Thursday's Checking-In

After hearing about the Mothers of Fukushima yesterday with their fears that their children are being exposed to radiation from Japan's nuclear meltdown last year, we're ready to put their concerns to Japan's Ambassador to Canada. We hear from him as we take a look at feedback and your point of view on everything from teacher strikes to Mormon baptisms.

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Thursday's Checking - In

Our Friday Host Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio to check in on what you've had to say.

Teachers: Teachers in British Columbia are back in their classrooms this morning after a strike planned to last three days. Their union, the BC Teachers Federation, says it may call a one-day strike for next week. And public opinion has become an important battlefield. Many of you wanted to weigh in on this one. And we shared some views from our listener feedback.

Mormon Baptisms : A couple weeks ago on The Current we talked about a splinter group of Mormons who are baptizing thousands of Jewish Holocaust victims. In 1995 the Mormon Church came to an agreement with Jewish groups, promising to stop the practice. But Church records show it's still happening ... and that one of the people baptized was Anne Frank.

After we broadcast that story, we heard about another side of the relationship between Mormons and Jews. Rafael Medoff is the Director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and he was in Washington D.C.

Sex Change for Kids: On Monday, we heard from a mother who told us about her experience with her child Nick. When he was four, Nick began telling her he felt like a girl, not a boy. Nick is now 8 and living as a girl. According to a report in the journal Pediatrics, many children are confused and conflicted about their gender identity and some of them could benefit from hormone therapy, a treatment typically available only to adolescents and adults. We heard a medical professional who supports that view and one who argues against it. Then our listeners added their thought to the discussion.

Fukushima Mothers: This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Many Japanese say they don't trust their government's handling of the situation since then. Yesterday, veteran Japanese anti-nuclear activist Aileen Mioko Smith told us the Fukushima disaster has spawned a new wave of protests.

Kaoru Ishikawa is the Japanese Ambassador to Canada and he joined us to respond to some of the criticisms that have been raised. He was in Ottawa.

Robo-Calls: The Robo-calls story continues to dominate the headlines on Parliament Hill and your thoughts as well. We read Ken Sollows of New Brunswick offering of two ideas on how to stop robo-calling:

First, require all such calls to be made from campaign offices located in the riding of the persons that are called. Placing the scripts in hundreds of offices across the country virtually guarantees that the candidates and the public will have knowledge of the content.

Second ... We require election signs to be authorized by the Official Agent of the candidate and to be labeled as such. Do the same thing for scripted calls. Then, when such offensive calls are made, we'll know who to throw in jail.

Robo-Call Skit: The Current has received a tip from an anonymous source inside an un-named robo-call centre. We are not able to confirm the authenticity of the tape. But, in the interest of satire, we decided to put it on anyways.

NDP Interviews: We got this e-mail from Jonathan Resnick of Toronto who wondered why we're interviewing so many would-be NDP leaders:

Why does the CBC, and The Current in particular, feel the need to give air-time to politicians like Nathan Cullen and Brian Topp? Listening to The Current this morning was like listening to an extended campaign ad for Mr. Cullen. He said nothing that did not involve attacking the "current government" or tooting his own horn or that of his party. Politicians are quite capable of finding their own platforms for getting their messages out - indeed, that is what they do best. I wish The Current would stick to guests that have something more enlightening or at least substantive to say.

We wanted to point out that we're interviewing candidates because whoever wins that leadership race will become the leader of the official opposition and we did provide the same coverage during the last Liberal leadership race. Journalistically it's important that the public gets a sense of how their politicians think.

If you want to add your thoughts, e-mail us from our website. Call us toll free at 1 877 287 7366. Find us on Twitter and Facebook where we are TheCurrentCBC. Or send us a letter to Box 500, Station A, Toronto, M5W 1E6.

And remember, we want to hear your stories of game-changing moments in your life. If you have an experience that altered the course of your life or made you re-think how you were living, we want to hear it.

This segment was produced The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Gord Westmacott.

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