The Current

The Current for Nov. 3, 2021

Today on The Current: Calls to clear the backlogs in Canada’s courts; Clayton Thomas-Müller on his fight for Indigenous rights and the environment; and protests engulf Sudan after military coup
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The pandemic has worsened the backlogs that already existed in Canada's courts — and some say it's time for bold action to fix the delays. Matt Galloway talks to Cassandra DeMelo, a criminal defence lawyer in London, Ont., and vice-president of the Criminal Lawyer's Association of Ontario; and Rick Woodburn, a Crown attorney in Halifax and president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel.

Plus, Clayton Thomas-Müller survived abuse, discrimination, juvenile detention and gangs while growing up. He took those experiences and dedicated his life to protecting Indigenous rights and the environment. He tells us about that journey, which is detailed in his book Life in the City of Dirty Water: A Memoir of Healing.

And protests have engulfed Sudan after a military coup dissolved the already fragile government. We talk to a pro-democracy protester who has been on the streets in recent days; and discuss what the future might look like with Jonas Horner, deputy director for the Horn of Africa project and senior analyst on Sudan at the International Crisis Group.