The National for Tuesday, Dec. 31— Violent Iraq protests and Montreal travel delays

The National for Tuesday, Dec. 31— Violent Iraq protests and Montreal travel delays


[ * ]>>Ian: TONIGHT, A CATASTROPHIC START TO THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA. TRAPPED BY FLAMES ON ROADS AND ON THE BEACH, THOUSANDS FLEE THE DEAD BRUSH FIRES.>>>PROTESTERS ATTACK THE U.S. EMBASSY IN IRAQ.>>>FIRST, A STORM AND NOW A STRIKE LEAVES PASSENGERS IN MONTREAL GROUNDED.>>>FROM UPRISINGS IN THE STREETS TO VICTORY ON THE COURTS.>>COMPLETE EXONERATION.>>Ian: WE LOOK BACK ON THE TOP STORIES OF 2019. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL”. [ * ]>>Ian: THIS IS THE TERRIFYING VIEW FROM INSIDE AN AUSTRALIAN INFERNO. FIREFIGHTERS IN NEW SOUTH WALES HAD TO TAKE SHELTER IN THEIR OWN TRUCK. THE CREW DID MANAGE TO ESCAPE ONCE THE FIRE HAD PASSED. BUT IT’S A GRIM REMINDER THAT THREE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN NEW SOUTH WALES IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. TODAY, THE OVERALL DEATH TOLL ROSE TO 12. AND THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED NEW MEASURES TO FIGHT BACK. MILITARY AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS ARE BEING DEPLOYED TO GIVE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. CANADA AND THE U.S. HAVE BEEN ASKED TO CONTRIBUTE AVIATION RESOURCES. WITH SO MANY FIRES BURNING, AUSTRALIA NEEDS ALL THE HELP IT CAN GET. TANYA FLETCHER BEGINS IN THE HARDEST HIT AREA.>>Reporter: THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF 2020 IN AUSTRALIA. NORMALLY, BLUE SKIES TURNED BLOOD RED.>>REALLY SCARY NOW.>>Reporter: THIS VIDEO TAKEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, THOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. TOURIST HOT SPOTS HAVE TURNED INTO GHOST TOWNS ALL ALONG THE COAST. FAMILIES FORCED TO TAKE REFUGE IN BOATS AND VEHICLES.>>WE CAN’T GET OUT OF THE BAY.>>Reporter: A MOMENT OF RELIEF AT MALLACOOTA WHERE THOUSANDS WERE FORCED TO TAKE SHELTER ON THE BEACH. TODAY, THE WIND CHANGED DIRECTION AND THE FLAMES BYPASSED THE AREA. THE WIND IS A CRITICAL FACTOR. IT’S NOW BLOWING THE SMOKE ALL THE WAY TO NEW ZEALAND. AND IT’S NOT ABOUT TO STOP.>>WE ARE EXPECTING BREEZY CONDITIONS, ALBEIT LOWER TEMPERATURES AND THERE IS REAL POTENTIAL FOR THESE FIRES TO FLARE UP AND SPREAD.>>Reporter: FURTHER NORTH, THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF NEW SOUTH WALES.>>THE WIND JUST PICKED UP AND EMBERS TOOK OFF. AND THAT WAS IT. EVERYTHING WENT.>>Reporter: VOICES ON THE FRONT LINES SUGGEST DESPAIR.>>THE CONDITIONS THEY ARE DRY EVERYWHERE. NOTHING IS THERE.>>Reporter: A FATHER AND SON ARE AMONG THE THREE LATEST CASUALTIES. THEY, LIKE MANY, HAD STAYED BEHIND TO TRY TO PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY. THE AERIAL IMAGES SHOW DEVASTATING DESTRUCTION. AT LEAST A THOUSAND HOMES DESTROYED, BUILDINGS COLLAPSED AND CARS CHARRED TO A CRISP. IT’S ALL IN CONTRAST TO THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IN SYDNEY. THE ICONIC FIREWORKS CONTINUED DESPITE OPPOSITION, BUT THE ROAD AHEAD LOOKS ROUGH AS NEW YEAR BEGINS. TANYA FLETCHER, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Ian: THREE HOURS AFTER SYDNEY’S SPECTACLE HONG KONG RANG IN THE NEW YEAR. THE OFFICIAL VERSION LOOKED LIKE THIS. THE HONG KONG TOURISM BOARD RELEASED THIS WIDE SHOT OF THE HARBOUR COMPLETE WITH MUSIC TRACK. HERE’S WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THOUGH ON THE GROUND.>>FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!>>Ian: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, PROTESTERS MARCHED AND CHANTED AND CHEERED. POLICE USED TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE DEMONSTRATORS, BUT THE LARGE CROWDS MARCHED IN DEFIANCE. 2020 IS GETTING OFF TO A TUMULTUOUS START IN BAGHDAD. PROTESTERS ATTACKED THE U.S. EMBASSY AFTER AIR STRIKES ON THE IRANIAN-BACKED MALITIA. DONALD TRUMP IS ACCUSING TEHRAN OF WHIPPING DEMONSTRATORS INTO A FRENZY.>>Reporter: MAYHEM IN AND AROUND THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST FORTIFIED COMPOUNDS IN THE IRAQI CAPITAL, BUT TODAY, DEMONSTRATORS UNLEASHED THEIR FURY. AND WHILE NONE MADE IT INTO THE MAIN BUILDING, THEY LEFT THEIR MARK. TODAY WE HAVE REVENGED, SAID THIS MAN. WE ENTERED THE EMBASSY AND SET IT ON FIRE. U.S. GUARDS WATCHED ON AND RESPONDED WITH STUN GRENADES AND TEAR GAS. