August 20, 2010


Pt 1: Migrant Politics - 492 Tamils are now waiting to find out whether they have a future here in Canada. Politically, their cases are complicated by the fact that they arrived on a boat. In Australia, dozens of boats filled with refugee claimants have arrived in Australian waters. It's shifted how Australian politicians talk about the issue of migration. There are those who say Canada should be learning from Australia's example. And those who say our politicians already are. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Small Person Acquisition Project - A documentary about two men and a baby ... Well, two men who began their lives as girls and then got together to make a baby and ended up challenging all kinds of assumptions about gender in the process. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

Today's guest host was Mike Finnerty.

It's Friday August 20th.

The government of Southern Sudan says it plans to reshape some of its cities to look like the outlines of animals.

Currently, the US military is so taken by the idea, that it plans to reshape its court in Guantanamo to look like a Kangaroo.

This is The Current.

Migrant Politics - Mary Crock

Australians go to the polls tomorrow. And the leaders of both major parties -- Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott -- have taken a pretty hard line on asylum seekers. In particular, they're both promising to do more to stop boatloads of migrants from showing up on Australia's shores.

To give you some perspective, over the past ten years, five boats of migrants have turned up off the coast of Canada. Australia has seen 80 boats show up in its waters this year alone.

Mary Crock says Canada would do well to take heed of what's happening there. She's a Professor of Public Law at the University of Sydney.

Migrant Politics - Panel

Well we may not have an election campaign, but a minority government always makes for a more charged political atmosphere. And that is the context MV Sun Sea has sailed into.

For his thoughts on the debate over refugees in Australia and what -- if anything -- Canada should learn from it, we were joined by Martin Collacott. He's former Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. He's also a senior fellow at The Fraser Institute and he was in Vancouver. And Anver Saloojee is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto.

The Current requested interviews with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Neither was available this morning.

Articles: Process migrants offshore, says expert / Canadians want migrants deported, poll finds / Conservatives have tough talk for Tamils / Kevin Libin: What Australia can teach us about the Tamil asylum seekers


PART TWO

Small Person Acquisition Project (Repeat Doc)

Our documentary this morning tells the story of two men and a little baby. Well, a big baby really. And not just any two men. Both of this baby's fathers began their lives as girls. Their journey through conception, pregnancy and childbirth is both exceptional and mundane and it challenges standard concepts of gender.

The Current's Kristin Nelson produced a documentary about Jay, Bear, and their baby, Stanley. It's called The Small Person Acquisition Project. And it first aired in June.

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