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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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Mueller report won't sway public opinion enough for Democrats to attempt impeaching Trump: journalist

After much anticipation, U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has finally been made public - except for the redacted parts, that is. But what we do know about the report's contents is plenty to talk about. A panel of experts talk us through it.

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This author thinks reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

Download This author thinks reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family
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'A real access-to-justice issue': Why lawyers are reluctant to take on medical malpractice suits

A new CBC News Investigation has examined data going back decades and found that the number of patients who successfully sue doctors over medical mistakes is small - and getting smaller. We ask why it's so hard to sue doctors in Canada, even in cases of patient death.

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Mueller report released to Congress

As the Mueller report is released to Congress Thursday, we discuss what kind of impact - if any - its findings could have on how Republicans and Democrats alike see Trump.

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Baby blues vs. postpartum depression: How can new parents tell the difference?

On Monday, we heard the heartbreaking stories of mothers who suffered the isolation and agony of postpartum depression. We continue the discussion with a doctor who specializes in the condition, and ask what needs to be done to help new parents receive the treatment they need.

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How citizen science is changing the research landscape

Online communities and new technology are making it easier than ever for anyone to get involved in scientific research. But how reliable is user-generated data? And what value does it bring to major studies?

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Notre-Dame fire just another chapter in the life of a historic monument, says medievalist

The fire that ravaged Notre-Dame prompted an outpouring of sadness over the damage suffered by the iconic structure - as well as billions in funding pledged to restore it. We speak to a medievalist about the life cycle of iconic monuments like the Paris cathedral, and the idea that they are never destroyed, but live and change with the ages.

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Hell does freeze over (and other things you never knew about damnation)

The more author Marq de Villiers learned about hell, the more he thought 'what the hell?' He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how different cultures and different religions have approached the idea of damnation, and why he wanted to write a sinner's guide to eternal torment.

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Jason Kenney's big win positions him as Canada's true conservative leader, political scientist says

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney won big in Alberta's provincial election Tuesday, seizing a majority and ending the province's first-ever NDP government. Our national affairs panel looks at the promises Kenney made on the campaign trail, and what his premiership might mean for the election battle coming this fall.

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Federal-versus-provincial powers take centre stage in Ontario carbon tax court battle

Ontario premier Doug Ford takes his fight over the so-called federal carbon tax to a Toronto courtroom this week, in a bid to have the measure ruled unconstitutional. We weigh up the arguments about provincial authority, and national health and the fight against climate change.

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Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi was likely kidnapped by ISIS for her medical skills, global security expert says

Five years after a New Zealand nurse was captured by ISIS, her story is finally being told, as efforts to rescue her go public. We speak to two experts about why authorities fought to keep Louisa Akavi's name out of the headlines, and what's changed.

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'You cannot rebuild the dust': A restored Notre-Dame won't be the same, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

The world watched in horror Monday as fire ravaged Notre-Dame in Paris, an international landmark that has withstood war and disaster for centuries. We speak to an eyewitness and a prominent French intellectual about the cathedral's cultural significance, and the loss felt both in France and around the world.

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After complaints from parents, Our Planet director defends footage of walruses plummeting to their death

Netflix nature documentary Our Planet has provoked an angry response from people caught off guard by one graphic scene. Parents say their children were traumatized by video of walruses falling from a cliff to their deaths, but the program's makers say the scene was caused by climate change, and is an important story to tell. We look at the ethics and arguments that go into bringing these types of stories to the screen.

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Isolated and invisible: Meet the moms writing about the secret agony of postpartum depression

Teresa Wong and Amanda Munday both struggled with postpartum depression, a condition reported to affect as many as 20 per cent of Canadian mothers. Both women have written books about their experiences, from their feelings of inadequacy, to difficulties breastfeeding, and even being admitted to a psychiatric ward.

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As Alberta election looms, some voters 'stuck' on who to support

In the run-up to Alberta's provincial election Tuesday, we speak to three voters about what's on their minds - from the local economy to the province's relationship with Ottawa.

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Beijing-funded classes on China for Canadian kids is a lesson in propaganda: expert

Students in New Brunswick have been learning about Chinese language, food and culture in weekly half-hour classes paid for by the Confucius Institute. What they're not taught is anything remotely controversial, such as China's record on human rights violations. Are the classes a lesson in soft power and propaganda?

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Joy in Sudan becomes anger over 'recycled regime', says protester who vows to keep fighting

A military coup ended the 30-year rule of Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan this week, after months of protests on the streets of Khartoum. But the situation is far from settled. Demonstrators have rejected the decision to set up a transitional military council to run the country for two years, and vowed to continue protests until a civilian government is established. We speak to people on the ground about what happens next.

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Assange's legacy could be undermined by his own 'selfish attitude': former diplomat

The arrest of Julian Assange Thursday starts a new chapter in the saga of the Wikileak's founder. We ask how the world should view him and what will be his legacy: as a whistleblower, a free-speech fighter, or a traitor?

Download Assange's legacy could be undermined by his own 'selfish attitude': former diplomat
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Years after fleeing war-torn Syria, this man learns what's left of his old home

When the UN's Chris Reardon found himself in the old neighbourhood of his friend and Syrian refugee Hani Al Moulia, he wrote a letter to share with Al Moulia. The two friends reconnect in a discussion with Anna Maria Tremonti, and Al Moulia, now settled in Canada, processes what's left of his old life in Syria.

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Julian Assange's arrest is 'a vendetta, not justice,' says friend Vaughan Smith

Julian Assange was arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday, where he has lived under asylum since 2012. His friend Vaughan Smith spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about the developments.

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Superbugs like deadly Candida auris are part of a drug-resistance 'crisis,' says doctor

There is growing concern around Candida auris, a life-threatening and stubbornly drug-resistant fungus that has been showing up all over the world in the past decade.

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New exhibit displays artwork of residential school students

A new art exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver displays the work of Indigenous children attending residential and day schools. It's titled There is Truth Here, and curator Andrea Walsh says that at this point in our nation's history, these pieces compel us to stop and listen.

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The human cost of highly-priced insulin

Diabetes can cost Canadians $15,000 a year if they don't have any help and that demands a national strategy, says Kimberley Hanson, who lives with Type 1 diabetes and is the executive director for federal affairs at Diabetes Canada.

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Love, anger and grief: Animals can display wide range of humanlike emotions, says author

Do chimpanzees feel love the same way that humans do? Author and primatologist Frans de Waal says yes - and not only that, he says many animals feel a wide range of emotions that have historically been considered exclusive to the human race.

Download Love, anger and grief: Animals can display wide range of humanlike emotions, says author
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P.E.I. election could be a breakthrough moment for the Green Party, says pollster

While the SNC-Lavalin affair might not seal the P.E.I. Liberal party's fate, pollster David Coletto says a positive showing for the surging Green Party may convince more Canadians that it is a viable alternative option.

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Facebook's hate speech ban is 'part of the problem' with online division, expert warns

What should governments and tech companies do to combat the online spread of white nationalism and other forms of extremism? We talk to tech entrepreneur Vidhya Ramalingam and analyst/professor Taylor Owen.

