The National for August 13, 2019 — Hong Kong Protests, Toronto Gun Violence


(♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Adrienne: TONIGHT, CHAOS GRIPS HONG KONG. RIOT POLICE MOVE IN AFTER PROTESTERS PARALYZE THE AIRPORT AS THE VIOLENCE ESCALATES. WE GO IN-DEPTH. HOW WILL THIS END? (♪♪♪)>>IT GIVES ME AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF HOPE.>>Adrienne: HAVE SCIENTISTS FOUND A CURE FOR EBOLA? THE NEW TREATMENT IS SAVING LIVES. (♪♪♪)>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FLYING. THANK YOU SO MUCH, PLEASURE. CAN’T WAIT.>>Ian: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE THE ONLY PASSENGER ON A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT. JUST THINK OF THE LEG ROOM.>>>THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (♪♪♪)>>Adrienne: IT IS WEDNESDAY IN HONG KONG RIGHT NOW AND AFTER DAYS OF ESCALATING VIOLENCE BETWEEN PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS AND POLICE, THE BIG QUESTION IS — WHAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY? THE SITUATION IS TENSE AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING. TUESDAY THERE ENDED LIKE THIS, WITH BATONS AND TEAR GAS AS RIOT POLICE MOVED IN ON DEMONSTRATORS CAMPED OUT AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. PROTESTERS WENT ON THE ATTACK TOO, DETAINING MEN THEY SAY WERE SPIES FOR THE BEIJING GOVERNMENT THEY’RE PUSHING BACK AGAINST. AUTHORITIES DENY THAT. AND CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL, PASSENGERS JUST TRYING TO GET OUT AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORTS. AND HERE IN CANADA, NO MATTER WHAT SIDE YOU’RE ON, IT’S A NERVOUS WAIT TO SEE WHERE THINGS GO FROM HERE. THE CHAOS IN THE CHINESE TERRITORY HAS DRAGGED ON FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS NOW, SPARKED BY FEAR BEIJING IS TRYING TO TAKE MORE AND MORE CONTROL OVER HONG KONG. AND WITH THE AIRPORT NOW AT THE CENTRE OF THE POLITICAL UNREST, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO NOTICE. TONIGHT HONG KONG’S AIRPORT AUTHORITY SAID THAT IT NOW HAS AN INJUNCTION TO STOP ANYONE OBSTRUCTING AIRPORT OPERATIONS. TANYA FLETCHER TAKES US THERE.>>Reporter: VIOLENCE ERUPTS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. CHECK-IN COUNTERS CLOSED. FLIGHTS CANCELED. THE EPI-CENTRE OF POLITICAL UNREST AS POLICE CLASH WITH PROTESTERS.>>WE ALMOST HAVE A STAMPEDE BECAUSE WE WERE IN SUCH A PANIC, WE WERE IN SUCH A BLIND FEAR OF POLICE.>>Reporter: DEMONSTRATORS SAY THAT WHAT STARTED AS A PEACEFUL SIT-IN QUICKLY TURNED TO CHAOS AS RIOT POLICE SUDDENLY STORMED THE AIRPORT TERMINAL ARMED WITH BATONS AND PEPPER SPRAY. ONE POLICE OFFICER EVEN PULLED OUT A GUN WHEN PROTESTERS WENT AT HIM.>>WE WERE TRYING TO STOP POLICE FROM ENTERING. I DIDN’T REALLY QUESTION WHAT I WAS DOING, I JUST WANTED TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS WRONG.>>Reporter: AT ONE POINT PROTESTERS DETAINED A MAN THEY CLAIMED WAS AN UNDERCOVER POLICE OFFICER. HE WAS TIED TO A LUGGAGE CART AS THRONGS OF PEOPLE CROWDED AROUND. THIS WAS THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY DEMONSTRATORS BROUGHT THE AIRPORT TO A STANDSTILL, TAKING THEIR FRUSTRATION AND DEMANDS TO THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. THE PROTESTS STARTED AS A PUSH AGAINST A CONTROVERSIAL EXTRADITION BILL THAT COULD SEE THOSE ACCUSED OF CRIMES SENT TO CHINA. EVER SINCE, HONG KONG’S LEADER HAS BEEN DOGGED BY QUESTIONS OF JUST HOW MUCH BEIJING CONTROLS HER.>>Question: DO YOU HAVE THE AUTONOMY OR NOT TO WITHDRAW THE EXTRADITION BILL?>>ASK A QUESTION PLEASE.>>Question: YOU HAVE NOT ANSWERED THE QUESTION, YOU HAVE EVADED THE QUESTION.>>Reporter: BEIJING WARNS THAT THIS IS BORDERING ON TERRORISM. THERE’S CONVOYS OF PARA-MILITARY POLICE CONVERGING IN THE BORDER CITY OF SHENZEN. IT’S DIVIDED THE WHOLE CITY.>>EVERYONE IS TAKING A SIDE AND EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS STORY. IF YOU GO TO WORK IN THE MORNING YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOUR SUBWAY WILL BE FULL OF PROTESTERS OR NOT AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.>>Reporter: 10 WEEKS IN, WITH BOTH SIDES DIGGING IN, THE FEAR IS THAT THIS POLITICAL CRISIS WILL ONLY GET MORE VIOLENT. TANYA FLETCHER, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Adrienne: IT’S NOT JUST STUDENTS OUT THERE ON THE STREETS BUT BUSINESS PEOPLE, LAWYERS AND EVEN RELIGIOUS GROUPS. HONG KONG RIGHT NOW IS A CITY OF DISCONTENT. SO WHAT IS FUELLING THE ANGER? WHAT BEGAN AS A RESPONSE TO A PROPOSED LAW ALLOWING EXTRADITIONS TO CHINA HAS MORPHED INTO AN EXPRESSION OF DEEPER ANXIETIES IN THE CITY. FRUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN GROWING IN THE TWO DECADES SINCE THE UNITED KINGDOM HANDED THE CITY OVER TO CHINA. AND SINCE XI JINPING BECAME PRESIDENT IN 2012, CHINA HAS BECOME OVERTLY AUTHORITARIAN. MANY SEE THAT AS BEIJING ENCROACHING ON THE CITY’S AUTONOMY. AND THE INFLUX OF MIGRANTS MOVING IN FROM MAINLAND CHINA, MANY FEAR THEY ARE TAKING RESOURCES AWAY FROM HONG KONG RESIDENTS, EVEN THAT THE CITY’S PREDOMINANT LANGUAGE, CANTONESE, IS UNDER THREAT. AND THEN THERE’S THE ECONOMIC ANXIETY. THE WEALTH GAP KEEPS WIDENING. HONG KONG IS THE CITY’S LEAST AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET. MORE THAN HALF OF THE RESIDENTS DON’T OWN A HOME AND YOUNG PEOPLE ARE INCREASINGLY SKEPTICAL THAT ANYTHING WILL CHANGE. EVEN THE 2014 UMBRELLA MOVEMENT THAT SOUGHT TO DEMOCRATICALLY ELECT THEIR CITY’S LEADER FAILED. AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING. CHINA IS ONLY LEGALLY COMMITTED TO MAINTAIN HONG KONG’S QUASI DEMOCRACY TO 2047.>>SO IT’S NOT THE ENDGAME YET AND IT’S AN INFINITE WAR UNTIL 2047.>>Adrienne: SO MANY HONG KONGERS ARE DETERMINED TO FIGHT BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT. FOR PEOPLE IN CANADA WHO GREW UP IN HONG KONG OR HAVE LOVED ONES THERE, WATCHING THE TURMOIL FROM AFAR IS TOUGH. AS AARTI POLE SHOWS US, WHILE IT’S LEFT SOME FEELING HELPLESS IT’S PUSHED OTHERS TO HELP.>>STOP THE VIOLENCE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE.