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After 20 years of medical cannabis, gaps in product testing leave some Canadians feeling like guinea pigs

Many Canadians use medical cannabis products, but not all of those products have been studied for their safety and efficacy. More than 200 scientists and clinicians have signed an open letter calling on Health Canada to change that.

The Current for May 17, 2021

Today on The Current: Big reopening day for pubs and restaurants in parts of the U.K.; addressing child marriage in Canada; and Quebec’s Bill 96 aims to protect French language.

Escalating Israel-Gaza crisis an 'utter failure' of international leadership, says lawyer

As the violence continues to escalate, we talk to Emanuel Gross, professor emeritus from the University of Haifa law school in Israel; Diana Buttu, a lawyer, analyst and former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization; and Daniel Levy, president of the U.S. / Middle East Project think tank, who previously advised former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak.

The Current for May 14, 2021

Today on The Current: Oilsands workers fear for their safety amid COVID-19 outbreaks; crisis in the Middle East escalates; and protests over inequality continue in Colombia.

How understanding women's pandemic experiences can help build a better post-COVID world

A Canadian author who has written about women’s experiences during the pandemic says she wanted to record their stories because the health crisis has shone a light on the inequities they face.

The Current for May 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Examining whether cash and other incentives can ease COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy; UNHCR’s Kelly Clements says Canada can do more to help refugees from Central America; Ontario's sick day plan "not enough" for essential workers, says Dr. Amanpreet Brar; and author Lauren McKeon on the pandemic’s impact on women.

Bringing services to where seniors already live could be an alternative to long-term care, experts say

As Canada grapples with a crisis in the long-term care sector, some experts say we’re missing out on a hidden opportunity to provide seniors with alternative types of care.

The Current for May 12, 2021

Today on The Current: Rising death toll as Israel responds to Hamas rockets with airstrikes; Canadians wonder when travel will be possible as pandemic drags on; and weighing up the science behind mixing and matching vaccine doses.

The Current for May 11, 2021

Today on The Current: Calls for more clinical trials on medical marijuana products; how seniors find support in naturally occurring retirement communities; journalist Kim Bolan on gang-related violence in B.C.; and trillions of cicadas emerging for first time in 17 years.

With a family-centric approach, a Danish home for seniors with dementia aims to change the culture of care

When seniors come to live at the Dagmarsminde nursing home in Denmark, they get a different kind of welcome than what you might expect from most long-term care facilities. The home for seniors with dementia takes an alternative approach to care — one that’s centred on compassion, and a sense of community.

Forget the vaccine selfie: This project asks people to write poems to their COVID-19 shot

A global literary project is asking people all over the world to reflect on what getting vaccinated against COVID-19 means to them — and then to put those feelings in a poem.

The Current for May 10, 2021

Today on The Current: Young people eager to get vaccinated after Health Canada approval; Global Vaccine Poem asks people to write stanzas to their COVID-19 shot; and inside Dagmarsminde, a Danish care home with a compassion-based approach to dementia support.

'COVID is bigger than the Olympics': Athletes question certainty of Tokyo Games

Some Canadian athletes training for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games say they’re worried about whether the events will — or even should — go ahead, as the pandemic continues to plague much of the world.

Victims of military sexual assault once stayed silent. That's changing, says survivor Leah West

Leah West was sexually assaulted during her time serving in the Canadian military. She's now speaking out about the need to confront sexual misconduct in Canada's Armed Forces.

The Current for May 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Growing local opposition to the Tokyo Olympics as Japan battles fourth wave; Peter Hotez on how cheaper vaccines could help conquer COVID-19 globally; and how Kainai First Nation is overcoming the opioid crisis through harm reduction.

Canadian innovator Bruce Mau says we need to redesign our world

Humans need to redesign "practically everything," because we’ve created a world full of waste, pollution and "degraded life," says a Canadian designer.

The Current for May 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Leah West on the need to confront sexual misconduct in Canada's Armed Forces; new podcast Do You Know Mordechai? explores friendship, lies and love; Health Canada approves COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 12 to 15; and new documentary explores stories of women who married ISIS fighters.

'The system failed the people of Brampton': How COVID-19 is taking a toll in hard-hit city

Brampton’s COVID-19 test positivity rate was more than double the rate for Ontario near the end of April. And residents and health experts say the government hasn’t done enough to protect people living in the Peel Region.

Alberta protests against COVID measures a 'slap in the face' to health-care workers: doctor

Hundreds attended anti-lockdown protests in Alberta in recent days, even as the province's per-capita COVID-19 case count became the highest in North America, and Premier Jason Kenney announced new restrictions.

The Current for May 5, 2021

Today on The Current: New restrictions, growing frustration as COVID-19 cases soar in Alberta; Bruce Mau on how good design can save the world; clearing up confusion around the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's “preferred” vaccines comments; and Ethiopia's Tigrayans face atrocities.

Stewart Brand on his remarkable career, creating the Whole Earth Catalog, and bringing back the woolly mammoth

Stewart Brand is considered a key figure in the creation of the 1960s counter-culture, as well as an influence on the environmental movement and the rise of personal computing. Brand tells us about a new documentary about his work — We Are As Gods — and one of his new projects: to bring back the woolly mammoth.

The Current for May 4, 2021

Today on The Current: How the third wave of COVID-19 is battering Brampton, Ont.; and Stewart Brand on his remarkable career, and bringing back the woolly mammoth.

Author charts how greed and deceit fuelled the rise of OxyContin and an addiction crisis

The makers of OxyContin may not have set out to get people addicted to the drug, but “their heads were in the sand” when it came to thinking through its “colossal downsides,” says an American journalist.

This moment in pandemic is 'the darkness before the dawn,' says WHO adviser Peter Singer

As the first wave began to wane a year ago, Canadian physician Peter Singer told The Current that the worst of the pandemic may yet be to come. Where does he think we are now? Singer, the special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, talks to Matt Galloway about the COVID-19 crisis in India, the third wave in Canada and whether vaccines can keep up with a constantly evolving virus.

The Current for May 3, 2021

Today on The Current: Physician Peter Singer on Canada’s third wave and global vaccine inequity; writer Patrick Radden Keefe on the Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis; and Alessandro Rossellini on his famous, film-making family, and his role in it.

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