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The aftermath of the Beirut explosion
06 Aug, 2020 | 0:20:13 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The explosion near Beirut’s port on Tuesday killed 135 people and injured thousands more, according to the Lebanese health ministry. Officials say 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was the cause. According to public records, the chemicals were held at the port for six years, despite warnings about the danger they posed. Today on Front Burner, we get a first-hand account...
Homeless encampments, COVID-19, and Canada’s housing crisis
04 Aug, 2020 | 0:25:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Since the start of the pandemic, homeless encampments have multiplied in parks across Canada. City officials are worried about safety and sanitation, and as a result, many have tried to dismantle such camps, with varying degrees of success. That’s because some residents are fighting for their right to stay. Today on Front Burner, you’ll meet residents of one encampment in...
The risks vs. rewards of sending kids to school
03 Aug, 2020 | 0:23:26 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In September, schools across the country will reopen — many for the first time since the pandemic shut them down months ago. And while provinces have released their plans to keep students and teachers safe, parents are still struggling with whether to send their children to class. Today on Front Burner, Emily Oster, an economics professor at Brown University and...
After backlash, a public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting
30 Jul, 2020 | 0:23:52 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On April 18-19, a gunman went on a shooting rampage across central Nova Scotia killing 22 people. Since then, families of the victims have been pushing for a public inquiry. That’s because there continues to be questions about the RCMP’s response to the shooting. After initially opting for a review into the tragedy, which drew much criticism, provincial and federal...
There are daily COVID-19 tests, no fans and no going home.
29 Jul, 2020 | 0:24:28 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For the 24 NHL teams in Toronto and Edmonton, however, the prize for spending two months in a “bubble” could be the Stanley Cup. Last night, the NHL played its first exhibition games since pausing the season in March. It also showed fans how the sport will be different in the league’s hub cities. Today on Front Burner, The Athletic...
Inside 60 nights of protests in Portland
28 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:29 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For more than 60 nights, protesters have gone out on the streets of Portland, Ore. to fight anti-Black racism and police violence. It seemed like things were calming down, but then US President Donald Trump sent federal agents into the city. Today on Front Burner, we’re joined by Tuck Woodstock, an independent journalist who has spent the majority of the...
2020 on track to be Canada’s worst year for police killings
27 Jul, 2020 | 0:21:14 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

D'Andre Campbell. Ejaz Choudry. Chantel Moore. Those are just some of the names of people killed by police in Canada this year. Until now, there hasn't been a national database to keep track of these deaths. The CBC recently made one called "Deadly Force." It goes back 20 years, and it found what many people have been saying: Black and...
Tenet’ postponement spells trouble for Hollywood blockbusters
24 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:18 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The release of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated movie “Tenet” has been indefinitely postponed. CBC’s Eli Glasner breaks down what that signifies for the future of Hollywood blockbusters.
The race for a COVID-19 vaccine, explained
23 Jul, 2020 | 0:19:38 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

There’s new hope this week in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine. Trials for two vaccines, one at Oxford University and one being worked on here in Canada, are showing some promising results. And they’re just two possible frontrunners from scores of vaccines being tested around the globe. Today, Emily Chung, the creator of CBC’s vaccine tracker, tells us where...
B.C. admits harm in multimillion-dollar settlement for victims of disgraced social worker
22 Jul, 2020 | 0:25:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

While Robert Riley Saunders worked as a social worker in British Columbia, he was supposed to provide care and guardianship to some of the province’s most vulnerable foster children. Instead, he is alleged to have stolen from them, leaving many to fend for themselves. Now, the B.C. government has reached a proposed multimillion dollar settlement for more than 100 of...
The return of MLB: No spitting, fans or games in Canada
21 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:09 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After a four-month suspension due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball returns for a condensed 60-game season on Thursday. The old ball game, however, is going to look a bit different: there’s social distancing in the dugouts, no fans in the stands and no games in Canada. This weekend, the federal government announced that the Blue Jays can’t play in Toronto...
30 years later a Mohawk filmmaker reflects on the Oka crisis
20 Jul, 2020 | 0:23:51 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

It’s been 30 years since an explosion of violence and the death of a Quebec provincial police officer on an early July morning marked the beginning of the Oka Crisis. That summer, thousands of Canadian soldiers surrounded two Mohawk communities, just outside Montreal, who were trying to protect a forest and burial ground from the expansion of a golf course....
‘Above the Law’ chronicles police violence in Calgary
15 Jul, 2020 | 0:21:07 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the last few weeks on this show, we've talked about a number of police forces under scrutiny across the country. But there’s a city we haven’t talked about, one that frequently has the highest number of police-involved shootings in the country -- Calgary. A new documentary streaming on CBC Gem examines the issue of police violence in Calgary. It's...
As Bolsonaro downplays COVID-19, Brazil nears two million cases
14 Jul, 2020 | 0:21:53 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Brazil is nearing two million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The country is second to only the United States in its number of cases and deaths. And recently, Brazil’s leader himself has tested positive. Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the threat of the virus. Today on Front Burner, we’re joined by Gustavo Ribiero, a journalist with The Brazilian...
Trudeau’s WE Charity controversy deepens, and deficit 101
13 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:52 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This is not your average quiet July in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embroiled in a new ethics investigation, and now there are revelations about members of his family receiving payment for their appearances at WE Charity events. On top of that, the Liberal government released an “economic and fiscal snapshot” showing the federal government’s deficit hitting an unprecedented...
Pro-democracy leader Nathan Law flees Hong Kong over 'politics of fear'
09 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:30 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The broad and ambiguous offences under China's new national security law have Hong Kongers censoring themselves, fearing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Pro-democracy protesters are holding up blank sheets. Cafes are stripping their messages of support. One of Hong Kong's most prominent and outspoken activists, too, has left the territory altogether. Today on Front Burner, pro-democracy activist Nathan Law...
Families demand answers, six months after Flight PS752 downing
08 Jul, 2020 | 0:00:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Today marks exactly six months since Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down by two Iranian missiles near Tehran. The devastating tragedy killed 176 people, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. It also left loved ones of the victims desperate for answers about what happened. Back in March, former longtime Liberal MP Ralph Goodale was appointed as special...
Justin Trudeau, WE Charity and a third ethics investigation
08 Jul, 2020 | 0:00:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion is investigating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the Liberal government's decision to task WE Charity with administering a $900-million student grant program. On Friday, WE Charity stepped back from the contract, which had faced criticism because of the Trudeau family's close association with the charity. Today, CBC parliamentary reporter Catherine Cullen...
Can an ad boycott fix Facebook’s hate speech problem?
08 Jul, 2020 | 0:00:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Over 800 companies, including Microsoft, Lululemon, Pfizer and Canada’s five biggest banks are pulling their ads from Facebook this month. They’re just a few of the companies responding to the Stop Hate for Profit boycott, led by civil rights groups who want white supremacist content and misleading climate and vaccine information off the platform. Today on Front Burner, we talk...
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.
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