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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I was speaking with a friend earlier in the week and he told me he was no longer wearing his favourite jacket. One with the regimental badge of a Canadian military unit prominently displayed on it. Why? He’s concerned someone with terrorist leanings may physically attack him. Is he smart, or overly concerned do you think? Would you wear that jacket in public?
I’ll be speaking to Roxanne James, parliamentary secretary to the federal Minister for Public Safety today about the safe-keeping of Canadians from threats by terror groups. What is the federal government doing in this regard?
The UN/IPCC released another massive volume of information threatening massive planetary damage through global warming unless the world stops using all fossil fuels by the end of this century. There’s much more in the report. The question is, do you believe the IPCC? Would you support a carbon tax? An end to the mining and drilling for fossil fuels in Canada and the impact that would have on our national economy? Is climate change a natural phenomenon which has always happened and will always happen regardless of what humans do?
Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be joining me on this.
Toronto criminal lawyer David Butt wrote a column in the Globe and Mail titled Ghomeshi: How a media pile-on could result turn into a criminal prosecution. I’ll talk to Mr. Butt about this and to you about whether you have ever been subjected to sexual harassment. Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson all shared stories of harassment and worse during our regular Saturday B&B segment.
That’s just some of what’s on the show today. Hope you’ll listen and call in.
I’ll begin by playing back Charles Adler’s remarkable acknowledgment of the lessons of life his father taught Charles. This relates to the developing Canadian story of Jian Ghomeshi as Toronto police have initiated a criminal investigation now.
Charles and I will talk about the influence our fathers have on our lives….and I’ll be asking you what lesson for life your Dad delivered.
A Hamilton Spectator column which initially was headlined that Cpl Nathan Cirillo is not a hero and later was amended online to suggest Cpl Cirillo is an “accidental” hero has generated a great deal of comment. I’ll speak with Honourary Colonel Ron Foxcroft of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment. Cpl Cirillo was an Argyll. This will be the first response from anyone part of the Argylls to the column. I’ll read it to you as well.
Dr. Tim Jagatic of Doctors without Borders is about to head back to Liberia to resume treating Ebola virus patients. It’s his third tour doing so. You will want to hear Dr. Jagatic who speaks to treating patients, quarantines and how over the next 10-12 weeks we could see the number of Ebola patients spike from 10,000 to over 1 million!
There’s much more for you to hear so tune on by radio, or if your station doesn’t carry part of the show, listen online. You will find a station on our Corus network on this site.
The events surrounding the regimental funeral for Corporal Nathan Cirillo have begun in his hometown of Hamilton. The procession to Christ’s Church Cathedral is winding its way through the downtown of the city and Hamiltonians, as well as non-residents who wish to honour Corporal Cirillo are lining the streets in tribute.
The Prime Minister and Mrs. Harper will be in the Cathedral for the funeral, as will NDP and Liberal leaders Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau. The Premier of Ontario, Lieutenant-Governor, members of parliament, senior military officers and of course family and close friends of Corporal Cirillo will all be attending the service.
As the procession is winding its way through the streets, it is heartbreaking to see Corporal Cirillo’s five year old son walking behind his Daddy’s casket.
The people of Hamilton are proud of their military sons and daughters. I’ve talked about this on air. I lived and broadcast in Hamilton for many years and about 20 years ago, each November 11, we at 900 CHML began to air three hours of Remembrance Day tribute live from the cenotaph in the downtown core. The broadcasts included airing the entire 11th hour ceremony. Attendance was initially perhaps a thousand or so people wishing to pay their respects and in many, perhaps most cases honour the memory of family who fought in uniform to defend this nation and our values.
By our third year the downtown core surrounding the cenotaph was filled with many thousands of area residents and the two school boards in the city sent a delegation of one thousand students.
Today Canadians from coast to coast to coast will participate in their own way and pay personal respects.
This nation is in mourning for a young man who died while himself honouring those who lives ended in Canada’s military service, defending with their lives the ideals of freedom and democracy which have shaped who we are.
Rest in peace Corporal Cirillo. You will not be forgotten.
I’m glad Minister Kenney will join the show today. He’s a straight talker who answers questions. The Minister joins us at the beginning of hour 2.
Colonel Geordie Elms is the former commanding officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton. Colonel Elms will speak to the loss of Corporal Nathan Cirillo from the Argylls and the loss of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent from the Canadian military family. The funeral for Corporal Cirillo is planned for Tuesday in Hamilton. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and comrades in the military.
I’ll also be speaking with Imam Robert Muhammad Heft who converted to Islam in the 1990′s and who operates the Paradise Forever Centre in Toronto where he counsels against radicalizing and works with CSIS. The Imam will join us from Qatar.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson returns to the show. Dr. Mattson is a leading Islamic scholar at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Western Ontario. She is attending an interfaith conference on violence and non-violence in religious traditions.
I’ll also be returning to the question which generated a huge response yesterday on air and by email overnight. Should Canada end its participation in the Coalition attack on ISIS out of concern for Canadians being targeted by radicalized individuals? Remember, the spectre of mental illness was also raised by callers to the show yesterday.
Ebola developments continue with New York and New Jersey instituting mandatory 21 day quarantines for anyone entering the states from West Africa after having contact with an Ebola patient there. Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital joins us to speak to that and continue to update us on his thoughts on what is necessary to combat the Ebola threat. Dr. Keystone was very blunt in his assessment last weekend, saying the world was in for a ‘s–t storm’ if Ebola isn’t controlled in West Africa.
A Texas caller yesterday argued Canadians should be armed like Texans. Jim suggested Texans can protect themselves from terror and other attack because they may carry concealed firearms. Lots of reaction to Jim’s call. I’ll play it back, read one particular email from a listener who strongly challenges Jim and open the phone lines for your comments.
And finally, it wasn’t Ebola, but it was a nasty viral issue which plagued a cashier at a supermarket where I was checking out groceries on Friday. I asked her from a distance if she had a cold or the flu and the answer was “oui.” At that point I ….well, I’ll explain what I did on air and ask you for your comments and experiences. And why is it that whenever I buy something to drink the cashier has the impulse to pick up the bottle by its neck to scan the thing. That’s where my mouth is going to go and I don’t know where his/her hand has been. I’ll raise that one with you as well. Last item on today’s show.
There’s more ….join us.
This week in October is truly one like no other in our Canadian history. Yes, there have been crises previously and yes, the country did fight in two World Wars and participated in other conflicts, but the acts of this past week have served to create a demand for answers and action on behalf of the federal government.
How is it possible security at parliament could be so casually breached by the same individual who had just ambushed and shot and Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton? Cpl Cirillo’s killer’s unimpeded entry into parliament where he engaged in a gun battle with the Sgt At Arms and parliament’s internal security team and had he known the geography of the place better, might easily have had opportunity to open fire on several member of parliament caucus meetings, demands answers. As in, how was our parliament so open to such violence? A day after the hit-and-run killing of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec and knowing the threat was real, why wasn’t military security at the parliament buildings present?
Many questions. I’ll be opening the phone lines to hear yours several times on today’s show.
Also joining me the Mayor of Hamilton, Bob Bratina and Argyll and Sutherlands Highlanders Honourary Lt. Colonel Ron Foxcroft, to speak about Corporal Cirillo and the Corporal’s return to Hamilton last evening, marked by thousands of Canadians honouring the ambushed soldier, first along the Highway of Heroes and then in the City of Hamilton itself.
Major General Lewis MacKenzie will speak to the reaction within the ranks of Canada’s military, including the order about where and where not members of our Armed Forces may and may no wear their uniforms in public.
Liberal MP Scott Andrews will talk about Wednesday morning in the caucus room as the gun battle began outside the doors. MP Andrews almost came face to face with the gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
Mubin Shaikh (undercoverjihadi.com) joins me to speak about the issue of radicalizing. Mubin Shaikh was himself a jihadi before becoming an undercover agent for CSIS and the RCMP.
Former CSIS agent and snr manager Michel Juneau-Katsuya will talk about what CSIS options and limitations are and Scott Newark, former Crown Attorney and security advisor to the federal and Ontario governments will talk about how Ottawa can protect against individuals who are on the nation’s radar as threats.
And it’s Saturday, so former Liberal MP Michelle Simson (@michellesimson), Catherine Swift from WorkingCanadians.com and Linda Leatherdale (lindaleatherdale.com) join me as they do each Saturday. Today we’ll hear their thoughts about this week.
and I’ll be opening the phone lines along the way for your reaction and the questions you want answered.
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.
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.