>>Reporter: MINNIE LI HOPES THAT THESE MESSAGES WRITTEN BY CANADIANS WILL INSPIRE PROTESTERS IN HONG KONG.>>WE STAND WITH HONG KONG.>>Reporter: LI LIVES IN TORONTO NOW BUT IS ORIGINALLY FROM HONG KONG AND SAYS THAT WATCHING WHAT’S UNFOLDING BACK HOME IS HEARTWRENCHING.>>THAT’S NOT THE HONG KONG THAT HE WE GREW UP WITH. POLICE SHOULD BE PROTECTING CITIZENS AND NOW THEY ARE NOT. PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY SCARED WHEN THEY SEE POLICE CLOSE IN.>>Reporter: SHE’S CHANNELLING THAT FRUSTRATION INTO ACTION, ORGANIZING RALLIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH PROTESTERS, PROTESTERS LIKE THIS TORONTO MAN WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED FOR FEAR HIS FAMILY IN HONG KONG WILL BE PUT IN DANGER.>>AND ALL OF MY FRIENDS ARE ACTUALLY ASKING HOW TO APPLY FOR IMMIGRATION. THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE IS THINKING RIGHT NOW. IF THEY HAVE A FAMILY THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE THINKING.>>Reporter: AT THE VANCOUVER AIRPORT TODAY, RELIEF FROM PEOPLE WHO JUST ARRIVED FROM HONG KONG.>>YEAH, IT’S PRETTY CHAOTIC.>>IT’S SAD, IT’S SAD. EVERYBODY HAVE VERY DIFFERENT OPINION. IT’S — IT’S FAR MORE COMPLICATED THAN WHAT IT IS.>>Reporter: COMPLEX AND DIVISIVE, EVEN WITHIN THE CANADIAN HONG KONG COMMUNITY.>>FOR THE MOST PART IT’S A PRETTY DIVISIVE ISSUE. I THINK THAT THERE’S A VERY ENGRAINED CHINESE ATTITUDE TOWARDS, YOU KNOW, STABILITY AND, YOU KNOW, PERSONAL PROSPERITY OVER, LIKE, THESE NOTIONS OF DEMOCRACY.>>Reporter: MINNIE LI SAYS THERE’S DIFFERING OPINIONS IN HER FAMILY TOO. SHE HAS TWO SISTERS IN HONG KONG AND ANOTHER SISTER AND HER MOTHER IN CANADA.>>AT THIS POINT THERE’S NO POINT TO ARGUE OR LOSE A FRIEND OVER SOMETHING THAT I CAN’T SEE HOW I CAN CHANGE IT.>>Reporter: BUT SHE WON’T LET IT DETER HER FROM RALLYING THE COMMUNITY IN CANADA. SHE’S ALREADY PLANNING ANOTHER EVENT IN TORONTO THIS WEEKEND TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH DEMONSTRATORS BACK HOME. AARTI POLE, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: MIXED IN WITH ALL OF THE EMOTION IN THIS CHAOS ARE TACTICS, STRATEGIES USED BY BEIJING TO WIN THIS TACTIC. AND WE’LL GET TO THAT IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES. AND IT’S NOT JUST HONG KONG THAT CHINA IS FLEXING — WHERE CHINA IS FLEXING ITS MUSCLE, BEIJING IS INCREASINGLY THROWING ITS WEIGHT AROUND ALL OVER THE GLOBE, INCLUDING POINTEDLY IN TRADE TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES. AND WHILE THAT BATTLE IS NOWHERE NEAR OVER, WASHINGTON DID BACK DOWN TODAY FROM ITS THREAT TO IMPOSE EVEN MORE TARIFFS ON CHINESE IMPORTS. PETER ARMSTRONG LOOKS AT WHAT THAT MEANS. [BELL RINGS]>>Reporter: GLOBAL MARKETS HEAVE A SIGH OF RELIEF TODAY. THE ENTIRE ECONOMY HAS SPENT THE SUMMER ON EDGE AS THE TWO BIGGEST SUPER POWERS SQUARE OFF.>>THIS FEELS THAT WE WERE EYEBALL TO EYEBALL WITH CHINA AND THE PRESIDENT JUST BLINKED.>>Reporter: TRUMP SAYS THAT HE’S JUST STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS.>>President Donald Trump: WE’RE DOING THIS FOR CHRISTMAS SEASON, JUST IN CASE SOME OF THE TARIFFS WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON U.S. CUSTOMERS.>>Reporter: IF NOTHING ELSE, BACKING DOWN FEEDS INTO A NARRATIVE THAT THE U.S. IS AN UNRELIABLE NEGOTIATOR. TRUMP’S TENDENCY TO SHOOT FROM THE HIP MAKES THE U.S. SOMETIMES SEEM ERRATIC.>>I THINK THAT CHINA HAS HAD A VERY STEADY POSITION. IT’S UNCERTAIN WHAT THE U.S. POSITION WAS. THERE’S SO MUCH BLUSTER, SO MUCH BLUFF.>>Reporter: CHINA IS THE OPPOSITE. NO BLUFF, NO BLUSTER. IN BEIJING THERE’S A PERCEPTION THAT THE U.S. IS A THREAT TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.>>[SPEAKING CHINESE]>>Reporter: IF THE U.S. INSISTS ON ESCALATING THE TRADE DISPUTE THIS GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SAYS, CHINA WILL HAVE TO TAKE COUNTER MEASURES. THIS ANALYST SAYS THAT THE U.S. MISCALCULATED HOW FAR CHINA IS WILLING TO GO.>>I THINK THAT IT HAS THE ABILITY AND THE WILLINGNESS TO TAKE MORE PAIN THAN THE UNITED STATES DOES. THE U.S. IS IN A SITUATION WHERE VOTERS WILL SUPPORT THIS UNTIL IT STARTS TO HIT THEM IN THE POCKETBOOK. AND I THINK THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE SEEN TODAY.>>Reporter: TWO WORDS WILL GOVERN THE U.S. IN HOW IT NAVIGATES THESE TALK IT’S — ELECTION AND RECESSION. TRUMP WANTS TO GET RE-ELECTED AND TO DO THAT HE NEEDS TO AVOID A RECESSION. CHINA, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS WILLING TO DO ANYTHING THAT IT CAN TO EXTEND ITS INFLUENCE ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND IT SEES THESE TALKS AS JUST PART OF THAT. PETER ARMSTRONG, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: AND DONALD TRUMP HAD SOME STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT BOTH THAT TRADE CONFLICT AND THE JEFFREY EPSTEIN SAGA TODAY, IAN.>>Ian: ADRIENNE, THE PRESIDENT WEIGHED IN ONCE AGAIN ON THE CONSPIRACY THEORY ABOUT THE CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER’S DEATH. THIS IS AS THE INVESTIGATION FOCUSED ON TWO MAIN POINTS. FIRST, HOW WAS EPSTEIN ABLE TO DIE IN CUSTODY? AND THE SECOND IS LINKED TO THE ALLEGATIONS THAT PUT HIM BEHIND BARS TO BEGIN WITH. PAUL HUNTER TAKES US THROUGH IT ALL.>>Reporter: THE IMAGES ARE SILENT, SHOT BY A DRONE AND POSTED ON YouTube AND ODDLY MESMERIZING. IT’S JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S PRIVATE ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN, A PLACE BEFITTING ANY SELF-PROCLAIMED BILLIONAIRE. BUT IN THIS CASE ONE WHO WAS ALSO A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER, FACING FRESH SEX CRIME CHARGES WHEN HE APPARENTLY KILLED HIMSELF EARLY SATURDAY IN A JAIL CELL IN NEW YORK. THIS ISLAND, SAY HIS ACCUSERS, WAS WHERE YOUNG GIRLS WERE BROUGHT FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO BE USED AS SEX SLAVES. LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU’LL SEE NEW YORK POLICE AND F.B.I. AGENTS RAIDING THE PLACE YESTERDAY. SEEING CLEARLY THROUGH THE WINDOW, COMPUTERS PACKED IN RED BUBBLE WRAP READY TO GO, EVIDENCE FRESHLY GATHERED, UNDERLINING THE INVESTIGATION INTO EPSTEIN’S WORLD IS FAR FROM OVER. AS THE LAWYER FOR TWO OF THE WOMEN ACCUSING EPSTEIN TOLD CBC NEWS THIS MORNING, “THE NUMBER OF EPSTEIN’S ACCUSERS IS STILL GROWING.”