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.
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.
Nov 26, 2012 | 27:30The Current Radiator-Aid: Norwegian aid organization spoofs charities that stereotype Africa Audio
The Current Radiator-Aid: Norwegian aid organization spoofs charities that stereotype Africa Nov 26, 2012 | 27:30Many Africans are fed up with seeing their continent presented as a land of too little food, and too much war ,disease and corruption Yesterday, marked 28 years since the charity supergroup Band Aid, recorded Do They Know It's Christmas? But critics say there's a time and place for everything, and the time is overdue to do away with stereotypes of Africa, and present more realistic portraits. Today, we're talking radi-aid and re-branding Africa.
Dec 20, 2012 | 22:00The Current Newtown shooting media mistakes: Is it okay to get facts wrong? Audio
The Current Newtown shooting media mistakes: Is it okay to get facts wrong? Dec 20, 2012 | 22:00In the first hours after Friday's massacre in Newtown, there was a volley of information and a flurry of corrections. Two shooters ... one ... a mother who taught there ... who didn't ... a name that was wrong ... the gunman buzzed in ... broke in... And so it continued. Breaking news with all-news television, ready radio and online updates, tweets, postings and blogs can be a cacophony. Yes, journalists can make mistakes and correct them but in this era of information-surround ... Is it okay to get facts wrong? Again? And again? And still?
Dec 27, 2012 | 24:00The Current Heads in Beds: Jacob Tomsky Audio
The Current Heads in Beds: Jacob Tomsky Dec 27, 2012 | 24:00A new book, penned by a former hotel employee, spills some of the behind the scenes intrigues. A few hints: why you want to be careful about drinking from a glass in your room. Why you should worry when the valet drives off to park your car. All that and a strategy for getting the most out of your mini-bar.
Oct 31, 2012 | 24:00The Current Improving Aboriginal Education Audio
The Current Improving Aboriginal Education Oct 31, 2012 | 24:00Most aboriginal school kids don't stay in school -- only about 14 per cent of those on the reserve have a college diploma. Few Canadians would deny there's something seriously wrong with native education. Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nations agreed to come up with a plan to improve education for aboriginal students. But those talks broke off. Today, we look at what happened and how to move forward.
Dec 13, 2012 | 21:59The Current Fighting words over F-35 Fighter Jets Audio
The Current Fighting words over F-35 Fighter Jets Dec 13, 2012 | 21:59For the past two-and-a-half years, the Harper government
has insisted 65 new F-35 fighter jets would be affordable, that warnings of cost overruns were wrong and that these particular Lockheed Martin models were the best stealth fighter jets for Canada. As the government now confronts costs that are three times higher and reviews its options, the man in the U.S. tracking costs on the same planes there warns the numbers could climb even higher. Today we get the the view from Ottawa.
Dec 28, 2012 | 27:30The Current Shin Dong-hyuk: Escape from Camp 14 Audio
The Current Shin Dong-hyuk: Escape from Camp 14 Dec 28, 2012 | 27:30The horrors were so normal, the brutality so casual for Shin Dong-hyuk. He was born in prison camp in North Korea and so never knew comfort, freedom or love. He was so hardened by the appalling conditions he felt nothing for his mother and brother. And because of that, he committed what many of us would consider an unspeakable act But Shin Dong-hyuk escaped from that camp and is now able to tell the awful tale, giving us a rare glimpse inside the hermit kingdom.
Oct 12, 2012 | 25:58The Current Boredom: Not mental inactivity but a state of stress Audio
The Current Boredom: Not mental inactivity but a state of stress Oct 12, 2012 | 25:58Evelyn Waugh said boredom was like a cancer in the breast. For Kierkegaard it was the root of all evil. Sartre compared it to the 'gray monotony of provincial life.' Today we talk about boredom with a man who's just made a film on the subject, and he'll tell us why boredom could have dire implications for your health.
Oct 15, 2012 | 23:45The Current The End of Your Life Book Club: Will Schwalbe Audio
The Current The End of Your Life Book Club: Will Schwalbe Oct 15, 2012 | 23:45Soon after his mother was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, Will Schwalbe quit his top publishing job and began reading ... with his mother. Together they formed The End of Your Life Book Club, it was his way to connect with her as he shared care-of-a-dying parent with his father and siblings. The bond they created and the insights they shared live on in Will Schwalbe's new book. We ask about the determination to live even while you are dying.
Oct 15, 2012 | 27:30The Current "It's a Girl" documentary on Gendercide Audio
The Current "It's a Girl" documentary on Gendercide Oct 15, 2012 | 27:30They call it Gendercide, the killing of infant girls, the abortion of female fetuses, the abandonment of little girls, the abuse of girls and young women in societies where pressure is strong to bring Boys into the world. We hear from filmmaker Evan Grae Davis about that and about the other side, those women in India and China who dare to ignore family wishes to save their girls.
Oct 16, 2012 | 24:00The Current Prescribing ADHD medication to children Audio
The Current Prescribing ADHD medication to children Oct 16, 2012 | 24:00A U.S. doctor says what many suspect is true, that he and others use pharmacology - drugs for ADHD to deal with issues that really need social and economic solutions. Our project Line in The Sand looks at the dilemma of doctors faced with what to do for ADHD-kids in low-income neighbourhoods where the schools can’t afford to help them.
Oct 17, 2012 | 25:21The Current Developing the oilsands: Former Suncor CEO Rick George Audio
The Current Developing the oilsands: Former Suncor CEO Rick George Oct 17, 2012 | 25:21Two decades ago, Rick George looked at the patch of land around Fort McMurray, Alberta and saw dollar signs where most people saw headaches. As the head of Suncor, he took some gambles, listened to his gut, helped build the modern oil sands and earned a reputation as one of the first oil-patch CEOs to take environmental issues seriously. But not everyone is happy with what he has wrought.
Oct 19, 2012 | 22:00The Current The Ethical Implications of Assisted Migration Audio
The Current The Ethical Implications of Assisted Migration Oct 19, 2012 | 22:00History shows we have little control of nature once we have changed it and there are often negative and (mostly unintended and unforeseen ) consequences to our meddling with nature in as effort to conserve it. Today, we look at the experiments in assisted migration that raises ethical and moral concerns. And debate how to deal with shifting habitat caused by our changing climate.