The National for August 2, 2018 — Paramedics Charged, Tariffs, Sears Canada


RIP INTO PUTIN’S EFFORTS TO >>OUR FOCUS HERE TODAY IS SIMPLY JUST TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE THREAT IS REAL, IT IS CONTINUING AND WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HAVE A LEGITIMATE ELECTION THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN HAVE TRUST IN.>>Reporter: HE’S TALKING ABOUT RUSSIA, NOT ONLY INTERFERED IN THE LAST ELECTION, BUT TRYING TO INTERFERE IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, TOO. DISPLAYING A SHARPLY DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TOWARD RUSSIA FROM THE ONE PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOWED WHEN HE MET WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN HELSINKI JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND WAS ASKED WHETHER IT WAS PUTIN BEHIND THE ELECTION INTERFERENCE?>>I HAVE PRESIDENT PUTIN, HE JUST SAID IT’S NOT RUSSIA. I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY IT WOULD BE.>>Reporter: THAT SET OFF ALARMING BACK HOME, THE NEXT DAY, TRUMP TRIED TO CLEAN IT UP, SAID HE HAD A SLIP OF THE TONGUE AND SAID HE DIDN’T NOTICE HE SAID THE OPPOSITE.>>THE SENTENCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY IT WOULDN’T BE RUSSIA? SORT OF A DOUBLE NEGATIVE.>>Reporter: MANY FOUND THAT EXPLANATION DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE AND IN THE DAYS SINCE, THE PRESIDENT HAS GONE BACK TO CHARACTERIZING IT AS A STAIN ON THE COUNTRY AND A DISGRACE. HERE’S WHAT THE SECURITY AGENCIES WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW RUSSIA IS DOING.>>TARGETING U.S. OFFICIALS AND OTHER U.S. PERSONS THROUGH TRADITIONAL INTELLIGENCE TRADE CRAFT. CRIMINAL EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS VOTING AND PROVIDE ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN FINANCING.>>ALL OF THOSE THINGS, ARE OF COURSE KNOWN TO THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW. YET HE HAS INVITED PUTIN TO WASHINGTON EARLY NEXT YEAR IN PART TO CONTINUE TALKS WITH HIM ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER ON OF ALL THINGS, CYBER SECURITY.>>Andrew: RIGHT, WHICH IS INTERESTING, BUT IT SEEMED THERE WAS A BROADER UNDERTONE TO WHAT THE SECURITY HEADS WERE SAYING, BEYOND JUST INTERFERING WITH AN ELECTION.>>RIGHT, THEY SAID THE RUSSIANS WANT TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC VALUES, PROVOKE DIVISIVENESS AMONG PEOPLE AND DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN AMERICA AND ITS ALLIES.>>Andrew: THAT IS NOTABLE BECAUSE THESE ARE THINGS THAT AT VARIOUS TIMES TRUMP’S CRITICS HAVE ACCUSED HIM OF.>>EXACTLY, THEY ARE. THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT ELECTIONS BEING RIGGED, THE F.B.I. AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BEING PART OF A CORRUPT STATE. THE MEDIA BEING THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE AND HE’S ENCOURAGED THE BREAKUP OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. A COUPLE OF TIMES DURING THE BRIEFING IT SEEMED AS THOUGH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WAS WARNING THE PRESIDENT THAT THOSE THINGS ONLY HELP PUTIN’S AIM OF DESTABILIZING AMERICA AND ITS ALLIES.>>Ian: A LITTLE KNOWN EXCEPTION AT THE BORDER, BUT HOW MANY MIGRANTS ARE USING IT?>>RETALIATORY TARIFFS AND THEIR VICTIMS. COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME PLAYERS WEREN’T EXPECTING TO GET PUNISHED.>>Ian: TWO PARAMEDICS ARE FACE AGO RARE CHARGE. FAILING TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARIES OF LIFE. IT STEMS FROM THE 2017 DEATH OF THIS MAN, YOSIF AL-HASNAWI. HE INTERVENED WHEN HE SAW SOMEONE BEING ACCOSTED ON A HAMILTON STREET. THE GOOD SAMARITAN WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH BY TWO MEN. POLICE AND PARAMEDICS ARRIVED AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT SHOCKED WITNESSES. THEY SAID, FIRST RESPONDERS DIDN’T TAKE THE 19-YEAR-OLD’S INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND AN HOUR LATER, AL-HASNAWI WAS DEAD.>>Reporter: PATRICK RYERSON REMEMBERS TRYING TO CONVINCE FIRST RESPONDERS LAST DECEMBER THAT YOSIF AL-HASNAWI HAD BEEN SHOT WITH THE REAL BULLET, NOT A PELLET.>>I SAID, WELL, IT WAS NO PELLET GUN, I COULD TELL BY THE SOUND. I SAID I WAS IN THE ARMED FORCES, I KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. AND THAT. AND THEY JUST IGNORED ME. AND HE COME OVER AND STARTED YELLING AT THE KID, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU, GET UP.>>Reporter: HE SAID PARAMEDICS REACTED THE SAME WAY. AL-HASNAWI’S WOUND WAS SMALL AND DIDN’T BLEED MUCH.>>WHEN THE PARAMEDICS GOT HERE, THEY TREATED IT LIKE A PELLET GUN WOUND.>>Reporter: ACCORDING TO POLICE AFTER 38 MINUTES ON THE STREET, PARAMEDICS PUT AL-HASNAWI INTO THE AMBULANCE, BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING HIM TO THE REGION’S TRAUMA CENTRE, THEY TOOK HIM TO A HOSPITAL FURTHER AWAY. HAMILTON POLICE ASKED THE NIAGARA POLICE SERVICE TO DO AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. EIGHT MONTHS LATER, THE RESULTS. CHARGES AGAINST THE TWO PARAMEDICS OF FAILING TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARIES OF LIFE. IT’S A RARE CHARGE, SOMETIMES LAID AGAINST PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS. THIS LAWYER SAYS HE’S NEVER HEARD OF FIRST RESPONDERS FACING THE CHARGE.