The Current

The Current for Nov. 25, 2020

Today on The Current: National affairs panel on rising COVID-19 numbers and how long Canadians might wait for a vaccine, Calls for a national grief strategy to help people cope with impact of pandemic, New lockdown orders come at a crushing time for small businesses.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current

Our national affairs panel discusses Canada's response to fast-rising COVID-19 numbers, and why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it might take months before Canadians get access to a vaccine. Matt Galloway talks to Catherine Cullen. a senior reporter with the CBC's Parliamentary bureau in Ottawa; Niigaan Sinclair, a columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press; and Tyler Dawson, Alberta correspondent for the National Post.

Plus, the pandemic has meant many people who lose loved ones can't come together to grieve, prompting calls for a national grief strategy to help people through an incredibly tough year. Matt Galloway talks to Nina Vaughan, who lost her dad and aunt this year, and Andrea Warnick, a Canadian Grief Alliance co-founder and a registered psychotherapist who specializes in grief. 

And, new lockdown orders across the country have come at a crushing time for small business owners told to close — while big box stores stay open. Jolanta Petrycka and Regan Bueti, who run independent businesses in Toronto and Winnipeg, discuss their fears around losing vital holiday period revenue. We also talk to Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and Dr. Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health.

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