The Current


The Current for Feb. 26, 2021

Today on The Current: UN special rapporteur Agnès Callamard on Iran’s shooting down of Flight PS752; listeners embracing letter-writing and slow correspondence in the pandemic; and protests swell in Myanmar despite threat of force.

'We can help solve this': Sudbury housing advocate calls for long-term solutions to end homelessness

In 2018, around 3,000 people in Sudbury experienced some form of homelessness, or were at risk of becoming homeless. As the pandemic amplifies the challenges that people without shelter face, advocates say the solution lies in bolstering the city’s stock of affordable housing.

The Current for Feb. 25, 2021

Today on The Current: Canada’s Road Ahead: Helping the homeless in Sudbury, Ont.; using psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, to treat anxiety; and The Fifth Estate's investigation into missing millions in one of the largest frauds in Canadian history.

Trudeau and Biden did not discuss 'specifics' of freeing '2 Michaels' detained in China: Minister Marc Garneau

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says no firm details or commitment to secure freedom for two Canadians detained in China were discussed at Tuesday's meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden.

Ontario's proposed human trafficking legislation could take burden off victims, says crisis counsellor

An Ontario woman who survived human sex trafficking, and now helps others who have been affected, says new provincial legislation aimed at tackling the issue shows promise.

The Current for Feb. 24, 2021

Today on The Current: Marc Garneau on China and Trudeau’s first bilateral meeting with Biden; we look at a ketamine-assisted therapy study; and British author Eley Williams explores the power of fake words.

Separated by lockdown, this man wrote nearly 300 letters to his wife in a care home

When the pandemic struck last March and stopped Brian Barnes from visiting his wife Joanne in her locked-down care home, he turned to paper and pen to stay in touch.

After 3 years abandoned at sea without pay, this oil tanker crew is on cusp of going home

When a shipping company from the United Arab Emirates hit financial trouble in 2017 and abandoned its oil tanker off the coast of Dubai, it left a small crew still aboard, stranded at sea without pay or a way home.

The Current for Feb. 23, 2021

Today on The Current: Ontario pushes to curb human sex trafficking; letter-writing offers connection in the pandemic; MPs vote to label China's persecution of Uighurs a genocide; and psychedelic therapy: a breakthrough tool in treating mental illness?

Canada is facing a nursing shortage. Here's why it's hard to fill the gap

Canadian nursing schools are seeing a surge in interest amid the pandemic, but experts warn it may not be enough to alleviate the shortage of people working in the profession.

To stop violence against Inuit women, 'we need to heal generations,' says survivor

A Labrador woman who lost both of her parents in a murder-suicide when she was a child says more must be done to tackle the root causes of domestic violence in northern and Inuit communities. Warning: this story contains information about domestic violence that readers may find upsetting.

The Current for Feb. 22, 2021

Today on The Current: The pandemic is inspiring more people to become nurses; concerns over human challenge trial that infects volunteers with COVID-19; a spike in ships abandoned at sea during the pandemic; and why a 60-year-old high school grad says you're "never too old to learn."

For the homeless, Kitchener's Better Tent City offers alternative to typical shelters

On a former industrial site in Kitchener, Ont., there are approximately two dozen brightly coloured cabins. At less than 100 square feet each, they are so small they don’t require a building permit. But for people facing homelessness, the small homes offer crucial features: privacy, a door to lock and a safe place to keep their belongings.

What Facebook's spat with Australia means for Canada

Facebook is drawing condemnation around the world for restricting news content in Australia, after the country announced plans to force tech giants to pay media companies for their work. Terry Flew, a communications professor in Sydney, Australia, and Dwayne Winseck, a journalism professor at Carleton University, explain why the case is a cautionary lesson for Canada.

The Current for Feb. 19, 2021

Today on The Current: What Facebook’s spat with Australia means for Canada; advocates applaud funding for Inuit women impacted by violence; our national affairs panel on China, guns, and the pandemic; and health columnist Andre Picard gives a COVID-19 update.

How the pandemic divided a Quebec town on the U.S.-Canada border

The COVID-19 crisis has kept many of us away from family and friends. But in Stanstead, Que., that divide is even more acute, because the U.S-Canada border — closed tight during this pandemic — runs right through the town. On the latest stop in our Canada’s Road Ahead series, we hear how that border closure is impacting the community, and how residents came together for a rare long-term care success story.

The Current for Feb. 18, 2021

Today on The Current: What we can learn from the Texas blackout; Canada’s Road Ahead: Stanstead, Que., and a border town divided; Brock University professor on NASA’s latest mission to Mars; and tiny homes offer shelter for the homeless in Kitchener, Ont.

COVID-19 vaccine passports must address privacy, equity concerns, say experts

As more countries look to adopt digital COVID-19 vaccine passports, one American tech expert says the certificates should be developed using a “privacy-preserving approach.”

The Current for Feb. 17, 2021

Today on The Current: Vaccine passports are raising privacy and equity concerns; experts call for better supports after a Saskatchewan woman died following release from prison; and a New York Times investigation into online harassment.

How Mellissa Fung's abduction informed her reporting on the girls who escaped from Boko Haram

A former CBC journalist who was taken hostage in Afghanistan says making a documentary about young girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram has helped her grapple with her own trauma.

The Current for Feb. 16, 2021

Today on The Current: Quebec astronaut David Saint-Jacques on trading his space suit for scrubs; we look at the implications of AI that can detect your emotions; and journalist Mellissa Fung’s new documentary, Captive, explores the trauma of abduction.

Bill Gates says innovation sparked by COVID-19 pandemic could help eradicate global diseases

The innovation sparked by the COVID-19 virus will better prepare the world for the next pandemic and could help eradicate global diseases in lower-income countries, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told CBC's The Current.

Bill Gates on tackling climate change and why Canada and U.S. must take the lead

American entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates says Canada and the U.S. must set an example for the rest of the world in the fight against climate change in an interview with CBC's Matt Galloway.

The Current for Feb. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Bill Gates on climate change, the pandemic, and tackling big world problems; why we need early warning systems for future pandemics; and how COVID-19 is impacting birth rates.

How the pandemic brought a N.B. First Nation together to tackle food insecurity

The COVID-19 pandemic has slashed millions of jobs, and with it, many Canadians’ ability to put enough food on the table. But in one New Brunswick First Nation, where access to food has been an issue for years, a local food centre is bringing community members together and helping them build resilience.