The Current

The Current for Jan. 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Call for accountability at all levels after pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol; epidemiologists weigh in on return to classrooms as COVID-19 cases rise; 71 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Tendercare Living Centre in Ontario; and André Picard on Quebec's curfew.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Where does accountability lie for the violence and chaos in Washington yesterday, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol? Matt Galloway talks to Pearl Dowe, a professor of political science and African American studies at Emory University; John Fund, a columnist with the National Review; and Joanne Freeman, a professor of U.S. history and American studies at Yale University. 

Plus, is it safe for kids to be back in school, given rising COVID-19 case numbers in much of the country? Epidemiologists Colin Furness and Ashleigh Tuite weigh in. We also hear from B.C. elementary school teacher Jennifer Heighton, who is back in the classroom but wants more transparency, and better protective measures.

Then, we speak to families of some of the residents of Tendercare Living Centre in Scarborough, Ont., where a COVID-19 outbreak has killed 71 people. Dr. Samir Sinha discusses the failings that are allowing situations like this to continue, months after the horrors of the first wave.

And Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard discusses the latest efforts to curb COVID-19 in Canada, including a Quebec curfew ordering people off the streets between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.