The Current

The Current for Nov. 2, 2020

Today on The Current: Road to November: Louisiana, and the impact of COVID-19 on the New Orleans tourism industry, Cost-cutting, strike action and crisis in Alberta’s health-care system, Terror attacks and a fresh lockdown in France.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

Our Road to November series on the U.S. election concludes in New Orleans, La. today, where tourism has been hit hard by COVID-19 — and we talk to Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes about how the presidential candidates spent the last weekend of the campaign.

Then, in the middle of a pandemic, Alberta's health-care system is in crisis. We discuss cost-cutting measures, recent strike action and why some doctors are leaving the province with Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees; Trevor Tombe, associate professor of economics at the University of Calgary; and Lorian Hardcastle, associate professor researching health-care policy and law, also at the University of Calgary.

Plus, we received a large response to last week's interview with three residents in long-term care homes. We'll share some of your letters today, and hear from Breanne Klassen, a therapeutic recreationist at a home in Ontario, about how her work with residents has changed.

And we turn to France, where two terror attacks in quick succession have been followed by a new COVID-19 lockdown. We discuss the mood in the country with freelance journalist Gilli Alexis, and Rim-Sarah Alouane, legal scholar at the University of Toulouse Capitole.

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