Last year... an extraordinary court case concluded in South America. Two former top generals of the Argentinean dictatorship were convicted of stealing babies, the infant children of political prisoners, during that country's so-called Dirty War in the 70's and 80's.
Rafael Videla, who led Argentina's military in those days was sentenced to 50 years. And Reynaldo Bignone received 15 years for the thefts. Both men are already serving life sentences for other crimes. But the convictions have helped confirm the existence of a systematic kidnapping program that the military once denied existed.
It's alleged as many as 500 children were stolen from their families and given to people friendly to the military. Those children would now be in their 30's. A well known group in Argentina - the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo - has identified 105 of these children... leaving many more, presumably, unaware of their true identities.
The Current's Kathleen Goldhar traveled to Buenos Aires last summer to meet Victoria Montenegro. For decades, Victoria was known as Maria Sol. But that was before she learned she had been stolen.
Kathleen Goldhar's documentary, Becoming Victoria first aired on September 6th, 2012.
Documentary Promo: Hugh Burnett
Coming up tomorrow on The Current... he was an early pioneer in the fight for civil rights in Canada... but, today, few know his name.
In the 1940's and 50's Hugh Burnett led a group of activists in a fight against discrimination in his hometown of Dresden, Ontario. As with many Canadian communities at the time, it was segregated.
And it was Burnett's crusade, along with the National Unity Association, that led to changes to the law in Ontario... and shaped the civil rights debate in Canada. His daughter, Patricia Burnett Patzalek, and his friend, historian Jim Walker... believe Burnett should not be relegated to obscurity.
Tomorrow we bring you a special documentary produced by Kevin Philipupillai about the life and sacrifices of Hugh Burnett and we played a preview ... A moment in time which helped change Burnett's life.
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Last Word - Thompson MacDonald remembers Ralph Klein
Alberta said farewell to one of its most popular leaders last week. Ralph Klein died Friday at the age of 70. He was a high school drop out, but full of ambition, succeeding at a number of jobs before becoming a television weatherman and reporter with CTV in Calgary.
That's where he met and worked for Thompson MacDonald, who eventually became an adviser to Klein during 14 years as Premier of Alberta. But he says he was initially very surprised by Klein's entry into politics. Where many people in Alberta came to know the folksy premier as just plain "Ralph." MacDonald calls him friend. He gets today's Last Word.