Episode 136: Same Sex Marriage Battle Not Over, Alberta's Buried Flood Plan, New Palestinian Hero and more

Equal Marriage Battle Lines Alberta's Unheeded Flood Report Arab Idol's Palestinian Hero Books of the Summer Being Canadian...
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Equal Marriage Battle Lines | Alberta's Unheeded Flood Report | Arab Idol's Palestinian Hero | Books of the Summer | Being Canadian

DOMA_pub.jpgGay marriage proponents in the U.S. were handed two victories in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, and the scope of those decisions seems historic. In striking down part of DOMA, the court recognized for the first time the equality of gay and straight unions.

After years of legislative defeats and judges cool to gay issues, momentum appears to be with the marriage equality activists.

But advocates of traditional marriage are not giving up. They took issue with the court's decision and vowed to fight on, especially at the state level, where the vast majority of state legislatures have not opened the door to same sex marriage.

We have both sides of the debate.

alta_flood_2222_pub.jpgAlberta's Buried Flood Report

Many parts of Southern Alberta are still under emergency alert some 10 days after the worst flooding the province has ever recorded.

In High River, a mandatory evacuation order has angered the community, though much of the town is under water. Relations between police and residents are becoming tense.

The floods of 2013 will almost certainly result in changes in policy and standards for future development. Calgary has allowed building in flood prone areas in the past. That's sure to be revisited.

But that's also what George Groenveld thought after the Spring floods of 2005. He was tapped to write a report and make recommendations to avoid the damage and loss of life that happened to Albertans then. His report was never acted on. We'll ask him why.

assaf_pub.jpgArab Idol's Palestinian Hero

The occupied Palestinian Territories exploded in joy this week, not for political or strategic reasons. The issue this time was show business.

Mohammed Assaf a 23 year old wedding singer became the first Palestinian to win Arab Idol and a surge of pride went through the region.

Mohammed's story- born in a refugee camp, evading checkpoints to compete in the show- galvanized viewers, but as he emerged as a frontrunner he also made statements that played on the Palestinian narrative and pride.

Some think it could be the beginning of a political career. We find out more about this unlikely hero.

SIRI_22222_pub.jpgShould I Read It: Summer Books

Becky Toyne is back with a stack of books for your summer reading pleasure.They're novels this time.

All That Is. Americanah, Strangle Hold, The Yellow Birds, The Dinner and Five Star Billionaire are all very different books which Becky thinks you will enjoy for different reasons.

She'll tell you which ones to take to the beach, on the plane flight, which ones to mull over and which might make you laugh. We think you should find time for all of them. You'll be doing summer right.

being canadian_pub.jpgBeing Canadian

Rob Cohen is a writer based in Hollywood. He's lived the Canadian dream down there, he's written for The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory, MadTV, and he also won an Emmy.

But he's getting tired of the jokey ignorance people employ when he tells them he's Canadian. Like: "Where's your igloo, eh?"

So now he's making a movie about it. Rob is traveling across Canada through parts of the country he's never seen before to ask Canadians to help him define who they are.  He's raising funds here and if you watch the video some famous Canadians will probably make you laugh quite a bit.  

And you can add to Rob's research by going here and possibly winning a Day 6 tote bag to carry around all the books Becky made you buy.

And that's it for this week. I'm off until August. Rachel Giese will be your host next week and I hope you all have a Happy Canada Day (Wow! 146!) and a great July.  

Brent Bambury, @CBCDay6

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