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Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world.

    Dangerous crossing: The winter path to asylum

    Dangerous crossing: The winter path to asylum

    They looked like a family.

    Four people, including a baby, were found dead in a snowy Manitoba field last Wednesday, just metres from the North Dakota border, where they were believed to be heading.

    Authorities believe they had been part of a larger group travelling to the United States, in temperatures that felt like –35 C. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called their deaths "mind-blowing” and "tragic," and said he was working with the United States to crack down on people who facilitate undocumented travel over the border.

    But two people who’ve travelled the route — in the opposite direction — say what the system really needs is more compassion for people who are out of options.

    Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed, two former refugees from Ghana who now have the right to stay in Canada permanently, share their stories of making it to Canada from the United States in 2017. And CBC Manitoba reporter Ian Froese tells us what questions we’re still trying to answer about the four people who died last week.

    • 24 min
    Boris Johnson’s ‘partygate’ scandal

    Boris Johnson’s ‘partygate’ scandal

    For over a month now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been embroiled in a scandal involving gatherings at 10 Downing Street while the country was under lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19.

    One Conservative MP has crossed the floor to the Labour Party, while another has called for his resignation, saying to Johnson in Parliament, "In the name of God, go."

    Senior civil servant Sue Gray has been conducting an inquiry into the alleged rule-breaking, and that report looms.

    Today, CBC's Europe correspondent Margaret Evans explains what's led up to this point, and whether it could cost Johnson his job.

    • 25 min
    A path for Halifax to defund the police

    A path for Halifax to defund the police

    A Halifax committee tasked with defining what it means to defund the police has released its final report: a 219-page document that recommends numerous reforms and reimagines our communities' relationship with law enforcement.

    Last week, committee chairperson El Jones presented the report to Halifax's Board of Police Commissioners. While the document doesn't recommend a specific amount of money to be cut, it takes an in-depth look at shifting some responsibilities away from police — namely sexual assault reporting and responses to mental health crises.

    Today, Jones walks us through the report's rethink of how to keep our communities safe and examines the common ground between supporters and opponents of defunding.

    • 22 min
    Rhetoric and reality in the fight for Ukraine

    Rhetoric and reality in the fight for Ukraine

    Today, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after a week of escalation over the future of Ukraine.

    Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly was in Ukraine earlier this week, expressing Canada's support for the country. But Ottawa Citizen defence reporter David Pugliese says Canada's military actions paint a different picture. In fact — Canada's moves on the ground reveal a limit to the government's willingness to help in Ukraine's looming fight.

    We're also joined by Eilish Hart, the English-language news editor for the Latvia-based news site Meduza, who explains why that means Ukraine is getting ready to go it alone — and how regular Russians may curtail the Kremlin's actions.

    • 23 min
    Microsoft’s $70B bet on the future of gaming

    Microsoft’s $70B bet on the future of gaming

    If you've played Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, or even Candy Crush, you're among the 400 million people who play a game from Activision-Blizzard every month. On Tuesday, the company was purchased by Microsoft for $68.7 billion US. It's the biggest tech deal in history, over 15 times what Disney paid for the Star Wars franchise and LucasFilm.

    And the cost for Microsoft could be more than just cash. Activision-Blizzard has become notorious for allegations of discrimination and abuse. Last year, the company got hit with lawsuits from state and U.S. federal employment watchdogs, over its "frat house" culture.

    Today on Front Burner, we're talking to Polygon's Nicole Carpenter about how this unprecedented mega-deal will change the gaming landscape as we know it, and how the video game giant itself is trying to outrun its own toxic history.

    • 20 min
    Cannabis vs. COVID: What the research is showing

    Cannabis vs. COVID: What the research is showing

    A study last week from two Oregon universities has generated a lot of buzz, after findings suggested that some cannabis compounds may be able to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells.

    It adds to a growing body of research on cannabis and the coronavirus, as studies from around the world — including from Canada — have found that the cannabis compound CBD may be effective in helping treat some of the virus’s most deadly symptoms.

    Today, Katie MacBride, a health science reporter at the online magazine Inverse, joins us for a deep dive into what the research says — and doesn’t say — about cannabis and COVID-19.

    CORRECTION: This episode misstated that mRNA vaccines are designed to attach to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. To be clear, mRNA vaccines instruct the body's cells to make harmless copies of the spike protein, causing the body to produce antibodies which then attach to the proteins.

    • 24 min

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2.6K Ratings

nerd i am not ,

Great show

I like the depth and variety that this show provides. I listen daily. Really good. Very informative.

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The only news pod I listen to

Front burner gives a dialogue to the top news stories alongside small news stories. They give stories that are important to all Canadians

Benjamindestroy ,

Was hoping for better

It’s hard to get really good news content these days, that remain politically central, or at least give somewhat reasonable balanced opinions. I’ve been listening to CBC podcasts for the past 3 years. I wish I could leave a better review, but this is a generous 3 star. 40% of these episodes are opinions rather than facts.

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