Our Friday host, Rick MacInnes-Rae joined Anna Maria in studio to check in on what you've had to say of the stories of the past week on The Current.
Unemployed Doctors: More than four million Canadians can't find a family doctor .... despite the fact that Canadian medical schools are cranking out more physicians than ever who themselves are having a hard time finding work. Yesterday we heard how some medical students are asking for more data from the federal government to help them find work.
We heard lots more after that story aired. And there was a recurring theme ...
On Facebook, Graham Brett MacMurphy posted this:
New physicians can't find jobs because they don't want to work outside very large Canadian cities. Or they have specialized instead of just being a GP.
Doris Schwar lives in Sudbury and emailed this:
Doctors who have chosen to serve in smaller communities are incredibly busy, and wait times for any type of specialist range from months to years. There are indeed placements for frustrated medical students, if they look somewhere north of Steeles Avenue (in Toronto).
And Yvonne Hodder of Halifax added this:
My mother lives in another province and will soon be without a family doctor when the medical clinic goes from five doctors to one.
What you really discussed was "I can't find a job in my chosen field and my chosen place" ... which just sounds ridiculous to the thousands who can't get a doctor.
Abolish the Senate? Another story that got a lot of comment this week - the viability of the Senate. It may be an old debate, but it remains a heated one. Tuesday, in light of scandalous headlines of late, we heard from three political insiders ... including Liberal Senator James Cowan.
At times the exchange set off sparks ... particularly when we raised the theme of recurring problems in the Senate.
That prompted Tim Abray-Nyman to tweet this:
Wow. Was James Cowan speaking in favour of the Senate? Hard to tell. He was a walking ad for entitlement.
And Janie Hilton of Shuniah, Ontario, posted this on Facebook:
Senator Cowan was the essence of defensive. Time and again, we were met by an attitude reminiscent of draconian days gone by! I shudder to think how women in the Senate are treated. Senate reform, please!
But Lynne Epps posted this in return:
We shouldn't demonize the senator for his opinion. He's defending an institution that might offer a service to the public. But I would like to see a true check in place for the Harper government - instead of a rubber stamp by government-picked senators.
And here's one more comment from Linda Leon of Whitehorse who writes:
Wouldn't it be great if our senators fulfilled the role of wise elders rather than partisan goons?
What if senate appointments came from nominations from ordinary Canadians - of worthy citizens who have made contributions to their communities? The selections could then be made by lottery. Presto; a senate composed of truly worthy individuals without a single bagman present!
CIDA & Mining: Back to a story we covered in January of 2012, when a $5 million grant in funding from the Canadian International Development Agency, or CIDA, opened up a partnership between Canadian mining company, Iamgold, and charity Plan Canada.
The partnership was established to run a program aimed at giving youth in Burkina Faso better access to education and job training. We talked to Rosemary McCarney, Plan Canada's President and CEO, when the partnership was launched in January of 2012 and she told us why she supported the program.
Apparently, some of Plan Canada's donors didn't think it was a very good thing - and they've been letting Plan Canada know. Rosemary McCarney joined us again now in our Toronto studio to talk about this.
Dual Citizenship: The Canadian government is proposing a policy that would strip dual citizens of their Canadian citizenship ... in circumstances where the individual was convicted of terrorism. On Monday we heard from Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration.
Lots of comment on Facebook. Adrian Foster posted this:
Who is and is not a terrorist is a very arbitrary distinction. Mandela, Ghandi, Dr King - all were considered terrorists from one perspective or another. Are Canadians oblivious to the knife edge we are walking with this question?
Alternately, Martin Edmonson had this to say:
Dual citizenship is like having two wives. Having both is selfish and used to a person's advantage. You're a citizen or your not. If you love a country, you live there, spend your money there, and would die to protect it.
Ghost Ships in the North Atlantic: Yesterday we heard about the MV Lyubov Orlova, a four thousand ton cruise ship that toured the Arctic. But in 2010, the ship's company went bankrupt and the ship is now abandoned and adrift somewhere in the North Atlantic.
Christine Condy from Sharon, Ontario heard the story and shared this:
My daughter was a member of the crew during its final voyage. She worked for the cruise line so she got paid, unlike the unfortunate sailors abandoned to the kindnesses of Newfoundlanders to feed and house them.
I have a photo, right after she disembarked. It includes uniformed officers and other officials boarding the vessel in the background. A bad omen indeed.
It's been entertaining watching for it in the harbour scenes in the Republic of Doyle ... Go Orlova!
Emily Scarrow has her own memories of the Lyubov Orlova. It's where she met her husband in 2009. We aired an excerpt from an interview Emily Scarrow did last spring with CBC Radio's local noon program in St. John's. We contacted her yesterday at her home in Canberra, Australia and she told us she did get one of the ship's life preservers.
Valentine Stories: Tales of heartbreak, conflict, drama ... yes, that's The Current's take on this day of love.
We asked you to share your stories and Michelle Collins-Wongkee of Petrolia, Ontario shared this:
Knowing that he could find plenty of takers, a friend's husband bought several tickets to see The Who in Detroit back in 1979. His wife promised to set aside one for me to purchase only to discover that her husband had already earmarked a pair for his friend Mike.
A week later, my friend told me that Mike was willing to sell his spare ticket. She set up a time for us to meet so that I could purchase the ticket. We met. I gave him the fifteen dollars for the ticket, which he would pick up later.
A week or so later, embarrassed, he called to confess that he had lost the tickets. He'd left them in his wallet in a locker while playing hockey. He returned my money, but asked me out to dinner to atone.
Two years later we went back to that restaurant, and the orchid corsage he gave me for Valentine's day had a lovely diamond ring tied to its throat. For our tenth anniversary we went to The Who concert in Toronto. Like the DJ says "the hits just keep on comin'".
A happy ending! That doesn't belong on The Current. We shared another story of how love lives on from Pauline Long on our voicemail.
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Friday Promo: Tomorrow on the program an interview with the cartoonist Art Spiegelman. He's the creator of the famed Holocaust comic book Maus. He's in Vancouver for a Retrospective of his art at the Vancouver Art Gallery that opens tomorrow.
CD: Tosca: Dehli 9
Cut: # 7, Dave Dudley
Spine: CD 140
Last Word - A.J. Jacobs on fixing Valentine's Day
We'll leave you with one more thought about love and romance. This Valentine's Day, A.J. Jacobs has issued a blueprint to fix the holiday ... a plea to save romance from itself really. A.J. Jacobs is a writer and the author of several books including, My Life as an Experiment and The Year of Living Biblically. He wrote this essay for Esquire Magazine and he agreed to read it for us. A.J. Jacobs gets the last word this morning.
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