The National for November 21, 2018 — Fiscal Update, Depression Treatment, Paradise Lost


>>ON THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT… >>WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO ASSURE CANADIANS THAT THERE WILL BE JOBS, GREAT JOBS HERE IN THE FUTURE.>>Rosemary: THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW DEFICIT EXPANDING ECONOMIC PLAN MADE IN CANADA BY TRUMP? WITH A FEDERAL ELECTION ON THE HORIZON, WE TALK TO THE FINANCE MINISTER.>>THEY FELT SAD, DEPRESSED. IT WAS ACTUALLY SUICIDAL THOUGHTS DIMINISHED.>>NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR PEOPLE WHOSE DEPRESSION DOESN’T RESPOND TO TREATMENT. COULD IT MEAN NEW HOPE FOR A MILLION CANADIANS?>>>THEY MUST HAVE FOUND HER JUST SITTING IN THE LIVING ROOM.>>FIRES IN CALIFORNIA LEAVE BEHIND STORIES OF PERSONAL HEART BREAK, BUT ALSO A HEARTWARMING REUNION. THIS IS THE “NATIONAL”.>>Rosemary: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELIVERED ITS FALL FISCAL UPDATE THIS AFTERNOON, BUT IT WASN’T ALL ABOUT ECONOMICS. TONIGHT WE’LL LOOK AT THE POLITICS INVOLVED, THE BREAKS TO HELP MEDIA COMPANIES AND WE’LL ASK THE FINANCE MINISTER WHY IT’S GOING TO COST SO MUCH? ONE THING IS CERTAIN, CANADA WILL BE GOING DEEPER IN THE RED FOR YEARS TO COME.>>FOCUSED ON THINGS LIKE COMPETITIVENESS AND THE FOCUS ON BENEFIT FROM THE GREAT TRADE DEALS WE’VE BEEN SIGNING AND MOVING FORWARD ON.>>Rosemary: TO DO THIS, THE LIBERALS HAVE COME UP WITH MORE THAN $16 BILLION IN NEW INVESTMENTS AND TAX BREAKS FOR BUSINESSES. BUT THAT WILL MEAN CONTINUED DEFICITS. REMEMBER THAT PROMISE TO BALANCE THINGS BY NEXT YEAR? WELL, THERE IS NO BALANCED BUDGET FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. ALL OF THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A RESPONSE TO AN UNPREDICTABLE U.S. ADMINISTRATION, ONE WITH PROTECTIONIST IMPULSES, LOW CORPORATE TAXES AND VERY DEEP POCKETS. AS DAVID COCHRANE EXPLAINS, IT’S CLEAR THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT HAS A LOT RIDING ON THE OUTCOME.>>Reporter: LIKE EVERYTHING THESE DAYS, BILL MORNEAU’S FISCAL UPDATE IS A RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. ONE SERIES OF MEASURES TO RESPOND TO U.S. TAX CUTS.>>TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO INVEST IN THEIR OWN GROWTH, CREATE MORE GOOD WELL PAYING JOBS.>>Reporter: OTHERS TO STEER CANADA AWAY FROM ITS DEPENDENCE ON THE U.S. MARK.>>JUST BECAUSE WE SHARE A TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES DOESN’T MEAN WE’LL ALWAYS AGREE WITH THEIR APPROACH.>>Reporter: THOSE ARE THE GOALS. HERE’S HOW THE LIBERALS WANT TO GET THERE. TO STAY COMPETITIVE WITH THE U.S., THERE ARE BILLIONS IN TAX CUTS TO HELP THEM EXPAND AND BUY EQUIPMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. A 100% WRITE-OFF FOR MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING EQUIPMENT. A 100% WRITE-OFF FOR CLEAN TECH INVESTMENT. TRIPLING THE WRITE-OFF FOR ALL OTHER BUSINESS INVESTMENTS. THERE IS ALSO MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS TO DIVERSIFY TRADE. INCLUDING CASH TO BOOST ROADS, RAILS AND PORTS TO GET GOODS TO ASIA AND EUROPE.>>CANADIANS WILL GET THE BILL.>>Reporter: BUT THE CONSERVATIVES WARN THIS ALL COMES WITH A BIG COST.>>THEY ARE PUTTING OUR FUTURE IN A RECKLESS STATE OF DANGER BY SPENDING OUR TOMORROW ON THEIR TODAY.>>Reporter: THE TAX CUTS GUARANTEE DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, ADDING $100 BILLION TO THE DEBT OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS. THE N.D.P. SAYS THE BULK OF THAT IS GOING TO THE WRONG PEOPLE.>>IT LOOKS LIKE, AND IT’S VERY CLEAR THAT THE LIBERALS ARE PLAYING SANTA CLAUS TO RICH CORPORATIONS AND SCROOGE FOR EVERYDAY FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO GET BY.>>Reporter: THE REALITY IS THE LIBERALS DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF CHOICE BUT TO MAKE THE TAX CUTS. TRUMP’S TAX CUTS HAVE PUSHED THE U.S. DEFICIT TO HISTORIC LEVELS, BUT IT’S MADE FAR MORE ATTRACTIVE FOR COMPANIES TO INVEST SOUTH OF THE BORDER. A CHALLENGE CANADA COULD NOT LEAVE UNANSWERED.>>WE COULD HAVE IGNORED BUSINESS LEADERS, DECIDED NOT TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN PART OF THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT AND WE WOULD HAVE HAD A LOWER DEFICIT AS A RESULT. TO DO SO WOULD NOT BE A RATIONAL RESPONSE.>>Reporter: YORZ IN OTHER WORDS, THE COST OF DOING NOTHING WAS HIGHER THAN THE COST OF DOING SOMETHING.