Roy Green‚Äôs resume is outstanding. He is a three time consecutive winner of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters national Gold Ribbon award, Canada‚Äôs 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‚Äôs show has been cited by Canada‚Äôs parliamentary newspaper as required listening for federal politicians.
Will be back on air Saturday-Sunday, March,¬†15-16.¬† Until then I do have limited access to email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will be back on air Saturday-Sunday, March,¬†15-16.¬† Until then I do have limited access to email at email@example.com.
By now you’ve likely heard that a McGill University student and member of the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU) posted a faked video of U.S. president Barack Obama kicking at a door following a news conference.¬† The student, Brian Farnan, reportedly sent the video to friends¬†in an attempt to provide relief from¬†exams.¬† The caption, we’re told, read “honestly midterms get out of here.”
A complaint was lodged against Mr. Farnan, suggesting he had engaged in a racially insensitive act.¬† The result?¬†¬†A¬†written apology and an agreement to undergo sensitivity training.
Mr. Farnan’s¬†act of forwarding the faked video (which Jay Leno had aired on¬†The¬†Tonight Show), was in his apology¬†deemed to have maligned “people of colour, particularly young men, being portrayed as violent in contemporary culture and media.”¬†¬†Farnan added “by using this particular image of President Obama, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of SSMU’s communication to become the site of microaggression; for this I am deeply sorry.”
The apology was distributed to 22,000 McGill undergraduates.
Microaggressions,as Graeme Hamilton writes in the National Post, can take many forms¬†in post-secondary institutions of learning.¬† A professor at the University of California says he¬†was last year accused of microaggression by minority students for correcting grammar and spelling in their dissertations.
Would¬†it be another¬†microaggression if one were to wonder what the¬†professor should have done.¬† He is, after all, a professor of education.
I¬†always believed universities were centres of critical thinking.¬†¬†More, in at least some cases, centres of expected politically correct thinking it would appear.
Today¬†we’ll¬†talk about¬†the issue of microaggression¬†at the university level and hear your thoughts.
It appears there has been some considerable reaction among students at McGill to the Brian Farnan, SSMU, microaggressions¬†incident, with many students challenging the SSMU.
A prominent McGill alumnus, Montreal Constitutional lawyer Julius Grey will join us.¬† He’s a former president of the SSMU and was himself accused of microaggression when during a speech at McGill, Mr. Grey called for the assimilation of ethnic groups.
Ron Miller is¬†African American, an¬†associate dean of Liberty University in the¬†U.S.¬† HIs website is www.RononTheRight.com.¬† Ron Miller will also join us to share his thoughts on microaggression.
I’ll be speaking with the editor of The Local (Switzerland’s news in English) about the slim majority decision by Swiss voters in a scheduled referendum that the Swiss government must begin to reduce immigration numbers from EU nations.¬† This isn’t going over well with the EU, or the Swiss federal government, but it has no choice.¬† The direct democracy system in Switzerland forces its government to adhere to the will of the people.
Meanwhile in Canada changes are taking place to the Citizenship Act, but our government is not required to consult with the people of Canada, much less follow the will of the majority.
Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland and former Canadian Ambassador Martin Collacott will join me and we’ll speak the changes taking place in Canada and which system would better serve this nation.¬† Direct democracy, or our current system.¬† B.C. voters, in a limited example of direct democracy, forced the provincial government to repeal the Harmonized Sales Tax in 2011, with just over 54% voting for that option.¬† Not every province has such a direct democracy tool for voters.
Last weekend, after we spoke about the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and about the fact almost nothing had been written about his death by apparent drug overdose, we received a call from Jay in Alberta.¬† Jay is a former drug addict who challenged conventional thinking and conventional approaches to dealing with drug related issues.¬† Jay is eloquent and challenging and I’ve invited him to join us a guest today.¬† Joining Jay will be Chris, also an Albertan and also a former drug addict who almost died from his drug abuse.¬† Chris has a story to tell.¬† He’s been clean since September of last year.¬† Chris started his drug use at age 14.¬† So what is it parents may not know about their kids and drugs?¬† Jay and Chris will take that on and take calls.
As the winter Olympics continue in Sochi, we start our quadrennial discussion on what sports should be dropped and what maybe should be added. We’ll do that on the show today with Mark Yost, contributor to the program on the business of sport and Mark writes for the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated, and is the author of many books on sport and the biz side of sport.¬† My studio producers Kathryn and Chad will also share their thoughts.¬† What do twenty-something’s think should be dropped and added to the Winter Olympics?¬† And what do you think?¬† Phone lines will be open.
And a former producer of my show, also radio and television journalist, Karen Cumming is among the 75 Canadians and just over 1000 people world-wide to have made preliminary cuts to be astronauts for the Mars One Mission slated to begin colonization of the red planet in 2024.¬† It will be a one-way trip.¬† No coming home to earth is going to be possible. Why would Karen choose this?¬† I’ll be asking her and we’ll open the phone lines.
