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The politics of a dramatic COVID-19 surge in the US
03 Jul, 2020 | 0:23:53 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The US has hit a record 2.6 million COVID-19 cases, the most in the world. CBC’s Paul Hunter explains how it got there, and why the simple act of wearing a mask has become political.
Maria Ressa on her conviction, press freedom and Duterte
02 Jul, 2020 | 0:23:44 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On June 15, Maria Ressa, along with a former colleague of her news organization, Rappler, were convicted of ‘cyber libel’ in the Philippines. This, along with seven other charges, are widely seen as an encroachment on press freedom in the country by President Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian government. Today on Front Burner, a conversation with Maria Ressa on why she continues...
Canada’s top court just sided with Uber drivers. What now?
01 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:35 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada’s Supreme Court has sided with a former Ubereats driver in his quest to pursue a class action lawsuit against Uber. At the heart of that lawsuit lies a long-standing question: Should drivers become employees or remain, as Uber maintains, independent contractors? The latest ruling opens the door for that question to be answered - and with that, the potential...
In Saskatchewan, a domestic violence prevention law hits roadblocks
30 Jun, 2020 | 0:24:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Saskatchewan has just become the first Canadian province to enact Clare’s Law, which aims to help prevent domestic violence by allowing police to warn people about a partner's violent past. But it’s already hit a stumbling block: the RCMP says it won’t take part. Bonnie Allen, a CBC national reporter based in Regina, walks us through the new law and...
Lawyer Julian Falconer on Dafonte Miller’s fight for justice
29 Jun, 2020 | 0:20:25 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In 2016 a violent altercation with an off-duty Toronto police officer, and the officer’s brother, cost Dafonte Miller his eye. On Friday, officer Michael Theriault was convicted of assaulting the Black young man. An Ontario Superior Court Justice acquitted Theriault and his brother of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice, but called their justification of self-defence “razor thin.” Today on...
One woman’s fight to free her husband from a Chinese jail
25 Jun, 2020 | 0:26:17 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In an exclusive interview with the National’s Adrienne Arsenault, Michael Kovrig’s wife is speaking out for the first time. Vina Nadjibulla says Ottawa could do more to get her husband - and Canadian Michael Spavor - out of jail in China. Both men were arrested in December of 2018 - just days after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was detained in...
Should police be on mental health calls?
24 Jun, 2020 | 0:22:02 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Ejaz Choudry. D'Andre Campbell. Chantel Moore. In the last few weeks, several Canadians who struggled with their mental health have been shot and killed by police after authorities were called. Today on Front Burner, Jennifer Lavoie, a criminology professor who helps train police how to handle mental health calls, talks to Josh Bloch about why this issue persists, and how...
COVID Alert: Canada’s incoming contact-tracing app
22 Jun, 2020 | 0:24:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants you to download an app. It’s called “COVID Alert” and it is a new voluntary contact tracing app that will be available for download in just a few weeks. The app will first be tested in Ontario, before rolling out to the rest of the country. A lot of people are welcoming the app as...
Conservatives face off in leadership debate
19 Jun, 2020 | 0:24:43 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Thursday night, Conservative leadership hopefuls faced off in the only English language debate of the campaign. Candidates went toe-to-toe on issues like expanding the party’s base, climate, race and more. Today, CBC’s Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos provides her analysis as the race to become leader of the party enters a crucial stretch.
Quibi: Why the $2?billion video app is failing
18 Jun, 2020 | 0:23:13 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the midst of a pandemic, two veteran executives launched Quibi — a video-streaming app intended for watching on the go. With nearly $2 billion in cash invested and a huge roster of A-list celebrities creating content, it seemed like a recipe for success. But two months later, the app has largely missed the mark, with subscriptions way below expectations....
The ‘other’ public health crisis
17 Jun, 2020 | 0:26:39 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

There’s another public health crisis killing Canadians in record numbers. In May, 170 people died from illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. It's the worst death toll in the province’s history. And it’s not just B.C., people are overdosing all over the country, particularly in Ontario and Alberta. Garth Mullins is a documentarian and host of the award-winning podcast Crackdown....
A riddle, a treasure hunt, and a mystery that may never end
16 Jun, 2020 | 0:24:17 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

en years ago, an eccentric Santa Fe art dealer named Forrest Fenn says he hid a treasure chest somewhere in the American Rocky Mountains – and then he wrote a poem with clues to tell people how to find it. Hundreds of thousands have tried. At least five have died on their search. And now, Fenn says the treasure has...
Protesting and police in the age of surveillance
15 Jun, 2020 | 0:18:19 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

We are living in a time of ubiquitous recording. There are cameras are everywhere; capturing the last moments of George Floyd’s life; recording the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta Police on Friday night; and documenting another angle of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam being punched by an officer during an arrest in Fort McMurray. There are...
An interview from Mother Jones Magazine
15 Jun, 2020 | 0:28:48 |
EN | Frieda Werden | WINGS

On May 7, 2020, Mother Jones Magazine hosted a live interview via Zoom titled Protecting Our Democracy. Guest Stacey Abrams discussed problems with elections in the US and issues around racist policing, threats to the US Postal Service and US Census, the pandemic, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, justice for sexual assault survivors, and what keeps her going.
TV show Cops gets cancelled
12 Jun, 2020 | 0:26:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After more than 1000 episodes, the reality television show COPS has officially been cancelled. For thirty years, COPS has broadcast police officers chasing down suspects and arresting them as entertainment. But according to Henry Molofsky, producer of the hit investigative podcast Running From Cops, the vision of crime and policing portrayed by COPS was often distorted. Today, Henry Molofsky discusses...
What 'defunding the police' means for Indigenous people
10 Jun, 2020 | 0:25:12 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Last Thursday, a 26-year-old Indigenous woman was killed by a New Brunswick police officer. Chantel Moore was shot five times during what was meant to be a wellness check. Her death is one of several recent incidents of police violence against Indigenous people in Canada. As the Black Lives Matter movement shines a light on police brutality and calls into...
Black Canadians reflect on this week’s unrest
05 Jun, 2020 | 0:21:54 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

From the aggressive tactics of police at demonstrations in the U.S, to the increasing demand to recognize systemic racism against Black communities and deal with police violence, to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 - it has been a chaotic and politically-charged week in the news. Today on Front Burner, we take a step back to listen to individuals who are...
State-sponsored hackers target vaccine research
04 Jun, 2020 | 0:20:29 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

While scientists worldwide are trying to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, reports show an uptick in state-sponsored medical hacking. Countries like China and Iran appear to be actively hacking vaccine research. Today on Front Burner: We talk to cybersecurity expert Priscilla Moriuchi about the fears that are driving these hacking efforts, and how they could derail vaccine research.
Trump's response in an unprecedented time
03 Jun, 2020 | 0:24:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Demonstrations across the U.S. protesting the death of George Floyd are coinciding with a pandemic and an economic crisis. And it's a moment when many Americans are calling on the president for leadership. Keith Boag, a longtime political correspondent and a contributor to the CBC News on U.S. politics, joins us to talk about how Donald Trump is responding to...
Police crack down on protests against racism and police violence
01 Jun, 2020 | 0:33:55 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This weekend, in at least 75 U.S. cities, demonstrators marched against racism and police violence in the wake of the video showing the last moments of George Floyd's life, with a Minneapolis police officer's knee on his neck. North of the border, thousands of people rallied in Toronto, some holding signs demanding "Justice for Regis." Regis Korchinski-Paquet is a black...
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