The National for, March 1, 2019 — Cabinet Shuffle, Homeopathic Aid, Pop Panel


>>Ian: TONIGHT, KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE.>>WILL THE PRIME MINISTER SHOW EVEN A FRACTION OF THE COURAGE OF HIS FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL?>>Ian: NO ANSWERS TODAY FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU AS HE SHUFFLED THE CABINET, BUT IS IT TIME TO SPLIT THE ROLES OF JUSTICE MINISTER AND ATTORNEY GENERAL?>>IT’S WORSE THAN A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. DAMAGING TO THE REPUTATION OF OUR COUNTRY.>>Ian: CANADIAN DOCTORS LEVEL CRITICISM AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHY ARE PUBLIC FUNDS HELPING BRING HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO HONDURAS?>>>AND MICHAEL JACKSON’S ALLEGED VICTIMS SPEAK OUT.>>EVERYONE WANTED TO MEET MICHAEL OR BE WITH MICHAEL.>>Ian: OUR POP PANEL ON THE EXPLOSIVE NEW DOCUMENTARY. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL”.>>Ian: WITH THE CURRENT LIBERAL GOVERNMENT STILL TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE WORST POLITICAL CRISIS, THE PRIME MINISTER SHUFFLED HIS CABINET AGAIN. THAT IS TWICE IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AND JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD WAS A FACTOR EACH TIME. THE FIRST TO DEMOTE HER. THIS TIME TO REPLACE HER. [APPLAUSE]>>Ian: THREE MINISTERS HAVE NEW JOB TITLES. LAWRENCE MacAULAY TAKES OVER WILSON-RAYBOULD’S VETERANS AFFAIRS FILE. MARIE-CLAUDE BIBEAU PICKS UP AGRICULTURE. AND MARYAM MONSEF ADDS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO HER PORTFOLIO. WITH LESS THAN EIGHT MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THE FEDERAL ELECTION, THEY’LL HELP TRY TO REPAIR THE GOVERNMENT’S REPUTATION AND DEFEND THE WAY IT’S HANDLED SNC-LAVALIN. KATIE SIMPSON BEGINS THE COVERAGE.>>IS THERE STILL A DEAL ON THE TABLE FOR SNC?>>LOVELY DAY THIS MORNING, ISN’T IT?>>Reporter: THE PRIME MINISTER DISMISSED REPORTER QUESTIONS ON HIS WAY INTO THE CABINET SHUFFLE, BUT THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR FOLLOWED HIM RIGHT INSIDE RIDEAU HALL. JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAD TO STAND NEXT TO MICHAEL WERNICK, THE COUNTRY’S TOP CIVIL SERVANT AND THE MAN IDENTIFIED BY JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD AS A KEY PLAYER IN THE ALLEGED PRESSURE CAMPAIGN. WERNICK HAD THE TASK TODAY OF SWEARING IN WILSON-RAYBOULD’S REPLACEMENT AS VETERANS AFFAIR MINISTER.>>I DO PROMISE AND SWEAR… >>Reporter: THE NEWLY SHUFFLED MINISTERS SEEMED FRUSTRATED THEY COULDN’T AVOID REPEATED QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR FORMER CABINET COLLEAGUE AND THE IMPACT HER STORY IS HAVING ON THE LIBERAL TEAM.>>I THINK ACTUALLY IT’S A MOMENT TO WORK EVEN CLOSER TOGETHER AND TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO US.>>I SEE NO PROBLEM WITH MORALE. WE HAVE A JOB TO DO AND WE’RE DOING IT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>ORAL QUESTIONS.>>Reporter: THERE IS NO ESCAPE FOR THE LIBERALS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS EITHER.>>RATHER THAN RUNNING SCARED, WILL THE PRIME MINISTER SHOW EVEN A FRACTION OF THE COURAGE OF HIS FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TESTIFY UNDER OATH AT THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE?>>WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND LAUNCH A FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY SO CANADIANS CAN GET THE WHOLE STORY?>>Reporter: WILSON-RAYBOULD’S CLAIMS OVERSHADOWED QUESTION PERIOD. THE LAST ONE BEFORE A TWO-WEEK BREAK. IF ALL OF THIS WASN’T DAMAGING ENOUGH FOR TRUDEAU AT HOME, THE FALLOUT IS FINALLY SPILLING OVER INTO INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. CHINA WANTS TO KNOW HOW CANADA CAN CLAIM TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT COURT SYSTEM WHEN IT NOW FACES SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE. FOR MONTHS, BEJING HAS BEEN DEMANDING OTTAWA INTERVENE IN THE EXTRADITION CASE OF HUAWEI EXECUTIVE MENG WANZHOU. CANADA HAS REFUSED.>>WE’RE A COUNTRY OF RULE OF LAW AND WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE RULE OF LAW IS PROPERLY FOLLOWED.>>Reporter: A CLAIM THE CHINESE ARE NOW PUBLICLY QUESTIONING BECAUSE OF THE SNC-LAVALIN DEBACLE.>>Ian: WE’RE ALMOST TO THE END OF WHAT HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC WEEK ON PARLIAMENT HILL. WE KNOW THAT NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE INTERESTING.>>Reporter: THAT IS BECAUSE OF ONE PERSON. GERRY BUTTS. HE QUIT AS THE PRIME MINISTER’S TOP ADVISOR. ON WEDNESDAY, HE’LL PRESENT HIS VERSION OF EVENTS TO THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE. WHEN HE QUIT, HE SAID HE DID NOTHING WRONG. AND SOME LIBERAL M.P.s ARE FRUSTRATED BY THAT. IF HE HAD SAID HE DIDN’T INTEND TO PUT PRESSURE, SORRY HE DID, IF HE SAID SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT COULD HAVE GIVEN THE LIBERALS POLITICAL COVER. BUT HE DIDN’T. NOW WE’RE GOING TO HEAR HIS SIDE OF THE STORY NEXT WEEK.>>Ian: WEDNESDAY, LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. KATIE SIMPSON IN OTTAWA TONIGHT. THANK YOU.