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What does a minister of middle class prosperity do? Mona Fortier on her new job

Many questions have been raised about what precisely the minister of middle class prosperity, Mona Fortier, will be responsible for in this newly-created role. The Current's Laura Lynch spoke to Fortier about the new job.

Some homemade soups may actually help fight malaria, study suggests

A new study has found that some homemade broths may have antimalarial effects. Jake Baum, the study's co-author, says the findings suggest there may be some wisdom behind traditional home remedies.

Supervolcanoes, asteroids, climate change: This author looks at the end of the world, and how we might save it

Bryan Walsh's new book End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World looks at a pretty grim topic, but he tells Laura Lynch that there is hope to stave off Armageddon if humanity can learn to work together.

The Current for Nov. 22, 2019

What exactly is the middle class?; Amnesty says Facebook and Google threaten human rights; soup may help fight malaria; the hope and optimism of 'End Times'

Trump impeachment hearings aren't swaying people one way or the other, says U.S. voter

The co-owner of a Wisconsin bar says the televised impeachment hearings into U.S. President Donald Trump are "giving people something to talk about," but aren't swaying anyone's allegiances or voting intention for the 2020 election.

The Current for Nov. 21, 2019

Today on The Current: Two U.S. voters on whether the impeachment hearings are swaying their political allegiances; Bangladeshi-Canadian woman Rumana Monzur tells us how she rebuilt her life after a vicious attack from her husband blinded her; Valérie Ouellet discusses Parliament's gender balance; and we ask whether deep-sea mining can wean us off fossil fuels, or if the cost to sea life is too high.

Prince Andrew's interview about Epstein showed a 'cringe-inducing' lack of empathy, says royal commentator

While the Prince Andrew intended to clarify his personal ties with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with the BBC, many have said that he displayed arrogance and a lack of empathy. Royal commentators Angela Levin and Dickie Arbiter comment on the now-infamous interview.

Violence won't stop Iranian protesters determined to 'topple this regime,' says human rights activist

Lawyer and human rights activist Kaveh Shahrooz discusses unrest in Iran, where more than 100 protesters are reported killed amid an internet blackout.

The Current for Nov. 20, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel unpacks the prime minister’s options as he prepares to unveil his new cabinet; plus, doctor and author Matt McCarthy discusses the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, and how we can avoid catastrophe; and we look at unrest in Iran, where more than 100 protesters are reported killed amid an internet blackout.

Canada could 'draw the line' on the use of killer drones in warfare, says disarmament expert

Wim Zwijnenburg, an expert on humanitarian disarmament, discusses how drones are reshaping the landscape of war.

The Current for Nov. 19, 2019

Today on The Current: After days of violent clashes, we ask how the standoff between police and protesters at a Hong Kong campus can be resolved. Plus, what does the fallout from Prince Andrew’s “car crash” BBC interview mean for the Royal Family?; then, what does a popular meme of a woman yelling at a cat tell us about ourselves; and finally an expert on peace discusses how drones are reshaping the landscape of war.

Why Swiss people don't want anyone touching their emergency coffee stockpiles

Switzerland keeps 15,000 tonnes of coffee beans on reserve for emergency situations. But when the government announced earlier this year that it planned to scrap the coffee stockpiles, its citizens were not happy.

Catholic Church cannot be trusted to deal with priests accused of sexual abuse, says lawyer

A new CBC investigation looks at why no Canadian Catholic diocese has ever released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.
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Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver aware of 36 cases of clergy sex abuse since 1950s, CBC learns

The Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver was aware of 36 cases of abuse by clergy under its jurisdiction since the 1950s, including 26 involving children, results of an internal review of cases of clergy sexual abuse obtained by CBC's The Fifth Estate show.

The Current for Nov. 18, 2019

Today on The Current, a CBC investigation looks at why no Canadian Catholic diocese has ever released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Plus, we examine how the legal marijuana industry is faring one year in, and the differences from province to province. Then, we look at a row brewing over Switzerland’s decision to exclude coffee from its emergency stockpiles; and we ask whether allowing patients to pay for care at private clinics could reduce wait times.

Is a sasquatch loose in Ontario? Maybe not, but there's no harm believing it, says author

A hunter in northern Ontario has shared a video of screams he heard in the woods, igniting a debate about whether the bellows came from a sasquatch. Whether it's true or not, writer John Zada says these creatures have played an important role in human cultures throughout history.

The Current for Nov. 15, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at what Saudi Arabia’s move to take Aramco public says about our world’s relationship with oil. Plus, coastal erosion in P.E.I. is putting homes by the water at risk; we’re on the trail of the sasquatch, exploring how these mythical creatures have played a role in human cultures; and author Mike Martin on our history of conflict, and whether we can ever put an end to war.

Volunteer firefighter explains why being 14 weeks pregnant won't stop her battling Australia wildfires

Kat Robinson Williams is a volunteer firefighter helping to battle what some are calling Australia’s worst wildfires. The 24-year-old, who is 14 weeks pregnant, tells us why she couldn’t just sit back and watch the fires rage.

Venice needs new governance system to prevent future floods, says advocate and scientist

As Venice suffers another round of heavy flooding, one expert argues the problem lies not necessarily in climate change or a beleaguered flood barrier, but with how the city is governed.

The Current for Nov. 14, 2019

Today on The Current, we ask whether Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s Fair Deal Panel can meet calls for change within the province? Plus, we look at the challenges facing Venice as the floating city sinks under another round of heavy flooding; a volunteer firefighter tells us about battling deadly wildfires in Australia; and we look at a new non-stop, 20-hour flight from New York to Sydney — would you take it?

What is Canada's role now that a genocide case against Myanmar has been launched?

Now that Myanmar has been formally accused in an international court of acts of genocide, there are a number of ways that Canada can help the case and the displaced Rohingya population, according to Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar.

Putting Trump impeachment inquiry on TV allows public to see the facts up close: former congresswoman

We bring you our guide to the impeachment inquiry: how did we get here, what to expect from proceedings, and what to listen for as key witnesses take the stand.

The Current for Nov. 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We bring you our guide to the impeachment inquiry as it kicks off in Washington; plus, we look at the formal accusation of genocide levelled against Myanmar by The Gambia; and a group of scientists discuss hopes for groundbreaking results from several climate change studies in the Arctic this winter.

Why now? Here's why Don Cherry's poppy comments may have been 'the final straw'

We spoke to three sports broadcaster and commentators about why Don Cherry's comments about immigrants and poppies on Remembrance Day led to his firing by Sportsnet, taking into account his long history of making divisive remarks.

Your seafood dinner could be tied to slavery on fishing vessels, says journalist

Investigative reporter Ian Urbina has spent years investigating human trafficking and slavery on fishing vessels on the world's oceans. His new book looks at these abuses and the obstacles to ending them.