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.
We’ve experienced a challenging week with my wife’s battle with cancer. Things appear mostly under control now, but I’ll be taking this weekend off. Thanks to everyone at Corus for being supportive, particularly Gord Harris, executive producer of the show and AM640 Toronto Brand Director.
I understand my friend Charles Adler will be hosting this weekend. The show couldn’t be in better hands.
I’ll be back the weekend of January 31.
Yesterday on air I shared my thoughts on why the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad should not have been published. Not in 2006 by the Danish newspaper and not by Charlie Hebdo. There was immediate and much response on air and by email. Because of the interest in the issue I’m going to repeat my thoughts on today’s program. In the meantime, what I said is posted to my Facebook page (The Roy Green Show).
Also today, high school grads in the U.S. are entering university with a grade 6/7 reading ability and maybe grade 8 skillset in math. That social promotion plan is really working great, eh?
I’ll speak with Professor Sandra Stotsky from the University of Arkansas who is very outspoken about this. As far as Canada’s high school grads are concerned, how are we doing? Professor Ken Coates from the University of Saskatchewan joins me and if you’ve head Ken Coates on the show previously, you know he does not pull his punches.
Michael Zwaagstra, Manitoba high school teacher and co-author of What’s Wrong with our Schools and How We can Fix It will join us as well on Michael’s call to get rid of the No Zeros marking policy.
Six police cruisers pulled up outside the home of the parents from Maryland who permitted their children, ages 6 & 10 to walk to the playground unaccompanied by an adult. The parents are being investigated for neglect. Our Hockey Moms panel will engage on this and we’ll have our honourary U.S. Hockey Mom Lori Levar Pierce join us. Lori allowed her then 10 year old son to walk to soccer practice unaccompanied (she could almost see the soccer field from her home window). it didn’t take long before a police officer was issuing a threat of investigation for child neglect to Lori. What’s your view? We’ll ask.
My friend, Vancouver lawyer Scott Taylor (valued contributor to the show) believes Dalhousie University should not expel the 12 or 13 male Dental School students who on Facebook wrote to each other about having “hate sex” with female classmates. I’ve seen some of what they allegedly wrote to each other and I disagree with Scott. We’ll talk about it on air and include your calls.
Also the university professor who surveyed 86 university-age male students about sexual opinion. 37.1% said they have had intentions to force a woman into sexual intercourse. That should really get your attention.
Join us today on the Corus radio network.
In hour 1 today I’ll tell you why I feel this way and have expressed this view for years. My point does not infringe on Freedom of Expression. In fact, it supports how we apply and how we self-censor, or self-regulate Freedom of Expression each day of our lives. All of us.
Marc Burleigh of Agence France Presse will begin the show today with the narrative of what has occurred in Belgium this week as anti-terror police attacked a terror cell which we’re told was about to go into action. There have been arrests in France and Germany as well.
A 68 year old New Brunswick man stands criminally charged because he, during an alleged burglary by three individuals and while the 68 year old was under physical attack, used a gun to defend himself. He shot one of the alleged assailants in the leg. Now he faces potentially longer prison time that do the individuals who attacked him.
Lawyer Ed Burlew who handles gun-related criminal charges laid against Canadians who resort to firearms as a final means of self-defence will join me and we’ll include your calls.
We’ll revisit the RCMP gun, post-2013 flood seizure in High River, Alberta. This after I was contacted by a High River resident who will also be on the show. The RCMP gave me either the first, or one of the first interviews on that contentious issue. I’ll play back what the RCMP Sgt said at the time. You will want to hear this.
Lorne Gunter, Sun News contributor who has chronicled High River joins us.
From Dubai, Muhammad Robert Heft of the Paradise Forever Islamic Centre in Toronto and Mubin Shaikh, author of Undercover Jihadi will be on the show speaking to what the past 10 days in France and Belgium may mean as far as any terror threat in Canada is concerned.
And the Beauties are back. If you’re an about-to-be ex-employee of Target Canada we’ll want to hear from you. And there are some marvelous examples of how politicians both got in the way and out of the way in 2014.
That and more on today’s show.
Today in Belgium anti-terror raids carried out by police resulted in the deaths of two and serious injury of a third individual. Reports are 10 homes of individuals, returned from Syria, were set to engage in, according to Belgian prosecutors, “attacks on a grand scale.”