>>THIS IS A UNIQUE SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THIS CHARGE. IT’S A RARE CHARGE TO BEGIN WITH, IT DOES COME UP, BUT IT’S NOT THE MOST COMMON CHARGE AND THEN TO SEE IT IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES MAKES IT VERY UNUSUAL.>>Reporter: WHATEVER THE REASONS FOR THE CHARGE, THIS FRIEND OF AL-HASNAWI’S FAMILY SAYS THEY’RE PLEASED.>>WE FEEL THERE IS JUSTICE, WE’RE HAPPY THERE ARE CHARGES.>>Reporter: BUT THE UNION THAT REPRESENTS THE TWO PARAMEDICS RELEASED A STATEMENT TODAY SAYING IT WILL SUPPORT THEM AND IS CONFIDENT THEY WILL BE VINDICATED. RON CHARLES, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: LET’S GET ANALYSIS, ERIC GOTTARDI IS A VETERAN CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER JOINING FROM US VANCOUVER. LET’S START WITH GOING THROUGH WHAT THE CROWN IS GOING TO HAVE TO PROVE IN THIS CASE, IN THESE CHARGES OF FAILING TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARIES OF LIFE.>>SURE, SO TO ESTABLISH THIS CHARGE, THE CROWN HAS TO ESTABLISH THAT THE PARAMEDICS HERE HAD A STANDARD OF CARE, A DUTY TO TAKE CARE OF THE PATIENT. THAT PART SHOULD BE EASY. THE TOUGH PART FOR THE CROWN WILL BE THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ESTABLISH THAT THE PARAMEDICS MADE MISTAKES AND FAILED IN THEIR DUTY TO TAKE CARE OF THE PATIENT AND IT CAUSES THE DEATH. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SHOW THAT THE PARAMEDICS DEPARTED FROM THE NORMAL STANDARD OF CARE, AND THAT’S A HIGH STANDARD THE CROWN HAS TO MEET.>>Ian: WE HEARD THE CRITICISMS HERE, THAT PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE LATITUDE TO MAKE MISTAKES, THAT — DO YOU THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES TO HAVE BEEN LAID?>>WELL, IT’S HARD TO KNOW WITHOUT ALL THE FARTHERS, BUT YOU LOOK AT THE — FACTS, YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INTERVIEWED, IT’S A RARE CASE WHERE THE CRIMINAL LAW IS GOING TO BE BROUGHT TO BEAR ON SERVICE PROVIDERS, LIKE PARAMEDICS. AND THAT’S WHY THE STANDARD IS HIGH FOR THE CROWN TO MEET, BUT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THE MISTAKES ARE SERIOUS AND PERHAPS SO OBVIOUS IN THE CONTEXT TO OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN THAT PROFESSION, WE NEED THE LAW TO INTERVENE TO SANCTION THOSE INDIVIDUALS SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN BE CONFIDENT IN THE STANDARD OF CARE THAT IS BEING PUT FORWARD BY THE AGENCY GOING FORWARD. AND SO SOMETIMES, WHERE IT’S REALLY SERIOUS AND THERE IS A DEATH, THE CRIMINAL LAW HAS TO INTERVENE.>>Ian: ERIC GOTTARDI, ALWAYS NICE SPEAKING WITH YOU.>>LET’S TURN TO THE CANADA-U.S. BORDER AND THE WAVES OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS WHO CONTINUE TO CROSS INTO THIS COUNTRY FROM THE UNITED STATES. THE NUMBERS MAY BE DOWN FROM A FEW MONTHS AGO, BUT THAT HASN’T STOPPED THE ISSUE GROWING AS A POLITICAL ONE, ESPECIALLY WITH FEDERAL ELECTION JUST OVER A YEAR AWAY. THE CBC NEWS LEARNED THAT THE BORDER OFFICIALS ARE DESCRIBING A NEW TREND FOR ASYLUM-SEEKERS TO SERVE AS ANCHOR RELATIVES. KAREN PAULS DESCRIBES HOW IT WORKS.>>Reporter: ASYLUM-SEEKERS HAVE COME OVER THE BORDER ON FOOT SINCE THE DONALD TRUMP CONTROVERSIAL TRAVEL BAN. NOW A REPORT BY THE CANADIAN BORDER SERVICES AGENCY DESCRIBES A NEW TREND. PEOPLE WHO ENTERED CANADA THROUGH IRREGULAR ROUTES ARE USING A LITTLE KNOWN EXCEPTION IN THE SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENT TO HELP FAMILY MEMBERS GET INTO CANADA AT REGULAR PORTS OF ENTRY. THEY CAN DO THAT AS LONG AS THEY’RE OVER 18 YEARS ADDITIONALED ON FILED A CLAIM FOR — OLD AND FILED A CLAIM. THEY CALLED IT A LOOPHOLE IN THE HOOP HOLE.>>THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION IN TERMS OF DESCRIBING THE WAY TO GET TO CANADA THROUGH THE LOOPHOLE.>>Reporter: BUT EVEN THOUGH THE REPORT USES THE TERM PHENOMENA, THEY GIVE NO DETAILS ON THE NUMBER THEY’RE SEEING. RCMP FIGURES SHOW THERE HAS BEEN 8-FOLD INCREASE, FROM JUST UNDER 2500 IN 2016, TO MORE THAN 20,000 LAST YEAR. A SPOKESPERSON FOR PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER RALPH GOODALE SAYS REGULAR ASYLUM CLAIMS AT OFFICIAL BORDER CROSSINGS ARE GOING DOWN, BUT HE COULDN’T PROVIDE ANY NUMBERS ON HOW MANY OF THOSE CLAIMS WERE BASED ON ANCHOR RELATIVES WHO HAD CROSSED THE BORDER IRREGULARLY. MEANWHILE, LAWYERS SAY THEY’RE NOT SEEING THE TREND AT ALL.>>WE HAVE CLIENTS WHO HAVE COME FROM THE UNITED STATES AND THEY HAVE AN ANCHOR RELATIVE, BUT THEY DIDN’T REALIZE THAT HAVING THAT ANCHOR RELATIVE MEANS THAT THEY COULD HAVE GONE TO THE PORT OF ENTRY.>>Reporter: CLARK SAYS THE RULES STILL APPLY, WHETHER THEY ENTERED BECAUSE OF ANCHOR RELATIVE OR NOT.>>THEY’LL BE VETTED.>>Reporter: ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING WHEN THE TIME IS WHEN THE ISSUE IS BECOMING MORE POLITICIZED, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT ASYLUM-SEEKERS ARE ENTERING ILLEGALLY OR JUMPING THE QUEUE. IT’S BOUND TO BE A HOT TOPIC HEADING INTO THE FEDERAL ELECTION.>>Ian: IT’S NOT JUST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT IS WRESTLING WITH ALL OF THIS. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS IN QUÉBEC AND ONTARIO SAY THEY JUST CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THE SHEER NUMBER OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS. BACK IN APRIL, OTTAWA AGREED TO CREATE A SO-CALLED TRIAGE SYSTEM TO REDIRECT IRREGULAR BORDER CROSSERS AWAY FROM MONTREAL AFTER THE CITY COMPLAINED THAT THE SHELTERS WERE OVERWHELMED. NOW TORONTO SAYS IT’S RUNNING OUT OF ROOM AND WANTS HELP, TOO, BUT BOTH WILL HAVE TO WAIT. IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP CANADA SAYS IT WON’T HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.>>Andrew: THE TRADE STORY, WHERE YOU MAY BE STARTING TO SEE A SPIKE IN SOME PRICES. THANK CANADA’S ONGOING DISPUTE WITH THE U.S. FOR THAT. MOST YOU MAY HAVE SEEN COMING, BECAUSE THEY MADE HEADLINE NEWS, BUT OTHERS ARE CATCHING CANADIANS OFF GUARD AND IN SURPRISING PLACES.>>Reporter: THE COMBAT ANTS HERE AT THE WIZARD TOWER HAVE VANQUISHED MANY FOES OVER THE YEARS. THAT’S RIGHT, THIS GAMING AND HOBBY SHOP IS ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE CANADA-U.S. TRADE WAR. THE CASUALTY? THESE MAGIC GATHERING CARDS, A HOT ITEM AMONG GAMERS.>>THIS IS ABOUT 90% OF THE BUSINESS, THIS IS THE BREAD AND BUTTER. THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR.>>Reporter: DAVE AND HIS 15 EMPLOYEES ARE COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN THE TRADE WAR AFTER TRUMP SLAPPED TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM, TRUDEAU SLAPPED BACK WITH A RANGE OF ITEMS INCLUDING PLAYING CARDS. THE TARGET WAS NORMAL PLAYING CARDS MADE IN STATES LIKE KENTUCKY AND OHIO. BUT UNDER IMPORT RULES, ALL PLAYING CARDS ARE THE SAME. SO THE MAGIC CARDS MADE IN THE DEMOCRAT VOTING MARIJUANA LEGALIZING WASHINGTON STATE GOT HIT, TOO.>>FOR EXAMPLE, A DECK LIKE THIS USED TO BE $13 LAST WEEK AND IT’S $14.99 THIS WEEK.>>Reporter: IT’S A SIMILAR STORY ON LARGER SCALE AT TREMCAR, WHICH MAKES GIANT ALUMINUM TRAILERS THAT COST ABOUT $80,000 A POP. THE COUNTER-TARIFFS ARE HAMMERING THEIR BOTTOM LINE.>>THIS INDUSTRY, IT’S A BIG EFFECT. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT $2,000 PER TRAILER.>>Reporter: THE ALUMINUM IS REFINED IN QUÉBEC, BUT IT’S TURNED INTO ALUMINUM SHEETS IN THE U.S. AND THEN SHIPPED BACK ACROSS THE BORDER TO BE TURNED INTO TANKS, WHICH MEANS THIS CANADIAN COMPANY IS HIT BY CANADIAN TARIFFS MEANT TO PUNISH AMERICANS.>>WE COULD INCREASE THE PRICE, BUT THERE IS A LIMIT, TOO, BECAUSE WE CANNOT SELL IT FOR MORE THAN OUR COMPETITOR.>>Reporter: IT’S NOT JUST BIG ALUMINUM TANKS, IT’S SMALL ALUMINUM CANS. BEER MAKERS ARE REDUCING THEIR SUPPLY OF CANS. CANNED FOODS ARE GOING TO COST MORE, NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT IS IN THE CAN, BUT BECAUSE OF THE CAN ITSELF. SO IS A CAN OF POP. MEANING THESE GAMERS WILL PAY MORE FOR THEIR FUEL AS WELL AS THEIR FUN. SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA STAND UP TO DONALD TRUMP EVEN IF IT’S GOING TO COST YOU MONEY?>>HE’S A BULLY. WE NEED TO STAND UP, OTHERWISE, IF WE GIVE INTO CONCESSIONS, THEY’LL ASK FOR MORE.>>Reporter: IT’S A GAME, BUT IN THIS CASE, THE STAKES ARE NO FANTASY. DAVID COCHRANE, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Andrew: WE COULD BE SEEING ESCALATION ON ANOTHER TRADE FRONT, BECAUSE BEIJING IS NOT BLINKING AFTER A THREAT FROM WASHINGTON TO RAISE TARIFFS ON $200 BILLION OF GOODS. THE U.S. WANTS CHINA TO MODIFY ITS BEHAVIOR. BEIJING CALLS THAT BLACKMAIL AND SAYS THE U.S. WILL ONLY HURT ITSELF IF IT USES HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS.>>>TURNING TO ANOTHER STORY WE’LL BE WATCHING TONIGHT. IT’S AN UNSETTLING ONE IN ALBERTA. IT INVOLVES A TOURIST SHOT IN THE HEAD IN WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN A ROAD RAGE ATTACK. IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE NOON ON A HIGHWAY. THE MAN WHO WAS SHOT WAS A 60-YEAR-OLD GERMAN TOURIST IN A CAR WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO KIDS AT THE TIME. HE’S ALIVE, BUT IN HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. CAROLYN DUNN IS IN CALGARY TONIGHT WITH MORE.>>Reporter: WELL, POLICE WERE ACTUALLY RESPONDING TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT, BUT THEY SOON DISCOVERED THAT THE DRIVER, THIS GERMAN TOURIST, HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE HEAD WITH A SMALL CALIBER GUN. HE WAS TALKING AS THEY AIR-LIFTED HIM TO HOSPITAL, BUT HIS INJURY IS VERY SERIOUS AND HE HAS A LONG ROAD OF RECOVERY, INCLUDING SURGERY TO REMOVE THE BULLET. AS YOU SAY, THE LEAD THEORY IS ROAD RAGE, BUT HERE’S SOME MORE OF WHAT POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO.>>THERE WAS A SMALL BLACK CAR THAT WAS BEING DRIVEN BY A WHITE MALE IN AND AROUND THE DODGE DURANGO AT THE TIME THAT THE GUNSHOT WOULD HAVE OCCURRED. IT’S A TWO-LANE UNDIVIDED HIGHWAY, SO THERE MIGHT NOT BE OPPORTUNITIES TO PASS, SPECULATING, THERE IS MAYBE SOME ISSUES WITH TRAFFIC CONGESTION.>>Reporter: NOW, THE RCMP ARE LOOKING TO TRACK DOWN THAT SUSPECT AND THEY’RE HOPING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP TO DO THAT. AND THEY’RE ALSO LOOKING TO TRY TO PIECE TOGETHER WHAT LED TO THE SHOOTING.>>Andrew: THANK YOU.>>INNOCENT IS THEREFORE DULY DECLARED PRESIDENT.