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The Current for April 26, 2019

Today on The Current: We check back in on Quebec's rising floodwaters, and examine how other jurisdictions have mitigated flooding; then, what's changed in the six years since the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,000 people? An expert tells us workplace safety has yet to improve; also, a new documentary tells the story of a Quebec flight attendant who was wrongly blamed for the spread of AIDS.

Populism can be positive and constructive — even when fuelled by anger, says Preston Manning

As the founder of two federal political parties — both of which became the official opposition — Preston Manning has been called the godfather of Canadian conservatism. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his history with the movement, and what he thinks of the political landscape today.

'Like a landlord on speed': Documentary shows how trading homes on the stock market can increase your rent

A new documentary argues that the global shortage of affordable housing is not just a simple matter of neighbourhood gentrification, but something much more complex. We speak to the documentary's director, and the UN's Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, about the problem.

'Canada is in the wrong': Environmentalists urge the country to clear out its trash from the Philippines

More than 100 containers of Canadian garbage have been sitting in a Manila port for years, after being mistakenly sent there as recyclable material. Now Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he will "declare war" if Canada doesn't take the trash back. We get all the details on the diplomatic stink.

The Current for April 25, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at how rotting containers of Canadian garbage are causing a diplomatic stink with the Philippines; plus, a new documentary that explores how housing has gotten so expensive; and Anna Maria Tremonti speaks to Preston Manning, known as the godfather of Canadian conservatism, about today’s political landscape.

This woman won't have children because of climate change. She says she's not alone

We speak to a woman so concerned about climate change that she has decided not to have children. She says she's not alone, and has found solidarity with hundreds of others who feel the same.

Blocking social media could do more harm than good for Sri Lanka, journalist warns

In the wake of Sunday's bombings, Sri Lanka imposed a social media blackout to stop the spread of misinformation and limit the chance of further attacks. But some experts argue that the measure isolates ordinary people in a time of mass trauma and mourning.

'People don't like change': Tough action on climate change is a hard sell, says journalist

Our national affairs panel discusses how Canada's leaders are dealing with climate change — and whether they've convinced the public to join the fight.

The Current for April 24, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel looks at how the public feels about government policy to combat climate change; plus, a group of activists who have pledged to not have children because of the global instability that climate change could cause; and we explore the effectiveness of Sri Lanka’s decision to shut down social media sites in the wake of Sunday’s bombings.

'I tried to bury it down': NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he was sexually abused as a child

In his new book, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh alleges that he was sexually abused as a child. He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about the abuse, and why he hopes his revelation will help other survivors.

How letters from migrants shed light on the 'intolerable' conditions inside U.S. detention centres

Appalled that migrants were being funnelled into a U.S. detention centre near their home, a group of San Diego residents starting writing letters to the migrants. Then the migrants wrote back, starting a conversation about the conditions they face, and what those ordinary folk on the outside could do to help.

Homes in high-risk floodplains should be subject to mandatory buyouts, says expert

As parts of Quebec suffer serious flooding for the second time since 2017, one expert warns that by helping them to rebuild, authorities are just risking it happening again and again.

The Current for April 23, 2019

Today on The Current: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discusses his new book, in which he says he was sexually abused as a child; plus, we look at the flooding in Quebec and why it's a problem that will only get worse for the whole country; and we hear how letters from migrants shed light on the 'intolerable' conditions inside U.S. detention centres.

Family of woman killed in Toronto van attack donates piano to Mel Lastman Square

As Toronto prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly van attack on Yonge St, the family of one victim shares how they have found comfort in helping others.

Sri Lanka bombings likely orchestrated by outside force, expert says

We hear updates and reaction on the attacks in Sri Lanka, including what the massacre could mean for an already fractured community.

Two Canadians discuss how to find common ground in fight against climate change

How do we build a consensus in order to move forward? We look at the deep divide in perspectives, and how to bridge them.

The Current for April 22, 2019

Today on The Current: We hear updates and reaction on the attacks in Sri Lanka, including what the massacre could mean for an already fractured community; then, it's been a year since the deadly van attack on Toronto's Yonge St, and community efforts are ongoing to help the families of the victims recover; also, there's no planet B. We examine the various efforts across the world to address our changing climate.

Activist urges WWII-level global effort to fight climate change

As part of The Current's special edition on climate change, we talk to two experts about the level of commitment needed to tackle the problem — and why that action isn't taking place.

What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement?

What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement? We talk to Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, a civil rights worker turned climate justice activist.

Some jobs in new energy industries come with a pay cut of $50K: coal miner

As industries change around plans to cut greenhouse emissions, will the "green jobs" that replace them match the pay and benefits of the fossil fuel sector?

Mueller report won't sway public opinion enough for Democrats to attempt impeaching Trump: journalist

After much anticipation, U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has finally been made public — except for the redacted parts, that is. But what we do know about the report's contents is plenty to talk about. A panel of experts talk us through it.

This author says reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

The Current for April 19, 2019

Today on The Current: What do we know about the contents of Robert Mueller’s report?; plus, reading is fundamental — even more so than you might think.

Baby blues vs. postpartum depression: How can new parents tell the difference?

On Monday, we heard the stories of mothers who suffered the isolation and agony of postpartum depression. We continue the discussion with a doctor who specializes in the condition, and ask what needs to be done to help new parents receive the treatment they need.

'A real access-to-justice issue': Why lawyers are reluctant to take on medical malpractice suits

A CBC News investigation has examined data going back decades and found that the number of patients who successfully sue doctors over medical mistakes is small — and getting smaller. We ask why it's so hard to sue doctors in Canada, even in cases of patient death.