Decision to kill: A police sniper's bullet saved one life and ended another

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man took a stranger hostage in front of Toronto’s main transit hub. After an intense standoff with police that lasted about an hour, he was dead.

Video of baby being taken by child services will follow the girl her whole life: expert

You may have seen images this week a fraught encounter in a Winnipeg hospital. Did you share them? In a world saturated with powerful, painful, personal images, we look at how we bear witness, and what to consider before you hit "share."

Why this writer says burnout carries 'a different weight' for people of colour

A Buzzfeed essay arguing millennials have become the burnout generation has struck a chord with many people since it went viral this month, but one woman says burnout isn’t a new phenomenon solely affecting white, middle-class people.

Fear a 'prominent feature' in Burkina Faso as armed presence grows, says expert

Canadian citizen Kirk Woodman was abducted and killed in Burkina Faso this week, while Quebec woman Edith Blais went missing in the country weeks ago. We speak to two experts about who is behind the violence, and why.

The Current for January 18, 2019

Today on The Current: With one Canadian killed and another missing, we look at the security situation in Burkina Faso; plus, we explore the ethics of sharing images online, and how to bear witness in a world saturated with powerful, painful, and personal images; and millennials are often labelled as lazy and entitled, but are they just suffering from burnout?
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Clint Malarchuk suffered a horrific sporting injury. But PTSD put his life in peril again, decades later

Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again.

Gun violence takes a heavy toll on families of victims, says trauma surgeon

As part of One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence, we speak to two trauma surgeons who are faced with the reality of what bullets do to bodies.

Indigenous ownership won't solve problems with Trans Mountain pipeline, says Squamish Nation councillor

A group of Indigenous leaders are meeting in Calgary this week with the oil industry to discuss options for purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline. We hear from those on both sides of the debate.

Removing Lac-Mégantic images from Netflix shows should be 'no-brainer,' says academic

A real-life catastrophe killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013, but now footage from the event has found its way into a series and film on Netflix, upsetting residents of the Quebec town. We look at the ethics around using archival footage for entertainment purposes.

The Current for January 17, 2019

Today on The Current: Our One Bullet series continues with a look at how undiagnosed trauma can haunt a life for decades; plus, we talk to two trauma surgeons about the reality of what bullets do to bodies; we look at a First Nations proposal to buy the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion; and we look at the ethics of buying and selling archival footage, after images from the 2013 Lac Megantic disaster ended up in a Netflix show.

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One Bullet is a CBC investigation into the impact of gun violence in our country, one bullet, one person at a time.
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Fatal sniper bullet was 'only solution' to end 2004 Union Station standoff, negotiator says

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man with a long history of spousal abuse took a stranger hostage in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The gunman had just tried to kill his estranged wife at a nearby food court and was cornered by police in a tense standoff that captivated Canadians and ended with a sniper’s bullet.

From 46 to 77 years old, these women are defying age to pursue a figure skating dream

On a whim, a tight-knit squad of adult female figure skaters in Kelowna, B.C., decided to try and compete in the 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Germany. We heard from two of the women about the bond the group formed on the ice, and a journey that was both life-affirming and exhausting.

'Dark times ahead,' but Brexit will be worth it in the long term, says financier

After British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was defeated in parliament Tuesday, what's next for the troubled process? And what does it all mean for the people living in uncertainty?

The Current for January 16, 2019

Today on The Current: We continue our One Bullet series with a look back at a dramatic hostage situation outside Union Station in Toronto in 2004; plus, we explore what the defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal means for the troubled process; and we talk to a tight-knit squad of adult female figure skaters in Kelowna, B.C., who decided on a whim to compete in the 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Germany.
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8 years ago, a retired RCMP officer shot his spouse — and shattered multiple lives in the process

Eight years after she was shot to death by her common-law spouse, Lynn Kalmring’s homicide still weighs on friends, family and the lawyer who defended her killer.

Jurors in traumatic trials need counselling and support, not just 'a coffee and a handshake': advocate

Jurors are often expected to examine extremely violent and disturbing cases, but despite a report from the justice committee urging change, advocates argue there is still a lack of counselling and support.

Cabinet shuffle suggests government 'reacts to change' instead of changing itself, says columnist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with his newly reshuffled cabinet in Quebec later this week — and the federal election this fall is sure to be on the agenda. We gather a political panel to discuss how the Liberal government is performing in Canada and on the world stage, and what the political shakeup could mean with an election looming.

The Current for January 15, 2019

Today on The Current: We continue our One Bullet series by exploring the murder of Lynn Kalmring, who was shot to death by her common-law partner in 2011; plus, we look at the limited counselling and support available to jurors who take on traumatic trials; and our political panel discusses the latest Liberal cabinet shuffle and the looming fall election.
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Unsolved death of Toronto high school basketball star leaves mother still pleading for a witness 2 decades on

Nearly two decades after a promising Toronto high school basketball star was gunned down, police are still waiting for someone to come forward and identify the shooter.

'Moment of truth' nears for Brexit, but not everyone is worried, says academic

In Britain this week, a divided House of Commons will vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal. We take a look at what's at stake.

Polygamy is happening in Canada's Muslim community, but convictions are rare, says reporter

As some women in Canada’s Muslim community are speaking out against polygamous marriages in their community, a CBC reporter investigating the issue for The Fifth Estate says charges and convictions related to the practice are “extremely rare” in Canada.

The Current for January 14, 2019

Today on The Current: We start our weeklong series on gun violence in Canada with one mother's decades-long wait for justice, following the death of her son; plus, we hear from Canadian Muslim women who are fighting to end polygamy in their community; and we get an update on what's happening in Britain, at the start of a momentous week in the roller-coaster that is Brexit.

U.S. company trying to sue Canada over coal phase-out made a bad bet, says academic

Canadian plans to stop using coal have left one U.S. company crying foul. Westmoreland Coal owns seven Canadian coal mines, and claims that it should be receiving part of the $2 billion in government compensation being offered to the Canadian companies being told to phase out operations.

New CBC doc 'Pugly: A Pug's Life' looks at the short-snouted pups and their owners

Pug owners say they're never more than a pug-hug away from a better day, and if you take a peek at Instagram, you'll find plenty of people who adore their pug-faced pooches. It's clear that pugs' popularity is on the rise, but so too are the health problems associated with the breed. We take a look inside the world of pugs and those who love them.