>>WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM MORE EVERY DAY AND MY TEAM AND I HAVE BEEN REVIEWING THEIR CASES, REVIEWING THEIR EVIDENCE, THEIR WITNESSES, AND VETTING THE WHOLE PROCESS TO GO THROUGH IN EVERY CASE.>>Reporter: AT THE NEW YORK JAIL WHERE EPSTEIN REPORTEDLY HANGED HIMSELF TWO, GUARDS WERE TODAY PUT ON LEAVE. AND THE WARDEN REPLACED IN RESPONSE TO THE DEATH. BUT, MEANWHILE, CONSPIRACY THEORIES LIVE ON WITH WORD TODAY THAT EPSTEIN’S DEATH FIRST CAME OUT MYSTERIOUSLY ENOUGH ON AN ONLINE MESSAGE BOARD KNOWN FOR RIGHT-WING INTERNET TROLLS. THEN THERE’S DONALD TRUMP, SEEN HERE WITH EPSTEIN IN 19 2 WHO ON THE WEEKEND RE-TWEETED THE BASELESS SUGGESTION THAT BILL CLINTON MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN EPSTEIN’S DEMISE. TODAY HE CHOSE TO EMPHASIZE CLINTON FLEW ON EPSTEIN’S PRIVATE JET MORE THAN TWO DOZEN TIMES.>>President Donald Trump: SO YOU HAVE TO ASK DID BILL CLINTON GO TO THE ISLAND? THAT’S THE QUESTION. IF YOU FIND THAT OUT YOU’LL KNOW A LOT.>>Reporter: AND SO ON ALL OF THAT AND MORE, THEY SEARCH. PAUL HUNTER, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Ian: THE PRIME MINISTER WAS TALKING BEGUN VIOLENCE TODAY IN TORONTO WHERE A RASH OF RECENT SHOOTINGS HAVE PUT CANADA’S BIGGEST CITY ON EDGE. THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN CALLS FOR A NATIONWIDE BAN ON HANDGUNS AND POLITICALLY IT MIGHT BE A GOOD STRATEGY. BUT WOULD A BAN HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON VIOLENT CRIME? ASHLEY BURKE TAKES A LOOK.>>Reporter: THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A COURTESY CALL. IT’S A PRE-ELECTION MEETING IN VOTE RICH TORONTO AND ONE URGENT ISSUE IS TOP OF MIND — GUNS.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE NEED ACTION. MAYOR TORY AND I AGREE THAT WE CAN’T SIMPLY ARREST OUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM.>>WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF GUN VIOLENCE AND GET MUCH TOUGHER AT CRIMINALS THAT LAUGH AT THINGS LIKE BAIL AND SENTENCING PRACTICES.>>Reporter: BUT WHAT THE TWO LEADERS HAVEN’T AGREED ON IS IF BANNING HANDGUNS IS THE ANSWER. TORONTO IS ON TRACK TO SET A RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF SHOOTINGS SINCE 2004. IN ONE WEEKEND ALONE 14 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS. THE SPIKE HAS RENEWED JOHN TORY’S CALL FOR A HANDGUN BAN. TRUDEAU MADE NO PROMISES, ONLY DROPPED HINTS.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN WHICH WE’LL BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH CANADIANS OUR VISION FOR HOW TO KEEP CANADIANS MORE SAFE.>>Reporter: THE LIBERALS HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO ENHANCE BACKGROUND CHECKS, IMPROVE BORDER CONTROL AND ADD RESTRICTIONS ON TRANSPORTING GUNS.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: STRENGTHENING THAT THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE PROMISED TO ROLL BACK. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE VERY NEXT TIME THAT PARLIAMENT IS SITTING, HOPEFULLY UNDER A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WHERE WE WILL BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE FURTHER MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN MEASURES AGAINST — AGAINST GUNS.>>Reporter: IN A STATEMENT THE CONSERVATIVES SAY THAT “LIBERAL POLICIES SENSELESSLY TARGET LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS. CRIMINALS DO NOT ORIGINAL THEIR FIREARMS, AND THEY WILL NOT COMPLY WITH ARBITRARY BANS.” ONE EXPERT SAYS THAT A BAN ON HANDGUNS WON’T STOP GANG HAD OF RELATED GUN VIOLENCE.>>WE LIVE NEXT DOOR TO THE LARGEST WEAPONS MARKET IN THE WORLD. PEOPLE WILL JUST SIMPLY DRIVE ACROSS THE BORDER AND OBTAIN THEIR FIREARMS THERE AND THEN BRING THEM BACK TO CANADA.>>Reporter: SO WHY WON’T THE PRIME MINISTER TAKE ACTION NOW? JUSTIN TRUDEAU WOULDN’T ANSWER THAT QUESTION TODAY, SAYING THAT LAWS CAN ONLY BE PASSED WHEN PARLIAMENT IS SITTING AND THAT WON’T HAPPEN UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION. ASHLEY BURKE, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Ian: GUNS WON’T BE THE ONLY DIFFICULT ISSUE FOR THE LIBERALS, OF COURSE. THERE IS ANGER, PARTICULARLY IN WESTERN CANADA, OVER CARBON TAXES. YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY SEEN SOME ANTI-LIBERAL BILLBOARDS PAID FOR BY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO REMAIN SEPARATE FROM POLITICAL PARTIES. AS BONNIE ALLEN REPORTS, SOME WONDER WHAT THIS ADVERTISING SAYS ABOUT THE UPCOMING CAMPAIGN.>>Reporter: WHEN THIS BILLBOARD POPPED UP IN REGINA DIRECTLY TARGETING SASKATCHEWAN’S ONLY LIBERAL MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, HE WASN’T IMPRESSED.>>The Hon. Ralph Goodale: IT’S A KIND OF UGLY AMERICAN WAY OF CAMPAIGNING. IT DOESN’T REALLY FIT WITH THE TRADITIONS AND THE VALUES THAT ARE PRETTY TYPICAL HERE IN SASKATCHEWAN.>>Reporter: SIMILAR BILLBOARDS HAVE GONE UP IN EDMONTON AND CALGARY, TARGETING ALBERTA’S THREE LIBERAL M.P.s, MORE ARE SLATED FOR MANITOBA AND SOME SLING RIDINGS IN TORONTO. THEY’RE PAID FOR BY A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE KNOWN AS A PACT THAT IS TOUTING WESTERN ALIENATION.>>AND IT’S AIMED AT THE LIBERALS BECAUSE THEY’VE DONE SIGNIFICANT HARM TO WESTERN CANADA, ITS INDUSTRIES AND ITS WAY OF LIFE. IT’S DESPERATE. IT’S INCREASINGLY DESPERATE WHAT’S GOING ON HERE AND EASTERN CANADA DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT.>>Reporter: LEADING UP TO THE ELECTION THEY MUST REGISTER WITH ELECTIONS CANADA. IT’S CONSERVATIVES ALLIES FUELLED BY OIL AND GAS MONEY. THE WEST WATCH CAMPAIGN RAILS AGAINST THE CARBON TAX, STALLED PIPELINE PROJECTS, JOB LOSSES, AND STRAINED DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH CHINA THAT’S HURTING FARMERS.>>HE’S A “YES” MAN TO 1%.