Roy Green’s resume is outstanding. He is a three time consecutive winner of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters national Gold Ribbon award, Canada’s most prestigious broadcast award.
Listeners need not read his resume to know that Roy is a passionate advocate for the average Canadian, with an unshakable desire for justice and a deep and abiding love for his country. No wonder Roy’s show has been cited by Canada’s parliamentary newspaper as required listening for federal politicians.
Cancer is the issue/illness being talked and written about today, with the illness of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Our friends, my employer, family and a few others are aware that a very aggressive cancer invaded our home earlier this year. Tomorrow I will share this story and we’ll talk about this disease.
There is the illness, the person who is fighting for her or his life, caregivers, family and friends and dedicated medical experts who do their all to defeat cancer.
We’ll talk tomorrow. You and I and all who have a very personal experience with cancer. My hope is that somewhere during the hour something will be said, related, remembered which will be of value and/or help to those dealing with this vicious disease.
Today, could it be the new Scottish National anthem? Not so much. But it is a poke at the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish referendum of earlier this week. Dominik Diamond of our Corus Toronto stations, and a Scot who supported the ‘Yes’ side joins me to talk about the referendum and we’ll play Dominik singing his song. And what’s with Canadians who supported the ‘Yes’ side in Scotland. Did you also support sovereignists in Quebec looking to break up Canada? Just asking.
We’ll get at the issue of domestic violence. We’ve all been exposed to the NFL stories and U.S. law on domestic violence, but we’ll today concentrate on Canada’s criminal laws on this issue when Scott Newark, former Alberta Crown Attorney and former head of the Office for Victims of Crime and Jeff Manishen, criminal lawyer in Hamilton, also former Crown Attorney and annually since 2006, including in the Canada’s Best Lawyers list join me.
How much trouble is the NFL in? Fraser Seitel is one the premier public relations experts in the U.S. He’ll join us …and my friend and contributor on the issue of the business of sport, Mark Yost will look at how much $$$ the current NFL mess on how the league has handled the domestic violence issue may cost.
B.C. schools will open again and Mike Smyth of the The Province and our Vancouver Corus radio station CKNW joins me
and it’s Saturday, so it’s Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson in our Beauties and the Beast segment. Today will really be in Michelle’s personal area of experience, although we’ll all have opinions and take your calls.
Scots are, as I write this, determining the future of Scotland in the national referendum on remaining within, or seceding from the U.K.
Just why this referendum is taking place at all at this time is what will be debated for many years, whichever decision is arrived at.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is responsible for this day, deciding, after the Scottish National Party’s 2011 parliamentary majority that Scotland and Scots needed the right to vote on their future. Cameron wasn’t required to deliver this binding referendum and the PM certainly has failed to distinguish himself as far as making the case for a continued united U.K. in the buildup to today.
There have been the last-minute near-panic statements from Cameron pleading for Scotland’s continued place in the United Kingdom, but it was late in the game and smacked of lack of preparation.
That 16-year-olds have been afforded the right to vote, while adult Scottish citizens who are non-residents of Scotland are denied suggests the worst kind of rules mismanagement. 16-year-olds are romantics about notions of independence and this youthful constituency may provide the margin of victory for the Yes side.
So what happens if a simple majority votes to pull Scotland out of the U.K.? Predictions are dire. Among them international financial experts and institutions warning of recession at the very least.
Tearing apart a country which is a stable democracy and economically on the rebound from the “great recession” is a massive blunder which may echo far beyond whatever the boundaries today’s vote will determine.
In Canada, Quebec sovereignists would use a Scottish ”yes” vote as fuel for their increasingly failing campaign to remove the province from the Canadian federation. Just months ago, the mere mention of Quebec secession by Pierre Karl Peladeau, the Parti Quebecois “star” candidate set the skids under the PQ’s re-election bid and saw the separatist party heaved aside by Francophone voters.
Other secession movements internationally will jump on any Scottish “yes” vote to drive their agendas forward.
David Cameron has blundered as he had no right to.
