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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:37:13 +0000
Roy Green

Today with the conflict in Russia-Ukraine, the Israel-Hams crisis, Libya increasingly violent with the U.S. evacuating its Embassy personnel from Tripoli and Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in the news, we have a panel of to speak to these and other global issues.
Dr. David McIntyre, Homeland security and terrorism expert at Texas A&M University, Dr. Christian Leuprecht from the Royal Military College and Queen’s University and whose specialities include national security, politically motivated violent extremism/terrorism and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and former U.S. Navy Lt. Commander join me.

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg (Cool It!) is one of the most listened to, talked about voices on the issue of Global Warming.  Dr. Lomborg joins the show today to speak to what he believes the solution to dealing with Global Warming is … and it isn’t carbon taxes in Dr. Lomborg’s view.

Scott Newark, former Crown Attorney and security advisor to the federal government will take on the new federal legislation which makes it a crime to leave Canada to fight a terrorist action overseas, the call by some in media for the right to interview Omar Khadr and is the national crime rate really significantly lower?

And we’ll deal with any concern among the flying public about safety in flying these days with the downing of airliners and the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
Janice is a 40 year flight attendant,  Captain Raymond Hall is a former Air Canada pilot and Chris Voss is a former FBI special agent and lead FBI hostage negotiator.  They all join me and we’ll take your calls.

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:12:26 +0000
Roy Green

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is the founder of and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative.  Dr. Barghouti will be joining me live from Gaza at the beginning of Hour 1 of today’s program.  Dr. Barghouti ran for the Presidency of Palestinian Authority in 2005.

If you’re unable to hear Hour 1 of the show on your Corus radio network station, listen online at www.AM640.com in Toronto, or any of our other stations carrying Hour 1 along the network on their ‘listen live’ online option.

Also joining us from Gaza in Hour 1 will be Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees.(unrwa.org).

I will air interviews with guests who provide differing perspectives on the conflict between Israel and Hamas and the impact this conflict is having.

Last weekend I spoke with recently retired Canadian Major General Ed Fitch who strongly supports Israel’s position and actions.  Prior to that we spoke with the Washington bureau chief for Al Jazeera, Abderrahim Foukara and a Canadian-Israeli student who is also a member of the Israel Defence Force reserves.

Also today, a report requested by Toronto Chief of Police into the police shooting death of 18 year old Sammy Yatim of Toronto calls on police to have greater skills in dealing with persons under emotional stress and/or perhaps living with mental health issues.  Toronto criminal lawyer David Butt joins me (as he does frequently on criminal law issues) to speak to what the report further calls for.

The U.K. will be holding an inquiry into the death of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.  He died of radiation poisoning after having tea at a restaurant with two Russian men, one also a former KGB officer.  The British government wants to determine with the Russian government was involved in the death of Litvinenko.
Alexander Litvinenko and Dr. Yuri Felshtinsky are co-authors of the controversial and banned in Russia book “Blowing Up Russia.”  Dr. Felshtinsky will speak to us today about the British inquiry and what’s going on on the border of Ukraine and Russia.  Dr. Felshtinsky has spoken to us on several occasions over the past months and states his view that Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s intent is to annex Ukraine and other former republics within the former USSR.

The issue of radicalizing of Canadian youth to Islamist causes, which then cause these young men, generally, to decide to head overseas to fight in conflicts such as the one in Syria is what I’ll speak with Imam Robert Mohamed Heft about.  Imam Heft is the founder of the Paradise Forever Centre in Toronto.

We’ll talk to Albertan Cindy Nichol, adoptive mother of 18 month old Christopher from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Unfortunately, foot-dragging by Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials is denying Ms. Nichol and her family from being united with Christopher in Canada, as the federal government refuses to issue an entry visa for Christopher although it appears there is absolutely no valid reason for CIC to do so.

And if you made $1.6 billion in one day, your name is likely Mark Zuckerberg and you founded something called Facebook. Your worth is now $30.3 billion and you’re 30 years of age.  Independent tech analyst and writer Carmi Levy @carmilevy (onTwitter) joins me as well on fantastic careers by young people with a vision for social media and other online ventures.

