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Come to The Current's town hall in Ottawa – Into the Weeds

Join CBC's The Current Anna Maria Tremonti in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 15 as she hosts a special town hall at the Canadian Museum of Nature exploring the issues around the legalization of marijuana.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Current for October 12, 2018

From the alleged execution of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Kingdom; to Magna founder Frank Stronach suing daughter Belinda over family trust; to the novel by arms expert Jeffrey Lewis about a North Korean nuclear attack ... This is The Current with host, Michelle Shephard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Current for October 11, 2018

From why a hotel in north Toronto has been a symbol and a target for those seeking refugee status in Canada; to how to change the world's food diet to combat climate change; to how the legal system treats Indigenous women with the case of Cindy Gladue before the Supreme Court ... This is The Current.

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

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

Medical residents vulnerable to depression and burnout, survey suggests

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

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

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

The Current for October 10, 2018

From a UN report urging world leaders to limit human-caused global warming to 0.5 C; to looking back at Joyce Maynard's memoir describing her relationship with JD Salinger through a #MeToo lens; to a report that finds one in four doctors and medical residents are grappling with burnout ... This is The Current.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Current for October 9, 2018

From life on the ground for Rohingya Muslims in the Bangladesh-Myanmar border region, then the publishing of hoax academic papers in so-called "grievance studies" journals, and a statistician calculates whether luck is real ... This is The Current with host Anna Maria Tremonti.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Current for October 8, 2018

From how the Brett Kavanaugh hearings have galvanized both Democrats and Republicans as the U.S. heads into midterm elections, to a new study that shows how Star Wars and "geek culture" are being weaponized online, to how peacocks are ruffling feathers in a Surrey ... This is The Current with guest host David Common.

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

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

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

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