>>Reporter: THEY’RE GOING UP AGAINST OTHER PACTS SUCH AS THE LEFT-LEANING “ENGAGE CANADA.”>>PEOPLE LOOK AT THE PACTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE DEEP INFLUENCE THEY HAVE AND THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY AND GO, IS THIS HAPPENING IN CANADA? WE HAVE A VERY DIFFERENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK.>>Reporter: UNDER NEW RULES THIRD PARTIES CAN SPEND ABOUT $1.5 MILLION ON ADS TARGETING AN INDIVIDUAL OR A PARTY. AND LESS THAN $15,000 ON ANY ONE ELECTORAL DISTRICT. BUT SOCIAL MEDIA IS HARD TO TRACK.>>I THINK THAT EVERYONE IS WORRIED THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT AN UGLY CAMPAIGN.>>The Hon. Ralph Goodale: I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS LONG ENOUGH TO ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES.>>Reporter: IN THIS CASE THE PUNCHES CAME EARLY AND NOT FROM A FORMAL POLITICAL OPPONENT. BONNIE ALLEN, CBC NEWS, REGINA.>>Ian: HERE’S SOME OF THE OTHER STORIES THAT WE’RE WATCHING TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL”…>>>POLICE IN NEW BRUNSWICK HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A MISSING 19-YEAR-OLD MAN IS A VICTIM OF HOMICIDE. COREY DANIEL WAS LAST SEEN TWO WEEKS AGO ON THE NORTH SIDE OF FREDERICTON. TODAY HIS BODY WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT A 15-MINUTE DRIVE AWAY IN NOONAN. POLICE SAY THAT THE PERSON OR THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE ARE NO RISK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.>>>A 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS AMONG FOUR PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED SERIOUS BURNS IN A HOUSE EXPLOSION IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO. AROUND 1:30 THIS AFTERNOON, NEIGHBOURS SAY THEY HEARD A LOUD BANG.>>WITHIN A FEW SECONDS I HEARD A SMALL CHILD CRYING SO LOUD SO I RAN IN THE BACKYARD TO SEE IF EVERYTHING WAS OKAY. AND I SEE THE PEOPLE YELLING INSIDE TOO. AND I SAW THE BACK SIDE OF THE HOUSE AND IT WAS ALL FALLING DOWN.>>Ian: HOMES ON EITHER SIDE HAVE BEEN EVACUATED AND NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE.>>Adrienne: WE ARE ALSO KEEPING AN EYE ON THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO TONIGHT WHERE THERE IS NEW HOPE IN THE BATTLE AGAINST EBOLA.>>[speaking foreign LANGUAGE]. [Applause]>>Adrienne: THAT’S OUTSIDE OF A TREATMENT CENTRE IN GOMA WHERE PEOPLE CHEERED AND SANG SONGS AS A MOTHER AND A CHILD WALKED OUT, BOTH APPARENTLY CURED OF THE DEADLY HEMORRHAGIC FEVER. THEY WERE TREATED WITH NEW ANTI-EBOLA DRUGS THAT SHOW SURVIVAL RATES AS HIGH AS 90% IN THE CLINICAL TRIAL. CHRISTINE BIRAK NOW ON WHETHER THIS WILL BE A TURNING POINT IN THE OUTBREAK.>>Reporter: YOU DON’T OFTEN HEAR THE WORD “CURE,” BUT IT’S BEING USED TO DESCRIBE TWO EXPERIMENTAL EBOLA DRUGS. BOTH ARE NOW BEING OFFERED TO PATIENT INFECTED WITH THE DEADLY VIRUS.>>THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS A MAJOR ADVANCE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’VE NEVER HAD BEFORE.>>Reporter: A STUDY FOUND WHEN PATIENTS WERE TREATED WITHIN THREE DAYS OF BEING INFECTED THAT 94% OF THOSE GIVEN THE REGENERON DRUG SURVIVED AS DID 89% TAKING THE OTHER DRUG. SO IMPRESSIVE THAT THE TRIAL WAS STOPPED. TWO OTHER LESS EFFECTIVE DRUGS WERE STOPPED, INCLUDING ZEMAC, DEVELOPED BY CANADIAN SCIENTISTS.>>ALL OF THESE WITH REGENERON IS COMING UP BECAUSE IT WAS A TRAILBLAZER.>>Reporter: WHAT MAKE THESE DRUGS BETTER? BOTH REQUIRE ONLY A SINGLE DOSE. NEITHER NEEDS TO BE STORED FROZEN, MAKING THEM EASIER TO TRANSPORT IN HOT TEMPERATURES. WHERE THEY DIFFER IS IN HOW THEY FIGHT THE VIRUS. MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY 114 USES A SINGLE ANTIBODY TAKEN FROM THE BLOOD OF A SURVIVOR. RES CAN GENERON USES THREE ANTIBODIES, THEY EACH COMBINE TO THE SITE, AND BLOCKING OFF A MUTATED EBOLA VIRUS.>>FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN USE TO DIRECTLY FIGHT AGAINST THE VIRUS. AND SO FOR ME THAT’S INCREDIBLY — IT GIVES ME AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF HOPE.>>Reporter: THE OUTBREAK IN CONGO IS THE SECOND LARGEST IN HISTORY, KILLING AT LEAST 1,800 PEOPLE AND INFECTING ABOUT 2,800. THE DOCTORS SAY THAT CONTROLLING THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE IS HAMPERED BY MILITIA VIOLENCE AND RESISTANCE TO OUTSIDE HELP.>>WE HOPE WITH THESE NEW RESULTS THAT WE CAN BE CONVINCING TO THE COMMUNITY OR THE POPULATION OF THEM TO COME TO THE TREATMENT CENTRES. IF THEY COME EARLY THEIR CHANCE OF SURVIVAL IS REALLY GOOD.>>Reporter: STILL, THESE NEW DRUGS WON’T GET RID OF EBOLA, BUT MANY HOPE THAT THEY MIGHT HELP TO STOP THESE OUTBREAKS FROM TURNING INTO MAJOR EPIDEMICS. CHRISTINE BIRAK, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”…>>>WE GO IN-DEPTH ON THE HONG KONG PROTESTS. THE TACTICS AT PLAY AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN NEXT.>>Ian: AND LATER A PRIVATE JET EXPERIENCE WITHOUT THE PRIVATE JET. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE THE ONLY PASSENGER TO BOARD A PLANE.>>WELL, WILL THE ONLY PASSENGER ON THIS FLIGHT KINDLY BOARD AT THIS ♪ [theme] (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Adrienne: CHINA’S COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT AND HONG KONG’S PROTESTERS CAN AGREE ON THIS MUCH ABOUT THE UNREST, NOW IN ITS 10th WEEK — THE TURMOIL IS GROWING, THE VIOLENCE IS INTENSIFYING. THE CITY IS FACING ITS MOST SERIOUS CRISIS IN DECADES. WHAT BEGAN IN JUNE AS WEEKLY PROTESTS FOCUSED ON A BILL WHICH WOULD ALLOW EXTRADITION FROM HONG KONG TO CHINA HAS NOW ESCALATED INTO DAILY AND OFTEN VIOLENT CLASHES, CALLING FOR GREATER DEMOCRACY AND LESS CONTROL BY BEIJING. THAT’S BECAUSE RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG HAVE ENJOYED FAR GREATER FREEDOMS THAN THOSE ON THE MAINLAND. HONG KONG IS TECHNICALLY A PART OF CHINA, BUT IT HAS OPERATED UNDER WHAT IS KNOWN AS “ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS,” SINCE 1997 WHEN THE FORMER BRITISH COLONY WAS HANDED BACK TO CHINESE ROLE. AND IT HAS ITS OWN SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS AND SO NOW MANY IN THE CITY OF SEVEN MILLION ARE FURIOUS AT POLICE. THE BEHAVIOUR IS SEEN AS HEAVY-HANDED. THOSE VIEWS AREN’T UNIVERSAL THOSE. SOME ARE DISMAYED THAT A FEW PROTESTERS HAVE TURNED TO VIOLENCE. OTHERS ARE WORRIED THIS WILL DAMAGE HONG KONG’S STATUS AS A FINANCIAL HUB. BEIJING HAS ISSUED BARELY VEILED THREATS AND RELEASING A DRAMATIC PROPAGANDA VIDEO SHOWING OFF ITS ARMY’S CAPABILITIES IN AN ANTI-RIOT DRILL. OTHER STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN FAR MORE EXPLICIT.