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.
Condolences to the family and military comrades of the Argyll and Sutherlands reservist from Hamilton whose life was taken by a gunman in Ottawa this morning. Guarding the national War Memorial would have been an honour for this reservist, as was defending Canada and Canadians from all forms of attack.
Over my years in Hamilton I got to know many members of the city’s military family, particularly as they and we would assemble at the Cenotaph downtown for the Remembrance Day ceremonies and our annual November 11, broadcast.
A question which demands an answer is how could our parliament buildings have been available for at attack inside its halls? The halls where historic decisions were taken over the years of Canada’s development. After yesterday’s hit-and-run attack which claimed the life of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and the raising of the threat level some days ago nationally, wouldn’t it have seemed reasonable to increase, and visibly, security on parliament hill?
We have gone for hours now without any official reaction from the federal government or the national police force, although a combined military/RCMP/Ottawa Mayor briefing is beginning as I write these words.
It is from Canada’s Prime Minister we need to hear and hopefully today. It will be Stephen Harper’s duty to respond to this assault on the nation’s primary institution of leadership.
The picture (tweeted photograph) of members of the NDP caucus gathered in their meeting room behind chairs piled against the inside of the doors, while gunfire was exchanged outside is alarming. Had the Sgt At Arms of parliament not acted as swiftly as he did with his firearm, how might the outcome have been different? We do know some MPs have credited the Sgt At Arms with saving their lives quite possibly.
This is a huge nation with a relatively small population and we cannot exclusively react to developing attacks against Canada. It is incumbent on our political leadership, military and police to proactively deal with whatever threats present themselves to Canada and Canadians.
The Assistant Commissioner was just asked whether the RCMP was taken by surprise. His answer an incomprehensible “it’s too early to answer that question.” Really?
Please Mr. Harper. We need to hear from you.
A 28 year veteran of Canada’s military is dead.
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
Warrant Officer Vincent was prepared to lay down his life in service to his country and to his fellow Canadians.
That’s the solemn commitment made by the men and women who wore this nation’s uniform through two World Wars, the Korean Conflict, international peacekeeping missions, as well as humanitarian efforts, following disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.
They do this often thousands of miles distant from our shores, their homes and loved ones.
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent would indeed have been prepared to lay down his life in service to his country and his fellow Canadians. But it never should have been like this.
Patrice Vincent did not deserve to become the victim of a hit-and-run perpetrated by a recent convert to Islam, Martin Couture-Rouleau.
You will hear and read a great deal about Couture-Rouleau in the days ahead. Learn enough to fuel within you the sole national reaction Couture-Rouleau’s name deserves.
Warrant officer Patrice Vincent would, like his brothers and sisters in uniform, have been a proud man. Proud to serve. Proud to be counted on. Proud to be Canadian. Proud of the ideals, freedoms and values which define Canada and result in a global immigration queue in which hopeful applicants often wait for years.
Couture-Rouleau reportedly also waited. He waited two hours in a Quebec strip mall before striking.
The questions, of course, are “why wasn’t Couture-Rouleau stopped” and since we almost immediately found out he was on the national terror watch list with numbers of individuals on that list being quite small (less than 100), “how is it Couture-Rouleau was able to commit his crime?”
After all, his passport had been revoked and Couture-Rouleau’s Facebook postings we’re told, had recently particularly become increasingly radical.
In the days, weeks and months ahead many questions will be asked, many answers deconstructed, many demands made.
I hope political parties will resist the temptation to turn the loss of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and the injuring of his military colleague into potential gain.
Today, the nation mourns the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and we thank him and his family for their service to Canada.
Today I’ll be speaking with Dr. Carl Weiss, head of infectious diseases at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal about Canadian hospital preparedness for any Ebola infected patient appearing at one of our hospitals seeking care.
What has Dallas taught us?
Dr. Weiss and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital treated the second patient in Canada with potential Ebola virus infection symptoms. That happened in August.
We’ll also be joined by Deborah Burger later in the hour, president of National Nurses United in the U.S. NNU took the lead in speaking for the nurses at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, who treated Thomas Eric Duncan who would die of Ebola infection at the hospital. The nurses were not, from what we’ve been informed, properly and safely protected from the Ebola virus by the gear they were wearing. What’s unconscionable is that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) initially seemed intent on pointing the finger of blame at the nurses for breaking the CDC protection against Ebola protocol.
