The National for April 23, 2019 — Sri Lanka Bombings, PEI Election, Eastern Canada Flooding


(*)>>Ian: TONIGHT, ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SRI LANKA BOMBINGS. THE CARNAGE AND GRIEF BEING INVESTIGATED AS RETALIATION FOR CHRISTCHURCH. JUST HOW MUCH INFLUENCE DOES ISIS STILL HAVE? (*)>>BEING HERE AND JUST WRITING THE MESSAGE TO TELL THEM THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE.>>Ian: A TORONTO COMMUNITY BROUGHT TOGETHER BY A BRAZEN RANDOM VAN ATTACK. HOW THEY’RE HEALING ONE YEAR LATER.>>Rosemary: AND MORE CANADIANS ARE WORKING FROM HOME.>>I FELT VERY, VERY LONELY. I WAS STARTING TO GET DEPRESSED.>>Rosemary: BUT HAS THAT FREEDOM BECOME A TRAP? BATTLING BURNOUT WHEN YOU’RE HOME ALONE.>>>THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*) (*) (*)>>Ian: A NEW CLAIM OF RESPONSIBILITY TONIGHT IN THE TERROR ATTACKS IN SRI LANKA AS THE GRIM TOLL OF SUNDAY’S TRAGEDY GROWS. AT LEAST 321 PEOPLE KILLED AND ABOUT 500 WOUNDED. SICKENING NUMBERS, OVERWHELMING GRIEF. (*) (singing). THIS WAS THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING. NORTH OF SRI LANKA’S CAPITAL, HUNDREDS CAME TO THE CHURCH WHERE AN ESTIMATED 150 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, THE SITE OF THE DEADLIEST OF SUNDAY’S ATTACKS. COFFINS WERE PLACED IN A FRESHLY DUG GRAVESITE NEARBY.>>WE HAVE A MASS BURIAL BECAUSE IN THIS SMALL VILLAGE ALMOST EVERY HOUSE HAS ONE PERSON.>>Ian: AMID SECURITY CONCERNS THE COUNTRY’S ARCHBISHOP URGED THE CHURCHES TO POSTPONE OTHER MEMORIALS. OTHER VILLAGERS HELD MAKESHIFT FUNERALS IN THEIR HOMES. SRI LANKA’S CHRISTIANS HAD SO FAR AVOIDED THE COUNTRY’S SECTARIAN TENSIONS AND THEIR LIVES NOW FOREVER CHANGED.>>WE WANT PEACE. WE WANT OUR CHURCH. WE WANT TO GO TO OUR CHURCH AGAIN.>>Ian: ISIS HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY AND INVESTIGATORS HAVE A NEW THEORY OF MOTIVE. THOMAS DAIGLE HAS THE LATEST ON WHAT WE KNOW.>>Reporter: POLICE IN SRI LANKA ARE STILL FRANTICALLY SEARCHING FOR AT LEAST TWO ATTACKERS. BUT COULD THEY BE AMONG THESE MEN SEEN IN A VIDEO RELEASED TODAY THROUGH ISIS PROPAGANDA CHANNELS. THE TERROR GROUP’S LEADER AND PRESENTED AS THE PERPETRATORS OF THE EASTER SUNDAY MASSACRE. A CLAIM THAT SO FAR IS UNVERIFIED.>>FOR ISIS IT’S ABOUT PROPAGANDA. SO IT’S NOT NECESSARILY ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH. IT’S ABOUT TRYING TO CONTROL THE NARRATIVE.>>Reporter: BY NOW SRI LANKANS HAVE SEEN VIDEO OF THAT SUSPECT CARRYING A BACKPACK LOADED WITH EXPLOSIVES. AND TODAY FOREIGN DIPLOMATS WERE SHOWN EVEN MORE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES OF THE APPARENT ATTACKERS. THE GOVERNMENT LINKING THEM TO TWO LITTLE KNOWN GROUPS.>>IT COULD BE A LOCAL GROUP THAT WAS ENLISTED OR COOPERATED WITH OR WAS COOPERATED BY ISIS TO JOINTLY CARRY OUT THE ATTACK. THIS IS A LONG-STANDING PATTERN.>>Reporter: SECURITY EXPERTS SAY THAT IT COULD ONLY BE DONE WITH HELP FROM AN INTERNATIONAL TERROR GROUP. AND AL QAEDA REPORTEDLY SAID THAT CHURCHES WERE OFF-LIMITS TO ATTACKS SO THAT POINTS TO ONE MAIN POSSIBILITY.>>ISIS IS DEFINITELY HIGH ON THE LIST. THEY’VE CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY. BUT THERE’S STILL MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE UNDERSTOOD ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY TRANSPIRED BEHIND THE SCENE.>>Reporter: SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES SAY THEY BELIEVE THAT THE ATTACK WAS MEANT AS RETALIATION FOR THE NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE SHOOTINGS. THEY HAVEN’T BACKED UP THEIR CLAIM BUT INDEED ISIS DID CALL ON SUPPORTERS TO CARRY OUT REVENGE. SRI LANKA’S PRIME MINISTER ACKNOWLEDGED TODAY ISIS INVOLVEMENT IS SUSPECTED.>>AND THERE WAS SUSPICION THAT THERE ARE LINKS.>>Reporter: NOTICE AS ISIS PRESENTED THE SUPPOSED ATTACKERS THAT THE MEN KEPT THEIR FACES HIDDEN. ALL BUT THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE, THE APPARENT RINGLEADER. IT COULD BE THEIR WAY OF PROTECTING THE SUSPECTS WHO ARE STILL ON THE LOOSE. THE MANHUNT CONTINUES. THOMAS DAIGLE, CBC NEWS, LONDON.>>Ian: HEARTBREAKING DESCRIPTIONS OF SUNDAY’S ATTACKS ARE STILL EMERGING. SUDESH KOLONNE DROPPED HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER OFF AT THE CHURCH AND WHEN HE CAME BACK IT WAS FULL SO HE WAITED OUTSIDE. AND THEN THE BOMB WENT OFF. KOLONNE IS TONIGHT’S WITNESS…>>I HEARD ABOUT IT AND I WENT TO THE CHURCH AND I SAW MY DAUGHTER AND MY WIFE WAS ON THE FLOOR. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. AND I JUST THREW MYSELF ON THE FLOOR AND I TRIED TO LIFT THEM. AND MY WIFE IS DEAD. IT’S THE END OF MY STORY. FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY WIFE.