Part Two of The Current
Thursday's Checking - In
Marketing Canadian Oil: Finding a market for Canadian oil might not mean choosing between proposed pipeline routes -- Keystone XL or Northern Gateway.
One idea we heard on Monday's program, was to pipe the oil east to the Maritimes, which primarily uses foreign sources of crude. And then we heard some more thoughts on this from our listeners.
Conflict of Interest: On to a slightly related topic ... A number of astute Current listeners have flagged potential conflicts of interest for some of the guests we've had on the show recently .A number of astute Current listeners have flagged potential conflicts of interest for some of the guests we've had on the show recently.
First there was Colin Boyd commenting on the potash industry in Saskatchewan. Boyd works in a building called the Potash Corp Centre at the Edwards School of Business.Then there was oncologist David Agus, who promotes the use of statins for good health. He has accepted a lecture fee from Pfizer, a maker of statins.
And on Monday's show, we included Andrew Leach in our discussion of Alberta oil markets. He's an economist at the University of Alberta's school of business. And he's very open about any potential conflicts of interest vis a vis his commentary. He has just put up a page on his website which details all his research funding, unpaid positions, and the oil companies in which he holds shares.
Kevin Milligan is another economist who has also started posting any sources of potential conflicts of interest online. He works at the University of British Columbia and he was in Vancouver.
Love.com: On Valentine's Day, we devoted the entire program to explore dating in an online world. But a niggling comment brought the love to a grinding halt for some people. Here's what Plenty of Fish.com founder and CEO, Markus Frind said on the program:
We don't even show you people we're pretty sure you will not enter into a relationship with. So for instance, if you are a doctor, we're never going to match you with a carpenter because that's simply never going to happen in the real world.
Well that got under the skin of a few listeners and we shared their comments.
Hobbled Cities: You may have heard about the transit wars waging in the corridors of Toronto's city hall. But the scenario of a mayor, unable to deliver on an election platform or a city, depending on money from the province to get a project done is repeated across the country. We looked at whether mayors and cities should have more control over their own decisions and purse strings on the show Monday. And then we heard from you in our inbox, on our Twitter feed and on our voicemail.
Policing the Mentally Ill: Almost two weeks ago, Toronto police were called to a scene where a man was acting aggressively. He was wearing a hospital gown and carrying scissors. Police ended up fatally shooting him.
The incident underscored how complex and challenging the relationship is between police and those struggling with mental health issues. Some say police need to be better trained to deal with these situations.
Michael Holker is trying to help police do just that. He has bipolar disorder and after a run-in with police, he now volunteers his time, teaching York Regional officers, just outside Toronto, how to understand and interact with those suffering mental illness. Michael Holker was in our Toronto studio.
We ended this segment with one more response to our discussion about the relationship between police and those suffering from mental illness. Maria Kasstan believes that police didn't go to extra lengths to save her husband's life because they thought he was homeless.
Police say they reacted appropriately, and a judge dismissed Kasstan's lawsuit against them. But she is still adamant in her belief. She wrote a song that ended this part about it all ... recorded on the same bench where her husband died in 2004. The song is called Phantom Fantino... after Julian Fantino, who was chief of Toronto Police at the time of James Calvert's death.
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Checking-In was produced by The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Carole Ito.
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