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Australia prepared to revoke citizenship of Australia-born supporters of ISIS who decide to join the terror group. We will speak to this development this weekend
Thu, 21 May 2015 21:19:07 +0000
Roy Green

Australia’s Prime Minister in February warned such a step would likely be in his nation’s future.  Today the immigration minister for Australia spoke to moving forward with the initiative.  Young Australia-born ISIS supporters who fight for ISIS would be then required to apply for citizenship in the countries of their parents birth.

Should Canada adopt such a policy and change federal law to reflect such a decision?

At present revocation of passports is an option, but we stop short of removal of citizenship unless a dual-citizen is involved and even then there are conditions which must be satisfied.

On Sunday’s show I’ll have three excellent guests to speak to not only the issue of radicalizing of young Western citizens by ISIS, but also what is legally, constitutionally and morally required for and in Canada.

More on this weekend’s shows here tomorrow.

Thank you Dave! From the classic “my dog eats out of garbage cans and drinks out of toilets” to tonight’s final episode, you made me laugh and think
Wed, 20 May 2015 15:47:55 +0000
Roy Green

Eras end.  When Johnny Carson left the Tonight Show stage for the last time and we digested the fact Carson, McMahon and Severinson would not be back ‘tomorrow night’ we wondered how anyone could replace “heeeere’sssss Johnnnnny!”

Well, fact is, no one could.  And after tonight, no one will replace Dave Letterman.  Oh, the show will return with a new host, Stephen Colbert, who, according to what Letterman told the New York Times, wouldn’t have been Dave’s first choice to take the seat, if he’d been asked.

David Letterman’s first choice would have been Jon Stewart, he told the NYT, according to a report in Hollywood Life.  Then Colbert, or maybe a black host, or mused Dave, a woman should have been chosen.

And that’s what happens when a radio or television program becomes part of our lives.  We assume some level of private ownership of the show because it matters to us personally.  The show, the host, reaches us directly.

You know the feeling.  You tune into your favourite program and the regular host isn’t there. He or she is on vacation.  Someone else is in the seat and on the air. And it just doesn’t sound right, does it?  The person filling in may be fantastic and outstanding and after a while you establish some level of comfort with that person, but for that brief moment at the beginning of the show you resent the host you ‘chose’ isn’t there.

It happens to me.  I tune in to my favourite programs and if the host or hosts isn’t/aren’t there, I’m not pleased, frankly.

We’re creatures of habit.

Dave Letterman became a habit and for those of us who remember Carson and Letterman’s first appearances (I was a mere child staying up well past my …oh well, you know the rest of that story) and many of us weren’t happy when Dave wasn’t selected to follow Carson as the host of the Tonight Show and Jay Leno was.

I liked Leno, but Letterman more.

We know how the remainder of the late night television battles played themselves out.

So, Dave, “thank you” for all the great stories, Top 10 lists, interviews during which you startled your guest, as well as viewers.

Thanks too to your Canadian sidekick Paul Shaffer.

It was a great ride and you chose when to end it.  It can’t be better than that.

Roy

 

There is one more issue I have to share about my wife’s passing. It’s something we agreed before she died that I would
Sun, 17 May 2015 17:15:39 +0000
Roy Green

In the final days of my wife’s life we talked about her wish for a physician-assisted death.  This is something both Lyana strongly believed in and I still do and have for years.
I’m going to share with you today some of what took place leading up to my wife’s death and why we both felt it important I share with you what I will in hour 2 today.  You will be able to listen to the segment in the podcast section right here on this web page.

Today we’ll speak to two well-known Muslims in Canada about Omar Khadr and the major court decisions which have been brought forward and both decisions supporting Khadr and setting aside the arguments of the federal government.

Eugene Melnyk.  The story today is the Ottawa Senators owner looks like he’ll receive the living donor liver transplant Mr. Melnyk so desperately needs.  I’m going to play back some of the concern a very prominent medical ethicist raised on the show yesterday.  That had to do with appealing online for a transplant by a prominent person who has access to an online appeal another person with the same medical issue doesn’t have.   I hope John from Winnipeg calls in.  We had 30 seconds yesterday when John called and told us of his battle with liver cancer.  he has a surgery scheduled for June 21 and is afraid.  I certainly can’t blame him.  If John is reading this posting, please know we’d like you to call at 1:30pm (Central) at 1.888.225.8225.

and domestic violence, but directed at men.  We’ll develop that issue today.  A Hamilton man ended his hunger strike yesterday concerning domestic violence toward men. We’ll talk to him, as well as Justin Trottier from the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, National Post columnist Barbara Kay and former Crown attorney now criminal law specialist in Hamilton, Jeff Manishen.

