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Front Burner is your essential daily news podcast, brought to you by CBC News & CBC Podcasts. Every weekday Front Burner takes you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world.


36 years later: The truth about who murdered Christine Jessop
Oct 20 • 24 min
After 36 years, an infamous cold case involving the rape and mutilation of a little girl has finally been solved. The horrific mystery surrounding the abduction and murder of Christine Jessop captured the attention of the nation in the ’80s and led to the…
Arson, violence and a decades-old fishing feud
Oct 19 • 24 min
Opposition to the launch of a Mi’kmaw lobster fishery in Nova Scotia last month has grown increasingly violent. Over the past week, two facilities storing Mi’kmaw catches were targeted and vandalized by several hundred non-Indigenous commercial fishermen…
The problems pile up for Alberta
Oct 16 • 23 min
This week, the Alberta government detailed cuts to the province’s health service, including up to 11,000 layoffs. While all of Canada’s provinces have taken an economic hit because of COVID, Alberta in particular has been clobbered. Oil and gas revenues…
A fatal 12-story fall, and a no-knock police search
Oct 15 • 20 min
Anthony Aust died last week, after falling 12 storeys during a raid by Ottawa police of his home. He was out on bail and under the supervision of his family. His mother, stepfather, and brother spoke to the CBC about how traumatizing the no-knock search…
Who’s the GOAT: Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
Oct 14 • 24 min
On Sunday, L.A. Lakers star LeBron James took home his fourth NBA championship and his fourth finals MVP award. He also became the first player to have won a championship on three different teams. Those wins are reviving an old debate over who gets to…
COVID-19 update: Explaining rapid tests and experimental treatments
Oct 13 • 23 min
Parts of Canada are back in lockdown as cases of COVID-19 spike across the country, particularly in Ontario and Quebec. And with the cold weather setting in, it’s tough to imagine how we may be able to return to normal. But there are some developments:…
The Central Park Five’s Yusef Salaam on life after wrongful conviction
Oct 12 • 21 min
When Yusef Salaam was 15, he and four other teenage boys were falsely accused of raping a woman in New York’s Central Park. Salaam was imprisoned for nearly seven years before he was exonerated. His life story has inspired a new book called Punching the…
Will a fix for racial bias in jury trials backfire?
Oct 9 • 21 min
In 2018, the public outcry around the Gerald Stanley case, where a white farmer was acquitted in the killing of Colton Boushie, a young Indigenous man, paved the way for the creation of Bill C-75. It’s legislation meant to address racism in the jury…
Aging Presidential candidates loom over VP debate
Oct 8 • 21 min
Last night, Vice-Presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris faced off in their one and only debate of the 2020 campaign. The debate comes less than a week after Donald Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus, and in a race between the two oldest…
New Green Party Leader Annamie Paul’s vision for Canada
Oct 7 • 21 min
Annamie Paul, a Toronto-based human rights lawyer, was on Saturday elected leader of the Green Party of Canada — becoming the first elected Black leader of a major federal party. She takes over from Elizabeth May, who stepped down last year, after 14…
Her mother survived the first wave in long-term care. Then the second wave came
Oct 6 • 27 min
Iona Guindon felt lucky that her mother Perriette’s long-term care home in Ottawa was spared in the first wave of the pandemic. But an outbreak that began on Aug. 30 exposed Iona to horrifying scenes inside the home, and left her wondering why West End…
Donald Trump has COVID-19. Now what?
Oct 5 • 22 min
On Sunday, doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center briefed the media on the health of U.S. President Donald Trump. The news conference came after a whirlwind weekend where a growing number of the president’s inner circle, including first…
Indigenous woman records racist abuse in her dying moments
Oct 2 • 20 min
As she lay dying, Joyce Echaquan clicked on her phone to broadcast a Facebook Live video from her hospital bed, as staff hurled racist remarks at her. You can hear Joyce call out for her husband to come get her, but that would never happen. The 37 year…
Will Ontario’s second wave become a tsunami?
Oct 1 • 21 min
Like many places in Canada, summer felt a bit more normal in Ontario, at least by pandemic standards. But as Premier Doug Ford said earlier this week, the province is officially in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today on Front Burner, CBC’s…
U.S. President refuses to condemn white supremacists, militias in debate
Sep 30 • 20 min
While the interruptions made the debate hard to follow, it’s what U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t say that was most notable. When asked to condemn white supremacists and far-right militias, Trump would not. When asked if he would call on his supporters…
A Canadian said he killed for ISIS. The RCMP say it’s a hoax
Sep 29 • 21 min
The story was chronicled in detail in the mega-hit New York Times podcast Caliphate: a young Canadian man who claimed he had travelled to Syria to join ISIS, committing executions on behalf of the group before becoming disillusioned and fleeing. Now,…
Anti-mask conspiracy movement thriving in Quebec
Sep 28 • 22 min
Across Quebec, a COVID-19 conspiracy movement with ties to the far right is gaining ground — even as new cases continue to skyrocket. Today, CBC Montreal digital reporter Jonathan Montpetit joins us to talk about what has caused this conspiracy movement…
Introducing: Brainwashed
Sep 26 • 23 min
Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and…
‘Breonna Taylor’s killing was an institutional one’
Sep 25 • 21 min
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday said there would be no charges against Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor back in March. Only one of three men involved, who has since been fired from the force, was indicted,…
Liberals promise child care, one million jobs and more
Sep 24 • 23 min
On Wednesday, the Liberals laid out what they called an “ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality” in the speech from the throne, pledging to extend some COVID-19 emergency supports, boost child care spending, create a million jobs, and more. Today,…
Is COVID-19 airborne? The CDC said yes, then no
Sep 23 • 21 min
This weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sparked a major controversy after updating, then removing, a warning about the airborne spread of COVID-19. Today, CBC senior health writer Adam Miller joins us to explain why this has…
Year K: The Canadian economic crisis enters phase two
Sep 22 • 22 min
On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau will lay out his plan to lead Canada through this next stretch of the pandemic. It comes at a pivotal moment, as CERB and other programs helping people stay afloat are winding down, more than a million Canadians are still out…
Supreme Court vacancy a game changer for U.S. election
Sep 21 • 22 min
Just six weeks before Americans vote for their next president, the death of legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left a gigantic hole on the U.S. top court. Today, CBC’s senior Washington editor Lyndsay Duncombe explains how the vacancy…
Tackling far-right activity in the Canadian military
Sep 18 • 21 min
The military has a problem with far-right extremism in its ranks. We’ve seen it rear its head before, most recently in a CBC News investigation into a Canadian Ranger unit, which found that a B.C. reservist who openly supported two far-right groups was…
How we created the Western wildfires in more ways than one
Sep 17 • 21 min
At least 36 people have died as massive fires rip through the Western United States, engulfing towns and blowing noxious smoke north to Vancouver and other parts of Canada. Today on Front Burner, we talk about what’s to blame for this historic devastation…
‘More than just a blip’: Canada’s COVID-19 cases on the rise
Sep 16 • 21 min
Coronavirus cases are on the upswing in Canada’s four most populous provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. On Tuesday, Ontario reported 251 new confirmed cases: the fifth day in a row of more than 200 new infections. To put that in…
Year K: A Canadian guaranteed income?
Sep 15 • 21 min
Just months ago, the idea of a guaranteed basic income wasn’t on the mainstream political radar in Canada. Now, the federal Liberal Party could make it a top policy priority for their November convention. The concept is gaining ground, but it remains…
WE Charity’s rise to prominence and unexpected fall
Sep 14 • 28 min
Back in 1995, a 12-year-old in Thornhill, Ontario, was so moved by a newspaper story about the death of a boy in Pakistan who fought against child labour, that he created a charity called Free the Children. Craig Kielburger, along with his brother Mark,…
Introducing: Recall: How to Start a Revolution
Sep 12 • 32 min
The 1950s & 60s saw a wave of radical movements. Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. The Black Panthers. Quebec and Canada had the FLQ — a showdown that dissolved into crisis. By October 1970, there were soldiers in the streets, communities on edge,…
Mulan and China’s growing cultural reach
Sep 11 • 22 min
Activists are calling for a boycott of the newly released Mulan remake, after revelations that it was partly filmed in Xinjiang, a province of China known, through extensive reporting, for the detention and persecution of Uighur Muslims. Today, freelance…
“Shoot all that you see”
Sep 10 • 23 min
Justice has not come easy for the Rohingya Muslim victims of what serveral countries call a genocide in Myanmar. But a turning point could stem from the testimony of two men claiming to be deserters from the Myanmar army. Today, the CBC’s Nahlah Ayed on…
As B.C. overdose deaths soar, calls for fully regulated addiction treatment
Sep 9 • 21 min
In 2018, a BC Coroners Service panel called for provincial regulations to ensure evidence-based care at addiction recovery facilities. The panel said this system should be developed by September 2019. Now, one year later, more people are dying of…
Race, income inequality, and back-to-school in Canada
Sep 8 • 23 min
The back-to-school season is in full swing this week across Canada. But this year, especially in a province like Ontario where in-class learning is completely optional, returning to school looks very different depending on your income and background.…
Why India is lifting its lockdown as COVID-19 cases surpass 4 million
Sep 7 • 22 min
With over 4 million COVID-19 cases, and 70,000 deaths, India is set to surpass Brazil as the second most-affected country in the world by the coronavirus. But that hasn’t stopped the country from reopening, because the pandemic has also taken a massive…
N.B. doctor says he wasn’t ‘patient zero’ in his city’s outbreak
Sep 4 • 22 min
In the spring, Dr. Jean Robert Ngola was singled out as the source of a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Campbellton, N.B. More than forty cases would later be linked to the outbreak and two people died. But now, an investigation by CBC’s The Fifth Estate…
Jacob Blake’s shooting, police violence, and Wisconsin’s history of segregation
Sep 3 • 23 min
U.S President Donald Trump visited Kenosha, Wis., this week, following Jacob Blake’s shooting by police, and days of protests. The unrest in the city has become a flashpoint for racial tensions in the U.S. Today on Front Burner, Reggie Jackson tells us…
Schools reopen in Quebec amid rise in COVID-19 cases
Sep 2 • 22 min
While most Canadian students head back to school next week, classes in Quebec have already resumed. But, just a few days in, there are already COVID-19 cases being recorded in schools, and teachers and parents voicing frustrations and fears about the…
Donald Trump’s re-election strategy
Sep 1 • 23 min
“No one will be safe in Biden’s America.” Donald Trump painted a calamitous picture of a Democrat-led U.S. as he accepted the Republican nomination on Thursday. Speaking for more than an hour, Trump also misrepresented his COVID-19 response before a crowd…
“All the talent in the world”: Remembering Chadwick Boseman
Aug 31 • 22 min
Fans are grieving the loss of actor Chadwick Boseman, best known as the star of the groundbreaking blockbuster Black Panther. Boseman died on Friday, at the age of 43. According to his family, he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016. Boseman…
The NBA players’ unprecedented protest
Aug 28 • 23 min
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to come out on the court, protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. Soon after, other NBA teams followed — and so did other athletes in other leagues, from the WNBA to MLS to Major League…
The suspected poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny
Aug 27 • 21 min
Alexei Navalny is the most prominent opposition figure in Russia, an anti-corruption crusader and a frequent Kremlin critic. But right now, Navalny is comatose in a German hospital after a suspected poisoning. Today on Front Burner, Chris Brown from CBC’s…
Why the WHO is worried about ‘vaccine nationalism’
Aug 26 • 21 min
The World Health Organization is urging the global community to join a pact by the end of this month, where wealthier countries would commit to sharing potential COVID-19 vaccines with developing countries, and with each other. It’s an attempt to stop…
What it’s like being a performer during a pandemic
Aug 25 • 18 min
Over the weekend, German researchers held a concert with over 1500 music fans to study how COVID-19 could spread at big indoor events. Here in Canada, provinces are still capping numbers at indoor shows and many venues are staying closed. Some have…
Erin O’Toole elected next Conservative Party leader
Aug 24 • 21 min
Erin O’Toole was elected as the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in the early morning, on the third ballot. O’Toole’s victory wraps up an unprecedented race. But despite the obstacles presented by campaigning in a global pandemic,…
Lessons from B.C., as COVID-19 cases climb again
Aug 21 • 21 min
B.C. recently hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the start of the pandemic, but the province isn’t going back into lockdown. The CBC’s Tanya Fletcher on why that is and what lessons that could provide for other provinces.
QAnon gains ground ahead of 2020 U.S election
Aug 20 • 25 min
On Wednesday, U.S. president Donald Trump thanked QAnon conspiracy theorists for their support. This follows his move last week to publicly back a QAnon supporter who just won a Republican primary run-off in Georgia. The endorsement drew widespread…
Inside Canada’s race for a COVID-19 vaccine
Aug 19 • 28 min
A global race for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is underway. More than 160 of them are in different stages of testing around the world. Canada is in this race too. A group of scientists at the University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac - the…
Bill Morneau steps down as Canada’s Finance Minister
Aug 18 • 17 min
After days of speculation about a deepening rift between Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Morneau resigned on Monday. CBC Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos on why it might have happened, and what it could mean for the…
Governor-General Julie Payette engulfed in controversy
Aug 17 • 22 min
When astronaut Julie Payette was chosen to be Canada’s new Governor General in 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said she’d “…inspire generations of Canadians.” Now, there are multiple allegations of bullying and harassment at Rideau Hall being…
The roots of Lebanon’s anti-government protests
Aug 14 • 19 min
This week, Lebanon’s prime minister announced his resignation, along with his entire cabinet. The announcement follows massive anti-government demonstrations that erupted in the wake of the explosion that rocked central Beirut last week. But even with the…
Why influencers won’t stop partying during the pandemic
Aug 13 • 22 min
Canadian YouTubers Nelk, known for staging controversial pranks, recently threw a so-called “bro-test” to fight for gyms to open back up in California, a state still dealing with thousands of new coronavirus cases every day. The event sparked widespread…
Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s V.P. pick
Aug 12 • 20 min
On Tuesday, Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making history by choosing the first woman of colour to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket. Today on Front Burner, Washington Post political reporter Eugene…
A prominent Saudi activist’s detention and sudden silence
Aug 11 • 25 min
Loujain Alhathloul, a Saudi women’s rights activist who studied in Canada, has been imprisoned for the past two years. And now, her family, who used to be able to talk to her regularly, hasn’t heard from her in seven weeks. Today, the CBC’s Michelle…
Life under Melbourne’s stringent COVID-19 lockdown
Aug 10 • 25 min
The city of Melbourne, Australia, is currently under some of the world’s strictest pandemic lockdown measures. Residents have to be home by 8 p.m., and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 can expect frequent, unannounced visits by police to ensure…
How the pandemic is shaping the future of dining
Aug 7 • 23 min
As provinces loosen COVID-19 restrictions, more restaurants are opening back up, in some capacity, all across Canada. Today, we hear from two restaurateurs about what the shutdown meant for their own businesses and how they think the pandemic will change…
The aftermath of the Beirut explosion
Aug 6 • 20 min
The explosion near Beirut’s port on Tuesday killed 135 people and injured thousands more, according to the Lebanese health ministry. Officials say 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was the cause. According to public records, the chemicals were held at the…
What Trump’s threat to ban TikTok means for its users
Aug 5 • 24 min
U.S. President Donald Trump put TikTok on the clock this week. On Monday, Trump said that if Microsoft, or another U.S. company doesn’t take control of the Chinese-owned TikTok by Sept. 15 - he’ll shut down the hugely popular social media app in the U.S.…
Homeless encampments, COVID-19, and Canada’s housing crisis
Aug 4 • 25 min
Since the start of the pandemic, homeless encampments have multiplied in parks across Canada. City officials are worried about safety and sanitation, and as a result, many have tried to dismantle such camps, with varying degrees of success. That’s because…
The risks vs. rewards of sending kids to school
Aug 3 • 23 min
In September, schools across the country will reopen — many for the first time since the pandemic shut them down months ago. And while provinces have released their plans to keep students and teachers safe, parents are still struggling with whether to…
Trudeau, Kielburgers grilled in hearings on WE controversy
Jul 31 • 24 min
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his chief of staff Katie Telford appeared before the House finance committee to answer questions about the government’s decision to select WE Charity to run the federal government’s $900-million student…
After backlash, a public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting
Jul 30 • 24 min
On April 18-19, a gunman went on a shooting rampage across central Nova Scotia, killing 22 people. Since then, families of the victims have been pushing for a public inquiry. That’s because there are still questions about the RCMP’s response to the…
The NHL returns, exclusively in Canada
Jul 29 • 24 min
There are daily COVID-19 tests, no fans and no going home. For the 24 NHL teams in Toronto and Edmonton, however, the prize for spending two months in a “bubble” could be the Stanley Cup. Last night, the NHL played its first exhibition games since pausing…
Inside 60 nights of protests in Portland
Jul 28 • 22 min
For more than 60 nights, protesters have gone out on the streets of Portland, Ore. to fight anti-Black racism and police violence. It seemed like things were calming down, but then U.S. President Donald Trump sent federal agents into the city. Today on…
2020 on track to be Canada’s worst year for police killings
Jul 27 • 21 min
D’Andre Campbell. Ejaz Choudry. Chantel Moore. Those are just some of the names of people killed by police in Canada this year. Until now, there hasn’t been a national database to keep track of these deaths. The CBC recently made one called “Deadly…
‘Tenet’ postponement spells trouble for Hollywood blockbusters
Jul 24 • 22 min
Film buffs were still holding out hope that Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated movie “Tenet” could salvage what is left of the summer movie season. But when it was indefinitely postponed this week, it raised questions about how the pandemic will shape…
The race for a COVID-19 vaccine, explained
Jul 23 • 19 min
There’s new hope this week in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine. Trials for two vaccines, one at Oxford University and another being worked on here in Canada, are showing some promising results. And they’re just two possible frontrunners from scores of…
B.C. admits harm in multimillion-dollar settlement for victims of disgraced social worker
Jul 22 • 25 min
While Robert Riley Saunders worked as a social worker in British Columbia, he was supposed to provide care and guardianship to some of the province’s most vulnerable foster children. Instead, he is alleged to have stolen from them, leaving many to fend…
The return of MLB: No spitting, fans or games in Canada
Jul 21 • 22 min
After a four-month suspension due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball returns for a condensed 60-game season on Thursday. The old ball game, however, is going to look a bit different: there’s social distancing in the dugouts, no fans in the stands and no…
30 years later a Mohawk filmmaker reflects on the Oka crisis
Jul 20 • 24 min
It’s been 30 years since an explosion of violence and the death of a Quebec provincial police officer on an early July morning marked the beginning of the Oka Crisis. That summer, thousands of Canadian soldiers surrounded two Mohawk communities, just…
The enduring magic of iconic astrologer Walter Mercado
Jul 17 • 25 min
Puerto Rican TV personality Walter Mercado wasn’t just one of the world’s most famous astrologers — for his millions of viewers, he was a spiritual guide, motivational speaker, and a bedazzled fashion icon. And for generations of queer Latino kids, his…
Why B.C.’s former health officer wants to produce legal heroin
Jul 16 • 20 min
British Columbia’s former provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, has been a harm-reduction advocate for decades. Now, he’s planning to launch a company to produce a domestic supply of affordable, legal and pharmaceutical-grade heroin to be used “as…
‘Above the Law’ chronicles police violence in Calgary
Jul 15 • 21 min
In the last few weeks on this show, we’ve talked about a number of police forces under scrutiny across the country. But there’s a city we haven’t talked about, one that frequently has the highest number of police-involved shootings in the country —…
As Bolsonaro downplays COVID-19, Brazil nears 2 million cases
Jul 14 • 22 min
Brazil is nearing two million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The country is second to only the United States in its number of cases and deaths and, recently, Brazil’s leader himself tested positive. Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to…
Trudeau’s WE Charity controversy deepens, and deficit 101
Jul 13 • 23 min
This is not your average quiet July in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embroiled in a new ethics investigation, and now there are revelations about members of his family receiving payment for their appearances at WE Charity events. On top of…
The push for Canada’s green recovery
Jul 10 • 23 min
Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, has just released a dramatic projection of the country’s deficit this year: $343 billion, largely due to pandemic-related support programs. The unprecedented amount of spending is a signal to many climate advocates…
Pro-democracy leader Nathan Law flees Hong Kong over ‘politics of fear’
Jul 9 • 22 min
The broad and ambiguous offences under China’s new national security law have Hong Kongers censoring themselves, fearing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Pro-democracy protesters are holding up blank sheets. Cafes are stripping their messages of…
Families demand answers, six months after Flight PS752 downing
Jul 8 • 23 min
Today marks exactly six months since Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down by two Iranian missiles near Tehran. The devastating tragedy killed 176 people, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. It also left loved ones of…
Justin Trudeau, WE Charity and a third ethics investigation
Jul 7 • 25 min
Federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion is investigating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the Liberal government’s decision to task WE Charity with administering a $900-million student grant program. On Friday, WE Charity stepped…
Can an ad boycott fix Facebook’s hate speech problem?
