Monday, January 30, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part One of The Current
It's Monday, January 30.
Prime minister Stephen Harper says he plans major reforms to the old-age pension system to improve Ottawa's finances.
Currently, that explains the new government ad campaign touting 90 as the new 65.
This is The Current.
Shafia Verdict - Panel
We started this part with a clip of Gerard Laarhuis, chief prosecutor in the Shafia murder trial. After more than three months of proceedings, and 15 hours of deliberation, the jury in the case came back yesterday with its verdict: Guilty. Guilty. And Guilty.
Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya (his second wife in a polygamous marriage) and their son Hamed, were each convicted on four counts of first-degree murder. Each has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of Mohammed Shafia's first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, and three daughters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti Shafia.
But some people argue this was not just a simple murder trial ... that while the Shafia case was an extreme one, it highlights the challenges and tensions faced by some Afghan-Canadian families caught between what some call tradition and the ways of a new, more liberal homeland.
We heard from Nigah Awj. She is a student at Marianopolis College in Montreal and the youth director of La Maison Afghane (Afghan House), a grassroots organization that tries to help young Afghan immigrants and their families adjust to life in Quebec. She grew up in Afghanistan, but has lived in Canada since age 10. She was in Montreal this morning.