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.
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 (email@example.com), 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
So much said and written this week about the CIA and its practice of what is described as “enhanced interrogation”, or as has been more directly described as ‘torture’.
Was the report released by Senator Diane Feinstein necessary to be make public, or was it mostly political pique over the Democrats being rejected by enough U.S. voters in the mid-term election that they lose control of the Senate and powerful committee chair positions? There’s probably at least some political anger in play.
That written, and understanding and well remembering the fury and determination to find those guilty of organizing the 9/11 World Trade Center, Pentagon attacks, as well as preventing subsequent terrorism, it’s no surprise that enhanced interrogation/torture took place.
I’ve listened to many voices speak to this issue over the past 48 hours and we’ll raise it on the weekend, with a somewhat different and Canadian perspective, but the one voice I’ve heard and the voice which has more credibility than most on this issue is that of Republican Senator John McCain.
Senator McCain was himself held captive and tortured for years while a prisoner in North Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Senator McCain clearly states that torture is wrong and that it’s also ineffective as far as obtaining truly useful information is concerned.
Senator McCain is in opposition to most of his Republican Party colleagues. Be that as it may, Mr. McCain knows about the issue and practice first-hand. His view deserves at least real consideration.
this happened in Quebec, where on December 18, Emma Czornobaj will find out if she’s going to prison after stopping her car on a Quebec highway to assist ducks crossing the road. A father and teenage daughter riding a motorcycle crashed into Czornobaj’s car and she was found guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death.
If Emma C goes to jail, should there be consequences for the police officer who wasn’t on an emergency call when he killed the five year old boy? Should police be treated differently in non-criminal charge cases because of the nature of their jobs? I’ll be asking you.
Scott Newark, fmr executive officer of the Police Association of Canada will share his thoughts on the Chair of the Toronto Police Services board placing a post on his personal Facebook page which, with photos and illustration, read “Americans killed by ISIS: 3. Americans killed by Ebola: 2. Americans killed by police 500+ every year”. Toronto police union is calling for the resignation of the Chair of the Board. He refuses. How can this Chair be considered objective going forward?
Major Mark Campbell is one of the seven former members of Canada’s Armed Forces who have launched a class-action lawsuit against the federal government for discontinuing the lifetime disability pension for military members injured in service. Instead they receive a lump sum payout. This works out to significantly less than the lifetime pension and will cause injured CAF members (some? many?) to become wards of the state later in life warns the former veterans ombudsman on my show yesterday.
Today Major Campbell, who lost both legs to an IED in Afghanistan joins me.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven will tell us how his party (Republican) intends to persuade President Obama to support building of the Keystone pipeline.
We’ll hear about ‘white privilege’ and an interesting story about a U.S. college student held up at gunpoint, but who refuses to blame his attackers because he is ‘privileged’ and they are not. There was also a ‘white privilege’ conference held earlier this year. I contacted the person whose name/phone number/email is displayed and left voicemail and sent email invitations to appear on air. No reply.
I will be speaking with African American Liberty University assistant dean Ron Miller, author of “Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch” about white privilege.
and a sexual assault survivor, Sylvia Peterson contacted and met with the most violent female sexual predator in the U.S. prison system over 9 years. The result, the book, Laura and Me. Sylvia Peterson joins me. Why do women often not report sexual assault for many years? Sylvia Peterson speaks to that and more.
some of what’s on today’s show…
the title of the web posting references a two-part segment this weekend. Today I’ll share my thoughts on the rioting in Ferguson, MO and the mostly non-violent reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner. I’ll include your calls and want to know if you have had an encounter with police which is memorable. Not just the bad, but also the good. And, do police treat whites differently to members of minority communities? We’ll talk about that.
Also, one of America’s most outspoken law enforcement officials, Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County. I spoke with Sheriff Clarke yesterday and will play back that conversation in Hr 1 today. You will want to hear the Sheriff’s views of rioters, of Al Sharpton, of President Obama and what he believes may lie ahead as far as violence is concerned. Sheriff Clarke is African American.
Colonel Pat Stogran was Canada’s first military veterans ombudsman, appointed by the current federal government. That appointment was not renewed and speculation is it’s because Colonel Stogran was critical of the government and its treatment of veterans. I’ll be speaking to Col Stogren about the class action lawsuit underway in B.C. as seven military veterans of the Afghanistan campaign challenge Ottawa on the decision to issue a lump sum payment for injuries/wounds suffered in service, including combat, instead of the previous disability pension for life. Ottawa continues to insist it has no social contract with men and women in the military. Of course, when MPs retire from their combat, they receive magnificent pensions and for life. It’s not unheard of, nor particularly unusual for an MP to receive an annual pension in excess of $100,000.
