The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for November 21, 2021

Parliament returns in the wake of disaster in B.C., Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin shares her own story, Dr. Paul Offit on the value of medical risk and vaccines for kids, and Sharon and Bram look back on four decades of bringing joy to kids.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Coping with disaster: What's at stake for the Prime Minister as parliament returns

Catastrophic flooding in British Columbia, aggressive trade negotiations in Washington D.C. and a long list of promises made during the election are all on the minds of MPs as they return to Ottawa for the 44th session of Parliament. Chattopadhyay checks in with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, Winnipeg Free Press columnist Niigaan Sinclair and the Toronto Star's national columnist Susan Delacourt for their takes on the political parties' priorities as they get back on Parliament Hill on Monday.

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime aide, on staying with a cheating husband and her boss's loss to Trump

You might not know Huma Abedin's name. But you probably know her story – at least part of it. She's been a top aide and the right-hand woman to Hillary Rodham Clinton for 25 years. And she went from behind-the-scenes to front of the tabloids when her husband Anthony Weiner was repeatedly caught sharing lewd photos – a scandal that eventually landed him in prison, ended their marriage, and played a part in Clinton's election loss to Donald Trump. Abedin joins Chattopadhyay to discuss her memoir Both/And, which details her life growing up as a Muslim American in Saudi Arabia, her life in public service and how she's learned to process personal and political setbacks.

Decision to approve COVID-19 vaccine for kids 'nerve-wracking' says American doctor

Canadian kids aged five to 11 are up next for COVID-19 shots, after Health Canada's decision Friday to approve the Pfizer vaccine for them. Dr. Paul Offit is a member of the vaccine advisory committee that made the same recommendation in the United States earlier this month, a decision he describes as "nerve-wracking," because he knows there's some risk involved for young kids. But, as he writes in his new book, You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation, all medical breakthroughs involve risk... and not getting the shot is not a risk-free choice.

The enduring power of Skinnamarink 

Since the late 1970s, the lyrics of Sharon, Lois and Bram's rendition of "Skinnamarink" have brought so much love and joy to families across the country. Even now, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison continue to entertain kids and grown-ups alike with their captivating music. Chattopadhyay speaks with the legendary children's performers as they release a new album of live performances and reflect on the more than 40 years of cheer and comfort they've brought to families.

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