The Current

The Current for July 22, 2019

Today on The Current: U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on four congresswomen of colour are mounting concerns about racism in Canada and what can be done to stop it. Then, we revisit our One Bullet series on gun violence in Canada with one mother's decades-long wait for justice following the death of her son. We continue the series by exploring the murder of Lynn Kalmring, who was shot to death by her common-law partner in 2011.
Laura Lynch is guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

  • As the United States grapples with President Donald Trump's tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of colour — which many opponents have labelled as racist — concerns are mounting about bigoted comments in Canada. To discuss the impact of racism on public discourse and what can be done to tackle it, we spoke to activist and social worker Sarah Adjekum, sociologist Maggie Hagerman and author Mychal Denzel Smith. 
  • Justin Shephard, a promising high school basketball star, was 19 when he was gunned down near his Toronto home in 2001. Nearly two decades later, his mother Audette is still waiting for someone to come forward and identify the shooter. The Current examines the impact of gun violence in Canada in our One Bullet series; and we start with Audette's story, Waiting for a Witness.
  • Four out of five victims in solved homicides are known to their killer. That was exactly the case for Lynn Kalmring, who was shot and killed by her common-law partner in 2011. As part of our One Bullet series, we look at the dramatic impact her death continues to have on the people close to her in A Heavy Burden.