The Current

The Current for Feb. 25, 2021

Today on The Current: Canada’s Road Ahead: Helping the homeless in Sudbury, Ont.; using psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, to treat anxiety; and The Fifth Estate's investigation into missing millions in one of the largest frauds in Canadian history.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

In our latest instalment of Canada's Road Ahead, we hear from people in Sudbury, Ont., who are helping those experiencing homelessness during a harsh pandemic winter, and looking for lasting solutions. Denise Sandul works with Street Outreach Sudbury, and has been working with people affected by the opioid crisis, after her son died last year. And Aaron St. Pierre is with the Native People of Sudbury Development Corporation.

Plus, in the conclusion to our series on treating mental illness with psychedelic drugs, Dr. Bruce Tobin discusses his work on anxiety and psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms. We hear from Mona Strelaeff, who says she finally found relief through psychotherapy done with psilocybin. But while studies into psychedelics show promise, robust research is needed, says Dr. Ishrat Husain, a clinician scientist and psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

And in a new investigation, the CBC's Fifth Estate has uncovered clues in one of the biggest fraud cases in Canadian history. Could there be answers as to where hundreds of millions of dollars disappeared to? Mark Kelley, the show's co-host, tells us more. 

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