As 'the worst may be yet to come,' WHO assistant chief stresses global unity with vow to review

World Health Organization Assistant Director-General Peter A. Singer says no country in the world will be safe until all countries have curbed COVID-19. That means a global effort, he says.

The Current for May 25, 2020

Today on The Current: WHO special advisor Peter A. Singer on agency’s pandemic response, Reopening Italy, Kids write about lockdown, and end of life planning spurred by COVID-19.

Without more support for child care, economic recovery will be slow, says expert

Economist Armine Yalnizyan said we need an economic “she-covery” — one that focuses on getting women back to work and increasing child-care support for working parents.

This aquarium set up video calls at tanks so its eels could get used to people again

Zookeepers say animals are having a range of reactions to the disappearance of humans during the COVID-19 pandemic, from begging for more attention to complete indifference.

The Current for May 22, 2020

Today on The Current: Could limited childcare cause a ‘she-cession’?; Reimagining meat processing after COVID-19 outbreaks; Saskatchewan Roughriders superfan; Zoo animals wondering where all the noisy humans went

B.C.'s top doctor Bonnie Henry says 2nd wave of COVID-19 inevitable, but current lessons will guide response

British Columbia's provincial health officer says that a second wave of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus is inevitable in Canada, but that the lessons learned over the past few months will help inform future responses.

Want a song written about your pet? Musician Hawksley Workman might oblige

Pent up at his in-laws' home thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, the Peterborough, Ont.-based rocker is collecting stories about fans' pets to set to music for his upcoming Hawksley Night in Canada live streams.

Applying terror laws to incel violence must not 'distract' from everyday misogyny women face: expert

Experts say classing misogynist violence as terrorism will give authorities more tools to fight the problem, but there are concerns that crimes like domestic violence could be pushed to the side for a focus on large-scale terror attacks.

The Current for May 21, 2020

Today on The Current: B.C. Health Officer Bonnie Henry on a second wave of COVID-19; The path to a vaccine; Calling incel violence terrorism; Hawksley Workman wants to write a song about your pet

Suspend standardized testing until 2022 to let students 'focus on rebuilding,' says Ont. teachers' union head

The head of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association is calling for the suspension of standardized testing in the upcoming academic year to help relieve the pressure of returning to school after a prolonged absence due to the pandemic.

The Current for May 20, 2020

Today on The Current: Pandemic pushing restaurants out of business; National affairs panel on border restrictions and more; How can schools reopen safely?; Dr. Catherine Hankins on AIDS research and COVID-19

What this doctor hopes his own experience with a rare disease can teach us about COVID-19

Pennsylvania doctor David Fajgenbaum believes his years-long search to treat a rare disorder that led him to five near-death experiences could hold clues for approaching COVID-19.

Testing, contact tracing crucial to reopen U.S.-Canada border, says Obama's former acting labor secretary

Weighing up the impact on the economy, and the risk of spreading infection, what will it take to reopen the Canada-U.S. border? Former acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris and former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Manley join Matt Galloway to discuss.

The Current for May 19, 2020

Today on The Current: When is the right time to reopen Canada-U.S. border?; International travel while we wait for a vaccine; Health writer André Picard on the pandemic version of safer sex; Remembering Capt. Jenn Casey; Dr. David Fajgenbaum on cytokine storms and COVID-19, and turning attention to COVID-19

After COVID-19 turned his voyage into months of floating lockdown, this Canadian is finally sailing for home

Canadian sailor Alan Mulholland has been stuck in Martinique for weeks because of lockdown, but is now starting his month-long journey back home.

Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe: Odd Jobs

Today, one of the most requested stories from the Vinyl Cafe archives. In Odd Jobs, Dave tries his hand at some home improvement.

The Current for May 18, 2020

Today on The Current: Could Canada see a second wave of COVID-19?; Gardening in the pandemic; Canadian sailor Alan Mulholland starts long journey home; Vinyl Cafe: Odd Jobs
Personal Essay

How tapping sugar maples is reconnecting me to the land — and my roots

The pandemic has upended the plans, and even traditions, of so many people in this country. On a reserve just outside Thunder Bay, freelance journalist Jolene Banning has spent the spring trying to carry on with a practice her ancestors began well over a century ago: tapping the sugar maples.

Who will we be after the pandemic? We asked three of Canada's brightest to weigh in

We ask three of Canada’s finest how they feel about the way the country has responded to COVID-19, and what we might be like after the pandemic passes. Matt Galloway is joined by Giller Prize-winner Madeleine Thien, Olympian Clara Hughes and entrepreneur and philanthropist Mohamad Fakih.

Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe: No Tax on Truffles

In this week's instalment from the Vinyl Cafe, Dave and Morley's teenage son develops a sudden fascination with truffles.

The Current for May 15, 2020

Today on The Current: Provinces beginning to re-open; Three of Canada’s brightest on who we’ll be after the pandemic; Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe: No Tax on Truffles; Mother-daughter TikTok team; Tapping maple syrup in The Sugarbush; Choirs finding ways to sing together, while apart; Obamagate; Man makes hundreds of pies in lockdown for his community

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, some worry public restrooms will remain inaccessible

Several provinces have begun to loosen restrictions on businesses and public spaces. But with most establishments only allowed curbside pick ups and take out orders, restrooms are off limits —and Lezlie Lowe says it's up to cities to build more.

4 days at work, 10 days in lockdown would restart economy amid fears of COVID-19 resurgence, says economist

10 days working from home, four days back in the office — that’s the two-week model being suggested to get the economy back on track. We speak with economics professor Eran Yashiv, from the team who designed the model, and associate professor of biology Erin Bromage about how to protect ourselves when it’s time to step back into our workplaces.

Former Democratic primary candidate Andrew Yang on universal basic income

Former U.S. Democratic primary candidate Andrew Yang made universal basic income the centre of his platform. He joins us to explain why the pandemic is the time to finally make it happen.

New book tells story of 6 brothers with schizophrenia and parents' quest to prove it wasn't 'bad mothering'

Of the Galvin family’s 12 children, six were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Their struggle, and the hunt for a genetic explanation, is the subject of the new book, Hidden Valley Road. We talk to author Robert Kolker and Lindsay Rausch, the youngest sibling.