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The Current for June 22, 2018

From on the ground in McAllen, Texas, to hear from migrants who have been left in flux, many without their kids; to a U.S. program that's killing one species of owl to save an endangered owl species; to a conversation with a Canadian doctor who's served Indigenous communities for more than 30 years ... This is The Current.

Rhetoric around migrants in U.S. has parallels to slavery, says historian

Both Canada and the U.S. have a long history of removing children from the care of their parents, and one historian says the rhetoric in use today is the same as during the time of slavery.

Why are dead hummingbirds showing up for sale? Investigating the love charm black market

Forensic ornithologist Pepper Trail has been investigating the apparent rise in a black market trade for chuparosas: love charms made with the bodies of dead hummingbirds.

This pop artist used artificial intelligence to compose an entire album

Singer and technologist Taryn Southern has just done something no musician has ever done before: released an album composed with artificial intelligence. Critics argue it's not really music if a human isn't composing it.

The Current for June 21, 2018

From the long history of removing children from parents in the U.S. and Canada; to a singer and a technologist who has released an album composed with artificial intelligence; to meeting a forensic ornithologist who is fighting to save hummingbirds ... This is The Current.

'I know the Yazidis are going through hell': ISIS survivors in Canada plead for help for family left behind

After surviving sexual slavery under the brutal rule of ISIS, Yazidis who escaped to Canada cannot find closure because of family members who are still missing, languishing in refugee camps or still in ISIS hands. They want Canada to do more to reunite them.

Government must do more to help Yazidi refugees, says advocate

Majed El Shafie and Mavis Himes have become lifelines for Yazidi refugees who have settled in Canada — as well as those still living under ISIS rule.

The Senate passed the pot bill. What happens now?

Canada is on its way to being the first industrialized country in the world to legalize pot nationally. The contentious Bill C-45 to legalize recreational marijuana passed on Tuesday.

Doug Ford's vow to fight federal carbon tax part of concerted effort, prof says

Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed to scrap the cap-and-trade system. But critics warn the move against taxing greenhouse gas emissions will have a domino effect both politically and economically.

The Current for June 20, 2018

From Yazidi women settling in Canada after surviving sexual slavery but who are not at peace knowing their family members are in the hands of ISIS; to the support Yazidi refugees rely on; to a bill passed that pushes legalizing weed forward; to the impact of scrapping cap-and-trade in Ontario ... This is The Current.

What makes it a murder? Coroner's office inquiry into 'concealed homicides' after Mississauga deaths

Three family members died in their Mississauga home over a period of several years, but it was only after the third death that police established a suspicious pattern. The Current talks to investigators about how they approach the scene of a death, and where mistakes can be made.

Drummer Sheila E. encourages female musicians to keep smashing taboos

Legendary drummer Sheila E. had to fight for recognition throughout her career. She advises other young and aspiring female musicians to be confident, despite obstacles like sexism and harassment that can still be found in the industry.

Increase in Toronto shootings will continue without new strategy, argues anti-gun advocate

More than a decade after the 'summer of the gun,' Toronto has seen a recent spike in shootings, including two little girls at a playground. Some argue policing and prevention strategies need a new approach.

The Current for June 19, 2018

From solutions addressing Toronto's surge in gun violence; to breaking down the taboo of female drummers; to how three deaths in an Ontario family is shining a light on so-called concealed murders ... This is The Current.

Finding Adler: The music and mystery of the Jewish refugee who shaped the lives of a Chinese family

During the Second World War, a Jewish refugee escaped the Nazis and fled to Shanghai. There, he taught music to a group of orphans, but abruptly disappeared in 1947. The Chinese-Canadian son of one of those orphans, Fang Sheng, set out to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

Helping refugees becoming a 'popularity contest,' says advocate

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel has called for the government to let in more LGBTQ refugees and to track the numbers, but some advocates worry about politicizing the refugee system and warn against prioritizing any particular group over others.

What Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings had was not a 'love affair,' new Monticello exhibit reveals

An exhibit at the Monticello plantation is being applauded by many descendants for acknowledging the life of Sally Hemings, and for sharing the truth behind her relationship with Thomas Jefferson.

The Current for June 18, 2018

From a call on the government to admit more LGBTQ refugees into Canada; to debating the legacy of Thomas Jefferson with the exhibit of of Sally Hemings' bedroom; to how an Austrian Jew taught orphans to become members of China's symphony orchestra ... This is The Current.

Should Canada scrap immigration deal with the U.S. over safety concerns?

While centres for unaccompanied migrant minors are raising concerns about child welfare, some experts say it's reason enough to scrap Canada’s refugee agreement with the U.S.

Lea Garofalo was killed by her Mafia family. Now she's the face of anti-mob protests

Alex Perry's new book looks at the women who are fighting to bring down the Mafia, and inspiring people across Italy to say enough is enough.

Daughter of Wettlaufer's last victim unconvinced inquiry will result in changes to system

Susan Horvath has lost faith in long-term care after her father was murdered by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. She's not confident an inquiry looking into how her crimes went undetected for a decade will result in any improvements.

The Current for June 15, 2018

From the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer murders raising questions about how long-term care homes are run; to the story of women who took on a powerful mafia; to a 'zero tolerance' migrant policy in the U.S. separating children from their parents ... This is The Current with Ioanna Roumeliotis.

How reporter Seymour Hersh uncovered a massacre, and changed the Vietnam War dialogue

Seymour Hersh brings great insight into investigative journalism — past and present — because he has broken some of the most important and history-making stories of the last fifty years.

Why fans still flock to the World Cup despite politics and controversy

Despite political controversy in this year's World Cup in Russia, soccer fans are still get excited for the tournament and argue the game has a powerful connection to unite the world.

Does Canada need a national cycling strategy?

As cycle advocates lobby for more bike lanes to make travel safer, critics argue Canada needs a more strategic solution than simply building more infrastructure.