Dr. Frank Farley, past president of the American Psychological Association will share his thoughts about kids who allegedly go violent when separated from their computer games.  That’s a story from Ontario this week, with a 13 year old boy arrested and charged.  We won’t speculate as to guilt or innocence, but what’s with massive reaction by kids when they’re separated from their tech gadgets.  It’s the first story we’re hearing about.

Just some of what’s on today’s show.
Roy

Some of what you’ll hear on today’s program (Saturday, May 16)
Sat, 16 May 2015 16:57:30 +0000
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We’ll start with the issue of school dress codes. A New Brunswick Grade 12 student generated national headlines when she complained about her school’s dress code and was suspended for a day for doing so.
In California, a Long Beach School Board introduced a school uniform policy 20 years ago.  It’s still going strongly and it’s been a great success.
The Long Beach policy was followed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose.  President Clinton mentioned the Long Beach school uniforms in his 1996 State of the Union Address and sent out guidelines to the 16,000 public school districts in the U.S.
I’ll be speaking with Nadra Nittle, reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegram.  She wrote an excellent article on the success of the school uniforms policy over the past 20 years.
Two members of our Hockey Moms panel will weigh in with their thoughts.  Sheila Gunn Reid and from the U.S. Lori Levar Pierce, who is involved in education.
And we’ll include your calls.

The Parti Quebecois has its newest leader, Pierre Karl Peladeau, the billionaire former CEO of Quebecor plans to lead Quebec out of confederation, as all former PQ leaders planned to. I’ll be speaking with long time PQ member and former PQ candidate and radio talk show host Nino Colavecchio.

An apology was issued to TV reporter Shauna Hunt for the “FHRITP” obscenity delivered by an Ontario Hydro One manager Shawn Simeos, who lost his job, as you know.  Ms. Hunt accepted the apology.
Our Business of Sport contributor and Wall Streeet Journal columnist Mark Yost joins me on sports fan behaviour.  Mark’s column on the violence and ugly behaviour at a Buffalo Bills-Dallas Cowboys Monday Night game in 2007, was at least partly responsible for the NFL changing its fan policy.  There were 58 arrests and 111 ejections at that one game.
Also, can you be fired for what you do off the job, if it’s not against the criminal code?  I’ll ask employment law specialist Lior Samfiru of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, in Toronto.
We’ll take fan behaviour calls from you.  Some NFL fans commented on Mark’s column by suggesting they wanted violence and chaos at games. A fun night for everyone, eh?

Is it unethical for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to ask for a liver organ donor online?  That’s the question being asked by medical ethicists.  I don’t think it is.  Eugene Melnyk’s life is in danger from what we hear.  He has been extremely successful in business, but also very philanthropic.  Dr. Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center joins me.  I’ll ask you for your view.
and
member of parliament Michael Chong joins the Beauties (Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson …and me…the Beast).  Mr. Chong has private members legislation being stalled in the Senate which would reduce the power and influence of political party leaders.  Sound like necessary legislation to the Beauties and me …. We’ll talk to Michael Chong.

That’s some of what’s on today’s show.

The Supreme Court of Canada declares Omar Khadr a kid placed in an impossible situation and therefore not an adult criminal
Thu, 14 May 2015 18:34:08 +0000
Roy Green

It was going to happen. The Supreme Court of Canada was always going to rule as it did today concerning Omar Khadr.  The federal government’s insistence Khadr should be dealt with as an adult criminal falls apart when the question is asked, as I suggested to former Crown Attorney Scott Newark last Sunday, “what 10 year old boy isn’t going to follow his father?”

It was Omar Khadr’s father, as a senior associate of Osama bin Laden, who led his son into the life which would eventually see Omar Khadr engaging, in the company of Al Qaeda operatives, in a firefight with a U.S. military unit.  A firefight which claimed the life of U.S. military medic Christopher Speer and cost Sgt. Layne Morris an eye.

