The National for Sunday, March 1 — Coronavirus has Canadians on edge; Progress in pipeline dispute


(*)>>Ian: TONIGHT CANADIANS ON EDGE OVER CORONAVIRUS. NEW CASES HERE WITH GROWING CONCERN IN OTHER COUNTRIES ABOUT HOW THE VIRUS IS SPREADING.>>I DON’T WANT TO DIE.>>Ian: SEPARATING THE FACTS FROM THE FEAR AND THE FRANTIC BUYING.>>I SEE THAT YOU HAVE CLOROX. WHY ARE YOU BUYING SO MUCH CLOROX?>>Ian: FROM IMPASSE TO PROGRESS IN A PIPELINE DISPUTE THAT ECHOED ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>WE, I BELIEVE, HAVE COME TO A PROPOSED ARRANGEMENT.>>Ian: HOW WASTED CANCER DRUGS ARE COSTING THE CANADIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MILLIONS.>>>AND SIX MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE DORIAN. DEVASTATION REMAINS IN PARTS OF THE BAHAMAS. HOW HOPE AND DETERMINATION ARE CHANGING THAT.>>IT MIGHT NOT BE AS FANCY AS THE START, BUT I GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL BE STRONGER BECAUSE WE’LL PUT OUR HEART AND SOUL INTO IT.>>Ian: THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*)>>THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN CANADA HAS NOW JUMPED TO 24, AFTER FOUR NEW INFECTIONS WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY, ALL OF THOSE IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA. BUT WHILE PEOPLE ARE UNDERSTANDABLY CONCERNED, THE IMPACT OF THE VIRUS ON CANADA REMAINS SMALL, ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO SOME OTHER COUNTRIES. SOUTH KOREA REMAINS THE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST CASES OUTSIDE OF CHINA, SOME 4,200. AFTER ENLISTING THE MILITARY, IT’S EVEN PROPOSING A JOINT EFFORT WITH NORTH KOREA TO TRY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD. MUCH OF NORTHERN ITALY IS EERILY QUIET FROM MILAN TO THE FAMOUS VENICE CANALS, AFTER A BIG SPIKE IN REPORTED CASES TODAY. UP TO 1,700 FROM 1,100 YESTERDAY. IN NEIGHBOURING FRANCE, MIXED REACTION TO THE 130 CASES OR SO REPORTED THERE, WHILE THE OFFICIALS CLOSED THE LOUVRE AS A PRECAUTION. HUNDREDS OF RUBBERS DEFIED A BAN ON THE PARIS HALF-MARATHON. THEIR MESSAGE, RESIST FEARS AND KEEP THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE. THAT’S A BIGGER CHALLENGE FOR PEOPLE IN IRAN THOUGH WHERE THE REPORTS ARE LESS RELIABLE. OFFICIALLY ABOUT A THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED, BUT OBSERVERS BELIEVE THAT NUMBER COULD BE MUCH HIGHER. TO THOSE NEWLY ANNOUNCED CASES IN ONTARIO — THE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THAT THE RISK TO THE COMMUNITY IS LOW BUT AS MAKDA GHEBRESLASSIE REPORTS, THEY’RE VERY CAREFULLY TRACING TRAVEL HISTORIES TO TRY TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.>>OUR STRATEGY HERE IS CONTAINMENT.>>Reporter: YORK REGION ONLY CONFIRMED ITS FIRST CASE EARLIER THIS WEEKEND. A WOMAN RETURNING FROM IRAN WITH HER HUSBAND AND CHILD. SHE WAS TESTED IN HOSPITAL AND HAS SINCE GONE INTO SELF-ISOLATION. NOW HER HUSBAND IS SICK TOO.>>WHEN HE ACCOMPANIED HIS WIFE AND TODDLER, HE DIDN’T DEVELOP ANY SYMPTOMS AT ALL, UNTIL AFTER ARRIVAL IN CANADA AND WHILE HE WAS IN ISOLATION.>>Reporter: THEIR SON HAS YET TO BE TESTED. MEANWHILE OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO DETERMINE IF ANYONE ELSE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THE FAMILY BOARDED A NUMBER 40 GOBUS TO THE RICHMOND HILL TERMINAL CENTRE FROM PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE BUS HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE ROAD AND DISINFECTED.>>AND NOW TODAY OUR FOCUS IS REACHING OUT TO THE ACTUAL PASSENGERS ON THE PARTICULAR BUS.>>Reporter: ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THOSE WHO MAY HAVE SHARED FLIGHTS WITH THE FAMILY ARE ALSO UNDERWAY.>>WE WOULD NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT ANY CASUAL CONTACT THAT MAY HAVE OCCURRED, RIGHT, BUT THIS IS PART AND PARCEL OF US DIGGING IN AND TRYING TO ASSESS THE SITUATION.>>Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE IN YORK REGION DON’T WANT PEOPLE THINKING THAT THIS VIRUS IS CIRCULATING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THEY STRESS THE FACT THAT ALL OF THESE NEW CASES ARE TRAVEL RELATED. AMONG THE OTHER CASES, A WOMAN IN HER 70s WHO TRAVELLED TO EGYPT LAST MONTH. AND TWO MEN WHO HAD SEPARATELY TRAVELLED TO IRAN. AND WHILE THEY INVESTIGATE, YORK REGION HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE A NOTE OF CAUTION FOR ALL TRAVELLERS COMING BACK TO CANADA.>>GENERAL ADVICE FROM THE FEDERAL AGENCY IS THAT ANYBODY WHO HAS COME FROM ANYWHERE INTERNATIONALLY SHOULD BE SELF-MONITORING THEMSELVES FOR SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS.>>Reporter: HE SAYS THAT THE MAIN SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS THAT YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR ARE A FEVER AND COUGH AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH. MAKDA GHEBRESLASSIE, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: AND U.S. HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN WASHINGTON STATE, AFTER AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE. TWO PEOPLE HAVE NOW DIED. AND THOSE CASES CONNECTED TO A NURSING HOME IN SUBURBAN SEATTLE AND NONE INVOLVED TRAVEL AND THAT MEANS THAT TRANSMISSION HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES. THE OFFICIALS SAY THAT MORE THAN 50 OTHER RESIDENTS AND STAFF WILL BE TESTED AFTER SHOWING SYMPTOMS. AND THOSE NEW CASES ARE CAUSING CONCERN HERE IN VANCOUVER WHICH IS ONLY ABOUT THREE HOURS FROM SEATTLE BY CAR. ANITA BATHE IS TRACKING THAT FOR US TONIGHT. AND, ANITA, YOU HAVE BEEN OUT TALKING TO PEOPLE IN THE CITY?>>Reporter: YES AND, IAN, THOUGH THE HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE HAVE REPEATEDLY SAID THAT THE RISK TO CANADIANS IS LOW, THERE’S A GROWING EDGINESS BORDERING ON PANIC. WE’RE SEEING SCENES SIMILAR TO THOSE IN SOME BIG U.S. CITIES. LINEUPS OUT THE DOOR AND AROUND THE CORNER AT COSTCOS ACROSS METRO VANCOUVER.