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Video of baby being taken by child services will follow the girl her whole life: expert

You may have seen images this week a fraught encounter in a Winnipeg hospital. Did you share them? In a world saturated with powerful, painful, personal images, we look at how we bear witness, and what to consider before you hit "share."

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Why one writer says burnout carries 'a different weight' for people of colour

A Buzzfeed essay arguing millennials have become the burnout generation has struck a chord with many people since it went viral this month, but one woman says burnout isn't a new phenomenon solely affecting white, middle-class people. Notes

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Fear a 'prominent feature' in Burkina Faso, as armed presence grows, says expert

Canadian citizen Kirk Woodman was abducted and killed in Burkina Faso this week, while Quebec woman Edith Blais went missing in the country weeks ago. We speak to two experts about who is behind the violence, and why.

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Clint Malarchuk suffered a horrific sporting injury. But PTSD put his life in peril again, decades later

Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again. Warning: This story contains graphic detail of injury and a suicide attempt.

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Removing Lac-Mégantic images from Netflix shows should be 'no-brainer,' says academic

A real-life catastrophe killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013, but now footage from the event has found its way into a series and film on Netflix, upsetting residents of the Quebec town. We look at the ethics around using archival footage for entertainment purposes.

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Indigenous ownership won't solve problems with Trans Mountain pipeline, says Squamish Nation councillor

A group of Indigenous leaders are meeting in Calgary this week with the oil industry to discuss options for purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline. We hear from those on both sides of the debate.

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Gun violence takes a heavy toll on families of victims, says trauma surgeon

As part of One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence, we speak to two trauma surgeons who are faced with the reality of what bullets do to bodies.

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'Dark times ahead,' but Brexit will be worth it in the long term, says financier

After British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was defeated in parliament Tuesday, what's next for the troubled process? And what does it all mean for the people living in uncertainty?

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From 46 to 77 years old, these women are defying age to pursue a figure skating dream

On a whim, a tight-knit squad of adult female figure skaters in Kelowna, B.C., decided to try and compete in the 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Germany. We heard from two of the women about the bond the group formed on the ice, and a journey that was both life-affirming and exhausting.

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Fatal sniper bullet was 'only solution' to end 2004 Union Station standoff, negotiator says

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man with a long history of spousal abuse took a stranger hostage in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The gunman had just tried to kill his estranged wife at a nearby food court and was cornered by police in a tense standoff that captivated Canadians and ended with a sniper's bullet.

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Jurors in traumatic trials need counselling and support, not just 'a coffee and a handshake': advocate

Jurors are often expected to examine extremely violent and disturbing cases, but despite a report from the justice committee urging change, advocates argue there is still a lack of counselling and support. We continue our One Bullet series with a look at the emotional toll that can come with doing your civic duty.

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Cabinet shuffle suggests government 'reacts to change' instead of changing itself, says columnist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with his newly reshuffled cabinet in Quebec later this week - and the federal election this fall is sure to be on the agenda. We gather a political panel to discuss how the Liberal government is performing in Canada and on the world stage, and what the political shakeup could mean with an election looming.

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A heavy burden

Eight years after she was shot to death by her spouse, Lynn Kalmring's homicide still weighs on friends, family and the lawyer who defended her killer. As part of our One Bullet series investigating the impact of gun violence in Canada, we look at the dramatic effect Kalmring's death continues to have on the people close to her.

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Polygamy is happening in Canada's Muslim community, but convictions are rare, says reporter

As some women in Canada's Muslim community are speaking out against polygamous marriages in their community, a CBC reporter investigating the issue for The Fifth Estate says charges and convictions related to the practice are "extremely rare" in Canada.

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'Moment of truth' nears for Brexit, but not everyone is worried, says academic

In Britain this week, a divided House of Commons will vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal. We take a look at what's at stake.

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Waiting for a witness

Nearly two decades after a promising Toronto high school basketball star was gunned down, police are still waiting for someone to come forward and identify the shooter.

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New CBC doc 'Pugly: A Pug's Life' looks at the short-snouted pups and their owners

Pug owners say they're never more than a pug-hug away from a better day, and if you take a peek at Instagram, you'll find plenty of people who adore their pug-faced pooches. It's clear that pugs' popularity is on the rise, but so too are the health problems associated with the breed. We take a look inside the world of pugs and those who love them.

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Signal from deep space is probably not aliens, just 'exotic physics': prof

The Canadian telescope CHIME has found a repeating fast radio burst in deep space, only the second of its kind to be discovered. We look at some of the theories around what causes the phenomenon - and why some scientists are cautioning that it's probably not aliens.

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White Coat Black Art's Dr. Brian Goldman talks about the popular Keto diet

A large number of health care professionals are on the Keto diet, and they're trying to convince their colleagues that it can help fight disease, but not everyone's convinced.

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U.S. company trying to sue Canada over coal phase-out made a bad bet, says academic

Canadian plans to stop using coal have left one U.S. company crying foul. Westmoreland Coal owns seven Canadian coal mines, and claims that it should be receiving part of the $2 billion in government compensation being offered to the Canadian companies being told to phase out operations.

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Should the advice in the Canadian Food Guide be taken with a pinch of salt?

We look at the new Canada Food Guide and examine how business interests have influenced our nutrition over the decades, since the first guide in the 1940s.

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Reporter who covered Robert Dziekanski's death says there's more to the story than 'four bad-apple cops'

Long-time CBC journalist Curt Petrovich covered the death of Robert Dziekanski in 2007. The Polish immigrant was Tasered by RCMP officers in Vancouver airport, but Petrovich says there's more to the story than a narrative of "four bad apple cops." Now he's written a book about Dziekanski, and the four RCMP officers present that night, and whether justice has been served.

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Trump's border wall will cut through National Butterfly Center, devastating wildlife, says director

We look at how the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall will affect people living along its route, and explore the environmental impact that the plans will have on one particular nature centre.

