The Current

The Current for May 9, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak with people testifying at the hearings over Quebec's bill to ban religious symbols in the workplace; then, a look at the ethical and economic concerns around Uber ahead of its initial public stock offering on Friday; also, how the Toronto Raptors' success is reaching new heights; and finally, our conversation with an author about the racial resentment he says is "killing" America's heartland.
Matt Galloway is The Current's guest host. (Kevin Van Paassen)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

  • If Quebec's Bill 21 gets the green light, some civil servants would be banned from wearing religious symbols on the job. But not everyone is on board with the idea. We hear from groups on both sides of the debate who are giving their two cents at ongoing legislative hearings on the bill. 
  • Uber is expected to make an initial public stock offering on Friday, in a move the tech giant hopes will raise billions of dollars. But it comes on the heels of protests by rideshare drivers who are worried about the ethical and economic implications of Uber's dominance. We'll hear from a driver who took part in Thursday's protests, and from a technology columnist who calls Uber a "moral stain" on Silicon Valley. 
  • They were once dismissed as a joke in purple uniforms. Now, the Toronto Raptors' fanbase and success has reached new heights. Sports writer Cathal Kelly joins us to explain the rise of the Raptors. 
  • We speak with author Jonathan Metzl about his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland.