• God Save Justin Trudeau: a look into 21st century Canadian politics


    With Justin Trudeau elected prime minister following the October 19, 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party has once again formed a majority government in Canada. Prior to joining Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair in the electoral race, Trudeau was already a well-known political figure in the country. One of the most famous, and perhaps controversial, events in recent years took place when the Liberal Party leader came face to face with Senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match on March 31, 2012.

    God Save Justin Trudeau is a documentary film that takes viewers through Trudeau's months-long training for the bout, which ultimately led to his victory in the ring. At the time, Trudeau was Member of Parliament for Montreal's Papineau riding. As the film's co-director Guylaine Maroist explains, the documentary was meant to be a metaphor for sensationalism on the political scene.

    See a side of the Liberal Pary leader you hadn't seen before in this documentary that is neither a boxing film nor a Liberal propaganda piece. One thing for sure  – no one will be left indifferent by God Save Justin Trudeau.

    On 1 November 2015, as part of the first edition of the Vevey International Funny Film Festival in Switzerland, the documentary was awarded the first VIFFF d'Or for Best Film in the International Competition.

  • Keeping Canada Alive: a closer look into our health care system


    Narrated by Emmy® Award-winning Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, Keeping Canada Alive is an epic, groundbreaking six-part factual series that gives viewers a powerful snapshot of Canada's health care system as filmed over a 24-hour period in May 2015. More than 60 cameras descended on health and home care locations in 24 Canadian cities to capture incredibly moving and highly intimate stories as shared by patients and health care providers. 

    The cameras rolled as people sought treatment and medical professionals did everything they could to provide it. In addition, the companion online experience is one of the most ambitious to date and features more than 40 hours of extended breakout footage, original content, as well as an online 24-hour stream of raw footage.

  • Yahya Samatar: from humanitarian worker to refugee

    How far would you go for freedom? DNTO dedicates an episode to one man's harrowing journey from Somalia to the banks of Manitoba's Red River.

    Entering Canada was the scariest moment of Yahya Samatar’s life. But that’s not even the beginning of his incredible odyssey, and it’s far from the end. As the refugee crisis continues to grip the world's attention, DNTO host Sook-Yin Lee zeroes in on one refugee’s epic story. How he survived a death sentence in Somalia, hacked his way through Central American jungles, endured months behind bars and, against all odds, hoisted himself up the muddy banks of the Red River.

    In the season premiere of DNTO, find out how, in just his first few weeks in Canada, this total stranger from the other side of the world has burst into the lives of Canadians and compelled them to act.


  • Shale gas development in Pennsylvania: lessons for New Brunswick?

    Shale gas development continues to face controversy in New Brunswick.

    On the one side, those against the industry worry about its impact on water and air.

    On the other side, the government is banking on shale gas as New Brunswick's answer to job creation and getting out of debt.

    Pennsylvania has been down this road before. In this CBC News Special, reporter Jennifer Choi takes a look at how shale gas has benefited some areas of the state.

    Watch the three-part series: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

  • Federal Election 2015: Peter Mansbridge’s interviews with party leaders

    “What is it about you that you feel should make you a prime minister?”

    CBC News's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sat down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the election on October 19.

    The aim: to give voters a better sense of the leaders themselves and their politics. 

    "The premise is simple; the execution a challenge," Mansbridge writes.

    "We requested the same thing from each of the parties: a full 30 minutes with their leaders, uninterrupted in a venue of their choice, but away from the campaign trail, away from the rallies and the whistle-stops and the media buses.

    "The interviews would be wide-ranging. No topic was off limits, and, as with every one we do, no questions were provided beforehand."

    One question that was particularly tricky for each of the leaders: "​What is it about you that you feel should make you a prime minister?" The answers are surprising.

    Watch all the interviews on Curio.ca now.

    The videos appear in the order the interviews originally aired on CBC's The National:

    Stephen Harper interview 

    Justin Trudeau interview 

    Thomas Mulcair interview 

    Elizabeth May interview 

  • Fall 2015 Catalogue now available!

    With the new school year freshly underway, Curio.ca is pleased to present you with our latest catalogue! Discover the new functionalities we’ve added to Curio.ca in recent months, along with the latest releases, classroom favourites, must-see/must-haves and our collections.


  • CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series Highlights Aboriginal Women Leaders

    Dream Makers panelists spoke of their motivations, challenges and how to move forward


    On June 16, CBC Vancouver presented CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series: Dream Makers, a panel event that highlights successful aboriginal women and celebrates the unique experiences that have led them to become leaders in the community.

    The panel discussion, moderated by CBC's Duncan McCue and hosted by Lisa Charleyboy, featured four female leaders who shared their stories of how they overcame challenges to achieve success.

