The Current

The Current for June 29, 2020

Today on The Current: Facial recognition and race, Government responses to COVID-19, Celebrating Pride at home, and Sask. family pushes for greater anti-racism efforts in schools. Rosemary Barton guest hosts.
Rosemary Barton guest hosts The Current. (CBC)

Full episode transcript

Today on The Current, with guest host Rosemary Barton:

We look at the growing calls to ban facial recognition technology from police work with Phil Mayor, senior staff attorney with ACLU Michigan, and Deborah Raji, tech fellow and the AI Now Institute at NYU. We also hear why some believe you shouldn't paint all facial recognition technology with the same brush with Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

It's been nearly six months since health authorities in Wuhan, China, alerted the WHO to an unusual new form of pneumonia. Richard Horton, editor of medical journal The Lancet and author of The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What's Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again, shares why he feels governments around the world have bungled the response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 changed Pride celebrations around the country, and events like drag performances have found new homes — like suburban driveways north of Toronto. Rachel Matlow visited the neighbourhood to catch the show.

Their son Kaleab died by suicide after experiencing racist bullying at this school. Now, Sandra Barker-Schmidt and Dean Schmidt share how they hope their son's name will stand for stronger anti-racism action in Saskatchewan schools.