The Current

The Current for July 12, 2022

Today on The Current: Rogers outage prompts call for inquiry, greater competition; sister of man who died while incarcerated wants better conditions at Newfoundland prison; and episode two of CBC podcast Kuper Island
Catherine Cullen is the guest host this week on The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The Rogers outage last week laid bare the fragility of Canada's communication systems, prompting calls for more consumer choice and competition in the sector, and better protections for crucial services. Guest host Catherine Cullen talks to University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, York University professor of governance, law and ethics, Richard Leblanc, and Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne.

Then, as an inmate at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in Newfoundland, Courtney Pike's brother Gregory begged for better conditions. After he took his own life last year, Courtney took up his calls for change — but says there's been little progress. We talk to Pike and then Cindy Murphy, the executive director of the John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

And we hear episode two of CBC podcast Kuper Island, hosted by Duncan McCue. The series investigates the dark history of a B.C. residential school, through the stories of survivors — and those who died. Read more about our summer podcast series here.

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