Letters & Mary Walsh
Thursday is mail day. And as you may know, our Friday host always join Anna Maria in studio to read your letters. This week, we have a special treat ... Mary Walsh takes on the microphone tomorrow. You know her as one of this country's most talented comedians and a member and creator of some of the country's most groundbreaking comedic programming including CODCO and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mary has also starred on stage and in situation comedies and in several movies. She's a film director. She was the host of a CBC program on books and literature but you may think of her as the loveable Marg Delahunty. Anna Maria and Mary Walsh talked about some of Mary's advocacy and projects.
Teen Suicide: Yesterday on The Current, we spoke to Pam Murchison. Her 15-year-old daughter Jenna who died January. Her death was a suicide after battling depression and bullying. And after this interview, our inbox was flooded with response. We heard from teachers, from people who recalled bullying as a teenager and many other listeners moved by the interview.
Consensus Government: Politics can sometimes be a nasty business. And the rancour is particularly apparent in the House of Commons. Tuesday on The Current, we took a look at another way of doing things. In the North West Territories and Nunavut, legislatures are run by a consensus system and without political parties. Two members of these parliaments shared their thoughts on how the system works. Jane Groenewegen is a member of the North West Territories legislature. Before that we heard Hunter Tootoo, Nunavut's Minister of Education and Human Resources.
Well, civil and legislature are two words we don't usually put side by side. And we heard a lot more about embracing that possibility. We shared some of those letters.
Attack Ads: Staying with the vitriol in politics .... Even before the election had officially begun, attack ads were airing prominently on our airwaves. And the tone seems to be a tad nastier this time. Last Friday on The Current, we asked about the ethics of attacking your adversaries in a way that is unimaginable in any other workplace. And then we heard from you.
Reducing Your Carbon-Footprint: We all know about minimizing our carbon footprint ... it's something you might think about if your car is idling too long ... or if you take a long flight somewhere. But everything we consume or use has a carbon footprint -- from a text message to a sip of water. Mike Berners-Lee wants to increase our awareness and understanding of our carbon footprint. He is the author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything. After we aired this interview, our listeners added their thoughts on carbon limits.
And our listener, Marnie Bymak of Courtenay, British Columbia had this to say:
The only question I have is -- how are consumers to know which foods are shipped by boat?? We get such little consumer information as it is about where our food comes from, never mind how it's transported to us.
So to answer Marnie's question, we brought in our next guest who is trying to make some head-way with carbon labeling. Andrew Conway is the co-founder -- along with Steven Cox -- of Carbon Counted. It's a Canadian not for profit that helps companies track and label their carbon footprint. Andrew Conway was in Toronto.
To add your thoughts to anything you hear on The Current, there are many ways to contact us through our our website.
And also ... something new to the program. Check out The Voice's new Twitter account. It's @TheVoiceCBC ... you can get the satire before it airs, as well as other musings on the election.
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