June 17, 2010

Pt 1: Air India Inquiry - This morning former Supreme Court Justice John Major will table his long-awaited report from the inquiry into the investigation of the 1985 Air India bombing. The hope is that the report will finally shed some light on the bombing itself, the much-maligned investigation into the bombing and whether Canada has learned anything from the worst mass murder in Canadian history. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Quebec Cosmetic Surgery - Quebec's College of Physicians and Surgeons says the province's cosmetic surgery industry has become "the wild west" of medicine. The college is trying to change that now. But not everyone is convinced it's doing enough. (Read More) 

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Pt 3: Letters - It's mail day. We hear your thoughts on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, foster care for native children and vuvuzelas. And we'll pay tribute to the Canadian opera star Maureen Forester who has died at the age of 79. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow


It's Thursday, June 17th.

The report on the inquiry into the investigation of the Air India bombing will be released today, 25 years after the bombing happened.

Currently, the inquiry into the report on the inquiry will begin on Monday.

This is The Current.

Air India Inquiry

We now know that it was indeed a bomb that brought down Air India Flight 182. In the early morning of June 23rd, 1985, the Boeing 747 was blown out of the sky off the coast of Ireland. All 329 passengers and crew members on board died.

The bomb was planted in Canada. And it killed more Canadians than any other terrorist attack in our history. This morning, former Supreme Court Justice John Major released his long-awaited report from the inquiry into the investigation of the bombing.

Less than a week before the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, John Major says he places no blame but his report is pushing for some major change. The CBC's Terry Milewski has been covering the story from the very beginning. He was offering breaking news of the details even before this release. Terry Milewski was in Ottawa.


PART TWO

Quebec Cosmetic Surgery - Yves Robert

Five years ago -- in September of 2005 -- Chantal Atkinson of Longueuil, Quebec, went to see a general practitioner about breast augmentation. The doctor suggested a procedure that involved removing fat cells from her thigh, buttocks and stomach, and then injecting the cells into her breasts. But it didn't turn out very well.

According to the Quebec College of Physicians, the business of providing cosmetic procedures in Quebec has become "the wild west" of medicine. And now, the college is trying to change that.

Earlier this week, it released a report that recommends a number of measures that would put physicians performing cosmetic surgeries under greater scrutiny. It also calls for a campaign to increase public awareness about the risks associated with different kinds of procedures.

Yves Robert is the Secretary of the Quebec College of Physicians. He's also a family doctor. He was in Montreal.

Quebec Cosmetic Surgery - Yves Hebert

It's not uncommon in Canada for general practitioners to moonlight as cosmetic experts. Some, such as Doctor Yves Hebert, even leave their general practice behind to focus almost exclusively on what's called aesthetic medicine.

Doctor Hebert is the President of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine. And he was in Montreal.

Quebec Cosmetic Surgery - Jean-Pierre Menard

Jean-Pierre Menard has been calling for changes to the rules that govern cosmetic procedures for some time now. He is a lawyer in Montreal who specializes in medical malpractice suits. Among others, he represents Chantal Atkinson, who we heard from at the beginning of this half-hour. Jean-Pierre Menard was in Montreal.

PART THREE

Letters

Thursday is the day we turn part of the program over to you, the listener. And our Friday host, Hana Gartner joined Anna Maria in studio for a look at what you've had to say in our mail bag.

Joe MacInnis: Two weeks ago, some big thinkers in ocean science gathered in Washington to brainstorm solutions for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting was called by James Cameron, the film director behind Titanic, The Abyss and Avatar. Canadian ocean explorer Joe MacInnis was invited to that meeting. Yesterday on The Current, he spoke about the fluctuating estimates on the flow of oil from the spill and his interview generated a lot of feedback.

We aired an excerpt from a CBC Radio drama from 1949 featuring Graham Greene as Captain Ahab. Many scholars see more than a few parallels between Herman Melville's greatest work and the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Andrew Delbanco is the director of American Studies at Columbia University and the author of Melville: His World and Works. He was in New York City.

Native Child Welfare: The Canadian residential school system is long gone. But its legacy remains. Yesterday on the program, we heard about a new generation of aboriginal Canadians -- the grandchildren of the residential school generation. A disproportionate number of them are ending up in government or agency care. Estimates range as high as 27 thousand children.

To make sense of the numbers, we spoke with Cindy Blackstock yesterday. She's the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Hearing this conversation prompted many listeners to add their thoughts.

Lyme Disease: It starts with the innocuous bite of a tick. But when undetected, Lyme disease can develop into a series of serious and chronic problems. Maureen McShane is a family doctor who experienced it first hand. Among other symptoms, she suffered debilitating joint and muscle pain, memory loss and cognitive difficulties. And for ten months, she went from specialist to specialist, looking for an accurate diagnosis. We heard a lot more about the disease in the mail.

Vuvuzela: We played a short excerpt of a World Cup match, South Africa style to introduce this segment. The distinctive buzz is a bizillion or so Vuvuzelas. And if you haven't heard them over the last week, you must have been in a cave. Yesterday on the program, we heard spirited cases for and against the Vuvuzela and then we heard some more in the mail.

As soccer viewers, players and fans debate the merits of the vuvuzela, football fans at Mississippi State University are celebrating the return of their own annoying noise maker. Last week, after a 36-year ban, the Southeastern Conference legalized ... the cowbell. Danny P. Smith is the Sports Editor of the Starkville Daily News. He was in Starkville, Mississippi.

Last Word - Maureen Forrester Obit

We ended our show on a sad note today ... Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester died last night at her home in Toronto at the age of 79. She was suffering from Alzheimer's. Ms. nForrester was a critically acclaimed opera singer who debuted with the Montreal Symphony in 1953. She went on to receive world wide acclaim for her beautiful voice.

In 1967 the CBC television program Telescope focused on Forrester's success ... we aired some of that episode, featuring an interview with Ms. Forrester.


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