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.
My Corus colleague Charles Adler will be hosting the show today. We’ll talk next weekend.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
I really don’t like the screaming “Exclusive” claims by news media any more than I like the claims of “breaking news” applied to information which is hours and perhaps days old.
However, tomorrow on my program you will hear revelations concerning parliamentary expense-spending and other spending you have not heard before.
You will hear how rules concerning expense-spending are circumvented and how coaching to get around spending rules is provided by the very people tasked to enforce those rules.
The focus now is on the Senate and the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy.
What you will hear tomorrow isn’t related to Mr. Duffy and/or his case, but I’m willing to bet that what you will hear will receive your attention. And, I suspect, will have you demanding more audits and not just of senators.
That’s Hour 1 tomorrow!
Dzohkhar Tsarnaev represents either the case for, or the case against the retention of the death penalty. Opinion in the U.S. is divided.
Even Tsarnaev doesn’t argue innocence. Moot now, as he has been found guilty on all 30 charges. He is guilty of causing the terrorist death of three people and the injury of a further two hundred and sixty.
Polling shows a majority of Americans support the death penalty, while, and this will surprise many, a majority of Bostonians believe Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison.
Massachusetts has banned the death penalty, but the case is federal and Washington’s prosecutors are asking for capital punishment.
Dzohkhar Tsarnaev represents a specific and special definition of murderer. An individual who plots and carries out indiscriminate murder of children, women and men and in the cause and interest of terrorism.
This weekend I will have a guest with a unique perspective on the issue of capital murder conviction. You will not want to miss what is being shared and then express your views after you hear my guest.
If you now have a firm view of what Tsarnaev’s fate should be, I will suggest my guest’s views, based on personal experience, may cause you to modify your thinking. Either way.
I’ll also be speaking with a former U.S. interrogator of Taliban and other prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
And without the eyewitness smartphone camera video of the African American shot and killed by a white police officer in South Carolina, the incident may have been recorded as a ‘good shoot’. Now, because of the video evidence, the former officer is charged with first degree murder. A good charge.
I’m frankly somewhat surprised, but greatly appreciate, the kind assessments of my caring for my wife as she battles a very aggressive cancer. I don’t believe though that I deserve any particular recognition.
Everywhere in Canada, as well as outside our borders, people stand up and by their loved ones as they submit to invasive and sometimes brutally difficult treatments which represent the cutting edge of modern medicine, but which, according to one cancer specialist who spoke to my wife and me, may in the not too distant future be viewed as Stone Age medicine causing unnecessary hardship and suffering in far too often failing attempts to save a life.
At the time I saw my father die before I entered my teens there was no way to save him from what is now believed to have been blocked cardiac arteries. Forty years later, a very brief period of time in medical development, I experienced a 99% blockage of the left anterior descending artery (aka the widow maker) in my heart.
It was first angioplastied, then stented in what may not be entirely routine medicine yet, but certainly isn’t considered absolute cutting edge any longer. The blockage was reduced to zero and has not caused a moment’s distress since.
To stand beside someone you love in the time of greatest possible concern is something I believe we do as naturally as breathe.
I won’t speak further to my wife’s health for the foreseeable future, but I am truly grateful for your very thoughtful views.
“F my parents!” the words on national television from a Spring break Florida beach, from an apparent perhaps 20-something woman being asked by a television reporter what her parents might think of her behaviour. “F my parents!” Really? I want to talk to you about this on today’s show and will.
Also, depending on where you live in Canada, your cancer medication may be covered by provincial health care plans, or it may not, if you’re being treated with medications you can take at home. This can and does cost Canadians and their families thousands of dollars per month. Ontario particularly makes caner patients pay massive sums of money for their meds.
I’ll be speaking with Deb Maskens, kidney cancer patient and co-founder of Kidney Cancer Canada and the CanCertainty Coalition. The Coalition, made up of cancer patient groups, physicians and charity organizations is making Canadians aware of the huge costs of medication.
David and Kristie McMillan will join me as well. David’s daughter Kristie and his wife both have been diagnosed with cancer. They will speak about their experience with the inequity in financial coverage of medication.
