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The Current

The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada's most trusted and listened-to journalists.

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Men victims of domestic violence more often than not

We tend to think of domestic violence as abuse enacted primarily by men, against women, but Sarah Desmarais says it's wrong.

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Inuk artist remembered

Annie Pootoogook drew scenes of the domestic, everyday North and stereotypes plagued her still in life as in death

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6 Brainy Beauty Podcasts

From Marilyn Monroe's secrets to the creepy history behind early cosmetic surgery. Plus, the fake science behind anti-aging products.

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What if Trump runs U.S. like his business?

Donald Trump has vowed to run America the way he runs his companies. But what, exactly, would that look like?

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Full Episode for September 30, 2016 - The Current

From the Liberals LNG decision angering environmentalists and throwing a lifeline to the NDP, to Montreal's pit bull ban and if banning breeds really works, to Attica prisoner that still resonates today... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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45 years after Attica massacre tensions in America's prisons still high

It's been 45 years since Attica became a byword for excessive police force. The prisoner uprising and bloody crackdown were products of their time that still resonate today. The Current looks into how Attica's legacy lives on in America's crowded jails.

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Stop targeting pit bulls! Evidence shows bans don't work, say critics

To some, pit bull dogs are beloved pets. But to others, they are violent, snarling menaces. And Montreal has come down on the side of those who believe pit bulls must be banned for the sake of public safety. But does banning specific breeds really work?

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LNG decision broke Canada's promise to be climate change world leader, says environmentalist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues his government is striking the right balance between growing economy and protecting the environment with the conditional approval of the LNG pipeline. But some say it's a startling reversal of campaign promises.

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Full Episode for September 29, 2016 - The Current

From debating if the Syrian crisis should be called a holocaust, to journalist David Cay Johnston on how Trump - the businessman - operates, to Canada's Minister of Public Safety on Bill C-51... This is The Current.

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More oversight of national security agencies coming, says Ralph Goodale

The Current follows up on security issues in Canada with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to ask what happened to all those Liberal election promises to amend the Harper government's anti-terror bill, C-51.

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Investigative journalist explains the making of Trump as a businessman

As Donald Trump campaigns for the U.S. presidency, everything from his taxes, to his net worth, to the deals he made is a blur of contradictory numbers. David Cay Johnston shares his insights after following the numbers to understand the making of Trump.

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The power of a word: Is it time to call Syrian atrocities a holocaust?

The bombing of eastern Aleppo has become relentless. Victims are overwhelmingly civilians — many are children. The devastation is so great, so deliberate, some have begun to characterize it as a holocaust. Others say that is neither factual nor accurate

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Full Episode for September 28, 2016 - The Current

From New York Times' Maureen Dowd on the fear and anger of the 2016 U.S. election, to burnt out author Anna Katharina Schaffner on the history of exhaustion, to a mother who created a mental health centre devoted to youth... This is The Current.

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Mom opens youth mental health centre after struggle to get daughter treatment

Stella Green Sanderson was 16 when she was in need of psychiatric help that simply wasn't available due to a long waiting list. Today her mother's opened a non-profit mental health centre in her name specifically to help youth.

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History of exhaustion reveals burnout not unique to modern age

With the prevalence of burnout, stress and sleeplessness in daily life, you'd think exhaustion is a malady of our times. But it turns out, we've been running on empty for thousands of years. The Current looks back on the history of exhaustion.

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'Running for president is the new selfie': NYT's Maureen Dowd

Although many pundits have pronounced a winning first debate performance for Hillary Clinton, New York Times' columnist Maureen Dowd who has scrutinized her record and trajectory over years in the political spotlight still have questions.

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Full Episode for September 27, 2016 - The Current

From an analysis of the first Clinton-Trump televised debate, to a difficult conversation with Harold R. Johnson about alcohol and Indigenous people, to neurotechnology that's linking different people's brains together... This is The Current.

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How brain-machine connections can help paraplegics move again

Researchers are connecting human brains via computer and have seen one person's brain move another's body. The meeting of mind over machine is a breakthrough that could help paralyzed patients rewire rewire their brains, but it comes with ethical issues.

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Indigenous people need to tell their stories of sobriety, says lawyer

Harold R. Johnson is an Indigenous crown prosecutor and says alcohol is killing his people. He is urging for a new narrative on alcohol abuse, finding inspiration in those who overcome rather than thinking there are only those who succumb.

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What just happened? The Current's take down on 1st presidential debate

It was must-watch television, cringe politics and alternately delicious and poisonous electoral jockeying, but how will American voters react? The Current dissects last night's Clinton-Trump presidential debate where fact and fiction make a dizzying blur.

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Author learns dark truth about lobotomist grandfather and his famous patient

For decades, scientists studied Patient H.M. who was lobotomized in his late 20s. Now the grandson of the doctor who performed that surgery has pieced together his grandfather's track record of brain surgeries raising uncomfortable ethical questions.

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Syria's White Helmets leader says hope keeps rescue team focused

An extraordinary rescue team of Syrian civilians called The White Helmets run toward the scene of an attack to try to save lives. The team has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for saving tens of thousands of lives during Syria's civil war.

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Full Episode for September 26, 2016 - The Current

From Canada's plans to remove branding from tobacco packaging, to The Syrian Civil Defense, aka The White Helmets nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, to the story of Dr. Scoville, Patient H.M. and pushing the limits of science... This is The Current.

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Moments of Disruption: How Jasmeet Singh used comedy to diffuse anger facing racism

Jasmeet Singh grew up in Guelph, Ont. He is Sikh. He wears a turban. And he felt the sting of racism growing up. But the bullying he experienced in high school set him on a path toward a surprising career — becoming one of Canada's biggest YouTube stars.

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'Nothing to do with public health': Big Tobacco fights Canada's plain packaging plans

Cigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France, as both countries follow Australia's lead with regulations forcing plain cigarette packaging in 2017. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.

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Full Episode for September 23, 2016 - The Current

From insurance companies wanting to be exempt from a genetic discrimination bill, to B.C.'s foreign owner's tax challenged by a class action lawsuit, to a documentary that follows ISIS' online recruitment process... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Documentary reveals how ISIS recruits young radicals on social media

ISIS is notorious for courting western youths online — turning social media into a recruitment tool. So filmmaker Martin Himel decided to see for himself how the process works and documents his journey meeting an ISIS recruiter in Undercover in ISIS

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Bill to protect genetic discrimination sparks debate with insurance industry

Scientific advances have allowed us to know more about our genetic makeup. But for some, genetic testing may risk getting insurance. Parliament is debating a new bill meant to put a stop to genetic discrimination but insurers are warning against it.