At this juncture Belgian authorities say they are working to determione if there was a connection between the raids and the assaults on CharlieHebdo and the Jewish supermarket in Paris which resulted in the deaths of twenty, including the terrorists.
The prosecutors also indicated they have under detention a Belgian man suspected of providing guns to Amedy Coulibaly, the attacker on the Jewish supermarket.
ITV news reports “Belgium has the highest rate of jihadists who have fought in Syria in the past four years than any other European country.”
Last weekend one of my guests was Colonel Steve Day, the former Commanding Officer of Canada’s JTF2 military special forces unit. Colonel Day said the terror attacks were always a matter of “when and not if”. We were talking about the attacks which took place in Canada and claimed two members of our military Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo at that point in our conversation. You may listen to Colonel Day’s interview with me in the podcast section of this web page.
Listen to our Corus radio stations for up to the minute information on developments from Belgium and any additional news from France.
Marc Burleigh will be my first guest today from AFP in Paris. What does the rally of about a million people in the French capital have the potential to accomplish. The political leaders and dignitaries in attendance were large in number and relative importance, but what will they do to mirror the sentiment of so many people?
Colonel Peter Mansoor returns to the show. The former executive officer to U.S. General David Petraeus has said that the greatest danger to Western democratic nations comes from within. I’ll ask Colonel Mansoor to detail his concerns about this.
Tomorrow, the organization known as Pegida and which describes itself as anti-Islamization of Europe will hold another rally. Pegida was introduced on Facebook in October of last year and by mid-December had 17,500 show up in support in a rally in Dresden, Germany. The Pegida leaders (it’s not a political party) say the group isn’t anti-Muslim, but they are, according to what Leon Mangasarian of Bloomberg News in Berlin told us, anti-American, anti-Mainstream Media and pro-Russia, as well as pro-Putin. I’ll again be speaking with Leon Mangasarian today.
Mubin Shaikh, (www.undercoverjihadi.com) joins me to speak to what the attacks in Paris signify to him and what Mubin Shaikh has been seeing on social media. As you know Mubin Shaikh says he had jihadist views in his younger years, but now works with the RCMP/CSIS and was a witness in the trial of the Toronto 18.
Alberta police officer Sgt & Sheriff Nathan Kardish will be on the show and we’ll talk about the relationship between police and the greater community. I asked “do you trust police”. Sgt Kardish turns that question around. He also emailed the I Was A Police Officer piece you’ll find on this web page posted a few days ago. Will read it to you.
Is it abuse of state power to put a 17 year old under lock and key and threaten to physically tie her down for chemotherapy? We’ll look further at this development in Connecticut and take your calls. Lawyer Scott Taylor who argued for mandatory cancer treatment for children when it’s a life-saving reality will join me, we’ll play back part of my interview with medical ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan from yesterday (Dr. Caplan supports the court decision) and take your calls.
There’s more …. so join us.
JTF2. Joint Task Force 2. Canada’s highly regarded special forces unit. Colonel Steve Day, former Commanding Officer of JTF2 is one of my guests tomorrow as we review the past three horrific days in Paris.
Colonel Day will be placing the events of this week into a context of what has also taken place over the past six months internationally, including Canada and we’ll find out what the role of JTF2 is in protecting this nation. Unlike many of its counterparts, Canada’s special forces unit has responsibility to act domestically as well as internationally.
The attack on and the murders at Charlie Hebdo, followed by the pursuit of Cherif and Said Kouachi were brought to a termination today at a printing warehouse north of the French capital, as well as at a Jewish supermarket in Paris as security forces staged simultaneous raids.
At the supermarket Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene had taken hostages after, it is believed, they had killed a policewoman. Four of the supermarket hostages were also killed.
Coulbaly had threatened to kill all of his hostages if French military and police were to attack the Kouachi brothers.
Seven people were killed today (Friday). The four hostages and three terrorists. Sixteen people were freed. Twenty people are dead after the worst terrorist attack experienced in France in many years.
French President Francois Holland told his nation “the threats facing France are not finished. We must be vigilant.” The President described the four terrorists as “fanatics who have nothing to do with the Islamic religion.”
The Director General of Britain’s Security Service MI5 added a mass casualty attack on the West is being planned.
In addition to Colonel Steve Day joining us on the show, I’ll be speaking with Colonel Peter Mansoor, former Executive Officer to U.S. General David Petraeus, commanding officer during the Surge in Iraq.
