Nov 26, 2012 | 14:47The Current First Nations Financial Transparency Act: An insult or a necessity? Audio
The Current First Nations Financial Transparency Act: An insult or a necessity? Nov 26, 2012 | 14:47Prime Minister Stephen Harper draws an annual salary of $317, 000. Base salary for an MP - $158,000. The data is all easily available to the public. And now the federal government is making moves-- so the same will be true for First Nations leaders. Some Aboriginal Canadians complain finding out how much their chiefs or band council's earn is often a dubious undertaking. Others say Ottawa's move towards transparency is hypocritical and suggests First Nations leaders are unaccountable.
Jun 12, 2012 | 27:29The Current The graveyard shift and risks of breast cancer Audio
The Current The graveyard shift and risks of breast cancer Jun 12, 2012 | 27:29If you're just getting off the night shift, should you be heading to the doctor's office? A new study out of Denmark adds to the body of work that suggests that women who work night shifts may have an increased risk of breast cancer. We explore the perils of disrupting circadian rhythms.
Dec 12, 2012 | 23:27The Current UN declares contraception as a human right Audio
The Current UN declares contraception as a human right Dec 12, 2012 | 23:27Citing statistics of tens-of-millions of unwanted pregnancies in the poorest countries, millions of abortions and tens-of-thousands of women dying in childbirth, the UN's Population Fund is asserting that access to family planning and contraceptives is a Universal Human Right. It is a designation that has outraged conservative and religious critics who accuse the UN of colonialism and of misguided policies that will infringe on basic rights and fob western drugs onto unsuspecting women. Proponents argue family planning rights will reduce infant and maternal death, enable women and bring prosperity. Today we take on this debate.
Feb 23, 2012 | 23:59The Current Sext Up Kids: How children are becoming hyper-sexualized Audio
The Current Sext Up Kids: How children are becoming hyper-sexualized Feb 23, 2012 | 23:59If you think teens are using social media to stay connected, what happens when it creates a disconnect? New studies show teenage exposure to aggressive hard-core pornography online is changing the way boys perceive relationships. Connect that to the growing sexualization of girls from lingerie lines for 4 yr olds, to the pressure to perform. Today, we speak to the director of a new documentary Sext Up Kids airing tonight on CBC television.
Sep 20, 2012 | 23:59The Current Dual Diagnosis: The Long Way Home Audio
The Current Dual Diagnosis: The Long Way Home Sep 20, 2012 | 23:59He was 20 years old, a young man frustrated by his own limitations in a world where few understood how to help him. As part of our project, Line in the Sand, producer Howard Goldenthal brings us a documentary about the dilemmas facing those with Dual Diagnosis, people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities.
Jan 26, 2012 | 21:59The Current CIDA Partnerships Audio
The Current CIDA Partnerships Jan 26, 2012 | 21:59Many Canadian mining companies embrace corporate social Responsibility with environmental projects, training programs and special projects for youth - often in partnership with NGOs. This fall some of those projects also received millions of dollars from CIDA. But critics question, why Canada's International Development Agency, which has kicked other NGOs off its list, is using foreign aid dollars to support profitable companies.
Sep 28, 2012 | 25:36The Current Housing First Model: Combating Homelessness Audio
The Current Housing First Model: Combating Homelessness Sep 28, 2012 | 25:36Today, we look at a proposal to combat homelessness: Give the poor a place to live. It sounds perfectly obvious, but it just may be that providing a patchwork of emergency services for a street person is a lot more expensive than first finding them a roof.
Feb 15, 2012 | 21:59The Current Cyber Surveillance Bill Audio
The Current Cyber Surveillance Bill Feb 15, 2012 | 21:59The government says its proposed legislation giving police more powers to catch predators online will bring Canada into line with laws already in place in the UK, the US and Australia. Critics of the bill compare it to the powers in place in China and Syria, saying the legislation will unjustly infringe on the rights of Canadians and provide what the Ontario privacy commissioner calls a "Fort Knox of information" about us. Supporters of the bill say police need to be able to act much more quickly than they can now. And this new law will allow them to do that.
Apr 17, 2012 | 21:59The Current Tracking the Charter of Rights Part 1 Audio
The Current Tracking the Charter of Rights Part 1 Apr 17, 2012 | 21:59As Game-Changers go, they don't get much bigger or more controversial. Thirty years ago, with the flourish of signatures we got our Canadian Constitution complete with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Thirty years later, we've got equality rights for women, same-sex marriage rights, free-expression rights and laws from prostitution to Sunday shopping have been struck down.
Jan 4, 2012 | 24:00The Current Mind Reading Technology Audio
The Current Mind Reading Technology Jan 4, 2012 | 24:00What if the government or anyone else could read your mind?
Wait for it .. the potential is fast approaching. We are moving from the sci-fi on the silver screen to the reality on the MRI machine. The research and results are so advanced that at least one ethicist is already calling for protected privacy zones in our skulls.
Sep 26, 2012 | 22:00The Current Margaret Wente: Plagiarism Allegations Audio
The Current Margaret Wente: Plagiarism Allegations Sep 26, 2012 | 22:00Not all plagiarists are journalists. And, despite what you may have heard lately, not all journalists are plagiarists.This week Canadians are talking about allegations of plagiarism against Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente. Today, we want to talk about this and about the Globe's response, which some are saying has been almost as bad as the allegations themselves.
Mar 16, 2012 | 23:59The Current Bringing Up Bebe Audio
The Current Bringing Up Bebe Mar 16, 2012 | 23:59The author of a new book on parenting, Pamela Druckerman, explains why the she thinks the French succeed at raising children who are well behaved, sleep through the night and don't whine about their meals.
Sep 4, 2012 | 22:31The Current Thalidomide Revisited Audio
The Current Thalidomide Revisited Sep 4, 2012 | 22:31You may have heard that the German manufacturer of Thalidomide, which has been blamed for causing birth defects in thousands of babies, has issued a historic apology. The Current has followed this story closely over the years. In April 2010, on the 50th anniversary of the drug being approved in Canada, the show met Frances Kelsey, a Canadian woman who fought to make sure Thalidomide was never introduced in the United States. A fascinating piece of history, we thought you may want to revisit.