The National for Monday May 1, 2017


(♪♪♪)>>Peter: GOOD EVENING, I’M PETER MANSBRIDGE, AND THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (♪♪♪)>>Interview: THERE’S NO MONEY, THERE’S NO FOOD EVEN IN THE MARKET.>>Peter: WE’RE ON THE SCENE IN SOUTH SUDAN WHERE NEARLY HALF THE PEOPLE RISK STARVATION AND THE WORLD’S RESPONSE FALLS TRAGICALLY SHORT.>>>CALLS GROW FOR THE DEFENCE MINISTER TO RESIGN.>>Interview: THE MINISTER’S APOLOGY DOES NOT REPAIR THE DAMAGE HE CREATED.>>Peter: THE PRIME MINISTER RESPONDS.>>>PLUS, BOUNCING BACK IN FORT MAC, ONE YEAR AFTER THE FIRE THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING.>>Interview: ONCE IT’S COMPLETELY FINISHED AND WE TAKE THAT FIRST STEP IT’S GOING TO BE VERY, VERY EMOTIONAL. (♪♪♪)>>Peter: YOU KNOW THAT FEELING WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY, YOUR STOMACH GRUMBLES AND YOU FEEL A BIT WEAK, EVEN LIGHT-HEADED. TONIGHT HALF A WORLD AWAY THAT FEELING FOR MILLIONS IS NOT GOING AWAY. IT’S WORSE AND MORE INTENSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. SOUTH SUDAN IS IN THE GRIPS OF A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ON AN EPIC SCALE. WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND IS UNDERREPORTED AND IGNORED AND TONIGHT YOU’LL SEE IT UPCLOSE. A PLACE WHERE CIVIL WAR IS TEARING THE WORLD’S YOUNGEST COUNTRY INTO PIECES. AS WARRING SIDES KILL WITH WEAPONS, A FAMINE SPREADS SILENTLY STARVING SOUTH SUDAN’S PEOPLE. AN ESTIMATED FIVE MILLION DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD. THAT’S WHERE WE’RE TAKING YOU TONIGHT, RIGHT INTO THE HEART OF THE EAST AFRICAN NATION, TO UNITY STATE, A REGION WHERE FAMINE HAS HIT HARD. OUR MARGARET EVANS IS THERE, SPEAKING TO THOSE WHO DESPERATELY NEED HELP AND HOPE THAT THE SKIES BRING WHAT THEY NEED TO SURVIVE ANOTHER DAY.>>DOWN THERE, RIGHT?>>Reporter: AN EMERGENCY AID HELICOPTER STRUMMING TOWARD ITS TARGET IN THE SKIES ABOVE SOUTH SUDAN. A LAND SCORCHED BY MORE THAN THE SUN THESE DAYS. X MARKS THE SPOT FOR A MASSIVE FOOD DROP IN THE HEART OF ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S TWO DECLARED FAMINE ZONES.>>[speaking foreign LANGUAGE].>>Reporter: THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND, MORE THAN 20,000 OF THEM, HAVEN’T RECEIVED FOOD AID IN A MONTH.>>[speaking foreign LANGUAGE].>>Reporter: THE LAST ONE WAS NOT ENOUGH, SAYS A WOMAN NAMED SARAH, CLUTCHING RATION CARDS FOR HER GROUP. ONE CARD CAN’T HELP A WHOLE FAMILY, SHE SAYS. THREE YEARS OF CIVIL WAR IN SOUTH SUDAN HAVE DISPLACED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, ESPECIALLY HERE IN UNITY STATE. CIVILIANS SAY THEY’RE PAYING A TERRIBLE PRICE FOR LIVING IN REBEL HELD TERRITORY. , LEESA’S HUSBAND WAS SHOT DEAD, SHE SAYS, WHEN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS ATTACKED HER VILLAGE, BURPING IT TO THE GROUND. SHE HID IN THE SWAMPS WITH HER FIVE CHILDREN.>>[speaking foreign LANGUAGE].>>Reporter: THEY SLEEP WHEN THEY’RE TOO HUNGRY, SHE SAYS, AND I GO OUT AND I FIND THE LEAVES OF THE TREES. THAT’S HOW MY CHILDREN SURVIVE. AND EATING WATER LILIES.>>[speaking foreign LANGUAGE].>>MY LOCATION IS 10…>>Reporter: AIR DROPS ARE THE ONLY OPTION FOR AID AGENCIES LIKE THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM, STRUGGLING TO REACH CONFLICT ZONES AND CROSS VAST TRACTS OF TERRITORY WITH FEW ROADS. EACH TIME A FLIGHT PASSES THEY ARE DROPPING ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED 1,500 PEOPLE FOR ONE MONTH. SEVEN PASSES TODAY. BUT THE CONFLICT SHIFTS FROM PLACE TO PLACE, LIKE A DISAFFECTED SUITOR. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS HURTING. THIS IS WHAT STARVATION LOOKS LIKE IN THE CAPITAL JUBA. TERESA IS SO CRITICAL SHE NEEDS A FEEDING TUBE, STILL DRESSED IN HER BEST FOR HER TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL. 4-YEAR-OLD BACH ALSO HAS ACUTE MALNUTRITION AND TUBERCULOSIS ON TOP OF THAT. THERE IS NO MONEY FOR HIS TREATMENT. SHRIVEN BODIES WITH OLD SOULS ARE EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, THE WARD OVERFLOWING. SOME CHILDREN ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE, HOVERING BETWEEN A BEGINNING AND AN END.>>Interview: THERE’S NO MONEY AND THERE’S NO FOOD EVEN IN THE MARKET AND EVERYONE IS IN JUBA.>>Reporter: THE FORMER BREADBASKET STATES ARE NO LONGER PRODUCING FOOD AND THE HEAD NURSE BETTY A CHILDREN HAN THAT SAYS THOSE WHO CAME TO JUBA TO ESCAPE UNCERTAINTY AND STARVATION FIND IT HERE TOO.>>Interview: WE’RE JUST COUNTING DAYS.>>Reporter: AND THE DEATH. 4-YEAR-OLD BACH DIED TWO DAYS AFTER WE MET HIM, DISAPPEARING FROM SIGHT LIKE THOSE PEOPLE IN THE BUSH WAITING FOR A PEACE THAT MAY NEVER COME. MARGARET EVANS, CBC NEWS, IN UNITY STATE, SOUTH SUDAN.>>Peter: FOR THE YOUNGEST THE CRISIS IS STAGGERING. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGINISATION SUGGESTS NEARLY ONE OUT OF EVERY 10 CHILDREN IN SOUTH SUDAN WON’T MAKE IT TO THEIR 5th BIRTHDAY AND THAT STATISTIC BECAME REAL OVERNIGHT AS ANOTHER CHILD WE SAW IN MARGARET’S PIECE DIED. HIS NAME IS DANIEL. HE WASN’T EVEN 2 1/2 YEARS OLD AND YET HE WEIGHED WHAT A 2 1/2 MONTH OLD WOULD, 16-POUNDS. AT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HE WAS IN, 20 KIDS HAVE DIED IN THE PAST MONTH.>>>IN THE COMING DAYS WE’LL HAVE MORE FROM SOUTH SUDAN. TOMORROW MARGARET TAKES US TO THE FRONTLINES WHERE A U.N. MISSION IS TRYING TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM THE ATROCITIES OF WAR. AND WE’LL GO DEEPER WITH ANALYSTS WHO KNOW THE REGION WELL. WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO HELP THIS CRISIS. (♪♪♪)>>>COMING UP…>>Reporter: I’M BRIAR STEWART JUST OUTSIDE OF FORT McMURRAY WHERE THE FIRE IGNITED LAST YEAR. ONE YEAR ON, THE FOREST IS BEGINNING TO REGENERATE AND SO IS THE COMMUNITY OF FORT McMURRAY.>>Peter: PLUS… POLITICAL TENSIONS ESCALATE IN FRANCE AS SOME VOTERS LONG FOR MORE OPTIONS.>>>THE DEFENCE MINISTER REMAINS IN HIS JOB TONIGHT DESPITE SEVERAL CALLS FROM THE OPPOSITION TODAY FOR HIM TO STEP DOWN OR TO BE FIRED. AT ISSUE IS A CLAIM HARJIT SAJJAN MADE TWICE ON TWO DIFFERENT OCCASIONS ABOUT HIS ROLE IN A MAJOR MILITARY OPERATION IN AFGHANISTAN. IT WAS NOT TRUE. AND AS KATHERINE COOMB TELLS US, CRITICS SAY HIS APOLOGY IS NOT ENOUGH.>>The Hon. Harjit Sajjan: I’D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE FOR MY MISTAKE, I DEEPLY REGRET IT. I AM TRULY SORRY FOR IT.>>Reporter: IF THIS WHOLE DEBATE IS ABOUT HARJIT SAJJAN BEING SORRY, IT WOULD BE OVER, BUT THE BIG UNANSWERED QUESTION IS WHY HE SAID WHAT HE SAID AND HOW MUCH IT UNDERMINES HIS CREDIBILITY WITH THE MILITARY AND THE PUBLIC. IT ALL REVOLVES AROUND “OPERATION MEDUSA”, A BLOODY AND IMPORTANT BATTLE DURING THE CANADIAN MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN. SAJJAN WAS A MAJOR AT THE TIME, PLAYING A LIAISON ROLE BETWEEN CANADIAN COMMANDERS AND LOCAL AFGHAN LEADERS. HE WAS PRAISED FOR HIS WORK, BUT SUGGESTED HE DID FAR MORE IN HIS RECENT SPEECH.>>The Hon. Harjit Sajjan: AND I BECAME THE ARCHITECT OF AN OPERATION CALLED “OPERATION MEDUSA”…>>Reporter: IT TURNS OUT THAT SAJJAN SAID THAT BEFORE. IN JULY 2015, HE ATTRIBUTED THE ARCHITECT CLAIM TO JONATHAN VANCE WHO IS NOW CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF.>>The Hon. Harjit Sajjan: I WAS PART OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST OPERATIONS SINCE THE KOREAN WAR THAT CANADA HAS LED.>>Reporter: GENERAL VANCE WOULDN’T CONFIRM SAJJAN’S STORY.>>Interview: I’M NOT REALLY AWARE OF THIS CASE.>>Reporter: SO DID SAJJAN MISREPRESENT SOMETHING THAT CANADA’S TOP SOLDIER SAID, A MAN HE HAS TO HAVE A STRONG WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH? THE OPPOSITION PARTIES HAVE MADE UP THEIR MINDS.>>CANADIANS DON’T BELIEVE HIM, THE MILITARY DOESN’T TRUST HIM.>>The Hon. Thomas Mulcair: A MINISTER OF DEFENCE WHO HAS TOLD A WHOOPER ABOUT HIS RECORD AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU APOLOGIZE FOR. IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO STEP DOWN FOR.>>The Hon. Rona Ambrose: WILL THE PRIME MINISTER REMOVE THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE?>>Reporter: SAJJAN WON’T EXPLAIN WHY HE SAID WHAT HE SAID. HIT AS I STATED I’M NOT HERE TO MAKE EXCUSES. OR TO GIVE –>>Reporter: AND THE PRIME MINISTER IS STANDING BY HIM.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: HE HAS MY FULL CONFIDENCE.>>Reporter: GENERAL BANFF, THE ONE THAT SAJJAN SAID CALLED HIM THE ARCHITECT OF THE OF “OPERATION MEDUSA” SAID NOW THAT SAJJAN HAS UNEQUIVOCALLY APOLOGIZED THE MATTER IS CLOSED. SAJJAN MUST BE HOPING THAT VANCE IS RIGHT ABOUT THAT. CATHERINE CULLEN, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Peter: THE LIBERALS SAY THEY’RE CARRYING OUT A PROMISE TO MODERNIZE THE WAY THAT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OPERATES. PROBABLY THE MOST NOTICEABLE CHANGE FOR CANADIANS IS THE ADDITION OF A PRIME MINISTER’S QUESTION PERIOD, MODELED AFTER ITS BRITISH COUNTERPART. BUT AS HANNAH THIBEDEAU TELLS US, THE OPPOSITION SAYS BY FORCING THESE CHANGES THE LIBERALS ARE ACTUALLY BREAKING ANOTHER PROMISE.>>Reporter: PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO RESPONDED IN QUESTION PERIOD A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. 39 QUESTIONS IN 45 MINUTES. THE LIBERALS WANT THE P.M. TO DO THIS EVERY WEDNESDAY, TYPICALLY HE ONLY ANSWERS A FEW QUESTIONS FROM OPPOSITION LEADERS.>>Interview: EVERY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASK THE PRIME MINISTER A QUESTION AND RECEIVE A RESPONSE SO IT’S REALLY ABOUT MORE ACCOUNTABILITY.>>Reporter: THE OPPOSITION SAY THAT THIS IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE. AND EVENTUALLY TRUDEAU WILL ONLY SHOW UP TO Q.P. ONCE A WEEK.>>Interview: CANADIANS HAVE TO WORK EVERY DAY AND CANADIANS CAN’T JUST TELL THEIR BOSS AND SAY I WANT TO CHANGE MY HOURS.>>Reporter: THE P.M.’S HOURS ARE NOT THE ONLY REFORM THAT THE OPPOSITION IS FURIOUS ABOUT. THEY HAVE FOUGHT EVERY PART OF THE LIBERALS’ PLAN FOR PARLIAMENTARY REFORM.>>Interview: SOME OF THE SPECIFICS ARE LAUGHABLE.>>Reporter: THE LIBERALS WANT TO LIMIT THE USE OF OMNIBUS BILLS AND THEY SAY IT’S A TACTIC THAT THE HARPER GOVERNMENT USED AND ABUSED. THE OPPOSITION ACCUSED THE LIBERALS OF USING THEM TOO.>>Interview: THE NEXT BILL THAT WE’RE ABOUT TO DEBATE IS CALLED AN OMNIBUS BILL AND THEY CHOOSE TO CALL IT A BUDGET BILL BUT IT AMENDS THE JUDGES’ ACT AND ROLLS IN TWO OTHER BILLS, THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BILL AND A VETERANS’ BILL AND I THINK THAT THERE’S 30 BILLS THAT ARE ENCAPSULATED IN THE OMNIBUS BILL.>>Reporter: EVEN THOUGH THE OPPOSITION PARTIES AREN’T HAPPY WITH THE PROPOSED CHANGES, THE LIBERALS DON’T CARE.>>Interview: THESE ARE CLEAR COMMITMENTS THAT WE MADE TO CANADIANS IN 2015, SO WE WILL NOT GIVE THE CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION A VETO ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS.>>Reporter: SO TRUDEAU WILL BE ABLE TO TICK OFF ONE MORE ELECTION PROMISE, BUT IN DOING SO THE OPPOSITION PARTIES SAY HE’S BREAKING ANOTHER ONE.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE GOT ELECTED ON A PLATFORM OF COLLABORATION, OPENNESS, WORKING TOGETHER, BUILDING CONSENSUS AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE FOCUSING ON.>>Reporter: THE OPPOSITION SAYS TRUDEAU AND HIS GOVERNMENT ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO RAM THROUGH THESE CONTROVERSIAL CHANGES BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK, ADDING THEY’LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT THIS MOTION WITH EVERY PROCEDURAL TOOL THEY HAVE. OF COURSE, THEY CAN FIGHT ALL THEY WANT, THE LIBERALS HAVE THE MAJORITY. HANNAH THIBEDEAU, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Peter: A FUNERAL WAS HELD IN WINNIPEG TODAY FOR A YOUNG WOMAN WHO WAS BEATEN TO DEATH IN AN INCIDENT THAT APPEARED TO BE RECORDED AND POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THE BODY OF 19 SERENA MCKAY WAS FOUND IN HER HOME ON THE SAGUEN FIRST NATION, ON APRIL 23rd, ONE DAY AFTER INVESTIGATORS BELIEVED THAT SHE DIED.>>Interview: WHAT HAPPENED AFFECTED ME ON SO MANY LEVELS THAT I KNOW THAT I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. AND THAT I CARRY THIS FORWARD NOW AND THAT TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY.>>Peter: A 16 AND A 17-YEAR-OLD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN HER DEATH. THE MOTIVE FOR THE KILLING IS NOT CLEAR.>>>AND THE BODY OF A BOATER WHO WENT MISSING LAST WEEK NEAR FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALBERTA, WAS RECOVERED ON SUNDAY. WALTER LADOUCER AND THREE FRIENDS SET OFF FROM AN AREA KNOWN AS DEVIL’S GATE. THEIR BOAT WAS FOUND EMPTY, THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR THE OTHER MEN.>>>FOR MANY FAMILIES, SENDING A CHILD TO DAYCARE COMES AT A HIGH COST BUT SOME PARENTS IN ALBERTA ARE SEEING RELIEF TODAY. THE PROVINCE HAS LAUNCHED A PILOT PROJECT WITH $25-A-DAY CHILD CARE. AS CAROLYN DUNN REPORTS, CRITICS SAY THERE COULD BE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.>>Reporter: AT THE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE CENTRE, YOUNG MOMS ARE SPENDING PRECIOUS MOMENTS WITH THEIR CHILDREN BEFORE HEADING TO HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES. EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THESE MOMS GET GOVERNMENT HELP, THE HEFTY COST OF DAYCARE LOOMS LARGE IN THEIR FUTURE.>>Interview: IT’S GOING TO BE QUITE — AN EXPENSE TO THINK ABOUT EVERY SINGLE MONTH.>>Interview: MY SON IS 1.5.>>Reporter: EVEN SUBSIDIZED DAYCARE COSTS HER $400 A MONTH AND NOW WITH THE PILOT PROJECT, HER FEES ARE CUT TO ZERO.>>Interview: SO I THINK THAT IT’S GREAT TO GET OUT AND TO DO MORE THINGS WITH HIM AND TO GET MORE TOYS HERE AND THERE AND AFFORD CLOTHING AND ALL OF THAT.>>Reporter: FOR MOST OF THE 1,300 CHILDREN WHO WILL BE ENROLLED IN THE PILOT PROGRAM IT COSTS THE PARENTS $25-A-DAY PER CHILD, FOR FIVE DAY A WEEK CHILD CARE. SOMETHING THAT THIS CALGARY COUPLE WOULD WELCOME. THEY CAN MANAGE DAYCARE COSTS FOR THEIR FIRST CHILD DUE IN A MONTH BUT THEY’D LIKE TO ADD UP TO TWO MORE TO THEIR FAMILY EVENTUALLY.>>Interview: THAT’S $3,000 A MONTH, RIGHT, FOR THREE KIDS. HOW DO YOU DO THAT IF YOU’RE, YOU KNOW –>>Interview: WE’D HAVE TO SPACE OUT THE KIDS OR WORK A LOT MORE JUST TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT.>>Reporter: AND PAIGE McPHERSON SAYS IT DOESN’T TARGET THE MOST NEEDY.>>Interview: IT ENDS UP SUBSIDIZING WEALTHY FAMILIES WHO DON’T NEED THE MONEY TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO DAYCARE AND IT INCREASES WAIT LISTS FOR ALL OF THE OTHER PARENTS.>>Reporter: THE PILOT PROGRAM IS EXPANDING SPACES BY ABOUT 700 PROVINCE WIDE BUT PROPONENTS SAY THAT THE REAL BENEFIT IS THE EARLY LEARNING CURRICULUM.>>Interview: WHEN KIDS GROW UP AND THEY HAVE THAT EARLY START THEY ENTER SCHOOL AT GRADE LEVEL AND THEY DO WELL IN SCHOOL AND THEY DO WELL IN LIFE.>>Reporter: IF THE THREE-YEAR PILOT PROJECT IS SUCCESSFUL, THE LARGER GOAL WOULD BE TO HAVE AFFORDABLE, UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE ACROSS ALBERTA. THE PROVINCE WOULD BE COUNTING ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF PROMISED FEDERAL DOLLARS TO MAKE THAT A REALITY. CAROLYN DUNN, CBC NEWS, CALGARY.>>Peter: THE PREMIER OF SASKATCHEWAN SAYS HE’S READY TO USE THE NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE TO FIGHT A RULING ON SCHOOLS. THE COURT OF QUEENS BENCH RULED LAST MONTH THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT MUST STOP PAYING FOR NON-CATHOLIC STUDENTS TO ATTEND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. BRAD WALL SAYS THAT INVOKING NOTWITHSTANDING WILL PROTECT PARENTS AND STUDENTS AND THEIR RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE SCHOOL THAT WORKS BEST FOR THEM.>>>THERE WERE SOME TENSE MOMENTS IN THE HEART OF TORONTO’S FINANCIAL DISTRICT THIS AFTERNOON. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF RUSH HOUR PEOPLE SUDDENLY SAW AND HEARD THIS… BROWN SMOKE POURED FROM THAT UNDERGROUND GRATE FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THAT A HYDRO VAULT EXPLODED AND CAUGHT FIRE. NO ONE WAS HURT, BUT THE AREA WAS SHUTDOWN FOR HOURS. TORONTO FIRE WAS INVESTIGATING THE HEAVY RAIN THAT FELL ALL DAY AS A POSSIBLE CAUSE.>>>PEOPLE IN A PROVINCE, A TERRITORY AND A U.S. STATE WERE SHAKEN AWAKE BY A COUPLE OF EARTHQUAKES THIS MORNING. THE 6.2 QUAKE STRUCK JUST AFTER 5:30 THIS MORNING IN NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL STRONG AFTERSHOCKS THAT WERE ALSO FELT IN YUKON AND ALASKA. THERE WERE NO INJURIES OR MAJOR DAMAGE.>>>STRAIGHT AHEAD… DONALD TRUMP FLATTERS A DICTATOR AND RAISES CONCERNS WITH HIS ♪ [theme] It’s not fashionable these
days to spend too much time or enthusiasm arguing
that there are differences between men and women. We spend a lot of time denying
that any differences exist. You can get in to a lot of
trouble claiming anything else. I’d like to suggest there’s an
immutable universal truth, an undeniable behaviour pattern
that separates the sexes. It involves yoghurt containers. Women save them.
