It's time now for our weekly dip into the mail. And our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio to help with the mail.
Godless Daycare: Quebec has a publicly funded, seven-dollar-a-day daycare network. And a new directive from the province's government bans these daycares from doing any kind of religious instruction. Tuesday on The Current, the province's Minister of Families, Yolande James told us the thinking behind the policy. That prompted a further discussion about whether religion should be supported by publicly funded systems in our mail.
Wind Turbines: The debate over wind power is a divisive and heated one with issues such as property values, health concerns and renewable energy coming into play. Tuesday on The Current, we heard from the community on Wolfe Island near Kingston, Ontario. There are 86 wind turbines on Wolfe Island with plans for more off-shore. And that has divided the community.
We received a number of letters in response to that documentary. And it seems our listeners are as divided as the people on Wolfe Island. We shared some of those letters.
Mark Mattson has been paying close attention to the wind project on Wolfe Island. He is the President and Waterkeeper with the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, which was an intervenor in provincial consultations around the approval of the project on Wolfe Island. And he was in Toronto this morning.
Anticipation: Christmas is one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year. And last week on The Current, we examined the idea that anticipation may be largely disappearing from our day to day lives .... lives full of instant messaging, instant gratification, instant food. For Jenny Rosenstrach, it's an accumulation of all the little things. She writes a blog called Dinner: A Love Story. After hearing that segment, we heard from our listeners with their thoughts on the death of anticipation.
Part of our conversation last week centred around a well known study by Walter Mischel on delayed gratification commonly called the marshmallow experiments. A group of 4 year olds were given a marshmallow in a room and told they could eat it right away. But if they waited, they would be given a second marshmallow. As Mischel followed the lives of the children, he found that the test was a reliable predictor of good academic performance later in life.
Kate Green was one of the kids tested to wait for a marshmallow. She was in Ottawa.
Last Word - Worst Xmas Movies
We ended the program this morning with a game. Feel free to play along at home. Tomorrow, we're gathering a panel of holiday movie watchers to run-down -- and we do mean run down -- their picks for the worst Christmas movies of all time. We aired a sampling of their picks. There are seven of them in all. And instead of telling you what they are, why not see how many you can pick out. We'll post the answers on our website right after the panel airs tomorrow morning.
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