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.
Q & A
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
Q & A
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.
THE FIFTH ESTATE
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.
Q & A
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.
The Current for Oct. 12, 2021
Today on The Current: Migrant crisis in Greece shows no sign of abating; Bruce Kidd on his running career and the ties between sport and politics; the promise of newly approved malaria vaccine Mosquirix; and André Picard on COVID-19 in Canada
Vulnerable Canadians felt abandoned in B.C.'s scorching summer heat dome
After a scorching summer in B.C., a report from Human Rights Watch says people with disabilities, the poor and the elderly, did not get the support they needed from the provincial government.
New film charts Jacques Cousteau's life from arrogant adventurer to conservationist
While Jacques Cousteau is remembered for his deep sea adventures and conservation work, a new film explores Cousteau’s conversion from exploiting the ocean, to trying to save it.
The Current for Oct. 11, 2021
Today on The Current: Vulnerable Canadians felt abandoned in B.C.’s scorching summer heat dome; Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe: Morley’s Garden; and director Liz Garbus dives into the life and work of Jacques Cousteau.
Back to the Land: Stories of people who are (re)connecting with nature
Back to the Land is a four-part series about people who are (re)connecting with nature and the outdoors hosted by Duncan McCue.
Finishing Beethoven's 10th Symphony — with the help of artificial intelligence
When Beethoven died 194 years ago, his 10th Symphony was unfinished. Now, researchers have finished it — with the help of artificial intelligence. We hear how they did it, and what it sounds like, with Ahmed Elgammal, director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers University.
The Current for Oct. 8, 2021
Today on The Current: An unpaid child support bill of $490K, and the links between unpaid support and child poverty in Canada; tensions flare between China and Taiwan; finishing Beethoven’s 10th — with the help of artificial intelligence; and Maria Ressa wins Nobel Peace Prize