Jul 6 • 23 min
Over 800 companies, including Microsoft, Lululemon, Pfizer and Canada’s five biggest banks are pulling their ads from Facebook this month. They’re just a few of the companies responding to the Stop Hate for Profit boycott, led by civil rights groups who…
The politics of a dramatic COVID-19 surge in the U.S.
Jul 3 • 24 min
Today on Front Burner, CBC Washington correspondent Paul Hunter walks us through how the U.S. got to this point, President Donald Trump’s role in it, and how even a mask has become a political statement.
Maria Ressa on her conviction, press freedom and Duterte
Jul 2 • 23 min
On June 15, Maria Ressa, along with a former colleague of her news organization, Rappler, were convicted of ‘cyber libel’ in the Philippines. This, along with seven other charges, are widely seen as an encroachment on press freedom in the country by…
Canada’s top court just sided with Uber drivers. What now?
Jul 1 • 22 min
Canada’s Supreme Court has sided with a former Ubereats driver in his quest to pursue a class action lawsuit against Uber. At the heart of that lawsuit lies a long-standing question: Should drivers become employees or remain, as Uber maintains,…
In Saskatchewan, a domestic violence prevention law hits roadblocks
Jun 30 • 24 min
Saskatchewan has just become the first Canadian province to enact Clare’s Law, which aims to help prevent domestic violence by allowing police to warn people about a partner’s violent past. But it’s already hit a stumbling block: the RCMP says it won’t…
Lawyer Julian Falconer on Dafonte Miller’s fight for justice
Jun 29 • 20 min
In 2016 a violent altercation with an off-duty Toronto police officer, and the officer’s brother, cost Dafonte Miller his eye. On Friday, officer Michael Theriault was convicted of assaulting the Black young man. An Ontario Superior Court Justice…
Introducing This is Not a Drake Podcast
Jun 27 • 47 min
This is Not a Drake Podcast is a new series that uses seminal moments in Drake’s career to explore the history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, and Black culture. It’s about the rapper who’s blurred genres and dominated the world stage, and the larger…
The NBA to restart in a COVID-19 hotspot
Jun 26 • 22 min
This week, the Toronto Raptors touched down in Florida. Soon, 21 other NBA teams will join them in the state, as the NBA gears up to restart the 2019-20 season in Disney World. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are surging in Florida. More than a hundred pages…
One woman’s fight to free her husband from a Chinese jail
Jun 25 • 26 min
In an exclusive interview with the National’s Adrienne Arsenault, Michael Kovrig’s wife is speaking out for the first time. Vina Nadjibulla says Ottawa could do more to get her husband - and Canadian Michael Spavor - out of jail in China. Both men were…
Should police be on mental health calls?
Jun 24 • 22 min
Ejaz Choudry. D’Andre Campbell. Rodney Levi. In the last few weeks, several Canadians struggling with their mental health have been shot and killed by police after authorities were called. Today on Front Burner, Jennifer Lavoie, a criminology professor…
Covert calls for help – a hotline for migrant workers
Jun 23 • 28 min
COVID-19 outbreaks have ripped through farms in Canada, particularly in southern Ontario, taking a grim toll on migrant workers. Three have already died. Desperate for help, workers have been calling a hotline staffed by the Migrant Workers Alliance for…
COVID Alert: Canada’s incoming contact-tracing app
Jun 22 • 24 min
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants you to download an app. It’s called “COVID Alert” and it is a new voluntary contact-tracing app that will be available for download in just a few weeks. The app will first be tested in Ontario, before rolling out to the…
Conservatives face off in leadership debate
Jun 19 • 24 min
On Thursday night, Conservative leadership hopefuls faced off in the only English language debate of the campaign. Candidates went toe-to-toe on issues like expanding the party’s base, climate, race and more. Today, CBC’s Power and Politics host Vassy…
Quibi: Why the $2 billion video app is failing
Jun 18 • 23 min
In the midst of a pandemic, two veteran executives launched Quibi — a video-streaming app intended for watching on the go. With nearly $2 billion in cash invested and a huge roster of A-list celebrities creating content, it seemed like a recipe for…
The ‘other’ public health crisis
Jun 17 • 26 min
There’s another public health crisis killing Canadians in record numbers. In May, 170 people died from illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. It’s the worst death toll in the province’s history. And it’s not just B.C., people are overdosing all over…
A riddle, a treasure hunt, and a mystery that may never end
Jun 16 • 24 min
Ten years ago, an eccentric Santa Fe art dealer named Forrest Fenn says he hid a treasure chest somewhere in the American Rocky Mountains – and then he wrote a poem with clues to tell people how to find it. Hundreds of thousands have tried. At least five…
Protesting and police in the age of surveillance
Jun 15 • 18 min
We are living in a time of ubiquitous recording. There are cameras are everywhere; capturing the last moments of George Floyd’s life; recording the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta Police on Friday night; and documenting another angle of…
‘Cops’ gets cancelled
Jun 12 • 26 min
After more than 1000 episodes, the reality television show COPS has officially been cancelled. For thirty years, COPS has broadcast police officers chasing down suspects and arresting them as entertainment. But according to Henry Molofsky, producer of the…
Bon Appetit, race and food culture
Jun 11 • 24 min
Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport resigned on Monday over accusations of brownface. It involved a 2004 photo of Rapoport and his wife dressing up as Puerto Ricans. But according to more than a dozen former and current employees of colour who have…
What ‘defunding the police’ means for Indigenous people
Jun 10 • 25 min
Last Thursday, a 26-year-old Indigenous woman was killed by a New Brunswick police officer. Chantel Moore was shot five times during what was meant to be a wellness check. Her death is one of several recent incidents of police violence against Indigenous…
Defunding police: what it means and how it could work
Jun 9 • 28 min
On the weekend, a majority of the Minneapolis city council declared their intention to disband the city’s police force. The move comes in response to the killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin — a member of that force — and to other local instances of…
Work-from-home goes ‘pandemic’ to ‘permanent’
Jun 8 • 22 min
Twitter says its staff can work from home as long as they want. The head of Shopify says “office centricity is over.” OpenText is shuttering half of its offices, reducing its workforce and shifting 2000 employees to remote work. COVID-19 forced hundreds…
Black Canadians reflect on this week’s unrest
Jun 5 • 22 min
From the aggressive tactics of police at demonstrations in the United States, to the increasing demand to recognize systemic racism against Black communities and deal with police violence, to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 — it has been a chaotic and…
State-sponsored hackers target vaccine research
Jun 4 • 20 min
While scientists worldwide are trying to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, reports show an uptick in state-sponsored medical hacking. Countries like China and Iran appear to be actively hacking vaccine research. Today on Front Burner: We talk to…
Trump’s response in an unprecedented time
Jun 3 • 24 min
Demonstrations across the US protesting the death of George Floyd are coinciding with a global pandemic and an economic crisis. And it’s a moment when many Americans are calling on the president for leadership. Keith Boag, a longtime political…
DeRay Mckesson on how to stop race-based police violence
Jun 2 • 20 min
Despite making up only 13 per cent of the population, black Americans represent about a quarter of all people killed by police. Today on Front Burner, we speak to civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson about the concrete steps he thinks could be taken to…
Police crack down on protests against racism and police violence
Jun 1 • 34 min
This weekend, in at least 75 U.S. cities, demonstrators marched against racism and police violence in the wake of the video showing the last moments of George Floyd’s life, with a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck. North of the border,…
BONUS: First ever charge against ‘incel’ terrorism
May 30 • 19 min
For the first time, police are treating an alleged incel-inspired killing as an act of terror. In February, a 17-year-old male was charged with murder and attempted murder in the broad daylight slaying of a woman at a North Toronto massage parlour. Last…
Hong Kong’s uncertain future
May 29 • 19 min
China’s ceremonial parliament, the National People’s Congress, endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday. Many residents are concerned that the law will undermine civil liberties and might be used to suppress political activity. Today on…
Tow truck wars: Police allege fraud, arson and murder
May 28 • 21 min
York Regional Police announced an enormous bust taking down alleged organized crime rings in Southern Ontario’s tow truck industry this week. Police say that for the last three years, rival companies have used violence and intimidation to carve out turf,…
Military exposes disturbing conditions in Ontario’s pandemic-struck nursing homes
May 27 • 22 min
Cockroaches, rotten food, improper feeding of patients. These are just a few of the disturbing details emerging from a military report into five long-term care facilities in Ontario that were hit hard by coronavirus outbreaks. Today on Front Burner, CBC…
Joe Rogan’s appeal and $100-million deal
May 26 • 23 min
Love him or hate him, Joe Rogan is one of the biggest names in podcasting. Now, he’s inked a $100-million deal with Spotify that could turn the podcasting industry on its head. Nick Quah, writer of the newsletter Hot Pod, and Devin Gordon, a journalist…
Ontario is moving in the wrong direction—why?
May 25 • 21 min
On Saturday, images of thousands of people at a crowded park in downtown Toronto went viral, infuriating people across Ontario for the flagrant disregard of social distancing. It was a bad look for the city, where the spread of the virus is increasing as…
Fan culture and #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
May 22 • 17 min
After years of fervent campaigning from fans, director Zack Snyder’s cut of the 2017 Justice League movie has been greenlit for release in 2021. Culture critics John Semley and Tina Hassannia on why this campaign struck a cultural chord, and what it says…
Alberta beef, outbreaks and the flaws of industrial farming
May 21 • 22 min
Canadian cattle farmers are having a hard week. The beef industry was already struggling after deadly mass outbreaks of COVID-19 hit the heart of Canada’s meat processing industry in Alberta, causing temporary closures, slowdowns in production and a…
A practical guide to Canada’s slow reopening
May 20 • 22 min
Across Canada, the economy is slowly reopening. This week, with physical distancing measures in place, restaurants can resume dine-in services in B.C., retail shops with street entrances in Ontario can open, and in some parts of Alberta, you can get a…
Amazon whistleblowers on their journey from inspired to fired
May 19 • 24 min
Amazon has seen an incredible demand for its products during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, it is also facing a wave of criticism over not doing enough to ensure the safety of its warehouse workers. We speak with Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham - two former…
How the 5G conspiracy makes COVID-19 fight harder
May 18 • 21 min
A series of cell phone tower fires in Europe and Canada have been linked to a conspiracy theory about 5G networks and the coronavirus — a theory that’s been boosted by celebrities and politicians, and that has deep ties to the anti-vaccine movement.…
Introducing Someone Knows Something: Donald Izzett Jr.
May 16 • 8 min
In Someone Knows Something Season 6, Debra has been searching for her son, Donald Izzett Jr. for 25 years. The last time she spoke with him was Mother’s Day. He had called from a road trip, but sounded upset, saying he needed money. Then the phone went…
‘Big companies getting bigger’: The post-pandemic future of retail
May 15 • 23 min
We’re still a long way away from getting back to the pre-pandemic normal. As shutdowns drag on in some cities across North America, some business owners are starting to close up shop for good. Today, the owner of the Storm Crow Tavern in Vancouver on why…
COVID-19 unlocks wave of loneliness
May 14 • 23 min
Loneliness posed a public health crisis for many countries years before anyone heard of COVID-19. But how does loneliness manifest at a time — not sure that’s exactly what we’re trying to say; suggesting instead: how is loneliness exacerbated when we are…
Bryan Adams backlash sparks conversation about xenophobia
May 13 • 22 min
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is facing a backlash after posting a rant about the origins of the pandemic on Instagram Monday. And although Adams doesn’t name China, or Chinese people, the comments are clearly about them. Today we focus on…
Pro sports begin to climb back
May 12 • 20 min
This weekend marked the return of a major sporting event to North America, the first since the pandemic forced leagues into lockdown in mid-March. UFC 249 brought mixed martial arts fighters back into the octagon in an empty stadium in Jacksonville,…
Is COVID-19 an ‘extinction event’ for newsrooms?
May 11 • 22 min
Canadian newsrooms have had serious financial woes for years now. But since the coronavirus pandemic began, layoffs, cuts and closures across the country have left many teetering on the brink of survival. Today, Craig Silverman, a Toronto-based media…
Who will be the next leader of the Conservative Party?
May 8 • 23 min
The race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, previously paused by the COVID-19 outbreak, is back on. The party will select its new leader in August, by mail-in ballot. Today on Front Burner, Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos…
Cargill: North America’s largest single coronavirus outbreak
May 7 • 25 min
North America’s largest single coronavirus outbreak started at Cargill, a meat-packing plant located in High River, Alta. Over 1,500 cases have been linked to it, with 949 employees testing positive, and one death. Despite the harrowing statistics, the…
Sex assault allegation lingers after Joe Biden’s denial
May 6 • 25 min
Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden is denying an allegation that he sexually assaulted a Senate staffer twenty-seven years ago. The allegation was made by Tara Reade in March. Reade was among the women who came forward last year to accuse Biden of…
In Brief: How does COVID-19 affect kids?
May 5 • 14 min
As the world continues to socially distance - a few countries are easing restrictions for children. But, it’s still unclear how COVID-19 affects kids. Some doctors are raising concern over a mysterious illness in a small number of children, which could be…
‘Too big to fail’: COVID-19 and Canadian real estate
May 5 • 22 min
Could the “wealth-conjuring machine” that is Canadian real estate grind to a halt after the COVID-19 crisis exposed its worst weaknesses? That’s the concern many who watch a sector that makes up a bigger part of the Canadian economy than oil and gas.…
The puzzling unknowns of COVID-19
May 4 • 22 min
Until about 5 months ago, no one had heard of COVID-19. And, despite the overflow of information and research since then, there is much we still don’t know about the virus itself and the disease it causes. Today on Front Burner, we talk to special…
Canadian Peter Nygard, ‘pamper parties’ and rape allegations
May 1 • 21 min
Peter Nygard is a fashion mogul who made his fortune selling sensible clothing to middle-aged women. He was also known for throwing so-called “pamper parties” in the Bahamas and for a raging feud with a billionaire neighbour. Today, Fifth Estate co-host…
Quebec’s high-stakes plan to re-open
Apr 30 • 25 min
Quebec’s premier, François Legault, has announced a plan to re-open the province in May, and he says the province’s COVID-19 crisis is now under control — at least, outside long term care facilities. But is it really under control? And will reopening the…
The Last Dance and the making of Michael Jordan
Apr 29 • 24 min
During the ’90s, at the height of the Chicago Bulls’ success, Michael Jordan was arguably the most famous athlete in the world. But in retirement, the basketball phenomenon has largely stayed out of the limelight. That’s why there is such excitement over…
Lawrence Wright predicts a pandemic in “The End of October”
Apr 28 • 22 min
When Lawrence Wright started writing a novel about a deadly influenza virus, he delved deep into researching the 1918 Spanish Flu, and more recent epidemics like SARS and MERS. Little did he know that by the time he’d release the book, we’d be living…
In Brief: Ontario’s reopening roadmap, herd immunity in Quebec
Apr 27 • 15 min
As Ontario lays out its plans to reopen, Quebec Premier François Legault pushes “herd immunity” as part of the strategy to reopen his province. But that strategy was tried elsewhere and led to rapidly climbing death rates. Tonight on Front Burner, we look…
13 hours, 22 killings: New details emerge in Nova Scotia
Apr 27 • 24 min
Nova Scotia is still coming to terms with the mass shooting that unfolded just over a week ago, taking the lives of 22 people. The RCMP has released a more detailed timeline, including information provided by a surviving witness — a woman who had been in…
When will this end?