>>THEY SAID THAT PEOPLE ARE JUST GOING AND PANICKING, AND IT’S GETTING WORSE AND WORSE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO STOCK UP.>>INSIDE I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF STUFF WENT OUT QUICKLY LIKE IN HALF AN HOUR.>>Reporter: COSTCO EMPLOYEES TELL THE CBC THAT IT’S ALL OVER CORONAVIRUS, PEOPLE MAKING SURE THEY HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES AT HOME JUST IN CASE THEY’RE QUARANTINED. THE HOT COMMODITY? TOILET PAPER.>>STUPID. PEOPLE ARE PANICKING OVER TOILET PAPER?>>YOU KNOW WHAT, I BOUGHT TOILET PAPER BECAUSE I SAW PEOPLE BUYING TOILET PAPER. I KNOW, IT’S CRAZY.>>Reporter: BUT GIVEN THE EXTENT OF TRAVEL BETWEEN B.C. AND WASHINGTON STATE, THERE IS FEAR THAT A LARGER OUTBREAK OF THE VIRUS IS INCHING CLOSER. CBC HAS REACHED OUT TO CANADA BORDER SERVICES TO SEE IF ANY EXTRA SCREENING IS TAKING PLACE AT LAND BORDERS, BUT WE HAVE YET TO HEAR BACK.>>I’M CONCERNED BECAUSE SOMEONE IN WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA.>>Reporter: EXPERTS SAY THOUGH THAT THE WEST COAST FRIGHT ISN’T NECESSARILY WARRANTED.>>I WOULD SAY THAT IT’S NOT NECESSARY. I THINK THAT PEOPLE CAN COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO SEE IF WE HAVE IT IN WASHINGTON. FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC THERE’S NO NEED TO WORRY TOO MUCH BECAUSE THE VIRUS ITSELF IS VERY SIMILAR TO INFLUENZA AND OTHER VIRUSES THAT WE GET THIS TIME OF YEAR.>>Reporter: AND, IAN, TO UNDERSCORE THAT CALL FOR CALM, SHE’S ALSO POINTING OUT THAT MORE PEOPLE IN B.C. HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS THAN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TESTED IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES. SHE’S ECHOING WHAT THE GOVERNMENTS ARE SAYING AND THAT IS TO STAY CALM, THAT THE HYPE MAY BE CREATING MORE OF THE PANIC.>>Ian: OKAY, ANITA, THANK YOU. AND ONE LAST NOTE ON THE CORONAVIRUS STORY TONIGHT, IF THE ASIAN MARKETS ARE ANY INDICATION, EXPECT MORE STOCK MARKET BRUTALITY TOMORROW. THE MARKETS FROM JAPAN TO AUSTRALIA ALL PLUNGED AGAIN RIGHT AFTER THEY OPENED. IT WAS A TENTATIVE STEP FORWARD TODAY IN THE TALKS BETWEEN THE WET’SUWET’EN HEREDITARY CHIEFS AND THE GOVERNMENT. THEY ANNOUNCED THEY’D COME UP WITH A PROPOSED NEW ARRANGEMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE TITLE RIGHTS ON THAT LAND. IT’S WHERE THE PIPELINE IS SLATED TO GO THROUGH, SOMETHING THAT THE HEREDITARY CHIEFS OHOPPOSE. THAT ISSUE IS STILL UNRESOLVED. AND AS CHRIS O’NEILL-YATES EXPLAINS, THE MESSAGE IS THAT THE FIGHT CONTINUES.>>Reporter: AFTER FOUR DAYS OF MEETINGS, SOME SUCCESS, A PROPOSAL RECOGNISING THE RIGHTS OF WET’SUWET’EN HEREDITARY LEADERS OVER THEIR TERRITORY.>>IT IS ABOUT THE NATION COMING TOGETHER TO — TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR TRADITIONAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS AND LEGAL ORDERS ARE HONOURED.>>Reporter: THE DETAILS AREN’T BEING SHARED YET.>>WE WANT TO BRING THIS BACK TO OUR HOUSES AND WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING ON THAT WITHIN TWO WEEKS, THAT WE WANT TO SEE A TURN AROUND.>>Reporter: THE WET’SUWET’EN NATION ITSELF HAS BEEN DIVIDED ON THE COASTAL GASLINK PIPELINE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO GO THROUGH THEIR TERRITORY. MOST ELECTED CHIEFS SUPPORT IT, MANY HEREDITARY CHIEFS LIKE CHIEF WOOS DON’T. THAT STILL HASN’T CHANGED.>>I HAVE TO REITERATE THIS AGAIN, THAT THE HEREDITARY CHIEF ARE OPPOSED TO ANY PIPELINE GOING THROUGH THEIR TERRITORY.>>Reporter: THE RCMP AND COASTAL GASLINK AGREED TO LEAVE THE TERRITORY WHILE TALKS WERE ON. IN A STATEMENT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT IT WILL RESUME WORK TOMORROW AND IT WILL COMPLETE THE PIPELINE AS SCHEDULED IN 2023.>>THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE TABLE, BUT IT DOES NOT, UNFORTUNATELY, ADDRESS THE COASTAL GASLINK PIPELINE DIRECTLY AND IT DOESN’T ADDRESS THE RCMP OCCUPATION.>>Reporter: CHIEF WOOS SAYS HE WANTS TO SIT DOWN WITH THE RCMP TO DISCUSS HOW THE FORCE CAN RETURN PEACEFULLY. WHATEVER THE FINAL OUTCOME WILL BE, THIS DISPUTE HAS MOVED THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DEVELOPMENT ON INDIGENOUS LANDS FORWARD, SAYS THIS PROFESSOR.>>YOU WILL HEAR THESE HEREDITARY CHIEFS SAYING THEY’RE NOT AGAINST DEVELOPMENT, JUST TREMENDOUSLY IRRESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, GIVES THE BENEFITS TO SOMEBODY ELSE AND ALL THE RISK TO THEM.>>Reporter: STILL NO DEAL ON THE PIPELINE ITSELF, BUT CHIEF WOOS CALLS TODAY’S AGREEMENT AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE. HE SAYS THAT HE WANTS MORE TALKS WITH GOVERNMENT, AND THE RCMP AND COASTAL GASLINK. CHRIS O’NEILL-YATES, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Ian: MOST OF THE SOLIDARITY RAIL BLOCKADES ACROSS CANADA HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN. BUT THE ONE IN KHANAWAKE, QUÉBEC, WILL REMAIN AS DEMONSTRATORS WAIT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TENTATIVE AGREEMENT.>>IT’S A BIG DECISION TO DECIDE TO TAKE DOWN THE BARRICADE OR NOT. AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE EVERYTHING BEFORE THEY MAKE THAT DECISION.>>Ian: THAT BARRICADE HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE FEBRUARY 8TH. A STRING OF THEM VIRTUALLY SHUT DOWN THE RAIL TRAFFIC IN THE COUNTRY FOR WEEKS. VIA RAIL SAYS THEY’LL GET BACK TO REGULAR SERVICE AS OF TUESDAY.>>>WELL, ANOTHER CANDIDATE HAS QUIT THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE TONIGHT. PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS OVERSHADOWED BY BERNIE SANDERS AND JOE BIDEN. PAUL HUNTER NOW ON BIDEN’S BOOST AFTER THAT COMMANDING WIN IN SOUTH CAROLINA. [Applause]>>JOE BIDEN!