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CBC Radio's The House: Canada condemns Belarus

On this week’s show: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau responds to the arrest of a dissident journalist in Belarus and an expert panel looks at whether Canada’s condemnation of the act goes far enough. Plus — a political scientist explores the federal response to Quebec’s language bill, a teen activist discusses climate lawsuits against governments and a law professor sets up Canada’s anticipated military justice review.

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

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko addresses parliament in Minsk on Wednesday. Canada has joined other G7 nations in condemning Belarus and threatening sanctions after Belarusian authorities diverted a European flight that had an opposition journalist on board. (Sergei Shelega/BelTA/The Associated Press)
On this week’s show: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau responds to the arrest of a dissident journalist in Belarus and an expert panel looks at whether Canada’s condemnation of the act goes far enough. Plus — a political scientist explores the federal response to Quebec’s language bill, a teen activist discusses climate lawsuits against governments and a law professor sets up Canada’s anticipated military justice review. 48:32

Holding hijackers to account

Belarus's actions this week — calling in a fake bomb threat to divert a Ryanair flight to its capital in order to arrest a dissident journalist — have been called "unprecedented" and an "utterly unacceptable hijacking." Canada has joined other G7 nations in condemning Belarus and threatening sanctions.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau joins The House to discuss the effectiveness of those measures, and international relations professor Alexander Lanoszka and Alena Liavonchanka, chair of the Belarusian Canadian Alliance, debate whether they go far enough.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau discusses Canada’s measures against Belarus following this week’s events, and Eastern European politics expert Alexander Lanoszka and chair of the Belarusian Canadian Alliance Alena Liavonchanka examine whether they go far enough. 19:28

How Quebec's Bill 96 is playing out in Ottawa

The Quebec government's proposed Bill 96 aims to strengthen the province's language laws — and unilaterally amend Canada's Constitution to declare that Quebecers form a nation, with French as their official language. 

Such constitutional tinkering normally would raise alarms in Ottawa, but when asked about Bill 96 this week the position taken by party leaders was laissez-faire. Daniel Béland, professor of political science and director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, joins The House to offer a closer look at how Bill 96 is playing out at the federal level.

Why aren’t federal party leaders more concerned with Quebec’s constitutional tinkering? Daniel Béland, professor of political science and director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, joins The House to offer a closer look at how Bill 96 is playing out at the federal level. 9:01

Teenage climate activists take heart

Courts in Germany and Australia have both ruled in favour of young activists who argued that governments have a duty to protect younger generations from the harms of climate change. Here in Canada, a similar lawsuit against the federal government was dismissed last year, but that ruling is being appealed.

Seventeen-year-old activist Lauren Wright explains why she launched her lawsuit against Canada and why these recent international developments give her fresh hope.

Seventeen-year-old activist Lauren Wright explains why she launched her climate change lawsuit against the federal government and why recent wins in German and Australian courts offer hope for her efforts. 6:43

Looking ahead to Canada's military justice review

A review of the Canadian Armed Forces' justice system could have big implications for how sexual misconduct cases are handled in the military. 

Former Supreme Court justice Morris Fish will soon deliver his report — at a time of unprecedented scrutiny of the CAF over its handling of alleged cases of sexual misconduct. Dalhousie professor Elaine Craig, who has studied sexual assault trials in Canada's military justice system, discusses what needs to change and what's at stake.

A highly anticipated review of the Canadian Armed Forces justice system could have big implications for how sexual misconduct cases are handled in the military. Dalhousie University law professor Elaine Craig explains what needs to change and what’s at stake. 8:27

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