Chris Voss, former FBI chief hostage negotiator and two reporters from Europe will be with us. Marc Burleigh from Agence France Press and Leon Mangasarian from Bloomberg News in Berlin.
Also this weekend, Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred will speak about the three women she represents and who brought forward new allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby who will have finished his three Ontario performances. As I write this, the third one is just beginning in Hamilton, with writer Anne Bokma having told us last weekend that there would be in-theatre protests against Cosby. I’ve invited Ms. Bokma to return to the show tomorrow.
Should a 17 year old be forced by the state to undergo chemotherapy against her will? Leading medical ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan shares his views.
Alberta police officer and Sheriff Nathan Kardish will join me after sending the written piece “I Was A Police Officer” which you’ll find on this web page in a posting from earlier this week.
And Scott Newark, former Alberta Crown Attorney with his views on a court decision allowing for a stay-at-home sentence, instead of mandatory prison for an individual involved with an organization which produce child pornography and distributed it globally. Why the conditional sentence? You’ll find out and we’ll find out how you feel about it.
There’s much to talk about. And we will.
I tweeted about this earlier in the day.
Listening to and watching media coverage on the issue ‘freedom of expression(speech)’ I noted hosts and guests were confirming their belief in and support for the right to communicate as they deemed appropriate. At the same time, some appeared to be almost painfully engaged in the practice of not saying entirely what they seemed to be thinking. It was political correctness on a collision course with a cornerstone of democratic principles.
With enshrined and constitutionally guaranteed fredom of expression the focus of much public discourse since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, a reluctance to step outside the bounds of correct speech had me finishing the sentences as I thought the speaker would have preferred, but deciderd not to.
We’re not talking invective or insensitively loutish chatter.
What I did hear, as an oft-repeated assertion of the speakers determination to self-identify as committed to ‘telling it as it is’, was the pointed use of the word “terrorist” as opposed to any number of possible pc substitutions like ‘fighters’, insurgents’ or ‘militants’.
But that was often, it.
There’s nothing deep or investigative about what I’m writing. It’s just the relaying of an observation that on the very day when ‘freedom of expression’ was being defended vigorously, at least some of the people engaged in the exercise appeared unable to shed the results of a generation of being fed poli-correct terminology.
An Alberta police officer emailed this tribute to a fellow officer killed on duty. I read it on air last Sunday. There have been many requests for a copy. Here it is.
I Was a Police Officer
Today I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend or husband has come home drunk and is beating you again.
Today I will not answer the radio call tat your 16 year old daughter or son who is very responsible is four hours late coming home from school.
Today I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized.
Today I will not stop a drunk driver or a car thief.
Today I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child, or that someone has been stabbed, or has been in a terrible accident.
Today I will not answer the call that there is a gunman in a school killing kids.
Today I will not save your child who you locked in a car, of the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but who I revived.
No, today I will not do that.
Because today I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway.
Today I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out.
Today I was killed in a traffic accident while helping a member of the public.
Today I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.
Today I was shot and killed by a gunman in a school.
Today I was shot and killed doing my job.
A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad, or a wife or husband, or a child that their son or daughter, or husband or wife, or father or mother won’t be coming home today.
The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today, but most people won’t know why.
There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, speeches will be given and Amazing Grace will be played as I am laid to rest.
My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building in a city somewhere.
A folding flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn.
There will be no cries for justice.
There will be no riots in the streets.
There will be no one marching, screaming “no justice, no peace.”
No citizens will scream that something must be done.
No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.
Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the sign that I was cared about.
I was a police officer.
I don’t know how you feel about police. I do know speaking about policing is a polarizing issue. The evidence is there whenever I ask “do you trust police” on air.
Let me add this thought; one I’ve shared previously. All it takes is one 911 call for a police officer to set aside concerns for his or her family in order to give priority to yours.
(I don’t know who wrote I Was A Police Officer and haven’t found attribution online. I will this weekend be speaking with the Alberta officer who emailed it.)
Where is the accusation against Prince Andrew likely to go? He’s not the only prominent person accused. We’ll have legal opinion from criminal lawyer David Butt.
An Alberta police officer sent email about the killing of officers in the U.S. I’ll read what he sent on air. Some has to do with the question I ask you periodically when a police story makes headlines and that is “do you trust police.” The Alberta officer, who will be a guest next weekend, also sent a piece written about police killed while on duty. It’s written in the first person. I’ll read that as well. Today is the day of the burial of the second NYPD officer murdered two weeks ago. Wenjian Liu will be laid to rest.
