Checking-In: Listener Response
Our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio to check in with what you've been saying for our Checking-In segment.
Stigmatized Houses: A few quick tweets to start ... reacting to yesterday's story about homes with a history. Owning a home where a serious crime has been committed can be hard to unload, never mind to live in.
Yesterday, we heard the cardinal rule is to always disclose but perhaps that's easier said than done.
Crystall Lee Kirkham heard that story and wrote this:
I haven't had the heart to tell the new neighbors down the street about the murder/suicide where they're renting.
And Deborrah Sherman tweeted this:
Ugh! Next door neighbour told us about the suicide in ours -- the day we moved out!
Seana Finlay didn't quite get what the fuss is about. She posted this:
Murder houses: this is crazy. Houses have a history. Don't like it? Then build. Guest with panic attacks? #rollingeyes
Liberia '77 Update: We started this segment with a clip from Sando Moore, a Liberian photographer. During that country's bloody second civil war, Liberians destroyed most of their photographs - fearing the images could connect them to the wrong side - and lead to death at the hands of Charles Taylor's rebels.
That was the reality two brothers from Vancouver faced when they returned to Liberia in 2010 to produce a documentary called Liberia '77. Andrew and Jeff Topham lived in Liberia as children. Their father John worked for a Canadian company that made explosives for the Liberian mining industry. John also took thousands of photographs. During the filming of Liberia 77, it became clear their father's photos were far more than just family snapshots. They were a connection to a lost past.
We spoke with Jeff Topham about his documentary on The Current last April (Another great photo slide show here as well). We heard, how in the film, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, made a plea.
Jeff and his brother Andrew took the President's plea seriously. They built a website and asked ex-pats to share their pre-war photographs. People from around the world contributed and this week, the brothers, along with their father returned to Monrovia to put on their exhibit Photo is Life at the National Museum of Liberia.
Jeff Topham joined us from Robertsport, Liberia.
Here are some photographs from his show.
Deporting Criminals: Saeed Jama grew up in Alberta as a permanent resident of Canada. His parents are from Somalia but he was born in Saudi Arabia. Despite his many years in this country, Saeed never acquired Canadian citizenship. He did however get into trouble with the law and spent two years in prison for drug trafficking.
Because he was not a citizen, and the seriousness of the crime, Saeed faced deportation to Somali - a country he had never been to. When we spoke with Saeed's mother on Monday - her son was facing removal from Canada that day.
After we aired that story we heard from Daren Miller of Calgary who wrote this:
Saeed Jama has committed serious crimes in Canada. Deportation of a non-citizen criminal will make life better for all Canadians.
And this is from Sheila O'Kane in New Brunswick who writes:
Conrad Black is not a Canadian citizen. He has a criminal record ... and following his conviction, he was living in Canada.
What's the difference? Perhaps it has nothing to do with the fact that Mr. Black is a powerful, rich white man and not a dark skinned young man, born in Saudi Arabia, who got into trouble as a teenager.
The rules around deporting those who are permanent residents but do not hold Canadian citizenship and have committed a crime are changing. Bill C-43 will make it easier for the Canadian government to deport permanent residents, among other changes.
Rick Dykstra is the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and he joined us from our Ottawa studio.
Transparency Act: The First Nations Financial Transparency Act would require First Nations chiefs and politicians to post their salaries online. It's a bill that will most likely soon become law as it's had its first reading in the Senate.
On Monday, we heard that finding out how much chiefs or band council members earn is often a dubious undertaking, while others say Ottawa's move towards transparency is hypocritical.
Then we heard from Ruth Claire Weintraub of New Denver, BC who emailed us this:
Money is considered to be a private matter. Like your sex life, information about it isn't something you usually share with the world at large.
Felix Sandron of Winnipeg offered this:
Chiefs and councils are public employees. The best way to deal with issues of respect and accusations of corruption is full transparency and disclosure.
Here's another view from Derrick Higgins of Vancouver:
Instead of addressing gross under funding of the reserves by the Conservative government, Stephen Harper throws out this red herring.
The irony is that Mr Harper's government may be the least transparent and accountable in Canadian history.
And on Facebook, Travis Tea posted this:
Our people voted the federal audit be published and sent to every household on reserve. However it's the money Chiefs and Councils continuously delegate to themselves that needs to be kept an eye on.
And we aired one more thought on this topic from our voicemail:
Rob Ford: It was just over three thousand dollars - not a lot of money. But the fact that Toronto's mayor solicited donations for his football charity from city lobbyists wasn't what brought him down.
Justice Charles Hackland said Mayor Rob Ford contravened the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by voting on and speaking to an issue in which he had a pecuniary interest. On Monday, the judge ordered the mayor be removed from office.
Bob Moulder of Carlisle, Ontario sent in this:
The argument that the judge has somehow "hi-jacked" the will of the electorate is ridiculous. One of the roles of the judiciary is to serve as a check to those in power. In finding Rob Ford guilty, the judge applied the prescribed punishment.
Dave Cunningham of Calgary had this to say:
The level of money involved is irrelevant The issue is that he was in conflict; he spoke against the motion that he pay back the money; he gained by the conflict and he voted against the motion.
We aired a message from our voicemail from Roger Fraser of Timmins, Ontario.
And one more from Lorne Strachen of Toronto who writes:
The only thing that will stop me voting for Rob Ford again would be if someone with a similar vision but more politically savvy would run. The loony left may well find itself far worse off with someone other than Mayor Ford in office.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Carole Ito.
Last Word - Neda Soltani's Promo
Coming up tomorrow on The Current, the woman who wasn't there. You may remember the disturbing video of the young Iranian woman shot and killed on camera during an anti-government protest in Tehran three years ago.
But Neda Soltani is alive and well and had nothing to do with the protest. A woman named Neda Soltan died on the Iranian street. But while Ms. Soltani is alive, the confusion threw her life into turmoil. She eventually had to leave Iran. We'll hear her full story tomorrow, but we ended the program with a little of Neda Soltani recalling the early moments of a shattering mix-up.
Other segment from today's show: