The Current

The Current for Jan. 11, 2022

Today on The Current: The impact of Omicron on kids, and easing vaccine hesitancy among parents; Canadian author Lawrence Hill on tackling big social issues for young readers; and calls for the federal government to regulate Canadian mining companies operating overseas.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

How sick might children get if they catch the Omicron variant? Matt Galloway talks to pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Fatima Kakkar about what she's seeing with her patients; and Michelle Driedger, a professor of community health sciences at the University of Manitoba, discusses how to address vaccine hesitancy among parents.

Then, Canadian author Lawrence Hill tells us about the joy and challenge of writing his new children's book, Beatrice and Croc Harry, and how he tackled big social issues for young readers.

And when Canadian mining companies operate overseas, their work is overseen by local authorities, not by the Canadian government. Some activists want the federal government to regulate those operations in order to protect Indigenous peoples in those countries. We talk to Grahame Russell, co-editor of a new book called Testimonio: Canadian Mining in the Aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala; and Angélica Choc, a leading Indigenous land rights defender in Guatemala.

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