Friday Guest Host, Tom Harrington
Tom Harrington joined Anna Maria in studio to check in with what you've had to say about it. Tom is of course co-host of Marketplace and our Friday host this week.
Harper's Caucus Speech: The scandal around a $90,000 cheque to repay Senator Mike Duffy's ineligible housing expenses continues to make headlines . Yesterday we spoke with Conservative MP Eve Adams of Mississauga-Brampton South. I asked her what she thought of Prime Minster Harper's claims that the recent actions by his Chief of Staff and three Conservative senators were "distractions."
"The Senate needs to be reformed. It is however, not the priority of Canadians. When I talk with Canadians ... when I'm playing at the field with my children's soccer teams, people are talking about their jobs, they are taking about mortgage rates. They are talking about real estate and whether or not real estate is going down or going up. People are talking about their own personal economy. They are talking about how they pay their bills. And that is the priority of Canadians and I am sure you will agree ... any reasonable person would agree with that.".Conservative MP Eve Adams
Ms. Adam's comments and our panel discussion on parliamentary accountability got a lot of response.
David McNabb of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia tweeted,
Your guest insults Canadians by saying we aren't concerned about government ethics.
And Thom Barker in Saskatchewan tweeted:
Which Canadians is Adams talking to? Imaginary friends?
Chris Edwards of Toronto wrote:
Eve Adams did her best to argue the Senate scandal shouldn't matter to us, without actually saying those words.
And Carl Rabinowitz of Barrie, Ontario added:
Senate problems are the result of bad appointments. The Harper government should not try to use this issue to promote Senate abolition.
We also received many e-mails on this topic.
Ruth Shapiro of Calgary wrote:
I needed an antacid along with my coffee to digest the explanation given by Eve Adams. I am constantly amazed that this government has such a low opinion of the Canadian public. To even suggest that "the average Canadian" is so limited in their thinking that they can easily overlook the ethics, honesty, transparency and decency of the government is quite an insult.
Here's one from Don Moriarty in Halifax:
High anxiety about jobs, finances and health care are the very reasons people are so irate over these recent events and the almost complete lack of accountability. Why should these senators be allowed to behave with impunity while the rest of the country struggles.
Many of our listeners were weighing in on Facebook, as well.
Martin Edmondson posted:
The problem with our country is the people complaining about it. We have lots of jobs and a lack of people willing to work. Handouts are drying up so they start to complain. It's the "poor me syndrome.
And Patti Outram of Vancouver wrote:
Seems like the perfect time for Harper to review the Senate and actually make the changes he used to want. Harper's brand will withstand this because he knows how to play his cards.
Co-Bedding with Child: Co-sleeping has always been something of a controversial parenting tool. Some say it brings them closer to their children at a very important developmental stage. Others say it interferes with precious alone time a couple has for each other. But our next guest says there is now proof that it's also dangerous.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have undertaken the largest analysis ever conducted on this issue called Bed sharing when parents do not smoke: is there a risk of SIDS?
They've found that even after eliminating all of the other potential causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, sleeping next to your baby remains a high risk activity.
Bob Carpenter is the lead author of the study, which was published this week. He is a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was in London, England.
Boycott App: As the world grows ever more connected and smaller, consumers are more interested in finding out who is really behind the products they purchase. And of course, there's an app for that. Buycott is a new app that allows you to scan a product's barcode to see the product's corporate family tree and the politics behind it. Tuesday we weighed in on the value of Buycott.
The idea appealed to Holly Nelson. She posted this on Facebook:
When we grocery shop, we tend to buy the same items over and over. So using Buycott, you could build a shopping list for regular shopping, and then occasionally use it to scan large ticket or rarely purchased items.
Paul Heglund had this comment:
Some people have too much time methinks.
Mars: Let's check in now with a story we brought you last week - a one-way trip to Mars. Tens of thousands of people have been signing up for a reality-show like contest with a prize of a one-way trip to the red planet.
But our next guest thinks it will - and should - take more than that to colonize Mars. Buzz Aldrin is a former NASA Astronaut, engineer, fighter pilot and author. His latest book is called Mars - My Vision for Space Exploration. He wa in Los Angeles.
Sarah Harmer Special: Victoria Day gave us an excuse to bring in a special guest host of The Current. Juno-award winning musician Sarah Harmer hosted the program and she took a tour of Canada's newest national park, Ontario's Rouge Urban National Park, located within the Greater Toronto Area.
Sheila Guest tells us she lives across the bay from the Trent Severn Waterway and she emailed us this:
Those of us who witness Parks Canada in operation on a daily basis are feeling the pain for the staff who have been cut, laid off and have had their hours reduced in an effort to deal with the $29 million shortfall in the overall budget.
Sarah Harmer also sat down with Canadian music legend Bruce Cockburn and talked about his songwriting prowess. That got you thinking about your favourite Bruce Cockburn lyrics.
George Holborn of Thunder Bay, Ontario sent us this:
My favourite is "the heron's wings well know the grace of space" from "Feet Fall on the Road". It's such a great observation of the Great Blue Heron's flight - that most don't see.
Carol Meindl of Cote Saint Luc, Quebec emailed us this:
My favorite Bruce Cockburn song is " I wonder where the Lions are". It has lyric lines that resonate and are often brought to mind, becoming part of one's life.
On Twitter, Martin Callsen tweeted:
My fave lyric from Cockburn's masterpiece "Tokyo" is: "mind keeps on ringing like a fire alarm".
And Ben Bowen shares his favourite:
Sun went down / Looking like the eye of God / Behind icy mists / And stark bare trees
And here's one more from J. Soubli of Ottawa who sent this Cockburn lyric:
The world's in convulsions, the weather is fine. Buicks get bigger and 5 cents costs a dime.
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This segment was produced by The Current's producer Jessica deMello and Carole Ito.
Friday Promo: For loyal Current listeners, you'll know that Sarah Harmer's show on Victoria Day Monday was interrupted because of breaking news. So we'll be bringing you the final part of that show tomorrow looking at what a decade of historically low water levels has meant for the Great Lakes system. And we will be asking, what -- if anything -- is getting done at Toronto City Hall during the Rob Ford controversy.
Last Word - Buzz Aldrin & UFO Sighting
Buzz Aldrin joined us today with his visions of space travel in the future. One of his visions during space travel in the past caused him a lot of annoyance.
While rocketing to the moon in 1969, he saw something unusual floating by the window. He was pretty sure it was a hunk of spacecraft shielding that was scheduled to peel off -- but couldn't be sure. He's spent years denying it was extra-terrestrial.
But, if you mix in a theremin, even a story about rocket junk is otherwordly. And it sounds Way Cool.
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