The Current

The Current for May 5, 2022

Today on The Current: Journalists have fled Russia for reporting on the war in Ukraine, filmmaker Barrie Bohen examines Ontario’s infamous Huronia Regional Centre, a look at abortion access in Canada, and how the son of a former Philippines dictator could become the country’s president.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The Kremlin has been cracking down on independent media since the invasion of Ukraine, and stations like TV Rain became criminalized for how they covered the war. That has meant some news organizations have had to shut down, and some journalists have had to flee the country. Ekaterina Kotrikadze was the host of a weekly foreign affairs show on TV Rain and headed its global news coverage. And Alexey Kovalev is the investigations editor for the independent Russian news site Meduza. Both have fled Russia, and don't know when they'll be able to return.

Also, the Huronia Regional Centre in Ontario was sold to families as a safe home for children with disabilities, but in reality, it was the site of appalling abuse and neglect. Filmmaker Barri Cohen set out to learn about the siblings she didn't know she had, and a dark history she tells of institutionalisation in Canada. Her film Unloved: Huronia's Forgotten Children is being shown at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. We also hear from Brian Logie, a survivor of the Huronia Regional Centre. 

Then, abortion has been legal in Canada for over thirty years, and as the issue once again rises to the surface in the U.S., plenty of Canadian politicians have promised that right will never be taken away from women. But according to Karen Segal with the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, there is a difference between having the legal right to an abortion and being able to access one.

And the son of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos could become the next president of his country, almost 40 years after his father's rule. During Marcos' rule, there was two decades of martial law, rampant corruption, and human rights abuses, before rebel soldiers revolted and overthrew Marcos. Now, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is leading in the polls there. Washington Post correspondent Regine Cabato has been covering the campaign and she discusses it with Matt Galloway.

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