>>>JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD WAS CANADA’S 51ST MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL. A DUAL ROLE THAT HAS EXISTED SINCE SIR JOHN A. MacDONALD’S FIRST CABINET. TWO JOBS EACH WITH MUCH DIFFERENT DUTIES. MINISTER OF JUSTICE IS A POLITICAL ROLE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING POLICY AND DRAFTING LEGISLATION. ATTORNEY GENERAL, MEANWHILE, GIVES NONPARTISAN LEGAL ADVICE TO CABINET. AND REPRESENTS THE GOVERNMENT IN COURT. SO IT RAISES THE QUESTION, WITH TWO ROLES IS IT TIME TO HAVE TWO PEOPLE PERFORM THEM? SALIMAH SHIVJI TAKES A LOOK.>>Reporter: IT WAS FLOATED AS A POSSIBLE WAY FORWARD BY THE WOMAN AT THE CENTRE OF THE CONTROVERSY.>>THE TWO HATS THAT THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WEARS HERE IN OUR COUNTRY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. AND I THINK THERE WOULD BE MERIT TO TALKING ABOUT HAVING THOSE AS TWO SEPARATE INDIVIDUALS.>>Reporter: THAT IS THE CASE IN BRITAIN. AN ATTORNEY GENERAL OUTSIDE OF CABINET. A JUSTICE MINISTER INSIDE. TO PREVENT HAVING ONLY ONE PERSON SWITCHING FROM BEING PARTISAN TO IMPARTIAL DEPENDING ON THE CONVERSATION. WHY ARE THE ROLES COMBINED HERE? IT’S JUST ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. NOT SUCH A GREAT ARGUMENT FOR SOME.>>IF WE REACHED A POINT WHERE THE PUBLIC HAS A PERCEPTION OF THIS ROLE THAT IT IS NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE TO MAINTAIN IT IN ONE PERSON, THAT, I THINK, IS PROBABLY THE STRONGEST ARGUMENT FOR SPLITTING THE ROLE.>>Reporter: SOME OF THE OPPOSITION SAY IT’S A RECIPE FOR ABUSE.>>IT’S BEEN A LONGSTANDING RISK AND WE’VE SEEN A CURRENT CASE WHERE THAT HAS BEEN EXPLOITED IN ORDER TO ENGAGE IN INAPPROPRIATE POLITICAL PRESSURE.>>Reporter: THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WASN’T PRESSURE, BUT DEBATE. STILL, ANOTHER FORMER LIBERAL JUSTICE MINISTER HAS BEEN WANTING CHANGES TO HIS OLD PORTFOLIO FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.>>YOU CAN PRESERVE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE DECISION-MAKING, THE INTEGRITY OF THE RELATIONSHIPS AND NOT EVERYTHING WILL BE SEEN THROUGH THE FILTER OF A POLITICAL LOOKING GLASS, BUT ALSO WHERE NEEDED THROUGH THE LEGAL LOOKING GLASS.>>Reporter: BACK IN 2006, HARPER GOVERNMENT DID REDUCE THE LOAD OF THE JUSTICE PORTFOLIO CREATING AN INDEPENDENT PROSECUTION SERVICE, BUT FURTHER CHANGES DON’T SEEM HIGH ON THE LIST OF PRIORITIES FOR THE LIBERALS. INCLUDING FOR THE MAN WHO REPLACED WILSON-RAYBOULD.>>SO THERE ARE GOOD ARGUMENTS TO SPLIT IT. THERE IS ALSO 150 YEARS OF THE POSITION WORKING IN CANADA.>>WE CAN ALWAYS REFLECT ON THINGS, BUT I WOULD PAUSE FOR THE TIME BEING AND SAY IT’S SERVED US WELL FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.>>Reporter: SPLITTING THE ROLE CAN BE DONE, BUT NOT WITHOUT CONSULTATION AND LEGISLATION. SOMETHING THAT IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON. IT COULD BE SEEN BY THE GOVERNMENT AS AN ADMISSION THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN.>>Ian: ONE OF THE WAYS THE SNC-LAVALIN JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD STORY HAS BEEN TOLD IS THROUGH POLITICAL CARTOONS. THEY’RE PROVOCATIVE BY DESIGN. SATIRE TRANSMITTED THROUGH AN IMAGE. AND THEY PUSH BOUNDARIES. FOR EXAMPLE, DEPICTING WILSON-RAYBOULD BOUND AND GAGGED. OR DRESSED LIKE THIS. IN A CARTOON THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN QUÉBEC PAPERS TODAY. BUT ON THIS STORY, CRITICS SAY SOME ARE CROSSING A LINE. SO ALISON NORTHCOTT ASKED, CARTOONISTS AND EDITORS WHERE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION RUNS UP AGAINST TASTE, IS THERE A LINE? AND WHO DRAWS IT?>>Reporter: THIS IS THE EDITORIAL CARTOON PUBLISHED IN THE JOURN”JOURNAL DE MONTREAL” RAISING EYEBROWS TODAY. JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IN INDIGENOUS CLOTHING.>>DRAWING A FIRST NATIONS PERSON IN THAT WAY…>>Reporter: THESE ARE EDITORIAL CARTOONS BY MEGAN KANERAHTENHA:WI WHYTE. SHE’S FROM THE MOHAWK TERRITORY OF KAHNAWAKE NEAR MONTREAL.>>I TRIED TO MAKE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE NOT LOOK LIKE A STEREOTYPE. NOT WITH FEATHERS OR WITH LEATHER…>>Reporter: THE ARTIST WHO DREW THE CARTOON APOLOGIZED AND SAID HE DIDN’T MEAN TO OFFEND. WE USE A SINGLE IMAGE TO REPRESENT COMPLEX IDEAS AND I CAN SEE I MAY HAVE MADE A MISTAKE, SAYS YANNICK LEMAY. HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE FACING CRITICISM FOR A CARTOON. THE HALIFAX CARTOONIST WHO DID THIS DRAWING, THAT SOME SAID MADE LIGHT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WILL BE MORE CAREFUL. THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SAYS THE DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE CAREFULLY.>>IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A MATTER OF BALANCING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND MAKING SURE THAT YOUR NEWS ORGANIZATION REPRESENTS THAT AS WELL AS THE THINGS YOU’RE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH.>>Reporter: SHE DECIDED NOT TO PUBLISH THIS DRAWING BECAUSE SHE SAID IT WENT TOO FAR IN LINKING THE PARTY WITH THE KKK. MOESH, PUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA INSTEAD AND BACKLASH WAS FIERCE.>>I DO LIKE THE BOUNDARIES WE’VE ESTABLISHED.>>Reporter: MOSHER SAYS THERE IS A GRAY AREA AROUND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CARTOONISTS IS HOW TO NAVIGATE THAT.