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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.

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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.

    Ontario’s election looms, and parties are staking ground

    Ontario’s election looms, and parties are staking ground

    $210-million dollars went out the door and into the pockets of businesses who shouldn’t have received it. That was the assessment of Ontario’s auditor general in an annual report this week that looked, in part, at the pandemic support of Doug Ford’s Conservative government.
    And it definitely got the opposition parties in Queen’s Park talking. The audit comes as each party stakes out their pre-election ground and try to build a narrative that will lead to a win in June.
    To help us take a bite of the pre-election stew bubbling in Ontario politics, we’re joined by CBC News’ Mike Crawley.

    • 21 min
    Omicron: New variant, new tactics?

    Omicron: New variant, new tactics?

    Canada and a growing list of more than 20 countries have confirmed cases of omicron, the latest version of the COVID-19 virus to be labelled a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization.

    Despite omicron's global reach, dozens of nations are enforcing travel bans on mainly southern Africa, where the variant was originally detected. Some countries have celebrated South Africa's identification of the variant mere moments before announcing restrictions.

    Meanwhile, vaccine stockpiling by outside nations has contributed to spotty supply and high hesitancy on the continent. Africa faces a looming wave of omicron, with a full vaccination rate in the single digits.

    Today on Front Burner, infectious diseases physician Dr. Zain Chagla explains how measures by countries like Canada have put Africa into this precarious position with omicron, and why vaccines are more important in regions that are currently seeing far fewer doses.

    • 24 min
    Workers could shut down one of Canada’s biggest beef plants

    Workers could shut down one of Canada’s biggest beef plants

    In the spring of 2020, the Cargill meat-packing plant in southern Alberta became the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak tied to a single facility in all of North America. Approximately 950 workers were infected, and three died.

    A year and a half later, COVID-19 appears to be under control at the slaughterhouse. But workers say the underlying working conditions that were laid bare by the pandemic are still there. And now, they’re demanding changes.

    Workers are currently negotiating a new contract with management, and if their demands aren’t met by Dec. 6, they’re prepared to strike. And since this one facility is responsible for 40 per cent of the beef processing in Canada, that’s put a lot of people on edge.

    Today, CBC reporter Joel Dryden on what Cargill workers want, and what it could mean beyond this one facility.

    • 22 min
    B.C., climate change and what's coming for Canada

    B.C., climate change and what's coming for Canada

    British Columbia is still struggling with the fallout from record-breaking rains that caused floods and mudslides that killed six people and displaced thousands more. This, after the fatal heat dome of the summer, and the third worst fire season on record.

    While experts say it’s impossible to determine whether this year’s extreme weather resulted directly from climate change, they will say climate change made these events worse.

    Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan agreed to strike a joint provincial-federal committee to address disaster response and climate resilience.

    Today, environmental journalist Arno Kopecky on how B.C. is experiencing so many of the big climate change issues of our time.

    • 30 min
    Roe v. Wade at stake in Mississippi abortion case

    Roe v. Wade at stake in Mississippi abortion case

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of the most important cases on reproductive rights in decades. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, has challenged a state law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court case could determine not just the fate of the clinic, but of the monumental 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

    Today, legal historian Mary Ziegler breaks down the Mississippi case, and explains what its potential impacts could be for reproductive rights across the United States.

    • 24 min
    Introducing: Stuff The British Stole

    Introducing: Stuff The British Stole

    Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the U.K. and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects. Hosted by Marc Fennell. More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/stuffthebritishstole

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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PlavinsH ,

Music?

The marimba music is not enjoyable. The reporting is well done. It deserves more attractive music. I feel like turning it off when I hear the loathsome ping ping ping.

Lorina Keery ,

Great deep dive of news!

I am a Canadian living the US right now and I listen to this podcast daily to stay up to date on what’s happening in Canada and the rest of the world. I’m so grateful to have a trusted news source on these topics. Thank you for your great reporting!

And I do love the music!!

Chriz Again ,

Unbalanced reporting

Wow perhaps the CBC should report on Canadian issues. The reporting on US political issues is SO one sided. Obviously reported from a socialist point of view.

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