And Tuesday, the trial of Mike Duffy begins and the country’s focus will be on the Senate and the expense claims of more than 100 audited senators. It’s reported senators aren’t thrilled at being quizzed on what they claim. Well, excuse me. We’ll just go away then….or maybe not. Maybe we’ll demand that MPs too be audited. Why shouldn’t they be? We’ll talk to you about this developing national issue (some say ‘scandal’ in the making) and be joined by the Beauties, Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and the only MP to make her expenses public online, former Liberal member of parliament Michelle Simson.
And there’s more… all today
This is fascinating stuff. A 1000 year old recipe from a 10th Century Anglo-Saxon medical book, as far as medical books went in the 10th Century, contains a potion which appears to be able to kill the MSRA (as well as other) antibiotic-resistant superbug.
I’ll be speaking with Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical infectious diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital about this development. 21st Century medicine taking a backseat to 10th Century potions. What are the implications? I’m sure there will be many saying “told you!”
By the way, how did ‘they’ (Today’s med researchers) find out this potion of garlic, onion or leak, wine and Oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach) would thump MSRA? Everything, except the oxgall, could appear on or beside your dinner tonight.
Canada’s special forces, JTF2 unit was until recently commanded by Colonel Steve Day. Later today I’ll be speaking with Colonel Day about an issue which if terror organization threats should ever materialize, namely an attack to rival 9/11, and if that attack were to happen outside Canada’s borders, would we have responsibility to participle in any international/coalition response? If an attack were to take place within Canada would we be justified to expect other nations to rally in Canada’s defence? While there’s been much parliamentary debate on Canada’s engagement in the U.S.-led coalition attack on ISIS, nothing has been said about the scenario I’m asking about. I think it’s relevant and it would be useful to know how our federal political parties line up.
Also today on this question, Colonel Peter Mansoor, former Executive Officer for General David Petraeus in Iraq and author of Surge.
Colonel Day is now a national and international security consultant.
I want to talk about that co-pilot on the Germanwings plane who murdered 150 people by diving the passenger jet into the Alps. There’s much talk about his mental health and physical health issues as well. I believe strongly in mental health issues being properly addressed and any lingering stigma related to mental health be eradicated. That includes, of course, depression, which Andreas Lubitz is said to have been challenged by.
Lubitz to me though is no different than Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Clifford Olson. A mass-murderer of children, women and men, except no societal vengeance on this killer is possible. Many deal with depression without resorting to gratuitous brutality.
Am I wrong to feel this way about Lubitz? I’ll be asking Dr. Frank Farley, psychologist and past president of the American Psychological Association (he’s Canadian). Dr. Farley is also the President-elect of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence.
Facebook. Is it tracking you? A major story from Europe with comment from Canadian and international privacy lawyer David Fraser.
Mike McIntyre from the Winnipeg Free Press and Mike on Crime on the Corus radio network about a 21 year old woman responsible for the deaths of two other young women and injuring of two others when she, at 17 years of age, drove with alcohol in her system, talking and texting on her smartphone and sped through an intersection and a red light. Mike wrote a compelling column in the Free Press titled ‘I understand why you all hate me.’ Give it a read.
and from Alabama the story of the release yesterday of a man who spent almost 30 years on death row.
Just some of what’s on today’s show.
For your very kind and supportive comments concerning the email I received. Initially, I wasn’t going to mention it at all, but then thought if there’s anyone who feels somehow that protecting a wife is “devaluing independent women everywhere”, I’d like to read and hear the response to this attitude.
I’ve seen it from women and from men. From wives who stood by and stand by their husbands and from husbands who stood by and stand by their wives.
I greatly appreciate your comments here on the web page and on Facebook (The Roy Green Show) and will briefly speak to the issue on today’s show.
“Roy, your Facebook posting about your wife’s cancer battle reads like you think she needs your protection. We fought to overcome this stereotype. Women, including your wife, don’t need a man to stand guard over them. I respect your love for your wife, but you are devaluing independent women everywhere.”
A personal email from a casual acquaintance referencing my March 24 posting both here at RoyGreenShow.com and on Facebook (The Roy Green Show), titled My wife’s battle with cancer.
A question to you reading here. Do you discern, anywhere in that posting a suggestion I’m demeaning “independent women everywhere?”
I read the comments on that posting on Facebook, as well as the one here on the web page and not one even remotely approached my acquaintance’s point of view. And thank you again for the very supportive thoughts and wishes.
