Nov 18/10 - Pt 3: Letters

It's mail day. We find out what you've had to say about sharing a bed with an infant, extending our mission in Afghanistan and the credibility of the United Nations in Haiti.



Time for our weekly look at the mail. And our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay, joined Anna Maria in studio to help read listener mail.

Co-Sleeping: Yesterday on the program, we discussed the risks associated with sharing your bed with your infant child. That's because Quebec is in the midst of inquests into the deaths of three infants who slept in their parents' bed. One of the people we heard from was Dr. Richard Haber, the Director of the Pediatric Consultation Centre at the Montreal Children's Hospital.

After hearing our segment on the pros and cons of co-bedding, we heard from our listeners with their personal thoughts and experiences. Including a response for world-renown Canadian chef Susur Lee who believes there are many benefits to sharing a bed with his infant children.

Afghanistan Mission: Tuesday the federal government announced the details of the extension of the military mission in Afghanistan. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said quote: our goal is not merely to do things for Afghanistan and the people of Afghanistan. It is also to help them do things for themselves.

On Monday, we put the future of the mission under the microscope. And after hearing this issue, we heard more from our listeners in the mailbag and our voicemail.

Gays in the Military: Moving on to another military story. For almost 20 years now, gays and lesbians have been allowed to serve openly in the Canadian Forces. But in the 1970s, gays and lesbians were sought out and removed from the military. Darl Wood was a soldier at the time. She's also a lesbian. And her life was thrown completely off track in a military interrogation. Monday on The Current, she talked about the consequences.

The situation for gays and lesbians in the military is better today. But according to one of our listeners, it's still fairly unwelcoming for transgendered people. We heard from Tara in Ottawa with her thoughts.

Guy Parent: Last Thursday was Remembrance Day, the day the new Veterans Ombudsman officially began his job. Guy Parent is a retired Chief Warrant Officer. He also served in the office of the former Veterans Affairs Ombudsman. Thursday, we asked Mr. Parent about the state of homeless veterans ... who number in the hundreds or thousands in Canada. After hearing this segment, we heard from you.

Haiti & UN: Haitian president Rene Preval called for calm this week after protesters targeted UN peacekeepers on Monday, saying the peacekeepers are responsible for bringing the first reported cases of cholera into Haiti. And now the first case of cholera in neighbouring Dominican Republic has been reported.

Tuesday, we heard from Vincenzo Pugliese of the UN stabilization Mission in Haiti. And Chalmers Larose, a professor of political science at the Universite of Quebec at Montreal.

After hearing that segment, Peggy Hobart of Ottawa wrote in asking us to consider having a health expert on to discuss the thesis that cholera might have been brought in by Nepalese peacekeepers since the outbreak started one week after the arrival of the Nepalese at the UN camp.

We called up Doctor Jordan Tappero for some clarification. He is a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He's leading their cholera response team in Haiti.

Aung San Suu Kyi: The Burmese people celebrated the the military government's release of Aung San Suu Kyi last weekend. Aung San Suu Kyi had spent 15 of the last 20 years under house arrest. On Tuesday, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate spoke with us and described how she dealt with her detention.

Karen Connelly spent some time with Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma in the late 1990s. She's the author of Burmese Lessons: A Love Story. It's a memoir about her experiences in Burma. The book was nominated for this year's Governor General's literary awards. And Karen Connelly was in our Toronto studio.

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