Layne Morris spoke with me last Saturday and his empathy is directed toward the widow and children of Christopher Speer, not Omar Khadr.

Omar Khadr stands convicted of war crimes.  War crimes to which he pled guilty.  That is very serious.  According to his lawyer, as well as supporters, the sentence is wrong and Omar Khadr is more victim than terrorist.  A victim of his father and the federal governments of Canada and the United States (although Khadr’s father’s culpability is hardly ever raised by O.K.’s supporters, it seems to me).

At present though, Ottawa’s case against Omar Khadr is stumbling.  Badly.  The perception grows more of federal government intransigence than of how best to continue and eventually conclude Khadr’s conviction.

And convicted Omar Khadr remains.  He pled guilty to murder, attempted murder, spying, conspiracy and providing material support to terrorism.

There’s a cliché which states that eventually perception becomes reality.

The legal reality is Omar Khadr is a multi-convicted criminal and confessed murderer.  The perception increasingly appears to be he is a victim who at ten years of age followed his father and while a child was directed toward the life which inevitably led to the commission of the criminal acts he pled guilty to.

And that, is what the Supreme Court decided today.

There you are.  Perception = reality.  Even though no court or judge would admit to being influenced by perception.  Would they?

 

 

organizations challenging radicalizing per my guest Christianne Boudreau
Sun, 10 May 2015 19:25:03 +0000
Roy Green

Here is the contact information for the organizations challenging radicalizing of young people as mentioned by Christianne Boudreau, my first guest today whose son joined ISIS and died in Syria.
Ms. Boudreau is associated with these groups and you may reach her through their websites.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-For-Families-Touched-by-Violent-Extremism/289606261163897
Website:http://hayatcanada.webs.com/
Mothers for Life: http://www.girds.org/projects
Extreme Dialogue Education Resources: www.extremedialogue.org
Donations: http://www.gofundme.com/gaonwc

Listen to lively session with Senator Anne Cools on yesterday’s show. It’s in the podcasts on this page and there’s a follow-up today you won’t want to miss …and much more
Sun, 10 May 2015 13:14:18 +0000
Roy Green

We had a lively session on air yesterday with Senator Anne Cools on the Federal Auditor General conducting an audit of all senators expense spending. The audit will show a number (5-10) of senators may find themselves in significant difficulty based on what the A.G. determined.  That’s according to media reports.

I’m going to play back what former (he lost his Glasgow seat a few days ago in the U.K. election) U.K. MP Tom Harris shared with us just a few weeks ago about how he continues to view Canada as being “almost identical” to the U.K. just before the national scandal erupted there over MP and appointed members of the House of Lords expense spending.  Mr. Harris advice to Canada’s parliamentarians, ‘tell the truth now.  Get ahead of media reports.’

Mothers Day and I’ll be speaking with Christianne Boudreau whose 22 year old son Damian Clairmont became radicalized and joined ISIS in Syria, where he lost his life. Christianne Boudreau is speaking out against radicalizing and has joined international groups in this effort.  One such group is named Extreme Dialogue.  Ms. Boudreau’s story is among the first featured by Extreme Dialogue.

If you claim disability, but there’s social media representations of you being active, that can and has caused problems for court-bound disability cases.  Sarah Tambosso found that out in B.C.  We’re going to talk about this situation with personal injury lawyer Sivan Tumarkin, of Samfiru Tumarking LLP in Toronto.   You can be living disability, but still get out and do things, including having some fun times.  Is it fair to use social media depictions of a person’s activities against that person in a court during a disability hearing?  Let’s find out what the law says and what you say.

I saw an incident last evening at a supermarket involving a little boy in a checkout line asking a question or making a comment to the man who was next in line.  It’s what happened when the man responded to the little boy that I want to share with you and hear your thoughts.

There’s much more on today’s show, so be sure to join us.  Follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow and we’re on Facebook with The Roy Green Show page.

Roy

Senator Anne Cools says the federal Auditor General’s audit of Senator expense-spending is “unconstitutional”. Senator Cools joins me today
Sat, 09 May 2015 16:43:51 +0000
Roy Green

It’ll be hour 2 today for Senator Cools and former Liberal MP Michelle Simson on the issue of expense-spending by Senators (and MPs, as far as I’m concerned) and how does Senator Cools explain her thinking that auditing the Senate is “unconstitutional?”
I will take your calls.