I’m returning to my show on the Corus radio network this weekend and it is my wife who convinced me, saying “you need to get back on air doing your show because you love it so much.”
As much as I love broadcasting, it’s been my professional life’s focus, returning to the show this weekend wasn’t an easy decision.
It really is my belief that my most significant responsibility is to protect and take care of my wife. I love her and have witnessed how her battle with cancer has left this strong woman for whom compassion for those in need is second nature, vulnerable, as anyone fighting for health and in need of assistance becomes vulnerable.
If you’ve found yourself hospitalized you know what I’m getting at.
Your daily needs, things you would under normal circumstance deal with yourself without a thought of asking for help can become too challenging to address. A task as personal and second nature as bathing may require assistance from a stranger, a nurse perhaps and most certainly a qualified and ethical member of the medical profession, but a stranger nevertheless.
Feeding yourself and/or dressing can similarly become projects to not easily, or at all, be addressed solo.
My instinct is to be my wife’s protector, if and when necessary. Her present health reality makes this doubly important.
There is at least one person (and there may be others) who will try to make the case that in my March 24 posting I promoted the view a woman is frail and in need of a man’s support and protection. Utter nonsense.
What I expressed in this post, that “my instinct is to be my wife’s protector, if and when necessary” may be disturbing to some.
We’ll talk about it on the weekend.
I want to share with you the reason I’ve been absent from my show occasionally in recent weeks and will be again this weekend.
I spoke some months ago on air about my wife’s battle with a particularly aggressive cancer. At the time she had been declared to be in remission. Now the battle has taken a turn we prayed it would not.
My wife had been feeling increasingly unwell recently, resulting in a series of tests. We know now the cancer has returned and in a very serious manner.
There have been many kind thoughts and good wishes expressed over the past months on air, by social media and particularly email.
In recent weeks I have received email wondering if my on air absences may be related to my wife’s cancer battle.
I had intended to wait until I was back on the show before publicly addressing what has developed, but ultimately don’t want to appear to be ignoring the very thoughtful messages we have received.
To everyone fighting a personal health battle, or if you’re a family member, caregiver or friend to someone who is, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
My wife and I thank you so very much for your concern and support.
I will be away for possibly a few weeks, but the show will be in good hands and I’ll be back as soon as I can. We’ll talk then.
Best to everyone.
Let me back up a bit. Yesterday we aired a very energized hour on the issue of the niqab being worn during a citizenship oath ceremony. In fact, that was the starting point. It was what federal politicians have said and accused each other of since which caused this issue to air this weekend.
we had excellent guests with strong opinions, callers too. That was part 1.
One of the questions we dealt with was whether a national commission on reasonable accommodation of newcomers to Canada is advisable. That’s what the Quebec lieutenant of the NDP caucus told Quebec media.
So that, partly, brought us to the issue of official multiculturalism and it reminded me that former Liberal MP John Bryden attended a dinner in 1995, for former Liberal MPs and hosted by former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Each MP got to ask Mr. Trudeau one question.
John Bryden’s question was “Mr. Trudeau, you were one of the key architects of multiculturalism and now we are in a situation where many newcomers to Canada consider ethnicity before being Canadian. Is this the outcome you wanted?” The room reportedly went silent. PET’s response was “no, this is not what I wanted.”
We’ll talk today. Politicians opened the door to national discussion and we’ll do exactly that.
Also joining us will be Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College, at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Mattson is the author of The Story of the Qur’an: It’s History and Place in Muslim Life.
Much more today, including whether domestic violence toward men is as prevalent as it is toward women …
and, it happened. What happened? The popular kids game Hide and Go Seek has been banned!! We’ll have the story and your views.
Lots more on today’s show.
Will the wearing of a niqab during the Citizenship Oath swearing ceremony become the issue which will eventually result in Canada nationally copying Quebec and putting in place a national commission to engage Canadians in discussions about ‘reasonable accommodations’ for newcomers to Canada?
That’s what a senior member of the federal NDP caucus suggested to Quebec media, appearing to contradict his party and its leader Thomas Mulcair. Alexandre Boulerice, according to media reports, told a Quebec television program the NDP is “totally uncomfortable” with women in public service wearing a niqab and in “society generally.”
