The Current for June 30, 2022

Today on The Current: The fight over established fundamental rights in the U.S.; marking 25 years since the Hong Kong handover; and episode four of CBC podcast Unlocking the Fountain.

A Ukrainian woman went to buy a computer. Moments later, a missile hit the mall

A Russian missile destroyed a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine's central city of Kremenchuk Monday, leaving at least 18 dead, dozens injured and more still missing.

Author Gordon Korman on how 'the power of humour' can help tell serious stories

Gordon Korman has been writing books since he was 12 years old. This month, he celebrated his 100th published book when his latest work, The Fort, hit store shelves on June 28.

What was that podcast I heard on The Current?

This summer on The Current, hear the best of CBC Podcasts. Find out more about the series and where to find them here.

The Current for June 29, 2022

Today on The Current: Eyewitness account of Russian attack on crowded Ukrainian shopping mall; author Gordon Korman on how 'the power of humour' can help tell serious stories; and episode three of CBC podcast Unlocking The Fountain.

The crisis in Canada's emergency rooms

There's a crisis in Canada's emergency rooms: long wait times, overworked staff, and patients afraid to go to the hospital, even in dire need. We hear from patients, and some of the doctors and nurses trying to find solutions.

The Current for June 28, 2022

Today on The Current: The crisis in Canada's emergency rooms; and episode two of CBC podcast Unlocking The Fountain.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — what does that mean for Canada?

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, opening the door for individual states to ban abortion. What are the implications for reproductive health care in the U.S., and here in Canada?

These invasive jellyfish are the size of a thumbnail — and they're making a new home in B.C.

These tiny jellyfishes believed to be native to southeast China have somehow found their way into B.C.'s freshwaters — and researchers aren't exactly sure how they did it.

The Current for June 27, 2022

Today on The Current: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — what does it mean for Canada?; invasive jellyfish making a new home in B.C.; and episode one of Unlocking the Fountain.

Small-town Pride parades help LGBT Canadians 'feel like whole people, wherever we are'

Some small towns across Canada are celebrating their first ever Pride parades, in what organizers say is an important step forward for LGBT representation in smaller towns and rural areas.

Who is stealing trees from the forest? Problem has economic roots, environmental impact, says author

Lyndsie Bourgon explores tree poaching, and the social and economic factors driving it, in her new book Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods.

The Current for June 24, 2022

Today on The Current: The importance of small-town Pride parades; Chris Hall on interviewing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; helping those hit hardest by Afghanistan’s deadly earthquake; and the surprising roots of tree poaching.

Lives ruined by abuse in sports made worse by fear of retaliation, athletes say

For years, Canadian athletes were afraid to raise their voices about abuse in the governing bodies. But that's no longer the case — and the federal government is listening.

A Manitoba boy died by suicide after being sextorted online. His parents want other families to know the risks

Daniel Lints was a 17-year-old Manitoba boy, who was blackmailed after being coerced into sharing an explicit image of himself with someone online. Not long after, Daniel died by suicide. Guest host Duncan McCue talks to Daniel’s parents.

MPs issued personal panic buttons amid rising anger, vitriol in public life

Canadian MPs are being issued personal panic buttons. We discuss the levels of anger and abuse in public life, and the impact it’s having on politics, with Liberal MP Pam Damoff, Conservative MP Ziad Aboultaif, and NDP MP Charlie Angus.

A Toronto man's 15-year journey to rid the city of suspected illegal billboards

Dave Meslin’s fight against suspected illegal billboards is now the subject of a new documentary. He says it's about more than just trying to get corporations to follow the rules. It’s also about reclaiming public space and determining who has the right to decide what our city looks like.

The Current for June 23, 2022

Today on The Current: Teens targeted in global sextortion scams; MPs issued personal panic buttons; concerns that new language law will hurt Quebec’s tech sector; and one Toronto man’s 15-year fight to remove suspected illegal billboards.

Pakistan's fight against polio threatened by extremist violence, anti-vaccine sentiments

Polio has been eradicated in nearly every country in the world, but Pakistan is facing a surge in infections. Doctors and frontline workers are currently working to tame the surge, but their work has been complicated by conspiracy theories and fears of attacks.

The Current for June 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Claims that Google chat bot is sentient prompt wider questions, say experts; Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reaches four-month mark, with no end in sight; prescription heroin in Switzerland; and rip tide warning system aims to save lives.

The Current for June 21, 2022

Today on The Current: Plans to ban some single-use plastics is a ‘tepid’ step forward, says advocate; what Colombia's first leftist president will mean for global politics; and athletes say efforts to stop abuse in sport must be independent from sporting organizations.

Canadians taking second jobs, skipping meals to cope with inflation

Canadians are struggling with the highest inflation in a generation. Guest host Duncan McCue talks to two Canadians who are taking second jobs or skipping meals to make ends meet; and asks economist Sébastien Mc Mahon where the solutions lie.

The Current for June 20, 2022

Today on The Current: Canadians taking second jobs, skipping meals to cope with inflation; U.S. approves COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5; curbing misinformation and hate speech online; and the fight to eradicate polio in Pakistan.

Standoffs as reluctant employees are ordered back to the office

Many offices across Canada are at a stalemate: businesses want workers back at their desks, while employees want to continue working remotely. We talk to two workers about why they want to work from home and we look at what employers should consider. Listen now.

Dr. João Goulão on what Canada can learn from how Portugal tamed its drug crisis

Dr. João Goulão has often been credited with taming Portugal’s drug crisis. He talks to host Matt Galloway about how Canada could save lives during the opioid crisis.