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What being Canadian means to new, and soon-to-be, citizens

On Canada Day, The Current spoke to two immigrants about what Canadian citizenship means to them as the COVID-19 pandemic changes citizenship ceremonies for newcomers.

The Current for July 1, 2020

Today on The Current: New Canadians on coming to Canada, National affairs panel on the year so far, and Dave & Morley take a trip to the cottage: Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe.
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We want to know more about you, your listening habits, what you want from us — and how your podcast listening habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic — so we’ve put together a survey.

What playing poker taught this journalist about decision making and luck

Following a run of bad luck, journalist Maria Konnikova wanted to learn more about what humans can and cannot control, so she decided to learn the game of poker.

The Current for June 30, 2020

Today on The Current: Facebook ad boycott, Journalist Maria Konnikova on what poker taught her about life, Global medical oxygen shortages, Andre Picard on migrant workers and COVID-19 spikes in the U.S.

Following wrongful arrest of Black man, advocates uneasy about 'flawed' facial recognition use in policing

The prevalence of facial recognition systems, which use artificial intelligence to match images of people with images of suspects, is growing in the U.S. and Canada. Recent studies have found that while the systems are fairly accurate when it comes to identifying Caucasian men, it can be faulty for other demographics.
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Celebrating Pride at home with a curbside drag show

COVID-19 changed Pride celebrations around the country, and events like drag performances have found new homes — like suburban driveways north of Toronto. Rachel Matlow visited the neighbourhood to catch the show starring Joshua Petrie, aka Jessyca Prosecco.

The Current for June 29, 2020

Today on The Current: Facial recognition and race, Government responses to COVID-19, Celebrating Pride at home, and Sask. family pushes for greater anti-racism efforts in schools. Rosemary Barton guest hosts.

Trump had superficial, transactional view of Meng extradition case, Bolton tells CBC Radio

President Donald Trump had little interest in the fine-grained details of charges Meng Wanzhou faces for allegedly skirting U.S. sanctions and viewed the case with far-ranging international implications in transactional terms, John Bolton told CBC Radio's The Current in his first interview with Canadian media since the publication of his memoir of his time in the administration.

The Current for June 26, 2020

Today on The Current: Panel of parents on school during the pandemic and beyond, Avoiding a COVID-19 surge this summer, and John Bolton on his new book.

NBA's plan to resume season is too soon amid pandemic, says sports columnist

In March, major sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL and MLB, halted their seasons because of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, as efforts to restart economies and life as we know it occur around the world, some of those leagues are looking to get back to playing.

The Current for June 25, 2020

Today on The Current: Mental health and police wellness checks, National Affairs Panel on Canada’s foreign policy, The return of sports during a pandemic, Andre Picard

Amid reckoning over systemic racism at Ontario school board, trustee seeks accountability

A March report found that systemic racism was pervasive at Ontario's Peel District School Board. Trustee Kathy McDonald told The Current that the issues highlighted in the report are long-standing — and one researcher says racism in education is prevalent in other parts of the country, too.

Visits between foster kids and birth parents during pandemic should be considered essential service: lawyer

A Toronto lawyer says physical distancing restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic has made life even harder for some of Ontario's most vulnerable children, with foster kids being barred from seeing their biological parents for about three months.

The Current for June 24, 2020

Today on The Current: Racism in education, Freeing the two Michaels, Wil Fundal on new CBC podcast They & Us, COVID-19 and children in care.

Family of Ont. man fatally shot by police 'can't wrap our heads' around how wellness check ended in his death

The nephew of a 62-year-old man, who was shot by police during a mental health crisis in Mississauga, Ont., is calling for the police officer responsible for the death of his uncle to be fired and brought to trial. 

U.S. public health officials facing threats to their lives over COVID-19 response, says association

In at least one state south of the border, public health officials are under attack for what critics say is government overreach, according to Theresa Anselmo, executive director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials.

Why this entrepreneur believes 'regenerative ocean farming' could change how we eat

On our latest installment of The Fix, we hear from Newfoundland-born Bren Smith. He's growing something special on his regenerative ocean farm, and the process is a promising solution to some of the biggest problems out there today.

The Current for June 23, 2020

Today on The Current: Re-thinking police wellness checks, COVID-19 cases among young Albertans, Threats against public health officials in the U.S., The Fix: Regenerative ocean farming, Mentoring black graduates.

Potential immunity measure against COVID-19 lawsuits could hold up accountability: daughter of late resident

The daughter of a man who died of COVID-19 in an Ontario long-term care home says she is worried potential legal immunity for health-care providers could derail efforts by families to seek accountability.

Posthumous degrees for U of A students killed in Iran plane crash a reminder of talent lost, says graduate

The University of Alberta has awarded posthumous degrees to five students killed when Iran shot down Flight PS752 in January, while the loved ones of those who died renew demand for answers.

The Current for June 22, 2020

Today on The Current: Families of long-term care residents worried about proposed immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits, Mandatory mask laws, Checking in on coronavirus treatments, Road trips during the pandemic, and commemorating Iranian students.

On Juneteenth, Bakari Sellers reflects on struggle for Black freedom through generations of his own family

Author and political analyst Bakari Sellers traces the struggle for Black freedom in his own family — from his father, shot in the Orangeburg Massacre, to his own daughter joining Black Lives Matter marches today.

The Current for June 19, 2020

Today on The Current: Author Bakari Sellers on importance of Juneteent, Pandemic mental health, Two Michaels charged in China, Conservative leadership contest, CBC podcast World on Fire.

Facing possible jail time totalling 100 years, journalist Maria Ressa says she won't stop fighting for justice

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel by a court in Manila this week, but faces multiple charges with sentences totalling 100 years. She says the charges are politically motivated, and represent a wider threat to press freedom and democracy

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