The National for Dec.1, 2019 — Severe weather, Chornobyl tourism

The National for Dec.1, 2019 — Severe weather, Chornobyl tourism


(*)>>Adrienne: TONIGHT, TREACHEROUS CONDITIONS AS A BLAST OF WINTER SLAMS SOUTHERN ONTARIO.>>>A MASSIVE PILE-UP, DEADLY ACCIDENTS AND THAT STORM IS NOT DONE YET.>>MOURNING THE VICTIMS OF THE LONDON ATTACK AND ONE OF THE MEN WHO FOUGHT BACK SPEAKS OUT.>>>THE PREMIERS PLAN THEIR WISH LIST, BUT CAN THEY ALL GET ON THE SAME PAGE?>>YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING IS STARTING TO WORK AGAIN.>>Adrienne: AND RYAN’S REMARKABLE PROGRESS. HOW THAILAND PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HUMBOLDT BRONCO.>>>THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*)>>>MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO ARE BEING WARNED TO STAY HOME AND OFF THE ROADS BECAUSE OF A WINTER STORM BRINGING A DANGEROUS MIX OF, YOU KNOW IT, ICE, WIND AND SNOW. TONIGHT IT’S TURNED DEADLY. THE STORM LED TO A MASSIVE PILEUP NEAR KINGSTON, SHUTTING DOWN PART OF CANADA’S BUSIEST HIGHWAY. AND IT CAUSED MAJOR DELAYS AT TORONTO’S AIRPORTS. THERE’S SIMILAR SCENES OF CHAOS SOUTH OF THE BORDER. IN THE U.S. TWO SEPARATE WEATHER SYSTEMS, ONE ON EACH SIDE OF THE COUNTRY, LEFT 50 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER SOME KIND OF WINTER STORM ADVISORY, CAUSING SERIOUS TROUBLE FOR TRAVELLERS AT THE END OF THEIR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND. BUT WE BEGIN OUR COVERAGE HERE IN TORONTO TONIGHT WITH SHANNON MARTIN.>>Reporter: THIS STRETCH OF THE 401 BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL AFTER A TERRIFYING 30 TO 40 VEHICLE PILEUP, THE HIGHWAY SNOWPACKED WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. AS MANY AS 30 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL. SO FAR ONE PERSON IS CONFIRMED DEAD.>>WE DON’T KNOW THE EXACT CAUSE AS OF YET. THAT WILL BE PART OF THE INVESTIGATION. WE DO HAVE OUR TRAFFIC POLICE INVESTIGATORS. THEREBY A FEW HERE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME TO DO THE TESTING PART OF OUR RECONSTRUCTION AND THE INVESTIGATION.>>Reporter: THE DAY STARTED DEADLY. A 24-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM ST. CATHARINES WAS KILLED THIS MORNING. THAT’S HER CRUMBLED S.U.V. AFTER COLLIDING WITH A SEMI-TRAILER.>>AS FAST AS WE CLEAR THEM, MORE SEEM TO BE COMING IN. AND THE FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE AND ICE PELLETS, WHATEVER IT IS IS THAT IS COMING DOWN, IS CERTAINLY MAKING IT TREACHEROUS ON THE ROAD.>>Reporter: HOURS OF ON AND OFF FREEZING RAIN, SNOW AND THEN BACK TO RAIN AGAIN TURNED THE ROADS INTO SKATING RINKS. COATED WINDSHIELDS AND WEIGHED DOWN TREE BRANCHES.>>YOU COULD SEE HOW MUCH ICE IS ON THERE. AND THAT IS SERIOUSLY HEAVY. LOOKING AT ABOUT 5 TO 7 MILLIMETRES OF SECRETION ON THIS TREE.>>Reporter: THE WINDS WHIPPED BEYOND 70 km/h.>>IT’S HARSH AND IT HURTS YOUR FACE.>>Reporter: LEAVING THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER. WINTER’S FIRST BIG BLAST IN THESE PARTS PROMPTING A RARE SIGHT AT THE DOWNTOWN AIRPORT, PLANES SITTING PARKED. OVER AT PEARSON INTERNATIONAL, NEARLY 20% OF ALL OF THE DEPARTURES WERE CANCELLED, MANY MORE DELAYED. AND IT’S NOT OVER YET. THE NIGHTMARE MIX OF FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT AND THROUGH TOMORROW.>>LOOKING AT THIS STORM IN THE FORECAST, THERE PROBABLY WILL BE AN ALL HANDS ON DECK EVENT.>>Reporter: AT THE READY, 10,000 TONNES OF SALT AND 1,100 PIECES OF SNOW-CLEARING EQUIPMENT. AND FROM POLICE A REQUEST — SLOW DOWN AND PLAN AHEAD.>>IF YOU’RE SETTING YOUR ALARM, GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME TOMORROW MORNING. YOU MAY NEED IT.>>Reporter: SHANNON MARTIN, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: THAT SAME WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO MAKE ITS WAY EAST TOMORROW AND STICK AROUND INTO WEDNESDAY. SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ALREADY IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF ATLANTIC CANADA. AND PARTS OF THE U.S. ARE DEALING WITH THEIR OWN WEATHER MESS.>>WE WERE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE TOMORROW AT 9:00 a.m., BUT THE STORM IS COMING IN TONIGHT.>>Adrienne: TWO OTHER STORMS LED TO HUNDREDS OF CANCELLED FLIGHTS AND THOUSANDS OF DELAYS ON WHAT IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAYS OF THE YEAR AFTER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK. AND THE BAD WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO STRETCH INTO TUESDAY.>>>TO THE U.K. NOW AND THE AFTERMATH OF FRIDAY’S DEADLY ATTACK. WE KNOW NOW THE NAMES OF BOTH PEOPLE KILLED. THEY WERE YOUNG, PASSIONATE, AND COMMITTED TO JUSTICE. IN FACT, THEY WERE INVOLVED IN A PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO HELP FORMER PRISONERS, INCLUDING THEIR ATTACKER. ANITA BATHE EXPLAINS.>>IT’S NOT FAIR. THIS WORLD HAS CHANGED.>>Reporter: FRIENDS REMEMBER SASKIA JONES AS A DETERMINED CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE WHO WANTED TO JOIN THE POLICE. INSTEAD HER LIFE ENDED VIOLENTLY ON FRIDAY.>>SHE WOULD STILL BE AROUND, WHICH BREAKS MY HEART EVEN MORE, BECAUSE SHE WOULD HAVE STOOD UP FOR HERSELF.>>Reporter: THE ATTACKER, USMAN KHAN, WHO RAN AFTER STABBING HER. AND BRAVE BY-STANDERS CHASED HIM DOWN.>>THEY USED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND CHAIRS AND THEY RIPPED THESE OFF THE WALL IN MOMENT.>>Reporter: AND CAUGHT ON THE GROUND BEFORE THE OFFICERS ARRIVED TO SHOOT HIM DEAD. TOBY WILLIAMSON RUNS THE VENUE WHERE THE ATTACK TOOK PLACE.