The Current

The Current for March 17, 2021

Today on The Current: What’s at stake for Erin O’Toole ahead of this week’s Conservative convention; Black civil servants allege years of discrimination; André Picard on the AstraZeneca vaccine; and how changing sea ice is impacting life in the North.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The Conservatives are lagging in the polls as they head into a policy convention this week. Jenni Byrne, a former adviser to Stephen Harper joins us to talk about what Erin O'Toole needs to do to turn things around. And our national affairs panel weighs in on what we can expect, and what's at stake, as the Conservative convention kicks off Thursday.

And Ottawa has hired a Bay Street law firm to fight a class-action lawsuit by Black civil servants, who allege years of discrimination. Many say it shows the government's duplicitous behaviour. We speak with some of the plaintiffs in the case, and hear from Courtney Betty, lead counsel on the lawsuit and a former Crown attorney.

Then, from questions about the AstraZeneca vaccine to a potential third wave — Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard brings us the latest update on COVID-19.

Plus, sea ice is melting at a rapid pace in northern parts of Labrador, changing the way of life for many people in the region. We speak with Derrick Pottle, a hunter and sculptor in Rigolet, Labrador, about the impact on his community. And Rex Holwell, the northern production lead with SmartICE in Nain, Labrador, tells us about research being done on the issue.