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF ANY AMERICANS HURT, NOR OF ANY PLANS TO EVACUATE. THE RAGE IS OVER THIS. U.S. AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ ON SUNDAY THAT KILLED 25 AND WOUNDED MORE THAN 50 MEMBERS OF A MALITIA GROUP BACKED BY IRAN. SAYS THE U.S., IT WAS A RESPONSE TO A ROCKET ATTACK IT BLAMES ON THE FIGHTERS THAT KILLED AN AMERICAN CONTRACTOR ON AN IRAQI MILITARY BASE. IN BLAMING IRAN FOR ALL OF IT, DONALD TRUMP TODAY TWEETED, IRAN WILL BE HELD FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR LIVES LOST OR DAMAGE INCURRED AT ANY OF OUR FACILITIES. THEY WILL PAY A VERY BIG PRICE. THIS IS NOT A WARNING. IT IS A THREAT. HAPPY NEW YEAR. U.S. MARINES IN NEIGHBORING KUWAIT ARE READYING FOR DEPLOYMENT INTO IRAQ. ALL OF IT PUTTING STRESS ON U.S.-IRAQ RELATIONS AND THREATENING ONCE AGAIN U.S. INFLUENCE IN THE REGION. SOME U.S. LAWMAKERS ARE ALREADY PRESSING FOR MORE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN. FOR ITS PART, IRAN DENIES ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROTEST. TONIGHT, U.S. APACHE HELICOPTERS SENT FLARES INTO THE SKY AS ALL SIDES WONDERED WHERE THIS GOES FROM HERE. PAUL HUNTER, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Ian: HERE IN CANADA, MORE HEADACHES FOR AIR TRAVELERS IN AND OUT OF MONTREAL. JUST A DAY AFTER WEATHER DELAYED OR CANCELLED DOZENS OF FLIGHTS, SOME KEY AIRPORT WORKERS HAVE GONE ON STRIKE. SARAH LEAVITT HAS THE LATEST.>>Reporter: OUTSIDE MONTREAL TRUDEAU AIRPORT THE WORKERS MEANT TO BE REFUELLING THE PLANES ARE ON STRIKE. INSIDE THE AIRPORT, WORRIED TRAVELERS.>>THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE PICKED NEW YEAR’S EVE.>>Reporter: CAROLINE WAS IN FLORIDA ON THE HOLIDAYS, BUT DELAYS MEANT HER STOPOVER LANDED LATE AND FLIGHT HOME DELAYED, ALL BECAUSE OF A BLAST OF WINTER WEATHER.>>OUR PLANS ARE MESSED UP, BECAUSE WE’RE NOT GOING HOME TO OF ST. JOHN’S. WHAT CAN YOU DO?>>Reporter: THE HEAVY SNOW STARTED FALLING IN SOUTHERN QUÉBEC YESTERDAY. THAT CAUSED DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS. NOW 100 EMPLOYEES WORKING FOR SWISSPORT HAVE WALKED OFF THE JOB. ON AVERAGE THEY REFUEL 500 PLANES AT TRUDEAU AND MIRABEL AIRPORTS EVERY DAY. THE LATEST OFFER REJECTED.>>WE’RE TRYING NOT TO DISTURB THE PASSENGERS WHATSOEVER, BUT THE AIRLINES HAD NO CHOICE. THEY KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO COME. THEY COULD HAVE AVERTED THIS BUT DIDN’T.>>Reporter: IN A STATEMENT, SWISSPORT PREPARED A CONTINGENCY PLAN. WE HAVE THE PROPERLY TRAINED REUNDERSTA REUNDERSTASOURCES IN PLACE. WE’RE WORKING TO MINIMIZE ANY DISRUPTIONS TO TRAVELLERS.>>IT’S VERY BAD FOR US.>>Reporter: MARY AND HER HUSBAND ARE TRYING TO HEAD HOME TO TORONTO AFTER BEING IN CANCÚN. THEIR ONE HOUR STOPOVER HAS TURNED INTO 24 HOURS AT THE AIRPORT. THEIR RESCHEDULED FLIGHT TODAY, ALSO IN JEOPARDY.>>OH, MY GOODNESS, I DON’T KNOW. I HOPE NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS. I WANT TO SPEND NEW YEAR’S WITH MY KIDS. THEY’RE HOME IN TORONTO. MY FAMILY. SO IT’S SAD.>>Reporter: A FEELING SHARED BY MANY JUST WANTING TO BE HOME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR THE NEW YEAR. SARAH LEAVITT, CBC NEWS, MONTREAL.>>Ian: MONTREAL IS NOT THE ONLY AREA HIT WITH BAD WEATHER THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE. MUCH OF ATLANTIC CANADA BLANKETED BY WEATHER ADVISORIES. IN VANCOUVER, IT’S RAINFALL WARNINGS IN EFFECT. SO BAD IT WASHED OUT SOME OF THE FIREWORKS SHOWS. FURTHER INLAND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LOST POWER AFTER A HEAVY SNOWFALL.>>>THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING TO BRING THEIR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS TO THE COUNTRY WILL HAVE TO WAIT EVEN LONGER. THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS POSTPONING THE NEXT ROUND OF THE FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAMME. ASHLEY BURKE MET WITH ONE FAMILY WHO FEARS THE DELAY COULD TEAR THEM APART.>>I’LL TAKE THIS.>>Reporter: FOUR GENERATIONS OF THIS FAMILY ARE GETTING READY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR, BUT IT’S HARD TO CELEBRATE.>>I JUST FEEL TOTALLY HELPLESS. AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP MY MOTHER.>>Reporter: HER 87-YEAR-OLD MOTHER HAS BEEN HERE AS A VISITOR SINCE 2018. THEY’VE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE THE MOVE PERMANENT, BUT ARE STUCK IN LIMBO UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT FIXES AND REOPENS THE APPLICATION PROCESS.