The CurrentEnd federal tax on tampons, says NDP MP Irene Mathyssen - March 5, 2015Mar 5, 2015 | 9:16Since 2004, the NDP have been on a quest to get a private members bill passed and finally end taxes on feminine hygiene products. We speak to MP Irene Mathyssen who says products like tampons are essential and the gender-based tax is discrimination.
The CurrentSenator Jim Cowan fights for genetic discrimination to be illegal - March 5, 2015Mar 5, 2015 | 7:09No matter what benefits genetic screening may provide, many face genetic discrimination. The leader of the opposition in the Senate, Jim Cowan has been advocating for a new Genetic Non-Discrimination Act to give Canadians the protection they deserve.
The CurrentChecking-In on Sherpas, immigration limbo, tax-free tampons and more - March 5, 2015Mar 5, 2015 | 27:30It's that time of the week to hear what you have to say, about some of the hot-button stories from the past week. Our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay joins Anna Maria in studio for Checking-In.
The CurrentLouise Arbour calls for a rethink of Canada's Foreign Relations - March 5, 2015Mar 5, 2015 | 25:00After decades of involvement, as a Supreme Court Judge, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor at the Hague, Louise Arbour weighs in on the crises gripping the world. She tells us where she sees Canada and other nations falling short.
The CurrentScientists question research on homeopathic treatment for ADHD - March 5, 2015Mar 5, 2015 | 22:00ADHD is a disorder with controversies around diagnosis and treatment. The latest controversy involves 90 respected scientists condemning a clinical trial for homeopathic treatment of ADHD at the U of T. Today, the person behind the trial and the critic.
The CurrentDNA phenotyping helps police fight crime but may be abusive - March 4, 2015Mar 4, 2015 | 27:28The scene of the crime - no previous record, no conventional way to track the criminal, except for the DNA sample left behind. Enter ... DNA Phenotyping, expected to revolutionize forensics. But where some see promise, others see potential for abuse.
The CurrentGay mom Sally Kohn says 'I wish for my daughter to be gay, too' - March 4, 2015Mar 4, 2015 | 25:00Sally Kohn unleashed a firestorm when she wrote that as a gay Mom she wanted her daughter to be gay. Today, three gay parents, including Ms. Kohn, share their expectation and exasperation on this taboo.
The Current'Under the Dome' confronts China's dire air pollution crisis - March 4, 2015Mar 4, 2015 | 21:57Two years ago, the smog levels in some Chinese cities were dubbed 'Airpocalypse'. Today, the sight of a blue sky is a big deal. It is against that hazy backdrop that the documentary film 'Under the Dome', has captured the fury of millions of Chinese.
The CurrentExtreme water shortage in Sao Paulo, Brazil's water-rich city - March 3, 2015Mar 3, 2015 | 27:30Eleven million people in Sao Paulo are severely rationed, their main water reservoir has essentially been bled dry. How did the city with the world's richest water supply parch a population? We look at Brazil's water woes and a warning for the rest of us.
The CurrentCath Blythe teaches grade 2/3 students about sex, thanks to Meg Hickling - March 3, 2015Mar 3, 2015 | 3:00Much of what's being proposed for Ontario's sex-ed curriculum has been in BC classrooms for years, thanks in part to the pioneering work of a sexual health educator, Meg Hickling. We drop in as Cath Blyth teaches 'body science' to grade 2 and 3 students.
The CurrentExtreme water shortage in Sau Paulo, Brazil's water-rich city - March 3, 2015Feb 24, 2015 | 27:30Eleven million people in Sao Paulo are severely rationed, their water reservoir has essentially been bled dry. How did a city with the world's richest water supply parch a population? We look at Brazil's water woes and a water warning for the rest of us.
The CurrentMeg Hickling says sex-ed teaches how to take care of the body - March 3, 2015Mar 3, 2015 | 25:00She set the standard for sex education and in schools across B.C. Meg Hickling is a legend among teachers, parents and students-all-grown-up. The former nurse shares insights gleaned over four decades of teaching what she always called 'Body Science'.
The CurrentBoris Nemtsov's murder leaves Russian opposition bowed but not beaten - March 3, 2015Mar 3, 2015 | 22:00Boris Nemtsov was buried today in the same cemetery where murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya was buried in 2006. Friday's assassination of yet another critic of President Vladimir Putin have many worrying its part of an troubling pattern.
The CurrentCurbing Voyeurism: Peeping Toms go high tech but not undetected - March 2, 2015Mar 2, 2015 | 27:30A string of convictions for voyeurism in British Columbia is raising new questions on how to protect privacy when intrusive technology is so small, so inexpensive and so hard to stop. Today we explore the issue of fighting back voyeurism.
The CurrentImmigration delays leave thousands of couples in limbo - March 2, 2015Mar 2, 2015 | 25:00No health care, no approval to seek work and no idea when it will change. Thousands of people who fell in love with Canadians and hoping to build a future here, eventually with citizenship, say they are at the mercy of a back-logged Immigration system.