The Current

The Current for Sept. 15, 2021

Today on The Current: Rising COVID-19 cases in Alberta and Saskatchewan putting health systems in crisis; Dr. Robert Strang on why Nova Scotia is putting its reopening plan on hold; and telling the story of residential schools through a dystopian future
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Alberta and Saskatchewan have the lowest vaccination rates in Canada, and the highest rates of COVID-19 per capita right now — with packed ICUs leading to cancelled surgeries. Matt Galloway discusses the pressure on their health-care systems with Dr. Shazma Mithani, an emergency room doctor in Edmonton, and Dr. Lookman Abdul, an ICU doctor at Battlefords Union Hospital in North Battleford, Sask. And infectious disease specialist Dr. Alexander Wong talks about why the pandemic is the worst in the prairies and what needs to be done to get COVID-19 under control.

Plus, life for Nova Scotians looks almost back to normal, even while other regions look at reviving restrictions to combat the delta variant of the coronavirus. But the province's chief medical officer of health isn't ready to fully reopen just yet. Dr. Robert Strang talks about how the province has managed. 

And director Danis Goulet says that even though her film Night Raiders is fictional, it's based on events that are very real: residential schools in Canada. The film is set after a war across North America, where the government is taking children from their families and putting them in forced-education camps. Night Raiders is screening as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. 

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