July 18, 2010: Women Bishops in the Anglican Church - A New Look at the Legacy of a Canadian Prime Minister - Ghost Recruiters (Doc)

This week our Summer guest host was Alison Smith.

Hour One: Women Bishops in the Anglican Church- The Anglican Church just held its General Synod and struggled, yet again, with the question of whether to permit the ordination of women as bishops. There were compromises presented, and rejected, as concerns grew about a deepening rift in the Church of England. Alison Smith speaks with Tina Beattie, a professor at Roehampton University in London, about the impact of all this on the worldwide Anglican communion and on the leadership of the Church.

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Hour Two: A new look at the legacy of a Canadian Prime Minister - He was considered by many to be arrogant, self-absorbed and a heartless slave to the interest of big business at a time when Canadians were struggling through the Great Depression: R. B. Bennett. A new biography of Canada's eleventh Prime Minister paints a very different picture of the man. Historian John Boyko talks about his book, R.B. Bennett, The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation.

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Elsewhere on the Show: You'll have a chance to meet the author of Wide Awake, a memoir about insomnia and one woman's exploration of the mysteries of trying to fall into dreamland; and we'll give you a second chance to hear our documentary about temporary foreign workers in Canada - Ghost Recruiters is a documentary by Karin Wells.



Hour 1

Music
Song: Ballade No.4 in B Major
Artist: Glenn Gould
Album: The Essential Glenn Gould

Women Bishops in the Anglican Church

The Anglican Church just held its General Synod and struggled, yet again, with the question of whether to permit the ordination of women as bishops. There were compromises presented, and rejected, as concerns grew about a deepening rift in the Church of England.

Alison Smith spoke with Tina Beattie, a professor at Roehampton University in London, about the impact of all this on the worldwide Anglican communion and on the leadership of the Church.

Featured Disc : Pond Life

In the midst of a busy summer in the city, an album called Pond Life is Alison's musical escape to nature.

Music
Song: Fiddle Creek
Artist: Christina Petrowska Quilico
Album: Pond Life

Wide Awake

WC Fields once joked that the best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.

Tell that one to Patricia Morrisroe and you're not likely to elicit a belly laugh. She's an insomniac - a fourth generation insomniac no less - who's spent most of her life searching for sleep.

She's in good company. Tens of millions of people wrestle with some kind of sleeping disorder. And yet, according to Ms Morrisroe, "sleep remains the great unsolved puzzle, the big black hole in the scientific universe".

She's written a memoir about insomnia called Wide Awake - a book she spent three years researching. She talked to sleep doctors, drug makers, anthropologists, even a magician and a Russian who practises brain-music therapy. She wears custom-made earplugs, spends a night in a sleep lab and hangs out with sleep experts in Las Vegas.

Wide Awake is a treasure trove of adventures taken in the name of finding some zzz's.

Patricia Morrisroe was in our New York studio.

Music
Song: Good Spirit
Artist: Patrick Watson
Album: Beats on Canvas


Hour 2

Music
Song: Sonata
Artist:All'Amore Ensemble
Album: Paradiso

A new look at the legacy of a Canadian Prime Minister

In the fall of 2008, as the world's stock markets and financical institutions seemed on the brink of collapse, Canadians, along with much of the rest of the world were anxious. How would the political and economic leadership of individual countries react and would we be able to avoid the mistakes of the 1930s? Would the government be a Mackenzie King Government or a R.B. Bennett government.

Iron Heel Bennett, as he is sometimes known, is in conventional wisdom the arrogant industrialist who governed as Prime Minister during the worst years of the depression. He's often depicted as aloof, cruel, indifferent to the suffering of individuals and an intellectual slave to a dod eat dog style of economic thinking. Mackenzie King on the other hand is the Prime Minister who beat the depression, cared for the little man and brought Canada back to prosperity.

But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? That's the contention at the heart of the new biography, Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation.

John Boyko, dean of history and social sciences and director of Northcote Campus at Lakefield College School uses his biography to make a forceful argument that all we normally think of R.B. Bennett needs rethinking.

This week, John Boyko was in our Toronto Studios.

Music
Song: Flammende Rose, zierde der Erden
Artist: Haendel, Louise Pellerin et al
Album: Haendel - Sonates pour flûte à bec et hautbois

Ghost Recruiters

Five years ago, a man named George was living and working in Shanghai. He spent his days dying fabric in a large factory. But George wanted a little more out of life. Then he moved to Brandon, Manitoba. He spent his days gutting pigs and making a lot more money than he ever did in China.

The story of how George got from Shanghai to Brandon changed the law in Manitoba, and exposed another layer in the privatization of immigration in Canada. George came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker. Less than a decade ago, Canada brought in 9,000 temporary foreign workers every year. Last year it was 250 thousand. First came the agricultural workers - fruit pickers in for the season; then came the skilled laborers - pipefitters for the oil fields; now we're bringing in hundreds of thousands of men and women to work at hotels, fast food restaurants and construction sites. Low-skilled workers. Come work for two years and go home. That's how it works.

But Manitoba is a province that wants more immigrants. A temporary foreign worker can become a full-fledged immigrant very easily in Manitoba. It all starts with a job. And people who find the workers to fill them. A brand new group of unlicensed international headhunters has sprung up in Canada. They are recruiters, who sell Canadian jobs for thousands of dollars, all over the world.

It is against the law to ask someone to pay for a job in Canada but we've turned a blind eye when it comes to foreign workers. And up till recently, no one was prepared to do anything about it.

But last year in Manitoba, two very brave bricklayers - one from Georgia one from Israel - took their immigration consultant to court and won. And the province of Manitoba passed legislation designed to shut these guys down.

Here is Karin Wells' documentary, The Ghost Recruiters.

Music
Song: Por Un Cabeza
Artist: Marc-André Gautier
Album: Marc-André Gautier

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