Apr 24 • 24 min
Life began returning to German streets this week as the country took small steps to slowly re-open the economy. New Zealand is set to follow suit by bringing back businesses and school for young children next week. Here in Canada, Saskatchewan Premier…
ICU workers on the job, in their own words
Apr 23 • 18 min
Since January, the staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital in Ontario have cared for hundreds of COVID-positive patients.Through a series of self-recordings and interviews, CBC’s Wendy Mesley was able to access what life is like inside the hospital’s…
In Brief: Why oil prices tumbled below $0
Apr 22 • 15 min
COVID-19 lockdowns have taken a major swipe at the dominance of oil…as the worth of a barrel of U.S. oil tumbled to less than nothing. That’s the first time in history that the price has turned negative. So, what does that mean exactly - and how did it…
Family stories lead to revelation: 31 deaths inside care home
Apr 22 • 26 min
On Tuesday, Front Burner learned that Ontario’s Orchard Villa long term care home has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the country — 31 residents have been killed by the virus. We spoke to family members who say the sick weren’t segregated, and…
Nova Scotia grieves after shooting rampage
Apr 21 • 28 min
There are still so many unanswered questions about what happened in Nova Scotia this past weekend. What we do know is that a lone gunman went on a 12-hour shooting rampage across the province. He set fire to five structures, impersonated a police officer…
China’s ‘wet markets’ explained
Apr 20 • 23 min
Scientists are still trying to determine the origin of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but a predominant theory is that it began in a “wet market” in Wuhan, China. This has put the spotlight on China’s wet markets, with growing calls to shut them…
Introducing Unlocking Bryson’s Brain
Apr 18 • 53 min
Bryson seems like a perfectly healthy baby. But soon doctors confirm his parents’ worst fears: something is wrong with Bryson’s brain. Despite dozens of tests over nearly a decade, doctors come up empty in their efforts to find a diagnosis.Then one day,…
Could COVID-19 survivor blood keep people safe?
Apr 17 • 19 min
As scientists worldwide scramble for COVID-19 treatments and cures, some see promise in antibody-rich plasma of survivors. In Canada and beyond survivors are donating their blood for new, fast-tracked, clinical trials. Today, CBC senior correspondent…
Flight 752 investigation paralyzed by COVID-19
Apr 16 • 22 min
For months, the families of those who died on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 have been searching for more answers about what led to the downing of the plane. It’s been an uphill battle, made even more so by the spread of COVID-19 in Iran, and…
WHO under fire as U.S. halts funding
Apr 15 • 26 min
U.S. President Donald Trump has put the World Health Organization in the crosshairs, announcing Tuesday the U.S. would halt funding and accusing the agency of mismanaging the coronavirus crisis by being too deferential to China. Today on Front Burner, we…
In brief: Global scramble for PPE is ‘utter cutthroat chaos’
Apr 14 • 14 min
As desperate countries around the world compete to secure as much personal protective equipment as they can, Canada is establishing a new supply chain to bring in millions of N95 masks and other supplies. Today, on Front Burner, CBC senior reporter David…
Documents: government played catchup as COVID-19 threat mounted
Apr 14 • 26 min
As Canada’s fight against COVID-19 continues, questions are being raised about whether the federal government acted fast enough to prevent the spread of the virus. Now, documents show Canada two steps behind as the pandemic spread across the country. JP…
One doctor’s view from the ER during the coronavirus pandemic
Apr 13 • 21 min
Dr. Brian Goldman is seeing more coronavirus cases at the emergency department of the Toronto hospital in which he works. Today on Front Burner, Dr. Goldman describes a shift in the pandemic, from the intense intubations, to the discomfort of the required…
A son’s extraordinary mission to care for his mother
Apr 10 • 23 min
Concerns about deadly coronavirus outbreaks at long-term care homes are top of mind for a lot of Canadians. Today, we speak with a man who is going to incredible, and potentially life threatening, lengths to visit his mother at her nursing home in…
In Brief: Testing saves lives. Why isn’t Ontario doing more?
Apr 9 • 16 min
Ontario has fallen far behind when it comes to testing residents for COVID-19; Quebec and BC are testing about twice as many residents, per capita. Today on Front Burner CBC science reporter Kelly Crowe explains how Ontario found itself in this…
After the lockdown: Life returns to Wuhan
Apr 9 • 21 min
It’s a historic moment in Wuhan, China: After 76 days, the city where COVID-19 first emerged has ended its extreme lockdown, allowing people to enter and leave the city. We speak to a Wuhan resident who has just been able to leave her apartment complex…
In brief: Remembering John Prine
Apr 8 • 17 min
Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73 due to complications caused by COVID-19. He was celebrated for the way he wrote about the human condition — from thoughtful reflections on heartbreak and loss, to funny quips about life’s absurdities.…
Lessons from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic
Apr 8 • 24 min
The influenza outbreak of 1918 was the deadliest pandemic in recent history, killing an estimated 50 million to 100 million people aroundthe world. And it bears some striking similarities to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Laura Spinney, science journalist…
Overdoses and COVID-19 on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Apr 7 • 22 min
Self-isolation and physical distancing are straightforward public health orders for most Canadians, but it’s a near-impossible challenge for people without adequate housing. That’s clear in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a dense neighbourhood with a large…
In Brief: anti-malaria drugs vs COVID-19, hype or hope?
Apr 6 • 13 min
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine - two drugs touted by U.S. President Donald Trump, who says they could be game changing treatments for COVID-19. But around the world health experts have tried to temper expectations for these medications. Today, on…
Pregnancy in a pandemic
Apr 6 • 24 min
Questions about the impact of coronavirus on pregnancy are running through the mind of many expectant parents. But there is scant research into how COVID-19 affects pregnancy: the disease is just so new. Today on Front Burner, we talk to the head of…
A COVID-19 surge is coming for Ontario
Apr 3 • 21 min
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has admitted that things are not looking good for the province, saying, “right now, today, there is very little separating what we will face here in Ontario from the devastation we’ve seen in Italy and Spain.” He’s right to be…
Voices from inside: COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons
Apr 2 • 24 min
For weeks, inmates, correctional officers and penal reform advocates have been sounding the alarm that Canada’s prisons are sorely underprepared for the arrival of COVID-19. Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr Theresa Tam, has called correctional…
In Brief: Should you wear a mask?
Apr 1 • 13 min
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise around the world — and here at home. That has many wondering whether public health officials should revisit their policies on people wearing face masks. But as we learn, there are many questions with not so…
Why ‘V’ beats ‘U’ in the post-COVID economy
Apr 1 • 19 min
By most measures, COVID-19 has devastated the global economy. But how much worse could it get? And what can be done to help it recover? Today, CBC senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong drops by to explain what’s being done globally to keep the…
Making rent during a pandemic
Mar 31 • 24 min
For many Canadians, rent is due on the first of the month. But nearly half of the households in this country have lost work due to the pandemic, and emergency government benefits are not yet in people’s pockets. Today on Front Burner, an anxious Vancouver…
In Brief: Breaking down Canada’s COVID-19 numbers
Mar 30 • 12 min
Early data is starting to give an indication of how Canada is doing in its fight against the spread of COVID-19. How deadly is the virus in Canada? How is the virus spreading across the country now? Who is most vulnerable to becoming seriously ill? And…
Government overreach during the pandemic crisis
Mar 30 • 21 min
Governments around the world are making extraordinary moves to get COVID-19 under control — including the curtailing of individual freedoms. In most countries, people are willing to go along with these measures, as long as they’re temporary. But what…
How to deal with COVID-19 anxiety
Mar 27 • 19 min
Thanks to COVID-19, most of us are isolated, glued to the news and worried about how every little choice we make could spread the virus or get us sick. And while the threat of COVID-19 is very real, does that mean that we have to live in constant fear?…
Inside the COVID-19 ‘mayhem’ at B.C.’s Lynn Valley Care Centre
Mar 26 • 26 min
The majority of B.C’s 14 deaths related to COVID-19 have been from one place: the Lynn Valley Care Centre. As of Wednesday, 42 residents and 21 health care workers have tested positive for the illness and 11 people had died. Today on Front Burner, CBC…
In Brief: Who qualifies for the COVID-19 aid package?
Mar 25 • 14 min
Parliament has approved a $107-billion aid package to help Canadians struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the prime minister has said people will be able to access those benefits within 10 days of applying. But who qualifies? And how long will…
Trump pushes the economy while experts warn of COVID-19 deaths
Mar 25 • 27 min
On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he “would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter,” which is two and a half weeks from now. But many public health experts say the result could be an increase in COVID-19 deaths.…
COVID-19’s other frontline workers: grocery store staff
Mar 24 • 23 min
Even as most businesses in Canada have shut their doors, grocery stores remain open. And workers in those stores – who are often in low-wage positions – are worried about their own safety as COVID-19 continues to spread. Today on Front Burner, CBC…
On careless social distancing Prime Minister says “enough is enough”
Mar 23 • 8 min
The prime minister is firing off a warning today to Canadians who are not abiding by social distancing measures. He said “enough is enough” and asked people to “go home and stay home.” On tonight’s coronavirus episode, we will get you caught up on: The…
COVID-19, Hong Kong, and a warning from the future
Mar 23 • 22 min
In the global fight against the spread of COVID-19, Hong Kong has been recognized for its success keeping the number of cases low despite its proximity to China. Today on Front Burner, Shibani Mahtani, the Washington Post’s Hong Kong and Southeast Asia…
A few moments of joy during the pandemic
Mar 20 • 27 min
Things are not great. But people still are. And some good is happening. For example: competitive marble racing has gone viral because of the void left by professional sports. Artists are live streaming free concerts for fans. And in one of the countries…
Coronavirus: mortality, beds and respirators
Mar 19 • 13 min
As deaths and confirmed cases rise the number of ‘Acute-care’ beds and ventilators in Canada is causing concern. On this episode of Front Burner we zero in on Canadian deaths and discuss whether hospitals are ready to cope with the rise in cases.…
Laid off? Gig gone? Closed? Government says COVID-19 help is on the way
Mar 19 • 26 min
COVID-19 has sent an economic shockwave through this country with countless livelihoods impact in the short term, and maybe permanently. To help, the federal government announced an $82-billion aid package. Today, one woman who has been laid off tells her…
Coronavirus: The race to find a vaccine
Mar 18 • 13 min
With no clear end in sight, the urgent race for a vaccine is on across the world. This week, hopes for a vaccine grew as some biotech players are seemingly making progress. But, some experts caution that this process cannot be rushed - and that we are…
Who gets the COVID-19 test, and why
Mar 18 • 21 min
Public health bodies like the World Health Organization tell us that widespread testing for COVID-19 is key to fighting the pandemic. But we’re also hearing that some provinces are planning to tighten criteria for who can get tested. Today on Front…
When social distancing is a matter of life and death
Mar 17 • 23 min
Government and public health officials are urging Canadians to practice social distancing. But what, exactly, does that mean? We speak to a man with cerebral palsy who says that for him, social distancing could make the difference between life and death.…
Coronavirus: Canada closing border to most non-citizens
Mar 16 • 12 min
Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Americans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today. Will the prime minister’s new measures have a meaningful impact? Why are American citizens allowed to enter…
Peter Mansbridge on COVID-19, 9/11 and the 2008 market crash
Mar 16 • 19 min
It’s been an overwhelming few days of developments around the COVID-19 pandemic. As cases tick upwards, and more drastic measures are taken to curb the outbreak - CBC’s former chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge helps us set it in historical context with…
Before the storm: Is Canada ready for COVID-19?
Mar 13 • 20 min
From U.S President Donald Trump suspending most travel from Europe, to major sports leagues suspending their seasons — efforts to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic are ramping up. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch talks to host Jayme Poisson…
MH17 jet attack murder trial begins — suspects still at large
Mar 12 • 20 min
A trial has begun in Amsterdam for the murder of the 298 people killed in 2014 in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash over Ukraine. But the four men charged are still at large, and although Russia has been implicated in the downing of the plane, the…
Coronavirus: WHO says COVID-19 is a pandemic
Mar 11 • 17 min
What does it mean that WHO is now calling COVID-19 a pandemic? And what’s behind the idea of “flattening the curve”? Plus, Prime Minister Trudeau has announced measures to fight the outbreak, including $1 billion in spending. So is Canada doing enough?…
Conservative kingmaker picks his candidate
Mar 11 • 23 min
The temperature of the federal Conservative leadership race has just been cranked up by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Kenney stepped out of Alberta’s legislature to give an unambiguous endorsement of Erin O’Toole, and a jab at rival candidate Peter…
COVID-19 comes for the stock market
Mar 10 • 19 min
It was a historically bad day for global markets. The twin factors of COVID-19 and a collapse in the price of oil led to widespread panic and one of the worst days in the stock market in years, with consequences still to come. What just happened, and why…
A radical program to address the domestic violence crisis
Mar 9 • 21 min
In Canada, domestic violence has reached crisis levels. But in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a radical domestic abuse intervention project is showing the way forward, and how to save countless lives. Katie Nicholson joins Jayme Poisson to explain the “Blueprint…
U.S. scrambles to contain COVID-19, and it’s a problem for everyone
Mar 6 • 20 min
COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have reached double digits. As efforts to contain the coronavirus in the U.S. continue, certain factors make it even more difficult. First, there’s a shortage of test kits. Then there’s the question of cost for patients. We…
Baby business Part 2: The parents
Mar 5 • 24 min
What happens when your fragile parenthood dream is not in your control? In the second part of our series on surrogacy in Canada, we look at how the surrogacy industry affects parents. The costs can reach more than $100,000. There’s a fear that they’re…
Baby business Part 1: The surrogates
Mar 4 • 24 min
As infertility rates go up in Canada, desperate couples are turning to surrogacy. But a new investigation reveals that because there are few federal regulations on the surrogacy system, the process isn’t working for everyone. Jayme Poisson speaks with…
Police in Canada are using controversial facial recognition software
Mar 3 • 23 min
That photo you posted to Instagram? It might be a part of Clearview AI’s massive database of some 3 billion images, all scraped from the internet. The facial recognition app has experts worried about privacy overreach. Canadian police forces first said…
Biden versus Sanders II: Setting up Super Tuesday
Mar 2 • 25 min
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got off to a strong start in the early primaries and caucuses, but former vice-president Joe Biden is right behind him in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. After a major victory in South Carolina, Biden has…
Introducing The Dose with Dr. Brian Goldman
Feb 29 • 16 min
The Dose is a new weekly podcast that answers everyday health questions like: What vaccines do adults need? Does your Fitbit actually make you fitter? Or, should I bother taking vitamins? Dr. Brian Goldman and the team behind White Coat Black Art bring…
‘The precipice of a pandemic’
Feb 28 • 23 min
From Iran to Italy to South Korea — there are new epicentres for the coronavirus. On Thursday, World Health Organization officials stressed the need for governments to have national preparedness plans and training in place for health-care workers.Today on…
A radical disability advocate’s fall from grace
Feb 27 • 24 min
This week, a shocking report from L’Arche revealed Jean Vanier sexually abused at least six women. Less than a year ago, longtime Globe and Mail reporter Ian Brown wrote the obituary of Vanier. Brown wrote about how the beloved Canadian founder of…
Debating Canada’s energy and climate future
Feb 26 • 20 min
The shelving of the Teck Resources Frontier project — an oilsands mine twice the size of Vancouver — has many arguing over the right balance between climate action and resource development. Today on Front Burner, we get two viewpoints on Canada’s energy…
Weinstein conviction: a watershed moment for #MeToo?
Feb 25 • 19 min
A New York City jury has found Harvey Weinstein guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and of third-degree rape. Today, Megan Garber of The Atlantic joins Front Burner to unpack the court proceedings that led to Weinstein’s conviction and…
The fight over public/private healthcare in Canada
Feb 24 • 19 min
A challenge to Canada’s public healthcare system resumes Tuesday in BC’s Supreme Court. Dr. Brian Day — who runs two private healthcare clinics in Vancouver — says Canadians should have the right to pay for private treatment and that a two-tier system…
‘No safe haven’: The escalating crisis in Idlib, Syria
Feb 21 • 22 min
A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Syria’s Idlib province. Nearly one million people have been displaced since a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive began in December, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee to ever-shrinking camps…
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ $10B climate pledge
Feb 20 • 22 min
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said this week he will donate $10 billion to fight climate change — working with others “both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting thedevastating impact of climate change.” Today on Front Burner, we ask: What can…
Rail blockades cause political impasse for Trudeau
Feb 19 • 22 min
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is asking Canadians to show “resolve” as he seeks an end to the rail blockades locking up trains in Canada. Hundreds of millions of dollars in goods are sitting idle on the tracks and CN Rail is laying off hundreds of workers…
Former Catholic priest alleges superiors covered up his sex crimes
Feb 18 • 24 min
In 2015, former Catholic priest Paul-André Harvey pled guilty to 39 counts of sexual assault and gross indecency against young girls. Before he died in 2018, he did something that sent shockwaves through his former Quebec diocese: he wrote a confession in…
2 lives shattered by airline tragedies, a conversation
Feb 17 • 25 min
Hamed Esmaeilion lost his wife and daughter in the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 in Iran. Renée Sarojini Saklikar lost her aunt and uncle in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. Today on Front Burner, they share a conversation…
Wet’suwet’en: Why B.C. is a battleground for Indigenous land rights
Feb 14 • 21 min
It’s been a week of nationwide protests, blockades and arrests over the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a section of which would pass through traditional Wet’suwet’en territory in northwestern British Columbia. At the core of this conflict is a long-running…
Guantanamo Bay, torture and the long road to a 9/11 trial
Feb 13 • 19 min
It’s been almost 20 years since four jets were hijacked mid-air and crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon in D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Penn., killing nearly 3,000 people. Pretrials have begun, and a…
Trudeau’s UN charm offensive in Africa
Feb 12 • 20 min
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off an eight-day charm offensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this past weekend, attending a meeting of the African Union. Now, he’s Dakar, Senegal. And it’s all part of the government’s efforts to get Canada a seat on the…
Wet’suwet’en RCMP standoff sparks national protests
Feb 11 • 24 min
The bitter fight over the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Northern B.C. continues to escalate. Over the last several days, the RCMP has moved in to enforce an injunction order to allow Coastal GasLink to get to work on the $6 billion project.…
Are taxpayer handouts over for Bombardier?
Feb 10 • 24 min
Today, the Canadian company Bombardier is more than $9 billion US in debt. Over the years, it has received billions in taxpayer bailouts. But after some big failures, layoffs and criticism over executive bonuses, this time around may be different.
