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Tackling far-right activity in the Canadian military
18 Sep, 2020 | 0:21:07 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The Canadian military has a problem with far-right extremism in their ranks. We’ve seen it rear its head before, most recently in a CBC investigation into a Canadian Ranger unit, which found that a B.C. reservist who openly supported two far-right groups was allowed to continue serving even after being identified by military counterintelligence and interviewed as a potential threat....
How we created the western wildfires — in more ways than one
17 Sep, 2020 | 0:21:45 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 and what we have to do to adapt to life with wildfires. Mike Flannigan is a professor...
'More than just a blip': Canada’s COVID-19 cases on the rise
16 Sep, 2020 | 0:21:26 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 perspective, the last time that happened was in early June, when the province's restaurants, hair salons and places...
Year K: A Canadian guaranteed income?
15 Sep, 2020 | 0:21:03 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 highly controversial — on both sides of the political spectrum. Today, freelance journalist Max Fawcett joins us for...
WE Charity’s rise to prominence and unexpected fall
14 Sep, 2020 | 0:28:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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, went on to create a mass movement of youth activism. But 25 years later, and following...
In this week's episode we discuss some law and order topics, including increased rates of assault
13 Sep, 2020 | 0:59:01 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this week's episode we discuss some law and order topics, including increased rates of assault against LGBT folks. Trigger warning, discussion about sexual assault.
Mulan, and China’s growing cultural reach
11 Sep, 2020 | 0:21:53 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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.
As B.C. overdose deaths soar, calls for fully regulated addiction treatment
09 Sep, 2020 | 0:21:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 overdoses than ever before, but the regulations recommended by the panel still do not exist.
Race, income inequality, and back-to-school in Canada
08 Sep, 2020 | 0:23:01 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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. While on one end of the income spectrum, some parents are investing in “learning pods,” on the other, many are keeping their...
In this week's show the team discuss the recent hate preachers in Vanccouver
07 Sep, 2020 | 0:57:03 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

The team are joined by Morgane Oger as they discuss the latest hate preachers in Vancouver.
Why India is lifting its lockdown as COVID-19 cases surpass 4 million
07 Sep, 2020 | 0:22:27 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 toll on India's economy and workforce. Today on Front Burner, host Josh Bloch talks to the Washington Post's...
N.B. doctor says he wasn’t ‘patient zero’ in his city’s outbreak
04 Sep, 2020 | 0:22:11 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the spring of 2020, Dr. Jean Robert Ngola was singled out as the source of a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Campbellton. 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 and Radio-Canada casts increasing doubt on whether he was 'patient zero.' CBC...
Jacob Blake’s shooting, police violence, and Wisconsin’s history of segregation
03 Sep, 2020 | 0:23:12 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 how that fits into Wisconsin’s history of segregation. He’s a journalist, educator and co-host of a new podcast...
Schools reopen in Quebec amid rise in COVID-19 cases
02 Sep, 2020 | 0:22:36 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 are voicing frustrations and fears about the province's back-to-school plans. All this comes against the backdrop of rising coronavirus cases in the province. Today, host...
Donald Trump’s re-election strategy
01 Sep, 2020 | 0:23:12 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

“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 of around 1,500 people - few wearing masks. As the 2020 election campaign begins in earnest this week, CBC...
This week Luke and Sebastien discuss queer tv
31 Aug, 2020 | 0:58:32 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this week's show they discuss backlash against Disney Plus, as well a virtue signal train.
“All the talent in the world”: Remembering Chadwick Boseman
31 Aug, 2020 | 0:22:34 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 never spoke about that publicly, and the knowledge now of the diagnosis is giving new meaning...
The NBA players' unprecedented protest
28 Aug, 2020 | 0:23:19 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 Baseball. Subsequently, the NBA postponed games on Thursday, but officials said in a statement that...
The suspected poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny
27 Aug, 2020 | 0:21:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 Moscow bureau explains why Navalny might have been targeted, by whom, and the potential fallout.
What it’s like being a performer during a pandemic
25 Aug, 2020 | 0:18:04 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 permanently shut down. This has been a huge challenge for musicians, and performing artists more widely. Today on...
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