Sunday, December 13, 2009 | Categories: Episodes
The Needless Death of Robert Dziekanski
Robert Dziekanski didn't have to die on October 14, 2007 in the International Arrivals Area of the Vancouver Airport. And if the 4 RCMP officers responding to the 911 calls about an agitated violent individual tossing furniture around the airport had followed established RCMP behaviour /protocols? when they first encountered Mr. Dziekanski, when he was first tasered, when he was handcuffed or even while he was being treated by emergency personnel after going unconscious , the odds are that he wouldn't have died. It was a tragedy.
And if what happened to Robert Dziekanski was a tragedy what followed is at best a scandal and at worst a bureaucratic travesty. The RCMP botched the investigation, the RCMP officers misled other officers and the public and the RCMP itself stonewalled and misled for over a year.
None of this would be known if an ordinary citizen, Paul Pritchard hadn't videotaped the entire encounter that night. And if the RCMP had had their way the videotape might never have been seen.
And none of what I have just said are the musings of an anti-cop conspiracy nut. They are the findings of The Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP.
This week Paul Kennedy released his report into the death of Robert Dziekanski. Paul Kennedy was in our Vancouver Studio.
Song: Song for a Winter Night
Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Album: Winter Song
Song: Good Folks
Artist: Joe Sealy & Paul Novotny
Album: The Man in the Red Suit
Listen to Hour One:
Time for Plan 'B': A New Approach to Climate Change
We are halfway through the Copenhagen world summit struggling to come up with a binding agreement on possible solutions to global warming and climate change. And the reality is that even if an agreement is reached there is still a huge gap between promises and results.
We cvouldn't manage it with targets set in Rio in 1992 or in Kyoto in 1997
What if all the talk and arguing, negotiating and projecting aren't enough? What if promises to cut emmissions aren't sufficient to slow the growth in warming.
What is "Plan B"?
In fact, there is a Plan B and it involves the relatively arcane science of geo-engineering.
Geo-engineering in effect changes the way the planet works to slow, stop and ameiliorate warming and the consequences of warming. Plan B is something only talked about in whispered tones in the corridors and backrooms but it is getting more and more attention.
One of the leading thinkers in the world of geo-engineering is David Keith. Professor Keith holds the Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment at the University of Calgary.
He's been thinking and writing about geo-engineering since his days as a graduate student. It's been a long slog but more and more people are paying attention to the things he and his colleagues around the world are thinking about.
Professor Keith was in our Calgary Studios for the show.
Song: Jamo's Blues
Artist: Duane Andrews
Album: Duane Andrews
Risky Business - Documentary
To the untrained eye, they all look pretty much the same. But they are not.
EMS vehicles are for emergencies. The rest - the look-a-likes -- also move patients...but only those in stable condition. They are for "non-emergencies".
The company that moves you from point A to point B may look like an ambulance and you probably think it IS an ambulance, but It may in fact be something quite different....a "patient transfer vehicle". In most parts of Canada, they are regulated by provincial ministries of health. Not in Ontario.
In Ontario, the minute you leave the hospital and get into that truck, you are entering the wild wild west of unregulated care. And your trip may be a Risky Business indeed.
This week, Tina Pittaway reported on Ontario's patient transfer industry. Her documentary is entitled, Risky Business.
Note: We invited Ontario's Minister of Health, Deb Mathews, to come on The Sunday Edition to talk about Tina's findings,but she refused. We read you the response that we recieved from her office.
Song: Stuffy Turkey
Artist: Thelonious Monk
Listen to Hour Two:
Today, over seven hundred thousand Canadians every month go there to get at least some of their groceries. Thirty seven per cent of those Canadians are children.
Thomas Harding is a lawyer in Surrey British Columbia. Here is his story. ...
Song: HWV 349: 12. Alla Hornpipe
Artist: Jacques Loussier Trio
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