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As Nova Scotia switches to opt-out option for organ donation, expert examines the ethics of government 'nudging'

Nova Scotia has introduced a "presumed consent" system for organ donation, meaning that people must opt out if they don't want to donate. The idea behind it - "nudging" citizens into better choices - is part of a global trend steeped in behavioural science, but not everyone agrees. Tim Harford, who writes The Undercover Economist column for the Financial Times, argues that the tactic should be used carefully, and warns there is a darker flipside.

Download As Nova Scotia switches to opt-out option for organ donation, expert examines the ethics of government 'nudging'
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Mother whose 9-year-old daughter died of asthma welcomes London's new low-emission zones

A new Ultra Low Emission Zone came into effect this week in London, U.K., meaning that drivers will have to pay to drive anything but the greenest vehicles through the centre of the capital. We look at efforts around the world, and speak with a mother who says air pollution near their south London home played a role in the death of her nine-year-old daughter.

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Climate change opening up new resources in the Arctic, and a new fight to claim them

Russia's latest display of military might in the Arctic highlights a coming tug-of-war over influence in the far north. Is Canada ready to protect its interests?

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Adult playgrounds 'reignite' childhood joy, but is that a good thing?

A new indoor playground designed for adults has opened in Toronto, part of a trend gaining popularity worldwide. Despite being good fun, some experts say they can help adults deal with stress and emotional issues. Others say it's time we all just grew up a little. We hear both sides of the argument.

Download Adult playgrounds 'reignite' childhood joy, but is that a good thing?
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25 years after the Rwandan genocide, this retired Canadian soldier still lives with horror of what he saw

Retired Major Brent Beardsley was in Rwanda when the genocide started 25 years ago this week. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about watching the world turn its back as the massacre unfolded, and the PTSD that he still lives with today.

Download 25 years after the Rwandan genocide, this retired Canadian soldier still lives with horror of what he saw
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'A grotesque travesty': Inuit men hanged in 1923 to assert Canada's control over the north, says author

In 1923, two Inuit men were tried for murder and executed, in a trial now seen as deeply flawed. Author and forensic anthropologist Debra Komar says the men were sacrificed in Canada's push for Arctic sovereignty.

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Scheer 'almost salivating' at the prospect of Trudeau lawsuit, but it won't happen, says legal expert

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer struck a defiant tone Sunday when he revealed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had threatened him with a lawsuit, over remarks made by Scheer on the SNC-Lavalin scandal. But will the lawsuit ever see the light of day?

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Quebec nurses strike against 'being taken hostage' for overtime shifts

Nurses in Quebec say mandatory overtime has left them exhausted, demoralized, and feeling like they've been "taken hostage." As they strike Monday, we hear from experts who say we should be concerned about staff and patients across Canada.

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Woman who has never felt pain hopes scientists can study her DNA to help others

Jo Cameron has a remarkable gene mutation that leaves her unable to feel pain or anxiety. We speak to Cameron about how it affects her daily life, and how the rare condition could be the key to groundbreaking treatment options.

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Tackling money laundering in B.C. is like a game of 'whack-a-mole,' says AG

The B.C. government introduced legislation this week to curb tax evasion and money laundering, by creating Canada's first public registry of property owners that would stop anonymous owners hiding behind shell and numbered companies. The new laws come on the heels of a pledge from Ottawa to create a multi-agency task force to tackle the problem on a national scale, but will it be enough?

Download Tackling money laundering in B.C. is like a game of 'whack-a-mole,' says AG
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Albertans want a leader who sees Trudeau as an adversary, not an ally: pollster

We check in on the provincial election in Alberta, asking whether any party has taken the lead following Thursday's televised leaders' debate.

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Former teacher says there's no proof larger class sizes hurt students' learning experience

Students in Ontario are staging a walk-out this week to protest provincial policy changes that they say threaten their education. We hear from students, parents, teachers and researchers about one of their concerns: class sizes, an issue that animates those in education across all of Canada.

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After escaping Rwanda's genocide, this woman confronted the neighbour who handed her over to would-be killers

Twenty-five years ago in Rwanda, close to a million Tutsi Rwandans were massacred in 100 days. We speak to a woman who survived that genocide, and went on to settle in Canada.

Download After escaping Rwanda's genocide, this woman confronted the neighbour who handed her over to would-be killers
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Inside the 'brief conversation' in which Jane Philpott was expelled from the Liberal caucus

Jane Philpott, one of the former ministers at the centre of the SNC-Lavalin affair, speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about the scandal and her recent expulsion from the Liberal caucus.

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'It destroys your humanity': Albert Woodfox on surviving 44 years in solitary confinement

Albert Woodfox spent more than forty years in solitary confinement for a 1972 murder he says he didn't commit. He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how he survived decades inside a 9 foot by 6 foot cell, in one of the most notorious prisons in the United States.

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'Get used to being disrupted': Expert warns of the financial implications of climate change

A new study from scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada this week warns that the country is warming more quickly than the rest of the world. What can Canadians do to adapt and fight climate change?

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Trudeau tried doing politics differently by not expelling former ministers sooner, says columnist

Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns through Canada's corridors of power, today looking at the ousting of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.

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Changes to veterans' disability claims could cause PTSD rather than treat it, advocate warns

Veterans applying for disability benefits now have to fill out a new, shorter government questionnaire on PTSD, which eliminates some specific questions, and references to symptoms including nightmares, flashbacks and emotional numbing. Officials with Veterans Affairs Canada say the shorter form will be more efficient, but advocates warn that the change is going to make it harder for veterans to qualify for help, and could lead to more suicides.

Download Changes to veterans' disability claims could cause PTSD rather than treat it, advocate warns
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New CBC podcast explores unsolved homicides in Toronto's LGBTQ community

Journalist Justin Ling talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about Uncover: The Village, the new season of the CBC podcast. As host, Ling explores the investigation into serial killer Bruce McArthur, and unsolved homicides in Toronto's LGBTQ community.

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Digital technology is reshaping our world - and coders are deciding how, says author

Digital technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, but one author argues that the computer code underlying all our apps is also influencing how our society and wider world develops, and the people doing the coding are making decisions with far-reaching implications.

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'Lack of investment in women's sports' to blame for demise of Canadian Women's Hockey League

The Canadian Women's Hockey League has announced it will cease operations as of May 1, citing an "economically unsustainable" business model. But is the league's demise a matter of profit, or the value we place on women's sports?

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Introducing Uncover: The Village

Two waves of murders, 40 years apart. Who's killing men in Toronto's gay community and why are they getting away with it? Subscribe now at cbc.ca/uncover.

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Carbon tax will turn sustainability efforts into a fight for bottom line, warns farmer

The federal government's carbon tax comes into effect Monday in the four provinces that have not yet introduced their own carbon pricing scheme. Depending on who you are and where you live, it's either a triumph for the environment, or bad news for your bottom line.

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Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq on progress, ongoing challenges on territory's 20th anniversary

On the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a Canadian territory, we speak to Premier Joe Savikataaq about the improvements made for the people who live there, and the challenges they still face.

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Stuck in a 'really bad bind,' Zeballos residents defy months-long evacuation order in wake of B.C. wildfire

A forest fire damaged the mountainside above the tiny village of Zeballos, B.C. last year, creating a risk that rocks and trees could tumble on to the homes below. After an evacuation order dragged on for months, residents began to move back, despite the threat that the scorched mountain could give way.