>>AND TO BE ONE YARD AWAY FROM THAT, TO MAKE EMERGENCY CALLS, TO HIT ALARMS, AND THEN TO SIMPLY FOLLOW TRAINING, PROCEDURE EVACUATION IN A SCENE OF CHAOS, THEY DID ALL RIGHT.>>Reporter: JONES VOLUNTEERED WITH THE PRISON REHABILITATION PROGRAMME “LEARNING TOGETHER,” ALONGSIDE JACK MERRITT WHO WAS ALSO KILLED. THE GROUP HAD GATHERED FOR A CONFERENCE THE DAY OF THE ATTACK.>>I MET JACK ONLY ONCES, BUT I MUST SAY THAT HE IMPRESSED ME. HE REALLY BELIEVED THAT THE WORK THAT “LEARNING TOGETHER” IS DOING IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR SOCIETY.>>Reporter: THEIR ATTACKER WAS AT THAT SAME PROGRAMME, AND HE USED THE PROGRAMME AFTER HE RECEIVED EARLY RELEASE FOR PLOTTING TERRORISM. THAT EARLY RELEASE NOW A KEY ELECTION ISSUE WITH BORIS JOHNSON PROMISING STRONGER SENTENCES FOR TERRORISM.>>I THINK THAT IT’S REPULSIVE, WITH THE INDIVIDUALS AS DANGEROUS AS THIS MAN SHOULD BE ALLOWED OUT AFTER SERVING ONLY EIGHT YEARS.>>Reporter: LABOUR POINTS TO RECENT CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO PUBLIC SERVICES LIKE PROBATION AND POLICING.>>THERE’S CHANCES TO INTERVENE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO GO ON TO COMMIT ABSOLUTELY INEXCUSABLE ACTS.>>Reporter: AS POLITICIANS PLAY THE BLAME GAME, THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS ARE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHY THEY’RE SUFFERING UNIMAGINABLE LOSS. ANITA BATHE, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Adrienne: SO AS YOU SAW IN ANITA’S STORY, BYSTANDERS WHO SOMEHOW BRAVELY CHASED DOWN AND THEN STOPPED THE ATTACKER, ARE BEING CALLED HEROES. THEIR COURAGE WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA. WIELDING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND A NARWHAL TUSK, THESE THREE MEN CHASED KHAN DOWN THE LONDON BRIDGE. OTHERS JOINED IN TO HELP. ONE OF THEM, THOMAS GRAY, TRIED TO DISARM THE ATTACKER. HE SPOKE WITH BBC RADIO ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. HERE HE IS FOR THE RECORD…>>JUST KIND OF HELD HIM THERE AND DID WHAT WE COULD UNTIL THE POLICE ARRIVED. MY ATTENTION WAS BROUGHT BACK TO THE SUSPECT AND I SAW THAT HE HAD A KNIFE IN EITHER HAND. SO I DECIDED TO JUST KIND OF STAMP ON HIS LEFT WRIST AS HARD AS I COULD TO TRY TO FREE ONE OF THE KNIVES OFF OF IT. IT APPEARED TO BE TAPED TO HIS HAND REALLY. I SAW THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER LAYING OUT ON THE FLOOR AND IT WAS IN BETWEEN A COUPLE PEOPLE’S LEGS. I DIDN’T WANT ANYONE TO FALL OR HURT THEMSELVES ON IT, SO I PULLED THAT OUT OF THE WAY. AND I REALISED WHAT WAS GOING ON AND I’M LIKE I CAN’T RUN AWAY NOW, I’VE GOT TO STICK IT OUT AND HELP OUT AS BEST I CAN. THE ONLY THING THAT WE HEARD FROM THE SUSPECT WAS “GET OFF OF ME.” THAT’S WHAT WE HEARD. THE SORT OF RESIDING MESSAGE FROM ALL OF THE CHAPS INVOLVED WAS, “IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN.”>>Adrienne: OF THE THREE INJURED, ONE HAS RETURNED HOME AND ONE IS STILL IN HOSPITAL AND IS IN STABLE CONDITION.>>>AN IRISH WOMAN TURNED ISIS BRIDE WAS ARRESTED TODAY WHEN SHE LANDED IN HER HOME COUNTRY. SO YOU CAN SORT OF MAKE OUT THE POLICE ESCORTING LISA SMITH AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER AT THE DUBLIN AIRPORT AFTER THEY WERE DEPORTED BY TURKEY. THE DAUGHTER WAS BORN IN SYRIA WHERE SMITH HAD BEEN HELD WITH OTHER ISIS FAMILIES. IN MARCH SHE TOLD CNN SHE WANTED TO GO HOME, EVEN IF IT MEANT PRISON.>>I KNOW THAT THEY’RE TAKING MY PASSPORT AND STUFF AND I WOULDN’T TRAVEL. BUT PRISON? I DON’T KNOW. I’M ALREADY IN PRISON.>>Adrienne: YOU MAY RECALL AS MANY AS 32 CANADIANS HAVE BEEN HELD IN SYRIAN CAMPS, INCLUDING NINE WOMEN AND 17 CHILDREN. THEIR FATE COULD BECOME A POLITICAL ISSUE HERE IF THEY START BEING SENT HOME. LAST MONTH TURKEY BEGAN RETURNING ALLEGED FOREIGN ISIS FIGHTERS TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES. SO FAR, SAYS TURKEY, IT HASN’T FOUND CANADIANS IN ITS CUSTODY.>>>THE COUNTRY’S PREMIERS ARE GATHERING IN TORONTO TONIGHT. IT’S THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SINCE THE FEDERAL ELECTION AND PLAN ON HOW TO DEAL WITH TRUDEAU’S MINORITY GOVERNMENT. BUT CAN THEY ALL AGREE? DAVID COCHRANE LOOKS AT WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA.>>Reporter: THEY’VE GONE TO COURT AND WAGED POLITICAL WAR WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OVER HIS CLIMATE PLAN. NOW THEY’RE GOING NUCLEAR.>>IMPLEMENTING SMALL MODULAR REACTORS WILL PROVIDE MEANINGFUL ACTION IN REDUCING OUR CARBON EMISSIONS IN ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION.>>Reporter: A THREE-PROVINCE AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP SMALL-SCALE NUCLEAR REACTORS, THE OPENING MOVE IN A WINTER GATHERING OF CANADA’S PREMIERS AT A TIME WHEN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN HARD TO FIND.>>IN LIGHT OF THE DIVISIONS THAT WE SAW ON THE FEDERAL ELECTION EVENING, IS THERE A PLACE FOR PREMIERS TO COME TOGETHER, COME TO A CONSENSUS ON A FEW ITEMS ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS, AND COME TO THAT CONSENSUS TO PROVIDE THAT DIRECTION FOR THE STEPS FORWARD.>>Reporter: JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS BEEN MEETING WITH THE PREMIERS ONE-BY-ONE AND WILL MEET WITH THEM AS A GROUP IN THE NEW YEAR. THE PREMIERS ARE MEETING IN TORONTO TO SORT OUT THEIR GOALS FOR THAT MEETING.>>FOR ONTARIO, IT’S ALWAYS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS.>>I THINK THAT FOR NEW BRUNSWICK, CERTAINLY, THE OUTSTANDING ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE IS THE SOFTWOOD LUMBER AGREEMENT.>>Reporter: EXPECT THAT LIST TO GROW AS MORE PREMIERS ARRIVE.