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Canadians are not as open to immigration as we'd like to think

Concordia University professor Yasmin Jiwani talks about a dark side to Canadian attitudes towards newcomers and asylum-seekers.

Can we rewrite the 1951 Refugee Convention for the 21st century?

Alexander Betts, professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, discusses whether it's possible to rewrite the 1951 UN Refugee Convention for the 21st century to include those fleeing climate change, failed states and generalised violence.

People fleeing climate change should have refugee status, says Tongan MP

"When you wake up and the tide is coming into your living room, then that's no joke anymore."

The Sunday Edition — July 22, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Nahlah Ayed.

The 'great divide' in women's friendships

Emelia Symington Fedy and her feminist friends used to call each other “Wives for Life." Then having children got in the way.
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Novelist Sarah Perry on faith, fear and our fascination with monsters

In British writer Sarah Perry's latest novel "The Essex Serpent," a mythic beast terrorizes the village and science and superstition hold equal sway. This rich and compulsively readable novel was Book of the Year at the 2017 British Book Awards.

One man's quest to spread cribbage around the world

Peter Worden has a passion for cribbage. His documentary is called “The Cribsionary."

From professor-in-waiting to florist: Why some PhDs are quitting academia for unconventional jobs

They’ve come a long way from the sciences and humanities. A florist, an instrument maker, a carpenter and a bike shop owner on why they, like so many others, said goodbye to academia, and how they built their "post-ac" lives.

'Abandoned by my country': Former hostage in Syria says Canada let him down

In 2013, Syrian rebels abducted Canadian lawyer Carl Campeau while he was working for the UN, and kept him hostage for 8 months. Neither the UN nor Canada would pay ransom for his release. Although he managed to escape, he still lives in fear and feels abandoned by his government and his employer.
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Trees are essential infrastructure in our towns & cities, say urban foresters

People need trees — particularly in our cities. Urban forests clean the air, lower stress levels, reduce energy costs and mitigate flooding. Three international tree experts talk about nurturing nature in the concrete jungle.

U.S. diplomat questions Trump's belief in the free world on eve of meeting Putin

Ambassador Daniel Fried met Vladimir Putin several times during his 40 years in the foreign service. He says he wants to be optimistic about the Trump-Putin summit, but is concerned the U.S. will fall into Putin’s traps.

'Abandoned by my country': Former hostage in Syria says Canada let him down

In 2013, Syrian rebels abducted Canadian lawyer Carl Campeau while he was working for the UN, and kept him hostage for eight months. Neither the UN nor the Canadian government would pay ransom for his release. Although he managed to escape, he continues to live in fear and feels abandoned both by his country and his employer.

'Abandoned by my country': Former hostage in Syria says Canada let him down

In 2013, Syrian rebels abducted Canadian lawyer Carl Campeau while he was working for the UN. Neither the UN nor the Canadian government would pay ransom for his release. Although he managed to escape, he feels abandoned both by his country and his employer.

U.S. diplomat questions Trump's belief in the free world on eve of meeting Putin

Ambassador Daniel Fried met Vladimir Putin several times himself during his four decades of experience in the foreign service. He tells us he wants to be optimistic about the Helsinki summit, but is concerned the U.S. will fall into Putin’s traps.

The Sunday Edition — July 15, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Nahlah Ayed.

Debut novel about Tamil asylum-seekers reveals Canada's 'split personality' about refugees

Award-winning writer Sharon Bala's debut novel, The Boat People, is about a group of about 500 Sri Lankan refugees who arrive in Canada only to face deportation and accusations of terrorism.

Why one school board believes studying music is essential for all

Music education has been under siege in Ontario over the past two decades. But not in Windsor, Ontario. Its Catholic school board has promised every student the chance to study with teachers who have degrees in music.
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This searing novel about domestic violence is a damning exposé of India's big problem

Meena Kandasamy is an award-winning Indian poet, writer and activist. Her novel, 'When I Hit You: Or A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife', is as much memoir as it is fiction, inspired by her own violent marriage.

Making bagpipes great again

Traditional bagpipe bands are in serious decline, as their players age out and die. But the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band is bucking the trend, with weekend get-togethers to help young enthusiasts master the pipes. Maureen Brosnahan’s documentary is called, 'A Big Noise.'

A mother's heart melts when a puppy penetrates a 'no pets' family

"Until one has loved an animal", wrote the great French author Anatole France, "a part of one's soul remains unawakened." That may well be true. But there are many people who are quite content to have their souls remain asleep, at least in the pet department. Our own Talin Vartanian used to be one of those people. Her essay is called "A Penny For Your Love."

Think the '5-second rule' means it's okay to eat food you dropped on the floor? Think again!

If you pick up food within 5 seconds of dropping it, it’s safe to eat. Donald Schaffner, a food scientist at Rutger’s University in New Jersey, has put the theory to the test.

Britain's middle class is more racist than ever, says novelist

It used to be that sex and passion were Kureishi’s dominant concerns. Now, he's preoccupied by race. The author of 'My Beautiful Laundrette', 'Sammy and Rosie Get Laid', and a new novel, 'The Nothing.'

Donald Trump is the logical outcome of America's fascination with irrationality

Donald Trump is the logical outcome of America's fascination with irrationality

Singer Catherine MacLellan on her father's musical legacy

She talks about growing up with a famous father and coping with his sudden death, and performs songs from new album with her collaborator Chris Gauthier.

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