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Dangerous crossing: The winter path to asylum

Four people, including a baby, recently froze to death in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.S. border. We hear what that route is like from two people who've walked it.
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Boris Johnson's 'partygate' scandal

How multiple revelations of partying at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence during COVID-19 lockdowns could lead to his political downfall.
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A path for Halifax to defund the police

A Halifax committee has released its final report defining what it means to defund the police. The report reimagines our communities' relationship with justice, and examines the common ground between supporters and opponents of defunding.
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Rhetoric and reality in the fight for Ukraine

A months-long stare-down over Ukraine is escalating — forcing the West and Russia to think about the next move.
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Microsoft's $70B bet on the future of gaming

Microsoft's big money Activision-Blizzard deal and the play to lockdown the present and future of an enormous industry.
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Cannabis vs. COVID: What the research is showing

A growing body of research is suggesting that cannabis compounds may not only be a potential treatment for COVID-19 — but that they may even be able to help prevent people from getting the virus in the first place.
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What a landmark conviction for Syrian war crimes means for victims' relatives and international justice

A former Syrian colonel, Anwar Raslan, was found guilty by a German court of overseeing torture at a notorious detention centre in Damascus.
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Pros, cons of Quebec's proposed anti-vax tax

This week, Quebec’s premier said his province was going to start taxing the unvaccinated. We explain why some observers are questioning the timing — and why ethics experts have concerns.

No-vax Djokovic vs. Australian immigration

How Novak Djokovic unleashed a political headache for the Australian government and a fierce debate about whether the unvaccinated player should be allowed to stay and compete.
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Listen to audio that secretly documented the inner workings of neo-Nazi group

When an anti-fascist infiltrator left neo-Nazi group The Base in 2020, he took 80 gigabytes of screen grabs and recordings. Today, The Fifth Estate host Gillian Findlay brings us that audio, and the first-ever interview with the infiltrator.
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'Deflated, defeated': A nurse's view from the front lines of the 5th wave

With a fifth COVID-19 wave swamping Ontario hospitals nearly two years into this pandemic, we get the perspective of an exhausted nurse on the front lines.
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The market for NFTs is booming. Will it last?

The non-fungible token market is booming in early 2022, with estimates easily surpassing a billion dollars in transactions. Today, how the hype from a die-hard community compares with concerns about speculation and environmental impact.
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The 15-year fight to treat Indigenous children as equals

For decades, First Nations children on reserves had to live with less child welfare funding than other kids in Canada. Cindy Blackstock explains a new agreement with the federal government that could change that.
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Dozens die in custody after public intoxication arrests

A CBC investigation has found that 61 people have died in police custody after being arrested for public intoxication or a related offence since 2010.
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The U.S. Capitol riot and American democracy one year later

One year after the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot questions remain about the future of American democracy amid a lengthy investigation of the day's events and a deepening political divide.
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Schools move online as parents, Omicron rage

As many parents react with frustration and confusion to the sudden announcement of school closures in Ontario due to Omicron, what’s next for the rest of the country?
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Debt jubilee: The case for cancelling debt

Canadians have loaded up on personal debt through more than half a century of financial crises. Economist Michael Hudson tells us why he thinks the way out is to cancel those debts.
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A volunteer's tragic end, his killer's remorse

The stories of two men shaped by Vancouver’s overdose epidemic: a volunteer who saved hundreds of lives, and the man who killed him.
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A pre-holiday Omicron update

As Omicron becomes the dominant coronavirus variant in Canada, here's what we can learn from the latest research from around the world — and how it can help you make choices for holiday gatherings.
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Why The Matrix still resonates today

With the new Matrix movie coming to theatres on Dec. 22, a look at why the original film still feels relevant, more than two decades after its release.
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Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial nears its end

Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial is coming to a close: she faces decades in prison over allegations she trafficked teenage girls to be sexually abused by her longtime companion Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell maintains her innocence.
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Toxic tailings: Oilsands water could be released

What should we do about the 1.4 trillion litres of toxic water held in tailings ponds from Alberta’s oilsands? Business reporter Kyle Bakx explains the pros and cons of treating the water and releasing it into the environment.
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As Omicron spreads, governments scramble

With the holidays approaching and the Omicron variant spreading rapidly in Canada, both people and politicians are reconsidering their response. What lessons we’ve learned from previous waves, and what mistakes we’re repeating.
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How Succession keeps winning

The arguments for why HBO’s Succession is one of the most relevant shows on television right now.
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Quebec teacher removed from classroom over hijab

In the wake of a Quebec teacher being shuffled out of her job for wearing a hijab, a look at the latest political and legal wrangling over Bill 21, the province’s controversial religious symbols law.

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