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This week we interview Canada's LGBT Chamber of Commerce about their Global Summit
18 May, 2021 | 0:59:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this week's show we discuss the scandal with John Barrowman, and interview Canada's LGBT Chamber of Commerce about their global business summit.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s pitch to Canadians
18 May, 2021 | 0:24:31 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Erin O’Toole says he supports a ban on conversion therapy, but that doesn’t mean everyone in his party has to share his beliefs. Ahead of a looming federal election, hear more in part one of a wide-ranging interview with the federal Conservative party leader.
Alex Gibney: Big Pharma created the opioid crisis
17 May, 2021 | 0:21:56 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s scathing new documentary, The Crime of the Century, looks into how Big Pharma created and profited from the opioid crisis.
“Bamboo ballots”, UV light and a bizarre election recount in Arizona
14 May, 2021 | 0:21:36 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Despite two independent audits that found no evidence of fraud, and despite the state already certifying the 2020 election results, an “audit” of the more than 2 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona is currently underway. Today, the Daily Beast’s politics reporter Will Sommer explains how conspiracy theories involving bamboo fibres and secret watermarks are playing into the recount.
Metro Vancouver’s gang wars
12 May, 2021 | 0:21:09 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Gang violence is on the rise again in Metro Vancouver, fueling worries about recruitment in the region’s South Asian community. Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson talks to two people working in anti-gang intervention, with a focus on South Asian youth and families.
Trudeau's chief adviser grilled over sexual misconduct in the military
11 May, 2021 | 0:27:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

If you've been listening to the show over the last few months you know we've been doing a lot of coverage on the sexual misconduct crisis in the military. On Friday, the prime minister's chief of staff, Katie Telford, appeared before a parliamentary committee to testify about her knowledge of an allegation of sexual misconduct against the former chief of...
Summer 2021: Expectations vs. reality
10 May, 2021 | 0:22:14 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada's vaccine rollout is speeding up, raising the possibility of COVID-19 restrictions loosening in the next few months. Today on Front Burner, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Lynora Saxinger talks about the kind of summer we could expect to have.
This week we interview Minister Chagger about the Action Plan, and the Directors of Someone Like Me
09 May, 2021 | 0:59:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

In this episode we interview the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth about the federal funding for the LGBT2QS Secretariat, their action plan and other support. We also interview the Canadian directors behind the must watch 'Someone Like Me' documentary film.
The debate over vaccine passports is here
07 May, 2021 | 0:21:53 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the federal government is part of ongoing international talks about vaccine certification. Canada’s not the only country working on a plan to jumpstart international travel with vaccine passports; some sort of system to validate if a citizen has been immunized against COVID-19 or has had a recent negative test result. Overseas, the...
Big money is buying up big songs. Lots of them.
06 May, 2021 | 0:20:58 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The names include Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Shakira. Over the last year, dozens of music’s biggest artists have cashed in the rights to their entire catalogues of songs, netting tens or hundred of millions of dollars. This week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers became the latest, landing a reported $140 million U.S. for the publishing rights to every song...
Regulating streamers and a free speech fight
05 May, 2021 | 0:24:12 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A bill designed to regulate online streaming services like Netflix is morphing into a free speech controversy over changes that were made to include user-generated content -- like, uploads on Youtube or TikTok -- in the regulations. The Logic’s Murad Hemmadi explains.
Inside a slaughterhouse COVID-19 outbreak
04 May, 2021 | 0:38:20 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Earlier this year, a COVID-19 outbreak tore through the Olymel pork-processing plant in Red Deer, Alta., eventually infecting more than 500 people and killing at least three. Workers say that not only did the plant and the provincial government do too little to protect them, but that employees — many of them Filipino immigrants — ended up feeling blamed for...
We discuss the big funding announcements in the Liberal Budget for the LGBT Community
03 May, 2021 | 0:56:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

With a statement from Women and Gender Equality Canada the team reviews the announcement of $15 million over 3 years for a new LGBT Projects fund. We also cover Hamilton Pride's case at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board flying the Pride flag.
Vaccine Hunters Canada
03 May, 2021 | 0:29:28 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As multiple websites, crowded waitlists and lines hundreds of people long prevent some Canadians from getting their vaccines, a community of volunteers is intervening. Today on Front Burner, how Vaccine Hunters Canada’s social media alerts are cutting through chaotic rollouts, and how some members are booking appointments for their communities. We speak with two of the community’s most prolific “hunters,”...
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...
The fight over paid sick leave
29 Apr, 2021 | 0:24:31 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For months, health care experts and workers’ advocates have been raising alarm bells, saying the dire need for paid sick days has been growing ever since the very beginning of the pandemic. This week, it all came to a head when Ontario asked the Canadian government to piggyback on a federal program and introduced a bill for temporary access to...
What led to Alberta’s enormous COVID-19 surge
28 Apr, 2021 | 0:22:27 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Alberta has nearly twice the COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people as the next leading province, and is nearing its highest ever number of active cases. The region of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, declared a state of emergency on Monday. And some doctors are warning that Alberta’s ICUs are headed for a crisis similar to Ontario. Yet, Premier...
The fight against Big Pharma’s grip on vaccines
27 Apr, 2021 | 0:20:41 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As global COVID-19 vaccine inequity persists, a growing chorus is calling for a different approach to making vaccines. More than 100 mostly developing countries, led by India and South Africa, are calling on the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive vaccine makers’ intellectual property protections. But Canada, the United States, and other wealthy nations are not, as of yet, supporting...
Seb and Luke do a roundup of the latest LGBT news
26 Apr, 2021 | 0:57:55 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | CanQueer

Seb and Luke do a roundup of the latest LGBT news
‘Absolutely harrowing’: India’s calamitous second wave
26 Apr, 2021 | 0:20:56 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In India, COVID-19 has reached catastrophic levels. The healthcare system is so overwhelmed that the sick are lying on the ground outside hospitals, and doctors are begging online for oxygen. Amy Kazmin, the New Delhi-based South Asia bureau chief for the Financial Times, joins us for a view from the ground, and explains how things got this bad.
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