They had a fleeting romance — and a son he didn't know about. 50 years later, they're back together

Robin Pitt Taylor had a brief romance with Karen Paul decades ago, before she disappeared from his life without a word.

The Current for June 24, 2021

Today on The Current: National affairs panel on a looming election, and criticism of Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan; documentary The Robin I Knew; and how teachers have coped in a school year like no other.

Most provinces didn't come close to meeting 2020 conservation targets, report says

Quebec and the federal government are the only jurisdictions to come close to meeting Canada's 10-year-old international promise to conserve 17 per cent of its land mass by 2020, a report by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says.

The Current for June 23, 2021

Today on The Current: Afghan interpreters who helped Canada’s military face death threats as allies pull out; how COVAX has fallen short in securing vaccines for poorer nations; and democracies facing threats around the world.

Outgoing Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella on family and learning to be a judge

She’s the first Jewish woman and first former refugee to serve on Canada’s top court, the child of Holocaust survivors, and a legal trailblazer who helped break down barriers for disadvantaged groups. But Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella, 74, who leaves her role on the high court bench on July 1, she says her proudest accomplishment is her family.

The Current for June 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Retiring Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella on her trailblazing career; new report gives some provinces an "F" for conservation efforts; and Canadian veterinarian Rick Quinn on protecting the world’s great apes.

Indigenous teachings can inform our architecture, build a 'better future for our children': Douglas Cardinal

Douglas Cardinal and Wanda Dalla Costa are among seven Indigenous architects featured in a new documentary, From Earth to Sky, about the power of Indigenous architecture. They join us to discuss how Indigenous teachings can be the foundation for replanning and redesigning our cities.

Tackling intergenerational trauma among Indigenous communities

The impact of government policies toward Indigenous people has been passed down through generations. We unpack intergenerational trauma and how Indigenous researchers are building strategies to tackle it.

The Current for June 21, 2021

Today on The Current: Douglas Cardinal on how Indigenous teachings can be the foundation for our cities; the tricky business of standardizing a vaccine passport for a post-pandemic world; and unpacking and tackling intergenerational trauma among Indigenous communities.

Brain implants could let us see another person's 'deepest secrets' — but should we?

A milestone study out of Stanford University that allowed a paralyzed patient to type using only his brain illustrates that it’s possible to essentially “read another person’s mind,” says a systems design engineering professor at the University of Waterloo.

Cactus poaching is actually a thing. And it might be putting some plants at risk of extinction, expert says

Many rare cacti grow in small groups over long periods of time. Conservation expert Barbara Goettsch says poachers who remove them could be doing so before they have a chance to reproduce.

Canadian calls U.S. approval of Alzheimer's drug a 'light at the end of the tunnel,' but scientists skeptical

An 82-year-old Ontario man with mild dementia says he’s excited the United States has approved a new drug that could help treat Alzheimer’s disease, because tackling people’s symptoms isn’t enough. But some experts have questioned the efficacy of the newly approved drug.

The Current for June 18, 2021

Today on The Current: Inadequate housing and overcrowding exacerbating Kashechewan COVID-19 outbreak; Cheri DiNovo on her life as a queer evangelist; national affairs panel on Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq’s exit speech; and how cactus poaching threatens to wipe out entire species.

After coming to Canada as refugees, this high schooler says her mom's hard work inspired her to excel

Ummalhair Owolewa came to Canada four years ago as a refugee. Now she’s graduating with a 92 per cent average, and has dreams of becoming a physician.

The Current for June 17, 2021

Today on The Current, we're celebrating the high school class of 2021, with stories from graduating students across the country, and words of encouragement and advice from prominent Canadians.
CBC Investigates

Some prisoners not offered COVID-19 shots until months after general public, CBC analysis finds

More than 6,700 prisoners across Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 — a rate much higher than the general population. Yet a CBC News analysis has found that in some facilities, prisoners waited until May for their chance at a first vaccination.

The Current for June 16, 2021

Today on The Current: Provinces offering incentives to get vaccinated; Chief Ronald E. Ignace on preserving Indigenous languages; CBC analysis finds slow vaccination rollout in some prisons; and checking in with Jolie Gan, from the class of 2021.

The Current for June 15, 2021

Today on The Current: U.K. delays COVID-19 reopening plans over spread of delta variant; Canadian living with dementia urges approval of new Alzheimer's drug, but scientists skeptical; Carol Anderson on the Second Amendment and a racial reckoning.

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul says she feels 'thrown under the bus' by MP who crossed floor to Liberals

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin crossed the floor from the Greens caucus to the Liberals last week, saying recent party infighting played a role in her decision. Green Party Leader Annamie Paul discusses where her party goes from here, and why she feels she's being "thrown under the bus."

The Current for June 14, 2021

Today on The Current: The events of the G7 Summit, and the work that remains to be done; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what she’s learned about grief; Green Party Leader Annamie Paul on what’s next for the party, after MP crosses floor; and farmers fear drought as summer sets in.

Kids have 'hard questions' about the London attack. Parents say they're learning from those questions too

When Omar Hamam and Ingy Akkary told their children about the attack on a local Muslim family, their sons reacted with fear and confusion. A child and adolescent psychiatrist says it's important to give children space to process traumatic events like this.

She pursued an education when others told her not to. Now, she's a college valedictorian

Ashley Vien said her family struggled with issues like addiction and low income when she was growing up, and that she never really had a home. She wanted something different for her own family, and thought “the way to go was just continuing school.”

The Current for June 11, 2021

Today on The Current: Muslim Canadians call for concrete change after London attack; ethical questions around neural implant technology; and a new report shows how the foster care system is failing Indigenous children.

These Muslim women say harassment because of their faith is constant and relentless

A Toronto legal academic who studies hate crime and Islamophobia says she is tired of Muslim women being asked to recount the violence they face, while “nothing fundamentally changes” to prevent that violence from happening.

The Current for June 10, 2021

Today on The Current, we're celebrating the class of 2021, with stories from graduating students across the country, and words of encouragement and advice from prominent Canadians.