 

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:24:32 +0000
Roy Green

That’s what happened to one of our guests today who joins us from the U.S.  Lori is one of our Hockey Moms (although she’s in Mississippi) and she faced a police officer issuing a threat because Lori allowed her 10 year old son to walk to the soccer field from home, even though she could see him the entire distance.
We’ll be speaking to Lori’s experience, as well as that of Debra Harrell of South Caroline who faces a felony charge for unlawful conduct toward a child for allowing her 9 year old daughter to stay in a park while Mom went to work at McDonald’s.
When you were 9, or 10 years of age, were you attached to your parent(s) by a bungee cord?  It was other parents who called police on Lori and Debra Harrell.

Hockey Moms Michelle Olson, teacher and past president of Home by Choice and Helen Ward, President of Kids First Parents Association of Canada will be sharing their thoughts and we’ll open the phone lines.

Recently retired Canadian Major General Ed Fitch will speak to the Israel-Hamas conflict.  General Fitch, prior to the Vancouver Olympic Games had as his assignment the role of heading a fictitious terror group trying to defeat Canadian security at the Games.

Emma Czornobaj, found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death gave an interview to CBC in which she asked for no prison time.  This is before the judge delivers the sentence next month.  Smart move?  We’ll find out what one of Montreal’s most successful lawyers thinks when Julius Grey joins us.  And what you think of Ms. Czornobaj’s move.  She’s the young woman who stopped her car on a highway to assist ducks which had wandered onto the road.

Gerald Celente, publisher of Trends Journal returns and will be his controversial, say it as he sees it, self.  So many requests for Gerald Celente on the show.

Kim Trehan had her purse stolen at a Vancouver food court.  Only one person tried to help.  The remainder did nothing, except later, when a news report revealed Kim’s purse had cost $5000, did she receive real attention and on social media where Kim was trashed for having such an expensive purse.  Really??  Why would this happen? I’ll talk to Kim Trehan and she will take your calls as well.

Some of what’s on today’s show.

 

 

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:18:42 +0000
Roy Green

all of the above and more on today’s show.

We’ll start things with the Senate and the 31 criminal charges brought against suspended Senator Mike Duffy.  We’ll focus on the impact the RCMP investigation and the federal Auditor General’s audit of Senator expenses is having on the upper chamber.  Long time Conservative Senator Bob Runciman joins me live.  He’s also a former Ontario cabinet minister in the Mike Harris governments.  Bob Runciman does post his expenses online.
Former Liberal MP Michelle Simson (@michellesimson) and Canadian Taxpayer Federation federal director Gregory Thomas (www.taxpayer.ca) will follow Senator Runciman on the show and then I’ll have a question for you to call in on….and it has to do with whether or not you believe it’s appropriate to include prison time for any MP or Senator found guilty of fraudulently claiming expenses.  The option exists for judges, but recently found guilty of defrauding taxpayers Mayor of London, Ontario, Joe Fontana was spared prison time.

I’ll play back for you an interview I recorded with my Corus colleague Richard Cloutier from CJOB in Winnipeg.  Rich spoke to me about RCMP Cpl Ken Barker  who last weekend committed suicide.  Cpl Barker was living with PTSD and was among the first police officers to arrive at the scene of the violent killing of Tim McLean by Vincent Li on the Greyhound bus.  Police were ordered not to enter the bus at the time.  Richard Cloutier went to high school with Cpl Barker and spoke with Cpl Barker’s former wife.

It’s a dangerous world and we’ll speak to that with a panel of four guests with different experiences.  From the Israel-Hamas conflict to the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine, to ISIS violent in Iraq, civil war in Syrla and other global conflict, including concern Al Qaeda may have developed an undetectable bomb to place on airliners.
Joining me will be Col David MacIntyre, 30 years in the US military in airborne and reconnaissance units.  Historian Dr. Yuri Felshtinsky, international corporate security expert T. Lee Humphrey and former Air Canada Captain and Boeing 777 pilot Raymond Hall.

We’ll talk about sentencing for child killers in Canada. Child killers have been in the news from Bernardo, to Michael Rafferty, to the Montreal area father who received a 60 day sentence for killing his 13 year old daughter.
Douglas Garland is charged with second degree murder in the death of 5 year old Nathan O’Brien in Calgary.  Garland is remains presumed innocent, but I want to know where the line is between charging someone with first and second degree murder, also manslaughter.  When it comes to punishment for those who are convicted of murdering Canada’s children I see too much inconsistency.

