As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

March 18, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part One

Canada COVID-19 relief
The Prime Minister pledges more than 80 billion dollars to keep workers and businesses afloat while everyone stays home to slow the spread of COVID-19. But how soon can they deliver -- and will it be enough? 

Ontario worker EI
The federal government has just announced a new financial assistance programme for Canadian workers who aren't eligible for employment insurance. As more and more people are laid off from work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister's plan would mostly impact people working in the gig economy, service industries, and even some self-employed Canadians.

Nova Scotia hand sanitizer
Faced with dropping liquor sales, a Nova Scotia liquor company is trying out a new recipe: Hand sanitizer.

Part Two

Italy doctor
Italy reports the highest death toll in one day since the COVID-19 outbreak began. A doctor there tells us about the devastating decisions he and his colleagues have to make. And how even those decisions can'r prevent patients from dying alone.

Iran prisoner release
After years of agitating for his wife's release from Iran's Evin prison, his wish is granted, at least, temporarily. Iran has released thousands of prisoners in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, but our guest says it's no get out-of-jail-free card.

Part Three

COVID-19: Regina shelters
People who are homeless face particular challenges during the coronavirus crisis, including the closure of some shelters. One worker calls on the government to step up to help the most vulnerable. 

Frontline testing doctor
Figuring out who has Covid-19 is a huge part of responding to the pandemic. And that means all hands are on deck at testing centres. We'll take you there. 

Sooke, B.C. wildlife camera
A man in Sooke, B.C. has been spying on Vancouver Island's wildest residents with more than a dozen cameras on his property. He shares those images on social media. He says it's a habit that morphed into a bear necessity.