The Current

The Current for April 29, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at healthcare in Canada and concerns that recruitment problems are leaving patients with nowhere to turn; plus, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei gives his take on tensions between his native China and Canada, and discusses his new documentary The Rest; and we explore the evolving role of libraries, which are offering services that go far beyond books, even as the institutions face funding cuts.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)
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Today on The Current:

  • In a video that went viral last week, Inez Rudderham said the cancer she is battling went undiagnosed for two years because she didn't have a family doctor. The video has shone a spotlight on healthcare across the country, and concerns that recruitment problems are leaving patients with nowhere to turn.
     
  • Ai Weiwei says he understands what two Canadians detained in China are going through, because he himself spent months in a Chinese jail. He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about China's rise to power, and his new film about powerless refugees in Europe.
     
  • From cooking classes to acting as a community hub, public libraries are offering much more than books these days, even as the institutions face funding cuts. We explore the evolving role of libraries, and who those cuts will affect.

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