Sgt. Major Barry Westholm will join me as well. The Sgt. Major resigned after 31 years service with the CAF over how veterans were being treated. He has recently been in contact with the Minister for National Defence and the Veterans Affairs Minister.
Catherine, Linda and Michelle are back for our Saturday B&B segment. One issue, the Taxpayers Federation pointing out the head of the Canadian Human Rights Commission has run up $760,000 in travel expenses over 8 years.
and why is Rolling Stone magazine being roundly criticized over its major article concerning gang rape allegedly at the University of Virginia. Media ethics professor Jane Kirtley of the U of Minn joins me.
Some of what’s on today
We’ve all become more aware of the function of grand juries in the U.S. since the deaths of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner of New York City.
In each case the police officer directly responsible for the deaths of Brown and Garner was ruled not indictable by the grand jury tasked with determining whether such action should take place.
We witnessed the violence and destruction which followed the Ferguson decision and protest also followed the New York jury’s determination, shutting down traffic on major thoroughfares with protesters laying prone on roadways like the Brooklyn Bridge.
In each case the president of the United States became involved, along with his outgoing attorney general. Barack Obama and Eric Holder committed to federal intervention.
Are Obama and Holder helpful, or hindering? I have thoughts on this which I’ll share with you this weekend.
As for the grand juries, either they are a valued part of the justice system which establishes to the satisfaction of citizens the need to, or not, indict criminally, or they are subject to manipulation and creating an outcome favourable to a certain group (currently those who challenge the Missouri and New York grand juries point the finger of favouritism at police).
Do cops get a better deal? That’s only one question I’ll be adding to my views on the juries of Ferguson and NYC. There are other questions.
Missouri and New York are U.S.-focused, but there are Canadians who will argue police act with impunity in this country as well. Whatever your view/experience is, and I hope you’ll share it this weekend, being a police officer is a career choice which brings with it direct and constant personal risk and danger.
If you do have a personal experience with police which you’d like to share and which I can read on air, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or post your experience here, keeping in mind how much direct information you want to make public.
Do cops get a better deal than the rest of us? Do white police officers discriminate against minority communities?
There will be other questions as well. Tune in on the Corus radio network.
For most of us the fact there are individuals in our midst who not only harm children, but seek them out for harm remains unfathomable.
Over the years I have spent time on and off air with parents of murdered children. In the midst of the deepest of grief these parents spent time in-studio for two reasons, primarily.
They wanted their children not to be forgotten and these moms and dads were determined to, if at all possible by their actions, spare other parents one of the deepest of pains. The loss of a child.
Today we learned of an arrest in the murders of 11 year old Kathryn-Mary Herbert and 12 year old Monica Jack. Kathryn-Mary was found two months after her disappearance in September of 1975 and Monica who went missing in 1989, remained so until June, 1995.
Kathryn-Mary’s mother, Shari Greer and Madeline Lanaro, Monica’s mom know Garry Taylor Handlen has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police explain evolving understanding of forensics played a part in Handlen’s arrest.
Today Shari Greer and Madeline Lanara, who waited nearly four decades for an arrest in the murders of their daughters, know they will witness the man charged face criminal justice. It won’t be easy for the parents, nor will it likely bring what is described as closure. There is no closure for the loss of a child to murder. There is only the hope for justice and by extension, the protection of other young lives.
Police faced criticism for the fact the murders of Kathryn-Mary and Monica resulted in no arrest or criminal charge for so many years.
Who under such circumstance would not question why no suspect had been apprehended?
While Handlin is defined as “innocent until proven guilty,” his arrest, detention and the criminal charges laid may cause predatory thugs with a focus on the most innocent among us to think again about committing a horrific crime.
The vast majority of us cannot fathom an assault and murder of a child. That is how it must be.
I’ve shared on air my wife’s battle this year with a very aggressive and particularly dangerous cancer. Also that to our immense relief and with absolute gratitude I was able to report my wife to be in remission.
Today we wait for results of a specific test conducted concerning my wife’s cancer challenge. I won’t be on air this weekend, but will return the next (December 6-7).
Thank you for your very supportive emails, Facebook and Twitter posts. We have quoted from your words of encouragement to others we know to be afflicted by cancer.
Best to all,
What is happening this night in the U.S.? Is our southern neighbour engaged in protest against law-enforcement, or is it rioting in the interest of wilful destruction?
