Sunday, June 20, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Hour One: A Special Sunday Edition Public Forum from Winnipeg - The Truth and Reconcilliation Commission is beginning the task of documenting a national tragedy.
A necessary first step.
But it is just that... a first step towards correcting wrongs that go back for centuries.
This week Michael Enright hosts a special two hour Sunday Edition forum from Winnipeg.
The topic: Canada and the Aboriginal People...Can we Finally Get it Right? In this hour you meet our panel of experts.
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Hour Three: Architect Jack Diamond, building structures from the inside out -Unique architecture has the ability to help define a city.
These days architecture often seems to be about who can build the biggest, flashiest, most mind-blowing structures. Toronto architect Jack Diamond refers to this as "a building that causes a car crash".
But Jack Diamond is not interested in causing car crashes. He has spent his career fighting the notion of the "big wow" in architecture, the "gotcha" approach that produces buildings that are more about optics than about the people living and working in them.
In our third hour, join Michael in conversation with Jack Diamond.
Next week, check out our web site for a photo gallery and a video of his work,
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Elsewhere on the show: Our next instalment in our Hard Labour series. This week we took a look at Colombia.
A Special Sunday Edition Public Forum from Winnipeg
Michael Enright hosts a Sunday Edition Public Forum in Winnipeg Manitoba on the question: Canada and the Aboriginal People: Can We Finally Get This Right?
As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins the public phase of its work, Michael Enright and his panel of six leading thinkers on Aboriginal-Canada relations discussed some of the most contentious issues facing Canada's Aboriginal Peoples today: Poverty, abysmal living conditions on Reserves, the impact of Canada's Residential School System, the violation of treaties and centuries of broken promises. The Panel was:
Join us this Sunday June 20th for a special two hour forum from Winnipeg. Joining us will be a panel of experts including: Lorena Fontaine from the University of Manitoba's Aboriginal Governance Program; Wanda Wutunee, Professor and Department Chair of the University of Winnipeg's Native Studies Department; Wayne Helgason, executive director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg; Jennifer Brown, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Histories at the University of Winnipeg; Colin Craig, Prairie Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation; and Thomas Flanagan, Historian at the University of Calgary and Senior Scholar at the Fraser Institute.
The First Hour is a discussion among the Panel, the second hour takes questions from the audience.
A Special Sunday Edition Public Forum from Winnipeg -- Continued
In this hour we take questions from our audience.
Song: HWV 67: Sinfonia
Artist: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Album: Baroque Feast / Festin Baroque
Hard Labour : Maternal and Child Health in Colombia
If the upcoming G8 summit does nothing else for women in the developing world, it has at least drawn attention to the shockingly high maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa and south-east Asia. But, less attention has been paid to other parts of the world, where some significant improvements have been made in women's health.
Today, on part three of our series, Hard Labour, we look south.
In Latin America, the maternal mortality rate is still high...seven to eight times higher than in Canada. But, fewer mothers and babies are dying there every year. But almost everywhere on that continent it depends on where you live.
Women who live near cities - where they have access to the care they need - do much better than those in outlying areas - where a woman's fate still can be as dire as in the most desperate parts of the world. The disparities are stark. For instance, in the poorest part of Colombia, in the Chocoa region, women have up to 16 children and are four times more likely to die than mothers in the nation's capital, Bogota.
According to the World Bank, maternal death rates in some parts of Colombia are ten times higher than in others. However, where maternal mortality rates are better, it's in large part due to some innovative work being done around sexual and reproductive health and family planning.
Ángela Gomez de Mogollón leads this work. She's president of Profamilia - a nonprofit organization that provides care to Colombian women. It's the largest organization of its kind in the developing world - in Bogota alone it serves one thousand patients a day. Ms. Mogollón has more than 30 years of experience in sexual and reproductive care and she is past-president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which works in 170 countries.
This morning she joined Michael from a studio in Bogota, Colombia.
Song: Ombra mai fu
Artist: Maureen Forrester
Album:20 Gramophone All-Time Greats Vol. 2
Architect Jack Diamond, building structures from the inside out
The fabled American architect Frank Lloyd Wright called architecture "the mother art". He also said of his vocation that "a doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines". Of course it's entirely subjective which buildings we would just as soon see covered in ivy.
These days architecture often seems to be about who can build the biggest, flashiest, most mind-blowing structures. In short, creating what architect Daniel Libeskind has called "a wow experience". Or what a prospective client of Toronto architect Jack Diamond referred to as "a building that causes a car crash". Jack Diamond is not interested in causing car crashes. He has spent his career fighting the notion of the "big wow" in architecture, the "gotcha" approach that produces buildings that are more about optics than about the people living and working in them.
One of the mottos of his company Diamond & Schmitt is "Quietly achieving noble objectives." And Jack Diamond himself has been described as an architect that knows how to build a building from the inside out. A short list of Diamond buildings includes Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Jerusalem City Hall, the Jewish Community Centre in New York City. His most recent project is the New Mariinsky Theatre, a $452 million dollar opera house in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mr. Diamond was in our Toronto studio. See below for a video of his work.
Song: Nozze di Figaro
Artist: Mario Bernardi
Album:Mozart Ouvertures: Bernardi, Dir.