>>IT’S FRUSTRATION AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT IS IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND ALL THE TIME. I’M AFRAID. I’M AFRAID OF HAVING TO GO BACK BY MYSELF.>>Reporter: SHE DOESN’T HAVE ANY FAMILY LEFT IN THE U.K. HER HUSBAND DIED SUDDENLY TWO YEARS AGO. THAT SAME YEAR, TROY’S HUSBAND ALSO PASSED AWAY. THE TWO NOW RELY ON EACH OTHER AND HUGHES HELPS RAISE HER GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.>>THEY’VE BECOME MY LIFE, BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY TIME I COME ALIVE IS WITH THEM.>>Reporter: THE GOVERNMENT HAS TRIED AGAIN AND AGAIN TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM WHICH ALLOWS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS TO COME TO CANADA. IT TRIED A LOTTERY SYSTEM, BUT WAS CRITICIZED FOR GAMBLING WITH PEOPLES’ LIVES. LAST YEAR, IT MOVED ONLINE BUT THE SYSTEM WAS OVERWHELMED.>>THEY HAVE TOO LITTLE SPACES AND TOO MUCH INTEREST.>>Reporter: LAST YEAR, CANADA ACCEPTED 20,000. THE DEMAND WAS FIVE TIMES HIGHER.>>HAVING A DELAY AND NOT KNOWING WHAT THE PROGRAMME IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE MAKES IT HARDER TO WAIT.>>Reporter: SHE’S WORRIED IF SHE’S FORCED TO GO BACK TO ENGLAND, SHE’LL MISS WATCHING HER GREAT GRANDCHILDREN GROW UP.>>TWO-YEAR-OLD SCREAMING AND GRABS YOU AROUND YOUR KNEES AND TRIES TO CLIMB UP YOU. THAT’S LOVE. THAT’S WHAT I’VE GOT HERE. I HAVEN’T GOT IT ANYWHERE ELSE.>>Reporter: SHE’S UNLIKELY TO GET AN ANSWER ABOUT HER FUTURE BEFORE APRIL. ASHLEY BURKE, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Ian: THE FEDERAL CARBON TAX GOES INTO EFFECT IN ALBERTA TOMORROW AND THE PROVINCE IS VOWING TO FIGHT IT.>>ALBERTANS VOTED IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION TO REPEAL THE CARBON TAX AS WELL AS IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION TO REPEAL THE CARBON TAX. WE’VE HEARD THEM. WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE THAT STEP.>>Ian: THE PROVINCE IS LOCKED IN A COURT BATTLE RIGHT NOW ARGUING THE TAX CONSTITUTES FEDERAL OVERREACH. OTTAWA INSISTS CLIMATE CHANGE IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY THAT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION. MEANTIME, THE PRICE OF GAS IN ALBERTA IS GOING UP. ERIN COLLINS EXPLAINS HOW WE GOT HERE.>>Reporter: IT’S A SIGN OF THE TIMES. LOW GAS PRICES SOON TO BE ON THE RISE AT THIS CALGARY GAS STATION. AN UNWELCOME HOLIDAY GIFT FOR MANY ALBERTANS.>>YOU KNOW THE ECONOMY HAS SLOWED DOWN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, THE BUSINESS IS NOT DOING GREAT. AND THEY INTRODUCE THE TAX. THAT IS MORE COST.>>Reporter: ALBERTA HAS LONG HAD A PRICE ON CARBON. THE PROVINCE BEGAN TAXING IN 2007. RACHEL NOTLEY’S N.D.P. GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED A PRICE FOR EVERYONE ELSE A DECADE LATER. BUT JASON KENNEY AND HIS U.C.P. RODE TO POWER ON A PROMISE TO SCRAP THAT TAX. THE U.C.P. MAINTAINED A PRICE ON CARBON FOR INDUSTRIAL EMITTERS, NOW THE TAX ON CONSUMERS IS SET TO RETURN, TOO. THE LEVY IS $20 PER TONNE, RAMPING UP TO $30 IN APRIL.>>GASOLINE, NATURAL GAS FOR HOME HEATING FOR EXAMPLE. THOSE WILL BECOME MORE EXPENSIVE ON JANUARY 1ST.>>Reporter: THAT MEANS PRICES AT THE PUMP WILL RISE ABOUT A NICKEL PER LITRE, STILL, MORE ALBERTANS WILL COME OUT AHEAD.>>BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF THE REBATE, THE MAJORITY OF FAMILIES WILL SEE CARBON TAX COSTS THAT ARE LESS THAN THE REBATE THAT THEY GET.>>Reporter: BUT WITH MOST OF THE CASH BEING REBATED, THERE IS LITTLE LEFT OVER TO FUND GREEN PROGRAMMES LIKE SUBSIDIES FOR SOLAR PANELS OR EFFICIENT WINDOWS. GRANTS THAT EXCERPTED UNDER THE PROVINCIAL — EXISTED UNDER THE PROVINCIAL PROGRAMME HELPING TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY.>>YOU HAVE STRONG HERE THAT YOU SHOULD REPLICATE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.>>Reporter: BUT IN ALBERTA, CARBON TAXES REMAIN A LIGHTNING ROD. FOR MANY HERE, THERE IS A BELIEF THAT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN’T SUPPORT THE STRUGGLING OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY.>>I’M AN ALBERTAN AT THE MOMENT, I’D LIKE TO SUPPORT THIS, OUR INDUSTRY. AN INDUSTRY THAT SUPPORTS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.