CBC Radio's The House: Resettling refugees, supporting Canada's kids
Here is what's happening on this week's episode of The House
Resettling refugees amid a pandemic
Politicians are cancelling flights between Canada and some sun destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for some, boarding a plan is the only path to safety.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it resettled fewer than 23,000 refugees last year — the lowest number the agency has seen in nearly two decades — as the pandemic delays resettlement efforts. Those numbers have also dropped in Canada.
The House hears from one Canadian trying desperately to get his family to safety in this country and asks Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino what's next for Canada's resettlement plan.
'We run the risk of causing damage to a generation of kids,' psychiatrist says
COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone's mental health, but how are kids holding up these days?
House producer Emma Godmere checks in with Charlotte Waddell, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the director of the Children's Health Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University. Her research suggests kids' mental health was already in jeopardy heading into 2020 — and that their needs could increase dramatically as the pandemic continues.
Is Chrystia Freeland uniquely placed to tax the rich?
Before her political career, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote a book about economic inequality called Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.
Now Freeland is Canada's finance minister, and her updated mandate letter tasks her with finding ways to address extreme wealth inequality.
Is she uniquely placed to address growing inequality or will she run into pushback? The House asks Miles Corak, a professor of economics with The Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, whose research Freeland cited in her book.
Jason Kenney's very long year
It's just one month old, but 2021 has already been a long year for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Between MLA travel scandals, vaccine shortages and the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the hits just keep coming.
But the premier's troubles started before this year. Kenney's popularity has been dropping for months — particularly when it comes to his handling of the pandemic.
So how did he get here? CBC Alberta's network producer Jennifer Keene reports from Calgary.
Exit interview with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil
The Nova Scotia Liberals will soon select a new leader to become the 29th premier of the province.
Outgoing Premier Stephen McNeil, who has led Nova Scotia for eight years and held elected office for 17, joins The House to discuss a momentous and difficult year, his legacy and what comes next for his successor.