>>Reporter: THE COMEBACK KID, THEY CALLED HIM, AT A CHURCH SERVICE THIS MORNING IN ALABAMA. AND IN NO SMALL WAY THEY’RE NOT FAR OFF. LAST NIGHT JOE BIDEN DIDN’T JUST WIN THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY, HE WON BIG. AS BIDEN HIMSELF PUT IT –>>WE ARE VERY MUCH ALIVE. [Cheers and Applause]>>Reporter: BUT EVEN AS BIDEN CELEBRATED HIS FIRST WIN OF THE PRIMARY SEASON, FACT IS EYES ARE ALREADY ON A BIGGER CHALLENGE TWO DAYS FROM NOW, SO-CALLED SUPER TUESDAY. WHEN VOTERS IN FULLY 14 STATES MARK THEIR BALLOTS FOR WHO TO CHALLENGE DONALD TRUMP FOR THE WHITE HOUSE THIS FALL.>>NOBODY WINS THEM ALL.>>Reporter: VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS, BRANDED BY MANY DEMOCRATS AS TOO RADICAL FOR MOST AMERICANS, CAME IN A DISTANT SECOND LAST NIGHT, BUT HE IS STILL FAVOURED TO WIN MOST OF THE DELEGATES UP FOR GRABS LATER THIS WEEK. AS HE PUT IT TODAY –>>I THINK THAT WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT CHANCE TO DO WELL ON TUESDAY AND TO WIN THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION.>>Reporter: STILL, KEY TO BIDEN’S WIN LAST NIGHT — STRONG SUPPORT FROM BLACK AMERICANS. CRITICAL FOR ANY DEMOCRAT EYEING THE WHITE HOUSE. IT’S A CONSTITUENCY YET TO EMBRACE SANDERS, OR FOR THAT MATTER NEW YORK BILLIONAIRE MIKE BLOOMBERG. A LATE COMER TO THIS CONTEST WHO SPOKE THIS MORNING AT THAT SAME CHURCH IN ALABAMA THAT HAD WELCOMED BIDEN. BUT FOR BLOOMBERG, A DRAMATIC REBUKE. CRITICIZED FOR POLICIES WHILE MAYOR OF NEW YORK, WIDELY DEEMED RACIALLY DISCRIMINATORY, TODAY AS HE SPOKE, PARISHONERS STOOD AND TURNED THEIR BACKS ON HIM AND REMAINING THAT WAY THROUGHOUT IN SILENT PROTEST.>>GOD BLESS YOU.>>Reporter: ALL OF THIS RAISING THE STAKES FOR TUESDAY AND THE POTENTIAL THAT IF BLOOMBERG FALTERS FOR THE CONTEST TO QUICKLY TURN INTO EFFECTIVELY SANDERS VERSUS BIDEN AND A RACE TO THE FINISH LINE. [Cheers and Applause]>>Ian: AND, PAUL, WE MENTIONED OFF THE TOP THAT PETE BUTTIGIEG HAS NOW LEFT THE RACE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WONDERING HOW THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THINGS?>>Reporter: IT’S SURE GOING TO HELP JOE BIDEN. SETTING ASIDE BLOOMBERG, YOU’RE LOOKING AT A TWO-PERSON RACE, SANDERS AND BIDEN. IT’S A SAFE BET THAT MOST BUTTIGIEG PEOPLE WILL MOVE OVER TO BIDEN, GIVEN THAT THEY’RE BOTH SO-CALLED MODERATE CANDIDATES AND BECAUSE BIDEN DID SO WELL LAST NIGHT. BUTTIGIEG HIMSELF HAS SAID THAT SANDERS IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD. ALL OF THIS HELPS BIDEN ON TUESDAY. IT WILL PROBABLY WIN HIM SOME EXTRA DELEGATES IT WILL PROBABLY GET HIM CLOSER THAN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN TO SANDERS COME WEDNESDAY MORNING. LET’S NOT FORGET THAT SANDERS IS STILL THE FRONT-RUNNER. THE GOAL FOR BIDEN THIS WEEK IS SIMPLY TO STAY WITHIN REACH OF HIM. AND THE END OF BUTTIGIEG MEANS THAT THERE’S ONE LESS SIGNIFICANT CANDIDATE SPLITTING THE VOTE FOR MODERATES. IF YOU’RE A BIDEN PERSON, THIS IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT. IAN.>>Ian: THANK YOU.>>>ISRAELIS HEAD TO THE POLLS TOMORROW, THE THIRD TIME IN LESS THAN A YEAR AND IT’S WIDELY SEEN AS A REFERENDUM ON BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. DESPITE FACING A TRIAL SOON ON CORRUPTION CHARGES, THE COUNTRY’S LONGEST SERVING PRIME MINISTER HAS PRESENTED HIMSELF AS A GLOBAL STATESMAN, ONE WHO IS UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO LEAD THE COUNTRY THROUGH ITS MANY CHALLENGES. AND DONALD TRUMP’S CONTROVERSIAL MIDDLE EAST PLAN HAS GIVEN NETANYAHU A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO SHORE UP RIGHT-WING SUPPORT. MARGARET EVANS IS IN THE JORDAN VALLEY AND EXPLAINS WHY.>>Reporter: THE JORDAN VALLEY, A FERTILE PLAIN SO AWASH WITH BIG FARMS THAT THE SWAYING PRAWNS OF THE TREES THEY SPROUT FROM LOOK LIKE A SEA OF GREEN. IT’S PART OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPIED WEST BANK, CAPTURED IN 1967 AND CONSIDERED VITAL FOR ISRAEL’S SECURITY BY ITS LEADERS EVER SINCE. ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU HAS MADE ITS ANNEXATION ALONG WITH WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS HIS MAIN CAMPAIGN PLEDGE, EMBOLDENED BY DONALD TRUMP’S PEACE PLAN.>>MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR DEAL OF THE CENTURY IS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A CENTURY.>>Reporter: FOR ISRAELI SETTLERS, YAKIA ELBA AND HIS WIFE, LESLIE, IT IS MOST WELCOME WELCOME.>>THIS PLACE IS GIVEN TO US BY THE RIGHT OF OUR BIBLE AND BY THE RIGHT OF OUR RELIGION AND BY THE RIGHT OF THE HOLOCAUST EVEN.>>Reporter: AN ESTIMATED 8,000 ISRAELI SETTLERS LIVE IN THE JORDAN VALLEY. AS DO MORE THAN 50,000 PALESTINIANS, STILL DREAMING OF THEIR OWN STATE. HE SAYS THAT THERE’S NO NEED FOR ANNEXATION.>>ALREADY THEY’RE CONTROLLING JORDAN VALLEY, CONTROLLING THE ROADS, CONTROLLING THE MAIN SOURCES, THEIR LIVES.>>Reporter: BENJAMIN NETANYAHU CLEARLY HOPES THAT DONALD TRUMP’S SO-CALLED DEAL OF THE CENTURY WOULD GIVE HIM A BOOST AHEAD OF THE ELECTION. ANALYSTS WILL TELL YOU IT HASN’T.>>IT’S NOT A BIG ISSUE. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE OPINION POLLS MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT THIS PLAN IS NOT REALLY GOING TO WORK.>>Reporter: EVEN YACIK ELBA SAYS THAT THE PROMISE OF ANNEXATION WON’T INFLUENCE HIS VOTE.>>THEY WANT TO BE ELECTED. AND WHEN THEY WANT TO BE ELECTED, THEY WILL PROMISE YOU ANYTHING.>>Reporter: THERE MIGHT NOT BE PEACE IN THE VALLEY, BUT THERE IS A RARE CALM OF SORTS. AND SOME WORRY THAT EVEN TALK OF A CHANGE IN THE STATUS QUO WILL DISTURB IT. MARGARET EVANS, CBC NEWS, IN THE JORDAN VALLEY.