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Will the federal budget really help struggling Canadians? We ask Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland
Matt Galloway talks to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland about Tuesday’s federal budget; and looks at the fine detail with Tonda MacCharles, parliamentary reporter for the Toronto Star; and Nojoud Al Mallees, economics reporter for Canadian Press.
The Current for March 28, 2023
Today on The Current: Calls for greater access to life-saving treatment for stroke; Israel puts judicial reform on hold after widespread protests; and the rise and risk of ‘tranq dope’.
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Closing Roxham Road, and the impact on asylum seekers
Canada and the U.S. agreed to close the border at Roxham Road in Quebec, where more than 40,000 people crossed to claim asylum here last year.
The Current for March 27, 2023
Today on The Current: Calls to end ‘race correction’ in health care; the impact of closing Roxham Road; some NHL players object to Pride-themed events; and a referendum to recognize Indigenous peoples in Australia’s constitution
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Anti-LGBTQ bill passed in Uganda used as 'low-hanging fruit' to distract public, researcher says
Uganda’s parliament has passed anti-gay laws that include making it illegal to identify as gay or transgender. The laws carry penalties such as lengthy jail time or even a death sentence.
Northern communities want a say in NORAD modernization
U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Ottawa is expected to include talks around modernizing NORAD, the U.S.-Canada aerospace defence organization. There are calls for northern communities to be part of any redevelopment and see tangible benefits from any new infrastructure.
Pablo Escobar's escaped hippos are causing problems in Colombia
The drug kingpin Pablo Escobar smuggled four hippos into his compound in Colombia, but they escaped into the wild after he was killed. Their population has now ballooned to around 140, leaving authorities grappling with a very big invasive species.
The Current for March 24, 2023
Today on The Current: Northern communities want a say in NORAD modernization; Colombia grappling with Pablo Escobar’s escaped hippos; and the power and importance of friendship.
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They're not Indigenous — but they're learning Indigenous languages
Junaid Khan is one of a growing number of non-Indigenous Canadians learning Indigenous languages, in settings that range from Zoom lectures to university classrooms.
Learn how to sing 'Ode'min Giizis (Strawberry Moon)'
Singer-songwriter Tara Williamson teaches us an Anishinaabemowin song for the Canadian Music Class Challenge.
The Current for March 23, 2023
Today on The Current: What to expect from Biden's first visit to Canada; non-Indigenous Canadians learning Indigenous languages; anti-gay laws in Uganda; and internet shutdown in Punjab, India.
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Racing against the clock? This author says the way we talk about it is shaping our relationship with time
In her new book Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock, author and artist Jenny Odell explores society’s relationship with time, how we measure it, and whether language, culture and nature can give us a different way to appreciate the passing moments.
The Current for March 22, 2023
Today on The Current: A search for safety in James Smith Cree Nation, six months after stabbing attacks; author Jenny Odell on how the clock rules our lives; and U.S. push for Canada to lead intervention in Haiti.
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Climate change fear can be paralyzing. But you can spur action through hope, says scientist
A new UN report has issued a “final warning” that the Earth will hit a critical threshold for global warming in the next decade.
The Current for March 21, 2023
Today on The Current: Old Montreal fire raises questions about short-term rentals; new podcast explores the human side of Canadian politics; a stark warning on climate change; and China-Russia talks against backdrop of Ukraine war.
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How the invasion of Iraq still haunts the country 20 years later
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was done on the promise of freedom, but the country is still mired in political violence and corruption two decades later.
The Current for March 20, 2023
Today on The Current: Concerns about the Colorado River’s low water levels; revisiting the Iraq War, 20 years later; and what sheep shearing during the pandemic taught author Peggy Orenstein
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After fleeing Ukraine, international medical students have been told to go back for exams
International medical students left Ukraine when Russia invaded, but were shocked to recently be told to return to sit a final exam. The government ministry that oversees the exam is working on a solution, but students remain in limbo.