Sunday, April 4, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Song: Concerto No.2
Artist: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with James Sommerville
Album: Mozart Horn Concertos
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Song: Concerto/1st Mov't
Artist: Daniel Taylor and Bruce Haynes
Album: Bach: Arias & Oboe D'amore
The Limits of Accomodation
We've always thought of ourselves as a country that accepts people of other cultures, traditions and beliefs, but it seems now - more than ever - Canadians are facing situations that test the very notion of what it means to be accommodating...and nowhere moreso than in Quebec.
Three years ago, Premier Jean Charest was so concerned about it that he took the most-Canadian of political actions - he appointed a Royal Commission. The Bouchard-Taylor Commission made a number of recommendations. One of them was that it's best to let individuals and community groups to work out how they will accommodate each other, rather than by passing a laws.
Nevertheless, the province has tabled a law, Bill 94, with guidelines for public servants on when they can and will accommodate special requests, and when they cannot and will not.
We've assembled three Quebecers, with three perspectives on the direction of what is called "reasonable accommodation", and what it might mean for the rest of Canada.
Julius Grey has litigated complex civil rights cases all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, some of which have established legal precedents.
Julie Latour is a former Bâtonnier, or head, of the Bar of Montreal.
Pearl Eliadis, a graduate of McGill and Oxford, is a human rights lawyer.
Our guests joined Michael from our Montreal studio.
Three weeks ago on The Sunday Edition, we brought you along the CPR line with us as we crossed the country by train, from Halifax to Prince Rupert. One of the highlights of that journey occured on a stopover in Jasper, Alberta. A walk through the Maligne Canyon.
The Maligne Canyon is a spectacular gorge just outside Jasper, an enormous crack in the earth that plunges 50 metres down to a frozen river bed.
On our train program we only had time to play a short highlight of our Maligne adventure.
Michael had two guides. Ben Gadd has lived worked, and guided in the Rockies his entire life. He's written nine books about the Geology and Wildlife of the mountains. And Anne Williams. Anne was one of the thousands of university students from the east who go out to Jasper for the summer. Except she's still there. So, Michael and his producers were in good hands.
Artist: Pinchas Zukerman
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A few weeks ago on the Sunday Edition we celebrated the accomplishments of some of the boldest and most audacious women in Canada.
Women who changed things. Judging by your mail, you found a lot to like in these women.
Abortion Caravan : Follow-up Doc
The Abortion Caravan has become part of Canadian history, taught in universities to students who are the same age now as those women were back in 1970. It's taught by professors who have made it their business to document the story of second wave feminism, as its known, and of the RCMP surveillance of the women's movement.
Karin Wells went to the University of Ottawa to find out how today's young women think of the women of the Abortion Caravan, the tactics they used to change abortion law in Canada. And how they got away with shutting down Parliament.
Song: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
Artist: Frieder Bernius
Album: Bach - Mass in B Minor
Robert Harris, Special!
Robert Harris presents a special edition of 20 Pieces of Music That Changed the World.
The focus is on the musical world of the Tango.
Song: Vuelvo Al Sur
Artist: Fernando Solanas
Album: Tango Argentina: Sultry Sounds
Song: Mi Buenos Aires Querido
Artist: Carlos Gardel
Album: Su Buenos Aires Querido
Song: Volver, Tango
Artist: Carlos Gardel
Album: Carlos Gardel: The King of Tango
Song: Mi Buenos Aires Querido / Payadora
Artist: Sexteto Mayor
Album: Passion for Tango: Authentic Tangos From Argentina
Song: Sheep May Safely Graze
Artist: Franck Salomo /Bach
Album: Christmas Greetings
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