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Are scientists asking the right questions when it comes to testing Alzheimer's drugs?

The cancellation of a clinical trial for a potential Alzhemier's drug is raising questions over the feasibility of the "amyloid hypothesis" - a specific theory for a cure that scientists have been pursuing for years. Do scientists need to start exploring new avenues?

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Researchers are getting closer to a male birth control gel, but will men use it?

Researchers are exploring options for male contraceptives similar to the pill, and scientists say they're getting closer to putting something on the shelves. But will men take them, will women trust men to take them - and why didn't this happen years ago?

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Teacher opposed to Quebec secularism bill says she should be able to choose what she wears

The Quebec government has tabled its long-awaited secularism bill, laying down proposed ground rules it says will ensure religious neutrality. We hear from two teachers with opposing views on whether the hijab should be worn at the head of the classroom.

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'I was profoundly afraid': New book explores life-long process of understanding transgender identity

Lorimer Shenher knew he was transgender from a young age, but did not transition until later in life. He has written about the experience in his new book This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man.

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How are tensions between Ottawa and Beijing affecting the Chinese-Canadian community?

Tensions between Ottawa and Beijing are lingering over the Huawei affair and the detention of two Canadian citizens in China. In recent weeks, canola exporters in Canada say they've seen contracts dry up, with some suggesting the diplomatic row has spilled over into trade relations. We hear from a panel of Chinese-Canadians about how these issues are affecting their community.

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Journalists let 'animus towards Trump' override objectivity in Mueller coverage: columnist

In covering the allegations of Russian collusion against U.S. President Donald Trump, did the media measure up to its own standards of objectivity? Or were some organizations overcome by their own bias, reporting their hopes as facts? We hear from both sides of the debate.

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The Current's political panel: SNC-Lavalin, China tensions, and Maxime Bernier's search for candidates

Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns through Canada's corridors of power, today looking at developments in the SNC-Lavalin affair, tensions with China, and Maxime Bernier's search for candidates for his new party, the People's Party of Canada.

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Living with lice for a decade became a metaphor for the shame of poverty, says writer Alicia Elliott

Author Alicia Elliott wants Canadians to think about how colonialism, poverty and mental health affect families in our society. Those issues affected her own childhood, which she's written about in her new book A Mind Spread Out On The Ground.

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'Get those machines out of the clubs': N.L. residents still grappling with 'addictive' video lottery terminals

A class-action lawsuit in Newfoundland and Labrador is putting a new spotlight on an old problem: addiction to video lottery terminals. We hear from people fighting to have these VLTs removed from bars, and those who say the economic benefits outweigh the human cost.

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'I feel I am not alone anymore': Afghan woman shot in face by her husband is building a new life in Canada

Afghan woman Shakila Zareen came to Canada after she was shot in the face by her husband. The CBC's Laura Lynch has been with the young woman as she rebuilds her life in a new country.

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'Seen as part of the job': Ontario nurses, PSWs report 'pervasive' abuse in long-term care facilities

A new study looks at the violence suffered by staff in Ontario's long-term care facilities, at both the hands of residents and their families. We speak to the author of the study, as well as one nurse who ended up going to the police over the abuse she says she faced.

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Some young Brits are calling for a new Brexit vote. Others argue it's undemocratic

British MPs have voted to take control of the Brexit process, prompting speculation that Prime Minister Theresa May could soon name her own departure date. We explore the latest twist in the Brexit saga, and ask how young voters are feeling.

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Mueller report isn't the 'magic bullet' Democrats hoped for, says Charlie Sykes

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report found insufficient evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But on obstruction of justice, the report does not exonerate him. We examine the reaction, and ask what happens next.

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Sea urchins are devouring Haida Gwaii's kelp forest, so ecologists are smashing them

Sea urchins have been devouring kelp forests in B.C. - an important part of the local ecosystem. But one expert is optimistic these areas will be able to flourish again, with the help of projects like an urchin culling program happening in Haida Gwaii.

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Stand up to China's ban on canola by building alliances with other countries they've targeted: expert

China has cut off all imports of canola from Canada, after customs officials said they found "dangerous pests" in a shipment earlier this month. Farmers working in the $4-billion industry are worried, and just weeks away from planting. We look at how the move fits into the wider tensions between the two countries.

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'Your tears are our tears': Jewish community to form rings of peace around Toronto mosques for Friday prayers

An imam and a rabbi in Canada tell us about their efforts to reassure worshippers here in the wake of the New Zealand attack, and how people of different faiths are coming together to find strength in difficult times.

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Meet Dr. Dick Smith, the Manitoba physician and activist who has been fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS for four decades

We talk to Dr. Dick Smith, a pioneering doctor and activist in Manitoba, who is retiring after a career spent fighting the AIDS crisis.

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Broadcaster who held on to his language through residential school to call NHL game in Cree

Clarence Iron will call Sunday's game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes in Plains Cree on APTN. He tells Megan Williams how he kept his language alive while he was growing up.

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Man who survived attack on New Zealand mosque says he can forgive suspected killer

As the initial shock gives way to grief and anger, we hear from people directly affected by the attack in New Zealand, who tell us how different communities are supporting each other.

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Is your child an orchid or dandelion? How one expert's theory can help us raise better people

A new theory suggests children are either dandelions that can thrive anywhere, or orchids that need a little more care. We speak to the author about how his ideas could help us raise happier, healthier kids, who blossom into better adults.

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Unpaid internships hit female students harder because 'women's work' is devalued: expert

Students in Quebec are on strike this week over unpaid internships, which are allowed as an exception to labour laws in most Canadian provinces. We speak to an expert who says female students are hit especially hard, as unpaid internships are more common in female-dominated fields.

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In wake of Cyclone Idai, how can cities build for climate change?

Mozambique is in the midst of three days of national mourning for the hundreds of people killed in the devastation of Cyclone Idai. We look at the situation on the ground, and how rapidly expanding cities around the world can build with climate resilience in mind.

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How ditching hospital gowns for clothes is helping patients regain a sense of humanity

The hospital gown may not seem like the worst part of a long stay at a medical facility, but some advocates are arguing it contributes to what they call "PJ paralysis," and can slow patients' recovery.

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There are no far-right groups on Canada's terror watchlist. This expert says we need to talk about that

In the wake of the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, there are calls for social media companies and the government to do more to tackle the way hate and extremism are spread online. We speak to three experts about the challenge, and how to tackle it

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Conservatives heckling during budget didn't do Andrew Scheer 'any favours': strategist

Conservatives tried to drown out Finance Minister Bill Morneau as he delivered his budget Tuesday, in protest of the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Our political panel dissects the drama and discusses what it means for the fall election.

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What's stopping millennials from getting a foot on the housing ladder?

When the Liberal government delivers its budget Tuesday, it's expected to include measures to make houses more affordable for millennials and other first-time buyers. We speak to two experts about the problems young people face trying to get a foot on the property ladder.

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Northern Ireland's 'brittle peace' doesn't face up to atrocities of the past: author

The 1972 murder of Jean McConville by Republican paramilitaries echoed through decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as the peace process that followed. Author Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the murder in his new book, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, and tells Anna Maria Tremonti it's emblematic of Northern Ireland's "brittle peace."

