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Islamophobia in Canada is getting worse. Will Canadians confront it?

Islamophobia in Canada is getting worse. Will Canadians confront it?

This week, Canada's reckoning with its racist history was interrupted by its racist present. A terrorist attack in London, ON killed four members of a Muslim family and left a nine-year-old boy orphaned and injured.
Why hiring Canadians with disabilities is a competitive advantage

Why hiring Canadians with disabilities is a competitive advantage

Lots of people, when applying for jobs, hope the people doing the hiring can see them as people, instead of as assets that can deliver value for the company. For job seekers with disabilities or neurodivergence,
If Canada’s residential schools reckoning is real this time, what happens next?

If Canada’s residential schools reckoning is real this time, what happens next?

There have been promises in the past. And committees, and commitments and commissions and no shortage of apologies. But in the wake of the 215 children found buried where a residential school once operated near Kamloops,
Trudeau’s Liberals promised to end the blood ban. Now they say it’s “complicated”.

Trudeau’s Liberals promised to end the blood ban. Now they say it’s “complicated”.

The promise was pretty clear: During his first successful campaign as Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau told LGBT voters that we would end Canada's longstanding ban prohibiting men who have sex with men from donating blood. At the time,
What happens when the media fights back in a battle with the RCMP?

What happens when the media fights back in a battle with the RCMP?

Every time there's a protest, or dispute, or anything else newsworthy in rural Canada, the media shows up to cover it. And runs into the RCMP. Sometimes, nothing happens. But more often than not, access to the story becomes a story in itself,
Our pandemic’s ending here. And almost nowhere else.

Our pandemic’s ending here. And almost nowhere else.

Less than one percent of the 1.8-billion Covid-19 vaccines used so far have gone to low-income countries. And in those countries new variants are emerging that could impact our vaccine efficacy.
Will the Olympics go ahead as planned? Should they?

Will the Olympics go ahead as planned? Should they?

Less than two months from now, unless something changes, the postponed 2020 Olympics will begin in Tokyo, Japan. Unless the country's government listens to both its populace and its doctors, all of whom are urging them not to proceed. -
What does Pride look like in small-town Canada?

What does Pride look like in small-town Canada?

Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal ... Canada truly has some of the world's biggest and most beautiful Pride celebrations. But it also has some of the smallest. In places like Taber, Alberta (POP: 9,000), Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia (POP.
Why doesn’t Canadian health care include dental coverage?

Why doesn’t Canadian health care include dental coverage?

It's always been this way but ... why? When it comes to everything from routine cleaning appointments and checkups to more complicated procedures like abscesses and crowns, many Canadians scramble to pay for their own dental care.
BONUS: What’s next? Results from our listener survey

BONUS: What’s next? Results from our listener survey

We asked a whole bunch of questions, and hundreds of The Big Story's listeners responded. We're here for a special episode to share some of the most interesting questions and feedback with you — and to tell you what we're going to do about it! -
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