Quebec is poised to become the first Canadian province to permit a patient to request a physician assisted death.¬† Bill 52 comes up for final debate in the Quebec National Assembly next week.¬† Meanwhile, in Belgium, the law concerning euthanasia has been broadened to permit children (under 18) to apply for¬†a physician assisted death. Doing so will require parental assent, as well as other steps to be followed, but while I’ve long believed for adults a physician assisted death can be the final act of compassionate health care, I do have concerns about children having the right to make this decision.¬† Dr. Udo Schuklenk from Queen’s University joins.¬† He is the Ontario Research Chair in bioethics at Queen’s and supports the Belgian decision.
Allan Schoenborn who killed his three children in 2008 and determined to be Not Criminally Responsible applied for supervised community absences from the psychiatric facility where he is located in British Columbia.¬† The Review Board which considers Schoenborn’s requests annually, recommended he not be permitted the absences even though a similar Board supported similar absences in 2011.|
I’ll speak with Stacy Galt, cousin of Darcie Clark and mother of the three children.¬† Stacy Galt attended the Review Board hearing as she has all such hearings.
We’ll speak to Missouri football player Michael Sam declaring his same-sex sexual orientation this week and the coverage and reaction¬†to Michael Sam’s announcement. Brian Kitts, co-founder of the You Can Play Project joins me.¬† You Can Play was also co-founded by Glenn Whitman and Patrick Burke, son of NHL GM¬†Brian Burke and brother of Brendan Burke who was also openly gay, but died in a vehicle accident in 2010.¬† You Can Play and the NHL work together on the issue of gay athletes in the NHL.
I’ll have some questions for you and we’ll play back the commentary from a Texas sports broadcaster concerning Michael Sam and gay football players in the NFL.¬† The commentary has gone viral online.
Teens are taking selfies with the homeless which are demeaning to homeless men and women.¬† This follows a selfies campaign at funerals and “serious places”.¬† I’ll speak with Jason Feifer who originated the Selfies at Serious Places, at Funerals, and with the Homeless for a specific reason.¬† Some of the selfies are repulsive, the others I’ve seen raise many questions.¬† We’ll hear what you say.
A father of 3 children under the age of 5 regrets having his children.¬† We’ll have that story and your comments and it being Saturday, it’s our B&B feature with Catherine Swift and Linda Leatherdale.¬† Sitting in for Catherine today will be former Liberal MP Michelle Simson
On the issue of drug addiction, Chris has confirmed he will be joining Jay (both from Alberta) on the issue of drug addiction and what life is like when death could be at the end of your next encounter with drugs.¬† It’s the second hour of Sunday’s show.
On the issue of drug addiction, Chris has confirmed he will be joining Jay (both from Alberta) on the issue of drug addiction and what life is like when death could be at the end of your next encounter with drugs.¬† It’s the second hour of Sunday’s show.
Emails I’ve received since we last weekend spoke of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death of an, it has been suggested,¬†heroin overdose, has been critical of the fact¬†I challenged that nowhere on online sites could I find a commentary which was critical of Hoffman’s apparent drug addiction.¬† Instead, it was a series of non-stop eulogies.
That Mr. Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm and heroin nearby was immaterial to those writing the comments about Hoffman’s passing.
At the conclusion of the segment we received a call from Jay in Alberta.¬†¬†Jay identified himself as a long-time (and previous) drug user.¬† Jay challenged the conventional wisdom on warning youth away from drugs and¬†didn’t pull any punches in sharing with us his previous severe drug addiction and what it did to him, almost costing Jay his life.
Jay is eloquent and direct.¬† I’ve invited him¬†to return this Sunday and speak again to the issue of drug abuse, drug addiction.¬† I’ve also invited several other listeners who sent emails of their lives with drugs, or who had drugs impact on their lives.¬† So far, no word on whether or not they will participate on Sunday’s show.
However, I have been reading emails arguing addiction is a disease.¬† Really?¬† Like Coronary Artery Disease, maybe?¬† I live with CAD, and I’ll tell you right now, there’s no relationship between drug addiction and CAD.
Unless it’s someone living with fetal alcohol syndrome, or something very similar of which I am not aware, when you’re talking about drug addiction, you’re not talking about disease.
Addiction is a behaviour.¬† A voluntary behaviour.¬† You decide whether or not you’re going to become and remain an addict.¬† An addict to alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs.
A person with a real disease isn’t going to assault an innocent individual in order to obtain, say, heart meds
As for the view that legalizing mind and behaviour-altering drugs is the humane and sensible way to deal with drug addiction, how could anyone sensibly reach such a conclusion?¬† Such legalizing of such drugs is giving in and enabling.
Be sure to listen Sunday.¬† I don’t know Jay personally, but what we heard from him during his call last Sunday and what he’s shared with me by way of email this week suggests we have good reason to hear what he has to share.
The coroner’s inquest into the death of 5 year old Jeffrey Baldwin at the hands of his grandparents now serving life in prison for second degree murder of the little boy heard a great deal of information this week.¬†¬†That’s exactly what happened in Manitoba in the inquiry into the death of five year old¬†Phoenix Sinclair, murdered by her mother and mother’s boyfriend, also serving life in prison.¬† What needs to kept in mind is that¬†the Catholic Children’s Aid Society in Ontario is the agency which turned over little¬†Jeffrey to his grandparents, after the grandparents had already been convicted of child abuse and in Manitoba, the Commissioner of the inquiry into¬†Phoenix Sinclair’s murder said of Child and Family Services “files were opened and closed, often without a social worker ever laying eyes on Phoenix.”
