The Current

The Current for July 21, 2021

Today on The Current: Health concerns for communities shrouded in smoke from hundreds of wildfires; Mark Carney on how Canada can come out of the pandemic in better shape; the Tasmanian devil’s return to Australian mainland; and Episode 6 of A Death in Cryptoland
Robyn Bresnahan is this week's guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires is wreaking havoc on communities and businesses across Canada. Guest host Robyn Bresnahan discusses the impact on air quality and people's health with Anne Hicks, assistant professor of pediatric respiratory medicine at the University of Alberta; and Michael Mehta, professor of geography and environmental studies at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, B.C.

Plus, former Bank of Canada and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has ruled himself out of running in a potential fall election, due to a commitment to help organize the private financial sector in the run-up to the United Nations climate conference. We revisit his conversation with Matt Galloway from March, about his book Value(s): Building a Better World For All, and ideas about how Canada can come out of the COVID-19 crisis in better shape.

Then, last year the Tasmanian devil was reintroduced to the Australian mainland for the first time in 3,000 years. In a conversation from October, we discuss the project with Menna Jones, an ecologist at the University of Tasmania who has studied the animals for 30 years.

And this summer, we're bringing you a few of the best original CBC podcasts. Today it's Episode 6 of A Death in Cryptoland, in which host Takara Small explores the cataclysmic chain of events after the young CEO of Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange is reported dead.