The Current


Despite years of war, this Syrian activist remains hopeful of her country's future

Noura Al-Jizawi, a Syrian revolutionary who risked her life fighting for democratic change in her country, says she came alive the moment she took to the streets to fight for the cause. She reflects on what’s happened since that uprising during the Arab Spring in 2011.

Canadian NFL player joined the COVID-19 front line. Here's what he learned

A Canadian NFL player who traded his jersey for scrubs to fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic says he felt a responsibility to support something he believes in: health.

The Current for Jan. 26, 2021

Today on The Current: Canadian NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on swapping football for the COVID-19 front lines; Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on securing vaccines and border restrictions; and Syrian revolutionary Noura Al-Jizawi on the legacy of the Arab Spring.

10 years after Arab Spring protests, Egyptians grapple with the fallout of a failed revolution

It's been a decade since Egyptians dared to disrupt the status quo of living in a police state. But 10 years after the protests in Tahrir Square, many Egyptians view them as naive or misguided, writes Nahlah Ayed.

Cito Gaston remembers his mentor, lifelong friend and baseball legend Hank Aaron

World Series-winning Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston remembers his mentor and lifelong friend, the legendary Hank Aaron, who died Friday.

The Current for Jan. 25, 2020

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel on how Biden’s presidency will affect Canada; Nahlah Ayed reflects on Egypt’s Tahrir Square protests, 10 years on; Cito Gaston remembers his mentor, lifelong friend and baseball player Hank Aaron; and hospitals are fighting a COVID-19 face oxygen shortage.

Gander was built around its airport. With flights grounded, residents say local businesses are suffering

Our new series, Canada's Road Ahead, takes us on a virtual road trip across the country to speak with Canadians about how the pandemic has changed their lives. Our first stop is in Gander, N.L., where a famous airport has been brought to a standstill, posing an economic risk to the town that relies on it.

Are the kids going to be alright? Experts answer your questions about the pandemic and children

It's been nearly a year since the pandemic began and it continues to affect all of our lives. For children and teens the impacts can feel particularly acute. Experts, Dr. Anna Banerj and Dr. Tina Montreuil answer the concerns of parents and children.

A society 'awakened': How Mohamed Bouazizi sparked the Arab Spring, and inspired hope in future generations

A decade after Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation sparked an uprising across the Arab world, the Tunisian fruit vendor’s legacy continues to bring people hope, says a Canadian political scientist.

The Current for Jan. 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Keeping kids healthy and happy during the pandemic; Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette steps down after a scathing workplace report; advocates for the homeless question the impact of Quebec’s pandemic restrictions; and examining the legacy of the Arab Spring, 10 years on.

Watch out! These tricky monkeys steal things to barter for food, study shows

A primatologist who studied long-tailed macaque monkeys living in the wild says his latest study suggests the primates have developed "rudimentary economic decision-making" skills, such as bartering. 

The Current for Jan. 21, 2020

Today on The Current: Canada’s Road Ahead: the famous airport and the pandemic’s economic impact in Gander, N.L.; COVID-19 challenges in Canada; thieving monkeys barter for food to return the things they've stolen, study shows; and players are in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open.

These Americans express optimism Biden can turn the tide on pandemic

As Joe Biden takes the helm as president of the United States on Wednesday, some Americans are hopeful the new administration will steer the country's COVID-19 response in a new and more unified direction.

The Current for Jan. 20, 2021

Today on The Current: Joe Biden is sworn in as president of a divided United States, and a divided party; Michael Eric Dyson on the country’s reckoning with race; and can a new team in the White House get the COVID-19 pandemic under control?

Western nations must send 'clear message' to Russia in wake of opposition leader's detainment, says politician

A Russian opposition politician and pro-democracy advocate is urging Canada and other Western nations to impose sanctions on Russia after an outspoken Kremlin critic was detained upon his return to Moscow over the weekend.

Being a leading Black voice in sci-fi writing is a 'joyful' responsibility: Nalo Hopkinson

When science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson was named Damon Knight Grand Master, she became both the first Black woman and the youngest recipient to win the award. She hopes the honour will encourage more marginalized voices in the science fiction and fantasy communities to be respected.

The Current for Jan. 19, 2021

Today on The Current: Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returns to a Moscow jail cell; coping with loneliness in the pandemic; and Nalo Hopkinson on the "joyful" responsibility of being a leading Black voice in sci-fi writing.

Here's what a lawyer says about the constitutionality of a B.C. travel ban

Calls are mounting for the B.C. government to impose an inter-provincial travel ban, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cara Zwibel, a lawyer and director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, says the courts must weigh whether such a restriction is “reasonable and justified.”

Shan't be forgotten: Latest TikTok trend is revitalizing traditional seafaring tunes

It's perhaps one of the more unusual trends to emerge from TikTok, the video-sharing app popular largely among teenagers and young adults, but a sudden interest in sea shanties has taken the internet by storm.

The Current for Jan. 18, 2021

Today on The Current: Triage protocols outline who gets care if COVID-19 overwhelms hospitals; a coal mine proposal divides Alberta communities; the B.C. government is considering restricting non-essential travel from other provinces; and sea shanties have a moment on TikTok.

'Above all, be kind to yourself': Suicide survivor shares mental health advice for the pandemic

As Canadians attempt to cope with a pandemic winter, suicide survivor Angie Elliott offers some tips and tricks for better mental health and how sharing grief can help decrease grief.

Biden should resist pursuing Trump once he leaves office: ex-FBI director James Comey

Former FBI director James Comey says U.S. president-elect Joe Biden should consider carefully the "collateral consequences" of pursuing criminal investigations against U.S. President Donald Trump once he leaves office or risk having Trump dominate his own presidency.

The Current for Jan. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Biden should consider pardoning Trump once he leaves office, says ex-FBI director James Comey; Finding ways to cope in pandemic winter; Canadians building backyard ice rinks.

U.S. Capitol riot a textbook example of 'an act of terrorism,' says expert

Bruce Hoffman has studied terrorism and insurgencies for more than 40 years. He discusses whether Trump's impeachment will inflame violence among his supporters and the risk of unrest at next week's inauguration.

The Current for Jan. 14, 2021

Today on The Current: Can COVID-19 stay-at-home orders work without paid sick days?; Restaurants pivot during pandemic and look to the future; Journalist Lesley Stahl on covering the Trump era; Terrorism expert on U.S. Capitol attack