Front Burner Presents Uncover: Satanic Panic
Feb 8 • 37 min
Throughout the 1980s, Satanic cults were widely believed to be terrorizing and torturing children. There were hundreds of false allegations and countless lives torn apart — but never any real proof. Uncover: Satanic Panic from CBC Podcasts is out now.…
Canadian government emails defend herbicide linked to cancer by U.S. court
Feb 7 • 21 min
A CBC report has uncovered a series of internal government emails showing Canadian officials defending the use of glyphosate, frequently sold under the brand name Roundup. It’s a herbicide that was at the heart of a landmark U.S. lawsuit in 2018 that…
A controversial police probe into fatal BC train derailment
Feb 6 • 22 min
It’s been a year since a runaway train derailed near Field, B.C., killing the three crew members on board: Dylan Paradis, Andy Dockrell and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer. But questions remain about what led to the crash of Canadian Pacific Railway Train 301.…
One family’s fight to get airlifted out of Wuhan
Feb 5 • 21 min
When Megan Millward and her husband Lie Zhang left their home in Montreal to visit family near Wuhan for Lunar New Year, they had no idea they would be putting their small family, and two young children, at risk. When the coronavirus hit, the family were…
A call to govern media giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime
Feb 4 • 23 min
A new federal report proposes sweeping changes to Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications sector. The recommendations range from bringing online media platforms like Yahoo and Facebook under the scope of Canada’s Broadcasting Act to making sure that…
In the race to lead the Democrats, Iowa caucuses can make or break campaigns
Feb 3 • 21 min
Months of Democratic strategizing and in-fighting culminates on Monday in the first caucus of the party’s 2020 leadership race. Historically, the Iowa caucuses are the first hint of which candidate could take on the President in November. Today on Front…
‘There was no plan’: The long road to Brexit
Jan 31 • 21 min
Tonight, at 11 p.m. local time, it finally happens: Brexit. It’s been almost four years since Britain launched a referendum on whether to leave the European Union. To remember the highs and lows of how the U.K. got to this point, we’re joined by the BBC…
The fight over witness testimony at Trump’s impeachment trial
Jan 30 • 24 min
As early as Friday the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on whether or not witness testimony will be allowed at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. It could be a real game changer, especially in light of former national security adviser John Bolton’s new…
An enormous open-pit mine and the future of the Alberta oilsands
Jan 29 • 21 min
Right now, there’s a proposal for a massive oilsands project awaiting approval from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. The Teck Frontier mine is thought to be one of the largest oilsands mines ever proposed in Alberta. It’s projected to bring in billions of…
Contending with all of Kobe Bryant’s legacy
Jan 28 • 24 min
NBA legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. The 41-year-old 18-time NBA all-star won five championships with the L.A. Lakers. His legacy is also…
How to fight a viral disease outbreak
Jan 27 • 22 min
The coronavirus outbreak has come to Canada. A man in his 50s who’d recently been to Wuhan, China is Canada’s first “presumptive case,” and is being treated in a Toronto hospital. Today, on Front Burner, we speak to infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac…
An inside look at white supremacist group The Base
Jan 24 • 17 min
Last week, former reservist Patrik Mathews was arrested by the FBI on firearms-related charges. Front Burner first covered his story last summer, when he was being investigated by law enforcement for suspected ties to a militant white supremacist group…
Putting the brakes on facial recognition technology
Jan 23 • 24 min
A leaked draft memo revealed recently the European Union is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces. And in the last few days, Google’s CEO and the editorial board of the Financial Times have called for a…
As Wuhan virus spreads, fears about pandemic readiness
Jan 22 • 23 min
A new virus spreading out of China has caught the attention of infectious disease experts around the world. That’s because it bears some strong similarities to SARS, the respiratory disease that killed hundreds of people including 44 Canadians in 2003.…
Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou extradition fight begins
Jan 21 • 21 min
Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing finally kicked off this week. It’s been just over a year since the Huawei chief financial officer was arrested on fraud charges. The arrest ignited a massive diplomatic rift between Canada and China, and a lot of…
Miracles and money: A look inside televangelist Benny Hinn’s ministry
Jan 20 • 22 min
For decades, televangelist Benny Hinn has travelled the world, reportedly performed miracles on stage and raked in cash. In that time, CBC’s Bob McKeown has done several investigations into the controversial pastor’s so-called miracle healing as well as…
World’s biggest money manager sees profit potential in climate change action
Jan 17 • 19 min
Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson talks to business professor Sarah Kaplan about the decision by the world’s biggest money manager, BlackRock, to make climate change central to its investment decisions, and whether corporations can lead on climate…
One man’s fight for his right to die
Jan 16 • 28 min
Ron Posno knows how he wants to die: on his own terms and with help from a healthcare professional. He’s an advocate for people with dementia and a volunteer with Dying with Dignity Canada from London, Ontario. But he doesn’t qualify for a…
Who wants to lead the Conservative Party of Canada?
Jan 15 • 23 min
The race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada has officially started. There have been a lot of questions about who might run ever since Andrew Scheer quit last December. Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson talks to Maclean’s…
Flight 752 fallout: the view from Iran
Jan 14 • 26 min
Today on Front Burner, as anti-government protests erupt in Iran over the shooting down of Flight 752, reports are coming out that live ammunition is being used in the police crackdown. We speak to a journalist on the ground in Tehran.
Royal family tested by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘Megxit’
Jan 13 • 24 min
Today the top members of the royal family will meet to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future role inside the British monarchy. It’s the first time the Duke of Sussex will be in the same room as his grandmother, the Queen, since the couple…
Questions swirl after passenger jet ‘shot down’
Jan 10 • 19 min
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that intelligence now indicates that a missile likely brought down the Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Iran - killing 176 on board, including 63 Canadians. Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson talks to…
Tragedy in Iran: Canadians mourn enormous loss of life in jet crash
Jan 9 • 25 min
As the world sat on edge Tuesday night, fearful that increasing violence and belligerence between the U.S. and Iran could escalate into war, tragedy struck. But not the tragedy anyone was expecting. In an instant, 176 lives were lost when a Ukrainian…
Life inside Australia’s devastating wildfires
Jan 8 • 26 min
Australia’s eastern coast has been ravaged by wildfires that have killed at least 25 people, decimating precious ecosystems, and left an estimated 500 million animals dead. Today on Front Burner we hear from someone who knows what it’s like to see the sky…
Harvey Weinstein, NDAs and living in silence
Jan 7 • 25 min
Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial starts this week. The former movie producer faces charges of predatory sexual assault and rape, and has pleaded not guilty on all counts. Today on Front Burner, The National’s Adrienne Arsenault brings us the stories of…
U.S. killing of top Iranian general stokes worries over wider conflict
Jan 6 • 23 min
In the days since the Trump administration ordered a lethal drone strike in Baghdad on Iran’s second-most powerful man, Qassem Soleimani, Iranian officials have promised “vigorous vengeance” against the U.S. and chants of “death to America” were heard in…
Guns, gangs and racism in a Prairie city
Jan 3 • 20 min
Regina’s crime rate is nearly triple that of Toronto. The neighbourhood of North Central Regina is considered one of the most dangerous in the country. CBC’s Duncan McCue, along with the Fifth Estate, wanted to find out why. And so, this past autumn, he…
Quebec begins controversial ‘values’ test for newcomers
Jan 2 • 17 min
Quebec Premier François Legault came to power saying he would protect the province’s cultural identity by reducing its intake of immigrants. On Jan. 1, Legault fulfils part of his controversial plan — the implementation of a “values” test some potential…
A neo-Nazi connection, the U.S.-Mexico border, and beauty YouTubers
Dec 31, 2019 • 20 min
In over a year, Front Burner has covered a lot of stories. But we haven’t had time to follow up on all of them. Today, we revisit a handful, from the Canadian link to a militant neo-Nazi group called The Base, to the treatment of migrant children at the…
K-pop’s promise and peril
Dec 30, 2019 • 26 min
This was a banner year for K-pop. South Korean pop music — known for aggressively catchy hooks, flawless choreography and highly photogenic performers — had been popular in the West for decades. But 2019 seemed to be a turning point, as the biggest acts…
Greta Thunberg and the rise of the youth climate movement
Dec 27, 2019 • 23 min
She’s the teenager who skipped school — and sparked a global protest. Today, Greta Thunberg is instantly recognizable by her stern demeanour and singular message: When it comes to climate change, listen to the scientists. But it was only last year that…
Front Burner’s 2019 news quiz
Dec 26, 2019 • 19 min
This December, Front Burner hosted a live show at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In this second part, host Jayme Poisson was joined by CBC personalities Peter Armstrong, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Piya Chattopadhyay and Tom Power for a freewheeling…
The year in news — live!
Dec 24, 2019 • 21 min
This December, Front Burner hosted a live show at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In this first part, host Jayme Poisson was joined by CBC personalities Peter Armstrong, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about the biggest news…
Taking stock of Amazon’s enormous ambition
Dec 23, 2019 • 21 min
Amazon is a giant company, but in reality, it’s probably far bigger and involved in far more activities than most people are aware — think cancer research and police surveillance. Today on Front Burner, Wired writer Louise Matsakis, explains just how vast…
Could suing over ‘smart guns’ curb Canadian gun violence?
Dec 20, 2019 • 21 min
In July 2018, a man went on a shooting rampage in downtown Toronto, killing two people and wounding 13 others. Now, a class-action lawsuit has been launched to sue gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, alleging the company did not follow through on an earlier…
Behind impeachment: Life in a Ukrainian war zone
Dec 19, 2019 • 22 min
The war in Ukraine and U.S. military aid was central to this week’s impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump. That war has left roughly 13,000 people dead with many more injured and internally displaced. Today on Front Burner, CBC’s Russia correspondent…
Impeachment, a Senate trial, and the ‘dead chicken’ strategy
Dec 18, 2019 • 19 min
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the articles of impeachment. President Donald Trump is expected to become just the third U.S. president in history to be impeached. But after the House vote, the proceedings move to the…
Canada and the ‘Afghanistan Papers’
Dec 17, 2019 • 24 min
The “Afghanistan Papers,” released last week by the Washington Post, contain hundreds of interviews with high-ranking officials involved in the ongoing 18-year war in Afghanistan. The documents reveal that many insiders knew the war was dysfunctional and…
One year in Chinese detention: What life is like for 2 Canadians
Dec 16, 2019 • 20 min
It has now passed the one-year mark since two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, were arrested and detained in China. Both were accused by Chinese authorities of charges related to spying and stealing national secrets. Both were picked up mere…
Andrew Scheer out amidst private school payment controversy
Dec 13, 2019 • 22 min
Andrew Scheer is stepping down as leader of the federal Conservative party amidst a controversy over his use of party funds to send his kids to private school and growing criticisms over his election performance. Today, Jayme Poisson speaks with Power &…
Former hockey pros describe the sport’s dark side
Dec 12, 2019 • 26 min
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has responded to a string of allegations about racism, bullying and physical abuse in the league, declaring “we will not tolerate abusive behaviour of any kind.” The fallout began when player Akim Aliu described being called…
New NAFTA: What you need to know
Dec 11, 2019 • 23 min
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has signed the new free trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico. Today on Front Burner,Globe and Mail reporter Adrian Morrow explains what the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) accomplished for Canada and…
Fall from grace: Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar against genocide charge
Dec 10, 2019 • 25 min
Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for freedom and democracy in Myanmar. But now — as the current leader of her country — she’s in The Hague, before the International Court of Justice, defending her regime against charges of…
Amidst ‘profound political crisis,’ UK heads to the polls
Dec 9, 2019 • 24 min
The UK election campaign is entering its final days. On Thursday, the country will head to the polls for the third time in under five years. The incumbent Tory, Boris Johnson, is promising to “get Brexit done.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is proposing…
Throne speech signals priorities, problems for minority government
Dec 6, 2019 • 24 min
On Thursday, Justin Trudeau kicked off Canada’s 43rd parliamentary session with his government’s speech from the throne, delivered by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette. Today, on Front Burner, Vassy Kapelos, host of CBC’s Power & Politics, joins Jayme Poisson to…
What an alleged ‘prolific’ fraudster reveals about identity theft in Canada
Dec 5, 2019 • 20 min
Today on Front Burner, the story of an alleged “professional” identity thief who is facing over 50 fraud-related charges, and accused of stealing the identities of some 20 women by creating forged identification documents and racking up big bills. In this…
What Canadian universities gain, and lose, by accepting Huawei funding
Dec 4, 2019 • 21 min
The Chinese tech giant Huawei is in the news again. This week is the one-year anniversary since the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested at a Vancouver airport, which triggered a massive diplomatic crisis between Canada and China. Also this week,…
United premiers could spell trouble for Trudeau
Dec 3, 2019 • 24 min
This week, provincial and territorial leaders from across the country gathered in a Toronto suburb to decide on a collective agenda to present to the federal government. On Monday, the premiers came out of the meeting striking a tone of unity, with a list…
Canada’s rules on e-cigarettes based on ‘unproven hypothesis’
Dec 2, 2019 • 19 min
There are fewer restrictions on vaping devices in Canada than on tobacco, cannabis or even alcohol. Health Canada made e-cigarettes widely accessible based on an understanding that they could be used as a smoking cessation tool. Now, Canada is…
Understanding TikTok: From viral teen videos to Chinese political censorship
Nov 29, 2019 • 23 min
This week, TikTok was in the news for pulling a video critical of China’s mass detention of Uighurs. Most of the popular Chinese-owned social media app’s users are children and teens who share lip-syncing videos, dance crazes and comedy skits. But in…
Liberals fight payments ordered for First Nations children
Nov 28, 2019 • 23 min
This week, the Liberal government was in a federal court, as part of its fight against an order to compensate First Nations children affected by the on-reserve child welfare system. The order is part of a Canada Human Rights Tribunal ruling that took…
Secret documents show scope of China’s mass detention of Uighurs
Nov 27, 2019 • 22 min
The systematic detention of a Muslim minority for surveillance, indoctrination and psychological modification is taking place at re-education camps in China, according to leaked official documents revealed this week by the International Consortium of…
How ‘alternative’ autism therapies lure in frustrated parents
Nov 26, 2019 • 20 min
In 2008, Sandra Hart wanted to get her son Christopher some extra help. He lives with autism and has limited verbal skills, and his mother was frustrated by mainstream medical treatments. Christopher saw a chiropractor for cranial adjustments, and later…
Céline Dion’s surprising next chapter
Nov 25, 2019 • 21 min
Céline Dion is one of Canada’s most successful recording artists — and according to some, the country’s most culturally unappreciated star. But lately, she has found herself in a strange new place: people aren’t snickering at her music or even hiding the…
Jason Kenney’s government to fire man investigating his leadership race
Nov 22, 2019 • 20 min
A bill to fire Alberta’s election commissioner has passed in a legislature dominated by United Conservative Party MLAs. That’s while the commissioner is investigating the UCP leadership race, won by Premier Jason Kenney. The opposition is outraged. Today…
Trudeau’s new cabinet trades sunny ways for damage control
Nov 21, 2019 • 21 min
On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet was sworn in at Rideau Hall. The scene was a lot different from 2015 when Trudeau was coming in with a majority mandate and coming off a campaign based on hope and change. This time around the days of “sunny…
Understanding the ‘Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself’ meme
Nov 20, 2019 • 22 min
A conspiracy theory about the death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been turned into a meme. The phrase “Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself” is appearing in tweets, TikToks, on live television, even on ugly Christmas sweaters. The New…
They see no future’: Hong Kong pro-democracy leader
Nov 19, 2019 • 21 min
Violent confrontations at Hong Kong’s universities are yet another escalation in almost six months of demonstrations. Today on Front Burner, we talk to the former head of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, Emily Lau, about the longstanding tensions…
Don Cherry, hockey and Canadian identity
Nov 18, 2019 • 21 min
Hockey Night in Canada aired Saturday night without Don Cherry, while his firing stoked a national debate about hockey’s place in this country. Today on Front Burner, we talk to hockey fan Noha Beshir and retired sportswriter David Shoalts, who wrote…
From Nixon to Trump: How public opinion shapes impeachment proceedings
Nov 15, 2019 • 25 min
This week marks the first time in 20 years that public hearings could result in the removal of a U.S. President from office. In question is a whistleblower’s complaint alleging the U.S. President attempted to pressure the Ukrainian president into…
Is Canadian content a casualty of the ‘streaming wars’?
Nov 14, 2019 • 26 min
Disney Plus is the latest streaming service on the block, with a library stretching from those classic animated movies from your childhood, to new Marvel blockbusters. It joins Apple TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime. But this ever-growing number of digital…
Judges toss cases over police credibility concerns
Nov 13, 2019 • 22 min
Over the last five years, more than 50 criminal cases have fallen apart after a judge found a police officer gave false or misleading testimony, according to a CBC News investigation. Today on Front Burner, we talk to reporters Chris Glover and Stephen…
Don Cherry’s divisive legacy
Nov 12, 2019 • 24 min
On Monday, Sportsnet let go of Don Cherry after the hockey broadcaster called immigrants “you people”, and claimed they don’t wear poppies to honour Canadian veterans. This comes after a career filled with controversy, from anti-Quebecer sentiments to…
How an Indigenous man’s murder forced a community to confront racism
Nov 11, 2019 • 21 min
Kristian Ayoungman, from Siksika First Nation in Southern Alberta, was shot and killed on a rural highway in March. CBC investigative journalist Connie Walker travelled to meet with the young man’s friends and family, as well as the leaders of the two…
Introducing Hunting Warhead
Nov 9, 2019 • 3 min
A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web. Listen at…
Digital stick-ups: The evolution of ransomware
Nov 8, 2019 • 23 min
Ransomware attacks are changing. Cyber criminals are learning to target the most vulnerable systems including our municipalities, schools and hospitals. Today on Front Burner, tech journalist and friend of the podcast Matt Braga tells us why just changing…
From rallies to re-election: Trump’s path to victory
Nov 7, 2019 • 25 min
He’s a president under pressure. He’s facing impeachment, fending off lawsuits, and his approval rating is consistently below 50 per cent. But Donald Trump is also presiding over a strong economy, and a low unemployment rate. Today on Front Burner, CBC…
Western Alienation, Part Two: Climate collision
Nov 6, 2019 • 24 min
Today on Front Burner, the final installment of a two-part series exploring the growing political anger in Alberta and Saskatchewan. This time, Maclean’s Alberta correspondent Jason Markusoff explains how climate change has put Ottawa on a collision…
Western Alienation, Part One: Now and Then
Nov 5, 2019 • 27 min
Today on Front Burner, the first installment of a two part series exploring the growing political anger in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Part one: deja vu. Jayme Poisson and political science professor Loleen Berdahl guide you through the history of western…
Deadspin and the zombification of news
Nov 4, 2019 • 25 min
Every member of the popular sports and culture website Deadspin’s editorial staff has resigned, after the firing of the site’s interim editor-in-chief. But tensions have been rising between Deadspin’s journalist and its executives since a private equity…
California’s fiery future
Nov 1, 2019 • 22 min
There are multiple wildfires burning in California right now as they did last year, and the year before. Six of the state’s ten most destructive wildfires have taken place in the last two years. And as the state gets hotter, and dryer, the fires are…
‘Flying coffins’: Boeing CEO faces grilling over 737 Max
Oct 31, 2019 • 23 min
Two devastating crashes, five months apart, left 346 people dead. Both Ethiopian Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 went down shortly after take off. The victims’ families are still looking for answers. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg testified in front of…
Doug Ford returns from political exile
Oct 30, 2019 • 21 min
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is back in the public eye and is striking a more diplomatic tone in a bid to improve his dismal approval rating. Today on Front Burner, CBC’s Ontario legislature reporter Mike Crawley explains how Ford’s government plans on…
Money, misinformation and Facebook’s plans for the future
Oct 29, 2019 • 20 min
On Monday, Facebook employees wrote an open letter to the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, protesting the decision to let politicians run false claims on the platform. Reporter Adi Robertson on where the company goes from here.
