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

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

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

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

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

Mick Parmar watched his wife Andrea struggle with bulimia and admits he began spying on her. He reveals the ugly truth in this reading, that includes Andrea reading from their co-written book, Alone in the Crowd.

The Current for October 22, 2018

From humanitarian organizations and healthcare professionals calling on Australia to evacuate migrants from its offshore detention centre; to Michael Palin on the trail of the HMS Erebus in his new book; to a psychiatric nurse revealing her secret struggle with bulimia ... This is The Current.

How compassion club founder Hilary Black changed the course of cannabis law in Canada

Hilary Black started out distributing cannabis in Vancouver with a mountain bike and a backpack stuffed with joints. Since then, she's helped set the blueprint for medical cannabis distribution and advocated for legislation in front of a Senate committee.

As Quebec's Nunavik region grapples with youth suicides, leader decries 'beautiful promises' that 'never come'

School and community leaders are pleading for help after a rash of youth suicides among Inuit communities in Nunavik, Que.

Quebec Inuit leaders plead for mental health support in wake of youth suicides

In Nunavik, Quebec's expansive northern region dotted by remote fly-in Inuit villages, most residents are connected to at least one, if not several of the young people who have recently ended their own lives.

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

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

The Current for October 19, 2018

From the community of Nunavik, Quebec reeling after a recent spike in suicides, pleading for support from the government; to why it's taken six years for the Ecuadorian embassy in London to tell its house guest, Julian Assange to clean his dirty dishes ... This is The Current with guest host, Piya Chattopadhyay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Current for October 18, 2018

From the latest on what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the possible consequences for Saudi Arabia; to the highs and lows of mixing pot in intimate relationships; to doctors speaking out about their own struggle with burnout and depression ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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

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

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

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

The Current for Oct. 17, 2018: Into the Weeds

The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti hosts a town hall at Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Nature to explore the implications of Canada's legalization of marijuana, from the legal and social, to the commercial and compassionate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Canada can learn about legal pot from Colorado

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

The Current for October 16, 2018

From a Saudi dissident concerned about his own safety after the death of his friend Jamal Khashoggi; to Iqaluit Mayor Madeline Redfern speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace after being targeted herself; to youth taking political leaders to court to accelerate the fight against global warming; to lessons learned from Colorado legalizing pot in 2014 ... This is The Current with guest host, Connie Walker.

New research suggests dogs aren't exceptionally smart

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

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

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

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

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

The Current for October 15, 2018

From the worsening conflict in Mali after the UN reports the situation on the ground is grim and getting worse; to a study that suggests we may be overestimating the intelligence of dogs; to a history of the prohibition of marijuana as Canada heads toward legalization ...This is The Current with guest host, Connie Walker.