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Foreign buyers sue B.C. over property sales tax

Sales began dropping almost right away after B.C. imposed a new tax mean to cool down a hot housing market. Data shows the slide is continuing. But a class action lawsuit claims the province is running afoul of the constitution and international treaties.

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Full Episode for September 22, 2016 - The Current

From Canada's commitment to negotiate China's extradition treaty, to an Alabama lawyer on the links between lynching and death row, to how torture documents could be the basis of a criminal investigation into the RCMP... This is The Current.

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'Very clear line' between lynching and death penalty: Alabama lawyer

Bryan Stevenson goes to work every day on a mission — to get black men off Alabama's death row. The author and lawyer shares how the legacy of slavery and lynching still lives in America today in his book, Just Mercy.

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Canadians tortured in Syria: Lawyer calls for investigation into RCMP

Earlier this week, CBC's Terence McKenna told us about a trove of documents he'd obtained relating to the three Canadians tortured in Syria. Law professor Amir Attaran says the documents could form the basis of a criminal investigation into the RCMP.

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Extradition treaty with China signals troubling trade-offs, say critics

As Canada works on negotiating an extradition treaty with China, critics say there will be no way to monitor compliance in a country with torture and a death penalty. Supporters say new extradition and trade treaties are far better than the status quo.

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Full Episode for September 21, 2016 - The Current

From Saskatchewan doctors calling for the government to declare a public health state of emergency, to negotiating peace between FARC and the Colombian government, to a study suggesting gut feelings are more important than we think... This is The Current.

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What does gut instinct have to do with being a successful trader?

New research suggests those who trust their guts when making a decision may be more successful. Meet a former stock trader turned neuroscientist whose research looking into the science of gut feelings could help you reap dividends.

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How a haunting home invasion changed the course of Jill Goldberg's life

Ten years ago, a moment changed Jill Goldberg's life forever. It was late at night when she was sleeping and a stranger entered her Montreal apartment. The trauma left a serious impact but says the experience created something positive.

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Inside 4 years of secret negotiations to reach Colombia's peace agreement

Dag Nylander used every diplomatic trick he knew to edge the Colombian government and its decades-old adversary FARC toward a peace deal. Eventually, the cool, diplomatic guidance of this Norwegian succeeded in disrupting a five-decade-long conflict.

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Rising HIV rates in Saskatchewan push doctors to call for state of emergency

People are dying of HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan at a rate 4-times higher than the rest of Canada. Indigenous people are disproportionately affected. Doctors in the province who treat those with HIV say this is nothing less than a public health emergency.

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Full Episode for September 20, 2016 -The Current

From critics questioning Canada's commitment to refugees, to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau on his draw to Donald Trump, to a loneliness epidemic for seniors... This is The Current.

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Loneliness in Canadian seniors an epidemic, says psychologist

New research suggests that the experience of loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking or obesity. With as many as 1.4 elderly Canadians reporting feeling lonely some are calling this a public health crisis that needs to be addressed.

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Doonesbury cartoonist says not drawing Trump would be 'comedy malpractice'

Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau began including Donald Trump in his comic strip 30 years ago. His early portrayals turned out to be prophetic on the political front. After sketching Trump for decades, Trudeau shares some of his YUGE! opinions.

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Frustrated sponsorship groups call on government for more resources to settle refugees

As Canada announces an increase in aid for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, millions in charitable donations from Canadian sponsorship groups remains frozen — leaving families stuck in refugee camps and caught in the system.

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The Current for September 19, 2016 - The Current

From obtained torture documents involving RCMP and CSIS working with Syrian and Egyptian interrogators, to how an orca changed the world view of whales in captivity, to the Trudeau family's unique relationship with China... This is The Current.

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Alexandre Trudeau shares unique relationship family has with China

Canada may have a unique relationship with the Trudeau family. But the Trudeaus have a unique relationship with China. In Chairman Mao's day, China was a special place for the former prime minister. In the 21st century, Alexandre Trudeau feels its pull.Al

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Documents reveal CSIS and RCMP's role in torture of 3 Canadians in Syria

Under great political and public pressure to identify potential terrorist suspects, RCMP emails newly obtained by CBC News indicate Canada's national police force knew what was in store for three Canadians who were tortured in Syria.

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How Moby Doll changed the world view of 'monster' orca whales

At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once —frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.

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Can the Monsanto-Bayer deal change the image of GMOs?

This week Monsanto agreed to be taken over by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer at a price of $66 billion. There's a chance genetically altered seeds may still be sold but without the brand name, could this move change the conversation on all things GMO?

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Full Episode for September 16, 2016 - The Current

From the Monsanto-Bayer take over potentially changing the discussions on GMOs, to the disappearance of Deborah Campbell's fixer in Damascus, to the legal challenges people in polyamorous relationships face... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Polyamorous families want Canadian law to catch up with their relationships

As unconventional, multi-person partnerships become more mainstream in Canadian society, The Current gets a first-hand look into legal challenges polyamorous families face such as getting benefits, doing taxes and filling out government forms.

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'Real heroes': Journalist highlights invaluable role of fixers in foreign reporting

Journalist Deborah Campbell tells remarkable stories in her book, A Disappearance in Damascus. It's the story of her fixer, the trusted emissary relied on by foreign correspondents to get the story. But in the case of Ahlam, she became the story herself.

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Advocates call for public registry for sperm donors and offspring

Advocates are calling for a mandatory public registry for sperm donors and offspring. They say there are important legal and public health benefits to tracking sperm donation. Currently, the only privately-run registry relies on voluntary information.

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Inuit demand input over division of Franklin expedition artifacts

This month, HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition — was found in an Arctic Bay. While many history buffs are excited by the news, it raises questions of sovereignty for Inuit people who want input over the division of the artifacts.

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Full Episode for September 15, 2016 - The Current

From whether Canada should use airships to transport food to the North, to the discovery of HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition, to the Liberals' aim to balance expanding pipelines while reducing emissions... This is The Current.

