The Current

The Current for July 29, 2020

WE co-founders testify before House finance committee, How WE controversy will affect entire charity sector, Holding class outdoors amid pandemic, A journey through the secondhand economy
Listen to the full episode1:14:19

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

WE Charity co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger spoke before the House finance committee yesterday over their involvement in the controversy surrounding being awarded a $900 million student grant program from the Liberal government. CBC's Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos unpacks their testimony. 

Then, corporations are pulling their partnerships with WE Charity. But how could this controversy affect the entire charitable sector? Greg Thomson, director of Research of Charity Intelligence Canada, has been paying close attention and he says it will reduce donors confidence.

As politicians and school boards grapple with the challenge of how to safely reopen schools in the fall, one part of the solution could be quite simple. Have class outside. It's one of the ideas suggested in a report released in June by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Freelance journalist Monika Warzecha says the idea of forests classrooms isn't a new idea in Canada.

Many think of thrift stores like Goodwill as the final destination for our "stuff." But Adam Minter, author of Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, says drop-off points like that are just the beginning of a journey through the secondhand economy.