>>Ian: THERE WAS ADVANCE WARNING OF THIS ATTACK FROM POLICE TO OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DAYS AGO. AND AGAIN JUST TWO HOURS BEFORE THE SIX BOMBS EXPLODED. SRI LANKANS WERE TOLD SPECIFICALLY THAT CHURCHES WERE TARGETS. IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT, IF ANY, ACTION WAS TAKEN. AND TODAY SRI LANKA’S PRESIDENT WHO IS ALSO IN CHARGE OF DEFENCE AND SECURITY MATTERS HELD HIS SUBORDINANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILING TO INFORM HIM OF THE WARNING. HE VOWED TO FIRE THOSE OFFICIALS AND COMPLETELY RESTRUCTURE THE SECURITY AND POLICE FORCES. THE PRESIDENT ALSO GAVE THE MILITARY BROAD POLICE POWERS. MOST SOCIAL MEDIA IN SRI LANKA REMAINS BLOCK AND A COUNTRY-WIDE NIGHTTIME CURFEW CONTINUES.>>>WELL, IT WAS A DIFFICULT DAY IN TORONTO AS WELL AS THE CITY MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY OF ITS OWN ATTACK. FAMILIES AND FRIENDS GATHERED AT VIGILS TO REMEMBER THE VEHICLES WHEN A DRIVER DELIBERATELY SLAMMED HIS VAN INTO PEDESTRIANS ONE YEAR AGO. IN ALL, 10 PEOPLE DIED THAT MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE YOUNGEST, 22. AND THE OLDEST, 94. EIGHT OF THE VICTIMS WERE WOMEN. BUT IN THE FACE OF THE UNTHINKABLE, A COMMUNITY IN NORTH TORONTO CAME TOGETHER. ONE YEAR LATER IOANNA ROUMELIOTIS REVISITED THAT STRETCH OF YONGE STREET TO SEE HOW PEOPLE ARE COPING.>>Reporter: A YEAR LATER, AND ON THE HOUR THAT THE VAN STRUCK ITS FIRST VICTIM, A MOMENT OF SILENCE. A QUIET RITUAL WHEN THERE ARE NO WORDS.>>THIS ALL BRINGS BACK MEMORIES AND SAD FOR THE WHOLE — FOR EVERYBODY WHO WAS THERE ON THAT DAY.>>Reporter: THAT SUNNY DAY THE HORROR OF IT. 10 DEAD, 16 INJURED. SO RANDOM AND YET THE VAN ATTACK CREATED A COMMUNITY OF GRIEF AND A RESOLVE TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER.>>NOW ONE YEAR IS GONE AND WE STILL THINK ABOUT THE SAME DAY, THE SAME TIME. AND THOSE PEOPLE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE.>>WE’RE SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND THIS IS JUST THERE TO SUPPORT THEM. AND I HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE MORE PEACE.>>I WILL NOW READ THE NAMES OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST IN THIS TRAGEDY.>>Reporter: LATER IN THE DAY ANOTHER COMMEMORATION, A FLOWER FOR EVERY VICTIM. (*) (singing). A LAMENT, AND AN EXTRAORDINARY CALM TO REACH OUT TO EACH OTHER.>>I INVITE YOU TO TAKE A MOMENT TO GREET SOMEONE NEAR YOU.>>Reporter: THAT CONNECTION, A REMINDER AND A LEGACY OF THAT DEVASTATING DAY. THERE IS NO MAKING SENSE OF THE ACT ITSELF. ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT FINDING MEANING DESPITE IT. LATER OUTSIDE A FINAL VIGIL. (*) (singing). AN ANNIVERSARY THAT IS A TIME TO REFLECT AND TO LOOK FORWARD. TONIGHT A COMMUNITY DINNER, ONE OF SEVERAL IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.>>I LOST ONE OF MY FRIENDS AT MEL LASTMAN SQUARE. AND I WANTED TO JOIN WITH THE REST OF MY COMMUNITY IN A LITTLE BIT OF SUPPORT.>>I JUST SEE A LOT OF NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS WHO JUST NARROWLY MISSED THE TRAGEDY THAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR. SO WE’RE HERE TO CONNECT WITH THOSE NEIGHBOURS AND BE A PART OF SOMETHING POSITIVE AND JUST REMEMBERING THE GOOD OF HUMANITY. YEAH.>>Reporter: A TRIBUTE TO WHAT’S BEEN LOST AND TO WHAT A COMMUNITY FOUND TOGETHER. IOANNA ROUMELIOTIS, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: IOANNA WILL BE BACK LATER IN THE HOUR WITH MORE FROM TWO SURVIVORS FROM THE ATTACK AND THEIR JOURNEY TO RECOVERY.>>I DECIDED THAT IT DIDN’T REALLY HAPPEN TO ME AND THAT’S HOW I COPE. IT’S NOT REALLY HAPPENING TO ME.>>I THOUGHT THAT I WAS ACCEPTING IT PRETTY WELL IN THE BEGINNING, BUT THESE DAYS I THINK THAT IT’S HARDER.>>Ian: TWO SURVIVORS AT DIFFERENT STAGES IN LIFE DEALING WITH LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES. WE’LL REVISIT BEVERLY SMITH AND SO RA’S STORY. AND THE MAN ACCUSED OF THE ATTACK, ALEK MINASSIAN IS SUPPOSED TO GO TO TRIAL NEXT YEAR. MINASSIAN FACES SIX COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND 10 COUNTS OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER.>>>ROSIE, YOU’RE WATCHING HISTORY BEING MADE ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND?>>Rosemary: WITH A TIGHT RACE THE DECISION DESK PROJECTS A P.C. WIN AND THE FIRST MINORITY GOVERNMENT EVER IN THAT PROVINCE, IAN.