Vincent Li who beheaded and cannibalized Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus is now deemed by doctors and the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board to be a sufficiently low risk and taking his medications to control clearly serious mental health issues, that he can be placed in a group home in Winnipeg and have greater access to the community.
Carol deDelley, Tim McLean’s mother takes great exception to this decision and she joins me today.  There will also be a protest of the decision at the Manitoba legislature today.

It’s “take your child to the park, leave him or her there and let him or her make his or her way home alone” day, according to Lenore Skenazy and www.FreeRangeKids.com.  How’s that going to work?  Will there be parents all over North America visited by police for allowing their children to move about without immediate adult supervision and protection?  I talked to Lenore Skenazy yesterday and will play that back for you and ask you whether you would call police if you saw an unsupervised by an adult (parent) child walking on a public sidewalk, or playing in a park?  And there’s a truly scary story out of Australia.  I’ll share that with you too.

Tom Brady’s troubles.  How serious are they?  Could the NFL suspend the Patriots QB for a season?  Mark Yost joins me.  Writes on the biz of sport for the Wall Street Journal.

Omar Khadr’s bail.  How does the American soldier who lost an eye in the firefight with Al Qaeda operatives including then 15 year old Omar Khadr feel about bail for O.K.

and it’s Saturday, so Beauties and the Beast time with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson (Michelle doing double-duty today).

Some of what’s on today’s show.|
Roy

The federal Auditor General has his sights on up to 10 Senators and their expense spending claims.
Tue, 05 May 2015 17:11:08 +0000
Roy Green

Oh…oh….!  But then again, maybe not.

Federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson has, we’re informed, notified between 5 and 10 federal senators that their expense claims have caught his attention and caused serious concern.

Frankly, I expected the AG to be significantly interested in more than just 5 -10 senators, although we’re also told dozens of other members of the Senate have been identified as having claimed problematic expenses. They include travel and other claims which cannot be written off (as it were) to administrative matters.

Now what?

Does the RCMP become involved?  Some of the claims have been reported to higher than $100,000.  Six figure issue?  If that’s the case and the A.G. worries such sums were illegitimately claimed, then I would suggest the RCMP must conduct an investigation.

The others, it’s suggested won’t be sufficiently problematic for a police review, but rather left to the Senate as far as any consequences are concerned.  Isn’t that cozy?

I’ll be speaking to this issue on the weekend and let’s what happens between now and Saturday.

Remember what British MP Tom Harris insisted just weeks ago on air.  That Canada today is “almost identical” to the U.K. just before the massive parliamentary expense spending claims scandal broke loose, ended careers and sent a few politicians to prison.

I’m suggesting this will ultimately become the result of the A.G.’s report, but it is poetic justice in a way that it was the senators themselves who demanded transparency and virtually invited the A.G. to check their expense books.

Careful what you wish for, I guess.  We’ll see.

 

Today, are too many high school grads going to university? Canada’s tax avoidance underground economy grows steadily, Is another Baltimore inevitable and why our dogs shut down. The posting is the 5th from the top here.
Sun, 03 May 2015 12:43:29 +0000
Roy Green

Are too many of Canada’s high school grads going to university?  I know that if I open the subject on air I’ll continue to hear about and from university grads who don’t have satisfying careers following their university experience.  Maybe the course choice doesn’t match needed skills for employment and perhaps more than a few who pursue a post-secondary degree would be happier, not to mention better off financially if they were to become expert at trades.  Plumbers and electricians, for example, seem to do pretty well, at least it appears that way.
One of Canada’s leading academics who is not shy to speak about this, Dr. Ken Coates from the University of Saskatchewan joins me in hour 1.

Do you avoid paying taxes when and if possible?  Do you make tax avoidance a condition of hiring someone to do a job for you?  Do you only buy something if the seller does it without charging you sales tax?  If so, you’re playing in the underground economy, an economy which, CRA and provincial tax authorities increased attention notwithstanding, is growing according to Statscan.  We’ll talk about this today.

Is another Baltimore, another Ferguson, Missouri inevitable? I’ll be joined by Kevin Powell, president and cofounder of BK Nation, national organization in America that works around human and civil rights and author of 11 books.  You will find a blog titled “Why Baltimore is Burning”, on Huffington Post, and written by Kevin Powell.

