It's mail day. We find out what you've had to say about hockey violence, nuclear safety and boys who just won't grow up. Plus we hear from the President of the CNIB on the organization as a charity after yesterday's segment on the politics of blindness.
Thursday is mail day here at The Current and help with letters, The Current's Lara O'Brien joined Tom in our studio.
The Politics of Blindess: For 93 years, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind has been the national voice for blind and partially-sighted Canadians. But yesterday on The Current, we heard from someone who says it shouldn't be. Graeme McCreath is a physiotherapist in Victoria. He also happens to be blind. He says we need to re-think the way blind people are treated. He's also highly critical of the CNIB and its relationship with the blind. After hearing that, we heard from our listeners with their thoughts through e-mail and our voicemail.
One caller Bob Fisher of Egmondville, Ontario suggested we talk to the CNIB. So we reached John Rafferty. He is the organization's President and CEO. He was in Halifax.
Hockey Concussions: On Monday, hockey star Sidney Crosby returned to the ice ... if only briefly. It was his first skate since suffering a concussion in January. And it happened on the same day that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced a five-point plan to deal with the concussion issue that has been dogging the sport. One key requirement of that plan is that any player displaying concussion symptoms must get assessed by a doctor. Period. Tuesday on The Current, we put the new protocol to a panel of hockey insiders. Then we heard from hockey fans with their added views on our panel discussion.
Nuclear Safety: Yesterday -- amidst the growing concern over the security of Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex -- we heard from Ian Hore Lacey. He's with the World Nuclear Association, an advocacy group for the nuclear industry. Tom asked him how he thinks this disaster will affect the nuclear industry worldwide. His optimism about the nuclear industry is tempered by Dan Donaldson who wrote us from Toronto.
Dangerous Demographics: The numbers tell us Canadian males between the ages of 15 and 25 live in a statistical danger zone. Accidents are by far the leading cause of death - followed by suicide and homicide. And men account for ninety percent of deaths in the workplace. Last Wednesday on The Current, we talked to 2 men in their twenties about dealing with danger and then we heard from you.
Manning Up: And staying with that demographic of young adult men ... Author Kay Hymowitz says there are too many of them waiting way too long to grow up. It's a trend she sees in young men in their twenties and early thirties. And she says that the success of women is one of the reasons for it. This interview certainly got a lot of response and we shared some with you.
Robert Sturcz: And finally, last Friday, we heard a horror story from Vancouver's downtown east side. Robert Sturcz described how, 34 years ago - ate the age of 5 - he watched his father kill his mother. He went on to describe how his father - now deceased - forced him to help bury his mother under the family home. Robert Sturcz said that he hid that memory for years. When it finally returned, he struggled but eventually managed to convince Vancouver police to investigate.
Last week, police arrived at the family's former townhouse with a team of archeologists from Simon Fraser University to search for the remains of Robert Sturcz's mother. But on Monday, after days of excavation, the police announced they had discovered no evidence of foul play and that Sturcz story was based on a mistaken belief. Dave Dickson, however, isn't convinced. Mr. Dickson is the cop-turned-community-outreach-worker who ultimately helped Robert Sturcz convince the police to take his tale seriously - and re-open their investigation. We reached Dave Dickson yesterday to find out how he had reacted to Monday's news.
That's it for the mail today. But please, send us more. We want to know what you have to say. Contact Us.
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Last Word - Kyoko Iwamura
We gave the last word this morning to Kyoko Iwamura. She lives in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. And here she is describing what happened to her on the day the earthquake struck. She told her story to freelance journalist Miguel Quintana.
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