>>WELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GUESS THAT ALL I CAN SAY IS WELCOME TO A NEW DAY IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. [Cheers and Applause]>>Rosemary: FOR DECADES GOVERNMENTS HAVE FLIPPED BACK AND FOG BETWEEN THE P.C.s AND THE LIBERALS AND TONIGHT WAS THE P.C.’S TURN, BUT THERE’S THIS WHOLE OTHER STORY OUT OF THE RACE TOO. THE GREEN PARTY LOOKS SET TO TAKE NINE SEATS, IT’S THE BEST SHOWING EVER FOR THE GREENS IN CANADA. BECOMING THE NEW OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. THAT’S A BIG WIN FOR THE P.E.I. GREEN PARTY LEADER, PETER BEVAN-BAKER, WHO FOR THE FIRST TIME MADE THAT THIRD PARTY A REAL CONTENDER ON THE ISLAND. BUT AS KAYLA HOUNSELL TELLS US THERE WAS MIXED EMOTIONS AT THE GREEN PARTY HEADQUARTERS TONIGHT TONIGHT.>>Reporter: CERTAINLY MIXED EMOTIONS HERE, ROSIE. YOU CAN HEAR THE BAND PLAYING BEHIND ME SO THIS IS VERY MUCH A PARTY ATMOSPHERE HERE TONIGHT. PETER BEVAN-BAKER SPOKE ABOUT HOW PROUD HE IS OF HIS PARTY AND NOTING AS YOU SAY THAT THEY PICKED UP MORE SEATS THAN ANY GREEN PARTY IN CANADIAN HISTORY. HE ALSO SPOKE ABOUT HOW PROUD HE IS OF THE CAMPAIGN, HOW CORDIAL THE CAMPAIGN WAS. THERE’S BEEN NO MUD SLINGING OR CONTROVERSY, IT’S BEEN VERY POLITE. HE SAYS THAT WILL BODE VERY WELL HERE ON THE ISLAND. BUT HE SPOKE AT LENGTH ABOUT HOW THAT JOY AND ELATION IS REALLY MIXED WITH GRIEF AND MOURNING. THE GREEN PARTY LOST A CANDIDATE, JOSH UNDERHAY, AND HIS VERY YOUNG SON, OLIVER, IN A BOATING ACCIDENT ON GOOD FRIDAY. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT PETER BEVAN-BAKER HAS SPOKE ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND.>>FOR ME PERSONALLY, I DON’T THINK THAT I’VE EVER FELT AS OVERWHELMED WITH BOTH JOY AND GRIEF SIMULTANEOUSLY.>>WE LOVE YOU! [Cheers and Applause]>>MY HEART IS SO FULL, BUT IT’S ALSO BREAKING.>>Reporter: THE DEATH OF THAT CANDIDATE HAS RATE SET A SAD UNDERTONE TO THIS ENTIRE ELECTION NIGHT. PETER BEVAN-BAKER MAY NOT BE THE PREMIER BUT HE’S THE PREMIER-DESIGNATE. DENNIS KING SAYS THAT HE WANTS THE IDEAS OF ALL OF THE PARTIES, THAT IS VERY MUCH THE WAY THAT HE LED THIS CAMPAIGN AND SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF HE CONTINUES WITH THAT PHILOSOPHY NOW THAT HE’S IN GOVERNMENT. KAYLA HOWBS CELL, CBC NEWS, CHARLOTTETOWN.>>Rosemary: SO WHAT COULD THIS MEAN FOR THE FEDERAL ELECTION THIS FALL? CHRIS HALL IS JOINING US IN OTTAWA TONIGHT. OKAY, ONCE AGAIN, CHRIS, VOTERS ARE SHOWING THEY ARE INTERESTED, HUNGRY FOR CHANGE EVEN.>>IT’S INTERESTING THAT IT’S RESULTED IN A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT, FOUR, INCLUDING TONIGHT IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, TO THE CONSERVATIVES. BUT AS I POINTED OUT THAT IT’S A BIG NIGHT FOR THE GREEN PARTY, NOT ONLY DID IT GROW ITS SUPPORT BUT IT’S ALSO SHOWN THAT THERE IS AT LEAST A BASE OF SUPPORT THROUGHOUT ATLANTIC CANADA. THEY HAVE WON THREE SEATS IN NEW BRUNSWICK. THEY HAVE THREE SEATS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHERE THEY ARE THE BALANCE OF POWER. SO SOME MOMENTUM THERE. BUT I WOULD POINT OUT AS YOU SAID IN THE INTRO THERE THAT THEY REALLY HAVE A BROADER PLATFORM OF FUTURE VISIONS OF HOW PETER BEVAN-BAKER DESCRIBED IT. SO, CLEARLY, THEY’RE NOT RUNNING AS A ONE-ISSUE PARTY THOUGH SOME SEE THE GREENS IN CANADA AS BEING A PARTY OF THE ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT.>>Rosemary: ALL RIGHT. WHAT SHOULD THE FEDERAL PARTIES TAKE AWAY FROM THIS?>>FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU IT’S A LOSS OF ANOTHER LIBERAL VOICE AROUND THE CABINET TABLE. AND FOR THE N.D.P. THERE’S NOT ANY JOY TONIGHT. BUT LOOKING TO THE FEDERAL GREENS, THEY ONLY GOT 3.5% OF THE POPULAR VOTE IN 2015. AND THAT WAS CONCENTRATED IN DOUBLE DIGITS IN A HANDFUL OF RIDINGS, INCLUDING ELIZABETH MAY’S OWN RIDING IN SAANICH-GULF ISLAND. AND ONE OF THE OTHER RIDINGS, NANAIMO-LADYSMITH, ROSIE, THERE’S A FEDERAL BY-ELECTION COMING ON MAY SIXTH. SO HOW THE GREENS MIGHT DO THERE WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO WATCH BECAUSE TONIGHT IF THERE’S ANY INDICATION FROM P.E.I. THAT THERE’S A CHANGE AFOOT HERE, IT’S THAT THEY DREW VOTES FROM BOTH THE LIBERALS AND THE N.D.P. PROVINCIALLY, SO THAT MAKES THIS BY-ELECTION MORE INTERESTING TO WATCH. THE BROADER PICTURE TO YOU, WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FALL IS STILL I THINK A LITTLE EARLY TO SAY ANYTHING CONCRETE OF WHAT THIS GREEN PARTY SHOWING TONIGHT WILL MEAN FOR THE FEDERAL ELECTION.>>Rosemary: BUT ANDREW SCHEER IS CERTAINLY CLAIMING ANOTHER ALLY TONIGHT.>>YES, HE CERTAINLY IS.>>Rosemary: I APPRECIATE IT. CBC’S CHRIS HALL. MEANWHILE, FEDERAL N.D.P. LEADER JAGMEET SINGH IS SHARING DEEPLY PERSONAL REVELATIONS ABOUT HIS CHILDHOOD. IN HIS NEW MEMOIR HE WRITES ABOUT BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A COACH. CBC’S HANNAH THIBEDEAU SPOKE TO HIM EARLIER ABOUT WHAT IT TOOK FOR HIM TO COME FORWARD AND WHY HE’S DOING IT NOW. [Applause]>>Reporter: THIS IS THE JAGMEET SINGH THAT WE’VE COME TO KNOW. BUT AS A KID HE WAS “JIMMY.”>>WELL, MY FULL NAME IS STILL LEGALLY JAGMEET SINGH JIMMY DHALIWAL.