Brain implants could let us see another person's 'deepest secrets' — but should we?

A milestone study out of Stanford University that allowed a paralyzed patient to type using only his brain illustrates that it’s possible to essentially “read another person’s mind,” says a systems design engineering professor at the University of Waterloo.

Cactus poaching is actually a thing. And it might be putting some plants at risk of extinction, expert says

Many rare cacti grow in small groups over long periods of time. Conservation expert Barbara Goettsch says poachers who remove them could be doing so before they have a chance to reproduce.

Canadian calls U.S. approval of Alzheimer's drug a 'light at the end of the tunnel,' but scientists skeptical

An 82-year-old Ontario man with mild dementia says he’s excited the United States has approved a new drug that could help treat Alzheimer’s disease, because tackling people’s symptoms isn’t enough. But some experts have questioned the efficacy of the newly approved drug.

The Current for June 18, 2021

Today on The Current: Inadequate housing and overcrowding exacerbating Kashechewan COVID-19 outbreak; Cheri DiNovo on her life as a queer evangelist; national affairs panel on Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq’s exit speech; and how cactus poaching threatens to wipe out entire species.

After coming to Canada as refugees, this high schooler says her mom's hard work inspired her to excel

Ummalhair Owolewa came to Canada four years ago as a refugee. Now she’s graduating with a 92 per cent average, and has dreams of becoming a physician.

The Current for June 17, 2021

Today on The Current, we're celebrating the high school class of 2021, with stories from graduating students across the country, and words of encouragement and advice from prominent Canadians.
CBC Investigates

Some prisoners not offered COVID-19 shots until months after general public, CBC analysis finds

More than 6,700 prisoners across Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 — a rate much higher than the general population. Yet a CBC News analysis has found that in some facilities, prisoners waited until May for their chance at a first vaccination.

The Current for June 16, 2021

Today on The Current: Provinces offering incentives to get vaccinated; Chief Ronald E. Ignace on preserving Indigenous languages; CBC analysis finds slow vaccination rollout in some prisons; and checking in with Jolie Gan, from the class of 2021.

The Current for June 15, 2021

Today on The Current: U.K. delays COVID-19 reopening plans over spread of delta variant; Canadian living with dementia urges approval of new Alzheimer's drug, but scientists skeptical; Carol Anderson on the Second Amendment and a racial reckoning.

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul says she feels 'thrown under the bus' by MP who crossed floor to Liberals

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin crossed the floor from the Greens caucus to the Liberals last week, saying recent party infighting played a role in her decision. Green Party Leader Annamie Paul discusses where her party goes from here, and why she feels she's being "thrown under the bus."

The Current for June 14, 2021

Today on The Current: The events of the G7 Summit, and the work that remains to be done; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what she’s learned about grief; Green Party Leader Annamie Paul on what’s next for the party, after MP crosses floor; and farmers fear drought as summer sets in.

Kids have 'hard questions' about the London attack. Parents say they're learning from those questions too

When Omar Hamam and Ingy Akkary told their children about the attack on a local Muslim family, their sons reacted with fear and confusion. A child and adolescent psychiatrist says it's important to give children space to process traumatic events like this.

She pursued an education when others told her not to. Now, she's a college valedictorian

Ashley Vien said her family struggled with issues like addiction and low income when she was growing up, and that she never really had a home. She wanted something different for her own family, and thought “the way to go was just continuing school.”

The Current for June 11, 2021

Today on The Current: Muslim Canadians call for concrete change after London attack; ethical questions around neural implant technology; and a new report shows how the foster care system is failing Indigenous children.

These Muslim women say harassment because of their faith is constant and relentless

A Toronto legal academic who studies hate crime and Islamophobia says she is tired of Muslim women being asked to recount the violence they face, while “nothing fundamentally changes” to prevent that violence from happening.

The Current for June 10, 2021

Today on The Current, we're celebrating the class of 2021, with stories from graduating students across the country, and words of encouragement and advice from prominent Canadians.

The Current for June 9, 2021

Today on The Current: Muslim women discuss discrimination based on visibility of their faith; report shows huge spike in toxic drug deaths among First Nations people in B.C.; and sexism in the construction industry.

Church apologies for residential schools a necessary step in reconciliation, says Vancouver Archbishop

A Vancouver archbishop says that apologies by local church figures for the institution’s role in Canada’s residential schools “might not be enough” in the absence of a formal apology from the pope. But he hopes they will be “accepted as gestures of goodwill.”

Canadians must stand up to Islamophobia after fatal attack on Muslim family, says advocate

After four members of a Muslim family were attacked and killed Sunday, Mustafa Farooq, CEO of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, says Canadians must stand up to the Islamophobia that drives such violence.

The Current for June 8, 2021

Today on The Current: Every Canadian must stand up to Islamophobia, say advocates; Archbishop J. Michael Miller on his apology after Kamloops discovery; how Canada could help ramp up vaccine production; and how "sticky stuff" is driving cheating in baseball.

Pandemic like a global experiment on how human activity affects wildlife, researcher says

Amanda Bates, an associate professor of ocean sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, led an international study into how COVID-19 lockdowns have affected the natural world. She says the pandemic has given us an opportunity to understand our place in the natural world.

The Current for June 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Examining the threat of ransomware attacks; how the pandemic has impacted nature; what a new governing coalition could mean in Israel; and André Picard on new variants and vaccines.

He saw Kamloops residential school as a monster. With poetry, he denied it 'the satisfaction' of killing him

Kamloops residential school survivor Dennis Saddleman suffered devastating trauma after being forced to attend the institution for 11 years. But he discovered a talent for poetry in later life that helped with his healing.

Murray Sinclair calls for inquiry into residential school burial sites, more support for survivors

Retired senator Murray Sinclair says his biggest concern after Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said it found indications of possible children's remains on the grounds of a former B.C. residential school last week is how to support people who have been retraumatized by the events.

Why it's time to appreciate the caracara, the 'extremely weird' falcon that acts like a crow

In his new book, Jonathan Meiburg argues that the striated caracara has an unique mind, and is :an incredible example of the flexibility of the world of birds to produce different kinds of minds and intelligences.