The Current

The Current for March 11, 2019

Today on The Current: A reporter in Ethiopia explains the tragic plane crash that claimed 157 lives on Sunday; plus, we look at what's happening in Britain as the date to depart the EU draws near; also, author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this data gaps can literally kill; and we explore how social media is being leveraged to sow doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and create a hesitancy to vaccinate that threatens us all.
The CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay guest hosts The Current. (CBC)
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Today on The Current

  • When an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed outside Addis Ababa Sunday, it claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians. We ask a reporter in the Ethiopian capital what's known about the tragedy.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a second parliamentary vote on her deal to leave the European Union this week, after MPs overwhelmingly rejected it in January. A second rejection could mean leaving with no deal, which could have stark economic ramifications. We look at what's happening in the country as the Brexit countdown nears departure day, March 29.
  • Author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this "data gap" can literally kill.
  • Last week, Facebook announced it would lower its search rankings of groups and pages that promote anti-vaccination content, in an effort to slow the spread of misinformation. We explore how social media is being leveraged to sow doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and hear how it's creating a hesitancy to vaccinate that threatens us all.

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