>>Reporter: BUT IT DIDN’T REFLECT WHO HE WAS.>>THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT JIMMY DIDN’T CAPTURE AND DIDN’T FEEL LIKE AND JAGMEET SPOKE TO ME.>>Reporter: HIS NAME CHANGED AND HIS LOOK CHANGED, AND THAT’S NOT ALL.>>I WOULD GO FROM BEING PRETTY WELL ACCEPTED, MAYBE THE OCCASIONAL COMMENT ABOUT THE COLOUR OF MY SKIN. TO IT BEING A REGULAR PART OF MY LIFE. REGULARLY, DAILY I WAS GETTING TEASED AND INTO FIGHTS.>>Reporter: IN HIS NEW BOOK VING DESCRIBES HIS FATHER’S ALCOHOL ADDICTION AS “VIOLENT AND SCARY.” HE STARTED TAKING TAEKWONDO. AT 10, HE SAYS THAT HE WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY HIS COACH.>>HE WAS AN ELABORATE GUY AND — GUISE OF THIS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AND TRAINS AND THE MANIPULATION BEHIND ALL OF THAT THAT REALLY MESSED WITH ME, IF I CAN PUT IT INTO BLUNT TERMS. BECAUSE HE COULD SEE THAT I WAS VULNERABLE.>>Reporter: SINGH STAYED SILENT AND BLAMED HIMSELF FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.>>IT’S ONLY AFTER I SPOKE TO ANOTHER PERSON AND THEY SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW THAT IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT, RIGHT? AND IT WAS JUST A CASUAL WAY OF SAYING IT AND IT WAS JUST SO OBVIOUS TO ME, BUT IT WASN’T OBVIOUS. AND HAVING HEARD IT FOR THE FIRST TIME IT CRACKED MY HEART OPEN.>>Reporter: FARAH KHAN WORKS WITH ABUSE SURVIVORS.>>THIS OPENS UP THE STORY FOR YOUNG MEN OF COLOUR, TO FEEL THEY DON’T HAVE TO CARRY THE STORY ALONE.>>Reporter: THE PRIME MINISTER APPLAUDED SINGH’S COURAGE SAYING THAT “HIS STORY WILL FIGHT AGAINST STIGMA.” WITH SIX MONTHS UNTIL THE ELECTION SINGH KNOWS THAT THERE WILL BE BACKLASH.>>THERE’S BEEN PEOPLE SAYING THINGS LIKE YOU’RE JUST TRYING TO GET SYMPATHY OR THIS IS NOT GOING TO MAKE ME VOTE FOR YOU.>>Reporter: BUT HE SAYS THAT IT WAS THE PERFECT TIME TO WRITE ABOUT HIS PAST AND HOW HE GOT HERE.>>AND I THOUGHT THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I COULD DO WAS TO TELL A STORY THAT HELPS PEOPLE OUT.>>Reporter: SINGH SAYS THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY THANKED HIM FOR SHARING HIS STORY. HANNAH THIBEDEAU, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Ian: HERE’S SOME OTHER STORIES THAT WE’RE WATCHING TONIGHT… THE TOWN OF BIGGAR, SASKATCHEWAN, IS IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY BECAUSE OF AN OUT-OF-CONTROL GRASS FIRE.>>IT WAS QUITE A SCARY-LOOKING SCENE WITH ALL OF THE SMOKE BEHIND THE STORE AND ACROSS THE STREET.>>Ian: THE COMMUNITY WEST OF SASKATOON IS DEALING WITH HEAVY SMOKE. ROUGHLY 1,500-HECTARES HAVE BURNED SO FAR. DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH WINDS HAVE LED TO FIRE BANS ACROSS WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN.>>>PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE IS THREATENING TO DECLARE, QUOTE “WAR AGAINST CANADA” OVER GARBAGE. HE SAID THAT TONNES OF GARBAGE SENT TO THE PHILIPPINES AND THREATENING TO SEND IT BACK. THEY SAID THAT IT WAS A COMMERCIAL ARRANGEMENT THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH OTTAWA.>>Rosemary: AHEAD TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL”… WHY NEW BRUNSWICKERS CAUGHT IN THE FLOODS ARE CHOOSING TO STAY PUT.>>Ian: FIRST THOUGH WE’LL CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR WORKPLACE IS YOUR HOME?>>I THINK THAT IT’S REALLY DAMAGING FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. IT DEFINITELY WAS FOR MINE AND I FELT VERY, VERY LONELY AND I WAS STARTING TO GET DEPRESSED.>>Ian: BATTLING BURNOUT NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL.” (*) (*)>>BRIGHT, CHEERFUL, WELL RESTED OFFICE PERSONNEL ARRIVING AT WORK TO PIT THEIR WITS AGAINST THE WORK-A-DAY WORLD.>>Rosemary: OFFICES HAVE CHANGED MUCH OVER THE YEARS FROM ED MGENTIRELY ENLIGHTENED 1940s.>>PEOPLE LIKE MISS BIFLE HERE, A LOT OF GREY MATTER UNDER THIS KID’S PEROXIDE.>>Rosemary: TO THE FUTURISM OF THE 1950s AND 1960s, OFFICE CULTURE AND DESIGN HAS EVOLVED, OR DEVOLVED, DEPENDING ON YOUR PERSPECTIVE WITH EACH GENERATION.>>DOES IT MAKE YOUR JOB LESS BORING?>>OH, IT’S EXCITING. I REALLY LIKE IT.>>Rosemary: MANY NOW FIND THEMSELVES WORKING IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS — OR THIS — AND IN RECENT YEARS A NEW PHENOMENON, THE MOVE AWAY FROM GOING INTO ANY OFFICE AT ALL. TONIGHT OUR ONGOING SERIES ON WORKPLACE STRESS EXAMINES WORKING AT HOME WHICH MANY COMPANIES SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE TO SAVE MONEY. BUT THAT COMES AT A COST. DIANNE BUCKNER EXPLORES THE DANGERS OF NOT PUNCHING THE CLOCK. (*)>>HERE I’M GOING TO CHANGE TO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DRUM GROUP RIGHT HERE.