>>Ian: TURNING TO ANOTHER STORY RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT JUDGMENT. MORE THAN $300,000 IN CANADIAN FOREIGN AID MONEY IS BEING USED TO SEND HOMEOPATHS TO HONDURAS. A COUNTRY STRUGGLING WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASE. THAT’S ANGERED MANY CANADIAN DOCTORS. AS VIK ADHOPIA EXPLAINS, SOME CALL THE MISSION UNETHICAL.>>Reporter: HONDURAS IS ONE OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN LATIN AMERICA, THERE IS ONLY 1 DOCTOR FOR EVERY 3,000 PEOPLE. WITHOUT PROPER MEDICATION, THE DISEASE CAN BE FATAL. BUT THESE CANADIAN HOMEOPATHS SAY THEY’RE TREATING IT WITH REMEDIES THAT ARE ESSENTIAL WATER.>>IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WAY OF USING THE BODY’S OWN HEALING SYSTEM.>>Reporter: THESE VOLUNTEERS CAME FROM A MONTREAL INSTITUTE THAT CLAIMS HOMEOPATHY CAN CURE AUTISM. THE TREATMENT REJECT SCIENCE. AMID THE PRINCIPLES, WATER HAS MEMORY AND THE MORE A SUBSTANCE IS DILUTED, THE MORE POWERFUL IT BECOMES.>>IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED CRACKRY.>>Reporter: BENJAMIN KLEIN IS LEAVING SOON WITH OTHER DOCTORS FOR A MISSION TO HONDURAS. HE’S NOT HAPPY CANADIAN HOMEOPATHS HAVE BEEN TELLING LOCALS THEY CAN PREVENT DENGUE AND FLU WITH REMEDIES.>>I THINK DISPENSING USELESS MEDICATIONS AND UNDER THE GUISE OF MEDICAL CARE IS DAMAGING TO THE PATIENTS AND FAMILIES GETTING IT AND DAMAGING TO THE REPUTATION OF OUR COUNTRY.>>Reporter: THIS COMPANY IS FUNDING THE MISSION. IT USES GOVERNMENT FUNDS TO SEND CANADIAN EYE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS TO OTHER COUNTRIES, INCLUDING BOLIVIA, BUT HONDURAS GETS HOMEOPATHY. UNUSUAL SINCE HONDURAS HEALTH CODE CONSIDERED IT TO BE USELESS AND IT WAS PROHIBITED. THIS DISEASE SPECIALIST CONSIDERS HOMEOPATHY BOTH.>>LOOK TO GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA WITH A BIT MORE SCRUTINY.>>Reporter: A SPOKESPERSON FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADAS DEFENDED IT… BUT THE W.H.O. SAYS HOMEOPATHY SHOULD NOT BE USED TO TREAT INFECTIOUS DISEASES, WHICH MAY CONTINUE TO HAPPEN COURTESY OF CANADA. VIK ADHOPIA, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: HEALTH CANADA IS NOW REVIEWING SEVERAL B.C. HOMEOPATHS OVER UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS. EACH ONE ADVERTISED A TREATMENT THEY SAY CAN PREVENT INFECTIOUS DISEASES, INCLUDING IN CHILDREN, REFERRED TO AS HOMEOPATHIC IMMUNIZATION. BUT THAT CHARACTERIZATION IS ACTUALLY FALSE. AND GIVEN VANCOUVER’S MEASLES OUTBREAK, HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE MISLEADING CLAIMS AND URGE PARENTS TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN PROPERLY IMMUNIZED.>>>HERE’S SOME OF THE OTHER STORIES WE’RE WATCHING TONIGHT. THE QUÉBEC COURT OF APPEAL HAS UPHELD A LANDMARK RULING. THE DECISION PERTAINS TO TWO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST THREE TOBACCO COMPANIES. AWARDING ABOUT $15 MILLION IN DAMAGES TO 100,000 PEOPLE. THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS WERE FILED SEPARATELY IN 1998. MANY OF THE VICTIMS DIDN’T LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE OUTCOME OF THE TRIAL.>>IT’S TOO LATE FOR US TO WIN AGAINST THE TOBACCO COMPANY.>>Ian: LAWYERS FOR THE TOBACCO COMPANY SAY THEY’RE REVIEWING THE JUDGMENT AND CONSIDERING WHETHER TO TRY TO APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA.>>>LONG TIME FEDERAL N.D.P. M.P. NATHAN CULLEN SAYS HE WON’T RUN FOR REELECTION THIS FALL. HE’S REPRESENTED THE NORTHWEST B.C. RIDING OF SKEENA SINCE 2004 AND HAS SERVED IN VARIOUS ROLES, INCLUDING OPPOSITION HOUSE LEADER AND CRITIC FOR FINANCE, NATURAL RESOURCES AND YOUTH. HE IS THE 13TH N.D.P. M.P. TO ANNOUNCE THEY WOULD NOT BE SEEKING REELECTION.>>>PARENTS OF OTTO WARMBIER, THE STUDENT WHO DIED IN NORTH KOREA, IS SLAMMING DONALD TRUMP. TRUMP SAID HE BELIEVED KIM JONG-UN WHO SAID HE WAS UNAWARE OF HOW THE COLLEGE STUDENT WAS TREATED. THE PARENTS ACCUSED KIM OF KILLING THEIR SON. TRUMP LATER TWEETED, OF COURSE I HOLD NORTH KOREA RESPONSIBLE FOR OTTO’S MISTREATMENT IN DEATH. SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR CANADIANS CONVICTED OF POT POSSESSION. THEY CAN APPLY FOR QUICK AND FREE PARDONS.>>NOW THAT THE LAWS ON CANNABIS HAVE BEEN FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED AS OF LAST FALL, WE BELIEVE THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR SIMPLE POSSESSION SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SHED THAT BURDEN AND STIGMA.>>Ian: THE PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER INTRODUCED NEW LEGISLATION MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE CONVICTED OF CANNABIS POSSESSION TO RECEIVE PARDONS. THE 5-10 YEAR WAITING PERIOD ELIMINATED. THE $631 APPLICATION FEE, IT’S GONE AS WELL. FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY 80,000 CANADIANS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR POT PARDONS. IF THEY THINK THE PARDON WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA, THEY BETTER THINK AGAIN. RON CHARLES EXPLAINS.>>THE ONE WITH THE L.A. KINGS HERE IS MY 100-POINT IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE.>>Reporter: RIC NATTRESS HAS A DISPLAY CASE FULL OF MEMENTOS. HE ALSO HAS THIS. THE WAIVER CARD HE NEEDED WHENEVER HE CROSSED THE U.S. BORDER TO PLAY, BECAUSE OF HIS CRIMINAL CONVICTION FOR POSSESSING A SMALL AMOUNT OF CANNABIS 37 YEARS AGO. HE WAS THE 20-YEAR-OLD SON OF A SINGLE MOM FROM A TOUGH PART OF HAMILTON. HE JUST MADE IT BIG AND SIGNED WITH THE MONTRÉAL CANADIENS WHEN POLICE CAUGHT HIM WITH A JOINT.