Checking - In

The modern-day Klondike gold rush we told you about last week while in Whitehorse has unearthed another treasure for paleontologists ... from the bones of woolly mammoths to simitar toothed cats, there's more than Gold in those hills. We'll tell you more when we check your reaction to what we've been covering.



Three of The Current

Checking-In with Listeners

Civilian PTSD: First up, post traumatic stress disorder -- or PTSD -- is commonly connected to war zones. But yesterday on The Current, we heard about PTSD diagnoses resulting from other kinds of traumatic events such as sexual harassment. We shared some of our listeners' experiences with PTSD from our inbox.

As part of our Game Changer project, we have been asking you to write to us with your stories about a game-changing and life-changing event. Today, Jennifer Beer of Toronto answered our call and shared her story.

Dictators: Well, we've covered a lot of revolutions on this program in the last year. So I think it's fair to say that dictators have seen better days. Just look at the fate of Muammar Ghadafi, Hosni Mubarak and Saddam Hussein. But others are still clinging to power. And that has Steve Patterson all worked up. Steve is a stand-up comedian and the host of CBC Radio's The Debaters. weighed in on the dictators of the world.

Fathers without Fathers: When a father is absent from a household, it can start a pattern that echoes in the generations that follow. It's a cycle that has been noted in African American families and last week, we broadcast two programs from Whitehorse, Yukon to address a similar pattern in aboriginal families. We heard from listeners and from people who attended the town hall last week.

We also looked at African American families and fathers last Wednesday and shared some of our listener reaction from our voicemail.

Prospector Shawn Ryan: Also as part of our coverage from Whitehorse, we spoke with Shawn Ryan. He won an award this year recognizing his achievements in the world of prospecting. He cultivated innovations to open up copper and gold mining in Yukon and he has changed the game in the geological world.

Hearing that interview prompted Allen McCartney of Ottawa to share a nugget of information about something not only under the radar but also under the ground in the Klondike. He writes:

There's another type of "gold rush" happening in the Klondike Valley. It's not attracting miners, but the world's top paleontologists. As mining operations expose the ground in the area, huge bones emerge from their permafrost graves from pre-historic woolly mammoths, simitar toothed cats, mastadons, even rhinoceroses. The unique preservative conditions in the Klondike Valley make it one of the top paleontologist sites in North America, perhaps the world.

Well, let's just say our interest was piqued. So we decided to find out more. Grant Zazula is the Palaeontologist for the Yukon Government's Department of Tourism and Culture and he was in Whitehorse.

Doris Slipperjack: And now for a follow-up of a different kind. This is the part where you critique us - and we listen. Then we do some self-examination. This week, the ethics of interviewing recovering addicts. Doris Slipperjack was on The Current almost two weeks ago. We were talking about the alarming levels of OxyContin addiction in remote northwestern Ontario communities. And Doris is a recovering addict. Her voice was riveting and what she had to say at times disturbing.

Some listeners found the interview uncomfortable and inappropriate, we shared their comments. Mike Finnerty was our Friday Host when Doris Slipperjack was on the program. He joins us now from Montreal to talk about it.

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