The rise and fall of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi
Oct 28, 2019 • 23 min
On Sunday President Donald Trump announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a U.S. raid in Syria. Today on Front Burner, Joby Warrick explains the significance of Baghdadi’s death and what this means for the future of ISIS. Warrick is a…
2 generations of conservatives on the Conservative Party’s future
Oct 25, 2019 • 22 min
In the aftermath of the election, two generations of conservative voices on what they think is threatening the Conservative Party, and what needs to happen if they want to win majority governments.
The view from the conflict zone in Syria
Oct 24, 2019 • 18 min
On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced a permanent ceasefire on the Syrian border with Turkey. But can the peace be stable? The CBC’s Margaret Evans on her experience travelling there last week.
Election fallout: A divided Canada
Oct 23, 2019 • 22 min
Monday’s election results reveal stark regional divides in this country, from a Conservative blue Alberta and Saskatchewan to a resurgent Bloc in Quebec. Meanwhile, the Liberals eked out their win in part thanks to support in urban centres. Today on Front…
Liberals win minority government, now what?
Oct 22, 2019 • 23 min
“We’re left with a more divided country than ever…it’s going to be a really hard thing for the government to address.” On Monday night, Canadians voted in a Liberal minority government led by Justin Trudeau. Today on Front Burner, Power and Politics host…
Raptors preview and the NBA’s China problem
Oct 21, 2019 • 18 min
It may be election day. But it’s also the eve of the Toronto Raptors season opener. So we’re putting Canadian politics aside for one day to talk to sports writer Alex Wong. The last time we spoke to Alex, it was the night of the Raptors NBA Championship…
What you need to know before election day, Part 2
Oct 18, 2019 • 26 min
Today, the Conservative and Green platforms are laid out in the second of our two-part series in preparation for voting day. Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos joins host Jayme Poisson to bring together what you need to know to cast an informed vote.
What you need to know before election day (Part 1 of 2)
Oct 17, 2019 • 26 min
Today, the Liberal and NDP platforms are dissected in the first of our two part series in preparation for voting day. Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos joins host Jayme Poisson to bring together what you need to know to cast an informed vote. Stay…
Why the UN is going broke
Oct 16, 2019 • 20 min
The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, according to Secretary-General António Guterres. The cash flow problem is so dire that the UN is begging member states to pay their dues and have started austerity measures. Today on Front Burner,…
Please Explain: The strategic voting edition
Oct 15, 2019 • 27 min
With one week to go before Canadians head to the polls, words like “strategic voting” and “coalition government” are dominating the news. CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier answers listener questions about Canada’s electoral system.
Consent, false accusation fear and #MeToo
Oct 14, 2019 • 22 min
Journalist Robyn Doolittle has a new book out called ‘Had it coming.’ It’s been two years since the first stories alleging sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein were published, sparking an unprecedented conversation about sexual assault. Now, what’s fair in…
Inside a Russian ‘propaganda tour’ of Syria
Oct 11, 2019 • 24 min
A Turkish military assault on Kurdish fighters is underway in northeastern Syria. It was made possible by a U.S. decision to withdraw American military personnel in that area. Today on Front Burner, CBC Moscow correspondent Chris Brown discusses how…
How Hamilton became a ‘cautionary tale’ for hate
Oct 10, 2019 • 24 min
Hamilton, Ontario, has the most hate crime per capita in the country. Along with that, it has ongoing weekly protests at city hall by members of the yellow vest movement and far-right groups. CBC News reporter Samantha Craggs has been covering this story…
Salman Rushdie’s journey across the U.S.
Oct 9, 2019 • 19 min
The last time Salman Rushdie won the Booker Prize, it was 1981. It’s been 24 years since his last nomination. After his new book, Quichotte, came out, he was pleasantly surprised to find himself back on the list of nominees. “It’s like, finally!” says…
Recapping a crucial federal leaders debate
Oct 8, 2019 • 25 min
On Monday night, the six major federal party leaders faced off in an English-language debate for the only time in the 2019 election campaign. And the stage was packed: There were more leaders on stage in Gatineau, Que., than at any other point in Canadian…
Why ‘Joker’ is a polarizing film
Oct 7, 2019 • 26 min
This weekend, a new Joker movie hit theatres, polarizing critics and audiences with a gritty take on the DC super-villain’s origin story. The film also caught the attention of intelligence and law enforcement agencies who fear it could trigger public…
Face to face with Canada’s party leaders
Oct 4, 2019 • 24 min
This week — as part of the CBC series Face to Face — five undecided voters got five minutes each with federal party leaders to ask the questions that matter most to them. The National’s Rosemary Barton hosted the events, and followed up with questions for…
The controversial political life of Maxime Bernier
Oct 3, 2019 • 28 min
In the sixth and final Canadian leadership profile, Jayme Poisson speaks to the CBC’s Jonathan Montpetit about Maxime Bernier, the controversial head of the People’s Party of Canada.
Law forces NCAA to let some athletes finally get paid
Oct 2, 2019 • 20 min
U.S. college sports generated at least $14 billion last year. And while coaches get paid multi-million dollar salaries, players aren’t paid at all, beyond the cost of attending the university. Now, a new law in California will allow student athletes to…
The refugees of Roxham Road, Canada’s busiest ‘irregular’ border crossing
Oct 1, 2019 • 25 min
In 2017 an unprecedented number of people were crossing into Canada illegally from the United States at Roxham Road to claim asylum. And in just two years, about 50,000 migrants have entered Canada through this unofficial entry point. Today on Front…
One doctor’s fight against the ‘Wellness Industrial Complex’
Sep 30, 2019 • 24 min
Wellness is a multi-trillion-dollar industry. Vague assertions about detoxification and restoring balance can be used to sell everything from juice cleanses to coffee enemas. But obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter says a lot of these products are…
The underdog: A profile of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Sep 27, 2019 • 24 min
When Jagmeet Singh became the leader of the NDP in 2017, he was the first person of colour to lead a major Canadian political party. There was a great deal of excitement around Singh, who is known for his ability to communicate genuinely and effectively -…
Election panel: The promises and limits of ‘affordability’
Sep 26, 2019 • 21 min
Affordability policy pledges are front and centre in the Canadian federal election campaign. We’ve seen Conservatives and Liberals promise tax cuts. The Liberals and NDP promise to lower your cellphone bill. There are national pharmacare pledges from the…
Democrats launch Trump impeachment process
Sep 25, 2019 • 20 min
On Tuesday, U.S. Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Today on Front Burner, CBC’s senior Washington editor Lyndsay Duncombe explains what happens next and what Joe Biden’s son and Ukraine have to do with it.
Vaping sickness: what we know and what we don’t
Sep 24, 2019 • 23 min
A young man in London, Ont., was recently put on life-support with a respiratory illness that’s been linked to vaping. He was the first with that diagnosis in Canada, after more than 450 Americans fell ill, and eight died, also from vaping-linked…
Naomi Klein on climate strikes, Greta and the Green New Deal
Sep 23, 2019 • 25 min
Millions of climate strikers all across the world took to the street on Sept 20th. And there’s another strike scheduled on Sept 27th, as well. Today on Front Burner, we talk to Naomi Klein, author of the new book “On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green…
BONUS: Alleged RCMP spy case rocks intelligence services
Sep 21, 2019 • 21 min
Late last week, a director-general with the RCMP was arrested and charged with breaching Canada’s secrets law, for allegedly preparing to share a cache of classified intelligence material with a foreign entity or terrorist organization. Today on Front…
Trudeau, blackface and experiencing racism in Canada
Sep 20, 2019 • 21 min
Today on Front Burner, we talk to the National Observer’s Fatima Syed, and to doctor Ritika Goel, about Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal, and why for so many Canadians of colour, it’s a familiar sort of racism.
Photo shows Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in brownface
Sep 19, 2019 • 18 min
A photograph of Justin Trudeau in brownface and wearing a turban at a 2001 “Arabian Nights”-themed costume party was published in TIME Wednesday night. Soon after, Trudeau apologized, saying he now realizes it was “racist.” Today on Front Burner, Vassy…
Loneliness, suicide, substance abuse: Mental health in Alberta’s oilpatch
Sep 18, 2019 • 19 min
Today on Front Burner, an intimate look at mental health struggles amongst workers in Alberta’s oilpatch with the co-producer of a new documentary on the subject, ‘Digging in the Dirt.’
Controversial candidates and big campaign promises
Sep 17, 2019 • 25 min
Not even one week into the federal election campaign and the major parties are already struggling with controversial candidates. Today on Front Burner, host of Power and Politics Vassy Kapelos and CBC senior reporter Katie Simpson join us to break down…
Please Explain: Where the major parties stand on climate change
Sep 16, 2019 • 27 min
In Please Explain, voters come on Front Burner to ask their biggest questions about the election. First up: Marieke Walsh from the Globe and Mail explains the party platforms on climate change, and how the carbon tax is doing for Canada.
Understanding Vladimir Putin’s grip on power
Sep 13, 2019 • 24 min
Today on Front Burner, CBC’s Moscow Correspondent Chris Brown takes us through Vladimir Putin’s decades-long grip on power, and whether or not a popular protest movement and falling approval numbers could signal change for Russia’s political future.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale and its much-hyped sequel
Sep 12, 2019 • 22 min
This week, hundreds of fans gathered in London to celebrate the launch of The Testaments, the much-anticipated sequel to Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Similar events took place around the world, and the novel has already been…
The paths to Canadian election victory
Sep 11, 2019 • 23 min
The federal election campaign is set to kick off today, and so does our weekly election panel. Today on Front Burner, Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos and CBC’s polling analyst, Éric Grenier.
‘It’s all or nothing for her’: From environmental lawyer to Green Party leader, a profile of Elizabeth May
Sep 10, 2019 • 25 min
With the next federal election just around the corner, and environmental issues top of mind for many Canadian voters, the Green Party is riding high on a rise in support. With this momentum comes a lot of pressure on the party’s long-time leader to…
Bianca Andreescu Brings a Tennis Grandslam to Canada
Sep 9, 2019 • 26 min
Tennis analyst Caitlin Thompson on how Bianca Andreescu won the U.S. Open this week, becoming the first Canadian to take a singles championship.
Front Burner presents: Party Lines
Sep 7, 2019 • 25 min
Jayme introduces Party Lines, a new CBC podcast and a political primer for every kind of concerned citizen. The National’s Rosemary Barton and BuzzFeed News’ Elamin Abdelmahmoud are here to take you beyond the talking points and provide the insights you…
After the storm: two portraits of hurricane recovery
Sep 6, 2019 • 24 min
This week, Hurricane Dorian delivered catastrophic damage to the Bahamas. It was a Category 5 storm when it hit the island nation, with winds of up to 295 km/hr, and Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said it left “generational devastation.” Today on Front…
A conversation with the ‘Berlin patient,’ the first person cured of HIV
Sep 5, 2019 • 18 min
In 2007, a man known as the “Berlin patient” was cured of HIV through a stem cell transplant. It was an incredible accomplishment that researchers all over the world scrutinized for years to come. He was the first and only documented case of a person who…
The fight to control the Arctic
Sep 4, 2019 • 20 min
Who owns the Arctic? There are several countries who think they have a right to the North Pole or the rich territory around it. Russia has a military presence close by, and recently fired two missiles from the Arctic Ocean as a show of strength. Mike…
Justin Trudeau’s record vs rhetoric examined by Netflix’s ‘Patriot Act’
Sep 3, 2019 • 26 min
Today on Front Burner, with the federal election expected to be called soon, Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos joins us to talk about Justin Trudeau’s gamble on an interview with a U.S. comedian, Andrew Scheer’s position on gay marriage and abortion,…
Meet Justice Abella, the judge called Canada’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sep 2, 2019 • 19 min
Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella was the first Jewish woman to serve on Canada’s Supreme Court, has an internationally-recognized legal legacy, and is the longest-serving judge on the bench. So why don’t more Canadian’s know who she is?…
Can the Bloc Québécois return from the brink?
Aug 30, 2019 • 21 min
The Bloc Québécois was once a powerful federal political party, forming the official opposition in 1993 and holding around fifty seats in the House in the mid to late 2000’s. But the last two elections have nearly wiped the Bloc from existence, and the…
What a landmark ruling means for the opioid crisis
Aug 29, 2019 • 24 min
This week, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $572 million US to the state of Oklahoma, in a landmark case that saw the court find the company liable for the state’s opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson says it will appeal the ruling. Purdue Pharma is also…
How Andrew Luck’s retirement might shape the NFL’s future
Aug 28, 2019 • 20 min
Over the weekend, star NFL quarterback Andrew Luck retired at the prime age of 29, citing his many injuries as the reason. The past few years have seen revelations about the physical toll NFL players face, including CTE and other potential brain injuries.…
Why is the Amazon rainforest burning?
Aug 27, 2019 • 21 min
On Monday, Canada pledged $15 million to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. That’s on top of the $26.5 million the G7 pledged at the conclusion of this weekend’s gathering in France. But why are so many of these fires ablaze in the first place?…
Depression in the first person
Aug 26, 2019 • 20 min
Anna Mehler Paperny first tried to kill herself when she was 24 years old, just as she was finding success as a journalist. In her new memoir, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, she talks unflinchingly about her experience…
What is the militant neo-Nazi group ‘The Base’?
Aug 23, 2019 • 24 min
An army reservist from a town near Winnipeg is being investigated by the RCMP and the Canadian Military for suspected ties to a shadowy militant neo-Nazi group called “The Base.” Today, we’ll talk to VICE national security correspondent Ben Makuch and…
The 2 sides to Justin Trudeau: A pre-election profile
Aug 22, 2019 • 28 min
Elected on a campaign of “sunny ways” and “real change,” the expectations were high for Justin Trudeau when he came into power in 2015. But after a series of scandals, the public perception of Canada’s prime minister might be shifting ahead of the fall…
A veteran mob reporter on organized crime in Canada today
Aug 21, 2019 • 19 min
Last week, a gunman in a white SUV pulled up to a restaurant on a busy Toronto street in broad daylight and shot the restaurant’s owner dead. Police are saying the fatal shooting was targeted. And according to the Toronto Star’s crime reporter, the victim…
Climate change at centre of Elections Canada partisan ad controversy
Aug 20, 2019 • 28 min
This week, Elections Canada is at the centre of a firestorm over what it classifies a partisan issue during the federal election campaign period. Today on Front Burner, Elections Canada spokesperson Natasha Gauthier explains why the agency may deem…
Women’s lives upended after cancer diagnosis linked to Biocell breast implants
Aug 19, 2019 • 22 min
In Canada and around the world, women who’ve been struck with a rare form of cancer are joining class action lawsuits against the manufacturer of the Biocell textured breast implant. Today, on Front Burner, CBC investigative journalist Valérie Ouellet…
Kenora, ON, closes sole homeless shelter in the midst of a drug crisis
Aug 16, 2019 • 17 min
Kenora Ontario, a small city in the province’s northwest, is in the midst of a drug crisis. In an attempt to address the situation, the city has temporarily shut down the only homeless shelter in the area. Some see it as a positive move, others see…
“Troubling tactics” and the ethics report on Prime Minister Trudeau
Aug 15, 2019 • 22 min
A report from the Ethics Commissioner Wednesday said Justin Trudeau and his office used “troubling tactics” in the SNC-Lavalin case. The CBC’s Vassy Kapelos breaks down what it all means, two months before the election.
Boris Johnson’s U.K. hurtles toward Brexit deadline
Aug 14, 2019 • 25 min
As the United Kingdom hurtles towards the October 31 Brexit deadline, newly-appointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson is playing hardball with the European Union, saying the UK is leaving deal or no deal. Today on Front Burner, CBC’s senior correspondent…
A former neo-Nazi on El Paso shooting and rise of white supremacy
Aug 13, 2019 • 23 min
Joining the neo-Nazi movement was a choice that Christian Piccolini says cost him his livelihood, his wife, and his sense of self. Following the mass shooting in El Paso, he speaks out about his former community, to warn people about the wide reach of…
Jeffrey Epstein’s death: The conspiracies and the fallout
Aug 12, 2019 • 24 min
It was already a story mired in controversy, but with the apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, the scandal has only deepened. Today, on Front Burner, we turn to Marc Fisher, senior editor at The Washington Post, to unpack the…
Why the China-U.S. trade war matters
Aug 9, 2019 • 24 min
Today on Front Burner, we sit down with the CBC’s Peter Armstrong to talk about the escalating U.S.-China trade war, and how it could affect the global financial market.