>>Reporter: OF COURSE, ALBERTA’S FIGHT AGAINST THE FEDERAL CARBON TAX ISN’T OVER. THE PROVINCE IS STILL CHALLENGING IT IN COURT.>>Ian: ONTARIO TENANTS ARE BRACING FOR A POSSIBLE RENT HIKE IN 2020. THE PROVINCE IS LETTING LANDLORDS INCREASE RENTS BY 2.2%. AS ELLEN MAURO SHOWS US, SOME TENANTS ARE WORRIED.>>Reporter: SHOE STAR AND HER DAUGHTER DO THEIR BEST TO HAVE FUN EVEN AS FINANCIAL STRESS STALKS THEM EVERY DAY.>>WE LEFT ON ABOUT MAYBE 80 BUCKS A WEEK TO LIVE ON FOR THE TWO OF US. WHICH HAS GOT TO COVER DIAPERS, GOT TO COVER FOOD.>>Reporter: AND SOON IT MAY HAVE TO STRETCH EVEN FURTHER. IN 2020, ONTARIO LANDLORDS CAN UP RENTS 2.2%. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT SINCE 2013. IT MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE A LOT, BUT ON AN ALREADY TIGHT FIXED INCOME –>>IT WOULD DEFINITELY BE A CHALLENGE FOR ME. I CAN IMAGINE THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE PRICED OUT OF WHERE THEY’RE LIVING.>>IT’S A ROUGH CRISIS.>>Reporter: THIS ADVOCATE SAYS ALLOWING LANDLORDS TO AUTOMATICALLY INCREASE RENT ISN’T FAIR.>>THEY’RE ABLE TO INCREASE THEIR RENT, WHETHER THEY NEED THE MONEY OR NOT.>>Reporter: BUT LANDLORDS ARGUE THAT 2.2% DOESN’T EVEN COVER THEIR COSTS.>>MY INSURANCE HAS GONE UP 10%. THE INCREASE IN MUNICIPAL WATER CHARGES AND GARBAGE, THAT HAS GONE UP AS WELL AS TAXES. YOU CAN’T KEEP DIGGING INTO YOUR OWN POCKET TO COVER THE COSTS.>>Reporter: THE INCREASE IS CALCULATED USING ONTARIO’S INFLATION RATE. ALREADY DATA SHOWS THAT FIVE OF THE TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE CANADIAN CITIES WHEN IT COMES TO RENT ARE IN THE PROVINCE, WITH TORONTO TOPPING THE LIST. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY PROMISED $1 BILLION TO FIX THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS.>>THE NUMBER ONE THING WE CAN DO AS A GOVERNMENT IS CREATE A BALANCED SYSTEM AND WE’RE GOING TO BE MINDFUL OF THE THINGS THAT WE’VE HEARD FROM BOTH TENANTS AND LANDLORDS.>>Reporter: STAR DOESN’T KNOW YET IF HER RENT WILL GO UP, BUT AT 2.2% RISE FOR HER WOULD BE ABOUT $30 A MONTH.>>YOU KNOW, I CAN SPEND $30 FOR GROCERIES. I DON’T HAVE THAT $30 ANYMORE, SO WHERE IS THAT GOING TO COME FROM?>>Reporter: A DIFFICULT QUESTION AS THE NEW YEAR LOOMS. ELLEN MAURO, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: AND WE’RE BACK IN TWO MINUTES WITH MORE NEWS, INCLUDING A VIA TRAIN DERAILMENT IN SOUTHERN MANITOBA. AND REMEMBER THAT MUCH MOCKED AD. IT’S NOT THE ONLY MARKETING MISSTEP>>Ian: WELCOME BACK. HERE’S SOME OF THE STORIES WE’RE FOLLOWING TONIGHT. CLEANUP IS UNDER WAY IN SOUTHERN MANITOBA AFTER A VIA RAIL PASSENGER TRAIN WENT OFF THE RAILS EARLY THIS MORNING.>>IT WAS SCARY. ALL OF SUDDEN, THERE SEEMED TO BE BRAKES AND STOPPED AND THEN ALL THE POWER WENT OFF AND THE EMERGENCY LIGHTS CAME ON AND EVERYBODY IS SITTING AROUND LOOKING AROUND.>>Ian: SEVEN PASSENGERS AND FIVE CREW MEMBERS WERE ON BOARD. NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT. VIA HASN’T SAID WHAT HAPPENED. THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS INVESTIGATING.>>>UNUSUAL MOMENT IN VATICAN CITY TODAY. POPE FRANCIS PULLING HIMSELF FREE AFTER A WOMAN GRABBED HIS HAND AND YANKED THE POPE TOWARDS HER. POPE FRANCIS IS GREETING CROWDS IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE.>>>THE FORMER HEAD OF MADE A DRAMATIC ESCAPE. HE SAYS HE’S NOW IN LEBANON AND HE SKIPPED BAIL TO AVOID WHAT HE CALLED A RIGGED JAPANESE JUSTICE SYSTEM.>>>THIS IS THE SEASON OF TOP 10 LISTS. THE YEAR’S BEST SONGS, MOVIES AND SO FORTH. NOW GET READY FOR THE WORST. PETER ARMSTRONG LOOKS AT THE WORLD OF MARKETING WHERE GETTING IT WRONG CAN COST A FORTUNE.>>>>Reporter: IN A YEAR OF BLUNDERS THAT PELOTON BIKE AD CLAIMS TOP SPOT. PELOTON’S BOTTOM LINE TOOK A MAJOR HIT.>>Reporter: IT WAS FODDER FOR COMEDIANS TO MOCKED THE AD.>>SIX DAYS IN A ROW. ARE YOU SURPRISED IN I AM, BUT MY MARRIAGE IS STILL INTACT.>>Reporter: PELOTON BIKES SELL FOR $2500 A POP. THE COMPANY SAID OUR HOLIDAY SPOT WAS TO CELEBRATE THE WELLNESS JOURNEY. WE’RE DISAPPOINTED HOW SOME HAVE MISINTERPRETED THE COMMERCIAL. THE STOCK PLUMMETED AFTER THE AD WAS RELEASED. PELOTON LOST ASTOUNDING $1.2 BILLION IN VALUE IN A SINGLE DAY OF TRADING. ELON MUSK AND TESLA BRANCHED OUT ADDING TO THE LINE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES.>>I PRESENT YOU THE CYBER TRUCK.>>Reporter: THE CYBER TRUCK WAS MARKETED AS SOMETHING BIGGER, STRONGER, TOUGHER. SO MUCH SO THAT MUSK HAD SOMEONE THROW A STEEL BALL AT THE WINDOWS TO SHOW THEY CANNOT BREAK.