>>Ian: AND LATER IN THE PROGRAMME WE’LL HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT SECURITY IS ANOTHER BIG ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN. AND THEY HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT STAKE. MARGARET HAS THAT STORY FROM THE GAZA BORDER IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES.>>>NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER UKRAINIAN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT 752 WAS SHOT DOWN OVER IRAN, THE WORK AND THE DEVASTATION FOR THE FAMILIES LEFT GRIEVING CONTINUES. THERE ARE QUESTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHY WAS THAT PLANE ALLOWED TO TAKE OFF AT ALL IN WHAT HAD BECOME A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT? AS ASHLEY BURKE EXPLAINS, MONEY MAY BE PART OF THE ANSWER.>>Reporter: THEY’VE TRAVELLED FROM IRAN TO PACK UP WHAT’S LEFT OF THEIR DAUGHTER’S LIFE. HER TORONTO APARTMENT FULL OF MEMORIES, HER BELONGINGS AND HER MUSIC. (*)>>IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SHE DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE.>>IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SHE DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE.>>I MISS HER SO MUCH.>>Reporter: SHE WAS A MASTER’S STUDENT AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY. SHE AND HER HUSBAND DIED WHEN IRAN SHOT DOWN FLIGHT 752. HER FAMILY STILL HAUNTED BY WHY PLANES WERE ALLOWED TO FLY IN IRAN JUST HOURS AFTER IT FIRED MISSILES AT U.S. BASES IN IRAQ.>>WE ASK OURSELVES TIME AND TIME WHY.>>Reporter: AN IRANIAN AVIATION EXPERT SAYS THAT CLOSING DOWN THE AIR SPACE WOULD HAVE COST IRAN.>>IT’S BECAUSE OF THE MONEY, MONEY IS IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT.>>Reporter: WITH THE RISE OF ISIS IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, IRANIAN AIR SPACE HAD PROVIDED A CRITICAL SAFE PASSAGE FOR AIRLINES TO TRAVEL BETWEEN EUROPE AND ASIA. TO USE IT, IRAN TRAVELS A HIGHER FEE THAN OTHER COUNTRIES, OFTEN $1,000 PER CANADIAN PER FLIGHT. WITH MORE THAN 800 FLIGHTS A DAY THAT’S POTENTIALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DAILY INCOME. ABOUT $140 MILLION BETWEEN MARCH 2018 AND 2019. AFTER THE SHOOT DOWN OF A MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT IN 2014, UKRAINIAN-CANADIAN MICHAEL BOCIURKIW WAS PART OF A SPECIAL GROUP THAT MONITORED THE INVESTIGATION. HE SIDE THAT COUNTRIES ARE OFTEN RELUCTANT TO CLOSE DOWN AIRPORTS FOR ECONOMIC REASONS.>>THEY ARE VERY DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN CURRENCY AND FOREIGN INCOME WHICH OVERFLIGHT FEES GIVE THEM. SO IT VERY WELL, YOU KNOW, WAS PROBABLY FACTORED INTO THAT DECISION.>>THIS IS DISGUSTING.>>Reporter: THE BORGHEIS HOPE THAT IT ISN’T TRUE.>>HUMAN LIFE. IT’S BEYOND ALL OF THAT.>>Reporter: AIRLINES ALSO NEED TO HAVE RISK ASSESSMENTS AND REROUTE PLANES IF IT’S NOT SAFE TO FLY. THIS WEEK CANADA’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER IS MEETING WITH THE AIRLINE IN UKRAINE TO TRY TO SPEED UP GETTING COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS’ FAMILIES. AND IN A SEPARATE MEETING TALKING ABOUT GOING AFTER IRAN FOR COMPENSATION TOO. ASHLEY BURKE, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Ian: SOME OTHER STORIES THAT WE’RE WATCHING TONIGHT. A SECOND DAY OF CLASHES AT THE GREEK BORDER AS HUNDREDS OF SYRIAN MIGRANTS TRIED TO FORCE THEIR WAY THROUGH FROM TURKEY. GREEK SOLDIERS FIRED TEAR GAS AT THOUSANDS WAITING TO CROSS OVER FROM TURKEY AS COUNTRIES RENEGED ON AN AGREEMENT WITH THE E.U. TO STOP THE MOVEMENT OF MIGRANTS AND TENS OF THOUSANDS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN REFUGE IN GREECE SINCE 2015.>>WE’RE GOING TO DELIVER. IT’S ABOUT ACTIONS. THE AGREEMENT SET OUT THE CONDITIONS AND SET OUT THE SPACE, BUT, NO, THIS DEAL DOESN’T DEPEND UPON TRUSTING ANYONE.>>Ian: THAT DEAL THAT MIKE POMPEO IS TALKING ABOUT, THE AGREEMENT SIGNED YESTERDAY WITH THE TALIBAN, ALMOST HIT A SNAG. AFGHANISTAN’S PRESIDENT SAYS HE WON’T RELEASE THOUSANDS OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS FROM AFGHAN PRISONS, A CONDITION OF THE DEAL.>>>AND 13 CANADIANS WORKING FOR AN ALBERTA-BASED MEDICAL AID AGENCY ARE HELD IN ETHIOPIA. THEY’RE ACCUSED OF PRACTISING MEDICINE WITHOUT PERMISSION AND GIVING OUT EXPIRED MEDICATION. THE AGENCY “CANADIAN HUMANITARIAN” DENIES THAT, AND INSISTING THAT THE DETAINEES HAD PERMISSION AND WERE PROVIDING QUALITY HEALTH CARE.>>>AS GOVERNMENTS ACROSS CANADA WRESTLE WITH YOUTH VAPING, ONE PROVINCE HAS NOW MADE IT HARDER FOR KIDS TO GET THEIR HANDS ON PRODUCTS. THE MINIMUM AGE TO BUY VAPING PRODUCTS IN P.E.I. HAS JUMPED FROM 19 TO 21. EFFECTIVE TODAY. AND AS KAYLA HOUNSELL EXPLAINS, FURTHER RESTRICTIONS COULD FOLLOW.>>Reporter: THIS HOCKEY TEAM WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR P.E.I.’S NEW SMOKING AND VAPING LEGISLATION. THE ASSISTANT COACH ALSO AN M.L.A. WAS ALARMED WHEN HE REALISED THAT EVEN YOUNG ATHLETES ARE VAPING.>>THEY DON’T WAIT UNTIL THEY GET OUTSIDE. YOU KNOW, THEY’RE DOING IT IN THE RINKS AND DOING IT IN CLASSROOMS.>>Reporter: YOU HAVE SEEN THAT?>>OH, YEAH, YEP.>>Reporter: THE LATEST STATISTICS SUGGEST THAT APPROXIMATELY 34% OF CANADIAN TEENS HAVE TRIED VAPING.>>PEOPLE VIEW IT AS BETTER THAN SMOKING.>>I THINK THAT IS A START. WE’RE REALLY JUST DOING IT TO BE COOL BECAUSE I GUESS THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY DOES. AND THEN BEFORE THEY KNOW IT THEY END UP ADDICTED TO NICOTINE.>>Reporter: THAT’S WHY CORY DEAGLE INTRODUCED A PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL TO INCREASE THE LEGAL SMOKING AND VAPING AGE TO 21. IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED BY ALL POLITICAL PARTIES, BUT NOT EVERYONE IS CONVINCED THAT IT WILL REDUCE TEEN VAPING.>>PEOPLE WILL STILL GET IT SO IT’S NOT REALLY GOING TO DO ANYTHING.