Beyond the dimples: A profile of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer
Aug 8, 2019 • 30 min
He’s called, “the smiling Stephen Harper,” and he’s known for his knack of bringing people together. But beyond his dimples, what do you really know about Andrew Scheer? Today, with the federal election fast approaching, we talk to Maclean’s Ottawa bureau…
‘Pick up the book and read’: Canadian poets on the legacy of Toni Morrison
Aug 7, 2019 • 19 min
Toni Morrison’s literary and academic career was honoured with a Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her writing explored, celebrated, questioned and critiqued the space of black lives in America, up until her death on…
‘A sickening déjà vu’: Two US mass shootings in one weekend stuns reporter
Aug 6, 2019 • 25 min
This past weekend saw two back-to-back mass shootings in the United States: one in El Paso, Texas, and one in Dayton, Ohio. At least thirty-one people are dead. Dozens more injured. Today on Front Burner, we talk to writer Jennifer Mascia about gun…
A Crucifix, A Mystery Illness and a Refugee
Aug 5, 2019 • 28 min
In nine months, Front Burner has covered a lot of stories. But we haven’t had time to follow up on all of them. Today, we revisit a handful, including the mystery illness that befell Canadian diplomats in Cuba, the law in Quebec to outlaw religious garb…
Flying cars, an artificial moon and Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion vision for the future
Aug 2, 2019 • 22 min
Saudi Arabia’s “Neom” is a planned futuristic city-state in the desert. The project is said to include flying cars, gene editing, an island of robot dinosaurs, an artificial moon — and the most comprehensive surveillance state on earth. The Wall Street…
Who is the alleged Capital One hacker?
Aug 1, 2019 • 22 min
A massive data breach at Capital One has led to the arrest of a Seattle-based woman who allegedly stole the private information of more than 100 million people, including 6 million Canadians. Today on Front Burner, Greg Otto, Editor-in-Chief of…
Why B.C.’s orcas are at risk, and what’s at stake
Jul 31, 2019 • 22 min
There are, at most, only 76 southern resident killer whales left in the world. Right now, there’s growing concern about the fate of J17 - the matriarch of one of the most studied orca families, J pod - as she was recently spotted emaciated. Killers: J pod…
How a failed terrorism case derailed one Canadian’s life
Jul 30, 2019 • 27 min
In 2007, Hassan Diab was an unassuming sociology lecturer at Carleton University, when he was suddenly told French authorities were investigating him for committing a terrorist act in Paris in 1980. Diab has always claimed innocence — but the revelation…
What’s the big deal about Beyond Meat?
Jul 29, 2019 • 23 min
Beyond Meat, the popular meat substitute, can be found in at A&W, Tim Hortons, and most grocery stores these days. The company’s stock is at an all-time high. Today on Front Burner, writer Michael Grunwald analyzes why that is, how it relates to the…
Fear, isolation and a cross-Canada manhunt
Jul 26, 2019 • 24 min
Today on Front Burner, the CBC’s Jason Proctor tells why the ongoing manhunt for two B.C. murder suspects has left many residents of Canada’s north feeling vulnerable and afraid.
The key takeaways of Robert Mueller’s marathon testimony
Jul 25, 2019 • 22 min
Today on Front Burner, the CBC’s Paul Hunter on Robert Mueller’s very reluctant testimony on Capitol Hill, and why both sides of the aisle are claiming victory.
Why do illegal weed dispensaries still exist?
Jul 24, 2019 • 22 min
It’s been nine months since marijuana was legalized in Canada, and illegal dispensaries are not only prevalent across the country — but in many cases, thriving. Today on Front Burner, CBC investigative reporter Zach Dubinsky and Sol Israel from The Leaf…
The perpetual Marvel machine
Jul 23, 2019 • 22 min
Marvel Studios has announced plans for the latest phase of the Marvel cinematic universe, setting the world of deep superhero fandom abuzz. On Front Burner, we speak to Eli Glasner, CBC’s national entertainment reporter and film critic, about what Western…
A portrait of the mysterious Kim Jong-un
Jul 22, 2019 • 23 min
“He’s such a puzzle…and we don’t have all the answers.” As the world continues to try and figure out the puzzle that is North Korea, guest host Chris Berube talks to Anna Fifield, the Washington Post reporter who’s put together the most complete portrait…
Donald Trump, and the debate over the term “racist”
Jul 19, 2019 • 23 min
At a rally on Wednesday night, supporters of Donald Trump broke out in a chorus of “send her back!” chants, targeted toward Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born congresswoman from Minnesota. The chant came just days after the U.S. president took to Twitter, to…
FaceApp: Fact, fiction and fears
Jul 18, 2019 • 19 min
It’s the AI-assisted photo editing app that has entertained millions of users around the world. Open FaceApp on your smartphone, upload of a photo of yourself, and you — like Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Steph Curry — can see what you might look like in…
The battle for green voters begins
Jul 17, 2019 • 21 min
With three months to go before the federal election, two parties on the left are trying to plant their flag as the party of environmentalists. The NDP recently introduced its “Canadian New Deal” which promises aggressive carbon targets and investments in…
Canadian teacher home after ‘nightmare in Indonesia’
Jul 16, 2019 • 24 min
Neil Bantleman was teaching at a school in Jakarta, Indonesia when he and seven others were accused of sex crimes against students. He maintained his innocence despite being convicted in an Indonesian court. CBC’s The Fifth Estate co-host Mark Kelley…
What did Canadian peacekeepers accomplish in Mali?
Jul 15, 2019 • 23 min
“Organized crime, smuggling, drug trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism - you can sort of name it, and Mali is afflicted by it.” Swept up in part by Islamist extremism, the U.N’s peacekeeping mission in Mali is one of the deadliest in recent history.…
The World Cup champions tackle equal pay
Jul 12, 2019 • 20 min
After their record-setting fourth World Cup win, the U.S. women’s soccer team has found themselves at the centre of an ongoing debate about pay equity in sport. The team has been followed by a chorus of “equal pay” from the pitch to their celebration…
‘Conversion therapy’ survivor shares his story
Jul 11, 2019 • 18 min
In 2014, Belleville, Ont. native Matt Ashcroft decided to attend a conversion therapy camp in the U.S. He says his father was homphobic and he wanted to mend their relationship. Now he’s a fierce advocate for a nationwide ban on the practice in Canada.…
A conversation with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jul 10, 2019 • 31 min
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Democracy versus dictatorship” in Venezuela. Why Canada should not release Meng Wanzhou. These are just some of the topics we cover in a feature interview with Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. She…
From memes to TV ads, how political third parties get their message out
Jul 9, 2019 • 21 min
You may not have heard of political third parties like Engage Canada or Canada Proud, but you’ve likely already encountered their messaging through a traditional television ad, a Facebook meme, or maybe even a person in a banana costume. Today on Front…
A reporter’s long, failed fight to keep his work on ISIS from the RCMP
Jul 8, 2019 • 19 min
For the last four years, Vice reporter Ben Makuch has been fighting to keep communications he had with a suspected ISIS fighter from the RCMP. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, and last week, Makuch and Vice lost their final appeal…
A primer on the Green New Deal in the U.S. and Canada
Jul 5, 2019 • 25 min
This week a new government report outlined the most pressing threats facing Canada due to climate change. The report warned of infrastructure failures, flooding and storm surges on the coasts, and melting shorelines and permafrost in the North. Global…
Dumpster diving, forged signatures, and alleged immigration fraud
Jul 4, 2019 • 20 min
CBC News has learned about an alleged massive immigration scheme involving illicit job offers, hundreds of Chinese nationals, and dozens of business people in Saskatchewan. The story follows an investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency and court…
What the Taylor Swift controversy tells us about who really profits from recording artists’ work
Jul 3, 2019 • 21 min
This weekend, pop superstar Taylor Swift penned a distraught Tumblr post in which she took the news of a business deal very, very personally. Her former record label, Big Machine, was sold to music mogul Scooter Braun’s company for a reported $300 million…
What’s the toll of tough U.S. sanctions on Iranians?
Jul 2, 2019 • 24 min
On Monday, news broke that Iran violated a key part of the 2015 nuclear agreement. This comes about a year after the U.S. unilaterally pulled out of the deal. Iran says it breached the agreement because Europe hasn’t done enough to counter the heavy U.S.…
Families grieve, seek justice, after Ethiopian Air plane crash
Jul 1, 2019 • 22 min
This March, a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. 18 of them were Canadian, and several more were permanent residents. Now, six families from Canada who lost relatives are suing Boeing for alleged negligence in the…
“The place is a jail”: How kids are treated at the U.S.-Mexico border
Jun 28, 2019 • 26 min
There has been renewed attention on the treatment of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border over the last two weeks. First, accounts of inadequate food, water and sanitation at U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities where unaccompanied children…
The fight to make handguns illegal in Canada
Jun 27, 2019 • 26 min
Today on Front Burner, we speak to Toronto Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who says he disagrees with his party’s stance to rule against a handgun ban. Is the fight to ban handguns in Canada over?
After thirty horses die, questions about racing’s future
Jun 26, 2019 • 21 min
The death of 30 horses at the famed Santa Anita racetrack in California this season has sparked a public outcry over animal welfare. The facility is owned by The Stronach Group, a wealthy Canadian company. Today on Front Burner, L.A. Times contributor…
Sidewalk Labs offers a futuristic vision for Toronto, but at what cost?
Jun 25, 2019 • 24 min
After 18 months of consultation, Google sister company Sidewalk Labs has released its master draft proposal to develop a portion of Toronto’s waterfront. The proposal includes everything from an affordable housing plan, to sensored pneumatic garbage…
What issues will shape the 2019 federal election?
Jun 24, 2019 • 25 min
With the House of Commons adjourned and the federal election just months away, summertime hours mean Members of Parliament and hopeful candidates will be out campaigning on the BBQ circuit. The writ drop is expected for September and voting day is slated…
Canadian corporations dodged up to $11-billion in taxes
Jun 21, 2019 • 21 min
According to a new report from the Canada Revenue Agency, in just one year - 2014 - Canadian corporations did not pay up to $11-billion in taxes. That amount is part of the “tax gap”. It’s the difference between the taxes Canada knows it’s owed and the…
Facebook’s plan for a new global currency
Jun 20, 2019 • 21 min
This week, Facebook announced it will launch a cryptocurrency in 2020. A new global currency, available to billions of people - is something like that legal? Or a good idea? Jon Porter from The Verge breaks it down.
Controversial Trans Mountain pipeline approved, but will it get built?
Jun 19, 2019 • 25 min
The federal Liberal government has now approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline for the second time.This is a key step for the much-delayed pipeline project that’s meant to carry nearly a million barrels of oil from Alberta to B.C each day.…
What would it take for Canada to meet its climate targets?
Jun 18, 2019 • 22 min
The Canadian government has already admitted that it probably won’t be able to meet its Paris climate targets, the international agreement Canada signed promising to significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. As part of a new CBC News project…
Your Guide to Canada’s Edible Pot Rules
Jun 17, 2019 • 22 min
The Canadian government has introduced rules around the sale of edibles and other weed products, like topicals. Sol Israel from The Leaf News walks us through what these new regulations look like, and why the new rules around edibles may have unexpected…
BONUS: Hong Kong protests and fears of China’s long reach
Jun 15, 2019 • 18 min
Throughout the week hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill. Many fear it will be used to target dissidents who speak out against the Chinese state. Protests escalated to violent clashes…
Raptors Win! Raptors Win! Raptors Win!
Jun 14, 2019 • 25 min
For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championships. They beat the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in game six of the championship, 114-110. It was a remarkably tense game, with sixteen lead changes throughout.…
How a far-right hate group operates in rural B.C. and across the country
Jun 13, 2019 • 23 min
Far-right group Soldiers of Odin has been developing chapters across Canada and popping up at anti-immigration protests throughout the country. It’s a group that Canadian border security officials have said is not afraid to use violence and Facebook has…
The Uninhabitable Earth: A grim portrait of the future of climate change
Jun 12, 2019 • 21 min
Author David Wallace-Wells on his matter-of-fact book, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” and what happens if we don’t slow the pace of climate change.
Is Ontario Premier Doug Ford a problem for the federal Conservatives?
Jun 11, 2019 • 20 min
In a rare move, the Ontario legislature will take a break until October 28th, one week after the federal election. So why the extended break? Political watchers say that might have to do with Premier Doug Ford’s dismal poll numbers, and how they might…
Decades of sexual abuse at one Ottawa high school
Jun 10, 2019 • 24 min
Over the course of decades, dozens of students were sexually abused by three different teachers at one Ottawa high school. Some students spoke up and told other teachers. But it wasn’t until 2016 that any criminal charges were laid. Senior reporter Julie…
Will Boris Johnson be the next UK Prime Minister?
Jun 7, 2019 • 24 min
UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7th. But she will stay on as a lame duck Prime Minister until her successor is chosen. Today on Front Burner, CBC Europe Correspondent Margaret Evans on who that successor…
The lessons of the Central Park Five
Jun 6, 2019 • 26 min
A Netflix miniseries has rekindled interest in the case of the Central Park Five who became poster children for bias in the justice system and served decades for a crime they did not commit. Filmmaker Sarah Burns on why the case is critically important…
Why Kawhi Leonard is more than just a stoic NBA superstar
Jun 5, 2019 • 26 min
The Toronto Raptors face the Golden State Warriors for game three of the NBA Finals tonight. It’s an exciting time for fans of Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard. Today on Front Burner, freelance sports writer Alex Wong helps us understand the man behind the…
Is Canada ready to combat election meddling online?
Jun 4, 2019 • 28 min
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould on Canada’s plan to deal with interference and disinformation ahead of the fall election.
Inquiry calls murders and disappearances of Indigenous women ‘Canadian genocide’
Jun 3, 2019 • 20 min
Today on Front Burner, CBC’s Chantelle Bellrichard and Jorge Barrera report on the findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and explain why the report says this violence is part of a “Canadian Genocide”.
Will Canada’s new air travel protections actually help?
May 31, 2019 • 20 min
This summer, Canada’s new air passenger protection regulations will begin to come into effect. The regulations apply to all flights to, from and within Canada, and include specific financial entitlements for things like delayed flights and damaged…
Robert Mueller breaks his silence
May 30, 2019 • 22 min
After two years of silence, Robert Mueller delivered his first public statement since being appointed as Special Counsel. He announced his resignation from the United States Department of Justice and reiterated the central findings of his investigation…
‘I don’t know if I can do this again,’ says Everest climber as death toll hits 11
May 29, 2019 • 20 min
Elia Saikaly has climbed Mount Everest eight times. He’s reached the top three times. But after his most recent climb, Saikaly is wondering if he can ever go back again. He was one of many climbers caught in the ‘traffic jam’ at more than 8000 meters…
Why Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are running for re-election as Independent MPs
May 28, 2019 • 24 min
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are advocating for a less partisan political system and will run as independent candidates in the next election. Co-host of CBC’s The National, Rosemary Barton, explains why they’re doing it and what challenges might…
What the Cindy Gladue case exposes about the justice system
May 27, 2019 • 20 min
The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial for a man accused of killing Cindy Gladue. CBC’s Kathleen Harris explains why the first trial raised so many questions about how Indigenous women are treated by the Canadian justice system.
Where do abortion rights in Canada stand today?
May 24, 2019 • 21 min
With the United States in a renewed fight over abortion rights, it’s led many to ask: where exactly do we stand in Canada? Today on Front Burner, we speak to reproductive health historian and pro-choice advocate, Shannon Stettner, about Canada’s history…
Environmental rollbacks and Jason Kenney’s ‘summer of repeal’
May 23, 2019 • 21 min
A new legislative session just started in Alberta, under the leadership of Premier Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party. They’re looking to introduce about a dozen bills, most of which will serve to dismantle climate initiatives implemented by…
Could Iran and the U.S. be headed for armed conflict?
May 22, 2019 • 21 min
On Tuesday Iran’s foreign minister accused the U.S. of playing a “very dangerous” game. He was referring to America’s decision to move warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf and, more broadly, to the serious escalation of tensions between the two…
$2-billion and counting. How the federal Phoenix pay system failed
May 21, 2019 • 22 min
The IBM-built Phoenix pay software was supposed to save millions of dollars a year by simplifying payroll for federal workers. Instead, it wreaked havoc on workers’ T4s and pay stubs — while the costs for taxpayers ballooned. Parliamentary reporter Hannah…
Modi, Hindu nationalism, and what’s at stake with India’s election
May 20, 2019 • 22 min
The election in India, the world’s largest in history, has just wrapped up after a month of voting. Many see it as a referendum on sitting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last five years in power. New Delhi journalist Murali Krishnan explains who Modi is,…
Beef, bucks and beauty on YouTube
May 17, 2019 • 24 min
An online feud between two “beauty influencers,” James Charles and Tati Westbrook, has racked up tens of millions of views on YouTube this week. Maybe you’ve never heard of them, but plenty of people have, and, according to Washington Post…
Abortion rights under attack in the U.S.
May 16, 2019 • 24 min
On Tuesday, Alabama’s state legislature voted for a measure that would outlaw almost all access to abortion. Political watchers say this is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. Legislation to restrict…
What ISIS can teach us about fighting far-right violence online
May 15, 2019 • 22 min
Today on Front Burner, professor Taylor Owen helps us understand the changing nature of online extremism and what we learned from dealing with ISIS.
Two Newfoundlanders on the province’s confounding election
May 14, 2019 • 27 min
With an election this week, two Newfoundlanders, CBC reporter David Cochrane and radio host Tom Power dig into the many issues facing the province, and how voter apathy has spread during the campaign.
‘Racist’ letters on Senator’s website trigger suspension
May 13, 2019 • 25 min
Last week Senator Lynn Beyak was suspended by her colleagues without pay for the remainder of this parliamentary session. Her punishment came after posting letters on her official Senate webpage that many, including the Senate’s ethics watchdog, deem…
Quebec’s secularism bill praised and denounced as hearings begin
May 10, 2019 • 23 min
This week, hearings were held on Quebec’s secularism bill - which aims to ban public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. There were fiery exchanges: some say the bill institutionalizes discrimination, while others think…
How humanity put one million species at risk of extinction
May 9, 2019 • 21 min
Canadian co-author of the new UN report on extinction, Kai Chan, on how the loss of one species can ripple out to affect an entire ecosystem in ways that we often “don’t know until it’s too late”
Taking stock of Doug Ford’s spending cuts
May 8, 2019 • 20 min
Today on Front Burner, CBC Queen’s Park reporter Mike Crawley on the cascade of cuts in Doug Ford’s Ontario and how they might be felt in the province.