Men throw them out. A lot of bands
in parades like these represent police forces and
cadet groups, things like that. This is the story of a
different kind of band. Meet the Top Hat
Marching Orchestra from Burlington, Ontario. In this parade,
they’re a little older, a little wiser,
and a little lost. [chatter] [cheering] I’ve always been
a little out of step with most of my colleagues who work in this racket
called journalism. Most of my friends want to
write for the front pages, want to chase the big stories. The stories I like
best are the ones where there’s no plot
to begin with, no headlines, no news peg. One thing you
learn when you poke around
offstage long enough is that people love to talk. Another thing you
learn is that if you stick around
long enough, and you listen hard enough, everyone has something
worth saying. I owe you a nickel. Oh, okay.
Keep it. [laughter] A Madagascar
Kissing Cockroach, looks like a beetle. Or like a cigar,
the end of a cigar. He’s going to grow
to be six inches, Peter. You don’t have to walk him. Six inches. All you have to do is name
him and watch him grow. Get in there you
little cockroach. Stuart McLean. Thank you very much. In Moose Jaw. [applause] You know, the great British
statesman Winston Churchill once said that success
is going from one failure to another without
losing enthusiasm. [laughter] But there’s got to be a limit. I had a cow who couldn’t
learn her lines, a little girl who thought
she was starring in a beauty pageant, the set wouldn’t fit
through the doors, Joseph was covered
with scabs. [laughter] And I was worried that
I was coming down with the chicken pox. [laughter] So when I’m writing, I’m always trying to take people to the
place of laughter. But also to the place where
laughter meets tears. ♪ [news theme]>>CALL 911.>>Peter: A HEROIC RESCUE IN STORM RAVAGED EAST TEXAS. A GROUP OF STRANGERS PULLED A FATHER AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, ONE OF THEM A BABY, FROM AN OVERTURNED TRUCK AS FLOODWATERS THREATENED TO DROWN THEM ALL. THE FAMILY IS NOW ON THE MEND. VICIOUS STORMS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH AND MIDWEST KILLED AT LEAST A DOZEN PEOPLE OVER THE WEEKEND.>>>PEOPLE PACKED THE STREETS AROUND THE WORLD TODAY MARKING MAYDAY AND INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY, BUT MANY WERE IN NO MOOD TO CELEBRATE. (♪♪♪) LONDONERS PROTESTED AGAINST THE TORY GOVERNMENT AS MUCH AS THEY CHAMPIONED THE WORKERS OF THE WORLD. TURKS VOICED DEEP CONCERN OVER RECENT GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWNS. AND VENEZUELANS MARCHED BOTH FOR AND AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT AS THEIR ECONOMY CRUMBLES.>>>BUT IT WAS PARIS WHERE THE POLITICAL TENSIONS REALLY BOILED OVER. IN LESS THAN A WEEK, FRANCE MUST CHOOSE A NEW LEADER, AN ANCIENT OF THE ESTABLISHED MIDDLE GROUND OR A RADICAL DISRUPTER BENT ON RIPPING THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE E.U. TODAY THOSE OPPOSED TO MARINE LE PEN UNLEASHED THEIR ANGER. NAHLAH AYED REPORTS.>>Reporter: TOO URGENT TO LEAVE JUST TO THE BALLOT BOX, THEY BRING THEIR WILL TO THE STREETS. THE FRANCE THEY IMAGINE SHOULD HAVE NO ROOM FOR THE EXTREME RIGHT.>>Interview: I’M TOO SCARED OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN WITH MARINE LE PEN SO I’M GOING TO BE VOTING NEXT SUNDAY.>>Reporter: THE URGENCY NOW LESS THAN A WEEK OUT IS IN ALL OF THE RANKS IN THIS BATTLE. MARINE LE PEN WANTS FRANCE TO THINK OF HER RIVAL AS COMPLICIT IN ITS DECAY.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: THE REALITY IS SIMPLE, SHE SAYS, EMMANUEL MACRON IS JUST FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE WHO IS CLIPPING ON TO POWER LIKE A BARNACLE. UPSTART EMMANUEL MACRON CHARGED THE FRONT NATIONAL AS BEING THE ANTI-FRANCE PARTY.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: BECAUSE WHAT IT STANDS FOR IS THE INEVITABLE COLLAPSE OF WHAT IT IS THAT MADE FRANCE, HE SAYS.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: MAY 1, DAYS AWAY FROM WHAT COULD BE A CONVULSIVE ELECTION IS A PLACE THAT FRANCE HAS BEEN BEFORE.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: BACK IN 2002, LE PEN’S FATHER WAS UP FOR PRESIDENT. THE CROWDS WERE BIGGER, EVEN MORE URGENT.>>Interview: THE RIGHT WAY…>>Reporter: THIS CANADIAN FRENCH COUPLE WERE AT THE PROTESTS THEN AND NOW.>>Interview: THERE WAS LE PEN AND WE CAME WITH OUR CHILDREN AND IT WAS SO IMPORTANT.>>Interview: AND LE PEN REPRESENTS IN THIS ELECTION FOR ME THE BANALITY OF EVIL THAT YOU CAN HAVE THESE VERY EXTREME VIEWS AND SOMEHOW THEY CAN BECOME MAINSTREAM AND THEY’RE KIND OF EQUAL. BUT WE DON’T AGREE WITH THAT.>>Reporter: YET THERE ARE THOSE WHO AGREE, BUT UNIMPRESSED BY THE CANDIDATES THEY’VE COME TO THE STREET THIS IS PAST WEEK IN THE NAME OF REJECTING BOTH. THE NEITHER/NOR CROWD ARE DOING BATTLE WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE. THE DISSENTERS LIKE THIS WOMAN WHO WON’T BE CASTING A VOTE COME SUNDAY.>>Interview: [Speaking French]>>Reporter: BECAUSE I HAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A SWINDLER AND A THIEF, SHE SAYS. IT IS ALL A SIGNAL OF A WIDER PROBLEM OF GROWING FRENCH DISINTEREST, OF BEING PERPETUALLY FED UP WITH THE STATUS QUO.>>Interview: THEY’RE NOT JUST DISAPPOINTED, THEY ARE ON THE EVE, ON THE BRINK, OF RECEDING FROM SOCIETY. NOW THE BIGGEST POSSIBILITY IS THAT THEY WILL JUST STAY OUT AND NOT VOTE ANYMORE. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: NOT THEM, THEY CAME SIMPLY TO BE HEARD. MAYBE THIS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. (♪♪♪)>>WOO!>>Reporter: BUT DROWNED OUT INEVITABLY BY A SMALLER GROUP OF PROTESTERS WHO HIJACKED THE MARCH, LEAVING A DIFFERENT IMAGE. FRANCE’S MOST DANGEROUS BATTLE ISN’T HERE OR JUST AT THE BALLOT BOX, IT’S REALLY IN WHAT COMES AFTER. NAHLAH AYED, CBC NEWS, PARIS.>>Peter: AND FROM ONE DIVIDED REPUBLIC TO ANOTHER, U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RARELY GOES A DAY WITHOUT SAYING SOMETHING CONTROVERSIAL. OFTEN BY POLITICAL DESIGN. BUT HIS NEW OVERTURES TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS STRONGMEN ARE NOW CAUSING CONCERN. LYNDSAY DUNCOMBE HAS MORE.>>Reporter: DONALD TRUMP WAS BEING DELIBERATELY PROVOCATIVE WITH HIS NORTH KOREA COMMENTS. HE ADMITTED AS MUCH TO THE REPORTER ASKING HIM QUESTIONS.>>Interview: HE KNEW EXACTLY AS HE TOLD US WHAT HE TOLD US THAT HE WAS MAKING NEWS. IN FACT, HE SAID I’M BREAKING NEWS, HUH?>>Reporter: SPEAKING OF KIM JUNG-UN, TRUMP SAID, IF IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR ME TO MEET WITH HIM I WOULD ABSOLUTELY, I WOULD BE HONOURED TO DO IT. STRESSING THAT IT WOULD HAVE TO BE UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES. OVER THE WEEKEND, NORTH KOREA TESTED ANOTHER MISSILE. STATE PROPAGANDA LIKE THIS LEAVES LITTLE DOUBT OF THE MOTIVATION HERE. HARDLY THE BASIS FOR A FRIENDLY CHAT.>>President Donald Trump: I SAID ABSOLUTELY, WHY NOT?>>Reporter: IT SHOULDN’T BE A SURPRISE THAT TRUMP THINKS HE CAN MAIM AN IN-PERSON PEACE PITCH. HE CAMPAIGNED ON IT.>>President Donald Trump: WHO THE HELL CARES, I’LL SPEAK TO ANYBODY. WHO KNOWS, THERE’S A 10% OR A 20% CHANCE THAT I CAN TALK HIM OUT OF THOSE DAMNED NUKES BECAUSE WHO IN THE HELL WANTS HIM TO HAVE NUKES?>>Reporter: TRUMP’S DEFENDERS APPLAUD HIS UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH.>>Interview: HE’S WILLING TO BREAK TRADITION, PARTICULARLY IF IT’S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY.>>President Donald Trump: AND HE WAS ABLE TO ASSUME POWER…>>Reporter: BUT SOME SEE A DISTURBING PATTERN. OVER THE WEEKEND TRUMP CALLED THE NORTH KOREAN LEADER A “SMART COOKIE” AND HAD A QUOTE, FRIENDLY PHONE CALL WITH ANOTHER LEADER KNOWN FOR BRUTALITY, ROD RODRIGO DUTERTE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, GOT AN INVITATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE.>>Interview: THAT OUR PRESIDENT COMPLIMENTS THAT SORT OF LEADER AND THE LEADER OF NORTH KOREA TROUBLES ME AND LEAVES ME CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TAKING.>>Reporter: IT FELL TO SHAWN SPICER TO EXPLAIN AGAIN WHAT THE PRESIDENT MEANT AND HE EXPRESSED THAT CONDITIONS ARE NOT RIGHT FOR THE TWO LEADERS TO MEET, AT LEAST NOT RIGHT NOW, AND CALLED ON NORTH KOREA TO RATCHET DOWN ITS PROVOCATIVE BEHAVIOUR IMMEDIATELY. LYNDSAY DUNCOMBE, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Peter: COMING UP NEXT… SOME PEOPLE IN FORT MAC ARE STILL TESTED BY TRAGEDY.>>Interview: YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HERE OR MOVE ON. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.>>Peter: BRIAR STEWART HEARS STORIES OF HARDSHIP AND PERSEVERANCE ONE YEAR AFTER WILDFIRES CREATED AN EXODUS.>>>PLUS, DONALD TRUMP HELPS TO FUEL A BACKLASH AGAINST GUN CONTROL.>>>TIME TO CHECK THE DAY’S BUSINESS NUMBERS, THE T.S.X. FELL BY 10 POINTS. THE DOLLAR WAS UP VERY SLIGHTLY. IN NEW YORK, THE DOW LOST 27 POINTS. THE PRICE OF OIL FELL .59 CENTS A BARREL. (♪ [theme music] [funky disco music] [funky disco music] (♪♪♪)>>Peter: NATURAL DISASTERS CAN FUNDAMENTALLY ALTER A CITY, DIVIDE THE PAST FROM THE FUTURE. THINK OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE, HURRICANE CATREEP BEA IN NEW ORLEANS AND ADD FORT McMURRAY TO THAT LIST. ONE YEAR AGO A WILDFIRE FORCED 90,000 PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES. ENTIRE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DESTROYED AND LIVES WERE CHANGED FOREVER. BRIAR STEWART WENT BACK TO FORT MAC TO EXAMINE THE CITY AND LIFE ONE YEAR AFTER THE FIRE.>>Reporter: EVEN EARLY ON, THERE WERE SIGNS THAT IT COULD ALL GET VERY BAD.>>Interview: THE WEST FIRE IS OUR MAIN CONCERN.>>Reporter: WITHIN HOURS THE FIRE SWEPT INTO THE CITY. THOSE INITIAL MOMENTS OF CHAOS SEARED INTO THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO NOT ONLY SAW BUT FELT THE SCORCHING HEAT ON THEIR WAY OUT OF FORT McMURRAY.>>Interview: WE SHOULD GO!>>Reporter: BEFORE THE FIRE TOOK HOLD WITH ITS UNPREDICTABLE AND UNRELENTING GRIP… IT STARTED OFF THE WAY THAT SO MANY WILDFIRES DO, IN THE FOREST. THERE’S NO ROAD THAT LEADS TO THIS SPOT, BUT FROM THE AIR YOU CAN SEE THE FIRE’S BLACKENED ROUTE. IT ALL BEGAN AROUND 10 KILOMETRES SOUTHWEST OF FORT McMURRAY. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS… THIS IS GROUND ZERO. THIS IS WHERE THE FIRE STARTED LAST MAY. THE CHARRED TREES MARK THE BEGINNING OF A PATH OF SO MUCH DESTRUCTION. THE FIRE STARTED HERE ALONG THIS TRAIL FREQUENTLY USED BY THOSE DRIVING QUADS AND A.T.V.s. INVESTIGATORS MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE BUT WE DO KNOW THIS — LIVES WERE CHANGED. AS THE FOREST BEGINS TO REGENERATE SO DOES THE COMMUNITY OF FORT McMURRAY. ONE YEAR ON IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LABEL JUST WHERE THIS CITY IS AT. PEOPLE’S EXPERIENCES VARY WIDELY. SOME HAVE REBUILT, EVEN MOVED ON, BUT OTHERS STILL STRUGGLE TO RECLAIM WHAT THE FIRE TOOK. THIS WAS THE VIEW AT CENTENNIAL TRAILER PARK ON MAY 1 OF LAST YEAR, PERCHED ON THE EDGE OF THE FOREST IT WAS THE FIRST AREA IN THE CITY TO BURN. AND ALL JOANNE BATES COULD DO WAS WATCH IN HORROR.>>Interview: SO WE LOST EVERYTHING, WE ONLY HAVE WHAT WE HAVE ON OUR BACKS. I GET CHILLS WATCHING THAT.>>Reporter: BATES HAS SEEN THIS MOMENT MANY TIMES BEFORE, EVEN A YEAR LATER FRIENDS CONTINUE TO STUMBLE UPON IT ONLINE AND SEND IT HER WAY. STILL, IT’S WINCINGLMP Y PAINFUL TO WATCH. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT DAY STILL?