>>Rosemary: WHEN JOURNALISTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE BEING ACCUSED OF PRODUCING FAKE NEWS, THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO INVEST IN LOCAL NEWS. $600 MILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO SUPPORT MEDIA OUTLETS STRUGGLING WITH DWINDLING REVENUES. IT INCLUDES A 15% TAX CREDIT TO ENCOURAGE CANADIANS TO SUBSCRIBE TO DIGITAL NEWS MEDIA. AND GIVING CHARITABLE STATUS TO NONPROFIT NEWS OUTLETS TO HELP THEM FUNDRAISE. BUT PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT, A NEW TAX CREDIT TO HELP COVER THE LABOUR COSTS OF PRODUCING ORIGINAL NEWS CONTENT LOCALLY. RON CHARLES LOOKS AT WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN.>>Reporter: THE COSMOS IS CLEARLY A LABOUR OF LOVE. SHE IS PUBLISHER, WRITER AND EDITOR AT THE NEWSPAPER SHE BOUGHT FIVE YEARS AGO. SHE IS TRYING TO BUCK THE TREND OF SMALLTOWN PAPERS SHUTTING DOWN AS AD REVENUE DRIES UP OR HEADS ONLINE, BUT IT’S BEEN TOUGH.>>IF YOU ASKED ME IN THE SUMMER, I WOULD HAVE CRIED AND TOLD YOU I CONSIDERED FOLDING.>>Reporter: SHE PEGS HER PAPER SURVIVAL ON REMAINING HYPER LOCAL. FOCUSING ON NEWS ONLY FROM A SMALL TOWNSHIP OF 21,000 PEOPLE. UXBRIDGE. THE COSMOS IS A MAIN SOURCE OF NEWS ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS.>>A SMALLTOWN NEWSPAPER IS IMPORTANT SO WE CAN RESPECTFULLY, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, WE WORK AND LIVE WITH THESE PEOPLE, RESPECTFULLY HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.>>Reporter: AND SO SHE WATCHED BILL MORNEAU’S FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT CLOSELY. SEARCHING FOR A HEADLINE THAT COULD OFFER HOPE FOR SMALL TOWN PUBLISHERS LIKE HER. SHE THINKS SHE MAY HAVE HEARD SOMETHING TO COVER COUNCIL.>>IF IT’S MONEY FOR THAT, MAYBE IT MEANS THAT I TAKE ON A STAFF MEMBER. WHICH IS AWESOME. MAYBE I GIVE SOMEONE COMING OUT OF SCHOOL A JOB.>>Reporter: AND MAYBE HER PAPER CAN AVOID THE FATE OF SO MANY OTHER SMALL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS CANADA.>>Rosemary: OF COURSE THE MAN BEHIND THE PLAN IS THE MINISTER OF FINANCE. I SPOKE TO BILL MORNEAU EARLIER THIS EVENING FROM OUR OTTAWA STUDIO. YOU’VE INVESTED MORE THAN $17 BILLION OVER SIX YEARS TO TRY TO KEEP CANADIAN BUSINESSES COMPETITIVE. WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE THIS ACTION WAS NECESSARY?>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, OUR ECONOMY IS DOING WELL. THE REAL FOCUS IS HOW TO ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE KIND OF INVESTMENTS WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS. I WAS OUT LISTENING TO BUSINESS LEADERS OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS ABOUT HOW WE CAN ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO BE COMPETITIVE AND THIS WAS FRANKLY THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE THAT WOULD ALLOW BUSINESSES TO INVEST TO CREATE JOBS FOR THE FUTURE.>>Rosemary: IS IT PREVENTATIVE, THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT WERE THINKING ABOUT LEAVING CANADA, OR THIS IS A MEASURE TO COUNTERACT THAT?>>IT’S MUCH MORE ABOUT THINK BEING THE FUTURE. IT’S RECOGNIZING THAT THERE IS ALWAYS A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT THERE WILL BE GREAT JOBS HERE IN THE FUTURE. THOSE ONLY COME IF BUSINESSES MAKE INVESTMENTS, CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.>>Rosemary: LOTS OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY WHY NOT CUT CORPORATE TAXES TO THE SAME RATE AS AMERICANS THEN? WHY DID YOU DECIDE NOT DO DO THAT?>>CORPORATION TAXES, IF THEY MADE A CUT FIVE YEARS AGO. WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THEY MAKE THE NEXT INVESTMENT. WHAT WE’VE DONE IS MADE THAT NEXT INVESTMENT MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE FROM THE CORPORATE STANDPOINT AND THAT WILL BE WHAT WILL CREATE THE GREAT JOBS.>>Rosemary: YOU’RE DOING THIS THOUGH BY GOING FURTHER INTO DEFICIT, SO BY USING CANADIAN TAXPAYER MONEY TO MAKE SURE THE BUSINESSES STAY COMPETITIVE. DO DEFICITS NO LONGER MEAN ANYTHING TO THE GOVERNMENT? DO THEY NOT MATTER?>>IT ABSOLUTELY MATTERS WE HAVE A STRONG FISCAL POSITION. I START WITH LOOKING AT THAT POSITION. WE HAVE THE BEST SITUATION AMONG ALL OF OUR ALLIES. THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF DEBT AS A FUNCTION OF OUR ECONOMY. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT STARTING APPOINTMENT. WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH THE CHANGES, WE MAINTAIN THAT TRACK OF REDUCING OUR DEBT AS A AND THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PATH WE’VE BEEN ON REALLY FROM DAY ONE, THAT LED US TO VERY GOOD ECONOMIC RESULTS.>>Rosemary: OKAY, MINISTER MORNEAU, WE’LL LEAVE IT THERE. APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THIS FISCAL UPDATE TURNS — ENDS THE CHAPTER OF THE MANDATE IN SOME WAY, BECAUSE THE NEXT BUDGET IS GOING TO BE VERY FORWARD LOOKING INTO THE NEXT ELECTION CAMPAIGN. LET’S TURN TO A DEVELOPMENT SOUTH OF THE BORDER, ABOUT THE U.S. BORDER WITH MEXICO.