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Why experts say tackling deforestation could be key to stopping future pandemics

Experts studying how diseases make their way from animals to humans say we need to rethink the way we use and manage land if we want to prevent future pandemics.

Understanding pandemic burnout, and the effect of long-term stress on our brains and memories

Feeling tired? Unmotivated? You might be experiencing pandemic burnout. We discuss the impact of long-term stress on our brains and memory with Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Natasha Rajah, professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University and the Douglas Research Centre in Montreal.

The Current for April 12, 2021

Today on The Current: Understanding pandemic burnout; why tackling deforestation could be key to stopping future viral outbreaks; Yukon enacts comprehensive transgender health care; and Canadian universities battling COVID-19 outbreaks.

Prince Phillip 'loved Canada,' visiting it more than any other Commonwealth country: Ann MacMillan

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth, died Friday, at age 99. Matt Galloway talks to the CBC's senior London correspondent, Margaret Evans, and Ann MacMillan, who for years had a front row seat to the Royal family's lives as former CBC London bureau chief.

The Current for April 9, 2021

Today on The Current: Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, dead at 99; our national affairs panel on talk of a federal election; what's fuelling violence in Northern Ireland; and the popularity of the pink princess philodendron.

Why this Calgary woman paid $80 to grow a popular houseplant nearly from scratch

The pink princess philodendron has been all the rage on social media lately. But the sought-after houseplant costs more than most, with some selling for hundreds of dollars, depending on the size.

What does life look like post-pandemic? The Current asked Canadians across the country

Canada's Road Ahead takes us on a virtual road trip across the country, to speak with Canadians about how the pandemic has changed their lives, and what they see in their future.

Much of Canada is fighting a COVID-19 third wave, but Nova Scotia is cautiously lifting restrictions

Halifax pub owner Joe McGuinness is loooking forward to welcoming patrons to his business this weekend, but Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang says risks remain as vaccine rollout continues.

Quebec's maple syrup producers find sweet relief from pandemic shutdown, box up sugar-shack experience to go

The pandemic shuttered Quebec's sugar shacks, causing devastating financial losses. But now owners have banded together to make a comeback with a new campaign that boxes up the sugaring off experience so customers can enjoy it at home.
Canada’s Road Ahead

Fort McMurray grapples with fallout of floods, economic uncertainty, and a pandemic

In Fort McMurray, Alta., last year’s devastating floods were compounded by the pandemic, and economic uncertainty. We talk to Jessica Rejman, who in the past year has dealt with flood damage, postponing her wedding, and facing the loss of her job in the energy sector; and Dan Edwards, who runs the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

Expecting a Shot: Pregnant people weigh question of whether or not to get a COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant people weren’t included in initial COVID-19 vaccine trials, which raises a question for those expecting: should you get the vaccine when it’s offered, or wait until after birth? Shannon Higgins, who is five months along, expires that question in her documentary, Expecting a Shot.

The Current for April 8, 2021

Today on The Current: Canada’s Road Ahead: Pandemic adds to uncertainty in Fort McMurray; Pregnant people wondering whether to get COVID-19 vaccine; Atlantic Canada cautiously getting back to normal; Bruce Fogle on his decades as a vet

Hunter Biden opens up about addiction, sobriety and family tragedy

In his new memoir, Beautiful Things, Hunter Biden writes about tragedy, finding sobriety, and how his family has always been there for him.

The Current for April 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Hunter Biden explores tragedy and addiction in his memoir Beautiful Things; rethinking vaccine rollout to reach the people who need it most; what goes into decisions around school closures; and sugar shack meals-to-go initiative aims to stave off bankruptcy for struggling Quebec businesses.

Ontario high schools will teach sign language. Here are some basic signs you can learn right now

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) will be part of the Ontario curriculum in fall. Advocate Wanda Blackett thinks that will "open up a lot of doors" for the deaf community, maybe even when it comes to daily interactions, years from now.

The Current for April 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Faces of COVID-19’s third wave in Canada; Ontario high schools to teach sign language this fall; and Dr. Christian Smith on his mother, famous psychic Geraldine Smith.

Harry Hibbs's music evoked memories of N.L. Now his accordion is making its way home

Often referred to as Newfoundland’s favourite son, Harry Hibbs was a star musician known for bringing the province’s traditional music to the mainland. More than 30 years after his death, a St. John’s woman and Harry’s family are working to bring the musician’s accordion home to Bell Island, N.L.

The Current for April 5, 2021

Today on The Current: Big brands take aim at state of Georgia’s new voting laws; Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe: Tree of Heaven; teaching the regent honeyeater how to sing; and bringing Harry Hibbs’s accordion home to Newfoundland.

Toronto chef Suzanne Barr on why the hospitality industry must face up to systemic problems around inclusivity

Matt Galloway talks to Toronto-based chef and restaurateur Suzanne Barr about being featured in Today's Special, a book celebrating 100 emerging chefs around the world. Barr discusses why the hospitality industry must face up to systemic problems around inclusivity and working conditions.

Young Saskatchewan player 'devastated' by cancelled hockey season

Junior hockey is a big part of life in Estevan, Sask. — but not this year. With the upcoming season cancelled due to COVID-19, we talk to “devastated” young player Owen Simmons and his mom, Jennifer. They filmed a little of their daily life for CBC Radio, and spoke about how the pandemic has affected them, and trying to stay focused on where the road ahead could lead.

Canadian NFL player joined the COVID-19 front line. Here's what he learned

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who traded his jersey for scrubs to fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, says he felt a responsibility to support something he believes in: health.

The Current for April 2, 2021

Today on The Current: Toronto chef Suzanne Barr on why the hospitality industry must face up to systemic problems around inclusivity and working conditions; NFL star Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on swapping his jersey for scrubs to join the COVID-19 front line.

Some zebras are developing odd stripes, and humans could be to blame, says biologist

A biologist studying abnormal stripe patterns in zebras says humans could be partly to blame for their strange look — and that it could be an early sign of problems for the species.
Canada's Road Ahead

N.W.T. seniors often move vast distances for care. Some elders want support to age in place, with loved ones

Many elders in the N.W.T. move hundreds of kilometers to access care facilities as they age, cut off from their land and loved ones. Elder and advocate Margaret Leishman wants a better option.
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Canadian mothers in ISIS detention camp fear their children are being judged on the actions of their parents

Canadian women being held in detention with families of ISIS militants in Syria fear that their children are now bound to their own fate and have little hope for life beyond the confines of the camp.