>>Andrew: THERE YOU GO, THE RESULTS ARE IN, EMMERSON MNANGAGWA HAS BEEN DECLARED THE WINNER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF ZIMBABWE. ACCORDING TO THE COUNTRY’S ELECTION COMMISSION, EMMERSON MNANGAGWA CAPTURED JUST OVER 50% OF THE VOTES, BUT HIS MAIN OPPONENT IS DISPUTING THE RESULTS, SAYING HIS PARTY HAS EVIDENCE THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED.>>Ian: HERE’S WHAT ELSE WE’RE WORKING ON TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL”, LONG TIME CANADIAN HOST IS LEAVING HIS FAMOUS QUIZ SHOW. WHO IS ALEX TREBEK? WE QUIZ OUR POP CULTURE PANEL ABOUT REPLACEMENTS.>>Andrew: WHY ARE BOARD MEMBERS STILL ON THE PAYROLL OF SEARS WHILE EX-EMPLOYEES WORRY ABOUT SEVERANCE.>>Ian: AND A PUSH TO GIVE ONLINE ACCESS TO MEDICAL FILES.>>IT EMPOWERS YOU AS A PATIENT AND HELPS TO TAKE CONTROL AND IT HELPS YOU WORK THROUGH YOUR — I THINK WE NEED CONTROL OF YOUR OWN HEALTH, IT HELPSPS>>Andrew: YOU OWN THE INFORMATION IN YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS, BUT IS IT ALWAYS EASY TO ACCESS? NO. THAT’S BECAUSE THE RECORD ITSELF, THE ACTUAL FILE, IT BELONGS TO A DOCTOR OR A HOSPITAL. YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM TO SEE YOUR OWN DETAILS, UNLESS OUR RECORDS WERE SIMPLY AVAILABLE ONLINE. AND TURNS OUT FOR SOME CANADIANS, THEY ARE. NOT FOR EVERYBODY. CHRISTINE BIRAK SHOWS US WHY.>>Reporter: YVONNE WRIGHT CAN SEE HER MOTHER’S MEDICAL RECORDS ANY TIME, ANY PLACE.>>THE APPOINTMENT.>>ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO, EVEN THE DROP IN WITH THE DOCTOR.>>Reporter: SHE’S LOOKING AT A PATIENT PORTAL, SET UP BY THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK IN TORONTO WHICH IS COORDINATING HER MOTHER’S CANCER CARE. THE PORTAL ALLOWS PATIENTS AND AUTHORIZED USERS TO ACCESS THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY, INCLUDING BLOOD TESTS, X-RAYS, SCANS AND MEDICATIONS. WRIGHT SAYS THE FAMILY FEELS ENGAGED.>>WE CAN WATCH HER BLOOD PRESSURE GO UP AND DOWN, IS THERE AN ISSUE? WE WERE ABLE TO ASK THE DOCTOR, THIS IS HAPPENING OR THIS IS HAPPENING WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?>>HARM WAS BEING DONE BECAUSE PATIENTS DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE RECORDS.>>Reporter: DR. DR. IRIS GORINKEL IS PUSHING TRANSPARENCY FOR ALL. IN A COMMENTARY PUBLISHED, SHE INSISTED CANADIANS SHOULD HAVE EASY ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS.>>IT COULD BE LIFE-SAVING, IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM, MOST PATIENTS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MEDICATIONS THEY’RE ON OR WHAT THEY’RE FOR.>>Reporter: RIGHT NOW, A PATCHWORK OF PATIENT PORTALS HAVE BEEN CREATED BY INDIVIDUAL DOCTORS AND SOME HOSPITALS. NOVA SCOTIA AND ALBERTA HAVE BEEN WORKING ON INTEGRATED PORTALS THAT COULD BE SHARED BY ALL POTENTIAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, BUT NO PROVINCE HAS FIGURED IT OUT JUST YET. PATIENT PRIVACY THE MAJOR ISSUE, BUT THERE ARE OTHERS.>>SOME OF THE LANGUAGE SOMETIMES, THERE IS OVERWEIGHT DIVORCE, MIDDLE AGE AND NONE OF THAT IS PARTICULARLY UNTRUE, BUT THERE IS A DEHUMANIZING ELEMENT AS WELL.>>Reporter: THIS BIOETHICIST SAYS WHEN PATIENTS START READING THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS, THEY COULD BE IN FOR AN EYEFUL OF UNFAMILIAR TERMINOLOGY.>>WHEN PATIENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR CHARTS, IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH, IT’S GOING TO BE VERY CONFUSING.>>Reporter: SOMETHING WRIGHT EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND. THE RESULTS FROM ONE OF HER MOTHER’S SCANS APPEARED TO SAY SHE HAD NO CANCER. THE FAMILY CELEBRATED AND LATER FOUND OUT, NO STOOD FOR THE WORD, NUMBER. WRIGHT ALSO DREADS RECEIVING BAD NEWS.>>I THINK THE LANGUAGE ON THE REPORTS NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BECAUSE IT CAN SCARE PEOPLE. I THINK IT’S GREAT, BECAUSE IT EMPOWERS YOU AS A PATIENT AND HELPS YOU TAKE CONTROL.>>Reporter: WHILE COMPLICATED, WRIGHT HOPES EVERY CANADIAN, INCLUDING HERSELF, WILL HAVE ONLINE ACCESS TO THEIR OWN MEDICAL RECORDS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. CHRISTINE BIRAK, CBC NEWS, RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO.>>Andrew: SO HOW SOON IS SOON? WELL, TAKE ALBERTA AGAIN. SOME PARTS ARE EXPECTED TO GET CONNECTED IN LATE 2019. BUT EVEN THAT IS BY NO MEANS A SURE BET. THE PROVINCE HAS SPENT ABOUT A DECADE AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TRYING TO SET ITS SYSTEM UP. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FULLY ONLINE LAST YEAR, BUT THE LAUNCH WAS DELAYED BECAUSE IT DIDN’T WORK CORRECTLY ON SMART PHONES. SO STAY TUNED.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, THE CAST OF “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR DIRECTOR JAMES GUNN AFTER A SERIES OF OFFENSIVE TWEETS GOT HIM FIRED. OUR POP CULTURE PANEL DIGS IN.>>Andrew: FORMER SEARS CANADA EMPLOYEES WANT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS REMOVED AND THEY’RE TAKING THE FIGHT TO COURT.>>WHAT ARE THEY DOING? WHERE IS THE MONITOR? AND ARE THE RIGHT PEOPLE PR>>HE SAYS, WELCOME TO THE FRICKING GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.>>ONLY HE DIDN’T USE FRICKING.