The Current

The Current for September 20, 2019

Reckoning with Canada's long history of racism; how the Trudeau blackface scandal is renewing calls for more diversity in Canada's newsrooms; why monarch butterflies are returning to Canada; and as conversations heat up around a ban on handguns, an inside look at Canada’s gun lobby.
Rosemary Barton, co-host of The National, is today's guest host for The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current with guest host Rosemary Barton:

  • What do those images of Justin Trudeau in blackface say about confronting racism in Canada, and how we reckon with our past? El Jones, activist and former poet laureate for Halifax, and Kamal Al-Solaylee, from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, dive into what it means and where we go from here.

  • Most of the journalists peppering Trudeau with questions about the brown and blackface images have been white. And many journalists of colour say when you're covering an explosive story about race, that's a problem. Manisha Krishnan of Vice, Anita Li of Canadian Journalists of Colour, and Tanya Talaga from the Toronto Star discuss what Canadian newsrooms need to change.

  • Why monarch butterflies are returning to Canada

  • And as conversations heat up around handgun bans, The Fifth Estate's Mark Kelley gives us a look inside Canada's gun lobby.


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