Thursday's Checking - In

We've been emailed, voice mailed, tweeted and told off. After another week of covering everything from dwindling drug supplies to Gen Y shortcomings to Republicans turning back time on women's rights. We check in with our listeners for their thoughts on the stories of the week.

Part Two of The Current

Thursday's Checking - In

Lots of stories this week got you typing and tweeting. Our Friday host Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio to help move us along with our listener response.

Republican Women: First up, a week ago today on March 8th - International Women's Day - we looked at how the Republican Party in the United States is losing support from its moderate female base due to leadership candidates' views on abortion, contraception, and women's health. But one woman from the Republican party made the argument that many of her fellow female voters were more concerned with the nation's finances. This conversation prompted some of you to write in to add your thoughts including one listener who was bothered by the fact that we were talking about American politics, with Americans.

Duly noted. Of course, we do make an effort to bring you Canadian stories, but want to shed light on what's happening in the rest of the world, too ... and we want to connect the dots. After all, the United States is a major world influence, it is our neighbour and our biggest trading partner. And one of those people running for the Republican presidential nomination could be its next leader.

Tracking the Story: Forced adoptions are an issue beyond our borders. In Australia, a Senate Community Affairs Inquiry into forced adoption practices of the past has just released its findings and recommendations.

To talk about that, we were joined by Valerie Andrews. She is the executive director of Origins Canada, an organization devoted to supporting people separated from family by adoption. Valerie Andrews was in Toronto.

Fukushima Nuclear Power: Last Friday we looked at whether Japan's nuclear disaster was a game changer for the nuclear industry. We shared some of our listener response on this premise.

Drug Shortages: Another story that had listeners chiming in was our coverage of the cross-Canada drug shortage. We heard from Robert Holmes in Port Hardy, British Columbia, with how he has been affected yesterday on the show.

But humans aren't the only ones feeling the crunch. Susan Robertson of Yorkton, Saskatchewan is a veterinarian and she says vets are experiencing drug shortages too.

Policing the Mentally Ill: Now a follow up to a story we touched on last month.
At 10:15 a.m. on February 3rd, Michael Eligon was fatally shot by Toronto Police after he was found walking in a hospital gown and socks, wielding scissors. His death has sparked a new debate on the way police officers are trained to use guns, especially when the suspect is thought to be suffering from a mental illness.

Wayne Smith is a retired Ontario Provincial Police officer. And he personally knows the ramifications of police shootings. In 1997, his life changed when he fatally shot a suspect who was holding a knife. Wayne Smith now wants a rethinking of training that teaches police to shoot to kill. We wanted to know more so we spoke to Wayne Smith yesterday. He was in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Earlier this month, the Toronto Police College in Etobicoke opened its doors to journalists to defend its training protocol and to share how officers are taught to deal with suspects believed to have a mental illness. We aired some tape with an inside look at a police training exercise, and an explanation, from constable Michael Stavrakis.

Generation Y Workforce: Finally for this morning, on Tuesday we explored how a decline in people skills among generation Y is exacerbating a workforce shortage out West. We heard from some our listeners and some Generation Yers with a generous use of exclamation marks and capslock consistent with Generation Y roots.

And lastly one other very familiar voice on Gen Y-ers in our voicemail from First Time Caller.

Well, whether you are a Boomer or a young Gen Y'er, we would love to hear your thoughts on the stories we're bringing you. Email us from our website. Call us toll-free at 1 877 287 7366. Our Twitter handle is @thecurrentcbc. Or like us on Facebook by searching for The Current CBC Radio. And via Canada Post: Box 500, Station A, Toronto, M5W 1E6.

Friday Promo: What can we learn from the French on raising kids. A conversation with author, Pamela Druckerman, about her book called Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

To wrap up this half hour, The Voice has been reading the labour news, watching the calendar and examining the entrails of an owl. And he is struck by an eerie convergence.

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.

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