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Does size matter when it comes to public school classes?...07/10/14
For B.C. teachers, class size and composition are front and centre in their dispute with the provincial government. We look at the research on class size, and whether paying for smaller classes is the best way to improve education for Canadian kids.
How Smiths Falls turned a chocolate factory into a marijuana plant -...
The town of Smiths Falls ran into hard times when a major employer -- a chocolate factory -- left for Mexico. As part of Project Money, we follow 1 Hershey Drive's transition from an old chocolate factory into a medical marijuana operation.
Understanding Attachment Disorder: One mother's difficult story of...
For Annie di Tomaso, the dream of being a mother has meant sacrifice beyond anything she had imagined. Her family's life was turned upside down when her son, adopted from South Korea, was diagnosed with an attachment disorder.
The Enchanted: Author Rene Denfeld's stories from death row - July 09,...
When Rene Denfeld began investigating the lives of prisoners on death row in the U.S., she found more humanity than she expected. Rene Denfeld talks about the reality behind her best-selling novel, The Enchanted.
State of Emergency: What's the long-term solution to prairie flooding?...
On Friday, the Manitoba government declared a rare province-wide state of emergency. In southeastern Saskatchewan, people are suffering as well. We hear about the situation on the ground, and what can be done to prevent similar flooding in the future.
Bob Deasy: A life undercover with killers, kingpins, bikers and...
From drug kingpins to the Russian mafia, for decades, Bob Deasy was a guy even the toughest criminals believed they could trust. We hear from Deasy on a career fighting organized crime from the inside.
Does watching the World Cup drain our economy? - July 07, 2014
With more than three billion people tuned in to at least some of the matches -- most of them during working hours in North America -- there are concerns about what the World Cup does to productivity.
Still at Sea: The Queen of the North - July 07, 2014
The ferry ride to Vancouver Island on the night of March 22, 2006 resulted in a sinking, two deaths, and a trial. And for the ensuing seven years, Trina Benedict struggled with what she saw, and the injuries she sustained, aboard the Queen of the...
Black Dog Syndrome: Why don't we like black pets? - July 04, 2014
For many black dogs and cats, the shelter can be home for a very, very long time. We take a look at why people hold prejudice against black-coloured pets.
Interlude: Music of migrants - July 04, 2014
Facing the threat of deportation, locked in a system that outlaws work and travel, Germany has a band of asylum seekers sharing their music, their culture, and even getting government recognition, while looking over their shoulders for fear of...
ISIS declares a caliphate, but have they declared war on al-Qaeda? -...
Since declaring the first caliphate in nearly a century, the group says it now wants to be known only as The Islamic State. And some say the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are about to commence battle in a region already crowded by conflict.
This Town: Mark Leibovich on the insider's game called Washington -...
The author of a clever, cutting, and candid exposé on Washington describes a capital where celebrity edges out policy, and the voter is a bit of a nuisance.
Should journalists have boycotted Rob Ford's invitation-only press...
Rob Ford marked his return by holding a press conference with only a select group of journalists. Some say the media should have boycotted the event. As part of The Current's ongoing Eye on the Media series, we're discussing the idea of media boycotts.
Father of Malala, Ziauddin Yousafzai, on his mission for girls'...
Ziauddin Yousafzai, the proud father of Malala, says he saw something special in his daughter the moment she was born. He shares his story, his struggle for girls' rights, and his unapologetic encouragement of Malala.
Canada's anti-spam legislation worries small business owners - July 1,...
Today, new anti-spam legislation comes into effect. But while the law has been years in the making, it seems to be catching business -- especially small business -- owners by surprise.
I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the...
Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when a would-be assassin shot her in the head as she headed home from school in Pakistan. Malala tells us about her fight for female education in Pakistan and life in the crosshairs of the Taliban.
How racism affects Aboriginal Canadians in public office - June 30, 2014
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette became the target of racist e-mails and comments on social media when he decided to speak exclusively in French at a debate. We discuss how racism affects Aboriginal Canadians in public office.
Hugh Segal on the state of the Senate and Canadian conservatism - June...
Former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal shares his view that Canadian Conservatism is different from other Tory parties around the world -- something, he says, that is highlighted by his own advocacy for compassionate conservatism.
Blood, Blunder and Valour: Canada and the world go to war - June 27,...
A century after war burst out across Europe, we're looking back at the origins of World War One and the legacies we still live with today.
Ladar Levison: The American who shut down his business when he felt his...
We hear from the man who got caught up in a legal battle with his own government for running an e-mail service, and his fight for privacy.
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