Mail: Forced Sterilization, Assisted Suicide, Report Cards

Earlier this week, we brought you the story of Leilani Muir, a victim of Alberta's former decades-long Eugenics program. Today we'll hear more about the institution where she was forced to live. Plus, euthanasia and yelling at students are on the minds of our listeners this week. And, our listeners share a few of the moments that changed their lives forever as part of our project, game changer.

Part Three of The Current


Thursday is mail day and our Friday Host Jim Brown joined us from Calgary for a look at what you've had to say about what you've been hearing on the program.

Forced Sterilization: Leilani Muir had a difficult childhood. Rejected by her mother at the age of ten, she was left at the Provincial Training School in Red Deer, Alberta - a facility meant for people who were referred to as "mental defectives".

The school provided Leilani with three square meals a day and a warm dry bed -- things that she says were rare in her family life. But the policy of the school was to forcibly sterilize those who were labeled as "mental defective morons". And when Leilani was thirteen, she was taken for a surgical procedure.

Leilani Muir successfully sued the Alberta government for wrongful sterilization. She won her case in 1995 and was awarded 1.48 million dollars. Her story prompted a lot of people to write in with their thoughts.

For more on how the school operated, we were joined by Heather Pringle. She reported on the Alberta Provincial Training School in the mid-1990s and she's the author of several books, including her most recent one, The Master Plan. Heather Pringle was in Burnaby, B.C.

Assisted Suicide: Canada's assisted suicide law is once again being challenged in the courts this week -- the first time since 1993 when Sue Rodriguez unsuccessfully challenged the law in the Supreme Court of Canada. Tuesday on the program, we heard from two people who believe assisted suicide is a slippery slope with serious consequences. John Coppard was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago. And Will Johnston is a family physician and the chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of B.C. Then we heard from lour listeners.

Report Cards: Teachers in B.C. are without a contract and are threatening to leave report cards ungraded as a pressure tactic. Monday on the program, we examined the value of the report card. Our listeners added their thoughts to this discussion in our mail.

Game Changing Moments: Monday on the program, we heard some of your stories about the moments that changed everything in your lives. Stephen Joseph is a psychologist and the author of What Doesn't Kill Us: The New Psychology of Post-Traumatic Growth. And he delved a little deeper into how these moments affect us.

We've been asking you for the game changing events in your life. And we shared a few of our listeners life changing moments to end our letters segment this week.

To share your story or your view on anything you hear on The Current, contact us. We love hearing from our listeners!

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