April 28, 2010

On today's show...from Toronto... It's been a tough month for Canada's Sikh community. There's been the embarrassment of threats against the life of prominent Indo-Canadian politicians, like Ujjal Dosanjh, by Sikh radicals and repeated brawling at Toronto-area Sikh temples. A Sikh community leader explains what's going on... from Thunder Bay... Victims of Violence Week has just wrapped up and it's good a time to learn more about those faceless, nameless people who suffer at the hands of criminals. Jonas Meekis has a name and face and story to tell about continued suffering months after he was assaulted...from Halifax... George Rizsanyi, one of Canada's greatest guitar makers -- he created the famous Six String Nation guitar a few years ago -- hangs it up after a long career... from Regina... A plain brown envelope delivered to CBC Cape Breton set off a political bombshell in Saskatchewan last week. The envelope contained alleged web chats by a man purported to be Serge Leclerc, who was a colourful member of the Saskatchewan Party government. Leclerc is a reformed gangster and drug addict. He's also a Christian motivational speaker, who tells audiences how religion saved him from a life of crime. But the person on the audio files, who sounds like Leclerc, and in the accompanying computer print outs, appears to be flirting with a gay man and bragging about drug taking and sexual conquests. Leclerc says it's not him on the recordings and that he's innocent -- but his political career appears over. A couple of political commentators talk about the fallout... from across Canada... Lots of letters this week -- and a beautiful poem -- regarding a story last week on about how facebook bans the depiction of naked female breasts. This includes tasteful paintings of mums nursing their babies... from Winnipeg... facebook gets a better reception from a couple of poultry crusaders in the 'Peg. They've set up a facebook page to pressure the city -- as several Canadian municipalities have already done -- into permitting backyard chicken coops... from Prince George... recovering addicts set up a rock band as part of their therapy... and from Iqaluit... a tough northern guide explains why it's a bad idea to trek to the North Pole without experienced helpers like her. Earlier this month, a hapless Aussie walking to the Pole on his own last crashed through sea ice and only survived because some passing Canadian soldiers spotted him.

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