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U.S. scientist says he tried to stop Chinese researcher from making first gene-edited babies

How did a scientist in China pull off his experiment using gene-editing technology on embryos without anyone knowing, and what impact has he had on the ethics of CRISPR research?

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Why Garden Hill First Nation is leery of its tap water

CBC's Connie Walker explains to The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti why many residents in Garden Hill First Nation still do not trust their tap water.

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Trump's border wall 'rhetoric does not add up,' says immigration journalist

Following U.S. President Donald Trump's prime-time Oval Office speech last night insisting a southern border wall is needed, two journalists discuss the efficacy of his message and fact-check his claims.

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Alleged sexual abuse destroyed World Cup dreams of Afghanistan women's soccer team, says former captain

In 2007, a group of women in Afghanistan came together to play soccer under their nation's flag for the first time, after years of living under Taliban rule. But after some players came forward alleging physical and sexual abuse and harassment by members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, that beautiful dream for the beautiful game turned dark. We talk to the team's founding captain, Khalida Popal.

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Marie Kondo's tidying method won't work everywhere, says author who believes in the power of mess

As organizing consultant and global sensation Marie Kondo's new Netflix show extols the benefits of a tidy life, we look at whether some people just need to be messy.

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B.C. 'safe supply' pilot aims to help entrenched addicts avoid overdoses, says advocate

Fifty people who use street drugs will be regularly prescribed opioid pills to crush up and inject, as part of a new "safe supply" program launching in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Can the initiative help entrenched addicts avoid overdoses?

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Trial of El Chapo won't resolve the corruption that empowered him, says journalist

As the trial of suspected Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo resumes in a New York courtroom, so too does a compelling-yet-bloody story of drug trafficking, cartel warfare and incredible violence. But would a conviction do anything stop the flow of illegal drugs.

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Science writer says tapping into our dreams can help improve mental health, overcome traumas

Writers and artists have long drawn inspiration from their dreams, but science writer Alice Robb argues that we should all be paying more attention to what happens when we're asleep, because dreams can help us to process new information, work through our anxieties, and confront our worst fears.

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'No planet B': Sending humans to Mars isn't the answer to Earth's problems, says U.K. astronomer royal

Some experts envision a mass migration to Mars could save the human race some day. But U.K. astronomer royal Martin Rees says we shouldn't abandon the planet just yet.

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Robo-lawyers? How AI could do jobs we once thought couldn't be automated

Machines have been doing physical work for years, and edging out human workers in the process. But as artificial intelligence advances, it's finding a foothold in professional fields that require human judgment and creative thinking. What does the future of automation really look like?

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Meet the Kenyan woman urging village elders to abandon female genital mutilation

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete narrowly escaped undergoing a female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was eight years old. She's since been on a crusade to eliminate the practice, known as "the cut," which still threatens millions of girls in Africa.

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Online 'smear campaign' during election highlights 'wild, wild west' of social media, Toronto councillor says

A Toronto city councillor alleges she was attacked in a 'smear campaign' on social media last year, ahead of the city's municipal election. And her story is raising questions about the impact of social media on elections and democracy.

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U.S. should respond with 'all hell and fury' to arrest of American in Russia: Bill Browder

Following the arrest of a U.S. citizen in Moscow on accusations of spying, anti-Kremlin critic Bill Browder says the West should take decisive action to stop innocent people becoming diplomatic bargaining chips.

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'His heart still beats strong to give life': How an organ donation united 2 families

While she still grieves the loss of her 20-year-old son to suicide, Pat Loder says meeting the recipient of his heart has given her a sense of peace and a ray of hope.

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Democrats issuing 'a blizzard of subpoenas' against Trump isn't constructive, argues former Republican senator

We look at what lies ahead for the Trump administration - and the state of U.S. politics - as Democrats take control of Congress.

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Why women are choosing to give birth without the help of medical professionals

The stillbirth of a baby in California has raised serious questions about the practice of freebirthing - birth without the help of medical professionals. We hear from experts about the possible legal issues and dangers associated with unassisted births.

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The power of logic: How math can help you win your next argument

What's the secret to winning arguments in a world of divisive politics? According to the author of The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, the answer is math.

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Her husband invented naloxone, her son died from overdose, now she advocates for harm reduction

Joy Stampler Fishman's late husband was the co-creator of naloxone. Then, her son died of a drug overdose. Now, she advocates for equipping as many people as possible with the life-saving overdose reversal drug.

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Why a Canadian who fled the U.S. after Trump's election says Canada isn't perfect either

A Canadian man who moved home from Alabama after U.S. President Donald Trump's election in 2016 warns Canada is susceptible to the same kind of populism that propelled Trump into the White House.

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'It made me who I was': How growing up adopted fuelled Curtis Joseph's NHL career

It wasn't until Curtis Joseph was a grown man playing in the NHL that he met his biological mother. When he did, he knew exactly what he wanted to say: he thanked her for having him.

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'He clearly did not believe in Canada': The surprising story behind the man who wrote O Canada

Musical prodigy Calixa Lavallée spent years donning blackface, fought in the American Civil War, and thought Quebec should join the United States.

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#Trumpsterfire and a dog's Brexit: Canadian satirists take on the year that was

A panel of comedians discuss 2018's high highs, low lows, and biggest losers.

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Is luck real? A probability expert untangles the difference between fate and chance

Can someone truly be lucky or are life events just random? Statistician Jeffrey Rosenthal untangles the meaning behind luck, chance, fate and magic in his new book, Knock on Wood.

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CBC correspondents look back on the stories that defined 2018

Three of the CBC's top journalists gather for The Current's year-end news panel to discuss 2018's winners and losers, and what's to come in 2019.

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New project looks at 'the most important organ that none of us have': the placenta

The study of the placenta before birth has always been hampered by the dangers that could be posed to the fetus. Now, a U.S. group is funding ways to study the organ safely during development, and researchers say it could mean healthier pregnancies.

