Thursday's Checking-In

Last November Cindy Blackstock outlined the government documents that showed she was being monitored by federal bureaucrats, tracking her speaking engagements and conference attendance. She is behind a lawsuit charging Ottawa discriminates against First Nations children. Cindy Blackstock joins us again with more information on the government monitoring and a fight for Aboriginal rights at the UN. Plus, misleading robots and baptizing the dead, our listeners try to make sense of the stories of the week.



Thursday's Checking-In

Our Friday host Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio today to check in with your views.

Robo-calls: Allegations continue to surface about deliberate attempts to alter the result of the last federal election. We've heard a lot of opinion on the program and we heard a lot more from you. We shared some listener response.

We also heard one more view on this from our friend, First Time Caller.

Mormon Baptism: What does it mean to be baptized posthumously into the Mormon religion if you are Jewish? Mormons believe a posthumous baptism can offer another chance at salvation but it's an opportunity that's lost on some Jewish groups that are calling for a stop to the practice. We heard from listeners of all faiths on this topic and shared some of their views on this topic.

OxyContin Discontinued: Starting today, shipments of the painkiller OxyContin will be replaced with an alternate form that's harder to abuse. But the abrupt end to oxycontin deeply concerns some health professionals who fear a health and safety crisis as thousands of addicts go into withdrawal. After our item aired on Monday, our listeners addressed some of their concerns as well.

Tracking the Story: Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She continues to advocate for First Nations children. She has visited the United Nations in Geneva in the last month and has been watching developments there as Canada's treatment of Aboriginal people is put under the microscope. Cindy Blackstock was in Ottawa.

Under the Radar: Last October, an earthquake struck the city of Van in eastern Turkey. More than 600 people were killed and nearly half-a-million people were left homeless. Today, many of those people are still without a permanent home and many of the city's children are still too scared to go back into a school. But there are signs too that Turkish authorities are learning from past experiences and that they may be able to teach the rest of the world something about disaster relief.

Late last month, Canadian aid worker Michael Bociurkiw went to Van to help UNICEF document the work they were doing there. He shared the story.

PEI Medical Students: The Prince Edward Island government wants to make it mandatory that the province's medical students studying at Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, must return to their home province to practice for at least three years after graduation. But some students are pushing back, saying that this creates a lack of continuity of care and lack of employment opportunities for some specialties on the island. We shared some thoughts from our listeners on this item we aired on Friday.

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This segment was produced The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Carole Ito.


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