>>Reporter: ADAM SIMMONS TEACHES A VERY 2019 TYPE OF MUSIC CLASS, SHOWING GRADE SCHOOL KIDS HOW TO REMIX POPULAR SONGS.>>LET’S SEE WHAT THIS SOUNDS LIKE.>>Reporter: SIMMON’S COMPANY, WHICH EMPLOYEES OTHER TEACHERS AS WELL, HAS A CONTRACT WITH THE TORONTO SCHOOL BOARD. BUT WHEN HE STARTED HIS BUSINESS HE DID MOST OF HIS WORK AT HOME AND HATED IT.>>I THINK THAT IT’S REALLY DAMAGING FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. IT DEFINITELY WAS FOR MINE AND I FELT VERY, VERY LONELY AND I WAS STARTING TO GET DEPRESSED.>>IT IS A HUGE ISSUE AND IT’S A HUGE HEALTH ISSUE AND IT’S AN ISSUE FOR THE WORKPLACE AS A RESULT.>>Reporter: THIS HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANT SAYS THAT HER FIRM’S RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ISOLATION IS A PROBLEM FOR 41% OF EMPLOYEES SURVEYED.>>IT IMPACTS MENTAL HEALTH AND THE RISK OF DEPRESSION AND IMPACTS ANXIETY AND IMPACTS PEOPLE’S PERSONAL WELL-BEING AND IT IMPACTS YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH.>>Reporter: BUT THE TREND TOWARDS WORKING OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE, OFTEN ALONE, HAS BEEN GROWING STEADILY. THE MOST RECENT DATA FROM STATISTICS CANADA SAYS THAT 2.5 MILLION CANADIANS, MORE THAN 12% OF THE WORKFORCE, WORK AT HOME AT LEAST PART OF THE TIME. AS REMOTE WORK HAS GROWN, SO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH COSTS NOW AT 30% OF ALL DISABILITY CLAIMS. RESEARCH HASN’T YET CONNECTED THOSE TWO TRENDS DIRECTLY BUT ISOLATION IS DESCRIBED AS EXTREME MOST OFTEN BY THOSE WHO WORK AT HOME.>>WHEN SOMEBODY IS SAYING THAT SOMETHING IS EXTREME, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THAT’S NOT SERIOUSLY IMPACTING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR WELL-BEING.>>Reporter: REBECCA YASO WORKS FOR AN EVENT COMPANY THAT HAS NO OFFICE WHATSOEVER AND IT’S ENTIRELY ONLINE.>>ESSENTIALLY IT GOT TO A POINT WHERE I WAS A LITTLE BIT LONELY. AND I WAS REALLY CRAVING SOME SOCIAL INTERACTION.>>Reporter: SHE DECIDED TO RENT A DESK IN A CO-WORKING SPACE.>>I’M REBECCA, IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU.>>Reporter: WHICH HOSTS SEVERAL SOCIAL EVENTS EACH MONTH.>>I’M THE ONLY ONE HERE.>>Reporter: IT CONNECTS HER WITH OTHERS WITH SIMILAR WORKING SITUATIONS. ADAM SIMMONS HAS ABANDONED HIS HOME OFFICE AS WELL. HE TOO NOW RENTS A SPACE IN A CO-WORKING FACILITY.>>MOST OF YOUR PUNISHMENT WE GIVE A PERSON IF THEY COMMIT THE MOST HEINOUS CRIME, WE TAKE THEM AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE.>>Reporter: LIKE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.>>YEP, THAT’S THE WORST PUNISHMENT THAT WE HAVE.>>Reporter: EXPERTS SAY THAT THE KEY TO WORKING ALONE AND AVOIDING LONELINESS IS STAYING CONNECTED.>>HOW DID THAT SOUND?>>Reporter: A REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING A REAL SOCIAL NETWORK. DIANNE BUCKNER, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: UP NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”… THEIR LIVES WERE CHANGED IN AN INSTANT FOREVER. STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY ONE YEAR AFTER THE VAN ATTACK IN TORONTO.>>I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I DID, I DECIDED THAT IT DIDN’T REALLY HAPPEN TO ME. AND THAT’S HOW I COPE. IT’S NOT REALLY HAPPENING TO ME. (*)>>THIS WAS A TRAUMATIC EVENT FOR THE CITY AND WE DIDN’T THINK THAT THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPENED HERE.>>Ian: ONE YEAR AFTER THE DEADLY VAN ATTACK THE CITY CONTINUES IT HEAL. AND TODAY THROUGH VIGILS AND MEMORIALS, A COMMUNITY IN NORTH TORONTO REMEMBERED THE 10 LIVES LOST. ANOTHER 16 PEOPLE WERE INJURED AND TOGETHER THEY SHARE GRIEF AND A PAINFUL COMPLICATED PATH TO RECOVERY. SO ON THIS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WE LOOK BACK ON TWO STORIES OF SURVIVAL. HERE’S IOANNA ROUMELIOTIS.>>TAKE YOUR TIME AND GO SLOWLY.>>Reporter: THIS IS WHAT SURVIVAL LOOKS LIKE.>>YOU’RE GETTING THERE, ALMOST THERE.>>Reporter: BEVERLY SMITH IS 81. AND SHE’S LEARNING TO CRAWL. NOW LIFE IS ALL ABOUT GETTING THROUGH THE DAY.>>YOU DID IT!>>IT’S SO HARD.>>THAT’S WHY IT’S HARD, BECAUSE I GET TO YOU DO THE HARD THINGS. IT’S CHALLENGING. VERY CHALLENGING. BUT YOU PUSH THROUGH EVERY TIME.>>YEP. (*)>>Reporter: IT WAS THE FIRST WARM DAY OF SPRING… (*) A RETIRED LIBRARIAN AND AVID READER SHE WAS ON THE WAY TO THE LIBRARY NEAR HER CONDO WHEN THE VAN STRUCK HER AND HURDLED ON. IT HAD ALREADY LEFT A TRAIL OF BROKEN BODIES AND A TRAIL OF INTERSECTING LIVES. HEADING TO THE SAME LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENT SO RA AND HER BEST FRIEND SOHE. IT WAS SO NICE OUT THEY HAD DECIDED TO WALK THE THREE BLOCKS FROM THE APARTMENT THEY SHARED.