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Listen for a breakdown of all the news surrounding the Covid-19 Global Outbreak, where we'll separate the facts from the fiction.

  • Living in the COVID Era - THE NEXT NORMAL

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  • Re-Imagining Recovery - Standing our cities back up in the COVID era.

    The effort to restart and regenerate economies across the country is proving to be more art than science. It’s But it’s a choreography that leans towards improv over planning.  We’ve never faced this before.   So governements, public health authorities and business are having to process this as we go. And there’s only one opportunity to do it right.   How do we do that?   Well, the Toronto Region Board of Trade has laid out a series of measures to help local economies re-open safely.   The report is called RE-IMAGINING RECOVERY….and we’ve assembled our Round Table to explore the ideas.   We are joined by Richard Joy Executive Director Urban Land Institute Toronto, Scott Beck President and CEO Tourism Toronto and Jan De Silva President and CEO Toronto Region Board of Trade  
  • COVID-19 hits Canadian agriculture hard and threatens the food supply chain

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the areas of neglect and concern that have been hiding in plain view. That includes the matter of FOOD SECURITY. The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the pressure on an already pressured food bank network across Canada. FOOD SECURITY at the dinner table is one thing.   But what about the SECURITY of the FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN? How do we ensure the food we grow gets out of the ground from the farm, onto the truck, to your local grocer and to your front door in this age of COVID?   Keith Currie is the Vice President the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. He spoke to us from his office in Collingwood, Ontario  
  • Australian researchers are excited by their vaccine tests in a colony of monkeys.

    In this second of two parts of the NEXT NORMAL, we continue our conversation with Professor Nikolai Petrovksy – the director of endocrinology at flinders medical centre with a conjoint position as professor of medicine at flinders university in Adelaide, Australia. He and his team of international researchers are on the forefront of the effort to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Petrovsky says he is "excited" by the vaccine test results from a colony of monkeys. It's a major step forward in the development in the fight against COVID-19 and he says it could mean human trials will begin before mid-summer. Petrovsky’s team is an international coalition of public and private sector contributors and none of them is pursuing this vaccine for profit. It may prove to be the NEXT NORMAL in vaccine research and development. Petrovsky says “I think (governments and public health authorities) are going to be amazed that this model actually does work….and I hope then that governments and global corporations realize this is the model of the future. It’s not massive pharma companies that take years to deliver and consume billions of dollars in doing so. If you can have a small, highly mobile, very fast team doing this hundreds of thousands or a few million dollars and deliver and even better product faster, why are you investing billions in these big corporations that really are dinosaurs when it comes to dealing with a pandemic.”   He expects there will be more than one successful vaccine in relatively short order. But the challenge will be effectively distributing doses around the world in a short period of time.
  • Competition drives the effort to find a coronavirus vaccine but don't think for a minute "We're all in this together."

    Professor Nikolai Petrovsky leads a team of researchers that is bound and determined to develop a vaccine to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.   While that task is immediate and urgent, and his team isn’t the only one looking for the secret sauce to solving the pandemic, the structure of their consortium may well be the greater benefit if in fact they are successful. Petrovsky’s team is an international coalition of public and private sector contributors and none of them is pursuing this vaccine for profit.   That sets them apart from the research efforts being led by the US, UK and German governments. In this first of two parts of the NEXT NORMAL, you get a glimpse of the competitive proprietary approach to vaccine research and how that could affect some of the most vulnerable countries in the world.   Professor Petrovsky joined me from his office in Adelaide Australia at Flinders University.
  • COVID intensifies famine that could kill as many as 300k per day

    Julie Marshal is with the World Food Project. She tells The NEXT NORMAL, as many as 300,000 people could die per day - over the next 3 months if WFP doesn't get the funding urgently need to reach people with humanitarian assistance. 821 million people go to bed hungry every night all over the world, chronically hungry, and as the new Global Report on Food Crisis shows, there are a further 135 million people facing crisis levels of hunger or worse. That means 135 million people on earth are marching towards the brink of starvation. But now the World Food Programme analysis shows that, due to the Coronavirus, an additional 130 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of 2020.  That’s a total of 265 million people.    
  • Are we paying enough attention to our kids' health during the pandemic?

    In this episode you will meet Dr. Sharon Burey. She is a Consultant Behavioural Pediatrician and the President of the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario and she joins us from her office in Windsor, Ontario. Dr. Burey is particularly concerned about the lack of COVID-19 studies that include children in the research. She is also worried about current data that suggests there has been a steep falloff in regular vaccines for young kids.
  • The NEXT NORMAL with Dave Trafford

    In this episode you will meet Ujwal Arkalgud – a cultural anthropologist. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Motivbase. He and his team are studying how we are and will live in a world with covid-19.   He says as much as we may think changes are happening quickly, history says we are slow to embrace change even in the face of the most challenging times.   AND I’M ALWAYS INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM YOU. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA @DAVETRAFFORD ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM AND @THEDAVETRAFFORD ON FACEBOOK.   THE NEXT NORMAL IS PRODUCED FOR iHEART RADIO CANADA BY iCONTACT PRODUCTIONS.
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