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Bank of Canada's digital currency idea could have 'unintended negative consequences,' says journalist

Like a number of central banks around the world, the Bank of Canada is getting serious about researching a digital currency that may eventually replace cash. But it's raising many concerns about privacy, says tech reporter Zane Schwartz.

Watch George Elliott Clarke perform his electrifying poem about the power of voting

George Elliott Clarke, Canada's former parliamentary poet laureate, wrote a new poem for The Current's town hall event on democracy.

Millennials are turning to astrology to cope with an uncertain world: journalist

Astrology is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with apps and social media accounts that can give you daily guidance from the stars. Journalist Julie Beck says that people who find astrology useful don't care that it has no basis in science.

The Current for Oct. 21, 2019

Today on The Current: We discuss the state of democracy in the U.S. and the U.K., and what it can tell us about the wider world. Plus, are digital currencies on the verge of becoming mainstream? And we look at why millennials are turning to astrology to cope with uncertainty in the modern world.

Conservative's Lisa Raitt suggests NDP could support Tory minority government on a 'case-by-case' basis

Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt talks about the tone of the election campaign so far, whether the NDP may work with a Conservative minority government and her confidence that the abortion debate won't be reopened.

The Current for Oct. 18, 2019

Today on The Current: On the campaign trail with party leaders, to get a behind-the-scenes look at these final days; then, we talk to Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt about what her party is offering Canadians; plus, the impact disinformation has had this election cycle; how the campaign is playing out in Atlantic Canada; and a satirical interview with a man who is the only candidate — and the only voter — in his constituency.

Voters returning to Bloc Québécois over fears provinces are 'ganging up' on Quebec: Chantal Hébert

Veteran journalist Chantal Hébert talks to Laura Lynch about Quebec politics, and what's at stake this election.

Longtime friends reflect on how Justin Trudeau originally wanted 'nothing to do with politics'

In the lead-up to Monday's vote, The Current spoke to longtime friends of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau about pivotal moments in his political career and life.

From high school politics to PM bid: Longtime friends reflect on Andrew Scheer

In the lead-up to Monday's vote, The Current spoke to longtime friends of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about pivotal moments in his political career and life. 

The Current for Oct. 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re hearing from voters in Quebec, where a resurgent Bloc Québécois is wresting support away from the other parties; plus, our documentary A Very Public Life looks at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s path to politics; and veteran journalist Chantal Hébert on what's at stake this election.

U.S. withdrawal from Syria already creating 'a new regional order': Guardian correspondent

The U.S. decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria is already creating a reordering of power in the region, with Russia at the top, according to The Guardian's Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov.

These 4 voters have made up their mind. Can they convince each other to switch their ballots?

The Current headed to Milton, Ont., one of the most closely-watched ridings in the federal election, to speak to four decided voters about who they're casting their ballots for.

The Current for Oct. 16, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel looks at the polls taken — and promises made — as we enter the final days of the federal election campaign; plus, our documentary looks at the life and career of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Then, reporter Martin Chulov tells us what he’s seen in northern Syria, as he describes the shattering of a fragile peace; and we talk to four decided voters in Milton, Ont. about how they made up their minds — and whether they can convince each other to switch their ballots.

'Voting out of fear is a waste of your vote' says Jagmeet Singh, as coalition speculation continues

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh spoke to The Current about why he disagrees that voting for the NDP is a wasted vote, why his criticisms of the Liberals wouldn't preclude him from working with them in government, and why he wouldn't intervene legally on Quebec's religious symbols ban.

The homeless count: Challenges of voting with no fixed address

Homeless residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside say voting, or trying to vote, in Canadian elections can often be incredibly challenging with minimal benefits.

The Current for Oct. 15, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re asking NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh what his party is offering Canadians, and whether a vote for the NDP is a wasted vote; plus, we talk to homeless people frustrated by the difficulties they face in casting their ballot; and we compare how the various parties stack up with their plans to fight climate change.

'I'm not a one-issue voter': U.S. Republicans divided over Trump's decision to pull out of Syria

Republican strategists say that U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal of troops from northern Syria has prompted an unprecedented wave of criticism from some of his staunchest defenders. But for some, that doesn't mean they'll stop supporting him.

This B.C. woman lodged hundreds of 911 complaints about the homeless. Now she's advocating for them

Between 2004 and 2018, Peggy Allen made approximately 500 calls to police about incidents involving people from the emergency shelter next door in Abbotsford, B.C. Today, she's giving back to the people who she once referred to as the source of her "nightmare."

The Current for Oct. 14, 2019

Today on The Current: Has U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to pull troops out of Syria worn away his support among Republicans? Plus, we discuss why planting trees to fight climate change isn’t as simple as it sounds; and an inspirational tale of one B.C. woman's years-long evolution from battling the homeless people who lived in her area, to finding ways to help them.

How financial pressures are hitting voters in one of Canada's fastest growing cities

In this special election edition of The Current, we talk to Canadians in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities about the financial pressures weighing on their minds ahead of the federal election this month.

The Current for Oct. 11, 2019

Today on The Current: From Surrey, B.C., we bring you our election town hall event Staying Afloat, looking at the challenges of affordability faced by Canadians, in one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Then, we’re talking to director Judith Pyke about her new documentary on the challenges faced by people who are colour blind, from issues in the workplace to knowing whether a banana is ripe. And the lawyer of two Saudi Arabian sisters who fled their home tells us about an attempt to lure them to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — the same one where Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

Jason Kenney says he didn't attend climate strike because manifesto was 'radical left'

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he didn't attend September's day of global action on climate change because "much of it" was "coming from the radical left" — a statement the march's organizers call "ridiculous."
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Alberta separation makes no sense, says Kenney, but leverage does

Angry Albertans hoping Premier Jason Kenney will jump on the separation bandwagon will be disappointed. He's a federalist and a patriot, but he's also willing to use the anger bubbling up in the province to achieve his ends. 

Chef Shane Chartrand dishes on Indigenous cuisine and inspiring others through food

Edmonton chef Shane Chartrand has come a long way from flipping eggs at a truck stop restaurant, and from having little food to eat as a child in foster care. He tells us about his new book, Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine, and the personal experiences that have shaped his culinary journey.

The Current for Oct. 10, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney about whether rifts over pipelines and climate change are leading Canada into a national unity crisis; plus, our national affairs panel looks at the issues that matter to western Canada; and we discuss the impact of Turkey’s intervention in Syria, and what it means for the many lives in the path of the incursion.