The Current's forum on access to health care, and fixing the system for patients and workers alike

The Current for Sept. 16, 2021: A special broadcast from Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S., about access to health care and mental health resources, including in smaller, more rural communities.

Night Raiders: telling the story of residential schools through film

While the film Night Raiders may be a fictional story set in a future dystopian version of Canada, writer and director Danis Goulet says it's based off events that are very real. 

Dr. Strang answers questions about Nova Scotia's cautious approach to the pandemic

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, addresses the province's decision to delay reopening plans.

The Current for Sept. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Rising COVID-19 cases in Alberta and Saskatchewan putting health systems in crisis; Dr. Robert Strang on why Nova Scotia is putting its reopening plan on hold; and telling the story of residential schools through a dystopian future

Canada Votes 2021: homelessness, affordability and housing

In Hamilton, Ont., problems around homelessness, housing and affordability reflect a national election issue. Matt Galloway talks to Vic Wojciechowska, with the Hamilton Encampment Support Network; and Laura Kennedy and Mike Rigitano, who have just bought their first home after an emotional and frustrating year-and-a-half of multiple offers, and almost giving up all together.

2 months after Lytton, B.C., was destroyed by fire, its future is still unclear

It's been more than two months since the Lytton Creek wildfire tore through the Fraser Canyon, displacing hundreds. Though some have been able to return home, the town itself remains behind barricades, and residents are only now being allowed back to sift through the rubble.

The Current for Sept. 14, 2021

Today on The Current: Canada Votes 2021: homelessness, affordability and housing; Kamal Al-Solaylee on the idea of home, and the desire to return; director Eva Orner on the Australia fires and her new film Burning.

Indigenous communities weigh up promises from federal party leaders

Federal party leaders have made several promises on Indigenous issues during this election campaign, but some Indigenous voters see a poor track record, and have heard enough. Matt Galloway weighs up the promises and the parties behind them with Niigaan Sinclair and Willow Fiddler.
Back to the Land

This plant medicine teacher is reclaiming Anishinaabe names for species. Why that could be good for the planet

Some conservationists and climate scientists believe the key to protecting endangered plants and animals may lie in efforts to preserve Indigenous languages. Joe Pitawanakwat is doing his part by learning — and teaching — about Indigenous plant medicine.

The Current for Sept. 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Indigenous communities weigh up promises from federal party leaders; how preserving Indigenous languages could be good for the planet; new book explores inside story of war in Afghanistan; and the impact of wildfires on B.C.’s tourism industry.

'My heart will bleed forever': Afghan-Canadian woman fears for her family in Kabul

Anna hasn’t been able to sleep, as she worries for her family in Afghanistan. The Canadian-Afghan woman, whose real name CBC isn’t using for safety concerns, is trying to get her mother, father, brother and sister to Canada.

Political veterans dissect the federal election debate

How did the federal party leaders fare in Thursday night’s election debate? Matt Galloway puts that question to three political veterans: former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt; former NDP MP Libby Davies; and former Liberal MP Catherine McKenna.

The Current for Sept. 10, 2021

Today on The Current: Political veterans dissect the federal election debate; Afghanistan, in the Shadow of the Taliban: Divided families, and concerns over human rights.

Why do some people disagree with vaccine mandates, and who can qualify for an exemption?

Vaccine mandates are rolling out across the country as Canada deals with the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with mandates comes the big question; who’s exempt?

Pandemic long-term care deaths amount to 'senicide,' but senior care still not central to election: advocate

The devastation in long-term care during the pandemic amounts to a “senicide,” says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge. But despite ongoing inquiries into what went wrong and new measures to better protect elders, senior care is “a footnote, not a central point to the election,” she told Matt Galloway.

The Current for Sept. 9, 2021

Today on The Current: Who gets a vaccine exemption, and what are the ethical considerations?; fixing long-term care after the devastation of the pandemic; how did federal party leaders fare in French-language debate; and remembering the kindness of Gander, N.L., 20 years after 9/11.

Woman in Wales finds a message in a bottle. Now she's seeking the Canadian sender

A woman in Wales is hoping to contact a Newfoundland fisherman after discovering a message in a bottle that appears to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in the path of her morning walk.
Q & A

Former Afghanistan correspondent reflects on what he once believed was a 'noble war'

Former Globe and Mail correspondent Graeme Smith says it’s no surprise that the West lost the war in Afghanistan, and that the Taliban took control again so quickly. 

The Current for Sept. 8, 2021

Today on The Current: National affairs panel on vaccine passport protests across provinces; Graeme Smith on what he learned covering the war in Afghanistan; and new Texas abortion law creating devastating situation for young people.

Andrea Constand says she'll fight to 'close the legal loopholes' after Bill Cosby's conviction was overturned

Andrea Constand's new memoir The Moment: Standing Up to Bill Cosby and Speaking Up for Women, which comes out this week, details the years-long legal saga.

'A new Lytton': Survivors of B.C. town devastated by fire talk risk, resilience and rebuilding

A brutal fire season levelled the town of Lytton, B.C. this summer, after days of record-breaking temperatures. Matt Galloway went there to talk to residents about what they’ve been through, and their perspectives on rebuilding, resilience and climate change.

The Current for Sept. 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Survivors in Lytton, B.C., talk resilience and rebuilding after devastating fire; Andrea Constand on her new book The Moment: Standing Up to Bill Cosby and Speaking up for Women; and how to help students get back on track as pandemic disruptions continue.

Prescribing nature: Research suggests the outdoors are good for your mental health

Jon Cadang says he's experienced the benefits nature can have on mental health first-hand. The 25-year-old says exploring the outdoors has been key to treating his depression — and a growing body of research and experts say many more could benefit.

COVID-19 and the classroom: Experts answer your questions about a safe return to school

It’s the start of a new school year, the third disrupted by the pandemic. What are the risks related to the delta variant, and what needs to be done to keep kids and educators healthy? Matt Galloway puts listener questions to Dr. Tehseen Ladha and Dr. Lisa Barrett.

The Current for Sept. 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Experts answer your questions and concerns about the return to school; Back to the Land looks at how a prescription for nature could make us healthier; and a look at the unique challenges of this Paralympics