>>OUR FOCUS, FRANKLY, IS ON ISSUES OF IMMEDIATE CONCERN TO ALBERTANS.>>Reporter: JASON KENNEY HAS THE BIGGEST DEMANDS, AT LEAST IN RAW DOLLAR AMOUNTS, WANTING SUPPORT FROM HIS COLLEAGUES AND BILLIONS FROM OTTAWA TO OFFSET THE HIT THAT HIS ECONOMY HAS TAKEN FROM THE OIL SLUMP.>>I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE HOPEFULLY STRONG CONSENSUS. ON THE FISCAL STABILIZATION PROGRAMME, AND EQUALIZATION REBATE AND ON BILL C-69, I WILL LISTEN TO WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT INCREASING HEALTH TRANSFERS, BUT OUR FOCUS, AGAIN, IS ON THOSE OTHER ISSUES.>>Adrienne: DAVID, YOU’RE IN TORONTO OUTSIDE OF THAT SPOT WHERE THE PREMIERS HAD A PRIVATE DINNER IN ADVANCE OF THE TALKS. SO COULD WE CHAT ABOUT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THAT MEETING TOMORROW, ESPECIALLY AROUND HEALTH CARE?>>Reporter: YEAH. ON HEALTH CARE, ADRIENNE, THERE’S A LOT OF COMMON GROUND AT THE PREMIERS TABLES. THEY ALL AGREE ON ONE THING, THAT THEY WANT MORMONY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE ANNUAL RATE OF TRANSFERS FROM THE PROVINCE GROW AT ABOUT 3% A YEAR AND THEY WANT THAT BUMPED UP TO 5.2%. IT’S ONLY A COUPLE PERCENTAGE POINTS BUT IT’S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE PREMIERS WANT IT AND THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER DOESN’T NECESSARILY WANT TO GIVE IT. JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS RESISTED UPUPPING THE CASH THAT HE GIVES TO PROVINCES ON HEALTH CARE. HE SAYS THAT HE WANTS TO FOCUS ON SPECIFIC TARGETED PROGRAMMES THAT EXPAND SERVICE. NUMBER ONE RIGHT NOW IS PHARMACARE, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT THE LIBERALS CAMPAIGNED ON IN THE LAST ELECTION THEY WANT TO DO OR AT LEAST START OVER THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE. SO EXPECT SOME PUSHBACK FROM OTTAWA THERE ON A GENERAL INCREASE, FOCUSING MORE ON PHARMACARE. AND THE PROBLEM, ADRIENNE, THEY ALL AGREE THEY WANT MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT — BUT ONE PREMIER TOLD ME TONIGHT THAT THERE’S NO CONSENSUS AT THEIR TABLE ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT PHARMACARE.>>Adrienne: THANK YOU, DAVID. DAVID COCHRANE WITH THE PREMIERS TONIGHT.>>>A CRUCIAL NEW PHASE BEGINS THIS WEEK IN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS IN WASHINGTON. WITH THE INVESTIGATION BY THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE OVER, THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS NEXT TO CONSIDER FORMAL CHARGE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. BUT AS PAUL HUNTER REPORTS, THIS EVENING DONALD TRUMP IS DIGGING IN.>>Reporter: HAVING LABELLED IT A WITCH HUNT AND A PHONY HOAX, TONIGHT DONALD TRUMP TOOK ON THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AGAIN. WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TELLING DEMOCRATS THAT DESPITE AN INVITATION THAT TRUMP LAWYERS WILL NOT TAKE PART IN NEW HEARINGS SET TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY. THIS AS LAWMAKERS RETURN TO CAPITOL HILL THIS WEEK AND THE ENTIRE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS MOVES TO A NEW STAGE WITH AN EXAMINATION OF WHAT EXACTLY IS AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE. IN PRIOR HEARINGS LAST MONTH, WITNESS AFTER WITNESS TOLD THEIR VERSIONS OF THE SAME BROAD STORY — THAT TRUMP TRIED TO PRESSURE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN DIGGING UP DIRT ON TRUMP RIVAL, JOE BIDEN. SAY DEMOCRATS, AN ABUSE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWERS AIMED AT PERSONAL/POLITICAL GAIN FOR TRUMP. BASED ON WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED SO FAR, SAY SOME –>>I HAVE MADE VERY CLEAR THAT I THINK THIS IS IMPEACHABLE CONDUCT.>>Reporter: IT’S THE UKRAINIAN ASPECT THAT SETS TRUMP APART FROM BOTH RICHARD NIXON AND BILL CLINTON, AND THEIR IMPEACHMENT PROCESSES.>>THIS CONDUCT IS MORE SERIOUS.>>Reporter: DEMOCRAT ZOE LOCHRAN, THE ONLY LAWMAKER WHO WORK THE HEARINGS, UNDERLINES THE CONSTITUTION THAT FORBIDS THE KIND OF THING THAT TRUMP IS SAID TO HAVE DONE.>>WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WAS CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE INTERFERENCE BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM, THAT WAS ONE OF THEIR GRAVEST CONCERNS.>>Reporter: TONIGHT AS LAWMAKERS PREPARE TO MAKE THE CASE, EVEN WITHOUT TRUMP’S LAWYERS ON HAND THAT IT IS INDEED IMPEACHABLE, TRUMP HAS ANOTHER CALL TO MAKE — WHETHER HE HIMSELF WILL TESTIFY IN HIS OWN DEFENCE. A DEADLINE FOR THAT DECISION IS FRIDAY. PAUL HUNTER, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Adrienne: FORMER HUMBOLDT BRONCO RYAN STRASCHNITZKI HAS MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS SINCE THE BUS CRASH THAT LEFT HIM PARTIALLY PARALYZED OVER A YEAR AGO. HE SPENT THE LAST FEW WEEKS IN THAILAND, UNDERGOING EXPERIMENTAL SURGERY THERE. AS CAROLYN DUNN SHOWS US, A LOCAL HOCKEY TEAM FOUND A FITTING WAY TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT.>>Reporter: THEY ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET LITERALLY FOR RYAN STRASCHNITZKI. RYAN WAS INVITED BY AN EX-PAT HOCKEY LEAGUE TO DROP THE GAME PUCK.>>YOU JUST CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS GUY’S COURAGE. I MEAN, WE ALL GET HUNG UP ON OUR LITTLE EVERYDAY PROBLEMS AND TO JUST SEE THE STUFF THAT THIS KID IS GOING THROUGH AND THE WAY THAT HE’S DEALING WITH HIS ADVERSITY, IT’S AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US HERE.>>Reporter: RYAN ARRIVED IN THAILAND TO HAVE AN IMPLANT ABOVE HIS SPINAL CORD INJURY. THE DEVICE IS SENDING ELECTRICAL IMPULSES DOWN RYAN’S NERVE PATHWAYS THAT ARE PRESERVED BUT DORMANT.