The CurrentSyria by the Numbers - Dec 19, 2013Dec 19, 2013 | 4:43The figures coming out of Syria are startling. It has been two-and-a-half years since the civil war there began and the number of refugees and internally displaced people fleeing the fighting is growing sharply. We check-in on that crisis by the numbers.
The CurrentDo abused women have the right to kill their abusers? - Dec 19th, 2013Dec 19, 2013 | 23:59Law professor Elizabeth Sheehy has examined 91 cases of women who have killed their partners in Canada and has concluded that severely abused women are morally justified in killing their abusers. Elizabeth Sheehy states her case.
The CurrentChecking-In: Bubonic Plague, Granting Animals Rights, Violence in Sudan and How social media is helping youth at risk - Dec 19th, 2013Dec 19, 2013 | 27:28Human rights for creatures that aren't human and an old plague threatens modern families; Our listeners' thoughts on some of the stories of the week. Plus, the violence in South Sudan is claiming hundreds of lives. Why is nothing being done to stop this?
The CurrentPharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will stop giving doctors a paycheque - Dec 19th, 2013Dec 19, 2013 | 21:59GlaxoSmithKline took steps this week to change how it works with doctors to market its products. Mired in bribery charges in China and has Billions in U.S. fines, we're asking more about Big Pharma's relationship with drs and how it affects patients.
The CurrentHugh Segal on the State of the Senate and Canadian Conservatism - Dec 18th, 2013Dec 18, 2013 | 22:00Hugh Segal has been offside on the Senate scandal, willing to support issues his conservative colleagues might avoid. But after working with - and for - a long list of Conservative leaders, Hugh Segal is politely unapologetic. And now he's leaving.
The CurrentDoctors call on consumers to stop taking vitamin supplements - Dec 18th, 2013Dec 18, 2013 | 23:59Three new studies looking at evidence involving hundreds-of thousands of people and dozens of trials over many years conclude … vitamins don't do a thing for us. In fact in some cases they can trigger illness we're trying to avoid.
The CurrentHow much for a Maltese passport? €650,000, please. - Dec 18th, 2013Dec 18, 2013 | 27:30For just under a million dollars you may soon be able to purchase citizenship in Malta, gaining full access to - and benefit of - the European Union. The government says its encouraging investment. Its critics say it is devaluing the essence of a nation.
The CurrentStanding up to mandatory victim surcharge fees - Dec 17th, 2013Dec 17, 2013 | 21:58Judges faced with mandatory and arbitrary sentencing under the so-called Tough-on-Crime laws are arguing justice is not necessarily served. If they lose their discretion, this is affecting victim surcharge fees and credit for time served.
The CurrentJunkyard Planet: A look into the multi-billion international trade in trash - Dec 17th, 2013Dec 17, 2013 | 24:00Everything from cans to computers to Christmas lights is shredded and re-purposed half-a-world away in China and India. But the paradox of the multi-billion dollar recycling business there is that it depends on relentless, conspicuous consumption here.
The CurrentCould an app help stem domestic violence? - Dec 17th, 2013Dec 17, 2013 | 27:29A mother who lost her daughter to a violent boyfriend hopes the lessons learned will save other women's lives. She's helping to promote a smartphone app that may warn women of dangerous partners.
The CurrentTracking Syria's Weapons: Eliot Higgins - Dec 16th, 2013Dec 16, 2013 | 21:59You may recognize him as the influential blogger Brown Moses. Today we hear from Eliot Higgins on how social media has changed journalism, investigations and our understanding of a war.
The CurrentDoes the Canada Pension Plan need saving? - Dec 16th, 2013Dec 16, 2013 | 23:59There's a disagreement rife among our Premiers and Ottawa into how best to confront the pension needs of those Canadians who are now in their 30s and 40s. As they converge for a meeting, we take you through the proposal to enhance CPP and the pushback.
The CurrentDozens dead from bubonic plague outbreak in Madagascar - Dec 16th, 2013Dec 16, 2013 | 25:47In Madagascar it is bubonic plague season and in one village last week , 39 people succumbed. Centuries after Europe's Black Death, a plague believed long gone still survives in some parts of our world.
The CurrentAdel Benhmuda back in Canada after imprisonment in Libya - Dec 13th, 2013Dec 13, 2013 | 21:59Adel Benhmuda once believed by running to Canada, he'd run far enough away from the government of Moammar Ghadaffi to be safe. But after years in Ontario, Ottawa deported him and his family-- back to Libya. He tells his story