How financial pressures are hitting voters in one of Canada's fastest growing cities

In this special election edition of The Current, we talk to Canadians in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities about the financial pressures weighing on their minds ahead of the federal election this month.

The Current for Oct. 11, 2019

Today on The Current: From Surrey, B.C., we bring you our election town hall event Staying Afloat, looking at the challenges of affordability faced by Canadians, in one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Then, we’re talking to director Judith Pyke about her new documentary on the challenges faced by people who are colour blind, from issues in the workplace to knowing whether a banana is ripe. And the lawyer of two Saudi Arabian sisters who fled their home tells us about an attempt to lure them to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — the same one where Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

Jason Kenney says he didn't attend climate strike because manifesto was 'radical left'

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he didn't attend September's day of global action on climate change because "much of it" was "coming from the radical left" — a statement the march's organizers call "ridiculous."

Alberta separation makes no sense, says Kenney, but leverage does

Angry Albertans hoping Premier Jason Kenney will jump on the separation bandwagon will be disappointed. He's a federalist and a patriot, but he's also willing to use the anger bubbling up in the province to achieve his ends. 

Chef Shane Chartrand dishes on Indigenous cuisine and inspiring others through food

Edmonton chef Shane Chartrand has come a long way from flipping eggs at a truck stop restaurant, and from having little food to eat as a child in foster care. He tells us about his new book, Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine, and the personal experiences that have shaped his culinary journey.

The Current for Oct. 10, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney about whether rifts over pipelines and climate change are leading Canada into a national unity crisis; plus, our national affairs panel looks at the issues that matter to western Canada; and we discuss the impact of Turkey’s intervention in Syria, and what it means for the many lives in the path of the incursion.

Liberal staffers tried to warn U.S. about election interference in 2016: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

In his new book about the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal, whistleblower Christopher Wylie describes an unofficial 2016 meeting in which he and a group of Liberal staffers tried to warn the Obama administration of election interference.

Watch George Elliott Clarke perform his electrifying poem about the power of voting

George Elliott Clarke, Canada's former parliamentary poet laureate, wrote a new poem for The Current's town hall event on democracy.

Staying afloat: Join The Current for a special town hall about the money in your pocket

The Current is hosting a live election-themed show in Surrey, exploring the issues of affordability that many Canadians are struggling with. Get your tickets here

The Current for Oct. 9, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the Turkish offensive in Syria; then we’re checking in with voters in Alberta and asking whether they feel included in the national conversation; plus, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie tells us how he reached his breaking point; and Indigenous chef Shane Chartrand talks to us about what drives his success, and why his new cookbook is about much more than the recipes

3 undecided voters on why the federal leaders' debate disappointed

The six federal party leaders who went head-to-head in Monday's election debate hoped to help voters make up their minds. But three undecided voters who watched it unfold told The Current they've still got a tough choice to make.

The Current for Oct. 8, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re debating last night’s leaders debate, with a panel of strategists who discuss the winners and losers; plus, we ask some undecided voters whether last night’s performances swayed them in any direction; and we discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to pull troops out of Syria, which one Republican senator has warned could give ISIS fighters “a second lease of life.”

'Food is a keystone': How to save our favourite foods from extinction

Pears so creamy you could spread them 'like jam,' mammoth stew, dishes of the Roman empire seasoned with the long-lost herb silphium. Author and culinary geographer Lenore Newman tells us about extinct foods, why humans are so good at loving them to death, and how we can prevent others from disappearing.

Could a robot be prime minister? Machines will soon be smart enough to run the world, says futurist

We ask if we should ditch flesh-and-blood politicians, and give the robots a go at leadership.

The Current for Oct. 7, 2019

Today on The Current: A panel of former MPs talk us through tonight’s leaders debate, and why it could be a turning point for the election; plus, culinary geographer Lenore Newman explains what mammoth stew might have tasted like, and why our favourite foods might be at risk of extinction; and we ask if we should ditch flesh-and-blood politicians, and give the robots a go at leadership.

Why this author made a personal, 4-point plan to fight climate change (and you can too)

Author Jonathan Safran Foer has written a new book about how the food we eat could be a part of the fight against climate change.

Challenge for next government is to make sure no one is left behind: Chrystia Freeland

Laura Lynch sat down with Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland to talk about what the Liberals are offering voters, as well as her thoughts on technology, climate change and racism in Canada.

The Current for Oct. 4, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at childhood obesity, and whether protecting our kids’ health is part of their human rights; then we ask Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland about affordability, pipelines and the environment, and Justin Trudeau’s blackface photos. Plus, we take a look at how many women are running in this election; and author Jonathan Safran Foer talks about how the food we eat could be a part of the fight against climate change.

3 first-time voters explain why they're excited to cast their ballots

A formerly incarcerated Indigenous man, a new Canadian and a black youth advocate share their stories at a special town hall event hosted by The Current and q.

Laura Lynch takes part in Jam or Not a Jam: the Campaign song edition

The Current and q co-hosted a special town hall event about democracy — and some familiar voices lent themselves to a debate about what makes a really good campaign song.

The Current for Oct. 3, 2019

Today on The Current: We bring you the highlights from our town hall event in Toronto — celebrating democracy in all its imperfection. Plus, we take a satirical look at what happens when a candidate doesn’t want your vote; and we look at pay disparity in the operating room, after research shows that female surgeons in Ontario earn 24 per cent less than their male counterparts.

Critics say the West has failed to keep pressure on Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing

In the year since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, critics say that Western democracies have demanded too little accountability from the Saudi government.

'Adults can ruin anything': Kids' hockey is facing a crisis in Canada, says author

Sean Fitz-Gerald, a writer for The Athletic and a long-time hockey dad, talks to us about his new book, Before the Lights Go Out: A Season Inside a Game on the Brink, and how hockey has become inaccessible to many Canadian families

The Current for Oct. 2, 2019

Our national affairs panel talks about what's at stake for the parties in Quebec; one year out from Jamal Khashoggi's death, how much of a price has the Saudi regime paid?; and, is kid's hockey in Canada in crisis?

Fentanyl once thought too 'risky' to become a widely used drug, says author

Author Ben Westhoff discusses his new book about how fentanyl was the drug nobody saw coming — until it became a scourge on North American streets.