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Gov. General out amid claims of harassment, verbal abuse
22 Jan, 2021 | 0:19:43 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada’s Governor-General Julie Payette has been accused of bullying, berating, and publicly humiliating staff at Rideau Hall. The allegations were substantial enough that an independent workplace review was ordered last year. On Thursday, it was revealed that that review had been completed, and that its findings were scathing. And so, late in the afternoon, Canada’s Governor-General, Julie Payette, resigned from...
Biden’s unity message soon put to the test
21 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Besides the police presence, the inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday as 46th president of the United States was a paired-down affair, thanks to the pandemic and the recent violence at the Capitol. CBC Washington correspondent Paul Hunter covered the inauguration from the roof of the Canadian Embassy. Today he joins Front Burner to report on the meaning behind the...
Italy’s secretive ‘Ndrangheta Mafia on trial
20 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:25 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

More than 350 people currently face trial for their alleged connections with one of Italy’s most powerful Mafia syndicates, the ‘Ndrangheta. The crime group is known for its secrecy. Bosses, accused of murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking, often hide in bunkers in Calabria, even though their business extends around the world. Italy has not held a Mafia trial of...
Erin O'Toole's far-right line in the sand
19 Jan, 2021 | 0:19:11 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

"There is no place for the far right in our party." That's a quote from a statement released on Sunday by Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, where he condemns the riot in the U.S. Capitol and paints a moderate picture of the Conservative Party under his leadership. On the heels of the statement, PressProgress revealed that MP Derek Sloan accepted a...
The dark side of PPE: Allegations of exploitation, debt bondage
18 Jan, 2021 | 0:28:02 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For sometimes as little as two dollars an hour, some migrant workers in Malaysia say they spend their days producing disposable gloves in sweatshop-like conditions in a factory — and spend their nights in dirty, overcrowded shared quarters. As global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) surges, it would appear that so has the human cost for those making it...
Timothy Snyder on the present and future of Trump's 'big lie'
14 Jan, 2021 | 0:20:15 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

"Post-truth is pre-fascism." So wrote historian Timothy Snyder in his 2017 book, On Tyranny. He penned it in the lead-up to Donald Trump's inauguration, and he's been warning ever since: The United States is not exceptional, a coup could be attempted there, too. Now, Trump's presidency is in its dying days. He has been impeached by the House again, this...
Her father died from COVID-19, and now the RCMP are investigating
13 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Last Friday, 16-year-old Ariana Quesada walked into an RCMP station in High River, Alta., to file a formal complaint about the death of her father, Benito, who died eight months ago of COVID-19. He worked at the Cargill meat-packing plant, home to the largest coronavirus outbreak in the country, with at least 950 staff members contracting it last spring. The...
Democrats scramble to remove Trump from power
12 Jan, 2021 | 0:21:17 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Monday, for the second time in his one-term presidency, Democrats introduced an article to impeach Donald Trump. Previously, Trump was impeached but not convicted by the Senate. But following last week's deadly riot at the Capitol building, Democrats are trying to hold Trump accountable. Their tactics also include a resolution urging Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment...
Trump gets deplatformed
11 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

U.S. President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter after the platform cited “the risk of further incitement of violence” following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Facebook previously banned him for the remainder of his time in office, and many other tech companies have followed suit. Today on Front Burner, Julia Angwin joins host Jayme Poisson for...
Canada’s slow drip vaccine rollout
08 Jan, 2021 | 0:22:31 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada has received more than 430 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. But as of Thursday, only about 45 percent of those doses have gone into arms. Those numbers are sourced from the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group, made up of public health experts and data scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. Governments across...
Georgia's make-or-break election
05 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Tuesday, voters in Georgia go to the polls for a pair of pivotal run-off elections that will determine which party has control of the United States senate. Meanwhile, outgoing President Donald Trump pressured and pleaded with the state's election chief to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state, according to a recorded phone call obtained by the Washington Post...
Anger grows over politicians’ pandemic travelling
04 Jan, 2021 | 0:24:45 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

You’ve probably heard the words “avoid non-essential travel” frequently since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in Canada. But a growing number of provincial and federal politicians haven’t heeded that message. And as more stories emerge about vacations or travelling to see sick family members, many Canadians are furious. Today, Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos discusses what we know so...
Pop culture and the pandemic
23 Dec, 2020 | 0:26:06 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As 2020 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year in pop culture. From TV shows adjusting to the pandemic to the NBA bubble, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Amil Niazi from the CBC podcast Pop Chat drop by to talk about what movies, TV shows, and music helped us make sense of this unprecedented year.
Mutated COVID-19 sparks closures, questions
22 Dec, 2020 | 0:19:19 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom has triggered border restrictions internationally and in Canada. It’s also sparked many questions. Dr. Isaac Bogoch is an infectious diseases physician and a member of the Ontario government’s vaccine task force. Today, he shares his thoughts on the mutation and explains its potential impact on treatment and transmission of the virus...
Night shift at the crisis line
21 Dec, 2020 | 0:24:11 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Suicide prevention lines are dealing with an enormous surge in calls, and crisis centres say COVID-19 is to blame. Crisis Services Canada says that calls between August and October increased 159 per cent compared to last year. That surge is being felt at distress centres across the country, including at the Crisis Centre of BC. Front Burner producer Elaine Chau...
Vaccine hesitancy, the next pandemic hurdle
18 Dec, 2020 | 0:31:38 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A conversation with Canada’s environment minister
17 Dec, 2020 | 0:20:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The Liberals released a new, long-awaited climate change plan last week that they say will meet Canada's commitments under the Paris Agreement and cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2030. The plan includes $15 billion in federal investment and a gradual tripling of the carbon tax. Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson asks Environment...
The problems with Pornhub
15 Dec, 2020 | 0:23:37 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Pornhub, the Montreal-based streaming giant, is in trouble. They’ve dumped millions of videos from their platform, Visa and Mastercard have cut ties with the company, and they’re facing questions from Canadian MPs. This all happened after a recent New York Times article which exposed the platform’s insidious problem of hosting videos of rape, child abuse and sex trafficking — sometimes...
Inside China’s secretive Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park
14 Dec, 2020 | 0:23:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The Chinese government says the Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park in Northwestern China is a place where people can work, making wigs and other hair products that get shipped across the globe. Others say what’s happening at the park is forced labour, and that it’s just the latest in a pattern of grave human rights abuses committed in recent...
From Fox to the fringes, a rift in Conservative media
11 Dec, 2020 | 0:26:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Monday evening, Newsmax TV beat Fox News Channel in ratings for the very first time. Since Fox News accurately called the U.S. election for Joe Biden, Donald Trump has soured on the network in favour of smaller, more controversial outlets. And the outgoing president is urging his political base to join him. Today, CBC senior Washington correspondent Susan Ormiston...
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