>>IT’S GOING TO BE HARDER FOR ME TO FIND — IF I’M 17 TO GO TO FIND SOMEONE WHO IS 21 TO GO TO PURCHASE SOMETHING FOR ME ILLEGALLY. TAKING THE LEGAL PURCHASER OUT OF THE SETTING AND IT WILL BE MORE DIFFICULT.>>Reporter: THE NEW LEGISLATION RESTRICTS WHERE IT CAN BE SOLD. FROM NOW ON THEY HAVE TO BE SOLD IN A PLACE LIKE THIS — A SHOP, AN AGE-RESTRICTED LOCATION WHERE AT LEAST 50% OF THE PRODUCT IS RELATED TO TOBACCO OR ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES. IT GETS THE PRODUCTS OUT OF CONVENIENCE STORES.>>WE FEEL THAT YOU SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GO BUY A SLUSHY AND AN ADDICTIVE e-CIGARETTE PRODUCT IN THE SAME PURCHASE.>>Reporter: THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY APPLAUDS THE LEGISLATION WHICH ALSO PAVES THE WAY FOR P.E.I. TO RESTRICT VAPING FLAVOURS SUCH AS CANDY AND FRUIT.>>THE MORE THAT WE CAN DELAY EXPERIMENTATION WITH THESE PRODUCTS — THIS IS WHAT IS DEMONSTRATED WITH TOBACCO AND TRANSLATES TO e-CIGARETTES THE MORE LIKELY YOU WILL BE TO NEVER FORM A LIFE LONG ADDICTION.>>Reporter: NOW THE GOAL IS FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TO TAKE A CUE FROM HIS PLAYBOOK AND FOLLOW SUIT. KAYLA HOUNSELL, CBC NEWS, CORNWALL, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.>>Ian: MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF CANCER DRUGS ARE BEING THROWN OUT.>>WHAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS THAT WASTAGE IS ACTUALLY A REAL COST.>>Ian: NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” OUR “GO PUBLIC” TEAM INVESTIGATES WHAT IS BEHIND THE WASTE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT IT.>>>PLUS, REBUILDING AFTER A DISASTER.>>IT’S TO KEEP GOING. IF I STOP THEN I THINK THAT IT’S EVEN HARDER.>>Ian: SIX MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE DORIAN HIT THE BAHAMAS WE’RE ON THE GROUND TO SEE HOW CANADIANS ARE HELPING.>>>AND A “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” PERK.>>THIS IS THE BEST GIG IN THE WORLD.>>Ian: MOST OF US PROBABLY WOULDN’T BUY A LITRE OF MILK IF WE ONLY PLANNED TO DRINK A SMALL GLASS, SO WHY ARE CANADIAN HOSPITALS BUYING LARGER AMOUNTS OF CANCER DRUGS THAN THEY NEED AND TRASHING WHAT THEY CAN’T USE? AS “GO PUBLIC’S” ROSA MARCHITELLI EXPLAINS, IT’S COSTING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.>>THIS IS THE MEDICATION THAT I ENDED UP HAVING TO GET FROM THE PHARMACY.>>Reporter: MEDICATION THAT COST ALMOSTS $8,000 PER VIAL.>>I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, WOW, AM I EVER GLAD THAT I’M A CANADIAN. AM I EVER GLAD THAT I DON’T HAVE TO PUT OUT OF POCKET FOR THIS.>>Reporter: THE PRICE WAS SURPRISING ENOUGH, UNTIL DEB HEBERT HAD THE DRUG INJECTED BY A NURSE, AND REALISED THAT HER DOSE WAS ONLY THREE-QUARTERS OF WHAT WAS IN THE VIAL AND THE REST WAS THROWN OUT AND A NEW VIAL OPENED THE NEXT DAY. AND THE REMAINDER OF THAT ONE THROWN OUT TOO. HEBERT IS ON LEAVE FROM HER JOB WITH FINANCE FROM CBC WHILE SHE BATTLES NON-HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. THIS RESEARCHER SAYS THAT MILLIONS OF CANCER DRUGS ARE BEING WASTED BECAUSE DRUGMAKERS ONLY DISTRIBUTE THE MEDICATIONS IN ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL VIALS THAT HOLD TOO MUCH FOR PATIENTS. LEFTOVERS ARE OFTEN TOSSED OVER CONCERNS ABOUT SHARING VIALS AND A SHORT SHELF LIFE.>>WHAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS THAT WASTAGE IS ACTUALLY A REAL COST THAT IS BORNE BY PROBABLY THE PROVINCES OR THE HOSPITALS OR ULTIMATELY THE TAXPAYERS.>>Reporter: HE WORKED ON A STUDY THAT LOOKED AT 12 HIGH-PRICED INJECTABLE CANCER DRUGS. IT FOUND $ WORTH OF MEDICATION IS BEING WASTED OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD. ONE SOLUTION, SAYS THIS DRUG POLICY RESEARCHER, IS TO HAVE 102 MILLION DRUG MAKERS TO PRODUCE DIFFERENT VIAL SIZES TO REDUCE WASTE. THE U.K. DID THAT FOUR YEARS AGO AND IS NOW SAVING MILLIONS A YEAR IN DRUG COSTS.>>IT’S APPALLING AND WE HAVE DEMANDS ON OUR HEALTH CARE DOLLARS FOR DRUGS AND DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS AND SO ON. TO SEE THIS KIND OF WASTE.>>Reporter: SHE SAYS THAT THE GROUP THAT NEGOTIATES DRUG PRICES IN CANADA HAS TO MAKE DIFFERENT VIAL SIZES PART OF A DEAL WHEN CHOOSING WHICH DRUGS TO BUY. BUT THE PAN-CANADIAN PHARMACEUTICAL ALLIANCE WON’T SAY IF IT DOES THAT, ONLY THAT NEGOTIATIONS ARE CONFIDENTIAL AT THE REQUEST OF THE MANUFACTURER. ONE COMPANY WHICH MAKES HEBERT’S MEDICATION SAYS THAT IT SELLS THE DRUGS IN ONE VIAL SIZE BECAUSE IT’S A TYPICAL DOSE FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION WHEN YOU TAKE SPILLAGE INTO ACCOUNT. ROSA MARCHITELLI, CBC NEWS, CALGARY.>>Ian: IF YOU HAVE A TIP FOR ROSA AND THE TEAM TO INVESTIGATE, SEND AN EMAIL TO [email protected]>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE DORIAN.>>I WOULD SAY BY SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE IN THE HOUSE AND PROBABLY JUST HAVE A PORTION OF IT.>>Reporter: SO THAT MEANS YOU’D HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A YEAR?>>YES.>>Ian: THE HARD REALITIES IN THE BAHAMAS, SIX MONTHS AFTER THE STORM.>>>PLUS, WE RETURN TO ISRAEL AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S ELECTION FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT A KEY ISSUE ALONG THE COUNTRY’S BORDER.>>RIGHT NOW WE HAVE FEARS THEY COULD BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HURRICANE.>>WE’RE ON THE EYE VIEW OF THE HOUSE THAT I’M IN.>>EVERYONE IS TRYING TO FALL ASLEEP. PLEASE PRAY FOR US.>>Ian: IT WAS SIX MONTHS AGO THAT HURRICANE DORIAN SLAMMED INTO THE BAHAMAS, PUSHING THE OCEAN RIGHT INTO PEOPLE’S HOMES, TEARING APART BUILDINGS, LEAVING VIBRANT COMMUNITIES LOOKING LIKE THIS — DISASTER ZONES. OFFICIALLY 76 PEOPLE DIED, BUT MANY BELIEVE THAT THE TRUE LOSS OF LIFE IS MUCH, MUCH HIGHER. TRYING TO CLEAN UP THAT KIND OF DEVASTATION TAKES A LOT OF HELP AND SOME OF IT IS COMING FROM CANADIANS. DAVID COMMON RECENTLY WENT BACK TO SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS AND FOUND IN THE MIDST OF A VERY DIFFICULT RECOVERY — RESILIENCE. (*)>>THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT OVER THERE.