>>WELL, MY LIFE WAS OVER. YOU KNOW. AND I’M NOT MAKING EXCUSES, IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW, BUT I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, THEY’LL CUT ME SLACK BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT. BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.>>Reporter: SO WITH THE CONVICTION, HE NEEDED AND STILL NEEDS THAT WAIVER TO CROSS THE BORDER. EVEN WITH A PARDON, U.S. BORDER AGENTS CAN STILL BAR PEOPLE WITH POT CONVICTIONS IF THEY DON’T HAVE A WAIVER AND TODAY’S PROPOSED LEGISLATION WON’T CHANGE THAT.>>I LOOKED AT PARDONS BEFORE, BUT IT DIDN’T DO ANYTHING FOR ME CROSSING THE BORDER. SO THE ONLY WAY FOR THAT TO IMPROVE IS IF I DON’T HAVE A RECORD AT ALL.>>Reporter: THAT IS WHAT ADVOCATES HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR. SOMETHING MORE THAN A PARDON.>>COMPLETE AND PERMANENT DELETION OF THE PERMANENT RECORD OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHICH MAKES CERTAIN THAT IT DOESN’T HAUNT THE PERSON AS THEY ATTEMPT TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK.>>Reporter: SHE SAYS THE SHORT COMINGS ARE ONEROUS FOR PEOPLE WHO ALREADY FACE SERIOUS CHALLENGES IN LIFE.>>WE HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE REPRESENTATION OF AFRICAN CANADIANS, INDIGENOUS CANADIANS AND CANADIANS FROM MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES AND LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS AMONG THOSE ARRESTED AND QUINTED.>>Reporter: THE ADVOCATES AND THE RETIRED HOCKEY PLAYER PLAN TO CONTINUE PUSHING FOR MORE THAN JUST QUICK PARDONS AS THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION GOES THROUGH PUBLIC CONSULTATION AT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE HEARINGS.>>Ian: AND THAT IS A FACE WE’RE GOING TO MISS HERE AT THE “THE NATIONAL”. AFTER 30 YEARS ON THE AIR, RON CHARLES IS RETIRING TODAY.>>NO ONE FROM THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE WOULD GIVE US AN ON CAMERA INTERVIEW.>>Ian: RON STARTED HIS CAREER WITH CBC NEWS BACK IN 1989. A LOT OF THE MOHAWK WHO LIVE UP THE HILL — >>Ian: HE COVERED PARLIAMENT HILL IN THE 90s. FOR TWO DECADES, HE’S BEEN A GO-TO REPORTER IN TORONTO. HE TOOK ON ANY ASSIGNMENT. OFTEN SERIOUS, SOME LESS SO.>>THE PIT FALL WITH THE RESEARCH, THE DOGS COULD HAVE BEEN REACTING — SIT — WITH TRAINED BEHAVIOR.>>Reporter: VERSATILE, SMART, CHARMING, WE WISH HIM A HAPPY AND DEADLINE-FREE RETIREMENT.>>>STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, AS TENSIONS SPIKE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN, HOW A CAPTURED PILOT BECAME A PROPAGANDA PROP.>>>PLUS EXPLOSIVE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE KING OF POP. THE POP PANEL CONSIDERS A NEW DOCUMENTARY.>>>YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN THE VIDEO. AHEAD THE FAMILY TELLS US WHY THE MOMENT MEANT SO MUCH.>>SOMEBODY FAMOUS WHO COULD TAKE TWO MINUTES OUT OF THEIR DAY TO TAKE AN 11-YEAR-OLD AND CHANGE THEIR LIFE.>>WOW. [CRYING>>Ian: PAKISTAN AND INDIA HAVE EDGED AWAY FROM A GROWING CRISIS. THEY’VE BEEN IN A STANDOFF OVER AN INDIAN FIGHTER PILOT. HE’S NOW BEEN RETURNED TO INDIA. HIS HOME COMING HAS EASED THE LATEST TENSIONS IN THE DISPUTED KASHMIR REGION FOR NOW. AS THOMAS DAIGLE EXPLAINS, THE FEUD IS VERY MUCH ALIVE.>>Reporter: INDIANS GATHERED AT THE BORDER WITH PAKISTAN EARLY TO GIVE THE CAPTURED PILOT A HERO’S WELCOME.>>I’VE COME HERE FROM DELHI. I WANT TO SEE MY PILOT. I’M PROUD OF HIM. I WANT TO SEE HIM BACK.>>Reporter: THE WAIT DRAGGED ON AND ON, WELL INTO THE EVENING, UNTIL FINALLY WING COMMANDER ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN WAS SHOWN ON TV ESCORTED BY PAKISTANI TROOPS ALL THE WAY TO THE GATES THAT LEAD TO HIS HOME COUNTRY.>>HE WAS HAPPY TO BE BACK. HE WAS SMILING.>>Reporter: WHILE THE PILOT WAS USHERED AWAY FOR MEDICAL TESTS, THIS IS WHAT PAKISTANIS WERE SEEING ON TV. THE PILOT DELIVERING A MESSAGE RECORDED UNDER DURESS BEFORE HIS RELEASE.>>I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PAKISTANI ARMY.>>Reporter: JUST PART OF THE INFORMATION WAR THAT THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER DOVE INTO AS WELL.>>THE EVENTS OF THE PAST TWO DAYS HAVE DEMONSTRATED YET AGAIN.>>Reporter: IN KASHMIR, THE DISPUTED REGION AT THE HEART OF THE CRISIS, TRADE REMAINS STALLED. THIS ACADEMIC SAYS FREEING A PILOT ONLY AVERTS WAR TEMPORA — TEMPORARILY.>>WE’VE SAID, OKAY, PAUSE.>>Reporter: WITH TWO NUCLEAR ARMED NEIGHBOURS OFTEN AT ODDS, IT WON’T TAKE MUCH TO LIGHT TENSIONS ON FIRE AGAIN. CELEBRATIONS MAY BE SHORT-LIVED. THOMAS DAIGLE, CBC NEWS, LONDON.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD. A NEW DOCUMENTARY LAYS OUT DAMNING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MICHAEL JACKSON. OUR POP PANEL ON THE #METOO DILEMMA. AND WAY MORE THAN A FASHION FAUX PAS. AFTER STRING OF OFFENSIVE DESIGNS, THE MOVEMENT TO CHANGE THE INDUSTRY FROM INSIDE.>>JUST LOOK AT THE BOARD COMPOSITION OF ANY OF THE MAJOR FASHION BRANDS AROUND THE WORLD. AND YOU’LL BE HARD-PRESSED TO FIND ANY PERSON OF COLOUR.>>Ian: FIRST A LOOK AT OUR SUNDAY INTERVIEW. THIS YEAR, ONE-THIRD OF THE WORLD WILL BE GOING TO THE VOTING BOOTH, INCLUDING CANADIANS. SINCE 2016, THE SHADOW OF FOREIGN ELECTION MEDDLING LOOMS LARGE. PERHAPS HEIGHTENED BY MICHAEL COHEN’S TESTIMONY ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. DONNA BRAZIL WAS CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE WHEN RUSSIAN HACKERS STRUCK. THIS SUNDAY SHE TALKS, MICHAEL COHEN, DONALD TRUMP AND THREATS TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. HERE’S A PREVIEW.>>Adrienne: THE SUBJECT OF THE HACKS CAME UP AGAIN THIS WEEK BECAUSE OF THE MICHAEL COHEN TESTIMONY. ROGER STONE CALLED DONALD TRUMP TO SAY THIS WAS COMING. WHAT WERE THE WORDS THAT CAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU HEARD THAT?>>I’VE BEEN TALKING TO MICHAEL COHEN NOW FOR A FEW MONTHS, SO I’M NOT SURPRISED. I’VE NOT DISCUSSED OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH ANYONE BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY’RE PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS. I HAVE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION EXPRESSED MY UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT, MY FRUSTRATION THAT IT’S TAKEN US THIS LONG TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF EVERYTHING. AND, OF COURSE, I JUST HOPE THAT WE CAN FIND WAYS TO PROTECT AND SECURE OUR ELECTIONS IN THE FUTURE. BUT I SOMEONE SAYS THE NAME MICHAEL JACKSON?>>”THRILLER”. THE MOON WALK. INTERESTING FASHION CHOICES. THE NEVERLAND RANCH. KIDS, SLEEPOVERS AND NOW RENEWED ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE.>>THIS SUNDAY, HBO RELEASES “LEAVING NEVERLAND”. I’M DONNOVAN BENNETT.>>I’M SARAH BOESVELD, SENIOR WRITER FOR “CHATELAINE”. I’M HADIYA RODERIQUE. WRITER AND RECOVERING LAWYER. MY FEELINGS ARE COMPLICATED AND I FALL ON THE SIDE OF THE SURVIVORS. WHAT IS INTERESTING, ALL THE SCRUTINY HAS TENDED TO VINDICATE HIM. BUT THIS MOMENT OF CANCEL CULTURE, I WOULD LOVE FOR THE CONVERSATION TO ADVANCE TO WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD BE LISTENING TO MICHAEL JACKSON.>>MICHAEL JACKSON IS NO LONGER HERE TO DEFEND HIMSELF OR BE PUN HERBED, BUT HE — PUNISHED. IT’S UNREALISTIC TO THINK HE’LL FALL PREY TO CANCEL CULTURE. EVEN THOUGH SOCIETY SAYS IT SHOULD BE.>>Ian: WELCOME TO THE POP PANEL. THIS IS THE FIRST PANEL WHERE I’M HERE IN VANCOUVER. YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY IN THE STUDIO IN TORONTO. AND ADDING TO THE CHALLENGE, THE TOPIC THIS WEEK. IT’S A CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY THAT HASN’T AIRED YET, “LEAVING NEVERLAND”, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE TRAILER.>>YOU TOLD ME, IF THEY EVER FOUND OUT WHAT WE WERE DOING, HE AND I WOULD GO TO JAIL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES.>>SECRETS WILL EAT YOU UP. YOU FEEL SO ALONE.>>I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH. AS LOUD AS I HAD TO SPEAK THE LIE FOR SO LONG.>>Ian: SO THIS DOCUMENTARY FEATURES THE STORIES OF TWO MEN, WADE ROBSON AND JAMES SAFECHUCK WHO ONCE TESTIFIED ON JACKSON’S BEHALF IN THE 2005 TRIAL FOR CHILD MOLESTATION BEFORE GOING PUBLIC WITH THE ALLEGATIONS A FEW YEARS AGO. SO LOTS OF QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEING RAISED BY THE DOCUMENTARY. AND BEGINNING WITH THIS ONE. SHOULD PEOPLE WATCH THIS ON HBO THIS WEEKEND?>>I THINK THEY SHOULD. IT WILL BE A TROUBLING AND DIFFICULT WATCH, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HAD DOCUMENTARIES COME OUT. THERE IS THE R. KELLY SERIES AIRED A FEW WEEKS AGO. THIS IS ANOTHER ONE THAT NEW IN THE #METOO ERA, PEOPLE ARE COMING FORWARD WITH REALLY HARROWING AND AWFUL EXPERIENCES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE. AND THIS IS A COMPLEX ONE. MICHAEL JACKSON IS A MAJOR STAR, A LEGACY, AN ICON IN OUR CULTURAL MINDS, SO TO HEAR THESE NOW-MEN TALK ABOUT THE DAMAGE THAT THEY BELIEVE WAS CAUSED BY BEING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGEDLY AT THE HANDS OF THE MICHAEL JACKSON IS AN IMPORTANT NARRATIVE. AND CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IS SOMETHING WE’VE WANTED TO LOOK AWAY FROM IN GENERAL. IT’S SO MUCH MORE COMMON THAN WE THINK. I THINK IT WILL HELP US TO UNDERSTAND AS A CULTURE, AS A SOCIETY, THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE POWER DYNAMICS AT PLAY WHEN THIS HAPPENS, YOU KNOW, OF JUST THE IMPACT THAT THIS HAS ON PEOPLES’ LIVES AS ADULTS.>>Ian: WHAT SORT OF ISSUES ARE RAISED FOR YOU BY THE DOCUMENTARY?>>I THINK IT’S INTERESTING THAT THESE MEN TESTIFIED EARLIER THAT THEY WEREN’T ABUSED AND NOW HAVE THIS DIFFERENT STORY. I THINK PEOPLE THINK THERE IS ONE WAY TO BE A VICTIM. AND I THINK THIS IS SHOWING THAT VICTIMHOOD IS VERY COMPLEX. BEING A VICTIM IS VERY COMPLEX. YOU’RE WRESTLING WITH A LOT OF FEELINGS. YOU TAKE A LONG TIME TO COME TO TERMS WITH THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO YOU. AND IT’S SHOWING THAT WE CAN HAVE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN BE A VICTIM. IT’S ALSO REALLY INTERESTING THIS IS THE STORY OF MEN IN THE #METOO ERA. WE DEAL WITH A LOT OF STORIES OF WOMEN, BUT DO WE BELIEVE BOYES AND MEN THE SAME WAY WE BELIEVE WOMEN? WE WILL SEE IN THE RESPONSE TO THIS DOCUMENTARY.>>Ian: I THINK OF COMPETING VALUES HERE. ON THE ONE HAND, WE’RE BEING TOLD GENERALLY TO BELIEVE VICTIMS OR GIVE A LOT OF WEIGHT TO WHAT COMPLAINANTS SAY IN DOCUMENTARIES OR LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, ON THE OTHER HAND, THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY. THE DOCUMENTARY MAKERS HAVE A PARTICULAR POINT OF VIEW. WE HAVE NO WAY OF REALLY TESTING THEIR CREDIBILITY AS DOCUMENTARY MAKERS. AS YOU WATCH IT, IF YOU WATCH IT, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT CREDIBILITY?