Another NYPD officer has been shot and as of this writing is in critical condition in hospital. Robert Gangi, exec dir of PROP the Police Reform Organizing Project in New York City will join me.  They’re critical of the NYPD.

and an Ontario court, did it completely reverse its decision concerning an 11 year old aboriginal child living with a life-threatening cancer?  Has the court decided now the child must submit to what doctors are saying is life-saving chemotherapy?   Scott Taylor is a Vancouver lawyer (underappeal.com) who has strong views on requiring children to submit to life-saving medical treatment, even if the child and the parents argue against such treatment.  Scott has been criticized by callers on air, but he remains steadfast.  Has the court now seen things Scott Taylor’s way?

and….

If you haven’t yet seen my posting on this web page about or dogs and their complete change of behaviour immediately after I brought my wife’s clothing home from the hospital, have a look. It’s the fifth from the top (this posting).  I’ll be speaking with Dr. Stanley Coren, psychology professor Emeritus at UBC and one of the world’s real experts on dog behaviour about what is taking place with the little guys.
Very active dogs almost completely shut down.  What is that about?  Do you have ideas? Experiences?   It’ll be hour 3 today.

Two American business owners in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, today and what my wife and felt very passionately about and I do even more so today.
Sat, 02 May 2015 16:19:09 +0000
Roy Green

Today I’ll be joined by two business owners at the centres of tension, demands for fairness, as well as the scenes of arson and looting in the U.S.  I’ll be speaking with business owners in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland.
How do these residents and business owners assess the challenges their communities face?  One of my guests said “if you change the environment, you change the people.”  And there’s no question, change has to take place.
I’ll also ask you if you can envision real community unrest in Canadian population centres?  Is there a very uneasy relationship between some communities in Canada and police and politicians?  We’ve heard answers in the affirmative concerning police on previous programs.

GM is writing off 1000 jobs in Canada and moving them to the U.S. Denis DesRosiers, Canada’s leading automotive industry analyst joins me, as does former Canadian Autoworkers Union president Buzz Hargrove.  Who is responsible for significant downturn in employment in auto manufacturing in Canada?  Is it indifferent corporations? A federal government which sold off more than $3 billion in GM stock it purchased in order to keep the company afloat in ’09 and thereby lost any influence Ottawa may have had on car manufacturers maintaining employment numbers in Canada, or was it the unions demanding too much?

And yes, I will have something specific to say about my wife and her death.  There was something both Lyana and I felt very strongly about and I feel even more strongly about today.  I’ll share that with you.

There’s more on today’s show and I hope you’ll join me, 2-5pm (Eastern), 1-4pm (Central), noon-3pm (Mountain) and if you’re in B.C. listening online, it’s 11am-2pm. Go to RoyGreenShow.com for a list of stations where you may listen live online.  One choice is AM640 in Toronto.

Back on air this weekend
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:44:18 +0000
Roy Green

Will be back on air this weekend.  I thought long about when it would be best to return to the show and made the decision to do so this weekend.  I’ve had great support from Corus radio management and my colleagues were prepared to continue to give up of their weekends, and I thank them.
And “thank you” again for so many and so greatly appreciated messages of condolence and support.
Roy

The messages of support are for you as well
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:43:13 +0000
Roy Green

There are many in Canada who are in pain today over the loss of a loved one.  There are many in Canada today who have just received deeply disturbing news that their loved one is engaged in a health battle of great challenge.

I read an email from a husband in Alberta whose wife has just been “handed terrifying news.”  I won’t use even their first names here out of respect for their privacy.  Though dealing with their own clearly huge obstacle, they wrote words of condolence to me.  I cannot thank them enough. That’s something I’ve mentioned to everyone with whom I’ve had a private conversation in the days since my Lyana’s death.  I can’t thank you who have offered your sympathies here on my web page, on Facebook, Twitter and through so many email messages enough.

I’d like to suggest to everyone today living with the loss of a loved one, or attempting to rationalize a medical diagnosis which leaves you with deep concern, they you apply the messages of support I am so fortunate to be receiving to your own current challenges.

I have the benefit of a microphone and a public presence.  Not everyone does, but so many in Canada are today in need of an emotional hand up.