Today the CDC is expected to issue new protocols. I’ll be asking you if you personally feel some sense of concern/fear about Ebola entering Canada.
There’s much more today. Neal Collins, South African broadcaster joins us from Pretoria on the Oscar Pistorius sentencing. The process continues and the judge’s decision is expected Tuesday, but what happens before Tuesday and what is available to the prosecution and/or defence post-Tuesday. I think Pistorius is going to, for all intent and purpose, get away with killing his then girlfriend. It just seems headed in that direction. He may get house-arrest, but I’ll be surprised if Pistorius winds up in prison.
The stock markets have had almost everyone wobbly and many withdrawing from the market over the past days as the indices hurled themselves up and down like a mad roller coaster. Tom Caldwell is the Chairman of Caldwell Securities. Mr. Caldwell will be on the show today to explain.
and it’s Beauties and the Beast time with Catherine Swift, Michelle Simson and today a cameo appearance by Linda Leatherdale. If you love rock music with a Canadian angle you’ll want to hear where Linda is and what’s going on. Catherine will take on global issues which reach right into your wallet and bank account .. and the question of trust. Michelle doesn’t have a lot of that in what governments are offering by way of Ebola protection assurances.
Working on the story of the Russian ship which was floundering off the B.C. coast carrying huge amounts of oil and diesel. An environmental disaster in waiting. I’m waiting to hear back about various guests joining us.
You heard Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) tell us on air that months ago MSF advised the WHO that the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa was particularly challenging and resources should immediately be deployed. The WHO did nothing, or at best little.
MSF fought on as Dr. Tim Jagotic, Canadian MSF doctor about to return for his third tour of treating Ebola patients in Liberia, told us, along with the organizations deputy director. Without international resources deployed it was, we were informed, “like fighting a forest fire with a spray bottle.”
You have heard Red Cross International’s operations manager in Liberia, Peter Schleicher, speak to the on the ground horrors of picking up hundreds of bodies off the streets of Monrovia weekly and Mr. Schleicher said that in the more than 30 years he has been with IRC, this Ebola crisis is the most severe situation he has encountered.
And yet, we heard platitudes and assurances from political leaders and public health officials that Ebola even appearing on this continent would be quite unlikely.
Contrast that position with what we’re facing now, the growing concern that healthcare professionals (nurses particularly) may have contacted hundreds or more individuals in various public venues (airliner, for example) and perhaps being infected themselves, passed along Ebola infection to unsuspecting people with whom the healthcare workers had direct contact.
Yes, the number of confirmed cases is small. The circle(s) of individuals being sought, tracked, isolated for observation are growing. That’s how the virus spreads.
What is unacceptable and no amount of spin should excuse, is that the CDC in the U.S. offered platitudes and assurances that Ebola virus treatment protocols would safeguard local, state and national populations. With the first Ebola patient these assurances collapsed and we have heard harrowing accounts of how exposed nurses treating Thomas Eric Duncan were to the Ebola virus.
This weekend we’ll continue with our coverage of the Ebola virus crisis, with President Obama appointing, so media are reporting, a so-called “Ebola Czar” for the U.S. government.
Oh great! Another level of bureaucracy and more potential for obfuscation. Excuse the cynicism. In this case it’s earned.
I’ll be speaking with the head of infectious diseases of a Canadian hospital which dealt with a possible Ebola patient, Peter Schleicher returns from the IRC in Liberia, Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital will all be with us. We’re also looking for U.S. nurses association participation.
Clearly, we won’t be speaking only about the Ebola crisis. There’s much more on this weekend’s lineup.
Check here for that and follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow, or The Roy Green Show on Facebook where you’ll also be updated.
a question I’ll be asking you today, after we speak with Colonel Peter Mansoor, executive officer to General David Petraeus during the Surge in Iraq. What is the way to engage ISIS militarily? Turkey parked its tanks literally within shouting distance of the town of Kobani in Syria, but did nothing to intercept ISIS fighters attacking the town.
Should Canada be in … or out? What obligation do we have?