    The speakers were:

    ·  Melanie Mark, a community advocate

    ·  Dorothy Grant, an acclaimed artist and fashion designer

    ·  Laurie Sterritt, the director of Aboriginal Employment, Education and Procurement at B.C. Hydro

    ·  Dr. Gwen Point, the Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley

    Here are highlights from the event:

    We're all in the middle of a big city here, running big city lives. How do you stay in touch with culture here in the city?

    Gwen Point: There's no question that it is a part of who you are, and I make it a part of who I am. I tell people I'm First Nations, whether I'm dressed in my traditional regalia or I'm dressed in street clothes. I make it a part of my day. I go from a longhouse to my job, go from my home to a sweat lodge. And I've had the privilege, of course, of teaching about First Nations. When I ask the elders, how do you teach about a longhouse, how do I teach about a cedar tree? They told me, don't talk about it, do it. So education — I bring my students to a longhouse. I make it a part of my everyday.

    How, as indigenous women, do you balance the responsibility to your community versus being an individual and individual success?

    Dorothy Grant: I think it's by example. In 1989, I did my first fashion show in Hotel Vancouver and it received incredible response. About three weeks later, I took that same show to Skidegate and I asked young people and elders to be my models. We did the very same show, but with different models. My community just embraced it and this was very early on. I've kept that connection with my people and that's been very important for me, that they, in the beginning, endorsed what I was doing because nobody at the time was doing anything like this, so it was really stepping out on the ledge. To have their support was a major thing for me. Each sort of success that I've had, I feel like my community's been behind me.

    For more panel discussion highlights, click here.

  • Now on Curio.ca: Conspiracy of Silence

    Conspiracy of Silence (1991)

    A tragic and troubling true story which made headlines across the nation, this two-hour drama recounts the life of Helen Betty Osborne, a young Aboriginal student who was brutally beaten and slain in a The Pas, Manitoba town in 1971.

    Osborne’s murder remained unsolved for nearly 16 years, despite the fact that within days of the tragedy, rumours began circulating of the identity of the four men involved. It gradually came to light that rather than come forward with information, the townspeople closed ranks and refused to help the RCMP in their investigation. When finally brought to trial, a grim account of racism and conspiracy unfolded.

    Based on material from the book Conspiracy of Silence by Toronto Star journalist Lisa Priest.

    WARNING: This program contains disturbing images, language and subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.


  • Three-part documentary series The Great Human Odyssey now available on Curio.ca


    Take a journey around the world and back in time with anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson, and discover the miracle of our species.

    The three-part documentary series The Great Human Odyssey explores the unlikely survival and miraculous emergence of Homo sapiens as the world’s only global species. Ancient climate research has revealed that we evolved during the most volatile era since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Just like the many other kinds of human who once shared our world, we should have died away. Instead, our species survived to populate every corner of the planet, against all the odds.

    Over 18 months of filming, Niobe followed in the footsteps of our ancestors across locations on five continents, working with 22 Canadian, American and South African cinematographers, including aerials, underwater, and ultra-slow motion specialists. Equipped with the next generation of ultraHD 4K cameras, film crews worked in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, including Arctic Siberia, remote South Pacific islands, tropical rainforests and African deserts.

    On Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River, Niobe witnessed the extremely rare skin cutting initiation of the Crocodile People. His crew was the first in film history to visit the Badjao – the world’s last breath-hold diving nomads – in their war-torn homeland in the southern Philippines. In Russia, they filmed over the course of a full year in a closed border zone on the Bering Strait, eventually succeeding in their goal of capturing a traditional Inuit nest raid on 200-meter high sea cliffs.

    At the same time, their cameras had privileged access to one of the world’s leading ancient DNA laboratories, where research on early human remains is explaining the mysteries of our survival, including the enigma of our ancestral interbreeding with Neanderthals.

    The Great Human Odyssey boasts a live symphonic and choral score by Darren Fung, recorded with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and ProCoro Canada at one of North America’s leading acoustic spaces, Edmonton’s renowned Winspear Opera Hall.

    To learn more, click here to visit the series’ interactive website

  • To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), rediscover the journey of the Sedna IV schooner and its crew in the captivating series 1000 Days for the Planet

    Biodiversity on our planet is in trouble. Plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate unprecedented in earth’s history. Some scientists believe that if nothing is done, between a third and half of all species on earth could disappear by the end of the century.

    The series 1000 Days for the Planet offers a troubling overview of the situation. Following the journey of the oceanographic schooner Sedna IV and its crew, the series captivates viewers with footage that is strikingly beautiful and spectacular, but also brutally hard to watch at times. Ultimately, however, the accounts of scientists engaged in a never-ending struggle to save our planet’s species form a truly inspiring story for all citizens of the world.