Today we’ll play back for you an interview I aired last October with Esther Buckareff, director of the film Powerful as God and we’ll hear from Sue, an Ontario mother who emailed about her very challenging year dealing with CAS.¬† Have you had an experience with CAS, or their equivalent?
We’ll touch base again¬†with Tessie Painter in Fort Worth, Texas as her search for Jay from Toronto, who Tessie met in New York City last Thursday and felt an immediate emotional connection to, reciprocated by Jay continues.¬† Tessie has an email address for Jay to contact her on.¬† It’s TessielovesJay@Gmail.com.¬† I’ll ask you if you’ve ever experienced one of those electrifying moments when you met someone you immediately connected with.
Craig Thullner is a on-air host at Rock 101, our Corus station in Vancouver and Craig posted a challenge on his Facebook page¬†to all of the eulogizing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, without any challenge to the fact the actor was found with a needle in his arm, dead of an apparent heroin overdose.¬†¬†I’ll talk to Craig and ask you for your thoughts.¬†I’m inclined to agree with Craig, who writes he had an¬†8 year experience with depression and addiction.
The Stock Markets have been¬†doing an impression of a roller coaster and¬†alarming investors (many) this past week.¬† Tom Caldwell is the Chairman of Caldwell Securities with seats on the NYSE¬†and TSX.¬† Tom will explain what is going on with the markets.
And 50 years ago this evening the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan¬†Show making their¬†U.S. TV debut, with 74 million watching.¬† I’ll be joined by Jude Southerland Kessler, author of¬†the 9 book¬†John Lennon Series.¬† Jude has researched John Lennon and the Beatles for the last 30 years.¬† Do¬†you consider the Beatles the most influential rock¬†band ever?¬† I’ll open the lines.¬† If it’s not the Beatles, then which band would it be?
Some of what’s on today’s show.
What is life like on a daily basis for a young Canadian military veteran who served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Africa and Haiti?¬† We’re going to touch base with Mark who spoke with me last year, along with his wife Stephanie.¬† How is Mark’s PTSD affecting his life now and what are his concerns?
Also today, Sgt. Major Barry Westholme (ret’d), 30+ year veteran of the CAF is back to speak about what caused him to resign from the military, namely, conditions at the Joint Personnel Support Unit in Eastern Ontario.¬† JPSU is where veterans and their families turn to for any number of issues, including PTSD.¬† Joining Sgt. Major Westholm will be Captain Scott Boutilier (ret’d), former Regional Adjutant for the Eastern Ontario JPSU.¬† Is staff burnout at these JPSU’s across Canada causing our military veterans to receive delayed and insufficient care, including those with PTSD?
Also today, we’ll talk to a B.C. resident who following the murder of Julie Paskall in Surrey, decided he would challenge criminal law and carry pepper spray for self-defence.¬† We talked about that issue in great detail after the attack on Ms. Paskall and the fact Canadians¬†are denied by law the right to carry pepper spray for self-defence. I’ll be asking you if this B.C. resident should face charges as a law breaker, or not?
Are MPs balking at passing legislation which would deny them access to government (taxpayer) contributions to their pension plan if an MP (or senator) is convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to two years in prison, or more?¬† Gregory Thomas of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation joins me.¬† You know former Liberal Senator Mac Harb¬†and former Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau have this week been charged by the RCMP with fraud and breach of trust in relation to expenses claimed to their parliamentary expense account.¬† They’re innocent until proven guilty, but are MPs balking at the legislation and what are they saying behind closed doors about it?¬† We have an idea what that is.
And a Texas woman met a Toronto man only briefly in New York City last Thursday.¬† Just minutes into their meeting they felt they had made a romantic connection.¬† Then they separated and now Tesina Painter of Fort Worth is looking for Jay, a penny stock trader from Toronto.¬† Tesina will join Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and me during our weekly B&B segment.¬† Let’s see if we can’t find Jay for Tessie.¬† Email is TessielovesJay@Gmail.com.
Three years ago it was Cody LeCompte who was being detained in Cuba on a phony charge relating to a traffic accident in a rented vehicle.¬† The then 19 year old Canadian was denied the right to leave Cuba, although his mother Danette was permitted to return.¬† From here Danette LeCompte continued to pay the accumulating daily bill for Cody’s involuntary stay at a hotel which had become a prison with a pool.
The federal government was remarkable mostly by its absence.¬† Ours, that is.¬†The Conservatives rattled on for days without doing anything of apparent value and their representatives in Havana were of even less use.
That’s when Canadians listening to my program became engaged, as did my friend Charles Adler, also on the Corus radio network and reporter Chris Doucette of the Toronto Sun who flew to Cuba and reported on the situation from there.
