December 13, 2009: The Needless Death of Robert Dziekanski - Time for Plan 'B': A New Approach to Climate Change - Risky Business (Doc) - 'Twenty Pieces', Episode 20

Hour 1: The Needless Death of Robert Dziekanski - In October 2007, Robert Dziekanski was tasered in a Vancouver airport and later died. 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.

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Hour 2: Time for Plan 'B': A New Approach to Climate Change - 'Plan B' 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.

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Hour 3: Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World - We've reached the end of Robert Harris' hit series, Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World. This week we aired his final installment-- Episode 20.

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Elsewhere on the show - Thomas Harding, a lawyer in Surrey British Columbia, brought us an essay on Food Banks; Tina Pittaway's investigative documentary called, Risky Business; and Michael speaks about the unwritten and sacred canon of the universal church of journalism that reporters and pundits should not add to the confusion of the world. That's in his essay this week.
Music

Song: The Man in the Red Suit
Artist: Joe Sealy & Paul Novotny
Album: The Man in the Red Suit

Michael's Essay

It is part of the unwritten and sacred canon of the universal church of journalism that reporters and pundits should not add to the confusion of the world.

This week, Michael discusses the media's role in the debacle of conflicitng expert advice used in the climate change debate.


Music

Song: You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Artist: Dr. Seuss
Album: How The Grinch Stole Christmas


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.

Music

Song: Song for a Winter Night
Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Album: Winter Song

Music

Song: Good Folks
Artist: Joe Sealy & Paul Novotny
Album: The Man in the Red Suit

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Music

Song: Skating
Artist: Cyrus Chestnut
Album:
A Charlie Brown Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut & Friends

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.


Music

Song: Jamo's Blues
Artist: Duane Andrews
Album: Duane Andrews

Risky Business - Documentary

If you stand outside any hospital in Canada, you'll probably see all kinds of vehicles picking up patients and dropping them off. Some say "ambulance" , or EMS on them. Some just have company names.

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.

Music

Song: Stuffy Turkey
Artist: Thelonious Monk
Album:
Mercy


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Music
Song: Groovin' High
Artist: Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker
Album: Mercy

20 PIeces of Music That Changed the World - Episode #20

We've reached the end of Robert Harris' hit series, Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World. This week we aired his final installment-- Episode 20.  

If you want to catch up on the episodes that you missed, we organized them all for you on one page! Click here to listen to all of the espisodes.

If you like what you hear, feel free to add your name to our mailing list. There will be a CD of the Twenty Pieces collection available for purchase in the new year. Write us at and we will contact you when it's ready.


Music

Robert provided us with a highlight reel of the 19 songs thus far.
Go to our '20 Pieces' page to see what they were, if you missed them.


Music


Song: Danse Macabre
Artist: Camille Saint-Saëns
Album: Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

Music

Song: L'Elephant
Artist: Camille Saint-Saëns
Album: Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals


Music

Song: We Shall Overcome
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: The Seeger Sessions



Food Bank Essay

In the early eighties , food banks started to sprout up across this country... a temporary measure to help some of the hardest up among us to weather the recession.

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. ...


Music

Song: HWV 349: 12. Alla Hornpipe
Artist: Jacques Loussier Trio
Album: Handel


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