Context Beyond The Headlines

Context Beyond The Headlines

2 Seasons

Context with Lorna Dueck is Canada’s premiere Christian voice in news and current affairs, providing a platform for Canadian and global issues. Context’s distinctive voice and style gives the audience a perspective they don’t hear in other media. Context speaks out on the complex issues around Syrian refugees, Islamic extremism, First Nations, Marijuana legislation, Climate Change, Assisted Dying and much more.

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Context Beyond The Headlines
  • Context - Episode 29 - Fake news and regulating the internet

    Episode 1

    Fake news and online hatred has the government reeling and social media giants scrambling.

    The world's savviest techies gather at the largest conference in North America in Toronto, and in Europe, governments gathered to combat online hate at the Christchurch Call to Action summit where Prim...

  • Context - Episode 28 - Is University WORTH IT?

    Episode 2

    “Get a good education,” have always been words to the wise, but as we’ve seen in the U.S. college admissions scandal, some parents will do anything to get their children into university. Hollywood elite join 24 others in pleading guilty to bribing some of America’s best schools to admit their chi...

  • Context - Episode 27 - Communities coping after tragedy and disaster

    Episode 3

    Recent flooding in New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec tested who we are as neighbours. As governments called states of emergencies, hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes and experience the devastating loss and damage to their property.

    PLUS tragedy strikes when least expected....

  • Context - Episode 26 - Speaking Out for Vulnerable Children

    Episode 4

    War, poverty, famine, drought, violence. These are only some of the heartbreaking tragedies facing us. But it's the children who suffer the most. The United Nations report 17 million children have lost their homes and have been internally displaced due to conflict and violence.

    This week on Co...

  • Context - Episode 25 - Suffering in Sri Lanka

    Episode 5

    A bloody Sunday at another place of worship. This time, a terrorist attack in several places throughout the island of Sri Lanka.

    Three churches and 3 hotels blown up in 8 separate blasts as Christians worshipped on Easter Sunday.

    Authorities say a domestic Islamic terrorist group is respons...

  • Context - Episode 24 - Hope Rising from the Ashes

    Episode 6

    Few tragedies stop us in our tracks like the destruction of ancient art that comforts us.

    The world looked on in horror as the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames.

    As fire ravaged through the 850-year old cathedral, onlookers wept, sang hymns, and prayed to cop...

  • Context - Episode 23 - Climate Action

    Episode 7

    It evokes anger, protests and passion like few other issues facing us. There's a lot of noise to cut through - and where we even begin our action on climate change is complex and costly.

    But one thing is clear: Mother Earth's weather patterns make life dangerous and difficult for those on the ...

  • Context - Episode 22 - Power of religious symbols

    Episode 8

    A stunning decision in Quebec as the government introduces new legislation to ban religious symbols – worn by certain public employees like police officers, teachers and judges. The proposed bill is a dismantling of what Canada included in our chart of rights – religious freedom and expression. S...

  • Context - Episode 21 - Crisis Zone

    Episode 9

    More than 750 deaths – so far – in the wake of Cyclone Idai that rampaged Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi in Africa. It’s one of the worst weather-related disasters to hit the southern hemisphere.

    How is help being activated following Cyclone Idai?

    Video captured in the aftermath is astoun...

  • Context - Episode 20 - Global Terrorism and Our Neighbours

    Episode 10

    Another tragic terrorist attack at a place of worship. Fifty innocent Muslims slain at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The alleged terrorist was motivated by right-wing extremism and white supremacist beliefs - echoed in a 87-page manifesto released online.
    Thousands of kilometres away...

  • Context - Episode 19 - Politics and Prayer

    Episode 11

    Tragedy in Ethiopia. Eighteen Canadians die in a plane crash that killed 157 people. We pray for the loss in this community.
    And, does prayer and religion have a role in public life beyond the tragic? A Senate hearing underway on the tax benefits for religion in Canada probes the worth of religi...