A Texas healthcare worker who was wearing protective gear while in contact with the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died in a Dallas hospital, has now tested positive for the Ebola virus. How does that happen? If it’s not a flaw in the gear or how it was donned, there’s going to be major concern among healthcare workers who may be asked to treat a patient with Ebola going forward. I’ll be speaking with U.S. microbiologist Dr. Gil Mobley who has challenged the CDC directly on its assurances concerning the healthcare system’s ability to withstand Ebola in the U.S.
Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist from Toronto General Hospital will speak to the most recent Ebola developments and what we in Canada should be considering. Health checks have begun at major Canadian and U.S. airports. How effective are they and how could they be improved? I’ll be speaking with former El Al airlines security chief Isaac Yeffet about that and asking you for your level of concern. Do you have concerns about Ebola reaching into Canada?
There’s much more, including Mubin Shaikh (undercoverjihadi.com) and Dr. Mia Bloom, anti-terrorism expert joining the show to speak to the ISIS threat from within Canada.
And….Detroit. Still an economic basket case, but it’s building a $450 million arena for the Red Wings. Remember, in 2012, you could buy a house and the lot it stood on in some areas of Detroit for $1.00!! That’s ‘one’ dollar. Mark Yost has that story. It’s a good one.
Some of what’s on today.
a major research study supports the presence of an afterlife and near-death experiences. I’ll be speaking with radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long who also conducted a major study of 1300 patients, many who had been clinically dead and who had afterlife experiences. That’s in hour 1 of the show.
Dr. Tim Jagotic is a Canadian doctor with MSF and has completed two tours of treating patients with Ebola virus illness in West Africa. Dr. Jagotic joins me also in our first hour.
Later, the RCMP investigating 28 individuals who reportedly left Canada to associate or fight with terror groups. David Harris is the president of INSIGNIS Strategic Research and a former CSIS officer who will speak to this issue, along with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
the incoming president of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada, Dr. Carolyn Quach will also address the Ebola virus concerns.
Marina Nemat is a remarkable woman and survivor of Tehran, Iran’s infamous Evin prison where she was tortured and almost executed at age 16. She will talk about her experience and speak to the importance of Malala Yousafzai receiving the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday. Marina Nemat rfeceived the Inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European parliament in 2007. Her first book “Life in Iran” has been published in 28 countries.
And since it’s Saturday…it’s time for Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale, Michelle Simson and me…and the Beauties and the Beast segment. We have lined up big Canadian and international stories for the special treatment B&B delivers weekly.
The Ebola virus threat has done what I predicted on the show months ago as we began speaking to people on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone, representing the International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontiers). That is, dominate international news headlines. This crisis was long in the making and far too long in identifying as a real international health threat.
On tomorrow’s show a Canadian doctor who has completed two tours of duty in West Africa joins me to speak to the Ebola crisis and of most significance to this physician is to present “accurate information”. As we’ve witnessed the confusion in Dallas and Madrid, accurate information is critical on the Ebola virus front.
There’ll be more this weekend dealing with the Ebola threat.
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Yesterday’s first hour of the program dealt with the issue of who should have the decision-making right to withhold or decide to implement medical treatment for a child.
The issue centred on two First Nations children. Makayla Sault of the New Credit First Nation in Ontario and an unidentified First Nations child (by court order), also from Ontario.
In both cases Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital and Brant Children’s Aid Society are involved, along with the parents of the children and in Makayla’s case, Makayla herself, at 11 years of age. Most will remember how Makayla’s and her parents decision to stop chemotherapy treatment for her leukemia in May of this year, deciding instead to opt for traditional medicine. It was an issue of tremendous controversy and an oncologist from the McMaster Children’s Hospital is reported to have recently, during a court hearing involving the second child removed from chemotherapy treatment, said Makayla has suffered a relapse.
New Credit First Nation Chief Bryan LaForme told us yesterday on air that he saw Makayla as recently as last week and that she looked fine. The Chief did say he hadn’t been able to speak to Makayla’s parents directly about their daughter’s current health.
With Vancouver family lawyer Scott Taylor participating (underappeal.com) we went to the calls across Canada and the opinions were many and strong. You may listen back to the entire hour (and download) here on this page in the podcast section.
In the meantime, who has the right to determine whether a child should or should not be required to continue with chemotherapy for a diagnosed deadly cancer, which oncologists inform has an excellent chance of being brought into remission and a cure achieved if chemotherapy is allowed to proceed to its conclusion.