>>Adrienne: THAT’S RIGHT, BECAUSE THE WHITE HOUSE TOOK ITS MIGRANT CARAVAN CRACKDOWN SO MUCH FURTHER TODAY. IT’S NOW APPROVED THE USE OF SOLDIERS TO PROTECT CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND MEXICO. IT CAN RANGE FROM DETENTION TO LETHAL FORCE. DONALD TRUMP TWEETED AGAIN, WITH NO EVIDENCE, THERE ARE A LOT OF CRIMINALS IN THE CARAVAN. WE WILL STOP THEM, CATCH AND DETAIN. SO REMEMBER, THIS PARTICULAR MASS MIGRATION BEGAN ON OCTOBER 13 WHEN 1600 PEOPLE LEFT SAN PEDRO IN HONDURAS. AS THEY MOVED, THEIR NUMBERS GREW. MANY REACHED TIJUANA LAST WEEK AND MORE KEEP COMING. THAT GROUP IS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 7,000 WITH MAYBE 3,000 MORE ON THE WAY. THE CBC KIM BRUNHUBER TAKES US TO TIJUANA TONIGHT.>>Reporter: IT’S A CITY OF SPACE BLANKETS AND TREE HOUSES, CHARIOT RACES, OUTDOOR SHOWERS AND SOCCER MATCHES AND SOCKS. THIS BASEBALL STADIUM IN DOWNTOWN, A SUDDEN CITY HASTILY BUILT BY 1500 MIGRANTS. THIS MAN SPENT THE LAST WEEK IN HIS WORDS HIKING, HIKING, LIKE ANTS HE SAYS. HE POINTS TO HIS RIGHT LEG WHICH NO LONGER WORKS. SPEAKS OF HIS ELDERLY FATHER, LOST SOMEWHERE ON THE TRAIL.>>THERE IS SOME MEASURE OF SAFETY HERE, BUT THE BORDER ONCE SO CLOSE SEEMS AS THOUGH IT’S RECEDING. YESTERDAY IN SAN DIEGO, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN INSPECTED NEW MEASURES TO HARDEN THE BORDER. MORE BOATS, MORE RAZOR WIRE, MORE SOLDIERS. WHILE ON THE MEXICAN SIDE, THE CROWD WATCHES. WORD QUICK TO REACH THE MIGRANTS. ARE YOU SCARED OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS I ASK? YES, HE SAYS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A REPUTATION FOR KILLING AND KILLING AND KILLING. THEY’LL KILL US ALL JUST TO STOP THE CARAVAN. IN THE SHELTER THEY EXPECTED THE HOSTILITY SHOWN BY DONALD TRUMP, BUT WERE DISMAYED TO HEAR HIS VIEWS SHARED BY LOCALS TOO. FOR DECADES, THIS MAN HAS BEEN PLAYING THE TIJUANA BEACHES. MIGRANTS FROM THE SOUTH ARE PART OF LIFE, BUT THESE CARAVANS ARE BAD NEWS. THEY’RE PICK POCKETS OR ROBBING, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BEING HERE, DOING MORE BAD THAN GOOD. WORDS ECHOED BY THE TIJUANA MAYOR WHICH ESCALATED TENSIONS. THIS CITY USED TO BE FULL OF MIGRANT TENTS, BUT ALL BUT THESE TWO ARE GONE AFTER LOCAL RESIDENTS THREW ROCKS AT THEM. IN DOWNTOWN TIJUANA, A GROUP OF MIGRATION EXPERTS CONVENES TO DISCUSS THE CARAVANS. IT’S UNFORTUNATE AUTHORITIES ARE COPYING THE HOSTILE LANGUAGE USED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS THAT SOCIAL SCIENTIST. THEY’VE DRAWN UP A PETITION ASKING NATIONAL AUTHORITIES TO ADDRESS THE COMMENTS. THESE COMMENTS DON’T REPRESENT OUR VIEWS SAYS THIS WOMAN. STILL, WITH MORE CARAVANS ARRIVING EVERY COUPLE OF DAYS, THIS MIGRANT IS WORRIED ABOUT A GROWING BACKLASH. YES, THE MEXICANS ARE RIGHT, THERE ARE TROUBLE MAKERS IN THE CARAVANS, SO MANY OF THEM ARE MOTHERS AND WE’RE ASKING THEM TO ACCEPT US AND NOT THROW ROCKS AT US. FOR HER AND HER TWO CHILDREN, THIS WILL BE A PRECARIOUS HOME AS DAY BY DAY HEARTS GROW HARDER. SHE BELIEVES, SHE HAS TO BELIEVE, SHE SAYS, THAT AFTER ALL THAT SUFFERING GOD WON’T ABANDON THEM NOW. KIM BRUNHUBER, CBC NEWS, TIJUANA, MEXICO.>>Adrienne: LET’S TURN BACK TO THIS COUNTRY AND TO A HIP-HOP RIVALRY BETWEEN TORONTO’S DRAKE AND THE U.S. RAPPER PUSHA-T THAT HAS BEEN THROWN INTO THE SPOTLIGHT. FIGHTS BROKE OUT AT A CONCERT LAST NIGHT. WHEN PUSHA-T’S SHOW RESUMED, HE SEEMED TO IMPLICATE DRAKE. THEY LOOK AT THEIR FEUD AND WHETHER THE COMMOTION COULD HAVE AN AFFECT ON THE WIDER HIP-HOP COMMUNITIES.>>40 MINUTES IN, THE CONCERT CAME TO A HALT WHEN DRINKS WERE THROWN ON STAGE. THEN A FIGHT SPILLED OVER THE BARRIER.>>ONCE PEOPLE STARTED THROWING PUNCHES, I FIGURED THIS MIGHT BE IT. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT SPILLED INTO THE CROWD AND KIND OF, YOU COULD TELL THAT SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT WAS GOING ON.>>Reporter: WHEN THE SHOW RESUMED, HE SAID SOMEONE PAID DISRUPTERS. INSINUATING IT WAS DRAKE. THEN HE LAUNCHED INTO A TRACK THAT IS PART OF THE LONGSTANDING RAP PETITION. — BEAT.>>THEY’RE BOTH AT A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SUCCESS, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT NEITHER ONE OF THEM WOULD LIKE TO RISK THEIR CAREE CAREERS. THESE THINGS HAPPEN AND I DON’T THINK HIP-HOP IS UNIQUE IN TERMS OF HAVING VIOLENCE AT CONCERTS.>>Reporter: DRAKE AND PUSHA-T HAVE BEEN AT IT FOR YEARS. THIS SUMMER IT BOILED OVER PUSHA T. ACCUSED DRAKE OF NOT WRITING HIS OWN RAP. THEN HE MOCKED DRAKE’S PRODUCER WHO HAS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.>>I STUDY RAP BATTLES FOR A LIVING. NOW WHEN YOU MENTION DEFENCELESS PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK IN A HOSPITAL THAT PASSED AWAY, THAT SENT ME TO A PLACE, YOU KNOW, WHERE I JUST BELIEVED THEN AND BELIEVE NOW THERE IS A PRICE YOU HAVE TO FOR THAT.>>Reporter: THIS BROADCASTER SAYS PUSHA-T’S PROVOCATION WAS PART OF THE SHOW.