  • Context - Episode 18 - Corruption In Canada

    Episode 12

    This week on Context: Shocking revelations in Ottawa as the Prime Minister is implicated in political interference on the criminal prosecution of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

    Shaking the confidence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further - the president of the Treasury Board, Minister Jane ...

  • Context - Episode 17 - Healing From Sexual Abuse

    Episode 13

    In an era where coverups, lies and abuse of power are called out, it’s time for it to stop – and for those abused within the church to begin to heal.

    Pope Francis’ answer to the history of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is to call an emergency summit for the protection of minors in Rome.

  • Context - Episode 16 - Relationships Under Renovation

    Episode 14

    Hollywood has it’s own ideas about love, marriage, and romance, and the digital revolution has changed dating, marriage, and committed relationships.
    As we navigate the changing shifts in attitudes and beliefs about marriage – is it okay to still be single? Plus, Andrea Mrozek from Cardus Family...

  • Context - Episode 15 - Inside China

    Episode 15

    Tensions continue to mount between Canada and China over Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to the U.S.

    Wanzhou has been under house arrest in Vancouver on request of the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating sanctions against trade with Iran.

    In at ‘tit for tat,’ retaliati...

  • Context - Episode 14 - Running From Religion

    Episode 16

    Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed fled her family and religion - claiming it was a matter of life or death if she returned to Saudi Arabia.

    She found refuge in Canada - a country known for freedom of religion and welcoming asylum seekers.

    Her escape to Canada has sparked international attention and...

  • Context - Episode 13 - For Your Health

    Episode 17

    Ontario doctors were at the Ontario Court of Appeal this week saying their freedom of conscience is under attack, and their charter rights are being violated when it comes to medical assistance in dying.

    At issue: the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) require doctors to give...

  • CONTEXT - Episode 12 - Protecting Our Trafficked Daughters

    Episode 18

    The new docu-series, Surviving R Kelly has resurfaced allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly that he sexually abused children.

    The documentary has sparked a new investigation into the singer’s alleged sex abuse of girls.

    Is justice being served for these young girls, who are now women? Con...

  • CONTEXT - Episode 11 - Migrant Border Crisis

    Episode 19

    The U.S. government is at a standstill as President Trump is not backing down on getting $5.7 billion approved for the border wall to deter
    migrants coming from Central America to the United States. In a presidential address Tuesday night, Trump says the border wall is necessary because, “we are...

  • CONTEXT - Episode 10 - Season 8 in Review

    Episode 20

    Tonight on Context - a look back at the stories that resonated with us this season. From how Canada's faith communities felt about the legalization
    of cannabis, to parents who buried their children from drug overdose and are now pushing for Canada to change other drug policies - namely around op...

  • CONTEXT - Episode 9 - The Joy of Christmas: A Context Christmas special

    Episode 21

    This week on Context - spreading the joy of Christmas... literally! As the stress of the Holiday season shopping builds, the mounting pressures
    of making all the family gatherings, or for others, the grief or loneliness that the holidays bring - Context speaks with positivity expert Michelle Gie...

  • Context - Episode 8 - Discontent in Alberta

    Episode 22

    Five years ago, oil in Alberta was trading at over $100 a barrel. Today, it’s selling for less than $40. Despite Canada’s strong economy and jobs front, this huge drop has Canada’s energy sector in yet another season of unrest.

    And while the province wrestles with economic unease, the governme...

  • Context - Episode 7 - Opioids Parents Speak Out

    Episode 23

    Sheila’s son was found in a Tim Horton’s washroom. He was dragged outside onto a snowbank where a good samaritan saved his life.

    Sheila’s son lived. But many parents have buried their children because of the opioid epidemic in Canada.

    The numbers behind this crisis are heart-wrenching – 80...

  • Context - Episode 6 - Canadian Christianity Under Construction

    Episode 24

    Atheist Gretta Vosper stays on as United Church minister after the denomination settled a “heresy trial” with the minister who doesn’t believe in God.

    What do fellow United Church clergy make of this decision? We speak with Moderator Rev. Richard Bott and Alderwood United Church minister Rev. ...