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The K-pop sex scandal reveals a 'disgusting' practice of sharing spy cam 'porn': journalist

Some of the biggest stars in K-pop have become embroiled in a sex scandal, including allegations of prostitution and filming sex acts without consent. One journalist says it's a practice that's gone on for years.

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This author thinks reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

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Why this Muslim-Canadian mother is talking to her kids about 'survival' in wake of New Zealand mosque attacks

Last week's attack on two mosques in New Zealand was a terrible echo of the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017. One Muslim Canadian woman says she's having to engage in tough conversations with her kids, as she worries they could fall victim to the same extremist violence.

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Albertans are 'yawning' over Jason Kenney, Jeff Callaway controversy, says columnist

Leaked documents show the campaign teams of Jason Kenney and Jeff Callaway collaborated to undermine rival candidate Brian Jean during the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race. But with a provincial election in the coming months, do voters care?

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Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings 'wanted to start a race war': expert

At least 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, that was live-streamed online. One expert says the video was created to incite more violence.

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Where was Taliban leader Omar Mullah? New book challenges long-held narrative

Was Taliban commander Mullah Omar in Afghanistan all along, and not hiding out in Pakistan after all? We talk to Dutch author and journalist Bette Dam about her latest book, which turns conventional wisdom about the Taliban, and Afghanistan, on its head.

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Ignoring climate change is like 'putting off homework,' says teen in School Strike for Climate

Young people fearing the effects of climate change are walking out of school today, hoping their global day of action will push the older generation to take action. We speak to some of the youth involved.

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Chinese-Canadian farmers are facing hostility as they settle in rural areas. A new CBC doc aims to change that

A new CBC documentary looks at growing Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture - from foreign investors to hardworking Chinese-Canadian farmers - and examines concerns that foreign investment is eroding communities. We speak to the documentary director, and a farming father and son trying to put down some roots in Coronach, Sask.

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What the cuteness of characters like Mickey Mouse can tell us about our world

Could there be more to cuteness than we think? U.K. philosopher and author Simon May explains what the concept can tell us about our world.

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How Theresa May could fail her way to Brexit success: journalist

British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost another vote on her Brexit deal, with the departure date just 15 days away. We ask what's next for the country's troubled divorce from the EU.

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Adding complex safety systems to planes could make flying more dangerous: pilot

The Ethiopian Airlines crash has focused global scrutiny on safety features on the now-grounded Boeing 737 Max 8. We speak to a pilot and expert on the aviation industry, who says aviation is already so safe that adding more complex systems just creates opportunities for catastrophe.

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Syrian refugees file claim against Bashar al-Assad at the International Criminal Court

A group of Syrian refugees is attempting to bring President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court, but some experts say the case is too weak to succeed. We discuss its chances, and whether just the attempt is a path to healing.

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Doctor forced to tell lung-transplant patients to fundraise to pay for life-saving treatment

Patients in need of a lung transplant in Atlantic Canada need to move to Toronto for care, but the cost of that move is so high that some patients are choosing death over the debt. We speak to a doctor about the heartbreaking conversations she has with patients, and what should be done about it.

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'A mirror on America': How the U.S. college admissions scam reveals pervasive inequality in society

U.S. federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in connection to a multimillion-dollar scam to get their children into the most elite colleges. What does the case tell us about privilege in America?

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Tina Fontaine report is a 'postmortem on the misery' of First Nations: advocate

On Tuesday, Manitoba's Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose released her report into the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine. We ask if its recommendations go far enough to protect vulnerable Indigenous youth, and hear from one expert who says First Nations need more control in those efforts.

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Did the milkman have it right? How a new twist on an old idea could reduce the amount of waste we make

Goods ranging from laundry detergent to Haagen-Dazs ice cream will soon be available in reusable packaging that can be returned to stores after use, in the hopes of reducing the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in your shopping basket. The U.S. company behind the system, called Loop, says it will also reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean. But are consumers ready to compromise on convenience?

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How SNC-Lavalin affair draws line between personal morals and ethics of power

The SNC-Lavalin affair has shone a spotlight on how priorities of government - the sanctity of the rule of law versus protecting Canadian jobs - can sometimes come into conflict. Our panel of experts discuss how politicians weigh up competing concerns, and whether ethics and politics are mutually exclusive.

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The human cost of Venezuela's political crisis

As electricity begins to return to parts of Venezuela, we speak to a Venezuelan-Canadian about her concerns for family and friends there, and the human cost of the political turmoil.

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Former pilot blasts U.S. authorities for not grounding planes involved in Ethiopia crash

Families and loved ones are mourning the loss of 18 Canadians who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. We speak look at safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8.

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Theresa May sticking with Brexit like a 'tedious version of The Terminator': author

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a second parliamentary vote on her deal to leave the European Union this week, after MPs overwhelmingly rejected it in January. A second rejection could mean leaving with no deal, which could have stark economic ramifications. We look at what's happening in the country as the Brexit countdown nears departure day, March 29.

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Misinformation on social media can create hesitancy about vaccinating, expert warns

Last week, Facebook announced it would lower its search rankings of groups and pages that promote anti-vaccination content, in an effort to slow the spread of misinformation. We explore how social media is being leveraged to sow doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and hear how it's creating a hesitancy to vaccinate that threatens us all.

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There's a gender gap in medical data, and it's costing women their lives, says this author

Author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this "data gap" can literally kill.

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'A gloomy feeling' in Ethiopia's capital city after plane crash kills 157

When an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed outside Addis Ababa Sunday, it claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians. We ask a reporter in the Ethiopian capital about the investigation, and how people there are coping with the tragedy.

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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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Apology for treatment of Inuit with tuberculosis must be followed with 'action': Inuit leader

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Iqaluit on Friday to apologize for the mistreatment of Inuit during the tuberculosis epidemics of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. But while Indigenous leaders welcome the apology, some say action is needed to tackle the tuberculosis problem, which still blights northern communities today.

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U.S. millennials are embracing democratic socialism because the American Dream is 'crazy': writer

Millennials in the U.S. are embracing brands of democratic socialism espoused by politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We discuss what's driving their disenchantment with the status quo.

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Trudeau's speech on SNC-Lavalin would have been great - three weeks ago: writer

The SNC-Lavalin affair has trundled on for weeks, as the drip, drip of information served only to raise further questions. At the heart of the scandal is the accusation that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould faced political pressure over the criminal prosecution of the Quebec company, a claim that officials deny. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out Thursday about the allegations; we discuss and dissect his comments.

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How China's 'social credit' system blocked millions of people from travelling

Since 2014, the Chinese government has been experimenting with a system that rewards - and punishes - people for their public behaviour through so-called "social credit" points. Points are deducted for offences as minor as walking a dog without a leash, and if your score drops too low, penalties include being stopped from buying airline and train tickets. We hear from experts worried about government control, and people who say those fears are overblown.

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How a hunger for a wider world led Kate Harris to cycle the Silk Road

On a mission to seek 'the world's wildness,' Kate Harris and her friend Mel biked 10,000 kilometres along the Silk Road. Throughout her travels, she learned how the landscape can teach us a lot about human fragility.