Should Scottish voters decide their future and that of their land? Of course. There was though opportunity to do so through the so-called ‘devo-max” plan which would have delivered increased autonomy for Scotland within the existing British framework.
Now though, the U.K. waits and so do we all.
We in Canada have been there. Twice.
Cancer is a vicious enemy and this afternoon we heard officially that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is beginning a battle for his life, diagnosed with a malignant liposarcoma.
For all who are facing or who have faced cancer directly or indirectly as a member of a family or friend support group, you know the fight is intense and winnable.
That is not to suggest that those who succumb didn’t fight hard or long enough, or that they didn’t receive the best of medical care. Sometimes cancer is identified at a time it has metastasized and progressed to far to be medically arrested. There are variables in play and the types of cancers which ma present themselves are many.
I have recently witnessed a cancer battle firsthand and have concluded that after high quality medical treatment, attitude is the key to victory, as it is to overcoming many obstacles in life.
The attitude of the patient; the attitude of the support team.
For Mr. Ford I don’t think attitude is going to be an issue. He will give this battle his very best, as will the Ford family. The fight will be rough. Chemotherapy, perhaps combined with radiation therapy is draining.
What I witnessed and what will I’m sure benefit Rob Ford is the spontaneous support groups which spring up during the administration of chemotherapy and related treatments. Patients who will cheer each other up and on.
The medical professionals will deliver the best available and while there are always questions about conventional vs unconventional treatment of cancer, that is a decision left to the patient and his or her supporters and not something for this space today.
Another outstanding source of information and assistance is the Canadian Cancer Society.
To Rob Ford, to all who are engaged in a battle with cancer, to their families and supporters, while there is no guarantee of victory, cancer can be beaten and in fact is beaten or held in check through remission. This is something which happens daily and increasingly so as treatment options increase and improve.
I’m sure I can speak for everyone and wish you battling cancer a return to full health.
We’ll start things today with Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research on the 34% support for Doug Ford to succeed his brother Rob as Mayor of Toronto. Solid support which could grow, or a bounce after Rob Ford stepped aside? And what’s going on between voters and Olivia Chow? I’ll be asking you, whether you live in Toronto or not, whether Doug Ford should receive the key to the Mayor’s office. And I know why so many voters are still inclined to say they’ll vote Ford. I’ll share that with you on air.
Neal Collins, South African sports broadcaster joins me to speak to the Oscar Pistorius case. This thug who should be waking up on a prison cot, instead is kicking back at his no doubt luxurious personal digs. You can get away with murder, it appears.
Norm Hitzges, legendary Texas sports radio broadcaster will join us on the NFL, Ray Rice, domestic and other violence players charged with. Yesterday that was Adrian Peterson of the Vikings facing a felony child abuse charge for beating his four year old son with a switch, leaving welts on the little boy. Is it over for Roger Goodell? Should it be?
On the issue of domestic violence Barbara Kay wrote a column in the National Post on Thursday which generated a lot of reaction and Barb took some heat over what she wrote. BK joins me today, along with Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeff Manishen, former Crown Attorney and since 2006, annually listed among the Best criminal lawyers in Canada. We’ll be taking your calls.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and fmr. Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy shares his thoughts on Barack Obama and the President’s course-setting for destroying ISIS. Does it appear to most people that Obama is not the best Commander in Chief in history. He likes to call himself CIC though.
and….it’s Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson for our Saturday Beauties and the Beast half hour, as Catherine, Linda, Michelle and I take on the most engaging news stories of the week.
Be with us….
The title line is only a brief outline of what we’re doing on the show this weekend.
I’ll be speaking with arguably the dean of Texas sports talk radio Saturday about the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the NFL’s reaction. As well as what the league knew and when. And in fairness, who in the league knew what and when. Google NFL Arrests Database and you’ll come across a list of NFL players who have had run-ins with the law since 2000 and more seriously than a speeding ticket. It’s the work of the Union Times newspaper in San Diego.
We’ll also have great guests to speak to the issue of domestic violence in society. You may, or may not agree with what’s said, but we’ll open the lines for your thoughts, views and experiences.