Now it’s Justine Davis who is the involuntary ‘guest’ of the Cuban government.¬† Ms. Davis case is compelling.¬† Once again a traffic accident, only this time there is also the tragic death of Justine Davis’ three year old son Cameron, killed in the accident between Ms. Davis rental scooter and a truck.
Cameron’s funeral will take place in Toronto on Saturday.¬† Ms. Davis remains hospitalized in Cuba and Cuban authorities, while laying no charges, refuse to practice fundamental decency and respect and deny¬†Justine Davis the right to leave the island.
Ottawa, according to a Toronto Sun story of today is parroting the same lines it used in Cody’s case.¬†The Canadian Embassy in Cuba refers reporters to Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, which in turn expresses its sympathy and assures all is being done to expedite Ms. Davis release from Mr. Castro’s paradise.
I am in touch with Ms. Davis’ friends and perhaps will be speaking with them on Saturday.¬† In the meantime, you did wonders supporting Cody LeCompte’s return to Canada.¬† I would ask you to do the same for Justine Davis.
Contact your MP, regardless of political party.¬† Contact your Senator.¬† Demand Justine Davis’ return to Canada.¬† Demand to know what the federal government is “doing”. Don’t settle for what Ottawa says it is doing.
It is cruel to disallow Ms. Davis the right to attend the funeral of her three year old son Cameron.¬† Don’t stand by and let it happen without your voice being heard.
Sarah has listened to our first two parts of our very informal discussion about social assistance, minimum wage, education and the willingness to work hard (that one focussed on the Millennial generation).
Sarah listened to our segments about Lucy who called a Texas radio station to state she and her husband are full time welfare recipients and only because they can be.¬† Lucy’s opinion was that those who were in the workforce are idiots.¬† (There has been a newspaper article suggesting Lucy was a¬†fraud, but the radio station appears to stand by the call).
We also spoke about the widely reported on Angel Adams of Florida who told WFLA, Tampa television cameras that “somebody has to pay” for the care for her 15 children.¬†Reporter Jeff Patterson of WFLA shared Angel Adams story with us last weekend.
Sarah contacted me from Winnipeg and she will share her experience in the workforce at minimum wage, how she after getting married and having three children accepted a position which paid a little more ($13 an hour), but also paid for courses to improve her education credentials and how Sarah continues to work toward better pay and better eduation.¬† Sarah does not believe minimum wage is the problem, or that raising it will solve the problem.¬† Sarah’s view is income tax rates punish those who do improve their economic situation and that income tax is what should be addressed.¬† You may listen back to my interview with Sarah in the podcast section of this website by this evening.
We’ll take your calls on what Sarah will have shared with us.
The tech world experienced much this week and there’s a lot to look at going forward.¬† Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy will join and take your calls.¬† Yes, the hacking of Yahoo email will be one issue, but there’s so much more, including Facebook celebrating it’s 10th birthday this coming Tuesday.
There’s much, more, including my interview with Charles Krauthammer.¬† His most recent book Things That Matter #1 on the NYTimes best-seller list for 10 weeks.¬† Charles talked to me last Thursday and predicts Barack Obama will not make a public announcement on Keystone until after this year’s mid-term elections in the U.S.
Also, Super Bowl day and Mark Yost who writes on the business of sport for the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated, as well as other publications and is the author of many great books on the biz of sport (check Mark Yost at Amazon.com) has S.B. info which goes beyond what will happen on the field, although we’ll cover that too.¬† Joining Mark will be his friend Bob Boyles, co-author of the USA College Football Encyclopedia. We’ll take Super Bowl calls.
And Sgt. Major Barry Westholm (ret’d) will reply to CPC MP Cheryl Gallant and her statements about military members with PTSD. The “stigma that has to be overcome is the stigma within themselves” said MP Gallant in parliament. Sgt. Maj. Westholm is a constituent of Ms. Gallant and writes that he provided her office with information about the challenges faced by the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) in Eastern Ontario, where Barry Westholm was assigned, jeopardizing his career by doing so.¬† Sgt. Maj. Westholm says he passed on his concerns because in his view the JPSU wasn’t doing the job it was directed to do for the most severely damaged/injured military members of the Afghanistan campaign.
Three veterans who met Julian Fantino this week join me in hour 1 of today[‘s program.¬†¬†Ronald Clarke, Roy Lamore and Paul Davis will share their thoughts of this week, the reception and subsequent apology from the Veterans Affairs Minister and charges by the Minister that the veterans were duped by PSAC.
Veterans Affairs Canada is making much of a trained VA issues specialist being present at the eight¬†Service Canada locations closest to the closed Ministry regional offices.¬† We then heard that this was to be for three months only.¬† And how many veterans with PTSD (battle-shock) will present themselves to a Service Canada centre?¬† As for home visits for veterans, also something pushed by the government, how many is a¬†veteran entitled to and for how long a period of time?
There’s also Ontario Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant whose riding includes Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Ms. Gallant, in parliament, said veterans who fear admitting to PTSD will damage or cost them their military careers are imagining things.¬† Ms. Gallant’s statement included “the stigma that has to be overcome is the stigma within themselves.”¬† How considerate.¬† And as a military wife wrote on Ms. Gallant’s Facebook page, ‘how many veterans with PTSD concerns reading or hearing that statement, will now not come forward to seek help’?