We’ll begin with the story of another First Nations child being removed from chemotherapy treatment for her cancer. At the same hospital which had been treating 11 year old Makayla Sault until May of this year. McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. And we’ll find out from New Credit First Nation Chief Bryan LaForme how Makayla’s health is after months of traditional healing methods. An oncologist reportedly told a hearing into a second native child being removed from McMaster Children’s Hospital’s chemotherapy treatment that Makayla had suffered a relapse.
We’ll hear your thoughts on whether doctors should have the final decision-making power when it comes to cancer and other treatment for children.
Scott Taylor, Vancouver lawyer and media commentator (underappeal.com) joins us as well.
Is it child neglect to allow your son or daughter to play contact sports before age 18? A 16 year old high school football player died Thursday after an on-field collision which resulted in a brain injury. Neurosurgeon Dr. Brett Osborn and author of Get Serious joins us. We’ll hear from you.
Ebola. Are we hearing the truth from politicians and public health officials? I’ll play back for you the interview we aired yesterday with microbiologist Dr. Gil Mobley who very publicly accused the CDC of lying. What do you think? We’ll find out.
And it will be part two of our conversation with two men who spent a combined 20 years in prison for murders they did not commit. William Mullins-Johnson and Ronald Dalton will be joined by criminal lawyer James Lockyer, representing AIDWIC(.org). The Assocation for the Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted. Thursday was the first international Wrongful Conviction Day. What was life like in prison for William and Ronald? One convicted of raping and murdering his four year old niece, the other of murdering his wife, mother to their three children.
I’ll be speaking with the widow of a Liberian-American who died of the Ebola virus and who is believed to be the first Ebola victim to transport the virus from one nation to another. Decontee Kofa is the executive director of the Kofa Foundation. You’ll also hear from the deputy director of Doctors Without Borders (www.MSF.ca) who have been fighting Ebola on the front lines in west Africa since the beginning of the outbreak and who called on the W.H.O. to step in months ago. Doctors Without Borders do incredible work and we all owe them much thanks.
Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist from Toronto General Hospital and the University Health Network will address the threat level of the Ebola virus now that it is present in Dallas and who, frankly, knows where else, possibly?
The federal government announced yesterday that Canada is joining the multi-nation coalition attacking ISIS. The opposition parties are challenging the government which is their option. There’s a big difference though in the performance by federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau’s infantile attempt at sexual humour, applied to a crisis which has claimed so many lives and in a savage manner, truly should make Canadians wonder about JT’s ability to understand and respond to a crisis as a federal party leader and would-be Prime Minister. Tom Mulcair’s views are expressed, agree or disagree, as an adult with an adult perspective. Justin Trudeau? You decide.
I’ll be speaking with Mubin Shaikh (www.undercoverjihadi.com), former CSIS and RCMP undercover agent who infiltrated the Toronto 18 terror group about the impact Mubin Shaikh believes Ottawa’s decision to join the international coalition will have on young Muslims who might be targeted for radicalizing and who feel supportive toward ISIS.
That’s just some of what’s on today’s show. Hope you’ll join us.
If you felt or even feel a bit of anxiety in the pit of your stomach over the arrival of the Ebola virus in North America, that’s entirely normal. We’ve heard very disturbing accounts of what Ebola has caused in Liberia and Sierra Leone from two of our guests on the show who are working there with the International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders respectively.
At the same time, it is one case in Dallas and the Centres for Disease Control will engage in creating concentric circles of the infected man’s contacts over the past weeks and should be able to identify all who were exposed to him, we’re assured. The CDC is very good at what it does and there’s no reason to disbelieve the organization. Nevertheless, we’ll all be watching very carefully and with increased interest.
The interest should have been present much sooner. Doctors Without Borders warned of his Ebola outbreak in January of this year, I believe, and world health authorities did very little of anything to follow up on the warning and assist Doctors Without Borders.
Now, according to the UN Security Council the Ebola crisis is the greatest threat to world peace and stability.
The cost to bring the outbreak under control was estimated last week to be $1 billion. Fore an engaged global community that is not much money. Not when the dire warnings of the UN Security Council are considered.
This shouldn’t be just about safeguarding developed nations and their populations. Nations of the world had the responsibility to step up and protect the people of West African nations from the scourge of Ebola. When President Obama estimates more than 1 million people may be infected by January if major and successful efforts are not engaged by then, that is not only disastrous, but unacceptable. The citizens of Liberia, Sierra Leone and other regional countries deserve the best care possible for such a catastrophic spread of illness. The developed world shouldn’t sit back and wait to act only if the Ebola virus threatens our countries. And had action been taken sooner, not only would many lives likely have been saved, but the cost in dollars to bring things under control would have been significantly lower than now.
The other issue, the Heads of State security question is one which really deserves an airing out. When an intruder makes it right into the White House, armed with a knife and is caught in an area frequented by the President, jobs should be lost.
Not only did an intruder make it into the White House, but the President was on an elevator with a security guard with a criminal past. A security guard with a criminal record …and a gun. Hello, where’s the Secret Service? Too many party opportunities? You remember that story no doubt.
I’ll be speaking to this issue on Saturday and will share with you the three encounters I’ve had with security details for Prime Minister Mulroney, when he was in office and I had a one-on-one, one hour interview scheduled with him at a Toronto hotel, with the aforementioned U.S. Secret Service when the first President Bush spoke at a dinner in Hamilton, as well as British security for the former U.K. PM, Margaret Thatcher. I’ll share those stories on Saturday as well.
that’s the story of two of my guests today. Ronald Dalton and William Mullins -Johnson were both found guilty of murder. Ronald Dalton was found guilty of murdering his wife and Willliam Mullins-Johnson of raping and murdering his niece. What were those years in prison like and how were they both exonerated? I’ll ask them and joining as well will be lawyer James Lockyer who has for years worked with AIDWYC, the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted. October 2, will be the first International Wrongful Conviction Day (www.wrongfulconvictionday.com).
He’s one of our most requested guests and he’s back today. Gerald Celente, publisher of Trends Journal brings his as politically incorrect as possible direct approach back to the show. Hour 3.
Major General Lewis MacKenzie (ret’d) will speak about the military assault on ISIS and how politicians are revealing virtually all their attack plans on media platforms.
Dr. Zuhd Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and author of Battle for the Soul of Islam is back.
what do you tell your kids about stepping in and breaking up a fight? After the stabbing death of a 19 year old Toronto student for doing just that, has your advice changed? Barbara Coloroso joins us (kidsareworthit.com)
and the leprechaun. Social media continue to hunt for the rude and physically abusive passenger on a Toronto bus. We’ll share that story and I just think rudeness has become a way of life. Too bad. What are your experiences?
I experienced a customer service situation which you may have difficulty believing and topping. Happened this past Tuesday and I’ll share tomorrow. I’ll open the phone lines.
Will also be speaking with Mubin Shaikh, former CSIS and RCMP undercover agent about radicalization of young people living in Canada by ISIS and similar groups. The Ontario Provincial Police has issued an internal bulletin to its officers alerting to threats to Canadians by ISIS since the Coalition bombing raids began.
Former Alberta Crown Attorney Scott Newark joins me to speak to three crime stories making news this week, particularly involving Raymond Caissie in B.C. What has to be done, can be done, should be done, but isn’t, as far as safeguarding communities is concerned? Scott will also talk about our Canadian border security.
It’s Beauties and the Beast time again, as it is each Saturday with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson joining me for our Beauties and the Beast half hour. Time to tax the rich (extra)? And, is Justin Trudeau simply refusing to wear his big boy pants?
Remember to follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow.
On Saturday’s program we will speak to Canadians rightly expressing outrage over the release from prison of Raymond Caissie, charged with second degree murder in the death of 17 year old Serena Vermeersch, described as a random attack, or as an RCMP officer explained, “a horrible crime of opportunity”.
We yet again demand answers from politicians, from federal justice department mandarins like the Correctional Services Canada Chair, the Parole Board of Canada Chair, the various police representatives and all who had a hand in the release of Caissie, considered a real threat to commit violence at the time of any release, and who, according to reports, had indicated he is far more comfortable living in a prison surrounding than in society at large.
But the system and its rules cut Caissie loose. They had to, you see.
That’s the same argument put forward in the early 90′s when Joseph Fredericks, a multi-convicted and diagnosed psychotic deviant who enjoyed torturing children more than he enjoyed killing them was set free in Brampton, Ontario, with the federal justice system handlers losing track of Fredericks, allowing this psychopath the opportunity to abduct, torture and murder 12 year old Christopher Stephenson.
In fact, his monitors not only lost Fredericks trail, but would also subsequently during the inquest into Christopher’s murder admit to not having an understanding of the definition of psychopath.
Christopher never had a chance.
I spent a great deal of studio time with Christopher’s father Jim and by phone with his mother Anna as they fought for justice for their son and protection for Canadians unaware of the types of failings which had led to their child’s terrible death.
As far as Raymond Caissie is concerned, he is not being convicted on this page. Caissie is innocent until proven guilty, but given what we know about him, should Caissie under any circumstance have been set free, even with restrictions?
Let me get back to the issue of prison inmates.
About 20 years ago I spent a day at Joyceville federal institution near Kingston, Ontario. The occasion was a live broadcast of my program on 900 CHML in Hamilton with the Joyceville inmates committee.
The rationale behind this show was that at the time, inmates serving a life sentence had been requesting a so-called “Lifers Conference”, an opportunity for these men to meet and address prison issues most significant to them.
There was immediate public outcry and the conference never took place.
I thought though that my listeners might well want to hear what was being said in Canada’s prisons. We were actively engaged in a series of broadcasts investigating and speaking about Canadian justice at the time.
The show with the Joyceville inmates committee leaders took place in the warden’s boardroom. Present were four committee members, the broadcast engineer and me.
Two inmates were serving sentences for murder, one for bank robbery, one for illegal drug-related offences.
They were direct, addressing being a criminal, serving time, release options and the prison justice system. A system far more harsh than its official counterpart.
Joseph Fredericks would not survive the prison justice system (and he didn’t). Clifford Olson, the child serial killer would, if he were set into the general population of Joyceville be “killed.” Child killers were not tolerated.
It was though a point made by one member of the committee which will always resonate. He spoke to the continuing cycle of crime, prison, release, crime, prison, release, by stating “we’re all doing life, two to four years at a time.” Everyone agreed.
How badly does the system of “must release” misfire?
A justice system official associated with arranging the Joyceville broadcast told me “this week there will be releases from this and other prisons across Canada. I can tell you who among them will be back and for more serious crimes. I can also walk you through Joyceville and most any other federal institution and point out men who if they were permitted to leave would never again be heard from. The system will keep these men locked up and set free the others.”
This morning I tweeted (@theroygreenshow) words spoken by a Correctional Service Canada psychologist on my program during an interview about child sexual abusers. Words which shocked, but I think serve at least partly to illustrate why flawed releases take place. The prison psychologist’s answer to a probing question was “you must consider the underlying vulnerability of the offender.”
I wish I still had the recording of those two hours I spent on air with the inmates committee at Joyceville federal prison. They didn’t speak about personal vulnerability. Not one complained that unfairness had brought them to the place they were. Each was prepared to accept being held accountable for their crimes.
The justice system though? During hour 2 of Saturday’s program we’ll get at this issue and the questions surrounding the continued release of clearly still dangerous individuals.
I will today share with you the story of the last seven months in the lives of my wife and me. In March my wife was diagnosed with a very aggressive and potentially deadly cancer. I was told by one specialist that she may have less than a week to live at that time. She has been through an incredibly difficult regimen of treatments, chemotherapy and radiation therapy among them, but today her cancer is in remission.
I’ll tell you about the last seven months and the challenges they brought and the concerns which remain going forward. We’ll also take calls from you with an experience with cancer and other life-threating illnesses.
the Ebola crisis in west Africa. the UN Security Council votes 15-0 it is a serious challenge to world peace and stability. We’ll speak with the operations manager for the International Red Cross in Liberia, the epicentre of the Ebola virus outbreak. And what is the threat to Canada and Canadians, if there is one? Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist from Toronto General Hospital joins me.
When does child discipline cross the line to child abuse? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has many supporters as he faces child abuse criminal charges in the beating of his four year old son. But he also has supporters who argue it is a Southern U.S. way of parenting (beating a child with a tree branch or switch).
Sierra Mannie is a 21 year old University of Mississippi senior who wrote a first person accounting of this kind beating for Time.com. Ms. Mannie will join us. We’ll also take your calls on what is and what isn’t appropriate child discipline.
Cancer is the issue/illness being talked and written about today, with the illness of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Our friends, my employer, family and a few others are aware that a very aggressive cancer invaded our home earlier this year. Tomorrow I will share this story and we’ll talk about this disease.
There is the illness, the person who is fighting for her or his life, caregivers, family and friends and dedicated medical experts who do their all to defeat cancer.
We’ll talk tomorrow. You and I and all who have a very personal experience with cancer. My hope is that somewhere during the hour something will be said, related, remembered which will be of value and/or help to those dealing with this vicious disease.
Today, could it be the new Scottish National anthem? Not so much. But it is a poke at the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish referendum of earlier this week. Dominik Diamond of our Corus Toronto stations, and a Scot who supported the ‘Yes’ side joins me to talk about the referendum and we’ll play Dominik singing his song. And what’s with Canadians who supported the ‘Yes’ side in Scotland. Did you also support sovereignists in Quebec looking to break up Canada? Just asking.
We’ll get at the issue of domestic violence. We’ve all been exposed to the NFL stories and U.S. law on domestic violence, but we’ll today concentrate on Canada’s criminal laws on this issue when Scott Newark, former Alberta Crown Attorney and former head of the Office for Victims of Crime and Jeff Manishen, criminal lawyer in Hamilton, also former Crown Attorney and annually since 2006, including in the Canada’s Best Lawyers list join me.
How much trouble is the NFL in? Fraser Seitel is one the premier public relations experts in the U.S. He’ll join us …and my friend and contributor on the issue of the business of sport, Mark Yost will look at how much $$$ the current NFL mess on how the league has handled the domestic violence issue may cost.
B.C. schools will open again and Mike Smyth of the The Province and our Vancouver Corus radio station CKNW joins me
and it’s Saturday, so it’s Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson in our Beauties and the Beast segment. Today will really be in Michelle’s personal area of experience, although we’ll all have opinions and take your calls.
Scots are, as I write this, determining the future of Scotland in the national referendum on remaining within, or seceding from the U.K.
Just why this referendum is taking place at all at this time is what will be debated for many years, whichever decision is arrived at.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is responsible for this day, deciding, after the Scottish National Party’s 2011 parliamentary majority that Scotland and Scots needed the right to vote on their future. Cameron wasn’t required to deliver this binding referendum and the PM certainly has failed to distinguish himself as far as making the case for a continued united U.K. in the buildup to today.
There have been the last-minute near-panic statements from Cameron pleading for Scotland’s continued place in the United Kingdom, but it was late in the game and smacked of lack of preparation.
That 16-year-olds have been afforded the right to vote, while adult Scottish citizens who are non-residents of Scotland are denied suggests the worst kind of rules mismanagement. 16-year-olds are romantics about notions of independence and this youthful constituency may provide the margin of victory for the Yes side.
So what happens if a simple majority votes to pull Scotland out of the U.K.? Predictions are dire. Among them international financial experts and institutions warning of recession at the very least.
Tearing apart a country which is a stable democracy and economically on the rebound from the “great recession” is a massive blunder which may echo far beyond whatever the boundaries today’s vote will determine.
In Canada, Quebec sovereignists would use a Scottish ”yes” vote as fuel for their increasingly failing campaign to remove the province from the Canadian federation. Just months ago, the mere mention of Quebec secession by Pierre Karl Peladeau, the Parti Quebecois “star” candidate set the skids under the PQ’s re-election bid and saw the separatist party heaved aside by Francophone voters.
Other secession movements internationally will jump on any Scottish “yes” vote to drive their agendas forward.
David Cameron has blundered as he had no right to.
Should Scottish voters decide their future and that of their land? Of course. There was though opportunity to do so through the so-called ‘devo-max” plan which would have delivered increased autonomy for Scotland within the existing British framework.
Now though, the U.K. waits and so do we all.
We in Canada have been there. Twice.
Cancer is a vicious enemy and this afternoon we heard officially that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is beginning a battle for his life, diagnosed with a malignant liposarcoma.
For all who are facing or who have faced cancer directly or indirectly as a member of a family or friend support group, you know the fight is intense and winnable.