>>IF SOMETHING HAPPENS IN TORONTO AND HE’S ON STAGE, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO SAY?>>Reporter: HE’S MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON LOCAL ARTISTS.>>I DON’T WANT IT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR THE LOCAL ARTISTS TO BOOK SHOWS. THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT.>>Reporter: POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE WHAT LED TO THE VIOLENCE LAST NIGHT. FOR NOW, DRAKE HAS NOT WEIGHED IN.>>Adrienne: LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER STORIES. A NEW CASE OF E. COLI CONNECTED TO ROMAINE LETTUCE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN NEW BRUNSWICK. THAT’S ON TOP OF 18 INSTANCES IN ONTARIO AND QUÉBEC.>>>SO CANADA’S THREE LARGEST GROCERY CHAINS HAVE PULLED THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS. A HEALTH WARNING WAS ISSUED YESTERDAY TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO CONSUME ROMAINE LETTUCE. A FULL RECALL HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED.>>I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO USE BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT IS WHERE THE BEST DEALS COME FROM. BUT THIS IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR. PEOPLE ARE RELYING ON THE CANADA POST.>>Adrienne: AND SO OTTAWA HAS GIVEN FORMAL NOTICE THAT BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION COULD BE COMING FOR CANADA POST. THIS MEANS THE ACTION COULD COME IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS, IT DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN IT WILL. THE LABOUR MINISTER IS HOPEFUL THEY CAN REACH A DEAL.>>>A PRETTY FRIGHTENING RIDE FOR AMTRAK PASSENGERS TONIGHT. TWO OF THE TRAIN’S CARS SEPARATED FROM THE REST ABOUT HALFWAY FROM MONTREAL TO NEW YORK. ALMOST 300 PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD AND HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER TRAIN. NO INJURIES REPORTED. THE COMPANY IS CALLING THIS A MECHANICAL ISSUE.>>Rosemary: AHEAD TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL”, THE NEW TREATMENT THAT COULD BRING NEW HOPE TO CANADIANS LIVING WITH DEPRESSION.>>Adrienne: AND THEY FLED SYRIA FOR CANADA. NOW LESS THAN TWO YEARS LATER, THEY’RE PAYING IT FORWARD, SPONSORING ANOTHER FAMILY.>>Rosemary: FIRST, THE RUINS OF PARADISE. BRIAR STEWART TAKES US TO CALIFORNIA FOR A LOOK AT WHAT WAS LOST IN THE FLAMES.>>THEN IT’S LIKE THIS. AND ALL GONE.>>Rosemary: HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION. IT’S THE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY AROUND THE WORLD. FOR THE MAJORITY, MEDICATION AND THERAPY CAN HELP, BUT FOR OTHERS, IT’S SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH. CLOSE IT A MILLION CANADIANS LIVE WITH DEPRESSION THAT ACTUALLY RESISTS TREATMENT. SHOCK THERAPY HAS LONG BEEN CONSIDERED AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH, BUT IT CAN COME WITH SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS. SO DOCTORS ARE EXPLORING LESS INVASIVE TREATMENTS THAT GO STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM.>>IT’S HARD TO BEAT QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR SON.>>YOU CAN THROW IT HARDER.>>Reporter: FOR SKY IT’S A WELCOME BREAK. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, SHE STRUGGLED WITH DEBILITATING DEPRESSION.>>I DON’T KNOW EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT. IT’S NOT ANGERING, IT’S FRUSTRATING.>>Reporter: ZAZLOV HAS WHAT IS KNOWN AS TREATMENT-RESISTANCE DEPRESSION.>>SORRY, INTERFERENCE.>>DISORDER HAS BEEN CHRONIC FOR OVER SEVEN YEARS AND SHE HAS FAILED TO TOLERATE A NUMBER OF TREATMENTS.>>Reporter: SO EARLIER THIS YEAR, ZAZLOV TRIED SOMETHING DIFFERENT. AGREEING TO BE PART OF A STUDY AT SUNNY BROOK HOSPITAL IN TORONTO THAT USES A NONINVASIVE APPROACH TO TREATING THIS KIND OF DEPRESSION. WITH HER HEAD SHAVED AND IF FITTED WITH HEAD GEAR, ZAZLOV WAS PLACED IN AN MRI. ONCE INSIDE, DOCTORS THEN USED ULTRASOUND BEAMS TO HEAT AND DISRUPT THE PART OF THE BRAIN THAT CAUSES DEPRESSION. THINK OF IT AS AROUND ADJUSTMENT TO THE CIRCUITS OF THE BRAIN.>>SO THE MRI GOES DIRECTLY TO THE CIRCUIT, MAKES A CUT, AND STOPS IT FROM FIRING WHEN IT SHOULDN’T BE FIRING.>>Reporter: THE PROCEDURE IS PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW, OVER FOUR HOURS. AS ZAZLOV IS WHEELED OUT, IT’S UNCLEAR IF THE TREATMENT WORKED. IT COULD BE MONTHS BEFORE SHE FEELS ANY CHANGES. IN THE MEANTIME, DOCTORS ELSEWHERE ARE LOOKING AT OTHER WAYS TO TREAT THE ILLNESS.>>WHAT YOU JUST HEARD WAS A HIGH FREQUENCY MAGNETIC PULSE.>>Reporter: ONE OF THOSE IS A BRAIN STIMULATION TREATMENT THAT USES MAGNETS INSTEAD OF ELECTRICITY TO INDUCE A SEIZURE.