Front Burner is your essential daily news podcast, brought to you by CBC News & CBC Podcasts. Every weekday Front Burner takes you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world.
Trump versus Biden: The final debate
With election day less than two weeks away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden debated for the second and final time on Thursday. CBC Washington correspondent Susan Ormiston discusses what happened and what it could mean for election day.
B.C.'s pandemic election
This Saturday, British Columbians head to the polls in a snap provincial election. According to NDP Leader John Horgan, the intent is to maintain political stability in the next year as the province continues to deal with the threat of COVID-19. Today on Front Burner, CBC provincial affairs reporter Tanya Fletcher, who covers the B.C. Legislature, walks us through the issues and controversies that are capturing attention during the short but eventful campaign.
A showdown in Ottawa, and a snap election?
The prospect of a snap election has been looming over Ottawa, all because of a fight over the most unlikely of controversies: a new committee.
Vassy Kapelos, host of the CBC’s Power and Politics, joins us to talk about how we got here, the latest on the WE affair, and what might happen next.
36 years later: The truth about who murdered Christine Jessop
After 36 years, an infamous cold case involving the rape and mutilation of a little girl has finally been solved. The horrific mystery surrounding the abduction and murder of Christine Jessop captured the attention of the nation in the '80s and led to the wrongful conviction of an innocent man. Today, former CBC investigative journalist Linden MacIntyre has come out of retirement to explain why it took nearly four decades to uncover Jessop’s killer and what haunting questions still remain.
Arson, violence and a decades-old fishing feud
Opposition to the launch of a Mi’kmaw lobster fishery in Nova Scotia last month has grown increasingly violent. Over the past week, two facilities storing Mi’kmaw catches were targeted and vandalized by several hundred non-Indigenous commercial fishermen and their supporters, one facility was burned to the ground and a man has been charged with assaulting the chief of Sipekne'katik First Nation.
But this is just the latest chapter in a dispute that stretches back at least two decades. APTN reporters Angel Moore and Trina Roache discuss the latest developments and explain the complex history behind this conflict.
The problems pile up for Alberta
This week, the Alberta government detailed cuts to the province’s health service, including up to 11,000 layoffs. While all of Canada’s provinces have taken an economic hit because of COVID, Alberta in particular has been clobbered. Oil and gas revenues have tanked. Liquor sales are projected to bring in more than bitumen royalties from the oil sands this fiscal year. Support for United Conservative Party Premier Jason Kenney is down, too. According to a late summer poll, he’s got the second lowest approval rating of all the premiers in the country.
Today, CBC’s Carolyn Dunn in Calgary on how Alberta’s faring, and how Jason Kenney plans to bounce the province back.
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Great, though occasional uneven reporting
An often excellent but sometimes frustrating program. Sometimes sheds new light but at other times covers no new ground. Perhaps most frustrating, some reporters will sometimes take on the views of the groups they are reporting about, rather than presenting both sides of a story and letting listeners decide (aka spoon feeding). But when it hits, it hits hard; great, thorough, unbiased coverage of the Anthony Aust case.
This show lost me as a listener after the Oct. 15, 2020 episode regarding the “no knock warrant”. The episode was entirely one sided and failed to explain the circumstances that led to that young mans death. His death was a tragedy. No doubt. However, police had the info that there was a firearm in the residence. That alone constitutes the exigency. Police will always have the upper hand in these circumstances in order to maintain public safety.
excellent production. Good work.
Kudo’s to Katie Simpson. Your heading up!