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People of colour under pressure to accept Trudeau's apology, says activist

El Jones, Halifax's former poet laureate, says after Trudeau's apology people of colour are under pressure to immediately accept and move on.

The Current for September 20, 2019

Reckoning with Canada's long history of racism; how the Trudeau blackface scandal is renewing calls for more diversity in Canada's newsrooms; why monarch butterflies are returning to Canada; and as conversations heat up around a ban on handguns, an inside look at Canada’s gun lobby.

'Bad judgment' or harmful pattern? Strategists weigh in on Justin Trudeau 'brownface' photo scandal

Political strategists Shuvaloy Majumder and Omar Khan on Justin Trudeau's brownface photo, plus a conversation with CBC reporter Tom Parry about his late-night apology on board the Liberal campaign plane.

The Current for September 19, 2019

Today on The Current: Two political strategists discuss Justin Trudeau's apology and next moves after a 2001 photo of him in brownface surfaced; plus, the team behind 'She Walks with Apes,' a documentary on trailblazing female primatologists; then, a look at the latest disinformation to emerge in this election campaign; and a conversation about the political uncertainty in Israel as the fight to form a new government continues.

Forget the treadmill: An intense game of chess can burn hundreds of calories, research suggests

Research shows high-level chess players can burn hundreds of calories while competing. We talk to grandmaster Maurice Ashley about why the game needs brains, and brawn.

How to watch the federal leaders' debates — and (maybe) get your question asked

Six federal party leaders will face off in the English-language debate on Oct. 7. Here's how to watch.

The Current for September 18, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel looks at Maxime Bernier’s participation in the leaders debates, and party pledges about the money in your pocket; plus, author Alexandra Fuller discusses growing up in the violence and racism of the bloody bush war in Rhodesia; then, we look at claims that the stress of championship chess means players can burn 6,000 calories a day; and we talk to a former CSIS analyst about the fallout from allegations of a spying scandal at the RCMP.

'A transformational vision for the next economy': Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal

Canadian author Naomi Klein's new book of essays On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal argues that fighting climate change requires a fundamental economic shift.

Handgun bans, social programs, more police powers: Three candidates on what they'd do to fight gun violence

After a fatal shooting in Mississauga, Ont., over the weekend, we ask a panel of federal election candidates what their parties are planning to do about gun violence.

The Current for September 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re asking what the parties seeking your vote are planning to do about gun violence; plus, we talk to Naomi Klein about climate change and her new book, On Fire; and we look at escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

The Current for September 16, 2019

How Canada's intelligence community is reacting to the arrest of a senior RCMP official accused of spying; David Byrne on reasons to be happy; what's at stake as the Alberta government fights back against groups critical of the oilsands.

'Dog-whistle politics': Liberals trying to 'provoke fear' over abortion, says Conservative strategist

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer insisted the debate on abortion will not be reopened if he's elected, but one political strategist says fear around the issue is understandable.

'This is why I revolt': How Alanis Obomsawin's painful childhood experiences inform her filmmaking

Alanis Obomsawin's 53rd film tackles the legal battle for Indigenous children to receive equal healthcare services. She spoke to Laura Lynch about how her own experiences of discrimination as a child have informed her long career as a filmmaker.

The Current for September 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We looking at the performances at last night’s leaders debate; plus, we talk to world-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth about mastering fear, and her closest calls; and Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin tells us how her own experiences of discrimination as a child have informed her long career as a filmmaker.

Alleged extraction of U.S. spy was meant to calm nerves over Trump's handling of secrets: former agent

The alleged exfiltration of a U.S. spy from Russia was a message to calm other agents nervous about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of sensitive information, according to author and former spy Naveed Jamali.

House of Commons to review MPs' websites

The House of Commons is going to review the websites of all MPs after an investigation by CBC News revealed that dozens of them have trackers that can be used to target advertising to people who have visited the site.

The Current for September 12, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re asking whether the Liberals’ new Arctic policy does enough to protect Canadian interests; plus, we’re digging into reports that the U.S. extracted a spy from Russia in 2017. Then, CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare tells us about concerns around political websites and your data; and we look at the origins of the board game Monopoly, asking why more people don’t know about the role played by female inventor Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magie.

'Campaigns are all about leaders': Three former MPs on what to expect on the road to the federal election

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visited Gov. Gen. Julie Payette Wednesday, asking her to dissolve Parliament. Canadians will go to the polls on Oct. 21. We speak to a panel of former MPs about what to expect from the campaign ahead.

Passion and pain: Why this writer studied women's most intimate desires

Journalist Lisa Taddeo spoke to hundreds of women for her book about human desire, but one thing stood out about the three women who eventually became her focus: their bravery.

'No technology is above the law': Microsoft's global president on tackling hate online

Microsoft global president Brad Smith wants technology companies and governments to work together to affect how technology is used, because he fears that the tools of the digital age could be turned into dangerous weapons.

The Current for September 11, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel on the beginning of the federal election campaign, plus a panel of former MPs on what lies ahead. Plus, we talk to two Bahamians who share the harrowing stories of how they survived Hurricane Dorian. Then, we’re looking at daylight saving time — is it time to save ourselves the hassle and ditch the changing of the clock? And we talk to journalist Lisa Taddeo about her book Three Women, and why she wanted to discuss desire from the female perspective.

Can a stranger's demeanour tell you what they're thinking? Maybe not, says Malcolm Gladwell

Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell explains why people aren't as good at reading strangers as they might think.

'Disturbing' sexist abuse towards Catherine McKenna common for women climate experts, says scientist

Kim Cobb, a climate scientist and Director of the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech, spoke to The Current about the vitriol — both online and offline — she faces as a woman working on climate change.

Who killed Sharmini? A suspect is behind bars — but not for the 1999 slaying of Toronto teen

Twenty years ago, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared on her way to a job that police believe didn't exist. Four months later, her remains were found in a Toronto ravine.

The Current for September 10, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re looking at the misogynist abuse faced by women working on climate change; plus, Malcolm Gladwell explains why people aren't as good at reading strangers as they might think; also, a new CBC podcast looks at the 1999 murder of 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel; and we talk to Microsoft's Global President Brad Smith and the promise — and perils — of the digital age.