The Current

The Current for June 23, 2020

Today on The Current: Re-thinking police wellness checks, COVID-19 cases among young Albertans, Threats against public health officials in the U.S., The Fix: Regenerative ocean farming, Mentoring black graduates.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full episode transcript

What will it take to make it safer when people in mental health crisis interact with police? Ejaz Choudhry's nephew, Hassan Choudhary, speaks about his uncle's death at the hands of Peel Regional Police — and what it says about how police handle wellness checks. And we hear from Edmonton Police Service inspector and doctoral student Dan Jones, as well as Meenakshi Mannoe, criminalization and policing campaigner with Pivot Legal Society.

Experts say new public health strategies are needed to help stem #COVID19 cases among young people. We hear from a young Edmontonian about the spike in his city, and two epidemiologists — Judith Malmgren at the University of Washington and Craig Jenne, associate professor at the University of Calgary.

Theresa Anselmo, head of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, worries that threats targeting the 53 public health officials she works with could lead to a mass exodus of staff. We hear why.

On our latest installment of The Fix, we hear from Newfoundland-born Bren Smith. He's growing something special on his regenerative ocean farm, and the process is a promising fix to some of the biggest problems out there today.

Toronto-area school boards have started a pilot project hiring graduation coaches, specifically for Black students. Jonatan Fuentes is one of them, and he tells us about what students can expect from the program.