>>THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE ON MY BODY AND I FELT LIKE SEVERE PAIN AROUND MY FACE AREA. AND THEN I WAS LOOKING AROUND TO FIGURE OUT AND THEN I SAW SOHE LYING ON THE GROUND BESIDE ME. HER CLOTHES AND HER FACE AND EVERYTHING SEEMED FINE, BUT SHE WAS JUST UNCONSCIOUS. SO I THOUGHT THAT — I THOUGHT THAT IT’S JUST TAKING A BIT MORE TIME FOR HER TO WAKE UP BUT I DIDN’T KNOW LIKE SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HER. (*)>>Reporter: SOMEONE CAPTURED THIS SHOCKING IMAGE OF SO RA MOMENTS AFTER SHE WAS HIT. SHE SHARED IT WITH US ALONG WITH THESE HOSPITAL PHOTOS. EVERY BONE IN HER FACE WAS BROKEN. IT WOULD BE DAYS BEFORE SHE FOUND OUT THAT HER FRIEND SOHE HAD DIED AT THE SCENE. HOW WAS THAT WHEN YOU FOUND OUT?>>MMM… UM…>>Reporter: IT’S OKAY, TAKE YOUR TIME.>>MY FRIENDS AND MY PARENTS, THEY WERE LIKE SO WORRIED ABOUT MY PHYSICAL CONDITION AND MY PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION, SO THEY HESITATED FOR PRETTY — A LONG TIME TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY SHOULD TALK TO ME ABOUT IT OR NOT. BUT THEN THEY CAME OUT WITH THE DECISION TO TELL ME THE TRUTH. AS SOON AS I HEARD THAT BAD NEWS I STARTED — I STARTED CRYING AND JUST EVERYTHING BURSTED OUT. BECAUSE I HAD THOUGHT OF SOHE, LIKE SOMETHING HAPPENING TO SOHE, BUT I TRIED TO, LIKE, STOP MYSELF. AND I TRIED MY BEST TO NOT GIVE UP ON HER OR TO LOSE MY HOPES.>>Reporter: MICHAEL SMITH AND HIS SISTER ALISON TRIED TO HOLD ON TO THEIR HOPES FOR THEIR MOTHER TOO, TELLING THEMSELVES WHAT ARE THE CHANCES. LOOKING BACK IT SEEMS SO HOLLOW A REASSURANCE.>>SO I JUST PICKED UP THE PHONE AND HE SAID, HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON TV. AND I SAID, NO. AND HE EXPLAINED THE WHOLE SITUATION. AND I SAID WHAT ARE THE CHANCES — AS I ALWAYS SAY — WHAT ARE THE CHANCES — I MEAN, I KNOW THAT IT’S OUTSIDE OF HER BUILDING BUT THERE’S HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN TORONTO WALKING AROUND.>>Reporter: BUT THEY COULDN’T GET THROUGH TO THEIR MOM. AND THE COLD ANSWER ARRIVED WHEN POLICE OFFICERS SHOWED UP AT THEIR DOOR TO TAKE THEM TO THE HISTORY.>>SHE WAS SO BEATEN UP AND HER EYES WERE COMPLETELY CLOSED AND THEY TOLD ME THAT HER LEGS HAD BEEN AMPUTATED. IT WAS HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE.>>Reporter: IT WOULD BE WEEKS BEFORE BEVERLY COULD PROCESS, COULD BELIEVE, WHAT HAPPENED.>>I’LL TELL WHAT YOU I DID. I DECIDED THAT IT DIDN’T REALLY HAPPEN TO ME AND THAT’S HOW I COPE. IT’S NOT REALLY HAPPENING TO ME. BUT I’M GETTING BETTER, I KNOW THAT IT’S HAPPENED TO ME, YOU KNOW, AND I KNOW THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. BUT I’VE GOT A LOT TO — EVEN AT ALMOST 82, I’VE STILL GOT TIME TO LIVE AND ENJOY LIFE. SO I’M GOOD.>>WE WERE REALLY, REALLY LIKE GOOD, LIKE BEST FRIENDS. WE MET IN THE FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY AND STARTED LIVING TOGETHER AS ROOMMATES FROM THE SECOND YEAR. YEAH, WE HAVE BEEN ROOMMATES SINCE THEN.>>Reporter: SO RA STILL SPEAKS OF HER BEST FRIEND IN THE PRESENT TENSE AND STILL CHASES AWAY THE GUILT.>>IF I TRIED TO WAKE HER UP OR I SHOOK HER AND THEN, WOULD SHE HAVE SURVIVED? YEAH. (*) I THOUGHT THAT I WAS, LIKE, ACCEPTING IT PRETTY WELL IN THE BEGINNING, BUT THESE DAYS I THINK THAT IT’S HARDER FOR ME TO ACTUALLY THINK AND ACCEPT THE FACT THAT SHE’S ACTUALLY GONE FOREVER.>>Reporter: DISBELIEF IS A LINGERING COMPANION. SO ARE THE PANIC ATTACKS. OTHER THAN HER DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENTS, SO RA RARELY GOES OUT.>>SHE HAD A FRACTURE TO HER CHEEKBONE AND THESE BONES AND HER UPPER JAW WAS BROKEN OFF AND HER LOWER JAW WAS BROKEN. A LOT OF FRACTURES.>>Reporter: AND THERE ARE INVISIBLE REMINDERS TOO.>>BACK TO YOUR SYMMETRICAL SELF.>>Reporter: SO RA HAD TO UNDERGO SEVEN HOURS OF SURGERY TO RECONSTRUCT HER FACE.>>GOOD. SO THE MAIN THING IS THAT IT FEELS LIKE IT’S THE STIFFNESS IN YOUR JAW MOVEMENT, THAT’S THE PROBLEM NOW, RIGHT?>>I STILL HAVE MORE THAN LIKE 10 METAL PLATES IN MY FACE RIGHT NOW AND I HAVE TO KEEP THEM FOREVER.>>Reporter: WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR NOW DO YOU –>>I DON’T SEE ANY DIFFERENCE. THEY HAVE DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB.>>Reporter: IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOUR ENTIRE FACE WAS FRACTURED.>>IF I DON’T TALK ABOUT IT FIRST NO ONE KNOWS AND NO ONE CAN NO OTHER SUTURES WERE FROM THE INSIDE. SO NO SCARS.>>Reporter: FOR BEVERLY –>>YOU REMEMBER, WHAT DID YOU GET FROM THAT?>>Reporter: RECOVERY IS COMPLICATED TOO.>>JUST THE PEOPLE THAT TOOK HER IN THAT I KNOW OF.>>Reporter: HER MEMORY, HER COMPREHENSION, ARE NOT THE SAME SINCE THE ATTACK.>>I REALLY LOVE THAT YOU’RE STARTING TO UNDERLINE. IT’S A REALLY GREAT THING.>>Reporter: SHE USED TO DEVOUR BOOKS AND NOW SHE NEEDS THERAPY TO FOLLOW A SIMPLE PLOT LINE.