The Mauritanian, Canada and torture at Gitmo
For 14 years, Mohamedou Salahi was held in Guantanamo Bay without charge. He was tortured. The new movie The Mauritanian portrays his experience, but leaves out Canada’s role. CBC senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault explains.
Dr. Seuss, and how to deal with racism in children's classics
Dr. Seuss Enterprises will no longer publish six of the beloved author’s books because of their racist content and imagery. Philip Nel and Michelle H. Martin, two experts on children’s lit, discuss Dr. Seuss’s legacy, and how to engage with problematic children’s classics.
Inside the bloody fight for Myanmar's democracy
“Now we have no choice. We have to fight back.” Today we hear from a young pro-democracy activist in Myanmar who is risking her life on the streets of Yangon to fight back against the military coup.
'Tiger Squad' and Saudi Arabia's brutal campaign to crush dissent
According to a newly declassified U.S report, Saudi Arabia's crown prince approved the operation that led to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Today on Front Burner, how the Saudi regime’s campaign to crush dissent extends far beyond that murder.
Sexual misconduct plagues military amid Vance, McDonald investigations
Today, CBC’s Murray Brewster examines the sexual misconduct allegation that led Admiral Art McDonald, Canada’s top military commander, to step aside, as well as the ongoing investigation into his predecessor, Gen. Jonathan Vance.
Why the Golden Globes' shady reputation persists
When the cheesy Netflix hit Emily in Paris earned two Golden Globes nominations this year, even one of the show’s writers raised their eyebrows. Today, Los Angeles Times reporters Josh Rottenberg and Stacy Perman explain new revelations that contribute to the perception of corruption at the annual awards.
Cindy Gladue and the painful cost of justice
The death of Cindy Gladue became a flashpoint for the anger surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Now a manslaughter conviction for Bradley Barton closes the long legal saga — but as CBC’s Jorge Barrera tells us, for Gladue’s family, healing has just begun.
Church as a COVID-19 battleground
As three B.C. churches get ready to head to court to fight the province's COVID-19 rules, CBC Vancouver reporter Jason Proctor explains how the pandemic is testing the limits of religious freedom.
How Bellingcat cracks some of the world's biggest stories
Eliot Higgins, founder of the investigative collective Bellingcat, tells us how the group used online information to break some of its biggest stories — from the poisoning of Alexei Navalny to the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine — and why he wants others to follow in Bellingcat's footsteps.
Should Canada boycott the 2022 Olympics in Beijing?
As pressure builds for Canada to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former ambassador to China David Mulroney explains why he thinks taking this stand is the moral move.
A Montreal police officer was attacked, but the wrong man was arrested
Mamadi III Fara Camara’s lawyer says he called police to help an officer who had been attacked, and after trying to help, he was charged with attempted murder. Today, how this case of wrongful arrest fits into a wider debate about policing in Montreal.
The joke that made it to the Supreme Court of Canada
More than a decade ago, Canadian comedian Mike Ward told a joke about a disabled young singer named Jérémy Gabriel. Today on Front Burner, Marie-Danielle Smith from Maclean's magazine on the questions it raises about freedom of speech versus discrimination.
The growing threat of COVID-19 variants in Canada
An unprecedented outbreak in Newfoundland of the coronavirus variant originally found in the U.K. holds lessons for the rest of Canada. CBC St. John's reporter Peter Cowan talks about what those lessons are.
What's the point of the impeachment process?
Former president Donald Trump's second impeachment trial ended with another acquittal on Saturday. We ask CBC News senior correspondent Susan Ormiston why anger over the insurrection didn't lead to a conviction in the U.S. Senate and whether the impeachment process can produce accountability in the U.S.
Why one MP wants companies like Bell to pay back COVID-19 subsidy
Profitable companies have accessed the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy while increasing dividend payouts to shareholders. Today, CBC's Jonathan Montpetit explains how CEWS works, and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he wants to see some companies pay part of that money back.
With schools reopening, how do you keep kids safe?
As COVID-19 cases go down, pandemic restrictions are loosening across the country, including in Ontario, but concerns about variants remain. Today on Front Burner, what that means for the safety of kids at school.
At one Amazon warehouse, a historic push to unionize
Jeff Bezos made Amazon into one of the world’s biggest retailers, but critics argue he did it at the expense of his workers. Now, one Alabama warehouse is voting on whether to unionize, a move that could spark major change, even here in Canada. Recode’s Jason Del Rey on how Amazon got here.
Trump's impeachment: Will history repeat itself?
Donald Trump is facing a historic second Senate impeachment trial. Will the former U.S. president avoid conviction again? Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio explains why all signs point to an acquittal.
'Don't say oil on stage': A WE Charity investigation
CBC's The Fifth Estate dug into WE Charity's practices and political connections, including concerns around corporate partnerships and the charity's commitment to their donors' happiness. Today on Front Burner, reporter Kate McKenna on what the investigation found.
Proud Boys and the thorny definition of terrorism
Does labelling the Proud Boys “terrorists” mean far right violence is being taken seriously? What questions should be asked when the list of terror groups expands?
A mutating virus and the need for global herd immunity
An examination of the potential threat posed by new variants of the coronavirus popping up around the world, and the need for a truly global vaccination response.
'Anti-Alberta' investigation mired in controversy
Allegations of cronyism, climate denialism and conspiracy theories have dogged an Alberta inquiry into alleged foreign funding of critics of its oil and gas sector. Where does Premier Jason Kenney go from here?
Trickster cancelled after Michelle Latimer controversy
The CBC original series Trickster has been cancelled following scrutiny over showrunner Michelle Latimer’s Indigenous identity. We discuss the fallout.
Why has Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rate slipped globally?
Canada is facing COVID-19 vaccine shortages, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s confident the country is still on track to receive four million Pfizer-BioNTech doses and two million from Moderna by the end of March. CBC News senior writer J.P. Tasker discusses the vaccine supply problem and what might be done about it.
The GameStop stock saga, explained
How Reddit used video game retailer GameStop to take Wall Street for a ride, and what it says about who gets to control the markets.