Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Long-Form Census - Jennifer Ditchburn
Across the country, Canadians spent a lot of the summer arguing over the federal government's decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census. And if you thought that fight was over, you were mistaken.
Later today, Liberal MPs are taking the battle back to Parliament. After a debate on the issue, MPs will vote on a Liberal motion that calls for the long-form census to be re-instated provided that nobody goes to jail for not filling it out. This comes after yesterday's scene at the Federal Court in Ottawa, where French language advocates are taking on the federal government over the census.
So for a sense of what's to come on this issue, we were joined by Jennifer Ditchburn. She's a political reporter with The Canadian Press. She was in Ottawa.
Long-Form Census - Bruce Curtis
This is not the only time the census has been the source of political tension. Bruce Curtis is a professor of sociology at Carleton University with a particular interest in the census. He's the author of The Politics of Population: State Formation, Statistics, and the Census of Canada, 1840-1875. He was in Ottawa.
Last Word - North Korea Satires
You may have likely heard on the news, North Korea's ruling Worker's Party is set to meet today. It's widely believed the meeting will pave the way for Kim Jong Il to begin handing over power to his son Kim Kyoung Hui.
It's hard to imagine many people missing Kim Jong Il. After all, he is a ruthless dictator who has dined on expensive sushi and screened Hollywood movies in his home ... while many North Koreans faced starvation and lived without electricity.
At the same time the absurdity of his choices has made him a perfect satirical target over the years. So as North Korea's "Dear Leader" begins what may be a long drawn out exit from the world stage, we wanted to leave you with some of our favourite satires about him and his rule. Kim Jong Il, we hardly knew you.