So please, accept the kindness of the messages of support directed my way as being directed just as much toward you.
Roy

Our dogs have gone silent.
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:28:25 +0000
Roy Green

I want to begin this posting by expressing my thanks.  Thanks for the stream of messages of condolence, by email, on Facebook and on Twitter.  My friend and colleague Charles Adler forwarded messages he’s received.  I’m grateful for the genuine and heartfelt expressions of sympathy.  They help.  A lot.

It’s night two for me without my wonderful wife in our home and with her presence very much reflected on each floor and in each corner.  It was Lyana who turned a house into a home.  It’s also night two for our dogs without her.  Rocky, so named because whenever he trees a squirrel he hops on a specific porch bench and executes a noisy whirling dance.  The canine version of Rocky Balboa’s triumphant speed wobble in Philadelphia in the original Rocky movie.  Our Rocky is no doubt the only Bichon so-named.  He’s not a bad scrapper though, particularly when matched against Sunny, or as Lyana formally dubbed him as a 10 week old pup, “Sunshine.”  Sunny is a Yorkshire terrier. Terriers, according to Dr. Stanley Coren, my friend and world renowned authority on dogs, as well as Professor Emeritus of psychology at UBC, are “born to bark.”  In fact, Born to Bark is one of Stan’s best-selling books and details a 13 year war between a terrier who was simultaneously Stan’s best pal and Stan’s wife’s constant opponent.

Sunny truly is born to bark.  He yips his displeasure at anything which enters his sightlines most days and sometimes the subject of his high pitched disaffection is Rocky.  Rocky, not shy to exercise his vocal chords, lets it go 9 times of out 10.  When Sunny though steps over Rocky’s line on the lawn, Rocky puts his 15 pounds up against Sunny’s six and, well, Sunny has yet to win one of those.

Tonight both dogs are silent.  They’ve been that way, with one exception, since I came home from the hospital with Lyana’s clothing yesterday morning.  Sunny, he was my wife’s shadow, stood on his hind paws, sniffed the bag which I’d placed on a low table, and let out a howl which startled Rocky and frankly, me too.  Since that moment both dogs have been, with the one exception, soundless.  When I came home mid-morning after running a few early errands I couldn’t take them on, I expected the usual cacophony at the door.  Not a yip.

I’ve taken them out to play ball, something they absolutely love and while they did bark, the usual excitement level wasn’t there and then they did something I’ve not seen before.  They both quit.  Long before I would have expected them to be ready to stop the game, Sunny (he beats Rocky to the ball 95% of the time) retrieved, then dropped the ball, headed for the front door and sat down.  Rocky who would normally leap on the trophy Sunny dropped, quietly followed his much smaller pal.

Since they’ve been in the house the two have eaten a little of their dinner but now are lying in the dog beds my wife bought and which usually go totally unoccupied.

“Hey guys…..” receives no response.

Lyana has been away from home as a hospital in-patient not infrequently over the past year-plus and the dogs adjusted quickly, always looking for her return, but being themselves nevertheless.

Not this time.  Not yesterday and today.

Dogs “feel things” is the common denominator explanation I’ve received.  This is different.  I think these dogs are mourning, or at least sad.  I believe Rocky and Sunny instinctively know it’s very different this time.

Are they picking up a vibe from me?  Maybe.  But enough of a vibe that their entire and generally totally predictable behaviour pattern has changed?

I have no answers and frankly, I wasn’t sure what I would write about in this space today.  I’m so very sorry for the loss of life in Nepal.  I know Mike Duffy’s trial continues.  I’ve seen the headlines about Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, but at the moment the loss of my wife is filling my horizon entirely.

Except for my two little buddies here.  What could explain their complete switch in behaviour?

I wasn’t going to write about my wife’s death, although there is something gnawing at me and which I’ll address when I return to the show (my employers at Corus radio have very supportively told me to take as much time as I wish and need before coming back).

Then it just struck me.  The only sound in the house is that of my fingers hitting the keyboard of my laptop.

The dogs are completely silent and virtually immobile. I’ve been trying to keep their world as predictable as possible.

I’ve missed some show in recent weeks
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:21:37 +0000
Roy Green

My wife’s battle with a very aggressive cancer caused me to miss last Sunday’s program and will again cause me to be away from the microphone this Saturday and Sunday.