Evelyn Thompson joins us.  Her five year old daughter Kimberley was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered.  Kimberley’s killer is walking the streets of Regina (at last word).  Please visit www.Kimmieslaw.ca.

Did a television reporter who spoke about “young black men growing up without fathers” really cross a line he should never have approached?  I’ll speak with two African American guests.  Reverend CL Bryant, producer of the award winning film Runaway Slave Movie and Liberty University associate Dean Ron Miller join me (ronontheright.com)

Calgary lawyers have issues with the police department for the ‘perp walk’ the subjected Douglas Garland to and lawyer Alan Pearse will speak to us about that from Calgary.

Some of what’s on today’s show.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:10:23 +0000
Roy Green

298 innocents today became victims aboard the Malaysian Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine, immediately adjacent to the Russian border.

There is much conjecture over who is responsible.  Russian-sympathizing Ukrainian separatists supported by Russia’s Emperor-in-Waiting, one Vlad the Impatient, Putin, or Putin himself fuelled by an evident ambition to reconstruct if not the recently and largely unlamented, departed USSR, then the historic Russia ruled by the Czars.

Speculation about who is responsible for the carnage, for the vicious extinguishing of innocent lives, likely including children is difficult to avoid.

In the first hours evidence is sorely lacking, conjecture is available in abundance and theories are espoused and almost simultaneously discarded.

Over the days, weeks and months ahead perhaps, the picture will become more clear.  Even with the most incompetent occupant of the White House since Jimmy Carter residing on Pennsylvania Avenue, the truth will emerge.

Tonight, as you prepare for rest, give some thought to the passengers of the Malaysian Airlines flight, including at least one Canadian I heard earlier was on board.  People probably much like you and me.  People flying for pleasure, for business, for any number of reasons.  People never suspecting that a madman, or a chain of madmen would initiate a series of actions which would see their airliner overtaken by a missile flying in excess of 2000mph (at least that’s the advertised speed) and the flames of their lives extinguished.

Hopefully, tonight, somewhere near the wreckage of the airliner, already picked over by ghoulish scavengers, the person or persons responsible for this barbarous act will at least for a moment rue the destruction for which they are responsible.

Hopefully, if they have children or spouses just like those whom they destroyed earlier this day, they will feel something akin to regret.

Hopefully.

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:31:08 +0000
Roy Green

Allen St. Pierre is the national director of NORML (National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and joins me on air today, along with Kevin Oliver, Washington State NORML director; also marijuana retail sales licence holder, and Alison Holcomb Criminal Justice Director for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington State.

We’ll have the perspective for Canadians who think Washington State’s law changes things here when criminal lawyer David Butt joins me.  And it doesn’t, but the way.

Al Jazeera Washington Bureau Chief Abderrahim Foukara in Hour 1 on the conflict between Israel and Hamas, as well as three AJ journalists imprisoned in Egypt.  One of the journalists is a Canadian-Egyptian dual citizen.

We’ll talk World Cup soccer with Mark Yost and take your calls …and Carmi Levy @carmilevy on why he loves his job.  It’s pretty cool.  I love mine, by the way.  You?  We’ll have some questions for you…and we’ll hear about one of the most unusual jobs which can pay very very well and which you don’t need specific qualifications for.

Just some of what’s on today

 

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:24:06 +0000
Roy Green

Lyn Balfour forgot she hadn’t dropped off her 9 month old infant at her babysitter’s home.  The baby, Bryce, died of hyperthermia.  Lyn Balfour was charged initially with second degree murder and eventually tried on a manslaughter charge.  A jury of her peers found Lyn  Balfour not guilty.

Today Lyn speaks about her experience, wants parents to be aware constantly of their surroundings and works with the group KidsandCars.org.

Lyn Balfour will share her story and take your calls.  Hour 2, today.

 

 

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:13:50 +0000
Roy Green

As a kid I was a soccer fanatic.  It was the game my friends and I played from early morning to the time of night the white ball was indistinguishable from the murky background and only when a few sharp “Owwww’s” echoed through the growing darkness and mothers would order us home would we reluctantly quit playing.

