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We're working to 'plug the leaks' that put guns in wrong hands: Minister Bill Blair

After One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence that aired last week, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair discusses efforts to reduce gun violence in Canada.

Death of Gilles Duceppe's mother is latest in series of preventable tragedies: reporter

Hélène Rowley Hotte, 93, died of hypothermia Sunday after getting locked out of the Lux Gouverneur seniors' complex when an alarm went off. We talk to The Globe and Mail's health columnist André Picard about how tragedies like this can be avoided.

Do you swear at Alexa? What our treatment of AI assistants says about humans

Do you swear or lash out at Siri or Google when the AI assistant doesn’t follow your commands? We talk to experts about what our interactions with the devices could say about human beings.

How to play CBC Radio on your new smart speaker

Got a new device for the holidays? Here's how to hear us on it.

Video of teen, Indigenous protester standoff let people confirm their own fears: writer

As more information emerges, a rush to draw damning conclusions from video of an Indigenous protester and teenagers in MAGA hats shows our personal and political bias, says one writer.

The Current for January 22, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the rush to draw damning conclusions from video of the Indigenous protester and the teenagers in MAGA hats; plus, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair discusses efforts to reduce gun violence in Canada; we look at how to avoid tragedies like the death of Hélène Rowley Hotte, a 93-year-old who froze to death after getting locked out of her home; and what does swearing at AI assistants say about us as human beings?

No 'silver bullet' solution to urban-rural divide on gun ownership, says expert

We hear from listeners moved by our One Bullet series, and talk to advocates, activists and policy-makers about how to combat gun violence.

Meet Papa Goose, the man who raised and flew with seven fluffy goslings — all in the name of science

Scientist Michael Quetting raised seven goslings from the moment they hatched, in an elaborate experiment to gather weather data. But after three months of providing round-the-clock care for the gaggle, he says he learned a lot from being their Papa Goose.

Women allege that RCMP doctor used his authority to sexually assault them in 1980s

Three women are alleging that they were sexually assaulted as new RCMP recruits in the 1980s, by the doctor who performed their medical examinations.

The Current for January 21, 2019

Today on The Current: Three women go public with sexual assault allegations against an RCMP doctor in the 1980s; plus we hear from listeners moved by our One Bullet series, and discuss how to combat gun violence; and we meet a scientist who raised seven goslings in order to conduct a weather experiment, but ended up becoming their Papa Goose.

Decision to kill: A police sniper's bullet saved one life and ended another

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man took a stranger hostage in front of Toronto’s main transit hub. After an intense standoff with police that lasted about an hour, he was dead.

Video of baby being taken by child services will follow the girl her whole life: expert

You may have seen images this week a fraught encounter in a Winnipeg hospital. Did you share them? In a world saturated with powerful, painful, personal images, we look at how we bear witness, and what to consider before you hit "share."

Why this writer says burnout carries 'a different weight' for people of colour

A Buzzfeed essay arguing millennials have become the burnout generation has struck a chord with many people since it went viral this month, but one woman says burnout isn’t a new phenomenon solely affecting white, middle-class people.

Fear a 'prominent feature' in Burkina Faso as armed presence grows, says expert

Canadian citizen Kirk Woodman was abducted and killed in Burkina Faso this week, while Quebec woman Edith Blais went missing in the country weeks ago. We speak to two experts about who is behind the violence, and why.

The Current for January 18, 2019

Today on The Current: With one Canadian killed and another missing, we look at the security situation in Burkina Faso; plus, we explore the ethics of sharing images online, and how to bear witness in a world saturated with powerful, painful, and personal images; and millennials are often labelled as lazy and entitled, but are they just suffering from burnout?
One Bullet

Clint Malarchuk suffered a horrific sporting injury. But PTSD put his life in peril again, decades later

Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again.

Gun violence takes a heavy toll on families of victims, says trauma surgeon

As part of One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence, we speak to two trauma surgeons who are faced with the reality of what bullets do to bodies.

Indigenous ownership won't solve problems with Trans Mountain pipeline, says Squamish Nation councillor

A group of Indigenous leaders are meeting in Calgary this week with the oil industry to discuss options for purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline. We hear from those on both sides of the debate.

Removing Lac-Mégantic images from Netflix shows should be 'no-brainer,' says academic

A real-life catastrophe killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013, but now footage from the event has found its way into a series and film on Netflix, upsetting residents of the Quebec town. We look at the ethics around using archival footage for entertainment purposes.

The Current for January 17, 2019

Today on The Current: Our One Bullet series continues with a look at how undiagnosed trauma can haunt a life for decades; plus, we talk to two trauma surgeons about the reality of what bullets do to bodies; we look at a First Nations proposal to buy the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion; and we look at the ethics of buying and selling archival footage, after images from the 2013 Lac Megantic disaster ended up in a Netflix show.

We want to hear from you: How has gun violence affected you and your community?

One Bullet is a CBC investigation into the impact of gun violence in our country, one bullet, one person at a time.
One Bullet

Fatal sniper bullet was 'only solution' to end 2004 Union Station standoff, negotiator says

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man with a long history of spousal abuse took a stranger hostage in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The gunman had just tried to kill his estranged wife at a nearby food court and was cornered by police in a tense standoff that captivated Canadians and ended with a sniper’s bullet.

From 46 to 77 years old, these women are defying age to pursue a figure skating dream

On a whim, a tight-knit squad of adult female figure skaters in Kelowna, B.C., decided to try and compete in the 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Germany. We heard from two of the women about the bond the group formed on the ice, and a journey that was both life-affirming and exhausting.

'Dark times ahead,' but Brexit will be worth it in the long term, says financier

After British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was defeated in parliament Tuesday, what's next for the troubled process? And what does it all mean for the people living in uncertainty?

The Current for January 16, 2019

Today on The Current: We continue our One Bullet series with a look back at a dramatic hostage situation outside Union Station in Toronto in 2004; plus, we explore what the defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal means for the troubled process; and we talk to a tight-knit squad of adult female figure skaters in Kelowna, B.C., who decided on a whim to compete in the 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Germany.