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Small-town Pride parades help LGBT Canadians 'feel like whole people, wherever we are'

Some small towns across Canada are celebrating their first ever Pride parades, in what organizers say is an important step forward for LGBT representation in smaller towns and rural areas.

Who is stealing trees from the forest? Problem has economic roots, environmental impact, says author

Lyndsie Bourgon explores tree poaching, and the social and economic factors driving it, in her new book Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods.

The Current for June 24, 2022

Today on The Current: The importance of small-town Pride parades; Chris Hall on interviewing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; helping those hit hardest by Afghanistan’s deadly earthquake; and the surprising roots of tree poaching.

Lives ruined by abuse in sports made worse by fear of retaliation, athletes say

For years, Canadian athletes were afraid to raise their voices about abuse in the governing bodies. But that's no longer the case — and the federal government is listening.
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A Manitoba boy died by suicide after being sextorted online. His parents want other families to know the risks

Daniel Lints was a 17-year-old Manitoba boy, who was blackmailed after being coerced into sharing an explicit image of himself with someone online. Not long after, Daniel died by suicide. Guest host Duncan McCue talks to Daniel’s parents.
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MPs issued personal panic buttons amid rising anger, vitriol in public life

Canadian MPs are being issued personal panic buttons. We discuss the levels of anger and abuse in public life, and the impact it’s having on politics, with Liberal MP Pam Damoff, Conservative MP Ziad Aboultaif, and NDP MP Charlie Angus.

A Toronto man's 15-year journey to rid the city of suspected illegal billboards

Dave Meslin’s fight against suspected illegal billboards is now the subject of a new documentary. He says it's about more than just trying to get corporations to follow the rules. It’s also about reclaiming public space and determining who has the right to decide what our city looks like.

The Current for June 23, 2022

Today on The Current: Teens targeted in global sextortion scams; MPs issued personal panic buttons; concerns that new language law will hurt Quebec’s tech sector; and one Toronto man’s 15-year fight to remove suspected illegal billboards.

Pakistan's fight against polio threatened by extremist violence, anti-vaccine sentiments

Polio has been eradicated in nearly every country in the world, but Pakistan is facing a surge in infections. Doctors and frontline workers are currently working to tame the surge, but their work has been complicated by conspiracy theories and fears of attacks.

The Current for June 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Claims that Google chat bot is sentient prompt wider questions, say experts; Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reaches four-month mark, with no end in sight; prescription heroin in Switzerland; and rip tide warning system aims to save lives.

The Current for June 21, 2022

Today on The Current: Plans to ban some single-use plastics is a ‘tepid’ step forward, says advocate; what Colombia's first leftist president will mean for global politics; and athletes say efforts to stop abuse in sport must be independent from sporting organizations.
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Canadians taking second jobs, skipping meals to cope with inflation

Canadians are struggling with the highest inflation in a generation. Guest host Duncan McCue talks to two Canadians who are taking second jobs or skipping meals to make ends meet; and asks economist Sébastien Mc Mahon where the solutions lie.

The Current for June 20, 2022

Today on The Current: Canadians taking second jobs, skipping meals to cope with inflation; U.S. approves COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5; curbing misinformation and hate speech online; and the fight to eradicate polio in Pakistan.
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Standoffs as reluctant employees are ordered back to the office

Many offices across Canada are at a stalemate: businesses want workers back at their desks, while employees want to continue working remotely. We talk to two workers about why they want to work from home and we look at what employers should consider. Listen now.
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Dr. João Goulão on what Canada can learn from how Portugal tamed its drug crisis

Dr. João Goulão has often been credited with taming Portugal’s drug crisis. He talks to host Matt Galloway about how Canada could save lives during the opioid crisis.

The Current for June 17, 2022

Today on The Current: Workplace standoffs over the return to the office; Dr. João Goulão on what Canada can learn from Portugal’s drug crisis; curbing money laundering in Canada; and how peanuts were a driving force behind colonial expansion and slavery.

Indigenous sisters hope for exoneration after almost 30 years in prison system

Sisters Odelia and Nerissa Quewezance were convicted of second-degree murder almost 30 years ago for a crime they say they didn’t commit. Now, their case is under review.

What a human rights complaint by Alberta's only female cardiovascular surgeon says about sexism in surgery

As Dr. Teresa Kieser's career nears its end, she wants to shine a light on the gender-based discrimination she says she faced during her 34-year career as the only female cardiovascular surgeon in Alberta.

The Current for June 16, 2022

Today on The Current: What a human rights complaint by Alberta's only female cardiovascular surgeon says about sexism in surgery; and activists call for culture change over role of racism in policing.
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Reconciliation work on residential schools must be done without 'any further harm,' says special interlocutor

Kimberly Murray, the federal government's new special interlocutor, explains how she hopes to help Indigenous communities in their healing process.

The Current for June 15, 2022

Today on The Current: Indigenous sisters hope for exoneration three decades after murder conviction; how to tackle growing belief in conspiracy theories; and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis on what makes a great leader.

Saving rural, remote Alberta schools one chicken, egg and homerun at a time

A school principal is trying to attract new families to small-town Alberta by setting up schools of excellence, focused on agriculture and baseball.

The Current for June 14, 2022

Today on The Current: How classes in agriculture and baseball could rejuvenate rural schools in Alberta; hearings into Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot; Kimberly Murray on helping Indigenous communities heal; and journalist, Indigenous expert missing in the Amazon rainforest.

Why two climbers ignored their parents and climbed the tallest mountain in the world

Lhakpa Sherpa was never supposed to be a climber. Her mother wanted her to become a housewife. But that didn’t stop Sherpa. Now she’s the first woman to climb the world’s tallest peak, not just once, but 10 times. She made her latest trip up the mountain in May.

How you bring them home

Once unmarked burial sites are found at residential school sites, Indigenous communities will work to bring home the remains of the lost children. It’s a long, difficult process — but it’s underway in some parts of the United States. The CBC’s Wawmeesh Hamilton visited one reservation that has brought some remains home: the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

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