The CurrentWait times for sexual reassignment surgery outrage transgender community - May 22, 2015May 22, 2015 | 25:00Wait times for surgery are nothing new in Canadian health care. But the wait times that transgender Canadians face, just to be referred for gender reassignment surgeries, is getting longer and longer, and it's sparking outrage inside the trans community.
The CurrentIreland votes in historic same-sex marriage referendum - May 22, 2015May 22, 2015 | 22:00Today, Ireland votes in a referendum deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage. There is real support for a yes vote. But The Catholic Church is fighting against what it sees as a fundamental redefinition of marriage, and Irish society.
The CurrentSeeking worldwide lessons on reforming military sexual misconduct - May 22, 2015May 22, 2015 | 27:29We've heard much lately about problems of sexual harassment and reporting abuse inside the Canadian Armed Forces. We're asking how other militaries worldwide have dealt with sexual misconduct, what the Canadian Armed Forces can learn, and how to reform.
The CurrentCourt cuts bank robber's sentence to avoid deportation to Syria - May 21, 2015May 21, 2015 | 21:58Canada's so-called Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act says non-citizens sentenced to more than 6 months in jail must be deported. But what if deportation of someone convicted of a crime here would land them in the midst of a vicious war back home?
The CurrentJohn Burns reflects on 40 years as foreign correspondent - May 21, 2015May 21, 2015 | 25:00As a foreign correspondent, John Burns broke many stories. But when he created a war-time bureau for The New York Times in Baghdad, he broke boundaries. Today, he is lauded for finding ways to keep journalists in the field, in most treacherous places.
The CurrentCCDI report finds workplaces are not inclusive for LGBT employees - May 21, 2015May 21, 2015 | 8:03Many Canadian LGBT employees are uncomfortable about disclosing their sexuality and gender identity at work. That is one of the findings of a report by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion or CCDI. We speak to CCDI's Chief Executive Officer.
The CurrentChecking-In on The Carbon Bubble, rethinking refugee camps, misogyny and more - May 21, 2015May 21, 2015 | 27:29It is Thursday. Time to check-in on what our listeners had to say about the week that was on The Current. From what happens popping the carbon bubble to looking for new alternatives to refugee camps to opting out of mandated standardized testing.
The CurrentHelp Wanted: Executioners needed in Saudi Arabia to address workload - May 21, 2015May 21, 2015 | 7:12The job posting says eight new positions are open, civil service jobs in a country with deep ties to the U.S. and Canada, jobs often performed in Saudi Arabia, in public squares. The jobs postings are for executioners.
The CurrentCanadian scientist Steve Campana quits over government muzzling - May 20, 2015May 20, 2015 | 22:00He spent decades as a government scientist until the last 24 hours, when he quit. Steven Campana says his research for the Department of Fisheries wasn't even controversial but in the last few years, he's been muzzled by the federal government.
The CurrentAll the Single Ladies! 'Spinster' author says celebrate party of one - May 20, 2015May 20, 2015 | 25:00"Spinster" may sound old-fashioned but a growing number of modern women are choosing to stay single. In her new book, "Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own," author Kate Bolick explores her own relationships and her reluctance to tie the knot.
The CurrentArchitect Jacques Herzog shapes city culture with building design - May 20, 2015May 20, 2015 | 25:45The man who brought Beijing its Birds Nest is now soaring toward another project, eyeing an empty parking lot that will become a new Vancouver Art Gallery. Architect Jacques Herzog shares his ideas on how a building can change the cultural face of a city.
The CurrentOntario teachers refuse to give EQAO test as work-to-rule action - May 19, 2015May 19, 2015 | 22:00Increasingly school districts in the U.S. are opting out of standardized tests and a work-to-rule campaign by public school teachers in Ontario has made this year's standardized tests part of the fall out. Today. we are questioning standard thinking.
The CurrentPopping Canada's 'Carbon Bubble' good for economy, says Jeff Rubin - May 19, 2015May 19, 2015 | 25:00Economist Jeff Rubin questions the ongoing government reliance - and hope - on Canada's oil industry. He says The Carbon Bubble is bursting and it is time to embrace new industry boosted by the climate change Carbon has created.
The CurrentRethinking refugee camps: New solutions for human crises - May 19, 2015May 19, 2015 | 27:29The world's largest refugee camp Dadaab in Kenya has been in existence for almost 25 years. Palestinian refugee camps have existed for more than six decades. Our 'By Design' series questions the concept of temporary refuge that becomes permanent.
The CurrentRegulate space mining before it's too late, says Canadian geologist - May 18, 2015May 18, 2015 | 21:58Some look at the moon, and see precious resources ready to be mined — and it's not just the stuff of science fiction. Experts say space mining is definitely on its way, and here on Earth, we need to develop space mining regulations before it's too late.