Blazing buildings and looted businesses are thuggish behaviour clearly planned and executed. Setting fire to a grocery store or looting an electronics outlet isn’t protest, it’s criminal behaviour deserving of direct intervention by the very police legitimate protesters are accusing of systemic racial bias.
Ty Pruitt is Michael Brown’s cousin. An eloquent, thoughtful young man who makes his case in a reasoned and earnest manner. Ty Pruitt disagrees with the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision to not criminally indict officer Darren Wilson, but he also called the arsonists and looters “opportunists” and encouraged police to act to save the businesses.
This past weekend I spoke with prominent U.S. civil rights lawyer Barbara Arnwine. Ms.Arnwine argues passionately and eloquently for change in the relationship between American police and the African American community. She is strong-willed and determined and identifies solutions. Exactly the kind of person with whom to confer
I’m not an African American, or African Canadian. Nor am I a member of a visible minority community, so I cannot speak to the relationship that exists between law enforcement and particularly young black males in the United States. Clearly the relationship is fractured. Just as clearly, it must the repaired. Now.
Perhaps the deaths of Michael Brown and/or Trayvon Martin might provide the motivation for people with an interest in establishing trust to begin the process of dialogue and negotiation.
I understand the visceral reaction for many on both sides might be to produce a list of grievances of long-standing and write off as impossible the creation of a relationship of understanding and cooperation. Maybe they’re correct. If so, more Ferguson’s and fallout of the Ferguson variety will occur; and after this night and what may follow, with greater frequency and destruction.
None of us yet know what the scars the Ferguson, Missouri death of Michael Brown will ultimately leave. Scars both physical and emotional. Perhaps events will slam shut the door to any opportunity for improvement..
If there is though the will to work toward a better understanding of and willingness to work with police it must begin at the community level and hopefully with a new cast of negotiators. People whose history with each other isn’t rife only with dispute and conflict and who are willing to engage in negotiation for an improved future.
Famed Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred joins me today on the Cosby question, as well as Pennsylvania lawyer Nate Foote. His law firm represented eight victims of child sexual abuse by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.
I’ll ask for your views on Cosby as well. And why do some men, particularly men, send emails protesting that we’re talking about Bill Cosby?
Also today, should Canada follow the lead of Barack Obama and declare amnesty for illegals living in this country?
the feds say $200 million will be dedicated to the mental health issues of military veterans over six years. It’s public pressure which made this a fact. Former PPCLI Colonel and former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran joins me later.
Why is a new men’s centre in Toronto receiving negative reviews from some women’s organizations? I’ll speak to the director of the new Men’s Centre and lawyer Scott Taylor and take your calls. Do men require more fairness in Canada, or is that nonsense?
and our three volunteers who committed to doing without social networking for five days (Monday to Friday this past week) will tell us how that went for them.
Some of what’s on today’s show.
Jennifer and her husband bought travel health insurance, as so many of us have before heading out on vacation. We ask questions about what is and isn’t covered and are given assurances, at which point we pay and head off believing expensive emergency medical help, if required, will be paid for. As Jennifer Huculak found out, that’s not necessarily the case. She and her husband received a bill for almost $1 million for medical assistance and hospital stay in the U.S. as their baby was born prematurely. So why isn’t the insurance company paying? And why isn’t Blue Cross responding in detail and publicly now to Jennifer’s questions?
Jennifer Huculak will be joined by Toronto insurance lawyer Sivan Tumarkin on today’s
Buffalo, New York! Is the worst weather, or at least the worst results and impact of the devastating weather system which hammered Buffalo with up to seven feet of snow still ahead? I’ll be speaking with Buffalo residents, Canadian trucking firm (Fluke Transport) owner Ron Foxcroft about how he was required to divert his trucks around Buffalo (more than a 300 mile detour) and Global Television Toronto Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell will explain what happened and what’s about to, to Buffalo and its residents. People have already been injured and some have died because of this massive storm system.
If you have family or friends in Buffalo who would be willing to join us on air today please email their contact information to email@example.com and I’ll get in touch with your friends or family members and see if we can’t book them for today’s program.
