The Current

The Current for May 17, 2021

Today on The Current: Big reopening day for pubs and restaurants in parts of the U.K.; addressing child marriage in Canada; and Quebec’s Bill 96 aims to protect French language.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

It's a big day for post-lockdown reopening in parts of the U.K., with people now able to enjoy a pint in a pub, and indoor dining. What can Canada's hospitality industry learn from afar? We talk to restaurant owner Luke Garnsworthy, and Tony Sophoclides, strategic affairs director at UKHospitality.

Plus, many governments around the world have made tackling child marriage in developing countries a priority. But what about child marriages still happening in richer countries, including Canada, in 2021? We talk to activist and child marriage survivor Payzee Mahmod, who is campaigning for a ban on marriages for anyone under 18 in the U.K.; and hear from Rowena Pinto, chief program officer for UNICEF Canada; and Alissa Koski, an assistant professor at McGill University and the co-author of a study on child marriage in Canada.

And Quebec Premier François Legault wants to change Canada's Constitution to better protect the French language, a move that could affect everything from immigration and education to policies outside the province's borders. Matt Galloway discusses the new legislation with host of Radio-Canada's Midi-Info and longtime political journalist Michel C Auger; the CBC's chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton; and president of the Quebec Community Groups Network and former federal Liberal MP Marlene Jennings.