Thursday's Checking-In

Michael Healey shared the story of his sidelined play, PROUD and then many of you got LOUD. We'll share the reaction to the controversy over a creative chill from government and we'll revisit the question of mandatory disclosure of HIV/AIDs. We'll also share a few more hair-raising tales from those of you who heard our documentary on Sleep Paralysis only to realize that was the very thing terrorizing Your Own Nights.



Part Two of The Current

Thursday's Checking-In

Theatre Chill: Award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Healey wanted to address the politics of Stephen Harper's government in his art. But PROUID, his play that was the final in a trilogy was nixed. Michael Healey felt muzzled, thinking the federal government played a role in it all. Not so, Heritage Minister James Moore told us. And then we heard from you.

The End of Illness: Monday on the program, we talked to prominent California oncologist - Dr David Agus. He says we need to develop a culture of prevention against cancer - and he believes reducing incidences of inflammation is the key. Along with a healthy lifestyle of regular sleep and exercise, he advocated the daily use of statins. His views created a lot of buzz with our listeners and we shared some of their response.

Some of our listeners wrote in to question Dr. Agus' financial ties to Pfizer. So, we asked Dr. Agus for a response to these concerns.

Trans Fats: Four years ago, the federal government was talking tough on trans fats. But there still are no regulations on trans fats in Canada. And our guest yesterday Bill Jeffery says that's because the federal government quietly killed plans to bring them in. Some our listeners weighed in on the debate.

HIV/AIDs: Since 1998, about 130 people with HIV/AIDS in Canada have been prosecuted for not disclosing their status to their sexual partner. And the Supreme Court of Canada heard two of those cases yesterday. The court is being asked to clarify the notion of what poses "significant risk" of HIV transmission - and how that should be weighed when deciding whether to prosecute for non-disclosure. One of the cases is that of a woman known only as "DC." She is a young woman from Quebec who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing her HIV positive status to her boyfriend the first time they had sex.

DC appealed her conviction and it was overturned on the basis that her risk of transmission at the time was low. Now the prosecution is appealing to the Supreme Court. It could be months before Canada's top court gives its decision.

Meanwhile, this week, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Alison Duke/Goldelox Productions released a documentary that included DC's first interview. We aired a clip with what she had to say.

Sleep Paralysis: While most of us relish the moment when we finally get to tuck in under the covers, that's not the case for people who have experienced sleep paralysis. It's a sleeping condition that traps people in a waking nightmare .personified by The Old Hag. We received lots of stories after our documentary aired last Wednesday. We shared some of our listener's experiences.

And our good friend First Time Caller shared his own unique experience with The Old Hag too.

This week's host of the Friday Edition of The Current is Jim Brown and he joined Anna Maria from Calgary to fill us in on what is on the program tomorrow.

As for all you out there ... keep sending us your thoughts. We love hearing them. You can email us from our website. Voicemail is ready and waiting at 1 877 287 7366. Comment via Facebook or Twitter ... find us by searching for The Current, CBC Radio. Or via Canada Post Box 500, Station A, Toronto, M5W 1E6.

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This half-hour was produced by The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Carole Ito.


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