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The economics of childcare, plus the surge in cosmetic procedures you can't see behind all those COVID masks
Much of Canada's economic recovery post-COVID-19 relies on people getting back to work. But without a firm plan for schools to resume classes in September or childcare centres to offer alternatives, many families can't see how both parents can return to work when there's no plan for their kids. Host Paul Haavardsrud speaks with two mothers and economist Armine Yalnizyan to understand the extent of this economic issue.
Also on the program, we pull back the masks to uncover a literally-eyebrow-raising trend, hiding in plain sight. Producer Falice Chin looks into why cosmetic procedures — like facelifts, cheek implants or lip injections — have become more popular in the age of the coronavirus.
Finally, as we look back at some of the top stories from this past season, we replay producer Tracy Fuller's segment on windfalls and the people whom fortune favoured. Does winning the lottery really ruin your life? And assuming your life isn't ruined, just how much you need to win to be able to retire comfortably in 2020?