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How the daughter of an African revolutionary learned about racism in a Canadian playground

The daughter of an ANC guerrilla in exile, Sisonke Msimang grew up moving from country to country. The author says it gave her an outsider's perspective, and framed her understanding of "home."

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'Don't do it': Trump's criticism of central bank could backfire, warns former vice-chair

U.S. President Donald Trump has lambasted the Federal Reserve for repeatedly hiking interest rates. But Stanley Fischer, the former vice-chair of the central bank, says it's not doing much to help the president get what he wants.

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Michael Palin's new book retraces doomed voyage of HMS Erebus

Michael Palin's new book traces the journey of HMS Erebus, which tried to find a path through the Northwest Passage in 1845. After becoming locked in the ice, its crew met their deaths in a frozen wasteland, and the ship was lost for almost 170 years.

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An Afghani asylum seeker on the story behind his illegal crossing into Canada

Mohammad Amin Sadiqi is one of thousands of asylum seekers who have sought refuge in Canada by crossing the U.S. border illegally. He told The Current why he felt compelled to do it.

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Why one conservationist is lauding Japan's return to commercial whaling

Conservationist Paul Watson says that in three decades of a whaling moratorium, Japan has never stopped hunting under the guise of research. He argues that now, the country will at least be restricted to whaling in a much smaller area.

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Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?

He's a Sillicon Valley pioneer and a scientist employed by Microsoft - but Jaron Lanier is calling on all of us to take back control and abandon social media for good. He says the catastrophic losses of personal dignity are not worth it.

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A millennial writer tested all the online products you can't afford, and was seriously disappointed

Vox's Rebecca Jennings spent a week trying direct-to-consumer products marketed at young consumers. But her experience wasn't as ideal as marketers claim.

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Full Episode for December 26, 2018 - The Current

Today on The Current: we look at how millennials are changing the world of retail; and why one technology pioneer thinks it's time you delete your social media accounts.

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Mary, Jesus and Trump? Nativity scenes feature 'uncensored' take on life in Naples

For centuries, people in Naples, Italy, have been putting a different twist on the traditional, biblical nativity scene usually seen around Christmastime. And some interesting nativity figures have popped up this year.

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Christmas banned? The unknown, forgotten and surprising history of this holiday tradition

Author Judith Flanders explores the history of the Christmas holiday - from its beginnings to present-day traditions.

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Becoming Santa: Ottawa man carries on legacy of vintage red suit

Meet Michael Morin, a lifelong public servant who began a new role last holiday season - as Santa.

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A dying man left 14 gifts for his neighbour's young daughter - one a year until her 16th birthday

An elderly man in Wales who recently died left a heartwarming surprise for his neighbours: a pile of wrapped Christmas gifts for their toddler daughter, enough for one every year until her 16th birthday.

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Mixing pot and sex? Make communication a priority, says sexologist

When it comes to cannabis and sex, communication is key, a sexologist says.

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Meet the man who travelled the world to thank the 1,000 people who made his morning coffee

Do you ever forget to look up from your phone and say thank you to the person who hands you your coffee in the morning? A.J. Jacobs caught himself doing that too often, so he set out on a journey to make gratitude a habit. He ended up meeting about 1,000 people involved in creating that cup of coffee; he tells us what they taught him

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Ontario workers in 'grey area' as Canada considers scrapping sale of arms to Saudis

Recent remarks from the prime minister have fuelled speculation about whether Canada will stop supplying Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles. We look to London, Ont., where those vehicles are made, and weigh up the ethical considerations against the livelihoods at stake.

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'Human crisis': Ai Weiwei's documentary showcases plight of refugees

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has turned his lens on the massive scale of the global refugee crisis in a powerful documentary, Human Flow. He says this crisis is not limited to refugees and represents the human condition.

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Trudeau's refusal to call Chinese president is 'ridiculous,' says MP Erin O'Toole

If the diplomatic row with China is escalating, has Canada's response has been too soft? MP Erin O'Toole thinks the prime minister should be doing more.

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'We were able to get one over on death': Author describes finishing novel for friend who died of breast cancer

Vanessa Lafaye died in February with her final novel unfinished. Her friend and fellow novelist Rebecca Mascull tells Anna Maria Tremonti how she stepped in to finish the acclaimed writer's final work.

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He married her in a 'campaign' to take her money: How a woman with dementia fell into a predatory marriage

There is no defined legal test to ascertain if someone is fit to enter into a marriage, which means that vulnerable adults, like those with dementia, are at risk of being exploited. We look at one such case, and hear from experts who say greater protections are needed for those who are at their frailest.

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'The ship deserting the sinking rat': How will Republicans respond to mounting allegations against Trump?

As the Mueller probe gets closer to the Oval Office, one experts argues the political cost of defending U.S. President Donald Trump against "clearly impeachable offences" could become too much for Republicans.

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'A lot of heavy lifting to be done' before Montreal Expos can return, says sports writer

There's magic in the air for Montreal Expos fans, after a recent study concluded the conditions are ripe for major league baseball's return to the city. We talk with the man leading the charge behind the team's comeback, about just how possible it is.

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Meet Raven Wilkinson, the black ballerina who blazed a trail long before shoes came in brown and bronze

Last month a U.K company announced it will now make ballet shoes in colours that reflect the diverse skin tones of dancers, but one woman dared to dance against prejudice long before this.

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How a self-defence course is arming Indigenous women with the tools to heal

After realizing the healing benefits of self-defence, Patty Stonefish has been on a mission to arm Indigenous women with self-love and empowerment.

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MSF president worries world could lose its humanity over treatment of migrants

Millions of migrants are fleeing violence around the world, but some countries don't want them coming to their borders. On International Migrants Day, the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières reflects on whether the world is losing its humanity.

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Conflict inevitable with Canada stuck in middle of U.S.-China row: expert

The arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Vancouver was followed by the detention of two Canadians in Beijing. We look at the geopolitical fallout surrounding Huawei, and whether Canada is stuck in the middle of a U.S.-China fight.