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Liberal agenda to reduce emissions while expanding pipelines is contradictory, say critics

Just before parliament resumes, The Current looks at what's on the Liberal's agenda and if it's even possible to balance approving pipelines while aiming to reduce emissions. Some say that just doesn't make sense.

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How airships could make life more affordable in northern Canada

The high cost of groceries in First Nations communities in the North, and Arctic, has a Winnipeg man calling on Canada to use airships to transport food and supplies to the North - a move he says would significantly reduce the cost of living.

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How Dr. Brian Williams changed his life in a moment

The story of a personal moment of disruption from a U.S. trauma surgeon who surprised himself by speaking up in the face of a tragic shooting last summer.

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Full Episode for September 14, 2016 - The Current

From Calgary's fluoride debate and advocates calling for more public funding of dental care, to author JD Vance on his hillbilly roots, to what the return of the federal sponsorship scandal in the news means for the Liberal Party... This is The Current.

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Liberal sponsorship scandal trial recalls perception of party entitlement

More than a decade after details of the federal sponsorship scandal outraged a nation, the trial of a key player and close Chretien ally has begun. The Current looks at how the scandal's legacy has shaped the direction of today's governing Liberal party.

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Yale University hillbilly J.D. Vance on learned helplessness in America

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance grew up between the Rust Belt and Appalachia surrounded by poverty, anger and love. Part of a culture that he says is in crisis in America today and that feeds into the politics playing out in this U.S. election year.

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Study suggests more tooth decay in Calgary kids after end of water fluoridation

Professionals in dental health believe there's a link between tooth decay and Calgary's choice five years ago to pull fluoride out of the water. But the city's elected officials aren't interested in the details.

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Full Episode for September 13, 2016 - The Current

From coverage of Hillary Clinton's health condition deemed as sexist, to half-siblings who share the same sperm donor meeting for the first time, to non-white lawyers in Canada who say they're not treated the same as white peers... This is The Current.

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Non-white lawyers in Canada call out racial profiling in justice system

Toronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters has filed a lawsuit alleging humiliating treatment based on his race by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Now other lawyers who say they have faced similar situations are speaking up about racial bias in the court system.

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'I always wanted a sister': 3 half-siblings of same sperm donor meet for first time

A new U.S. donor sibling registry allows children of sperm donors to connect with their half-siblings, from far and wide. The Current follows the story of a brother and two sisters who share the same anonymous sperm donor and meet for the first time.

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Coverage of Hillary Clinton's health is sexist, says media watcher

News of Hillary Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis has fueled her critics' viral outrage over the transparency of her health and character. But supporters say the real fever is over the fact she's female. Is the Clinton campaign in crisis?

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Full Episode for September 12, 2016 - The Current

From sounding the alarm on North Korea's nuclear tests, to controversy and criticism following Nate Parker in the film The Birth of A Nation, to a new film documenting the tragedy of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean... This is The Current.

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Documentary offers unflinching look into migrant crisis in Mediterranean

The tiny Italian island of Lampedusa has been thrust into the centre of Europe's migration crisis. Now a new bold documentary shows us a year in the life of the island - for its residents, migrants passing through and those trying to make a difference.

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Nate Parker's Birth Of A Nation: can you separate art from the artist?

Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation is one of the most talked about movies at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. For many, Parker's history involving a sexual assault charge raises complex questions about whether to even see the film.

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North Korea's nuclear test cause for alarm, experts warn

Analysts are warning North Korea's continued nuke testing goes beyond basic posturing and is extremely dangerous for the region, and the world. The Current explores North Korea's nuclear weapons potential.

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Full Episode for September 9, 2016 - The Current

From the rights of mentally ill patients and parents who want more say in their health care, to novelist Anosh Irani on Mumbai's child sex trade, to a filmmaker's exploration of East Germany's Stasi police... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Documentary explores legacy of East Germany's Stasi secret police

During life in communist East Germany, the Stasi secret police were everywhere. It meant neighbours spied on each other and no one really knew who was who. For filmmaker Petra Epperlein, that included her father. Her documentary explores Karl Marx City.

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Anosh Irani sheds light on Mumbai's child sex workers in The Parcel

Novelist Anosh Irani takes us into Mumbai's red light district in his latest novel, The Parcel. The light he sheds on the dark corner of reality reveals harsh truths about child sex workers in Mumbai. But it's ultimately redeeming.

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'Brian should be alive today': Mother of man who committed suicide says health system failed him

Parents of mentally ill adult children are calling for more involvement over the health care of their children admitted to hospital. The Current speaks to Lorraine Johnson who lost her son to suicide and says the system failed him.

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Ontario law strengthens workplace harassment investigations, says lawyer

Employment lawyer, Janice Rubin says Ontario's Bill 132 is game-changing. It's the first time in Canada where employers are obligated to investigate both, complaints and incidents of harassment, and also must train employees on this issue.

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Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall will endanger wildlife, says scientist

Donald Trump and his supporters have a plan for a wall on the U.S. Mexican border. But a wall authorized by George W. Bush is already there, and it's affecting everything from wildlife migration to flooding.

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Full Episode for September 8, 2016 - The Current

From Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch's proposal to screen immigrants for "anti-Canadian values," to a documentary that examines how mainstream media misses deception, to how Trump's border wall endangers wildlife... This is The Current.

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'All Governments Lie' documentary takes aim at mainstream media, investigative reporting

The documentary, All Governments Lie argues mainstream, corporate, U.S. media rolls over, not only for government but for commerce. Filmmaker Fred Peabody and journalist Amy Goodman discuss what the media misses, allowing deceptions to go uncovered.

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Kellie Leitch makes the case for screening new immigrants for 'anti-Canadian values'

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is proposing to screen would-be immigrants for "anti-Canadian values." Many politicians and pundits are critical of this move, but Leitch says this is a conversation Canada needs to have.

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Full Episode for September 7, 2016 - The Current

From Judge Robin Camp facing a review of his fitness to remain on the bench, to part two of our discussion on a new Renaissance with Chris Kutarna, to a lawsuit against B.C.'s ban on the purchase of private insurance... This is The Current.

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Should Canadians have access to private surgery clinics?

