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This author says reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

Why this Muslim-Canadian mother is talking to her kids about 'survival' in wake of New Zealand mosque attacks

Last week's attack on two mosques in New Zealand was a terrible echo of the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017. One Muslim Canadian woman says she's having to engage in tough conversations with her kids, as she worries they could fall victim to the same extremist violence.

Albertans are 'yawning' over Jason Kenney, Jeff Callaway controversy, says columnist

Leaked documents show the campaign teams of Jason Kenney and Jeff Callaway collaborated to undermine rival candidate Brian Jean during the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race. But with a provincial election in the coming months, do voters care?

The Current for March 18, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Muslim Canadians about the Islamophobia they face every day, and how it can feed into violence like the attack in New Zealand; plus, do Albertan voters care about accusations surrounding the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race?; and one author tells us about the miraculous power of reading aloud to our children.

Suspect live-streamed New Zealand mosque shootings 'to spark a race war': analyst

At least 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques in New Zealand that was live-streamed online. One expert says the video was created to incite more violence.

Ignoring climate change is like 'putting off homework,' says teen in School Strike for Climate

Young people fearing the effects of climate change are walking out of school today, hoping their global day of action will push the older generation to take action. We speak to some of the youth involved.

Where was Taliban leader Mullah Omar? New book challenges long-held narrative

Taliban leader Mullah Omar was believed to have been hiding out in Pakistan during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. But Dutch journalist and author Bette Dam suggests he may have been hiding out in Afghanistan all along — within walking distance of a U.S. military base.

The Current for March 15, 2019

Today on The Current: We look to New Zealand, where a country is reeling after attacks on two mosques that left 49 dead; plus, we speak to young people who are walking out of classrooms today to protest what they see as global inaction on climate change; and Dutch journalist Bette Dam tells us about the life and death of Mullah Omar, the elusive Taliban leader.

Adding complex safety systems to planes could make flying more dangerous: pilot

The Ethiopian Airlines crash has focused global scrutiny on safety features on the now-grounded Boeing 737 Max 8. Chris Clearfield, a pilot and expert on the aviation industry, says aviation is already so safe that adding more complex systems just creates opportunities for catastrophe.

Chinese-Canadian farmers are facing hostility as they settle in rural areas. A new CBC doc aims to change that

A new CBC documentary looks at growing Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture — from foreign investors to hardworking Chinese-Canadian farmers — and examines concerns that foreign investment is eroding communities. We speak to the documentary director, and a farming father and son trying to put down some roots in Coronach, Sask.

What the cuteness of characters like Mickey Mouse can tell us about our world

Could there be more to cuteness than we think? U.K. philosopher and author Simon May explains what the concept can tell us about our world.

The Current for March 14, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the engineering behind aviation safety after the Ethiopian Airlines crash; plus, a new CBC documentary looks at growing Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture; also, can British Prime Minister Theresa May fail her way to Brexit success?; and philosopher Simon May talks us through the power of cuteness.

'A mirror on America': How the U.S. college admissions scam reveals pervasive inequality in society

U.S. federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in connection to a multimillion-dollar scam to get their children into the most elite colleges. What does the case tell us about privilege in America?

Doctor forced to tell lung-transplant patients to fundraise to pay for life-saving treatment

Patients in need of a lung transplant in Atlantic Canada need to move to Toronto for care, but the cost of that move is so high that some patients are choosing death over the debt. We speak to a doctor about the heartbreaking conversations she has with patients, and what should be done about it.

Tina Fontaine report is a 'post-mortem on the misery' of First Nations: advocate

On Tuesday, Manitoba's Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose released her report into the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine. We ask if its recommendations go far enough to protect vulnerable Indigenous youth, and hear from one expert who says First Nations need more control in those efforts.

The Current for March 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the report on the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine, and ask if it goes far enough to protect vulnerable Indigenous youth; plus, we look at an attempt to bring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court over the horrors of the country's civil war; also, what can the multimillion-dollar U.S. college admissions scam tell us about privilege in America?; and a doctor explains why the cost of getting a lung transplant in Canada is so high that some patients are choosing death.

Former pilot blasts U.S. authorities for not grounding Boeing 737 after Ethiopian crash

Families and loved ones are mourning the loss of 18 Canadians who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. We speak look at safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8.

How SNC-Lavalin affair draws line between personal morals and ethics of power

The SNC-Lavalin affair has shone a spotlight on how priorities of government — the sanctity of the rule of law versus protecting Canadian jobs — can sometimes come into conflict. Our panel of experts discuss how politicians weigh up competing concerns, and whether ethics and politics are mutually exclusive.

There's a gender gap in medical data, and it's costing women their lives, says this author

Author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this "data gap" can literally kill.

The Current for March 12, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to a woman mourning the loss of a friend in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, and look at safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8; plus, we look at whether a reusable packaging system for everything from ice cream to detergent will reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean; also, we hear from a Venezuelan-Canadian about the human cost of the political turmoil in her native country; and we look at the ethics behind the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and how politicians weigh up competing concerns like judicial independence, and potentially enormous job losses.

'A gloomy feeling' in Ethiopia's capital city after plane crash kills 157

When an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed outside Addis Ababa Sunday, it claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians. We ask a reporter in the Ethiopian capital what's known about the tragedy.

Theresa May sticking with Brexit like a 'tedious version of The Terminator': author

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a second parliamentary vote on her deal to leave the European Union this week, after MPs overwhelmingly rejected it in January. A second rejection could mean leaving with no deal, which could have stark economic ramifications.

Misinformation on social media can spread hesitancy about vaccines, expert warns

Last week, Facebook announced it would lower its search rankings of groups and pages that promote anti-vaccination content, in an effort to slow the spread of misinformation. We explore how social media is being leveraged to sow doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and hear how it's creating a hesitancy to vaccinate that threatens us all.

The Current for March 11, 2019

Today on The Current: A reporter in Ethiopia explains the tragic plane crash that claimed 157 lives on Sunday; plus, we look at what's happening in Britain as the date to depart the EU draws near; also, author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this data gaps can literally kill; and we explore how social media is being leveraged to sow doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and create a hesitancy to vaccinate that threatens us all.

Apology for treatment of Inuit with tuberculosis must be followed with action: Inuit leader

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Friday for the mistreatment of Inuit during the tuberculosis epidemics of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. But while Indigenous leaders welcome the apology, some say action is needed to tackle the tuberculosis problem, which still blights northern communities today.