It’s called Pegida and is a movement which has sprung up in Germany. Pegida is anti-Islam (anti-Islamization they say) and generated attendance of 17,500 at a public rally in Germany just two weeks ago. Pegida didn’t exist until October of 2014. I spoke with Bloomberg News reporter Leon Mangasarian yesterday and will play you that interview today. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy will listen to the interview as well and share his thoughts. He’s aware of Pegida. They, by the way, support Vladimir Putin according to what you’ll hear Leon Mangasrian tell us.
There’s much more on today’s show, including Ray King joining us. Ray’s son was a child victim of Clifford Olson. Ray is now working with a program involving former prison inmates and operated by a former offender who spent 23 years in prison and his wife. It’s a real success story.
Be with us and call in.
There’s much we’ll cover and take your calls on this weekend.
The former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland and former Minister of the Environment, as well as Minister of Finance for Northern Ireland, Sammy Wilson joins us today to speak to the issue of a carbon tax. Mr. Wilson is a steadfast opponent of any carbon tax and/or cap and trade initiative.
There have been calls for a carbon tax in Canada with the drop in the price of oil and consumers getting a break at the pump. A 10-15 cent per litre carbon tax has been proposed, with suggestions Canadians will become more committed to driving fuel-efficient vehicles, better stewards of the environment and support the development of green energy.
We’re already looking for fuel effective vehicles, I don’t think we’re abusers of the environment and green energy development is welcome, but not predicated on the installation of a carbon tax on gasoline.
I’ll be speaking with Sammy Wilson today.
There’s much more, so be sure to make the show part of your day.
Another new year begins in just a few hours.
I hope for you and your family the very best in health and good circumstance. A few will win the lottery (literally or metaphorically), but for most of us it’s going to be more of the same. You get out of life largely what you put into it.
I thank you for allowing me into your lives on weekends and we are never short of issues to speak to.
2015 already promises two big stories. A federal election and the federal Auditor General’s report on Senator expense spending. I can’t wait for the AG’s report and while I hope all Senators will be proven to have played by the rules and not defrauded Canadians by following the example of British MPs and members of the House of Lords, far too many of whom were in 2009 found to have benefitted themselves from the expensing they were permitted (like building a moat for your castle) and picked the pockets of taxpayers.
We’ll see shortly.
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and I’ll be posting here as we head into the first weekend of the new year and this weekend’s shows.
Happy New Year everyone.
At Oberlin college in the U.S. a student petition demands no lower marks be issued for finals than a ‘C’, because students may have been too busy protesting Grand Jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to properly study for their exams.
Now, I’ll stand with your right to protest, but I’ll part company with you when you argue your engagement with protests compromised your ability to study.
I’m going to talk about this with blogger and lawyer Michael Wade. There’s another story about university students signing a petition to deport a citizen so an illegal immigrant may experience the “American Dream”. These are students at George Washington University. And that’s not all. There’s more, so tune in.
Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente joins me, tropical diseases specialist Dr. Jay Keystone of Toronto General Hospital looks ahead to the concerns about Ebola for 2015, University professor and film expert Murray Pomerance compares the best films of 1939 with the best of 2014. Which ones have the staying power? Murray’s new novel is The Economist.
Dr. Alan Diehl former NTSB investigator and whistleblower will look at what will happen as far as the search for the missing Air Asia Airbus 320 jet is concerned. Dr. Diehl’s book is Air Safety Investigators.
And human rights bestowed on an orangutan by an Argentinian court. What are the implications for you, pet owners? I’ll speak with Jim Willis, author of How Could You, whose book Pieces of My Heart is declared recommended reading by Dr. Jane Goodall.
Busy show today … please listen and call in. It’s our last one for 2014.
and an honourary member of the Hamilton Police Association. These are the associations representing the police on the streets in daily contact with the public. We’ll begin today’s show with me sharing thoughts about Canada’s cops, at least those I’ve come to know. That includes three former Hamilton Chiefs of Police, Colin Millar, Ken Robertson and Brian Mullan. They began as Constables and rose through the ranks. Chief Millar’s former policing partner was Ron Joyce and if Constable Ron Joyce doesn’t ring a bell, think Tim Hortons. Ron is a founder of the Tim Hortons restaurants and Canadians learned to add “double-double” to our pieces of verbal Canadiana.
I have a direct question for your about police and policing in this country.
