The Housewith Chris Hall


CBC Radio's The House: Pipeline politics and Alberta's COVID crisis

On this week’s show: Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman weighs in on Michigan’s efforts to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline next week. CBC’s Rosemary Barton runs through PMO chief of staff Katie Telford’s testimony at the Commons defence committee. Plus: a look at Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis, the fallout from U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and political cartoons in the post-Trump era.

'They would like to forget about him': Michael de Adder on cartooning Trump

Canadian political cartoonist Michael de Adder says people aren't interested in lampooning Donald Trump right now, but the former president won't let them forget him. He says he intends to draw cartoons that are critical of the Biden administration in the U.S. — just as he criticizes both sides in Canada.

Diplomat in training: Ralph Goodale talks Huawei, China and trade as he takes up London posting

Ralph Goodale spent his final years in the federal cabinet as Public Safety minister, handling the most serious national security threats facing the country. Now, as he takes up his new post as Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, he tells CBC News that one of those critical, unresolved files from his cabinet days is in someone else's hands.

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.

Canada's not trailing the world on climate action, environment minister insists

Canada’s environment minister insists the federal government's commitment to reduce climate changing emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels over the next decade is just as ambitious as the higher targets announced this week by other western nations.

CBC Radio's The House: How ambitious are Canada's climate commitments?

On this week’s show: Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson maps out Canada’s new emissions targets and climate experts provide their takes. Then, COP26 president Alok Sharma weighs in on the U.K.’s climate goals. Plus, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey discusses the federal budget and aid for Ontario, and two Conservative strategists analyze Premier Doug Ford’s apology to Ontarians.

Child care experts say they're looking for sustained funding in federal budget

The Liberal government has been dropping heavy hints that Monday's budget sets aside money to establish an accessible national child care program — but child care advocates say that funding has to be around for the long haul.

CBC Radio's The House: Ontario's dire COVID-19 outlook

On this week’s show: The president of the Canadian Medical Association talks about the strain COVID-19 is imposing on Canada’s health systems as Ontario announces sweeping restrictions to curb record caseloads. Conservative environment critic Dan Albas discusses his party’s climate change plan. And we have a look-ahead to child care in next week’s federal budget, a discussion about waiving vaccine patents and an assessment of the Canada-India relationship.

Liberal, NDP insiders weigh in on the battle to win the progressive vote

As the Liberals and New Democrats staged duelling party policy conventions today, party insiders said they also signalled they're going to be battling each other over many of the same ideas — and voters.

CBC Radio's The House: Campaigning for Canada's progressive voters

On this week’s show: The B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s Mel Krajden examines the rise in COVID-19 variant cases. Plus: Liberal Party President Suzanne Cowan talks priorities during that party’s policy convention; two NDP MPs reflect on their own policy convention; and Liberal strategist David Herle and NDP National Director Anne McGrath weigh in on efforts to woo progressive voters. Former governor general Michaëlle Jean also shares memories of the late Prince Philip.

Researcher says coronavirus variants could require annual vaccinations, like the flu

A leading Canadian virologist says people could get annual COVID-19 shots in the future as the virus continues to mutate and produce new variants.

CBC Radio's The House: Lock down, open up, repeat

On this week’s show: ER doctor Lisa Salamon and molecular virologist Marc-André Langlois weigh in on the variant-driven surge of COVID-19 cases across much of Canada. Plus: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discusses his party’s policy convention. A Michigan state senator reacts to the potential shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline. And The House looks at two proposals up for debate in next week’s Liberal and NDP conventions — universal basic income and a wealth tax.

Canada's sanctions are sending China a 'message,' says Garneau

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau compares dealing with China on the international stage to standing up to a schoolyard bully.

CBC Radio's The House: What's next for the federal price on carbon?

On this week’s show: Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson discusses what’s next for the federal price on carbon and voters look at the Conservative Party’s stance on climate change. Plus: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau talks China and COVID-19; Facebook’s Kevin Chan examines impending regulation in Canada; and Liberal MP John McKay calls for an increase in the powers of the human rights watchdog investigating Canadian companies abroad.

MPs set to vote on motion to recognize Emancipation Day across Canada

MPs will vote soon on a motion introduced by Liberal MP Majid Jowhari calling on Canada to officially recognize Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day — marking the date in 1834 when slavery was abolished in the British Empire.

O'Toole's convention speech gets mixed reviews as leader attempts to unite Conservative base

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says Canada is at a crossroads — and so are party strategists as they unpack the leader's policy convention speech.

CBC Radio's The House: Conservatives plan their path forward

On this week’s show — a look at the Conservatives’ first-ever virtual policy convention as CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau checks in with delegates across the country. Three Conservative strategists examine Erin O’Toole’s highly anticipated speech and caucus-party liaison MP Tim Uppal discusses the party’s policy direction. Plus — a reflection on addressing gender-based violence in Canada and a report on the effort to recognize Emancipation Day.

Vaccine committee chief says new guidance on AstraZeneca vaccine for seniors coming soon

The head of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says new advice is coming in the “next few days” on whether the AstraZeneca vaccine is appropriate to give people older than 65.

CBC Radio's The House: The pandemic, one year later

On this week’s show: National Advisory Committee on Immunization chair Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh discusses the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in Canada. Then, Conservative deputy leader Candice Bergen previews her party’s upcoming policy convention, Eabametoong First Nation Chief Harvey Yesno and clean water activist Autumn Peltier discuss boil water advisories, and Susan Delacourt and Shachi Kurl talk about how COVID-19 changed politics.

Canada's COVID-19 Immunity Task Force co-chair explains why she now backs 2nd dose delay

The co-chair of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says she’s now “very much in favour” of delaying the second dose of vaccines for shots that must be administered under a two-dose regimen. 

World must do more to support democracy in Myanmar: Bob Rae

Bob Rae says the international community must support the democratic movement in Myanmar as protesters there continue to risk their lives to protest against last month's military coup.

CBC Radio's The House: Vaccination vexation

On this week’s show: The House hears from CBC reporter J.P. Tasker and COVID-19 Immunity Task Force co-chair Dr. Catherine Hankins on developments in Canada’s vaccine rollout. Then, Canada’s ambassador to the UN Bob Rae discusses the recent military coup in Myanmar. Plus, the CBC’s senior defence writer Murray Brewster outlines the impact of sexual misconduct allegations in Canada’s military leadership.

Facebook's action in Australia 'proves' the need for regulation, says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says he’s not expecting pushback from Facebook as he moves ahead with proposed legislation that would force the company and other global online giants to pay Canadian news agencies for the content they use.

CBC Radio's The House: Making plans for mass vaccinations

On this week’s show: New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard outlines her province’s vaccine preparations and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson talks about his city’s plans to get a head start on inoculations. Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault looks at what Australia’s battle with tech giants means for Canada’s own regulatory efforts, and clean energy advocate Merran Smith reacts to a new era of Canada-U.S. climate talks.

Chrystia Freeland isn't short of advice as she crafts first budget as finance minister

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has been given two basic choices in the lead up to her budget this spring: pay now and pay later.