Part Two of The Current
Tarnished: Documentary Repeat
The Commissioner of the RCMP took an unprecedented step in May when he wrote an 'open letter' to Canadians. In it, Bob Paulson pleaded for patience as the force sorts out its problems. The letter followed revelations about a Mountie in Edmonton who was demoted for having sex with subordinates ... and exposing himself to a co-worker. Sergeant Don Ray was transferred to BC.
Critics say he should have been kicked off the force. Commissioner Paulson says he needs to modernize the RCMP and that one of the ways to do that is by streamlining the disciplinary process to swiftly rid the force what he has called 'rotten apples.'
Constable Derrick Holdenried believes he's been unfairly targeted as one of those Mounties. He was suspended without pay last year after being accused of theft. And his damaged reputation festers online. Constable Holdenried feels the RCMP bears some of the responsibility for what has happened to him. He told his story to CBC reporter Jason Proctor in a documentary called Tarnished. It first aired in June.
Artist: Yann Tiersen
Cd: Le Fabuleaux Destin D'Amelie Poulain Film
Cut: # 4, Comptine D'Un Autre Ete: L'Apres-Midi
Last Word - Lysistrata
Tomorrow on The Current, we'll look at how women in Togo are protesting against their country's government -- with a sex strike. If it sounds unlikely, the withholding of physical charms does have a long history -- almost as old as the Parthenon. Aristophanes wrote a play about how the women of Greece refused to comfort their warrior husbands unless they stopped fighting.
The English translations clean this thing up a little, but we should warn you, it still gets pretty racy. On today's Last Word, the women taking their celibacy oaths in the MacmiIlan film production of Lysistrata: Beyond Sex.
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