The Current

The Current for May 18, 2022

Today on The Current: Controversy over Quebec’s proposed language law; families of flight PS752 victims want soccer match with Iran cancelled; plants grown in soil from the moon; and tracing the descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Quebec's Bill 96 is meant to protect the French language, but critics warn it could harm small businesses, Indigenous people and even access to health care. Matt Galloway talks to Robert Leckey, dean of McGill University's Faculty of Law; and Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers. 

Then, families who lost loved ones in the destruction of Flight PS752 are angry at Canada Soccer's plan to host Iran for an upcoming friendly in Vancouver. Hamed Esmaeilion, spokesperson for the association representing the families, tells us why they want the match cancelled.

Plus, scientists have grown the first ever plants in soil from the moon. We discuss what this might mean for interplanetary exploration, with University of Florida professor Robert Ferl, a co-researcher on the project; and University of Guelph professor Thomas Graham.

And after the famous mutiny on the HMS Bounty in 1789, the mutineers fled and eventually settled on the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific. Travel writer Brandon Presser tells us about his journey to meet their descendants in what he calls a "trailer park at the end of the world" — and why he wanted to tell a different side of their story in his book, The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific.

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