The Current for Sept. 9, 2021
Today on The Current:
Under what circumstances — perhaps medical, or religious — can you get an exemption from getting a COVID-19 vaccine? And what are the ethical considerations around exemptions, and mandates? Matt Galloway talks to Cheryl Pauls, president of the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg; Dr. Mariam Hanna, the Ontario Medical Association's Chair for Allergy and Clinical Immunology; and Maxwell Smith, a bioethicist and assistant professor at Western University.
Plus, where do the federal parties stand on fixing long-term care, after the devastation of the pandemic? To weigh up what's being promised, and what's missing from the conversation, we talk to Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors' advocacy organization; Dr. Quoc Dinh Nguyen, a geriatrician and researcher at the University of Montreal Hospital Centre; and Dr. Bob Bell, former deputy minister of health and long-term care in Ontario and a former hospital CEO.
Then, we look to Wednesday night's French-language debate, and ahead to Thursday's English debate, with Michel C. Auger, a political columnist with La Presse and Radio-Canada; and Emilie Nicolas, a political columnist with Le Devoir and the Montreal Gazette.
And in the hours after the 9/11 attack, many flights were diverted to Gander, N.L.. Twenty years later, the kindness displayed by people there remains a moment of brightness in a time of horror. Anthony Germain brings us back to that time, with the voices of some of the people who lived through it.