This is the first edition of The Greet Tweet Debeet. As we've been telling you, The Voice is on Twitter for the federal election and he is challenging all of the leaders of the federal parties to a debate -- of sorts -- over Twitter. First up was Green Party leader Elizabeth May. We aired the debate.
Today we have our second installment of the Greet Tweet Debeet with NDP Leader Jack Layton. Follow The Voice @TheVoiceCBC.
Today is mail day and to help read through your letters, Anna Maria was joined by Scott Taylor. He is a former Canadian soldier, as well as the Editor and Publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine and a frequent guest on The Current. This week, he will be the Friday Host of the program and he joined us from Halifax.
Access to Justice: Across Canada, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys are growing increasingly concerned about our justice system and whether Canadians are able to access it in a timely and affordable way. Beverly McLachlin is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Yesterday on The Current, she voiced her concerns about the group she sees as the most vulnerable ... the middle class. Many listeners contacted us with their own stories about the challenges of finding legal help. We read some of those letters.
And the problems aren't confined to the criminal justice system. Last year, Leonard Doust, a prominent lawyer in Vancouver, was asked to head the Public Commission on Legal Aid in British Columbia. He delivered his report last month and he was in Vancouver this morning.
Teen Suicide: Jenna Bowers-Bryanton suffered from depression in her high school years. Her death in January was a suicide. Her mother, Pam Murchison believes bullying contributed to her daughter's death.
Pam Murchison said some of the bullying happened on a website called Formspring. It's a social networking site that has developed a niche following with some young people. 16-year-old Page Recksiedler explained how it works.
Teens posting on the site are free to keep their own names secret. But there's nothing to prevent them from naming someone else which makes it easy to post nasty questions or comments about their peers. To find out just how nasty, The Current took a trip to Citadel High School in Halifax.
We tried to arrange an interview with a representative from Formspring this morning but did not succeed. We'll keep trying.
PTSD: Post traumatic stress disorder -- or PTSD -- affects six percent of soldiers returning from war zones. And studies in the United States show that the chances of domestic violence increase four-fold when PTSD is in the picture. Roger Perrault is a warrant officer who has served 22 years in the Canadian infantry. He has been deployed many times. And in his time in Afghanistan, he saw many of his fellow soldiers killed and injured. He was injured in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb in 2006. But once he got back to Canada, it took some time for him to realize the affect his tour of duty was having on him. Roger Perrault and his wife Fran spoke to the CBC's Nancy Wood. After this segment, our listeners added their thoughts to this discussion.
April Fools: Last Friday we began the program by just pulling your leg a bit. Actor and comedian Mary Walsh, along with her co-conspirators actor Gordon Pinsent, Evan Solomon, the host of Power and Politics on CBC News Network and Green Party leader, Elizabeth May were all involved in an April Fool's skit promoting a Seniors' Party. Some people were annoyed by the skit. Others were pleased that they got the joke before the big reveal. We shared your thoughts.
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Minority Retort # 1
We started a new satirical feature we're calling Minority Retort. It's a political panel - of sorts - hosted by the unflappable Dan Ratner.
Minority Retort was written for The Current by Jason Sherman. It featured Jeff Kassel as Dan ... Susan Coyne as Frances ... Imali Perrera as Helen and Matt Austin Sadowski as Kyle. It was directed by G.J. Sinclair. We'll have more Minority Retorts in the weeks to come.
Last Word: Federal Leaders Debate
Next Tuesday is the federal leaders debate and you can be part of it. Send your question for the party leaders to question email@example.com by the end of today.
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