July 8, 2017 1:38 pm
Updated: July 8, 2017 7:55 pm

While Khadr receives $10.5 million, Canadian 9/11 widow says she was hounded by Ottawa

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says if the government violates Canadians rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights, "we all end up paying for it."


Canada is reacting to the Trudeau government’s quick delivery of $10.5 million in what is defined as financial compensation for Omar Khadr‘s time in U.S. captivity.

READ MORE: Government issues official apology to Omar Khadr 

WATCH: Omar Khadr explains what an official apology means to him

Canadians who object to Ottawa’s speedy cash-out for Khadr are many nationwide.

The hurried turning over of the $10.5 million clearly complicates any legal attempt to access the funds by the widow of the U.S. Army medic killed by a grenade thrown by Khadr in the 2002 Afghanistan firefight between U.S. soldiers and insurgents, and Army special forces Sgt. Layne Morris who lost an eye.

I spoke with retired Sgt. Layne Morris.

I also shared with you an email from a good friend and proud Canadian. Maureen Basnicki lost her husband Ken to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Since her husband’s murder, Maureen Basnicki has worked tirelessly to safeguard Canadians from suffering a similar fate. To that end, among her other endeavours is helping to co-found the Canadian Coalition Against Terrorism.

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Maureen is also the drive behind the National Day of Service. You will hear how she alleges Chretien’s tax collectors hounded Maureen for taxes on her husband’s income at the most emotionally and physically crushing time, and how Canada’s insatiable greed reached out to tax U.S. compensation for the death of Ken Basnicki, not for a moment considering the brutality with which his life ended and his beloved wife became a widow.

Meanwhile, the Trudeau government continues to challenge in court, at taxpayer expense, Canadian military veterans’ calls for pension and benefit considerations after promising during the 2015 election campaign to treat these Afghan-mission veterans better than the Harper government had.  I spoke with the veterans’ lawyer, Don Sorochan, on the show.

Pain management

We’re discovering constantly more detail on how the so-called opioid crisis is really an attack on pain patients. Saturday, Dr. Owen Williamson, president of the Pain Management Physicians of B.C. Society, joins me.

Dr. Williamson explains how the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. is “steadfastly refusing to consult with pain experts either before or since they implemented their policy, despite advice from our society and patient advocacy groups that their policy is harming people with chronic pain.”

Sunday, I will speak with the wife and daughter of a 53-year-old American who committed suicide because he was deprived of the opioid medication which had reduced his daily chronic pain to tolerable levels.  This husband and father ended his own life just months ago because he could no longer cope with the constant agony.

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