The Current

The Current for May 6, 2022

Today on The Current: Why Indigenous women account for half of all female inmates and what to do about it; a look at the fertilizer shortage in Canada and its impact on food supply; and temperatures reach record highs in India and Pakistan
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Just 1 in 20 women in Canada are Indigenous, but for the first time in federal prisons, Indigenous women now account for half of all female inmates. Canada's prison ombudsman, Ivan Zinger,  has called the overrepresentation both "appalling and shameful." Donna Gamble shares her experience of more than twenty years in the corrections system. And Eleanore Sunchild says Donna's story is a common one. She is an Indigenous lawyer with Sunchild Law. 

Also, as farmers across Canada prepare for the growing season, they are running short of a key supply; fertilizer. It's becoming harder to find, and expensive. Part of the problem is that Russia is the world's biggest fertilizer exporter. Matt Galloway speaks with Robert Misko, a farmer of 35 years and chair of the Manitoba Crop Alliance. And Evan Fraser, director of the Arrell Food Institute discusses how the fertilizer shortage could ripple through the Canadian and global food supply. 

And in some regions of India and Pakistan, it was the hottest April in 122 years. Rolling blackouts and power cuts have left millions sweating all day and all night. Temperatures have been above 40 degrees Celsius for days on end. Matt Galloway discussed the high temperatures and what can be done with Chandni Singh, Senior Researcher at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and Fahad Saeed, a climate scientist with the think tank Climate Analytics.

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