I spoke Thursday with a young Torontonian who is on the front lines of health care delivery in the Ebola virus ravaged west African country of Sierra Leone. You will not want to miss this on Sunday’s show. it’s heart-breaking to hear what is taking place and without the global community stepping up as it can and must.
Scotland will next Thursday vote on whether or not to leave the U.K. I’ll have a guest who lives in Scotland, is British and who has been heavily engaged in the debate heading to the stay or leave referendum issue.
And from South Africa, Neal Collins on the Oscar Pistorius verdict(s). Neal has been our eyes on the trial from the beginning.
Also, our Beauties and the Beast segment is back with new addition Michelle Simson fitting in live a glove last Saturday. Don’t miss it tomorrow.
that’s just some of what you’ll hear and call in on this weekend.
John Harbaugh, the Ravens head coach, did not distinguish himself this evening with his news conference presentation on the team’s release of running back Ray Rice. This, after another video of the beating Rice delivered to his then fiancée, now wife, in an elevator was made public.
In this video, it is clear Rice punched his fiancée fully in the face, knocking her out cold. Harbaugh, several times was asked relevant questions by media he ostensibly was there to speak to. On too many occasions he refused to answer, saying he preferred not to go there.
Really? Where you should have ventured Coach Harbaugh is into territory in which you clearly expressed your and your team’s revulsion over Rice and his behaviour. You had the opportunity to make a strong and uncompromising statement about domestic violence. You didn’t.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also had opportunity and responsibility much earlier. When the first video of Rice dragging his fiancée out of the elevator surfaced and was followed by Rice admitting his act (contritely … and isn’t it usually), Goodell should have tossed Rice out of the National Football League.
At that point though neither the league, nor the Ravens considered Rice’s violence toward his fiancée to be an act worthy of dismissal.
The Canadian Football League Commissioner immediately made it clear Rice is not welcome in the CFL.
Some additions to our first hour today. We’re joined by Peter Schleicher of the International Red Cross in Monrovia, Liberia, on the spread of the Ebola virus. Is it a threat to west African nations only? Remember what the President of Doctors without Borders told the UN this week and that is that the “world is losing the battle to contain it.” Liberia has suffered and continues to suffer massively from the Ebola outbreak with health care breaking down, social structure and the economy of the nation challenged. I have such great admiration for the health and other professionals who dare to go to the front lines of such terrifying battles, place themselves at risk in order to hopefully facilitate controlling this Ebola threat. Peter Schleicher is certainly among these select people.
For the second time in five days a private plane has crashed and in both instances hypoxia is suspected (loss of cabin pressure and oxygen). Yesterday it was a husband and wife whose flight plan was from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida. The plane became unresponsive to communications and we know that sadly it crashed into the waters off Jamaica.
It’s not just private planes either. In 2005, a Helios charter jet (Boeing 737) crashed and hypoxia was concluded to have been the reason why.
I’ll be speaking with former Air Canada Captain Raymond Hall about hypoxia and why and how it can become a life-threatening reality even for the most experienced pilots.
As far as ISIS is concerned, much has been said and written, particularly over the past few days as U.S. President Obama and other NATO nation leaders, including Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, met in Wales to address not only ISIS, but also the continuing aggression by Russia and its president Vladimir Putin.
Colonel Randall Larsen will be joining me. He is the former Executive Director of the bipartisan U.S. Congressional Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (2009), and author of: Our Own Worst Enemy.
That’s hour 1 today. Read the previous post for other issues/guests scheduled this weekend and follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow.
What you see in the title of this posting is just a short list of issues we’re going to take on this weekend, with really great and informed, experienced and informative guests and your calls.
We’ll have live from Liberia updates both Saturday and Sunday on the Ebola crisis which according to the international president of Doctors Without Borders poses a huge international threat. Dr. Joanne Liu’s words “Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it.”
What are the options for dealing with ISIS? Don’t ask U.S. President Obama. He has no strategy beyond building a coalition and warning it’s going to take a long time to defeat ISIS. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Mr. Obama seem to be providing ISIS quotes they can use in their recruiting attempts? I’ll be speaking with two experts on the issue of terror organizations, recruitment and what countermeasures are possible.
