The Current

The Current for Jan. 17, 2022

Today on The Current: New research suggests Epstein-Barr virus may help trigger multiple sclerosis; teachers keeping kids on track in online learning, despite endless disruptions; and how Alexa McDonough blazed a trail for women in Canadian politics,
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Multiple sclerosis has affected millions of people worldwide — but there is now fresh evidence that it's triggered in part by the Epstein-Barr virus. Matt Galloway talks to Allison Markin, who has been living with MS for almost 20 years; and Dr. Jiwon Oh, medical director of the Barlo Multiple Sclerosis Program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Plus, two years into pandemic learning, teachers are digging deep for inspiration and creativity to keep kids on track. As students in some parts of Canada head back to the classroom, we talk to Sabrina Jafralie, who teaches ethics and religious culture at Westmount High School in Montreal; Tara Sampson, an elementary school music teacher in Halifax; and Steve Massa, a French immersion teacher at Withrow Avenue Junior Public School in Toronto.

And political legend Alexa McDonough has died. We discuss her legacy with Lisa Raitt, a former deputy leader of the Conservative Party; former NDP MP Libby Davies; and Canada's Minister of National Defence Anita Anand. 

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