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Unpaid internships hit female students harder because 'women's work' is devalued: expert

Students in Quebec are on strike this week over unpaid internships, which are allowed as an exception to labour laws in most Canadian provinces. We speak to an expert who says female students are hit especially hard, as unpaid internships are more common in female-dominated fields.

The Current for March 21, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the extent of Cyclone Idai’s devastation in Mozambique, and how cities can build with climate resilience in mind; plus, a theory that says children are either dandelions that can thrive anywhere, or orchids that need a little more care; and an expert tells us why women are hit especially hard by unpaid internships.

Conservatives heckling during budget didn't do Andrew Scheer 'any favours': strategist

Conservatives tried to drown out Finance Minister Bill Morneau as he delivered his budget Tuesday, in protest of the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Our political panel dissects the drama and discusses what it means for the fall election.

How ditching hospital gowns for clothes is helping patients regain a sense of humanity

The hospital gown may not seem like the worst part of a long stay at a medical facility, but some advocates are arguing it contributes to what they call "PJ paralysis," and can slow patients' recovery.

There are no far-right groups on Canada's terror watchlist. This expert says we need to talk about that

In the wake of the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, there are calls for social media companies and the government to do more to tackle the way hate and extremism are spread online. We speak to three experts about the challenge, and how to tackle it.

The Current for March 20, 2019

Today on The Current: Our political panel looks at what an unusually dramatic budget day means for the fall election; plus, we hear from advocates fighting “PJ paralysis” by getting patients out of hospital gowns and back into their normal clothes; and we look at hate online, and calls for Canada to take stronger action against far-right extremist groups.

Northern Ireland's 'brittle peace' doesn't face up to atrocities of the past: author

The 1972 murder of Jean McConville by Republican paramilitaries echoed through decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as the "brittle peace" that followed. Author Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the murder in his new book, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland.

The K-pop sex scandal reveals a 'disgusting' practice of sharing spy cam 'porn': journalist

Some of the biggest stars in K-pop have become embroiled in a sex scandal, including allegations of prostitution and filming sex acts without consent. One journalist says it's a practice that's gone on for years.

The Current for March 19, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the problems millennials face trying to get a foot on the property ladder; plus, how a sex scandal in the K-pop industry is firing up the #MeToo movement in South Korea; and an Irish-American author discusses how a 1972 murder is emblematic of Northern Ireland’s “brittle peace.”

This author says reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

Why this Muslim-Canadian mother is talking to her kids about 'survival' in wake of New Zealand mosque attacks

Last week's attack on two mosques in New Zealand was a terrible echo of the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017. One Muslim Canadian woman says she's having to engage in tough conversations with her kids, as she worries they could fall victim to the same extremist violence.

Albertans are 'yawning' over Jason Kenney, Jeff Callaway controversy, says columnist

Leaked documents show the campaign teams of Jason Kenney and Jeff Callaway collaborated to undermine rival candidate Brian Jean during the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race. But with a provincial election in the coming months, do voters care?

The Current for March 18, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Muslim Canadians about the Islamophobia they face every day, and how it can feed into violence like the attack in New Zealand; plus, do Albertan voters care about accusations surrounding the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race?; and one author tells us about the miraculous power of reading aloud to our children.

Suspect live-streamed New Zealand mosque shootings 'to spark a race war': analyst

At least 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques in New Zealand that was live-streamed online. One expert says the video was created to incite more violence.

Ignoring climate change is like 'putting off homework,' says teen in School Strike for Climate

Young people fearing the effects of climate change are walking out of school today, hoping their global day of action will push the older generation to take action. We speak to some of the youth involved.

Where was Taliban leader Mullah Omar? New book challenges long-held narrative

Taliban leader Mullah Omar was believed to have been hiding out in Pakistan during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. But Dutch journalist and author Bette Dam suggests he may have been hiding out in Afghanistan all along — within walking distance of a U.S. military base.

The Current for March 15, 2019

Today on The Current: We look to New Zealand, where a country is reeling after attacks on two mosques that left 49 dead; plus, we speak to young people who are walking out of classrooms today to protest what they see as global inaction on climate change; and Dutch journalist Bette Dam tells us about the life and death of Mullah Omar, the elusive Taliban leader.

Adding complex safety systems to planes could make flying more dangerous: pilot

The Ethiopian Airlines crash has focused global scrutiny on safety features on the now-grounded Boeing 737 Max 8. Chris Clearfield, a pilot and expert on the aviation industry, says aviation is already so safe that adding more complex systems just creates opportunities for catastrophe.

Chinese-Canadian farmers are facing hostility as they settle in rural areas. A new CBC doc aims to change that

A new CBC documentary looks at growing Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture — from foreign investors to hardworking Chinese-Canadian farmers — and examines concerns that foreign investment is eroding communities. We speak to the documentary director, and a farming father and son trying to put down some roots in Coronach, Sask.

What the cuteness of characters like Mickey Mouse can tell us about our world

Could there be more to cuteness than we think? U.K. philosopher and author Simon May explains what the concept can tell us about our world.

The Current for March 14, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the engineering behind aviation safety after the Ethiopian Airlines crash; plus, a new CBC documentary looks at growing Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture; also, can British Prime Minister Theresa May fail her way to Brexit success?; and philosopher Simon May talks us through the power of cuteness.

'A mirror on America': How the U.S. college admissions scam reveals pervasive inequality in society

U.S. federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in connection to a multimillion-dollar scam to get their children into the most elite colleges. What does the case tell us about privilege in America?

Doctor forced to tell lung-transplant patients to fundraise to pay for life-saving treatment

Patients in need of a lung transplant in Atlantic Canada need to move to Toronto for care, but the cost of that move is so high that some patients are choosing death over the debt. We speak to a doctor about the heartbreaking conversations she has with patients, and what should be done about it.

Tina Fontaine report is a 'post-mortem on the misery' of First Nations: advocate

On Tuesday, Manitoba's Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose released her report into the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine. We ask if its recommendations go far enough to protect vulnerable Indigenous youth, and hear from one expert who says First Nations need more control in those efforts.

The Current for March 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the report on the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine, and ask if it goes far enough to protect vulnerable Indigenous youth; plus, we look at an attempt to bring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court over the horrors of the country's civil war; also, what can the multimillion-dollar U.S. college admissions scam tell us about privilege in America?; and a doctor explains why the cost of getting a lung transplant in Canada is so high that some patients are choosing death.