The Current

The Current for June 14, 2021

Today on The Current: The events of the G7 Summit, and the work that remains to be done; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what she’s learned about grief; Green Party Leader Annamie Paul on what’s next for the party, after MP crosses floor; and farmers fear drought as summer sets in.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

The G7 Summit touched on vaccines, China, accelerating climate change and life after COVID-19. To unpack what the meeting of world leaders achieved, and the work that still needs to be done, we talk to Sen. Peter Boehm, a former Canadian diplomat who has served as the personal representative to several prime ministers at G7 and G8 summits; Shuvaloy Majumdar, who served as policy director for several foreign ministers under former prime minister Stephen Harper; and Jennifer Welsh, Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security and director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University. 

Plus, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie lost her father last year. Then, a few months later, her mother also died suddenly. She joins us to discuss processing that loss by putting words to paper — and her new book, Notes on Grief, one she never wanted to write.

Then, Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin crossed the floor from the Greens caucus to the Liberals last week, saying recent party infighting played a role in her decision. Green Party Leader Annamie Paul discusses where her party goes from here, and why she feels she's being "thrown under the bus."

And summer is only just beginning, but farmers are worried about a year of drought. We talk to David Wiens, a dairy farmer in Manitoba and the vice-president of Dairy Farmers of Canada; Craig McLaughlin, a beef farmer in Ontario; and John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan.