Can urban planning protect our streets from vehicle attacks?

While vehicle attacks are difficult to predict and prevent, urban planning and design — like installing bollards — could play a role in mitigating the death and carnage, experts say.

How a hunger for a wider world led Kate Harris to cycle the Silk Road

On a mission to seek 'the world's wildness,' Kate Harris and her friend Mel biked 10,000 km along the Silk Road. Throughout her travels, she learned how the landscape can teach us a lot about human fragility.

Is India's gender imbalance to blame for rise in violence against women?

India's gender imbalance of more men than women is a societal consequence that promotes a culture of devaluing women, argues an advocate for women's health and safety.

The Current for April 25, 2018

From how urban design can make cities safer in the wake of the Toronto van attack; to Kate Harris on cycling in the footsteps of Marco Polo along the Silk Road; to the far-reaching impact of India's gender imbalance with more men than women ... This is The Current.

'There was no time for hysteria': Bystanders leap to aid Toronto van attack victims

Two ordinary citizens who rushed to help victims of yesterday's van attack in Toronto say that first aid training helped them to keep a cool head, and are urging others to take the classes.

Officer's cool head may have helped rule out terrorism in Toronto van attack

Const. Ken Lam apprehended the suspect in the Toronto van attack yesterday. The fact that he arrested him alive and uninjured, says one expert, will have helped authorities with a complicated investigation.

Dreams, visions and diarrhea: What to expect if you take ayahuasca

The killing of a Canadian man in Peru has highlighted a whole industry around the hallucinogenic ayahuasca. But what is the drug, and why does it attract so many people to the Amazon?

How empathy can transform healthcare: Dr. Brian Goldman

ER physician Brian Goldman makes the case for kindness in his medical memoir that includes research suggesting an empathetic bedside manner can benefit patients and doctors.

The Current for April 24, 2018

From two witnesses who describe the scene after a van attacked pedestrians in Toronto; to how the killing of a Canadian man in Peru is shining a light on the ayahuasca tourism industry; to Dr. Brian Goldman on his personal quest to be kinder ... This is The Current.

The body on the boat: The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean, and the toll on those who try to save them

When the crew of the Aquarius picked up a migrant boat in the Mediterranean late last year, they found the body of a young woman on board. CBC correspondent Megan Williams set out to find out who this woman was, and how she died.

Nuclear waste disposal in Canada is 'an accident waiting to happen,' says Indigenous leader

First Nations leaders say that plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage facility in Ontario are dangerous, but one nuclear expert argues that fears are overblown.

The Current for April 23, 2018

From First Nations leaders voicing their concerns over how nuclear waste is handled in Canada; to a documentary by journalist Megan Williams, who spent more than two weeks aboard the Aquarius - one of only two humanitarian rescue boats operating in the Mediterranean ... This is The Current.

Book a stay at this space hotel in 2022 - if you have $9.5M to spare

For just under $10 M, you can be an astronaut-in-training. The company Orion Span has announced the first luxury space hotel expected to launch in 2022.

Grace Acan spent years as a captive of Ugandan rebels, now she helps casualties of war rebuild their lives

Grace Acan was among 139 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army in 1996. After years in captivity, she escaped and now helps other conflict survivors to find their place in the world.

Where does 420 come from? Meet the men who coined the phrase and lit up a movement

As Canada drifts toward marijuana legislation, April 20 may appear to be losing its relevance as a day of protest. But the men who say they coined '420' disagree.

The Current for April 20, 2018

From the origins of 420 and if the protest day of pot is still relevant; to a woman who survived eight years in captivity under the Lord's Resistance Army; to exploring space tourism with the potential of a hotel in space open for business in three years ... This is The Current.

To catch a criminal, police sketches can be useful — or hilarious

The sketch of the man alleged to have threatened Stormy Daniels has led to mirth and mockery online, but it has also raised questions about how useful these artist impressions of suspects can be.

Should physicians tell police if their patients have been drinking and driving?

Some ER doctors are feeling conflicted balancing a patients' privacy with public safety when treating drunk drivers.

10 minutes later, a death sentence: How Iraq is dealing with the aftermath of ISIS

Human rights campaigners are concerned about perfunctory trials taking place in Iraq, as the country tries to deal with thousands of people detained as ISIS collaborators.

The Current for April 19, 2018

From the art of police sketches and how even a rudimentary image can help solve crimes; to balancing patients' privacy with public safety when it comes to drunk drivers; to whether ISIS fighters in Iraq can have a fair trial, or if they deserve one ... This is The Current.

Mosque shooter's search history shouldn't be a cause for online censorship: expert

Alexandre Bissonnette was reading extreme content online in the weeks prior to the attack on the Quebec mosque, but opinion is divided over whether Canada should crack down harder on hate speech online.

Canadian sex worker says new U.S. trafficking laws are a risk to her safety

Two new laws to combat sex trafficking are having unintended consequences for Canadian sex workers, but advocates say the safety of children must take priority.

How right-wing populist leaders are eroding democracy: author

Hungary's Viktor Orban's re-election earlier this month is just the latest example of democracy at risk, says author.

The Current for April 18, 2018

From how online hate speech influenced the radicalization of Alexandre Bisonette; to critics arguing a new U.S. law targeting trafficking is endangering sex workers on both sides of the border; to the state of press freedom in strongman Viktor Orban's Hungary ... This is The Current.

Boy on the beach: How Alan Kurdi's family are turning their grief into a fight to help refugees

After the drowned body of her three-year-old nephew Alan washed up on a Turkish beach, Tima Kurdi became an advocate for the world's refugees. She has now written a book about her own loss, and what the world must do to stop it happening again.