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The Current for Feb. 19, 2020

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel discusses how the Liberal government is handling rail blockades over a proposed pipeline on Wet'suwet'en territory; and two Wet'suwet'en members give us their perspectives on whether solidarity protesters should join the demonstrations. Plus, the Human Screenome Project wants to find a better way to track our screen time, and the impact it has. And finally to recline, or not to recline? That is the question after a video of a man hitting the reclined airplane seat of a woman in front of him went viral, and kicked off a debate about air travel etiquette.

Little concrete action in Trudeau's blockade speech, says Indigenous policy analyst

Russ Diabo, an Indigenous policy analyst and member of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnesatake, said he was disappointed in the lack of action in Trudeau's speech in the House of Commons about the Indigenous rail blockades.

The Current for Feb. 18, 2020

Today on The Current: In the second week of rail blockades over a proposed pipeline on Wet'suwet'en territory, what should the Liberal government do to resolve the stand-off with protesters? Plus, as pressures mount over class sizes and the quality of education, we'll look at why some parents are now choosing private over public schools. And finally, documentary The Believers looks at religious charity Gospel for Asia, which is facing allegations that money raised for the poor in India isn't going where it's supposed to.

In a fast-paced world, walking is a 'radical' act, says Norwegian explorer

Norwegian author and explorer Erling Kagge believes walking is a radical act that can unleash your creativity, help you know yourself better, and even help you to create more time in your life.

Experts call for global ban on live animal markets, wildlife trade amidst coronavirus outbreak

China issued a temporary ban on wild animal last month as it works to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. But some scientists and experts say it doesn't go far enough and are urging governments around the world to take action.

Talk to your sons about sex the way you would about table manners: often, says author

Author Peggy Orenstein has spent decades researching and writing about girls and sex. In her latest book, she turns her attention to boys.

The Current for Feb. 17, 2020

Today on The Current: In the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, many scientists are calling for China to make their ban on the wild animal trade permanent. Then, author and philosopher Erling Kagge explains why, in a world of running, we need to learn to slow down and walk. Plus, a conversation with journalist Peggy Orenstein on her book, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity.

Canada's track community calls for accountability, change in wake of misconduct allegations against top coach

Long-distance runners and Olympic hopefuls Rachel Cliff and Krista DuChene say more must be done to empower and safeguard athletes following sexual misconduct allegations against a prominent Canadian track coach.

'It was everything': Vancouver non-profit offers a new vision for Hogan's Alley

The Strathcona area was once a hub for Vancouver’s black community, including Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother

'You just spiral': UBC president who overcame mental health crisis determined to help Canadian students

UBC president Santa J. Ono was afraid to speak out about his mental illness; now, he’s a champion for mental health on campus.

The Current for Feb. 14, 2020

Today on The Current: Why are so many students suffering from anxiety and depression? We talk to UBC president Santa Ono, who knows the issues both professionally and personally. Then, our national affairs panel brings us the latest on protests, pipelines, and blockades. Next, we explore Hogan’s Alley, which used to be a hub for the black community in Vancouver. And finally, members of Canada's running community are reeling because of misconduct allegations made against a top coach. 

'I found my purpose': Haisla man working to save his own from Vancouver's opioid crisis

Haisla Outreach worker James Harry forges a unique connection with fellow Haisla members struggling with addiction get to get them off the streets and into treatment — and in some cases, even get them home to Haisla.

Watch Vancouver pro wrestlers teach Matt Galloway how to run, grapple and bump in the ring

The Current's Matt Galloway laced up his sneakers and stepped into the ring at Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling's training facility in Surrey, B.C., to learn about the local wrestling scene firsthand.

Infused with burlesque, drag and queer culture, these wrestlers are turning the genre 'on its head'

Wrestling shows like Vancouver's Glam Slam are subverting old stereotypes that abound in the genre by mixing in burlesque, drag and queer culture, along with women wrestling just as well as the men. But pro wrestling writ large still has more growing up to do, says one podcaster and critic.

The Current for Feb. 13, 2020

Today on The Current: Businesses in Vancouver are suffering because of the coronavirus outbreak and experts say they’re not alone ⁠— there’s significant economic fallout in Canada and beyond. Plus, a former addict from Kitimat, B.C., now works on Vancouver's downtown eastside looking for members of the Haisla First Nation who are struggling. Then, wrestler Scotty Mac explains the Vancouver wrestling boom and teaches Matt how to wrestle.
Changing Chinatown

'The physical legacy of struggle and sacrifice': How Chinatown is part of Vancouver's past — and its future

The Current's Matt Galloway set up shop in Vancouver’s Chinatown and talked with planners, restaurateurs, business leaders and more about what’s happening in the changing neighbourhood, and what’s next
Changing Chinatown

How a new wave of businesses in Vancouver's Chinatown is 'bringing people back through food'

In Vancouver's Chinatown, heritage preservation isn’t only about the buildings. Food is at the centre of businesses that want to revitalize the historic neighbourhood and preserve its rich culture.
Changing Chinatown

How these 'bright stars' are 'creating space for the community' in Vancouver's changing Chinatown

Vancouver's Chinatown started seeing a new wave of young activists and advocates in the historic neighbourhood around the time a controversial condo proposal was being considered at 105 Keefer St., an empty parking lot next to a meeting spot for many seniors.

The Current for Feb. 12, 2020

Today on The Current: We discuss the opposition of the hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C., and the protests that have spread across the country. Plus, we bring you highlights of our town hall forum in Vancouver, a wide-ranging discussion on the challenges faced by the city’s Chinatown.

There are ways out of the problems with Big Tech — and they already exist, says author

In a new book, Ramesh Srinivasan, a professor of Information Studies at UCLA, argues that the power that big Silicon Valley companies have over people's lives is not inevitable — and that examples of small, community-based tech worldwide show that other possibilities exist.

Minister Karina Gould wants proxy votes for politicians on parental leave

Should politicians on parental leave be able to vote by proxy? We talk to a panel of politicos who argue the provision would encourage more people with young families to run for office, and set an example that could make the work-parenting balance easier for everyone.

The Current for Feb. 11, 2020

Today on The Current: How is the Chinese public reacting to President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak? Then, we discuss a push to let politicians on parental leave vote by proxy; will it be a step towards making work and parenting easier for everyone? Plus, we speak to an author who says we need a digital bill of rights, and an alternative to the big tech companies that control so much of our digital lives. And finally Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom talks about her relief at a tentative agreement to end the seven-month-long Western Forest Products strike.

'An absolutely desperate situation': Syria facing one of the biggest waves of displacement since war started

Fighting over the past two months in northwestern Syria is causing one of the biggest waves of internal displacement since the war began nine years ago, according to the UN.

The Current for Feb. 10, 2020

Today on The Current: A massive displacement of Syrians is threatening to become a humanitarian crisis, as civilians flee government forces advancing on the last opposition strongholds in Idlib province and around Aleppo. Then, two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s acquittal, and what he’ll do next. Plus, we talk to a photographer who has captured green shoots in the ashes of the Australian bushfires; and finally we talk to cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc about trying to fight the recent election campaign, while simultaneously fighting cancer.

A month after Iranian plane crash, Canadian families still want answers from Tehran

One month after the Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 crash in Iran, The Current spoke to two family members of victims about the questions they still want answered.