Two t-shirts, a couple of rocks, maybe if we could find them, two branches from a nearby tree would serve to define the gaol area.  Usually we’d have one goalie stopping balls from two teams of kids, making sure there was lots of driving for the goal.  if too many kids showed up for this game we’d play regular soccer with two goals and off we’d charge.

7-1? A cause for national mourning in Brazil, but not an unusual score for a pickup game among kids.  The better players would always stock one team and the cast-offs would do their best.  I know in today’s politically correct world some social analysts would determine the cast-offs are today suffering the emotional fallout of being, well, a cast-off.

Utter banal nonsense.  Kids have forever chosen teams for pickup games in this manner and in the absence of meddling adults will continue to do so.  I played on the good teams and the cast-offs and all I remember is that we had a lot of fun.  A great deal of shouting, a lot of scoring and disputes settled by flipping a coin we’d later use for an ice-cream purchase.

The players on World Cup teams used to have fun as kids before they became proxy armies for their nations in a global conflict know as the World Cup.

The 7-1 hammering of Brazil by the Germans?  Thousands of headline writers competed to determine how many different ways “Germany” and “juggernaut” could fit into the same ten or so words.  They completely ignored that the German juggernaut had barely squeaked by the non-juggernaut U.S. team, 1-0, tied Ghana and beat Algeria and France by one goal each.

In Brazil spirits were crushed, perhaps even more so than would be the case in Canada if were to be blasted out of the rink in a major international hockey competition in our backyard.  On Twitter (@theroygreenshow) I made reference to the USSR handing Team Canada a 7-3 pounding in Game 1 of the ’72 Summit Series.  Canada was stunned and if it weren’t for the scoring heroics of Paul Henderson, jamming home the winners in the final three games in the then Soviet Union, we would still be in emotional recovery mode.

I don’t watch soccer much any longer and have mostly ignored the World Cup, although proxy wars with combatants chasing a ball while the crowds roar, chant and work themselves into disproportionate frenzy is certainly preferable to the real thing.

Who will win the World Cup?  For my money (none) it will be Germany handling Argentina with relative ease.  That’s what confidence can and likely will do.

Then we can get back to caring about the CFL and analyzing rosters of NHL teams. We’ll soon be into NFL football, MLB is heading fairly quickly toward October, the Raptors will hopefully continue to improve their NBA performance and MLS should benefit from a World Cup bounce.

Germany 4,  Argentina 2 on Sunday (but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if the juggernaut is ultimately dismantled by Senor Messi and his pals).

The most memorable games?  Forever those great 8 hour matches my pals and I would engage in for the Neighbourhood Cup.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:51:12 +0000
Roy Green

As you’ve heard on air, particularly during our segments on the “rights” of serial killer/rapist Paul Bernardo, said by the federal Minister of Justice Peter MacKay, to have rights the government of Canada cannot arbitrarily deny, such as contacting the London, Ontario woman who revealed last week her intention to marry Bernardo, here’s the email address of the federal Minister for Public Safety, Steven Blaney.  Mr. Blaney is responsible for Correctional Service Canada, which operates Canada’s prison system.   Steven.Blaney@parl.gc.ca.

Senior administration of CSC has the option to deny Bernardo access to the general population of Canada, as former Crown Attorney Scott Newark revealed both yesterday (4:05-4:40pm EDT) and Saturday.  You may listen back to the segment, and/or download it in the podcast section of this website.

To contact the federal Minister of Justice by email, send your correspondence to:
Peter.MacKay@parl.gc.ca.

Let the Ministers know your expectations concerning the “rights” of Paul Bernardo.

 

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:30:21 +0000
Roy Green

Margaret Wente wrote an excellent column on Airbnb, Hailo and Uber in the Globe and Mail earlier this week.  Margaret will join us to explain.  If you’re not a user of these services now, will you be tomorrow?  These are amazing stories of success, yet also very controversial with governments.

Michelle Simson was punished by the Liberal Party for being scrupulously honest with her constituents when she was a Toronto-area MP.  Today Michelle will speak to Rob Ford’s re-election hopes and we’ll hear from you.

B.C. has raised speed limits on selected highways to 120kmh.  Good first move.  Now get rid of the speed limits entirely and enforce the law based on …. well, tune in and find out and call in.  I’ll be speaking with Ian Tootill of SENSE.B.C.com

From the search for Kathryn and Alvin Liknes and their grandson Nathan near Airdrie, Alberta, the Calgary Herald’s Val Fortney will join me.  Police have a man in custody.