>>YEAH!>>Reporter: THE QUESTION IS LARGELY AROUND HOW THESE GAFFES IMPACT THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT A COMPANY. BUSINESS PROFESSOR MARVIN RYDER SAYS YOU SPEND YEARS BUILDING UP TRUST IN A BRAND OR COMPANY.>>THEN ONE DAY YOU LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THEM THAT SEEMS OUT OF CHARACTER. IT COULD TAKE 20 YEARS TO GET IT BACK.>>Reporter: TESLA AND PELOTON, OF COURSE, ARE NOT ALONE. Facebook ANNOUNCED A DIGITAL CURRENCY. A COMPANY FAMOUS FOR EXPLOITING AND SELLING YOUR DATA NOW WANTS YOU TO TRUST IT WITH YOUR MONEY. TIM HORTONS CAME UNDER FIRE FOR REENGINEERING THE LIDS OF THE COFFEE CUPS. WRECKING A MORNING DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR AN ALREADY FRUSTRATED NATION. KARDASHIAN TOOK ON THE SHAPEWEAR CALLING ITKY. TO NEW BEGINNINGS.>>Reporter: WITHIN TWO DAYS, THEY HAD FOUND AND HIRED THE PELOTON ACTRESS, WROTE AND SHOT A SPOOF OF THE AD, AND PIGGY BACKED ALL OF THE OUTRAGE TO PILES OF FREE PUBLICITY. PETER ARMSTRONG, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, THE STORIES THAT HAVE CAPTIVATED US HERE THIS YEAR, HERE AT HOME AND ACROSS THE WORLD. ONE OF THE BIGGEST NEWSMAKERS OF 2019 WAS THE SMALLEST. HARRY AND MEGHAN SHARED THIS PICTURE OF THE PRINCE JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND TONIGHT. THE FIRST MAJOR CITY IN CANADA TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR. IN FACT, THIS YEAR’S FIREWORKS GOT STARTED EARLIER THAN USUAL. CITY COUNCIL MOVED THE SHOW TO 8 P.M. LOCAL TIME SO MORE YOUNG FAMILIES COULD TAKE PART. SO WITH A BANG, 2020 BEGINS. THE YEAR THAT PASSED HAD ITS OWN RHYTHM. 2019 WAS A YEAR OF CHANGE. UNEXPECTED TRIUMPH ON THE COURT. UPHEVAL IN THE STREETS. AND UNDER THREAT OF DISASTER, CALLS FOR REVOLUTION. TONIGHT A CHANCE TO LOOK BACK. WE REWIND THE NEWS WORTHY MOMENTS BEAT BY BEAT.>>OH, MY GOD.>>WE HAVE SEEN WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS UNSEEIBLE.>>MY COUNTRY MAKING PROGRESS.>>IT DOESN’T MATTER WE’RE ALL WOMEN, WE’RE NURSES AND PARAMEDICS AND WE’RE HERE TO DO OUR JOB. [ * ] [ * ]>>I EXPERIENCED A CONSISTENT AND SUSTAINED EFFORT BY MANY PEOPLE WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT TO SEEK TO POLITICALLY INTERFERE IN THE EXERCISE OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION.>>I AM SURPRISED AND DISAPPOINTED AND TO BE HONEST DON’T ENTIRELY UNDERSTAND WHY JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD MADE THE DECISION SHE DID.>>JANE PHILPOTT’S RESIGNATION FROM CABINET CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES A GOVERNMENT IN TOTAL CHAOS.>>IN EVERY ELECTION, WE GET TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT CHOICE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE GET TO DECIDE WHAT KIND OF FUTURE WE WANT TO BUILD TOGETHER.>>WHO CAN YOU TRUST TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO GET AHEAD? WE ARE GOING TO BRING A HOPEFUL MESSAGE TO CANADIANS. WHO IS ON YOUR SIDE? WHO IS GOING TO VOTE FOR YOU?>>VOTE GREEN, IT FEELS GOOD!>>WE MUST NOT BUILD THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE. A DRAMATIC NIGHT. A PHOTO OF HIM WEARING BROWNFACE.>>IT WAS A DUMB THING TO DO. I’M DISAPPOINTED IN MYSELF. I’M PISSED OFF AT MYSELF.>>YES OR NO, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS MORALLY EQUIVALENT TO TRADITIONAL.>>I AM PERSONALLY PRO-LIFE.>>YOU SHOULD CUT THE TURBAN OFF AND LOOK LIKE A FILLETCANADIAN.>>I THINK CANADIANS LOOK LIKE ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE. THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF CANADA.>>YOU ARE SENDING OUR LIBERAL TEAM BACK TO WORK.>>WE’LL KEEP HOLDING JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO ACCOUNT.>>THE PRESIDENT HAS REPEATEDLY CLAIMED THAT YOUR REPORT FOUND THERE WAS NO OBSTRUCTION, THAT IT COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY EXONERATED HIM.>>IT WAS A COMPLETE AND TOTAL EXONERATION.>>THAT IS NOT WHAT YOUR REPORT SAID, IS IT?>>CORRECT, THAT IS NOT WHAT THE REPORT SAID.>>WHAT EXACTLY IS AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENCE? WITNESS AFTER WITNESS TOLD THEIR VERSIONS OF THE SAME STORY. THAT TRUMP TRIED TO PRESSURE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY INTO DIGGING UP DIRT ON JOE BIDEN.>>ARTICLE I IS ADOPTED.>>PAUL MANAFORT HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN PRISON.