The Housewith Chris Hall


The fight by First Nations to save an Arctic refuge from drilling is running out of time

The Gwich'in are once again facing down a threat to their way of life, as outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump makes a last-ditch effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration before he leaves office.

Northern First Nation sees new housing strategy as a way to 'take back sovereignty'

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is looking to tap a $60 million national fund to build affordable, efficient housing for its members.

CBC Radio's The House: The North Rising

The House explores Ottawa’s relationship to Canada’s three territories and their path toward province-like powers. Learn how federal funding could help one First Nation in the Northwest Territories ease a housing shortage. Then, a former Iqaluit mayor discusses Nunavut’s connectivity struggles. Plus, the fight to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the outgoing Trump administration and why it matters to Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Yukon.

CBC Radio's The House special: The North Rising airs Nov. 28

This co-production between The House and CBC North heads to the territories to explore issues facing Canada's North, including the Trump administration's plan to drill in an Arctic wildlife refuge, the territories' struggle for autonomy, the housing crisis in First Nations communities and the region's battle for internet access.

'We're not even at the peak yet': Doctor warns of pandemic burnout as 2nd wave grows

Edmonton's Dr. Neeja Bakshi has a warning from the pandemic's front lines: Things are getting worse and the health-care system is being pushed to its absolute limits.

CBC Radio's The House: Fraying at the front lines

On this week's show: An Edmonton doctor reveals the "emotional fatigue" of working on the hospital front lines and families open up about loved ones in Alberta's hard-hit long-term care homes. Then, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson explains the government’s new bill to set net-zero emissions targets, two activists talk about Canada’s policy on Uighurs and Hong Kong, and constitutional expert Laurence Tribe discusses Donald Trump’s reluctance to concede.

CBC Radio's The House: Second wave rising

On this week’s show: The House takes stock of Canada's patchwork response to the COVID-19 pandemic and considers Australia’s response as cases surge. We catch up with new Green Party leader Annamie Paul. Alberta's representative in Washington talks about working with the incoming Biden administration. And a Canadian special adviser to the World Health Organization speaks about equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines.

As the pandemic's second wave digs in, Winnipeg's homeless shelters brace for a bleak winter

As Manitoba struggles to contain a renewed surge of the COVID-19 pandemic by reimposing restrictions on businesses and public gatherings, those who work with the homeless warn that self-isolation simply isn't an option for everyone.

CBC Radio's The House: The divided states of America

On this week’s show: The House looks back at a long election week in the U.S. and hears from voters and experts about where America is heading next. Then, the CBC’s Salimah Shivji examines what a Biden win would mean for climate change. Plus, the opposition responds to Canada’s new permanent resident targets and two Winnipeg community workers describe the challenges facing vulnerable Canadians in a city where COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Florida takes centre stage in a presidential election like no other

The state of Florida has played an outsized role in U.S. presidential elections for decades. This year, the race in the Sunshine State could be more of a nail-biter than usual.

CBC Radio's The House: The stakes in the Sunshine State

On this week’s show, The House brings you to Florida — a key battleground state heading into Tuesday’s presidential election. Political analyst Susan MacManus, Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, two voting rights activists and voters from across the political spectrum lay out what’s at stake. Then, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland discusses Canada’s economic recovery and Conservative strategist Kory Teneycke highlights a Tory takeaway from Saskatchewan’s election.

Party strategists brace for a long winter of cliffhangers in the Commons

Federal politicians pulled back from the brink of an election this week — but three political strategists say they believe the brinkmanship in the Commons is likely to continue as the Liberals and opposition parties grapple over the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBC Radio's The House: An election averted, for now

On this week’s show: Three strategists debate how a minority Parliament moves forward after Wednesday’s showdown. Then, two Mi'kmaw leaders discuss resolving the ongoing fishery dispute in Nova Scotia and Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan addresses Ottawa’s response. The CBC’s Lorenda Reddekopp also outlines Monday’s byelections in Toronto, and the new head of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation talks about where the Crown corporation could venture next.

Caliphate podcast shifted debate on repatriation: expert

It’s time for a conversation about bringing Canadians back from Syria that's based on facts, says national security expert Leah West.

CBC Radio's The House: A federal focus on Indigenous relations

On this week’s show: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada president Rebecca Kudloo discusses Friday’s federal meeting on discrimination against Indigenous people in Canada’s health-care system. Conservative MP Chris d’Entremont examines the ongoing lobster fishery dispute in southwest Nova Scotia. Plus, a panel of MPs debates the opposition’s bid to continue investigating the WE affair, and the CBC’s Tanya Fletcher breaks down the B.C. election.

House of Commons close to testing new remote voting app

MPs will soon be asked to test a new voting app — part of the House of Commons' efforts to make the current hybrid sitting less cumbersome for the politicians who are not attending in person.

CBC Radio's The House: New restrictions, new challenges

On this week’s show: Brampton mayor Patrick Brown reacts to new pandemic restrictions in parts of Ontario. Then, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand discusses Canada’s approval of new COVID-19 rapid tests and preparations for a vaccine. And House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota explains the challenges of a hybrid Parliament, while EU expert Lutz Guellner issues a warning about COVID-19 disinformation.

Liberals say they rushed relief bill to help Canadians

The federal government says it isn't trying to escape scrutiny by passing a COVID-19 relief bill quickly, but opposition MPs have questioned the rapid process.

CBC Radio's The House: Economic relief for Canadians, Trump's COVID case

This week: The government's major COVID-19 economic relief bill passed the House this week with unanimous support, but the opposition has complained about the rapid process. Also — what Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis means for the U.S. presidential election.

Liberals, NDP reach deal on sick leave, avoiding immediate election

The Liberal government will expand the number of people who can access sick days, clearing the way for New Democrats to support the throne speech and bypass an immediate election, sources tell CBC News.

CBC Radio's The House: Bracing for a second wave

On this week’s show: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh breaks down his deal with the Liberals on paid sick leave, while Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister reacts to the throne speech. Then, as parts of the country experience a second wave of COVID-19, lawyer Kyla Lee shares what it was like to be a younger person with the illness. Plus: three Green leadership candidates outline their plans for the party and two experts debate the merits of nuclear energy.

Chris Hall: There's no path to net-zero without nuclear power, says O'Regan

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan says Canadians have to be open to more nuclear power generation if this country is to meet the carbon emissions reduction targets it agreed to five years ago in Paris.

CBC Radio's The House: Is pharmacare worthy of the throne?

On this week's show: Two federal party leaders have tested positive for COVID-19, but what does that mean for Parliament's imminent return? Then, ahead of Wednesday's throne speech, Dr. Danyaal Raza discusses prioritizing a national pharmacare program. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan also talks potential plans for green jobs and clean energy programs, and two Green leadership candidates spar over the party's trajectory. Finally, a philosophy professor breaks down the spread of disinformation during the pandemic.

Chris Hall: Conservative whip compares online Commons voting to 'swiping right' on Tinder

A senior Conservative MP is comparing a government proposal for online voting in the House of Commons to the dating app Tinder.

CBC Radio's The House: A pandemic Parliament puzzle

On this week’s show: Liberal, Conservative and NDP whips spar over safely resuming Parliament and whether MPs could vote remotely. Then, the CBC’s Jacques Poitras previews next week’s election in New Brunswick. Plus, three contenders for the leadership of the federal Green Party outline their vision. And the House looks at balancing the environment and the economy as Canada faces an unsteady recovery from COVID-19.