Also today, as the funeral for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos took place in New York City, with up to 25,000 police officers in New York, there are still anti-NYPD protests taking place today. Robert Gangi is the director of PROP (Police Reform Organizing Project) and Mr. Gangi will join me to speak to PROP’s mandate “exposing discriminatory and abusive practices of the NYPD, that routinely and disproportionately affect our city’s low-income communities and people of colour.”
Ron Miller returns to finish his answer to my question about President Obama’s, Attorney General Holder’s and New York City Mayor de Blasio’s role in the police protests across the U.S. The unease continues between the NYPD officers and their Mayor. Outside the cathedral as the funeral service for Officer Ramos was taking place, police officers turned their backs on the cathedral as their Mayor was speaking inside.
I’m going to revisit a personal story of 2014, as we wrap up the year, which generated far more attention than I thought it might. And, it’s Saturday, so it’s Catherine, Linda and Michelle and Beauties and the Beast with a year-ender with our B&B gang.
That’s some of what’s on today. Join us.
It’s time to say “thank you to the good police officers.”
Thank you for willingly risking your life for your community.
Thank you for leaving your families on Christmas Day, your children’s birthdays and many personally significantly important days to ‘go to work’.
Thank you for the times you’ve without acknowledgment, received or requested, stopped a crime from happening and a victim from being created.
Thank you for years of doing the most thankless job in society.
Yes, there are cops among you who play fast and loose with public confidence and the power of the badge and the gun.
Currently in the U.S. police are under public scrutiny like seldom before. American police en masse are accused of being “racists” and “abusers”. The accusations in response to grand jury decisions relating to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner following confrontations with police and the juries determination the officers directly involved should not face criminal indictment.
Today police officers in New York City are preparing to bury two of their own, murdered in cold blood. They put on their uniforms and walk out onto streets where chants of “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” echoed mere days ago.
Tomorrow I’ll speak with the director or an organization critical of police in New York City.
Today, as the wake for Rafael Ramos, one of the two murdered NYPD officers takes place, it’s the words of Officer Ramos’ 13 year old son Jaden, posted to his Facebook page, which resonate.
“Today I had to say bye to my father. He was there for me everyday of my life. He was the best father I could ask for. It’s horrible someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops, but they are the people that they will call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.”
There is police behaviour which bears investigation and response. Officers standing by indifferently while Montreal city council was intimidated recently over a public sector pension dispute between the Quebec government and its employees is a case in point.
The point of this posting though is to thank the good cops who are a 911 call away from setting aside concerns for their loved ones to protect ours.
From our home to yours, Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you are able to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the very best of the Christmas season. Wish you health and happiness and looking forward to speaking with you on air this weekend and through 2105.
A thirteen year old boy’s lament for his murdered father, new York City police officer Rafael Ramos.
Jadon Ramos posted this to his Facebook page. “This is the worst day of my life. Today I had to say bye to my father. He was there for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.”
Just days before Christmas two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered in cold blood and this shortly after crowds marched in New York chanting “what do we want? Dead Cops.”
The killer, after shooting a former girlfriend, travelled from Baltimore to New York with the express and stated online intent of murdering police officers. When police closed in, Ismaaiyyl Brinsley turned his gun on himself and ended his own life.
Young Jadon Ramos, in a birthday posting to his father just days ago on December 9, wrote, “Happy birthday to the best dad in the world. You are always there for me even when it’s almost impossible. We have so many good times it’s not even funny. I love you so much.”
I’ll be speaking with a former NYPD detective, WCBS 880 afternoon drive host Wayne Cabot and Ron Miller, associate dean at Liberty University, African American and author of Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch. We’ll include your calls. New York police officers are furious at their Mayor Bill de Blasio and turned their backs on the Mayor when he visited the families of the dead officers at a hospital last evening.
Also today, former FBI chief hostage negotiator Christopher Voss who took part in more than 150 cases including the DC sniper negotiation. How though would Chris Voss approach negotiation with someone who has no stated fear of dying? Chris Voss’ is the founder of the Black Swan Group where high stress negotiation is taught.
I’m going to share with you an experience at my local grocery store where shoppers had the opportunity to, for very little money, step up and help a local food back at Christmas. It was embarrassing to see how little interest there was and a comment from a very well dressed woman just ahead of me in the checkout line was, well, I’ll let you decide what it was. She did have a $5 tip for the man bagging her groceries though. And in line with this I’m going to share a story which happened to me and which I’ve never told anyone until today. You judge what I did, or didn’t do, more accurately.
