The Current

The Current for Dec. 22, 2020

Today on The Current: Calls for paid sick days and greater protections for factory workers facing COVID-19 outbreaks; Faith leaders discuss celebration, grief and togetherness this holiday season; Jacob Goldstein on the history of money; The joy of playing Scrooge.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

Outbreaks in manufacturing and factories are a big part of the COVID-19 spike in Ontario, with advocates calling for paid sick days and rapid testing to control spread. Matt Galloway talks to a worker who says he can't afford to call in sick, as well as Deena Ladd, executive director of the Workers' Action Centre, and Mayor of Brampton, Ont., Patrick Brown.

Then, in a holiday season like no other, we talk to Reverend Maya Douglas, Imam Ibrahim Long and Rabbi Yakov Kerzner about celebration, grief and togetherness — and what it's been like to lead their communities through this pandemic in 2020.

Plus in a conversation first aired in October, Jacob Goldstein, the co-host of NPR's Planet Money, charts the fascinating history of money, from giant coins to paper currency (helped by warlord Kublai Khan), to our cashless society.

And it might be easy to feel a bit Scrooge-like this year — but spare a thought for actor Stephen Hair, who's been playing the miser for almost three decades. He tells us about this year's Theatre Calgary production, and finding joy in the cold-hearted character.

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