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Why Molly Jong-Fast wrote about the sex life of her famous mother, Erica Jong

As the daughter of an American novelist whose work became symbolic of the sexual liberation movement in the 1970s, Molly Jong-Fast's childhood was often lonely and confusing. We talk to the writer about what it was like growing up in the world of novelist Erica Jong, and why she writes about her parents' sex life.

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Contradictions in Butts' testimony may mean Wilson-Raybould testifies again: former diplomat

Gerald Butts, the prime minister's former senior political advisor, offered his side of the SNC-Lavalin story in testimony before the House of Commons justice committee on Wednesday. Rather than drawing a line under the controversy, two experts warn it just raises more questions.

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As 2nd person declared HIV-free, advocate says finding 'functional cure' is key

A man known as the London Patient, who had been living with HIV, appears to have had the virus eradicated from his system after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor. But even though transplants like this have failed in other patients, and are impractical in terms of curing the millions living with the virus, we look at what's being called a critical moment in the search for a cure.

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Yazidi children escaping ISIS don't recognize relatives, have forgotten language: reporter

A few years ago, ISIS held territory spanning two countries, and controlled the lives of millions. Now the group's defeat seems inevitable, as Kurdish forces surround the militants' last stronghold: a village in eastern Syria. We discuss what happens next, from the fate of the refugees fleeing the caliphate, to the fighters who propped it up.

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How 2 strangers struck up a platonic relationship online to have a child together

When Tatijana Busic and Brendan Schulz decided to co-parent a child in a platonic relationship, their friends and family had a lot of questions. We explore how strangers are coming together to raise children in non-romantic relationships, and the factor motivating them to do it.

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SNC Lavalin affair: Philpott and Wilson-Raybould aren't lifelong Liberals, and some say that's the problem

Our political panel discusses Jane Philpott's resignation from cabinet, and what it means for the prime minister and the deepening scandal surrounding SNC-Lavalin.

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How the arrest of 5 Chinese women galvanized the country's feminist movement

When five Chinese activists were arrested and jailed on International Women's Day in 2015, it sparked an international outcry. We talk to an author who has written about the women, about what this latest wave of activism means for the country's authoritarian regime.

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Trans youth need help sooner rather than later, says pediatric nurse

Clinics and hospitals across Canada are reporting a spike in the number of transgender and non-binary youth coming forward with questions about gender identity. We speak with medical experts about the transition process, and what getting help sooner could mean for youth grappling with their identity.

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How this couple used a bacteria-fighting virus to thwart a deadly superbug

A couple have written a book that tells the story about their brush with death to spread awareness of the surprising, experimental treatment that saved his life: a bacteria-fighting virus known as a phage.

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'An Arab Spring for women': The secret group helping young women flee oppression

A network of young women helping other women and girls like them escape oppression in Gulf Arab countries is taking part in a kind of "Arab Spring for women," says CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed.

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Amateur athletes deserve a say in how competitions are run, says Benoit Huot

Olympic athletes can devote their whole lives to training for a brief shot at glory. But some say all that work doesn't leave them with much say in how their competitions are run, or how they're rewarded.

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ADHD is the most common mental health disorder in kids but can 'ravage' adult life, says reporter

ADHD is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada, but it's less understood in adults. Reporter Yashar Ali says ADHD can ravages their lives, and it's made that much harder by the fact that many others don't take it seriously.

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Opposition parties close in with SNC-Lavalin affair, but Liberals 'haven't lost the election' yet: expert

Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony has been reverberating through the House of Commons, and across the country, since her appearance before the justice committee on Wednesday. We speak to two experts about how the controversy could affect the Liberals, and what the other parties stand to gain from it.

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Cohen's testimony alone not enough to indict U.S. President, says expert

Testifying in Washington on Wednesday, Michael Cohen painted a damning picture of Donald Trump. We examine the accusations, and ask whether the words of a confirmed liar could ever be used in an effort to indict the U.S. president.

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Businesses paid to have Pokemon Go players directed to their locations, says author

Author and academic Shoshana Zuboff says we're living in an age of surveillance capitalism, where our very lives are the raw material that tech giants are turning into massive profits. That's money that we never see, but it's also a threat to democracy, she tells Anna Maria Tremonti.

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Liberals will look to 'shed doubt' on Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony: reporter

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she faced intense political pressure and veiled threats over the SNC-Lavalin affair. That's at odds with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's account - and led Opposition leader Andrew Scheer to call for his resignation. We assemble a political panel to discuss what the fallout might be for the Liberals.

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Why experts say schools shouldn't shy away from a little physicality during recess

Canadian schools are experimenting with that fourth "R" in our children's school days: recess. One school near Edmonton has introduced a short recess in every hour of the day, while some schools in Quebec have set up "roughhousing" zones where kids can get a little more hands-on. We speak to two experts about how putting more thought into time outside the classroom could boost our kids' learning, both in and out of the classroom.

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Astrophysicist hopes history's trailblazing women can help young girls look to the stars

Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley worries that as our understanding of the universe gets more complex, people are daunted by trying to understand outer space. She wants everyone to look to the stars, especially young girls who could be inspired by trailblazing female scientists that came before them.

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Trump doesn't see 'the big picture' on how to handle North Korea, says military analyst

It wasn't so long ago that U.S. President Donald Trump was referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "little rocket man," but now the pair are meeting for their second summit to discuss the rogue state's denuclearization, and a potential end to the Korean War. We discuss what might come from the meeting.

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Why this Montreal chef says up-and-coming cooks need to learn about wellness, sobriety

For years, Montreal chef David McMillan struggled with alcoholism while working in an industry saturated with booze. And in the high-stress business, he says he was never taught how to take care of his well-being. He tells us how he hopes things will change.

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How fixing pesky potholes could help fight climate change: expert

The potholes on Canadian roads may wreck rims, pop tires, and cause you to turn the air blue, but are they also making the fight against climate change harder? We take a deep dive into potholes, asking what can be done to cut their costs to cities and drivers.

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Jagmeet Singh's win could reboot NDP, but only if party stands on firm socialist ground, says former MPP

After capturing Burnaby South in Monday's byelection, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will take a seat in the House of Commons for the first time. Will it give him a chance to turn around the party's flagging fortunes before the next election?

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Border battle over aid in Venezuela helps Maduro opponents make case for intervention, analyst says

Attempts to bring aid into Venezuela resulted in violent clashes over the weekend, as soldiers loyal to embattled President Nicolas Maduro faced off against anti-government protesters. We examine the latest in the country's political and economic crisis.

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Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a 'big political fault,' Bernard-Henri Lévy warns

U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a "big political fault," which has created a "vacuum" for a new, benevolent empire of five anti-democratic nations to take control, a prominent French philosopher argues.

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Starbucks' music is driving employees nuts. A writer says it's a workers' rights issue

Irritated Starbucks employees took to Reddit in a rage last month after being subjected to a constant loop of hits from the Broadway musical Hamilton. We ask whether the constant, repetitive music employees have to endure on the job - whether in restaurants, bars, or retail - should be a workers' rights issue, and what can be done to fix it.