>>DONALD TRUMP’S FORMER LAWYER STARTED HIS JAIL SENTENCE FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES.>>WIKILEAKS, I LOVE WIKILEAKS.>>HE WAS CONVICTED ON SEVEN COUNTS NOW JOINING THE LONG LIST OF AIDES WHO FACED LEGAL CONSEQUENCES.>>IT WAS THE BIGGEST PROTEST HONG KONG HAS SEEN IN DECADES.>>THE PROPOSED LAW WOULD GIVE OFFICIALS IN BEJING THE POWER TO BRING THOSE WANTED IN HONG KONG TO MAINLAND CHINA.>>THIS IS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS.>>YOU FIGHT FOR IT. ON THE STREETS, THE ANXIETY GROWS.>>THE IMAGES FROM INSIDE THE UNIVERSITY APOCALYPTIC. [ * ] GLOBAL GRIEF AND SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT BROUGHT DOWN ETHIOPIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 302. 157 PEOPLE ALL LOST. 18 OF THEM FROM CANADA.>>THEY MUST –>>AROUND THE WORLD, AIRLINES GROUNDED THEIR MAX 8.>>I LOOK AS BOEING A COMPANY THAT FOCUSED ON PROFITS INSTEAD OF HUMAN LIFE.>>A YEAR AGO, POLICE LABELLED BRUCE McARTHUR A SERIAL KILLER. TODAY, THEY WERE IN THE COURTROOM TO HEAR HIM ADMIT IT.>>EIGHT PLEAS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.>>Reporter: THE JUDGE ORDERED BRUCE McARTHUR SERVE HIS SENTENCES CONCURRENTLY. IF STILL ALIVE, HE WILL BE 91 WHEN HE APPLIES FOR PAROLE.>>THE WORST EVER LOVE STORY.>>THE BODIES WERE FOUND ALONG THE ALASKA HIGHWAY.>>FOUR DAYS LATER, ANOTHER BODY WAS FOUND.>>THIS IS A FAST-MOVING INVESTIGATION.>>THE RCMP ARE NOW CONSIDERING KAM McLEOD AND BRYER SCHMEGELSKY AS SUSPECTS.>>THE TEENAGERS TWO OF THE MOST WANTED MEN IN THE COUNTRY. THE MANHUNT CONTINUES.>>TODAY RESULTS.>>RCMP OFFICERS LOCATED TWO MALE BODIES. WE BELIEVE THESE ARE THE BODIES OF THE TWO SUSPECTS. [ * ]>>SHE SAYS SHE ESCAPED HER ABUSIVE FAMILY AFTER RENOUNCING ISLAM AND IF SENT HOME, WOULD BE KILLED.>>I’M NOT LEAVING. I WANT ASYLUM.>>CANADA WAS GLAD THAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACT QUICKLY AND OFFER REFUGE TO A PERSON WHOSE LIFE WAS IN DANGER.>>YOU PEOPLE LOVE, COME HERE, WHATEVER IT IS, YOU LOVE OUR WAY OF LIFE, YOU LOVE OUR HONEY.>>FROM THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF WORLD WAR II.>>FOLLOWING FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH DON CHERRY, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED IT IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR HIM TO IMMEDIATELY STEP DOWN.>>I THINK I SHOULD HAVE USED THE WORD EVERYBODY, INSTEAD OF YOU PEOPLE.>>LATER.>>I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF EVER MEETING THIS LADY.>>WHAT WE NEED TO DO NOW IS HONOUR THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND GET BREXIT DONE. [ * ] TODAY POLICE ARE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HIS MURDER. A DAYTIME STABBING OUTSIDE HIS SCHOOL IN FRONT OF HIS MOTHER.>>MY LIFE FELL APART.>>THIS ENTIRE INCIDENT IS DISTURBING.>>IT WAS OVER IN A MATTER OF MINUTES. JASKIRAT SINGH SIDHU SAID FIVE WORDS, I PLEAD GUILTY, YOUR HONOUR.>>IT’S POWERFUL.>>47 PEOPLE WERE ON WHITE ISLAND WHEN IT ERUPTED. SMALL BOATS RUSHED OVER TO HELP THE SURVIVORS.>>HELICOPTER PILOTS RUSHED BACK TO SAVE DOZENS OF PEOPLE.>>TO GET PEOPLE OFF THE ISLAND, THOSE PILOTS MADE AN INCREDIBLY BRAVE DECISION.>>I FEEL LIKE…>>I CAN TELL YOU NOW, THIS IS AND WILL BE ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S DARKEST DAYS. OUR GUN LAWS WILL CHANGE.>>EVERY SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON USED IN THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON FRIDAY WILL BE BANNED IN THIS COUNTRY.>>GOOD MORNING. LET’S HAVE A LOOK OUTSIDE.>>IT IS THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEM. HOME TO ROUGHLY 3 MILLION SPECIES OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS. AND NOW THE SITE OF 165,000 FIRES.>>IT IS NOT JUST A FOREST BURNING, THIS IS A CEMETERY.>>Reporter: THE AMAZON IS TURNING TO ASHING.>>EVERYONE PRAY FOR US, PLEASE. PLEASE, PRAY FOR US.>>IT’S ALMOST LIKE THE ISLAND HAS BEEN COMPLETELY RECLAIMED BY THE OCEAN.>>UNDER AN UNRELENTING SUN, 43°.>>HEATWAVES WILL BECOME MORE INTENSE. IT IS ABSOLUTELY CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE EXPECT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE.>>WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT RISING WATER. WE NEED TO ALSO MAKE SURE WE DON’T IGNORE THE FACT ABOUT RISING STRESS AND TENSION.>>SHOCKING TO SEE THAT. NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE.>>SOUTH OF QUÉBEC CITY, HUNDREDS OF HOMES ALREADY FLOODED.>>SO DISCOURAGED.>>THE SIREN CALLS IN VENICE TAKING ON A NEW MEANING AS FLOODWATERS REACH THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN 50 YEARS.>>INSANE. THE AMOUNT OF WATER. MOZAMBIQUE HAD IT’S FIRST EVER STATE OF EMERGENCY.>>EVERYBODY NEED A BOAT OR SOMETHING. THIS IS BAD.>>YOU ALL COME TO US YOUNG PEOPLE FOR HOPE. HOW DARE YOU. WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF A MASS EXTINCTION AND ALL YOU CAN TALK ABOUT IS THE MONEY. THE WORLD IS WAKING UP. AND CHANGE IS COMING WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [ * ] [SINGING IN INUKTITUT] [ * ]>>JUST ONE DAY AFTER SURGERY, AND THIS.>>SEE THAT SMILE. [ * ]>>ALL OF A SUDDEN, IT WAS OVER AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU PRACTISE A DAY?>>EVERY DAY.>>EVERY DAY?>>EVERY DAY. [ * ] * YOUR NAME WILL NEVER CHANGE >>ON THE ARRIVAL OF BABY BOY! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THIS LITTLE THING IS SOMETHING.>>I’M SO GRATEFUL TO MY FAMILY.>>FOUND HERSELF ON THE COVER OF “TIME” WHEN THE MAGAZINE NAMED HER ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2019.>>KAWHI, UP TOP, LOOKS AT THE CLOCK. TURNS THE CORNER. FOR THE WIN! YOU GOT IT!>>NBA FINALS.>>REALIZE THIS IS A REALITY.>>CURRY LETS IT FLY. CANADA, THE NBA TITLE IS YOURS!>>ARE YOU READY? HOPEFULLY NOBODY WANTED TO WORK TODAY.>>YOU DESERVE THIS IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. MAKE NOISE FOR THE TEAM. THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD.>>ASTOUNDING BIANCA ANDREESCU!>>SHE HAS SUCH A GREAT DROP-SHOT.>>WOW! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THE FACT THAT SHE IS NOW TRENDING HAS NOT BEEN LOST ON HER.>>IT GIVES ME EVEN MORE MOTIVATION TO DO BETTER. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] BIANCA ANDREESCU!>>I GUESS I HAVE TO START SETTING MY GOALS A BIT HIGHER.>>THE OUTSTANDING ATHLETE OF THE YEAR IN CANADA, THE FIRST TENNIS PLAYER THAT HAS WON THIS AWARD, BIANCA, CONGRATULATIONS, SPECTACULAR.>>Ian: AFTER THE BREAK, THEIR INFLUENCE WAS FELT IN POLITICS, IN THE ARTS AND EVERYDAY LIFE. WE LOOK BACK AT THE LIVES LOST IN 2019. [*]>>TO ME, THE JOKE WAS NEVER THE HIT. I WAS LOOKING FOR THE ABSURDITY IN THE WHOLE THING.>>YOU WANT TO BE EXCESS — SUCCESS IN ANYTHING, JUST STICK TO IT. [*]>>YEAH, LET’S DO LUNCH. [*] [*] [*] [*] [*]>>IF YOU END UP AT THE END OF LIFE GOING, BOY, I WISH I HAD DONE IT DIFFERENTLY, I THINK THAT IS SILLY. YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT IS AT IN YOUR SPIRIT THE TIME. — WHAT IS IN YOUR SPIRIT AT THE TIME. [*]>>LOOK, BOOKS ARE KNOWLEDGE, BOOKS ARE REFLECTION, BOOKS CHANGE MINDS. ARTWORKS. [*] [*]>>I HAVE A TALENT TO TELL STORIES REGARDLESS OF IF THEY ARE PEOPLE OR COLOUR OR NOT. I WANT TO MAKE MOVIES THAT ARE COOL LIKE A MARVIN GAY RECORD. [*]>>LIKE TEARS.>>WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL. BUT NOBODY REALIZED HOW SUCCESSFUL IT WOULD BE. [*]>>YOU HAVE BEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE. [*] [*] [*]>>I DON’T OVERDO, YOU KNOW, THE WORK ASPECT OF MUSIC WHEN I DO PLAY. MAYBE A COMES OUT SOUNDING A LITTLE MORE LIKE A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT. [*] [*]>>Andrew: CANDLES AND FLOWERS LOSS A SPOT WHERE HE LOST HIS LIFE.>>HE CARED ABOUT US. THAT IS WHAT HE MEANT TO US. [*]>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT OUR CULTURE, PROTECT OUR LANGUAGE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PUT IT IN OUR MUSIC. [*]>>THEY HAVE 10,000 MEN ON THE ROAD AND YOU GET THE IMPRESSION OF A SOLID LINE.>>IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO SPEND ONE’S LIFE WATCHING THE WORLD UNFOLD.>>IT BECAME SORT OF FLAT ON ME, YOU KNOW, PHOTOGRAPHY. I THINK FILMS GAVE ME — AT LEAST TO COMBINE SOUND OVER THE IMAGE. IT FORCED ME TO THINK HARD DAY. [*] — IT FORCED ME TO THINK HARDER. [*]>>I SPEAK FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHOSE LIVELIHOOD REMAINS ON KREISLER REMAINING IN BUSINESS. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.>>I FEEL VERY MUCH THAT THE METHOD OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO VOICE IN OUR LAND. [*]>>WE HAVE ALL, IN OUR CULTURE, TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT DEATH WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT WE ALSO AVOID IT WHEN WE CAN. THAT IS THE GIFT PART. WE ARE ALL — WE ALL ARE GOING TO DIE, RIGHT? DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE DO.