>>Ian: THAT WISE GUY WIT HELPED MAKE “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” A SHARP APPEAL. MUCH OF THE CREDIT GOES THE WRITER DIRECTOR JAMES GUNN. IT WAS HIS IDEA TO EXPLOIT A 70s PLAY LIST. * I’M HOOKED ON A FEELING >>Ian: AND GUNN’S HUMOROUS TOUCH BROADENED THE GENRE’S APPEAL.>>STAR LORD.>>WHO?>>STAR LORD, MAN, LEGENDARY OUTLAW >>Ian: BUT DISNEY STOPPED LAUGHING WHEN NOTES ON THE NET POKED FUN AT PEDOPHILIA, BUT THE CAST ASKED FOR THE REINSTATEMENT. DISNEY SHOWS NO SIGN OF BUDGING. LET’S TALK ABOUT THERE, WE’RE JOINED BY SARAH BOESVELD, SENIOR WRITER, DONNOVAN BENNETT AND ISHANI NATH, THANK YOU, DID DISNEY DO THE RIGHT THING?>>I THINK SO. ALTHOUGH I HAVE EMPATHY FOR MR. GUNN, I DON’T HAVE SYMPATHY. THESE ARE THINGS THAT HAPPENED A WHILE AGO, BUT HE WAS STILL IN HIS 40s. THIS IS MY THING. I APPLAUD THE LOYALTY BY THE CAST, BUT DISNEY’S LOYALTY AS A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY IS TO THE SHAREHOLDERS AND CUSTOMERS AND GIVEN THAT, THEY DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.>>Ian: ONE WAY TO LOOK AT THE STORY, HE JOKED ABOUT PEDOPHILIA, JOKED ABOUT RAPE. THOSE THINGS AREN’T JOKING MATTERS, BUT DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ESSENTIALLY FIRED?>>WELL, I THINK THIS WHOLE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT CANCEL CULTURE, THE IDEA OF JUST LIKE SWIPING SOMEONE ASIDE, BANISHING THEM FOR SOMETHING THAT MAYBE HAS BEEN EXHUMED FROM THEIR PAST, IT’S NOT NECESSARILY WHERE THEY’RE HURTING SOMEONE. I’M NOT GOING TO EXCUSE THE JOBS, PEDOPHILIA AND RAPE ARE NOT FUNNY, BUT TO JUST JUDGE THEM BY SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN RAISED BY SOMETHING A LONG TIME AGO, WHEN HE HAS APOLOGIZED. I THINK IT’S QUITE A RASH MOVE. THE REASON I BRING UP CANCEL CULTURE, DISNEY IS SAYING, LOOK, THERE IS NO TRIAL, NO INVESTIGATION. AND ACTUALLY, THERE ARE A LOT OF MEN, WHO MAYBE HAVE LEGITIMATE CLAIMS AGAINST THEM IN THE #METOO MOVEMENT, WHERE A LOT OF COMPANIES HAVE BEEN LIKE, LET’S KEEP HIM AROUND BECAUSE HE’S WORTH A LOT OF MONEY. IT’S AN INTERESTING MOVE, BUT TO ME IT SPEAKS TO A PROBLEMATIC THEME THAT HAS COME UP IN OUR CULTURE. MAYBE SHAREHOLDERS ARE WORRIED AND THEY DON’T WANT THINGS THAT COULD BE SEEN AS PROBLEMATIC OPTICALLY TO BE OUT THERE.>>Ian: IT IS INCREDIBLE THOUGH HOW THESE THINGS BECOME THIS TSUNAMI, RIGHT? SO SOMEBODY BRINGS ATTENTION TO SOMETHING. THERE IS A HUGE WAVE OF USUALLY SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEN SOME KIND OF ACTION BY A COMPANY. DO YOU THINK IT UNFOLDED THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE?>>WHETHER IT UNFOLDED THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE, I’M NOT SURE, BUT I DO THINK DISNEY CAN’T GO BACK NOW. THEY’VE MADE THE DECISION AND THEY HAVE TO STICK BY IT, WHETHER THE CAST IS ON BOARD OR NOT. I THINK THAT WE’RE IN THIS MOMENT WHERE PEOPLE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY SAID AND THAT’S POWERFUL. I THINK WE’RE STILL IN THE GROWING PAINS OF THAT, BUT I THINK IT’S AN IMPORTANT TIME RIGHT NOW AND THIS IS — IF THIS IS WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN, THIS IS WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN. AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT WE SAY THINGS LIKE RAPE AND PEDOPHILIA ARE NOT FUNNY AND WE NEED TO PUSH FOR BETTER AND SMARTER COMEDY.>>Ian: THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY AND I WONDER IF YOU GET TO A LINE OF INTOLERANCE AND WHAT ABOUT A WORD THAT THE CAST USED, REDEMPTION? SHOULD THERE BE ROOM HERE — AND DOES IT MATTER TO THE THREE OF YOU THAT THE CAST HAS WEIGHED IN HERE? YOU FEEL IT DOESN’T.>>TO ME, ACTUALLY I THINK DISNEY NEEDED TO BE STUCK IN BECAUSE THE CAST WEIGHED IN. BECAUSE IT SETS A PRECEDENT. IF THEY WERE TO CAPITULATE TO THE CAST, WELL, OUR DECISIONS DON’T MATTER, YOUR FEELINGS MATTER.>>Ian: MAYBE NOT CAPITULATE, MAYBE IT’S LISTENING. MAYBE IT’S I RESPECT WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE TO SAY.>>IT OPENS UP THE PANDORA’S BOX, IF YOU LISTEN ON THIS, ARE YOU GOING TO LISTEN ON ROSEANNE BARR, KEVIN SPACEY? WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE? OUR BRAND IS A FAMILY BRAND, WHAT YOU DID IS NOT A FAMILY EXPRESSION, SO WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR BRAND.>>SO HERE, IT’S NOT THE SAME AS THE ROSEANNE THING, IN REALTIME, 2017, EARLY THIS YEAR MADE RACIST COMMENTS REALTIME. THIS IS STUFF FROM JAMES GUNN EXHUMED FROM A DECADE AGO. HE HAS APOLOGIZED, BUT HE HASN’T TAKEN THEM DOWN WHICH IS AN ISSUE. THAT’S A PROBLEM, BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT THINKS.>>ARE THEY, THOUGH?>>IF PEOPLE DON’T WATCH BECAUSE OF THEM, THEY’RE THE SAME. SO THE NUANCE IS JAMES GUNN YOU’RE NOT WORKING ON THIS PROJECT, YOU MAY WORK AGAIN. ROSEANNE BARR MAY NOT WORK AGAIN. THE PUBLIC AND THE INCOME IS SAYING THEY’RE THE SAME.>>I THINK THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION AND I THINK IT BRINGS UP WHAT IS THE NEXT STAGE OF WHERE DO WE WANT THE CONVERSATION TO GO? CANCEL CULTURE IS HAPPENING, BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE NUANCE AND THE MAIN TAKEAWAY HERE.>>Ian: THE MAIN TAKEAWAY OF TELEVISION IS A SEGUE FROM SUPERHEROES TO CHICKEN SANDWICHES.