>>WHAT DO YOU FIND EASIER, FOLLOWING THE STORY OR JUST THE CHARACTERS?>>JUST THE CHARACTERS.>>JUST THE CHARACTERS, OKAY.>>Reporter: SHE’S GETTING THERE BUT SOMETIMES SHE SEEMS TO GO BACK.>>LAST WEEK SHE ASKED ME IF SHE WOULD EVER WEAR BOOTS AGAIN AND THIS IS FIVE MONTHS LATER AND SHE IS STILL CONFUSED ABOUT THAT SORT OF THING AND IT’S HEARTBREAKING TO HAVE TO ANSWER A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS.>>Reporter: IT’S CONFUSING OF WHAT IS NEXT. BEVERLY IS LEAVING THIS REHAB FACILITY SOON. SHE CAN’T LIVE ALONE. BOTH MICHAEL AND ALISON NEED TO RENOVATE THEIR HOMES TO ACCOMMODATE HER. BUT EVERYTHING FROM A RAMP TO AN ACCESSIBLE VEHICLE IS COSTLY. AND BATTLES WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY ARE EXHAUSTING.>>THERE’S A FUND FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME, A CATASTROPHIC FUND OR WHATEVER AND THERE’S ALL OF THIS MONEY AND THEY’RE TELLING ME HOW TO SPEND IT. AND WHAT I CAN HAVE AND WHAT I CAN’T HAVE. THEY’RE ALL BASIC THINGS, IT’S NOT A TRIP TO HAWAII OR A CASTLE. THIS IS TO MAKE MY LIFE LIVABLE AND NORMAL.>>ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN WITHOUT HER?>>MMM HMM.>>Reporter: BUT NOTHING IS NORMAL. SO RA IS BACK AT SCHOOL BUT WITHOUT HER BEST FRIEND. AND THAT LOSS IS LIKE A SHARD THAT CAN’T BE REMOVED. SHE CAN ONLY LIVE AROUND IT. DO YOU THINK AT ALL ABOUT THE PERSON WHO DID THIS?>>TO BE HONEST, I TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT HIM, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO HIM HAVE ANY POWER — OR I CAN DO — THERE’S NOTHING THAT I CAN DO IN THIS SITUATION. AND, YOU KNOW, THIS ENDLESS NEGATIVE LOOP SO I TRY TO NOT THINK ABOUT HIM.>>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR FOR YOURSELF?>>I’M HOPING TO BECOME MY USUAL, LIKE USUAL MYSELF AS BEFORE. AND I’M GOING TO TRY MY BEST TO ENJOY, DOUBLE ENJOY MY LIFE AND TO LIVE HARDER FOR SOHE AND MYSELF. FOR BOTH OF US. (*)>>Reporter: BEVERLY ALSO REFUSES TO THINK OF THE MAN WHO DROVE INTO HER, WHO DESTROYED THE LIFE SHE KNEW. SHE TRIES TO PICTURE HER FUTURE INSTEAD. WHEN YOU IMAGINE YOUR LIFE MOVING FORWARD, WHAT DO YOU SEE?>>WHEN I SEE MY LIFE MOVING FORWARD, I PICTURE IT THROUGH MY CHILDREN. THEM GROWING AND THE CHILDREN GROWING. AND ALL OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND JUST GROWING UP. MY FAMILY.>>Ian: SINCE WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU THAT STORY BEVERLY SMITH HAS LEARNED TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND SHE’S NOW LIVING FOR THE MOST PART ON HER OWN. AS FOR SORA, SHE’S VISITED SOHE’S GRAVESITE IN KOREA AND HE’S BACK IN SCHOOL BUT SAYS THAT HER FRIEND’S DEATH STILL FEELS SURREAL AND SHE STILL THINKS ABOUT HER EVERY DAY.>>>OF COURSE A BIG PART OF TODAY IS HONOURING THOSE WHO DIED, THE LIVES THEY LIVED AND HOW THEY’RE BEING REMEMBERED. (*)>>SHE WAS… SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO TALK TO. AND I KNOW THAT SHE WAS SUCH A GOOD PERSON SO WHEREVER SHE IS NOW, SHE’S PROBABLY WATCHING HER SPORTS STILL AND BEING A GOOD PERSON.>>SHE WAS… SHE WAS ONE OF THOSE HUMANITARIANS THAT REALLY CARED ABOUT HER COMMUNITY AND CARED ABOUT THE PEOPLE SHE WORKED WITH. SHE JUST WENT WAY BEYOND WITH A LOT OF THINGS. SO SOMETIMES WHEN I FEEL A LITTLE BIT OF THOSE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF WHICH IS ANGER — I LOOK DOWN AT THAT AND I BASICALLY SAY, YEAH, WHAT WOULD SHE DO? THEN WE END UP KIND OF ANSWERING A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS.>>SHE’S LIKE VERY CLOSE TO ME, LIKE MY OWN SISTER. I MISS HER SO MUCH. I AM TELLING YOU THAT SHE DIDN’T DESERVE TO DIE. (*)>>SHE WAS VERY FUNNY, FUNNY PERSON. YOU KNOW, SHE HAD A VERY, VERY SHARP, FOR A 94-YEAR-OLD AND VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS WALKING UP AND DOWN YONGE STREET EVERY DAY. (*)>>I THOUGHT THAT I WAS, LIKE,>>I THOUGHT THAT I WAS, LIKE, ACCEPTING IT PRETTY WELL IN THE BEGINNING. BUT THESE DAYS I THINK IT’S HARDER FOR ME TO ACTUALLY TO THINK AND ACCEPT THE FACT THAT SHE’S ACTUALLY GONE FOREVER. (*)>>TO ME SHE’S LIKE A CHILD BUT IN A COOL WAY. SHE HAS THIS CHILD LIKE FAITH IN WHATEVER SHE DOES AND HAS THIS ZEAL THAT I WISH I COULD HAVE. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)>>Rosemary: FLOODWATERS STABILIZED TODAY ALONG THE OTTAWA RIVER BUT THE SITUATION IN QUÉBEC COULD GET MUCH WORSE THIS WEEK. THE SUNNY WEATHER IS QUICKLY MELTING SNOW AND THE RAIN IS BACK TONIGHT. AS IT STANDS AROUND 1,400 PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE ARE EVACUATED, MORE THAN 3,000 HOMES ARE FLOODED. AND ANOTHER 1,800 ARE CUT OFF. FOR MANY IT’S ALL TOO FAMILIAR. SOME REBUILT THEIR HOMES AFTER RECORD FLOODING JUST TWO YEARS AGO.