The Current

The Current for April 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Faces of COVID-19’s third wave in Canada; Ontario high schools to teach sign language this fall; and Dr. Christian Smith on his mother, famous psychic Geraldine Smith.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

As a third wave of COVID-19 descends on Canada, we hear from some of those affected most, and ask what makes this part of the pandemic all the more challenging. Matt Galloway talks to Dr. Laveena Munshi, a critical care doctor in the ICU at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, and a member of Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table. Dianne Desjarlais Cardinal talks about her 34-year-old son Matthew, who was recently in the ICU with the COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K.; and music teacher Lou Molinaro discusses his close friend Gene Champagne, who is in hospital in Burlington, Ont.

Plus, sign language classes will be part of the Ontario high school curriculum this fall, in a move that advocate Wanda Blackett thinks will "open up a lot of doors" in terms of understanding and accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

And as Canada's most famous psychic, Geraldine Smith sold out concert halls in the 1970s. Now her son Dr. Christian Smith, who also happens to be a scientist, has written The Psychic and the Scientist, exploring whether his mom actually has supernatural abilities.