The NFL season is about to kick of and we’ll speak with Green Show biz of sport contributor Mark Yost (www.MarkYost.wordpress.com) for Mark’s blog, or go to Amazon.com and you’ll find Mark’s excellent books on the biz of sport, including Tailgating, Sacks and Salary Caps about the NFL. Ever been to a game (any game/any sport) and had it ruined by an idiot fan and maybe the idiot fan and his/her equally moronic pals? We’ll get into that, as well as what to expect from the NFL this season. I remain a Cowboys fan and as long as Jerry Jones is GM of the Cowboys, they’ll spend massive amounts of money and finish somewhere near .500. Tony Romo is a tough, brave player, but he’s not a Super Bowl QB.
Did you ever feel like homework was a complete drag and added little to your understanding of what was being taught in school? As has been widely reported, a Quebec school is banning homework for a year. The impact will be studied. I’ll be speaking with one of the most widely reported on and quoted education experts in the world, about this and taking your calls. For me, I more often than not found homework to increase the confusion quotient. If I wasn’t sure about what had been taught in the classroom, asking me to then continue on my own didn’t work. Of course, when I attended school we weren’t encouraged to come up with our own solutions to problems and issues. If there was an answer to a question and/or problem we were expected to find it, understand it and employ it going forward. And we were marked our success and failure. My guest has a lot to say about that as well. Maybe you’ll agree, maybe you’ll grind your teeth to stumps.
What’s causing me to grind my teeth to stumps is thinking about the frustration students in British Columbia are dealing with as schools (at this writing) remain closed because the provincial government and the teachers union couldn’t arrive at a solution to their salary impasse. They’ll argue there’s more than money and pensions in play, but come on, I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night. It is about money and pensions for the teachers and about winning at politics for the Clark government.
The teachers lose on this one because they’re asking for too much money (significantly more than other British Columbia public sector unions reached contract agreements on). Taxpayers are bled dry by governments already. There’s no more to give. Mike Smyth, opinions columnist at The Province and Corus Vancouver radio station CKNW host will share his views on the continued closure of B.C. schools.
What to do about Vladimir Putin? I won’t ask for input from President Obama, or for a strategy. I will though ask a Russian expert on Putin’s tactics, behaviour and ambitions.
Just some of what’s on the shows this weekend. Follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow.
I’ll be away from the program until September 6-7. Taking a little vacation time. This weekend (August 30-31) it will be a privilege to hear my good friend and Corus colleague Charles Adler be hosting the show.
Today I’ll be speaking with Janelle Jaksitz about the issue of adopting a child whose birth mother used methamphetamines during pregnancy, thereby negatively impacting the physical development of her baby, whom she gave up for adoption. Alex’ difficulties have and continue to impact Janelle and her family, including Alex.
Joining Janelle will be her friend Brandy from Edmonton. Brandy and her husband and children have a child living with them whose birth mother also used drugs during her pregnancy, causing developmental challenges for the child.
We’ll speak more with Janelle (she was with us last weekend) and with Brandy and take your calls. Perhaps you have an experience with the issue of children whose potential in life is compromised by drug use by the birth mother during pregnancy.
I’ll be speaking with CL Bryant, radio talk show host and producer of the award winning Runaway Slave Movie about the behaviour of President Obama this week at his news conference, mere minutes after which the President proceeded to fist bump his way through a round of golf with buddies after solemnly speaking about the ISIS beheading of American photojournalist Jim Foley. You’ll find my comment on this web page and I’ll run that by you for on air reaction.
is there an issue with a so-called ‘kill switch” being installed on all smartphones? My guest, Jake Laperruque of the Center for Democracy and Technology in California says there is and that California legislation on the issue points out the problem very quickly. As in police having the right in an emergency to shut down mobile phone use in an area in which the emergency is taking place. Will police decide a situation such as developed in Ferguson, Missouri should result in mobile phones being shut down?
Time change O Canada’s lyrics? Yes, say supporters of adjusting the anthem’s words from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us” command. Senator Nancy Ruth joins me and you say your piece.
