Part Two of The Current
Checking - In
Our Friday host Tom Harrington, co-host of Marketplace joined Anthony in our Toronto studio to help us along today.
Tensions in Hong Kong: Our discussion about tensions between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese had a lot of you taking to your keyboards. We shared some response from our inbox and voicemal.
Omar Khadr: Last week, the federal government acknowledged that it has received a formal request from the US to transfer Omar Khadr from Guantanamo prison back to Canada. The request is awaiting action by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. A lot of you were divided over the prospect that Omar Khadr could soon be on his way back home.
Tracking the Story: Network is one of the groups labelled by the Vatican as promoting radical views that are incompatible with the Church. It's a national Catholic Social justice lobby group that is part of Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Simone Campbell is the group's Executive Director, and she joined us from Washington.
Under the Radar: You've probably heard a lot about people leaving Newfoundland and Labrador to take jobs in the oil sands, out West. What you probably haven't heard is that the reverse is also happening. In Labrador City, outsiders are flooding in ... all part of that prosperity you heard Premier Dunderdale talking about earlier.
To provide a bit of context, Labrador City and nearby Wabush exist because of Iron ore. Sixty years ago, as world demand for steel increased, companies envisioned the vast profits to be made and opened mines in the area. By the seventies, the area was bustling. A decade later, the glitter was gone. But like so many boom and bust cycles before it, the boom in Labrador City is back.
The mines are expanding and several new developments are in the works. And this time, the boom is bigger and faster than anybody imagined - and the town is struggling to keep up. Some see this as the region's salvation, others its downfall.
Mike Power is a CBC reporter and a longtime of resident of Labrador City. He joined us to tell us a bit more about what's happening there.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Kathleen Goldhar.
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