Part Three of The Current
Time for our weekly look at the mail and Pedro Sanchez, one of our producers here at The Current, joined Anna Maria in studio to help get through your letters.
Occupy Movement: Critics say there is not a lot of clarity surrounding the specific beefs of protesters taking part in the Occupy Wall Street movement but one thing is clear ... the status quo is not working for a lot of people. And as protests moved into Canadian cities last weekend, anger was focused on the one percent of people who hold the majority of the wealth in the country. Yesterday on the program, we heard from that one percent -- to get their take on the protests, and what it's like to be targeted. The views shared by our panel sparked some heat in the mail and we read some of our letters on this topic.
Jean Béliveau Update: And now for an update on a story we brought to you earlier this year. In February, we spoke with Jean Béliveau. Eleven years ago, on the day he turned 45, he set out on what you might call the journey of a lifetime. His goal: to walk around the world, and raise awareness about violence against children. We caught up with him 10 and a half years into his journey. He'd traveled across 6 continents and worn out 49 pairs of shoes at that point. And he was just about to start the last leg of his journey from Vancouver back home to Montreal.
He planned to be back in Montreal on October 16th. And he planned well ... because that is the day he arrived home. We aired a clip of him Jean Béliveau speaking to reporters upon his arrival back home in Montreal after spending eleven years walking around the world.
Organ Donations: The decision to donate organs is often tough for grieving families but many do it because the reward is great. Provincial regulations prevent contact between recipients and donor families, except anonymously in some instances. But next year, Nova Scotia plans to change its rules, and allow contact if both parties agree.
Tuesday on The Current, we heard how powerful and meaningful a connection like that can be. 51-year-old Sandra Foglia was on life support in Barrie, Ontario. The prognosis wasn't good, and her daughters ultimately decided to take her off life support and donate her organs. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Natalia Ritchie was suffering from cystic fibrosis and at risk of dying if she didn't get new lungs. She got them and later found out they had come from Sandra. This documentary prompted many to write in with their personal stories.
Ronnie Gavsie was also listening to Aziza Sindhu's documentary. She is the CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network - Ontario's organ and tissue donation agency. And Ronnie Gavsie joined us in our studio.
Shannon Moroney: Moving on to a story that keeps getting a lot of response...Shannon Moroney had been happily married for a month when she received a knock on her hotel room door that changed the course of her life. It was the police, telling her that her husband Jason was in custody, charged with sexual assault and kidnapping of two women. We heard from her last week on The Current and she also recounted the ordeal she went through following that attack in the book, Through the Glass.
Her interview with us prompted Jeffrey Lanctot to write in. He is the lawyer for one of the women assaulted by Shannon Moroney's ex-husband. We read his letter on air.
Whither Zoos? In these tough economic times, the necessity of all sorts of so-called frills gets called into question. And one thing on the chopping block in Toronto is the city's zoo. Last month, the city council put out a call for bidders to buy, lease or operate the zoo. Monday on The Current, we brought three people together who all have a stake in zoos to talk about the role of the zoo today. Then we heard from our listeners with their added thoughts on the future of zoos.
We will go through the mailbag again this time next week, so all of you out there, please send us more of your thoughts about anything you hear on The Current.
Last Word - Israel Baseball League
We wanted to end today's program with the Israel Baseball League. Baseball has it's tremendous Jewish players, of course: Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg. And it also has some tremendous Jewish fans. We gave the last word to Manny Patinkin with a Yiddish tribute to the game. The words may be unfamiliar, but not the tune.
Other segments from today's show: