The true cost of Canada’s highest grocery prices
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service
Exactly the same grocery list costs twice as much in Canada’s north, compared to the southern cities where most of us live. Examples:
Orange juice: $5.29 in Winnipeg, $11.99 in Iqaluit.
Shampoo: $5.99 in Winnipeg, $11.49 in Iqaluit.
The elevated prices contribute to a big problem — seven out of 10 kids in Nunavut go to bed hungry. Marketplace travels to a part of the country most of us know little about, to see the consequences of the food price crisis. We investigate why it is happening, what role grocers play, and why a massive federal food subsidy intended to make good food available in the north hasn’t fixed it. We meet Canadians who have a proud history of surviving in a harsh climate, but who wonder if anyone cares.
Friday, March 29 2019 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service
In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not identified on food product labels in Canada, despite being on labels in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, Modified explores Giroux’s relationship with her mother, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production. Their quest for answers, fuelled by a shared love of food, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, and makes a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.
North Korea’s Secret Slaves
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network and the CBC Gem streaming service (repeats Sunday, March 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network)
The North Korean regime maintains one of the world’s largest forced labour systems. The government, short of cash due to international economic sanctions, exploits its own people as labourers to provide money for its needs. Workers are sent to companies in Russia, China and other countries around the world, including member states of the European Union. With the promise of payment and honour, thousands of North Koreans are being sent abroad, only to find themselves under constant surveillance, working 12-hour days, in harsh conditions for wages that are transferred directly to the regime. North Korea’s Secret Slaves exposes the inner workings of the system and how companies and governments, bound by law to protect their employees, are complicit in the trade of human beings. The documentary asks how this method of operation is legal, and what, if anything, is being done to stop it.
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Met While Incarcerated
Sunday March 31, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET & PT (repeats Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. ET)
Met While Incarcerated is the provocative and touching love story of three successful, strong, intelligent women who’ve shocked themselves and their loved ones by falling for a man who is in prison for a violent crime. It challenges stereotypes — both around society’s monsters and the imagined divide between “us” and “them” when it comes to crime and punishment, good and evil, forgiveness and redemption.