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Smaller families are pushing 'the middle child' into extinction, study suggests

Could the overlooked middle-born child really become obsolete? A recent study suggests families are no longer having more than two kids.

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Could expanding the role of pharmacists alleviate pressure on the health-care system?

With a number of Canadian provinces allowing pharmacists to take on new responsibilities - such as administering rapid strep tests or prescribing contraceptives - some experts say expanding pharmacists' responsibilities could be good for patients and the health-care system.

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'Do we want to survive or not?': Elizabeth May says climate change talks too focused on technicalities

As the UN talks on climate change are extended in Poland, Green Party leader Elizabeth May tells us that those expecting decisive action will be disappointed.

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How the ravenmaster of London protects the kingdom with birds

As the ravenmaster at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife's job responsibilities include the care and feeding of a few birds - and holding together the United Kingdom.

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How a lawsuit over gender-equal pay could change the classical music industry

A journalist covering an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit launched against the Boston Symphony Orchestra by its principal flutist says the case could have broader implications for classical musicians.

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Activist urges WWII-level global effort to fight climate change

As part of The Current's special edition on climate change, we talk to two experts about the level of commitment needed to tackle the problem - and why that action isn't taking place.

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What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement?

What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement? We talk to Dr. Rev. Gerald Durley, a civil rights worker turned climate justice activist.

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Two Canadians discuss how to find common ground in fight against climate change

How do we build a consensus in order to move forward? We look at the deep divide in perspectives, and how to bridge them.

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Some jobs in new energy industries come with a pay cut of $50K: coal miner

As industries change around plans to cut greenhouse emissions, will the "green jobs" that replace them match the pay and benefits of the fossil fuel sector?

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'In the middle of a battle,' journalist Maria Ressa, named among Time's Person of the Year, won't back down

Maria Ressa, named among Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year,' says the Philippines is a warning to the world about the power of social media to spread misinformation. She wants platforms like Facebook to take more responsibility.

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Arrest of former Canadian diplomat suggests China 'doesn't respect the rule of law,' says former ambassador

A former ambassador says that the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in China is latest in string of crises that suggest China "evades its responsibilities."

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Myers-Briggs tests in the workplace help the employer, not the employee, says author

Using the Myers-Briggs personality test is a way to engineer a workforce while appearing to care about employees' self fulfillment, says Merve Emre, the author of The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.

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Bill to curb violence against Indigenous women could hurt those it aims to protect, warns lawyer

Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

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Throwing a wrench in political system led to chaos in Britain and France, says expert

The political turmoil and rioting in Britain and France highlight a fault line in Western democracies. Voters have seized on a 'generalized' rebellion against 'thriving' elites, according to one expert.

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Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?

In a world of stuff, there's a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centred, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

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Concerns percolating over Huawei's 'leverage' over Canadian cybersecurity

The Arrest of tech exec Meng Wanzhou is underlining worries that her company, Huawei, could use its position in Canada as a means for espionage or retaliation against the government.

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How lunch with Bono led Steve Jobs to reveal he named a computer after his daughter

In many ways, Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir Small Fry tells stories that will ring true to many kids of parents who have split - except that her father was Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jobs.

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James Allison won a Nobel for defying scientific orthodoxy. What about the mavericks that don't succeed?

James Allison is an immunologist who rejected scientific orthodoxy early in his career, but has earned the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his revolutionary work on cancer treatment. Not all scientists who go rogue reap the rewards however, so where's the line between confidence and stubbornness?

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'Crazy' to expect consumers to guard against smart device hacks: cybersecurity expert

A new government report says hackers are increasingly targeting smart home devices, from thermostats to security cameras.

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'Fighting is easier than peace': Ending war in Yemen will require global effort, says expert

With over 60 per cent of the population living on the brink of famine and an estimated 85,000 children dead from malnutrition, the war has propelled the country into a devastating humanitarian crisis.

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A martyr, or misguided? Death of missionary sparks debate over evangelical work

A 26-year-old Christian missionary was killed last month when he snuck onto a remote island in the Indian Ocean. John Allen Chau hoped to preach to an uncontacted tribe, but he was killed. His death has sparked a debate: was he a martyr, or misguided?

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Lemurs could hold the key to human hibernation, says scientist

We look at how the fat-tailed dwarf lemur could hold the secret to human hibernation, and whether that could be the key to deep-space travel.

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Formula-fed infants at risk thanks to 'breast is best' approach, says researcher

The health benefits of breastfeeding are well-established, but not every new mother can do it. Those who can't are finding themselves relying on expensive formula - sometimes having to forage for it online or in food banks - with little help from health policy that insists "breast is best."

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The École Polytechnique massacre 'left a scar,' says first woman to have engineering school named after her

Gina Parvaneh Cody graduated from Concordia with her PhD in engineering the same year as the École Polytechnique massacre. She talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how she donated $15 million to her alma mater to "make a future where women are allowed in engineering."

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Canada's $50 million pledge will educate 350,000 children, says global fund director

Justin Trudeau's $50 million tweet to Trevor Noah caused consternation among his opponents this week - but where is the money actually going? We speak to Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Cannot Wait.

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Oil production cuts are part of a bigger plan, says Rachel Notley

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the temporary cut in oil production may be a short-term stopgap for what she has called a "crisis" on oil prices, but she's promising upgrades and more pipelines as long-term solution.

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Brain injuries are 'a natural consequence' of 'dangerous' boxing: George Chuvalo's son

After a boxing match in Quebec City left a fighter in an induced coma, questions are being asked about the sport's safety. Anna Maria Tremonti spoke to two medical professionals, and the son of a Canadian boxing legend.

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Parts of Tehran are sinking into the ground at 25cm a year, says scientist

We hear from scientists who are saying we need to pay more attention to something called subsidence, or sinking ground, because they say is being exacerbated by climate change.

