The Housewith Chris Hall


Multiple vaccine candidates needed to safeguard against possible failures, task force co-lead says

A co-chair of Canada’s new COVID-19 vaccine task force says it will be critical to have a number of vaccine candidates on hand to halt the spread of the coronavirus should any of the country’s leading options fail.

CBC Radio's The House: August 8, 2020

On this week's show: Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Vaccine Task Force co-chair Dr. Joanne Langley discuss Canada's work to secure a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, international trade attorney Dan Ujczo shares his thoughts on new tariffs on Canadian aluminum, while MPs Rob Oliphant and Garnett Genuis discuss what’s next for the Commons committee on Canada-China relations. Then, an Ontario tenant advocate and an Alberta homelessness expert examine how the transition away from CERB could affect people in precarious housing situations.

Pushback from families, MPs led to reversal on N.S. mass shooting inquiry, Blair says

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says it was persistent calls from victims’ families for a public inquiry into April’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia — and pressure from members of the province’s federal Liberal caucus — that led him to abandon a plan for a less robust review of the tragedy.

CBC Radio's The House: August 1, 2020

On this week's show: host Rosemary Barton digs into the WE controversy with MPs on the House of Commons finance committee who pitched questions to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his connections to the charity organization. Plus, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair explains why he agreed to order a public inquiry into April's mass shooting in Nova Scotia. Then, The House reaches into the archives with interviews dating from the week the PCs and the Canadian Alliance agreed to join forces to become the Conservative Party of Canada.

Threats against politicians 'very frequent', former Privy Council clerk says

Canada's former top civil servant says Canadians would be shocked and dismayed to learn the true level of abuse and the number of violent threats politicians face during their time in office.

CBC Radio's The House: July 25, 2020

On this week's show: Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu shares her take on an alarming uptick in COVID-19 cases and the younger Canadians behind the numbers. Plus, Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole outlines his vision for the opposition and responds to concerns about party unity. Then, former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick addresses the risks posed by extreme political rhetoric in Canada and The House wraps up the week that was in the WE Charity controversy.

CBC Radio's The House: Going green and hacked vaccines?

On this week’s show: A cybersecurity expert explains what a Russian attack on COVID-19 vaccine research means and why Canada is well-poised to face future interference. Plus, two advocates for a green recovery — and a champion of Canada’s oil and gas sector — talk about bouncing back from COVID-19, while a Liberal MP shares why he went outside party lines to take a harsher stance on China. Also on the show, a look back at the Oka Crisis of 1990 from The House archives.

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.