Checking-In: Listener Response
Erica Johnson, co-host of Marketplace and our Friday host of The Current this week joined Anna Maria to help go through our listeners feedback.
Chris Hadfield: It's been more than two weeks since Chris Hadfield's space capsule made a bumpy landing on the Kazakh steppes. It marked the end of a remarkable voyage as the Commander of the International Space Station. During his 144 days in space he became a global celebrity.
Chris Hadfield released a cover of David Bowie's song Space Oddity during his last week in space. It has been viewed by 15 and half million people on Youtube. His photos, blogs, experiments and songs... took the whole world along on his ride of a life time. Since landing, he's been going through medical tests as he gets his earth legs back. We reached Chris Hadfield on the phone in Star City, Russia.
The Spark: Last Thursday on The Current, we had a remarkable guest in studio. Jacob Barnett is 15 years old, but he has original theories of astrophysics that some people believe may one day earn him a Nobel Prize. What's even more remarkable is that when he was 2, Jacob was diagnosed with autism and his family was told he probably wouldn't even learn to tie his shoes. His mother is Kristine Barnett and she told us what she has learned about autism through Jacob's journey.
That interview struck a chord with Sandrila Dhillon of Montreal:
What an eye opener. I'm a mother who struggles with a child who is often bored, unmotivated, and struggles with borderline ADD.
I have to stop trying to put him in a mold and focus on how he learns and nurture that learning
Susan McGowan of Ottawa who writes:
My son is just learning about how to be a person with autism, living in a world that doesn't always understand him.
I'm going to start to give more attention and respect to his very different way of thinking, and teach him to claim the same respect from the rest of the world.
And Jennifer Popekey of Guelph, Ontario shared these thoughts:
I smiled in the car during your show on Thursday when Jake's mother remembered calming infant Jake with plaid. For my son with autism, it was numbers in place of soothers. As soon as he looked for the numbers and called them out, he would calm himself. Tom is now 7, and finding new successes. Hearing Jake's story emboldens me more to keep uncovering my son's potential.
Bullying: Here at The Current we've had many discussions over the years about bullying. Its causes, its impacts and the attempts to control the behaviour.
This week, bullying was in the news again when Laureen Harper and Heritage Minister James Moore announced a national anti-bullying strategy.
But the police in Monona, Wisconsin think they've come up with a unique way to stop bullying. Last month, the small town passed a municipal ordinance allowing police to fine parents if their child is a repeat bully.
Walter Ostrenga is the Police Chief of Monona, Wisconsin, and that's where we have reached him.
Turban Ban on Quebec Soccer Players: Religious head wear is officially allowed by the Canadian Soccer Association but it's the provincial associations that make the rules. The Quebec soccer association is the only organization banning turbans on the soccer field during sanctioned games. Internationally FIFA has no explicit position. Yesterday we kicked around why this is happening in Quebec.
Here's a couple quick tweets on that. Joseph Albert posted this:
There has to be a line between religious freedom and tolerance and changing OUR rules and lifestyle to fit THEIR religion.
And Paul Littlefield had this to say:
The safety argument is ridiculous. Quebec soccer is simply being anti-Sikh. Equality is not uniformity. This atheist says let them play.
Rino DeRosa Update: We ended the program with an update on a story we brought you yesterday. Julie Ireton introduced us to a federally employed plumber who blew the whistle on dangerous problems inside the department of Public Works.
Rino DeRosa's concerns led to an investigation and report that warned about systemic health and safety problems within the department. Sadly, four days after the report was released, one man died in a boiler explosion operated by the same department. Public Works pleaded guilty to three charges. The case goes to sentencing in July.
Julie's story prompted the Opposition to press the government for a response during Question Period in Ottawa yesterday. We heard from NDP MP Linda Duncan asking a question of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services yesterday afternoon.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Carole Ito.
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