The Current for May 17, 2022
Today on The Current: Ending the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in Canada’s jails; Duncan McCue on new CBC podcast, Kuper Island; calls to end school dress codes — and the tactics used to enforce them; and how El Salvador bet big on Bitcoin, but suffered heavy losses.
Blaming Fox News, Republican rhetoric for Buffalo mass shooting is 'too easy,' says professor
Ten people were killed in a mass shooting in a predominantly Black neighbourhood in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, in what authorities described as a "racially motivated” attack.
The Current for May 16, 2022
Today on The Current: ‘Racially motivated’ mass shooting leaves 10 dead in Buffalo, N.Y.; pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong; Finland moves to join NATO; and parents alarmed at baby formula shortage.
Killing of Palestinian reporter is 'very big loss' for the people whose stories she told: UN official
Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin on Wednesday.
This Ugandan fashion designer is upcycling donated clothes and selling them back where they came from
Bobby Kolade is taking clothes that have been donated to African countries, upcycling them into new items, and trying to sell them back, in an effort to battle a culture of excess that he says has infected and degraded Ugandan culture and fashion.
The Current for May 13, 2022
Today on The Current: Helping Ukrainian refugees start a new life in Newfoundland; Nigeria makes it illegal to pay a kidnapper’s ransom; scientists unveil first picture of supermassive black hole in our galaxy; and the race to stop a catastrophic oil spill in Yemen.
As pandemic shifts priorities, some Canadians swap ambition for job satisfaction
Leah Gorham swapped her nursing job for life as a long-haul trucker. As part of Work in Progress, we look at what makes a job satisfying and fulfilling — and whether the pandemic changed those priorities.
The Current for May 12, 2022
Today on The Current: Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh killed in the occupied West Bank; Ugandan fashion designer selling donated clothes back to the West; the legacy of the iPod; and Canadians swapping ambition for job satisfaction.
New book explores the cultural importance of 'lost buildings' like Honest Ed's and Octagon Castle
The co-author of a new book about Canada's "lost buildings" is urging us to take a closer look at the cultural impact of former landmarks such as Honest Ed's Department Store and the Octagon Castle.
How desalination could solve the growing water crisis
As the world experiences worsening droughts, some experts believe desalination could play an increasing role in solving the growing water crisis.
The Current for May 11, 2022
Today on The Current: Thousands of Canadians still waiting for surgeries; how desalination could solve the growing water crisis; architecture critic Alex Bozikovic on Canada’s lost buildings and the memories within them.
Changing the stigma around autism diagnosis for adults
For young people, being diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum often comes with support from parents, teachers and government funding. But an official diagnosis as an adult can be difficult to get — and expensive.
The Current for May 10, 2022
Today on The Current: Rising energy prices are hitting Canadians, farmers hard; changing the stigma around autism diagnosis for adults; how the lessons of COVID-19 might apply to containing avian influenza.
Under his control
A CBC investigation has linked victims of an alleged serial abuser. Two of the survivors were on parallel paths for decades, neither knowing the other existed. Now those paths have converged and together, the women seek answers.
Food prices could continue to soar due to fertilizer shortage, says expert
Farmers across Canada and the world are running into a shortage of fertilizer, and according to Evan Fraser, this will disrupt the global food supply and mean higher prices for consumers.
'Ukraine is fighting an existential war for all democracies,' says foreign affairs minister
During a surprise visit to Ukraine this weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly pledged more support to Ukraine and reopened the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv.
The Current for May 9, 2022
Today on The Current: Julie Ireton's investigative documentary into alleged serial sexual abuse; Mélanie Joly on Canada’s support of Ukraine and what victory looks like; reimagining ancient India through Yasodhara, the wife of the man who became the Buddha.
Why Indigenous women account for half of all female inmates — and what to do about it
Just one in 20 women in Canada are Indigenous — but for the first time in federal prisons, Indigenous women account for half of all female inmates.
The Current for May 6, 2022
Today on The Current: Why Indigenous women account for half of all female inmates and what to do about it; a look at the fertilizer shortage in Canada and its impact on food supply; and temperatures reach record highs in India and Pakistan
Her brothers suffered abuse and neglect at Huronia care centre. Now she's telling their story
The Huronia Regional Centre in Ontario was sold to families as a safe home for children with disabilities. But in reality, it was the site of appalling abuse and neglect. Now filmmaker Barri Cohen is taking her personal experience and shedding light on some of the survivors of that institution.
Abortion access in Canada still needs work, says activist
abortion has been legal in Canada for over thirty years, and as the issue once again rises to the surface in the U.S.. But according to Karen Segal with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, there is a difference between having the legal right to an abortion and being able to access one.
Many journalists have had to flee Russia for reporting on the war
The Kremlin has been cracking down on independent media since the invasion of Ukraine, and stations like TV Rain became criminalized for how they covered the war. That has meant some news organizations have had to shut down, and some journalists have had to flee the country.
The Current for May 5, 2022
Today on The Current: Journalists have fled Russia for reporting on the war in Ukraine, filmmaker Barrie Bohen examines Ontario’s infamous Huronia Regional Centre, a look at abortion access in Canada, and how the son of a former Philippines dictator could become the country’s president.
Crocodiles, cobras and other at-risk reptiles need our help, says biologist
It may be hard to imagine a crocodile or a king cobra as species that need protection, but according to a recent report, they and many other reptiles are at risk, including turtles and snakes in Canada.
The Current for May 4, 2022
Today on The Current: Examining the implications of a draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; 1 of 5 species of reptiles are at risk of extinction; and why the grand-niece of Walt Disney is taking a look at her company’s labour practices.