>>WE GET GREAT FEEDBACK FROM CUSTOMERS IN THE UNITED STATES, NOT JUST ABOUT THE FOOD, BUT THE SERVICE AND ENVIRONMENT, WE WANT TO BRING THAT SAME EXPERIENCE INTO TORONTO AND CANADA, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT’S WHAT CUSTOMERS VALUE.>>Ian: THAT IS PART OF A PROMOTIONAL VIDEO, THE PRESIDENT OF CHICK FILL A. PUBLICLY OPPOSING FOR EXAMPLE, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, SO SOME CANADIANS ARE CALLING FOR A BOYCOTT, SAYING YOU NEED TO STEP UP AND TAKE SOME ACTION HERE. BUT IT OPENS THE DOOR TO THIS QUESTION, WHEN IS A CHICKEN SANDWICH JUST A CHICKEN SANDWICH? SHOULD CANADIANS THINK TWICE ABOUT GOING HERE BEFORE POLITICAL VIEWS?>>I THINK YOU ARE WHAT YOU A EAT. THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO GET A CHICKEN SANDWICH. I HAVE HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT THEIR FOOD, I HAVE HEARD TERRIBLE THINGS THAT I CANNOT STAND BY IN TERMS OF WHERE THEY’RE GETTING THEIR MONEY. SO I DON’T THINK A SANDWICH CAN BE JUST A SANDWICH. I THINK YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.>>I THINK — >>Ian: THAT’S A VERY INTERESTING LOOK.>>WE’RE GETTING VERY PHILOSOPHICAL HERE, THINK I. BUT I THINK THAT THE POWER OF SOMEONE’S DOLLAR, LIKE IN THIS SOCIETY, ONE OF THE BIGGEST POWERS THEY HAVE. AND I THINK CONSUMERS SHOULD GO BY THEIR MORAL COMPASS ON THAT, BUT I’M THINKING MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT. I THINK THE CONVERSATION, PEOPLE GET EXCITED ABOUT THEIR AMERICAN FOOD CHAINS. THEY GET EXCITED ABOUT CHICKEN SANDWICHES AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE NOT TUNED INTO THIS AND WILL NOT CARE. BUT THERE HAS BEEN INTERESTING MOMENTUM ABOUT THE BOYCOTT OF CHICK FIL-A.>>IT IS THE 8TH BIGGEST FAST FOOD CHAIN IN THE UNITED STATES BASED ON SALES AND QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS MAGAZINE PREDICTS IT’S GOING TO BE IN THIRD, ONLY BEHIND McDONALD’S AND STARBUCKS. PEOPLE LOVE IT. WHAT IF YOU WERE WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS IN TORONTO IN A COUPLE OF YEARS WHEN THEY OPEN UP AND SOME OF THE FRIENDS SAID THEY WANTED TO GO TO GET THE CHICKEN, OTHERS SAID THEY REFUSE TO GO BASED ON POLITICAL VIEWS, HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?>>HOW HUNGRY AM I?>>AND YOU’RE STARVING.>>I DO LOVE ME SOME CHICKEN, THE STEREOTYPE, BUT I WILL SAY THAT I PROBABLY WOULDN’T BE COMFORTABLE EATING THERE AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. IF YOU MAKE A GREAT SANDWICH AND YOU’RE A SCIENCE GIST, I WILL EAT IT. IT’S NOT THAT THEY’RE JUST A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION. THEY’VE BEEN OPEN ABOUT TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AND SAYING I’M GOING TO TAKE MONEY FROM PEOPLE AND APPLY IT IN A WAY THAT IS NOT GOING TO BENEFIT ALL PEOPLE. FROM THAT STANDPOINT, WHETHER IT’S A CHICK FILA OR A COMPANY LIKE STARBUCKS, BECAUSE THEY’VE GIVEN THEIR EMPLOYEES BENEFITS AND BAD BECAUSE THEY’VE NOT ALLOWED PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE ME SIT IN THEIR RESTAURANTS. I LEARNED IN SCHOOL THAT TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. THE ONLY AGENCY WE HAVE IS THE DECISIONS WE MAKE EVERY DAY, SO THAT’S NOT A DECISION I’M COMFORTABLE MAKING.>>Ian: LET’S CHANGE GEARS FOR THE FINAL TOPIC AND TALK ABOUT A GUY WHO STARTED IN THE CBC AND IS NOW A BROADCAST LEGEND. TALKING — I’M SURE YOU’RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION, ALEX TREBEK, WHO SAID HE MIGHT BE LEAVING THE SHOW WHEN HIS CONTRACT IS UP.>>WHAT ARE THE ODDS YOU WILL STAY AFTER 2020? RIGHT NOW?>>50-50 AND A LITTLE LESS.>>Ian: IN A TRIBUTE TO ALEX TREBEK, WHO IS STILL HOSTING “JEOPARDY!” WE’RE GOING TO ASK A “JEOPARDY!” STYLE QUESTION AND THE CATEGORY IS FAMOUS CANADIAN GAME SHOW HOSTS, AND THE ANSWER IS THIS CANADIAN CITY HAS THE MOST FRESH WATER LAKES OF ANY MUNICIPALITY IN THE COUNTRY, IT’S ALSO HOME TO THE FOURTH LARGEST FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE OF QUÉBEC AND THE BIRTHPLACE OF JEOPARDY HOST ALEX TREBEK?>>WHAT IS SUDBURY, ONTARIO.>>WHERE IS?>>MY GRAMMAR.>>YES.>>SO DO I WIN A JACKPOT?>>Ian: SO FOR THE FEW OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON, IN “JEOPARDY!” YOU ANSWER QUESTIONS BY DOING IT IN THE STYLE OF A QUESTION. SO MANY OF US, HAVE YOU WATCHED “JEOPARDY!” >>>I HAVE.>>IT SPANS GENERATIONS. LESS THAN A MINUTE, DOES IT MATTER TO YOU WHO THE NEXT HOST OF “JEOPARDY!” IS?>>YEAH, BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT TREBEK. HE’S PART OF THE INSTITUTION. SO THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET IT RIGHT.>>ABSOLUTELY IT MATTERS, BUT THERE IS A CHANCE TO REVIVE IT FOR A NEW GENERATION THAT DOESN’T HAVE CABLE.>>Ian: A GENERATION THAT DOESN’T HAVE CABLE? THAT’S SCARY TO ME. [LAUGHTER] >>AND YOUR VIEW ON TREBEK OR WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT TO “JEOPARDY!”?>>HE HAS INTERESTING IDEAS FOR THE NEXT HOST, HE THINKS THE L.A. KINGS ANNOUNCER, WHICH IS FUNNY TO ME. BUT I ALSO AM SKEPTICAL HE’S GOING TO RETIRE. BECAUSE IN 2014, HE WAS ASKED THE SAME QUESTION, HE WAS LIKE, 50-50 CHANCE, HE BASICALLY SAID THE SAME THING, SO I’M GOING PUT ON MY SKEPTIC HAT. MAYBE HE’LL BE THE HOST OF HQ, THE DIGITAL REALTIME SHOW.>>Ian: THAT’S BRILLIANT.>>THEY SHOULD EVOLVE.>>Ian: NOTE TO END ON. THANKS TO ALL THREE OF YOU.