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Military exposes disturbing conditions in Ontario's pandemic-struck nursing homes
27 May, 2020 | 0:22:27 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 News correspondent David Common, who has investigated long-term care facilities since before the pandemic hit, walks us through the report.
Fan culture and #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
22 May, 2020 | 0:17:45 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The DC Comics blockbuster Justice League, despite great expectations, came out in 2017 to the great disappointment of critics and fans alike. Some fans blamed that disappointment on the fact that its director, Zack Snyder, had to quit while the film was still in production. That’s how the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement came to be - spawning online petitions and even public...
Alberta beef, outbreaks and the flaws of industrial farming
21 May, 2020 | 0:22:38 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 backlog of cattle. Then on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump mused about the possibility of terminating trade deals that allow for imports of...
A practical guide to Canada's slow reopening
20 May, 2020 | 0:22:37 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 haircut again. But as restrictions loosen, Canadians will be asked to use their judgment to limit the spread of...
How the 5G conspiracy makes COVID-19 fight harder
18 May, 2020 | 0:21:03 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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. Today, CBC Senior Investigative Reporter Katie Nicholson joins us to break down the conspiracies, and talk about...
COVID-19 unlocks wave of loneliness
14 May, 2020 | 0:22:59 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 forced to isolate for weeks and months? Who is most vulnerable? And what are some of the long-term...
Bryan Adams backlash sparks conversation about xenophobia
13 May, 2020 | 0:22:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is facing a backlash after posting a rant about the origins of the pandemic on Instagram on Monday. And although Adams doesn't name China, or Chinese people, the comments are clearly about them. Today we focus on concerns about growing xenophobia, including a series of racist attacks, against East Asians, with help from Susan Eng, director...
Pro sports begin to climb back
12 May, 2020 | 0:20:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

his 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, Fla. As other major leagues make plans to reopen, Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur reports on the future of...
Is COVID-19 an 'extinction event' for newsrooms?
11 May, 2020 | 0:22:44 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 editor for Buzzfeed News, joins us to talk about how it got to this point and what can be done to stop...
Who will be the next leader of the Conservative Party?
08 May, 2020 | 0:23:28 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 and Politics host Vassy Kapelos analyzes the campaigns, and talks about how this current pandemic has changed the dynamics of the...
Cargill: North America's largest single coronavirus outbreak
07 May, 2020 | 0:25:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 plant reopened this week. CBC reporter Carolyn Dunn on what led to the outbreak, and why there's such a push to keep...
Sex assault allegation lingers after Joe Biden's denial
06 May, 2020 | 0:25:09 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden is denying an allegation that he sexually assaulted a Senate staffer 27 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 inappropriate touching. With the 2020 U.S. election coming up, CBC Washington correspondent Paul Hunter reports on how the...
'Too big to fail': COVID-19 and Canadian real estate
05 May, 2020 | 0:22:39 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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. Today on Front Burner, Bloomberg News' Vancouver bureau chief Natalie Obiko Pearson returns to explain how real...
The puzzling unknowns of COVID-19
04 May, 2020 | 0:21:57 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 pathogens expert Dr. Syra Madad about some of the things we don’t know about COVID-19...
Canadian Peter Nygard, ‘pamper parties’ and rape allegations
30 Apr, 2020 | 0:25:15 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 Bob McKeown and producer Timothy Sawa bring us their longtime investigation into Peter Nygard and report on the international...
Quebec’s high-stakes plan to re-open
30 Apr, 2020 | 0:25:15 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Quebec’s premier says the COVID-19 crisis is under control outside long term care facilities. Is it? But will his controversial plan to begin reopening the province spark wider spread of the disease?
The Last Dance and the making of Michael Jordan
29 Apr, 2020 | 0:24:35 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 a new television series chronicling Jordan's rise as an athlete, and his last NBA championship run. Today on...
Lawrence Wright predicts a pandemic in “The End of October”
28 Apr, 2020 | 0:22:11 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 through a new and viscous influenza pandemic. Today on Front Burner, he shares his unique insight...
13 hours, 22 killings: New details emerge in Nova Scotia
27 Apr, 2020 | 0:24:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 a relationship with the gunman, speculation about how the gunman escaped a police perimeter, and...
When will this end?
24 Apr, 2020 | 0:23:56 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

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 Scott Moe has announced plans to reopen his province in five stages starting in May, and many other...
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