Letters: Conspiracies, Floods & Workplace Harassment

This is mail day. We find out what you've had to say about conspiracy theories, flooding and incivility in the workplace. Plus, we find out how you too can be buried at sea and we get the latest on the flooding along the Mississippi, from a man who is heading up the efforts to stem the tide in one county in Tennessee.

Part Three of The Current


Thursday is mail day and Tom Harrington joined Anna Maria in studio to read some of your mail. Tom is of course the co-host of CBC Television's Marketplace and a frequent Friday host here.

Conspiracy Theories: The killing of Osama bin Laden -- and the Obama administration's refusal to publish photos of his death -- have spawned a wide range of conspiracy theories. Last Thursday, we talked to Jonathan Kay, an editor with The National Post who has written a book about post-9/11 conspiracy theories. After this item aired, we heard from our listeners with their added thoughts on this issue.

We also heard from the Office of Libby Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver East. She wanted to correct something Jonathan Kay said on our program. Jonathan Kay said that in 2008, Libby Davies read a motion in the House of Commons that disputed the findings of the 9/11 commission and blamed the U.S. Government for the attacks on Washington and New York City. Libby Davies wanted to point out that it was a petition from the public she read, not a motion and that reading a petition does not mean the Member of Parliament agrees with its content.

The U.S. government's decision to bury Osama Bin Laden at sea wasn't just making waves among conspiracy theorists. Apparently sea burials are gaining popularity. Captain Brad White is the owner of New England Burial at Sea. He was in Boston.

Workplace Harassment: The Government of Canada has rules for harassment in the workplace which say harassment will not be tolerated. But despite such strong language, without prompt resolution of harassment, employees are left disempowered. Monday on The Current we heard one employee's story. Zabia Chamberlain had worked in the public service for over 20 years before she was seconded to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in the fall of 2007. She worked as a government executive for a director general in the department. She had to work with him closely even though she says he touched her inappropriately and she suffered his verbal aggression and violent temper. Zabia Chamberlain left her job three years ago. We received a lot of mail about this story and shared some of our listener mail.

Severe Floods: It's been a spring of flood waters for many regions of our waterlogged country. As we heard earlier this morning, Manitoba is in the midst of managing a controlled breach of flood waters. Saskatchewan and Quebec have also been filling sandbags to try to keep the water at bay. Tuesday on the program, we heard from some residents dealing with loss, frustration and exhaustion.

Well it isn't just in Canada where flood waters are wreaking havoc. In Memphis, the Mississippi floods have led to widespread evacuations. As the director of the office of emergency preparedness in Shelby County, Bob Nations is the man with the task of responding to the disaster. He was in Memphis.

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Last Word - Wine Promo

And we ended the program with a preview of something The Current's Sujata Berry is working on for tomorrow's program ... a story about a showdown over wine. Sujata got the last word this morning.

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