We’ll have more to say about Paul Bernardo and his rights …and listen again to an emotional reaction from a caller yesterday to the justice system which gives Bernardo rights.

One year since the Lac Megantic tragedy.  We’ll speak about what has changed as far as crude oil transport is concerned (by rail)

and Scott Newark returns to address the U.S. memo which apparently argues there was no legal case against Omar Khadr.

That and more today.

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:58:31 +0000
Roy Green

The Mahaffy’s and French’s are exceptional people who did not deserve to have their lives interrupted by the news the serial killer of their daughters is perhaps about to be married to a young woman from London, Ontario.

I got to know Debbie Mahaffy and Doug and Donna French.  Debbie asked me to moderate a memorial service in Burlington, Ontario for her daughter Leslie, Kristen French and murder victims in Ontario.  It was a moving, while simultaneously draining experience.  Family members of victims, police, politicians and community members gathered to express lasting memories of loved ones. We gained an insight into Leslie and Kristen’s lives, who they were and what they wished for.  As I called out the names of the victims being honoured and as for each victim a family member would rise and light a candle, the smirking face of Bernardo and the infamous scowl of his killer bride Homolka intruded on my thoughts.  Images which I’m sure haunt many to this day.

Homolka was, as we know, set free after 12 years in prison following the notorious “deal with the Devil”).  Today she lives in the Caribbean with a new husband and two children as discovered by journalist Paula Todd.

Homolka not only violated and destroyed the lives of Kristen and Leslie, she also went so far as to drug her own 14 year old sister Tammy so Bernardo could sexually assault the child.

At a family event Karla Homolka administered a powerful sedative to Tammy who had already been plied with sedative-loaded alcohol.  When the family retired for the night, Karla served up her sister to Bernardo.  Tammy became ill and died there that night in the presence of her sister and Bernardo.

The chronology of the kidnappings, assaults and murders of Kristen and Leslie detailed in Homolka’s “deal” and during Bernardo’s trial were followed by millions.

Those of us who lived in southern Ontario lived with a publication ban during court proceedings for Homolka.  Bernardo, the judicial argument went, deserved a fair trial.  U.S. media decided they weren’t constrained by the publication ban and printed details unavailable in Canada.  Lines at border crossings were lengthy as people drove to Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York to purchase U.S. newspapers.

On tomorrow’s program I’m going to speak about Paul Bernardo’s reported possible wedding.  I have some things to say to his perhaps bride-to-be.

I was also asked by then Niagara Regional Police Inspector Vince Bevan, head of the Green Ribbon Taskforce investigating the abductions and murders of Kristen and Leslie to serve as national trustee for the Victims Assistance Fund for the French’s and Mahaffy’s during Bernardo’s trial, which I did.

It is unconscionable that Canadian law permits Paul Bernardo his ‘rights’ and ‘freedoms’.  Tomorrow I’ll share what I heard when investigating several of those rights and freedoms.

For the federal government to not take action to remove rights and freedoms of Bernardo and those of his ilk, individuals who must be protected from their fellow inmates in Canadian prisons, is abhorrent.

The federal government can write and introduce amendments to the Criminal Justice System to remove most, if not all rights of a Paul Bernardo.  Perhaps there would be court challenge, perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court and maybe it’s not possible under our constitution to remove all of Bernardo’s rights, but I’m confident there must be ways to further reduce his options to communicate and interact with the rest of the world.

For years, the families of the victims of Clifford Olson endured Olson’s attacks from inside prison.  That is, until finally, Ottawa took action, the Crown pursued Olson’s never ending series of challenges to his victims families and declared Olson a “vexatious litigant” and shut him off from most media contact and refused to consider any more of Olson’s self-serving legal challenges.

Bernardo must be enjoying this moment immensely.  That alone is enough to create a feeling of deep revulsion.  Perhaps Mr. Bernardo should be placed with his fellow inmates and among the general population of the prison which houses him.

During a broadcast from Joyceville federal prison where I sat with members of the inmates committee and they accepted and answered questions from CHML callers, the issue of Clifford Olson arose.  I asked the chairman of the inmates committee what would happen to Olson were he to be placed within the general population of Joyceville.

