Malala Yousafzai Shooting & Checking - In

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A Pakistani schoolgirl recovers in hospital after she was shot by the Taliban for attending classes. We find out what's next for Malala Yousafzai. And we check in on your responses to our stories about E.coli, big women bosses and maternity leave and temporary foreign workers.



Malala Yousafzai Shooting - NY Times Pakistan correspondent

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. It's a campaign spearheaded by Plan International and the Canadian government, a day to promote girls' rights and address the discrimination and abuse they suffer around the world.

Just this week people around the world were horrified by what happened to Malala Yousafzai. The fourteen year old Pakistani girl was shot in the head on the way home from school by Taliban militants. She became well known after writing a journal for the BBC in 2009 about what life was like for young women under Taliban rule. We aired a little of the journal, in English translation.

The New York Times' Declan Walsh has been covering this story and we reached him in Islamabad.

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

Checking - In

Our Executive producer Jennifer Moroz joined Anna Maria in studio to read through some of the mail.

E.Coli: The biggest meat recall in this country's history has left beef producers uncertain about the future of their cattle. And Friday on the program, we heard from two Alberta ranchers and how they are dealing with it. And then we heard lots more from our listeners.

Gerry Mawdsley of Delta, BC offered up this comment:

Those farmers say it is safe ... but tell that to the victims of E.coli. The massive, five thousand head a day plants need to go. They are all about money, production ... and not quality.

And Ken Riley of Bassano, Alberta echoed that. He writes:

Big slaughterhouses are problematic. The government is going to have to set safe production rates on the production lines. Profit driven companies are always going to push the limits too far and sacrifice safety and health.

And we heard from a few of our listeners on our voicemail.

Ian Robson of Deleau, Manitoba adds this:

The size of this recall indicates the big modern plants are too large to be properly monitored. Their product is also distributed too widely to quickly stop people from buying contaminated food.

Federal government policies continue to promote larger scale kill plants with increased kill line speed. This results in less chance of inspection ... and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency being forced to allow plants to self inspect parts of their operation.

President of Food and Safety at Bioniche Life Sciences

Well believe it or not there is an E.coli vaccine for cattle that is rarely administered here in Canada. Rick Culbert is the president of food safety at Bioniche Life Sciences, the company that has created an E.coli 0157 vaccine. We reached him in Belleville, Ontario.

Temporary Foreign Workers: Last year, Canada allowed more temporary foreign workers into the country than economic immigrants. But in order to work here, temporary workers can only work for the employer that brings them here.

That's just one of many restrictions, and Tuesday we heard from one temporary worker, Juma Rangam. He says he was underpaid and overworked and he hired a lawyer to help him get compensation.

Although the case was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, there was a last minute out of court settlement. Mr. Rangam's lawyer says details of the agreement are being kept confidential by both parties. Still, Juma Rangam's case touched many listeners.

Manjeet Matharoo of Toronto sent us this:

Juma's story reminded me of the Middle East. The so called "slave labour" there built the Middle East and is based on similar laws. I moved to Canada because Canada stood for human rights. I am disappointed.

And Jane Bahnmiller of Medicine Hat added this:

There are temporary foreign workers at the XL meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta. Because the plant is closed, these workers are in a difficult position. They do not have work; they cannot apply for work anywhere else, and I doubt that they qualify for any sort of government support. Who will protect their rights?

Maternity Leave: Lots of moms took notice when Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer announced the length of her maternity leave would be a brief one or two weeks. It sparked a conversation last week about the length of mat leaves for women in high powered positions.

Lots of women posted their formulas for success. Michelle Kofman tweeted this:

A good daycare for one to four years. Children need their parents more when they are school-age and teens. Build a business and work from home. It's the best way!

And Chitra Anand offered this:

I went back to work two months after. Marissa Mayer's story is inspiring. It is not what you do, it is how you do it.

And on Facebook, Kerry Baird posted:

Listening to this, all I heard was women who have found the perfect balance.
No one needs to hear the perfect stories of others. What we need to hear is more objective realities of the situation and then find the match for our own personal situations.

And here's one more comment from Mary Macdonald of Winnipeg:

It is not even a little bit relevant whether a woman thinks she is a 'good' mother, when determining if her child rearing choice is working.The real discussion to be had, is whether we are getting 'good' kids from our child raising choices.
How about we ask the kids what's working for them?

Tomorrow on the show with our Friday host Jim Brown

We will have an interview with Calgary author Andrew Nikoforuk about his new book The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the new Servitude. Andrew has been covering the oil industry for two decades and he makes the case that the way we use cheap oil is equivalent to the practice of slaveholding. And that we have morally and ethically compromised ourselves in our pursuit of an opulent lifestyle. And, quite controversially, he calls for the start of a global abolition movement targetting the over use of oil.

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Music Bridge

Artist: Gotan Project
Cd: Ultimate Chill Out
Cut # 4, Triptico
Label: Water Music
Spine: 3020602712

Last Word - Wideawake Song

We've been talking today about Lance Armstrong, a man who has inspired many athletes -- and also many people struggling with cancer. It's not clear what Lance Armstrong's athletic legacy will be -- or how his efforts to raise charitable donations will be affected.

His foundation raises money for cancer awareness. The Texas band WideAwake donates the proceeds of its song Maybe Tonight, Maybe Tomorrow to the charity. Today's Last Word goes to Wideawake.


Other segments from today's show:

Lance Armstrong's teammates testify against him

Banning people at the border: Should we let Terry Jones in?

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