>>WE NEVER EXPECTED TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN AGAIN TWO YEARS AFTER, OTHERWISE, I THINK THAT I WOULD JUST BE SOMEWHERE ELSE.>>Rosemary: AND DESPITE THE WARNINGS, SOME PEOPLE ARE REFUSING TO LEAVE THEIR PROPERTIES.>>BE SMART ABOUT THIS BECAUSE MOTHER NATURE IS NOT GOING TO FORGIVE YOU.>>Rosemary: THE PRIME MINISTER IS ACTUALLY HEADING TO THAT FLOODED ZONE IN GATINEAU TOMORROW. MEANWHILE NEW BRUNSWICK IS NOT SPARED EITHER. FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO EQUAL OR SURPASS LAST YEAR’S RECORD-BREAKING LEVELS. ACROSS FREDERICTON HOMES ARE WATERLOGGED AND AS BRETT RUSKIN SPOKE TO OWNERS ABOUT STAYING LONG TERM WHEN THE WATER JUST KEEPS COMING.>>Reporter: THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO GET TO MAURA PRICE’S HOUSE.>>THE DRIVEWAY GOES DOWN SO IT’S UP TO YOUR SHOULDERS IF YOU TRIED TO WALK ACROSS. SO, YEAH, WE RELY ON THE KAYAKS AND THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO AND FROM THE HOUSE.>>Reporter: LAST YEAR THEY BORROWED A NEIGHBOUR’S BOAT. THIS YEAR THEY BOUGHT THEIR OWN.>>THIS YEAR WE SAW THE WATER COMING IN AND WE THOUGHT, WELL, WE’RE GOING TO NEED ONE.>>Reporter: SO YOU BOUGHT THE KAYAK FOR THE FLOOD?>>YEAH, WE DID.>>Reporter: JUST LIKE LAST YEAR THEIR BASEMENT FILLED WITH DARK ICY WATER AND THEY WERE FORCED TO STACK MOST OF THEIR BELONGINGS OUTSIDE ON THE FRONT PORCH. SO WHY NOT JUST MOVE?>>WE LOVE OUR PROPERTY WHEN IT’S DRY. I MEAN, WE WOULD MOVE IF WE COULD, BUT I DOUBT THAT WE’LL EVER SELL THIS PROPERTY.>>Reporter: SO IF YOU COULD YOU WOULD MOVE?>>YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY, WE’D MOVE BECAUSE THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND. IT’S A LITTLE UNFORTUNATE AND IT PUTS US IN A BIND EVERY YEAR. SO YOU’RE LITERALLY SITTING ON GRAND LAKE RIGHT NOW.>>Reporter: A BIT DOWN RIVER ELAINE PRICE COULD LEAVE BUT DOESN’T WANT TO. THE HOME SHE SHARES WITH HER HUSBAND WAS BADLY DAMAGED LAST YEAR AND THEY SPENT MONTHS PREPARING IT, RAISING THE FOUNDATION, NEW FLOORING, FRESH PAINT. NOW THE WATER IS BACK.>>THE FEAR — YOU CAN PROBABLY HEAR IT IN MY VOICE. IT’S VERY EMOTIONAL THAT WE COULDN’T SPEND CHRISTMAS IN OUR HOME OR ANY OF THE HOLIDAYS.>>Reporter: SO WHY STAY HERE AT ALL?>>WE LOVE IT HERE. I LOVE NATURE. MY HUSBAND LOVES NATURE. WE MET AS A YOUNG COUPLE WHEN WE WERE HUNTING. AND MY HUNTER WAS MY DAD SO I JUST LOVE TO BE HERE.>>Reporter: FLOOD LEVELS TODAY HERE REACHED RECORD LEVELS AND THAT COULD BE MORE HOUSING UNDER WATER THAN EVER BEFORE. AND MORE FAMILIES DECIDING IF IT’S THIS FLOOD THAT WILL MAKE THEM MOVE. BRETT RUSKIN, CBC NEWS, FREDERICTON.>>Ian: “THE MOMENT” IS NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL.” WIN OR LOSE IT’S ALREADY A DREAM COME TRUE AT THE WORLD CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP.>>COULD YOU HAVE EVER IMAGINED THROWING ROCKS AT A WORLD CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP?>>YES, BEING THE FIRST AFRICAN TO DO IT SO WE’RE EXCITED. SO EXCITED TO BE HERE. (*) (*)>>Ian: THE WORLD OF CURLING IS GROWING A BIT BIGGER TONIGHT. FOR THE FIRST TIME AN AFRICAN NATION IS COMPETING IN THE WORLD CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP IN NORWAY. JOHNNY COLE AND HIS WIFE SUSANNA ARE MAKING HISTORY. HE GREW UP IN NIGERIA AND HIS LIFE-LONG DREAM WAS TO CARRY HIS COUNTRY’S FLAG INTO A SPORTING EVENT AND THAT IS OUR “MOMENT.” (*)>>COULD YOU HAVE EVER IMAGINED THROWING ROCKS AT A WORLD CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP?>>AND BEING THE FIRST AFRICAN TO DO IT, SO WE’RE EXCITED, SO EXCITED TO BE HERE. WE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD AND OUR COACHES HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH US. AND WE’RE EXCITED TO BE HERE. BUT WE’RE NOT A NOVELTY. WE’RE HERE TO COMPETE AND WE’RE HERE TO DO THE BEST WE CAN.>>Reporter: CAN YOU EVER IMAGINE –>>– NEVER IN MY LIFETIME. NO. I’M VERY PROUD TO REPRESENT NIGERIA.>>WE’RE GOING TO WORK HARD AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE FUN.>>Reporter: AND YOU’RE HERE TO STAY?>>WE’RE HERE TO STAY. SEE YOU GUYS IN 2022.>>Ian: NOW, TO JOHNNY, ROSIE, HE LEARNED HIS LOVE OF CURLING IN NORTH AMERICA. YOU MAY NOTICE IT IN HIS VOICE. BUT EVEN THAT’S A LITTLE BIT UNUSUAL BECAUSE IT WAS IN THAT CURLING HOTBED OF — DALLAS. [laughter]>>Rosemary: AND THEY HELD A CURLING CLINIC IN NIGERIA AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SHOWED UP. A KEY MISSING INGREDIENT — ICE, OUR PRODUCER TELLS US. THEY JUST DID DRY CURLING. WHATEVER THAT IS.>>Ian: MAYBE ICE IN THE DRINKS, TO GET THE FULL CURLING EXPERIENCE.>>Rosemary: THAT PART OF CURLING I UNDERSTAND.>>>THAT’S “THE NATIONAL” FOR APRIL 23rd. GOODNIGHT.>>Ian: GOODNIGHT. (*)

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