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'It's an arms race': Technology amplifies fake news, but could it also hold the solution?

Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with a journalist and a technologist about how technology is being deployed to undermine truth in the modern world, and whether technology could also be used to fight back.

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Residential school survivors' stories motivated people to make Canada better, says Murray Sinclair

Witnesses to testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have been motivated to build a better country, says the commission's chair Senator Murray Sinclair. He's seen firsthand who suffers most when the truth is sidelined.

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'Evolution didn't work on truth, it worked on survival': A psychologist explains why we cling to our beliefs

People will find a way to defend their beliefs even when faced with contradictory evidence, says psychologist James Alcock. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about why we believe what we believe, and how evolution played a role.

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Why does the idea of a carbon tax divide conservatives in Canada?

As COP24 gets underway in Poland, the question of putting a price on carbon is back in the spotlight. The idea divides conservatives in Canada; some argue it's the best way to fight climate change, while others say it's a surefire way to kill jobs. Is there a conservative case for carbon taxes? We hear from voices on both side of the debate.

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Arrested youth should not be interrogated alone, says man wrongfully convicted of murder

Ron Moffatt was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1956, when he was 14 years old. After months in jail, he was released when the real serial killer, Peter Woodcock, was caught. The judge recommended police should no longer interrogate minors without a guardian or lawyer present, but six decades later they still do.

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Why a piece of music last played in Auschwitz is being brought back to life

When Patricia Hall found a handwritten music manuscript in the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial, she didn't realize she was looking at notes arranged by prisoners of the camp, and probably last played within its iron gates. Now she's brought that music back to life, as a way to remember the people who suffered under the Nazis.

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GM cuts an 'old-style, greed-driven' decision, argues former Unifor economist

In the wake of General Motors' decision to close its facility in Oshawa, Ont., McMaster University professor and former Unifor economist Jim Stanford argues the company is more concerned about Wall Street shareholders than the Canadian workers it employs.

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Are energy weapons behind mystery injuries in Cuba? Unlikely, but they do exist: author

A Canadian diplomat's reported brain injury is fuelling the mystery around the so-called "Havana Syndrome," allegedly caused by a high-pitched, cricket-like sound heard by embassy workers and family members in Cuba. Could an unusual weapon be responsible?

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Journalism must be remade to rebuild public trust, says veteran editor of The Guardian

Anna Maria Tremonti speaks to Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian whose 20-year tenure involved explosive investigations and ushering the newspaper in the digital age.

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Fears around climate change are causing some people to seek out support groups

A new report argues that climate change is having a measurable impact on our physical and mental health, and policymakers need to plan accordingly.

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Reconciliation or betrayal? First residents of controversial development in Ottawa-Gatineau move in

The newly opened O Condos building is part of the $1.5-billion Zibi development, which has divided Algonquin First Nations because of its proximity to the Chaudière Falls.

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'We give the patients a voice': Online platforms offer support to people allegedly injured by medical devices

A global investigation has highlighted concerns in the way medical devices are approved and monitored in many countries, and patients who have suffered as a result. Some people found relief for that suffering on social media, in online groups for people with similar health issues.

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Citizens must become leaders in order to combat populism, says former diplomat

As a former diplomat, Ben Rowswell witnessed populist politics has taken hold in recent years, and the impact that had on countries like Venezuela. Now he's urging citizens to organize and fight back against the threat - and he's got an app for that.

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Earliest freeze 'in nearly 30 years' is causing problems for P.E.I. oyster farmers

An early freeze is causing havoc for oyster farmers in P.E.I., where more than 1,000 people are employed in the industry. We spoke to one oyster grower about the challenges they're facing.

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Use of tear gas a 'good public relations move' for police forces, says expert

The use of tear gas on child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border drew condemnation from groups such as Amnesty International, and a rebuttal from President Trump that it was a "a very minor form" of tear gas. We look at what happened at the border, and what the substance does to the human body.

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Youth would be better leaders in fight against climate change, says veteran environmentalist

In the late 1980s, Bill McKibben was a young environmental reporter who was writing about the greenhouse effect. Climate change was a new idea back then, but today it's everywhere. McKibben joined us to discuss that 30-year trajectory, and why decades of climate change discussion hasn't turned into decisive action.

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Insulin pumps require careful management to work safely and effectively, says endocrinologist

Insulin pumps are billed as improving quality of life for people with diabetes, but a CBC/Radio-Canada/Toronto Star investigation found that they are linked to more reports of injury and death than any other medical device.

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'A deep sense of betrayal': Oshawa GM plant closure could spark political fallout, warns prof

The GM decision to shut down operations in Oshawa highlights the rapid change brought about by technological change and shifting trade conditions. As industries change, will there be a political fallout from the communities these companies have supported for generations?

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Vancouver 'using rainbow trout and different baits' to catch koi-killing otter

An otter has found its way into the koi carp pond in Vancouver's Chinatown; we check in on efforts to catch it before all the fish are gone.

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Harry Leslie Smith, 95-year-old activist and podcaster, critically ill in hospital

Harry Leslie Smith has inspired countless people with his fight for equality. Now the 95-year-old activist and podcaster is in hospital, battling pneumonia. According to his son John, "the battle Harry is fighting now is for his life."

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New investigations reveals implanted medical devices approved in Canada despite risks

A new investigation led by CBC/Radio-Canada, the Toronto Star and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found concerns in the way medical devices are approved and monitored in many countries, and patients who have suffered as a result.

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'Just unbelievable': Termite mound network the size of Great Britain discovered in Brazil

Researchers have discovered a network of 4,000-year-old termite mounds in Brazil that are so big, they can be seen from space. We hear all about the discovery, and how the much-maligned termite could teach humans a lot about biofuels and even robotics.

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Should western museums return artifacts looted from former African colonies?

Some people are applauding a report urging France to return cultural artifacts held in western museums to the former African colonies they were taken from. But one expert says, as long as they were traded legally, they should stay where they are.

