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Huawei refutes reports it helps China with surveillance, detention of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang

Huawei Canada's Alykhan Velshi told The Current that Huawei was not involved in operating technology that helped with the surveillance and detention of Muslims in China's Xinjiang province, saying, 'we sell technology all around the world, but we don't operate it.'

The Current for Jan. 20, 2020

Today on The Current: As the extradition hearing for the Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou begins in Vancouver, and two Canadians remain in a Chinese prison under harsh conditions, we ask why Canada should trust Huawei to build our 5G network. Plus, we talk to Newfoundlanders dealing with the aftermath of #Snowmaggedon2020, where about 90 cm of snow has fallen since Friday.

'Not too surprising' that Canadian ex-military member allegedly involved in U.S. neo-Nazi group: reporter

Former Manitoba reservist Patrik Mathews' alleged involvement in a U.S. neo-Nazi group is "not entirely shocking," according to an investigative reporter who tracks far-right movements.

The Current for Jan. 17, 2020

Thousands of activists are protesting Australia's climate policies while much of the country is still on fire; American authorities have nabbed three men they say were part of the neo-Nazi group The Base, including Canadian ex-reservist Patrik Matthews; A series of events in the U.S. Democratic race are a reminder of the challenges facing women candidates, including in Canada; Joel Stein makes the (hilarious) case for elitism.

Fear of losing access to medical assistance in dying put 'panic' in woman with terminal cancer, says son

Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying law is under review, after a Quebec court ruled parts of it are too restrictive. Some advocates say the mental capacity threshold to access MAID pushes people to receive it earlier than they'd ideally like, but others warn about risks of widening access.

Petition calling for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand met with skepticism from ecologists

A petition calling for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand in order to save the species from extinction following massive wildfires ravaging Australia is being met with skepticism from ecologists.

The Current for Jan. 16, 2020

Today on The Current: We discuss the government’s review of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying law, and the very personal stakes wrapped up in the legislation. Then, an ecologist weighs in on a petition to save koalas from Australia’s bushfires, by relocating them to New Zealand. Plus, Peace by Chocolate CEO Tareq Hadhad tells us how it feels to become a Canadian citizen, four years after he came here as a Syrian refugee. And finally author Leslie Jamison discusses obsession, the promise and limits of empathy, and what sobriety has brought to her writing.

'It tore me in pieces': Men switched at birth regret never meeting biological parents

Craig Avery and Clarence Hynes were born on the same day, in the same hospital in Come by Chance, N.L. They believe they were switched at birth, and have been left with many unanswered questions.

Families could sue Iran for 'perpetrating a terrorist act' in jetliner attack, lawyer says

A Canadian litigation lawyer who is offering his services to the families of those killed in the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 says the best way to get compensation for the loss of their loved ones is to charge the Iranian government for "perpetrating a terrorist act." 

The Current for Jan. 15, 2020

Today on The Current: We listen to the incredible story of Clarence Hynes and Craig Avery, two Newfoundland men who believe they were switched at birth in 1962. Then, our national affairs panel looks at the investigation into Iran’s shooting down of flight PS752, and a Canadian lawyer tells us that suing Iran may be the best way for families to secure compensation. Finally, we look at the cheating scandal engulfing Houston Astros, and ask if cheaters ever do prosper.

Brits in denial over 'insidious' racism directed at Harry and Meghan, says U.K.-based writer

Amna Saleem, a writer based in Glasgow, says "relentless" attacks with "coded racism for black women" contributed to Prince Harry and Meghan's decision to step away from royal duties.

Fighting the scourge of plastics in our oceans | The Fix

Our new series The Fix looks at people solving the problems in our world today, starting with the harmful plastic in our oceans. We talk to Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath, who has pulled 20,000 lbs of trash from the sea, and ask ecology expert Chelsea Rochman what more can be done.

Why #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign isn't surprised by the lack of diverse nominees

April Reign, an activist and the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, spoke to The Current about why she feels the lack of diverse films and performers nominated for Academy Awards just doesn't cut it in 2020.

As Canada fights opioid epidemic, a rise in meth use threatens to deepen drug crisis

The surge of crystal meth use, and the disruptive symptoms that come with it, may be leading Canada into a drug emergency on top of the existing opioid crisis.

The Current for Jan. 14, 2020

Today on The Current: What prompted Harry and Meghan to step back from royal duties? Plus, our new series The Fix looks at people solving the problems in our world today, starting with the harmful plastic in our oceans. Then, we discuss diversity at the Academy Awards with the woman who coined the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite; and CBC reporter Nicole Ireland explores the rise of meth in Canada.

Maple Leaf Foods CEO's tweets slamming U.S. for PS752 downing reflects 'fury' Canadians are feeling: minister

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says the government "will not rest" until there is accountability for the families of Canadians killed in flight PS752.

A neuroscientist's tips for helping the brain age well

Daniel Levitin, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University, has published a new book on the science of helping the brain stay sharp into old age.

How Quebec MNA Dominique Anglade carried on after 2010 Haiti earthquake killed her parents

On the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that killed both her parents, Dominique Anglade, a member of Quebec's National Assembly, reflects on that tragedy and what her parents gave to Quebec and to her.

The Current for Jan. 13, 2020

Today on The Current: We ask federal minister Marco Mendicino what the government will do to seek justice for the Canadians killed in Flight PS752, downed by Iran. Then, we revisit the earthquake that hit Haiti 10 years ago, talking to a doctor who rushed to help, and a Quebec politician who lost four members of her family in the disaster. And finally, neuroscientist Dan Levitin gives us his tips on how to age well, and why he thinks old age is a stage of life where we can still grow.

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.

'It means a lot' to see Canadians come together to mourn Iran plane crash, says vigil organizer

One of the organizers of a Toronto vigil for victims of the Flight 752 crash in Iran told The Current it was moving to see so much support from the broader Canadian community.

Meet Bear, the sniffer dog trained to find koalas threatened by Australia's bushfires

Amid the devastation of the bushfires in Australia, one dog has stepped up to help his furry friends. Meet Bear, a research dog who has been trained to sniff out koalas — who can’t run from the flames.

Rick Mercer on the time a gun-waving John Crosbie threw him off his lawn

Firebrand politician John Crosbie has died at 88. Rick Mercer remembers the man who played a dominant role in his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador for decades.

The Current for Jan. 10, 2020

Today on The Current: Grieving families have questions about the deaths of their loved ones in this week’s plane crash in Iran — what it will take to get to the answers? Then, we look at the devastating effect bushfires are having on wildlife in Australia, where millions of animals have been killed or displaced. And finally, Peggy Orenstein’s new book looks at the way young boys understand and deal with the topic of sex, and what parents can do to help them develop a healthy attitude.

Plane crash investigation could be Canada's chance to re-open diplomatic ties with Iran: former minister

How will politics affect the investigation into the plane crash in Iran? We discuss the issues which could hamper the search for answers, including Canada’s lack of an embassy in Tehran.