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Conflict inevitable with Canada stuck in middle of U.S.-China row: expert

The arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Vancouver was followed by the detention of two Canadians in Beijing. We look at the geopolitical fallout surrounding Huawei, and whether Canada is stuck in the middle of a U.S.-China fight.

Could expanding the role of pharmacists alleviate pressure on health-care system?

With a number of Canadian provinces allowing pharmacists to take on new responsibilities — such as administering rapid strep tests or prescribing contraceptives— some experts say expanding pharmacists' responsibilities could be good for patients and the health-care system.

Smaller families are pushing 'the middle child' into extinction, study suggests

Could the overlooked middle-born child really become obsolete? A recent study suggests families are no longer having more than two kids.

The Current for December 17, 2018

Today on The Current: with two Canadians detained in Beijing, is Ottawa stuck in the middle of a fight that's really between the U.S. and China?; we look at the changing roles of pharmacists, and how it might affect your health; and could smaller families mean the often overlooked middle child could become obsolete?

'Do we want to survive or not?': Elizabeth May says climate change talks too focused on bureaucracy

As the UN talks on climate change are extended in Poland, Green Party leader Elizabeth May tells us that those expecting decisive action will be disappointed.

How a lawsuit over gender-equal pay could change the classical music industry

A journalist covering an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit launched against the Boston Symphony Orchestra by its principal flutist says the case could have broader implications for classical musicians.

How the ravenmaster of London protects the kingdom with birds

As the ravenmaster at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife's job responsibilities include the care and feeding of a few birds — and holding together the United Kingdom.

The Current for December 14, 2018

Today on The Current: As the UN talks on climate change are extended in Poland, we look at what — if anything — has been achieved so far; we look at gender disparity in classical music, and ask whether it starts with the instruments kids choose in the classroom; and the Tower of London's ravenmaster tells us about a prophecy of dire consequences if his birds leave.

Activist urges WWII-level global effort to fight climate change

As part of The Current's special edition on climate change, we talk to two experts about the level of commitment needed to tackle the problem — and why that action isn't taking place.

Some jobs in new energy industries come with a pay cut of $50K: coal miner

As industries change around plans to cut greenhouse emissions, will the "green jobs" that replace them match the pay and benefits of the fossil fuel sector?

What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement?

What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement? We talk to Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, a civil rights worker turned climate justice activist.

Two Canadians discuss how to find common ground in fight against climate change

How do we build a consensus in order to move forward? We look at the deep divide in perspectives, and how to bridge them.

The Current for December 13, 2018

In a special edition of The Current, we explore the challenges we face with climate change, from the psychology of confronting the changes that need to be made; to changing industries and whether "green jobs" will offer the same pay and benefits; to building a consensus in order to move forward; and what environmentalists can learn from the civil rights movement.

'In the middle of a battle,' journalist Maria Ressa, named among Time's Person of the Year, won't back down

Maria Ressa, named among Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year,' says the Philippines is a warning to the world about the power of social media to spread misinformation. She wants platforms like Facebook to take more responsibility.

Arrest of former Canadian diplomat suggests China 'doesn't respect the rule of law,' says former ambassador

A former ambassador says that the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in China is latest in string of crises that suggest China "evades its responsibilities."

Myers-Briggs tests in the workplace help the employer, not the employee, says author

Using the Myers-Briggs personality test is a way to engineer a workforce while appearing to care about employees' self fulfillment, says Merve Emre, the author of The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.

The Current for December 12, 2018

Today on the Current: we talk to one of Time Magazine's People of the Year, Maria Ressa, about the power of social media to spread misinformation; a former ambassador says that the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in China is latest in string of crises that suggest China "evades its responsibilities"; and the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test.

Bill to curb violence against Indigenous women could hurt those it aims to protect, warns lawyer

Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

Throwing a wrench in political system led to chaos in Britain and France, says expert

The political turmoil and rioting in Britain and France highlight a fault line in Western democracies. Voters have seized on a 'generalized' rebellion against 'thriving' elites, according to one expert.

Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?

In a world of stuff, there's a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centered, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

The Current for December 11, 2018

Today on The Current: we look at the political turmoil in Britain and France and what it says about the wider trend in Western democracies; could a new bill that aims to help Indigenous women actually end up harming them?; and why some people argue that minimalism, and living with less, is actually a form of consumerism.

James Allison won a Nobel for defying scientific orthodoxy. What about the mavericks who don't succeed?

James Allison is an immunologist who rejected scientific orthodoxy early in his career, but has earned the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his revolutionary work on cancer treatment. Not all scientists who go rogue reap the rewards however, so where's the line between confidence and stubbornness?

Concerns percolating over Huawei's 'leverage' over Canadian cybersecurity

The arrest of tech executive Meng Wanzhou is underlining worries that her company, Huawei, could use its position in Canada as a means for espionage or retaliation against the government.

How lunch with Bono led Steve Jobs to reveal he named a computer after his daughter

In many ways, Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir Small Fry tells stories that will ring true to many kids of parents who have split — except that her father was Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jobs.

The Current for December 10, 2018

Today on The Current: does Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei pose a risk to western communications systems?; as a scientific maverick is awarded a Nobel Prize today, we look at where going rogue pays off in research, and where it doesn't; and Lisa Brennan-Jobs tells us about her childhood and her father, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.