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Slumping Alberta oil prices could have 'dire' impact on rest of Canada, warns economist

As Alberta oil prices remain low, thanks to a backlog in exporting oil to market from the pipelines, a Calgary-based economist says the situation is teetering on becoming a national crisis.

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Congo's armed conflict is stopping Ebola patients from getting help, says aid worker

A Congolese humanitarian aid worker says the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could be disastrous for the East African nation if it is not dealt with properly, and armed conflict in the country is making things worse.

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Youth see bullying as 'paying off for some people' in today's world, says expert

Teenage bullying and violence has made headlines in recent weeks. One expert says we should accept that if people can be kind, they also have the capacity to be cruel.

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Is salad a luxury food? One writer argues it's time to rethink leafy greens

If you hate eating your vegetables, you may be off the hook - at least when it comes to lettuce. One writer argues salad is hard on the environment, and isn't all that nutritious.

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'I wasn't believed': Injured Canada Post employee describes unsafe workplace

The federal government is threatening striking Canada Post workers with back-to-work legislation as the holidays loom. But with job demands changing, and the volume of parcels becoming larger and heavier, one Canada Post worker says the job has simply become "unsafe."

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'Go for it,' says father of slain U.K. woman on Sask.'s proposed domestic violence law

Saskatchewan could become the first province to adopt its own version of the Clare's Law, allowing police to inform people of their partner's criminal history if they are seen to be at risk.

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Jackie Speier was shot five times during the Jonestown massacre. She says it made her fearless

Jackie Speier was shot five times as she tried to help defectors leave the Jonestown commune in Guyana in 1978, on the same night that more than 900 people died after drinking Flavour Aid laced with poison. On the 40th anniversary of the massacre, Speier reflects on the effect that looking death in the eye has had on her life.

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How famed war correspondent Marie Colvin lost her eye in an ambush in Sri Lanka

War correspondent Marie Colvin reported the plight of the helpless from conflicts in the world's most dangerous places, with a tenacity that eventually cost her her life. Lindsey Hilsum, her friend and fellow war correspondent, tells us about Colvin's life - a life lived on the edge.

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Heat waves are damaging beetle sperm, and that could be bad news for the entire planet

A new study found male beetles exposed to heat waves suffered issues with fertility and produced fewer offspring, but also passed sperm-count and life-expectancy issues on to those they did have. Could that news include a climate change warning to humans?

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Expel Russia from Interpol, former U.S. ambassador suggests ahead of election

A former U.S. ambassador to Russia says he is "appalled" at the prospect a Russian could soon be the leader of Interpol, arguing the country should instead be kicked out of the international policing organization.

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More can be done to curb vaping among Canadian youth, professor says

David Hammond was picking out an Archie comic for his kids when he noticed a poster for vaping behind the corner store counter. Then, he spotted vaping products above the candy.

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Cases like abuse at Ottawa high school still 'far too common,' says expert

Over a span of decades, three different teachers at the same Ottawa high school preyed on students. Now, for the first time, some of the victims are speaking about what they endured. Warning: This story contains details some listeners may find disturbing. The original recording said Tim Stanutz killed himself. The audio has been edited to remove this statement because we did not include the appropriate attribution to multiple police sources.

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'It made me who I was': How growing up adopted fuelled Curtis Joseph's NHL career

It wasn't until Curtis Joseph was a grown man playing in the NHL that he met his biological mother. When he did, he knew exactly what he wanted to say: he thanked her for having him.

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Former Guantanamo inmates who have gone missing are 'worst nightmare' for U.S. officials: reporter

U.S. President Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise to halt the closure of Guantanamo Bay. He did so by closing the office responsible for shutting it down. But that office also tracked released inmates, and now some of them are missing. We look at the risks both to the public, and the former detainees.

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We should regulate Facebook just like we did cars, says professor

Facebook has been on the defensive this week, after allegations about how it handled crises like privacy breaches. And one professor of media studies says Facebook is disrupting democracy.

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Trade talks would have run smoother if the U.S. had been more organised, says former ambassador

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says the renegotiation of NAFTA could have gone a lot smoother but there is plenty of hope for the future of Canada-U.S. relations.

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There needs to be a global policy to govern gene editing, says molecular biologist

Gene drive technology, which can introduce and spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species, is near the point where it leaves the lab and enters the real world. Some experts are calling for a global agreement on how the technology should be deployed, which could make for a showdown between scientists and policy makers at a UN meeting on biodiversity later this week.

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As death toll rises in California fires, forensic anthropologists face grim task of identifying remains

As wildfires ravage California and the death toll continues to rise, we talk to a forensic anthropologist about the challenges in identifying victims and the importance of bringing some sense of closure to their loved ones.

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Are long hours and little pay scaring off potential public servants?

Alcide Bernard was appointed mayor of Wellington, P.E.I last week - because nobody else wanted the job. Is there a crisis in local politics, where the long hours and little pay are scaring off potential public servants?

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How the world's first 'giraffologist' stuck her neck out to fight sexism in academia

Canadian biologist Anne Dagg was denied tenure decades ago, despite her pioneering research on giraffes. She's finally getting recognition in her field - and she wants to make sure young women scientists today don't have to fight the way she did.

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Doctors 'incensed' after NRA tweets they should 'stay in their lane' on gun violence

When the American College of Physicians published a paper recommending gun control measures, the National Rifle Association responded with a tweet telling "anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane." We speak to two physicians who disagree about whether doctors have a place in the gun control debate.

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Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer

At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a lawsuit alleging they were sterilized against their will, as recently as last year. Is there an issue of systemic racism within Canada's healthcare system?

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Meet the Kenyan woman urging village elders to abandon female genital mutilation

As a young girl, Nice Nailantei Leng'ete convinced her grandfather not to subject her to FGM. Now, she's convincing elders in her Kenyan community to forgo "the cut" and find another way to celebrate women.

