The Currentwith Anna Maria Tremonti
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of an RCMP officer asking an Indigenous teenager if she was "turned on" by an alleged sexual assault demonstrates 'old, outdated stereotypes' around sexual assault and consent that persist to this day.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.
Money laundering is Canada's problem — not just the West Coast's, expert warns
B.C. is launching a public inquiry to examine money laundering in the province, after two reports found more than $7 billion was laundered in the province last year. We speak to two experts who say it's not just a west-coast problem, and all of Canada should be concerned.
Liberalism is constantly under siege but always comes out on top, says author
Adam Gopnik, author of A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, believes liberals have nothing to apologize for.
The Current for May 16, 2019
Today on The Current: As B.C. launches a public inquiry into money laundering in the province, we ask just how pervasive of an issue it is across this country; plus, we explore the implications of Alabama's new restrictions on abortions; and writer Adam Gopnik tells us why he believes liberals have nothing to apologize for.
You can help people with schizophrenia by looking past the delusion, says writer
Susan Doherty has been volunteering to help people with severe mental illness for more than a decade. She's written about what she's learned in her new book The Ghost Garden: Inside the Lives of Schizophrenia's Feared and Forgotten.
What today's labour movement can learn from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike
On the 100th anniversary of what has become known as the Winnipeg General Strike, we take a look back at the milestone moment in the history of labour relations and politics for Canada.
Mark Norman, SNC-Lavalin controversies may hamper Liberal election run: reporter
Our political panel weighs in on the fallout from the Mark Norman case, discussing it in light of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Could the consecutive controversies have an impact on the fall federal election?
The Current for May 15, 2019
Today on The Current: Our political panel weighs in on the fallout from the Mark Norman case; plus, we speak with an author who wants us to pay more attention to people with mental illness; and we look back at the Winnipeg General Strike, 100 years on.
History will judge 'reckless, even criminal' politicians ignoring climate change crisis: Elizabeth May
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tells Anna Maria Tremonti the fall election could be Canada's last chance to shift directions on the climate change fight.
Why the former chair of the TRC is worried about the Indian day school settlement
The federal government has offered survivors of Indian day schools a settlement — but is it enough? Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, explains why he's concerned about the process.
World's last male northern white rhino was 'ambassador of extinction': filmmaker
A new documentary chronicles rangers' efforts in Kenya to care for the last male northern white rhino. We talk to the filmmaker behind the story about why he wanted to bring audiences face-to-face with extinction.
The Current for May 14, 2019
Today on The Current: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May on whether she can carry her party's recent momentum to the fall election; plus, the Canadian government offered a settlement to survivors of Indian day schools, but is it enough?; also, the story of the last male northern white rhino.
Your smartphone is ruining your sex life, says renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth
Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been offering advice on sex and intimacy for decades, and she's not done yet. She speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about a new documentary on her life and career, and why she thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives.
Surfing should be a 'rebel yell,' not an Olympic event, critic argues
Surfing will be an Olympic sport for the first time at the Summer Games in Tokyo, but not everyone agrees it should be included. Some surfers argue it's a corporate move, which betrays the counterculture at the heart of catching some waves. We hear both sides of the debate.
'We need to build allies': How Canada should navigate the escalating U.S.-China trade war
Tensions between China and the U.S. are escalating, with both countries imposing tariffs on the other's imports. We look at the dispute, and the knock-on effect it could have on Canada.
The Current for May 13, 2019
Why renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives; plus, how will escalating trade tensions between China and the U.S. affect Canada?; and surfers debate whether catching some waves will be ruined by becoming an Olympic sport.
Harvard scientist fears advancements in genetic manipulation 'much more than war'
There are few things more frightening than the spectre of biological warfare — from anthrax to weaponized viruses. We speak with the man being recognized for his pioneering work in having biological weapons banned internationally.
Having less sex? Why experts say there's no need to panic
A recent study from Britain found people are having less sex, even though many respondents said they wanted to be having more. We ask why sex matters, and what it says that we're going with less of it.
Facebook has become one of world's 'most dangerous monopolies,' says expert
You may have had thoughts about breaking up with Facebook, by deleting your account. Now one of the company's co-founders is calling on the social network to dismantle. But is it an idea worth "liking?" Our experts debate the pros and cons.
The Current for May 10, 2019
Today on The Current: Our experts debate the pros and cons of dismantling Facebook; then, are we in a sex recession?; and our conversation with a pioneer in the movement to ban biological weapons.
Kawhi Leonard could be the 'truly great player' Raptors need, sports writer says
They were once dismissed as a joke in purple uniforms. Now, the Toronto Raptors' fan base has reached new heights. Sports writer Cathal Kelly joins us to explain the rise of the team’s rise to success.