The Current

The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. The Current's team of journalists - based in every major region of the country - think locally and globally. They don't just talk about the issues. They poke and prod them and look at them from new angles, shedding light on what needs to be exposed and taking delight in the surprising twists and turns stories can take. Nothing's off limits - politics, business, culture, justice, science, religion. If it's pertinent to Canadians, it's on the Current agenda.

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Episodes

The Current Could Pay-What-You-Can Tuition Work in Canada?

Many Canadian students scrape together thousands of dollars in loans, grants and savings for tuition fees... and still deal with crushing debt after graduation. People who've endured it successfully might say it's a rite of passage, or a good hard lesson in money management. But the State of Oregon thinks students may benefit from different rites and different lessons. It's ...
  • 2013
  • 00:22:55
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/25/2013

The Current Rags to Riches to Rags: Sudden Wealth Syndrome

Unexpected money... for some it's a blessing. For others, it can bring a host of problems. As part of the season-long series Project Money, The Current sits down with the newly rich for a look at the surprising consequences of sudden wealth. For those of us who haven't crashed headlong into money, it's hard to believe there can be a downside to ...
  • 2013
  • 00:21:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/25/2013

The Current Sanctuary: Nigerian Students Face Deportation

For more than 400 days, two Nigerian women, Victoria Ordu and Ihouma Amadi, both students at the University of Regina, avoided the full force of Canadian law by taking sanctuary in a Saskatchewan church. They faced deportation over violating their student visas by briefly working illegally off campus, but supporters, including university officials, don't think the punishment fits the crime.
  • 2013
  • 00:22:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

The Current Starvation Politics: Aboriginal Nutrition Experiments

If Canada is contrite about taking First Nations children from their families and sending them to residential schools, what apology is appropriate for not feeding them enough once there? We explore new revelations that some Aboriginal people were kept intentionally malnourished for government nutritional experiments. Newly uncovered documents reveal that about the time Canadian soldiers shouldered weapons to stop some ...
  • 2013
  • 00:20:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

The Current This Land is My Land: Nisga'a First Nation Moves to Privatize Land

As part of The Current's Project Money, Laura Lynch looks at a plan some are excited to begin, and others want to stop before it starts. Fifteen years after signing an historic and financially empowering land deal with the federal and provincial governments, the Nisga'a First Nation is among the first Aboriginal groups to approve ownership of private property.
  • 2013
  • 00:22:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

The Current Vulnerable LGBT Homeless Youth

Among homeless Canadians between 16 and 24 years old, 20-40% are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The Current looks at the challenges facing LGBT youth, considered the most vulnerable in the already very vulnerable population of homeless people.
  • 2013
  • 00:23:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/17/2014

The Current Where's the Male Birth Control Pill?

Drug companies may be willing to supply a birth control pill for men - however there is that little problem of demand. CBC Radio's The Current asks about the slow pace of research into contraceptives for men. 
  • 2013
  • 00:25:21
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/15/2013

The Current Who Qualifies for Victim Assistance?

When someone is murdered, provincial programs offer payments worth thousands of dollars to grieving children, spouses, parents or siblings. But if the murder victim has a criminal connection, those same relatives are ruled ineligible. Should they be? Some victims groups are arguing for equal treatment. Others insist crime should never pay anyone, including the relatives.
  • 2013
  • 00:23:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

The Current Wren Kauffman: Being a Transgender Boy

Wren Kauffman is like many pre-teen boys. He loves martial arts. He's a voracious reader. What makes him different from most teenage boys is that Wren used to be known to friends and family as Wrenna. The Current spoke with Wren, his mother Wen, and his little sister Avy at the beginning of the 2013 school year. In April 2014, Wren received ...
  • 2013
  • 00:19:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/17/2014