Eight years ago, Dr. Brian Day began his court challenge to have private health insurance for surgery in private clinics. It is a case with the potential to reshape our health-care system. But health advocates foresee negative consequences for Canada.

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Pt 2: What the Renaissance can teach us about our disruptive age

Age of Discovery author Chris Kutarna is back. Yesterday, he argued we are.living through a second Renaissance. Today, he finds similarities in the populist politics of the 1400's and the words of a certain presidential candidate just over our border.

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Robin Camp case: High stakes for sexual assault cases in judicial review

Justice Robin Camp made headlines when he asked a 19-year-old complainant in a sexual assault case why she couldn't "just keep her knees together." Now, the judge is facing a judicial review and shinning a spotlight on how, or if judges are disciplined.

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Full Episode for September 6, 2016 - The Current

From a road trip to Virginia searching for voter insights into the U.S. election, to author Chris Kutarna who says we're lucky to be living through what he calls a new renaissance, to the homework load Canadian students face... This is The Current.

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School homework hurts learning and well-being, says parent

As students return to school, some families are pushing for no homework for their kids saying there's no evidence that homework helps academic achievement. Critics say homework can actually hurt both learning and overall well-being.

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What the renaissance can teach us about Trump and our disruptive age

Undeniably, we're living in an age of disruption. From breakneck advances in technology; to staggering wealth inequality, and global terrorism. Author Chris Kutarna says it's the best time in history to be alive in what he calls a new renaissance.

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Travel Virginia's Crooked Road to hear what average Americans think of the U.S. election

Follow The Current's Anna Maria on the road to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains as she meets voters and asks them which U.S. president candidate should occupy the White House.

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Full Episode for September 5, 2016 - The Current

From concern over how to resolve Canada's faltering economy to Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa's political protest at the finish line to anxious students heading back to school in Fort McMurray... This is The Current.

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Back to school: Emotional challenges ahead for refugee and Fort McMurray students

The first day of school has been looming on the calendar, all summer long. Tomorrow is a hard day for some kids. The Current checks in on Syrian refugees starting a new grade and Fort McMurray students who had to flee before the end of the school year.

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Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa says going home 'means suicide' after Olympic political protest

His marathon run in the Rio Olympic games won him the silver medal. But his defiant protest at the finish line, he says, has earned him the enmity of the Ethiopian government. Feyisa Lilesa explains why he says he can't go home again.

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GDP numbers worst since 2009, critics argue government needs to fix faltering economy

Canada's GDP numbers reveal a faltering economy and critics argue more needs to be done to fix our economic situation. With key members of the Liberal's economic team at the G20, it's time to ask what fiscal forensics mean to Canada's financial future.

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Full Episode for September 2, 2016 - The Current

From research that shows how the benefits of vacations are short-lived, to Aboriginal painter Roy Henry Vickers on how art helped him beat a life-threatening addiction... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Artist Roy Henry Vickers on making art, beating addiction and turning 70

The B.C. artist, carver, designer and storyteller, Roy Henry Vickers, explains how art helped him beat a life-threatening addiction, and says he's now eager to create and share Aboriginal stories.

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Benefits from vacation short-lived, research suggests

As summer comes to a close, The Current examines the latest research on the long-term benefits of taking time off. What is the ideal length of a holiday? Does a staycation have the same effect as a vacation abroad?

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Full Episode for September 1, 2016 - The Current

From skyrocketing home energy costs in Ontario causing energy poverty to a powerful pig named Esther changing lives around the world... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: How Esther the Wonder Pig is changing lives

Esther is a powerful pig. Her parents, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter quit their jobs, stopped eating meat and bought a farm thanks to Esther the Wonder Pig. And she's been changing lives ever since.

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'People have to choose between heating and eating': Ontario hydro bills cause 'energy poverty'

Ontario's energy minister may not be calling energy prices a crisis, but many in the province would beg to disagree. With skyrocketing hydro bills forcing many into 'energy poverty,' Ontarians are calling on the government to lower rates.

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Full Episode for August 31, 2016 - The Current

From revelations that tens of millions of dollars in UN aid is going to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to why First Nations students in Northern Ontario travelling to Thunder Bay for high school are dying... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Thunder Bay inquest examines death of 7 First Nations high school students

Seven First Nations students, each dead under bewildering circumstances over the period of a decade, found in Thunder Bay where they'd moved for school. The Current's Marc Apollonio speaks with the families hoping for answers with the inquest.

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Millions in UN aid for Syria paid to Assad-linked companies

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper has revealed the United Nations has paid tens of millions of dollars in aid money to the Assad regime and businesses close to it. Critics are calling the UN "morally bankrupt" but the UN says it's complicated.

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Full Episode for August 30, 2016 - The Current

From an American psychiatrist rule against weighing in on the mental well-being of high-profile politicians such as Donald Trump to a filmmaker who has devoted his life to tracking the Siberian Tiger... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Researcher tracks Siberian tigers for months crouched in freezing hole

In remote Siberia, ecologist Chris Morgan joined renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park to document his methods, a man observing three generations of tigers in the harsh Siberian landscape. Chris Morgan comes out of the cold to share his experience.

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Mental health professionals must speak out against Trump, says psychologist

Since 1973, the American Psychiatric Association has not allowed its members to analyze politicians' personalities from afar. But some psychiatrists say Trump breaks the mould and the stakes are too high to not comment on the Republican candidate.

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Full Episode for August 29, 2016 - The Current

From Trudeau's visit to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai before the annual G-20 meeting to reset Canada's relationship with China to three terror attack survivors on living with the experience... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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Full Episode for August 26, 2016 - The Current

From a special committee looking into electoral reform in response to the Liberals' promise to abolish the first-past-the-post system to uncorking the world of fine wine fraud... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Sour Grapes documentary uncorks high-end world of fine wine fraud

The biggest wine fraud in history is the subject of the documentary, Sour Grapes. It's a story about the astronomically wealthy, an obsession with fine wines worth tens-of-thousands of dollars and the con man who duped them all.

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Electoral reform: Moving beyond first-past-the-post voting system

Electoral reform was a key promise of the Trudeau Liberals as they swept to power last fall. The deadline to introduce new legislation is December 1st. Today, The Current explores what might replace the first-past-the-post system?

