The Current

The Current for April 17, 2020

Today on The Current: U.S. protests against lockdown; Parks and public spaces during COVID-19; China’s wet markets; Missing loved ones in long-term care homes; B.C. Premier John Horgan
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

This week has seen mounting protests in the U.S., with people gathering to oppose quarantine measures that they say impinge on their personal rights. We discuss the issue with one of those protesters, Mike Detmer, and Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes.

Then, even while the risks of COVID-19 still seemed low, some Chinese Canadians were beginning to practise physical distancing. We discuss whether that early action helped slow the spread.

Plus, we hear how advertisers and brands are walking the line between pushing their products, and reflecting the harsh realities we find ourselves in. And we talk to a British MP who wants to see tougher laws against those spreading COVID-19 disinformation.

As the weather starts to get better, the question of keeping parks and open spaces open weighs heavily on efforts to flatten the curve. We hear the pros and cons, and why Canadians may need clearer guidelines.

Then, China has been reopening its wet markets around the country, despite calls to ban the markets outright. We hear why it may not be that simple.

Plus, a woman whose parents are in a long-term care home shares her experience of the pain felt by so many people who are restricted from visiting their loved ones.

And finally, B.C. Premier John Horgan has said the province has cause for "genuine celebration" for the work already done to fight COVID-19. He joins us to discuss the work still to do.