The Current

The Current for March 9, 2021

Today on The Current: World waits for murder trial in George Floyd's killing to begin; Canadians remember loved ones lost to COVID-19; funeral director on grief in a time of physical distance; and does the Crown have a place in 21st-century Canada?
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Jury selection in the George Floyd murder trial is expected to get underway in Minneapolis this week. We discuss what's at stake in the trial with Toshira Garraway, an activist and founder of Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, and Kami Chavis, professor of law and director of the criminal justice program at Wake Forest University School of Law. 

Also today: behind the thousands of lives lost to COVID-19 are loved ones left behind, grieving in an age of distance. As part of our series, COVID in Canada: One Year and Counting, we talk to three Canadians about the people they've lost, and the memories that endure

Plus, the way we grieve has changed in a time of distance. Terra Spencer, a singer and funeral director in Windsor, N.S., tells us about the importance of music and togetherness in helping families who've lost someone this past year.

And in their interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle laid allegations of racism and more against Buckingham Palace. Does the Crown have a place in 21st-century Canada? We put that question to our national affairs panellists: Kathleen Newman-Bremang, senior editor at Refinery29, Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute, and Niigaan Sinclair, an Anishinaabe writer and professor, and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.