The Current

The Current for July 29, 2021

Today on The Current: Northern Ontario wildfires; post-pandemic friendships; and the harrowing story of a Dutch explorer's 16th-century Arctic expedition.
Robyn Bresnahan is this week's guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

First Nations leaders in Northern Ontario are calling for the Ontario government to declare a state of emergency to save their communities from unprecedented wildfires that have so far forced 3,000 people from their homes. We speak to Mathew Hoppe, CEO of the Independent First Nations Alliance, and Sol Mamakwa, the NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong.

The pandemic has tested some friendships, leaving many people wondering if they want to reconnect now that restrictions are easing. Clinical psychologist Miriam Kirmayer says for those who do want to repair strained relationships, listening is the key.

Then, we revisit Matt Galloway's conversation with journalist and author Andrea Pitzer, who brings us a story of death and survival in the North more than four centuries ago in her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. She tells us about Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew, who became trapped in the Arctic, surrounded by polar bears, during their third polar expedition.

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