>>MAGNETIC SEIZURE THERAPY WAS REALLY EVOLVED OUT OF THE IDEA THAT PRODUCING SEIZURE FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES IS VERY EFFECTIVE IN DEPRESSION.>>Reporter: ONE OF THE 250 PATIENTS WHO RECEIVED THE EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT IS SHARON JAKAB.>>HAD INCREDIBLE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF.>>Reporter: IT GOT TO THE POINT HER PARTNER KAREN HAD TO SUICIDE PROOF THEIR HOME.>>ALL THE KNIVES.>>Reporter: SHE HAD A TOTAL OF 30 SESSIONS OF MST, BUT STARTED FEELING DIFFERENT EARLY ON IN THE TREATMENT.>>I FELT LIGHTER. I FELT THE SAD, LESS DEPRESSED. THE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS DIMINISHED.>>Reporter: SKY ZAZLOV’S PROGRESS HASN’T BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL. HER DEPRESSION HANGS ON, BUT SHE’S NOT READY TO GIVE UP. NEITHER ARE HER DOCTORS, WHO TOLD HER IT MIGHT TAKE UP TO A YEAR BEFORE SHE FEELS SIGNS OF RELIEF.>>Adrienne: AHEAD TONIGHT, HE CALLS HIMSELF THE WORLD’S OLDEST REBEL. HARRY SMITH 95-YEAR-OLD WAR VETERAN. WHY THE WORLD IS SENDING HIM THEIR LOVE TONIGHT.>>Rosemary: FIRST, BRIAR STEWART TAKES US INSIDE THE FIRE ZONE IN CALIFORNIA AS FAMILIES SEARCH FOR THEIR LOVED ONES.>>I HAVEN’T HEARD INFORMATION OF HIM AT ALL. I WANT ANSWERS TO KNOW IF HE’S RAIN HAS COME TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, AS MUCH AS 20 CENTIMETRES IS EXPECTED, SOAKING EARTH THAT WAS SCORCHED BY THE DEADLIEST WILDFIRE THE UNITED STATES HAS SEEN IN A HUNDRED YEARS. THERE ARE CONCERNS OF MUDSLIDES AND DETERIORATING CONDITIONS.>>I FEEL PAIN, I FEEL ANGER. I WISH SOMEBODY WERE ABLE TO GIVE US A PLACE TO GO. JUST TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.>>Adrienne: AND THE FIRE IS WELL ON ITS WAY TO BEING CONTAINED, BUT THERE IS NO WAY TO CONTAIN THE IMPACT OF SCENES LIKE THESE. THE DESOLATION IS SICKENING. THE TOWN OF PARADISE, CALIFORNIA, ALL ABOUT SEARED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. TONIGHT, THE DEATH TOLL SITS AT 83, ABOUT BUT THAT NUMBER HAS BEEN RAISING DAILY SINCE THE FIRE BEGAN TWO WEEKS AGO. THERE IS THE LIST OF MISSING THAT SWUNG FROM AS HIGH AS 1300 TO AS LOW AS 560 AS A RUSH OF NAMES SWIRLS AROUND OFFICIALS. THE LOCAL COUNTY SHERIFF ACKNOWLEDGED IT’S POSSIBLE THE FINAL DEATH TOLL WILL NEVER BE KNOWN. TONIGHT’S DISPATCH IS FROM CALIFORNIA WHERE BRIAR STEWART TAKES US TO THE HEART OF THE WILDFIRE.>>Reporter: AS SOON AS YOU ENTER WHAT ONCE WAS THE TOWN OF PARADISE, THE SCALE OF DESTRUCTION IS CLEAR AND OVERWHELMING.>>THERE WERE HOUSES OVER THERE. JUST COMPLETELY DEVASTATED.>>Reporter: CHRISTINA TAFT LIVED HERE FOR TEN YEARS. IT WAS AN IDYLLIC SPOT, NESTLED IN THE TREES OF THE FOOTHILLS. BUT IN JUST A FEW HOURS, THIS TOWN OF 27,000 WAS DESTROYED.>>COMPLETELY GONE.>>Reporter: WE TURN INTO HER NEIGHBOURHOOD. AND THE HOME SHE FLED NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO.>>THIS IS COMPLETELY LIKE CRUMBLED ASH.>>Reporter: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SHE’S RETURNED SINCE THE FIRE.>>THE NEIGHBOURS’ STUFF. IT WAS JUST COMPLETELY LEVELLED.>>Reporter: AND THIS IS ALSO THE FINAL PLACE SHE SAW HER MOTHER.>>IN THE KITCHEN, THE COUCH IS THERE. AND YOU KNOW, THERE WAS ACTUALLY THINGS HERE. AND NOW IT’S UNRECOGNIZABLE. YOU CAN’T EVEN TELL.>>Reporter: A NEIGHBOUR HAD KNOCKED ON TAFT’S DOOR THE MORNING OF THE FIRE URGING THEM TO LEAF. CHRISTINA STARTED PACKING BUT SAYS HER MOTHER, 66-YEAR-OLD VICTORIA TAFT, WHO WAS PARTIALLY BLIND, REFUSED TO GO. SHE HADN’T HEARD AN EVACUATION ORDER FROM OFFICIALS, AND SHE WANTED TO STAY PUT. THE TWO GOT INTO A FIGHT AND AS THE SKY DARKENED AND ASH RAINED DOWN, CHRISTINA PANICKED AND LEFT.>>FEELING SAD AND THEN IT’S LIKE THIS. AND ALL GONE. AND THE FEELING.>>Reporter: FOR ALL THOSE WHO TRIED TO ESCAPE THAT DAY, THE DRIVE OUT WAS TERRIFYING. ROADS CHOKED WITH TRAFFIC. THE FIRE SPREADING RAPIDLY. ONCE SHE REALIZED HOW BAD IT WAS, CHRISTINA TRIED CALLING 911 HOPING FIREFIGHTERS COULD RESCUE HER MUM. LATER THAT DAY, SHE STARTED SEARCHING AT THE EVACUATION CENTRES AND REPORTED HER MOTHER MISSING. A FEW DAYS LATER, SEARCHERS FOUND HER REMAINS.>>THEY MUST FOUND HER, BECAUSE THEY DUG THERE. SITTING IN THE LIVING ROOM.>>Reporter: IT’S NOT YET CLEAR HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED BY THE FIRE, BUT MANY OF THOSE WHO LIVED HERE WERE ELDERLY. AND SOME COULDN’T MAKE IT OUT ON THEIR OWN. IN THE DAYS AFTER, BOARDS WERE PLASTERED WITH DESPERATE PLEAS FROM FAMILY MEMBERS. MANY SUSPECTED HUNDREDS OR UNACCOUNTED FOR. WHEN THE OFFICIAL LIST CAME OUT, MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND NAMES WERE ON IT.>>THERE WAS A DISCUSSION. THE SHERIFF SAID, IF WE PUT THIS OUT, THIS IS GOING TO BE DIG BIG, DUPLICATE. IT MAY CAUSE PEOPLE CONCERN ABOUT THE LENGTH OF IT. BUT I ULTIMATELY FELT IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT.>>Reporter: SOME OF THE NAMES WERE ON THERE TWICE. OTHER ENTRIES ARE INCOMPLETE. EACH DAY THE LIST SWELLS AND SHRINKS DEPENDING ON WHO ELSE IS REPORTED MISSING AND WHO WAS FOUND. FOR EVACUEES AND THEIR FAMILIES, THERE HAS BEEN A HAZE OF CONFUSION AND MISCOMMUNICATION. PEOPLE ARE SCATTERED AND HOMELESS. THERE IS THE STRESS OF LOSING EVERYTHING, FOLLOWED BY THE DREAD OF NOT BEING ABLE TO CONNECT WITH A FRIEND OR RELATIVE. PEOPLE ARE SUBMITTING DNA SAMPLES TO BE COMPARED AGAINST THE MORE THAN 80 REMAINS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FOUND.>>THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE DISPLACED.>>Reporter: JERRY POLIQUIN’S FAMILY SUBMITTED THEIRS.>>JUST WAIT. TO FIND OUT IF HE HAS PERISHED. THAT’S THE ONLY THING I CAN DO RIGHT NOW.>>Reporter: POLIQUIN WAS LIVING IN THIS R.V. PARK. HIS HOME SURVIVED A FIRE AND A NEIGHBOUR SAID SHE WAS SURE SHE SAW HIM LEAVE.>>NOT TOO LONG AFTER THEY CAME THROUGH AND TOLD EVERYBODY TO EVACUATE, I KNOW THEY LOADED HIM UP AND GOT HIM OUT OF THERE. NOBODY HAS BEEN BACK SINCE.>>Reporter: A BUT HIS DAUGHTER ALYSHA MARTIN AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY COULDN’T GET AHOLD OF HIM. THEY REPORTED HIM AS MISSING.>>IT’S NOT LIKE HIM TO CONTACT HIS DAUGHTER, ESPECIALLY WITH A DISASTER LIKE THIS. I’M JUST HOPING TO GET ANSWERS. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE WAITING FOR ANSWERS.>>Reporter: AND THE FAMILY FINALLY GOT ONE. NEWS THEY HAPPY SHARED ONLINE. JUST HOURS AGO, HE TEXTED THEM. HIS CELL PHONE HAD BEEN LOST IN THE EVACUATION. THAT IS ONE MORE NAME THAT CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST. BUT SO MANY OTHERS REMAIN.>>ON THE CREEK BOTTOM, WE’RE GOING TO PUSH BACK TOWARD THE ROAD.>>Reporter: HUNDREDS OF SEARCHERS HAVE FANNED OUT ACROSS THE UNRECOGNIZABLE NEIGHBORHOODS. PICKING THROUGH THE ASH AND RUBBLE OF THE 13,000 BUILDINGS INCINERATED HERE. ALL OF THESE PROPERTIES WERE QUICKLY SEARCHED AFTER THE FIRE, YOU CREWS ARE NOW TAKING A THOROUGH LOOK. WHEN THEY ARE DONE, THEY SPRAY PAINT A MARKING ON THE DRIVEWAY LIKE THIS ONE, SAYING WHAT TIME THE CREWS WERE HERE AND WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS A VICTIM.>>HAD THAT LOOKS LIKE THE UPPER IN FRONT OF YOU. I THINK THERE IS A BED.>>Reporter: JASON AND HIS TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS CAME FROM OREGON TO HELP OUT. THEY’RE FOCUSED ON SEARCHING WHAT WAS BEDROOMS AND LIVING ROOMS. PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WERE LIKELY TO BE.>>SIFT THROUGH EVERYTHING. WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE HIGH PROBABILITY AREAS.>>Reporter: AT THIS LOT, THEY SPENT MORE TIME CAREFULLY LIFTING UP PARTS OF A ROOF AND WALLS BECAUSE THEY NOTICED AT THIS HOUSE, THERE WAS A WHEELCHAIR RAMP.>>HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO WHAT YOU NORMALLY SEARCH?>>NORMALLY WE’RE LOOKING FOR A MISSING PERSON OUT IN THE WOODS. THAT’S ALIVE. SO THIS IS VASTLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE’RE USED TO. EVEN IF IT’S A PERSON THAT IS NO LONGER ALIVE, NOT OF THIS SCALE. WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY OR WHAT IS OUT HERE. THIS IS A BIG OUTFIT. WE BROUGHT 12 VOLUNTEERS DOWN HERE AND THEY’LL ALL BE CHANGED WHEN WE GET BACK.>>Reporter: THEY TAKE ANOTHER SWEEP OF CHRISTINA TAFT’S HOME AND WHERE HER MOTHER’S BODY WAS FOUND. ONE OF THE FEW THINGS SHE PACKED WAS PICTURES.>>IT’S TERRIBLE, YOU KNOW, HAVE ALL OF THAT. GOT ALL THE STUFF IN MY CAR AND THEN NOT HER.>>Reporter: LOOKING AT THEM TODAY, SHE FEELS CONSUMED WITH GUILT.>>JUST FEEL TERRIBLE HOW DYING IN FLAMES. I COULD HAVE STAYED LONGER AND WAITED. JUST AWFUL.>>Reporter: HER MOTHER. ONE OF THE MANY VICTIMS IN WHAT IS NOW THE DEADLIEST FIRE EVER IN CALIFORNIA. AND THAT LIST WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY GROW. CREWS GO LOT BY LOT, PICKING THROUGH WHAT ONCE WERE HOMES AND ARE NOW THE SITE OF A GRIM SEARCH.>>Adrienne: GIVEN WHAT YOU’VE SEEN IN PARADISE, WHAT STANDS OUT FOR YOU?>>Reporter: WELL, JUST THE SHEER LEVEL OF DESTRUCTION. IN A TOWN OF 26,000, 13,000 BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED. SO NEARLY EVERYBODY IS NOW HOMELESS. PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN TENTS AT THE WALMART, THE FAIR GROUND. FAMILIES OF FIVE OR SIX CRAMPED IN A SINGLE MOTEL ROOM AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS NEXT. THE OTHER THING IS ALL OF THE UNCERTAINTY AROUND THE DEATH TOLL AND HOW HIGH IT COULD BE. AND IT’S REALLY HARD TO UNDERSTATE ALL OF THE CONFUSION AROUND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE STILL MISSING. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PUTTING UP POSTS ONLINE LOOKING FOR RELATIVES. I SPOKE TO ONE WOMAN WHO RECEIVED A MESSAGE HER AUNT HAD BEEN FOUND, BUT THEN FOUND OUT A FEW HOURS LATER, THAT PERSON WAS WRONG, HER AUNT WAS STILL MISSING.