The Not So Beautiful Game - Michael's Essay; Privatizing Prison Chaplains; Dad and the Doorbell - Essay; Young Women in Trades - Documentary; Preston Manning on Democracy; Life Lines - Rafael Campo; Inuk Printmaker - Documentary; Paul Rogers on the EU


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This week on The Sunday Edition for June 15, 2014

Michael's Essay: The Not So Beautiful Game (at :35)
Here's an excerpt: "Last year in the Brazilian town of Centro de Meio, two amateur teams were playing a friendly game of soccer. As is usual with soccer, or football if you like, an argument started which escalated into a fight. The young referee, for some reason, pulled a knife and stabbed one of the argumentative players in the chest, killing him instantly. Outraged fans charged the referee, tied him up, smashed a bottle of rum in his face and beheaded him. The head was placed on a stake. It was delivered to his wife's doorstep a few weeks later."

Privatizing prison chaplains (at 5:25)
Kate Johnson is a Quaker, and a former prison chaplain. She is fiercely proud of the work she did with inmates and their families, but critical of the federal policy of stiffer sentences and double bunking in prisons. At the same time, chaplaincy services have been contracted out to a private company. Ms. Johnson argues that rehabilitation, not tougher punishment, is the way to honour victims of crime and increase public safety.

Dad and the Doorbell: an Essay by Brian Francis (at 29:04)
Even the most down-to-earth, non-religious types are sometimes forced to admit that there could be another plane of existence. A coincidence, a prophetic dream can make it feel like something, somebody is out there. In times of crisis, it can be tremendously comforting.

Documentary - More an Equal Than A Girl (at 36:40)
You may have heard our recent story about carpenter Kate Braid and her colleagues - plumbers, welders, boiler makers. They are tradeswomen who made their way in a very male world, back in the 1970s. This week, Karin Wells takes another look at women in trades, and asks why the numbers are just as low today, as they were back in the 70s.

Preston Manning on Democracy (at 1:02:38) 
A recent poll showed 70 per cent of Canadians have a negative perception of political parties. Then we have the Senate scandal, the fight over the Fair Elections Act and any number of stories about misspending by politicians. No wonder voter apathy is at an all-time high. Preston Manning - the man on a mission to reform Canadian politics - brings us a report card on the health of our democracy.

Life Lines - Rafael Campo (at 1:24:29)
Campo is a doctor who believes in the power of poetry to transform the lives of his patients.

Documentary - Inuk printmaker (at 1:44:48)
She is 89 years old, but Elisapee Ishulutaq, one of the original artists from Pangnirtung, is still inspired by stories she heard as a child. She uses them to create vibrant, original images of her Arctic home.

Paul Rogers - Whither the EU? (at 1:54:32)
In the wake of gains by a number of nationalist, right-wing, Euroskeptic parties like the UK Independence Party, the National Front in France, Jobbik in Hungary and the Danish People's Party, we turn to a friend of The Sunday Edition, Paul Rogers, professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in England. Is the European Union doomed, or simply imperfect?

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