The military Ombudsman pointed out that while senior officers have become more tolerant toward mental illness issues, a negative attitude remains strong within military culture.
Bruce Moncur is a former Corporal who served and was wounded in Afghanistan in 2006.¬† He will speak to the challenge of Veterans Affairs online maze and of the attitude he’s faced, Mr. Moncur told the National Post “when you keep getting the door slammed in your face, you just end up giving up.¬† it’s the no-go policy.¬† If you’re told ‘No’ enough times, you’ll go away.”
Bruce Moncur will also speak to me on air in the first hour of today’s program.
Also today, a syndicated U.S. columnist rips into stay-at-home mothers and describes them in very unflattering terms.¬† My Hockey Moms panel will respond and I’ll open the phone lines.¬† By the way, this isn’t the first time stay-at-home moms have been devalued and/or subjects of derision.¬† We’ll open the phone lines.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford received a jaywalking ticket in Vancouver yesterday and that’s making headlines, along with speculation the Mayor may have been cited for public drunkenness, something he flatly denies to the Toronto Sun.¬† Jaywalking ticket for the Toronto Mayor from the RCMP?¬† I’m going to open that one up to you as well.¬† I was reading some commentary online and it was about 50-50.¬† Some writing the police officer(s) had an agenda they were working from, others arguing Mayor Ford deserved the ticket.¬† Do you jaywalk?¬† I do.¬† I know the nanny-staters will be all over me for that confession.
Since it’s Saturday, it’ll be B&B time with Catherine Swift and Linda Leatherdale.¬† The swooning stock markets, a strange series of suicides this week among highly placed financial people globally, the U.S. Keystone pipeline developments¬†and severance pay for the former head of the Pan Am Games and ¬†more you’ll want to express your thoughts on.
Let’s see. There’s an audit of senator expense-spending underway by the federal Auditor General.¬† An audit which may just reveal, well, that the wrong credit card slipped into the card reader and taxpayers coughed up a few $$ to cover a senatorial personal expenditure, ‘sort-of’.
And, wasn’t Justin Trudeau personally required to ‘sort-of’ explain how it is he claimed exactly such expenses as an MP?
At the time (three weeks ago?) JT suggested if the new Liberal plan to review expenses claimed had been in place at the time he ‘sort-of’ broke the rules, he would have been caught sooner.
That’s ‘sort-of’ like saying “if the cop had been at the intersection I would have been caught running the red light, but instead I had to wait to be caught by the red light camera.
As I suggested at the time. That’s weird. Well, ‘sort-of’.
The cynic in me (yes, when I see flowers I look for the funeral) suggests there was more in play by yanking Liberal senators caucus invites than just making the Senate a more pristine ‘sort-of’ place.
I think it’s going to be much easier to distance yourself from someone if that someone may have inadvertently claimed expenses inappropriately and that someone isn’t part of your party caucus any longer.
Yes, according to Mayra Jimenez, founder of the successful OrchidBoutique.com who blogged Millennials are cocky, take things for granted, think they’re exempt from the rules, don’t follow through and don’t want to pay their dues.¬† Ms. Jimenez is hardly ancient.¬† She’s in her early 30′s.¬† She will explain and you’ll remember the McGill University professor Gil Troy who shared with us just a few weeks ago that he sometimes receives call at 2am from twenty-something students demanding higher grades for material either not handed in at all, or only partially complete.¬† The position generally is, “I attended some classes”.¬† Unfair to Millenialls?¬† I’ll be speaking with two members of the Millennial generation and share a story a father related by email concerning his 22 year old son’s job interview. Quite the story.
We’ll have part 2 of a 3 part series on social assistance.¬† It’s informal, but generating a great deal of interest. Today the story of Angel Adams and shared with us by WFLA, Tampa, Florida reporter Jeff Patterson who first began to report on Angel Adams in 2010 when with 12 of her 15 children she was located in one room of a motel, with almost no food or resources.¬† It was Angel Adams statement to the camera as she pointed to her 12 present children, “somebody needs to be held accountable and they need to pay” which generated huge feedback and opinion.¬† Angel Adams story didn’t end in 2010. It continues and Jeff Patterson will explain.¬† Next Sunday a completely different story from a listener who will share her experience.
Today we’ll also speak to the tragic senior’s home fire in Quebec with the President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, the continuing downward spiral (so it appears) of Justin Bieber, with psychologist Dr. Frank Farley, the People’s Professor on the Psychology Today blog.¬†¬†RCMP in Kamloops, B.C., we’re informed¬†are¬†investigating students for perhaps¬†exchanging inappropriate material online.¬† Toronto criminal lawyer David Butt joins us, and international corporate security expert Lee Humphrey on the Taliban supported attack on a Kabul restaurant where Lee Humphrey frequently dined and considered the owner a friend.¬† Lee¬†will share his thoughts on what lies ahead for Afghanistan, Iraq and the entire region with NATO forces pulling out.¬† Will what Canadian troops fought and died for prove to have been worth it?
