B.C. ruling will 'dial down tension' on Trans Mountain, but not for long: professor

In a unanimous decision released Friday, the B.C. Court of Appeal says British Columbia does not have the right to impose environmental laws that could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Tower of London welcomes its first raven chicks in 3 decades

Last fall, The Current met Christopher Skaife, ravenmaster of the Tower of London. This spring, he's welcoming the first raven chicks to have hatched on the property in 30 years. He tells us what new ravens mean for the fate of the kingdom.

Theresa May's successor will face 'exactly same problem' of divided Britain, says historian

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her departure date, after months of crises and humiliation over her Brexit plan. But her resignation won't solve the larger problems with Brexit, says author and historian Anne Applebaum.

The Current for May 24, 2019

Today on The Current: British Prime Minister Theresa May has resigned, but what does that mean for Brexit?; then, the Tower of London welcomes its first raven chicks in three decades, and the ravenmaster couldn’t be more thrilled; plus, CBC journalist Jason D’Souza wanted to know more about teen culture, so he went back to high school; also, wild pigs are taking over many parts of the world in invasive herds, is Canada next?

'Deep grief, and outrage': Family of Colten Boushie shares frustration at justice system in new film

The shooting death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan in 2016 was national news. Now, a new documentary lingers on the perspective of his family, and puts their story in the context of how the Canadian legal system has treated Indigenous people.

'They followed me everywhere': Reporter tailed, deterred while investigating Uighur detention in Xinjiang

What's really happening inside China's so-called "training camps" for the country's Uighur ethnic minority? Globe and Mail Asia correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe has been following that story for years.

Fire-driven weather is 'new reality' for Canada and elsewhere, expert cautions

An evacuation order remains in place for High Level, Alta., as a wildfire rages south of the town. We hear from some of the people living in limbo, and examine a phenomenon you might not have heard of: the 'firenado.'

The Current for May 23, 2019

Today on The Current: We hear from people coping with wildfires in Alberta and examine a phenomenon you might not have heard of: the 'firenado'; plus, the new documentary that puts the death of Colten Boushie, and the impact on his family, into focus; and journalist Nathan Vanderklippe tells us what he’s learned about China's so-called "training camps" for the country's Uighur ethnic minority.

Pipelines are irrelevant in the debate over Bill C-69, reporter argues

There are two controversial bills currently before the Senate, both with a focus on pipeline and the energy industry. Our national affairs panel unpacks the political pull between environmental concerns and economical incentives — and how it might impact the upcoming federal election.

Exploring the dark side of a widely-celebrated psychological experiment

Author Gina Perry explores Muzafer Sherif's famous 1950s experiment in "realistic conflict theory," where unknowing young boys were driven to conflict, in an effort to see if peace could then be engineered. Perry argues the experiment has a dark side, and should be considered in its full context.

Case of 'white supremacist' professor raises debate about free speech vs. hate speech on campus

A University of New Brunswick professor has been criticized for his activities outside of the classroom, including appearances on far-right podcasts and YouTube channels, and authoring blog posts with headlines like "Only Whites Can Teach Western Civilization."

The Current for May 22, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel unpacks Bill C-69 and the pipeline battle between environmental concerns and economical incentives; then, where does academic freedom end and hate speech begin? We discuss free speech in the university landscape; and finally, it's been dubbed the real-life Lord of the Flies. Author Gina Perry talks about the dark backstory behind one of America's most famous experiments in social engineering.

Poland's LGBT community gets unexpected allies because of a painting looted by Nazis

Poland's LGBT community just gained a pair of unexpected allies in their fight for equality: a gay Californian couple who learned a painting in their kitchen was looted from the eastern European country by Nazis.

U.S.-Iran war unlikely: John Bolton is all bark, no bite, says columnist

Should the world be bracing for a U.S.-Iran war? We hear from the experts who have been keeping a close eye on the escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

'A no-brainer': Why reporter Mark Bowden revisited crime case that haunted him for decades

Mark Bowden was a young reporter when two young sisters were abducted from a mall in 1975, and never found. Forty years later, police found a suspect that had been under their noses the whole time — and Bowden returned to the crime for his new book The Last Stone.

The Current for May 21, 2019

Today on The Current: How likely is a U.S.-Iran war amid the escalating tensions and cryptic Twitter threats?; then, how a looted painting gave Poland’s LGBTQ community two new allies in their fight for equality; and why U.S. journalist Mark Bowden decided to revisit the disappearance and murder of two young girls, a case that haunted him for decades.

Medieval era was more diverse — and less violent — than Game of Thrones would have you believe, says expert

Game of Thrones has finally come to an end, after eight seasons of political power struggles, epic battles and dragons. We look at the show's cultural impact, as well as its treatment of women and people of colour.

Original Toronto Raptor Tracy Murray on how the team became so important to Canadians

We look at the popularity of the Toronto Raptors, talking to Tracy Murray, one of the players who was there when it all began.

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.

The Current for May 20, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the popularity of the Toronto Raptors, talking to a player who was there when it all began; plus, we discuss the end of Game of Thrones and its depictions of woman and people of colour; and millennials are often labelled as lazy and entitled, but are they just suffering from burnout?

Farmer says weed killer Roundup is vital to his businesses, despite allegations it causes cancer

Earlier this week, a jury awarded $2 billion US in damages to a California couple who claim the weed killer Roundup gave them cancer. But not everyone agrees that the chemical in question — glyphosate — is harmful, and some farmers here in Canada say it's vital to their work.

Niagara servers protest policy forcing them to share tips with management

Disgruntled servers in Niagara Falls are nearing their sixth week on the picket line as they continue to protest a new policy that they say requires them to split more of their tips with salaried managers.

It will take 'rewiring all of us' to change myths about sexual assault victims: reporter

The Globe and Mail's Robyn Doolitle says a 2012 video of an RCMP officer asking an Indigenous teenager if she was "turned on" by an alleged sexual assault demonstrates 'old, outdated stereotypes' around sexual assault and consent that persist to this day.

The Current for May 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We discuss an ‘abhorrent’ video of an RCMP officer's interview with an alleged sexual assault victim; plus, we look at servers striking over having to share their tips with salaried managers; and after a jury awarded $2 billion US in damages to a California couple who claim the weed killer Roundup gave them cancer, we look at its use here in Canada.

Alabama anti-abortion legislation shows 'abysmal lack of knowledge' on trauma of sexual assault: survivor

We look at the implications of Alabama's new restrictions on abortion, which has no exceptions for rape or incest, unless the mother's life is in danger.