The Current

The Current for Dec. 2, 2021

Today on The Current: Violent arrests raise fresh questions about police brutality in Canada; extensive flooding cuts off homes in Cape Breton, N.S.; disaster response must change in face of climate change, says Canadian Red Cross president; and fears that U.S. democracy is "backsliding".
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Several recent violent arrests involving racialized youths in Ontario and Quebec have raised fresh questions about police brutality in Canada. Matt Galloway talks to Sarah Jama, executive director of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, who was arrested in a violent incident in Hamilton; and Anne-Marie Livingstone, an assistant professor of sociology at McMaster University, who has studied racial profiling by the Montreal police. 

Then, some homes in Cape Breton, N.S., are now only accessible by helicopter after flooding destroyed sections of major roads. Monica Hogan tells us about the situation in her northern community of Neil's Harbour, N.S.

Plus, Canadian Red Cross President and CEO Conrad Sauvé says climate change is changing the way emergencies are dealt with. He says we need to get better at protecting our infrastructure and supporting the people at the centre of these storms.

And a Stockholm-based think tank, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, has warned that democracy in the United States is "backsliding." We discuss what's fuelling that situation with Tom Nichols, author of Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault From Within On Modern Democracy; and Carol Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University. 

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