The Current

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.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Our virtual road trip, Canada's Road Ahead, takes us north to Dawson City, Yukon, where low COVID-19 case numbers and a high vaccination rate are starting to make life feel normal again. But for locals who work in the city's tourism industry, it's vital that the rest of the world catches up. We talk to Brad Whitelaw, owner of the Triple J Hotel; and Viki Paulins, manager of Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall.

Then, freelance journalist Georgia Fort discusses the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, who is being tried in Minneapolis for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. And as the city reels from the death of Daunte Wright — killed this week at a traffic stop — we talk to Pastor Curtis Farrar, who has spent 38 years preaching from a church at the same intersection where Floyd was killed. 

Plus, where are the vaccines? Vaccine clinics are having to close and cancel appointments in some of the hardest-hit areas in Ontario, and supply issues remain top of mind across the country. We talk to Kevin Smith, president and CEO of University Health Network in Toronto, and André Picard, health columnist for the Globe and Mail.

And Claire Matlock went from studying for final exams as a medical student in St. Vincent to helping people devastated by the La Soufrière volcano eruption. She tells us how she and her friends sprang into action to help evacuees.