>>Interview: WELL, I TRY NOT TO BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MOMENTS THAT BRINGS YOU BACK TO THAT. YOU COULD BE WALKING IN A STORE AND IT’S LIKE YOU’LL SEE SOMETHING THAT YOU HAD OR SAY WELL, I HAD THAT. LIKE, I DON’T HAVE IT ANYMORE.>>Reporter: SO HOW LONG WERE YOU LIVING HERE BEFORE?>>Interview: WE WERE LIVING FOR FIVE MONTHS IN HERE.>>Reporter: BATES AND HER PARTNER BOUGHT THIS R.V. AFTER THE FIRE AND THEY PARKED IT WHEREVER SOMEONE WOULD LET THEM. THE CAMPGROUND THEY ONCE CALLED HOME STILL HASN’T REOPENED. BUT ONE YEAR ON THE R.V. IS NOW UP FOR SALE AND THEY’RE RENTING A HOME.>>Interview: WORK IS SLOW BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE A ROOF OVER OUR HEAD. AND WE’RE BACK IN FORT MAC, THAT’S THE MAIN THING.>>Reporter: SHE’S LIVING IN GRÉGOIRE, A NEIGHBOURHOOD JUST ACROSS THE HIGHWAY FROM THE TRAILER PARK. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST AREAS TO BE EVACUATED AS THE FIRE APPROACHED. THAT’S WHERE CARL MOORE AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNER, REBECCA IRVING, LIVE. THEY OPERATE A COMPANY THAT OPERATE VACUUM AND WATER TRUCKS. THEY LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS LEFT AS THE FIRE SWEPT IN BUT CARL RETURNED WITH THE RETRO-FITTED TRUCK DESIGNED TO PUMP WATER. WE SAW HIM AND HIS TEAM TEST IT THAT DAY WHEN THEY WENT BACK INTO THE FIRE.>>Interview: LIKE IT WAS PRETTY CHAOTIC THEN AND WE WERE JUST GOING WITH THE WATER AND WE DIDN’T HAVE BREATHING APPARATUSES OR ANYTHING AND IT WAS PLASTICS, CHEMICALS, PROPANE, EVERYTHING BURNING WITHOUT KNOWING IT AND I GUESS THAT WE SUCKED IT IN.>>Reporter: AND HE BELIEVES THAT ALL OF THAT TOXIC SMOKE HAS AFFECTED HIS LUNGS. SINCE THE FIRE HE’S HAD PROBLEMS BREATHING, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO GET THROUGH A FULL DAY ON THE FLOOR. ANOTHER ISSUE, THE YARD IS PACKED WITH TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT. THE SIGN THAT BUSINESS IS DOWN.>>Interview: IT’S BEEN A VERY LONG YEAR AND VERY TIRESOME, BETWEEN TRYING TO DEAL WITH INSURANCE AND TRYING TO GET BACK TO WORK AND FIND WORK AS WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S BEEN SLOWER.>>Interview: SOME OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FIRE, YEAH, SOME OF IT IS JUST BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY. LIKE DIRECTLY FROM THE FIRE, YOU KNOW, I’D SAY THAT WE LOT OF HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION.>>Reporter: BECAUSE BEFORE FORT McMURRAY WAS STRUCK BY DISASTER IT WAS DEALING WITH THE DOWNTURN. THE MUNICIPALITY ESTIMATES THAT AROUND 5,000 PEOPLE HAVEN’T RETURNED TO FORT McMURRAY BECAUSE THEY’VE LOST THEIR HOMES OR JOBS AND IN SOME CASES BOTH. FOR SALE SIGNS STICK OUT OF THE DIRT ON EMPTY LOTS. PART OF THE CHANGED LANDSCAPE NOW IN BEACON HILL. AFTER THE TRAILER PARK, THIS WAS THE NEXT NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT THE FIRE HIT. IT BACKS ON TO THE FOREST MAKING IT SERENE, YET VULNERABLE. IT WAS HERE WHERE ANTHONY HOFFMANN GREW UP. AS A FIREFIGHTER HE SPENT DAYS SCRAMBLING FROM ONE BURNING HOUSE TO ANOTHER.>>Interview: I FINALLY GOT A BREATHER ONE EVENING AND I TOOK MY CAR UP HERE AND CAME TO SEE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>Reporter: BEFORE THE FIRE HE WAS RENOVATING IT BECAUSE HIS FAMILY WANTED TO SELL THE HOUSE. SOON IT WILL JUST BE THE LOT ON THE MARKET.>>Interview: WE’RE PICKING AN OPEN WOUND A LITTLE BIT THAT FINALLY STARTED TO HEAL. AND SO MYSELF INCLUDED, WE’RE MOVING ON.>>Reporter: ALONG WITH ALL HE LOST LAST YEAR HE BELIEVES THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT HE GAINED — THE KIND OF PERSPECTIVE THAT YOU ONLY GET WHEN YOU GO THROUGH SOMETHING TRAUMATIC.>>Interview: IT’S BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR ME IN TERMS OF REALIGNING MY PRIORITIES AND GETTING CLOSER TO FAMILY AND YOU’RE ABLE TO RELATE ON A DEEPER LEVEL WITH SOMEONE WHO IS GOING THROUGH SOMETHING THAT HURTS BECAUSE YOU’VE DONE IT.>>Reporter: BUT NOT EVERYONE IS IN A POSITION WHERE THEY’RE SO WILLING TO REFLECT. FOR SOME, THE DISCUSSION AROUND THE YEAR THAT WAS IS STILL PAINFUL.>>Interview: IT’S ONE OF THE WORST MOST DIFFICULT YEARS THAT I EVER WENT THROUGH IN ALL OF MY LIFE, TO BE HONEST. IT HAS BEEN VERY UP AND DOWN. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: ANGELINA IS RUNNING A FRANCOPHONE DAYCARE IN THE CRAMPED QUARTERS OF THIS CHURCH BASEMENT BECAUSE THE SCHOOL THEY USED TO BE IN WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED BY SMOKE. IT’S LOCATED IN ABASAND, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD IS SEPARATED FROM BEACON HILL BY THE HANGING STONE RIVER BUT IT WAS FUTILE WHEN IT CAME TO STOPPING THE ADVANCING FIRE. NEARLY 350 BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED HERE, INCLUDING THE HOME SHE RENTED.>>Interview: IT IS MY PLACE AND I AM NOT LIVING THERE NO MORE AND I MISS THAT.>>Reporter: AND SHE MISSES ALL OF THAT SPACE THAT THE DAYCARE USED TO HAVE. WHEN THEY OPENED IN THIS BASEMENT IN THE FALL, SHE HAD TO TELL 30 FAMILIES THERE WAS NO LONGER ROOM FOR THEIR CHILDREN AT THE DAYCARE. NOT ONLY HAD PEOPLE LOST HOMES BUT THEY LOST THE SERVICES AND SUPPORT THAT THEY DEPENDED ON.>>Interview: IT’S DIFFICULT WHEN YOU HAVE TO TELL FAMILIES THAT YOU CANNOT OFFER THEM SERVICES, ESPECIALLY IF THEY CAN’T NOT GO ANYWHERE ELSE.>>Reporter: AS YOU WOULD EXPECT, SHE IS ALL SMILES WHEN IT COMES TO PLAYTIME WITH THE CHILDREN, BUT JUST ASK WHERE HER MIND WILL BE ON MAY THIRD, THE ANN VICIOUS OF WHEN THE FIRE ROARED INTO THE CITY. WELL, IT’S A DIFFERENT MATTER. SHE DOESN’T WANT TO BE ANYWHERE NEAR FORT McMURRAY THAT DAY.