Today and tomorrow we’ll talk about this issue and include your calls. With me will be Andre Drouin, the former councillor of Herouxville, Quebec, who introduced that community’s Charter for Newcomers and which resulted in international news coverage and eventually culminated with the Quebec Commission on Reasonable Accommodation (Bouchard-Taylor Commission).
Former Canadian Ambassador to Syria, Martin Collacott joins us, as does Richard Kurland, prominent national immigration lawyer who has advised the federal and Quebec governments on immigration matters.
Is it possible a national Commission on Reasonable Accommodation could result from the niqab controversy and the accusations political parties have directed at each other? Or, are we sufficiently comfortable with the Canadian national reality of diversity and official multiculturalism? Remember, Quebec and Quebec votes may be at stake. If this sounds to you like I’m suggesting politicians might be persuaded to promise such a Commission in order to possibly gain favour with Quebec voters, that’s exactly what I’m doing.
We’ll hear what you think. We have great guests today and tomorrow. I quite sure many of you will be surprised at what you hear tomorrow from one of my guests.
Very busy show today and I’m glad to be back.
Thanks to my friend and colleague Charles Adler for taking such great care of the show the past two weekends.
How badly were the parents of Cpl Stuart Langridge treated by the Canadian military’s National Investigation Service (the military’s version of police investigators) as they sought answers into how the suicide of their son was being dealt with?
Listen Saturday when you’ll hear me speak with Colonel Michel Drapeau, a 30+ year veteran of the CAF who represents Shaun and Sheila Fynes, Cpl Langridge’s parents.
Sloppy, hardly begins to describe the NIS investigations (Not one, but three). We can begin with the fact that for fourteen months Shaun and Sheila Fynes were denied access to their son’s suicide note. That Cpl Langridge requested a simple funeral in that suicide note was utterly ignored in favour of a full military funeral.
Better news coverage?
Canada’s new federal Minister of National Defence, Jason Kenney, has a responsibility to the Fynes and to the memory of their son. The incompetent performance of NIS, under the direction of its chain of command, stopping at the desk of the Provost Marshal Colonel Robert Delaney is unforgiveable.
Decide for yourself after you hear my conversation with Colonel Drapeau whether Colonel Delaney should stay or go.
I think it will prove to be an easy call.
I’m taking some personal time off from the show, as well as social media (mostly), but my plan is to be back on air next Saturday/Sunday (March 14/15).
In the meantime, my friend and colleague Charles Adler has agreed to not only host his Monday to Friday great show on Corus Winnipeg’s CJOB, but also my show. By next Friday that will be 19 straight days for Charles, I believe. Having pulled a few of those over the years, I can attest that nineteen-in-a-row is a long haul.
Thank you Charles.
Hope you have a great weekend everyone and I know you’re in for great radio!
“Thank you” to my great friend Charles Adler for hosting the show this weekend. I should be back next Saturday/Sunday.
It’s a sleeper issue, which, if a case emerges in the proximity of this year’s federal election, could be impactful on the vote. The issue? The right to self and family defence as you see fit in your home. Listen to a few segments we’ve aired in recent weeks since the arrest and charges against 68 year old Michael Woodard who is alleged to have used a legal rifle to shoot an alleged home-invader in the leg. You’ll find the segments on this site in the podcast section.
The speculation on what the Toronto tunnel is about is as headline-grabbing as the tunnel itself. Sign of the times is the fear potential terrorist action may, authorities downplaying it notwithstanding, be in play.
Obama vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline. I was thinking about an exclamation mark to follow the word “pipeline”, but it’s difficult for me to place an exclamation mark beside any word which relates to activities of this U.S. President, except perhaps, ‘golf’! Is he any good, anyway? Michael Jordan has said he’d have no difficulty winning a straight-up match against Obama. Play one on TV for charity Mr. President. As for Keystone and Obama? We knew he would veto a major bill passed by Republicans who have majorities in the House and Senate. That means nothing to this President.
Parisians are concerned. They’ve witnessed drones flying over tourist attractions and historic sites in the city. Haven’t been able to catch the drone operators. That alone should be troubling.
And, hackers may be after your smartphone now. My gut tells me once a hacker threat is publicly identified such attacks have already taken place and perhaps in significant numbers.
I’m taking a few days off and won’t be on air this weekend.