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The Current

The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada's most trusted and listened-to journalists.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to be a good house guest? Don't be like Julian Assange, says this master butler

The Ecuadorian Embassy has set some house rules for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to clean up after his cat and do his own laundry. It's perfectly in line to set these kinds of rules, says veteran majordomo Charles MacPherson.

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Quebec Inuit leaders plea for support in wake of youth suicides

The northern Quebec Inuit community of Nunavik is reeling from a recent spike in suicides. Nigel Adams and Mary Simon discuss how suicide - especially the deaths of youths in their community - has affected their lives.

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Could outcry over missing Saudi journalist change tide of war in Yemen?

A Yemeni-Canadian says that allegations that Saudi Arabia was involved in the disappearance of one of its own citizens will not come as a surprise to those following the Kingdom's involvement in the war in Yemen.

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'Leadership shapes culture': Addressing doctor burnout, depression must start at the top, doctors say

After hearing The Current's segment earlier this month about doctors and medical residents who suffer burnout and depression, we heard from doctors who wanted to add their voice to this "public health issue."

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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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Introducing Someone Knows Something Season 5

Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Over 30 years later, SKS host David Ridgen joins Kerrie's friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe now at cbc.ca/sks.

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How do you talk to your kids about cannabis? First, know the facts

Ottawa Public Health nurses have been running information sessions for parents about how to talk to kids about cannabis in the lead up to Canada's end of prohibition. Here's how to inform your kids about marijuana use.

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'Legalization 1.0': Cannabis is legal now, but what problems still need to be solved?

The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti hosted a town hall event to discuss the road to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and the bumps that still lie in the road ahead.

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The stakes are higher to report abuse as #MeToo hasn't come to Nunavut, says Iqaluit mayor

Women who try to report sexual harassment in the North face enormous risk, says Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern because the smaller communities mean there are fewer jobs, and there's still a tendency to believe abusers in a position of power.

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What Canada can learn about legal pot from Colorado

Cannabis will be legal and regulated across Canada tomorrow, but Colorado has a four-year head start on ending prohibition. Host Geoff Turner travelled to Colorado to see what legalization looks like..

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By suing U.S. government over climate change, young people 'take some of that control into our own hands'

Twenty-one young co-plaintiffs say they are fed up with the U.S. government's lack of action on climate change. So they're taking their government to court.

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Saudi Arabia's 'new face' of reform has been destroyed, says friend of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A Saudi activist who was friends with Jamal Khashoggi says that the journalist's disappearance has dealt a blow to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to brand himself a reformer.

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New research suggests dogs aren't exceptionally smart

Dogs owners brace yourself. While you may think your brilliant pooch stands out in a crowd, research suggests they aren't exceptionally intelligent compared to similar animals. Don't tell the cats.

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The ban on cannabis in Canada is ending - do you know how it started?

With an era coming to an end this Wednesday, the host of CBC's On Drugs podcast explains how politics and fear drove the early days of cannabis prohibition in Canada.

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Canadian peacekeepers can accomplish 'very little' in Mali conflict, says expert

As a UN report warns that the situation in Mali has deteriorated sharply, one expert argues that Canada's peacekeeping mission in the conflict-ridden country is "a wasted opportunity to do more."

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Frank Stronach's lawsuit against family is in true form for billionaire, says business columnist

Magna founder Frank Stronach is suing daughter Belinda and grandchildren over mismanaging family assets, demanding $520 million in damages. Business columnist Andrew Willis says the lawsuit is in character with the billionaire's personality.

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Nuclear war expert warns of future crisis in the form of a novel

Author and nuclear war expert Jeffrey Lewis hopes his new speculative fiction novel will send a warning about how easily the world could find itself in the midst of nuclear war.

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Alleged plot surrounding missing Saudi journalist didn't factor in his fiancée, says Lawrence Wright

Speculation is rife about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but his close friend Lawrence Wright says that whoever is behind it has underestimated the missing man's fiancée.

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'Eat less steak and ice cream': What climate change means for the food you love

Evan Fraser says he doesn't want to live in a world without steak and ice cream. But after this week's UN report urging global action to combat climate change, he says it's time to rethink what we eat and how food is produced as part of the solution to slow down global warming.