>>Interview: I JUST WANT TO GO OVER THAT PART, AND I JUST WANT TO — SORRY — YEAH, I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT. I JUST WANT THE SERVICE TO GO BACK AND TRYING TO HAVE THAT NEW NORMAL THAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT AND TRY TO GO ONE DAY AT A TIME LIKE WE DID FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. (♪♪♪)>>Reporter: THAT TERM “THE NEW NORMAL” IS SOMETHING THAT YOU FREQUENTLY HEAR, AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT EVEN FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T LOSE A HOME, THINGS HAVE CHANGED. AND WITH THE CONTROLLED BURNS THAT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR, THEY’RE A ROUTINE PART OF SPRING, BUT THIS SEASON THEY STARTED EARLIER AND PEOPLE WERE TOLD ABOUT THEM AHEAD OF TIME BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN THAT THEY COULD SPARK FEAR. WELL, THE SIGHT OF SMOKE MAY BE A TEMPORARY TRIGGER FOR SOME, FOR OTHERS THE REMINDERS ARE GLARING, AS OBVIOUS NOW AS THEY WERE LAST YEAR.>>Interview: AND THE SOLEARIUM WAS AT THE BACK.>>Reporter: IT WOULD BE WRONG TO LABEL MIKE RYAN’S HOME AS A CONSTRUCTION SITE BECAUSE THERE’S NO WORK GOING ON HERE. HIS PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN THE RURAL HAMLET OF SAPRE CREEK, 25 KILOMETRES SOUTHEAST OF THE CITY. THE FIRE RAVAGED IT ONE DAY AFTER CONSUMING OTHER NEIGHBOURHOODS IN FORT McMURRAY.>>Interview: IT’S AN EERIE FEELING TO WALK THROUGH HERE AND THINKING ABOUT THAT. JUST THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE. YEAH.>>Reporter: EVERY TIME YOU MAKE THAT TRIP DOWN THE DRIVEWAY AND YOU LOOK OUT AND YOU SEE ALL OF THIS, WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND, MIKE?>>Interview: WELL, I JUST THINK ABOUT LIFE ITSELF, YOU KNOW, IT’S PRETTY ROUGH.>>Reporter: WHICH IS WHY IT’S SADLY IRONIC THAT AMIDST ALL OF THE DEBRIS AND ASH ON HIS PROPERTY THIS MUG WAS THE ONLY THING THAT RYAN WAS ABLE TO SALVAGE FROM HIS HOME. ON HIS PROPERTY SITS A MELTED CAR AND SOME CHARRED EQUIPMENT. HE HASN’T STARTED REBUILDING BECAUSE HE’S STILL TRYING TO SETTLE HIS CLAIM WITH HIS INSURANCE COMPANY.>>Interview: STRESS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT SOMETIMES WHEN YOU GET UP EVERY DAY AND YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR FUTURE IS. YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HERE OR MOVE ON. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.>>Reporter: ARE YOU ASKING YOURSELF THOSE QUESTIONS NOW?>>Interview: ALL THE TIME. EVERY DAY.>>Reporter: RYAN IS FAR FROM THE ONLY ONE WHO MADE LITTLE PROGRESS IN THE PAST YEAR. OF THE 1,600 BUILDINGS DESTROYED IN THE FIRE, PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO REBUILD LESS THAN HALF OF THEM. SOME BLOCKS ARE STILL MOSTLY BARREN, BUT OTHERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRANSFORMED. THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD IN TIMBERLEA IS ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF FORT McMURRAY, IT WAS ONE OF THE LAST AREAS IN THE CITY TO BURN BUT IT’S PERHAPS THE FURTHEREST ALONG WHEN IT COMES TO REBUILDING.>>Interview: YOU LOOK AROUND FROM A YEAR AGO WHEN WE WERE ALL OUT, AND THE DEVASTATION AND THE TEARS AND THE EMOTIONS AND STUFF, AND THEN YOU FAST FORWARD A YEAR WHEN PEOPLE ARE MOVING HOME. AND THE AMOUNT OF HOUSES THAT HAVE WENT UP IN JUST A YEAR. IT’S JUST AMAZING.>>Reporter: TREVOR USED TO WORK IN THE OIL PATCH BUT NOW IS HELPING TO REBUILD HIS OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD. WE FIRST MET HIM LAST YEAR.>>A FIRST LOOK AT THE HOUSE AFTER THE FIRE. WHERE IT USED TO BE.>>Reporter: THE DAY HE AND HIS WIFE WERE ALLOWED BACK IN TO SEE THE DAMAGE FIRSTHAND.>>Interview: THAT LITTLE CHUNK OF LAND THAT I PAID A LOT OF MONEY FOR, A LOT OF SWEAT, BLOOD, TEARS WENT INTO IT, THAT’S MINE AND I’M BUILDING MY HOUSE BACK THERE.>>Reporter: ONE YEAR LATER HE’S BACK AT HIS PROPERTY AND THERE’S HIS HOUSE, NEARLY READY FOR MOVE-IN. THE FINISHING TOUCHES ARE BEING HANDLED BY A RELATIVE.>>Interview: MY FATHER-IN-LAW HAS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ME AND MY WIFE GOING INTO THE HOUSE AT THIS POINT. SO ONCE IT’S COMPLETELY FINISHED AND WE TAKE THAT FIRST STEP IN AND THE FIRST NIGHT WE STAY IN THERE IT’S GOING TO BE VERY, VERY EMOTIONAL.>>Reporter: HE PLANS TO BE BACK IN HIS HOUSE TO MARK THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRE BY HOLDING A BARBECUE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.>>Interview: IT’S ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEING ABLE TO SAY HI TO MY NEIGHBOUR. THAT’S THE BIGGEST CHANGE I SEE THIS WHOLE YEAR. THE COMMUNITIES ARE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE COMMUNITIES AGAIN AND NOT JUST A WASTELAND.>>Reporter: HE KNOWS HOW FORTUNATE HE IS. FOR SOME THE PACE OF REBUILDING FEELS ACHINGLY SLOW. PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW QUICKLY IT WAS ALL DESTROYED. AT THE TRAILHEAD THAT LEADS TO WHERE THE FIRE BEGAN STANDS A NEW SIGN WARNING ABOUT HOW EASILY FIRES CAN START AND SPREAD. EVERYONE HERE IS REMINDED OF THAT EVERY DAY. WHETHER THEY’RE ABOUT TO MOVE INTO A BRAND-NEW HOME OR STILL STRUGGLING TO GET PAST THE DEVASTATION LEFT BY THE FIRE’S ERRATIC PATH. BRIAR STEWART, CBC NEWS, FORT McMURRAY.>>Peter: WELL, SPEAKING OF BRIARS, IT’S BEEN NEARLY A YEAR SINCE THESE TWO FIRST MET. BRIAR BRISCOE WAS NAMED AFTER BRIAR STEWART, SHE WAS BORN WEEKS AFTER HER FAMILY FLED FORT MAC. THE LITTLE GIRL IS DOING WELL AND WILL CELEBRATE HER FIRST BIRTHDAY ON MAY 18th.>>>UP NEXT, THE FIGHT TO ALLOW MORE GUNS IN CALIFORNIA. ONE MAN ARGUES THAT IT WILL MAKE PEOPLE SAFER. (♪♪♪)>>President Donald Trump: AS YOUR PRESIDENT I WILL NEVER, EVER, INFRINGE ON THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, NEVER, EVER. [Applause]>>Peter: THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ALREADY HAS SOME OF THE STRICTEST GUN LAWS IN THE U.S. AND AFTER THE 2015 SHOOTING AT A SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY CENTRE, IT MOVED TO MAKE THEM EVEN STRONGER. BUT WITH THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP AND HIS UNFLINCHING SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, GUN OWNERS IN THE STATE FEEL THEY HAVE THE AMMUNITION THEY NEED TO CHALLENGE THE NEW LAWS IN COURT. KIM BRUNHUBER EXPLAINS MUCH.