Context Beyond The Headlines

Context Beyond The Headlines

71 Episodes

Currently in its 20th season, Context is Christian analysis on the news and current events that shape our lives. We join with all faith communities to make sense of our world, and find harmony. Context’s distinctive voice and style gives viewers a perspective they don’t get to hear in mainstream media.

From the COVID-19 pandemic, global refugee crisis, First Nations issues, climate change, and assisted dying – to the Humboldt Bronco’s bus tragedy, Las Vegas shootings, Paris attacks, the North Toronto van attack, civil war in Syria, Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy, and the Texas church killings – Context’s reporters go live on location to provide a lens on how God is at work in our world and in the stories that impact all of us.

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  • Context - December 11, 2019 - Sri Lanka: Faith under Fire

    Episode 1

    Sri Lanka is still recovering from the Islamic terrorist bombings on Easter Sunday, 2019. Three churches and three tourist hotels were completely destroyed, more than 200 people were killed. Now, Sri Lankans have voted in hard-line president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is accused of, but denies any w...

  • Context - November 27, 2019 - Neighbors in Crisis

    Episode 2

    Canada's First Nations' communities are calling out for neighbourliness. Our streets are screaming for neighbourliness. And our world cries out for help in some of the worst natural disasters on record.
    Through the inevitable and ongoing tragedies and crises everyone faces, who can we rely on to ...

  • Context - November 20, 2019 - Dignity of Life

    Episode 3

    Changes are coming to Canada's medical assistance in dying legislation. A Quebec Superior Court says Canada's current laws are too restrictive - and should remove a requirement that natural death be in the 'foreseeable future'.
    Pro-euthanasia advocacy groups want the law to go even further to in...

  • Context - November 14, 2019 - The King's Music

    Episode 4

    Kanye West's ninth studio album is causing a lot of controversy on both sides of the debate.

    Religion in pop music isn't new - but Kanye's JESUS IS KING is the latest to stir things up in the world of rap - and crossing over into mainstream pop music.

    This week on Context: Industry experts an...

  • Context - November 6, 2019 - Dangers of Vaping

    Episode 5

    Vaping was meant to be a healthier way to wean cigarette smokers off highly addictive nicotine. But as it turns out, e-cigarettes are anything but healthy or safe.

    Doctors and health officials in Canada are on high alert after thirty-four once healthy people have died in the United States, and t...

  • Context - October 30, 2019 - Parliament's Problems

    Episode 6

    What are the hot button issues the new Liberal minority government faces?
    As people in Hong Kong continue their pro-democracy protests, how will Canada’s next government handle the tensions between China and Canada?

    PLUS changes are coming to contentious legislation in Canada – the prostitution ...

  • Context - October 23, 2019 - A Country Divided

    Episode 7

    Few things divide us like our politics. But in the aftermath of a divisive election - where East and West and everyone in between are anything but united - how do we understand each other?

    In Prime Minister Trudeau's minority government, the west says they want out, Quebec has voted for the sepa...

  • Context - October 16, 2019 - Canada's Hate Problem

    Episode 8

    The tragic and senseless murder of a 14-year-old boy has left the system and people who failed him reeling.
    In our deeply divided world, bullying, racism, and hatred trickles down from the generations, and spills on to our streets and into our schools.
    Today on Context - we take a look at why hat...

  • Context - October 9, 2019 - Faith & Politics

    Episode 9

    The school year in Canada has had a tragic start. Hamilton has been shocked by the stabbing death of 14-year-old Devan Selvey who was stabbed to death in front of his mother.

    PLUS the final days of Canada’s federal election campaign.

    The gloves came off at the only English all-candidate debate....

  • Context - October 2, 2019 - Resilience In The Face Of Tragedy

    Episode 10

    Bahamas is rebuilding, Yemen is five years into civil war with no end in sight; and Syrians are crying out. Context co-anchor,
    Ann Rohmer covers people suffering worlds away — the victims and organizations on the ground in these troubled areas to find out how to help where it’s needed the most.

  • Context - September 26, 2019 - Election Issues That Matter To Religious Voters

    Episode 11

    Promises, promises! As our 43rd federal election rises to find the next Prime Minister – do you feel represented or left out? Hopeful or skeptical?

    As our nation’s political leaders crisscross the country, Context takes a look at the big issues that matter to religious voters who often feel left...

  • Context - September 11, 2019 - Speaking Out for Vulnerable Children

    Episode 12

    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 - September 4, 2019 - Suffering in Sri Lanka

    Episode 13

    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 - August 28, 2019 - Hope Rising from the Ashes

    Episode 14

    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 - August 21, 2019 - Climate Action

    Episode 15

    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 - August 14, 2019 - Power of religious symbols

    Episode 16

    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 - August 7, 2019 - Crisis Zone

    Episode 17

    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 - July 31, 2019 - Global Terrorism and Our Neighbours

    Episode 18

    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.


  • Context - July 24, 2019 - Politics and Prayer

    Episode 19

    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 - July 10, 2019 - Healing From Sexual Abuse

    Episode 20

    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 - July 3, 2019 - Relationships Under Renovation

    Episode 21

    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 - June 26, 2019 - Inside China

    Episode 22

    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 - June 19, 2019 - Running From Religion

    Episode 23

    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 - June 12, 2019 - For Your Health

    Episode 24

    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...