In Ferguson, Missouri, there is anxiety as the decision of the Grand Jury on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teen Michael Brown is expected at any time. The FBI is warning that whether or not the Grand Jury decides to indict, there will likely be protests across the U.S. and there is concern at least some such protests could include violence. Two individuals were arrested overnight in Ferguson, suspected of preparing to build and detonate bombs during any protest in the St. Louis suburb. I’ll be speaking with Barbara Arnwine, one of the top civil rights lawyers (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights) in the United States, as well as media ethics professor and lawyer (University of Minnesota) Jane Kirtley about media coverage of what is about to occur.
and have you had a negative experience with a call centre? One located overseas? Michelle Simson, one of our panelists on our weekly Beauties and the Beast segment just did and MIchelle is steaming. She’ll explain and we’ll open the phone lines.
Bill Cosby is the only comedian to ever make me really laugh at a live performance. Today Bill Cosby is anything but funny.
Accusations that America’s Dad is a serial rapist have not only surfaced, or more accurately resurfaced, new complaints are being heard and from women who have no personal knowledge of each other.
Their common denominator is Bill Cosby.
Allegations about Cosby being a serial rapist are not new. They have mostly lain dormant for years, without criminal charges ever field against the comedian/actor.
The most recent accuser is Joan Tarshis. She told CBS that Cosby drugged and raped her on two separate occasions in 1969. Ms. Tarshis didn’t come forward she told an interviewer because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.
Is Bill Cosby a serial abuser? Scott Simon of National Public Radio more than less asked that question of Cosby directly last weekend. You’ve likely heard the audio during which Simon’s questions are met with silence. Simon is reduced to saying “he is shaking his head, no.” (As in, “I won’t answer that question.”)
The time has unquestionably come for Bill Cosby to either publicly face his accusers or be shunned. In fact, the shunning process may have begun with CBS announcing it is cancelling a planned television series with Cosby.
There is also the case of Andrea Constand who filed a complaint against Bill Cosby in 2004. Instead of battling it out in court, a settlement was reached after her lawyer found 13 women willing to name Cosby as their assaulter. Part of the settlment stipulated Constand would not discuss her allegations in public.
With Joan Tarshis and former supermodel Janice Dickinson accusing Bill Cosby of drug-rapes the number of women naming him as their attacker is 15.
The women have nothing to gain financially. The Statute of Limitations has made it impossible for them to initiate lawsuits.
This has nothing to do with right vs left, as some have claimed. It is not about Bill Cosby being attacked for issuing challenges to African American youth. It is about Cosby’s alleged personal behaviour toward women.
Unless Bill Cosby emerges from his cone of silence, broken only by his lawyer describing the allegations as “decades-old discredited” claims, public support for the women accusing ”America’s Dad” of planned drug-rapes will likely grow and nothing about Bill Cosby will ever be purely funny or seem honourable again.
It’s up to him.
I’ll start today’s program with this moment, which could prove pivotal not only during the world leaders meetings in Australia, just ending, but also going forward. The bully Putin who brought his warships to the Australian meetings and projects the tough guy image had a weak comeback to Canada’s PM’s demand “you have to get out of Ukraine.” “Impossible, we’re not there” was the best Mr. Putin could muster? Think about that.
Stephen Harper that moment earned instant respect from Putin.
If U.S. president Barack Obama had the commitment of Mr. Harper it’s doubtful Vladimir Putin would be so enthusiastically flexing his military machine which is seriously degraded over what it was in the days of the USSR.
It’s no surprise that Putin brought warships to Australia. He was measuring the response from the rest of the world and clearly trying to intimidate. Stephen Harper provided the backbone and challenged Putin head on. Barack Obama followed later with his own comments, but they lacked force and weren’t the face to face “get out of Ukraine” confrontation a real U.S. Commander in Chief (which Obama likes to call himself) would have mustered. Ronald Reagan would immediately have countered Putin’s warship game.
Barack Obama lost the respect of Vladimir Putin most likely after the U.S. president’s moment with Putin’s second-in-command Dmitry Medvedev just months prior to the 2012 U.S. general election, when Obama told the Russian “on all these issues, but particularly missile defence, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.” Medvedev then says “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you….”. Obama follows with “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility” and Medvedev ends the exchange with “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
That conversation was not intended for public consumption, but a microphone caught it.
I suspect there was lots of giggling at the Kremlin when Medvedev delivered Obama’s message to “Vladimir.”
Stephen Harper did what all world leaders at the Australia meetings should have. Confronted Putin face-to-face and eye-to-eye and left no doubt about their message to the Russian boss.
We’ll talk about it on today’s show. Hour 1.
In addition to speaking with Chief LaForme, I’ll be joined by criminal lawyer David Butt on the court ruling that the 15 year old Nova Scotia girl who attempted suicide and three days later was removed from life support last year after being photographed having sex with another teen while she was being ill, cannot be named any longer. Everyone knows her name, her parents have been guests on my show several times, but now, because of young offender legisilation, she cannot be publicly named.
