Leaked documents show governments lobbying on climate change, prompt concern over efforts at COP26

Leaked documents show that some governments tried to water down a recent UN science panel report on global warming. Campaigners say that doesn't bode well for efforts to secure a deal at COP26.

The Current for Oct. 25, 2021

Today on The Current: Leaked documents show governments lobbying on climate change, prompt concern over success of COP26; Yusef Salaam spent years in prison for a crime he didn't commit — but he refuses to be bitter; and the state of COVID-19 in Russia, the U.K. and Puerto Rico

'It's not your fault': Changing the conversation about obesity

Millions of Canadian adults are classified as overweight or obese by the Body Mass Index. But according to some experts, the BMI is among many things that should be scrapped as the medical field changes how it looks at obesity.

In audio diaries, front-line workers share the exhaustion and pride they feel fighting the fourth wave

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Debakanta Jena and critical care pediatric nurse Cecilia Incze were redeployed to help fight Alberta’s fourth wave of COVID-19 this fall. They share what that's been like.

The Current for Oct. 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Stigma and judgment hampering effective treatment for people with obesity; redeployed front-line staff share what it’s like battling Alberta’s fourth wave of COVID-19; and what the end of some pandemic supports mean for the economy

This photojournalist faked an entire book to highlight how hard it is to spot misinformation

Award-winning photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen manipulated the images in his recent work, The Book of Veles, intending to be found out.

The Current for Oct. 21, 2021

Today on The Current: What to consider when considering a land acknowledgement; Meg Lowman on a career spent climbing trees, discovering the life high above us; and long-term care facilities brace for staffing shortages over vaccine requirements

This tenant says the rooming house he lives in saved his life. But across Canada, they're under threat

Rooming houses have long offered affordable accommodation to people who are vulnerable or living on low incomes. But they are unregulated in some parts of the country, and their affordability is being eroded by the housing crisis.

The Current for Oct. 20, 2021

Today on The Current: Could building big with timber be better for the environment?; threats facing rooming houses and those who rely on them; photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen on truth, fake images, and The Book of Veles; and monoclonal antibodies as a tool to fight COVID-19.
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Nobody is safe from kidnappings in Haiti, says reporter

Freelance reporter Gessika Thomas says nobody is safe from kidnapping in Haiti, as gangs feel they have more power and freedom in the country.

Under the CGI? Scientists use virtual reality to get people to care more about oceans

As world leaders get set to discuss the climate crisis at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, some scientists are betting on virtual reality to make you feel more connected to the state of our seas.

The Current for Oct. 19, 2021

Today on The Current: Nobody is safe from kidnappings in Haiti, says reporter; legacy of Colin Powell, first Black U.S. secretary of state; Syrians face soaring COVID-19 cases; and the scientists using virtual reality to foster ocean empathy.

Unruly beasts and how to police them: Author examines the world of animal crime

Whether it’s gulls committing vandalism at St. Peter’s Basilica, or bears being blamed for breaking and entering, it’s easy to see humans aren’t the only creatures capable of committing crimes.

The Current for Sept. 18, 2021

Today on The Current: Indigenous advocates weigh up prime minister’s trip to Kamloops, and what it means for reconciliation; author Mary Roach examines the world of animal crime; and Australia moves to close refugee detention centre on Manus Island.

Tarana Burke couldn't help a young victim of abuse. It inspired her to start the Me Too movement

In her new memoir, activist Tarana Burke describes how she founded the Me Too movement years before it became a viral hashtag.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on his 11 years in office, and what it means to serve

Long-time Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is in the final days of his 11 years leading the city. He reflects on his time in office, political and pandemic division, and what it means to serve in a country like Canada.

The Current for Oct. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: The lessons learned from virtual care in the pandemic; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on his 11 years in office; lungs for transplant delivered by unmanned drone in Toronto; CBC podcast looks at science’s quest for eternal youth
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Iqaluit needs action from all levels of government to fix water crisis, says deputy mayor

Iqaluit's Deputy Mayor Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster says now is the time to act on the city's drinking water crisis, and help from all levels of government is needed to fix the problem.

The Current for Oct. 14, 2021

Today on The Current: State of emergency called over evidence of fuel contamination in Iqaluit’s drinking water; CBC Fifth Estate investigates Canada’s failed vaccine deal with China; Tarana Burke on her work in the Me Too movement, years before it went viral.

How a failed deal with China to produce a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine wasted months and millions

The federal government’s failed collaboration with a vaccine manufacturing company in China early in the pandemic has led to a delay of nearly two years in efforts to create a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine.
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Marching in the streets isn't the only way to challenge racism, author says

Ian Williams wants people to know that protesting in the streets isn’t the only way to combat racism. While he says that’s important, people can still make a valuable contribution by having meaningful conversations about race. 

The Current for Oct. 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan; global supply chain problems lead to empty shelves and worried retailers; Giller Prize-winning author Ian Williams on having meaningful conversations about race

Malaria vaccine an historic but imperfect weapon, and other tools cannot be forgotten, scientists say

The World Health Organization has recommended a widespread rollout of the first malaria vaccine, but experts say it's just one tool in the fight against infection.

Tragedy, death and a fight for dignity along the migrant trail in northern Greece

As Greece fortifies its borders against a potential influx of Afghan refugees, CBC's Europe Correspondent Margaret Evans takes us inside a migrant crisis that shows no signs of abating.

Athletes shouldn't be forced to boycott Beijing Games, but they should feel free to speak out, says Bruce Kidd

Former track star Bruce Kidd says being an athlete gave him a voice he never would’ve had otherwise, but he says athletes shouldn’t feel forced to use that voice.