>>I MEAN, RIGHT AWAY AS SOON AS THE SURGERY WAS DONE AND I WAS ABLE TO DO PHYSIO, THEY STARTED MOVING MY LEGS RIGHT AWAY. AND FROM THERE IT WAS JUST HARD WORK. I NOTICED ANYTHING THAT WAS BELOW MY CHEST THAT WAS PARALYSED BEFORE IS ABLE TO BE CONTROLLED THROUGH THE ELECTRICAL STIMULATOR AND EVERYTHING IS STARTING TO WORK AGAIN.>>Reporter: THIS PROCEDURE IS NOT YET APPROVED IN CANADA FOR SPECIFIC TREATMENT OF SPINAL CORD INJURY, ALTHOUGH IT’S BEEN USED FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR DECADES. THERE’S STILL MUCH RESEARCH TO BE DONE. BUT BARRY MONROE EXPECTS THAT IT WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE.>>WE’RE GOING TO SEE A COMBINATION OF THERAPIES THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES TO GET SOME KIND OF RESTORATION OF FUNCTION. AND THAT WOULD BE A COMBINATION OF EPIDURAL STIMULATION, A COMBINATION OF STEM CELL INJECTIONS, AS WELL AS WHAT THEY CALL ACTIVITY-BASED TRAINING.>>Reporter: WITH JUST A WEEK LEFT IN THEIR TIME IN THAILAND, RYAN’S DAD CONCEDES THAT IT’S BEEN A ROLLER COASTER FOR HIS SON.>>BUT I JUST TELL HIM THAT WHETHER YOU’RE WALKING OR NOT, YOU’LL HAVE UPS AND DOWNS, SO MAKE THE DAY A NEW DAY AND LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND GO THROUGH IT AND FIGHT THROUGH IT AND WORK THROUGH IT.>>Reporter: NEXT WEEK RYAN AND HIS MEDICAL TEAM WILL PUT HIS PARA-HOCKEY SLED ON THE ICE OF THIS VERY RINK. CAROLYN DUNN, CBC NEWS, CALGARY.>>Adrienne: SOME OTHER STORIESA THAT WE’RE WATCHING TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL”…>>>MENG WANZHOU IS MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY OF HER ARREST IN VANCOUVER. THE HUAWEI CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ISSUED A STATEMENT AND SAYING, QUOTE “THE PAST YEAR HAS WITNESSED MOMENTS OF FEAR, PAIN, DISAPPOINTMENT, HELPLESSNESS, TORMENT AND STRUGGLE.” MENG IS AWAITING EXTRADITION TO THE UNITED STATES, WHILE TWO CANADIANS, MICHAEL KOVRIG AND MICHAEL SPAVOR, REMAIN IN CHINESE CUSTODY.>>THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT ABLE TO DETERMINE WHO ACTUALLY FIRED THOSE SHOTS.>>Adrienne: 10 PEOPLE WERE WOUNDED IN THE NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER OVERNIGHT. TWO ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. POLICE DETAINED ONE PERSON BUT IT’S UNCLEAR WHY. THIS WAS A REALLY BUSY WEEKEND IN THE CITY WITH A BAYOU CLASSIC THAT IS A MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME HAPPENING AT THE SUPERDOME.>>>AND IN NORTHERN MEXICO, 21 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER GUN BATTLES THIS WEEKEND BETWEEN SECURITY FORCES AND SUSPECTED MEMBERS OF DRUG CARTELS. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS OF MEXICO CITY PROTESTING CONTINUED VIOLENCE AND ACCUSING PRESIDENT ANDRES MANUAL LOPEZ OBRADOR OF WEAKNESS.>>>WE TOLD THAT YOU THE TOWN OF ASBESTOS, QUÉBEC, IS SHOPPING FOR A NEW NAME. BUT WE HAVEN’T SHOWN YOU HOW THAT IS GOING OVER FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. SURE, ASBESTOS HAS TOXIC ASSOCIATIONS, BUT SIMON NAKONECHNY FOUND LOYALTY CAN BE STRONGER THAN REBRANDING.>>Reporter: THIS GIANT CRATER, NOW DESERTED, ONCE GAVE THIS TOWN LIFE, MONEY AND A NAME. BUT WHAT WAS ONCE BILLED AS A MAGIC MINERAL IS NOW A DIRTY WORD. TOWN COUNCIL IS LOOKING FOR A NEW NAME.>>WHEN YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS COMING FROM ASBESTOS, PEOPLE ARE SAD. AND THEY SOMETIMES SAY, WELL, DO YOU HAVE ASBESTOS ON YOU, DO YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH ASBESTOS?>>Reporter: LOCAL COMPANIES SHY AWAY FROM EVEN USING THE ADDRESS.>>ACTUALLY WE HAVE 10 BUSINESSES IN ASBESTOS, WE HAVE A POSTAL ADDRESS IN DUNNVILLE BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE ASBESTOS ON THEIR BOX.>>Reporter: BUT IT’S NOT AS EASY AS SWAPPING THE SIGN. AROUND TOWN MEMORIES OF THE MINE AND ITS GOOD-PAYING JOBS ARE EVERYWHERE. FOR SOME WHO EARNED THEIR LIVING THERE IT’S A LEGACY TO BE PROUD OF.>>[Speaking French]>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: “PEOPLE WERE PROUD TO WORK IN THE ASBESTOS INDUSTRY,” SAYS THIS LOCAL HISTORIAN, “AND IT’S STILL LIKE THAT.”>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: “YOU KNOW, A TOWN, IT DOESN’T CHANGE EASILY.”>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: AT THE LOCAL ARENA, MANY YOUNGER RESIDENTS SAY THAT A NAME CHANGE IS INEVITABLE, BUT IT WON’T CHANGE WHERE THEY COME FROM.>>NO, I’M FROM ASBESTOS, YEAH.>>IT WILL STAY LIKE THAT. I THINK THAT EVERYONE FROM HERE IS STILL GOING TO NAME THE PLACE ASBESTOS.>>Reporter: THE TOWN WILL TAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR A NAME OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS AND THEN IT WILL SETTLE ON SOMETHING NEW. THE WORD ASBESTOS WILL ALWAYS LOOM LARGE IN THIS COMMUNITY, RATHER IT’S ON THE TOWN SIGN OR NOT. SIMON NAKONECHNY, CBC NEWS, ASBESTOS, QUÉBEC.>>Adrienne: MORE NEWS AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL,” INCLUDING A NEW ART FIXTURE IN VANCOUVER THAT IS SHINING AN UNINTENDED LIGHT ON THE CITY’S PROBLEM WITH HOUSING AFFORDABILITY.>>>AND A YEAR AFTER A BRUTAL CRASH CHANGED HIS LIFE, HE’S PROMISING TO GET BACK ON THE TRACK. AN INTIMATE LOOK AT THE REHAB OF CANADIAN RACER ROBERT WICKENS. WE ARE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS. (*>>Adrienne: PEOPLE IN VANCOUVER MAY BE SO USED TO CRANES IN THEIR CITY SKYLINE, THEY DON’T EVEN NOTICE THEM ANYMORE. BUT THEY CANNOT MISS THIS ONE. THAT IS A CHANDELIER HANGING UNDERNEATH VANCOUVER’S GRANVILLE BRIDGE. IT’S ALL PART OF A NEW PUBLIC ART INSTILLATION COMMISSIONED BY A LUXURY PROPERTY DEVELOPER. WITH A PRICE TAG IN THE MILLIONS, THE REVIEWS, AS TINA LOVGREEN TELLS US, ARE MORE THAN MIXED.