Make sense to you? David Butt is also the legal advisor to the Kids Internet Safety Alliance.
16 year old Rinelle Harper of Winnipeg is home with her family after being viciously assaulted and left for dead in the Assiniboine River. Two individuals are charged, one is a young offender. Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press and host of Corus radio’s Crime and Punishment show joins me to relate what will happen going forward.
Last weekend I spoke with Toronto criminal lawyer Chris Murphy who wrote a compelling column in the Toronto Star about what advice he would give his daughters (now 4 and 2 years of age) if they were ever sexually assaulted. What legal advice he would give them. Mr. Murphy initially would have told them not to report to police (if they knew their assailant), but he’s changed that position. We’ll have Mr. Murphy back with us because the issue goes beyond what he would tell his daughters and speaks to sexual harassment and assault. I’ll open the phone lines. Last weekend we heard from a Winnipeg survivor of sexual assault who told us her daughter’s court case against an alleged attacker was to begin Monday.
Canadians more and more are spending their online time on their smartphones and tablets. Social networking is #1 activity. But what would you do if you were arbitrarily shut off from social networking for a week? It happened. To a sizeable community of young people. Listen for the circumstances and the results. You may be surprised.
and it’s Saturday, so B&B time with Catherine Swift, Michelle Simson and Linda Leatherdale.
Join us …and follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow.
He was 19 years of age when he and his British Expeditionary Force mates, backs to the English Channel, fought desperately for survival.
The place was Dunkirk. The battles were vicious. Prospects were bleak for the allied soldiers until the ‘set every boat a-sail’ Operation Dynamo evacuation of just over 338,000 BEF troops returned them across the channel and home between May 2 – June 4, 1940.
Not all BEF soldiers were rescued.
My father was among those left behind and taken prisoner by German troops. I don’t know the circumstance of his capture, but recall my mother telling me my father had been among the last BEF soldiers defending evacuation vessels.
I do know it was hell. I overheard dad telling my mother when I was maybe 10 years of age that while he and his comrades were on a beach fighting, German Stuka dive bombers would drop their payloads. My father quietly talked about seeing his fellow soldiers being hurled upward as the bombs crashed among them.
I wasn’t supposed to hear that conversation. My father didn’t talk much about the war. When he did it was the version he could share with his young son.
He and some of his mates escaped German detention. “We didn’t like it, so we left.” was what I heard.
Dad told me how he had taken off his uniform, “borrowed” some clothes and had set out in the open afoot, not sure where he was going or how things would turn out. Had he been caught again, my father would have been executed as a spy, most likely.
The short version of what happened next is that through an occasional story told me by my father, as well as gaps filled in as much as possible by my mother, I found out dad was connected with French resistance fighters and spent some considerable time with them, before making his way across France to the Swiss border where he was placed in detention by neutral Switzerland.
My father did share a few stories of his time with the French resistance, like one night he and his new friends believing there were no German troops in a particular village and stopping at a local establishment for a quick meal. When they slipped out the back door there waiting was a Tiger tank. Parked.
The resistance fighters and my father weren’t alone at all.
That really is the sum total of what I know about my father’s war. When as a boy I would ask, his answer was always “when you’re older Roy I’ll tell you.”
He died while I was still a boy, so I never did hear.
Instead, over the years, it was the stories of many mostly Canadian veterans which came to represent my dad’s experience.
I miss him as much today as ever. Perhaps even more.
I’m sure I speak for many who lost their dads under circumstances similar to mine. We weren’t able to hear about their wartime experiences from our own fathers. So on this day, Remembrance Day, veterans become our fathers.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Say Keystone pipeline in Canada and opinions are instant and direct. Now that the GOP wrested control of the Senate from the Democrats and maintained control of the House, Republicans will have a bill before President Obama quite quickly expecting his signature and the President’s approval to begin the building of Keystone.
I’ll be speaking with North Dakota Republican Senator John Hoeven today about the GOP’s intentions re Keystone and the President and then open the phone lines.
Barbara Kay of the National Post wrote a vey timely column on how to talk to your children and grandkids about Jian Ghomeshi and the allegations of harassment and assault made by women against the former CBC host. Barbara Kay joins me and we’ll include your calls.
