If These Walls Could Talk: Westminster Abbey (cont'd)
We continue our tour of the Westminster Abbey to learn more about the ghosts that enrich it's long history.
Time for our weekly look at the mail.
Royal Succession: We began with some royal-related feedback. Last week, we looked at a proposal to change the British Monarchy's succession rules ... so that male heirs would no longer be given priority over female heirs. We also opened up the debate about whether Canada should maintain its connection to the British monarchy. One of the people we heard in the debate was Tom Freda, a founder of Citizens for a Canadian Republic. And one part of his argument caught the ear of listeners to share their thoughts.
Let's get back to the wedding of William and Kate.... tomorrow 5,000 officers with London's Metropolitan police force will be patrolling the streets around Westminister Abbey, on the look-out for threats to the royal family which security officials say include anarchists, Islamic extremists, radical Irish Republicans, royal stalkers or anyone else looking to interrupt the proceedings.
Britain's intelligence agencies will be monitoring internet and telephone traffic as well. And the terrorist threat level in Britain has been rated "severe." Dai Davies is the former head of Scotland Yard's Royal Protection Unit. He was in London, England.
Youth Vote: On Tuesday, we looked at the bid to get out the youth vote and we began with a challenge from the CBC's Rick Mercer. Rick Mercer has been credited with inspiring the "vote mob" demonstrations at more than thirty universities across the country. There has also been a surge of support for the NDP in Quebec, which is largely credited to younger voters. The low voter turnout among younger Canadians and the low turnout in general got one listener thinking maybe we need to step back and make some changes.
Job Market: Throughout this campaign, employment issues have kept rising to the surface. According to Statistics Canada, there were 53,000 more jobs in Canada last month than than there were in September of 2008. But there were 11,000 fewer full-time jobs. The over-all growth came from 64,000 new part-time jobs.
Monday on the program, we took a look at what those statistics actually mean for people's lives. And we heard from Jessica Chant who lost her full-time employment in February. Her story resonated with our listeners who shared their experiences in our mail bag.
Seniors: A little postscript on seniors. Last week we heard from a listener who suggested using the term 'seniors' for citizens of a certain age was unflattering and inappropriate. And we started the search for something more affirmative. The poll of our staff yielded lots of ideas but the "4 pm Dinner Crowd" and "oldsters" weren't exactly uplifting. In that vein, Gillian McDouglad of Saskatoon suggested "Wrinklies" -- a term she heard from Australian friends. And Brenda Skinner of Madoc, Ontario wrote to us with another idea. She tells us: "In London, England, there's a business called 'London Walks,' for guided tours around the city. Rather than offering special rates for senior citizens, they offer discounts for 'Super Citizens.' It's a nice touch."
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Last Word - Royal Last Word
We thought we should finish off today's special with Nancy Durham's visit to a souvenir shop on Picadilly Circus where there is just about everything a royal Collector of Kitsch could possibly want. Nancy will be out on the streets again tomorrow looking for a royal kiss.
And remember, The CBC's royal wedding coverage kicks off tomorrow morning at 2am Eastern Time on CBC Television and CBC News Network. CBC Radio One's coverage starts at 5am Eastern Time with World Report. The ceremony itself will be covered live on CBC Radio One, CBC Television and CBC News Network starting at 6am Eastern Time.