I do want to thank you for your very thoughtful emails, as well as online comments. And to everyone either personally battling a threatening illness, or providing support and/or care to someone who is, my wife’s and my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Roy

Charles Adler sitting in for me today
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:58:43 +0000
Roy Green

My Corus colleague Charles Adler will be hosting the show today.  We’ll talk next weekend.
Roy

placing at-risk children in hotel rooms in Manitoba. A program the province was finally forced to abandon. I’ll be speaking with former child care worker and former Child and Family Services employee Linda Skinner. At-risk children deserve better than what Manitoba was delivering. How bad was it and are the kids safer now?
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:50:42 +0000
Roy Green

Linda Skinner worked for Manitoba Child and Family Services in 2001.  She then continued as a child care worker until 2011.  Ms. Skinner knows the conditions under which at-risk children lived in hotel rooms. She gained the trust of these children and what Linda Skinner will reveal in hour 2 today, you will not only want to hear, but you need to hear it.

It’s not just Manitoba where there’s a serious issue of at-risk children’s safety.  When these children are subjected to vicious violence while under provincial ‘care’, the system which accepts responsibility for their safety and well-being must stand under public indictment.

Linda Skinner first appeared with my Corus radio colleague and friend Charles Adler on 680 CJOB in Winnipeg some days ago.  Log onto www.CJOB.com and click on Charles Adler’s page to listen back to Charles speaking with Ms. Skinner about what she saw, heard and what at-risk children shared with her.

Then, LInda Skinner joins me at 3:05pm (EDT), 2:05pm Central) and 1:05pm (Mountain) today.

Also today, the parents protest against the Ontario government’s sex-ed curriculum in schools. I’ll be speaking with Maddie Di Muccio, member of the Newmarket council, newspaper columnist and television commentator.  Ms. Di Muccio participated in the parent’s rally challenging the Wynne government’s introduction of the sex-ed curriculum.  The idea of the rally was to give parents a voice.  What a novel idea Madam Premier.  You should try it.

There are many questions concerning the CBC’s handling (or non-handling) of Jian Gomeshi’s “disrespectful and abusive behaviour” (quoting CBC story) in the workplace.  We know two managers have been let go, but is that a complete discharge of responsibility by CBC management in the case?
I’ll be speaking with employment and labour law specialist Lior Samfiru of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto about the Gomeshi case, the report which has made headlines in recent days and what the message is to employers and employees.  What are the rights and what are the obligations?
We’ll be including your calls and hearing your experiences.

That’s just some of what’s on today’s show.

It gets worse, much worse.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:45:59 +0000
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Is it a generational thing?  The incident I’ll be sharing with you Sunday may be interpreted as exactly that and fingers will be pointed at Millenials.
In the story I’ll relate to you and ask you “how in Hades did we descend into such deplorable, disgusting and life-threatening group indifference?”  Is it today’s societal indifference, or would/could what I’ll describe to you have happened anywhere and at any time and maybe did?  Maybe it’s the age of the smartphone which allows for instant capture of events and their sharing globally on social media.
If it is though a generational thing then we all have a major problem which will only become more of a challenge.
I don’t want to be too mysterious here, but the incident I’ll start Sunday’s show with demands opinion and I prefer to have that happen on air.  There’ll be plenty of opportunity to share opinion reflecting what we will have heard on air and  to follow up here on the web page
I won’t write any more about the incident specifically yet, except to add that it will leave you outraged.

Are parents being denied, by an intrusive politically correct attitude, the opportunity to make parental decisions previous generations would never have permitted?  When parents decide their children should be allowed to play freely outdoors and without Mom and/or Dad in constant attendance, why are they challenged and threatened to have their children removed from a loving, caring home?  Free range parents are increasingly portrayed as putting their children at risk.  Do you feel that way, or are you prepared to defend the free range parenting approach?   There are specific cases and we’ll speak to those cases.