Join us and follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow.
Andrew Woodhouse is a business owner in Wales.¬† Over the past few years his businesses have been subjected to theft and he’s lost a great deal of inventory worth more than 15,000 pounds sterling.¬† When an alarm sounded at Mr. Woodhouse’ business one night not long ago he headed for the location and surprised two would-be thieves who were siphoning diesel fuel.¬† One thief got physical with Andrew Woodhouse, using a fence post.¬† Mr. Woodhouse grabbed the fence post and swung at the thief, breaking both of his legs and an arm.¬† He then chased down thief #2 and held that citizen for police.¬† Crown Attorneys decided Andrew Woodhouse had gone too far and charged him with offences which if he had been found guilty may have resulted in a life in prison sentence.¬† Mr. Woodhouse was represented by lawyer Andrew Taylor of Cardiff and it would appear Mr. Taylor made a compelling case for the jury.¬† In just 44 minutes the jury found Andrew Woodhouse not guilty.
We’ve have seen and talked about cases in Canada where individuals defending their lives and/or property have also been criminally charged and faced serious prison time.¬† The Toronto grocer charged with kidnapping, among other offences for detaining a repeat thief for police was a case in point.¬† In that case, the Crown also lost.
We’ll be speaking with Andrew Woodhouse and Andrew Taylor at the beginning of today’s show and then open the phone lines to you.
The issue of the right to protect yourself and/or your property has been one which has generated a great deal of opinion, particularly since a 53 year old wife and mother, Julie Paskall, was viciously attacked outside a Surrey, B.C. rec centre where she was waiting for her son.¬† Julie Paskall, as you know, did not survive the attack.
Politicians have removed the right of individual Canadians to decide how best to¬†defend themselves from attack and/or theft.¬† Do so, instead of running away, or calling police and hoping they arrive in time, and you will be investigated and if it’s determined you used more force than the Crown Attorneys and police decide was warranted (according to the Criminal Code) and you become the criminal.
Listen in and call in today.
Lucy is the 32 year old woman who called Austin, TX radio station KLBJ and shared with the station’s morning hosts that she, her husband and three children live on social assistance and have no intention of changing that reality.¬† It’s Lucy’s view that she’s the one who has it correctly, while the rest of us who would turn to social assistance only as a societal backstop of last resort were our economic and other circumstances to deteriorate dramatically, are a bit as my old English teacher would say “daft”.
Lucy stays home while the rest of us head off to work.¬† She smokes pot and hangs out with her friends (she didn’t indicate whether they too are professional social assistance cheats, which I would argue Lucy is, at least morally).¬† She receives some $1200 per month by cheque, pays only $50 for a $650 per month taxpayer subsidized apartment, has her hydro and water bills funded to the tune of more than $200 per month and receives $450 monthly in food stamps.¬† Lucy pays no income tax and neither does her husband whose cheque from social assistance is labeled “family support”. I believe that¬†is how Lucy explained her significant other’s support payment.
Her three kids?¬† Well, Lucy wouldn’t mind if they went to work, as long as they obtain well-paying work in the fields they most enjoy.¬†Somehow I¬†don’t think Lucy is pushing the kids to do well in school though.¬† She seemed¬†hesitant¬†with her answer when asked if she thought her kids should join the labour pool.
There wasn’t much¬†support for Lucy on air, although I¬†read a few emails which either felt she was doing the right thing, or somehow equated Lucy’s unwarranted pilfering of society’s emergency funds for those in need with fighting back against corporations.¬† Lord knows how the writers reached that conclusion.
The¬†issue concerning¬†patient release from hospital (early release) generated¬†equally non-stop commentary and experiences.¬† I spoke with Mr. Miles Pollock, nephew of 78¬†year old David Silver who on New Year’s Eve was¬†sent home by taxi in bitterly cold weather from Grace hospital in Winnipeg.¬† Mr. Silver died of a heart attack between leaving the taxi and reaching¬†the front door of his house.¬†It seemed to¬†Mr. Pollock¬†that the Winnipeg Regional¬†Health Authority was attempting to shift the dialogue from¬†hospital release to cab driver responsibility.¬† I agree with¬†Mr. Pollock that is¬†absolute nonsense.¬†¬†Also, no one from the WRHA even contacting¬†Mr. Silver’s family to extend condolences¬†is something hardly acceptable on the¬†most fundamental of levels.
Trish is a Vancouver patient who after brain surgery (a seeping blood vessel needed to be close) was suddenly told she would¬†have to leave the hospital.¬†¬†No one would call¬†Trish’s husband.¬† She¬†told us that was up to her.¬† When Trish’s husband arrived there was no wheelchair¬†available to transport¬†Trish from her now former hospital room to the exit.¬† By the way, Trish shared the surgery hadn’t closed¬†the seeping blood vessel.¬† She and her husband¬†felt forced to hire¬†private health care out of pocket to obtain assistance at home since both Trish’s family doctor and the surgeon who¬†performed the surgery were on vacation.
There was no shortage of calls and¬†emails (even today) with stories about early hospital release and from different parts¬†of the country.