>>[SPEAKING CHINESE]>>Adrienne: YESTERDAY SAYING THAT IT SEES SIGNS EVER TERRORISM IN THE PROTESTS, WARNING DEMONSTRATORS THEY DESERVE SEVERE PUNISHMENT.>>WE ARE STILL CAPABLE OF RESOLVING THIS CRISIS.>>Adrienne: FOR NOW HONG KONG’S LEADER SAYS SHE STILL HAS THE TRUST OF BEIJING. THERE ARE, FRANKLY, FEW GOOD OPTIONS TO END THE CHAOS IN HONG KONG. OFFICIALS ARE PROBABLY HOPING THAT STUDENTS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER AND MAYBE THE EXHAUSTION OF NON-STOP PROTESTS WILL TAKE THE STEAM OUT OF THE MOVEMENT. BUT A DEPLOYMENT OF MILITARY REMAINS POSSIBLE. CHINESE ARMY VEHICLES HAVE BEEN SPOTTED AT THE BORDER WITH HONG KONG STOKING FEARS OF A LOOMING VIOLENT CRACKDOWN. THAT LAST RESORT COULD VERY WELL CHANGE EVERYTHING. SO LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK NOW AT BEIJING’S TACTICS, WHAT COULD HAPPEN NEXT. A CHINA EXPERT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO IS JOINING US AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE CHINA INSTITUTE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IS JOINING US ALSO. AND SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT PHRASE “SIGNS OF TERRORISM.” I PRESUME THAT THOSE WORDS DO NOT GET THROWN AROUND CASUALLY. SO WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THEM? WHAT’S THE INTENT BEHIND THEM, LYNETTE?>>THERE ARE TWO KEY INTENTIONS AND THAT PHRASE WAS RECENTLY USED ON THE REGION IN CHINA THAT HAS A VERY SERIOUS TERRORIST SITUATION YEARS AGO WHERE SOME PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT THE TRAIN STATION. AND BECAUSE OF THAT CHINA BUILT AN ENTIRE REPRESSIVE PART TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY CALL TERRORISTS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY I THINK THAT WORD “TERRORISM” WAS MEANT FOR THE AUDIENCE WHICH IS SETTING THE STAGE FOR SOMETHING YET TO COME. THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO COME IS THE JUSTIFICATION OF VERY TOUGH REPRESSIVE ACTIONS AGAINST PROTESTERS IN HONG KONG. BECAUSE THEY SEE THAT AS A THREAT, NOT AGAINST THE REGIME ITSELF, BUT ALSO A TERRORIST ACT AGAINST THE POPULATION IN HONG KONG.>>Adrienne: IS THAT HOW YOU INTERPRET IT, GORDON?>>IT’S THE CHINESE VEHICLES MOVING AND THE TERMS SUCH AS “TERRORISM” HELPS TO PREPARE THE CHINESE PEOPLE IN THE EYES OF THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES, FOR AN EVENTUAL ACTION. THIS WOULD ARE WOULDN’T HAVE COME OUT OF THE BLUE AND THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE CAREFULLY SET THE STAGE FOR, THEY HAVE PREPARED FOR. AND THEN WHEN IT DOES OCCUR, IF IT DOES, THERE WILL BE A GREATER ACCEPTANCE AND LESS PERHAPS UNEASE AT THIS TAKING PLACE. IT WILL STILL BE A MAJOR TREMOR. THE CHINESE PEOPLE ARE SMART, THEY READ THE TEA LEAVES AND THEY WILL KNOW THAT THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL INDEED. HONG KONG IS A CRITICAL PART OF THE CHINESE ECONOMY.>>Adrienne: PRESUMABLY THIS IS A WARNING TO THE REST OF THE WORLD TOO, YES?>>ABSOLUTELY. I THINK THAT IT’S — THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THAT WHEN YOU MOVE TROOPS, WHEN YOU DO THINGS ON THE GROUND AND NOT JUST WORDS, IT OPENS UP THE DOOR TO THE POSSIBILITY ARMED ACTION BY THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY. AND THAT’S A BIG ESCALATION FROM WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AT UNTIL VERY RECENTLY.>>Adrienne: CAN I JUST ASK YOU ABOUT THAT SHIFT IN TACTICS, THAT MILITARY SHIFT IN TACTICS THAT YOU MENTIONED THAT THOSE IMAGES OF A CHINESE MILITARY CONVOY NEAR THE BORDER. GORDON, IS THAT A REAL POSSIBILITY?>>IT IS A POSSIBILITY. I DON’T THINK THAT THE DECISION HAS YET BEEN TAKEN BY BEIJING. I THINK THAT IT’S ON THE TABLE. AND IT COULD BE A MOMENT THAT IS MOVED IN VERY QUICKLY. AND THOSE VEHICLES THAT WE HAVE SEEN, THOSE VEHICLES TO A LARGE MEASURE ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR URBAN CROWD CONTROL SITUATIONS. THESE AREN’T THE TANKS THAT ARE USED AT TIANANMEN, THESE ARE CAPABLE VEHICLES THAT HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR TEAR GAS AND FOR OTHER GASES, WITH WATER CANNONS. IT’S BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE TIANANMEN AND THE CHINESE MILITARY HAVE BEEN REFINING THEIR CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH CROWDS IN A LARGELY NON-LETHAL MANNER. ALTHOUGH THE DANGERS OF CASUALTIES IS ALWAYS THERE.>>Adrienne: LYNETTE, WHAT SORT OF SHIFT IN TACTICS DO YOU SEE ON THE GROUND IN HONG KONG?>>THERE’S BEEN AN ESCALATION OF REPRESSIVE ACTIONS, BUT THIS IS NOT — I DON’T SEE THAT AS BEIJING SHIFTING THE GROUND AT ALL. THIS IS HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SHIFTING THE GROUND. IT’S QUITE — IT’S — IT’S SO VERY CLEAR TO ME THAT WHAT BEIJING’S STRATEGY IS, WHICH IS TO OUTSOURCE, TO DO THIS SO THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GETS ALL OF THE BLAME AND THE COST OF PEOPLE BLAMING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S EXCESSIVE USE OF POLICE VIOLENCE. AND THE BENEFITS OF POTENTIAL PEACE, AND OF REPRESSING THESE PROTEST ACTIONS ARE ACTUALLY BEING ENJOYED BY HONG KONG AS WELL AS BEIJING. SO THIS IS VERY SMART FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE AUTHORITIES IN BEIJING.>>Adrienne: OKAY, SO, GORDON, WHILE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TACTICS, IF WE TALK ABOUT SORT OF THE PROPAGANDA HERE, IT SEEMS LIKE A MONTH AGO THAT THE APPROACH OF BEIJING WAS TO JUST NOT DISCUSS THESE PROTESTS AND JUST PRETEND THEY WEREN’T THERE. HOW IS THAT SHIFTING?