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The Stroumboulopouli

The place to get the latest news on what’s coming up on #Gtonight. Find out what Canada’s boyfriend is up to. Share stories, pictures, favourite tv and radio episodes.

CBC TV & Radio shows plus HNIC

His work with Artists for Peace and Justice

UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The week ahead...something for everyone...

Monday, March 17

"There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are Irish;
those who wish they were and those who have no ambition."
~ origin unknown
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As a journalist for nearly twenty years, Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. In 2002 he received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism and his team won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for coverage of global terrorism.

As a best-selling author, his previous book What Every Person Should Know About War , examined the the effects of war on combatants. Last year he released, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, which explored the growth of a movement that is slowly integrating church with state.

His latest b
ook, entitled I Don't Believe in Atheists, takes on the ideology of the "new atheists", such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.

Depending upon how old you are, your first recollection of Toronto-born Catherine O'Hara might vary. In the 1970's, Catherine was a member of The Second City comedy troupe and THAT decade the comedy group created SCTV. Fast-forward to the 80's and you may remember her as "Delia" in Beetle Juice. In 90's she played "Kevin's mom" Kate McCallister in the Home Alone movies. Most recently, Catherine has been seen in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Christopher Guest's "mockumentaries" Best in Show and For Your Consideration. She has contributed voice-over work to Chicken Little and Over the Hedge.

As if being an Gemini & Emmy Award winning actress and comedian isn't enough, she is also a singer and songwriter, with her musical talents being featured in the film A Mighty Wind.

Tuesday, March 18

Manitoba native, Sheldon Kennedy was fortunate to live the dream of many Canadian children. Not only was he a member of a gold medal winning World Junior Hockey team, but he also played in the NHL. But his life was anything but idyllic. In 1996, Sheldon revealed that for five years he had endured sexual abuse inflicted upon him by his minor-hockey league coach. His story made headlines across the nation.
Ten years later he wrote his autobiography, Why I Didn't Say Anything, which chronicled his ordeal and subsequent drug addiction.

Since his revelation, Sheldon has gone on to help fellow victims of sexual abuse by launching his own ranch as a healing and counselling centre for sexually abused children.

Question: What do the following have in common?

This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Just for Laughs. Cedric the Entertainer. 24. Unhitched.

Answer: Shaun Majumder.

Born in Newfoundland, Shaun Majumder is one of the funniest, yet most versatile performers around. In case you haven't seen him in action, here he 'himself' and as one of his signature characters "Raj Binder"...

Wednesday, March 19

To some, actress Jenny McCarthy may simply be known as a Playboy Playmate. To parents of autistic children, she is an activist. In 2005 when her son Evan was diagnosed with autism, she began researching the disorder and discovered what conventional medicine seemed to be missing: symptoms of autism could be improved or reversed through detoxification, diet modification and vitamins. McCarthy claims that after a radical change in her son's diet, he was able to speak.

Jenny has written a book about her experiences with autism entitled Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism.

For five years, Bob Rae served as Ontario's 21st Premier. Many Ontarians remember him for the infamous NDP "Rae Days". Since leaving provincial politics, Rae has continued his public service in the of roles as a negotiator and advisor on a variety of issues ranging from native disputes to education. . In 2006 he made an unsuccessful bid for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party. On March 17th, Rae won a federal by-election and will be heading to Ottawa as new MP.

Thursday, March 20

Canadian television, screen and stage actor Paul Gross.

Friday, March 21

"The good old hockey game, it's the best game you can name..."

This Friday, George and his hockey team will be participating in the 10th Annual Exclaim! Hockey Summit for the Arts. An important aspect of this event, besides the hockey, is the an opportunity to make donations to two very worthy causes: The Daily Bread Food Bank and ArtsCan Circle.


Tracy said...

What a great variety of guests this week. Thanks for posting Steph. I'm very interested in seeing what Sheldon Kennedy has to share.

Far fron Irish I am, but love the quote! Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Barbara said...

I am going to the taping on Thursday. looking forward to the guests.

Barbara said...

Reminders to the People going to the Exclaim Hockey summit bring a bag of canned goods for thr Daily Bread Food Bank.
It'a always a fun weekend.
Everyone welcome.

Anonymous said...

The Jenny McCarthy interview was horrible. Not because of George but really what she was saying.

I'm sorry to say this but she can be pretty ignorant when it comes to Autism. Everyone says how she's this wonderful activist for Autism, when she is actually not giving people the facts.

Some facts:
1) You are born with Autism. Autism is found on your 16th chromosome.

2) This means that giving your child the neccessary needles does not give you Autism. In fact they took out what they believed was in the shots that gave you Autism and found that nothing had changed.

3) In Canada people with Autism can apply for disability.

4) School's are starting to offer more programs with people with Autism.

5) Autism is found more in boys than girls. She didn't mention this, just thought people might find this interesting.

She wonders why other Autism groups and government won't talk to her? It's because she refuses to listen to anyone but herself.

In case anyone was wondering how I know this. It is because I live with someone who has a form of Autism, Asperger's. My brother.

What she was saying may make a viewer who doesn't know much about Autism think that Autism is a terrible disease. In fact, my brother is the smartest, funniest and such a wonderful person.

Sorry to bother, this interview just irked me. I urge people to learn more about Autism.

Kim said...

Anon 1:24am - after your post, I did look up more about Autism. Many differing opinions!

I liked the interview and Jenny McCarthy seemed passionate about her experience. What she is doing must be working for her child, otherwise, why would she be on this crusade?

I resonate with her point about the negative side of western medicine. So many people ignore their own intuition and hand all of their power over to a doctor. I loved that Jenny talked about nutrition. I suspect gluten and dairy would have to be eliminated...and preservatives. The point I took is that mothers can educate and empower themselves to help their child.

(Sidenote - it was funny to see George have no physical reaction to Jenny smacking his face :) )

Steph A. said...

Anonymous, your comments are in no way a bother. Obviously you are passionate about this topic and you love your brother.

Jenny McCarthy found 'something' that aided her son. But as is the case with both conventional/unconventional medicine, what works for one person, may not work for another. I've never been a big believer in the theory that there is a link between immunization and autism. To me it's all about the math. If routine immunization is to blame, then it makes sense to me that the number of people with autism would much higher, as more people are immunized than are not.

Because of what I do for a living, I also have experience with children who have been diagnosed with autism and the severity varies from child to child. Early diagnosis and support are key, particularly when children begin their schooling. This was a big issue here in Ontario during our last pronvincial election campaign.

Anonymous said...

Thank-you to everyone who replied to my comment. I just thought people should know the other side and what she was saying isn't as full proof as she made it out to be.

I do agree with the nutrition as well, but to an extent. Autism is a very odd disease. Considering the different levels on the Autism spectrum it seems to be that finding one simple cure(like an shot or change in diet) will not be the case.

I think what really bothered me was the fact she kept saying she 'healed' her son and when she was on Oprah she mentioned that she felt her son was 'trapped' because of the Autism. I thought that was a horrible thing to say. Maybe it was the way she phrased it that made me uneasy.

Yes, she should love her son and do everything in her power to 'heal' him. It seems to me she hasn't full accepted it yet.

She seems to say that you should ignore what the doctors say. This isn't true. It is hard for a family doctor to know, but specialists do know what they are talking about. She is ignoring that facts and thinking that what helped her child will help everyone else with Autism.