The Current

The Current for March 12, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to a woman mourning the loss of a friend in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, and look at safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8; plus, we look at whether a reusable packaging system for everything from ice cream to detergent will reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean; also, we hear from a Venezuelan-Canadian about the human cost of the political turmoil in her native country; and we look at the ethics behind the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and how politicians weigh up competing concerns like judicial independence, and potentially enormous job losses.
The CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay guest hosts The Current. (CBC)
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Today on The Current

  • Families and loved ones are mourning the loss of 18 Canadians who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. We speak to a woman grieving for a man she has known most of her life, and look at safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8.
  • Goods ranging from laundry detergent to Haagen-Dazs ice cream will soon be available in reusable packaging that can be returned to stores after use, in the hopes of reducing the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in your shopping basket. The U.S. company behind the system, called Loop, says it will also reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean. But are consumers ready to compromise on convenience?
  • As electricity begins to return to parts of Venezuela, we speak to a Venezuelan-Canadian about her concerns for family and friends there, and the human cost of the political turmoil.
  • The SNC-Lavalin affair has shone a spotlight on how priorities of government — the sanctity of the rule of law versus protecting Canadian jobs — can sometimes come into conflict. Our panel of experts discuss how politicians weigh up competing concerns, and whether ethics and politics are mutually exclusive.

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