>>>STILL LOTS MORE TO COME ON “THE NATIONAL”, BUT FIRST A PREVIEW OF THE SHORT DOC AIRING HERE TOMORROW NIGHT. WE’LL TAKE YOU TO A SPECIAL SUMMER CAMP RUN BY BLAME TORONTO. — BLACK LIVES MATTER TORONTO. WHICH MADE THE LAND ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.>>THE BLACK BOY ARISES FROM THE ASHES AND TAKE DOWN THE SYSTEM.>>I LOVE IT. * [exciting]>>Do you want to win, or you want to score lots of points?>>Win. [crowd cheering]>>So why the hell are you here? This is a bloody great CV. You’re a highly qualified doctor.>>I was looking for a new challenge, professionally.>>They don’t know who they’re messing with. They don’t have a clue who they’re messing with. They want to mess with us –>>Oh, they’re not messing with us. I’m the wrong man!>>Today is Scarecrow Festival, and I’ve got a bad feeling. Mark my words, something bad is going to happen to me today. [fire blazing]>>Announcer: Jonny’s back.>>Fufu.>>Yeah, Fufu.>>And I was like, “Who’s Fufu?”>>Lots of laughs, my cheeks are sore.>>Announcer: Loyal fans…>>He was off the floral richterite scale.>>Announcer: ..can’t get enough.>>I do not look like that. [laughter]>>[ alternate language ]:>>Announcer: Good job, Jonny. Okay, still crazy. Still Standing.>>Awesome.>>I don’t know how he does that.>>Thanks so much.>>Announcer: Still Standing returns September 18th on CBC. Part of the Tuesday night comedy line-up.>>Andrew: TONIGHT, ROWDY RECEPTION FOR THE U.S. PRESIDENT AT A RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA. HE DECIDED TO SPEAK TO REPORTERS JUST HOURS AFTER SOME OF HIS TOP NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORS ISSUED A WARNING THAT RUSSIA IS A THREAT AND IT’S STILL TRYING TO INTERFERE IN U.S. ELECTIONS. BUT TONIGHT, DONALD TRUMP HAS OTHER THINGS ON HIS MIND.>>President Donald Trump: THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND EVEN THESE PEOPLE BACK HERE, THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE, THEY CAN MAKE ANYTHING BAD, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE FAKE, FAKE, DISGUSTING NEWS.>>Andrew: AND IT WENT ON, TRUMP GOING BACK TO WHAT HAS BECOME A POPULAR LINE OF ATTACK. IN TONIGHT’S SPEECH, HE DEFENDED HIS RECENT MEETING WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN AND SPOKE ABOUT HIS PLANS TO BUILD THAT WALL.>>>THERE ARE REPORTS OF A MAJOR SECURITY BREACH AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN MOSCOW. ACCORDING TO “THE GUARDIAN”, A WOMAN BELIEVED TO BE A RUSSIAN SPY WAS EMPLOYED AT THE EMBASSY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. SHE WAS FIRED LAST YEAR, AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED HE HAD BEEN MEETING WITH RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE. SHE HAD ACCESS TO THE EMBASSY E-MAILS AND PRIVATE NETWORK.>>>POPE FRANCIS HAS CHANGED THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S POSITION ON THE DEATH PENALTY. UNDER POPE JOHN PAUL II IT WAS CONSIDERED OK IN SOME CASES, BUT NOW THE TEACHINGS WILL SAY IT IS ALWAYS UNACCEPTABLE. THE DEATH PENALTY IS SOMETHING POPE FRANCIS HAS OFTEN SPOKEN OUT AGAINST.>>>IN EUROPE, AN ONGOING HEATWAVE HAS BECOME SO INTENSE, FORECASTERS SAY THE CONTINENT ALL TIME TEMPERATURE RECORD COULD BE BROKEN. HEAT WARNINGS ARE IN PLACE, BUT IT’S PORTUGAL AND SPAIN THAT MAY BE THE HOTTEST, THIS WEEKEND, TEMPERATURES SOARING PAST 48° CELSIUS.>>>AFTER MORE THAN SIX DECADES IN BUSINESS, THE FINAL CHAPTER OF SEARS CANADA IS WRITTEN IN AN ONTARIO COURTROOM. THE ONETIME RETAIL GIANT IS STILL TANGLED UP IN THE BANKRUPTCY PROCESS. ONCE SUCH A CRUCIAL PART OF THE RETAIL LANDSCAPE, THE RETAILER COLLAPSED IN JUNE OF 2017. THEY TRIED TO RESTRUCTURE, REINVENT THEMSELVES, BUT THAT FAILED, SO EARLY THIS YEAR, SEARS LIQUIDATED, CLEARING THE SHELVES AT THE END OF A 65-YEAR RUN, 255 STORES CLOSED AND ALL 16,000 EMPLOYEES LET GO. AND THOSE FORMER EMPLOYEES ARE WONDERING IF THEY’LL GET THE MONEY THEY’RE OWED, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, LEARNING THAT THE COMPANY IS STILL PAYING ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. JACQUELINE HANSEN HAS BEEN DIGGING INTO WHAT THE BANKRUPTCY COURT DOCUMENTS CAN TELL US.>>Reporter: WHEN FORMER SEARS EMPLOYEE TIFFANY BRAUND READ THAT BOARD MEMBERS ARE STILL BEING PAID, SHE WAS SHOCKED.>>A LOT OF US MADE ASSUMPTIONS THAT THE BOARD WOULD HAVE BEEN DISSOLVED A LONG TIME AGO.>>Reporter: CBC NEWS FOUND IN COURT DOCUMENTS THAT SEARS’ FOUR BOARD MEMBERS HAVE RECEIVED MORE THAN $600,000 SO FAR THIS YEAR AND COST THE COMPANY ANOTHER $600,000 IN PROFESSIONAL FEES.>>BOARD MEMBERS ARE ALREADY WEALTHY PEOPLE, SO TO CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THAT WHILE OTHER PEOPLE ARE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED, I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE SELF-REFLECTION ON THAT.>>Reporter: STARTING THIS MONTH, SEARS RETIREES PENSION PAYMENTS WERE CUT AND MANY FORMER EMPLOYEES ARE STILL WAITING TO FIND OUT IF THEY’LL GET ANY MONEY TO MAKE UP FOR LOST SEVERANCE. THE LAW FIRM REPRESENTING EMPLOYEES WANTS WORKERS TO GET AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE, SO IT’S ASKING THE COURT TO REMOVE THE BOARD. BUT IN AN AFFIDAVIT, THE CHAIR DEFENDED THE BOARD’S ROLE, SAYING SINCE SEARS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION, THE BOARD HAS BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS. HE SAID ITS PAY HAS ALREADY BEEN REDUCED TWICE AND THE BOARD IS PREPARED TO CUT IT FURTHER TO $5,000 PER MONTH.