Part Three of The Current
Checking - In
To check in on our inbox today, Anna Maria was joined by Fifth Estate co-host Gillian Findlay, who is the Friday host of The Current this week.
Obesity & Parenting: Being fit to parent may now include one's physical fitness... The Children's Aid Society in Ottawa has cited a father's weight as one of the reasons why he may not be fit to parent his two sons, who both have special needs. The man's weight is, of course, only one factor in the case. But that didn't stop you from weighing in.
Eurozone: The financial crisis rippling through Europe has left leaders worldwide, focused on the Eurozone. But the tens of billions of dollars pledged to prop up countries such as Greece and Spain, eclipse the aid dollars earmarked for African nations. On Monday, we examined how the crisis in the Eurozone may be affecting African nations. Then we heard from our listeners with their added thoughts.
And in all our coverage of the financial crisis in Greece, we've heard a lot about the effects on the people. But what about the effect of the austerity measures on the ancient artifacts and culture for which Greece is famous?
Greek archeologists are now appealing to the international community for support, saying cuts are putting Greek culture at risk. Despina Koutsoumba is the executive director of the Association of Greek Archeologists. She was in Athens.
Tarnished Documentary: Troubles within the RCMP won't be sorted out quickly, as RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson admits. He has asked Canadians for patience. And he has asked the government for better powers to discipline - even fire - those who give the force a bad name. Yesterday, the federal government responded, with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews introducing legislation aimed at cutting red tape in the disciplinary process.
While the RCMP Commissioner looks to crack down on sexual harrassment and serious misconduct within the ranks, Monday we heard the story of Constable Derrick Holdenried who has been suspended without pay for stealing $22 from a community policing station. Holdenried says the theft was a result of PTSD and that he's being unfairly labelled a bad apple by a force that lets much worse behaviour by other officers go unpunished. Our listeners shared their views on this story.
Tracking the Story: On February 7th, 2012 The Current spoke to award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Healey. Mr Healey had just resigned from an eleven-year career with Toronto's Tarragon Theatre, after the theatre declined to produce his new play, Proud which revolves around a character simply called the Prime Minister. Mr. Healey and others in the artistic community believe the Tarragon felt the play's political content would jeopardize funding from the federal government.
Well that was then and now: enter Brad Fraser. The Toronto playwright has written a play about what he imagines happened in the meeting between Michael Healey and the Tarragon Theatre's artistic director. It's called How They Won and it premiered last night as part of the political cabaret: The Wrecking Ball. Brad Fraser joined us from Toronto.
Oxycontin Update: A bit of an update on one last story we covered earlier this year. In February, there was widespread concern that Purdue Pharma Canada's decision to stop manufacturing its popular pain killer "oxycontin," would lead to social chaos in many First Nations communities where addiction to the drug is pervasive.
It's so pervasive, in fact, that First Nations leader Stan Beardy estimated that half the residents on 49 northern Ontario reserves are hooked on Oxy. Many students with the addiction leave their reserves to attend high school in Thunder Bay. Students like Marty, whom we told you about in February. We aired a clip with what he said then about his problem.
The student is Marty at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was among 35 students who were given a drug called "suboxone" to help deal with the side effects of oxycontin withdrawal. Of those students, 22 stayed with the program. The rest relapsed. Those who stayed off oxycontin were rewarded with iPads, which they took back to their reserves, so addiction counsellors can continue to help them. How did Marty do? Thunder Bay radio host Lisa Laco put that question to nurse practitioner Mae Kat, the school's suboxone program coordinator. She is trying to help students from First Nations reserves break their addiction to oxycontin.
Mae Kat says that even though Purdue Pharma Canada is no longer manufacturing the drug, there is still a lot available in the north. That supply has postponed an anticipated crisis of widespread oxycontin withdrawal, giving First Nations communities time to offer suboxone programs, like the one at the school, to help adult addicts.
And that is all the time we have for Checking In today but keep sending us your thoughts on the stories you hear on The Current. You can email us from our website. Call us at 1 877 287 7366. Or tweet us @thecurrentcbc. And you can reach us by mail at Box 500, Station A, Toronto, M5W 1E6.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Carole Ito.
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