>>WELL, IT’S SHIFTED QUITE DRAMATICALLY OVER THE PERIOD OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS. BEIJING WAS ACTIVELY SUPPRESSING ANY NEWS OF THIS, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE THESE — PARTICULARLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE STREETS THAT’S SORT WHAT THEY CALL A REVOLUTION AND IT MAKES THE BEIJING AUTHORITIES NERVOUS. BECAUSE OF THE CHANCE THAT MIGHT SOMEHOW BE A CONSTAGE ARE STAGEN CHINA ITSELF. AND THEY ARE OPEN ABOUT THE MEANS WHICH THEY HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSAL TO DEAL WITH IT, SHOULD IT BE NECESSARY IN THEIR VIEW FOR BEIJING TO INTERVENE.>>Adrienne: IS IT BEING OPEN ABOUT IT? OR IS THERE A PERSUASIVE ELEMENT HERE? I MEAN, HOW ARE THEY CHARACTERIZING THE PROTESTERS IN BEIJING, LYNETTE?>>I THINK — I THINK THE DYNAMICS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS. I THINK THAT TWO WEEKS AGO I THINK THAT THE PROTESTERS HAD THE ALIGNMENT, UNLIKE IN THE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT, THEY DID NOT HAVE WIDESPREAD SUPPORT. BUT I THINK THAT THE ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE, PARTICULARLY OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS, WHERE YOU SEE PROTESTERS BEATING UP THE CIVILIANS SUPPOSEDLY FROM THE P.R.C., I THINK TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT KIND OF BREAKS THE THRESHOLD. SO I THINK THAT IT’S A BIT OF A TURNING POINT AND THEY PUSH THEMSELVES INTO A CORNER WHICH THEN PEOPLE SEE JUSTIFY AS REPRESSION AGAINST VIOLENCE BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE THE RULE OF LAW E STORED AT SOME STAGE.>>Adrienne: AND YOU SAID SOMETHING INTERESTING THERE — BEING PUSHED INTO A CORNER. AND ARGUABLY BEIJING HAS ALSO BEEN PUSHED INTO A CORNER AND I DON’T SEE HOW THAT ENDS WELL. WHERE DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING, GORDON, START WITH YOU.>>SURE. WELL, WE HAVE THREE OPTIONS AND ONE IS THAT THE THREE POSSIBILITIES IN MY VIEW. ONE IS THAT THE HONG GONG GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICE ARE ABLE TO GET THE SITUATION IN HAND. AND THE SECOND WOULD BE THAT THE SUPPORT FOR THE PROTESTERS BEGINS TO DIMINISH, UNDERCUTTING THEIR ACTIONS AS PEOPLE BECOME FED UP WITH THE DISRUPTIONS. AND THE THIRD IS THE ACTUAL MILITARY INTERVENTION OF THE P.L.A. OR THE PEOPLE’S ARMED POLICE. EACH ONE OF THOSE HAS A DIFFERENT ASPECT BUT THE LAST ONE, THE MILITARY INTERVENTION, WOULD HAVE HUGE COSTS FOR BEIJING AS WELL, WITH THEIR REPUTATION AND POTENTIALLY IN ECONOMIC TERMS.>>Adrienne: DO YOU AGREE?>>WELL, I — I AM PRETTY SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT BEIJING IS GOING TO RESOLVE THIS IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.>>Adrienne: IN THE NEXT WEEK?>>WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK. EITHER DIRECTLY OR BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. IT’S LIKELY THEY’LL CONTINUE WITH THIS CURRENT STRATEGY OF REPRESSIVE ACTIONS BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THEY’LL MINIMIZE THE COSTS WHILE ENJOYING THE BENEFITTINGS. WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL DO IT USING DIRECT MILITARY INTERVENTION, I THINK THAT IT’S A BIT OF A QUESTION MARK. BECAUSE THAT WOULD ACTUALLY PUT A LOT OF ATTENTION ON THE BEIJING GOVERNMENT. BUT I THINK THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT IN THE EYES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT YOU SEE THE VIOLENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, RIGHT. AND THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING BLIND BECAUSE OF POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS OR — OR BULLETS AT PEOPLE, VERY, VERY YOUNG PEOPLE. THESE ARE GOING TO RADICALIZE THE MOVEMENT. AND THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE THE POWER TO FIGHT BACK IN THE NEXT WEEK, 10, 15 YEARS LATER IT’S GOING TO COME BACK AND BITE THE GOVERNMENT. THIS IS GOING TO HAVE LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS, NOT ONLY FOR HONG KONG, BUT FOR CHINA.>>Adrienne: FOR TIBET AND TAIWAN.>>EXACTLY, GREATER CHINA.>>Adrienne: LYNETTE ONG AND GORDON HOULDEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”…>>>THE MESSAGE THAT ALBERTA FARMERS WANT TO GET OUT AS THEIR PROVINCE LOOKS TO REPEAL THEIR SAFETY RULES.>>YOU TRY TO FIT US INTO A BOX THAT WAS BUILT F ♪ [theme] (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Ian: A HEATED DEBATE IS UNFOLDING IN ALBERTA AND IT’S BEEN AN OVERHAUL OF SAFETY REGULATIONS ON. ONE SIDE FARMERS WHO SAY THAT THE RULES ARE INFLUXIBLE AND DON’T ADDRESS THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS. ON THE OTHER SIDE SAFETY ADVOCATES WORRY THAT THE CHANGES WILL ERODE PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS. AS CAROLYN DUNN TELLS US, PLEASING BOTH MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE.>>Reporter: ON THIS FARM SUMMER DAYS ARE FILLED PREPARING FOR SEPTEMBER’S HARVEST. TODAY CAMERON IS GETTING THEIR COMBINE UP TO SNUFF.>>THE CROPS ARE A LITTLE BIT DELAYED.>>Reporter: THAT GIVES HIS DAD, BILL, PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS IN THE FARM SAFETY LEGISLATION. HE’S NOT AGAINST INSURANCE COVERAGE OR SAFETY STANDARDS BUT HE JUST DOESN’T THINK THAT THE CURRENT LEGISLATION WORKS FOR THE INDUSTRY.>>THEY TRY TO FIT US INTO A BOX THAT WAS BUILT FOR CONSTRUCTION OR MINING OR FORESTRY OR THE RESOURCE INDUSTRY. AND, YOU KNOW, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL.>>Reporter: EVEN BEFORE THE N.D.P. ENACTED BILL 6 IN 2016, IT WAS CONTROVERSIAL. UNLIKE EVERY OTHER PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY, ALBERTA FARMERS WEREN’T SUBJECT TO ANY OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS, NOR ANY MANDATORY CARRIAGE OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE. IT WAS A THREAT TO THEIR LIVELIHOOD.>>WE’RE NOT GOING TO COME UP HERE AND PREACH TO YOU GUYS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.