>>Reporter: SIX MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE DORIAN RIPPED THROUGH THIS AREA, BEING OUT ON THE WATER IS LIKE NAVIGATING A MINEFIELD.>>A LOT OF DEBRIS.>>Reporter: PHILIP THOMAS MAKES HIS LIVING ON THESE WATERS JUST OFF GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, BUT HE LOST SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST HIS LIVELIHOOD TO DORIAN.>>THE PROBLEM IS THAT I’M TAKING IT REAL HARD.>>Reporter: AS THE STORM SURGE HIT, PHIL’S SON AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN WERE SWEPT AWAY. HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW COULD ONLY WATCH THEM DISAPPEAR.>>THE BOAT CAPSIZED AND THE KIDS WENT ONE WAY AND SHE GOT WASHED TO ONE SIDE LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: IT MUST BE HARD TO KEEP GOING?>>IT’S HARD TO KEEP GOING, BUT IF I STOP THEN I THINK THAT IT’S EVEN HARDER. MY MIND LOOKS AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE.>>Reporter: DESPITE LOSING SO MUCH, PHIL AND HIS COMMUNITY ARE TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD. BUT MACLEANSTOWN, ONCE 200 STRONG, IS DEPENDENT UPON THE SEA. AND THEY’RE GETTING SOME HELP FROM CANADIANS TO REBUILD. BOATS NOW LITTER WHAT WAS ONCE A FRONT YARD, HAULED FROM WHERE THE STORM TOSSED THEM. BROUGHT HERE TO HAVE HOLES MENDED, SOMETIMES NEW FLOORS INSTALLED TOO.>>WE ARE FISHERMEN AND OVER THE YEARS WE LEARNED HOW TO MASTER FIX OUR OWN BOATS.>>Reporter: ALL OVERSEEN BY JOSEPH THOMAS, BORN AND RAISED IN MACLEANSTOWN AND INTENT ON SEEING IT THRIVE ONCE AGAIN.>>THIS COMMUNITY IS 80% FISHERMEN. YOU CAN SEE WHY THIS PROJECT HAS A CERTAIN NEED AND HELP FOR THIS COMMUNITY. 80% OF THE MEN IN THIS COMMUNITY, THAT’S WHERE THEY MAKE A LIVING TO FEED THEIR FAMILY OFF THESE BOATS.>>Reporter: AS MUCH AS JOSEPH AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER BAHAMIANS ARE THE ONES DOING THE WORK IT WOULD ARE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT CANADIAN MONEY. THE CHARITY GLOBAL MEDIC PAYING THESE WORKERS TO FIX THEIR COMMUNITY’S BOATS.>>IT MAY NOT BE AS FANCY AS THE START, BUT I GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL BE STRONG. BECAUSE WE’LL PUT OUR HEART AND SOUL INTO IT, BECAUSE WE’RE LOCAL AND FIXING THEIR OWN BOATS.>>Reporter: AND IT’S NOT JUST BOATS. WITH WATER COVERING 80% OF THIS ISLAND FOR DAYS, HOMES WERE LEFT WITHIN AN ENDURING DANGER.>>MOLD IS A LINGERING THREAT AND YOU MIGHT NOT SEE IT RIGHT AWAY, BUT IT GETS INTO YOUR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND CASCADING HEALTH PROBLEMS.>>Reporter: LIKE THE EFFECTS OF THE STORM LIVE ON?>>EXACTLY. IT’S ALMOST THE SECOND OR THIRD DISASTER.>>Reporter: HE LEADS THE GLOBAL MEDIC TEAM HERE WHICH TRAINS AND NOW EMPLOYS BAHAMIANS. A TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT WITH THE CLEANUP OF THE DESTRUCTION AND PUTTING MONEY AND SKILL BACK INTO THE BAHAMAS. EACH DAY THEY CLEAR OUT THE DAMAGE FROM UP TO A DOZEN HOUSES. READY THEM FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF THEIR OWNERS.>>INSIDE WE HAD ABOUT 36-INCHES OF WATER THAT SETTLED.>>Reporter: PEOPLE LIKE DANIA WILLIAMS, WHO HAS BEEN LIVING WITH RELATIVES SINCE THE STORM HIT. SHE’S GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP, SAYS SHE COULDN’T HAVE AFFORDED TO DO IT ON HER OWN. BUT SHE KNOWS THAT IT’S A LONG ROAD AHEAD.>>I WOULD SAY THAT BY SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE IN THE HOUSE AND PROBABLY JUST HAVE A PORTION OF IT.>>Reporter: SO THAT MEANS THAT YOU’LL HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A YEAR?>>YEAH, YEAH. (*) 45.>>Reporter: WHILE SOME MAY BE SLOWLY GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET, IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY A SHORT BOAT RIDE AWAY ON THE ISLAND OF GREAT ABACO. ABACO ISN’T AS MUCH OF A TOURIST DESTINATION AND MUCH LESS ATTENTION HAS BEEN PAID TO ITS MUCH GREATER DAMAGE.>>HEY, BROTHER, O.J. OKAY, HOW WAS CHURCH TODAY?>>Reporter: WHEN YOU SEE THIS NOW, THIS ROOF GOING BACK ON A HOUSE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>THIS IS PROGRESS.>>Reporter: THIS IS A FIXTURE HERE. AFTER THE STORM MANY PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO LEAVE FOR OTHER ISLANDS, EVEN AS FAR AS THE U.S. IN SHORT, PEOPLE WENT ANYWHERE BUT HERE. OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD TO FLEE THEIR HOMES, ARE MOST OF THEM BACK OR HALF OF THEM BACK?>>NOT EVEN A QUARTER. THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO COME TO. THEIR HOMES HAVE BEEN EITHER DESTROYED OR COMPROMISED THAT THEY CAN’T RETURN.>>Reporter: WALK THE STREETS HERE AND YOU QUICKLY UNDERSTAND WHY. BUSINESSES WERE WIPED OUT, TAKING JOBS WITH THEM. AND FOR SOME, REBUILDING IS SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE. HOME INSURANCE HERE IS TOO EXPENSIVE. IT CAN BE A THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH OR MORE.>>PEOPLE ARE HURTING –>>Reporter: SO WHEN THE STORM HIT MOST PEOPLE HAD NO COVERAGE.>>I’M 60 YEARS OLD. I CAN’T GO TO A BANK AND FOR FINANCING ANYMORE. THIS IS BEYOND JUST THE LOSS OF A HOME. MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO WAY TO RECOVER. THERE’S NO WAY TO RECOVER.>>Reporter: AMONG THE WORST OFF ARE THOSE WHO STARTED WITH ALMOST NOTHING. IN THIS MAKESHIFT CAMP, HAITIANS WHO FLED ONE DISASTER IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY HAVE NOW BEEN DISPLACED TO THESE TENTS BY A NEW DISASTER. BISHOP SILVER BELIEVES THAT THE TRUE LOSS OF LIFE WILL NEVER BE KNOWN.