The Current

The Current for Oct. 20, 2020

Today on The Current: Gun-related suicides in rural men, Canada’s booming pandemic real estate market; American satirist P.J. O’Rourke on his new book; Trick-or-treating safety amid COVID-19.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found two-thirds of gun-related deaths in Ontario over a 15-year period were suicides affecting men in rural areas. We speak with Dr. David Gomez, the lead author behind the study; Dr. Allison Crawford, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; and Bill Farley, a member of the Men's Sheds organization, about the need for a co-ordinated public health approach to address the issue.

And even through the pandemic, Canada's real estate market is booming. We talk to Simon Mammone, a first-time homebuyer in Montreal, about the challenges of securing a home right now, and ask mortgage broker Ron Butler and personal finance columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq what's driving these hot markets.

Then, we hear from American political satirist P.J. O'Rourke about his new book, A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land

Plus, we're asking: how safe is it to trick-or-treat this year? Infectious disease expert, dad and Halloween fan Dr. Matthew Oughton explains why he thinks the festivities can still go ahead safely.

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