The Current

The Current for June 15, 2020

Today on The Current: How Mary Ito got to spend some ‘precious time’ with her parents before they died of COVID-19; Policing oversight; Overdose deaths on rise in pandemic; Banff Centre layoffs
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

When CBC host Mary Ito got a call saying her mother might have COVID-19, she made a quick decision — to move into their residential home to care for both her parents, aged 92 and 97. Within two weeks, both of her parents had died, and Ito herself had contracted the virus. But she says that decision to be with them isn't one she regrets.

Then, with anger over police shootings beyond the boiling point, we discuss the calls for greater oversight, and who is actually policing the police. 

Plus, 170 people died from drug overdoses in B.C. in May alone, more than have died of COVID-19 in the province during the entire pandemic. Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, talks to Matt Galloway about what's fuelling the crisis.

And the Banff Centre, one of the key laboratories for nurturing the next generation of Canadian artists, has laid off most of its staff. We hear why so many in the arts community are worried about the Centre's future.