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What the first phase of the federal dental health benefit gets right — and wrong

The first phase of the federal government’s dental health benefits is now in effect. We discuss whether the plans go far enough, with B.C. pediatric dentist Dr. Hasnain Dewji; associate professor at Ottawa’s Carleton University Jennifer Robson, who teaches political management and policy; and Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, vice dean and director of dentistry at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in London, Ont.


Facing soaring energy costs, Europeans get creative to fend off freezing temperatures

As energy prices soar, people in parts of Europe are getting creative to fend off freezing temperatures. We talk to Sverre Eikeland, who is facing record-high energy bills in his home of Kristiansand, Norway; Kahina Rabahi, the policy and advocacy coordinator at the European Anti-Poverty Network; and Emily Rauhala, the Washington Post's Brussels bureau chief.


AFN chiefs demand compensation for families harmed by child welfare system

The Assembly of First Nations agreed this week to set differences aside and demand compensation from Canada for families discriminated against by the child welfare system. Matt Galloway talks to lawyer Carolyn Buffalo, whose family is part of the class action lawsuit seeking compensation for people harmed by the on-reserve child-welfare system; and Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse.


Bird populations in steep decline, with 1 in 8 species at risk of extinction

In a conversation from October, we discussed research into the steep decline in global bird populations with Lucy Haskell, a science officer with BirdLife International.


Are interest rate hikes the right approach to curbing inflation?

The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate to 4.25 per cent, aimed at bringing down the high inflation rate. The seventh hike this year is causing economic anxiety for many Canadians with mortgages or debt — is it the right approach? Matt Galloway talks to Armine Yalnizyan, an economist and Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers; and Derek Holt, vice president and head of capital markets economics at Scotiabank.


Change the constitution or face referendum, says architect of Alberta sovereignty bill

The Alberta Sovereignty Act passed in the early hours of Thursday morning, giving Premier Danielle Smith the authority to redress any federal policy, law or program that her cabinet deems harmful to Alberta. We discuss Alberta’s relationship to Ottawa with Globe and Mail reporter Carrie Tait; University of Calgary political science professor Barry Cooper; and Opposition and Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley.


In trying to flee the war, this Ukrainian dad ended up in a Russian prison — and his kids in Moscow

Evgeny Mezhevoy was trying to flee the war in Ukraine but ended up in a jail in Russian-occupied Donetsk, while his children were sent more than a thousand kilometres away to Moscow. CBC correspondent Briar Stewart brings us their story.


Mushrooming: a way to slow down and find the beauty around you

In her new book Mushrooming: The Joy of the Quiet Hunt, author and artist Diane Borsato explores the best ways to forage for fungi — and how it offers us a chance to slow down and look around.


Time is right for a Canadian professional women's soccer league, says founder and former player

Canada will have a professional women's soccer league in 2025, with plans for eight teams across the country. Matt Galloway talks with Diana Matheson, a former Canadian soccer player and one of the founders of the new league; and Katrina Galas, founder and CEO of In Common Consulting, which specializes in women's sports strategy.


China using surveillance tech to crack down on COVID-19 protesters

China is using extensive surveillance technology to crack down on demonstrators who recently protested against COVID-19 restrictions. We hear more from Cate Cadell, a Washington Post national security reporter covering China.


Charities offering hot meals grapple with rising costs

Rising food prices are making it harder for charities that run food programs to help those in need. We pay a visit to the Scott Mission, a charity in Toronto; and talk to Ron Dunn, chief development officer at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Halifax; and Gisèle Yasmeen, a senior fellow who researches food security at the University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.


COVID-19 front-line worker and her family face deportation to Mexico

Claudia Zamorano spent the pandemic working as a housekeeper in a COVID-19 ward in a B.C. hospital — but now she and her family face deportation to Mexico within weeks. She tells Matt Galloway her story; and we hear more about the government’s backlog of immigration cases from Warda Shazadi Meighen, a partner at Landings LLP and an adjunct professor of refugee law at the University of Toronto.


Anxious patients wait months for Pap test results

Wait times for cervical cancer screening results have gone from six weeks to six months in some jurisdictions. We hear about the toll that delay is taking on one patient in B.C.; and discuss the broader implications with Dr. Diane Francoeur, the CEO of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.


Manitoba murders show situation has gotten worse for Indigenous women, says advocate

The murders of Indigenous women in Manitoba have renewed pleas for action on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Matt Galloway talks to Kyra Wilson, chief of Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba; and Sandra DeLaronde, project lead of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls implementation project in Manitoba.


Women report alarming side effects from drug prescribed to help with breastfeeding

Many new mothers have been prescribed the drug Domperidone to help with breastfeeding, but no country has approved the drug as a lactation aid. We hear about a CBC investigation into those prescriptions — and the alarming side effects many women are reporting.


Amazon losing billions on Alexa voice assistant

Alexa and other voice-activated assistants were seen as the future of technology a few years back — but now, companies are losing billions on the devices. We talk to Eugene Kim, chief tech correspondent at Business Insider; and Cosmin Munteanu, associate professor and Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Healthy Aging at the University of Waterloo.


BONUS | Kids' surgeries cancelled as children’s hospitals grapple with ‘tripledemic’ virus surge

In this special podcast, Matt Galloway visits Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children to hear how staff are coping with a surge of respiratory viruses — leading to long wait times, shortages in beds and staff, and in some cases the cancellation of pediatric surgeries. Plus, we talk to Rachel Armstrong, whose son’s heart surgery has been cancelled twice recently.


What the World Cup revealed about Team Canada

After three games, three losses and two goals scored, Canada's World Cup is over in Qatar. We talk to Joshua Kloke, staff writer at The Athletic, about what the tournament revealed about Team Canada — and what needs to be done before Canada co-hosts the next men's World Cup in four years.


Ahead of biodiversity summit, lawyer Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on how to heal our relationship with nature

A major UN conference on biodiversity begins next week in Montreal, with governments aiming to sign a new agreement to address the loss of wildlife globally. We talk to Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a lawyer and the executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, about how we can heal our relationship with nature.


Ukrainians face winter with disruptions to power and heat

Russian attacks have damaged large swaths of Ukraine’s electricity grid, leaving people without reliable power, light and heating. Matt Galloway talks to Ukrainians dealing with these blackouts, with a determination that life continues.