The Current

The Current for Jan. 24, 2022

Today on The Current: Addressing surgery postponements in the era of COVID-19; author Esi Edugyan on issues of representation and belonging; and how Medicine Hat, Alta., can serve as a model for housing as a human right.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

There are thousands of Canadians whose surgeries have been postponed because of the strain COVID-19 is putting on health-care. Matt Galloway talks about addressing this health-care issue, with Dr. Jean-François Joncas, an orthopedic surgeon and president of the Association d'orthopédie du Québec; and Dr. Danielle Martin, a family doctor and the chair of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto.

Then, in her six-part CBC Massey Lecture series, Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling, Canadian author Esi Edugyan explores issues of representation and belonging in writing, visual art and her own personal history. She talks to us about the stories we don't tell, from buried histories to ghost stories.

And as shelters buckle under the weight of COVID-19, cities across Canada are struggling with how to assist the unhoused. But Canadians don't have to look too far to find a handful of places that are tackling the problem head-on — and winning. Jaime Rogers, the manager of homeless and housing development with the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society, tells us why the city can be a model for the rest of the country. We also talk with Stephen Gaetz, the director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and a professor at the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto; and Juha Kaakinen, the CEO of Finland's largest social housing enterprise, the Y-Foundation.

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