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The Current for May 22, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel unpacks Bill C-69 and the pipeline battle between environmental concerns and economical incentives; then, where does academic freedom end and hate speech begin? We discuss free speech in the university landscape; and finally, it's been dubbed the real-life Lord of the Flies. Author Gina Perry talks about the dark backstory behind one of America's most famous experiments in social engineering.

Poland's LGBT community gets unexpected allies because of a painting looted by Nazis

Poland's LGBT community just gained a pair of unexpected allies in their fight for equality: a gay Californian couple who learned a painting in their kitchen was looted from the eastern European country by Nazis.

U.S.-Iran war unlikely: John Bolton is all bark, no bite, says columnist

Should the world be bracing for a U.S.-Iran war? We hear from the experts who have been keeping a close eye on the escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

'A no-brainer': Why reporter Mark Bowden revisited crime case that haunted him for decades

Mark Bowden was a young reporter when two young sisters were abducted from a mall in 1975, and never found. Forty years later, police found a suspect that had been under their noses the whole time — and Bowden returned to the crime for his new book The Last Stone.

The Current for May 21, 2019

Today on The Current: How likely is a U.S.-Iran war amid the escalating tensions and cryptic Twitter threats?; then, how a looted painting gave Poland’s LGBTQ community two new allies in their fight for equality; and why U.S. journalist Mark Bowden decided to revisit the disappearance and murder of two young girls, a case that haunted him for decades.

Medieval era was more diverse — and less violent — than Game of Thrones would have you believe, says expert

Game of Thrones has finally come to an end, after eight seasons of political power struggles, epic battles and dragons. We look at the show's cultural impact, as well as its treatment of women and people of colour.

Original Toronto Raptor Tracy Murray on how the team became so important to Canadians

We look at the popularity of the Toronto Raptors, talking to Tracy Murray, one of the players who was there when it all began.

Why this writer says burnout carries 'a different weight' for people of colour

A Buzzfeed essay arguing millennials have become the burnout generation has struck a chord with many people since it went viral this month, but one woman says burnout isn’t a new phenomenon solely affecting white, middle-class people.

The Current for May 20, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the popularity of the Toronto Raptors, talking to a player who was there when it all began; plus, we discuss the end of Game of Thrones and its depictions of woman and people of colour; and millennials are often labelled as lazy and entitled, but are they just suffering from burnout?

Farmer says weed killer Roundup is vital to his businesses, despite allegations it causes cancer

Earlier this week, a jury awarded $2 billion US in damages to a California couple who claim the weed killer Roundup gave them cancer. But not everyone agrees that the chemical in question — glyphosate — is harmful, and some farmers here in Canada say it's vital to their work.

Niagara servers protest policy forcing them to share tips with management

Disgruntled servers in Niagara Falls are nearing their sixth week on the picket line as they continue to protest a new policy that they say requires them to split more of their tips with salaried managers.

It will take 'rewiring all of us' to change myths about sexual assault victims: reporter

The Globe and Mail's Robyn Doolitle says a 2012 video of an RCMP officer asking an Indigenous teenager if she was "turned on" by an alleged sexual assault demonstrates 'old, outdated stereotypes' around sexual assault and consent that persist to this day.

The Current for May 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We discuss an ‘abhorrent’ video of an RCMP officer's interview with an alleged sexual assault victim; plus, we look at servers striking over having to share their tips with salaried managers; and after a jury awarded $2 billion US in damages to a California couple who claim the weed killer Roundup gave them cancer, we look at its use here in Canada.

Alabama anti-abortion legislation shows 'abysmal lack of knowledge' on trauma of sexual assault: survivor

We look at the implications of Alabama's new restrictions on abortion, which has no exceptions for rape or incest, unless the mother's life is in danger.

Money laundering is Canada's problem — not just the West Coast's, expert warns

B.C. is launching a public inquiry to examine money laundering in the province, after two reports found more than $7 billion was laundered in the province last year. We speak to two experts who say it's not just a west-coast problem, and all of Canada should be concerned.

Liberalism is constantly under siege but always comes out on top, says author

Adam Gopnik, author of A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, believes liberals have nothing to apologize for.

The Current for May 16, 2019

Today on The Current: As B.C. launches a public inquiry into money laundering in the province, we ask just how pervasive of an issue it is across this country; plus, we explore the implications of Alabama's new restrictions on abortions; and writer Adam Gopnik tells us why he believes liberals have nothing to apologize for.

You can help people with schizophrenia by looking past the delusion, says writer

Susan Doherty has been volunteering to help people with severe mental illness for more than a decade. She's written about what she's learned in her new book The Ghost Garden: Inside the Lives of Schizophrenia's Feared and Forgotten.

What today's labour movement can learn from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

On the 100th anniversary of what has become known as the Winnipeg General Strike, we take a look back at the milestone moment in the history of labour relations and politics for Canada.

Mark Norman, SNC-Lavalin controversies may hamper Liberal election run: reporter

Our political panel weighs in on the fallout from the Mark Norman case, discussing it in light of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Could the consecutive controversies have an impact on the fall federal election?

The Current for May 15, 2019

Today on The Current: Our political panel weighs in on the fallout from the Mark Norman case; plus, we speak with an author who wants us to pay more attention to people with mental illness; and we look back at the Winnipeg General Strike, 100 years on.

History will judge 'reckless, even criminal' politicians ignoring climate change crisis: Elizabeth May

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tells Anna Maria Tremonti the fall election could be Canada's last chance to shift directions on the climate change fight.

Why the former chair of the TRC is worried about the Indian day school settlement

The federal government has offered survivors of Indian day schools a settlement — but is it enough? Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, explains why he's concerned about the process.

World's last male northern white rhino was 'ambassador of extinction': filmmaker

A new documentary chronicles rangers' efforts in Kenya to care for the last male northern white rhino. We talk to the filmmaker behind the story about why he wanted to bring audiences face-to-face with extinction.

The Current for May 14, 2019

Today on The Current: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May on whether she can carry her party's recent momentum to the fall election; plus, the Canadian government offered a settlement to survivors of Indian day schools, but is it enough?; also, the story of the last male northern white rhino.