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CBC Radio's The House: Should Canada issue vaccine passports?

On this week’s show: Health Minister Patty Hajdu weighs in on the current state of the pandemic and the prospect of vaccine passports. Former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour discusses her role in a new independent review into sexual misconduct in the military. Plus — a special report on the 2011 election, 10 years later; a debate over whether Canada should issue vaccine passports; and an interview with incoming High Commissioner to the U.K. Ralph Goodale.

Here is what's on this week's episode of The House

The European Union announced this week it will allow Americans to travel to Europe if they have a vaccine passport — a Digital Green Certificate that proves they are fully vaccinated. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)
On this week’s show: Health Minister Patty Hajdu weighs in on the current state of the pandemic and the prospect of vaccine passports. Former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour discusses her role in a new independent review into sexual misconduct in the military. Plus: a special report on the 2011 election, 10 years later; a debate over whether Canada should issue vaccine passports; and an interview with incoming High Commissioner to the U.K. Ralph Goodale. 50:02

Getting through the third wave

A third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in much of the country, despite increasing vaccination rates and renewed restrictions in many provinces.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu joins The House to discuss the fight against the variants, the delivery of vaccines and the possibility of vaccine passports.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu discusses the state of the fight against COVID-19 variants, the delivery of vaccines and the possibility of vaccine passports. 7:16

Sexual misconduct in the military

This week, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced yet another independent review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, to be led by former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour. 

She joins The House to discuss her role, while air force veteran and sexual assault survivor Christine Wood explains why the government can't afford to delay dealing with the issue.

Former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour talks about her new role as head of an independent review into sexual misconduct in the military. Air force veteran and sexual assault survivor Christine Wood explains why the government can’t afford to delay dealing with the issue. 13:07

Can the 2011 election teach us anything about the next?

Sunday marks a decade since the Conservatives last won a majority, the NDP achieved its best-ever result and the Liberals faced the worst showing in their history during the 2011 federal election.

Whenever the next trip to the polls comes along, the campaign will see Justin Trudeau fighting to turn his minority into a majority — just as Stephen Harper did in 2011. The political landscape and the players have changed since then, but are there lessons that can be learned from that historic election? Producer Emma Godmere set off to find out.

CBC’s Emma Godmere checks in with veterans of the 2011 campaign to find out what lessons might be drawn from that election in advance of a possible contest later this year. 7:03

Are vaccine passports the right call?

The European Union announced this week it will allow Americans to travel to Europe if they have a vaccine passport — a Digital Green Certificate that proves they are fully vaccinated. Is it a good idea that would open up borders and encourage people to get the vaccine? Or would it create inequality or even fuel vaccine hesitancy? 

Dalhousie professor Francoise Baylis and University of Toronto professor Dr. Anna Banerji debate the issue and The House also hears from EU Ambassador to Canada Melita Gabrič.

Dalhousie University professor Francoise Baylis and University of Toronto professor Dr. Anna Banerji debate the issue of vaccine passports, which are currently in development in the E.U. 12:11

Canada's new high commissioner to the U.K.

Ralph Goodale, a long-serving Liberal cabinet minister, has just arrived in London to take up his new position as Canada's High Commissioner to the U.K.

Goodale has had several roles in cabinet, but foreign affairs was never one of them. So what does he hope to achieve in this new diplomatic role? Goodale sits down with host Chris Hall to discuss his new job and what Canada can learn from the U.K.'s accelerated COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Ralph Goodale, a long-serving Liberal cabinet minister, sits down with host Chris Hall to discuss his new job as Canada’s High Commissioner to the U.K. 6:26

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