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Meet Raven Wilkinson, the black ballerina who blazed a trail long before shoes came in brown and bronze

A U.K company has announced it will now make ballet shoes in colours that reflect the diverse skin tones of dancers, but one woman dared to dance against prejudice long before this.

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Suicide shouldn't be 'normal' in Indigenous communities, says Massey lecturer Tanya Talaga

For the 2018 Massey Lectures, Indigenous journalist Tanya Talaga examined the devastating problem of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. She spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about what she found.

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'I wasn't going to die a slave': Dikgang Moseneke looks back at the struggle to end South African apartheid

Dikgang Moseneke was imprisoned on Robben Island when he was 15, where he befriended Nelson Mandela. After a lifetime fighting for justice, he says that Mandela's lessons still hold true in today's political climate.

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Introducing Uncover: Bomb On Board

A bomb exploded on Canadian Pacific Flight 21 killing all 52 people on board. Chuck was on the ground. Didi's dad was on the plane. Witnesses offer insight into what happened July 8, 1965 - and why no one has ever been held responsible.

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'Nostalgia is not a vision': Campaigners lay out risks and rewards of Calgary Olympic bid

Calgarians go to the polls Tuesday, in a plebiscite on whether to pursue the bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Current spoke to two people from either side of the debate.

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Grocery store fire prompts food shortage concern in Iqaluit, but not everyone can afford high prices, says activist

A fire at one of Iqaluit's only two large grocery stores has left the city's residents concerned about food shortages, but high food prices mean not everyone can afford to stock up, says a community activist.

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How youth support staff are using their sleuthing skills to connect teens with family

Youth who find themselves at an emergency youth centre in St. Catherine's, Ont., have been taking part in a unique program in which staff scour government records and databases to find family members who have gone missing from the teens' lives.

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U.K. surgeon gives thumbs down to medical students' lack of dexterity

A prominent British surgeon says he's concerned that medical students don't have the same manual dexterity as their predecessors. Have we turned our backs on our hands?

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Survivors broke windows with barstools to escape gunman in California: reporter

Police said that 13 people died after a gunman opened fire at a country-and-western bar in southern California late Wednesday. The Current spoke to a reporter at the scene.

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U.S. voters would be 'stunned' to know midterms monitored by Russian officials: author

The presence of two Russian politicians as official monitors in the U.S. midterms, but the problems they're trying to catch start long before polling day, says author Carol Anderson.

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The ozone layer is healing - what can that success teach us in the fight against climate change?

A UN report suggests the ozone layer is healing itself - thanks in large part to the Montreal Protocol signed three decades ago. The news is giving activists hope that in the fight against climate change.

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'Glee' over Tony Clement sexting scandal minimizes victims facing similar blackmail, says advocate

Those cheering the resignation of Tony Clement in a sexting scandal are losing sight of the fact that similar extortion attempts happen all the time, and there must be a hard line against blackmail, says advocate Julie Lalonde.

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Voters and families remain divided as congress splits in U.S. midterm results

Heated rhetoric in the U.S. midterm campaign has increased divisions between voters, including among families and friends.

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U.S. midterm results won't deter Trump from 'bombastic, over-the-top' style, says strategist

As the dust begins to settle on the U.S. midterms, strategists from both sides of the divide explore what the results mean for the next two years of U.S. President Donald Trump's term.

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U.S. midterms marred by 'ethical dilemmas' and voter suppression, says Black Votes Matter co-founder

In the aftermath of Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, Black Votes Matter co-founder Cliff Albright says the bar for getting out the vote is even higher given the alleged voter suppression tactics at work.

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Saskatchewan's changes to trespassing law target First Nations community: FSIN Vice-Chief

A new push to combat rural crime in Saskatchewan is welcomed by some but Indigenous communities are raising red flags, calling the proposed changes to trespass legislation dangerous and a violation of treaty rights.

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'As Goes Texas': The Current digs deep into the political divide of the Lone State

When it comes to politics, Texas is a big deal. With a population approaching 30-million and an economy bigger than Canada's, Texas plays an outsized role in Washington. In the lead-up to the pivotal U.S. midterm elections, Anna Maria Tremonti visits the Lone State to hear from Texans.

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Do fish feel pain? Scientists are divided on the answer

For centuries, the consensus has been that fish don't feel pain. A growing body of research suggests to some scientists that fish can indeed feel pain, but not everyone in the field agrees.

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Trauma survivors 'can change society,' says psychologist helping Yazidi survivors of ISIS

Western society doesn't understand what trauma survivors can achieve, says Dr Jan Kizilhan, a Kurdish-German psychologist who helps Yazidi survivors of ISIS sexual slavery.

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After Parkland shooting, students 'marched for their lives': Now they're urging youth to vote in U.S. midterms

Survivors of the Parkland school shooting started a political movement in the U.S. to increase youth voter participation. It's unclear how successful they will be.

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Tough to tackle sexism, harassment in tech world with 'narcissistic men' at the top: lawyer

In the wake of a worldwide walkout by Google employees to protest the company's handling of executives accused of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment, a San Francisco lawyer says more such action is needed.

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Black journalist RJ Young explores why guns matter to white Americans

RJ Young learned to shoot to better understand his future in-law's feelings about guns

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Sister of slain Maltese reporter fights to end impunity for crimes against journalists

Corinne Vella says her sister, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed for exposing high-level corruption involving Maltese government officials. She wants justice and is calling on the government to launch a public inquiry.

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How B.C. biologists plan to save South Selkirk caribou from extinction

South Selkirk caribou are close to a local extinction. The CBC's Bob Keating describes the last ditch efforts to save the dwindling species.

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Meet the group of African-American women running the justice system in a city in Georgia

The new city of South Fulton, Ga., is attracting attention and inspiring hope because it was briefly the first city in U.S. history where the entire criminal justice system was run by black women.

