MMIW inquiry failing families, says Native Women's Association

Since the national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women officially launched last September, criticisms have been mounting, and many families have lost faith in the inquiry.

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May 17, 2017

Lawyers warn court delays are creating black hole in Canada's justice system

The Current talks with two lawyers who have different views on why court delays are so common and what needs to be done about the problem.

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February 07, 2017

'Dire situation': Senators seek guidance for top court ruling on trial deadlines

Mass confusion could lead to miscarriages of justice and erosion of public trust in the criminal justice system, committee members warn.

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December 02, 2016

Long-term care homes need better inspections, says seniors' advocate

Jane Meadus, staff lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, is a guest commenter on the CBC's radio program, The Current.

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October 26, 2016

Minister Carla Qualtrough says Canada's new disability act will 'make history'

Minister Qualtrough has been travelling across the country for an ongoing national public consultation on creating new Canadian accessibility legislation — the first of its kind in Canada.

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October 24, 2016

Law Society report suggests ways to end systemic racism in legal professions

The CBC's The Current radio program convened a panel on September 13 to discuss the experience of discrimination that non-white lawyers can face in the justice system.

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September 23, 2016

Deaths of two prisoners in segregated custody renew solitary confinement debate

With many calling on government to legislate the end of segregated custody for all Canadian prisoners, The Current debates the usefulness and danger of isolation in Canada's prisons.

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July 29, 2016

Ontario children's aid will collect race data to address overrepresentation

On June 2, 2016, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies announced a plan to collect race statistics. This statement comes on the heels of mounting concerns about the over-representation of Aboriginal and black youth in Ontario's child care. The Toronto Star found that 42 per cent of children and youth in the care of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto have at least one parent who is black —despite the fact that only eight per cent of Toronto's under-18 population is black — while Statistics Canada says nearly half of the 30,000 children in the country's child welfare system are indigenous. The Current hosts a panel discussion on the importance of collecting race statistics as a first step toward building a better system of care.

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June 07, 2016

'Migrant Dreams' broken as workers face exploitation on Ontario farms

The Current interviews the filmmaker Min Sook Lee on her documentary, Migrant Dreams, about the experiences of migrant workers in the greenhouses of Leamington, Ontario. 

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April 29, 2016

Canada's bail system set up to fail, says criminal defence lawyer

This is a podcast of the CBC's The Current radio program, broadcast on March 29, 2016, featuring a criminal defence lawyer and a former Crown attorney. 

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March 29, 2016

Half of all hospital beds in Canada for kids and youth filled to treat mental health

Faced with long wait times, parents of children with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are even going into debt to pay for help they can't afford to wait for. 

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March 04, 2016

How non-indigenous allies can help make TRC recommendations a reality

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission finished its work, and released its 94 calls to actions. Now, the arrival of a new year, means the time has come to try to put them into effect.

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January 04, 2016

Brenda Cossman: Sex workers given lower bar when it comes to consent

In this CBC podcast, Brenda Cossman discusses the Cindy Gladue case, and how rules of consent and withdrawing consent appear to be different when it comes to sex workers.

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April 02, 2015

Immigration delays leave thousands of couples in limbo

Protesters in Ottawa recently were upset about the amount of time it takes for the non-Canadian spouses of Canadian citizens to gain immigration status in this country.

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March 04, 2015

The Current podcast: Critics wary of fast-tracking Bill C-51 with minimal oversight

The CBC's The Current radio program features a discussion of Bill C-51 with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Wayne Easter of the Liberal Party, and Stockwell Day, Conservative Party.

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February 26, 2015

Rights of students in educational systems in Canada

The Current talks to JFCY's Mary Birdsell and U. of Regina's Ailsa Watkinson following the story of a fifteen-year-old student being strip-searched for drugs in a Quebec high school.

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February 19, 2015

On trial: The line of questioning in sexual assault court cases

The CBC's The Current radio program features Pamela Cross and Solomon Friedman discussing questioning in sexual assault court cases.

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January 23, 2015

Crackdown on 'Barbaric Cultural Practices' celebrated and scorned

The CBC's The Current focuses on the proposed "Barbaric Cultural Practices Act" and features commenter Deepa Mattoo, Staff Lawyer and Acting Executive Director of SALCO.

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November 21, 2014

Human trafficking of Inuit women and girls has become an open secret in Canada's North

They don't even have a name for it in Inuktitut but a new study says human trafficking of Inuit women and girls is an alarming trend that must be tackled.

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February 06, 2014

January: The Divorce Month

Lawyers call January "Divorce Month" and in our adversarial system it is a rough emotional and financial ride for a lot of people. Canada's laws may be just, but perhaps not very gentle to families breaking-up. The CBC's "The Current" convened a panel to weigh in on what should change.

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January 21, 2014