>>Reporter: IT DRAWS YOU IN AS IT LAVISHLY SPINS OUT OF CONTROL, SUSPENDED FROM THE UNDERBELLY OF THE GRANVILLE STREET BRIDGE, THE TWISTING CABLE TWIRLS DOWN A CHANDELIER THAT WEIGHS NEARLY THE SAME AS TWO CARS.>>I LOVE IT, TOTALLY LOVE IT. AND I LOVE THE LIGHTING EFFECTS, THE SORT OF PURPLE.>>Reporter: STOPPING PEDESTRIANS DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS AND SPARKING CONVERSATION, IS VANCOUVER’S LATEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION. THE PRICE TAG? $4.8 MILLION.>>IT IS AESTHETICALLY BEAUTIFUL. COULD $5 MILLION BE PUT INTO OUR INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT OUR MOST NEEDED DEMOGRAPHIC? ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: IN A CITY GRAPPLING WITH A HOUSING CRISIS, THE PIECE IS POLARIZING. SOME CALL IT TONE DEAF TO HAVE A SYMBOL OF WEALTH HANGING WHERE HOMELESS PEOPLE ONCE FOUND REFUGE.>>I THINK IT’S GROTESQUE. I DON’T LIKE USING PUBLIC MONEY TO DISPLAY A SYMBOL OF WEALTH AND LUXURY.>>Reporter: THE PIECE WAS FULLY PAID FOR BY THE DEVELOPER, WEST BANK. BUT THE CITY REQUIRES DEVELOPERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO PUBLIC ART. THIS IS JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE VANCOUVER HOUSE BUILT BY WEST BANK. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS CONDOS IN THE CITY. RETAILS FIVE YEARS AGO SOLD FOR OVER $1,000 A SQUARE FOOT.>>THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE DEBATE, DEFINITELY. PUBLIC ART DRAWS ATTENTION, IT DRAWS FOCUS, IT CAUSES STRONG EMOTIONS AND IT CAUSES STRONG CRITIQUES.>>Reporter: THE CITY KNEW THAT THE CHANDELIER WOULD BE CONTROVERSIAL, BUT SAYS THAT MONEY FOR PUBLIC ART IS SEPARATE FROM OTHER REQUIREMENTS THAT A DEVELOPER HAS, LIKE RENTAL HOUSING AND GREEN SPACE.>>SO YOU CAN ALWAYS ARGUE THAT THERE’S A HIGHER PRIORITY, PARTICULARLY FOR AN OPEN-ENDED EXPENDITURE LIKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IN WHICH CASE YOU END UP BEING A CITY WITHOUT ART.>>Reporter: SOME SAY THAT THE PUBLIC ART PIECE HAS DONE EXACTLY WHAT IT’S INTENDED TO DO — SPARK DEBATE. TINA LOVGREEN, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Adrienne: NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” HE WAS A RISING STAR IN CANADA’S RACING WORLD UNTIL ONE CRASH CHANGED HIS LIFE. WE TAKE YOU INSIDE OF ROBERT WICKENS’ INTENSE AND EMOTIONAL RECOVERY. PLUS…>>WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO FORGET. WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO FORGET.>>WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO FORGET. WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO FORGET.>>Adrienne: HOW INTERNATIONAL TOURISM AND A HIT TV SHOW HAS CHANGED THE WAY THAT THE DISASTER OF CHORNOBYL IS BEING REMEMBERED. (*) (*)>>Adrienne: LOOK AT THAT, ROBERT WICKENS HAS COME A LONG WAY IN 15 MONTHS, BUT THERE’S STILL SO MUCH TO GET USED TO FOR HIM. THIS IS WHAT THE CANADIAN INDYCAR DRIVER’S VIEW USED TO LOOK LIKE BACK IN THE SUMMER OF 2018. HE WAS LIVING HIS DREAM ROOKIE SEASON, UNTIL A CRASH LEFT HIM PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN. JAMIE STRASHIN GOT A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE RECOVERY, THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TESTS THAT HE FACES EVERY DAY. AND A SINGLE-MINDED DRIVE TO BOTH WALK AND RACE AGAIN.>>THIS IS THE TRACK THEY CALL THE TRICKY TRIANGLE BECAUSE EACH OF THE THREE TURNS CAN RUIN A RACER’S DAY.>>IT’S A TOUGH TRACK BECAUSE ALL THREE CORNERS ARE VERY DIFFERENT.>>READY TO GO AT POCONO RACEWAYS.>>I WAS REALLY CONFIDENT GOING INTO THE RACE AND I WAS VERY CONFIDENT. I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO DO AT THE START.>>DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES…>>I WAS REALLY HAPPY TO QUALIFY SIXTH. I THINK THAT IT WAS SIXTH.>>WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY, ROBERT WICKENS, HE’LL BE ON THE MOVE.>>I DO REMEMBER GOING AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF ONE CAR. TWO CARS, I DON’T KNOW, IN TURN ONE.>>WICKENS ON THE OUTSIDE MAKING A MOVE.>>AND THEN I REMEMBER HAVING A REALLY GOOD RUN DOWN THE BACK STRAIGHT AND TRYING TO PASS ON THE INSIDE INTO TURN TWO. AND THAT’S ALL I REALLY REMEMBER.>>HERE COMES THE RED MACHINE… CANADA’S ROBERT WICKENS –>>OH, IT’S GOING TO BE TIGHT THROUGH THERE. OH, MY GOSH. OH!>>THAT’S ROBERT WICKENS.>>THAT WAS A VERY SCARY ACCIDENT>>I REALLY THOUGHT THAT . ACCIDENT TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND LOOKED AT THE FOOTAGE AND I ALWAYS THINK WHY COULDN’T I HAVE NOT TRIED TO PASS HIM. BUT I GOT TO WHERE I AM IN MY CAREER BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF DRIVER THAT I WAS. SO I ALWAYS WAS ATTACKING. I WAS NEVER CONTENT WITH WHERE I WAS.>>YOU’LL BE FINE, JUST GO FROM THERE…>>Reporter: ROBERT WICKENS’ BODY WAS PUMMELLED BY THE CRASH. BROKEN BONES FROM HEAD TO TOE. THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES ARE EASIER TO SEE ON A CHART THAN TO LIST OFF IN ORDER. THE BONES HAVE HEALED, HIS BRUISED SPINAL CORD HAS NOT.>>IT’S NOT A BROKEN LEG, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU’RE EIGHT WEEKS IN A CAST AND THEN RIGHT BACK AT IT. YOU KNOW, IT’S THIS THING, LIKE NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE OUTCOME IS. THE FACT THAT PEOPLE TOLD US AT THE BEGINNING THAT I’LL NEVER WALK AGAIN, THEY DON’T KNOW.>>TRYING TO GET THIS LEG, THE QUAD IS REALLY TIGHT.