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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.

Why a water-gulping Wisconsin plant is a wake-up call for Canada

Environmentalists are concerned about Foxconn's proposed industrial plant that would suck nearly 22 million litres of water from Lake Michigan per day. They argue that it could contravene the Great Lakes Compact, while one expert says Canada should be worried.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion divides Indigenous communities

Politicians in Alberta and B.C. aren't the only ones split on Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion project, Indigenous leaders are also divided on whether the project should move forward.

The Current for April 17, 2018

From First Nations in Alberta and B.C. split on the Kinder Morgan pipeline project going forward; to Tima Kurdi on how the tragic death of her nephew Alan Kurdi became the symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis; to environmentalists crying foul over Foxconn's daily use of water from Lake Michigan ... This is The Current.

Is the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in the 'national interest?'

As the prime minister insists that the Trans Mountain pipeline will go ahead, competing sides argue the benefit it offers to Canada.

One night of bombing may not stop Assad using chemical weapons, expert warns

The U.S.-led coalition that bombed Syrian targets on the weekend may need to take further steps if chemical weapons are used again.

How a B.C. caribou herd on verge of extinction is making a comeback

Mountain caribou are vanishing in B.C., but a wildlife biologist and two First Nations have found success reviving a Klinse-Za herd in the province's interior.

The Current for April 16, 2018

From whether the latest airstrikes against Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France will have an impact on the civil war; to a recent meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline project with no resolve; to what - if anything - can be done to save the South Selkirk caribou in B.C. ... This is The Current.

Music in mind and mouth: How beatboxing is helping kids with speech problems

Kaila Mullady discovered that her incredible beatboxing skills could help her young cousin overcome a debilitating speech problem. She's been helping kids like him ever since.

Through the Humboldt tragedy, youth have found a way to 'lean on each other'

Many young kids and teens are struggling to process the Humboldt crash but parents, educators and hockey coaches are there to be their support.

Can Canadians spot a political bot? Fair elections may depend on it

The use of bots to sway political opinions is only going to become more prevalent, and some argue it's time political parties came clean about how they use them.

The Current for April 13, 2018

From kids looking for guidance on how to process the tragic Humboldt crash; to how beatboxing skills are being used to help people with speech impediments; to researchers warning Canadians to be wary of automated social media bots designed to sway voters ... This is The Current.

Officers must have options other than to kill, says former head of police board

The former head of the Toronto Police Services Board Alok Mukherjee says police forces have become isolated from the communities they are supposed to be serving — and they must reform to address the issue.

What should the 'inevitable' regulation of Facebook look like?

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces tough questions at the congressional hearing, critics are calling for more regulation of the tech sector because big platform giants have a lot of power.

What do Syrians think it will it take to end the country's bloody conflict?

After a suspected poison gas attack in Syria, the international community, including the Syrian Diaspora, waits and watches. We spoke to two of its members about what can be done to end the bloodshed.

The Current for April 12, 2018

From Syrians from the diaspora imaging a solution to end the seven-year-long conflict; to the Facebook hearings and if virtual privacy is worth striving for; to a call for police reform from a former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board ... This is The Current.

'I have a right to be named': Child pornography survivor fails to lift publication ban

What’s in a name? Everything to "Sarah." Now an adult, she wants to lift the publication ban on her case as a child pornography survivor.

What's at stake if B.C. opposition derails the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline?

Tensions over the Trans Mountain pipeline are back on the agenda, as Kinder Morgan gives Ottawa a date by which to resolve the B.C.-Alberta fight.

How ISIS held on to power in Iraq through paperwork

ISIS brought a fastidious efficiency to running their regime in Syria and Iraq, a New York Times reporter reveals.

The Current for April 11, 2018

From the tension building as the Kinder Morgan pipeline moves forward; to why a year-long fight to lift her publication ban failed; to journalist Rukmini Callimachi on what she discovered in the thousands of internal ISIS files she analyzed ... This is The Current.

Veteran firefighter says he's never seen anything like Humboldt Broncos crash

The magnitude of Friday's Humboldt Broncos crash was greater than anything one veteran firefighter has ever seen, but he and his team just focused on doing their jobs, he said.