The world is changing every day. Now, more than ever, these questions matter. What’s happening? And why should you care? This Matters, a daily news podcast from the Toronto Star, aims to answer those questions, on important stories and ideas, every day, Monday to Friday. Hosts Adrian Cheung, Saba Eitizaz and Raju Mudhar talk to experts and newsmakers about the social, cultural, political and economic stories that shape your life.
What’s the hold up with COVID-19 rapid tests in Canada?
Despite the name, access to rapid tests for COVID-19 in Canada is moving at a glacial pace. The federal government has purchased 38 million tests and rolled out 5.5 million to the provinces, where they are used in a limit capacity or just stockpiled for future use. What is the hold up? Star reporter Jacques Gallant joins This Matters to discuss why the drive for rapid testing isn’t moving faster.
Out of office: The case to remake empty spaces
The COVID-19 pandemic stirred the greatest shift in our workplaces in a generation when 3.4 million Canadians moved from their offices to work from home. That is not going to change anytime soon. Now what happens to the thousands of offices and retail spaces that used be filled up? Is there a way we can re-purpose these spaces and buildings to meet the needs of a post-pandemic life? City Hall columnist Matt Elliott joins This Matters to talk about the future of our office spaces.
No coup for you! What’s next for The Donald and the Republican Party
Whatever you want to call it, the only way to characterize Trump’s post-election actions are extraordinary. From court challenges to pressuring state electors, the U.S. President took steps to stay in power despite how the vote turned out. With the transition underway, the Star’s Washington Bureau chief Edward Keenan joins This Matters to discuss what’s next for the Republican Party and the “Celebrity President.”
Are Jason Kenney’s plans to fight COVID-19 in Alberta enough?
Until yesterday, despite cases rising and out-numbering bigger provinces, Albertans were free to dine out, shop and gather in groups even as Ontario went into lockdown and other provinces tightened restrictions. Alex Boyd, a Toronto Star reporter in Calgary, joins This Matters to explain what’s going on in Alberta, what the new measures mean and what the consequences might be for Albertans as the provincial government tries to balance public opinion, politics and a pandemic.
Generation Distress: Discussing the youth mental health crisis
WARNING: This podcast contains sensitive subject matter, including suicide and self-harm, that could be triggering for some readers.
Young people are in crisis more than ever, often asking for help, with many having trouble accessing. The Star’s Generation Distress series looks at the many issues surrounding mental health, youth and the barriers they face. Robert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Star, and director of the Investigative Journalism Bureau at the University of Toronto. He joins This Matters to talk about this massive and important subject.
If you are thinking of suicide or know someone who is, there is help. Resources are available online at crisisservicescanada.ca or you can connect to the national suicide prevention helpline at 1-833-456-4566, or the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.
Confused on COVID rules? You’re not alone
Governments have been criticized for confusing, and at times, contradictory messaging and policies on COVID-19 restrictions. Roxanne Khamsi, science journalist and contributor to WIRED Magazine, joins This Matters to talk about the muddied waters of public health messaging and why that makes controlling COVID in the second wave that much harder.