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13 deadly hours
25 Nov, 2020 | 0:27:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

New details revealed by The Fifth Estate question the RCMP's timeline about the worst mass shooting in modern Canadian history. It's been seven months since a gunman disguised as a Mountie went on a rampage, killing 22 people over 13 hours in Nova Scotia, travelling a distance of nearly 200 kilometres. Gillian Findlay joins Jayme to describe the fuller picture...
Virus rages in 'precarious' Alberta
24 Nov, 2020 | 0:23:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the first wave of the pandemic, Alberta was one of the provinces that seemed to have things relatively under control. Now, the province has daily case rates three times as high as Quebec or Ontario, and ICUs in Calgary and Edmonton have been hitting 90 per cent capacity. But Premier Jason Kenney hasn't addressed the province at a COVID-19...
Lessons learned, forgotten from the 1st wave
17 Nov, 2020 | 0:24:58 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The second wave of the coronavirus is battering much of the country right now. Over the weekend, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec all had record-breaking new case numbers. As some familiar issues re-emerge, like deadly outbreaks at long-term care homes, we're talking to Globe and Mail health columnist Andre Picard about what Canadians learned from the first wave, and...
The Trial of Alek Minassian
16 Nov, 2020 | 0:22:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In this week's show we discuss the biggest GLBTQ news
15 Nov, 2020 | 0:57:58 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this week's news we discuss Derek Sloan MP raising funds off the back of Conversion Therapy, and then the biggest news about the EU's efforts to support LGBT rights.
Fake wolves and real military propaganda in Canada
12 Nov, 2020 | 0:20:29 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For some time now, Ottawa Citizen journalist David Pugliese has been digging into the so-called ‘weaponization’ of the Canadian military’s public affairs branch. He’s recently obtained documents suggesting that the military had wanted to set up this new organization to influence Canadians using propaganda and other techniques. According to the office of the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, this plan will...
Everything you need to know about Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
11 Nov, 2020 | 0:22:58 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the country, there is a glimmer of hope for returning to normal life: a vaccine. Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech say that results from a Phase 3 study of their vaccine candidate look promising and that immunity could last a year. Today, we hear from CBC science and technology reporter Emily...
The long road ahead for US President-elect Joe Biden
10 Nov, 2020 | 0:21:57 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Joe Biden is now U.S. president-elect. But Donald Trump is still in the White House. And there are no signs of a co-operative transition on the horizon. Today, longtime CBC Washington correspondent Keith Boag returns to explain the uphill battles Biden is facing on everything from the coronavirus response to uniting a divided country.
In this episode we discuss the biggest news of the week.
09 Nov, 2020 | 0:57:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this week's episode we discuss the efforts in the UK to get the law to recognize same sex affairs. In addition to additional Canadian news stories.
I’ll take “Icons” for 400, Alex
09 Nov, 2020 | 0:23:24 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For 36 years, Alex Trebek hosted the trivia show ‘Jeopardy!’ with gravitas and wit. On Sunday morning, Trebek died of pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. Today, we discuss Trebek’s legacy and what he meant to his fans with Andy Saunders, a ‘Jeopardy!’ superfan and the operator of TheJeopardyFan.com.
Is American democracy broken?
06 Nov, 2020 | 0:25:51 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

It’s been an eventful week following the U.S presidential election, as we continue to await the final results. From Trump’s demands to stop the vote count, to the lawsuits contesting ballots in several states, one key theme that’s emerged is that America’s democratic system is being tested. This is an issue that Lawrence Lessig has been studying for a long...
Trump takes to the courts as Biden makes gains
05 Nov, 2020 | 0:22:32 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A presidential waiting game
04 Nov, 2020 | 0:20:04 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election is still yet to be determined. Vote counting in crucial battleground states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan are still not completed. Today, CBC’s Lyndsay Duncombe and Alex Panetta on what we know after a long night, and what we are still waiting to find out.
What it takes to win the White House
03 Nov, 2020 | 0:29:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Election day in the United States has finally arrived. More than 90 million people have already cast their ballots in advance — a historic high that signals just how consequential many Americans believe this election will be. And while polling shows that Joe Biden has maintained his lead over Donald Trump, in the key battleground states that decide elections Biden...
Lessons from Bush v. Gore election debacle
02 Nov, 2020 | 0:33:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

By the end of election night in 2000, the new president of the United States was not clear. The crucial state of Florida was finally deemed too close to call for either George W. Bush or Al Gore. What followed was 36 days of battles in the courts over ballots, whether or not to recount them and how. In 2020,...
Episode 187: Conversion Therapy Bill passes 2nd reading
01 Nov, 2020 | 0:58:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this week's episode we discuss the passing of Conversion Therapy Bill which would ban forcing adults and children into conversion therapy.
10,000 COVID-19 deaths, 3 lives remembered
30 Oct, 2020 | 0:20:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, Canada hit a grim milestone: more than 10,000 people in the country have died from COVID-19 — although experts say the true number could be higher. Today, we hear about three of the many who have been lost: Shawn Auger, the first recorded Canadian in his 30s to die from the disease; Gurinder Anand, who made his mark...
What voter suppression looks like in the U.S. election
29 Oct, 2020 | 0:23:24 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Hours-long lines, polling place closures, and voter roll purges are just a few of the ways that this upcoming U.S election is challenging voting rights in the country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also an unprecedented demand for mail-in ballots, adding many logistical challenges and complications to vote counting. Many voters are also concerned about the effectiveness of...
Borat walks through the 2020 looking-glass
27 Oct, 2020 | 0:21:52 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Sacha Baron Cohen's new satire, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, uses the same kind of pranks and antics as his first Borat film to tackle sexism, anti-Semitism, conspiracy theories and politics. But a lot has changed in the world since the original movie came out in 2006. And thanks to social media and the current U.S. political climate, the satire in this...
Renters brace for winter COVID-19 evictions
26 Oct, 2020 | 0:29:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Hicham Alasbachi is a Syrian refugee who lives in a one bedroom, first-floor apartment on Weston Road in North York, Ontario. He’s been there for a couple years now, but he’s not sure how much longer he’ll be able to stay. Alasbachi’s had problems paying his rent for a long time, and now, seven months into the pandemic, he’s facing...
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