>>Adrienne: IT’S INTERESTING TO GET YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS. YOU’VE COVERED WILDFIRES. YOU WERE IN FORT McMURRAY WHEN FIRE TORE THROUGH THAT CITY. HOW DOES THE SITUATION IN PARADISE COMPARE?>>THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE FIRE IN FORT McMURRAY WAS DEVASTATING, BUT WHAT HAPPENED IN PARADISE WAS WORSE ON EVERY LEVEL. THINK OF THE EVACUATION. IN FORT McMURRAY, 90,000 PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO LEAVE THE CITY AND NO ONE DIED AS THEY LEFT. IN PARADISE, THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. WE DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T MAKE IT OUT, BUT PEOPLE HAD TO ABANDON THEIR CARS AND FLEE THE FIRE ON FOOT. SOME OF THE FOLKS I’VE BEEN SPEAKING WITH IN PARADISE ARE NOT SURE THEY WANT TO GO BACK. NOT ONLY IS THE TOWN DESTROYED, BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO MOVE BACK TO A NEIGHBOURHOOD WHERE THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH DEATH.>>Adrienne: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Rosemary: INCREDIBLE STORIES. UP NEXT ON THE NATIONAL, SASA PETRICIC TAKES US TO BEIJING FOR A LOOK AT THE PUSH TO CONTROL RELIGION AND THE CAT-AND-MOUSE GAME.>>THE CHINESE OFFICIALS ARE WAITING FOR US. NO FOREIGNER,>>INVESTIGATION, IT’S A SERIOUS MATTER. I’M ABSOLUTELY — I CANNOT SPEAK TO THAT FURTHER.>>THIS IS A STRANGE STORY, AND THERE IS STILL MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS ABOUT WHY TWO SENIOR OFFICIALS AT THE B.C. LEGISLATURE ARE UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. TODAY, WE LEARNED THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT CLERK CRAIG JAMES AND SERGEANT-AT-ARMS GARY LENZ AS FAR BACK AS JANUARY. THE RCMP WAS ALERTED IN AUGUST. NO DETAILS ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN RELEASED, EXCEPT IT HAS TO DO WITH THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES.>>THAT STUFF IS NOT TOLERATED.>>THAT’S ONE THE COACHES OF THIS WEEKEND’S GREY CUP, REFERRING TO ALLEGATIONS OF ASSAULT AT ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE IN TORONTO. TODAY, THE SCHOOL BOARD VOICED SUPPORT FOR THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT. EIGHT STUDENTS HAVE BEEN EXPEL IN A TOTAL OF SIX INCIDENTS. ONE INVOLVES THE ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A STUDENT.>>>IN LOS ANGELES TODAY, PROSECUTORS DECLINED TO CHARGE MICHAEL AVENATTI WITH FELONY VIOLENCE. THE HIGH-PROFILE ATTORNEY WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK AFTER HIS GIRLFRIEND TOLD POLICE HE ASSAULTED HER. MARELI MINIUTTI SAYS AVENATTI DRAGGED HER BY THE ARM ACROSS THE FLOOR OF THE APARTMENT AFTER AN ARGUMENT. AVENATTI DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS.>>Rosemary: TONIGHT WE’RE LOOKING AT HOW THAT IS PLAYING OUT. AS A RULE, THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT DISCOURAGES SPIRITUAL DEVOTION OR TRIES TO CONTROL IT. IT IS ILLEGAL TO TEACH A CHILD ABOUT RELIGION. NOW A CRACKDOWN IS IN FULL SWING AND IT’S DRIVING THE FAITHFUL UNDERGROUND. SASA PETRICIC SHOWS US THAT FOR SOME CHRISTIANS, GOING TO CHURCH MEANS RISKING A CONFRONTATION.>>Reporter: IN A RESIDENTIAL CORNER OF BEIJING, DOWN A SIDE STREET, CHINESE OFFICIALS ARE WAITING FOR US. AT THE APARTMENT GATE. NO FOREIGNERS, NO CAMERA, HE SAYS. CLOSE. THAT IS UNTIL OUR HOST PASTOR XU YONGHAI COMES OUT. AFTER ARGUING WITH OFFICIALS, HE INVITES US UP TO HIS SMALL THIRD-STOREY FLAT. THE POLITICAL PRESSURE ON US IS GROWING, HE SAYS. SEE THE TROUBLE YOU HAD? OUR PEOPLE GET STOPPED ALL THE TIME.>>Reporter: ONCE A WEEK, PARISHIONERS MEET AROUND THE DINING ROOM TABLE IN THE HOUSE CHURCH. OR PERHAPS ELSEWHERE IF POLICE INTERVENE. IT’S ONE OF THOUSANDS OF TINY UNDERGROUND CONGREGATIONS PLAYING CAT-AND-MOUSE WITH AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. INDEED, CHINA HAS THE FASTEST GROWING CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD. ITS FOLLOWERS LIKELY OUTNUMBER COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBERS. BEIJING IS NOT READY TO LET THINGS GET OUT OF ITS CONTROL. IN THE PAST MONTH, DOZEN OF PROTESTANT CHURCHES HAVE BEEN RAIDED AND SHUT. SOMETIMES VIOLENTLY. POLICE CAME IN AND REMOVED OUR CROSSES AND BOOKS, HE SAYS. THEY TOLD US THE GATHERINGS ARE ILLEGAL. EVEN LARGER GOVERNMENT-APPROVED CHURCHES HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO REDUCE THEIR VISIBLE PRESENCE BY REMOVING CROSSES. AS WORK CREWS TOOK DOWN ONE HUGE CROSS IN THE SOUTHERN CITY RECENTLY, PARISHIONERS PRAYED AND SANG. A VIDEO CIRCULATED SHOWS ONE MAN YELLING RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE NOT BAD, WHY ARE YOU TREATING US LIKE THIS? BEIJING HAS TAKEN A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HERE. IT HASN’T BEEN SO MUCH CONFRONTATION OVER NEGOTIATION. A DEAL WITH THE POPE ON CHOOSING CHINA BISHOPS. IT’S A STICKING POINT SINCE THE 50s AND ONLY RESOLVED OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS. IN A PUBLIC APPEAL FROM ROME, POPE FRANCIS ASKED CATHOLICS TO SUPPORT THE ARRANGEMENT. SAYING IT WILL OPEN A NEW ERA OF COOPERATION WITH THE COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP. THE VATICAN INSIDERS SAY IT WILL ALSO EFFECTIVELY GIVE BEIJING A VETO OVER APPOINTMENTS. THE DEAL HAS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL. THE HEAD OF THE HONG KONG CATHOLIC CHURCH CALLS IT A BETRAYAL THAT DOESN’T PROTECT RELIGIOUS RIGHTS.