What this speaks of to me is that you either must be your own strong advocate¬†while in hospital, or have a family member or friend be exactly that for you.
David Silver was 78 years of age and checked himself into Winnipeg’s Grace Hospital on New Year’s Eve.¬† In the middle of a very cold night Mr. Silver was discharged from the E.R. and sent home by taxi.¬† Doctors had diagnosed gall and kidney stones and suggested David Silver contact his family physician.¬† David Silver died between leaving the taxi and reach his front door.¬†¬†His body wasn’t found for approximately 15 hours we were informed last week.¬† Mr. Silver was the second Winnipeg hospital patient to be discharged and die within 48 hours.
I spoke with my friend and colleague Charles Adler about this on air and the phone lines from across Canada became very busy with opinion and accounts of hospital releases. I committed to continuing with the issue this weekend and that we will do today in Hr. 3 of the program.
I’ll be speaking with David Silver’s nephew, Miles Pollock who asked¬†why his uncle would be discharged at 1:30am, in -40 degree¬†cold, telling the Winnipeg Free Press, “He’s an old man who’s sick. He’s not dressed to be outside, and a) you send him home¬†and b) you sent him home unaccompanied in a taxi.
I found the statement from¬†a VP of the Winnipeg Regional¬†Health¬†Authority odd.¬† She said “we’re very concerned for Mr. Silver and certainly feel badly for the loss” and followed that with “the circumstances make the family’s loss even more distressing when they happen in an unusual way.”
Following Mr. Pollock we’ll hear from¬†listener who emailed that following brain surgery she was informed six days later that she would have to vacate her Vancouver hospital room and go home.¬† When our listener’s husband arrived they could find no wheelchair to use to reach the hospital exit.¬† Our listener/hospital patient was told to contact her family doctor in case of complications.¬† Both her family doctor and surgeon were out of the province on vacation and so a physician’s private services were paid for out of pocket read the email.
I’ll be opening the phone lines across Canada for experiences with hospital discharge experiences and other treatment issues you may have found of concern.¬† That written, I think we all credit most doctors, nurses, paramedics and other front line health care providers with doing very professional work under challenging circumstances.¬† Our health care system is wobbly, to say the least.¬† A few years ago I asked an in-studio cardiologist “if Canada’s health care system were itself a hospital patient, what ward would it be in?”¬† His answer was “palliative. care.”
Sonja Power is a 17 year old martial arts student who was on the cusp of earning her black belt in the martial art¬†Aikido at a Dojo in Halifax, Nova Scotia.¬† It is Sonja’s statement that things changed significantly at the Dojo when a new male Muslim member entered the picture.¬† Sonja’s mother Michele Walsh told me off air last evening that following this male student’s arrival female students were told by the owner of the Dojo, Steve Nickerson, that they would be restricted to one half of the space because the Muslim member declined to interact or spar with female members.¬† Michele Walsh also told me the new member had been distributing literature at the Dojo which¬†supports a husband’s right to deliver a “light strike” to his wife in the case of “serious moral misconduct.”
Mr. Nickerson, according to a story in the National Post sent an email to the newspaper in which he challenges assertions made by Sonja Power and Michele Walsh, stating his accommodation of the Muslim student did not disadvantage other students and that his decisions were supported by the provincial Human Rights Commission and the Halifax Recreation Commission which operates the facility in which the Dojo is located.
Michele Walsh informed me the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission refused to accept her daughter’s complaint.¬† A lawyer for the Commission is quoted in the National Post article saying “in the fabric of Canadian society, (gender segregation) isn’t something that, in a secular sense, we support … we generally see it as a bad thing.”¬† What exactly is the lawyer saying?¬† That’s equivocation at its wobbly worst in my view.
The complaint by Sonja Power is at least in part about the distribution of material supporting and enshrining a husband’s right to physically assault his wife.¬† Perhaps the Human Rights Commission’s lawyers missed that?
The lawyer then addressed religious beliefs saying, according to the NP, the law requires reasonable accommodation of religious views, which are generally given much higher consideration than mere matters of personal preference.¬† “If it doesn’t cost us to the point of undue hardship, then we need to try to¬†….. support them, and not have them feel persecuted for their deeply-held religious beliefs.”
I would ask this lawyer where Sonja Power’s concerns about¬†the handing out of literature which promotes and supports physical beating of a woman fits into the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission’s views of¬†Ms. Power’s complaint.¬† After all, that’s included in what the lawyer is responding to.
Today I’ll be speaking with Michele Walsh and be joined by lawyer and media commentator¬†Scott Taylor (underappeal.com).
There’s much more on the show, including Justin Trudeau passing along private for-profit speaking engagement related fees to taxpayers.¬† I think the Liberal leader is being let off really easily by mainstream media.
Tune for all of the content and we’ll include your calls.
My sharing on Sunday’s show that I was at a Tim Hortons location and covered the non-tips of the four in line ahead of me and called them out on it (told the counter-person “I’m sure those gentlemen forgot to leave a tip, so I’ll do it for them”)¬† while they were waiting for the food part of their order and could clearly hear me resulted in a great deal of email reaction to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Most of the email was supportive of what I’d done and a few listeners indicated they’d do the same thing going forward, although I’m not recommending it necessarily.¬† You don’t know how people might react.¬† A few folks though took exception and thought I was way out of line.¬† Fair enough.¬† If that’s the way you feel, I have no problem with you letting me know.
