The Current

The Current for June 23, 2022

Today on The Current: Teens targeted in global sextortion scams; MPs issued personal panic buttons; concerns that new language law will hurt Quebec’s tech sector; and one Toronto man’s 15-year fight to remove suspected illegal billboards.

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Daniel Lints was a 17-year-old Manitoba boy who was blackmailed after being coerced into sharing an explicit image of himself with someone online. Not long after, Daniel died by suicide. Guest host Duncan McCue talks to Daniel's parents about what they want other families to know; and discusses the risk of online sextortion with Signy Arnason, associate executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. 

Then, Canadian MPs are being issued personal panic buttons. We discuss the levels of anger and abuse in public life, and the impact it's having on politics, with Liberal MP Pam Damoff, Conservative MP Ziad Aboultaif, and NDP MP Charlie Angus.

Plus, Quebec's new language law, Bill 96, aims to preserve French — but some business leaders worry it could trigger a quiet exodus of jobs and investment in the tech sector. We talk to Lloyd Segal, president and CEO of Repare Therapeutics, a Montreal-based biotechnology company that develops cancer drugs.

And Dave Meslin has spent 15 years fighting to have massive, "ugly" billboards removed in Toronto, saying many don't even have legal permits. Meslin shares his story, and we hear from Montreal City Councillor Alex Norris about similar efforts in his borough.

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