>>YEAH, IT’S TOUGH. I THINK WE ALL SHOULD WATCH IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. REMEMBER IT IS A DOCUMENTARY, BUT IT’S ALSO ENTERTAINMENT. PART OF THE REASON WHY THIS STORY IS BEING TOLD BECAUSE THE SUBJECT, MICHAEL JACKSON, THE KING OF POP, IS SO CAPTIVATING FROM A CELEBRITY CULTURE STANDPOINT. AND IT’S BEING DONE BY HBO. IT’S NOT THE “NEW YORK TIMES” OR THE “WASHINGTON POST”. SO THAT JOURNALISTIC STANDARD YOU GET IN A NEWSROOM IS NOT THE SAME DECISION YOU’RE MAKING ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR. SO THE FACT THAT MICHAEL JACKSON’S ESTATE IS SUING HBO. THAT HIS VOICE OR SOMEONE DEFENDING HIM IS NOT PRESENT IN THE DOCUMENTARY, MAKES ME SAY WE SHOULD WATCH AND BELIEVE, BUT ALSO QUESTION AND BE SKEPTICAL.>>I WOULD PUSH BACK ON THAT A LITTLE BIT. I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD HAVE WATCHED THE R. KELLY DOCUMENTARY SERIOUS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. IT IS CERTAINLY A VANTAGE POINT, BUT WHEN WE’RE READING NEWS ARTICLES ALL THE TIME, WE DO GET BOTH SIDES. I DO BELIEVE THAT THE HBO DOCUMENTARY WILL SAY, LOOK, THIS HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, HE WAS NOT FOUND GUILTY IN CRIMINAL COURT. THIS IS ALL THE RESPONSIBLE STUFF WE HAVE TO BE DOING EVEN IF YOU’RE DOING THIS AS PRIMARILY ENTERTAINMENT. I THINK DOCUMENTARIES AND THIS WILL HAVE A HUGE POWER IN SHAPING CONSCIOUSNESS ABOUT HOW WE LOOK AT IDOLS IN GENERAL.>>Ian: I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU ON ONE OTHER RELATED TOPIC ON MICHAEL JACKSON. LAST NIGHT AFTER WORK WE WENT OUT. THEY WERE PLAYING MUSIC AND BILLY JEAN COMES ON. THIS MORNING, RANDOM RADIO STATION. HUMAN NATURE. BEAUTIFUL SONG OF MICHAEL JACKSON. I DON’T MEAN THIS IN A TRITE WAY. IF WE FEEL THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHO SEXUAL ABUSED CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY AFTER WATCHING THIS DOCUMENTARY, DO WE HAVE — AND MAYBE I’LL START WITH YOU, DO WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO NOT LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC AT ALL? OR HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THAT?>>I THINK IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE IN THIS CASE, AS COMPARED TO R. KELLY, MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD. SO I THINK PEOPLE WILL DRAW DISTINCTION BECAUSE THEY DON’T SEE IT AS BENEFITTING HIM BECAUSE HE’S NO LONGER AROUND. FOR R. KELLY, PEOPLE SEE IT AS HE’S PAYING HIS LEGAL BILLS IF YOU LISTEN TO HIM ON SPOTIFY OR ANOTHER PLATFORM. SO I THINK IT WILL BE A VERY INTERESTING WAY IT PANS OUT FOR PEOPLE. I STAND ON, IF SOMEONE PLAYS IGNITION THE REMIX, I STAND ON THE SIDE AND DO NOT ENGAGE AND CROSS MY ARMS GRUMPILY IF SOMEONE PLAYS THAT. BUT I WONDER WHAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO IF BILLIE JEAN COMES ON AT A WEDDING. OR COMES ON IN THE CAR. I DON’T THINK THEY’RE GOING TO TURN AWAY THE SAME WAY.>>I THINK HIS CULTURAL CONTRIBUTION IS MASSIVE. AND R. KELLY HAS NOT MADE IT TO THAT POINT. THERE IS A REALLY GOOD PIECE TALKING TO CHARLES DICKENS AND JOHN LENNON. THEY WEREN’T GREAT PEOPLE PER SE AND THEY HAD ISSUES IN THEIR PAST AS WELL. BUT I DO THINK WE NEED TO LOOK PAST THE CANCEL CULTURE PIECE HERE. I THINK I MIGHT FEEL WEIRD, ESPECIALLY LISTENING TO A MICHAEL JACKSON SONG WITH A CHILDREN’S CHOIR IN THE BACKGROUND. THAT’S NOT GOING TO AGE WELL. I THINK WE CAN MATURE BEYOND THIS MOMENT OF CANCELLING PEOPLE OUT, AND JUST TRYING TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE AND LOOK AT OUR CELEBRITIES WITH SCRUTINY.>>I THINK THE ISSUE IS MY FAVOURITE PHRASE IS KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY. IF WE’RE GOING TO TWEET MUTE R. KELLY, SHOULDN’T WE TWEET MUTE M.J. AND CANCEL, IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE ARTIST, IT’S FOR THE PEOPLE THEY HURT. IF I WAS SOMEONE HURT BY MICHAEL JACKSON AND HEARD BILLIE JEAN, THAT WOULD BE TRAUMATIC FOR ME. I THINK THAT’S WHY, IF WE’RE BEING LONGEST, WE’VE SET THAT PRECEDENT, WE SHOULDN’T BE COUNTING WHO HAS MORE TOP 100 BILLBOARDS AND DECIDE TO CANCEL THEM.>>Ian: WE HAVE MAYBE THREE MINUTES LEFT, BUT IT’S AN INTERESTING CANADIAN STORY. IT HAS TO DO WITH A COMEDY CHANNEL ON SIRIUS THAT USED TO PLAY ONLY CANADIAN COMEDY. IT WAS CALLED CANADA LAST AND THEN BOUGHT BY “JUST FOR LAUGHS” AND THEN THEY WERE GOING TO DIP INTO THEIR ARCHIVES. AND THAT INCLUDES A LOT OF AMERICANS. ESTABLISHED STARS. SO CANADIAN COMICS SAID, NO WAY. THEY STARTED TWEETING. THEY USED THE HASH TAG, JUST FOR MONEY. SAYING IF THE PLAYIST CHANGED ON THAT SIRIUS CHANNEL IT WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON THEIR INCOME?>>MY INITIAL REACTION IS GET YOUR WEIGHT UP. THERE ARE MANY AREAS AROUND PLATFORMS WHERE YOU CAN BLOG. WHETHER IT’S PODCAST OR YouTube. BUT WHEN I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CANADIANS, IF WE BRING IN JUST ART FROM THE UNITED STATES, WE ARE LOSING OURSELVES. WE NEED OUR STORIES TELLED BECAUSE WE’RE DIFFERENT THAN THE U.S. I DON’T WANT TO BE A DIET VERSION OF AMERICA. THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO INVEST IN CANADIANS AND RECYCLE OUR OWN, BECAUSE THAT IS OUR IDENTITY. SO I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT THEY STOOD UP FOR THEMSELVES BECAUSE WE’RE OFTEN DOCILE AS CANADIANS AND ULTIMATELY, THEY GOT THIS RIGHT.