The Current for April 16, 2021

Today on The Current: Families face difficult anniversary of Nova Scotia mass shooting; sexual assault victim fined for breaking publication ban on her own name; and Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins reflects on his career.

Vaccinate hot spots, or COVID-19 will 'spread and spread,' warns UHN president

With many parts of the country facing another surge in COVID-19 cases, the head of Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) says vaccine efforts must be redirected to people in hot spots, where the risk of contracting the virus is higher.

'I know how they're thinking': Bruce Fogle on his decades-long career as a vet

Canadian Bruce Fogle chronicles his time tending to the pets of famous Britons in new book Call the Vet: My Life as a Young Vet in 1970s London.

Life almost back to normal in Yukon, but tourism sector needs the world to catch up

Low COVID-19 case numbers and a high vaccination rate are starting to make life feel normal again in Dawson City, Yukon. But for locals who work in the city's tourism industry, it's vital that the rest of the world can visit again soon.

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.

The Current for April 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Life returning to normal in Dawson City, Yukon, but its tourism industry is hoping the world catches up; killing of Daunte Wright heightens tensions around Derek Chauvin murder trial; vaccine supply issues forcing clinics to close and cancel appointments; and medical students spring into action to help St. Vincent evacuees.

'We are failing them all': A mother's fight for people to understand children with disabilities

A Calgary woman whose son was born with a rare genetic condition that doctors predicted would leave him severely disabled says she never imagined her child would defy the odds the way he has.

People who suffered pregnancy loss say silence and stigma cuts off emotional, financial support

Families who suffer miscarriages often struggle in silence, but researchers say dismantling the stigma could help ensure more government and employer support.

Report on police failings comes too late, says friend of man killed by Bruce McArthur

An independent review of the Toronto police force's handling of missing-person cases, including the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur, has found "systemic discrimination" contributed to police failings.

The Current for April 14, 2021

Today on The Current: Report finds ‘systemic discrimination’ in Toronto police handling of missing persons cases; impact of Laurentian University cuts on staff, students, community; and Ashley Bristowe on her son’s rare genetic condition, and creating inclusive communities.

Alberta polarized over new COVID-19 restrictions

New COVID-19 restrictions have polarized Albertans and in some cases sparked open defiance, including in Premier Jason Kenney's own party. Matt Galloway talks to Drew Barnes, a UCP MLA who opposes his leader's new round of measures; and Lisa Young, a professor of political science at the University of Calgary, discusses what's led to this deep divide.

The Current for April 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Alberta polarized over new COVID-19 restrictions; dismantling the silence around pregnancy loss; and Rebecca Carroll on the white gaze, and claiming her own identity.

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.
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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.