The Current

Checking-In on The Carbon Bubble, rethinking refugee camps, misogyny & more

It is Thursday. Time to check-in on what our listeners had to say about the week that was on The Current. From what happens popping the carbon bubble to looking for new alternatives to refugee camps to opting out of mandated standardized testing.
Young refugees wait for the arrival of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The UNHCR has initiated a new policy, aimed at creating alternatives to refugee camps. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

It is Thursday. 

Our producer Josh Bloch joined Anna Maria in studio to check-in n what our listeners had to say about the week that was on The Current. 

Today's segment includes:

Bursting The Carbon Bubble: Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets is deeply skeptical about the sustainability of the oil sands and the wisdom of trying to turn Canada into a global energy superpower.

Executioners Wanted: The practice of beheading has been continuing at such a pace in Saudi Arabia that the country's Ministry of the Civil Service has posted a "help wanted" ad, seeking to hire eight new executioners.

Mandated Standardized Tests: Standardized tests have become a flashpoint across North America, fuelling heated debates among parents, educators and researchers. Last week, Ontario's province-wide standardized tests, the EQAO, were postponed indefinitely for students in Grades 3 and 6, as a work-to-rule action by elementary teachers.

Rethinking Refugee Camps: Ater years of seeing refugee camps as the solution to human crises, the United Nations Refugee Agency has initiated a new policy, aimed at creating alternatives to refugee camps.

Sexual Harassment in the Military: Nicola Peffers held the rank of Ordinary Seaman in the Canadian Navy. She brought forward complaints of sexual harassment while on duty, though none of her allegations have been proven in court. 

Workplace Inclusiveness for LGBT Employees:Many Canadian LGBT employees are uncomfortable about disclosing their sexuality and gender identity at work. That is one of the findings of a new report by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. 

TV Reporters/Harassment: When TV reporter Shauna Hunt was trying to do her job, Shawn Simoes and his friends harassed her on camera. The video prompted Shawn Simoe's employer, Hydro One to fire him. Should off-duty behaviour be grounds for disciplining employees? 

We always love to hear from you with anything you have to say about what you hear on the program.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch and Carole Ito.