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Full Episode for August 25, 2016 - The Current

From the UN and Red Cross preparing for a humanitarian crisis in the mounting battle for Mosul to the rise of the death cafe — an unlikely trend in cafe culture ordering coffees and talking mortality... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Death cafes serve up life and death conversations

A death cafe is full of lively conversations that confront fears of dying. What began in a basement in the U.K. is now an international movement in 35 countries, with meetings across Canada. The Current explores the slightly darker take on cafe culture.

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UN prepares for mass displacements as anti-ISIS troops approach Mosul

The Iraqi city, Mosul, has been controlled by ISIS for the past two years. Now, they are poised for a battle as Iraqi forces seek to liberate it. But the most likely immediate result of the battle for Mosul will be chaos and a vast new wave of refugees.

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Full Episode for August 24, 2016 - The Current

From the Trudeau government facing tough criticism for supporting the Site C dam project in B.C. to eavesdropping on the fascinating conversations of sperm whales... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Canadian researcher reveals how sperm whales communicate

In an unprecedented study, Canadian marine biologist Shane Gero has been decoding a group of sperm whale families for more than a decade. Find out what sperm whales are talking about and what Gero has learned about their society.

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Site C Dam project betrays Trudeau's commitment to First Nations, say critics

Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is facing tough criticism for supporting the Site C dam - a project opposed by many First Nation leaders, Amnesty International and the Royal Society of Canada.

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Full Episode for August 23, 2016 - The Current

From doctors and humanitarian workers inside Aleppo and the logistics of bringing aid and support to the Syrian city to retired judge, Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'

For all the power they wield in the justice system, we don't often hear frank talk from judges, in part because they seldom step down from their prestigious posts. But judge Marie Corbett retired early and is opening up about the life she left behind.

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'My life is like a horrible movie': Doctors share harrowing stories from Aleppo

The image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh went viral last week - drawing the world's attention, however fleetingly, to the horrors of the crisis in Syria. But doctors in Aleppo see dozens of desperate children like him - every week. We hear their stories.

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Prisoners should have access to air conditioning as a human right, says advocate

Prison life isn't meant to be a five-star hotel but temperatures soar to nearly 40 degrees celsius in some prisons during summer. Critics say it's inhumane and some prisoners have even died from the extreme heat. Should air conditioning be a human right?

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Full Episode for August 22, 2016 - The Current

From the debate over access to air conditioning as a human right to New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova exploring the mind of con men and women to find out what makes them tick... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Inside the con artist's confidence game

Why is it that people who are otherwise smart and rational keep getting sucked in by the con artist's magic? From snake oil to email scams, writer Maria Konnikova gets inside the con artist's head in her book, The Confidence Game.

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The Current for August 19, 2016 - The Current

From the Montreal 1976 Olympics and a push to take away medals won by East German swimmers who were found doping to filmmaker John Aitchison on a career spent filming the glories of nature... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: 'We have an obligation to care for nature,' says wildlife filmmaker

Wildlife filmmaker John Aitchison has made his living watching predators stalk their prey. He joins The Current to talk about the beauty, brutality and inevitability of nature and shares what he's learned watching for the perfect shot.

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Should the IOC redistribute medals to swimmers who lost to doping East Germans in 1976?

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Canada's women swimmers were gold medal favourites but it was East Germany that dominated. Their success was due to a state-sponsored doping program and some in the swimming community want the injustice to be rectified.

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Full Episode for August 18, 2016 - The Current

From a look at the recent Trump campaign staffing shuffle and its lasting impact to former NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan on the enduring physical and psychological abuse by his hockey-obsessed father... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan on living with an abusive father

Patrick O'Sullivan spent an entire childhood in pursuit of an NHL career. In the end, he walked off the ice and away from the game. The former NHL player shares his story of parental expectations that turned into abuse, most of it hidden in plain sight.

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Trump's campaign shuffle is 'crazy pants,' says former GOP strategist

If you thought the U.S. presidential election campaign couldn't get any darker, it just did with the shakeup of Trump's campaign. The appointment of the new Republican presidential campaign's CEO Steve Bannon suggests Trump could be getting meaner.

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Full Episode for August 17, 2016 - The Current

From abandoned Olympic venues and the push for one permanent location to host future Games to author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity

When Kamal Al-Solaylee travelled to 10 countries to capture the experience of being brown, he concluded that a brown racial identity has been shaped by the cheap labour movement. His book Brown explores what being brown in today's world means to everyone.

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Should the Olympic Games have a permanent venue?

Despite some headaches, The Rio 2016 Olympic Games appear to be a success so far. But what will happen when the world moves on? Will Rio be dotted with abandoned venues like in Athens? Maybe it's time for a permanent Olympic Games site?

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Full Episode for August 16, 2016 - The Current

From the killing of Colten Boushie exposing what many say are long-simmering racial tensions in Saskatchewan to journalist Peggy Orenstein on the real-life sex lives of young women today... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Young women missing out on pleasures of intimacy, says author

When journalist Peggy Orenstein reached out to young women to talk about sex, she found many are missing out on the pleasures of intimacy. Her new book reveals how young women live in a world that confuses being sexualized with being sexually fulfilled.

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Racial tensions flare in Sask. following killing of 22-year-old First Nations man

The killing of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man shot dead on a farmyard near Biggar, Sask. has set off a firestorm of hate-filled response online. Many are not surprised saying the death exposes long-simmering racial tensions in Saskatchewan.

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Full Episode for August 15, 2016 - The Current

From a Canadian-owned company selling armoured vehicles to South Sudan and other countries with poor human rights records to how a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: How a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory

Demetri Kofinas had a benign brain tumour that was too tricky to remove, so he left it. But then it grew and threw him into dementia in his 20s. This is the story of one man's journey toward profound loss and the turnaround that brought everything back.

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Canada must be accountable for armoured vehicle sales to South Sudan, says activist -31

According to the UN, South Sudan government soldiers have been committing violence and rape. Some say Canada shares some complicity in the atrocity as a Canadian-owned company sells armoured vehicles to those same soldiers.

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Full Episode for August 12, 2016 - The Current

From Aaron Driver and the effectiveness of peace bonds for radicalized Canadians, to the abandoned objects found along the US-Mexico border... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Gone with a Trace, the story of lost items on the US/Mexico border

Many objects have been found in the no man's land along the U.S./Mexico border. These pieces of other people's lives become art and soundscape in this documentary.

