Rising energy prices are hitting Canadians, farmers hard; changing the stigma around autism diagnosis for adults; how the lessons of COVID-19 might apply to containing avian influenza
In some Canadian provinces, gas has gone up by 50 or 60 per cent compared to this time last year. Host Matt Galloway speaks with family support worker Jennifer Spence and farmer Benoit Michaud, two Canadians who have been hit hard by high energy prices; and Kent Fellows, an energy economist and assistant professor at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.
Then, for young people, being diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum often comes with support from parents, teachers and government funding. But an official diagnosis as an adult can be difficult to get — and expensive. For more on the push to change that, we speak with Megan Pilatzke, who was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; Lara Newell-Barrette, who is looking to get formally diagnosed; and Kevin Stoddart, the director of the Redpath Centre in Toronto.
And avian influenza is spreading quickly across Canada, resulting in poultry flocks being culled and farmers seeing their livelihoods threatened. Chicken farmers Ray Nickel and Peggy Ife explain how their farms have been affected by the virus. We also speak with Dr. Shayan Sharif, a professor of poultry immunology at the University of Guelph’s veterinary school.