>>Reporter: SO THE NEW PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS ON A LISTENING TOUR. SOME FARM ARES WANT THE CHOICE BETWEEN CARRYING W.C.B. OR PRIVATE INSURANCE. MANY WANT SAFETY STANDARDS THAT ARE WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR AGRICULTURE.>>WE INTRODUCED THE LEGISLATION AND IT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR FARMS AND FARM WORKERS.>>BUT DON’T SEND US BACK INTO THE DARK AGES. APE A FARM SAFETY ADVOCATE, IN 2006 WHILE WORKING IN A HORSE STABLE SHE GOT A SMALL CUT THAT LED TO FLESH EATING DISEASE AND A RARE NERVE DISORDER. SHE’S LIVED IN AGONIZING PAIN EVER SINCE. THOMAS IS LOBBYING TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW LEGISLATION DOESN’T LOWER THE STANDARD IN PLACE SINCE 2016.>>IF I DO NOTHING ELSE IN MY LIFE AND I LEAVE THIS EARTH TOMORROW, THAT I KNOW THAT I HAVE DONE SOMETHING WORTHWHILE TO PROTECT THESE WORKERS.>>Reporter: ALBERTANS WILL FIND OUT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES ITS VERSION OF THE FARM SAFETY LEGISLATION IN THE FALL. CAROLYN DUNN, CBC NEWS, NEAR CREMONA, ALBERTA.>>Adrienne: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”… YOU’VE HEARD OF ELECTRIC CARS, BUT WHAT ABOUT ELECTRIC PLANES? THE CANADIAN COMPANIES WORKING TO CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY.>>LEVERAGING THE BATTERY POWER THAT YOU HAVE ON BOARD TO BURN AS LITTLE FUEL AS POSSIBLE. SO REALLY M ♪ [theme]>>I’M JAYME POISSON. TOMORROW ON CBC’S DAILY NEWS PODCAST “FRONTBURNER,” SUSAN ORMISTON POPS BY TO TALK ABOUT BORIS JOHNSON’S TIME AS PRIME MINISTER AND WHAT’S NEXT FOR BREXIT. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD US WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS. (♪♪♪) (♪♪♪)>>Ian: WELCOME BACK. RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE CALLED OFF THE EVACUATION OF A VILLAGE NEAR THE SITE OF A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT. THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED LAST WEEK IN THE COUNTRY’S NORTH AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WON’T SAY WHETHER IT WAS NUCLEAR, BUT WESTERN INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY THAT IT WAS LIKELY A FAILED MISSILE TEST. AUTHORITIES INITIALLY SAID THAT THERE WAS NO SPIKE IN RADIATION BUT THEY NOW SAY THAT THE LEVELS WERE 16 TIMES HIGHER NEAR THE TEST SITE. SEVEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE EXPLOSION, FIVE OF THEM NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS WHO WERE BURIED YESTERDAY. ADDING TO THE CONFUSION, LOCALS IN A NEARBY VILLAGE WERE TODAY TOLD TO EVACUATE. THAT WAS CALLED OFF HOURS LATER WITH THE OFFICIALS SAYING THAT THE MILITARY HAD CANCELLED UPCOMING DRILLS.>>>DRAMATIC VIDEO IS COMING OUT OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, SHOWING HOW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC APPREHENDED A SUSPECT IN A DAYTIME KNIFE ATTACK USING NOTHING MORE THAN CHAIRS AND A MILK CRATE AND A CROWBAR.>>THOSE WERE SIGNIFICANTLY COURAGEOUS PEOPLE. AND THEY HAD CLEAR EVIDENCE OF A STABBING PREVIOUSLY, THESE PEOPLE ARE HEROES.>>Ian: THE ATTACK, WHICH POLICE SAY THAT WAS ISOLATED AND RANDOM, LEFT ONE WOMAN DEAD AND ANOTHER INJURED.>>>OPERA LEGEND, PLÁCIDO DOMINGO IS FACING A CLAIM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. ALLEGATIONS STEM BACK AS FAR BACK AS THE LATE 1980s. DOMINGO ALLEGEDLY PRESSURED WOMEN INTO SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS BY OFFERING THEM JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND PUNISH THEM PROFESSIONALLY IF THEY REFUSED. A TOTAL OF NINE WOMEN HAVE COME FORWARD. DOMINGO DENIED THE ACCUSATIONS.>>Adrienne: SO, SURE, FLYING MAY BE THE FASTEST WAY TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B BUT THAT CONVENIENCE COMES AT A COST. AIR TRAVEL IS A BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 2% OF GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS. SO TONIGHT AS PART OF AN ONGOING CBC SERIES “IN OUR BACKYARD,” JACQUELINE HANSEN LOOKS AT SOME OF THE MADE-IN-CANADA SOLUTIONS.>>Reporter: FOR DECADES THE SAME ROUTINE. FUEL UP, AND TAKE OFF. BUT HARBOUR AIR’S OLD SEAPLANE TECHNOLOGY IS GETTING A JOLT OF INNOVATION. IT’S GOING ELECTRIC.>>WE’VE BASICALLY STRIPPED EVERYTHING OUT OF THIS AIRCRAFT.>>Reporter: GOODBYE NOISY PISTON ENGINE AND FUEL TANKS. PELLOW BATTERIES.>>THERE’S LOTS OF ROOM IN HERE FOR THEM. THEY ARE SUBSTANTIALLY HEAVIER.>>Reporter: IT’S A CATCH-22 WHEN TRYING TO ELECTRIFY AIRCRAFT, THE HEAVIER THE BATTERIES THE MORE ENERGY THAT THE PLANE NEEDS TO FLY. BUT THE B.C.-BASED AIRLINE’S SHORTEST FLIGHTS COULD BE DOABLE.>>MOST OF ITS ROUTES ARE WITHIN HALF AN HOUR OF THE ORIGINAL DESTINATION. AND SO THAT ENABLES US TO USE THIS TECHNOLOGY A LOT SOONER THAN OTHERS.>>Reporter: IN ONTARIO –>>YEAH, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE’S A LOT IN THERE.>>Reporter: A FATHER AND SON WANT TO COMBINE OLD AND NEW.>>IT’S THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE MODEL AIRLINE I THINK.>>Reporter: THIS IS A PROTOTYPE OF THE HORIZON AIRCRAFT’S HYBRID PLANE. THE FIVE-SEATER AIRCRAFT WILL BE ABLE TO SWITCH FROM GAS TO ELECTRIC OR USE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.>>LEVERAGING THE BATTERY POWER THAT YOU HAVE ON BOARD TO BURN AS LITTLE FUEL AS POSSIBLE. SO REALLY MORE ECONOMICAL WAY TO FLY, BURNING LESS FUEL. BUT ALSO PRODUCING LESS EMISSIONS.>>Reporter: BUT IT’S BEEN DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WITH A BUDGET FOR A PERSONAL PLANE. NOT THE AVERAGE FLYER.>>THIS IS JET FUEL. AND THIS OVER HERE ETHANOL.>>Reporter: RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO INSTITUTE FOR AEROSPACE STUDIES ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS FOR THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY.>>THERE WE GO.>>Reporter: FROM FIGURING OUT JET FUEL BLENDS THAT PRODUCE LESS EMISSIONS TO FINDING WAYS TO CUT BACK ON FUEL WITH LIGHTER MATERIALS AND AERODYNAMIC DESIGNS THAT CREATE LESS DRAG.>>WE USE THESE KIND OF MODEL IN OUR WIND TUNNEL.>>Reporter: TESTING THAT COULD ULTIMATELY BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENTICE AIRLINES.