The Current

The Current for Nov. 18, 2021

Today on The Current: How truckers being stranded in B.C. could impact Canada’s supply chain; the threat of military engagement in space; The Fifth Estate’s investigates WE Charity schools; and an update on a woman who fled Afghanistan
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Historic floods and mudslides stranded thousands of drivers in Hope, B.C., this past week, including truckers carrying important goods. Smaller vehicle drivers were offered a way out yesterday after the highway from Hope to Metro Vancouver reopened, but truckers were forced to stay put as their vehicles were too big to make it safely across. We speak to trucker Peter Sandhu about his experience waiting for assistance; and Barry Prentice, professor of supply chain management at the University of Manitoba, about the effect B.C.'s infrastructure collapse could have on Canada's supply chain.

Then, the militarization of space took another leap forward when a Russian missile launch into one of its own satellites generated orbital debris that could've endangered the International Space Station. We discuss the threat of military engagement in space with Tara Copp, the senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense One; and Brian Weeden, the director of Program Planning for the Secure World Foundation. Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield also gives us an inside look at what ISS astronauts do when the space station gets hit by space debris.

And CBC's The Fifth Estate recently launched an investigation into WE Charity's funding of schools in Kenya, and if the number of schools funded matched the number of schools WE Charity actually built. Host Mark Kelley travelled to Kenya to do a count on the ground, and tells us how their investigation went. 

Also, shortly after the Taliban took back power in Afghanistan, we spoke to a woman hiding out in a Kabul safe house named Zahra, which is a fake name to protect her identity. She was desperately looking for a way out of the country at the time, and she finally made it out. 

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