>>Reporter: A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THE ACCIDENT. MOST DAYS YOU CAN FIND HIM AT THIS SUBURBAN INDIANAPOLIS REHAB FACILITY, TRYING TO TEACH PARTS OF HIS BATTERED BODY HOW TO WORK AGAIN. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE RAMPING — LIKE YOU’RE ON THE CURVE UPWARDS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS? LIKE, HOW DO YOU FEEL BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY?>>WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY IT TYPICALLY FOLLOWS WITH A COUPLE BAD DAYS. WHENEVER I DO HAVE THAT GOOD DAY I’M SO EXCITED TO UTILIZE IT THAT I PROBABLY OVERTRAIN. AND I WORK TOO HARD. AND THEN I’M FATIGUED FOR THE SUBSEQUENT LIKE 48 HOURS THAT FOLLOW.>>OKAY.>>Reporter: TAKING IT SLOW JUST ISN’T IN ROBERT WICKENS’ D.N.A. WICKENS HAS ALWAYS GONE FAST. HE STARTED RACING GO-KARTS AS A KID. HIS FAMILY SOLD THEIR HOME AND GUELPH, ONTARIO, SO HE COULD DRIVE IN EUROPE AS A TEENAGER. BACK IN NORTH AMERICA, WICKEN WAS A RISING STAR, DESTINED TO REACH THE SPORT’S HIGHEST LEVELS.>>I WAS RACING THE BEST THAT I’VE EVER RACED PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. AND RIGHT NOW REHAB IS THAT FULL-TIME JOB.>>Reporter: SOME OF THE HARDEST WORK TAKES PLACE ON THIS TREADMILL. WICKENS IS FITTED WITH SPECIAL SHORTS AND SEALED INSIDE. THE SYSTEM CALIBRATES HIS WEIGHT AND AIR BLOWS UPWARDS, FILLING THE SEALED CHAMBER, REDUCING HIS BODY WEIGHT, MAKING IT EASIER TO MOVE HIS LEGS.>>AT THE BEGINNING OF MY WALKING, I WAS ALWAYS LIKE WALKING A TIGHTROPE. MY LEGS JUST WANTED TO GO LIKE OVER TOP OF ONE ANOTHER. AND THAT’S GOTTEN A LOT BETTER LATELY AS WELL. SO I CAN ACTUALLY KIND OF KEEP THEM IN LINE WITH EACH OTHER. BUT YOU CAN SEE, LIKE MY LEFT LEG IS STARTING TO SHAKE NOW.>>Reporter: I CAN SEE THAT YOU’RE USING YOUR UPPER BODY TO MAKE THAT COME THROUGH?>>YEP, WHICH ISN’T IDEAL. I’M AT 20 MINUTES. I’M GOING TO STOP HERE. .2 OF A MILE.>>Reporter: HE WOULD LIKE TO PUSH THINGS FURTHER BUT HIS LEGS HAVE NOTHING LEFT. REHAB CAN BE GRUELING. IT’S HARD ON THE BODY, HARDER ON THE MIND.>>ALMOST AS DIFFICULT AS THIS INJURY IS PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, I THINK THAT IT’S ALMOST WORSE. IT RATTLES MY BRAIN.>>IT’S THAT LEFT QUAD. THAT’S GOOD.>>Reporter: BUT WICKENS ISN’T GOING THROUGH IT ALONE.>>I’M CARLY WICKENS. THAT’S THE FIRST TIME THAT I AM SAYING MY NEW LAST NAME.>>Reporter: THE COUPLE WAS MARRIED JUST THIS FALL. WICKENS PROMISED A FIRST DANCE AND 13 MONTHS AFTER BEING TOLD THAT HE WOULD PROBABLY NOT WALK AGAIN, WICKENS ROSE TO THE OCCASION.>>I THINK THAT WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP, WE HAD ALREADY LIVED TOGETHER FOR FOUR YEARS BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED AND BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. SO WE WERE ALWAYS TOGETHER. SO I THINK THAT WE ALREADY KNEW EACH OTHER SO WELL AND THE ACCIDENT JUST BROUGHT US CLOSER TOGETHER. THERE’S LITERALLY NOTHING HIDDEN ANYMORE, EVERYTHING IS OUT THERE. THERE HE IS.>>WHAT’S GOING ON?>>TALKING ABOUT YOU.>>WHAT YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT?>>TALKING ABOUT YOU DANCING AT THE WEDDING. [laughter] SHOW THEM YOUR ARMS.>>Reporter: THE WICKENS HAVE BEEN VERY PUBLIC ABOUT THEIR LIVES TOGETHER, DOCUMENTING EVERY STEP OF ROBERT’S RECOVERY ON SOCIAL MEDIA.>>SO WE HAVE THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE CAN HELP RAISE AWARENESS AND KIND OF SHOW WHAT A RECOVERY MIGHT LOOK LIKE. AND THAT’S BEEN — IT’S BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE AND IT’S BLOWN ME AWAY.>>Reporter: WICKENS IS BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL. NOT EXACTLY THE BREATHTAKING SPEED AND RISK THAT HE CRAVES, BUT WHAT’S POSSIBLE FOR NOW.>>THERE’S DAYS WHERE CARLY AND I WILL SIT ON THE COUCH AND I’LL JUST TELL HER THAT I’M IN A MOOD RIGHT NOW WHERE I’M REALLY MAD AT THE STATE THAT I’M IN. AND IT’S JUST UNCONTROLLABLE AND I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN FOR.>>Reporter: CARLY IS THE BRIGHT LIGHT ON HIS DARKEST DAYS. A COMMITTED PASSENGER AND NAVIGATOR, WHEREVER THE ROAD TAKES THEM, HOWEVER HARD IT MAY BE.>>WE’RE IN THERAPY EVERY WEEK. WE DO THERAPY TOGETHER, I DO THERAPY ON MY OWN. AND I THINK THAT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ANYBODY GOING THROUGH ANY GRIEVING PROCESS OR SPINAL CORD INJURY, THAT NOT ONLY THE PERSON THAT IS INJURED SHOULD GO THROUGH THERAPY, BUT ALSO THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER.>>Reporter: IT’S ALL UNFOLDING, ONE SMALL STEP AT A TIME. THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THEIR LIVES SLOWLY BEING WRITTEN, FULL OF STOPS AND STARTS AND UNCERTAIN TURNS. COMEBACKS LIKE THE ONE THAT WICKENS IMAGINES CAN’T BE WILLED. EACH INJURY IS UNIQUE AND EACH BODY RESPONDS DIFFERENTLY.>>MY DREAM IS, OBVIOUSLY, TO GET BACK INTO A RACE CAR AGAIN. BUT THERE’S A LOT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. A LOT THAT I STILL NEED TO GET ON TOP OF ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THERE’S A LOT OF UNKNOWNS WITH THIS INJURY STILL. I’M STILL TRYING TO JUST BECOME STABLE IN EVERYDAY LIFE AND STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE THIS LIFE.>>Reporter: WICKENS SAYS THAT THE CRASH IS PART OF THE INHERENT RISK IN RACING, ONE THAT HE ACCEPTS WITH NO REGRETS. (*) IT’S HOW HE’S ALWAYS DONE THINGS, ALWAYS PUSHING, NEVER GIVING UP, ALWAYS TRYING TO GO FASTER. FOR “THE NATIONAL” I’M JAMIE STRASHIN IN INDIANAPOLIS.>>Adrienne: AS YOU JUST SAW, WICKENS HAS GOOD DAYS AND SOME BAD DAYS. LAST WEEK WHAT STARTED OFF AS A FUN DISNEY VACATION ENDED EARLY WHEN HE NOTICED THE HARDWARE IN HIS LEG WAS STARTING TO GET INFECTED. HE SHARED THIS PICTURE AND THE NEWS THAT HE HAD TO UNDERGO YET ANOTHER SURGERY IN INDIANAPOLIS. HE IS NOW BACK AT HOME AND RECOVERING.>>>AND JAMIE STRASHIN HAS MORE FROM HIS INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT WICKENS ONLINE. CHECK OUT HIS STORY AT CBCSPORTS.CA.>>>AND NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” A CHANGE IN REMEMBERING CHORNOBYL. ONCE THE SUBJECT OF A SOVIET COVER-UP, WHY A BLOCKBUSTER HBO SHOW HAS RUSSIANS SHINING A LIGHT ON A DARK PART OF HISTORY.>>>BUT FIRST… (*)>>”IN CASE YOU MISSED IT” IT’S OVER.>>IT FEELS GREAT.>>Adrienne: A LONG BATTLE IN CURLING IS FINALLY DONE.>>I MEAN, REALLY, WHEN YOU DO THE RIGHT THING IT ALWAYS FEELS REALLY GOOD.>>Adrienne: THAT’S THE C.E.O. OF CURLING CANADA AND THAT “RIGHT THING” THAT CATHY HENDERSON REFERS TO IS ESTABLISHING PAY EQUITY IN THE SPORT.>>HERE IT COMES…>>Adrienne: PAYOUTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMBALANCED. THE TOTAL PRIZE MONEY AT THE BRIER, THE MEN’S COMPETITION LAST YEAR WAS $261,000, AT THE SCOTTIES, THE WOMEN’S COMPETITION, IT WAS $149,000. INEQUITY IS ALWAYS AN IRRITANT.>>CURLING HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HIGHLY GENDER EQUITABLE SPORT.>>Adrienne: INITIAL RATIONALS FOR THE DISPARITY WERE ABOUT VIEWERSHIP RATINGS. THE IDEA THAT MEN HAD BETTER NUMBERS. BUT LAST YEAR THE WOMEN BESTED MEN FOR VIEWS DURING THE PLAYOFFS AND THE FINALS. AND IT’S 2019. PAY EQUITY IS A LONG OVERDUE DISCUSSION IN SPORTS RIGHT NOW FROM TENNIS TO SOCCER — ONE DISTINCTION IN CANADIAN CURLING, WHEN WOMEN WIN AT THE SCOTTIES, JEWELLERY IS PART OF THE P (*)>>Adrienne: THE HIT SERIES “CHORNOBYL” HAS ONE THING IN COMMON WITH THE NUCLEAR ACCIDENT THAT INSPIRED IT. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD COULD NOT LOOK AWAY.>>THAT NUCLEAR ACCIDENT IN THE SOVIET UNION IS ALMOST CERTAINLY THE WORST IN HISTORY.>>Adrienne: COLD WAR SECRECY GAVE IT ALL AN AIR OF MYSTERY, A DRIFTING CLOUD OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL MEANT THAT STAKES WERE HIGH AND BORDERS MEANINGLESS.>>I’M WORRIED ABOUT MY CHILD AND I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE CHILD THAT I’M CARRYING.>>Adrienne: 33 YEARS LATER, LINGERING RADIATION DOES NOT KEEP THE TOURISTS AWAY. CHRIS BROWN FOUND THAT EVEN THOUGH SIGNIFICANT DANGERS REMAIN, THAT HBO SHOW HAS SET OFF A WAVE OF CURIOSITY ABOUT CHORNOBYL.>>3, 2, 1… ACTION.>>Reporter: EVERYTHING TO DO WITH CHORNOBYL IS SUDDENLY HOT AGAIN. WE’RE ON A MOVIE SET IN BUDAPEST WHERE A RUSSIAN MOVIE CREW IS PLAYING CATCH-UP WITH THE WILDLY POPULAR HBO “CHORNOBYL” MINI-SERIES. IT’S MAKING A RUSSIAN BLOCKBUSTER VERSION OF THE ACCIDENT AT REACTOR NUMBER FOUR. ITS STAR AND DIRECTOR IS DANILA KOZLOVSKY.>>IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO REMIND WHAT HAPPENED IN 1986. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FORGET. WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO FORGET.>>ROLL CAMERA, ROLL SOUND.>>Reporter: KOZLOVSKY SAYS THAT HIS FOCUS IS ON THE SO-CALLED LIQUID — LIQUIDATORS, THE MEN WHO BRAVED RADIATION TO DRAIN WATER FROM UNDER THE STRICKEN REACTOR AND SAVE EUROPE FROM AN EVEN WORSE RADIOACTIVE CLOUD.>>I BELIEVE THAT OUR FILM IS DONE IN A VERY GOOD WAY. (*)>>Reporter: THE HBO SERIES PALED FOR ITS AUTHENTIC PORTRAYAL OF LIFE IN SOVIET TIMES AND ITS SEARING CRITICISMS OF THE GOVERNMENT COVER-UP HAS SPARKED A CHORNOBYL REVIVAL.>>THE PROBLEM WITH NUCLEAR STUFF…>>Reporter: THE TOUR OPERATORS REPORT A 30% INCREASE IN VISITORS TO THE CHORNOBYL SITE, 90 KILOMETRES NORTH OF UKRAINE’S CAPITAL KYIV. CHORNOBYL SOUVENIRS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE POPULAR. DISASTER TOURISM IS BOOMING. MOST PEOPLE THAT WE TALKED TO HAD SEEN THE HBO SERIES.>>IT SHOOK ME, TO BE QUITE HONEST. AND I SORT OF LOOKED AT IT AND I THOUGHT, I KNOW ABOUT CHORNOBYL BUT I DIDN’T REALLY HAVE A FEEL FOR THE CATASTROPHE AND HOW IT ALL UNFOLDED.>>Reporter: WE VISITED ON A WARM FALL DAY RECENTLY. THERE’S A 600-SQUARE-KILOMETRE EXCLUSION ZONE WHERE THE RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT WAS THE MOST INTENSE. ACCESS IS RESTRICTED, BUT SURPRISINGLY, WE LEARNED THAT IT’S FAR FROM EMPTY. IN FACT, IN THE TOWN OF CHORNOBYL ITSELF, 12 KILOMETRES FROM GROUND ZERO, WE MET A WOMAN WHO LIVED HERE WHEN THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED AND SHE IS STILL HERE TODAY.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: HER NAME IS MARIA, BUT BABUSHKA MARIA TO HER FRIENDS. SHE WAS A CLEANING LADY AT THE CHORNOBYL REACTOR>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: I HAVE BEEN LIVING HERE FOR MORE THAN 80 YEARS, SHE TOLD US. IF THE RADIATION HAS NOT KILLED ME YET, I HAVE NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF. SHE’S HAPPY THAT ALL OF THE INTEREST HAS MORE PEOPLE COMING TO HER NEAR EMPTY CITY AND DROPPING BY TO SAY HI. THOUGH NOTABLY NOT HER GRANDKIDS. THE CONTAMINATION IS STILL BAD ENOUGH THAT NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS EVEN ALLOWED TO VISIT. RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES DEGRADE AT DIFFERENT RATES. SO IN SOME PLACES THE RADIATION ISN’T ANY HIGHER THAN NORMAL, BUT IN OTHER SPOTS EXTENDED EXPOSURE COULD BE LETHAL. WITH MEASURING OUR OWN EXPOSURE AND A GEIGER COUNTER TO TEST THE RADIOACTIVITY AROUND US WE ENTERED ONE ABANDONED VILLAGE WITH OUR GUIDE.>>0.26. 2, NOT SO DANGEROUS. BUT ONCE I BRING IT CLOSER TO THE SOIL, 3.18. 6.71. 7.47.>>Reporter: IS IT SAFE TO STAND HERE?>>WELL, IT’S SAFE FOR SOME MINUTES. WE DON’T USUALLY LEAVE THEM HERE. WE DO NOT CONSUME THE PRODUCTS FROM HERE.