The Current

The Current for Oct. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: The lessons learned from virtual care in the pandemic; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on his 11 years in office; lungs for transplant delivered by unmanned drone in Toronto; CBC podcast looks at science’s quest for eternal youth
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Ontario's provincial government is urging doctors to return to seeing patients in person, but patients and parents have reported difficulties securing face-to-face appointments. Are parts of virtual care worth keeping, and what lessons have we learned in the pandemic? Matt Galloway talks to Dr. Nadia Alam, a family physician, anesthetist, and a past president of the Ontario Medical Association; and Dr. Ewan Affleck, a physician at the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, and the co-chair of the Virtual Care Task Force for the Canadian Medical Association.

Plus, long-time Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is in the final days of his 11 years leading the city. He reflects on his time in office, political and pandemic division, and what it means to serve in a country like Canada.

Then, a Toronto hospital says it has completed the world's first transplant of lungs flown in by unmanned drone. Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, surgeon-in-chief for the University Health Network explains how he got the idea; and Adam Patrick, economic development officer with the Stellat'en First Nation in B.C., discusses the implications for delivering urgent care, especially in remote communities.

And if there was a pill to slow or even stop the aging process, would you take it? Keith McArthur tells us about his new CBC podcast Unlocking The Fountain, which takes a look at how close we are to having just that.