The Current

The Current for Jan. 5, 2022

Today on The Current: Work in Progress: Sun Life Canada president on how his company adapted to the pandemic; a historic agreement-in-principle between federal government and First Nation leaders; experts address the repercussions of children returning to remote learning.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

In our new series, Work in Progress, we explore how COVID-19 has changed workplaces and the future of work. Our series debuts with an interview with Jacques Goulet, president of Sun Life Canada, who talks about how his company adapted to the pandemic.

Then, the federal government and First Nations leaders have struck a historic $40 billion agreement-in-principle to compensate young people harmed by Canada's discriminatory child welfare system. For more on how this agreement-in-principle could set the stage for a truly reformed child welfare system, we speak with Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and a professor at McGill University's School of Social Work; and federal Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu. We also speak with Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme about the agreement his nation reached with the Saskatchewan and federal governments last year, which gave them complete decision-making power over their children and youth.

And parents across Canada are once again learning their children won't be going back to school anytime soon. We discuss the repercussions a lack of in-person learning could have on children with Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Children's Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa; Dr. Shimi Kang, a child psychiatrist and author of The Tech Solution: Creating Healthy Habits for Kids Growing Up in a Digital World; and Prachi Srivastava, an emergency education expert and associate professor of education and global development at the University of Western Ontario. 

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