The Housewith Chris Hall


CBC Radio's The House: Could WE take down the government?

On this week’s show: The CBC’s Rosemary Barton and the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt weigh in on what the WE Charity controversy means for the Liberal government. Plus, a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council discusses why he didn't participate in an advisory board for the project. Then, two experts offer their takes on economic recovery; an extremism expert talks about the risk of violence after an armed man breached the gates of Rideau Hall; and Conservative leadership candidate Derek Sloan shares his views on social conservatism and party unity.

Karina Roman: Parents, provinces call on Ottawa to help ensure schools open in the fall

Children, Families and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says that while he understands the burden working parents have been carrying for months since schools closed due to the pandemic, Ottawa's ability to help provinces fully reopen their schools this fall is limited.

CBC Radio's The House: July 4, 2020

On this week’s show: Education officials and an infectious disease specialist discuss resuming school in September, while Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen talks support for parents. Then, MPs weigh in on the Liberal government and the WE Charity parting ways — and next week’s fiscal snapshot. Plus, the CBC’s David Thurton dives into the Green Party's leadership race to replace Elizabeth May, and The House talks to two experts about a Canada-U.S. relationship that remains divided by a restricted border.

Chris Hall: Freeland pitches 'made in Canada' supply lines as country braces for 2nd COVID wave

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian companies need to shift critical supply lines home from overseas as the world prepares for a second wave of COVID-19.

CBC Radio's The House: June 27, 2020

On this week’s show — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on COVID-19, Canadians detained in China and NAFTA 2.0. Plus, a privacy expert on whether Canada’s federally backed contact-tracing app should be made mandatory, a panel discussion on how the RCMP should respond to growing demands for accountability and justice and a look back to a past story on a national monument in Ottawa honouring LGBT Canadians.

Chris Hall: Breaking down Canada's latest Security Council election loss

Canada's second failure in a row to win a Security Council seat was a blow to the Trudeau government's prestige. But how much will it matter to this country in the long run?

CBC Radio's The House: June 20, 2020

This week on The House: Lawyer Danardo Jones talks reforming Canada’s criminal justice system and how change must go far beyond policing. Two international relations experts weigh in on Canada’s UN Security Council loss, plus the CBC’s Bartley Kives delivers a report on Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s pandemic politics. Also: a debrief on this week’s Conservative leadership debates and an assessment of a COVID-19 crisis among Ontario’s migrant workers.

Opening doors, shouldering burdens: Black and Indigenous civil servants on climbing the bureaucratic ladder

The House explores the urgent need for diversity in the civil service, with a special report from CBC reporter Salimah Shivji and an interview with Canada's highest-ranking Indigenous public servant, Gina Wilson.

Chris Hall: Kevin Page isn't buying the government's excuse for withholding a fiscal update

Canada's first parliamentary budget officer says the Liberal government has no good reason to withhold a fiscal update — not even the economic uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Hall: Senator says Canada has its own 'pandemic of racism' to deal with

A Nova Scotia senator says Canada must confront its own "pandemic of racism" as demonstrators continue to flood city streets around the world to condemn the death of another unarmed black man in police custody in the United States.

Canada's great constitutional drama, thirty years after

For one extraordinary week in June 1990, the country’s first ministers descended on the Government Conference Centre in downtown Ottawa in an effort to save the proposed Meech Lake Accord.

Chris Hall: Should Canada be collecting race-based pandemic data?

One of this country's leading experts on the social causes of disease argues Canada's failure to collect race-based data on COVID-19 infections amounts to discrimination by "neglect".

Chris Hall: Champagne is still treading carefully on China

The China file is back on the desk of Canada's foreign affairs minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne. Not that it ever wandered very far.

CBC Radio's The House: May 16, 2020

This week on The House: CBC reporter Ashley Burke brings you the latest on Air Canada's expected layoffs; Transport Minister Marc Garneau explores what it could take to see Canada’s grounded airline industry take off again; three tourism operators open up about a difficult season ahead; CBC Washington correspondent Alex Panetta reveals where Canada has surpassed the U.S. in a concerning statistic; and two economists discuss whether a rising federal deficit is an urgent concern. Plus, hear part two of senior producer Kristin Nelson's report on Canada's abortion debate, then and now.

An abortion divide: Taking stock of Canada's debate then and now

Fifty years ago, hundreds of women from across Canada arrived in Ottawa to protest an abortion law passed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s government in 1969. Kristin Nelson, senior producer of CBC Radio's The House, looked into the movement and what advocates on both sides of the debate are calling for now.

Chris Hall: the pandemic recession is placing a new burden on women

This recession is quite different from the ones that came before it — because this time, women are as likely to lose their jobs as men.

Chris Hall: Health expert warns reopening provincial economies will be 'tricky'

Some provinces will begin reopening their economies next week, a move one public health expert described as a delicate experiment — because so little is known about how many people are immune, or how long any immunity to the COVID-19 virus might last.

Immunity passes could be an 'interim measure' on the way to reopening society, physician says

Testing Canadians for immunity to the novel coronavirus — and issuing passes to those immune to the disease — could be a stepping stone to fully reopening the country’s economy, an Ottawa-area physician says.

Chris Hall: Bill Morneau's keeping his pandemic focus firmly on the near-term

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he thinks Canada blunted the worst of the pandemic's economic effects. "But there were a few days when I wasn't so sure."

Canada's long-term care system needs to change, human rights advocate says

The high number of COVID-19 deaths among residents of long-term care homes points to the urgent need to reform Canada’s seniors’ care system, says an advocate for the human rights of seniors.

Chris Hall: Hajdu says on COVID-19 Ottawa acted on 'the best advice possible at the time'

This week on The House, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu assesses Canada’s pandemic response thus far — and tells us why she thinks now is not the time to analyze the government’s steps. Meanwhile, the CBC’s Karina Roman takes a closer look at those steps and whether they led to missed opportunities. Plus, we hear from three MPs on how they’re fulfilling their parliamentary duties from their homes, while others weigh in on the ways they’re marking religious holidays this month.

Missed opportunities to address COVID-19 early may prolong response measures, experts say

Canada missed opportunities early on to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and put itself in a better position to flatten the curve of infections sooner, say experts looking at the country's response to the pandemic.

With long-term care facilities in the crosshairs of COVID-19, should Canadians bring loved ones home?

As of this week, at least half of all coronavirus deaths in Canada involve residents of seniors' homes and nursing homes. But Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte cautions against pulling all relatives out of these facilities, telling CBC Radio’s The House that often, “families don't have the supports” that are needed to keep them safe.

CBC Radio's The House: Mar. 28, 2020

This week on The House, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains talks about what's being done to help Canadians affected by COVID-19. Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer offers his own assessment of the Trudeau government's COVID-19 response; three small business owners reflect on their current fears and future hopes; we go inside an unprecedented 18 hours on Parliament Hill as MPs worked to pass the government's emergency aid package; and veteran climate activist Tzeporah Berman discusses the future of Canada’s climate change plans in the shadow of a massive public health threat

'Lean in to social connections' during COVID-19 pandemic, experts advise

Cultivating more social cohesion among Canadians at a time when public health officials across the country are urging people to stay away from each other amounts to an “enormous social experiment,” writer and thinker Thomas Homer-Dixon told CBC Radio’s The House.