The Housewith Chris Hall


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.

CBC Radio's The House: Dec. 19, 2020

On this week’s show: Three MPs reflect on what it’s been like to represent Canadians in an exceptional year. The CBC’s Murray Brewster speaks with Maj-Gen. Jennie Carignan to get a glimpse of the battle diary of one of Canada’s top soldiers. Two communications experts discuss the effectiveness of governments’ COVID-19 messaging. And the CBC’s Olivia Stefanovich shares the story of a First Nation looking to end a boil-water advisory that's lasted a quarter century.

Vaccines alone won't be enough to lift pandemic measures quickly, doctor warns

The co-chair of the task force studying COVID-19 immunity is warning that the arrival of vaccines in Canada doesn't guarantee protection against the virus, or signal that peoples' lives will soon return to normal.

CBC Radio's The House: COVID's costs and immunity questions

On this week’s show: An Alberta woman who lost her father to COVID-19 shares her story and argues for changes to the government’s response. COVID Immunity Task Force co-chair Dr. Catherine Hankins discusses Canada’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine. Also, CERB recipients talk about an attempted clawback of some people’s benefits, a wide-ranging discussion with Justice Minister David Lametti and an exit interview with Sen. Murray Sinclair.

A tourism industry in 'survival mode' looks ahead to an uncertain recovery

Businesspeople in Canada's tourism sector warn that a post-pandemic recovery in their industry is some distance off — and federal programs designed to tide them over may not be enough.

CBC Radio's The House: Countdown to a vaccine

On this week’s show: Tourism operators in Alberta and Newfoundland offer their thoughts on new government aid. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole scrutinizes Canada's vaccine plans. British journalist Claire Bolderson analyzes the U.K.’s recent vaccine approval. Also, the CBC’s Bartley Kives outlines Manitoba’s continued struggle with soaring COVID-19 cases and two Arctic experts discuss the challenge of foreign development in the North.

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.