The CurrentRefugee advocates say omnibus bill will cut off refugees from social services - Oct 31, 2014Oct 31, 2014 | 21:59The welcome mat for prospective Canadian refugees is getting a little frayed around the edges. Ottawa says changes that could see financial aid suspended for claimants is really aimed at bogus refugees to Canada. But critics aren't so sure.
The CurrentVideo puts street harassment front and centre, 100 instances in 10 hours walking in NYC - Oct 31, 2014Oct 31, 2014 | 25:00Many women have endured cat calls when out in public. Many men can't understand why women don't enjoy the attention. A movement called Hollaback has made a video to highlight the impact of street harassment and put a spotlight on the issue.
The CurrentWomen in Afghanistan still face violence and abuse, but some advocates say conditions are slowly getting better - Oct 31, 2014Oct 31, 2014 | 24:26You don't need to be told that women struggle for their rights in Afghanistan. But even the fight to live can be revoked by some families who feel they've been shamed. It's illegal of course, but that doesn't seem to matter much.
The CurrentNYT's James Risen willing to be jailed for not revealing his sources on NSA's wiretapping story - Oct 30, 2014Oct 30, 2014 | 25:00NYT journalist James Risen documents outrageous accounts, including the hiring of a man who claimed to decipher secret messages in Al Jazeera newscasts ... a con only uncovered after he'd been paid millions. We speak to the author of 'Pay Any Price'.
The CurrentChecking-in on stories of the week from Canada's radical makeover according to Michael Harris to judging celebrity makeovers - Oct 30, 2014Oct 30, 2014 | 27:30We're checking-in on stories of the week with our listeners' thoughts from old chemical weapons that may still lie in the sands of Iraq to new lies from North Korea. From Stephen Harper's Party of One to celebrity makeovers.
The CurrentNorth Korea releases video of Shin Dong-hyuk's father, Blaine Harden says to deflect UN criticism - Oct 30, 2014Oct 30, 2014 | 10:52In May of 2012 we spoke with Shin Dong-hyuk, born into a North Korean prison camp who escaped. Shin, and journalist Blaine Harden co-wrote a book about Shin's time in the prison, his escape and his life of freedom. Today we have an update to that story.
The CurrentBrenda Hardiman hopes Amanda Murphy court case will set precedent to not crimalize people with mental disabilities - Oct 30, 2014Oct 30, 2014 | 7:11Nichele Benn is facing assault charges and has a mental disability. Her mother Brenda has been fighting the Nova Scotia government arguing people with mental disabilities should not be criminalized. This week, she is applauding a Nova Scotia court ruling.
The CurrentLucy DeCoutere speaks out about Jian Ghomeshi: 'From smooching to smacking... there was no build up' - Oct 30, 2014Oct 30, 2014 | 21:59She is 44 years old. It happened over a decade ago. But the story she tells parallels those of other women stepping forward in other media and the CBC to tell of violence in encounters with former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi. We hear from Lucy DeCoutere.
The CurrentRats switch to random mode when up against hard-to-beat competitors and we should too - Oct 29, 2014Oct 29, 2014 | 25:00Laboratory rats can flip their brains from strategic predictable decisions to random choices and if they can do that scientists say we can embrace the joys and the reduced pressure of random decision-making. We're looking at rats as role models today.
The CurrentAnti-terror bill C-44 is needed to keep Canadians safe, says Public Safety Minister Steven Blainey - Oct 29, 2014Oct 29, 2014 | 22:00This week, the government introduced Bill C-44 that will give CSIS new powers at home and abroad, but it won't step-up its oversight. Some wonder whether any of these proposed changes would have stopped either of the two attacks on Canadian soldiers.
The CurrentAuthor Michael Harris argues Stephen Harper is 'profoundly anti-democratic' - Oct 29, 2014Oct 29, 2014 | 26:59Stephen Harper may have said the public doesn't care about the maneouvres of parliament and the wording of motions but the author of a new book tracking his time in the PMO argues it's Stephen Harper who doesn't care.
The CurrentJohn Tory elected Toronto Mayor: 'It is time for the city to come together' - Oct 28, 2014Oct 28, 2014 | 22:00Toronto has a new mayor and for those of you who don't live in the city--don't roll your eyes--because what happens in the so-called centre of the universe does affect you. Today, we break down the new era that's dawning in Toronto's municipal politics.
The CurrentHurricane Hazel retires as mayor of Mississauga at 93, but says she won't slow down - Oct 28, 2014Oct 28, 2014 | 27:30Hold on to your hats, Hurricane Hazel is blowing in. Hazel McCallion, the outgoing 93 year old mayor of Mississauga, Ontario talks to us about what she did to persist as mayor of Mississauga for so long and reflect on the evolution of women in politics.
The CurrentJian Ghomeshi and the Rush to Judgment - Oct 28, 2014Oct 28, 2014 | 24:58The facts may not be all in, or even understood, in the Jian Ghomeshi file. But lots of people have already made up their minds. Today, we look at how the rush to judgment can be a torrent when celebrity is involved.
The CurrentHow to deal with radicalized youth while there's still time - Oct 27, 2014Oct 27, 2014 | 21:58The RCMP says Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's motives were ideological and political. Martin Couture-Rouleau's father says he told police about his son's disturbing behaviour. What happens when a parent or a religious leader notices disturbing changes in someone?