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FDA warning halts U.S. company that charged $8K to transfuse older people with millennial blood

Here's an unusual way to stay feeling young and healthy: inject the blood of a younger person directly into your veins. A company in the U.S. was charging people thousands of dollars for a litre of blood from someone aged 16-25, but authorities have warned that "there is no proven clinical benefit." We look at the latest idea in bio-hacking.

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The National Energy Board handed down 16 new recommendations for the Trans Mountain pipeline. What happens next?

The National Energy Board has released a list of conditions that will have to be met for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to go ahead. We speak to Mia Rabson, energy and environment reporter with The Canadian Press, about what lies ahead for the troubled project.

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'It's like a hall of mirrors': In a spacecraft, some personalities work better than others

The technology to send astronauts to Mars may be here before we know it, but the trip to get there could put astronauts under serious psychological strain. We look at some of the work being done to understand and improve that often-overlooked aspect of travelling to the stars: astronauts' mental health.

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Clerk's comments before justice committee risked 'raising the perception of bias'

Ottawa was gripped when Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, spoke before the justice committee Thursday. But has it shed any more light on the SNC-Lavalin affair? We ask three experts to dissect what he had to say.

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'Canaries in the coal mine': Skiers speak up on climate change to save winter sports

Winter sports may be the latest casualty of climate change, as advocates say winters are getting shorter, and certain sports are becoming less viable. We talk to two skiers about what's being done to save the snow.

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To tackle sexual abuse, Catholic Church must match words with concrete action: survivor

Pope Francis has summoned bishops to an unprecedented summit designed to tackle sexual abuse in the priesthood, a persisting problem that has shaken the faith of Catholics globally. We speak to a survivor about policies recently enacted in Canada, which are being discussed at the summit as a way to tackle what the Pope has called "the urgent challenge of our time."

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FBI had 'reasonable belief' to suggest Trump had ties to Russia, Andrew McCabe says

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who led the bureau for three months last year, contends a "crime may have been committed" during U.S. President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI chief James Comey.

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Karl Lagerfeld's death is end of an era, and end of a way of seeing women: fashion critic

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died Tuesday, after decades holding sway over the direction of the multibillion-dollar industry. But does his death also herald the end of the fashion era he embodied?

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There may be no difference between your brain and Hitler's, says psychologist

Canadian psychological scientist Julia Shaw has worked extensively as an expert in criminal cases, an experience that has convinced her we shouldn't label anyone, or anything, as evil. In her new book Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side, she argues that even in the worst cases, it's seldom so black and white.

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With Canadians 'confused' by SNC-Lavalin affair, no party is controlling narrative: pollster

Plenty of questions, but not many answers. Our political panel discusses what the Canadian public is making of the SNC-Lavalin affair, and what it could mean for the elections this year.

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Director who lived undercover with jihadists calls it 'most dangerous thing I did in my life'

To make the Oscar-nominated documentary Of Fathers and Sons, filmmaker Talal Derki went undercover in Syria's Idlib province, posing as an extremist sympathizer to gain the trust of a jihadist named Abu Osama. Over two and a half years living with the jihadist and his family, he captures a rare glimpse of how hatred and extremism are passed down from generation to generation. He tells us about how the film was made, and the danger he faced.

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On her first day in Parliament, security didn't believe Monique Bégin was really an MP

Monique Bégin was a female pioneer in federal politics, advancing policies concerning issues of inequality, health, poverty and women's rights in the 70s and 80s.

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As pro-pipeline convoy reaches Ottawa, leader says protest was years in the making

A couple hundred vehicles have converged on Ottawa, carrying angry westerners demanding the government scrap the carbon tax and measures that they say will introduce oppressive regulation on the energy sector. We speak to one of the organizers about the protesters' message, and accusations that the movement has been hijacked by extremist, anti-immigrant elements.

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Parenting throughout history could be weird, and downright dangerous: author

"Parenting" only became a verb in the last century, a fact that becomes clear when you look back at the history of how we used to treat our children. As much of Canada celebrates Family Day, author Jennifer Traig gives us the lowdown on some of the weird and downright dangerous parenting practices from history.

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How a Canadian '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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Canadian doctor recounts 'hair-raising' experience trying to escape Haiti protests

Several hundred tourists, including dozens of Canadians, have found themselves trapped in Haiti as street demonstrations make it dangerous to move around the country. We hear from a Canadian who was trapped there and look at what's driving the unrest.

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This man ran 138 km across the frozen Yukon landscape. He's disappointed he didn't do more

France's Thierry Corbarieu won the Yukon Arctic Ultra race this week, after nine days and nearly 700 kilometres, in temperatures of -50 C. Not everyone finished the race though. We talk to two athletes about what it takes to compete, and what it takes to call it a day.

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Why one advocate says nuclear energy needs to be part of the plan to solve climate change

While some say nuclear energy is our best bet to wean the world off fossil fuels, others say the threat is so severe we just don't have time to build the reactors needed. We hear from both sides of the debate.

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Canadian women who went to join ISIS 'not willing to express regret': reporter

Several women who joined ISIS in the Middle East now want to return to their home countries - including Canada. But were they innocents who were pressured to join, or accomplices to the caliphate's atrocities?

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SNC-Lavalin lobbied for Criminal Code changes while 'courts breathing down' company's neck: journalist

What exactly are the politics at play behind former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation, and the SNC-Lavalin affair? Maclean's writer Paul Wells helps us connect the dots.

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The dark side of Philip Johnson: how the famous architect helped the Nazis in WW II

We look at the career of famed American architect Philip Johnson, whose buildings dot cities all across the continent, including the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Author and architecture critic Mark Lamster tells us there was another side to Johnson - a fascist who helped the Nazis push their agenda during the Second World War.

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How some trees could protect kids from air pollution linked to Alzheimer's: scientist

A new CBC documentary warns that air pollution may be far worse than you think. We look at the data, and hear from one expert who says there could be a link between ultrafine particles in our air, and Alzheimer's.

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A Venezuelan soldier speaks out about his country's political crisis

The unfolding political crisis in Venezuela shows no sign of resolution as two president's spar, people struggle with food shortages, and soldiers consider their loyalties. The National's Adrienne Arsenault has been in the country for weeks; she tells us what she's seen.

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Parkland shooting survivors delivered more 'powerful' message than any politician: author

In the immediate aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, author David Cullen went there to meet the survivors who were leading a political discussion on gun violence in the U.S. He's written a book about how a group of young people living through a nightmare found the energy and clarity to exert such an enormous influence.

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As measles outbreak grips Washington, a health expert argues vaccination is a child's human right

A measles outbreak in Washington state has officials examining the legal ins and outs of refusing to vaccinate your child. We speak to one expert who thinks immunization should be a child's human right.

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Speak, or stay silent? How Jody Wilson-Raybould's choice could impact the Liberals

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet Tuesday, in the latest twist to allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured her to intervene in a criminal case against Quebec company SNC-Lavalin. We look at what her resignation means for the federal government.

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How Toronto's SickKids hopes to use AI to predict cardiac arrests

At Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, artificial intelligence is being used to analyze some of the vast amount of medical data that's generated each and every minute. We speak to the experts involved in how AI could improve health outcomes for patients.

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How veteran reporter Joe Schlesinger found the heartbeat in every story

Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada's most prominent journalists, died Monday at the age of 90. Anna Maria Tremonti spoke with Schlesinger in 2009, and we listen back to their conversation.