>>THERE’S A HOPE THAT IF WE DO THINGS PROPERLY THAT IN THE LONG RUN WE’RE STILL GOING TO BE ABLE TO FLY AIRCRAFT AND HAVE REDUCED IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT’S GOING TO REQUIRE INNOVATION AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS.>>Reporter: TRAVELLERS ARE ALSO UNDER PRESSURE TO REDUCE THEIR OWN CARBON FOOTPRINT.>>TO FLY MORE…>>Reporter: A FLIGHT MOVEMENT HAS TAKEN OFF, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE NOT TO FLY FOR THE PLANET’S SAKE.>>COULD YOU TAKE THE TRAIN INSTEAD?>>Reporter: EVEN THE NETHERLAND’S BASED AIRLINE K.L.M. ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO FLY LESS. PROGRESS TOWARDS REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FLYING IS BEING MADE. SOME OF IT ON THE GROUND. VANCOUVER’S AIRPORT IS SWAPPING GAS-POWERED BUSES AND BAGGAGE CARTS FOR ELECTRIC.>>IT COSTS A LITTLE MORE. AND AN ELECTRIC BUS IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A REGULAR BUS AND THERE’S A PREMIUM, BUT WE’RE INVESTING IN THE RIGHT WAYS AND IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. FOR US REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT IS WORTH IT.>>Reporter: OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS, THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY SAYS THAT IT HAS CUT ITS EMISSIONS BY 30%. AND A LOT COULD HAPPEN IN THE AIR OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. HORIZON PLANS TO BUILD A FULL-SIZED VERSION OF ITS HYBRID PLANE. HARBOUR AIR HOPES TO TEST ITS ELECTRIC PROTOTYPE AND EVENTUALLY GET PASSENGERS ON BOARD. IT’S UNCHARTERED TERRITORY THOUGH SO THERE COULD BE SETBACKS. STILL, PART OF A GROWING EFFORT TO PROPEL THE CARBON INTENSIVE AIRLINE INDUSTRY TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. JACQUELINE HANSEN, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: AND GIVEN THAT, THIS IS AWKWARD — UP NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”…>>>HOW A PASSENGER GOT A PLANE ALL TO HIMSELF.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FLYING ME.>>NO PROBLEM.>>I CAN’T WAIT.>>A PRIVATE JET.>>Adrienne: THAT’S NEXT IN OUR “MOMENT.” BUT FIRST… (♪♪♪) “IN CASE YOU MISSED IT” THEIR BENEFITS TO BEING AN NBA WORLD CHAMPION — THE FAME, THE MONEY, CLOSING THE CIRCLE ON A DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD. TORONTO RAPTOR SERGE IBAKA TOOK THAT STORY WITH A STORYIED LARRY O’BRIEN TROPHY AT HIS HOME. THAT’S FROM THE CAPITAL OF HIS NATIVE CONGO, ENJOYING A MEAL AT THE VERY RESTAURANT WHERE HE ONCE BEGGED FOR SCRAPS. IBAKA SPENT YEARS ON THE STREETS AFTER HIS MOTHER DIED AND HIS FATHER WAS IN PRISON.>>NO FOOD, SLEEPING ON THE STREET. WE HAD NOTHING.>>Adrienne: NOW TWO DECADES LATER HE’S LIVING PROOF THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. NOT SURPRISINGLY HIS HOMETOWN LOVES HIM. MAYBE IT’S THAT EARLY EXPERIENCE WITH HUNGER AND HARDSHIP THAT LED TO IBAKA’S NOW FAMOUS PASSION FOR FOOD AND HUMOUR.>>HOW ARE YOU?>>Adrienne: HIS POPULAR YouTube SERIES “HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU?” IS BOTH A CELEBRATION OF COOKING AND A PLATFORM TO PRANK HIS FRIENDS AND TEAMMATES. EVERY EPISODE ENDS WITH A SURPRISE MEAL. SOMETIMES IT’S DELICIOUS.>>IT’S GOOD?>>Adrienne: AND SOMETIMES IT’S BUGS.>>WHAT IS — YO!>>Adrienne: BUT FOR THIS TALENTED, FUNNY MAN, THI ♪ [theme] ♪ ♪>>Ian: DO YOU LIKE AIR TRAVEL? CERTAINLY, THEREBY FRUSTRATING MOMENTS, LONG DELAYS AND CRAMPED SEATS BUT SOMETIMES A LITTLE MAGIC HAPPENS. WHEN NEW YORKER I HAVE CENT PAYONE FIRST HEARD THAT HIS FLIGHT HOME WOULD BE CANCELLED HIS HEART SANK. BUT THEY OFFERED HIM TWO OPTIONS OF AN AFTERNOON OR AN EVENING FLIGHT. HE PICKED THE EVENING AND HIS UNEXPECTEDLY GOOD CALL IS OUR “MOMENT.”>>GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. WE’RE ABOUT TO BOARD THE FLIGHT FROM GATE 5.>>I’M LIKE, YEAH, YEAH, I’M ON THIS FLIGHT. AND SHE SAID YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE SO WE DON’T NEED TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT AND I WENT, OH, MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT.>>WILL THE ONLY PASSENGER ON THIS FLIGHT KINDLY BOARD AT THIS TIME.>>I WAS CHATTING WITH THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND THEN I LOOKED OVER AND SAW THAT THEY WERE, YOU KNOW, UNLOADING BIG SANDBAGS. AND I WAS LIKE WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?>>SO WE’RE JUST ADDING WEIGHT. JUST ADDING WEIGHT TO THE PLANE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO PEOPLE.>>GOOD EVENING, PASSENGER AND WELCOME ABOARD.>>THANK YOU.>>WE’LL BE TAKING CARE OF YOU TODAY.>>BEFORE TAKEOFF I PUT MY HAND OUT AND SHOOK THEIR HANDS AND THEY WERE JUST SUPER SWEET ABOUT IT.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FLYING ME.>>NO PROBLEM.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>A PLEASURE.>>EVERY STEP THEREAFTER PEOPLE JUST PLAYED ALONG SO BEAUTIFULLY. IT WAS JUST A GREAT TEAM OF PEOPLE WHO ALL SOUNDED JUST AS FUNNY AS I DID. ♪ UP AND AWAY ♪>>Adrienne: OKAY, THEY’RE ALL SUPER GOOD SPORTS. I WAS WATCHING THIS ON TWITTER AND INTERESTINGLY SO MANY PEOPLE SAY THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED TO THEM. AND A FULL DISCLOSURE, MY MOM AND I WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE ON A FLIGHT TO SAULT STE. MARIE NOT LONG AGO. I DON’T GET HOW IT HAPPENS THOUGH.>>Ian: I WONDERED WHEN THAT HAPPENED FOR AND YOU YOUR MOM, NOT THAT LONG AGO?>>Adrienne: NOT THAT LONG AGO.>>Ian: MY EXPERIENCE — HERE’S HOW LONG AGO MINE WAS — IT WAS ON CANADIAN PACIFIC. THEY HAD JUST STARTED A FLIGHT FROM MONTRÉAL TO HALIFAX AND I WAS IN UNIVERSITY. MY FRIENDS AND I WENT ON BOARD AND THERE WERE THREE OF US. AND ONLY TWO OTHERS ON THIS HUGE JET. WE FELT LIKE — I DON’T KNOW, LIKE WE WERE HOCKEY STARS OR SOMETHING. IT WAS GREAT. ANYWAY, JUST THINK ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL AIR TRAVEL CAN BE.>>>THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR AUGUST 13th. GOODNIGHT.>>Adrienne: GOODNIGHT. (♪♪♪)

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