Part Two of The Current
Thursday's Checking - In
Alison Smith, host of The World at Six and this week's Friday host of The Current. She joined guest host Jim Brown in studio to check-in with our listeners.
Greg Gilhooly: Tuesday on The Current, we heard from Greg Gilhooly. He was closely watching the sentencing of former junior hockey coach Graham James - because he says he, too, was one of James' victims. Graham James was sentenced to two years for the sexual assault of retired NHL star Theoren Fleury and his cousin Todd Holt. We heard from our listeners with their response to this interview including a letter from the facilitator of a Toronto group of men who had been sexually abused and the death of Martin Kruze.
Under the Radar - Jeffrey James: It's been seven years since the death of Jeffrey James. James was a psychiatric patient at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and had been held in restraints for five days. A coroner's inquest found that those restraints played a role in his death and called on the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to come up with new guidelines on restraints.
Last week, the nurses' association released its findings, but you may not have heard about them. They call for restraints only as a last resort. A study from last year showed that almost one in four mental health inpatients in Ontario experiences some form of restraint or seclusion. Christine Boyd is one of those patients. She was restrained in 2007, she was put in restraints twice in an Ontario Hospital following a suicide attempt. We heard from her.
The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario also thinks its time to phase out the use of restraints. But the group is not going so far as to recommend the elimination of the practice altogether.
Laura Wagner helped write the new guidelines. She's an assistant professor at New York University's College of Nursing. She's also an Adjunct scientist at Baycrest - a geriatric health care system in Toronto. She was in our New York studio this morning.
Bringing up Bebe: Pamela Druckerman was an American journalist living in France who met her husband and started her family there. One day, when her child was having a meltdown in a restaurant, she noticed how rare this was for French children. So like a good journalist ... she went searching for the reasons why. The result: a book on french parenting called Bringing Up Bebe. After this item aired we heard from parents with their thoughts including a couple mothers who raised their kids in France for awhile.
And one mother, who lives in Paris now ... Marie Bardon is the mother of the three boys - and she has a fairly unique perspective. She lives in France, but has lived in Boston, too - and returns regularly to the United States to visit. So she has seen, first-hand, how French and North American parenting styles differ. We heard from her with her observations.
Jason Kenney: Monday on The Current, Canada's immigration minister, Jason Kenney detailed a long list of proposed changes to immigration policy in Canada. His views prompted many of you to add in with your reaction to this interview.
Sarajevo Promo: We started this segment with the sound of gunfire from 20 years ago, during the siege of Sarajevo. It began in April 1992 ... just days after Bosnia's Muslims and Croats voted for an independent state. Bosnia's Serbs - under Radovan Karadzic - responded by encircling Sarajevo. It was just the beginning of a war that would not end until years later.
The Current's very own Anna Maria Tremonti covered the War in Bosnia .and she has now returned to Sarajevo to prepare for special coverage marking the 20th anniversary of its onset. That's where we caught up with her this morning.
CBC Radio and The National are marking the 20th anniversary of the start of the war in Bosnia with special coverage from Anna Maria and Carol Off - each of whom covered the war over many years. The documentary you heard Anna Maria talking about will air Tuesday, April 3rd on The Current.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Carole Ito.
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