It’s emails like the one which read “they don’t work hard enough to be tipped’ and “if they want a real salary, let them get a real job” which I don’t like.¬† If you’ve never worked the counter at a fast food restaurant you don’t know what it’s like.¬† As Jimmy Buffett wrote “don’t try to describe a KISS concert if you’ve never seen one.”¬†¬†It’s hard work and some customers are more demanding over their $5 order than they’d be at a multiple stars restaurant.¬† As far as the “get a real job” comment is concerned, what I’ll respond with is “good for you that your life is that good.”¬† For some people life isn’t that great economically and they’re glad to have a job at all.¬† And, working at a fast food outlet is something some people really enjoy.¬† You’ll recognize them.¬† They’re the folks who call you “sir” or “ma’am” and serve your coffee and your order with a smile.¬†What’s 20% of $5.00?¬† Exactly!¬† If you can afford a bagel and a coffee, my guess is you can afford the $1 tip.
Now that written, most of the emails were supportive.
Much reaction to the stories of being released from hospital care before patients are ready, this following the New Year’s Eve release from a Winnipeg hospital of 78 year old David Silver who had checked into the E.R. of the Grace hospital and was sent home in the middle of the night by taxi.¬† Mr. Silver died before he made it to his front door, apparently of a heart attack.¬† The hospital diagnosis?¬† Gallstones and kidney stones.¬† The ‘by the numbers’ reaction from a hospital VP/spokesperson was, let’s say, uninspiring.¬† There’s more this weekend.
And I’ll have a story about social assistance (welfare) which I know will have you reaching for the phone.
Let you know more about the weekend’s lineup as we close in on Saturday.
my posting of yesterday covers several items we’ll speak to on today’s program, but also wanted you to know (and I’ve received quite a few emails about this story) that we will be following up on the York University (Toronto) professor’s decision to not agree to an on-line student’s request he be excused from group study involving female students and for religious reasons.¬† The York University administration three times ordered the professor to agree to the student’s expectation, the professor though would not.
Eventually the professor and student reached an agreement and the student did participate in the group study session.
While no mention was made of the student’s religion, I contacted Muhammad Robert Heft of the Paradise Forever Centre in Toronto.¬† Muhammad Robert Heft is a convert to Islam and has always provided thoughtful analysis of situations and issues he’s addressed on the program. Robert told me it’s quite possible the student in question may be Muslim and that he’s quite happy address the issue of a Muslim¬†man working in a group study session with women he¬†doesn’t know personally and what challenges that may raise for a Muslim male.
I’m not suggesting the student is or may be Muslim.¬† I just wanted you to hear Muhammad Robert Heft’s view of a male raising religious objections to working with females in a group study session.¬† We’ll do that in hour 3 today.
Tomorrow, we’ll be talking to the lawyer of the 17 year old British Columbia teen convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography through the practice commonly known as ‘sexting’.¬† Her lawyer will be joining us and we’ll open the phone lines for your thoughts on sexting as a issue and federal law being enacted and applied.
Bill called the show as we were speaking about women having the right to self-protection in Canada, or more accurately, not having the right to appropriate self-protection.
Bill’s story concerned his son who at age 13 Bill supplied with a small container of pepper spray because his son Danny and Danny’s friends had been harassed by bullies.¬† One of Danny’s friends had been pretty badly hurt in one of those incidents.
While Danny was carrying the pepper spray and he and his friends were playing soccer¬† a police officer appeared and asked the boys questions about possibly carrying illegal drugs.¬† ¬†At that point Danny showed the officer his small container of pepper spray.
We’ll fast-forward to six months ago when Danny applied for a job.¬†¬†A criminal background check carried out by the prospective employer revealed Danny had been caught in possession of a prohibited weapon.¬†¬†The pepper spray.¬† Was Danny ever charged, ever taken to court, ever convicted of an offense?
Tune in tomorrow when Bill and Danny are my first guests.¬† You’ll hear this story in its entirety.
Also tomorrow my friend Mark Yost who writes on the business of sport for the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and other publications will join me from Chicago¬†and the deep freeze there¬†which caused authorities to move¬†a Zoo polar bear indoors.¬† How cold was it???¬†¬†¬† We’ve had our fair share of deep freeze in Canada.¬† Winnipeg last Sunday morning checked in at -50 wind chill.¬†¬† Mark and I have a few¬†questions to ask about everything that’s been written, said and complained about as far as the cold weather is concerned.¬† Maybe we’ll¬†ruffle a few proverbial feathers, and maybe not.¬† You may¬†just agree with us.¬† By the way, if you had a free¬†Super Bowl ticket offered and you knew the February temperature in NYC were going to be -20 C, would you still go to the game, or¬†would you¬†opt to sell or give the ticket to someone else and¬†decide watching indoors is more comfortable?
Lots¬†more and your calls.