Listener Response: Checking - In


Quebecers are transfixed by testimony before the Charbonneau Commission of wads of money in socks and equations for kickbacks. Now, a former top cop who tracked organized crime in Ontario says while all eyes are focused on Montreal, crime families are growing larger and more invisible in Ontario. Also we hear your thoughts on Roman Catholic women demanding ordination and the less than demanding oversight that allowed E. coli to creep into Canada's beef.

Listener Response: Checking - In

Our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio to page through the inbox.

Women Priests: The push for women to be ordained as priests in the Catholic church is long-standing, but proponents say the arguments for male only priests have long faded away. Monday, we heard the debate.

That conversation prompted more conversation from our listeners. Abegael Fisher-Lang of North Vancouver had this to say:

The Catholic Church goes too far in stating that the gender of Jesus is significant in the decision to have only male priests. This is absurd! Christ Consciousness is universal, not limited to gender, age, time or space. This is old thinking.

And Duncan Stuart of Toronto emailed us this:

The Catholic church continues to embrace metaphor when convenient - for example, bread and wine as body and blood - and other times, opt for exactitude and literalism. The phrase 'representation of Christ on Earth' could be interpreted to mean inclusion, compassion, or justice. But no.

Robert Nelson of Ottawa wrote:

As a practicing and devout Christian I am not concerned whether Jesus was married or single, gay or straight, and these issues do not matter to my faith. In the next few decades I expect that there will be women priests, maybe even bishops or cardinals in the Roman Catholic church and this nonsense about virgin birth will be downplayed and relegated to history.

And we aired a couple more thoughts from our feedback line.

And here's one more from Rick Baltimore of Winnipeg, who offered this view:

Not once in the interview did anyone mention the bible and what God had to say about men in women in it. My God is so big that I am sure he was and did leave us a blueprint to follow and the blueprint is the bible. Maybe they should all read it and study it for themselves and then let it guide their lives.

Dual Diagnosis: Last week we brought you the documentary, The Long Way Home, produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal. It looked at the lives of the Pearson family in North Bay, Ontario. The story revolved around the Pearson's painful decision to leave their 21-year-old son Greg at the local General Hospital. Greg Pearson suffered from both a developmental and psychiatric condition - but had not yet been assessed as being Dual Diagnosis. The young man lived at the hospital for a year.

We got quite a response to that story ... many listeners described their own similar stories. This is from Eileen, who lives in Ontario and writes:

My 20 year old son has a dual diagnosis. Your documentary left me sobbing with the memory of five years ago. We were at our lowest point. My son was 93 lbs - he is almost six feet tall. He was depressed and bedridden. We were saved by meeting with a dual diagnosis social worker and finally connecting with a specialist.
The good news is that my son is doing quite well. He can participate in school and he is happy. The bad news is that he is in his last year of school. He needs a good day program but they are expensive. My second huge battle ahead is my son's future. He cannot live with me forever and I must plan for the day that I am no longer living.

And now Howard Goldenthal is bringing us another story about a family who also had to make a troubling decision for their son with Dual Diagnosis. His documentary is called Anthony's Story.

Corruption in Montreal: We started this segment with a clip from Alain Gravel, the host of Enquete, the flagship investigative current affairs program Television program on Radio Canada, speaking yesterday on The Current .

Enquete broke the original stories investigating the link between the mafia and allegations of corruption in the Quebec construction industry. Now, along with The Toronto Star, they have also been looking into the growing Ontario mafia.

Julian Sher is an investigative journalist and a feature writer for the Toronto Star and he was in our Montreal studio.

E.coli: We started this segment with a clip from Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz speaking yesterday about the E. coli outbreak at the XL Foods slaughterhouse in Brooks, Alberta.

Our coverage yesterday prompted these thoughts from Edith Rizzi in Tappen, British Columbia:

You missed the point - the "meat" of the problem, if you'll excuse the pun. You, I, the consumer, are responsible for this problem. We have been convinced that everything in life has to be handled by experts, engineers, inspectors and bureaucrats.

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