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Canada's justice system holds Indigenous women at fault for 'ending up murdered,' says NDP MLA

The Supreme Court's hearing on the case of Cindy Gladue will decide whether Bradley Barton will face a new trial, but could also have implications for sexual assault laws, and the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada's criminal justice system.

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'It was like a nightmare': Police investigate fire started at Toronto hotel housing refugees

A flaming gas can was found at a Toronto hotel last week. The hotel, which is currently housing 577 refugees, has drawn the attention of anti-migrant groups.

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Author 'condemned' for alleging abuse by J.D. Salinger in 1998 says little has changed despite #MeToo movement

An author who was "excoriated" in 1998 when she published allegations of sexual abuse by J.D. Salinger says that despite the growth of the #MeToo movement, not much has changed in the past 20 years.

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Medical residents vulnerable to depression and burnout, survey suggests

A new report says medical residents experience burnout and depression in Canada at a greater rate than other physicians. The Current hears from a Vancouver resident who says it's a lack of support in the system that contributes to symptoms.

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Ottawa too 'timid' in its fight against climate change, says environment reporter

A new UN report is urging swift international action to tackle climate change. A journalist following the political response to this urgent call says environmental groups are angry the federal government isn't moving fast enough.

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Elaborate hoax speaks to flaws in academic review process, says expert

Three academics have pranked their colleagues, publishing fake papers in prestigious gender, race, and cultural studies journals.

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'What country is next?' Amnesty director warns inaction on Rohingya crisis could lead to wider abuse

CBC reporter Nahlah Ayed watched the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in 2017. She recently returned and was let into the country. She told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti what she learned there.

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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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Midterm election candidates 'can't be neutral' on Kavanaugh decision, says prof

Brett Kavanaugh's ascent to the Supreme Court has divided the U.S. public. With next month's midterm elections, one expert argues that candidates seeking election won't be able to ignore the issue.

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Behold the Peacock: a fowl with the power to divide a B.C. neighbourhood

Residents in a Surrey, B.C., neighbourhood are embroiled in a row over what to do with a flock of dozens of peacocks who have set roost in their backyards and trees.

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Russian trolls 'pushed their agenda' with Star Wars critiques, study suggests

A new study about Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggests the rhetoric that surrounded its release in 2017 was in part the product of organized twitter campaigns by activists, bots and even Russian trolls trying to advance wider political agendas.

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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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Could Brazil be about to elect 'the Tropical Trump'?

As Brazilians head to the polls Sunday, a dramatic election campaign - where one candidate is in prison, and another was stabbed - could deliver a watershed moment in the country's history.

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If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats could just impeach him, says Republican activist

As the Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, we talk to two Republican women about where they stand on the allegations made against him.

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U.S. Coast Guard acted 'legally and ethically' in anti-smuggling co-op, Canadian Forces review finds

The Canadian Forces says it conducted an investigation into allegations of detainee mistreatment by its U.S. Coast Guard partners in an operation aimed at capturing drug smugglers at sea, but did not find evidence of the reported mistreatment.

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How TV shows like 24 helped set the stage for 'extreme' politics

Culture critic Peter Biskind argues extremes have now become mainstream in movies and TV - and they've helped lay the ground for extremes in politics, too.

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'Very naive' to think election interference can't happen in Canada, says MP Charlie Angus

Charlie Angus, the NDP MP questioning a Canadian company's role in the Brexit vote, has warned that Canada is not immune to efforts to undermine elections.

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China's development could undermine $40B natural gas investment, warns environmentalist

The liquefied natural gas project announced for B.C. has been hailed by some as an economic boon, but one environmentalist warns that energy development could overtake its usefulness.

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Parti Québécois's promise not to pursue sovereignty let voters drift away, says Bernard St-Laurent

Once a powerhouse in Quebec, the Parti Québécois lost official status in Monday's election. Anna Maria Tremonti is joined by three political observers to discuss what went wrong, and what comes next.

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3 women have a Nobel Prize in Physics. This UBC professor aims to eliminate the gender bias

Canadian Donna Strickland became the third woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. A UBC professor explains how she's working toward inspiring more underrepresented young students to pursue the field.

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Who are the real winners and losers in the USMCA deal?

Trade experts from all three countries weigh up the wins, losses, and the fine detail of the new United States-Mexico-Canada deal.

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It's my human right not to wear a bra, says B.C. woman fired for doing just that

A B.C. woman has filed a human rights complaint after she says she was fired from her job for refusing to wear a bra.