>>Reporter: IF WE STOOD IN THIS SPOT FOR AN HOUR WE’D GET A DAY’S WORTH OF NATURAL RADIATION. AS FOR THE REACTOR ITSELF, YOU COULD GET PRETTY CLOSE, JUST A FEW DOZEN METRES AWAY. THE DESTROYED UNIT IS HIDDEN UNDER A NEW STAINLESS STEEL DOME. UKRAINE’S GOVERNMENT, WHICH BADLY WANTS MORE FOREIGN TOURISTS, IS PROMISING TO EXPAND TOURISM HERE EVEN MORE, INCLUDING INTO AREAS PREVIOUSLY OFF-LIMITS. IF YOU PUT ON A HAZMAT SUIT AND YOU’RE VERY BRAVE, YOU CAN NOW ACTUALLY GO INSIDE THE OLD CONTROL ROOM OF REACTOR FOUR. BUT RADIATION LEVELS ARE OVER 40,000 TIMES WHAT THEY ARE OUT HERE. WE SAID, NO THANKS. THAT 40,000 FIGURE WAS WIDELY REPORTED AFTER LOCAL MEDIA VISITED THE CONTROL ROOM RECENTLY. BUT UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS INSIST THAT THE NUMBER IS MISLEADING AS THE TOURS BY-PASS THE MOST TOXIC AREAS, AND VISITORS GET ONLY A SMALL MANAGEABLE DOSE OF RADIATION.>>YOU KNOW, THAT TO ME SEEMS LIKE A VERY UNWISE THING TO BE DOING.>>Reporter: CANADIAN SCIENTIST TIMOTHY NOSSEAU SUPPORTS VISITING BUT NOT SUCH EXTREME TOURISM. HE’S BEEN COMING HERE FOR 15 YEARS TO STUDY THE RADIATION IN ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN THE EXCLUSION ZONE.>>WE DID NOT VENTURE INTO THE CONTROL ROOM NUMBER FOUR SIMPLY BECAUSE THE RADIATION LEVELS IN CONTROL ROOM NUMBER ONE WHICH IS HALF A KILOMETRE AWAY ARE ALMOST — OR ALMOST A KILOMETRE AWAY — ARE ALSO ABOVE WHAT WE WOULD NORMALLY WANT TO EXPERIENCE.>>Reporter: THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF EVEN LARGER CROWDS IS ALSO CONCERNING. (*) TAKE THE ABANDONED CITY THAT IS PROBABLY THE MOST FASCINATING PART OF ANY CHORNOBYL VISIT. IT’S JUST THREE KILOMETRES FROM THE REACTOR. TODAY IT’S FROZEN IN TIME. TOURISTS CAN WANDER THROUGH THE FORMER AMUSEMENT PARK TOURISTS CAN WANDER THROUGH THE FORMER AMUSEMENT PARK UNACCOMPANIED, BUT MOSSEAU SAYS THAT THE GROUND REMAINS CONTAMINATED AND WITH LARGE NUMBERS OF VISITORS THE RISK OF DISTURBING BURIED RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES AND SENDING THEM INTO THE AIR AGAIN IS HIGH. (*)>>THAT ASPECT OF TOURISM IN THIS AREA IS SOMETHING THAT I DO NOT SUPPORT AND I THINK THAT IT IS QUITE FOOLHARDY REALLY.>>Reporter: WITH THE INCREASED INTEREST THOUGH, THERE’S ALSO COME RENEWED APPRECIATION FOR THOSE WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO PREVENT THE DISASTER FROM BEING EVEN WORSE. IGOR AND ANDRÉ WERE BOTH HELICOPTER PILOTS. JUST HOURS AFTER THE EXPLOSION THEY WERE ORDERED TO FLY OVER THE BURNING REACTOR AS IT SPEWED OUT RADIATION DUMPING LOADS OF SAND AND BORAN ON THE FIRE.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: THOSE FLIGHTS LIKELY CUT SHORT BOTH OF THEIR CAREERS. ANDRÉ HAD TO STOP FLYING AS HIS INTERNAL ORGANS WERE DAMAGED. RADIATION WAS TO BLAME. IGOR SAYS THAT SEEING THE DISASTER RECREATED SO VIVIDLY ON TV HAS ALLOWED THEM TO EXPERIENCE NEW PRIDE ABOUT THEIR ROLE.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: FANS OF THE CHORNOBYL STORY WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE FALL OF 2020 TO SEE HOW THE RUSSIAN MOVIE PRODUCERS TELL THEIR VERSION OF THE STORY. (*) AND REMARKABLY RUSSIA’S ATOMIC ENERGY CORPORATION IS HELPING FINANCE IT. SUCH IS ITS RENEWED APPEAL THAT EVEN THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INDUSTRY SEES VALUE IN LINKING ITSELF TO THE HEROES OF CHORNOBYL. CHRIS BROWN, CBC NEWS, IN CHORNOBYL, UKRAINE.>>Adrienne: SO INTERESTING.>>>STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”… A MADE FOR THE MOVIES KIND OF MOMENT IS OUR “MOMENT.” ONE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT’S BIG [Cheers and Applause] GAME AHEAD. (*)>>>AND THIS WEEK CBC NEWS IS GOING IN-DEPTH ON VAPING. HOW DID IT GET SO POPULAR? WHAT DID HEALTH CANADA KNOW OF ITS POTENTIAL RISKS? AND WHY IS VAPING HAVING SUCH AN EFFECT ON YOUNG CANADIANS? IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS WILL BE READY TO ANSWER THEM. SEND THEM TO [email protected] (*) NRT>>Adrienne: REID DEMELO LOVES BASKETBALL BUT AS TEAM MANAGER FOR HIS HIGH SCHOOL IN PORT MOODY, B.C., HE USUALLY SPENDS HIS TIME OFF THE COURT. DEMELO HAS DOWN’S SYNDROME, AND HE’S EXTREMELY POPULAR WITH HIS TEAM, SO WHEN THEY WERE BEHIND DURING A GAME THEY ASKED HIM TO PLAY. HE GOT THE BALL AND TOSSED IT FROM THE THREE-POINT LINE. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS OUR “MOMENT.” [Cheers and Applause]>>WE RECENTLY HOSTED OUR ANNUAL KODIAK CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WHICH FEATURES TOP SENIOR BOYS TEAMS IN THE PROVINCE.>>I FEEL AWESOME, GREAT. I WAS ON THE COURT JUST FOR A BIT. I LOVE IT.>>REID IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SUPPORTERS OF THAT TEAM AND HE’S BEEN INVOLVED SUPPORTING THE TEAM. AND IT LED TO THAT MOMENT. WE HAD ABOUT 1,300 KIDS IN THE CROWD, AND THEY WERE CHANTING FOR REID TO COME INTO THE GAME. AND KNOWING HOW SPECIAL THAT WOULD BE FOR HIM. IT WAS QUITE EMOTIONAL TO SEE ALL OF YOUR KIDS TOGETHER, TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE AND TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. AND HE’S VERY POPULAR. AND THEY WERE JUST EXCITED FOR HIM, PERIOD, AND THAT’S WHY THEY MOBBED HIM THE WAY THEY DID.>>FOR ME I FEEL LIKE IT’S HOME, SCHOOL, I LOVE IT BEING HERE. SCHOOL, I LOVE IT BEING HERE.>>Adrienne: GOOD JOB, REID. THERE ARE NBA STARS WHO CAN’T MAKE THAT SHOT. AND SPEAKING OF THOSE STARS, APPARENTLY YOU WANT TO MEET STEPH CURRY, I WAS HOPING THAT IT WOULD BE A RAPTOR BUT STEPH CURRY IS DEFINITELY A STAR. HERE’S HOPING THAT HE ANSWERS THE CALL.>>>THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR

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