A fourteen year old dog was turned into an animal control location in California by its owner. Why? The owner was tired of the dog. The dog was too old. The owner wanted a younger dog. This 14 year old Lab is, according to shelter workers, heartbroken. That story and I’ll read Jim Willis’ How Could you.
Some of what’s on today’s show.
Jordan Axani leaves on his world trip with Elizabeth Gallagher today. I spoke with Jordan yesterday and will play back the interview in today’s 3rd hour of the show. There’s been much chatter about whether a romantic experience will develop between Jordan and Elizabeth who has a boyfriend in Canada. You may have already formed your view. Well, listen to Jordan Axani and then call me. I’m sure most people are aware of the story, but in case you’re not, just Google ‘Jordan Axani.’ By the way, did Jordan speak to Elizabeth’s boyfriend? I asked him that.
Is Roger Goodell advising the administration at Dalhousie University? What is the president at Dal thinking by delaying expelling the 13 male dentistry school ‘students’ who posted online about sexual violence against female classmates. I understand two women targeted by the sexual violence postings asked for restorative justice, they want to confront the male students, and that is their right. It is also the university’s responsibility to act, responsibly. I’ll be asking for your view on whether those 13 male dentistry students should be booted out of Dalhousie University.
Rehtaeh Parsons father Glen Canning joins me, now that the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice and Attorney General has instructed the province’s prosecutors to not lay charges against any media organization which publishes Rehtaeh’s name, as long as the reference isn’t derogatory. Criminal lawyer and Kids Internet Safety Alliance legal advisor David Butt will also be part of this segment.
The Sydney, Australia, hostage-taking incident in which three people died, including the hostage-taker and self-declared Muslim cleric, criminally charged in the murder of his wife, has the world’s attention and perhaps particularly in Canada after the killing of two members of Canada’s military by so-called lone wolf attackers.
Imam Muhammad Robert Heft of the Paradise Forever Centre in Toronto and Mubin Shaikh, author of Undercover Jihadi join me in Hour 2 of today’s program. Both assist the RCMP/CSIS on the issue of radicalized youth. Muhammad Robert Heft told us previously he was on the path to possible radicalizing. Mubin Shaikh was a supporter of the militant jihadi culture who traveled to Syria to pursue Islamic studies and changed his view.
And since it’s Saturday, it’s also Catherine Swift of workingcanadians.com, Linda Leatherdale of Lindaleatherdale.com and former Liberal MP Michelle Simson (@Michelle Simson) for our weekly B&B segment. They have much to say about politicians who abandon the party they were elected to represent and cross the floor, as in former Wildrose, Alberta leader Danielle Smith and her colleagues. By the way, Catherine hired Danielle Smith when Catherine was the head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Some of what’s on today’s show.
I spoke with a former senior international police official today who will be joining us on Sunday’s program to speak to the violence of the hostage-taking incident in Sydney, as well as the killing of more than 140 in Pakistan. Most of the dead are children, with Pakistani Taliban claiming responsibility.
The Sydney hostage-taking which resulted in three deaths, including the gunman already charged as an accessory to the murder of his wife, begs the question why was Man Haron Monis granted bail? Not only was the accessory to murder charge facing him, but so was a 2002 sexual assault charge.
As far as the killing of the children in Pakistan is concerned, I posted this to Twitter earlier today. ‘Hearing the news of the killing of so many children in Pakistan, I want to shout “why?” But I won’t. I don’t want to hear the answer.
We’ll be speaking to the Sydney hostage-taking on Saturday’s program and include your calls for my guests.
you’ve maybe heard how this story turned out, how the car was stolen and the baby abducted as the mother entered the store the pay for the gasoline she’d just purchased. A terrible moment. About 30 minutes later the car was found abandoned and with the baby still inside. No charges against the mother say police because “this could happen to anyone.” That’s not well received by a number of listeners who sent email (firstname.lastname@example.org), several drawing a comparison between the Ontario mother and the Georgia father who left his young son strapped into the car seat of his vehicle. We all know that the father in Georgia is facing murder charges.
Our Hockey Moms panel will speak to the Ontario mom’s case and I’ll be taking your calls to find out if you believe she should face criminal charges.
