The Current

The Current for June 21, 2022

Today on The Current: Plans to ban some single-use plastics is a ‘tepid’ step forward, says advocate; what Colombia's first leftist president will mean for global politics; and athletes say efforts to stop abuse in sport must be independent from sporting organizations.

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The federal government will ban some single-use plastics, including straws, takeout containers and grocery bags, over the next 18 months. Guest host Duncan McCue discusses what the plan involves — and what's missing — with Karen Wirsig, from Canadian environmental advocacy organization Environmental Defence; and Angela Riley, founder of Scotian Shores, an organization dedicated to cleaning Nova Scotia's shorelines. 

Plus, former rebel Gustavo Petro has narrowly beaten a millionaire opponent to become Colombia's first leftist president. We discuss what this election could mean for Latin American politics and the rest of the world, with Juanita León, founder of news website La Silla Vacía; and Michael Shifter, former president of Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank focused on Latin America's governance and prosperity. 

And last week, the federal government announced measures to hold sports organizations accountable when athletes report mistreatment or abuse. We talk to former athletes Kim Shore, Neville Wright and Jennifer Heil; and ask Sarah-Ève Pelletier, Canada's sport integrity commissioner, how the plans will be implemented.

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