His reply?  Olson would not survive the experience.

Join me tomorrow.

Roy

 

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:29:52 +0000
Roy Green

A young Georgia father faces a murder charge for leaving his 22 month old toddler in his SUV in sweltering heat, for more than 7 hours.  The father ‘forgot’ his infant son was in the vehicle.  Is the murder charge warranted?  I’ll ask you and speak with prominent Atlanta lawyer Dan Conaway of Conaway and Strickler.

A Detroit father being interviewed by Nancy Grace on HLN about his 12 year old son’s 121 day disappearance is told by Grace that the son has just been found alive in the family basement. It’s the father’s reaction which has generated a great deal of interest. I’ll be joined by WWJ broadcaster (Detroit) Charlie Langton, who was part of the Nancy Grace HLN segment with Charlie Bothuel IV, father of the until then missing 12 year old.
I’ll be asking you for your thoughts about the Dad’s reaction.

With the insurgent ‘army’ ISIS continuing to battle for territory in Iraq, and with ISIS philosophically aligned with Al Qaeda, what is the threat of terror attacks on North America.
I’ll be speaking with Dr. Tawfik Hamid, former member of an extremist terror organization.  Dr. Hamid is now a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Also joining us will be Isaac Yeffet.  Mr. Yeffet is the former head of security for El Al airlines of Israel.
Clare Lopez, former CIA counterintelligence officer and vp at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. will offer her views on a terror threat.
And religious studies professor Aaron Hughes will detail the concerns he expressed to the administration of the University of Calgary about possible radicalization of some Muslim students on campus and how the U of C administration responded to the professor’s concerns.

And …we’ll spend time talking about a mother and father’s role in raising children, this as part of the national debate revolving around emails sent by federal justice minister Peter MacKay (or a female member of his staff) on Mother’s and Father’s Day.  I’ll have members of our Hockey Mom’s panel sharing their thoughts …and we’ll open the phone lines.

Join us….

 

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:04:39 +0000
Roy Green

I’ll be speaking with UBC law professor Gordon Christie about the Supreme Court’s decision concerning recognition of a B.C. First Nation land claim for 2000 square-kilometers of land and what the implications are for other Aboriginal land claims before the courts in Canada.
Later in the show Catherine Swift (workingcanadians.ca) and Linda Leatherdale (Lindaleatherdale.com) will share their thoughts on the court’s decision and we’ll include your calls.

Ontario’s Chiefs of Police are asking for the right to suspend police officers without pay for serious behaviour issues both on and off the job.  The Chiefs association declined to participate on the program, but I will be speaking with the acting president of the Police Association of Ontario.  There was huge reaction to our segment last weekend on whether there is a law for police and firefighters and other municipal employees, and another law for the rest of us.  This because Montreal police refused to take any action when Montreal firefighters set a fire outside city hall and then doused city hall with water from the hose of fire truck.  This is about pension law reform in Quebec.  But should we be concerned when police officers decide when and when not to enforce the law.

There’s a story of a dying dog (family pet) and what one U.S. police force did when residents in the area tried to comfort the dog.  I’ll share that with you.

What’s with the instant soccer mania over the World Cup?   Will soccer take over from hockey in Canada?  My Corus colleague Mike Stafford of AM640 has had some great discussion on air about this during the week and Mike joins me today. There’s also the story about what happened when someone in his family hung a flag on Mike’s car.  You won’t want to miss this.  We’ll be taking calls.

Another prison sentence you won’t believe happened, but it did here in Canada.  Scott Newark, former Alberta Crown Attorney joins me …. and Scott will also share his thoughts about the controversy surrounding remarks about mothers and fathers attributed to federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay, although Mr. MacKay says the remarks were composed by a staffer.  Scott has know MacKay for a long time.

Some of what’s on today’s show.

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:10:44 +0000
Roy Green

You’ll recall when we were broadcasting the urgent appeal for Canadians to register as bone marrow donors at OneMatch.ca last year?  We were speaking specifically to the health of our show contributor Linda Leatherdale’s daughter Skye’s need for a bone marrow transplant in order to literally survive, but we were also speaking for the thousands of Canadians we don’t know directly, but whose need is equally great.

A donor, with a 10 out 10 markers compatibility was discovered and Skye is now planning her wedding for this summer.

You will today meet on air the donor, whom we’ll call Ann and she will for the first time publicly speak with Linda.  Ann saved Skye’s life by donating marrow, and she tells me it’s not painful at all.  You too may be able to make that life-saving difference for someone.

I’ll also be asking if you or someone you know has benefitted from an organ or marrow transplant and whether it’s time for a law which mandates the harvesting of organs on a person’s death.  Organs which will improve or save a life.

There’s much on the show.  Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, one of Canada’s most celebrated physicians and author of The Art of Medicine: Healing and the Limits of Technology joins us.  We’ve heard complaints from callers about a lack of a relationship with physicians.  You will want to hear Dr. Ho Ping Kong and so will any physician who hasn’t yet.

Time for the Washington Redskins to change the name of the team. In fact, it’s time for a long time.  Now though the pressures on the team and the NFL to make the name change is increasing and rightly so.  We’ll speak to that with Steve Bonspiel, publisher and editor of The Eastern Door a newspaper which publishes at Khanawake near Montreal.

Just some of what ‘s on today’s show.

And remember:  Contact www.OneMatch.ca and register as a marrow donor.

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:50:09 +0000
Roy Green

Emma Czornobaj is the 25 year old Quebec woman who stopped her car in the left lane of a highway in 2010 to assist ducks which had wandered onto the road.  You know the story by now.  How a 50 year old father, Andre Roy, and his 16 year old daughter Jessie died after their motorcycle hit the back of Ms. Czornobaj’s car.

A jury this week brought back guilty verdicts for criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death.  The range of sentencing options for the judge is very broad.

My question is this.  Since in another Quebec courtroom just a few weeks ago another judge decided a father who so severely slapped his daughter in the face that she died from the result of the impact of the blow should serve only 60 days in prison because he was not likely to repeat his action (I’m paraphrasing), should that 60 day sentence for killing your daughter impact on the sentence of Emma Czornobaj and any other found guilty and not likely to reoffend individual and not only in Quebec?

I’ll be asking criminal lawyer David Butt about this and taking your calls.

There’s much today, including an across Canada view of the Northern Gateway pipeline decision.  Callers views and I’m wondering if they will vary across Canada regionally, as some opinion I’ve heard this week has.  Everything from passionate views on the NG pipeline, to virtual indifference.

A busy show today, including former MP Patrick Boyer on his new book Our Scandalous Senate in which Mr. Boyer writes the conservative element in the Conservative Party of Canada planted a spy in the office of former Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin.  Ms. Wallin denies having said this to Patrick Boyer in their conversations.

We’ll speak to the brutal violence taking place in Iraq as the insurgent group ISIS terrorizes and has taken control of large areas of the northern part of Iraq.  Remember, Iraq is one of the biggest oil exporters in the world.

It’s been exactly a year since the deluge flooding of southern Alberta.  A state of emergency was declared for some Alberta communities heading into this weekend as flooding is a major concern.  The Lethbridge area is particularly on guard.
News Talk 770 Calgary news director Joe McFarland will join me today.  Joe kept us abreast of flooding damage and destruction last year.

Catherine Swift and Linda Leatherdale will tackle the feds adjustments to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and we’ll include your calls.

Remember to follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow

 

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:03:44 +0000
Roy Green

I would guess most callers to last weekend’s segment on whether the 25 year old Quebec woman, Emma Czornobaj, who stopped her car in the left lane of a highway to user a group of ducklings to safety, only to have a 50 year old father, Andre Roy and his 16 year old daughter Jessie crash Mr. Roy’s motorcycle into the back of Ms. Czornobaj’s car,  The impact cost both riders their lives.

The Crown is looking for multiple convictions of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death against Emma Czornobaj.  A prison sentence is certainly an option if a guilty verdict is arrived at by the jury, with life in prison the maximum possible

Many listeners, according to emails, believed the jury would reach its verdict within hours.  Well, it’s Thursday evening as I write this and the jury has had the case since Tuesday and no verdict yet.

On air opinions concerning the value of sending Mr. Czornobaj to prison swung widely with some demanding prison time, others saying it would be of zero value, particularly since Mr. Roy, according to the Crown’s own evidence, was speeding at the time of the crash.  The Crown argues that the speed of the motorcycle was not a factor.