A follow-up to my question of yesterday concerning the federal government’s decision to (it seems) exclude Muslims from the 1300 Syrian refugees Canada is prepared to accept from the war-ravaged country. I asked if you supported the government’s position and the segment became very engaged. We’ll revisit and I’ll read email critical of the position some people think I took.
The death of Brian Sinclair in a Winnipeg hospital emergency room waiting room really was tragic. In 2008, Mr. Sinclair was ignored and allowed to slowly die of a very treatable bladder infection. His family reportedly view this is an issue of racism against aboriginal people in Canada’s health care system (reports Global News). I’ll talk about Mr. Sinclair and about Shayne Hay of Alberta, who late in 2010, committed suicide at the Royal Alex hospital in Edmonton by hanging himself using a strap from his backpack. Mr. Hay had checked himself into the hospital and told staff he was suicidal (he’d earlier checked himself out of a mental health facility in the city). His mother Carol called me on air as we were talking about the case as I was hosting on Alberta’s Corus stations at the time. It was one of the most difficult calls of my career and not the first time I’ve spoken to a parent grieving the loss of a child. Do you have an experience with a hospital E.R. you care to share? There are wonderful examples of incredible and timely care. There are though the stories of Brian Sinclair and Shayne Hay and other patients who have not benefitted from care they desperately required.
Hospital emergency rooms are invariably busy, often overly so, as patients without access to a family doctor will turn to the E.R. for sometimes fairly routine primary care I’ve been told.
Does your employer expect you to work from home on your time and without being paid? A class action lawsuit is being proposed against Home Depot in the U.S. on this issue. What are the rules in Canada about working on your own time and the remuneration you’re entitled to? Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru of Toronto joins me and if you find yourself working on your own time for your boss, under what circumstance does that happen? Are you expected to do this without extra pay? Let me today.
Just some of what we’re talking about on today’s show.
this was a very engaged issue as we talked about two aboriginal children whose parents refused to submit to calls by Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital that the 11 year old girls should be treated at the hospital for their leukemia. McMaster went to court in an attempt to require the parents agree to chemotherapy and other cancer treatment doctors at the hospital insist have an excellent chance of curing the children of their cancer.
The courts didn’t agree with the doctors and the parents decided on natural/traditional healing methods, as supported by the Constitution.
The Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida was involved with the children’s battle with cancer and its director Brian Clement argued that leukemia was quite easily dealt with. Clement and his wife go by the title “Doctor”, but neither is an accredited physician and now the HHI and the Clements are being sued by former employees who maintain they lost their jobs because they had concerns about “ethical transgressions in regard to the medical treatment of patients at the facility.”
The Clements are vigorously challenging the suit.
I’ve visited the HHI website and will share with you today some of what is offered as far as dealing with cancer is concerned.
We also spoke twice with Vancouver lawyer Scott Taylor about what Mr. Taylor maintains should be the way serious health issues are resolved when children are involved and that is, argues Scott Taylor, that parents should not be the final arbiters if a significant health facility and its doctors (like McMaster Children’s Hospital) insist the children’s health and possibly survival depend on receiving treatment only the hospital is able to provide.
On both occasions Scott Taylor’s argument was rejected virtually unanimously by callers. After this week’s revelations concerning the lawsuit against the Hippocrates Health Institute (licenced as a spa in Florida, with neither Brian Clement, nor his wife accredited as doctors), do you still believe Scott Taylor is wrong?
Scott will join us in hr 1.
Also today…the plummeting of the price of oil and the impact on our economy and your own personal economy. Tom Caldwell, Chairman of Caldwell Securities will speak to that in Hr. 1 and in Hr 3, in our Beauties and the Beast segment with Catherine, Linda and Michelle, they with their financial backgrounds will look at the issue as well and more. And why is there a “Wanted” poster depicted Michelle Simson? It’s quite a story and Michelle will share.
We’ll get at the CIA enhanced interrogation (torture) issue with former CSIS agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya and how is the U.S. Senate report being received by young Muslims on social networking sites? Mubin Shaikh (@caliphatecop) joins me.
Canada has decided it will admit just over 1000 refugee claimants from Syria, but the focus will be on minority Syrian communities, to the exclusion of Muslims. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy joins me on this. His family emigrated from Syria and he still has family there. Dr. Jasser is a former U.S. Navy Lt Commander and author of Battle for the Soul of Islam.
There’s more, including Mark Yost on the NFL’s new personal conduct policy for players. Mark argues by the time the players make the NFL their problems have been in place for a long time. …. so join us today