There’s an amazing story of the rescue of a young orca off the B.C. coast, while the family of the orca, the pod, stayed by his side until the killer whale was cut free from a fisherman’s net. I’ll talk to Nicole macKay, co-owner of MacKay Whale Watching. Nicole and a boat of customers went to the assistance of the orca caught in the net.
And we’ll be joined by William Forstchen, author of Day of Rage, a book in which the professor, military historian and New York Times best selling author suggests how ISIS might choose to attack the U.S. and/or other Western nations.
Be with us for the show..call in and remember to follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow.
Today, I’ll be joined by Peter Schleicher, operations manager for the International Red Cross in Liberia. How significantly is the Ebola crisis in West Africa growing? The numbers of the known infected and dead are on the increase and so is civil unrest.
Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist will join me to speak about Canada’s level of preparedness for any Ebola cases presenting here. The federal and provincial governments and hospitals are preparing protocols to deal with Ebola inside our borders.
I’ll be speaking with the lawyer for Thomas Harding, the engineer of the MMA train which rolled into and derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec last summer, causing the death of 47 people The TSB released its final report on Lac Megantic this week. Thomas Harding is charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence.
ISIS is a direct threat to the U.S. and Western democracies according to the U.S. government which, President Obama’s caution notwithstanding, is sending signals it will increasingly attack ISIS from the air. I’ll speak with the former executive officer to General David Petreaus in Iraq. Colonel Peter Mansoor will share his views on what can and must be done about ISIS.
Also, ISIS reportedly offered the return of photojournalist Jams Foley in return for a ransom of $130 million. Joining me will be Chris Voss, former lead international hostage negotiator for the FBI and founder of the Black Swan Group. Does Chris Voss believe negotiation with ISIS would have been possible and how would he have approached such an assignment?
I’ll ask for your thoughts on what should happen to police officers who watch the law being broken and do nothing about it. That’s what happened in Montreal. Lawyer Brent Tyler, of Montreal will share his thoughts as well.
And that’s just some of what’s on today’s show.
Remember to follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow
ISIS has declared war on the United States and the West.
On Tuesday, ISIS cold-bloodedly executed American journalist Jim Foley. Yesterday, the President of the United States, Barack Obama responded to the ISIS beheading of Jim Foley. Briefly.
Obama’s presentation before news cameras was another example of facility reading from teleprompters. However, how truly engaged was Barak Obama about the murder of Jim Foley, considering his presentation, like the one of last week, appeared to be little more than an inconvenient stopover on the way to the first tee?
The President’s words (and I’ve read a transcript several times) are clearly speechwriter stuff. The kind of emotion churned out on millions of greeting, birthday, get well and condolence cards. The only thing missing to complete that picture is the rhyming.
Barack Obama shows such little resolve at engaging ISIS the way ISIS is prepared to engage the U.S. and the West on wonders whether the President simply adds to the allure of ISIS to would-be recruits.
Obama’s philosophy appears to be “speak softly and carry no stick. Unless it’s a golf club.”
Remember his Syrian “red line”?
Perhaps if Mr. Obama were to follow the example of British Prime Minister Cameron and end his vacation in order to address issues and crises which require the input of the President of the United States of America, his words might resonate.
It is difficult to take the man seriously.
So much is about optics. Yesterday, as I watched Mr. Obama speak, I wondered if he was wearing golf shoes at the podium.
Does Barack Obama cheat on the golf course? I don’t know. I do know he’s cheating his responsibility as Commander in Chief, a title he clearly enjoys reminding everyone is his.
Mere minutes after expressing national public condolences to Jim Foley’s parents the President of the United States of America, the “Commander in Chief”, was engaging in fist-bumps and yukking it up with his buddies.
A suggestion, Mr. Obama? On the occasion of your next public response to a national and/or international crisis or disturbing event, why not just have the Secret Service bring a microphone and teleprompter to the first tee?
Our Hockey Moms weigh in on the Oregon woman who insisted on ingesting marijuana while pregnant and against medical advice. We’ll include the adoptive mother of a “meth baby” whose birth mother used methamphetamines during her pregnancy.
