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Critics wary of fast-tracking Bill C-51 with minimal...02/26/15
Just after 9-11, the Liberals were criticized for their luxurious pace on anti-terror legislation. Now the speed the Conservative govt is pushing through Bill C-51 is up for debate. Tom Mulcair, Wayne Easter and Stockwell Day join us to discuss Bill...
Checking-In on hacking medical devices, sex-ed and sexting - Feb 26,...
Our discussion with Marc Goodman this week on hackeing implanted pacemakers set more than a few hearts beating faster. We Check-In on your thoughts as we follow up on the challenges of sex ed, the perils of sexting and the prospect of hacking...
Skeptics question if amnesty for al-Shabab fighters will bring peace -...
The Somali government is offering amnesty to any al-Shabaab fighters willing to renounce terrorism and lay down their arms . Some see this as a great way to divide a deadly movement, others worry it could leave Somalia mired in promises it cannot keep.
Israeli PM Netanyahu contradicts the Mossad on Iran's nuclear threat -...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the UN that Iran was months away from having nuclear weapons. But a leaked document suggests Netanyahu's own intelligence agency was contradicting him on Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb. Or was it?
23 year-old Canadian woman joins ISIS in Syria - Feb 25, 2015
She left without telling her family, calling when she arrived in Syria. It was an online religious course that led a moderate Muslim Canadian, 23 year-old, towards a female ISIS recruiter. Natalie Clancy brings us the story of a young woman lost to...
Teen charged for sexting with distributing child pornography - Feb 25,...
It was a love triangle among teens that included sexting and sharing nude photos. One of them was charged and found guilty of possession and distribution of child pornography. Critics argue the law used to convict her was never meant to be used this...
Parents debate merits of Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum - Feb 24, 2015
Sex-ed in the 60s didn't have LGBTQ in the lexicon, sexting didn't exist and contraception was rudimentary. Some of that is still missing in today's sex ed classes. But now Ontario is revising sex education and some parents believe its too much.
Cyber criminals target implanted medical devices to hack remotely - Feb...
Marc Goodman used to be a Futurist-in-Residence for the FBI figuring out how criminal minds would use new technology to kill. He explains why criminals are head with the latest technology and why some hackers are targeting pacemakers and insulin pumps.
Women get ahead in Canada's public service - Feb 24, 2015
Twenty-five years ago, women made up 14 per cent of Canada's federal public service. Today, they make up 55 per cent. Our project By Design looks at what went right and what's still to be done.
Critics warn Bill C51 not receiving the scrutiny it needs - Feb 23, 2015
George Orwell's characters in a dystopian 1984 argued that the public needed to be protected from threats it could not see, regardless of what people did or did not understand. Critics of Canada's new anti-terror legislation don't like the parallels.
SaskPower's Carbon Capture clean energy project debatable, despite...
SaskPower is burning coal and capturing its emissions with the first Carbon Capture and Storage operation, surpassing expectations. But what some say is an environmentally responsible way to use fossil fuel, critics argue it enables bad energy policy.
Public Health experts want nosodes taken off the market - Feb 23, 2015
Nosodes are homeopathic vaccines, meant to ward off everything from measles to the flu, but with no peer-reviewed science. Canadian homeopaths are still recommending them to parents and public health experts want Health Canada to tighten the rules.
ISIS terror threats, sets its sights on Rome - Feb 20, 2015
ISIS is inching closer to Europe, and Italy in particular, now that they've established a hold on the north shore of Libya. So does Italy really need to sound the alarm? Or is it just feeding into just what the militants want?
Reclaiming the word 'Slut' has some feminists shouting NO - Feb 20, 2015
Thanks to events like SlutWalk, young women and girls are embracing the term, reclaiming it , and using its power in a subversive way. But not every feminist thinks that rehabilitating the word 'Slut' points in the direction we should be heading.
Muslim leaders strategize to dissuade converts from radicalization
The fight against violent extremism has hit home in recent months. We hear from a Canadian imam who's developed a tool to detect potential radicals. It's a checklist he uses on new converts and he thinks it should go into wide circulation.
Quebec high school strip search of student deprives teens of rights -...
Fifteen years old and stripped-searched for drugs is apparently 'by the book'. But more than one critic is asking what that book might be. As a Quebec school board defends its right to conduct such searches, what about the rights of students?
Autism study finds no two cases are the same, redefining diagnosis -...
Autism remains a mysterious condition in many ways, even to those who study it closely. Now some surprising new research from here in Canada may have unlocked new clues by focusing on autistic siblings, who manifest the condition in very different...
ISIS' new Libyan front puts pressure on Egypt and Europe - Feb 17, 2015
Egyptian jets targeted what the government says were ISIS training camps, retaliation for the execution of 21 Coptic Christians Sunday. While Egypt beefs up its military hardware, no one is clear how far-reaching the so-called Islamic State really is.
Civil rights lawyers sue Ferguson over 'debtors' prisons' - Feb 16, 2015
A lawsuit filed last week is shedding light on one source of racial tensions in Ferguson. The suit concerns so-called "debtors' prisons" -- the practice of jailing people too poor to pay for minor fines, such as traffic offenses.
The secret history of Monopoly - Feb 16, 2015
It's the family-friendly board game that celebrates getting ahead and making cash money. But as it turns out, the game as it's played today would have likely mortified its original creator, who was a left-wing, feminist activist.
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