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FBI's Brett Kavanaugh investigation is a 'fishing expedition,' says Federalist Society member

As the FBI investigates sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh has become a symbol in a broader political battle.

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François Legault's immigration proposals probably won't 'see the light of day,' says pollster

Coalition Avenir Québec won a majority in Monday's provincial election with 74 seats, but one pollster predicts they will shy away from proposals on immigration.

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'Death by a thousand cuts': Canadian dairy farmer disappointed by USMCA deal

As details of the new USMCA trade deal emerge, one Canadian dairy farmer argues that the stability of Canada's supply management system is being eroded.

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Quebec politics moving away from sovereignty debate, says pollster

Parties outside the federalist-sovereigntist axis are expected to make gains in the Quebec provincial election, which some experts argue will mean a reshaping of the political landscape.

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After going through 7 pairs of shoes, Paul Salopek continues his walk around the world

Journalist Paul Salopek has been trekking the world by foot retracing our ancestors journey out of Africa. The National Geographic Fellow estimates he's walked 12,000 km in over five years - only a third of the way along his global walk.

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How Will Smith conquered his fear - by leaping into the Grand Canyon

The internet is drowning with videos of people confronting their fears, from jumping out of airplanes or wearing a cobra as a scarf. But one author argues there's another way to face your fear - just embrace it.

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Research suggests double standard of onus when alcohol involved in sexual assault

Amid discussions of the role alcohol may have played in the Brett Kavanagh allegations, research suggests blame and responsibility tends to fall on the victim.

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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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This man made $1M investing in cannabis - but expert warns it's a lottery

Cannabis companies have had a wild ride on the stock market, with share prices soaring and plummeting before legalization next month. One investor has enjoyed huge success, but experts warn the odds are against average individuals.

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New book reveals how the CBC lost Hockey Night in Canada

In 2013, the CBC lost the NHL national broadcasting rights to Rogers, setting off a massive change to hockey on television. Journalist Dave Shoalts documents the rough-and-tumble backstory in his book Hockey Fight in Canada.

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Attacks on Christine Blasey Ford could backfire on Republicans, says Rebecca Solnit

The Senate judiciary committee will hear testimony today from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accuses him of sexual misconduct. Commentators say the proceedings represent a pivotal moment for both the #MeToo movement, and the United States in general.

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The true story behind BlacKkKlansman: How a black police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

Ron Stallworth was the first African-American detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department - and he also ran a sting operation that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

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Anthropocene project highlights the apocalyptic beauty of humans' effect on the planet

The creators of the Anthropocene project are using large-scale photography, film and installations to illustrate just how much impact humans are having on the planet - documenting landscapes many people normally don't see .

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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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The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and the love that helped him survive

During his time in Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov was forced to tattoo other prisoners with their concentration camp serial numbers. Despite the horror that surrounded him, Sokolov fell in love, and survived. But it wasn't until decades later that he told his story to the writer Heather Morris.

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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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Ottawa woman saw deck fly off her house as tornado bore down

Ramyza Naji told The Current's Kristin Nelson about her close call with the tornado that ripped through the Ottawa region last weekend.

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Where should the #MeToo conversation go next?

Today's podcast focuses on what's next in the Me Too conversation - for the victims, the accused, and the movement itself? Anna Maraia Tremonti was joined by Maclean's Anne Kingston and criminology professor Neil Boyd. We have also included highlights from today's national call-in portion.

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Why scientists have become attached to 'Oppy', the Mars rover stranded by a dust storm

It's not that surprising to Joelle Renstrom, a robot columnist, that scientists and others around the world have become attached to Opportunity the Mars rover. She says it's quite common to associate human attributes to intimate objects.

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Brian Wansink, researcher behind 100-calorie snacks, discredited after 13 papers retracted

Brian Wansink, an expert in eating behaviour, became a daytime TV darling that used science to promote eating smaller portions. Now his theories are being questioned after 6 studies were retracted in one day.

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King Con: Man successfully impersonates Indigenous leaders his whole life, acquiring riches and fame

Edgar Laplante was a world-class grifter. It won him world-class women; adulation from royalty and presidents, and it eventually landed him in prison.

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CBC doc tells story of Muslim high school students who just want to be seen as 'regular kids'

CBC documentary, 14 & Muslim, chronicles Muslim teens as they transition from Grade 8 at Islamic school to different high schools. What they reveal is tolerance of their religious beliefs are only an issue outside of the classroom.