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These award-winning photojournalists share the emotional cost of covering war

As photojournalist covering war zones seek to expose the cost of war in a powerful image, there's a heavy toll that's left behind. Three of the best war photographers in the world share their stories.

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Halifax woman, who chose early medically assisted death, gets 'the last say' with her life

Audrey Parker will receive a medically assisted death Thursday. She feared if she waited any longer, she would risk being able to have the procedure.

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How feeling frightened can be therapeutic for some

Turning to fear-inducing experiences may not seem like the best way to ease anxiety but a sociologist who studies fear says people can experience many benefits from daring adventures.

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Meet the Queen of Haunts - she makes it her business to frighten you out of your wits

Amber Arnett-Bequeaith is an expert on haunting people. She grew up in the business with her family being involved in the first haunted house. She's now the industry spokesperson.

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Could a conflict along language lines push Cameroon to civil war?

Increasing civil unrest in Cameroon could be pushing the country to the brink of civil war, as the government battles Boko Haram in the north and its own Anglophone minority in the south.

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Pittsburgh shooting stresses a need to 'deplatform' sites that spread hate, says tech reporter

Social media networks that allow hatred to spread unchecked should be "deplatformed," according to a technology writer who investigates hate groups.

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Why a transplant recipient says writing a donor family can feel impossible

For 11 years, Joan Wynden has anxiously been waiting to hear from one of the five recipients who received her late brother's organs. The silence feels like a second loss, she says. Sherry Robinson, a liver recipient, explains why she can't write a letter to the donor family.

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How the ravenmaster of London protects the kingdom with birds

As the ravenmaster at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife's job responsibilities include the care and feeding of a few birds - and holding together the United Kingdom.

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Tensions over Northern Pulp Mill effluent pipe have reached fever pitch, says Nova Scotia MP

Tensions over a pulp mill's plan to release treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait are so high that fishermen are "thinking about carrying rifles on board," says Nova Scotia MP.

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How a controversial adoption ban on Pakistan kept a Canadian family in limbo for years

The Fifth Estate's Habiba Nosheen shares details into a year-long investigation that found Canada bans adoptions from Muslim countries saying Shariah law prohibits it. The Liberal government inherited the 2013 policy and it's still in effect.

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Jewish leaders demand Trump denounce white nationalism or 'you are not welcome in Pittsburgh'

A mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has prompted a Jewish group to call on U.S. President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacy.

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MEC's commitment to more diverse models in ads is welcome, if overdue, say critics

Outdoor equipment company Mountain Equipment Co-op has committed to better representing the diversity of Canadians who love the outdoors, after being called out for the use of predominantly white models in its advertising.

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Should Muslims still travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj after journalist Khashoggi's death?

Hajj, the journey to Mecca in Saudia Arabia, is considered a pillar of the Muslim faith. But the death of journalist Jamal Khahsoggi and the civil war in Yemen has sparked a difficult moral quandary in the hearts and minds of Muslims like Aymann Ismail.

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Canadian astronaut Dave Williams shares life lessons from outer space

Astronaut Dave Williams' remarkable life as an ER doctor, astronaut, aquanaut and even hospital CEO has life lessons for all of us. His accomplishments have taught him to see a life's legacy as living a truly fulfilled life.

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Explosives mailed to Democrats signal 'a dangerous period of American politics,' Trump critic says

Charlie Sykes says this week's slew of suspicious packages and crude explosives sent to prominent Democrats and news media reflects the intense political polarization and divisiveness in the United States.

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The Third Dive explores controversial death of Sharkwater director Rob Stewart

A new CBC documentary, The Third Dive, explores the mysterious circumstances surrounding acclaimed filmmaker Rob Stewart's death and aims to uncover new details of its aftermath.

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Migrant caravan headed towards U.S. sparks heated debate ahead of midterm elections

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a thousands-strong caravan of migrants heading towards the U.S. border is teeming with criminals. But New York Times reporter Annie Correal, who has been travelling with the caravan, says the people bear little resemblance to the president's account.

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McKenna defends federal government's carbon tax plan amid premiers' opposition

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke to The Current about the federal government's plan to slap a carbon tax on the provinces and territories that did not sign onto the pan-Canadian framework on climate change.

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Expert advice on how to stop 'using our houses like ATM machines'

As part of the CBC News series, Debt Nation, chartered accountant Doug Hoyes explains how Canadians carrying debt need to understand how higher interest rates will affect their payments.

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Sentencing of Jamaican phone scam mastermind a milestone for U.S. prosecutors

A recent jail sentence in a Jamaican phone scam operation may have put a dent in what has become a rival to the drug trade as one of the country's most lucrative criminal enterprises.

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Should Canada try to bring alleged foreign fighters for ISIS, like 'Jihadi Jack,' home?

The case of Jack Letts, a young British-Canadian man dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by British media, has sparked a contentious debate about the Canadian government's role and responsibilities when a citizen is accused of terrorism, according to Phil Gurski and Lorne Dawson.

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'His heart still beats strong to give life': How an organ donation united 2 families

While she still grieves the loss of her 20-year-old son to suicide, Pat Loder says meeting the recipient of his heart has given her a sense of peace and a ray of hope.

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Nurse reveals her secret 16-year battle with bulimia to inspire others to get help

Saskatchewan couple Andrea and Mick Parmar lay bare the challenges they faced overcoming a more-than-decade-long eating disorder in their new book Alone in a Crowd.

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Michael Palin's new book retraces doomed voyage of HMS Erebus

Michael Palin's new book traces the journey of HMS Erebus, which tried to find a path through the Northwest Passage in 1845. After becoming locked in the ice, its crew met their deaths in a frozen wasteland, and the ship was lost for almost 170 years.

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Doctors censure Australian government over treatment of migrants held in island detention centre

A former Australian medical officer is calling out his government after reports that hundreds of migrants currently detained on the remote island of Nauru were suffering from severe mental and physical distress.

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