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Examining the effectiveness of peace bonds in alleged terrorist activity

Aaron Driver was a radicalized Canadian placed under a peace bond, which limited what he could do, but wasn't enough to stop him from planning an attack.

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Full Episode for August 11, 2016 - The Current

From Dr. Dilan Ellegala's mission to bring life-saving surgery within reach of rural Africans, to a panel about the realities of living trans today... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Transgender Canadians discuss acceptance in 2016

Whether the trans people in your life are family, colleagues, or just on TV... there's a decent chance that you've still got some questions about what it all means. We hear from transgender people about the assumptions people make and how it affects them.

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How brain surgery with a tree saw led to a rethink of medical aid

Neurosurgeon Dr. Dilan Ellegala set about creating a new model to solve the chronic shortage of doctors and surgeons in rural Africa by putting the surgeon's skills in their hands.

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Full Episode for August 10, 2016 - The Current

From sexism toward female athletes in media coverage of the Rio Olympics, to awarding a doctorate to a 102-year-old woman, 77 years after the Nazis denied it to her... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Inge Rapoport earns doctorate at age 102, after Nazis denied degree

The Nazis withheld her degree 77 years ago, but Dr. Inge Rapoport finally obtained it, becoming the oldest person in Europe ever to be granted a medical degree.

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Rio 2016: Female Olympians face sexism in media

Whether it's referring to women athletes as "girls," undue attention being paid to their appearances, or being introduced as "Mrs. So-and-So" — why are female athletes often covered in a way that undercuts their achievements?

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Full Episode for August 9, 2016 - The Current

From fears about whether Republican candidate Donald Trump can be trusted with the nuclear codes, to Gulwali Passarlay's harrowing story as a child refugee trying to get to Europe... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: A 12-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan

Gulwali Passarlay's mother paid traffickers to get him out of Afghanistan in what became a journey of suffering, abuse and occasional kindness.

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The Donald and The Bomb: Can Trump be trusted with nukes?

Between his speeches and claims he asked a foreign policy expert about the use of nuclear weapons three times, could Donald Trump put national security "at risk"?

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Full Episode for August 8, 2016 - The Current

From the billionaires of Brazil and what they stand to gain from the Rio Olympics, to a new study that shows a third of the world's population can't see the Milky Way... This is The Current with Connie Walker

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ENCORE: Why 80 per cent of North Americans can't see the Milky Way

As stars disappear for many, a look at light pollution's implications, the push for dark sky preservation zones and what humanity loses without the Milky Way.

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How Brazil's wealthy benefit from the Rio Olympics

With the games underway, journalist Alex Cuadros explains why Brazil's ultrarich, or "Brazillionaires," will be the real winners of this Olympiad.

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Full Episode for August 5, 2016 - The Current

From the 1,109 carat diamond that failed to sell at auction in a story laced with intrigue, to the Zika virus in Brazil, a special report from the front lines of a medical and scientific struggle... This is The Current with Laura Lynch

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ENCORE: Zika's Ground Zero: Brazil hits 4,000 suspected Zika-related cases of birth defects

The CBC's Dr. Brian Goldman travels to the front lines to meet the families affected by the Zika virus, the doctors trying to help and those trying to stop it.

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Intrigue and greed: the failed auction of a 1,109 carat diamond

It's a diamond the size of a tennis ball that some believed would fetch a record breaking multi-million dollar price at auction, but it didn't — the story behind its failure to sell.

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Full Episode for August 4, 2016 - The Current

From the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and what the process may look like going forward, to former chief spymaster on terrorism, torture and Donald Trump... This is The Current with Laura Lynch

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ENCORE: Inside America's intelligence with former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden

The former chief spymaster — a leader in America's intelligence through 9/11, the Iraq war and criticism over torture methods — on "Playing to the Edge."

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Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women inquiry launches with hope and concern

The national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was just launched with the hope that it's a step towards justice for victims and their families, but also concern about police accountability.

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Full Episode for August 3, 2016 - The Current

From John Nuttall and Amanda Korody's overturned conviction and how the case will impact future terrorism investigations, to how the ancients learned Latin and what it reveals about Roman civilization...This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Translations of ancient Latin give unique insights into Roman culture

A classics scholar is the the first to investigate centuries-old manuals on how to learn Latin, what she reveals about life in the ancient world may surprise you.

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Police undercover tactics questioned after Canada Day bomb plot conviction overturned

A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that John Nuttall and Amanda Korody could not have carried out a bomb plot without help from the RCMP, but how will their overturned conviction impact future terrorism investigations?

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Full Episode for August 2, 2016 - The Current

From "White Trash" author Nancy Isenberg on the issue of class in this year's presidential election, to one woman's search to uncover the truth about her biological mother... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Nurse tracks down birth mother, cares for her without revealing identity

Phyllis Whitsell's birth mother was incapable of giving her answers so Whitsell embarked on a journey where only one of them knew the other's identity.

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Modern American politics and the Untold History of Class in America

Author Nancy Isenberg on her book "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America" and the roles of race and class in this year's presidential election.

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Full Episode for August 1, 2016 - The Current

From the seemingly growing political divide between parties in the United States to Sebastian Junger's take on the role tribal culture has in modern warfare... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: War reporter Sebastian Junger on why peace can be more traumatic for vets than war

Junger argues it is the experience of returning home, and not the trauma of war, behind PTSD.

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America grapples with deep polarization ahead of election

The recent Republican and Democratic conventions highlighted the deep divide in America today, but is this political polarization fact or perception?

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Full Episode for July 29, 2016 - The Current

From Hillary Clinton's historic win this week and the challenge of uniting a party after the Democratic convention, to making the case for and against segregating prisoners in Canada's correctional institutions... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Deaths of two prisoners in segregated custody renew solitary confinement debate

After news of more suicides by prisoners serving time in solitary confinement in Canada, there's renewed debate about ending or changing the practice. But one guard says given the challenges facing those who work inside prison walls, it just won't work.

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Bernie Sanders supporters caution Hillary Clinton to ease rifts within party

There's just one person standing between Hillary Clinton and her chance to be the first woman to sit in the Oval Office as president. The race for the presidency is on. But coming out of this convention, has she galvanized the support of all of her party?