>>WHEN CRYSTAL CLIMBED INTO THE DONATION BEEN, SHE DID IT TO HELP OTHERS. SHE WOULD OFTEN PULL CLOSE OUT AND HAND THEM OUT ON THE STREET. IN THE END IT KILLED HER.>>MY DAUGHTER WAS LOVING AND CARING AND SHE CARED FOR OTHER PEOPLE. IT IS AMAZING. AND SHE WAS STRONG. A VERY STRONG GIRL.>>FOR OVER 30 YEARS, SHE WAS — HE WAS KNOWN AS MR. BIKE MAN. HE YOU DONATE DOZENS OF NEW BICYCLES ANNUALLY. HE WOULD DO IT ANONYMOUSLY. HE ONLY STOOD 5-FOOT THREE, BUT HE IS BEING REMEMBERED AS A TOWER OF STRENGTH, AS A RADIO SIGNAL OR, HE COOLLY MANNED HIS’ SHELLS RAINED DOWN. HE SENT RETREAT ORDERS DUKE TWO CANADIAN UNITS, SAVING MANY LIVES.>>I LOVE MY COUNTRY.>>Andrew: AS FAR AS THE YEAR IN POLITICS GOES, 2019 HAS BEEN FULL. THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES HAD A VOTE THAT SEND AN RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN TO THE LEGISLATURE. HANNAH THIBODEAU SPOKE TO THEIR PREMIER, RIGHT NOW CANADA’S ONLY FEMALE PREMIER.>>Reporter: AT THE END OF A LONG LINE OF DARK SUITS AND TIES SITS THE LOAN WOMEN.>>IT’S GREAT TO SEE A STRONG WOMAN AT THE PREMIERE’S TABLE.>>Reporter: CAROLINE COCHRANE BECAME THE PREMIER OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES IN OCTOBER>>IT HAS BEEN A VERY LONG TIME BEFORE THEY HAVE HAD AN INDIGENT — INDIGENOUS WOMEN AT THE TABLE IT WAS IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE WHEN TOPICS CAME UP ABOUT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. I WAS THERE TO HAVE A VOICE AND TO PUT FORWARD MY OPINIONS ON TOPICS THAT WERE MAYBE CONTROVERSIAL.>>Reporter: COCHRANE IS MÉTIS AND A SOCIAL WORKER FOR 20 YEARS SHE SAYS THAT EXPERIENCE TAUGHT HER HOW TO APPROACH SITUATIONS LIKE THIS.>>I WAS KIND OF A BURN THE BROUGHT, HOLD A PICKET SIGN, MARCH DOWN, WERE RALL ROB RALL. THEN I LEARNED QUICKLY IS ALL THAT DID WAS BUILD UP WALLS.>>Reporter: SIX YEARS AGO, THE PICTURE WAS MUCH DIFFERENT. NEARLY HALF WERE WOMEN UNTIL LAST APRIL WHEN ALBERTA PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY WAS TURFED, LEAVING CANADA WITH NO FEMALE PREMIERS.>>KATHLEEN WYNNE.>>Reporter: ONE THING — FORMER PREMIER FROM THAT GROUP OF SIX HEADER OFFICIAL PORTRAIT ADDED TO THE ONTARIO LEGISLATURE. IT TOOK OVER 150 YEARS FOR A FEMALE TO JOIN THE MEN ON THOSE WALLS.>>IT CAN’T BE BALANCED WHEN THERE IS ONE WOMAN AND 12 MEN. I THINK THE ISSUES THAT ARE DISCUSSED, WE KNOW FROM RESEARCH THAT THE ISSUES THAT ARE DISCUSSED AT A TABLE, A DECISION-MAKING TABLE, ARE DIFFERENT WHEN THERE IS A CRITICAL MASS OF WOMEN.>>Reporter: SOME HOPE THIS DOESN’T BECOME A LASTING TREND.>>I THINK IT CAME OUT OF A SHIFT IN POLITICS AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL IN CONTRADICTION TO A PROGRESSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT HISTORY DOESN’T EVOLVE IN A STRAIGHTFORWARD WAY.>>Reporter: EVEN WITH MORE WOMEN PARTICIPATING, SO FAR NO LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY HAS EVER ACHIEVED GENDER PARITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN, AND NO FEMALE PREMIER HAS EVER BEEN REELECTED TO FORM GOVERNMENT IN CANADIAN HISTORY.>>Ian: NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” MEMBER THE Y2K FEAR? SOME PEOPLE SPENT THIS NIGHT TWO>>Ian: 20 YEARS AGO TONIGHT, THE WHOLE WORLD WAS ON EDGE OVER Y2K. A SOFTWARE GLITCH THAT MANY FEARED WOULD WREAK HAVOC. STATIONED AT A REMOTE TRANSMIT SITE, THE BIGGEST NEW YEAR’S EVE MOMENT IS OUR “MOMENT”.>>I’M NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW I GREW THE SHORT STRAW. I WAS PROBABLY JUST THE LUCKIEST WE HAD AT THE TIME. THE TRANSMITTER FOR CBC IN SASKATCHEWAN IS LOCATED IN WATROUS. IN CASE SOMETHING WENT WRONG, WE WOULD NEED TO BE THERE OURSELVES AND THAT’S WHAT I WAS FOR. I THINK WE HAD FROZEN MEALS AND BROUGHT A MICROWAVE, BECAUSE WE KNEW WE’D HAVE ELECTRICITY. WE HAVE A LARGE GENERATOR THERE THAT WOULD SPARK UP THE PLACE IF WE NEEDED. IT WAS A FUN SORT OF ENGAGEMENT TO HAVE FOR THAT EVENING, EVEN THOUGH I WASN’T ABLE TO TOAST WITH EVERYBODY ELSE BACK HOME. WE HAD A LOT OF FUN. AS MIDNIGHT CAME AND WENT, THE LIGHTS STAYED ON AND WE FIGURED EVERYTHING WAS OKAY.>>Ian: HE WAS READY, THOUGH, IF HE HAD TO GO LIVE TO SASKATCHEWAN OR MANITOBA. FORTUNATELY, IT WAS A QUIET PEACEFUL NIGHT. HOPE IT IS AS WELL TONIGHT. THAT’S THE NATIONAL FOR DECEMBER 31ST. GOOD NIGHT. [ * ]

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