>>WE BELIEVE THAT THERE WERE AT LEAST A THOUSAND PEOPLE THAT WE CAN’T ACCOUNT FOR. THE NUMBERS AREN’T THERE BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS ONLY GOING BY WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO FIND AS FAR AS RECOVER. BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THE NUMBERS HAVE SURPASSED THAT IN A HUGE WAY.>>COME ON IN.>>Reporter: WITH SUCH LOSS, ALL BISHOP SILVER CAN OFFER IS COMFORT.>>WHEN DO WE WANT TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTS? WE’LL DO IT RIGHT FROM HERE.>>Reporter: HE NOW LIVES IN THIS DONATED TRAILER AND STILL RUNS A RADIO STATION, A BEACON FOR THOSE LEFT ON ABACO.>>GOOD SUNDAY AFTERNOON, ABACO. THIS IS RADIO ABACO 93.5 F.M. I HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON.>>Reporter: BACK ON GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND IN FREEPORT, THE CRUISE SHIPS ARE BACK. THE BEACHES ARE NOT EXACTLY BUSTLING BUT TOURISM IS SOILY RETURNING. THE ECONOMY TIED TO IT, AND THE JOBS RELIANT ON IT. AND PHIL IS READY. HIS BOAT AT LONG LAST REPAIRED BY THE CANADIAN-FUNDED TEAM AND RENAMED AFTER HIS SON.>>OH, MAN, I AM ELATED. I AM ELATED. WHAT CAN I EXPRESS. (*) [Applause]>>Reporter: A FEW DAYS LATER PHIL TAKES SOME OF THE GLOBAL MEDIC CREW OUT FOR A TEST RIDE AND HE HAS HIS FIRST CLIENT ALREADY LINED UP FOR A SPORT FISHING TRIP.>>WOO-HOO!>>Reporter: YOU CANNOT ERASE WHAT HAPPENED, BUT FOR PHIL AND FOR THE BAHAMAS, THERE CAN STILL BE HOPE.>>Ian: SO, DAVID, THIS IS A PART OF THE WORLD THAT GETS BATTERED BY HURRICANES AND PEOPLE HAVE TO BRACE THEMSELVES?>>Reporter: HURRICANE SEASON ABOUT FIVE MONTHS AWAY, IAN. AND A FAIRLY GOOD CHANCE THAT THE BAHAMAS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE IN THE EYE OF THE STORM. THIS IS A COUNTRY WHERE MANY PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A ROOF OVER THEIR HOME OR DON’T HAVE A HOME AT ALL. WHERE THERE ARE BUILDINGS, THERE IS NOW AN URGENCY TO GETTING THEM FIXED UP. AND THERE’S ACTUALLY A CANADIAN WOMAN NAMED MARY KNOWLES WHO WE RAN INTO. SHE’S ORIGINALLY FROM P.E.I. AND LIVES IN THE BAHAMAS NOW AND SHE’S ACTUALLY DOING QUITE A BIT OF WORK TRYING TO DO MOLD REMEDIATION IN PEOPLE’S HOMES AND TRYING TO GET THEM BACK IN BEFORE THE FALL.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN’T HAVE INSURANCE BECAUSE WE’VE HAD A POOR ECONOMY FOR A FEW YEARS BECAUSE SINCE 2004 WE JUST HAD HURRICANE AFTER HURRICANE AFTER HURRICANE. AND SO THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO AFFORD THE MOLD REMEDIATION.>>Reporter: YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT AFFORD, IAN, SO MANY PEOPLE LOOK AT THE BAHAMAS AND SAY, WELL, THAT’S WHERE BILLIONAIRES HANG OUT. BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT BAHAMIANS ARE WEALTHY AND THERE’S A LIMITED CAPACITY TO DO THE LEVEL OF CLEANUP THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THAT COUNTRY.>>Ian: AND TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEXT STORY.>>Reporter: RIGHT, SO, IAN, WE WANTED TO LOOK PARTICULARLY AT STUDENTS. SO MANY STUDENTS ARE NOT IN THE SCHOOL THEY HAD BEEN PRIOR TO THE HURRICANE. MANY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN OBLIBERATED. THERE’S ONE SCHOOL ON GREAT ABACO ISLAND THAT WE VISITED IN PART BECAUSE THEY’RE TRYING TO FIX IT UP, TRYING TO GET STUDENTS BACK IN BY THE FALL. AND WE ALSO WENT THERE BECAUSE A CANADIAN WOMAN WHO DIED IN DORIAN HAD BEEN A TEACHER AT THIS SCHOOL. WE WANTED TO CHECK IN AND SEE HOW THINGS ARE GOING IN PART BECAUSE SOME OF THOSE STUDENTS ARE ACTUALLY TAKING CLASSES NOW JUST IN TEACHER’S HOMES. TAKE A LOOK.>>THERE YOU GO. WRITE YOUR ALPHABET FOR ME AND PRACTISE WRITING YOUR LETTERS AND THERE’S YOUR A, B, C AND D. WE’RE NOT IN SCHOOL NOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THE STORM DORIAN CAME THROUGH AND IT JUST CREATED HAVOC ON OUR FACILITY. WHAT IS TODAY’S DATE?>>Reporter: IT’S NOT JUST THE SCHOOL THAT THESE CHILDREN HAVE LOST, ONE OF THEIR TEACHERS, A CANADIAN, ALSO DIED. ALICIA LOWLEY WAS FROM LaSALLE, ONTARIO, JUST OUTSIDE OF WINDSOR.>>SHE WAS JUST A JOY TO BE AROUND. SHE REALLY KNEW WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO. AND WE’RE GOING TO DEFINITELY CONTINUE DOING THAT IN HER HONOUR.>>Ian: I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THAT THIS WEEK ON “THE NATIONAL.” THANK YOU, DAVID.>>Reporter: THANK YOU, IAN.>>Ian: WHEN WE COME BACK, WHAT TOMORROW’S ISRAELI ELECTION MEANS FOR THOSE LIVING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE GAZA BORDER.>>NETANYAHU UNDERSTANDS THAT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU MUST BUILD YOUR SECURITY.>>Ian: HOW SECURITY IS PLAYING INTO THEIR VOTE. THAT’S NEXT. (*>>I’M JOSH BLOCK SITTING IN FOR JAYME POISSON. TOMORROW ON CBC’S DAILY NEWS PODCAST “FRONTBURNER,” BERNIE SANDERS FACES A CRUCIAL SUPER TUESDAY TEST IN THE RACE TO BECOME THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT. SUBSCRIBE WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS.>>Ian: IN ISRAEL THIS WAS THE LAST DAY OF CAMPAIGNING. THE ELECTION IS TOMORROW. FOR THE THIRD TIME IN LESS THAN A YEAR PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU IS SEEKING A MANDATE. DESPITE FACING A TRIAL IN TWO WEEKS ON CORRUPTION CHARGES. DIVISIONS RUN DEEP IN ISRAEL, ESPECIALLY OVER NETANYAHU’S HARDLINE APPROACH TO POLITICS. SECURITY ALONG THE BORDER WITH GAZA IS A BIG CAMPAIGN ISSUE. MARGARET EVANS NOW ON HOW PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALONG THAT BORDER SEE IT.>>Reporter: IN THE ISRAELI CITY, REFLECTIONS AT ELECTION TIME TEND TO COALESCE AROUND SECURITY. JUST A KILOMETRE FROM THE GAZA STRIP, THE TOWN IS A REGULAR TARGET FOR PALESTINIAN MILITANT GROUPS THERE ENGAGED IN CONFLICT WITH ISRAEL. AIR RAID SIRENS WERE SOUNDING HERE JUST LAST WEEK WHEN A SURGE IN CROSS-BORDER VIOLENCE SENT DOZENS OF ROCKETS FIRED BY THE ISLAMIC JIHAD OVER A 48-HOUR PERIOD. ISRAEL RESPONDED WITH AIRSTRIKES.