CBC Radio's The House: After Fiona, is Canada ready for the next disaster?
Here is what's on this week's episode
How do MPs respond in times of crisis?
Fiona is believed to be the strongest storm ever to hit Atlantic Canada. It robbed people of their homes and possessions and left in its wake difficult questions about how to recover and rebuild.
At times of crisis, many community members turn to their MPs for answers. How do those MPs respond? Host Catherine Cullen checks in with Liberal MP Mike Kelloway, who represents Cape Breton-Canso in Nova Scotia, and Conservative MP Brad Vis, whose B.C. riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon experienced massive flooding and wildfires last year.
Should Canada have a dedicated disaster response force?
As troops continued to clean up the post-Fiona wreckage on the East Coast this week, questions have been raised around the increase in such domestic military deployments — and whether it might be time to establish an entirely different kind of dedicated force.
The House checks in with a few experts for their thoughts, including Peter Kikkert of St. Francis Xavier University and Lt.-Gen. (ret) Guy Thibault, former vice-chief of defence staff and current chair of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.
The firearms program becomes a federalism fracas
Gun owners have until next fall to give up a range of "assault-style" weapons that were banned by the federal government in 2020. The governments of prairie provinces, however, say they don't think the RCMP should be used to enforce the buyback. They're calling the program a waste of their police resources and arguing it will do nothing to stop gun crime.
Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino joins The House to explain his plan for the program and talk about how he'll address the burgeoning conflict with the two Prairie provinces.
Reconciliation and Canada's health-care system
Canada's health-care system is in crisis. But among the myriad issues — from funding to staffing shortages — there's a pressing priority that often doesn't get as much attention: discrimination.
As the country observes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and as this week marks two years since Joyce Echaquan's death in a Quebec hospital, what steps do governments and health-care leaders need to take to create a system where everyone has equal access to care?
Host Catherine Cullen sits down with Dr. Alika Lafontaine, president of the Canadian Medical Association and the first Indigenous physician to hold the position.