A New Cold War? Michael's Essay; Justice for Chinese Workers; Documentary: Nothing Personal, But You're a Woman; John Manley on Corporate Tax Avoidance; A Tribute to Alistair MacLeod; Essay - Wheelchair Math; Playwright Erin Shields


This week on The Sunday Edition for April 27, 2014.
Michael's Essay - A New Cold War?: (24 seconds) From Dr. Strangelove to U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, a look at how the world's reaction to what is happening in Ukraine is turning up the heat on the Cold War.

Justice for Chinese Workers: (4:58) Han DongFang spent almost two years without trial in a Chinese prison, then was expelled to Hong Kong. His crime? Working to improve the lives of Chinese factory workers, and helping to form the country's first independent trade union. Today, as 700 million workers begin to wake up to their legal rights, Han DongFang talks to Michael about continuing the campaign from exile.

Documentary - Women in Trades: (34:33) Kate Braid shattered the glass ceiling, one nail at a time. She found her calling as a carpenter on one of B.C.'s Gulf Islands. She was one woman in a crew of men, but eventually connected with renegade women in other fields -- avionics, electricians, mechanics. They formed "Vancouver Women in Trades". Karin Wells met with them recently, at a reunion of these pioneering women. Her documentary is called "Nothing Personal, But You're a Woman."

Corporate Tax Avoidance: (59:56) Many of this country's largest companies pay little or no corporate tax. John Manley is president and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, representing the leaders of about 150 of these businesses. About a decade ago, he was Minister of Finance, a role that gave him the power to change Canada's tax code, so why didn't he?

Alistair MacLeod: (1:21:04) A tribute to one of this country's greatest novelists and short-story writers, the late Alistair MacLeod. We will reprise his conversation with Michael exactly one year ago (April 27, 2013), just after the author delivered the annual Antonine Maillet-Northrop Frye Lecture in Moncton.

Essay - Wheelchair Math: (1:42:56) Michael has been rightfully accused of being something of an unteachable hen it comes to math. The same could have been said of Joy Manson, until her life took a turn and demanded otherwise. Here's her essay: "Wheelchair Math".

Erin Shields: (1:50:24) This Governor General's Award-winning playwright talks about her latest work, "Soliciting Temptation". The play is about the seedy world of child sex tourism, but it also explores the tensions between men and women, rich and poor, young and old.

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