Chris Murphy is a Toronto criminal lawyer who has advised women speaking to him about being sexually assaulted that given the circumstances they discussed with him that he believed a not guilty verdict would be brought down against the man. Mr. Murphy also wrote in a Toronto Star column today that he shared with a colleague on Sunday that if one of his daughters were sexually assaulted later in life (they’re 2 & 4 years of age now) he would advise them not to go to police. Then Chris Murphy realized he was wrong and wrote about that in his column. We’ll talk to Chris Murphy and take your calls.
There’s much more on the show today including our Sunday before Remembrance Day segment with Terry Kelly who wrote and performed the iconic Remembrance Day song “A Pittance of Time”. Joining Terry will be Hamilton area elementary school teacher Mike LoSchiavo. Mike has for years arranged Remembrance Day programs for the students at Ancaster Meadow School, including playing A Pittance of Time.
Join us and follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow
92 year old WWII Canadian bomber pilot Wally Kasper joins me to speak to memories of the crew of his Lancaster bomber, about how close they came to not surviving the war (many bomber crews didn’t) and how Mr. Kasper sees the world and its challenges today. He’s also an author and his most recent book is A Letter To a New Grandson. A recounting of his time in the squadron. The book is available through Amazon.ca.
We’ll talk about Canada’s military veterans as Remembrance Day draws closer
Last weekend I shared with you that a friend who served in Canada’s military, including in the Afghanistan mission, has decided not to wear a leather jacket with a regimental insignia displayed on the chest because he has concerns terrorist group inspired individuals might decide to target Canadians wearing military or police uniforms and/or military supportive clothing (like the leather jacket). My friend was called a “coward” by some callers. He sent a follow-up email for those individuals and I’ll read it in Hr 1 of the show today and take calls.
If you’re a cancer patient and your life-saving medications are not administered while you’re in hospital, but instead are prescribed through a pharmacy, our universal health care system in Canada will often not pay for the drugs. You will have to do so and that can cost you thousands of dollars each month.
Some Canadians are forced to make the decision to not take those life-saving or prolonging drugs because to do so would bankrupt their families. I’ll be speaking with Laurie Few, executive producer of 16X9, a great public affairs program on Global Television, each Saturday evening at 7.
Still receiving email reaction to a caller from Dallas urging Canada to allow Canadians the same gun ownership and self-protection carry laws as residents of Texas have. There is opposition to our Dallas caller’s point of view, but also support. I received one such supportive communication this morning. Will read it to you, as well as a letter from an ex-pat Canadian livIng in the U.S. You’ll want to hear this. And we’ll take your calls.
Also, Saturday, so it’s B&B time. Beauties and the Beast segment with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and former Liberal member of parliament Michelle Simson. Suspended Liberal MP Scott Andrews is a friend of Michelle’s and we’ll talk about the harassment or improper behaviour allegations leveled by two female NDP MPs against Scott Andrews and his fellow suspended Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti and Justin Trudeau’s reaction.
I received an email suggesting that the name of our segment, Beauties and the Beast is sexist. We’ll hear what Catherine, Linda and Michelle think of that.
Join us today. And if your local station doesn’t carry the first hour, or any other segments of the show, remember you may listen online through other network stations like AM640 in Toronto or CJOB in Winnipeg. You’ll find the station lineup at the bottom of this page.
Two female NDP MPs stepped up. They spoke about being harassed by two Liberal MPs. The Liberal MPs in turn have been suspended by party leader Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, the NDP MPs have not been named publicly.
And that is the way it should be playing out.
There are opinions, and I’ve heard them today, that if two MPs are going to be suspended for what is described as ‘serious personal misconduct’, then the MPs delivering the complaints should also be identified publicly.
The NDP MPs did not ask for national publicity. Had that been the case, and frankly I would not have blamed them for stepping forward publicly, they would have found television cameras and radio microphones and spoken to the conduct they allege to have experienced.
They did not do that. One NDP member of parliament spoke directly to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau on October 28. One day later, after another NDP MP’s complaint became known to the Liberal leader, Mr. Trudeau asked his party whip to speak to the NDP whip, which today resulted in the suspensions from caucus of Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti.
There is no need at this juncture to name publicly the MPs who allege harassment.
There is no option but to name the alleged harassers. Their suspension from the Liberal caucus is something you cannot hide.
What happens going forward will depend on the commitment the Speaker and the board of Internal Economy bring to the complaints, as well as the vigor with which the suspended MP’s decide to challenge allegations and defend themselves.
As for Justin Trudeau, he had no choice other than to suspend Messrs.’ Andrews and Pacetti.
Going forward, it may become necessary to identify the NDP MPs, but not now.