The Current

The Current for Dec. 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Travel restrictions "could change at any time," says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra; U.S. announces diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing; and meet the software mogul building a giant solar farm in the Australian outback.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The federal government has introduced new testing rules and restrictions around travel to slow the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant. But are the new measures effective? We talk to infectious disease physician Dr. Zain Chagla, an associate professor of medicine at McMaster University; and Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra.

Then, the U.S. has announced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing — prompting calls for Canada to do the same. We talk to two former Olympians: former U.S. Olympic soccer player Jules Boykoff, who is now a politics professor and author of Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics; and Angela Schneider, a rower who won silver in Los Angeles in 1984. She's now an associate professor and director at the International Centre for Olympic Studies at Western University. 

Plus, Mike Cannon-Brookes is a billionaire software mogul in Australia, and a sharp critic of his country's environmental policies. He tells us how he's putting his money where his mouth is for a decarbonized future by building a giant solar farm in the Australian outback.

And an hour outside Winnipeg, Kim Chase welcomes us into her solar-powered Earthship, a home built using sustainable architecture principles.

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