The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for November 28, 2021

Dr. Zain Chagla explains what we know – and don't – about the omicron coronavirus variant, Michael Coren makes his case for rebranding Christianity, Katharine Hayhoe on long-term climate solutions, and top chef Yotam Ottolenghi shares gourmet tips for home cooks.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

What the omicron variant may tell us about the course of this pandemic

On Friday, the World Health Organization declared a new, possibly more infectious, coronavirus variant of concern named omicron. The variant, which was first identified in South Africa, led several countries including Canada to impose new travel limitations in an effort to contain its spread. Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ont. speaks with Chattopadhyay about what we know – and don't – about omicron at this point, the role these new restrictions could play, and what the development could mean for our progress in this pandemic.

Why Michael Coren thinks Christianity needs to return to its roots

In his latest book The Rebel Christ, columnist, author and former broadcaster Michael Coren makes the case for rebranding Christianity to reflect the social justice values of Jesus Christ. Now an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, the former Catholic says the so-called "Christian Right" has distorted Christian values in the public's mind and left non-Christians with a perverse notion of the faith.

Optimism in a time of climate crisis: Katharine Hayhoe on finding long-term solutions

As British Columbia struggles to recover from yet another climate disaster, Ottawa is facing a scathing rebuke of its lacklustre record on climate change. Reports and audits from The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development this week called out the federal government for failing to meet emissions targets, as well as its ineffective environmental programs and policies. Renowned atmospheric climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe joins Chattopadhyay to take stock of the current situation and talk about the need for a more proactive and positive approach to tackling climate change. Hayhoe, a Canadian based in Texas, is the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, a professor of political science and author of the best-selling book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

How to 'Ottolenghi-fy' your home cooking 

Famed chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his colleague Noor Murad believe culinary inspiration can be found anywhere — even in the back of your fridge or while cleaning your kitchen cupboards. They say the key is having some basic skills and knowing which rules to break. Ottolenghi and Murad lay all of that out in their new book Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love. They join Chattopadhyay to reflect on pandemic cooking adventures, the evolution of food culture and the food industry. Plus, they answer the burning question: Should you put ketchup on mac 'n cheese?