The Current

The Current for Dec. 2, 2020

Today on The Current: Academic cheating and the pandemic pressure on students and institutions alike; we ask whether scientists or politicians should be leading the response to COVID-19; why The Nutcracker will still delight audiences this Christmas; and Margaret Evans on escalating violence in Uganda and the deportation of CBC New journalists.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

A cheating scandal at the University of British Columbia could see 100 first-year students expelled, and shows just how difficult it is to navigate academic honesty during a pandemic. To discuss the pressure on students and academic institutions alike, Matt Galloway talks to David Draper, a fourth-year political science student at the University of Alberta; Joseph Piwowar, professor of geography at the University of Regina; and Andie Burazin, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

Plus, when should the response to COVID-19 be led by politicians elected to set public policy, and when should it be led by the doctors who understand the science behind the virus? To discuss how the pandemic has pitted science against politics in the eyes of the public, we hear from Stephen Meek, director of the Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham; Dr. Jim Talbot, former chief medical officer of health for Alberta; and Heidi Tworek, associate professor of international history and public policy at the University of British Columbia.

Then, The Nutcracker won't be gracing stages in the usual way this year, but there are efforts underway to find new ways to bring it to audiences. We talk to Heather Ogden, principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, and Chan Hon Goh, director of the Goh Ballet Academy and Youth Company, Canada, about why the classic ballet still resonates.

And the CBC's Margaret Evans went to Uganda to cover a presidential campaign that has turned violent, leaving dozens dead — but she ended up being deported. She joins us to discuss the escalating violence, and why officials didn't want reporters like her there.