The Housewith Chris Hall


Canada's COVID-19 Immunity Task Force co-chair explains why she now backs 2nd dose delay

The co-chair of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says she’s now “very much in favour” of delaying the second dose of vaccines for shots that must be administered under a two-dose regimen. 

World must do more to support democracy in Myanmar: Bob Rae

Bob Rae says the international community must support the democratic movement in Myanmar as protesters there continue to risk their lives to protest against last month's military coup.

CBC Radio's The House: Vaccination vexation

On this week’s show: The House hears from CBC reporter J.P. Tasker and COVID-19 Immunity Task Force co-chair Dr. Catherine Hankins on developments in Canada’s vaccine rollout. Canada’s ambassador to the UN Bob Rae discusses the recent military coup in Myanmar. And the CBC’s senior defence writer Murray Brewster outlines the impact of sexual misconduct allegations in Canada’s military leadership.

Facebook's action in Australia 'proves' the need for regulation, says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says he’s not expecting pushback from Facebook as he moves ahead with proposed legislation that would force the company and other global online giants to pay Canadian news agencies for the content they use.

CBC Radio's The House: Making plans for mass vaccinations

On this week’s show: New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard outlines her province’s vaccine preparations and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson talks about his city’s plans to get a head start on inoculations. Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault looks at what Australia’s battle with tech giants means for Canada’s own regulatory efforts, and clean energy advocate Merran Smith reacts to a new era of Canada-U.S. climate talks.

Chrystia Freeland isn't short of advice as she crafts first budget as finance minister

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has been given two basic choices in the lead up to her budget this spring: pay now and pay later.

CBC Radio's The House: What will the next budget hold?

On this week’s show: Members of the House of Commons finance committee look ahead to a historic federal budget and Independent Sen. Chantal Petitclerc discusses the government’s bill to expand access to medical assistance in dying. Plus, a discussion of systemic barriers Black organizations face in accessing federal funding and an Alberta mayor talks about powering Canada with hydrogen.

Most at risk, first in line: Public health experts say racialized Canadians should be prioritized for vaccines

Two public health experts in Toronto say governments must give priority to vaccinating Black Canadians and other people of colour against COVID-19 because the data shows they are most at risk of contracting the virus.

CBC Radio's The House: Businesses reopen, variants close in

On this week’s show: A panel of journalists discuss the challenges facing provinces choosing to ease COVID-19 restrictions amid the spread of coronavirus variants. Plus, two public health experts talk about an equitable vaccine rollout, Sen. Stan Kutcher shares his efforts to amend Canada’s medical assistance in dying bill and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna outlines the government’s latest public transit funding.

As vaccine deliveries lag, opposition MPs demand more than shots in the dark

Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is pushing back against calls for Ottawa to release the contracts it signed with coronavirus vaccine makers amid lingering concerns over delays in delivery.

Louise Bernice Halfe named Canada's new parliamentary poet laureate

Halfe is the first poet who was born and raised in an Indigenous community to hold the position.

CBC Radio's The House: Shots in the dark

On this week’s show: Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne and a panel of opposition MPs discuss Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Plus: Canada’s new parliamentary poet laureate talks about poetry’s place in a time of crisis, Peel Region’s medical officer of health examines the appearance of a coronavirus variant in Ontario and the CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates looks at the potential for renewable energy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

No refuge in the time of COVID: Iraqi family waits for Canada to reschedule asylum interview

If one thing has become clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that there's no refuge from the virus in Canada or around the world — and that includes those who are trying to find safety in this country as refugees. 

Government stuck on 'narrow' approach to tackling wealth inequality, economist says

The government could be going further when it comes to battling economic inequality, says economist Miles Corak, including eliminating the difference between how income and capital gains are taxed, or introducing an estate tax.

CBC Radio's The House: Resettling refugees, supporting Canada's kids

On this week’s show: Canada's immigration minister discusses resettling refugees as one family shares their search for safety. An expert highlights the need to prioritize children’s mental health during the pandemic. Plus, a look at how Chrystia Freeland could address wealth inequality, a dive into Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s drop in popularity and an exit interview with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

It's time to let Keystone XL go, ambassador says

Canada’s ambassador to the United States says there’s no chance of President Joe Biden walking back his decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline — so she’s turning her attention to other pressing bilateral issues.

MPs clash over pandemic response as Parliament resumes Monday

In a panel interview on CBC Radio’s The House, Conservative MP Michael Chong and Liberal MP Arif Virani offered duelling analogies to describe Canada’s pandemic response, days before deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected to drop dramatically over the next four weeks.

CBC Radio's The House: Biden's first week, Payette's last

On this week’s show: Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman reflects on President Joe Biden’s move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. Carleton University’s Philippe Lagassé examines the implications of a vacant vice-regal office. Plus, the CBC’s Catherine Cullen recaps a turbulent week for the Conservatives, three MPs look ahead to Monday’s return of Parliament and Japan’s ambassador to Canada discusses green energy goals both countries share.

Emergence of new strain could cause Ontario's COVID caseload to explode, doctor warns

A top doctor on Ontario's COVID-19 scientific advisory committee says the province could easily face up to 40,000 new cases each day by the end of February if a new virus variant that originated in the U.K. takes hold.

CBC Radio's The House: Fighting coronavirus variants

On this week’s show: B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes stock of his province’s attempts to flatten the COVID-19 curve — including the possibility of an inter-provincial travel ban. An Ontario epidemiologist discusses potential threats posed by a new variant of the virus. The CBC’s Paul Hunter in Washington weighs in on President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. And an extremism expert talks far-right radicalization here in Canada.

When 'hell broke loose': congresswoman describes moments of terror during Capitol riot

Susan Wild doesn't remember how she wound up on the floor in the gallery of the House of Representatives, or what was going through her mind as she heard the sounds of rioters trying to break through the barricaded doors.

CBC Radio's The House: Capitol under siege

On this week’s show: A U.S. congresswoman describes being locked down in the Capitol after rioters stormed the building. A voting rights advocate explains how Black voters helped the Democrats flip two Senate seats in Georgia. Two provincial officials address the vaccine rollout in their provinces. And we talk about the politics of prioritizing professional hockey during a pandemic.

CBC Radio's The House: 2020 in review

On the show this week: A new year brings the hope for an eventual return to normalcy, but many of the issues of 2020 will linger. And the House revisits some of the most important events, interviews and audio moments from the past year, including a look back at the pre-pandemic world, the early days of COVID-19, the reckoning over institutional racism, the Conservative leadership race and the WE controversy.

CBC Radio's The House: Test your knowledge with our 2020 quiz

How many headlines do you remember from 2020? It’s time to test your knowledge with The House’s annual end-of-year quiz! Play along with our panel of journalists as host Chris Hall pitches questions about the biggest political stories from January through to December.

Checkpoints, Zoom calls and parental guilt made 2020 a year like no other for MPs

The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on so many Canadians this year through job losses, business closures and forced separations from family and friends. Those challenges were felt also by the federal politicians who tried to serve their constituents remotely, and who had to self-isolate each and every time they returned home from Ottawa.