Context Beyond The Headlines

Context Beyond The Headlines

3 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 - Season 8 - Episode 29 - Fake news and regulating the internet

    Episode 1

    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 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a Digital Charter to hold social media accounts to account.
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  • Context - Season 8 - 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 - Season 8 - Episode 27 - Communities coping after tragedy and disaster

    Episode 3

    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. How neighbourhoods in Toronto came together following last year's devastating van att...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 26 - Speaking Out for Vulnerable Children

    Episode 4

    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 Context: speaking up for our vulnerable chi...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 25 - Suffering in Sri Lanka

    Episode 5

    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 responsible for the killings.

    This week on Contex...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 24 - Hope Rising from the Ashes

    Episode 6

    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 cope with what was transpiring before their eyes.

    But God's steadfast love and majesty, while...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 23 - Climate Action

    Episode 7

    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 margins and climate action is urgently needed.

    What is our responsib...

  • Context - Season 8 - 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 - Season 8 - 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 - Season 8 - Episode 20 - Global Terrorism and Our Neighbours

    Episode 10

    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, the murders have reverberated around the world.

    Th...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 19 - Politics and Prayer

    Episode 11

    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 religion in our nation.

    We hear from our political leaders on the value of prayer and ex...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 17 - Healing From Sexual Abuse

    Episode 12

    In an era where cover-ups, 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 - Season 8 - Episode 16 - Relationships Under Renovation

    Episode 13

    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 - Season 8 - Episode 15 - Inside China

    Episode 14

    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,’ retaliation, China has now imprisoned two Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and has lengthened Robert Schell...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 14 - Running From Religion

    Episode 15

    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 - Season 8 - Episode 13 - For Your Health

    Episode 16

    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 - Season 8 - Episode 12 - Protecting Our Trafficked Daughters

    Episode 17

    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?...

  • CONTEXT - Season 8 - Episode 11 - Migrant Border Crisis

    Episode 18

    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 - Season 8 - Episode 10 - Season 8 in Review

    Episode 19

    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 opioids - to save lives in the growing epidemic. And Context's Molly Thomas went to th...

  • CONTEXT - Season 8-Episode 9 - The Joy of Christmas: A Context Christmas special

    Episode 20

    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 Gielan on how to stay happy and focus on the joy of Christmas. Afterall...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 8 - Discontent in Alberta

    Episode 21

    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 - Season 8 - Episode 7 - Opioids Parents Speak Out

    Episode 22

    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 - Season 8 - Episode 6 - Canadian Christianity Under Construction

    Episode 23

    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. ...

  • Context - Season 8 - Episode 5 - Our Neighbours In crisis: How can we help?

    Episode 24

    Thick, chocking, black smoke stretches across hundreds of thousands of acres. People driven from the safety of their homes in a matter of hours, with little more than the clothes on their back.

    In Canada, an electrical fire forced 1,500 people from their Toronto apartment for more than three...