The more I think about this case, the more I feel empathy for everyone directly involved, including Mr. Roy’s surviving family.  His wife was driving another motorcycle at the time of the crash.

The jury has a difficult task.  We will speak more on Saturday’s show.

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:59:54 +0000
Roy Green

if she’s found guilty of criminal negligence causing death, should Emma Czornobaj of Quebec go to prison?  She stopped her car in the left-hand lane of a highway to help a group of ducks which had wandered onto the road.  A motorcycle ridden by a 50 year old father and his 15 year old daughter hit the back of Emma Czornobaj’s car.  The father and daughter died of their injuries.  I keep thinking of the 60 day prison sentence handed down by a Quebec judge to a father who killed his 13 year old daughter and that sentence, as you remember, was delivered just weeks ago.  I’ll ask you if prison should be the destination for Emma Czornobaj if she’s found guilty.
Criminal lawyer David Butt will provide his analysis.

Richard Martinez of California shouted his anger and frustration with politicians inaction concerning gun legislation after his 20 year old son Christopher became a victim of 22 year old mass killer Ellliot Rodger.  Richard Martinez was seen by millions on international television networks.  Today Richard Martinez joins me on air.  Mr. Martinez has also met with Peter Rodger, the father of the mass killer.

Bill C-518 would strip MPs and Senators found guilty of an indictable offence of their government pensions.  Push your MP to pass this law.  We’ll be talking about that with Catherine Swift and Linda Leatherdale in our weekly B&B segment.  Catherine and Linda will be joined by former Liberal MP Michelle Simson who has made keeping MPs and Senators honest with taxpayer money her mission.  As you know by now, former Liberal MP and Mayor of London, Ontario, Joe Fontana was yesterday found guilty of fraud, forgery and breach of trust in a $1700 expense claim he made as an MP.

There’s much more on the show today, including the Supreme Court’s decision on Canadian’s online privacy rights, Internet privacy lawyer David Fraser joins me.

On where the price of gasoline is headed, we’ll talk to Dan McTeague of Tomorrowsgaspricestoday.com

We’ll get at the B.C. teachers/gov confrontation. A strike is possible next Tuesday and from Maclean’s magazine the Quebec bureau chief.  A trio of Maclean’s reporters and editors dug into the life of alleged RCMP officer murderer Justin Bourque.  What did they find out?

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:58:37 +0000
Roy Green

Tune in to AM640 in Toronto, 900 CHML in Hamilton and AM980 in London.  My Corus colleagues will have the full provincial picture for you, as well as all the local and regional races.
Roy

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:36:40 +0000
Roy Green

This morning the Regimental funeral for the three slain Moncton, New Brunswick RCMP officers will unfold as Canadians from communities large and small feel a personal sense of loss.

We have gotten to know the three fallen officers, Constable Douglas James Larche, Constable Dave Joseph Ross and Constable Fabrice Georges Bevauden over the past days.

We know of children who will never play with their father, of families who cannot possibly accept the violence which befell their loved one, but who honour the career and life choice each made when entering the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Today at 11am EDT, millions of Canadians will set aside time for thought about these officers, their service and families, as well as their professional brothers and sisters.

It is the least we owe them as we express our most sincere condolences.
Roy

 

Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:55:46 +0000
Roy Green

Today I’ll be speaking with Dr. Frank Farley, past president of the American Psychological Association about whether there is a psychological profile of young men who commit mass murder.

We’ll talk to the California Salvation Army worker who turned in a bag filled with $125,000 dropped from an armoured car.  Would you?  Have you given back something someone else lost?

Canada’s health care system and wait times.  Two listeners who emailed their experiences with health care waits and attitude about wait times will share their stories and we’ll speak with the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association and take your calls and hear your experiences.

And fears (phobias).  Do you have one? If you answer “no”, telling the truth ‘might’ be a phobia of yours.  There’s money to be made from phobias and one of my guests operates a business which drives people with fear of bridges over one of the longest and most challenging spans in the U.S.  It costs $25 per one way trip.  What phobia do you live with?  Me?  Flying has always been something which causes me to grip the seat as tightly as possible.   White knuckle flyer.

There’s more .. so be sure to join us and remember to follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow.

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