How the Mark Norman trial could be “a huge political circus”
May 7, 2019 • 25 min
CBC defence reporter Murray Brewster on the upcoming trial of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, and why it might turn into a political circus, right before the next federal election.
Huawei exec back in court as China dispute escalates
May 6, 2019 • 26 min
As Huawei’s Meng Whanzou returns to court, CBC Vancouver’s Jason Proctor on the repercussions from her arrest in December.
Who gets to compete as a woman in sports?
May 3, 2019 • 24 min
Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya, from South Africa, has lost her appeal against proposed rules from track’s governing body that require some female runners to lower their naturally high testosterone levels. It’s a ruling that’s expected to have huge…
The push for regime change in Venezuela
May 2, 2019 • 22 min
Today on Front Burner - we speak to the CBC’s Evan Dyer about an attempt to oust Nicolas Maduro as well as Columbia University Professor, Jeffrey Sachs, who says the United States, and others, need to stay out of this conflict.
Liberals under fire for accepting Illegal SNC Lavalin donations
May 1, 2019 • 20 min
Journalist Harvey Cashore on the revelation of SNC Lavalin employees who made illegal campaign donations worth more than $100,000 to the Liberal Party of Canada.
Severe flooding afflicts Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, again
Apr 30, 2019 • 20 min
“We can’t go through this again.” Thousands of people across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are dealing with serious floods this week. And not for the first time. Today on Front Burner, we hear from one Quebec mother on her family’s difficult decision…
Inside Canada’s alt-right forums
Apr 29, 2019 • 20 min
Reporter Shannon Carranco got access to over 150,000 chat logs from a Canadian alt-right forum. What she found is frightening.
The unlikely rise of the Toronto Raptors
Apr 26, 2019 • 26 min
Twenty four years ago the Toronto Raptors were named the newest team in basketball - and the first franchise outside of the United States. In the years that followed, the team would go from widespread public indifference, to one of the most successful…
One year after the van attack “incels” are unrepentant
Apr 25, 2019 • 22 min
One year after the deadly van attack in Toronto, the misogynistic online community that inspired the attack remains unchanged, says reporter Zack Beauchamp who spent a year investigating incels.
Understanding the Sri Lankan attacks
Apr 24, 2019 • 20 min
Ever since Sri Lanka was hit by eight coordinated bomb blasts, there have been questions about who could be behind an act of terrorism that targeted churches and hotels and left more than 320 people dead. And while a local group was initially blamed, ISIS…
How mistrust and fear make fighting Ebola more difficult
Apr 23, 2019 • 17 min
An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 800 people, and infected hundreds more. The crisis has worsened due to a local mistrust of the government and aid workers. Ebola treatment centres have been burned to the ground…
Will P.E.I. be the first province to go Green?
Apr 22, 2019 • 17 min
Across Canada, there’s never been a Green Party government federally or provincially. But on Tuesday, that could all change when people on Prince Edward Island cast their ballots. If the polls are right, the P.E.I. Green Party is out in front, beating out…
Why the Mueller report doesn’t exonerate Trump for obstruction
Apr 19, 2019 • 23 min
The Mueller Report identified a series of episodes involving Trump that the special counsel considered potential obstructions of justice. But Robert Mueller chose to not charge Trump with a crime. CBC’s Washington correspondent Keith Boag walks us through…
How Notre-Dame Cathedral survived centuries of war and change
Apr 18, 2019 • 20 min
On Monday, as Parisians and tourists watched in horror, a fire ravaged Notre-Dame Cathedral, destroying much of the historic church and its famous spire. Despite worries that the church will never be the same, about a billion dollars has been raised to…
Who is Jason Kenney, Alberta’s next premier?
Apr 17, 2019 • 32 min
Jason Kenney will be Alberta’s next premier after leading the United Conservative Party to a majority government in the province.Today on Front Burner, CBC Calgary’s Allison Dempster breaks down last night’s election results, and Maclean’s Paul Wells…
Sex assault reforms held up by senate “old boys,” says former Tory leader
Apr 16, 2019 • 22 min
Today on Front Burner, former Conservative leader Rona Ambrose on why she thinks her bill on judges sexual assault training must pass, and soon.
Winter is ending: Game of Thrones’ impact on pop culture
Apr 15, 2019 • 21 min
HBO’s Game of Thrones has just launched its eighth and final season. Since 2011, it has shaped everything from the way that television is broadcast to conversations about gender, politics, and power. Today on Front Burner, we break down the cultural…
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney on the Julian Assange arrest
Apr 12, 2019 • 22 min
On Thursday, Julian Assange was arrested and taken out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Oscar winner Alex Gibney made a film about Assange in 2013, and talks to us about the Wikileaks founder’s last few years.
The long fight over a “secular” Quebec
Apr 11, 2019 • 26 min
Yet another Quebec government is proposing a bill designed to affirm the province’s religious neutrality. The Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Bill 21 seeks to ban public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. Thousands of people have…
NXIVM’s Allison Mack pleads guilty to role in alleged sex cult
Apr 10, 2019 • 26 min
On Monday, NXIVM member and former Smallville actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty in a New York court to racketeering charges for her role in a cult-like group called NXIVM. Mack is one of several high-ranking NXIVM members who have been charged with…
Former Facebook insider’s wake-up call to the “catastrophe” of big tech
Apr 9, 2019 • 24 min
The Canadian government is considering regulating social media giants like Facebook. This comes after the release of a report by Canadians electronic spy agency, showing how Canadians are vulnerable to foreign interference in this upcoming election. Today…
The political longevity of Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is put to the test
Apr 8, 2019 • 23 min
Benjamin Netanyahu has been the Prime Minister of Israel for ten years. If he is re-elected and stays on in the job through the summer, he’ll be longest serving Prime Minister in the country’s history. But he faces a tough opponent in former military…
A controversy over race, rap and country music
Apr 5, 2019 • 19 min
For weeks, the song “Old Town Road” by rapper Lil Nas X had been climbing the country music charts. After Billboard disqualified the hit saying it wasn’t “country” enough, there’s been a big conversation about genre, authorship and race. Brittany Spanos…
Frustration, hypocrisy and the SNC scandal
Apr 4, 2019 • 22 min
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was protested by dozens of young women with political aspirations who were visiting the House of Commons. This came just hours after expelling Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus. It’s just one…
How do anti-carbon tax provinces plan to fight climate change?
Apr 3, 2019 • 21 min
This week a new federal carbon tax on fossil fuels came into effect in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. These are all provinces that took a hard pass at creating their own version of a carbon pricing plan that would meet the Liberal…
The story behind unsolved murders in Toronto’s gay village
Apr 2, 2019 • 22 min
In this season of Uncover: The Village, reporter Justin Ling reveals the history of unsolved murder and missing persons cases in Toronto’s gay village.
A secretly-recorded phone call, and the growing SNC-Lavalin scandal
Apr 1, 2019 • 24 min
CBC Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos breaks down the secretly-recorded phone call between former Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick - as the SNC-Lavalin controversy grows.
White supremacist and homophobic posts force UCP candidates out
Mar 29, 2019 • 19 min
Since the writ dropped in Alberta, two candidates have resigned from the United Conservative Party over Islamaphobic, white supremacist, homophobic and transphobic messages on social media. This is only the latest controversy for the party. The Jason…
The woman who hid Edward Snowden
Mar 28, 2019 • 20 min
When Edward Snowden showed up at her door, Vanessa Rodel had no idea who he was. Then she saw his face of the front page of the newspaper. Rodel and her daughter have just arrived in Canada as privately sponsored refugees. Vanessa tells the story of how…
Why Disney Absorbed Fox, Apple Wants to Make TV
Mar 27, 2019 • 22 min
After the merger of Disney and Fox, one movie studio controls almost 40% of the box office. The merger puts Disney in a position to compete with big tech companies like Netflix and Apple in the streaming game. But is it good for moviegoers and TV…
He survived a massacre and became living evidence
Mar 26, 2019 • 28 min
In 1982 a brutal massacre in a small farming community during the Guatemalan civil war left over 160 men, women and children dead. Over thirty years later, one of the men responsible for the horrific murders has been sentenced to more than 5000 years in…
Mueller: no collusion, no obstruction, no exoneration
Mar 25, 2019 • 21 min
A summary of Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election is out. CBC Washington correspondent Keith Boag breaks down what we know so far, and the implications for the Trump administration.
How far right influencers thrive on YouTube
Mar 22, 2019 • 28 min
The Christchurch mosque shooter formed his radical views online. Today, an examination of how far right communities spread their toxic messages on the Internet and how they use YouTube to do it.
Could pharmacare in Canada be a reality?
Mar 21, 2019 • 22 min
This week’s federal budget laid some initial groundwork for the possibility of a national pharmacare plan in Canada. But with a contentious election year ahead, there are still plenty of questions around how a strategy could be implemented. Today on Front…
Who will take on Trump in 2020?
Mar 20, 2019 • 27 min
CBC Washington reporter Lyndsay Duncombe guides us through the growing list of Democratic presidential candidates vying to run in 2020.
Inside Alberta’s ‘House of Cards’ scandal
Mar 19, 2019 • 24 min
Rachel Notley is expected to declare the date of the provincial election any day now. And within a matter of weeks, voters will cast their ballots to pick the next provincial government of Alberta. At the same time, one of the key parties in this race,…
The aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings and the rise of far-right extremism
Mar 18, 2019 • 29 min
Mass shootings at two mosques on Friday evening in Christchurch, New Zealand, were felt around the globe. We hear from Adrienne Arsenault, who is in Christchurch. And from Stephanie Carvin, a former analyst for CSIS, on the steady rise of far-right…
Brexit is still a mess
Mar 15, 2019 • 20 min
A few months ago we did an episode on Brexit. We talked about how the whole Brexit process has been a mess. Well, it’s still a mess. This week there were three votes in the UK parliament. First, MPs voted down Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Brexit deal…
Why your cell phone bill is so high and what can be done about it
Mar 14, 2019 • 21 min
Canada has some of the most expensive cell phone plans in the developed world. It has to do, in part, with access to the country’s wireless spectrum. As another round of wireless spectrum gets auctioned by the Canadian government, CBC National Business…
Is the Boeing 737 Max 8 safe?
Mar 13, 2019 • 23 min
A growing list of countries have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 following a crash that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians. Not even six months ago the same type of airplane plunged into the Java sea near Indonesia. Today on Front Burner, an aviation…
Inside Canada’s Crypto Mystery
Mar 12, 2019 • 23 min
Reporter Alex Posadzki on how the death of a Canadian cryptocurrency entrepreneur has caused the disappearance of about $180-million in digital currency.
Five lingering questions about the SNC-Lavalin scandal
Mar 11, 2019 • 22 min
We’ve heard from the key players in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. There’s former Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould, who said she was subjected to inappropriate pressure by the Prime Minister’s office to intervene with the corruption case against…
Despite reported ‘cure’, the fight against HIV continues
Mar 8, 2019 • 25 min
This week, a major milestone in HIV/AIDS research made headlines worldwide. A man known as the “London Patient” has seemingly been “cured” after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a donor with an HIV-resistant genetic mutation. It’s only the second…
‘Nothing happened here beyond the normal operations of government.’
Mar 7, 2019 • 27 min
In his much anticipated testimony Gerald Butts, the Prime Minister’s former principal secretary, laid out a counter-narrative to the allegations of political interference in the SNC-Lavalin case.
Accused of espionage, how a Canadian couple survived Chinese detention
Mar 6, 2019 • 24 min
On Monday, Chinese authorities accused two Canadians who have been detained since December of being spies. This news comes as Canada proceeds with a U.S. extradition request for Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou. But this isn’t the first time Canadians have been…
What ‘Leaving Neverland’ means for Michael Jackson’s legacy
Mar 5, 2019 • 23 min
“It’s something we’ll have to grapple with in an ongoing way,” says Slate music critic Carl Wilson about the challenge of coming to terms with the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland”. He, along with…
The secret network that helped Rahaf Mohammed escape
Mar 4, 2019 • 24 min
Reporter Nahlah Ayed discovered a private group chat where women are helping each other flee repressive regimes
How tensions grew between India and Pakistan
Mar 1, 2019 • 22 min
The relationship between India and Pakistan has historically been troubled, but this week, tensions escalated with both countries launching airstrikes against one another. “There’s of course the larger significance of these two countries being nuclear…
‘They did not stop.’ Jody Wilson-Raybould details alleged political pressure
Feb 28, 2019 • 24 min
On Wednesday, Jody Wilson-Raybould told the Justice Committee she had been pressured by the PMO to get a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC Lavalin. “I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to…
Why R. Kelly’s Charges Were a Long Time Coming
Feb 27, 2019 • 24 min
After years of allegations, singer R. Kelly faces ten charges of aggravated sexual assault. Music critic Lindsay Zoladz talks about the case, and why #metoo moved more slowly in the music industry.
Jagmeet Singh wins divisive race in B.C.
Feb 26, 2019 • 20 min
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has won a seat in the riding of Burnaby-South. It’s just one of three byelections that took place across the country. The CBC’s Briar Stewart and Hannah Thibedeau break down the political stakes of the Burnaby-South byelection,…
Should Tech Companies Pay Us For Our Data?
Feb 25, 2019 • 18 min
Our behaviour online creates a lot of data that’s useful for tech companies - what we buy, what videos we watch on YouTube, what movies we see on Netflix. Author Glen Weyl says if tech companies make money off this information, we should get paid for it.
Why residential school survivors want an apology from the Pope
Feb 22, 2019 • 25 min
An unprecedented summit on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church is taking place at the Vatican. For many victims, it’s a chance to seek justice. That includes Evelyn Korkmaz, a residential school survivor calling on the Pope to apologize for…
Explaining the Vancouver Measles Outbreak
Feb 21, 2019 • 20 min
With eight confirmed cases, Vancouver is facing Canada’s worst measles outbreak in years. Dr. Natasha Crowcroft on why the infectious disease is having a worldwide comeback.
What does United We Roll stand for?
Feb 20, 2019 • 26 min
On Tuesday a convoy of trucks arrived in Ottawa. The rolling protest is driven by Canadians who want pipelines, hate carbon taxes and are calling for more help for the Alberta economy. But there is another element: some in the group have also been…
Trudeau’s right-hand man resigns amid SNC-Lavalin scandal
Feb 19, 2019 • 17 min
On Monday afternoon one of the most powerful men in Ottawa resigned. Following allegations of political interference in a court case involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, Gerald Butts stepped aside as the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.…
Should Canadian ISIS fighters be allowed to return home?
Feb 18, 2019 • 23 min
Two Canadian women have surrendered to US-backed forces after spending years in ISIS-controlled territory. Journalist Michelle Shephard made a documentary about a similar case last year. She says repatriation is a thorny subject for the Canadian…
Twitter trolls target Canadian pipeline, immigration debates
Feb 15, 2019 • 21 min
CBC/Radio-Canada journalists crunch the data on more than 9-million troll tweets and reveal foreign campaigns to influence Canadians’ opinions. Retweets focused on issues like pipelines and immigration. Jeff Yates joins us to explain what he learned.…
An essential timeline of the Mueller investigation
Feb 14, 2019 • 25 min
The talk around Washington these days, is that the Mueller investigation is winding down. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into whether there was collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S.…
A widening scandal and SNC-Lavalin’s history of alleged corruption
Feb 13, 2019 • 20 min
With Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from the Liberal cabinet, the scandal involving SNC-Lavalin and the Liberal government continues to grow. CBC investigative reporter Dave Seglins guides us through the troubled history of the engineering company…
Who is Venezuela’s rival president?
Feb 12, 2019 • 24 min
Juan Guaidó is touring Venezuela this week, meeting with journalists and citizens. But while Canada acknowledges Guaidó as the official president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro says the job is still rightfully his. The CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault and Evan Dyer…
Catching up on the SNC-Lavalin Liberal scandal
Feb 11, 2019 • 25 min
Ottawa is reeling after a story broke late last week alleging that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of Quebec-based engineering company SNC-Lavalin.…
The aftermath of the Quebec mosque shooting
Feb 8, 2019 • 26 min
“I can’t even venture to guess how long it’ll take for people to feel safe again.” CBC reporter Catou MacKinnon covered the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City on January 29, 2017. Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of…
Russia, America and a new nuclear arms race
Feb 7, 2019 • 24 min
Nuclear weapons expert and Obama adviser Jon Wolfsthal on how the treaties that once prevented a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, could be unravelling today.
Cuts and leaks in Doug Ford’s Ontario
Feb 6, 2019 • 19 min
It’s only Wednesday, but Ontario premier Doug Ford has already had a jam-packed week. On Monday, an unnamed civil servant was fired and the police were notified in relation to a leak from inside the ruling Progressive Conservative government. That leak…
How a Canadian watchdog turned the tables on an undercover operative
Feb 5, 2019 • 31 min
In December a digital privacy watchdog began receiving mysterious emails from businessmen who didn’t seem to exist. John Scott-Railton from the Citizen Lab joins us to try and understand why his group was targeted by what they believe to be undercover…
Is more oil on rails safe for Canada?
Feb 4, 2019 • 17 min
Oil is being put on trains and moved across Canada in increasing numbers. Today on Front Burner, Winnipeg Free Press reporter Dylan Robertson explains why a lot of people are attributing this to a lack of pipeline capacity and breaks down what he’s…
What an Omar Khadr Google search warns us about misinformation online
Feb 1, 2019 • 20 min
This week, a Google search result listing Omar Khadr as a Canadian soldier gained a lot of traction online, inciting anger from many people, including Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer. CBC technology reporter Matt Braga tracks how the former…
Inside the Humboldt Broncos crash sentencing hearing
Jan 31, 2019 • 22 min
This week, the truck driver who caused the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is facing his sentencing hearing. CBC reporter Susan Ormiston joins us from Melfort, Saskatchewan to talk about how the victims’ families are feeling about the possibility of some…
Serial killer Bruce McArthur pleads guilty
Jan 30, 2019 • 24 min
On Tuesday, Bruce McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder and we heard never-before-released details about the evidence in the case. But as we hear from freelance reporter Justin Ling, there are still lots of unanswered questions…
How Canadian reporter Daniel Dale fact-checks Trump
Jan 29, 2019 • 20 min
Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale tries to fact check everything U.S President Donald Trump says. It keeps him working at all hours and his reporting has drawn attention all over the world. Dale talks about how he builds his database of false claims,…
Canada fires off-message ambassador to China
Jan 28, 2019 • 24 min
Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, was forced to resign after making multiple comments that were out of step with the federal government’s stance on the Canadian arrest of Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Today on Front Burner, CBC’s Katie…
El Chapo’s Canadian connections
Jan 25, 2019 • 18 min
One of the world’s most notorious drug lords, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is on trial in New York and a star witness just revealed a lot about Chapo’s Canadian operation. The National Post’s Brian Fitzpatrick explains what court documents have shown.