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Companies guilty of wrongdoing should be hit where it hurts - in their pockets, says business prof

Before allegations that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution, the Quebec company faced suspensions, forced resignations, and arrests related to major construction projects at home and abroad. We look at the company's history, and what happens when big companies face big accusations.

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'No sport is immune': CBC investigation reveals scope of sexual abuse in Canada's amateur sports over 20 years

An investigation by CBC News and Sports reveals at least 222 coaches who were involved in amateur sports in Canada have been convicted of sexual offences against minors in the past 20 years.

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On 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution, former CBC reporter recalls her love affair with one of its leaders

When Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and seized power 40 years ago, CBC reporter Carole Jerome was on the plane that brought him out of exile. Jerome tells us how she watched the revolution unfold up-close, and how she fell in love with one of its leaders.

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Flat or round? What one editor learned about believers of the flat-Earth theory

After a Quebec politician seemed to question whether the Earth is actually round, we look at how the conspiracy theory has spread online, and what it will take to convince some people that this rock we live on isn't flat.

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'We had to fight': Diplomats accused of faking brain injuries, says plaintiff

Five Canadian diplomats and members of their families, who fell victim to mysterious health issues while posted to Cuba, are suing the Canadian government for $28 million in damages. We speak to one of the plaintiffs about her frustration.

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Refugee detained on Manus Island wins $95K literary prize for book written on WhatsApp

For the past six years, writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained on Manus Island - an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. In that time, the Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker wrote a book, composing it one text message at a time to his translator, Omid Tofighian. Last week he was awarded Australia`s richest literary prize. We spoke to Tofighian about how the story came about.

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'Whack-a-mole' Ebola outbreak could morph from epidemic to endemic, says expert

We look at the Ebola epidemic spreading through Congo and hear from experts who say that without intervention, it's only going to get worse.

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Trudeau's denial of SNC-Lavalin allegations like 'a hand grenade with the pin pulled out,' says commentator

Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns in Canada's corridors of power. Today, we look at accusations that the prime minister pressed former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of construction giant SNC-Lavalin - and the challenges facing the NDP.

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Trump more concerned with money than leading the U.S., says Pultizer-Prize winning journalist

Now that the Democrats control Congress in the U.S., investigations into alleged ties between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia could enter a new phase. We look at what's happened, and what's next, with Greg Miller, national security correspondent for The Washington Post and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Why an expert says it's time Canada confronts its values clash with China

In the wake of Canada's ongoing diplomatic spat with China, a former foreign correspondent who has covered Asia says "it's about time" Canada confronts its fundamental differences with the Far Eastern country and starts aligning itself with middle powers that share its beliefs.

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ISIS fighters could find their way back to Canada whether government intervenes or not, says expert

The U.S. State Department has called on Canada to repatriate Canadians who went to fight with ISIS, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Ottawa will not put citizens in danger to do that - here or overseas. We examine the legal and ethical conundrum of what to do about returning Canadian ISIS fighters.

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Why a former Facebook advisor says the 'like' button was 'beginning of the end' of company's good old days

Roger McNamee was an early adopter of Facebook, and an early believer. While he was once even an adviser to founder Mark Zuckerberg, today McNamee is one of the tech giant's fiercest critics. He speaks to host Anna Maria Tremonti about his new book Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe.

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'It was rotting in me': How Kerri Rawson came to forgive her father, the notorious BTK killer

Fourteen years ago, Kerri Rawson found out her father was a notorious serial killer, the so-called BTK killer. She's written a book about trying to reconcile the man who raised her with the horrific acts he committed, and how she put her life back together, despite facing online abuse after she forgave him.

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When Trump says unity, he means surrender, says expert on rhetoric

U.S. President Donald Trump called for unity in his state of the union address Tuesday, but one analyst says he also managed to undermine his own message of bipartisan co-operation.

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Chris Christie warned Trump not to 'poke the bear' by attacking Mueller investigation

Former Republican governor Chris Christie has known U.S. President Donald Trump for 17 years, but says the advice he's offered hasn't always been heeded. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his time working on Trump's campaign, and having the president's ear.

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'It's a mess': Quadriga CEO's death a wake-up call for cryptocurrency industry, says tech writer

Gerald Cotten, CEO of the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, died suddenly in India in December. His company's passwords seem to have been lost with him, leaving investors wondering if they've lost an estimated $250 million, amid calls for greater regulation of the cryptocurrency industry.

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How a Scottish artist is using art to inspire compassion for dementia patients

Mark Gilbert is a medical researcher and artist who creates portraits of people suffering from dementia, along with the people who care for them. He tells The Current about his work, and the hope that his art will help people feel more compassion for those living with the disease.

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Dropping steel tariffs on U.S. would be rotten negotiating strategy: Chrystia Freeland

From the evolving political crisis in Venezuela, to the diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and Beijing, and U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel, we talk to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland about the role Canada is playing on the world stage today.

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'We don't want to simply sacrifice it:' Afghan women worry Taliban peacedeal could set back women's rights

U.S. negotiators have been meeting with the Taliban and have drafted a framework for a peace deal to end the long-running conflict there. But no Afghans are a part of the negations, and women's rights were not one of the key negotiating points in those talks. That's concerning for women inside Afghanistan, who have lived under Taliban rule in the past.

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How some of the last subsistence whalers are balancing tradition with modern life

Living as hunter-gatherers on a remote Indonesian island, the Lamaleran people are among the last subsistence whalers in the world. But as the modern world creeps closer, many worry their traditions and very identity is under threat. Writer Doug Bock Clark spent time living with the Lamaleran people; he talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about what he learned about a vanishing way of life.

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Canada and allies 'placing a bet' that Maduro supporters will desert him under pressure

International support for Venezuela's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido is growing, but supporters of embattled president Nicolas Maduro insist he is the country's rightful leader. We speak to supporters of both men, and ask whether common ground can be found.

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Just finished dry January? This author wants you to keep going - until April

Author Ruby Warrington's new book Sober Curious starts with one question: would your life be better without alcohol? She tells guest host Connie Walker dry January is a good starting point to examine your relationship with alcohol, but you need more time to really address the deeper questions.

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Ariana Grande's latest tattoo went all wrong. Here's how to avoid an inking mishap

Ariana Grande had social media snickering this week when she had the name of her new single - 7 Rings - tattooed on her hand in Japanese. Unfortunately, something got lost in translation, because the tattoo actually says "small charcoal grill." We speak to a tattoo artist about what to do when getting inked goes very wrong.

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Are we seeing Canada's strong job market through rose-coloured glasses?

Statistics paint a rosy picture of Canada's job market, but that's not the case in some parts of the country, and wages aren't going up the way economists expect they should in a tight labour market. We speak to Carolyn Wilkins, the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, about what's being done to solve the puzzle.

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Quebec's new long-gun registry is a symbol, not a solution, says opponent

The deadline for Quebecers to register their rifles and shotguns has passed, with only 25 per cent of the province's 1.6 million non-restricted firearms added to the system. We hear from both sides of the debate.

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Writer Ann Hui found uniquely Chinese-Canadian food across the country. Is your favourite on the list?

