Back to the Land

How BIPOC farmers are working to make rural agricultural more diverse

By making their mark on rural land, young farmers of colour are working to upend the assumption that farming is the domain of older white men. They say that using ecologically minded farming practices and growing food locally can create a more equitable industry.

Why Anderson Cooper once posed as 'Monica,' his mother's imaginary assistant

In her 90s, Gloria Vanderbilt began to post paintings on an Instagram account set up by her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Soon, people wanted to buy them

The Current for Sept. 24, 2021

Today on The Current: Angela Merkel’s legacy after 16 years as Germany’s chancellor; Anderson Cooper on the distance he kept from his family, the ultra-rich Vanderbilts; and the impact of Instagram on teenager’s mental health and self image

Skeetchestn First Nation wants more prescribed burns to protect from future wildfires

Members of Skeetchestn First Nation in B.C. were able to protect their community and homes from the Sparks Lake Fire this summer, but much of their land was scorched. Now people there want the province to use their knowledge and do more prescribed burns to prevent future damage.

The Current for Sept. 23, 2021

Today on The Current: Biden using Trump-era policy to deport Haitian migrants without chance to claim asylum; finding ways to connect over the climate crisis; tensions rise as vaccination rate remains low in Winkler, Man.; and millions of Afghan girls shut out of education.

Talking about climate change requires honesty and connection — not just arguing, says author

While the climate change debate can be heated and create division, Katharine Hayhoe has a solution. She wants people to change the conversation and focus on connection, rather than division.

Celebrating the women at the forefront of the climate crisis fight

The women at the forefront of the climate crisis have stories to tell — so Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson have collected them in a new book of essays, stories and poems. In a conversation from October 2020, they discuss what's already been lost to climate change, and what can still be saved.

As COVID-19 vaccines for kids get closer, experts weigh up how to reassure parents

Health Canada could approve a vaccine for kids under 12 by Halloween, said Dr. Kashif Pirzada. But whenever approval comes, "we should pull out all the stops and get these shots into little arms as quickly as possible," he said.
Q & A

Shazam for birds: Merlin Bird ID app can identify a bird from its song

If you're wondering what that chirping noise you hear is, but you're not a bird expert, wonder no more. There's an app for that. The Merlin Bird ID app can identify a bird by listening to its song.

'If you think I'm a troublemaker, just wait': Jesse Wente on family, truth, and Indigenous resistance

Anishinaabe broadcaster and arts leader Jesse Wente talks about the multi-generational impact of residential schools on his own family, the resistance and activism he sees in today’s Indigenous youth, and his new memoir Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance.

The Current for Sept. 22, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines for kids get closer, experts weigh how to combat hesitancy; Jesse Wente on his new book Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance; Alberta Premier Jason Kenney faces an uncertain political future; and Merlin Bird ID, the app that can identify a bird's song

Can the federal parties work together? We asked 4 newly elected MPs

After a "wildly divisive" campaign, the federal parties will need to find a way to avoid partisan bickering, says a political scientist. Veteran politicians and newly elected MPs weigh up the work ahead.

Political veterans weigh up what the results mean for the parties, and for you

It’s the morning after the federal election, how are the results shaping up? Matt Galloway talks to three political veterans — former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt; former NDP MP Libby Davies; and former Liberal MP Catherine McKenna — about what the results mean for the various parties, and for you.

Political scientists discuss what the election means for Canada's political landscape

What does this election tell us about the political landscape in Canada, and where the country goes from here? We talk to Tamara Small, professor of political science at the University of Guelph, Ont., Daniel Béland, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada in Montreal; and Lisa Young, political scientist at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy.

The Current for Sept. 21, 2021

Today on The Current: Political veterans weigh up what the results mean for the parties, and for you; newly elected MPs discuss the work ahead, and working together; and political scientists discuss what this election means for Canada’s political landscape.

He survived a heart attack but still can't get a family doctor. Neither can millions of Canadians

Ronald Hayden had a heart attack last month, but like many Canadians, he doesn't have a family doctor for followup care. The shortage of primary care is putting other aspects of health care, such as emergency rooms, under pressure, say advocates.

The Current for Sept. 20, 2021

Today on The Current: Pakistan’s complicated relationship with the Taliban; Back to the Land: How a first-generation farmer hopes to make rural agriculture more diverse; and how scorching temperatures and water shortages are affecting the Okanagan Valley.

Amid Western University allegations, more education needed to combat culture of sexual violence: advocate

A former Western University student says concerns around on-campus sexual violence aren't new or limited to the school, but that administration must do more to rebuild trust with the student body.

How Skeetchestn First Nation uses traditional knowledge to keep wildfires at bay

In one of the worst fire seasons on record for B.C., one First Nation managed to save their buildings, but not their land. Matt Galloway talks to members and firekeepers of Skeetchestn First Nation, to hear what they know of the land and fire, and why they want more support to use that knowledge to keep communities safe.

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 Sept. 17, 2021

Today on The Current: How Skeetchestn First Nation uses traditional knowledge to keep wildfires at bay; calls for change after multiple sexual assault allegations at Western University; and director Liz Garbus dives into the life and work of Jacques Cousteau.

The Current's forum on access to health care, and fixing the system for patients and workers alike

The Current for Sept. 16, 2021: A special broadcast from Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S., about access to health care and mental health resources, including in smaller, more rural communities.

Night Raiders: telling the story of residential schools through film

While the film Night Raiders may be a fictional story set in a future dystopian version of Canada, writer and director Danis Goulet says it's based off events that are very real. 

Dr. Strang answers questions about Nova Scotia's cautious approach to the pandemic

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, addresses the province's decision to delay reopening plans.

The Current for Sept. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Rising COVID-19 cases in Alberta and Saskatchewan putting health systems in crisis; Dr. Robert Strang on why Nova Scotia is putting its reopening plan on hold; and telling the story of residential schools through a dystopian future