wtw sat may 5 2012 May 5, 2012

from The World this Weekend· ·

Children in hospitals have many anxieties which can be soothed with the therapeutic humour and distraction provided by special professionals -- hospital clowns. Our report follows a group of hospital clowns visiting a Children's Hospital in Halifax. Parents and children agree: what they do works. Now, can they standardize the training and be officially accepted as health care practitioners? Also -- a young mother with a Canadian Residency Permit is in a Russian jail. She is part of the "all girl" punk band Pussy Riot -- and they are facing sentences of up to seven years after they took over …



Children in hospitals have many anxieties which can be soothed with the therapeutic humour and distraction provided by special professionals -- hospital clowns. Our report follows a group of hospital clowns visiting a Children's Hospital in Halifax. Parents and children agree: what they do works. Now, can they standardize the training and be officially accepted as health care practitioners? Also -- a young mother with a Canadian Residency Permit is in a Russian jail. She is part of the "all girl" punk band Pussy Riot -- and they are facing sentences of up to seven years after they took over the altar of a Moscow Cathedral for an an anti-Putin "prayer". Amnesty International says they are Prisoners of Conscience. Ottawa has said nothing. All this and much more on tonight's show...