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'Don't plow our Charter': Doug Ford finds support and opposition at Plowing Match

Ontario's provincial politicians rushed through one of the most controversial debates in the history of the legislature in part because they wanted to be at the annual plowing match - an event to connect with rural voters.

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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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Kavanaugh case brings Anita Hill's historic testimony to the fore: journalist

The recent accusation of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh bears resemblance to the Anita Hill case, according to Jill Abramson who covered the 1991 testimony.

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'A broken clock is right twice a day': Politicians need to listen to their voters' fears, says author

As the West grapples with the rise of populism, experts argue that mainstream politicians should listen to the public's grievances, even if they don't adopt their solutions.

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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-centered, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

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Laws to suppress black vote in U.S. are being drafted with 'horrific efficiency,' says author

In her new book, author and academic Carol Anderson explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S., and argues that a resurgence of those tactics affected the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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How publishers have ignited the debate on redemption in the #MeToo era

Two prestigious platforms have garnered backlash in recent weeks after featuring personal essays penned by disgraced radio hosts, reflecting on the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the era of #MeToo.

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Facing FGM in Sierra Leone, girl wins refugee status, but her family could still be deported

An 11-year-old girl has been granted refugee status in Canada due to the risk of facing FGM in her native Sierra Leone. Her mother and young brother have not been granted permission to stay, leaving her mother with an impossible choice.

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How domestic abusers are leveraging technology to harass, control

The rise of technology has created new avenues for domestic abusers to target victims. An Edmonton woman shares her story of how her ex-boyfriend sent men to her house for sexual encounters by setting up a fake online dating account.

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One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico crisis hotline receiving 600 calls a day

A year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the population of the U.S. territory is in the grips of a mental health crisis.

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Allegedly poisoned Russian activist's life could depend on Canada's response: Browder

The alleged poisoning of a member of Pussy Riot, along with the appearance of two alleged poisoners on Russian state TV, is a message to the West, says Putin critic.

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The financial crisis happened 10 years ago - that's how long it took this man to sell his house

Ten years after the financial crash, many people are still struggling with the aftermath. One man's dream home turned into a nightmare that lasted ten years.

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Apple tech explains why the iPhone won't let you ducking swear

Thank Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda for turning your foul language into fowl language on your iPhone. He shares the thinking behind the autocorrect feature that he says was the right decision at the time.

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Behold the Peacock: a fowl with the power to divide a B.C. neighbourhood

Residents in a Surrey, B.C., neighbourhood are embroiled in a row over what to do with a flock of dozens of peacocks who have set roost in their backyards and trees.

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Uighurs in Canada fear deportation after China's crackdown on Turkic Muslims

Uighurs who have made refugee claims in Canada are anxiously waiting to find out if they'll be deported back to China, now that the country is doubling down on its suppression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

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Doug Ford is 'running roughshod over our rights,' says Andrea Horwath

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is undermining Canadian democracy by invoking the notwithstanding clause, according to Andrea Horwath, the leader of the official opposition.

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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 three kids.

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Telling women they have dense breasts could save lives, says cancer survivor

Most women aren't routinely informed if they have dense breasts, but the condition can mean cancers are less likely to show up on mammograms. Kathy Kaufield, a cancer survivor and advocate, wants doctors to be mandated to tell women.

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Bob Woodward paints picture of chaotic White House under Donald Trump in new book

Legendary U.S. journalist Bob Woodward described the interactions between Donald Trump and his inner circle in the White House as resembling 'the absence of a reasonable logical process' in a Canadian exclusive interview with The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

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War erases what a human life could be, says Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent

In his new book The Fighters, C.J. Chivers explores the human cost of U.S. foreign policy following the 9/11 attacks - the price paid by the low-ranking soldiers that were sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Researchers use 'HydroBall' technology to chart Arctic waters missing on maps

Almost all of the Canadian Arctic is unmapped. Researchers are hoping to fill the uncharted gaps with a new Canadian technology, to keep the increasing ship traffic passing through the territory out of danger.

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Venezuelans 'selling their hair' to feed their families, says CBC reporter at border

The economic situation in Venezuela is pushing civilians to the brink of desperation. As advocates warn that the exodus could rival the migrant crisis coming out of Syria, Venezuelans around the world fear for their loved ones back home.