>>ROCKET IS NOT CHOCOLATE. ROCKET IS SOMEONE SENDING IT TO YOU JUST TO KILL YOU.>>Reporter: THE MAYOR BELIEVES THAT THE ONLY LEADER CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH IT IS THE MAN ALREADY IN THE JOB FOR A DECADE NOW, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. JAVIDI SAYS THAT OFFERING CONCESSIONS TO PALESTINIAN LEADERS IS NOT THE ANSWER.>>IT’S NOT WAR. NETANYAHU UNDERSTANDS THAT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE, YOU MUST BUILD YOUR SECURITY.>>Reporter: IN THE COUNTRYSIDE ON A KIBBUTZ THERE LIVES A VERY DIFFERENT VIEW.>>EVERYTHING IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE.>>Reporter: GAVRI HAS LIVED THERE FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS NOW.>>WE CAN SEE THEM AND THEY CAN SEE US. AND FOR A LONG TIME WE CAN ALSO VISIT EACH OTHER. AND WE DID. AND WE DID.>>Reporter: SHE’S ALSO DESPERATE FOR THE ROCKETS TO STOP, BUT SAYS NETANYAHU IS NOT THE MAN TO DO IT.>>WE ARE ARRIVING TO A TIME THAT HE HAS TO FINISH — HE FINISHED HIS CAREER AS A LEADER.>>Reporter: GAVRI WILL BACK FORMER MILITARY CHIEF BENNY GANTZ AND HIS CENTRIST BLUE AND WHITE PARTY, SAYING THAT PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE GAZA BORDER NEED HOPE.>>PEOPLE WITHOUT HOPE, THEY MAKE A LOT OF PROBLEMS TO THEMSELVES AND TO OTHERS.>>Reporter: GAZA IS HOME TO SOME TWO MILLION PALESTINIANS LIVING UNDER AN ISRAELI AND EGYPTIAN BLOCKADE FOR 12 YEARS NOW. LIVES MEASURED OUT IN VARYING DEGREES OF DESPAIR. THE U.N. AGENCY RESPONSIBLE HERE SAYS THAT IT FEEDS HALF OF GAZA.>>THIS IS FERTILE GROUND, INCREASINGLY FERTILE GROUND FOR EXTREMIST GROUPS TO TAKE A HOLD AND TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, YOU WILL GO TO THE FENCE KNOWING THAT YOU MIGHT BE KILLED AND SHOT AT.>>Reporter: ISRAEL IMPOSED THE BLOCKADE AFTER THE MILITANT ISLAMIST GROUP HAMAS TOOK OVER THE STRIP IN 2007. CRITICS CALL IT COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT. FISHERMEN LIKE HASSAN BACK ARE, A FATHER OF 12, ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO VENTURE A FEW KILOMETRES OFFSHORE. THE SMALL FISHING FLEET BARELY ABLE TO STAY AFLOAT ANYWAYS, THEY SAY, BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET REPAIR SUPPLIES THROUGH THE BLOCKADE.>>[Speaking Foreign Language]>>Reporter: “WE COULDN’T CARE CARE LESS IF IT’S NETANYAHU OR SOMEONE ELSE,” SAYS BAKAR. HE DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT IT WILL CHANGE HIS SITUATION IN THE LEAST. THERE’S CERTAINLY FEW SIGNS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CONCRETE AND THE BARBED WIRE THAT THE ISRAELIS WILL SIFT AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL VOTING PATTERNS. THE MAYOR AGREES.>>YOU THINK THAT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE KIBBUTZ WILL CHOOSE NETANYAHU? NEVER.>>Reporter: FOR GAVRI, THAT’S ABOUT ENGAGING AGAIN WITH THE PALESTINIANS.>>I DON’T KNOW IN ANY KIND OF SITUATION THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS YOU DO WITH YOURSELF. THIS IS PROBABLY WHY IT’S PROBLEMATIC.>>Reporter: SO TOO THOUGH IS A COUNTRY SO DIVIDED THAT IT’S NOW ON ITS THIRD TRY IN LESS THAN A YEAR AT ELECTING A GOVERNMENT. MARGARET EVANS, CBC NEWS, ALONG THE ISRAELI-GAZA BORDER.>>Ian: WHEN WE COME BACK, A VERY CANADIAN MOMENT ON “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.”>>THANK YOU FOR THIS FOR TORONTO. WE TAKE THAT AS A POLITE AND SUBTLE APOLOGY, WHICH IS THE CANADIAN>>Ian: WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK HERE AT STAND-UP COMEDIAN JOHN MULANEY, HE’S BEEN THE KING OF THE NO-SHOWS LATELY. IN FACT HE’S STILL TRYING TO DO A GIG THAT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR LAST SEPTEMBER. IT’S ALREADY BEEN POSTPONED TWICE WHEN HE ANNOUNCED THAT YESTERDAY’S SHOW WOULD ALSO BE CANCELLED. SO WHAT REASON COULD POSSIBLY BE GOOD ENOUGH? HOW ABOUT BEING ASKED TO HOST “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”? OUR “MOMENT” TONIGHT IS HIS MOMENT OF APOLOGY TO HIS FANS IN TORONTO AND THEIR KIND OF CANADIAN REACTION.>>THANK YOU, DAVID BYRNES AND FRED ARMISTON AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HERE, THIS IS THE BEST GIG OF THE YEAR. HAPPY LEAP YEAR. GOODNIGHT, EVERYONE. (*)>>JOHN REALLY THINKS THAT JUST WEARING A SHIRT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT CANADA EXISTS IS ENOUGH TO GET US TO FORGIVE HIM FOR ALL OF THESE CANCELLATIONS — HE’S RIGHT.>>MR. MU LAINEY, WE JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SHOUTOUT TO TORONTO, WE TAKE THAT AS A VERY POLITE AND SUBTLE APOLOGY WHICH IS THE CANADIAN WAY.>>YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND. PHANTOM OF LABARDIA EVERYONE A? WHY DON’T YOU TELL THIS FINE YOUNG MAN HOW HE’LL FEEL AFTER HE EATS OUR SUSHI.>>AND, PLEASE, PLEASE COME BACK TO THIS BARREN WASTELAND AND PLEASE GIFT US WITH YOUR COMEDY AND PLEASE CAST ME IN THE SECOND SEASON.>>AND WE ABSOLUTELY LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN APRIL. IF A FURTHER DELAY MEANS ANOTHER FULL-LENGTH AS A MUSICAL? WE COULD UNDERSTAND THAT AS WELL. ALL THE BEST, SAFE TRAVELS AND SEE YOU IN A COUPLE MONTHS.>>Ian: SO AS I UNDERSTAND IT, BEFORE THIS CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT BECAUSE OF “SNL” AND BEFORE THAT IT WAS A SNOWSTORM. THEY CAN’T BLAME HIM, HE COULDN’T FLY IN BECAUSE OF THE SNOWSTORM. AND BEFORE THAT NO EXPLANATION FOR THE FIRST CANCELLATION BUT, YOU KNOW, THE CANADIAN THING IS THAT THE CITY AS BIG AND SOPHISTICATED AS TORONTO, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO WEAR THE T-SHIRT WITH THE NAME ON IT ON U.S. TV AND ALL IS FORGIVEN.>>>THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR MARCH FIRST. GOODNIGHT.

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