The CurrentWednesday: Brad Katsuyama wants to take down high-frequency trading - April 15, 2014Apr 15, 2014 | 1:41Tomorrow we'll speak with Brad Katsuyama, Cdn star of Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys". Mr. Katsuyama says certain types of high-frequency stock market trading rigs the markets against investors and he's trying to set it right. Listen to Michael Lewis.
The CurrentShould childhood vaccines be mandatory? - April 15, 2014Apr 15, 2014 | 21:59When Jim Carrey raised doubts about vaccines with Jenny McCarthy, it was an argument that found a willing audience. So much so, Canada has witnessed outbreaks of measles in five provinces. Is it time for mandatory vaccinations to protect the vulnerable?
The CurrentNo place for home: Are trailer parks a thing of the past? - April 15, 2014Apr 15, 2014 | 27:30They call them mobile homes but those who live in trailer parks have nowhere to take their homes when the lease is up or land is sold. As properties are bought by developers, urban planners say the loss of affordable homes are what communities need most.
The CurrentWho is Boko Haram and why are they suspected in the deadly attack near Abuja, Nigeria? - April 15, 2014Apr 15, 2014 | 23:42The Islamic militants of the group Boko Haram have killed an estimated 1500 Nigerians this year alone. And yesterday's massive bombing that killed more than 70 people in the Nigerian capital had all the markings of another Boko Haram attack.
The CurrentA migrant worker from Peru working in Ontario survives a horrific crash and is fighting to get back into Canada - April 14, 2014Apr 14, 2014 | 27:30It was Juan Jose Ariza's first day on the job as a migrant worker from Peru in Ontario. 11 men would die in a horrific crash, he was sent home to recover. Now, he is fighting to return with his family, asking for compassion from the federal bureaucracy.
The CurrentIs fear a useful tool in communicating climate change issues? - April 14, 2014Apr 14, 2014 | 24:00From Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth” to the IPCC ... the message on the Earth's future ranges from analytical to apocalyptic … to more apocalyptic. Today, we’re looking at the message: Is it fear-mongering? And is it backfiring?
The CurrentGerry Barton's wrongful conviction lawsuit against the Nova Scotia government - April 14, 2014Apr 14, 2014 | 21:59He was 19 in Digby County, NS, accused and then convicted of a crime he did not commit. It would be a chance encounter years later that would exonerate him. Now in his 60s, Gerry Barton is seeking compensation for that wrongful conviction.
The CurrentWill the international community repeat the mistakes of Rwanda in CAR? - April 11, 2014Apr 11, 2014 | 13:09Many are saying the conflict in the CAR looks a lot like Rwanda did before the world intervened two decades ago. The UN is sending in thousands of peacekeepers, but the question is … will they get there soon enough to stop the bloodshed in the CAR?
The CurrentFine tuning the science of seasonal forecasting - April 11, 2014Apr 11, 2014 | 25:22The Farmers' Almanac overall record on accurately predicting the weather for a coming year is mixed. Now, some British Researchers say they've got a new method for forecasting long-term weather patterns that is way more accurate.
The CurrentRemembering Jim Flaherty beyond politics - April 11, 2014Apr 11, 2014 | 8:29The shock was palpable on the Hill yesterday as word got out that former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had died suddenly. Today, his colleagues and Canadians are remembering him for his role in public service, and the man he was off the political stage.
The CurrentHeather Conway on the finances and future of the CBC - April 11, 2014Apr 11, 2014 | 23:58Yesterday was a tough day for people at the CBC and as President Hubert Lacroix said “things aren't going to get easier any time soon.” We speak with Heather Conway, VP of English Radio and TV on the future of the CBC and public broadcasting in Canada.
The CurrentChecking-In: High-Frequency Trading, “Trigger Warnings”, Tipping and a Forecast for 2021 by Tim Flannery - April 10, 2014Apr 10, 2014 | 27:30Australia's PM axed the country's Climate Commission his first day on the job. So Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery suddenly out of work turned to crowdfunding to keep his office alive. We hear from him as we update stories we've been following this week.
The CurrentKickstarter meets Bay Street: Selling shares through crowdfunding - April 10, 2014Apr 10, 2014 | 23:59Online pleas to crowdfund donations comes from thousands looking to make a film or start a business. Now, seven Canadian securities commissions want to take that idea, to let companies sell shares to potential investors through crowdfunding portals.
The CurrentA War on Experts? The government ignores expert opinions on the Fair Elections Act - April 10, 2014Apr 10, 2014 | 21:59In the disagreement over the so-called Fair Elections Act, the govt stands accused of shutting down the experts. The very essence of democracy - the free and fair election - is - say the critics, one example of systematic suppression of expert opinion.