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Western nations must send 'clear message' to Russia in wake of opposition leader's detainment, says politician

A Russian opposition politician and pro-democracy advocate is urging Canada and other Western nations to impose sanctions on Russia after an outspoken Kremlin critic was detained upon his return to Moscow over the weekend.

Being a leading Black voice in sci-fi writing is a 'joyful' responsibility: Nalo Hopkinson

When science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson was named Damon Knight Grand Master, she became both the first Black woman and the youngest recipient to win the award. She hopes the honour will encourage more marginalized voices in the science fiction and fantasy communities to be respected.

The Current for Jan. 19, 2021

Today on The Current: Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returns to a Moscow jail cell; coping with loneliness in the pandemic; and Nalo Hopkinson on the "joyful" responsibility of being a leading Black voice in sci-fi writing.

Here's what a lawyer says about the constitutionality of a B.C. travel ban

Calls are mounting for the B.C. government to impose an inter-provincial travel ban, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cara Zwibel, a lawyer and director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, says the courts must weigh whether such a restriction is “reasonable and justified.”

Shan't be forgotten: Latest TikTok trend is revitalizing traditional seafaring tunes

It's perhaps one of the more unusual trends to emerge from TikTok, the video-sharing app popular largely among teenagers and young adults, but a sudden interest in sea shanties has taken the internet by storm.

The Current for Jan. 18, 2021

Today on The Current: Triage protocols outline who gets care if COVID-19 overwhelms hospitals; a coal mine proposal divides Alberta communities; the B.C. government is considering restricting non-essential travel from other provinces; and sea shanties have a moment on TikTok.

'Above all, be kind to yourself': Suicide survivor shares mental health advice for the pandemic

As Canadians attempt to cope with a pandemic winter, suicide survivor Angie Elliott offers some tips and tricks for better mental health and how sharing grief can help decrease grief.

Biden should resist pursuing Trump once he leaves office: ex-FBI director James Comey

Former FBI director James Comey says U.S. president-elect Joe Biden should consider carefully the "collateral consequences" of pursuing criminal investigations against U.S. President Donald Trump once he leaves office or risk having Trump dominate his own presidency.

The Current for Jan. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Biden should consider pardoning Trump once he leaves office, says ex-FBI director James Comey; Finding ways to cope in pandemic winter; Canadians building backyard ice rinks.

U.S. Capitol riot a textbook example of 'an act of terrorism,' says expert

Bruce Hoffman has studied terrorism and insurgencies for more than 40 years. He discusses whether Trump's impeachment will inflame violence among his supporters and the risk of unrest at next week's inauguration.

The Current for Jan. 14, 2021

Today on The Current: Can COVID-19 stay-at-home orders work without paid sick days?; Restaurants pivot during pandemic and look to the future; Journalist Lesley Stahl on covering the Trump era; Terrorism expert on U.S. Capitol attack

Irish PM issues state apology following report about 'traumatic' mother and baby homes

Ireland's Prime Minister Micheál Martin has offered a state apology to the survivors of mother and baby homes, where unwed women were forcefully separated from their children. We discussed the trauma of these institutions with survivor Anne Harris and Colm O'Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International in Ireland.

Conservatives must reject Trumpism and address voter anger rather than stoking it, says strategist

Longtime Conservative strategist Ken Boessenkool says he's often tolerated "casual Trumpism" in his political and personal life, but no more. He wants his party to address populism and voter anger with policy that solves the problems motivating it.

The Current for Jan. 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Historian Jill Lepore on whether the U.S. needs a post-Trump truth and reconciliation commission; Conservative strategist Ken Boessenkool on rooting ‘casual Trumpism’ out of Canadian politics; Survivors of Irish mother and baby homes receive state apology; Pandemic gives Toronto woman push to launch her dream business

Terror designation without investing in prevention and intervention work a 'Band-Aid solution': expert

The federal government is considering a terrorist designation for the far-right Proud Boys group. Matt Galloway discusses what the designation would mean and the work of deradicalization with two experts in extremism.

New hockey season a matter of 'survival' for NHL teams: sports writer

New NHL season kicks off Wednesday, but teams have already faced problems and delays related to coronavirus concerns.

The Current for Jan. 12, 2021

Today on The Current: Proud Boys, terrorist designations, and the work of deradicalization; Gavi CEO Seth Berkley on getting vaccines to poorer countries; Are we moving fast enough to protect residents in Canada’s long-term care homes; NHL season kicks off tomorrow as pandemic rages on

Roman Mars spotlights cool urban design elements in his book The 99% Invisible City

In his podcast 99% Invisible, Roman Mars tells the fascinating backstories of everyday things that we may not give a second thought, from barbed wire to a plaque on a bench. He's spun that out into his book The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.

'Significant' risk of misidentifying U.S. Capitol attackers from viral footage, says researcher

A researcher who is archiving images and video from the attack on the U.S. Capitol says the work of identifying those involved must be "conducted very thoroughly, very slowly."

The Current for Jan. 11, 2021

Today on The Current: Doctors weigh in on how to get COVID-19 under control in Canada; Identifying U.S. Capitol rioters, and whether Trump could be removed from office in his final days; 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars on the benefits of slowing down and looking around

As airlines entice travellers, health expert says gov't must enforce stronger travel rules

A Toronto-based health expert says the federal government should be doing more to crack down on non-essential travel as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies in Canada.

Refugees in Canada share recipes and tastes of home in new digital cookbook

A new cookbook from the UN Refugee Agency in Canada shares recipes from refugees who have made Canada their home — highlighting the tastes and aromas that connect them to the homes they left behind.

The Current for Jan. 8, 2020

Today on The Current: U.S. Capitol mayhem was a long time coming, and fuelled by social media, say far-right watchers; Canadian airlines are encouraging people to travel amid the pandemic; the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Israel, India and France; and one year on from the crash that killed 176 people, we speak with fathers of Flight PS752 victims.

Epidemiologists call for mandatory COVID-19 testing in schools amid rising case counts

Reopening schools for in-person learning in parts of Canada where COVID-19 cases are on the rise would be like “adding fuel to the fire,” says a Toronto-based infectious disease expert.

Unlikely Trump will be removed from office, but keep him away from 'sharp objects': conservative commentator

Calls for U.S. President Donald Trump to be removed from office might not be most prudent course of action, says John Fund, a columnist with the National Review.