>>WE HAVE UNIQUELY CANADIAN CONTENT. AND I DON’T THINK AN AMERICAN CAN TELL A GREAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU JOKE, OR A GREAT ROB FORD JOKE. I THINK WE WANT TO PRESERVE THOSE ELEMENTS OF OUR IDENTITY. SOME PEOPLE’S REACTION IS, BE A BETTER COMIC. BUT PEOPLE GET BETTER BY EXPOSURE. IF WE TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THEM, WE’RE TAKING AWAY FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OF CANADIAN COMEDY. AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET THE STARS FROM CANADA IF THEY DON’T GET THE PLATFORMS.>>Ian: SARAH, LAST WORD.>>JUST YOU DON’T MAKE ANY MONEY AS A COMEDIAN. I KNOW FROM THE EFFORT, I LEARNED THAT THERE IS SUCH A FIGHT TO FIND ANY KIND OF SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT, YOU KNOW, IN FINDING AN AUDIENCE FOR YOUR WORK. IF THAT’S JUST CLOSED OFF AS A CANADIAN COMEDIAN, WHAT OPPORTUNITY DO YOU EVEN HAVE TO MAKE IT BIGGER? AND IT COSTS SO MUCH TO WORK IN THE U.S. BECAUSE OF OUR LAWS HERE. I THINK IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BE ON YOUR OWN CHANNEL AND PODCAST. WE NEED THE CULTURAL INVESTMENT.>>Ian: THE GOOD NEWS, “JUST FOR LAUGHS” CHANGED THEIR POLICY AND WILL BE PLAYING JUST CANADIAN COMICS ON THE CHANNEL. SO THE MONEY WILL KEEP GOING IN THERE. FOR PEOPLE AT HOME, GO TO A COMEDY CLUB. THEY’RE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I WENT TO ONE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO IN VANCOUVER. WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU SEE A COMIC MAKING JOKES ABOUT A SKYTRAIN AND SURREY? THERE YOU GO. NICE TALKING TO ALL OF YOU. WE’RE GOING TO BE WATCHING “THE NATIONAL” ON SUNDAY AND HBO.>>Ian: FROM STANDUP TO STYLE. IT IS FASHION WEEK IN PARIS. AND THE LATEST COLLECTIONS ARE HITTING THE RUNWAY UNDER INCREASING SCRUTINY. SEVERAL LUXURY BRANDS HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT IN RECENT MONTHS FOR INSENSITIVE DESIGNS. TASHAUNA REID LOOKS AT THE IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY AND HOW IT’S RESPONDING.>>Reporter: AT LONDON FASHION WEEK, BURBERRY MADE HEADLINES FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS. THIS HOODIE WITH A ROPE TIED AS THE NOOSE. THE DESIGNER BEING CALLED OUT. BEFORE THAT, PRADA PULLED THIS $550 MONKEY KEY CHAIN AFTER A SOCIAL MEDIA POST WENT VIRAL CLAIMING IT MIMICKED RACIST IMAGERY.>>UNFORTUNATE THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPENING REALLY DOES OPEN UP THE CONVERSATION AND MAKE PEOPLE MUCH MORE AWARE.>>Reporter: THE BACKLASH HAS BEEN SWIFT, WITH SOME CELEBRITIES MAKING PUBLIC DECLARATIONS TO BOYCOTT THE DESIGNER. BUT THIS TORONTO STYLIST SAYS SHE DOESN’T THINK DESIGNERS HAVE THE INTENT TO OFFEND.>>EVERYTHING IS SUBJECTIVE. FASHION IS SUBJECTIVE. ART IS SUBJECTIVE. SO SOMETHING THAT CAN BE PERCEIVED TO BE NEGATIVE BY ONE PERSON, MAY NOT BE BY ANOTHER.>>Reporter: THE LABELS ACTED QUICKLY AND ISSUED APOLOGIES.>>IF YOU’RE GOING INTO A STORE TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO BUY DESIGNER ITEMS, YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE THEY’RE NOT MAKING FUN OF YOU ALONG THE WAY.>>Reporter: THIS AD BY DOLCE & GABBANA. NO STARS WORE THEM AT THE OSCARS AND SOME CHINESE MEDIA OPTED OUT OF COVERING THE BRAND.>>WE’RE IN A VERY PRECARIOUS MOMENT OF WHERE WE ARE CULTURALLY AND TO HAVE DESIGNERS NEGATE THAT IS BAD FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY.>>Reporter: THIS FASHION EXPERT SAYS THESE MOMENTS HIGHLIGHT A BIGGER ISSUE.>>JUST LOOK AT THE BOARD COMPOSITION OF ANY OF THE MAJOR FASHION BRANDS AROUND THE WORLD AND YOU’LL BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND ANY PERSON OF COLOUR, WHETHER THAT BE AN ASIAN PERSON, A BLACK PERSON, WHERE THESE BRANDS ARE REALLY GROWING.>>Reporter: SOME BRANDS ARE TAKING FURTHER STEPS TO MAKE CHANGES. PRADA CREATED A DIVERSITY COUNCIL AND GUCCI WILL BRING IN DIVERSE TALENT.>>I’M HOPING THE INDUSTRY FOLLOWS UP ON THEIR WORDS AND PUTS THEIR ACTIONS AGAINST THEIR WORDS AND COMMITMENTS THEY’VE MADE.>>Reporter: AS DESIGNERS TRY TO PUT THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD, THEY KNOW THE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING IF THEY STUMBLE. TASHAUNA REID, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD, B.C. TRIES TO FIX A PERENNIAL PROBLEM DRIVING UP HOUSING PRICES.>>THERE ARE SO MANY UNITS PURCHASED IN THIS BUILDING THAT ARE NOW BEING RESOLD. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD PLACE TO INVEST THEIR MONEY. EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T EVER INTEND TO LIVE IN THE MONEY.>>THEY SHOULD NOT BE SPECULATIVE INVESTMENTS.>>Ian: WILL IT WORK? JUST AHEAD. BUT FIRST…>>IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, A TOUCHING MOMENT BETWEEN A BOY AND HIS IDOL HAS GONE VIRAL. THAT’S 11-YEAR-OLD ANDERSON WHITEHEAD MEETING STAR GOALIE CAREY PRICE. ANDERSON HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME. LAST YEAR AS HIS MOTHER WAS DYING OF CANCER SHE PROMISED TO DO EVERYTHING SHE COULD TO MAKE HIS DREAM OF MEETING PRICE COME TRUE. SHE DIED IN NOVEMBER, BUT FRIENDS HELPED THE MEETING HAPPEN BEFORE A GAME LAST WEEK.