The Current

The Current for Oct. 22, 2021

Today on The Current: Stigma and judgment hampering effective treatment for people with obesity; redeployed front-line staff share what it’s like battling Alberta’s fourth wave of COVID-19; and what the end of some pandemic supports mean for the economy
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Obesity is widely accepted to be a disease, yet stigma and judgment still stop people from getting effective treatment. Matt Galloway talks to Dr. Ali Zentner, who treats people with obesity in Vancouver; and Michael Vallis, a psychologist and obesity specialist in Halifax.

Plus, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Debakanta Jena and critical care pediatric nurse Cecilia Incze were redeployed to help fight Alberta's fourth wave of COVID-19 this fall. They share what it's been like in the COVID wards, from the exhaustion to the pride they feel in their profession and colleagues.

Then, Murray Mandryk, a political columnist with the Regina Leader-Post, discusses the public anger over soaring COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan.

And the federal government is calling time on the Canada Recovery Benefit. We hear from a business owner who has relied on it, and another whose business is facing staffing shortages. We also discuss the economic impact the expiration of CRB will have with Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers and a columnist at the Toronto Star; and Sri Thanabalasingam, a senior economist at TD Bank.