The Current | May 17, 2013 | 3:02

Low water levels on the Great Lakes with guest host Sarah Harmer (Promo)

Juno Award winning musician Sarah Harmer hosts a Victoria Day edition of The Current. Sarah investigates what's behind the low water levels on the Great Lakes and speaks with friend and collaborator Bruce Cockburn on mixing music and social activism.

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