The Current

The Current for Nov. 27, 2020

Today on The Current: Nova Scotia’s real estate boom and buying houses through Zoom, COVID-19’s impact in the Yukon and N.W.T., Preparing for the 33rd Annual Spelling Bee of Canada Championship Finals, Tanya Talaga on the power of Anishinaabe storytelling.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Canadians making a fresh start in the pandemic have set off a Nova Scotia real estate boom, and for many, that means buying a house far, far away through a screen. Would you do it? Michael Harrison and Jennifer Giesbrecht did,  and they tell us about their experience. We also talk to John DeMont, a columnist with the Halifax Chronicle Herald, about the recent suspension of the Atlantic travel bubble.

Plus, Canada's North was largely spared from the first wave of COVID-19, but as cases rise there are difficult decisions that need to be made in order to keep the virus at bay. In Yukon, we talk to Dana Tizya-Tramm, chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, about the challenges facing his community; and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. And in the Northwest Territories, we talk to Allice Legat, who lives in Yellowknife and travels to Alberta to get treatment for lung cancer; and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola.

Then, 8-year-old Sophia Mathew and 9-year-old Noah Chender will be competing in the Spelling Bee of Canada Championship Finals this weekend. We ask what they love about spelling, and put their passion for letters to the test.

And, award-winning journalist and author Tanya Talaga joins us to discuss her new podcast Seven Truths, and the power of Anishinaabe teachings and storytelling.