some sounds from a Vuvuzela. The Vuvuzela is a long, plastic horn. For many fans, it has become a proud symbol of South African soccer. And if you've caught any of the World Cup games, you already know that those fans aren't shy about blowing them.

As you might imagine, not everyone is a fan of the vuvuzela. Players have complained the sound is distracting. Some broadcasters say it interferes with their play by play. And some medical professionals worry about people's hearing. So the CBC's David Gutnick took the streets of Johannesburg to find out why people love it so much.

Vuvuzelas & Tradition - Mark Gleeson

Fans of the vuvuzela believe it's an African tradition to ballyhoo as they see fit. But Mark Gleeson begs to differ. He's a South African journalist. And he blogs for the CBC's World Cup website. He was in Johannesburg.

Vuvuzelas & Tradition - CBC Audio Engineers

Since FIFA won't ban the vuvuzela and soccer fans won't stop playing it, it leaves broadcasters to decide what -- if anything -- they should do about the sound. Yesterday, the source broadcaster in South Africa made some changes to try to decrease the volume of the vuvuzelas and boost the levels of the commentators.

And here at the CBC, audio engineers say they've noticed the difference. But they're still experimenting, trying to get the right mix. So The Current's Dominic Girard dropped by the control room to see how things were going. We first heard from CBC production mixer Jeff Kozak, and then from Trevor Pilling, the Executive Producer of CBC's World Cup coverage.

Vuvuzelas & Tradition - Trevor Cox

Trevor Cox teaches audio engineering at the University of Salford . And among other things, he specializes in figuring out what makes annoying sounds, annoying.

Trevor Cox is the President of the Institute of Acoustics at the University of Salford in London, England.


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