The Current

The Current for March 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Femicide on the rise in Canada; Peter Humphrey on being imprisoned in China; author Namina Forna on her fantasy novel, The Gilded Ones; how bison are being reintroduced in Banff National Park; and improving Canadians’ mental health.
Rosemary Barton is guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Canada saw an increase in femicide from 2019 to 2020, according to a new report. Women were most likely to be killed by men they knew, and Indigenous women were more at risk of experiencing violence. We speak with Delilah McKeith, whose daughter Nichole Clifford was killed by her estranged husband in 2017. And Amanda Dale, an advisory member with the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability, and Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Ontario Native Women's Association, weigh in on the report.

Then, Peter Humphrey can relate to what Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are going through in China. The former journalist and corporate investigator was arrested along with his wife in Shanghai in 2013 for allegedly illegally acquiring information about a Chinese citizen. He speaks with guest host Rosemary Barton about his imprisonment there, and what might be in store for the two Canadians.

And author Namina Forna has always loved fantasy, but she never saw people who look like her included in it. So, she's written her own fantasy novel, The Gilded Ones. She joins us to talk about the book.

Plus, bison are making a comeback in their traditional territory, thanks to a pilot project reintroducing them into the mountain ranges of Banff National Park. We speak with Karsten Heuer, the director of that program.

And the past year has been tough on Canadians' well-being. Outgoing CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada Louise Bradley says much more needs to be done to help improve our mental health.

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