Reverend CL Bryant, Runawayslavemovie.com, radio talk show host and former NAACP Chapter president in Texas, with Ron Miller, Ass’t Dean at Liberty University and commentator www.ronontheright.com will speak to the Ferguson, Missouri developments and we’ll take your calls and hear your assessment of what’s happening in Ferguson.
A panel of listeners will engage on the issue of depression/suicide, following our segment on Robin Williams’ death on yesterday’s show.
I’ll speak with Frank Burroughs of the Abigail Alliance about the issue of making developmental drugs available to patients who need them. Mr. Burroughs’ 21 year old daughter Abigail died of cancer, while being denied a developmental drug which may have proven beneficial to her.
and medical ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan joins me to speak to the issue of making developmental drugs available to those in real need, like Ebola virus patients in Western Africa. The WHO has said it is ethically acceptable to do so. Does that open the door for patients with other terminal illnesses to demand access to developmental drugs?
In my earlier posting I indicated that Katie Hurley attempted to take her own life. I want to correct that. Katie Hurley did not attempt to take her own life, but writes from the perspective of the survivor of suicide. Ms. Hurley’s father took his own life. I do believe that people who speak about such tragic circumstances in their personal lives are doing so with the objective of reaching out to those who are facing depression and may have spoken about suicide to friends or family. That’s real courage.
I will speak with Katie Hurley in Hour 1 of today’s program.
Katie Hurley is a well-known writer and blogger. She is a wife and Mom and survivor of a suicide attempt. Katie joins me today to speak about her experience and offer advice to us all concerning how to respond to a friend or family member who is in depression and/or speaking or hinting at suicide.
Dr. Frank Farley (People’s professor on his Psychology Today blog) will offer thoughts on the mental health aspect of taking one’s own life. Dr. Farley told me yesterday in a pre-show conversation that there are far more questions than answers.
I’ll have a direct question for you as well.
Is your internet connection slowing down, or are you unable to connect with some of your favourite sites? There’s a reason and Carmi Levy will explain what’s going on (@CarmiLevy).
Tony Stewart, three time NASCAR champion who killed a fellow driver last weekend in a sprint car race is receiving harsh criticism from the father of Kevin Ward Jr., the driver who lost his life when Stewart’s car hit Ward. I’ll be speaking about the possible “big legal challenge” Stewart may be facing with the sports columnist who write the article.
There’s much opinion on the events leading up to Kevin Ward Jr. losing his life. What’s your feeling? If you’re a race fan, a NASCAR fan, a racer yourself? Tony Stewart is known for having temper issues, but intentionally hitting a fellow driver, which some seem to be suggesting, with his car over what took place on the track last Saturday evening? I can’t see any way that would have been what was in Stewart’s mind. Tempers flare in races and in all racing formats, but not to such an extreme I would argue.
What has to be done about ISIS, from the perspective of Western nations? Two prominent Muslims, one a former member of a terror group join me to share their thoughts.
And the cousin of Winston Blackmore, against whom polygamy charges have been approved talks about her time at the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C.
That’s some of what’s on today’s show.
Not only was Robin Williams a brilliantly funny comedic talent, but his one man shows should be required viewing for all in media engaged in the delivery of opinion.
Robin Williams may have instinctively understood what issues or individual news stories resonate publicly. Some events are so obvious it would require an absence of paying even fundamental attention to miss them. There are though the ‘other’ stories we hear and which barely nudge the needle for us.
Robin Williams brilliance was his unrestrained assessment of the former, while weaving the latter into his dialogue and doing it with such tempo we were still absorbing the first story while Robin was wrapping up the next.
Politically and philosophically I was often the polar opposite of Robin, but he demanded, through his assessments of social, political, religious and other observations that I examine my own points of view.
Did you watch the broadcasters interviewing Robin during the numerous video clips played back of the past two days? They’re clearly enjoying the experience, but they are also listening. In the trade we call it not just talking, but also having something to say.
