Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Tom Harrington.
Part One of The Current
It's Wednesday May 18th.
Starbucks is being sued for firing a barista because she is a little person.
Or as Starbucks calls her, "A Tall".
This is The Current.
Slave Lake Fires - Coreen Attilon
We started this segment with a clip from Peter Prosser at the Edmonton Expo Centre. He is one of about 100 people from Slave Lake, Alberta who have fled there in the wake of forest fires that have burned huge chunks of their town to the ground. More than a third of all the homes in Slave Lake are gone. So is the town hall and the government centre.
More than 95 per cent of the town's residents have fled. And many are wondering what kind of community they will be returning to... if and when they are allowed to go back. Coreen Attilon fled her home in Slave Lake and she was in Edmonton this morning.
Slave Lake Fires - Pearl Calahasen
The prospect of rebuilding Slave Lake poses some daunting challenges ... and the people who live there will be turning to the provincial government for help. Pearl Calahasen is the Conservative member of the provincial legislature for Lesser Slave Lake. She was on route to High Prairie to visit her constituents who've been displaced by the fire.
Slave Lake Fires - Ward Stamer
Ward Stamer knows first-hand what it's like to rebuild a community devastated by fire. He's a councillor for the District of Barriere in British Columbia. Wildfires ripped through the community in 2003 and while his family fled, he stayed behind to fight the fire. Ward Stamer was in Barriere, British Columbia.
Other segments from today's show: