Today’s show

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  Ms. Mannie will join us.  We’ll also take your calls on what is and what isn’t appropriate child discipline.


Tomorrow I’ll share how cancer invaded our home this year

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.




If you’re 16, you may today participate in deciding Scotland’s future.

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.