Part Three of The Current
Erica Johnson is a familiar face and voice at CBC as the co-host of Marketplace on CBC Television. And she's also a regular here at The Current where she'll be our Friday host tomorrow. Erica joined Anna Maria in studio to help get through some of our mail.
Flogging Debate: Wednesday on The Current, we heard Peter Moskos' case for flogging as an alternative to jail for certain crimes. Moskos is a former Baltimore City police officer and author of In Defense of Flogging. It was a lively debate that continued in the mail.
Prostitution Law: Last September, Ontario's lower courts threw out key components of the province's anti-prostitution laws.This week as the decision goes to the Court of Appeal, there's deep disagreement about whether the elimination of the laws will help or hinder justice and women in the sex trade. Monday on The Current we heard dissenting views from two women who have worked as prostitutes. And then we heard your added thoughts on this issue.
There's general agreement that prostitution has a lot to do with poverty and a lack of opportunity. When we talked about this on the program we had a guest who said better laws would make prostitution a safer occupation. But Tania Fiello takes exception to that idea and she has a unique perspective. She not only worked as a prostitute but hired prostitutes when she ran brothels. She joined us from Vancouver.
Placebo Ethics: The idea of a placebo seems straightforward. A consenting patient is given some kind of inactive pill that looks like medication but has no effect. But last week on The Current we heard from McGill Psychiatry Professor and researcher Dr. Amir Raz, that placebos can take many forms and that up to twenty percent of Canadian doctors prescribe placebos, believing that the deception will help the patient. But the ethics of such a decision don't sit well with Jonathan Kimmelman. He is an associate professor of Biomedical Ethics at McGill University. And our listeners shared their ethics on this subject in our mailbag.
Cyber Attacks: The Stuxnet worm infected computers controlling the Iranian nuclear program and nobody knows for sure who is responsible. We spoke with KT McFarland, who held national security positions under US Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan and is currently a national security analyst for Fox News.She argued the damaging force of cyber attacks should be considered an act of war. We heard your take in the mail.
Canada's national security may also be under attack from Canadian internet downloaders. That's the way the government may interpret it, according to Sharon Polsky. She's the policy director at the Canadian Association of Professional Access and Privacy Administrators. She worries about the possible impact of Canada's Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement. Sharon Polsky joined us in Toronto.
And if you have something to say, we want to hear it. Here's how to get in touch.
Last Word - Arthur Griffiths
Arthur Griffiths watched the Stanley Cup final and the rioting that followed on Vancouver streets. He's in the U.K. now. Mr. Griffiths is the former owner of the Vancouver Canucks. He was at the helm when the Vancouver team made its last run for the Cup. His family name was virtually synonymous with the Canucks for years. Arthur Griffiths got the last word today.
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