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Full Episode for July 28, 2016 - The Current

From allegations of racism within Pokemon Go stemming from it not generating as many Pokemons in black neighbourhoods, to the dilemma of the compassionate carnivore and ensuring a quality of life for livestock... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Is 'ethical meat' helping pigs or salving consciences?

Not long ago, the biggest moral dilemma would-be meat eaters faced, was whether or not to put meat on their forks. Today, with the proliferation of options like "humanely raised," "grass fed," "free range," and on and on, there's a lot more to chew on.

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Pokemon Go discriminates based on bias embedded in algorithm, says prof

This summer's craze features cartoon characters, smartphones and crowds of people roaming the streets. Pokemon Go is a game and a popular one. But critics say it isn't just fun and games - it's discriminatory. The Current looks at race, class and Pokemon.

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Full Episode for July 27, 2016 - The Current

From the Fort McMurray fire and three firefighters in charge looking back on the battle of the "beast" and evacuation, to Neil Strauss confronting his pickup artist past in his book, The Truth... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Neil Strauss rethinks his pickup artist past, confesses 'The Truth' about relationships

Neil Strauss was a music journalist when he turned an assignment on pickup artists into a book. The Game was wildly popular, even considered a bible for how to pick-up-women-for-sex. But after living the game, he eventually realized it was game over.

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Fort McMurray Fire: Three men in charge recall the firefight they will never forget

They call fire chief Darby Allen a hero. But when wildfire started tearing through Fort McMurray, he didn't feel like one. He shares what was going through his mind and his fear that many would die in the fire as we look back at the battle of the beast.

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Full Episode for July 26, 2016 - The Current

From the increase in attacks in Germany being blamed on the country's controversial immigration policies, to a conversation with Dr. Nadine Caron about being Canada's first female Indigenous general surgeon... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Meet Dr. Nadine Caron, Canada's first female First Nations surgeon

As the first female Indigenous woman to graduate from UBC's medical school, Dr. Nadine Caron says there's so much to be done to ensure Canada's Aboriginal people get the health care they need. And she knows how hard it can be from her own experience.

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Germany's spate of attacks blamed on Merkel's immigration policy

A week of violence and death in Germany has some asking if the country was right to welcome so many refugees last year. And those concerns are prompting blame on German chancellor Angela Merkel's controversial immigration policies.

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Full Show for July 25, 2016 - The Current

From the trauma and escape of a Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by ISIS to an unexpected love story with a man behind bars... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Author Diane Schoemperlen has no regrets on relationship with convicted murderer

You never know when you're going to fall in love. For Diane Schoemperlen, it happened when she was volunteering with some prison inmates. Her rocky, six-year-relationship with a convicted killer is the subject of her memoir, "This is Not My Life."

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'I wished I was killed': Yazidi ISIS slave shares her harrowing story

A young Yazidi woman's life in Iraq took a horrific turn when her town was taken over by ISIS. She was captured, enslaved, and endured weeks of rape and torture. Now, she is calling on Canada to take in more refugees like her.

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Full Episode for July 22, 2016 - The Current

From setting the stage for the November election now that Donald Trump has accepted the Republican nomination to the story of Kay Parley and the therapeutic use of LSD... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: 93-year-old former psychiatric patient and nurse shares lessons from LSD

Kay Parley was a psychiatric patient turned psychiatric nurse. Now at the age of 93, she shares her reflections from both sides of the gurney from the then-called Weyburn Mental Institution and speaks to her experience with the therapeutic use of LSD.

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Republican convention shows 'triumph of celebrity over politics,' says historian

Last night Donald Trump proclaimed only he could save the country. But some say he could end up destroying the Republican party itself. The Current looks back on the Republican National Convention and how Trump's candidacy fits in the history of the GOP.

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Full Episode for July 21, 2016 - The Current

From the extreme measures taken by Turkey to ban the travel of academics and what that says about the country's democracy to why neuroscientist/comedian thinks your brain is an idiot... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett thinks your brain is an idiot

New discoveries suggest the brain is more complex than previously known. The grey matter may be even more complicated. But according to one neuroscientist, it can really mess things up for us and feels the organ is worthy of greater exploration.

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Turkey's ambassador to Canada defends travel ban for academics

As academics grapple with the government crackdown banning them from travel for work, Turkish officials maintain the severe response is justified and abides by democratic principles. The Current hears from Turkey's ambassador to Canada on the rule of law.

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Full Episode for July 20, 2016 - The Current

From the McLaren report into Russian doping and how international sports can be cleaned up to Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist who returned home to train women to tell their stories of surviving the war... This is the Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim shares harrowing stories of life between bombings

She is 30 years old, a Syrian who had a good job in the UK but she went back to Syria because it is Zaina Erhaim's home, and as a journalist, she has work to do. Zaina Erhaim brings us into her troubled world.

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Should Russia be banned from the Olympics following McLaren doping report?

With the Rio Games just weeks away, an independent investigation confirming widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian Olympic athletes. Can international sporting competitions ever be clean and should the IOC ban Russia from competing?

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Full Episode for July 19, 2016 - The Current

From Bashar al-Assad's siege of Aleppo as a breaking point for the Syrian conflict to media mogul Arianna Huffington on the value of a good night's sleep... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Arianna Huffington calls for a Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington, the hard-charging founder of the Huffington Post, wants to change the world -- forty winks at a time. Her new book shares her quest to wake us up to the true costs of sleep deprivation and help lead what she calls a "Sleep Revolution."

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Aleppo siege: Doctor fears more civilian casualties with road closed to Turkey

For civilians living in war torn Aleppo, circumstances are becoming increasingly dangerous and desperate now that Syrian government-allied forces have cut off the only road leading in and out of rebel-held parts of the city.

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Full Episode for July 18, 2016

From what Turkey's failed coup means for democracy and U.S. relations to inside the mind of the mercurial candidate, Donald Trump... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Inside the mind of Donald Trump

Academics perform a philosophical analysis of Donald Trump. Their expert opinions determine he ranges between a narcissist and an "asshole."

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Blaming Gulen and followers for Turkey coup 'easy scapegoat', says expert

Turkish President Erdogan blames exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen for the failed military coup. Gulen denies the allegation but could not rule out the possibility his followers were involved. The Current looks at Gulenists and the Hizmet movement.