That is not to suggest that those who succumb didn’t fight hard or long enough, or that they didn’t receive the best of medical care. Sometimes cancer is identified at a time it has metastasized and progressed to far to be medically arrested. There are variables in play and the types of cancers which ma present themselves are many.
I have recently witnessed a cancer battle firsthand and have concluded that after high quality medical treatment, attitude is the key to victory, as it is to overcoming many obstacles in life.
The attitude of the patient; the attitude of the support team.
For Mr. Ford I don’t think attitude is going to be an issue. He will give this battle his very best, as will the Ford family. The fight will be rough. Chemotherapy, perhaps combined with radiation therapy is draining.
What I witnessed and what will I’m sure benefit Rob Ford is the spontaneous support groups which spring up during the administration of chemotherapy and related treatments. Patients who will cheer each other up and on.
The medical professionals will deliver the best available and while there are always questions about conventional vs unconventional treatment of cancer, that is a decision left to the patient and his or her supporters and not something for this space today.
Another outstanding source of information and assistance is the Canadian Cancer Society.
To Rob Ford, to all who are engaged in a battle with cancer, to their families and supporters, while there is no guarantee of victory, cancer can be beaten and in fact is beaten or held in check through remission. This is something which happens daily and increasingly so as treatment options increase and improve.
I’m sure I can speak for everyone and wish you battling cancer a return to full health.
We’ll start things today with Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research on the 34% support for Doug Ford to succeed his brother Rob as Mayor of Toronto. Solid support which could grow, or a bounce after Rob Ford stepped aside? And what’s going on between voters and Olivia Chow? I’ll be asking you, whether you live in Toronto or not, whether Doug Ford should receive the key to the Mayor’s office. And I know why so many voters are still inclined to say they’ll vote Ford. I’ll share that with you on air.
Neal Collins, South African sports broadcaster joins me to speak to the Oscar Pistorius case. This thug who should be waking up on a prison cot, instead is kicking back at his no doubt luxurious personal digs. You can get away with murder, it appears.
Norm Hitzges, legendary Texas sports radio broadcaster will join us on the NFL, Ray Rice, domestic and other violence players charged with. Yesterday that was Adrian Peterson of the Vikings facing a felony child abuse charge for beating his four year old son with a switch, leaving welts on the little boy. Is it over for Roger Goodell? Should it be?
On the issue of domestic violence Barbara Kay wrote a column in the National Post on Thursday which generated a lot of reaction and Barb took some heat over what she wrote. BK joins me today, along with Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeff Manishen, former Crown Attorney and since 2006, annually listed among the Best criminal lawyers in Canada. We’ll be taking your calls.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and fmr. Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy shares his thoughts on Barack Obama and the President’s course-setting for destroying ISIS. Does it appear to most people that Obama is not the best Commander in Chief in history. He likes to call himself CIC though.
and….it’s Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson for our Saturday Beauties and the Beast half hour, as Catherine, Linda, Michelle and I take on the most engaging news stories of the week.
Be with us….
The title line is only a brief outline of what we’re doing on the show this weekend.
I’ll be speaking with arguably the dean of Texas sports talk radio Saturday about the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the NFL’s reaction. As well as what the league knew and when. And in fairness, who in the league knew what and when. Google NFL Arrests Database and you’ll come across a list of NFL players who have had run-ins with the law since 2000 and more seriously than a speeding ticket. It’s the work of the Union Times newspaper in San Diego.
We’ll also have great guests to speak to the issue of domestic violence in society. You may, or may not agree with what’s said, but we’ll open the lines for your thoughts, views and experiences.
I spoke Thursday with a young Torontonian who is on the front lines of health care delivery in the Ebola virus ravaged west African country of Sierra Leone. You will not want to miss this on Sunday’s show. it’s heart-breaking to hear what is taking place and without the global community stepping up as it can and must.
Scotland will next Thursday vote on whether or not to leave the U.K. I’ll have a guest who lives in Scotland, is British and who has been heavily engaged in the debate heading to the stay or leave referendum issue.
And from South Africa, Neal Collins on the Oscar Pistorius verdict(s). Neal has been our eyes on the trial from the beginning.
Also, our Beauties and the Beast segment is back with new addition Michelle Simson fitting in live a glove last Saturday. Don’t miss it tomorrow.
that’s just some of what you’ll hear and call in on this weekend.