The Current for Dec. 2, 2021
Today on The Current: Violent arrests raise fresh questions about police brutality in Canada; extensive flooding cuts off homes in Cape Breton, N.S.; disaster response must change in face of climate change, says Canadian Red Cross president; and fears that U.S. democracy is "backsliding".
Saudi Arabia is using Justin Bieber, F1 event to 'whitewash' its human rights record: Human Rights Watch
Canadian singer Justin Bieber is facing calls to cancel his appearance at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend to avoid whitewashing the country's controversial human rights record, according to the Canada director at Human Rights Watch.
Catholic priest accused of impregnating residential school student in 1940s a known predator, CBC finds
On her deathbed, Mary Apetagon told her children that their biological grandfather was a French-Canadian named Rev. Father Albert Chamberland, a former principal at a residential school in Manitoba where their grandmother had been a student.
The Current for Dec. 1, 2021
Today on The Current: The stigma faced by children fathered by priests — and how to dismantle it; calls for Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi Arabia performance over regime’s human rights violations; and how COVID-19 has affected the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Guilty verdicts in Arbery, Floyd cases are 'asterisks' in U.S. racial justice history: journalist
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker, co-edited by staff writer Jelani Cobb, explores the magazine's coverage of race relations and racial justice in the United States.
The Current for Nov. 30, 2021
Today on The Current: Omicron variant drives calls for vaccine equity, waiving of patents; The Matter of Black Lives, and what Black Lives Matter means today; and checking in on Abbotsford, B.C., as rain continues to force residents from their homes
Dear spy: How a letter from the Taliban sent an Afghan interpreter off on his escape to Canada
After receiving a handwritten threat from the Taliban, an interpreter for the Canadian military escaped from Afghanistan the day before the country fell — and reunited with his former Canadian military adviser.
The Current for Nov. 29, 2021
Today on The Current: Making a "managed retreat" from areas at high risk of devastating floods; how an Afghan interpreter and his family found a new life in Newfoundland; omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in Canada; and how Julia Child changed how — and what — we eat.
The Current for Nov. 26, 2021
Today on The Current: First Nations say they were forgotten in floods, and are struggling to find help now; rebuilding B.C. roads and highways must look to what comes next, says engineer; how the floods have affected people already on the margins
As floods recede in Merritt, B.C., residents return to damaged streets and homes
Matt Galloway travels to Merritt, B.C., where 7,000 people were told to evacuate during the recent extensive flooding. They’re now slowly returning to find out what’s happened to their homes and livelihoods.
The Current for Nov. 25, 2021
Today on The Current: As floods recede in Merritt, B.C., residents return to survey the damage; daring wildlife rescues; the ranch trying to bend with nature rather than fight against it; and how floods affect the salmon population.
B.C. flood recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint, says High River disaster survivor
The floods in British Columbia are hard to watch for some residents in High River, Alta. — they experienced a similar tragedy in 2013. But their experience could offer a blueprint for recovery in B.C.
Political veterans weigh in on the throne speech — and what's ahead for the new parliament
We discuss the promises made by the new Liberal government with our political panel: former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt; former NDP MP Libby Davies; and former Liberal MP Wayne Easter.
The Current for Nov. 24, 2021
Today on The Current: Political veterans weigh in on the throne speech — and the session ahead; how the trauma of the High River flood could offer a roadmap to recovery in B.C.; new CBC podcast explores incel culture connected to the Toronto van attack.
Iqaluit teens demand more support for people struggling with mental health
Amy Ullikatar says you don’t have to look far in Nunavut to find someone affected by suicide, and she says it’s time government to put more funding toward mental health facilities and solving housing problems there.
A song on Adele's new album puts whistling centre stage. It's about time, says a world champion whistler
Adele's new album features a track with a whole whistling chorus. We hear how it rates with world champion whistler Carole Anne Kaufman, known as the Whistling Diva.
The Current for Nov. 23, 2021
Today on The Current: Protesters, journalists arrested at B.C. pipeline protest camp; Iqaluit teens march on legislature to highlight suicide crisis; lingering concerns for safety of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai; Adele's new album puts whistling centre stage
There's deep frustration between rhetoric and reality of reconciliation, says Indigenous lawyer Bruce McIvor
Prominent Indigenous lawyer Bruce McIvor has worked with First Nations clients to defend their rights for more than two decades — sometimes even against the Canadian government.
When a premature baby and his family were stranded in B.C. flooding, local moms rushed to help
Kaytlin Toews was bringing her son home after more than a month in the neonatal intensive care unit, when they were stranded by the floods in B.C.
'Trust in the science': Experts answer listener questions about kids and COVID-19 vaccines
With the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for children arriving in Canada, we put listener questions to health and immunology experts.
The Current for Nov. 22, 2021
Today on The Current: Experts answer your questions about kids and COVID-19 vaccines; community helpers step up amid chaos of B.C. flooding; Indigenous lawyer Bruce McIvor on the problem with reconciliation — and how to fix it
Why fighting apartheid with music might be Steven Van Zandt's proudest moment
Steven Van Zandt is an accomplished singer, songwriter and producer who worked with Bruce Springsteen. He's even starred in The Sopranos. But those great accomplishments pale to what might be his proudest achievement: fighting apartheid in South Africa.
Survivor-led search at former residential school could provide framework for future searches
Survivors of a residential school in southern Ontario say it's important that they've been included in the search for unmarked graves on its grounds.
How Abbotsford, B.C., farmers are trying to save their animals amid floodwaters
As B.C. continues to recover from floods, farmers are desperately trying to save their animals and farms. The Current producer Ben Jamieson was in Abbotsford, B.C., and reports on some of the efforts he saw. We also hear from dairy farmer Karl Meier.
Doctors recount the threats they've received during the pandemic — and what must be done to address them
Doctors on the frontlines have been hailed as heroes during the pandemic. But for those who speak out for public health measures such as vaccines and masks, the responses they’ve received are much less welcome.