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The Current for Dec. 9, 2022
Today on The Current: AFN chiefs demand compensation for families harmed by child welfare system; what the first phase of the federal dental health benefit gets right — and wrong; and Europeans get creative in face of soaring energy costs.
'They can track people over time': Inside China's extensive surveillance network
Cate Cadell, who covers China as a national security reporter with the Washington Post, says China's national ID system has massively expanded under Xi's reign, which has resulted in a new generation of ID cards.
Change the Constitution or face Alberta independence referendum, says architect of Sovereignty Act
The Alberta Sovereignty Act passed in the early hours of Thursday morning, giving Premier Danielle Smith the authority to redress any federal policy, law or program that her cabinet deems harmful to Alberta.
Are interest rate hikes the right approach to curbing inflation?
The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate to 4.25 per cent, aimed at bringing down the high inflation rate. The seventh hike this year is causing economic anxiety for many Canadians with mortgages or debt — is it the right approach?
With 1 in 8 bird species at risk of extinction, citizen scientists are helping to track their numbers
A new report from BirdLife International warns that bird populations are in steep decline — but it also suggests a love of nature is the key to preserving it.
The Current for Dec. 8, 2022
Today on The Current: Bank of Canada hikes interest rates again; Alberta passes Sovereignty Act; children separated from parents as they flee war in Ukraine; and global bird populations in steep decline
Thursday December 8, 2022 Full Transcript
Full text transcript for December 8th episode.
This Canadian pilot project is helping newcomers learn English through the power of VR
Educators at the University of Toronto Mississauga are using virtual reality to help immigrants and refugees to Canada learn English as a second language.
The Current for Dec. 7, 2022
Today on The Current: Professional women's soccer league coming to Canada; China cracks down on COVID-19 protesters; and how foraging for mushrooms reveals the beauty of nature.
Wednesday December 7, 2022 Full Transcript
Full text transcript for December 7th episode.
Charities offering hot meals grapple with shrinking donations — and soaring demand
Rising food prices are making it harder for charities that run food programs to help those in need — but one expert says structural changes are needed to eliminate the poverty that drives the need for those services to begin with.
The Current for Dec. 6, 2022
Today on The Current: COVID-19 front-line worker and her family face deportation to Mexico; anxious patients wait months for Pap test results; and charities offering hot meals grapple with rising costs.
Tuesday December 6, 2022 Full Transcript
Full text transcript for December 6th episode
Banned in the U.S., not approved for breastfeeding — why are so many moms taking this drug?
CBC spoke with nine women in Canada, the U.S. and Australia who say they had debilitating psychological side effects when they tried to come off domperidone, a drug that's often prescribed to help induce lactation, but isn't actually approved as a breastfeeding aid.
Violence against Indigenous women has gotten worse since MMIWG inquiry: advocate
The murders of Indigenous women in Manitoba have renewed pleas for action on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Matt Galloway talks to Kyra Wilson, chief of Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba; and Sandra DeLaronde, project lead of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls implementation project in Manitoba.
The Current for Dec. 5, 2022
Today on The Current: Manitoba murders show situation has gotten worse for Indigenous women, says advocate; women report alarming side effects from drug prescribed to help with breastfeeding; and Amazon losing billions on Alexa voice assistant.
Monday December 5, 2022 Full Transcript
Full text transcript for December 5th episode.
During Ukraine's rolling blackouts, candles and 'faith in ourselves' become latest weapons
Russian attacks have damaged large swaths of Ukraine’s electricity grid, leaving people without reliable power, light and heating. Matt Galloway talks to Ukrainians dealing with these blackouts, with a determination that life continues.
Disability rights advocate Vicky Levack finally allowed to move out of nursing home
32-year-old disability rights advocate Vicky Levack has lived in a nursing home for years, due to a lack of housing for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia. Now, she’s finally in her own home.
From drug dealer to public broadcaster and back again: the story of Robert Rowbotham
Robert Rowbotham, also known as Rosie, has died. He had a significant impact on Canada’s cannabis scene — and contributed to CBC’s This Morning. But now, he’s dying of cancer. Producer Ira Basen worked with Rosie on that program. He tells us Rosie’s story.
The Current for Dec. 2, 2022
Today on The Current: Ukrainians face winter with disruptions to power and heat; disability rights advocate finally allowed to move out of nursing home; lawyer Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on how to heal our relationship with nature; and what the World Cup revealed about Team Canada.
Friday December 2, 2022 Full Transcript
full text transcript for December 2nd episode.
Children bearing the brunt of Somalia's drought and hunger crisis
Millions of people in Somalia are facing drought and chronic hunger, and children in particular are bearing the brunt of this crisis. The CBC’s Margaret Evans has been reporting from Somalia; she tells us what she’s seen.
Baguettes recognized as part of humanity's 'intangible heritage'
The artisanal baguette has been recognized as an “intangible heritage of humanity” by UNESCO. We talk to chef Marc Thuet about what makes the perfect baguette.
The Current for Dec. 1, 2022
Today on The Current: Children bear the brunt of Somalia drought and hunger crisis; how should academic institutions verify Indigenous identity?; new same-sex marriage protections in the U.S.; and the humble baguette, part of humanity’s ‘intangible heritage.'