The Current

The Current for June 20, 2022

Today on The Current: Canadians taking second jobs, skipping meals to cope with inflation; U.S. approves COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5; curbing misinformation and hate speech online; and the fight to eradicate polio in Pakistan.
Duncan McCue hosts The Current for June 20, 2022.

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Canadians are struggling with the highest inflation in a generation. Guest host Duncan McCue talks to two Canadians who are taking second jobs or skipping meals to make ends meet; and asks economist Sébastien Mc Mahon where the solutions lie.

Then, U.S. health officials have cleared the way for COVID vaccines to be administered to children under five. We talk to pediatrician and infectious disease expert Dr. Cora Constantinescu about what Canadian parents need to know about protecting their kids.

Plus, how can misinformation and hate speech be curbed on social media platforms, while freedom of speech is preserved? We talk to Taylor Owen, co-chair of the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression, which has just submitted its recommendations for regulating online spaces to the federal government.

And polio has been eradicated in nearly every country in the world, but Pakistan and Afghanistan are facing a surge in infections. We discuss what's driving the outbreak — and how to fight it — with Dr. Shahzad Baig, who leads Pakistan's Polio Eradication Programme; and Aidan O'Leary, director for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization.

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