A martyr, or misguided? Death of missionary sparks debate over evangelical work

A 26-year-old Christian missionary was killed last month when he snuck onto a remote island in the Indian Ocean. John Allen Chau hoped to preach to an uncontacted tribe, but he was killed. His death has sparked a debate: was he a martyr, or misguided?

'Fighting is easier than peace': Ending war in Yemen will require global effort, says expert

With over 60 per cent of the population living on the brink of famine and an estimated 85,000 children dead from malnutrition, the war has propelled the country into a devastating humanitarian crisis.

'Crazy' to expect consumers to guard against smart device hacks: cybersecurity expert

A new government report says hackers are increasingly targeting smart home devices, from thermostats to security cameras.

The Current for December 7, 2018

Today on The Current: the death of a missionary on a remote island has sparked a debate over whether he was a martyr, or misguided; could an end finally be in sight for the devastating conflict in Yemen?; as the ‘internet of things’ grows, who bears the responsibility for making sure our smart devices are secure?

Formula-fed infants at risk thanks to 'breast is best' approach, says researcher

The health benefits of breastfeeding are well-established, but not every new mother can do it. Those who can't are finding themselves relying on expensive formula — sometimes having to forage for it online or in food banks — with little help from health policy that insists "breast is best."

Lemurs could hold the key to human hibernation, scientist says

We look at how the fat-tailed dwarf lemur could hold the secret to human hibernation, and whether that could be the key to deep-space travel.

École Polytechnique massacre 'left a scar,' says first woman to have engineering school named after her

Gina Parvaneh Cody graduated from Concordia with her PhD in engineering the same year as the École Polytechnique massacre. She talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how she donated $15 million to her alma mater to "make a future where women are allowed in engineering."

The Current for December 6, 2018

Today on The Current: are new mothers who can't breastfeed being left behind by "breast is best" health policies?; we speak to Gina Parvaneh Cody, the first woman to have an engineering building and faculty named after her; we take a look at the phenomenon of celebrity deaths — where no one has actually died; and we look at how the fat-tailed dwarf lemur could hold the secret to human hibernation, and whether that could be the key to deep-space travel.

Brain injuries are 'a natural consequence' of 'dangerous' boxing: George Chuvalo's son

After a boxing match in Quebec City left a fighter in an induced coma, questions are being asked about the sport's safety. Anna Maria Tremonti spoke to two medical professionals, and the son of a Canadian boxing legend.

Oil production cuts are part of a bigger plan, says Rachel Notley

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley tells Anna Maria Tremonti that oil production cuts are just a short-term stopgap to Alberta's oil price "crisis." She says her government will push for upgrades and more pipelines as a long-term solution.

Canada's $50 million pledge will educate 350,000 children, says global fund director

Justin Trudeau's $50 million tweet to Trevor Noah caused consternation among his opponents this week — but where is the money actually going? We speak to Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Cannot Wait.

Parts of Tehran are sinking into the ground at 25cm a year, says scientist

We hear from scientists who are saying we need to pay more attention to something called subsidence, or sinking ground, because they say is being exacerbated by climate change.

The Current for December 5, 2018

Today on the Current: We talk to Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley about the mandatory cut in oil production, and her longer-term plans to tackle the price problem; in light of recent boxing injuries, we talk to two doctors about whether the sport should be abolished; we look at where the $50 million fund announced in Justin Trudeau's tweet is actually going; and we hear from scientists who are saying we need to pay more attention to subsidence, or sinking ground, that they say is being exacerbated by climate change.

Residential school survivors' stories motivated people to make Canada better, says Murray Sinclair

Witnesses to testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have been motivated to build a better country, says the commission's chair Senator Murray Sinclair. He's seen firsthand who suffers most when the truth is sidelined.

'Evolution didn't work on truth, it worked on survival': A psychologist explains why we cling to our beliefs

People will find a way to defend their beliefs even when faced with contradictory evidence, says psychologist James Alcock. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about why we believe what we believe, and how evolution played a role.

'It's an arms race': Technology amplifies fake news, but could it also hold the solution?

Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with a journalist and a technologist about how technology is being deployed to undermine truth in the modern world, and whether technology could also be used to fight back.

The Current for December 4, 2018

In a special edition, The Current looks at the state of truth in our world today: from why we believe what we believe; to who suffers most when the truth gets sidelined; and the groups and technologies being deployed on both sides of the war on reality.

Arrested youth should not be interrogated alone, says man wrongfully convicted of murder

Ron Moffatt was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1956, when he was 14 years old. After months in jail, he was released when the real serial killer, Peter Woodcock, was caught. The judge recommended police should no longer interrogate minors without a guardian or lawyer present, but six decades later they still do.

Why does the idea of a carbon tax divide conservatives in Canada?

As COP24 gets underway in Poland, the question of putting a price on carbon is back in the spotlight. The idea divides conservatives in Canada; some argue it's the best way to fight climate change, while others say it's a surefire way to kill jobs. Is there a conservative case for carbon taxes? We hear from voices on both side of the debate.

The Current for December 3, 2018

Today on The Current: we look at the carbon tax debate among conservatives in Canada; and should it be mandatory for a lawyer or guardian to be present when a minor is being interrogated by police?

Why a piece of music last played in Auschwitz is being brought back to life

A manuscript recently found in the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial contains notes arranged by prisoners of the camp, which were probably last played within its iron gates. Music theory professor Patricia Hall is bringing that music back to life, as a way to remember the people who suffered under the Nazis.

Are energy weapons behind mystery injuries in Cuba? Unlikely, but they do exist: author

A Canadian diplomat's reported brain injury is fuelling the mystery around the so-called "Havana Syndrome," allegedly caused by a high-pitched, cricket-like sound heard by embassy workers and family members in Cuba. Could an unusual weapon be responsible?

GM cuts an 'old-style, greed-driven' decision, argues former Unifor economist

In the wake of General Motors' decision to close its facility in Oshawa, Ont., McMaster University professor and former Unifor economist Jim Stanford argues the company is more concerned about Wall Street shareholders than the Canadian workers it employs.

The Current for November 30, 2018

Today on The Current: we look at the mystery around diplomats falling ill in Cuba, and the theory that they're victims of a secret sonic weapon; we meet the woman who uncovered a piece of music last played in Auschwitz-Birkenau, who's giving it new life as a way to remember the Nazis' victims; and as GM pulls out of Oshawa just a few years after it received billions of dollars in bailouts, we look at what role, if any, government should play in the manufacturing industry.

'You don't build condos in the Vatican': Tensions linger as 1st tenants move in to Ottawa-Gatineau development

The newly opened O Condos building is part of the $1.5-billion Zibi development, which has divided Algonquin First Nations because of its proximity to the Chaudière Falls.