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What's really driving inflation? Politics vs. reality
07 Dec, 2021 | 0:25:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

You've probably noticed that prices of practically everything — food, gas, haircuts, housing — have been going up lately. Canada's inflation rate is now the highest it's been in 18 years. In Parliament, the Conservative party has been pointing fingers at Justin Trudeau's Liberal government and calling on it to quit racking up deficits. They've even come up with a...
Canada's QAnon 'Queen' and her escalating rhetoric
06 Dec, 2021 | 0:24:50 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For months, a B.C.-based QAnon conspiracy influencer named Romana Didulo has been amassing followers online, declaring herself the "Queen of Canada." In the summer, her audience began distributing cease-and-desist letters across North America on her behalf, demanding a stop to COVID-19 restrictions. Recently, her rhetoric escalated when she urged her followers to "shoot to kill" anyone who administers vaccines to...
We are joined by the Chair of Podcamp Toronto to discuss where to find Canadian queer podcats
05 Dec, 2021 | 0:55:37 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

This week we discuss the passing of the Conversion Therapy Ban by the House of Commons, before our interview with John Leschinski about where to find Canadian podcasts
Ontario's election looms, and parties are staking ground
03 Dec, 2021 | 0:21:25 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A total of $210 million went out the door and into the pockets of businesses that weren't eligible for the money. That was the assessment of Ontario's auditor general in an annual report released this week that looked, in part, at the pandemic support provided by Doug Ford's Conservative government. And it definitely got the opposition parties at Queen's Park...
Omicron: New variant, new tactics?
02 Dec, 2021 | 0:24:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada and a growing list of more than 20 countries have confirmed cases of omicron, the latest version of the COVID-19 virus to be labelled a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization. Despite omicron's global reach, dozens of nations are enforcing travel bans on mainly southern Africa, where the variant was originally detected. Some countries have celebrated South...
Workers could shut down one of Canada’s biggest beef plants
01 Dec, 2021 | 0:22:39 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the spring of 2020, the Cargill meat-packing plant in southern Alberta became the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak tied to a single facility in all of North America. Approximately 950 workers were infected, and three died. A year and a half later, COVID-19 appears to be under control at the slaughterhouse. But workers say the underlying working conditions...
B.C., climate change and what's coming for Canada
30 Nov, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

British Columbia is still struggling with the fallout from record-breaking rains that caused floods and mudslides that killed six people and displaced thousands more. This, after the fatal heat dome of the summer, and the third worst fire season on record. While experts say it's impossible to determine whether this year's extreme weather resulted directly from climate change, they will...
Roe v. Wade at stake in Mississippi abortion case
29 Nov, 2021 | 0:24:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of the most important cases on reproductive rights in decades. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, has challenged a state law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court case could determine not just the fate of the clinic, but...
We discuss the designs for the LBGT Purge Monument
28 Nov, 2021 | 0:57:54 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

We are joined by the Executive Director for the LGBT Purge Fund, as we discuss the monument designs, as well as other top news from the week.
Where — and how — is Peng Shuai?
25 Nov, 2021 | 0:25:12 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai posted a sexual assault allegation against a former top Communist Party official on social media, the post — and Peng — disappeared. In the weeks that followed, the Women's Tennis Association and the sport's top athletes joined the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai, including Naomi Osaka, Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Even the UN called for proof...
WE Charity misled donors about building schools in Kenya
24 Nov, 2021 | 0:27:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Marc and Craig Kielburger's WE Charity routinely misled school-aged children and wealthy philanthropists across North America for years as it solicited millions for schoolhouses in Kenya in its Adopt-A-Village program, an investigation by CBC's The Fifth Estate has found. WE denies it has misled donors. Today, Mark Kelley explains what the team found over the course of the investigation, and...
Minority Report: What to watch for as the House returns
22 Nov, 2021 | 0:22:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The Conservative Party is objecting to Parliament's new mandatory vaccination policy. Its leader, Erin O'Toole, is fending off attacks on his leadership. And the Liberals are being accused of benefiting from unfair advantages in the House. This is just some of what's playing out as Parliament returns for the first time since June and the federal election. CBC chief political...
This week has interviews with Glad Day and Canadian Aids Society!
21 Nov, 2021 | 0:57:51 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this weeks incredible show we have an interview with Glad Day Bookstore about their amazing new Queer Book subscription service, and Gary Lacasse of the Canadian Aids Society joins us to talk about the recent move by the Canadian Blood Service to suggest removing the gay blood ban.
Canada's road to the World Cup
19 Nov, 2021 | 0:18:42 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The last time Canada's men's soccer team went to the World Cup was in 1986. They didn't score a single goal. But now with coaching from John Herdman and star players like Alphonso Davies, the team has started to believe in itself — and this week, won an important qualifying event against Mexico, a soccer powerhouse. After scoring their second...
How a catastrophic climate event unfolded in B.C.
18 Nov, 2021 | 0:26:07 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

British Columbia declared a state of emergency Wednesday after days of extreme flooding and mudslides destroyed major highways and cut off entire communities in parts of the Lower Mainland. Mass evacuations were ordered in places like Merritt, Princeton and parts of Abbotsford, a city of nearly 100,000 people, but the full scale of the devastation still isn't known. These kinds...
The cyberattack throttling Newfoundland healthcare
17 Nov, 2021 | 0:22:16 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Since the end of October, a cyberattack on the health-care system in Newfoundland and Labrador has caused thousands of delays and cancellations for services. Patients have missed appointments and procedures that include chemotherapy. With their IT networks knocked out, facilities resorted to pen and paper. The CEO of a cybersecurity firm in Fredericton, David Shipley, called it “the worst cyber...
What happened — and didn't — at the COP26 climate summit
15 Nov, 2021 | 0:22:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Saturday, as COP26 was wrapping up in Glasgow, conference president Alok Sharma fought back tears as he addressed delegates to the UN climate summit. He apologized for how the negotiations ended, with a last-minute wording change that watered down a crucial part of the summit's climate pact. It was just one of many moments of disappointment for climate advocates...
Luke and Sebastien discuss the biggest news of the week
14 Nov, 2021 | 0:58:20 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

This week Luke and Sebastien discuss how Vancouver is getting the Rouges back to compete in LGBT Rugby. They also chat about how Prides Can Be more environmentally friendly.
The next phase of COVID-19 in Ontario
12 Nov, 2021 | 0:21:56 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Thursday, Ontario reported 642 new COVID-19 cases, a 46 per cent jump from a week earlier. But Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti says that in COVID-19's former epicentre of Toronto and Peel Region, the case counts may obscure some good reasons for optimism about the future of the pandemic. Chakrabarti is an infectious diseases specialist at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga,...
What went wrong at Travis Scott's Astroworld
11 Nov, 2021 | 0:26:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

With Travis Scott on stage for the first day of his Astroworld Festival on Friday, a crowd of some 50,000 fans at Houston's NRG Park surged forward. In the resulting crush, many fans were immobilized, and some were unable to breathe. Eight people died and hundreds more were injured. A pile of lawsuits, a criminal investigation and social media criticism...
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