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Brazil's museum inferno signals a need to better manage collections, says expert

After Brazil's National Museum lost 90 per cent of its collection in a devastating fire earlier this month, museum expert Robert Janes suggests culling collections so that resources can be devoted to protecting irreplaceable material.

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Use of fentanyl to execute U.S. death row prisoners a risk to public safety: advocate

Fearing a public backlash that could harm their sales, pharmaceutical companies have increasingly tried to block U.S. officials using their drugs for lethal injections. That has left states "scrambling" for an alternative, says one advocate.

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Ryerson student's morning routine: Checking whether her family in Idlib are still alive

Syrian civilians in Idlib are preparing for the worst as Russian and pro-regime forces threaten an all-out bombing campaign to retake the region. Alaa Alakel, who lives in Canada but has family in the Syrian province, can only watch and wait in agony.

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Syria's Idlib province on edge despite leaders pushing toward resolution

As the northern province of Idlib prepares for a Syrian government assault, talks between Iran, Russia and Turkey have resulted in a joint statement to come to a resolution. But citizens of the rebel-held province continue to live in fear.

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How opposition to vaccines caused a measles outbreak in Europe

A measles outbreak in Europe this summer is due to a lack of immunization, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers say that Russian trolls posting misinformation on vaccines are part of the problem.

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After India strikes down gay sex ban, advocate hopes other colonial-era laws face repeal

This week India's Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex. Some activists hope that this victory could spark a new wave of decolonization.

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'Bittersweet' new beginnings for Humboldt Broncos as new hockey season looms

In a special edition of The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti visits Humboldt as the new hockey season begins, and hears from a community learning to cope after tragedy.

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Author of NYT op-ed critical of Trump was right to stay anonymous, says lawyer

The author of a New York Times op-ed has been criticized for not putting their name to their criticism of President Donald Trump, but a constitutional lawyer who represents whistleblowers says staying anonymous could help their efforts at "resistance."

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Nike needs to learn how to 'become more like Kaepernick,' not just profit off him, author says

American author Anand Giridharadas says Nike should take cues from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Introducing Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

NXIVM calls itself a humanitarian community. Experts call it a cult. Uncover: Escaping NXIVM is a new investigative podcast series about the group, its leader Keith Raniere and one woman's journey to get out. For more episodes visit cbc.ca/uncover.

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How Mike Pence plans to become the next U.S. president: author

What would a Mike Pence presidency look like? Journalist Peter Eisner, co-author of The The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, delves into the vice-president's plan toward becoming the next U.S. president.

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What new CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM reveals about the alleged cult

A new CBC investigative podcast exploring the alleged cult NXIVM is a deep dive into how groups like this can indoctrinate people and make them act against their own instincts, according to its producer.

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He married her in secret in 'campaign' to take her money: Predatory marriages put elderly at risk, say experts

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. Experts say greater protections are needed for those who are at their frailest.

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'I'm really going to be relying on parents': Ontario teachers grapple with Ford's sex-ed program

The Ontario government has scrapped its 2015 sex-ed program and has created a hotline for snitching on dissenting teachers, but critics say the interim curriculum is outdated.

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CBC doc series chronicles how 'Farm Crime' hits vulnerable family businesses

A new CBC documentary series tells the stories of unconventional crimes that often don't make front page news, but nonetheless carry serious consequences for vulnerable family businesses trying to stay afloat.

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Mexico and Canada must work together - and keep Trump under control, says former president Vicente Fox

The former president of Mexico has been vocal about his opposition to Trump and his policies in the past, and now hopes a Democrat win in November can domesticate "the wild beast."

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There's underlying sexism when the romance genre is criticized, novelists say

The dismissal and judgment of romance novels seem a common trope for literary types. But romance authors argue some criticism is rife with sexism and the genre, and readers, deserve a lot more respect.

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Kremlin opponent, poisoned twice, vows to keep on fighting

Vladimir Kara-Murza has been close to death twice in recent years, following poisonings that he blames on the Russian domestic security service. The democracy advocate is adamant that he won't be intimidated.

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Pipeline purchase 'a positive financial' investment for Canada's economy: finance minister

The Liberal government vows to forge ahead and purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, despite the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to halt construction on the project due to inadequate consultations with Indigenous groups.