More to come about the weekend’s show here …

Roy

Watching a murder by a police officer is stomach-churning
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:19:08 +0000
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Watching the cold-blooded shooting of a South Carolina man running from a police officer and posing no discernible threat, yet being shot at eight times and hit by five of those shots and dying on the scene is utterly disturbing, deeply disturbing.  That the cop then attempted to cover his shooting by claiming the 50 year old African-American had attempted to steal his Taser suggests this white cop felt, no pun intended, bullet-proof in committing the crime.
Yes, the now former cop will receive and is entitled to his day in court….but I want to talk to you about this incident, as well as recent (as in the past few days) police shootings in Canada and ask you whether the relationship between police and citizens is changing and whether you think it’s changing not for the better.
Police will face situations where they must fire their weapons in defence of citizens or themselves, the two Canadian shootings being investigated initially suggest that this may have been the case.  We’ll talk today.

I’ll be playing back for you Michelle Simson, former Liberal MP yesterday sharing information she had not done previously publicly about the pressure and, let’s call it an inducement Michelle was offered by the Party, to stop posting her expenses online. And as far as the expense-spending claims of senators (and it will get to the MPs) is concerned and the audits being conducted, is Canada continuing to appear to a British MP very similar (almost identical) to the U.K. just before the British MP/House of Lords expense-scandal dominated news, ended political careers and saw prison doors being swung open?  I’ll be asking British MP Tom Harris about that.  Not so long ago Canada appeared to be exactly that way to Mr. Harris, who also told us British politicians had tried every trick in the book to keep the expense-spending issue from the public, but failed.

And God.  Do you believe in God?  Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson and Father Jonathan Morris, Fox News contributor and New York City Catholic priest will join me.  And I’ll be asking you about whether in today’s high-speed techno world the idea of God, the belief in God, is being marginalized.  A national poll suggests the relationship between Canadians and God is complicated.  Does it have to be? We’ll talk.

The Masters final round today.  Lorne Rubenstein, one of the best golf authors anywhere, contributor to Score Golf and member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame will join me on who to watch in ’15…

That’s some some of what’s on today’s show.

Michelle Simson reveals information she hasn’t before about the pressure she was exposed to and demands she stop posting her expense-spending information online while she served as a Liberal member of parliament
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:26:33 +0000
Roy Green

In Hour 1 today, Michelle Simson will join us and speak about issues she hasn’t before, anywhere, concerning the pressure she faced to stop posting her expense-spending information online.  This included two visits to the party leader’s office (Michael Ignatieff), what you might consider an inducement to stop (some may suggest a bribe) and how federal Finance Department officials suggested to Michelle’s representative (and you’ll find out who that is) how to get around rules which make it illegal for an MP to provide salary bonuses to their individual staffers.
You will not want to miss this.

Ron Dalton spent almost 12 years of his life in total, in confinement.  That included more than 8 years in maximum security prisons in Canada, convicted of the murder of his wife.  Ron Dalton though was innocent.  It took all that time for his innocence to be satisfactorily (to the people who wrongfully convicted him) to established and for Ron to be released from prison.
Today Ron Dalton is co-president of the Association for the Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC) and he’ll join us in Hour 2 to share his thoughts on what the appropriate punishment should be for convicted Boston Marathon terror bomber Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.  Should it be life in prison?  Should it be the death penalty?  That’s what a judge is deciding now.
Washington wants the death penalty, Bostonians, according to polling, want life in prison for Tsarnaev.
Ron Dalton knows about life in a maximum security prison.

We’ll also be speaking with Lena Sisco, author of “You’re Lying”.  Lena Sisco is a former U.S. Navy officer and certified military intelligence interrogator who interrogated Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison.  “You’re Lying” also provides the reader with information on how to detect if you’re being lied to in your personal and professional lives.

Canada’s leading automotive analyst, Dennis Desrosiers, speaks to Ottawa’s sale of 73 million common shares of GM stock, purchased during the 2009 fiscal crisis and the “too big to fail” situation.  Smart move by Ottawa, or a political move in order to balance the books and fulfill a political promise?  Should the government have kept the stock and pressured GM to keep autoworker jobs in Canada?  That’s what Unifor, the union repping autoworkers insists.  Well, they have a point.  Wasn’t keeping jobs in Canada one of the main selling points Ottawa and Toronto used to justify the massive multi-billion dollar stock purchases?  We’ll hear Dennis Desrosiers assessment.

There’s lots more, including our Saturday Beauties and the Beast segment with Linda Leatherdale, Michelle Simson and Catherine Swift.

Join us…

 

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