Nov 11/10 - Pt 3: Letters

It's mail day. Find out what you've had to say about aging gracefully, native justice, and cargo security. Plus, meet a conservation biologist who says that bees could be the secret to securing our airports.



It's time for our weekly look at the mail. And our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria on our Toronto studio to help with the mail.

Judge Reilly: For most of his career as a provincial court judge, John Reilly presided over a courtroom in which many of the defendants were from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Morley, Alberta.

Over time, Judge Reilly says he realized that the politics and management of the reserve played an important role in his decision making. So in order to deal with an accused as a whole person, he ordered an investigation into allegations of political corruption and financial mismanagement on the reserve. We heard from him
Monday on The Current. This interview drew a lot of mail and we shared some of our letters.

As Judge Reilly's book makes clear, there are still considerable challenges when it comes to the over representation of aboriginal offenders. Although those of Aboriginal descent make up only 3 percent of the Canadian population, they account for twenty-two percent of the people in Canadian prisons.

Angus Toulouse is the Assembly of First Nations Ontario Regional Chief, and he was in Ottawa this morning.

HRT: Hormone replacement therapy has been commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause. But a new anti-aging message is being attached to the treatments with big name backers such as actor Suzanne Somers.

Monday on the program, we looked at the risks of using hormone treatments for cosmetic benefits. And then we heard from our listener's with some first hand experience with HRT.

Cargo Security: Canada tightened regulations on cargo shipping last week ... banning cargo shipments from Somalia and Yemen and restricting the inclusion of large toner cartridges in checked baggage.

Many countries have been examining their cargo security procedures after parcel bombs were intercepted a couple of weeks ago. And last Thursday on the program, we did the same.

We read a part of Cynthia Benjamin's e-mail on this topic. She's a senior evaluator with the Canada Border Services Agency in Ottawa. And we also shared another thought from Brenda Skinner of Madoc, Ontario.

For years, dogs have been used to sniff out bombs. But Reese Halter says if we really want to beef up security, we should be looking to another member of the animal kingdom ... the honey bee. Reese Halter is a conservation biologist at California Lutheran University. He's also the author of The Incomparable Honey Bee and the Economics of Pollination. He was in Los Angeles this morning.

Last Word - Centenarian Lucille Pacaud

We ended the program today with a woman who saw the war effort from a different point of view. During World War Two, Lucille Pacaud gave blood at every opportunity. She volunteered for the Red Cross. And she held down a full-time job at Dominion Textiles, which made all of Canada's military uniforms. Miss Pacaud was born on August 27th, 1907. That makes her 103. And she's one of The Current's 100 at 100.

If you know a centenarian that you think we should talk to, please let us know. Call us toll free at 1-877-287-7366. Or e-mail us through our website.

And just a note to say that one of our 100 at 100 has died. More than 80 years ago, Irene Haugen nursed Brother Andre -- now Saint Brother Andre. She died over the weekend. She was 105 years old.

So to end, we heard from Lucille Pacaud recalling the day she got a call from the Red Cross. They were asking for help with something, but didn't say what.

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