Author and journalist Ann Hui sampled the food and culture of Canadian-Chinese restaurants across the country, and wrote about what she found in Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants.

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Raising taxes for the ultra-rich can save capitalism, argues author

U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has suggested America's richest people could pay a 70 per cent tax on everything they earn over a $10-million US threshold. The idea provoked debate in the U.S., but Ocasio-Cortez is not alone in supporting the idea as a way to bridge income disparity. We talk to three experts and ask: is it really such a radical idea?

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Venezuela needs support of democratic countries to fight 'criminal state,' says political opponent of Maduro

President Nicolas Maduro is clinging to power in Venezuela, as self-declared interim president Juan Guaido finds support both on the streets and on the international stage. We look at the situation on the ground, and what role Canada could play in restoring stability.

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New podcast made by drug users aims to change how you think about addiction

Journalist and drug activist Garth Mullins says drug users are either pitied by the media and general public, or seen as scapegoats. He thinks they can offer a lot more than that, including valuable insight into how to tackle addiction crises. Mullins speaks to host Anna Maria Tremonti about his new podcast, Crackdown, which looks at the opioid crisis through the eyes of drug users themselves.

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How should parents talk to their kids about AI devices?

Following our look at whether we need to treat digital assistants like Alexa with some respect - and what it says about us as people - we take a closer look at how our kids interact with the devices.

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Bruce McArthur's guilty plea shouldn't end scrutiny of investigation, journalist says

Serial killer Bruce McArthur's guilty plea means the families of his eight victims won't have to sit through a trial, but it also means they might not get the answers they seek. We talk to people close to the case about their relief, and the questions they want answered.

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Survivor's father wants Humboldt bus crash driver to 'understand the gravity of what happened'

Victim impact statements are being heard this week in the trial of Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the truck driver in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 last April. Experts weigh in on the significance of their statements, and how they affect both those who deliver, and hear them, in court.

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'Let me die with my mother': Samsung to compensate sick workers, but many will never recover

Samsung has apologized for conditions in its South Korean factories, after a decade-long campaign by workers who claimed chemical exposure had left them with life-changing health issues. The former workers, and relatives of the deceased, have vowed to fight on to secure safe working conditions.

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From robots to fraudulent badges, key details illuminate U.S. allegations against Huawei

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced 13 criminal charges against the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, its CFO Meng Wanzhou, and its affiliates in the U.S. and Hong Kong. We take a look at the charges and what happens next with the extradition process, amid the diplomatic row it's sparked between China and Canada.

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Foreign intervention risks 'the hostility of most Venezuelans,' warns expert

As the world watches the unfolding political instability in Venezuela, U.S. President Donald Trump says that "all options are on the table" when it comes to the question of U.S. intervention. We look at the likelihood of putting American boots on the ground, and how the Venezuelan people might react to outside interference.

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Why Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days in a Tehran prison, thinks suing Iran will help others

U.S-born Jason Rezaian was an established journalist in Iran when he was suddenly arrested in 2014. He spent 544 days in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, as U.S. efforts to secure his release took place against the tense backdrop of the Iran nuclear deal. He speaks to The Current about his time in the infamous prison and his fight to prevent others from suffering the same nightmare.

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Why this politician says courts, not victims, must adapt to deal with sexual assault crimes

Parti Québécois politician Véronique Hivon is pushing for a specialized court that would hear sexual assault cases, in the hopes of rebuilding victims' confidence in the justice system. But not everyone is so sure of the idea.

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After McCallum's firing, expert looks at what's next in Canada-China spat

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, over the weekend - following McCallum's comments on the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou. Observers are warning that while the prime minister may not have had a choice, McCallum's departure won't help solve the dispute between the two countries.

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What can doctors do when they face racism from the people they're trying to help?

We look at patient racism in the doctor's office, and what a physician can do when a patient is demanding treatment from someone with a different skin colour.

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No need to bleed: Why U.K. women are outraged to learn they can skip their period

New guidelines from British health officials say there's no need to menstruate while taking oral contraceptives. So why are birth control pills made so that you do?

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Air traffic controllers driving Ubers to cope during U.S. shutdown, says union rep

A union official says air traffic controllers and other flight staff are having to take on second jobs due to the partial government shutdown in the U.S. Is the political deadlock putting air passengers at risk?

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Venezuelans have spoken, but which leader will their military choose?

After a turbulent week, two men now claim to be president in Venezuela. We speak to activists on the ground and experts who are watching the unfolding political crisis.

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'Always a way to go around': Border walls create insecurity, not remove it, says expert

Funding for U.S. President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall has led to the longest partial government shutdown in history. While there are dozens of border walls around the world, not everyone is convinced they work. We look at the long history, and lasting consequences, of border walls.

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'The kids aren't yours': Barwin sperm mix-up sheds light on 'broken' fertility industry

After a mix-up during their fertility treatment with disgraced Ottawa doctor Norman Barwin, a couple says Canada's fertility laws need to change and give people born through donor eggs or sperm the right to know their origins.

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Could 2019 be the year that we all go vegan?

Food and business writer David Sax says Canada's new food guide might help contribute to a rise in veganism as it pushes people to eat less meat and more plant-based protein.

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How a wildlife criminal built a career snatching eggs from rare birds

After smuggling dozens of endangered bird eggs into the U.K. last year, Jeffrey Lendrum is now facing a three-year jail sentence. Journalist Joshua Hammer recounts the story behind the wildlife criminal who, for years, has poached rare bird eggs from around the world.

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China's criticism of Canadian law is a change from refusing criticism of their own: expert

As tensions between China and Canada escalate over the detention of citizens on both sides, we talk to two experts about how to solve the dispute and repair diplomatic relations.

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We're working to 'plug the leaks' that put guns in wrong hands: Minister Bill Blair

After One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence last week, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair discusses efforts to reduce gun violence in Canada.

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Do you swear at Alexa? What our treatment of AI assistants says about humans

Do you swear or lash out at Siri or Google when the AI assistant doesn't follow your commands? We talk to experts about what our interactions with the devices could say about human beings.

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Death of Gilles Duceppe's mother is latest in series of preventable tragedies: reporter

Hélène Rowley Hotte, 93, died of hypothermia Sunday after getting locked out of the Lux Gouverneur seniors' complex when an alarm went off. We talk to The Globe and Mail's health columnist André Picard about how tragedies like this can be avoided.

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Video of teen, Indigenous protester standoff let people confirm their own fears: writer

As more information emerges, a rush to draw damning conclusions from video of an Indigenous protester and teenagers in MAGA hats shows our personal and political bias, says one writer.

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No 'silver bullet' solution to urban-rural divide on gun ownership, says expert

We hear from listeners moved by our One Bullet series, and talk to advocates, activists and policy makers about how to combat gun violence.

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Meet Papa Goose, the man who raised and flew with seven fluffy goslings - all in the name of science

Scientist Michael Quetting raised seven goslings from the moment they hatched, in an elaborate experiment to gather weather data. But after three months of providing round-the-clock care for the gaggle, he says he learned a lot from being their Papa Goose.

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Women allege that RCMP doctor used his authority to sexually assault them in 1980s

Three women are alleging that they were sexually assaulted as new RCMP recruits in the 1980s, by the doctor who performed their medical examinations. Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault.

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