B.C.’s serious money laundering problem
Jan 24, 2019 • 21 min
The toll of British Columbia’s money laundering problem is climbing, with recent reports suggesting that about a billion dollars a year have been laundered through the province’s casinos.This week, the federal government promised it will do more to help…
Deciem and the death of Brandon Truaxe
Jan 23, 2019 • 28 min
Brandon Truaxe, the founder of Canadian skincare company Deciem, has died after a year-long public unravelling. He built ‘The Abnormal Beauty Company’ into a worldwide brand through a combination of radical pricing and social media marketing. But his…
Women accuse former RCMP doctor of sexual assault
Jan 22, 2019 • 26 min
Canada’s national police force is once again at the centre of disturbing allegations. Multiple women have come forward accusing a former RCMP doctor of sexually assaulting and harassing them decades ago when they were new recruits. CBC investigative…
Karen Wang, race and Canadian politics
Jan 21, 2019 • 22 min
“If you just say ‘vote for me because I’m Chinese-Canadian’, it didn’t work. It hasn’t worked, and it won’t work.” Former NDP MP Olivia Chow is a seasoned politician who has strong connections to the Chinese-Canadian community. She reflects on ex-Liberal…
How Yemen’s cyberwar could shape future conflicts
Jan 18, 2019 • 21 min
Yemen’s brutal civil war has produced the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet, with thousands dead and millions facing starvation. But there’s another dimension to the conflict - the battle over who controls the country’s internet. CBC technology…
Wet’suwet’en protests highlight Indigenous pipeline divide
Jan 17, 2019 • 26 min
The debate over a natural gas pipeline in Wet’suwet’en territory continues this week following protests over the arrest of 14 people at a blockade in the remote B.C. community. CBC reporter Chantelle Bellrichard recounts the moment the RCMP broke the…
The inside story of Rahaf Mohammed’s escape from Saudi Arabia
Jan 16, 2019 • 26 min
Canada has granted asylum to Rahaf Mohammed, a Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand to escape alleged abuse from her family. CBC’s senior correspondent Susan Ormiston shares the inside story of Mohammed’s plight and her plans for the future.
Was a Canadian’s death sentence in China an act of diplomatic retribution?
Jan 15, 2019 • 20 min
A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian Robert Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling. His retrial was announced a few weeks ago, amid growing tensions between Canada and China. The CBC’s Asia correspondent Sasa Petricic explains how this death sentence…
Three views on Maxime Bernier
Jan 14, 2019 • 17 min
Maxime Bernier says the People’s Party of Canada will be on the ballot across the country in the upcoming federal election. But for a lot of people, the new fiscally-conservative libertarian party is still a big mystery. To find out more, we went to one…
Amid desperation, Canada targets Venezuelan ‘dictatorship’
Jan 11, 2019 • 22 min
As Venezuela struggles with food shortages and hyperinflation, journalists Adrienne Arsenault and Evan Dyer describe the conditions on the ground and how Canada is responding. Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland has condemned the country’s…
Europe’s lessons for Trump’s border wall
Jan 10, 2019 • 22 min
As the debate rages in the U.S. over funding for Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the country’s southern border, we ask CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed just how effective Europe’s barriers have been in stopping the flow of migrants. Ayed has travelled across…
How benzos and Xanax culture propel the opioid crisis
Jan 9, 2019 • 23 min
Why have benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax been involved in a large number of Canadian opioid overdose deaths? Zachary Siegel, a journalist and fellow at Northeastern University, breaks down benzos, why they’re having a moment in the rap world and…
China’s plans to dominate space
Jan 8, 2019 • 18 min
“By 2045, China wants to become the strongest space power and space technology-based power in the world,” says Namrata Goswami, an expert on China’s space program. One step towards that goal is the launch of a research mission to the far side of the moon,…
Uber and the perils of the gig economy
Jan 7, 2019 • 19 min
“The fact that these three judges really got this power imbalance between workers and this huge behemoth multi-national corporation…was just really breath-taking.” Labour law professor and gig economy expert Veena Dubal talks about the significance of the…
Jagmeet Singh is fighting for his political life
Jan 4, 2019 • 21 min
“This is his biggest political test to date. It will decide the fate of Jagmeet Singh.” With a federal election looming, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is under intense pressure to win a seat in the House of Commons in the upcoming Burnaby South byelection.…
Why the US Government is Still Shut Down
Jan 3, 2019 • 21 min
The United States government is entering the thirteenth day of a government shutdown that some predict will last for weeks. So how does this end? CBC correspondent Paul Hunter warns we are in uncharted territory. “There’s no path out, and that’s the…
Can you trust your home smart speaker?
Jan 2, 2019 • 22 min
“I have a love-hate relationship with it.” CBC senior technology reporter, Matthew Braga, explains how smart speakers work, why companies like Google and Amazon want you to have one in your home, and what privacy issues you should consider before setting…
What’s Canada’s place in a chaotic world?
Dec 31, 2018 • 25 min
“The power that we have comes from influence, it comes from trying to convince countries to do things,” says co-host of The National, Rosemary Barton. She joins Jayme to reexamine a series of events that challenged Canada’s position in 2018 - from the…
The year in opinion
Dec 28, 2018 • 23 min
“We must engage with people who don’t agree with us,” says Simi Sara host of The Simi Sara Show. She joins Buzzfeed’s Elamin Abdelmahmoud and The Globe’s Adrian Lee for a chat about the stories that generated the most discussion and opinion in 2018.
How Fortnite blew up in 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 18 min
“What Fortnite has done is break all the rules around what makes a successful video game,” says Tom Power, host of CBC Radio’s q. Fortnite has over 200 million registered users, and is reported to have brought in two billion dollars in profits for Epic…
The terrible, no good year for Quebec sovereignty
Dec 26, 2018 • 15 min
“For 40 years, sovereignty has been in elections by default because either the party in power or the party in opposition was a sovereigntist party ? that is no longer the case,” says long-time Quebec journalist Martin Patriquin. While the question of…
Asylum in Canada explained
Dec 24, 2018 • 21 min
“Canada doesn’t have a refugee crisis. Canada has a crisis of will in terms of what we want to do,” says refugee and immigration lawyer Zool Suleman about the influx of people crossing the American border to seek asylum in Canada. The country’s budget…
B.C. alleged terrorism case called a ‘travesty of justice’
Dec 21, 2018 • 21 min
“From the justice system’s point of view, you also have these bigger questions about how to conduct terrorism investigations, and investigations into these elaborate societal issues where we have fears about the crimes that people might commit.” Today on…
How and why the “yellow vest” protests spread
Dec 20, 2018 • 21 min
Economist correspondent Sophie Pedder says the ‘yellow vest’ protests in Canadian cities are different in some ways from the movement that inspired them in Paris.
What does $1.6B in federal cash mean for the oil and gas sector?
Dec 19, 2018 • 20 min
“People are frustrated and they’re upset and frankly, they’re scared,” says CBC business correspondent Peter Armstrong about workers in the oil and gas industry following months of record-low oil prices. On Tuesday the Canadian government announced a $1.6…
Who decides if you’re dead?
Dec 18, 2018 • 20 min
“In the vast majority of circumstances, families and care providers in the intensive care unit are on the same page,” says Dr. Brian Goldman on Taquisha McKitty’s case. The 27-year old woman has been declared brain dead by five doctors, but is breathing…
Will Doug Ford’s friend become Ontario’s top cop?
Dec 17, 2018 • 21 min
CBC Queen’s Park reporter Mike Crawley says there’s been pushback against the recent appointment of Ron Taverner, a friend of Ontario premier Doug Ford, to take over the provincial police force. Many worry Taverner’s appointment could hurt the OPP’s…
How Thunder Bay police fail Indigenous people
Dec 14, 2018 • 26 min
“When the agency that’s supposed to protect you is also an agency that you fear, there is really little place for you to find shelter,” says Jorge Barrera, a reporter with CBC’s Indigenous Unit, in relation to a disturbing new report about the Thunder Bay…
Will controversial “Border Security” show get a government reboot?
Dec 13, 2018 • 17 min
CBC reporter Catharine Tunney says the reality TV show starring Canada’s Border Services Agency was controversial. The show included footage of drug busts and interviews at ports of entry. It was not renewed after three seasons, but could come back.…
How the Huawei arrest is playing out in China
Dec 12, 2018 • 21 min
“The tone here is that this is an an innocent woman. So why would you treat her like a criminal? And the idea is, if you have handcuffed someone you have presumed their guilt,” says Nathan VanderKlippe, the Globe and Mail’s Asia correspondent. Tensions…
Race, policing and a ‘disturbing’ pattern
Dec 11, 2018 • 20 min
“If a few white people were being killed at the rate that we are being killed…we wouldn’t be having this conversation today,” says Desmond Cole, in response to an Ontario Human Rights commission report on policing and race in Toronto. The report’s…
Taking the pulse of weed legalization
Dec 10, 2018 • 19 min
“This really is the beginning of a cultural shift,” says Solomon Israel, cannabis reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press. Nearly two months into cannabis legalization he breaks down the complaints - from low quality to short supplies - and the positives -…
Spying, industrial espionage and the arrest of Huawei’s CFO
Dec 7, 2018 • 21 min
“It’s incredibly hard to overstate the significance of this arrest.” CBC’s economics reporter Peter Armstrong breaks down why Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou for extradition to the U.S. is such a big deal.
Was banning ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ the right call?
Dec 6, 2018 • 20 min
“In the context of this song it seems weird to not engage a little bit with the words and the lyrics,” says writer Stacy Lee Kong after broadcasters, including the CBC, pull the song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. The song is being criticized for what some…
Stopping the flow of Chinese fentanyl into Canada
Dec 5, 2018 • 18 min
“If we were doing something killing thousands of Chinese, we would hear from them loud and clear,” says former Canadian ambassador to China, David Mulroney. He argues that Canada needs to pressure China to do more to stop the flow of fentanyl, and…
The political cost of carbon taxes
Dec 4, 2018 • 19 min
As COP24 tries to set rules for how the world deals with environmental issues, we look at why the Canadian government has chosen carbon pricing as a key tool in addressing climate change. CBC reporter Nahlah Ayed gives us an overview of what’s happening…
After millions in gambling debts, questions remain for MP
Dec 3, 2018 • 18 min
On Nov. 22, Raj Grewal said he would resign from his seat as the Liberal MP for Brampton East for ‘personal and medical reasons’. Since then, new information has come to light…including a gambling problem, and a RCMP investigation into Grewal’s finances.…
Should we break up Facebook?
Nov 30, 2018 • 18 min
This week, lawmakers all over the world sat down to grill Facebook about privacy and fake news. Canada’s reps were especially harsh on the tech giant and one MP posed a tough question: Is Facebook just way too big? Breaking up a major American company…
After seven months trapped inside an airport, a refugee calls Canada home
Nov 29, 2018 • 21 min
Hassan Al Kontar is now safe in Canada. But for seven long months, the Syrian refugee was stuck inside the transit area of Kuala Lumpur Airport, terrified of being deported back to Syria. Today, Hassan shares how he survived being stranded, the…
Is Canada ready for Russian election meddling?
Nov 28, 2018 • 22 min
There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that social media accounts tied to the Kremlin tried to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, the Brexit vote, the last French election, and several elections across Europe. Turns out, they’ve been active in…
GM Oshawa closure casts new light on bailout
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
On Monday, General Motors announced it is pulling out of Oshawa, Ontario, where it employs more than 2,500 people. This comes years after a major Canadian bailout pulled GM back from the brink. The National’s Jonathon Gatehouse breaks down corporate…
What will it take to build Trans Mountain? What will it take to stop it?
Nov 26, 2018 • 18 min
Reconsideration hearings for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline continue this week in B.C. This is the same pipeline that the federal government bought for $4.5-billion, only to have a Federal Court of Appeal delay construction because…
Will Canada act after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder?
Nov 23, 2018 • 12 min
As the political fallout of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder becomes clearer, we look into Canada’s response to Saudi Arabia with help from Canadian Press reporter Andy Blatchford.
Explaining Drake and Pusha T’s beef
Nov 22, 2018 • 19 min
On Tuesday, rapper Pusha T had a concert in Toronto interrupted by a brawl in the audience. Fans threw beer at him and tried to jump on stage. And now, a man is in life-threatening condition after being stabbed. Pusha T and Canadian rapper Drake have been…
Why Did Canadian Diplomats Get ‘Phantom Concussions’ in Cuba?
Nov 21, 2018 • 20 min
Nausea, debilitating headaches, loss of balance. Those are just a few of the symptoms that a group of Canadian and American diplomats became ill with last year in Cuba, even though none of them were physically hurt. Now, Canadian diplomats afflicted by…
Viola Desmond’s unfinished work
Nov 20, 2018 • 15 min
The $10 Canadian bill honouring civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond goes into circulation this week. The bill is being celebrated by many across the country. But for some, including El Jones, this is also an opportunity to reflect on the racism that…
McGill ‘hazing’ survivor reflects on St. Michael’s sexual assault allegations
Nov 19, 2018 • 21 min
Police are investigating alleged assaults and sexual assaults at St. Michael’s College School, including one reportedly involving members of the football team holding down another student and sexually assaulting him with a broom handle. D’Arcy McKeown was…
Brexit is a mess
Nov 16, 2018 • 15 min
Theresa May’s Brexit plan is one step closer to reality. But members of the British Prime Minister’s party are resigning and she could be removed from power. CBC London correspondent Nahlah Ayed explains how we got here and what it means for the future of…
Inside the hunt for alleged Mexican drug lord El Chapo
Nov 15, 2018 • 19 min
U.S. prosecutors say Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is a brutal cartel kingpin that ran the largest drug trafficking organization in the world. As his criminal trial begins in Brooklyn, former DEA agent Andrew Hogan explains how El Chapo managed to evade the…
Will the NHL concussion settlement change anything?
Nov 14, 2018 • 17 min
In 2013 a group of hockey players launched a lawsuit against the NHL alleging that the league failed to protect players from head injuries or warn them of the risk of playing. A tentative settlement between the NHL and more than 300 players has now been…
Stan Lee’s legacy is as complicated as the Marvel Universe
Nov 13, 2018 • 20 min
The day after Stan Lee’s death, we look at the comic book legend’s impact on popular culture. And New York Magazine and Vulture staff writer Abraham Riesman explains why Stan Lee’s legacy is just a complicated as the superhero stories he helped create.
Google, Alphabet and the fight over a controversial ‘smart city’ in Toronto
Nov 12, 2018 • 25 min
CBC technology reporter Matthew Braga explains Sidewalk Toronto’s plan to create a futuristic neighbourhood on waterfront property in downtown Toronto and breaks down why some say the high-tech smart city is the solution to our urban woes… while others…
Bridging the climate change divide
Nov 9, 2018 • 15 min
British author and carbon pricing expert, George Marshall, explains the psychology of climate change communication and describes the work he’s done in Canada on this front - to bridge the political divides.
MP Tony Clement’s sexting and extortion scandal
Nov 8, 2018 • 13 min
Longtime MP Tony Clement has resigned as justice critic for the official opposition and is leaving the Conservative caucus after admitting that sharing sexually explicit images and video led to an extortion attempt. Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos…
The U.S. midterm election explained
Nov 7, 2018 • 22 min
CBC Washington correspondent Keith Boag walks us through the United States midterm election results and what they mean.
‘We were unwanted cargo’ How Canada turned away refugees during the Holocaust
Nov 6, 2018 • 17 min
Eva Wiener describes her voyage across the Atlantic and how she feels about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s upcoming apology for Canada having turned her ship back. Also, CBC Ottawa Senior Reporter Catherine Cullen describes the politics of the apology.
Vancouver’s complicated relationship with Chinese money
Nov 5, 2018 • 16 min
Bloomberg’s Vancouver bureau chief Natalie Obiko Pearson helps us navigate the city’s complicated relationship with Chinese money. That relationship has ties to the city’s housing affordability crisis. Tackling affordability is job number one for Kennedy…
Travelling with the migrant caravan
Nov 2, 2018 • 18 min
A caravan of about 4,000 migrants is heading north through Mexico. Their journey has become heavily politicized. CBC’s senior correspondent Susan Ormiston describes what she’s seen during her travels with the migrants.
Who, in the world, wants to host the Winter Olympics?
Nov 1, 2018 • 15 min
Calgary city council nearly killed a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. If a city wide vote cancels the bid, just two possible locations remain, Italy and Sweden. Those campaigns face opposition as well. Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur…
How a B.C. man’s healing journey ended in two murders
Oct 31, 2018 • 19 min
Sebastian Woodroffe’s life unraveled after multiple trips to Peru to take the drug ayahuasca. What prompted his killing, and that of a Peruvian shaman? Mark Kelley from CBC’s The Fifth Estate went to Peru to investigate.
‘Alt-right’ social network Gab’s connection to an anti-Semitic massacre
Oct 30, 2018 • 16 min
Just minutes before one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in America’s history, the alleged shooter posted a message to Gab, a social media network known for attracting white nationalists and the alt-right. So, what is Gab, and where does it fit in the big…
How Canada helped save the White Helmets
Oct 29, 2018 • 20 min
After a harrowing escape, more than a hundred Syrian war zone first responders and their families are being resettled in Canada, as refugees. Hear the CBC’s Murray Brewster describe their journey and why they could still be in danger.
PREVIEW: Carbon tax or shell game?
Oct 25, 2018 • 15 min
How exactly does Canada’s new carbon tax work? CBC Parliamentary reporter J.P. Tasker breaks it down.
Trailer
Oct 19, 2018 • 1 min
Coming October 29, Front Burner is a daily news podcast from CBC that explores the big stories of the day with curiosity and an open mind. Hosted by award-winning investigative journalist Jayme Poisson who takes you deep into the narratives shaping Canada…