The Current

The Current for June 3, 2021

Today on The Current: Inquiry into the death of Atikamekw woman Joyce Echaquan in a Quebec hospital comes to a close; report alleges China’s efforts at influence and interference in Canada; and new book explores the rise of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his global empire.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current:

An inquiry into the death of Joyce Echaquan wrapped up yesterday. The 37-year-old Atikamekw woman died last September at a hospital in Joliette, Que., after streaming video online that showed Echaquan in agony while medical staff berated and denigrated her. We discuss the events of the inquiry and what happens next with CBC Quebec reporter Julia Page; and Constant Awashish, Grand Chief of the Atikamekw Nation Council.

Plus, a parliamentary committee was recently presented with a report alleging the Communist Party of China has harassed dissidents and critics of Beijing here in Canada and attempted to influence Canadian politicians. We discuss China's reach into Canada, and how Ottawa should respond, with Cherie Wong, executive director of Alliance Canada Hong Kong; Zumretay Arkin, program and advocacy manager for the World Uyghur Congress; and Stephanie Carvin, an associate professor of international relations at Carleton University. 

And Brad Stone discusses his new book, Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire. The book looks at the rise of company founder Bezos, and weighs whether or not our world is better off for having Amazon in it.