The Current

The Current for March 13, 2020

Today on The Current: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau's COVID-19 diagnosis, and how the government is helping concerned Canadians. Then, misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading online — how do we practice good information hygiene? Plus, we ask three doctors how ready Canada’s healthcare system is for a surge in cases. Then, David Beasley, head of the UN’s World Food Program, discusses his recent visit to Syria, and the plight of those displaced by the civil war. And finally, we check in on a tournament in Calgary where kids are putting down their devices to enjoy an older form of entertainment: bridge.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins us to speak about his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's COVID-19 diagnosis. We'll ask how his family is doing, what it means for the work of government, and how he's helping concerned Canadians.
  • In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation about the virus is spreading online, from false cures, to false reports about how it's spread. We discuss how to practice good information hygiene. 
  • Is Canada's healthcare system ready for a surge in COVID-19 cases? We hear from three doctors about what they're seeing, and what kind of personal toll the pandemic is already taking on them.
  • Millions of people displaced by the Syrian civil war are still struggling to rebuild their lives, while neighbouring countries struggle to cope with the humanitarian crisis. The CBC's Margaret Evans and David Beasley, head of the UN's World Food Program, were recently in the region. They tell us what they saw. 
  • In some Canadian cities, kids are taking some time away from screens to try out an older form of entertainment: bridge. We checked in on a tournament for younger players in Calgary, where one boy told us it gives him "the same joy as video games."