>>AFTER THE SIGNING OF THIS PROVISION AGREEMENT, THERE WILL STILL BE TIME WHEN PRIESTS DISAPPEAR.>>Reporter: HE SAYS CHINA WILL CONTINUE TO REMOVE CLERGY IT DOESN’T LIKE AND CLOSE CHURCHES WHENEVER IT WANTS. AS NEWS OF THE DEAL SPREADS THROUGH CHINA’S CATHOLIC CONGREGATION, PARISHIONERS DON’T THINK MUCH WILL CHANGE EITHER. IT MAY SET THE SPIRITUAL TONE, BUT BEIJING SEEMS READY TO EXERCISE ITS EARTHLY POWER. SASA PETRICIC, CBC NEWS, BEIJING.>>UP NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”, THEY’VE BEEN IN CANADA FOR JUST UNDER TWO YEARS, BUT ALREADY A FAMILY OF NEWCOMERS FROM SYRIA IS PAYING IT FORWARD AND SPONSORING A FAMILY OF THEIR OWN.>>HE TURNED TO ME AND SAID WE’RE READY TO TAKE A FAMILY WE DON’T KNOW. AND WELCOME IN A FAMILY THE WAY WE WERE WELCOMED.>>Adrienne: THEIR STORY IS NEXT IN OUR MOMENT. BUT FIRST… >>IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS, THERE HAS BEEN A CYBER VIGIL. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. ALL WORRYING ABOUT 95-YEAR-OLD CANADIAN HARRY LESLIE SMITH. NOW IN THE ICU IN BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO.>>I’M THE WORLD’S OLDEST REBEL.>>Reporter: YES, HE IS, A MAN WHO LIVED THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION, SERVED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, BECAME AN ADVOCATE HERE AND IN THE U.K. FOR SOCIAL CAUSES. AND HAS BEEN FIGHTING TO REFUGEES.>>WE SHOULDN’T BE LEAVING ANYONE OUT. NO MATTER WHAT NATIONALITY.>>Reporter: WITH A QUARTER OF A MILLION TWITTER FOLLOWERS, HARRY IS BEING HEARD.>>HOW IS HARRY?>>HE’S IN CRITICAL, BUT NOT ACUTELY CRITICAL CONDITIONS.>>Adrienne: HE APPARENTLY IS SO TOUCHED BY THE SUPPORT.>>THIS IS A MAN THAT REALLY HAD A VERY ORDINARY LIFE. HE DIDN’T REALLY RUB SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THE POWERFUL. IN HIS FINAL YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE COME TO REALLY LOVE THIS GUY BECAUSE OF JUST — HE’S A GUY THAT REPRESENTS HIS GENERATION AND STILL WANTS TO DO GOOD AROUND THE WORLD.>>Adrienne: THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS ROCKED HARRY. HE SAID THAT THE SYRIANS, HE FLASHES BACK TO ANOTHER ERA WHEN HE FIRST ENCOUNTERED THOSE FRAGILE SOULS LIBERATED IN BELGIUM AND HOLE HAND.>>Adrienne: SO, HARRY FIGHTS FOR CURRENT GENERATIONS OF REFUGEES AND NOW FOR HIMSELF IN A HOSPITAL IN ONTARIO.>>Rosemary: THIS GROUP OF SYRIAN NEWCOMERS WAS HOPING TO SPONSOR THEIR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS OVER, BUT WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT’S NOT HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKED AND THAT REFUGEES ARE DRAWN FROM A U.N.-APPROVED LIST, THEY DECIDED NOT TO JUST WALK AWAY. INSTEAD, THEY DECIDED TO SPONSOR A FAMILY OF COMPLETE STRANGERS. ALMOST TWO YEARS AFTER THEY ARRIVED IN CANADA, THEY WELCOMED A NEW SYRIAN FAMILY. THAT MOMENT IS OUR “MOMENT.”>>I TOLD THEM, YOU ARE NOT A REFUGEE ANYMORE. YOU ARE 100% CANADIAN.>>THEY HELPED ME. I WANTED TO HELP SOME PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE HELPED ME. I HELP OTHER PEOPLE. EVERYBODY NOW IS READY FOR A FAMILY. AND EVERYBODY HELPS A FAMILY. IF YOU NEED TO GO TO DOCTOR. IF YOU NEED TO TRANSLATE. IF YOU NEED TO GO SHOPPING.>>IT IS LIKE MY BROTHER, LIKE MY FAMILY.>>Adrienne: OKAY. THAT’S GREAT. A COUPLE THINGS JUMP OUT AT ME. THOSE HUGS ARE PRETTY AMAZING FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER. THEY WERE ALSO GREETING THEM WITH THESE CARAFES OF SUPER STRONG SYRIAN COFFEE, JUST, WAKE UP. WELCOME TO CANADA. AND I THINK 95-YEAR-OLD HARRY LESLIE SMITH, WHO ADVOCATES FOR REFUGEES AND IS IN A HOSPITAL BED IN BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO, NOW, IF HE’S WATCHING US, WOULD LOVE THAT MOMENT.>>Rosemary: I SHOULD POINT OUT, THEY ARRIVED IN OTTAWA, WHERE IT IS PROBABLY TO THEIR HORROR, EXTREMELY COLD RIGHT NOW, BUT THEY’RE NOT STAYING. THEY’RE MOVING TO BROCKVILLE, WHICH IS PROBABLY BALMY BY COMPARISON. LOVELY STORY. THAT’S “THE NATIONAL” FOR NOVEMBER 21. GOOD NIGHT, EVERYBODY.>>Adrienne: GOOD NIGHT.

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