The Current

The Current for March 25, 2020

National affairs panel; Securing Canada’s food supply; Stephen Lewis on how COVID-19 could affect Africa; Universal basic income; Productivity shaming; Death of Manu Dibango; Dr. James Maskalyk
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Our national affairs panel — Marie Vastel, Niigaan Sinclair, and Aaron Wherry — weighs in on the political sparring and delays to the federal government's (now-passed) COVID-19 economic plan. 

Then, Canadian food workers say COVID-19 may slow production, but it won't stop them from feeding the public. We discuss how the pandemic is affecting farmers, and the support they need to keep shelves stocked.

Stephen Lewis, the former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, discusses the devastating impact the pandemic could have on the continent.

Our national affairs panel — Marie Vastel, Niigaan Sinclair, and Aaron Wherry — weighs in on the political sparring and delays to the federal government’s (now-passed) COVID-19 economic plan. Then, Canadian food workers say COVID-19 may slow production, but it won’t stop them from feeding the public. We discuss how the pandemic is affecting farmers, and the support they need to keep shelves stocked. Stephen Lewis, the former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, discusses the devastating impact the pandemic could have on the continent. 1:13:06

With the end of the month coming and a lot of rent falling due, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes the case for the federal government providing cash payments directly to Canadians in financial distress.

Are you not doing much right now — and feeling bad about it? We talk about "productivity shaming," and whether we should be redefining what it means to be productive, and how to look after our mental health and happiness during the pandemic. 

Host of q Tom Power joins us to discuss the life and career of Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, who died of COVID-19 yesterday.

And finally, we speak to Dr. James Maskalyk — a Toronto E.R. doctor fresh off the night shift — about how he uses meditation to cope with the scariest risks that come with his job.

With the end of the month coming and a lot of rent falling due, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes the case for the federal government providing cash payments directly to Canadians in financial distress. Are you not doing much right now — and feeling bad about it? We talk about “productivity shaming,” and whether we should be redefining what it means to be productive, and how to look after our mental health and happiness during the pandemic. Host of q Tom Power joins us to discuss the life and career of Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, who died of COVID-19 yesterday. And finally, we speak to Dr. James Maskalyk — a Toronto E.R. doctor fresh off the night shift — about how he uses meditation to cope with the scariest risks that come with his job. 1:16:30