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Flashpoint Taiwan: Tensions escalate between China and the West
13 Oct, 2021 | 0:18:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As Taiwan celebrated its National Day on Sunday, the autonomous island was also sending a message to China: Leave us alone. Taiwan has become a flashpoint for China's escalating tension with the United States, which provides political and military support for Taiwan, and its other Western allies. But what does that mean for the people who actually live there? Brian...
The wild saga of Ozy Media
05 Oct, 2021 | 0:15:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In 2013, former TV news contributor Carlos Watson promised to shake up the media landscape by launching a new company, Ozy Media. Over the years, Watson's company struggled to connect. Then a week ago, a bombshell New York Times investigation brought Ozy a tidal wave of attention — exactly the wrong kind. It revealed that Watson's right-hand man, Samir Rao,...
Auf Wiedersehen, Chancellor Merkel
28 Sep, 2021 | 0:19:27 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Angela Merkel is preparing to step aside after 16 years as Germany’s Chancellor, but Sunday’s election has left questions over who will lead next. Preliminary results show Merkel’s Christian Democrats with their worst ever performance, and a scattered vote means multiple parties will enter coalition talks that could last months. Today on Front Burner, we’re joined by the host of...
Conservatives lose again. What now?
22 Sep, 2021 | 0:19:34 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Erin O’Toole’s election campaign pitched him as the face of a new, moderate Conservative party. But in the end, O’Toole’s strategy delivered a loss nearly identical to that of his predecessor. Today on Front Burner, CBC senior writer John Paul Tasker joins us to explain what went wrong for O’Toole, where the party goes from here, and why they might...
Election platform primer (Part 2 of 2)
16 Sep, 2021 | 0:18:52 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the conclusion to Front Burner’s 2021 election primer, we’re back with part two of our rundown on the major national parties' platforms. We’ve done deep dive conversations on the election’s top issues like housing and climate, but this is your guide to the other big promises and defining policies. It’s what you need to know to make an informed...
Afghanistan's refugee crisis: The view from Pakistan
14 Sep, 2021 | 0:19:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Seventeen-year old Zakirullah, who didn't give his surname, and his family drove for three days from Afghanistan to the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, seeking medical help for his mother. He is one of many Afghan refugees who have made the journey after the Taliban took control of his home country, in light of rising food prices and the currency falling....
Mysterious noise sparks discovery of crypto power plant in Alberta
03 Sep, 2021 | 0:18:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

It all started when residents of an affluent community near Edmonton heard a disruptive noise from what they thought was a defunct natural gas facility nearby. That led to claims of sleepless nights, complaints and eventually, a months-long investigation that uncovered a power plant secretly set up to mine cryptocurrency on a dormant gas well. Today on Front Burner, CBC...
A fourth wave for whom?
26 Aug, 2021 | 0:19:07 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Epidemiologists are warning of rising caseloads and a dangerous fourth wave of COVID-19 — just when many people thought life was finally getting back to normal. This week, several provincial governments changed their pandemic policies in response. Both British Columbia and Manitoba brought back indoor mask mandates. Today on Front Burner, Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa,...
Kris Wu and China’s #MeToo moment
26 Jul, 2021 | 0:18:35 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Chinese-Canadian pop superstar Kris Wu is caught in a #MeToo firestorm over allegations of predatory sexual behaviour with an underage girl now sweeping Chinese media.
Who killed Haiti’s president?
14 Jul, 2021 | 0:19:43 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Following President Jovenel Moïse's assassination last week, Haitian police have arrested more than 20 people and say they’re beginning to piece together a fuller picture of who carried out the killing — and who ordered it. But many people are questioning the official narrative.
The assassination of Haiti’s president
08 Jul, 2021 | 0:18:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After months of rising political violence, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by heavily armed gunmen in the presidential residence. Widlore Mérancourt, a Haitian journalist, joins host Jayme Poisson for the latest from Port-au-Prince.
Defence minister criticized over sexual misconduct ‘inaction’
23 Jun, 2021 | 0:19:30 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada’s military ombudsman Gregory Lick criticizes leaders’ ‘inaction’ on sexual misconduct crisis and demands true independent civilian oversight.
Half a million COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, no end in sight
22 Jun, 2021 | 0:19:06 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

COVID-19 deaths have surpassed half a million in Brazil. Over the weekend, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response. Today on Front Burner, how will Brazil find its way out of this crisis?
Delta variant: What you need to know
14 Jun, 2021 | 0:20:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As much of Canada begins easing pandemic restrictions, we look into the delta variant. It’s a COVID-19 strain that’s concerning experts and emerging all over the country, from a hospital in Calgary, hotspots in Ontario and a mine in Nunavut. Global health epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan weighs in on the latest.
Prime Time: Amazon's MGM streaming bid
28 May, 2021 | 0:18:48 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Rocky, Legally Blonde, The Hobbit and even part of the James Bond franchise will soon be under the ownership of Amazon. The e-commerce giant joins the ranks of big-time media mergers and acquisitions after a bid to buy MGM Studios for $8.45 billion US. Film critic John Semley joins host Jayme Poisson for a closer look at what that means...
Cloud Office Suites (Google For Nonprofits and/or Office 365) Google for Nonprofits and Microsoft’s
30 Apr, 2021 | 0:19:18 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, Quebec confirmed the death of a woman after the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine she received in early April led to a rare blood clot in her brain. This type of blood clot known as immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) is estimated to occur in one out of every 100,000 to 250,000 people inoculated with the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. Experts suggest...
Meghan Markle, the monarchy, and racism
09 Mar, 2021 | 0:19:56 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After a bombshell interview between Oprah and Meghan Markle watched by millions around the world, culture writer Kovie Biakolo discusses the revelations in the interview, and the issue of racism in the royal family.
Trickster cancelled after Michelle Latimer controversy
02 Feb, 2021 | 0:17:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Friday CBC announced it was ending Trickster, a well-received television show that aired both here and in the U.S. There will be no second season as previously planned. The cancellation follows scrutiny over showrunner Michelle Latimer and questions about her Indigenous identity. Today, Anishnawbe playwright and humorist Drew Hayden Taylor joins us to share his thoughts on the cancellation...
The alleged Canadian drug lord who upended the meth trade
28 Jan, 2021 | 0:18:01 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Following a massive international investigation led by Australia, an alleged meth kingpin was arrested by Dutch authorities at an Amsterdam airport. Chinese-Canadian Tse Chi Lop is accused of running a syndicate that commands the $70 billion-a-year Asia-Pacific drug trade. He's been compared to Pablo Escobar and called Asia's El Chapo. Today, we hear from Reuters chief correspondent in Southeast Asia,...
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...
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