I remain a huge fan of George Carlin and until fairly recently owned a concert album of Lenny Bruce, although I was a child when Lenny died. George sounded acerbic much of the time, while Lenny seemed to be challenging authorities to come down on him for his on-stage language, which they did with regularity.
Robin though never sounded angry, at least to me, or delivered a line with the intent to make a listener cringe. Robin Williams taught his lessons and delivered his commentaries behind a genuine smile (we can tell the difference between the manufactured and the real thing).
I’m not nearly qualified to offer a public opinion on why Robin Williams would choose to end his own life. I prefer to leave that to others.
Robin Williams was so much more than a great entertainer. He was a thinker who required his fans to engage in thought with him. Robin Williams was a wonderfully natural commentator.
To the new generation in the ever-developing communications industry I will offer this advice. Watch and listen to Robin Williams. You will learn something of real value. I still do and am still trying.
I hope Robin knew how much we truly appreciated him.
Israel will today, through Yigal Palmor, spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry speak to its actions against Hamas which have resulted in many civilian deaths in Gaza. Yesterday when I spoke with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Barghouti stated Hamas does not use human shields which Israel steadfastly maintains is exactly what Hamas is doing. Dr. Barghouti also said Hamas does not fire rockets from buildings housing civilians, while reporters have recently said they saw rockets being fired from such buildings.
Clearly, the divide remains significant and how does Israel see a meaningful and lasting ceasefire achievable? I’ll ask Mr. Palmor. There has also been friction between the Obama administration and that of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, with Mr. Netanyahu reportedly having told Mr. Obama “don’t ever second-guess me again.” I’ll ask the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry about the relationship between Israel and the U.S. at this point.
The fight against Ebola is ramping us as international health organizations are directing funds and personnel at this growing emergency. We’ll play back for you my interview with Peter Schleicher from the International Red Cross in Monrovia, Liberia, where the President of that West African Country has declared the Ebola outbreak to be a national emergency. Peter Schleicher told us that in the seven days between our on-air conversations his estimate is that the Ebola crisis in Liberia has doubled in its threat. Is it a global health emergency? The World Health Organization says it is.
I’ll talk to Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong from Toronto, author of The Art of Medicine: Healing and the Limits of Technology will speak to the issue of speeding up the process of making the largely untested anti-Ebola drug ZMapp widely available. Not that easy. It’s not in pill form and the company which invented ZMapp is quite small. There is the issue of whether or not a drug should be made available without extensive testing protocols complete, even in a health emergency.
The Islamic State (ISIS) continues to terrorize the population of much of Iraq and threatens the Western world. Now ISIS is the subject of limited U.S. air strikes, but people on the ground are saying that’s not nearly enough and that President Obama is doing exactly what Isis wants to see done. The U.S. air strikes will make ISIS more attractive to would-be jihadists, is the theory. I’ll be speaking with Col Peter Mansoor who was the executive officer to General David Petreaus in Iraq during the military surge there.
Is it over for Tiger? Missed the cut in the PGA Championship. Only the fourth major cut missed in his tremendous career. But maybe it’s time to hang ‘em up. I’ll talk to Lorne Rubenstein, author of Moe and Me, and member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame about Tiger’s future.
Canadians are well educated, but frequently their jobs don’t relate to their university educations. What’s going on? Professor Ken Coates, co-author of “What to Consider when you’re Considering University”. Ken Coates has previously said on the show that university students far too frequently chase degrees which will have nothing really to do with creating and sustaining a successful career. Fighting words. We’ll take your calls as your liberal arts degree does exactly what for your career choices?
And we’ll start the show with Tanya Oliva of Vancouver who took ‘mat leave’ when she bought a new puppy. Over the top? Tanya says “no” and since 80% of Americans told pollsters they consider their pets to be like family members, I’d say Tanya will receive a great deal of support.
Ms. Oliva also found that her new puppy had serious medical issues and that the breeder from whom she’d bought her pup had been convicted of animal cruelty in the U.S. and had been accused of operating a puppy mill where his dogs were treated very badly according (puppies left in their own feces) to the Washington State humane society which brought the charges against the breeder and his wife. The breeder told media that he wasn’t a puppy mill operators.