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'Humiliating' U.S.-Mexico trade deal will limit success of NAFTA negotiations, says Conservative MP

Critics of the Liberal government say it has mishandled the NAFTA file and will be forced to concede on big issues in order to get a deal.

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Indigenous leader calls on the government to accept Trans Mountain court decision

The Federal Court of Appeal has put an indefinite halt on the construction of the Trans Mountain expansion project. The decision is a major victory for Indigenous groups, but one First Nations leader argues the fight isn't over.

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Sex doll brothel turns 'women into objects,' says critic

A critic of Toronto's proposed 'sex doll brothel' says the silicone dolls teach men dangerous lessons about sex with women.

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The secret to happiness? Ask this Yale professor (and the 1,200 students taking her class)

Laurie Santos started a course at Yale to teach students how to be happy. They responded by signing up in bigger numbers than the university has ever seen, and now it's going global.

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Why migrant workers call this man for medical help instead of seeing a doctor

Meet Byron Cruz, the man migrant workers call for medical help when they're worried a trip to the doctor could cost them their livelihoods.

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Catholic man calls out priest during mass about sex abuse scandal

Naka Nathaniel is a devout Catholic living in Atlanta but after more allegations of sex abuse by priests came to the fore, this time in Pennsylvania, he couldn't stay quiet and interrupted mass to call for reform.

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'It has eaten a hole in my heart': Indigenous nurses call out systemic racism with life-or-death consequences

Two Indigenous nurses confront racism on the front-lines, not only by witnessing the discrimination but experiencing it themselves

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Aung San Suu Kyi 'bears some real responsibility' for Rohingya crisis, says Bob Rae

A new UN report accuses top military generals in Myanmar of genocide but Canada's Special Envoy to Myanmar says the country's head of government is also accountable.

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Trump needs a trade deal win - and that could help Canada, says former ambassador

After the surprise announcement of a trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico, there are fears that Canada could be left out in the cold. But Washington realizes any agreement is better if Canada is included, says a former ambassador to the U.S.

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Trump and the Trans Mountain pipeline: What would Jean Chrétien do?

Nearly 15 years after leaving public office, former prime minister Jean Chrétien has plenty to say about today's Canada - from the Trans Mountain pipeline, to divisions in Quebec. A new documentary on the CBC Documentary Channel offers fresh insights into his life and political career.

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'Concussions affect a life': Ken Dryden wants hockey rules changed to save players' lives

Hockey legend Ken Dryden is calling on the NHL to penalize any play that involves a player making contact with the head of another - no exceptions.

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Paralyzed survivor of Quebec mosque attack is still fighting to find peace

On the anniversary of the attack on a mosque in Quebec, one of the survivors, Aymen Derbali, is still putting his life back together.

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U.S. prison strikes spread to Canada, as advocates call for end to 'prison slavery'

Prison strikes across the U.S. have now spread to Nova Scotia, with hunger-striking inmates saying the conditions they are kept in are akin to modern-day slavery.

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Bernier's exit will split the vote - and help Liberals, says veteran Conservative

While one political commentator argues that a crisis in the Conservative party can only help the party's rivals, an Independent MLA says the party must listen to its membership.

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'I have sex. Get over it': Disability activists call for sex education

For young people with cognitive and physical disabilities "sex ed" is virtually non-existent. Disability activists are fighting to change that, to make sure their needs are included too.

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Lea Garofalo was killed by her Mafia family. Now she's the face of anti-mob protests

Alex Perry's new book looks at the women who are fighting to bring down the Mafia, and inspiring people across Italy to say enough is enough.

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The Beaverton's scandalous untrue stories of Canadian history

History comes alive when it's full of manufactured, funny facts. The Beaverton's authors Luke Field and Alex Huntley's take an alternative look at Canada's past through fake news.

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How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies

Surrogate mother Jessica Allen gave birth to twins but never expected one of the babies was biologically hers. Now she and her husband are fighting for their child.

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Could Trump be impeached after Cohen plea? Not so fast, warns constitutional lawyer

Allegations made by Donald Trump's former lawyer have raised the question of whether the U.S. president could be impeached. A constitutional lawyer explains the process, and the political calculations that Trump's opponents would need to consider.

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Trump could face federal conspiracy charge, says law prof

Michael Cohen's guilty plea, coupled with the conviction of Paul Manafort, has put U.S. President Donald Trump in "really serious legal jeopardy," according to one legal expert.

