The Current

The Current for Jan. 13, 2022

Today on The Current: Facebook whistleblower says Canada could lead coalition to force change at social media giant; advocates say low-income and racialized communities need more support in Omicron surge; and how to deal with pandemic-related insomnia.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Former Facebook employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen made headlines last year after disclosing thousands of documents about the social media giant, and testifying before U.S. senators that it chooses profits over the safety and well-being of its users. She tells Matt Galloway about what she saw over two years inside the company, and why she thinks Canada could lead a coalition of countries to demand change. 

Then, the Omicron surge has again highlighted inequality, between those who can work from home and access COVID-19 tests and better masks — and those who cannot. We discuss the challenges faced by low-income and racialized communities with Dr. Andrew Boozary, a physician and the executive director of Social Medicine at the University Health Network in Toronto; Raymond Ngarboui, an organizer with the Community Education Development Association and Rainbow Community Garden in Winnipeg; and Sue Gwynn, acting chair for Poverty Talks!, an advocacy group in Calgary. 

And have you had trouble sleeping since the pandemic started? Storyteller Veronica Antipolo has, and she's not alone. We hear how insomnia rates have skyrocketed during COVID-19 — and get tips on how to deal with it — with Dr. Elliott Lee, medical director of the sleep disorder clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; and Luc Beaudoin, adjunct professor of education and cognitive science at Simon Fraser University.  

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