The Current for April 1, 2021
Today on The Current:
Long-term care residents might have thought getting vaccinated would mean more freedom, but now they face lockdowns due to outbreaks among unvaccinated staff. We talk to epidemiologist Dr. Sandro Galea and his dad, Emidio, who has just spent the last 14 days in his room; and Susan Mintzberg, a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at McGill University who has written about the impact of loneliness on seniors.
Plus, many elders in the N.W.T. must move hundreds of kilometres to access care facilities as they age, cut off from their land and loved ones. We talk to elder and advocate Margaret Leishman in Kakisa, N.W.T., who wants more support for elders to age in place. Angela Grandjambe, housing manager for Fort Good Hope, tells us about a new facility that has just opened to allow seniors to stay close to their communities.
Then, there are at least 30 Canadian women and their children at the al-Roj detention camp for families of ISIS militants in Syria. The CBC's Margaret Evans went there; she tells us what she saw, and what she heard from the Canadian women she talked to.
And biologist Brenda Larison started noticing more zebras with aberrations in their coats: beige splotches, uneven stripe patterns. So she started digging, and learned that humans might be partially responsible. She tells us more.