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She's donated her eggs, she's been a surrogate and is ready to do it again. After yesterday's debate on laws that prohibit paying for such things, we check in on another aspect of this story. Plus we hear from our listeners on strip searches, the Titanic and reproductive technologies.



Part Two of The Current

Thursday's Checking - In

Our Friday host Tom Harrington, co-host of CBC TV's Marketplace joined Anna Maria in studio to help move us along through listener response.

Strip Searches: On Tuesday we brought you a story about a bid that was made in the BC Supreme Court to classify a class action lawsuit on behalf of two people who say they were wrongly strip-searched in the Vancouver jail in 2003. Well, that discussion got a lot of you typing and tweeting.

Horse Racing Industry: Monday we stepped into the world of horse racing. The Ontario provincial government plans to redirect the flow of money from slot machines at the tracks. Instead of a percentage going to the track, the government hopes to redirect that money to help solve the health care funding crisis. We talked quite a bit about Woodbine Race Track. But we also had a listeners write in about smaller tracks in Ontario. We shared her thoughts and heard from a former CEO of the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre.

Fertility Law: Yesterday, on The Current, we looked at the future of assisted human reproduction. In Canada, it is illegal to sell or buy eggs and sperm or even to pay a surrogate but that law is rarely enforced. And that has a lot of Canadians confused about what's above board when it comes to alternative ways to making babies. Our next guest knows all about it. Sabrina Marie Sabo has been an egg donor and surrogate and she joined us from Stratford, Ontario.

CBC Cuts: Another story that had listeners talking was the budgetary cut to the CBC. We heard from listeners who called in about this topic.

Titanic: Monday, we brought you one of the Titanic's most moving stories ... about the band that played on deck as the great ship went down almost a century ago. We heard from the grandson of one of the band members. And today, we have another Titanic story about the distress call put out by the ship 100 years ago.

A family in Newfoundland believes that historic first call for help was received by one of their descendants - a teenager by the name of Jimmy. He'd been working as an apprentice wireless operator at a remote lighthouse station in southeast Newfoundland.

Once in range of Cape Race, ships could transmit messages by morse code which were then sent over the wired telegraph system to the rest of North America. Many of those messages were telegraphed by someone with the surname "Myrick" -- the name of the family who've maintained facilities at the station for generations.

And as the story goes, 14-year-old Jimmy Myrick, may have been left alone - in charge of the wireless - that fateful night. But as family lore has it, young Myrick was sworn to secrecy by the adults who were supposed to be on duty that night.

Our St. John's producer, Marie Wadden, brings us this story on the Myrick family's Titanic legacy telling it with excerpts from Walter Gray's book The life Story of an Old Shetlander. Alan Macpherson read the excerpts.

First Time Caller: On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs wrote an open letter to fans apologizing for playing so terribly... *again*. Well, that got one of our listeners thinking hard. First Time Caller got the last word on Checking In this week.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Lara O'Brien.


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