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Conservatives are coddling far-right in multiculturalism debate, says Liberal advisor

Thanks to MP Maxime Bernier's tweet last week claiming diversity will 'destroy' what makes Canada great, the Conservative Party has been beset with debate over politics of immigration, identity, and what it means to be Canadian.

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From isolated homeschooling to a PhD from Cambridge: How Tara Westover was saved by her education

Tara Westover grew up with isolationist parents who didn't trust the government and gave her an erratic homeschooling. But getting an education - culminating in a PhD from Cambridge - helped her break out.

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Only you can prevent gross, smelly fatbergs from clogging up city sewers, says inspector

Fatbergs are giant congealed masses of grease, oil and other detritus improperly flushed into city sewers. A program in London, Ont., aims to educated people on how to properly dispose of fatberg-feeding materials to prevent damage to the city's underground infrastructure.

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B.C. firefighters can't do much more than 'get out of the way,' says expert

Smoke from the fires in B.C. is both a danger to health, and an impediment to fighting the wildfires, says Al Beaver, who worked on fire management for governments in Canada and Australia.

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Do your kids play Fortnite? Here's how it could win them a college scholarship

As esports grow exponentially in popularity, young players are starting to take advantage of the financial opportunities that lie in becoming a professional gamer. And some universities are starting to offer scholarships to attract them.

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How a search for the world's best coffee led to Yemen in the midst of civil war

What lengths would you go to for the perfect cup of coffee? For Mokhtar Alkhanshali his quest took him to Yemen where the daunting hikes up the highland mountains were the least of his challenges during the civil war.

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Cutting ties with Saudi Arabia won't stop the war in Yemen, says expert

After dozens of children were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen, scrutiny of the West's support for the Kingdom has been renewed.

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Justice the horse, a victim of neglect, is taking his former owner to court

A horse is filing a civil lawsuit against his owner for suffering neglect and is looking for compensation to pay for necessary medical care. Advocates hope the groundbreaking case will advance animal status under the law but critics argue giving animals the right to sue is a slippery slope.

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From a house of horrors to a happy ending: Cleveland kidnapping survivor finds love

Michelle Knight was one of three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro, held in his house against their will, and abused for over a decade. Five years after her dramatic escape, she speaks to Laura Lynch about how she has rebuilt her life.

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Why a Swiss adventurer left the Western world to join a nomadic Indigenous community

Journalist Carl Hoffman follows two Western adventurers in his new book The Last Wild Men of Borneo, and reveals much about the forces shaping the island today.

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Newspapers rebuking Trump probably won't change anyone's mind, says veteran reporter

More than 200 newspapers in the U.S. have published co-ordinated editorials as a rebuttal to President Trump's repeated attacks on the media. But opinion is divided over whether it will have any effect.

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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.

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How B.C. homeowners can prepare for wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn through B.C. and weather forecasts are calling for more hot, dry conditions, one UBC professor shares proactive steps homeowners and communities can take to lessen the risk of damage when the next fire hits.

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Space travel could contaminate Mars with human germs, warns professor

Astronauts have always had rules that stop them bringing contamination back to Earth from outer space, but now some experts are arguing we need to protect other planets from the human germs we bring with us.

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How a Muslim undercover FBI agent foiled Via Rail terror plot in Canada

Tamer Elnoury is a member of a very small club: FBI undercover agents who are Muslim, speak Arabic and are willing to try to infiltrate suspected terrorist groups.

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Crazy Rich Asians criticized for Chinese-centric 'colourism'

The new movie Crazy Rich Asians is receiving critical acclaim, but it's also causing a stir for its lack of diverse representation of the Asian diaspora's experience.

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Turkey's lira crisis puts European economies at risk, says expert

As the Turkish lira tumbles and the country's president remains defiant in a tariff battle with the U.S., one expert warns the economic stability in Turkey could spread beyond its borders with serious implications.

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'A Nazi in all but name': Author argues Asperger's syndrome should be renamed

Hans Asperger's pioneering work on autism led to Asperger syndrome being named after him. But the author of a new book claims that he also collaborated in the Nazis' euthanization of children.

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These designers think everyone should wear jumpsuits - so they've made one in 248 sizes

The Rational Dress Society proposes that we clear out our wardrobes and wear jumpsuits 24/7. It's not just a fashion statement, it's a path to unity and equality, they say.

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