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Full Episode for July 15, 2016 - The Current

From what we know about the attack in Nice that left at least 84 dead, to an in-depth conversation with one of the journalists who broke the Panama Papers... This is The Current.

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Journalist central to breaking Panama Papers reveals story behind the massive leak

Frederik Obermaier explains how his German newspaper came to initiate the biggest data leak in the history of investigative journalism.

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Nice attack : why is France targeted?

A lorry plowed through families gathered for Bastille Day Thursday night, devastating a country that has seen three mass shootings in 18 months.

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'This mistrust is deep': how to improve relations between minorities and Canadian police

The Current hosts a panel discussion on how to best address long-standing tensions between police and minority communities in our country.

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Toronto police constable quits, says tension with community contributes to decision

Marc Rainford says growing polarization between law enforcement and those they are intended to serve compromised his ability to effectively police.

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Full Episode for July 14, 2016 - The Current

From a retired police constable who quit in part because of the challenges of policing in an increasingly polarized society, to how best to mend strained relations between law enforcement and certain minority communities in Canada... This is The Current.

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Being black and a cop: U.S. officer speaks out

As tensions between black Americans and the police flare, what is it like to be caught on both sides? How does it feel to live as a black police officer in the U.S.?

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ENCORE: Squash champion disguised herself as a boy to play sports in Pakistan

Maria Toorpakai grew up in Pakistan's tribal area known as Waziristan where all girls are taught to get in line. She never did. Now Toorpakai is a squash champion living in Toronto. She shares her story of defiance and determination for the love of sport.

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Full Episode for July 13 2016 - The Current

From a look at police and the racial divide in the U.S., to the Pakistani women's squash champion who lived as a boy in order to pursue her passion for sport... This is The Current.

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ENCORE: Life with 'gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson

For millions of his fans, Hunter S. Thompson was the gonzo, hard-drinking, drug-taking, gun-shooting wild man of American counter-culture journalism. But to Juan Thompson, he was dad. Now he shares what it was like to grow up with Hunter S. Thompson.

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Concordia professor Homa Hoodfar indictment tests Canada's decision to erase diplomatic ties with Iran

To what extent does Iranian foreign policy explain the arrest of this Montreal academic?

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Full Episode for July 12, 2016 - The Current

From the indictment of a Canadian anthropologist being held in Iran's notorious Evin prison, to Juan F. Thompson on what it was like to grow up with his famous writer dad, Hunter S. Thompson... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for July 11, 2016 - The Current

From a view of the chaos on the ground in Rio in the lead up to the upcoming Olympic Games to the fight to save Vancouver's distinctive character homes... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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Vancouver's hot real estate market puts character homes at risk

In Vancouver people are paying millions of dollars for character homes, only to tear them down, and build bigger. We hear about the fight to save the city's distinctive neighbourhoods.

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Brazilians deal with political, economic upheaval in lead up to Olympic Games

With less than a month to go until the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games, we hear from Brazilians who say their lives have been so disrupted by recent political and economic upheaval, they just can't bring themselves to get excited.

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Full Episode for July 8, 2016 - The Current

From a sniper shooting 12 police officers, killing five, at a peaceful protest against police violence in Dallas to so-called "calm technology" that promises to make our digital lives less busy... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: How 'calm technology' pulls attention from online temptation

If the digital revolution has left you distracted, constantly interrupted, and unable to concentrate, you're not alone. The Current explores 'calm technology' and speaks to technological pioneers who say our devices should learn to respect our time.

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'We are at a crossroads': Police targeted at Dallas protest, 5 killed

A sniper turns a peaceful demonstration against police violence into a backdrop where police are the targets. Twelve Dallas police officers were hit, five are dead. The Current looks at the danger this recent shooting presents for race relations.

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Full Episode for July 7, 2016 - The Current

From the shooting of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, by U.S. police this week to The Current putting the spotlight on Helium, an element more useful than you might think... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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Helium a finite resource, does much more than fill balloons

Interest in helium has been rising over the scarcity of the resource. Some even think kids' helium balloons are now just too frivolous a use for a gas that's necessary to make MRIs work. Prepare to burst your pre-conceived notions of helium.

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Another victim shot to death by U.S. police spark calls for justice

Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were both fatally shot by police just this week. As people demand justice, what will it take for things finally to change?

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Full Episode for July 6, 2016 - The Current

From the impact of ISIS-led terrorism internationally targeting Muslims and overshadowing Eid this year to CNN's Anderson Cooper on some of life's big questions and growing up as the son of Gloria Vanderbilt... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Anderson Cooper reflects on love, loss and his relationship with mom Gloria Vanderbilt

Being the son of Gloria Vanderbilt wasn't necessarily an asset for Anderson Cooper, an aspiring journalist aiming to get ahead on his own merits. But now, he has collaborated with his mother to produce a memoir about life, love and loss.

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Grim Eid looms for Muslims after month-long string of terror attacks

More people died in Baghdad this week than in the attacks on Paris and Orlando combined. And that wasn't all - in the past week, there were attacks in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Bangladesh. We're asking: Why these targets? Why this much blood in Ramadan?

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Death of Tesla driver tests future of driverless car

Self-driving car technology has come so far, so fast, many don't realize these cars are already on the road. Now that a man has died after using Tesla's autopilot feature, some question if it all happened too fast without proper safeguards in place?

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Full Episode for July 5, 2016 - The Current

From the first-ever death of a passenger in an accident involving a self-driving car last week raising tough questions about technology to activist Phyllis Frye, the first transgender judge in the United States... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Transgender judge Phyllis Frye helped put the 'T' in LGBTQ

When Phyllis Frye was in her 20s, a decision to come out as transgender cost her ... her family, children and profession. Phyllis Frye shares her journey from being a trans law student in the 70s, to becoming the first openly transgender U.S. judge.

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Full Episode for July 4, 2016 - The Current

From examining how intolerance outside our borders feeds Canadian racism, to travel writer Eric Weiner's secret to raising a genius ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Genius linked to geography more than genes, says author Eric Weiner

Travel writer Eric Weiner says if you want to predict genius, stop looking at the stars and find a map because genius is more about place than parentage.

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Canadians challenge racism on their streets

With anti-immigrant sentiment being stirred up in the U.K. and in America, we explore racism in our own country and how some Canadians are challenging it.

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