>>Reporter: THERE’S NO WAY AROUND IT, TOMMY BUSHNELL IS HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE RANGE.>>Interview: THAT’S QUITE ATROCIOUS.>>Reporter: MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE THERE’S A GUY STANDING NEXT TO HIM HOLDING A VIDEO CAMERA OR MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT GUN CONTROL IN CALIFORNIA AND THE FACT THAT THE GUN HE’S HOLDING BECAME A WHOLE LOT TOUGHER TO GET.>>Interview: SO I’M GOING TO BREAK DOWN THE A.R.-15 SO I CAN SHOW IT TO YOU.>>Reporter: IT’S THE SAME TYPE OF GUN THAT KILLED 14 PEOPLE IN SAN BERNARDINO. IN THE WAKE OF THE 2015 MASS SHOOTING, STATE LEGISLATORS PASSED A SERIES OF LAWS KNOWN TO CALIFORNIA’S GUN COMMUNITY AS “GUN MAGEDDON”, THEY BANNED HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES AND TARGETED ASSAULT WEAPONS. IT LOOKS LIKE A WEAPON THEY’D USE IN THE MILITARY?>>Interview: THAT IT DOES. AND THEY’RE JUST BANNING SOMETHING BY ITS APPEARANCE. AND HONESTLY IT’S NOT GOING TO OPERATE ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN THE GLOCK, AND THAN THE H.K., AND THAN, YOU KNOW, THE BARRETTEA.>>Reporter: BUT NOW CALIFORNIA’S GUN OWNERS ARE GETTING HIGH-CALIBRE BACKUP. FRIDAY DONALD TRUMP BECAME THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION SINCE RONALD REAGAN.>>President Donald Trump: AS YOUR PRESIDENT I WILL NEVER, EVER INFRINGE ON THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, NEVER, EVER. [Applause]>>Reporter: THE N.R.A. SPENT $30 MILLION TO HELP TO GET DONALD TRUMP ELECTED. NOW IT SAYS THAT IT WILL SPEND WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DEFEAT GUN CONTROL IN STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA. IT’S LAUNCHING SEVERAL LAWSUITS AGAINST THE BAN.>>THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!>>Reporter: AND NOW A BLOW FOR ADVOCATES OF GUN CONTROL. AFTER THE SHOOTINGS IN NEWTOWN AND SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA SAW HUGE SPIKES IN HANDGUN SALES.>>Interview: SO THIS WAS A LARGE NUMBER OF WEAPONS THAT CAME INTO THE SYSTEM THAT WE ESTIMATE WOULD NOT HAVE WERE IT NOT FOR THE SHOCKS TO THE PUBLIC CONSCIENCE.>>Reporter: AND THAT’S OKAY WITH BUSHNELL, HE SAYS THAT THE PROBLEM IN CALIFORNIA ISN’T THAT THERE’S TOO MANY GUNS, IT’S THAT THERE AREN’T ENOUGH.>>Interview: BANNING GUNS, IN GENERAL ON THESE LAWS, THEY JUST HURT THE LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN.>>Reporter: IN OTHER WORDS, HE SAYS, MORE GUNS MAKE PEOPLE SAFER AND FINALLY HE HAS A PRESIDENT WHO BELIEVES THIS TOO. KIM BRUNHUBER, CBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES.>>Peter: STRAIGHT AHEAD… A BIBLE, A BATTLEFIELD, AND A MYSTERY THAT SPANS A CENTURY. THE ANSWERS AWAIT RIGHT AFTER THIS BREAK. (♪♪♪) Each working day of the year
throughout Canada, the Post Office handles about
10 million pieces of mail. The men who face the gigantic
task of sorting this mass of mail,
must know the names of 13,000 cities, towns,
and villages in Canada. [chanting] In the last decade its
reputation for quick dependable service as been smashed by
literally hundreds of labour disturbances. Its deficit has risen to an
astonishing 600 million dollars a year and its automation
program is so far behind schedule, no one can estimate
when it will be finished. Canadians are
losing patience. They’re increasingly
fed up and so am I. The Post Office will become
a crown corporation. In rural communities across
Canada the Post Office is more than a place to buy stamps
and pick-up your mail and this one is
no exception. It’s really
the centre of the village. But Canada Post says
it loses money. These new super
boxes will replace Berna Dunlaw. There’s no contact with an
aluminium box and a key. We want to have
a community life. About 30 groups of angry
residents from across Canada kicked off a national
campaign today to get rid of
‘super’ mail boxes. Anne Derrit lives in Markham,
just north of Toronto. She doesn’t get
home mail delivery. Every weekday either
she or her husband trudges about 100 metres
to the neighbourhood mailbox. Derrit hates that trek so much
she helped found RAM – Residents Against
Mailboxes. RAM, Mulroney,
mailboxes. [applause] Well the Post Office delivered
something today it hasn’t been able to
for 30 years – a profit. Canada Post says it made almost
100 million dollars in the past year and it expects even
bigger profits in the future. Canadians are making fewer
trips to the mailbox. This is
the mail culprit – email. Now as mainstream as
a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Convincing the millions of
Canadians who use it to come back to so called,
‘snail mail’ won’t be easy. Why would I want
to mail a letter? And post it? And then go
to the mailbox? Why? Big change for
many Canadians – the end of home mail
delivery in urban centres. On doorsteps across the country
today there came plenty reaction to the big changes
at Canada Post. I like to have things delivered
and everyone cuts back and it’s so silly. [musical overture] Like the milkman
a generation of more ago, the days of daily visits from
your friendly letter carrier will soon seem like a quaint
notion from a another era. ♪ ♪ The National. [theme] The National. [theme] Tonight… [theme] ♪ ♪ Hi, I’m Erin Krakow
from When Calls the Heart, and you’re
watching CBC. See you
next Summer.

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