The Current

The Current for May 14, 2021

Today on The Current: Oilsands workers fear for their safety amid COVID-19 outbreaks; crisis in the Middle East escalates; and protests over inequality continue in Colombia.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Workers in Alberta's oilsands say COVID-19 outbreaks have left them fearing for their safety. CBC reporter Wallis Snowdon tells us what she's heard from workers about the conditions they face, and we discuss what's being done to protect them with Perry Berkenpas, executive director of the Oil Sands Community Alliance.

Plus, the crisis in the Middle East continues to escalate. We talk to Emanuel Gross, professor emeritus from the University of Haifa law school in Israel; Diana Buttu, a lawyer, analyst and former legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization; and Daniel Levy, president of the U.S. / Middle East Project think tank and former advisor to former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak. 

And proposed tax reforms sent protesters into the streets of Colombia in recent weeks. But demonstrators continued to march even after the proposal was revoked, stoked by anger at inequalities exacerbated by this pandemic. To find out what's happening now, we speak with student and activist Stephanie Salazar in Medellin; Arlene Tickner, a professor of international relations at Rosario University in Bogota; and Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division.