The Current

The Current for May 5, 2021

Today on The Current: New restrictions, growing frustration as COVID-19 cases soar in Alberta; Bruce Mau on how good design can save the world; clearing up confusion around the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's “preferred” vaccines comments; and Ethiopia's Tigrayans face atrocities.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Alberta's per-capita COVID-19 case count became the highest in North America this week, as hundreds attended anti-lockdown protests and Premier Jason Kenney announced new restrictions. We talk to Dr. Gabriel Fabreau about what he's seeing at his hospital; and we discuss the political leadership in the crisis with Tim Caulfield, Canada research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta; and Melanee Thomas, a professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

Then, designer Bruce Mau grew up in northern Ontario and has worked on high-profile projects for big companies, and rebranding Guatemala. He joins us to discuss a new documentary about his life and work, called Mau, and why he thinks good design can help save the planet. 

Plus, comments from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization about "preferred" vaccines have caused confusion among Canadians, who were told for months that the best vaccine is the one you can get first. Sabina Vohra-Miller, founder of the Unambiguous Science website, joins us to address that confusion and discuss why the mixed messaging by various government agencies isn't helping.

And war in Ethiopia's Tigray region continues, with millions fleeing for refugee camps and some observers calling the unfolding events a genocide. Dr. Tefera Tedros, a Tigrayan refugee currently living in a refugee camp in Sudan, describes the violence he's seen; and we learn about how the conflict arose with Haileselassie Medhin, an Ethiopian researcher focused on policy and economic development.