The Current

The Current for Dec. 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Enormous wind farm on the Shetland Islands leaves a community divided; how Greece, Germany and the U.S. are tackling the omicron variant; and the push to save lives by decriminalizing small amounts of illicit drugs.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

An enormous wind farm is under construction on the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland — despite strong local opposition. In her documentary Winds of Change, Samira Mohyeddin travelled to the islands to explore that conflict, and how that tension plays into the global transition away from fossil fuels.

Then, how are countries around the world reacting to the omicron coronavirus variant? We talk to journalists Anthee Carassava in Greece and Kai Kupferschmidt in Germany, where tough new restrictions and even fines are targeting the unvaccinated. We also ask Dr. Amesh Adalja, at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, whether similar steps could be taken on this side of the Atlantic.

And as opioid-related deaths continue to rise steadily in Canada, cities like Vancouver and Toronto are exploring the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs. We talk to Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart; Chief Doris Bill from the Kwanlin Dün First Nation; Jeanette Bowles, a fellow at St. Michael's Hospital with the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation in Toronto; and Shauna Pinkerton, a former drug user and harm reduction worker in Dryden, Ont.

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