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 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 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

The Current Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Can the media ever get it right?

It's a story that generates a level of scrutiny, debate and fury unlike almost any other. As part of its Eye on the Media series, CBC Radio's The Current asks how journalists are doing with their coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and examines audience reactions.
  • 2014
  • 00:19:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/16/2014

The Current Labels are for Cans: Managing autism in the workplace

People with high-functioning autism are said to have an "invisible disability." But it's not always completely invisible. There can be problems communicating, troublesome ticks, or socially inappropriate behaviour. Sometimes, it's enough to result in dismissal. Advocates say workplaces should be more accommodating. But as CBC reporter Julie Ireton discovered, there is a bigger debate taking place about whether workers with ...
  • 2014
  • 00:19:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/16/2014

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 Disability and the Justice System

What do you do with an adult daughter whose disability keeps her in perpetual childhood and whose outbursts of anger and violence lead to criminal charges? In Halifax this week two parents went public, raising these concerns about their respective daughters and arguing that their children's behaviour is being criminalized when they should be treated with compassion and receive help. ...
  • 2014
  • 00:19:44
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/19/2014

The Current Should allergy protection in schools be a human right?

Like many children across the country, Elodie has a life-threatening food allergy. Her mom Lynn Glover removed Elodie from her Hamilton, Ontario school last fall because she believed the school wasn't offering enough protection. She's since filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario claiming her daughter faced discrimination. In 2006, Ontario created the first law in the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:22:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/07/2014

The Current Human Trafficking of Inuit Women and Girls

They don't even have a name for it in Inuktitut, but a new study says human trafficking of Inuit women and girls is an alarming trend that must be tackled. There are reports of families approached to sell babies, and Aboriginal youth between 11 and 14 lured with free trips south and then trafficked for sex. Anna Maria Tremonti hears ...
  • 2014
  • 00:22:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

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 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