We’ll get into what needs to be done about puppy mill operators.
Joining Tanya Oliva, will be Dr. Stanley Coren, psychology professor Emeritus at UBC and international dog judge and author of terrific books like “Born to Bark.”
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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has moved to its highest alert activation on the West Africa Ebola virus outbreak. the CDC director says “it will be a long hard fight” to end the Ebola contagion. Three of the West African nations attempting to deal with the Ebola virus within their borders are having huge difficulties and the Liberian President has declared a national state of emergency, while the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak an International Public Health Emergency.
I’ll be speaking with Peter Schleicher of the International Red Cross from Monrovia, Liberia,
Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases expert at Toronto General Hospital will talk about the Ebola virus itself and I’ll be asking you for your thoughts on Donald Trump’s “KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE” tweet re bringing Americans with an Ebola infection to the U.S. for treatment.
We’ll speak again with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, from Gaza, as the fighting has begun again between Israel and Hamas. Tomorrow, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry will join me from Israel.
How concerned should we be about the terror threat posed by the Islamic State group in Iraq? Will speak with Scott Newark, former Security Advisor to the federal and Ontario governments post 9/1l. Scott is also going to wear his former Crown Attorney hat and speak to a Canadian justice story you’ll want to hear and what a British judge had to say about Victims Impact Statements. We weren’t supposed to ever hear what the judge said.
Former FBI special agent and the FBI’s chief hostage negotiator Chris Voss will also speak about the danger posed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and assess the value of the U.S. strategic bombing of I.S.
And do you know what UFC is and who GSP is? If not, ask your kids. We’ll let you know and speak to UFC Canada director Tom Wright, former CFL Commissioner, and hear Mr. Wright’s assessment of the brawl between Jones and Cormier in Las Vegas.
Some of what’s on today’s show. Remember to follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow.
More than a billion passwords and logins hacked from inside Russia. Don’t know about you, but while where the hacking is done is of significance, what’s more directly important to each of us is that our personal online protections are clearly vulnerable. Not only that, but also the security of organizations with which we do business and which also have on record important personal information about us. Is changing our PW’s and logins of significant help in protecting the information about us online?
Are you restricting what you do and don’t allow about yourself to appear online? We can’t keep everything personally secure because governments agencies have so much information about us on file and government agencies have been targeted successfully by hackers.
Alison Redford stepped down from the Alberta legislature. My question is, what took so long? There really was no opportunity for the former Premier to continue as an MLA. Questions about Ms. Redford’s expensing and use of government aircraft will continue, particularly in light of the report by the provincial Auditor General. An insistent opposition Wildrose Party will keep the focus on Redford.
The Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to grow and assurances by health care professionals the virus does not pose a direct threat to North America are being met with at least some skepticism. A question I see repeatedly is “what if the Ebola virus mutates into a form which is transmissible by air”? No time for panic, but it is time to ask just how prepared our medical systems are globally to defeat significant viral and bacterial threats.
Eugenie Bouchard losing in the opening match of the Rogers Cup in Montreal was a disappointment, but there had to be some Wimbledon final loss fallout. No worries about Eugenie. She is a superb talent and she will win Grand Slam events.
Hope you’re having a good week.
ahead to this weekend’s show topics, Mark Yost joins me on the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Mark is usually our ‘business of sports’ contributor, but he’s also a military historian who spends much time in Europe visiting the battlefields of World War I and World War II. Mark has written extensively about the wars and battles. His blog is Westernfrontinaweek.wordpress.com. Mark will be, for the next four years, updating the blog with to the date references to battles and other significant events of World War I.
World War I and particularly the Battle of Vimy Ridge are viewed as the moment in history when Canada came of age. The Canadian troops, under the command of Canadian General Arthur Currie, were able to accomplish what neither the British, nor French military had been successful at doing, namely, defeating well dug in German troops at Vimy Ridge in northern France. It took four days of fierce fighting and thousands of casualties (dead and wounded), but the Canadians prevailed and wrested Vimy Ridge from the German army. Arthur Currie was knighted by King George V.