The Current

The Current for February 8, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to one of the diplomats suing the Canadian government over the mysterious health problems they suffered while posted to Cuba; plus, our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns in Canada's corridors of power; we also look at an Ebola epidemic that experts are warning is only going to get worse; and we hear about an asylum seeker detained on Manus Island, who composed a prize-winning book, one text message at a time.
Piya Chattopadhyay guest hosts The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

  • Five Canadian diplomats and members of their families, who fell victim to mysterious health issues while posted to Cuba, are suing the Canadian government for $28 million in damages. We speak to one of the plaintiffs about her frustration.
  • Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns in Canada's corridors of power, today looking at accusations that the prime minister pressed former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of construction giant SNC-Lavalin — and the challenges facing the NDP.
  • We look at the Ebola epidemic spreading through Congo and hear from experts who say that without intervention, it's only going to get worse.
  • For the past six years, writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained on Manus Island — an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. In that time, the Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker wrote a book, composing it one text message at a time, and sending it to his translator, Omid Tofighian. Last week that book, No Friend But the Mountains, was awarded Australia`s richest literary prize. We spoke to Tofighian about how the story came about.