The Current

The Current for Oct. 19, 2020

Today on The Current: Privacy concerns over genetic genealogy, Nova Scotia fisheries dispute draws calls for government intervention, The Sims creators agree to make video game more diverse, COVID-19 resurgence in Europe.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

A forensic technique called genetic genealogy helped police identify the man they now believe killed nine-year-old Christine Jessop in 1984, but some people have concerns about the investigative tool's privacy implications. Host Matt Galloway speaks with Anthony Redgrave, who worked with Toronto police on Jessop's case, and Brenda McPhail, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Then, we turn to Nova Scotia, where an escalation in violence has amplified calls for the federal government to get directly involved in the mounting fishery dispute there. We talk with Sen. Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, about his take on the situation.

Plus, until now Black players of the video game series The Sims have relied on other gamers to help them create characters that look like them. Now, the game's creators are working to improve the range of skin tones the game offers. We speak with one gamer about why the changes are important.

And later in the show, we take a virtual trip through Europe to discuss a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, and the criticism and concern over new restrictions. We hear from a restaurant owner in Paris who is trying to keep her business afloat; a virologist in the Czech Republic who worries the country declared a premature victory over the novel coronavirus; and an infectious disease expert in Italy, where cases are on the rise again.

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