>>I DIDN’T THINK SOMEBODY LIKE THAT WOULD SIGN MY STICK. I DIDN’T KNOW THEY WOULD HAVE TIME FOR ME. AND I BROKE INTO TEARS.>>HE SAID EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. IT SOUNDED REALLY GOOD AND MY WHOLE BODY LOST ALL OF ITS ANGER AND SADNESS AT THAT TIME.>>Ian: PRICE SIGNED ANDERSON’S JERSEY AS WELL AS A PUCK AND TWO STICKS. THE SHORTEN COUNTER HAS BEEN VIEWED MILLIONS OF TIMES, INCLUDING BY THE PRIME MINISTER WHO RE-TWEETED THE VIDEO TODAY AND SAID SOME THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT HAPPENS ON THE ICE.>>THE VIDEO TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE BECAUSE OF WHAT A CLASS ACT CAREY PRICE IS, RIGHT? SOMEBODY FAMOUS WHO TOOK TWO MINUTES OUT OF THEIR DAY AND CHANGED AN 11-YEAR-OLD’S LIFE.>>Ian: ANDERSON SAYS HIS MOM WOULD BE VERY HAPPY FOR HIM. WHILE THE HABS DIDN’T WIN THAT NIGHT –>>ANDERSON WON FOR SURE. THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO PUT THIS TOGETHER AND MADE>>Ian: VANCOUVER IS ONE OF THE MOST UNAFFORDABLE CITIES IN THE ORAL. HOUSING PRICES OUT OF REACH MORE MANY. BUT FOR SOME IT PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY. A LOOPHOLE LETS PEOPLE BUY AND SELL CONDOMINIUMS BEFORE THEIR BUILT AND PAY NO TAX. AT BRIAR STEWART TELLS US, THE B.C. GOVERNMENT WANTS TO CHANGE THAT.>>Reporter: IT’S AN EYE CATCHING DEVELOPMENT WHEN THE 400 UNITS INSIDE VANCOUVER HOUSE WENT ON SALE IN 2014, THEY WERE SNAPPED UP RIGHT AWAY. A THIRD OF THEM BY FOREIGN BUYERS.>>THERE ARE SO MANY UNITS THAT WERE PURCHASED IN THIS BUILDING THAT ARE NOW BEING RESOLD. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD PLACE TO INVEST THEIR MONEY. EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T EVER INTEND TO LIVE IN THE BUILDING.>>Reporter: MICHAEL GELLER IS A DEVELOPER. THIS IS NOT HIS BUILDING, BUT HE SAYS THIS DEMONSTRATES WHY THERE SHOULD BE A SYSTEM TRACKING WHEN UNITS CHANGE HANDS.>>WE WANT TO SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING MONEY PAYING TAXES ON THE MONEY. THERE IS NO DOUBT IN THE PAST, ASSIGNING CONDO PRE-SALES WAS A WAY TO AVOID PAYING TAXES.>>Reporter: ASSIGNING A PRESALE MEANS RESELLING A UNIT BEFORE CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE. DEVELOPERS TRACK THE SALES, BUT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T. THAT IS CHANGING IN B.C. WITH CANADA’S FIRST CONDO FLIPPING REGISTRY.>>THAT WILL REQUIRE THAT TO BE TRACKED AND GIVE US AN IDEA WHO IS DOING THAT AND MAKE SURE THEY’RE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES.>>WHEN YOU TAKE THE EXCESS DEMAND OUT OF THE MARKET, PRICES WILL DROP.>>Reporter: THEY HOPE IT WILL BRING PRICES DOWN.>>HOMES NEED TO BE LIVED IN. THEY SHOULD NOT BE SPECULATIVE INVESTMENTS. IT’S TOO IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS. IN THE ABSENCE OF THAT, YEAH, IT HAS BEEN THE WILD WEST.>>Reporter: THIS BUSINESS PROFESSOR SAYS IT’S HARD TO ESTIMATE THE EFFECT THE REGISTRY WILL HAVE. THE B.C. GOVERNMENT THAT A SLEW OF TAXES AND THE HOUSING MARKET IS ALREADY COOLING.>>WE’RE GOING TO HAVE GREAT DATA GOING FORWARD, LESS TAX CHEATING, SO I THINK GOOD POLICY.>>Reporter: BACK AT VANCOUVER HOUSE, ABOUT 10% OF THE UNITS ARE NOW LISTED FOR SALE. CONSTRUCTION IS SUPPOSED TO BE FINISHED THIS YEAR. GELLER ADMITS THAT THE FLIPPING REGISTRY MAY DETER SOME INVESTORS, BUT SAYS IN THE END, MORE TRANSPARENCY IS A GOOD THING FOR EVERYONE.>>Ian: NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”, OUR MOMENT. DAD PLUS DAUGHTER VERSUS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. HOW THEY CONQUERED 91 DAYS IN A ROW BOAT.>>I GUESS WE WORK WELL AS A TEAM.>>I THINK THE ANSWER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IS THE FACT THAT WE’RE BILL SO ALIVE, SO WE OBVIOUSLY WORK SOMEWHAT WELL AS A TEAM.>>ON THIS VAST UN-PREDICTIBILITIABLE OCEAN IN THIS BOBBING SIX-METRE LONG OWEBOAT, A FATHER-DAUGHTER DUO ACCOMPLISHED SOME. THEY SET OUT TO CROSS THE AUTHENTIATLANTIC. THE TRIP TESTED THEM PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. IT TESTED THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER. WE REACHED THEM VIA PHASETIME WHERE THEY LANDED OFANTIGUA.>>WE’RE BOTH STILL ALIVE SO WE WORK SOMEWHAT WELL AS A TEAM. [ Laughter ]>>AND NOBODY GOT THROW OVE THROWN OVER THE SIDE. YOU ALWAYS SEE YOUR CHILDREN AS CHILDREN. BUT I NOW SEE LIBBY AS A FULL ADULT WORKING EQUALLY AS HARD AS I DO. LIBBY’S TAKE AWAY, BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN SAYING IT, I’LL NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS AGAIN.>>NO, NEVER. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER. [ Laughter ]>>NEVER.>>SHE’S DONE IT, RIGHT, RODE ACROSS AN OCEAN AND SOMETHING ONLY A FEW HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE EVER DONE.>>NO KIDDING, THINK ABOUT THAT, CROSSING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE FEAT BUT A PARENT AND KID IN A ROWBOAT, I LOVE MY SONS BUT WHAT WAS IT 91 DAYS. REMEMBER THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST WHO CROSSED THE ATLANTIC WITH COLLEAGUES AND HE TOLD US ON NEWS NETWORK JUST HOW DIFFICULT EVERYTHING WAS INCLUDING TRY TO GET ALONG, SO GOOD FOR THEM. THAT IS THE NATIONAL FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 1st. GOOD NIGHT.

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