>>LIKE THE CAPTAIN GOING DOWN WITH THE SHIP.>>Reporter: THIS COMMERCIAL LAWYER SAYS PAYING BOARD MEMBERS WHILE A COMPANY IS IN BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION IS OFTEN NECESSARY.>>BEHIND THE SCENES THEY’RE STILL FUNCTIONING TO SELL THE REAL ESTATE ASSETS AND DEAL WITH THE WINDING DOWN OF OPERATIONS. THE COMPANY STILL EXISTS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.>>Reporter: WHILE THE FIGHT BREWING IS OVER THE MONEY, BRAUND BELIEVES WHO IS ON THE BOARD IS ALSO A PROBLEM.>>FOR IT TO BE THE SAME BOARD MEMBERS WHO WERE THERE THROUGH THE LAST MANY YEARS OF THE COMPANY’S DEMISE, ARE THEY THE RIGHT PEOPLE?>>Reporter: LAWYERS FOR THE EMPLOYEES WILL ARGUE FOR THE BOARD’S REMOVAL IN COURT LATER THAT MONTH. — LATER THIS MONTH.>>Andrew: RETIREES ARE ASKING THE COURTS TO GIVE THEM WHATEVER MONEY SEARS HAS LEFT TO FUND THEIR PENSIONS. COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW SEARS HAS ABOUT $135 MILLION REMAINING IN ITS ESTATE, WHICH IS BAD NEWS, BECAUSE RETIREES ALONE SAY THEY’RE OWED $730 MILLION TO FUND A SHORTFALL IN THEIR BENEFITS AND PENSION PLANS. AND SEARS ALSO FACES $36 BILLION IN CLAIMS FROM OTHER CREDITORS. THE SHOWDOWN ON WHO GETS WHAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE DECIDED BY ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT, AS EARLY AS THIS FALL.>>Ian: ONTO A CORPORATION WITH A MUCH DIFFERENT STORY. APPLE CROSSED A HISTORIC BARRIER TODAY, BECOMING THE FIRST U.S. COMPANY EVER TO BE WORTH $1 TRILLION. ALL THANKS TO STRONG SALES OF iPHONES AND SURGING REVENUE FROM THE APP STORE. THE MILESTONE REINFORCES APPLE’S POWER IN THE TECH WORLD, BUT WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS TO MEASURE IT? APPLE STOCK MARKET VALUE IS GREATER THAN EXXON MOBIL, THE LARGEST OIL AND GAS COMPANY, PROCTOR & GAMBLE, AND TELECOM AT&T COMBINED. IT’S TRIPLE THE SIZE OF SAMSUNG. OR A TRILLION DOLLARS IS LARGER THAN MOST COUNTRY’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OR THE VALUE OF EVERYTHING THEY PRODUCE EACH YEAR. IF APPLE’S VALUATION WAS AN ECONOMY, IT WOULD BE THE 17TH LARGEST, WITH MORE THAN HALF OF CANADA’S G.D.P.>>>MORE ON THE TOP STORIES AND HIGHLIGHTS OF ONES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED. TODAY’S PAUL MANAFORT’S FRAUD TRIAL CONTINUED IN VIRGINIA. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF AN EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLE, INCLUDING THIS. PAUL MANAFORT PURCHASED A $15,000 JACKET MADE FROM OSTRICH SKIN. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWS LETTER. * [exciting]>>Do you want to win, or you want to score lots of points?>>Win. [crowd cheering]>>So why the hell are you here? This is a bloody great CV. You’re a highly qualified doctor.>>I was looking for a new challenge, professionally.>>They don’t know who they’re messing with. They don’t have a clue who they’re messing with. They want to mess with us –>>Oh, they’re not messing with us. I’m the wrong man!>>Today is Scarecrow Festival, and I’ve got a bad feeling. Mark my words, something bad is going to happen to me today. [fire blazing]>>Oh, ah! Yeah, it’s good.>>It’s friggen super cool.>>Get down!>>It’s okay to date the crazy guys.>>I’m sorry I spent all your money on drugs and synthesizers. * >>Announcer: The Great Canadian Baking Show returns Wednesday, September 19th on CBC.>>Ian: IT HAS ALREADY BROUGHT A LOT OF JOY TO THE CITY, BUT HALIFAX’S FAMOUS AGAVE PLANT HAD ONE MORE SURPRISE. AGAVE MARIA, AS IT’S BEEN AFFECTIONATELY DUBBED, IS STARTING TO BLOOM. THE LITTLE, YELLOW FLOWERS MEANS THAT IT’S ABOUT TO DIE. IT’S DRAWING PEOPLE TO THE PUBLIC GARDENS AND IT’S OUR “MOMENT OF THE DAY.”>>WE CAME TO SEE THIS VERY EXOTIC PLANT.>>IT’S A PLANT THAT BLOOMS ONCE BEFORE IT DIES. WHEN DO WE HAVE THOSE PLANTS IN THE MARITIMES, RIGHT? IT’S COOL TO SEE IT.>>IT’S AMAZING. IT’S NEAT TO SEE IN PERSON. I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING IT ON-LINE. SEEING IT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL IS AMAZING.>>IT’S REALLY EXOTIC. I NEVER HAVE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE.>>MY PARENTS IN ONTARIO ARE FOLLOWING IT, TOO. I TOLD THEM I WAS COMING HERE AND THEY’RE WAITING FOR PICTURES.>>IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE COULD NOT GROW IT IN NOVA SCOTIA. THE PUBLIC GARDENS IS PEACEFUL. THEY CAN COME AND ESCAPE THE CITY. IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND TEMPORARY.>>Ian: SEE, ANDREW, I UNDERSTAND THE NOTION THAT IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND TEMPORARY AND AMAZING BECAUSE IN LATE MAY, I TOOK MY PARENTS FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TO HALIFAX, TO THE PUBLIC GARDENS BECAUSE WE HEARD IT WAS ABOUT TO BLOOM THEN. I WILL SHOW YOU SOME PICTURES I TOOK ON MY PHONE OF THE AGAVE PLANT. SEE, NO BLOOM. LET’S SHOW YOU THE CLOSER SHOT. A BOTONIST SAID SHE THOUGHT IT WAS DEAD. SO I WAS DISAPPOINTED THEN AND NOW.>>Andrew: SO YOU WENT ALL THE WAY FROM B.C. TO THERE TO SEE THE PLANT?>>Ian: NO. DON’T BE SO INCREDULOUS, NOT JUST FOR THAT.>>Andrew: THEY SHOULD HAVE CREATED A TIME LAPSE OR TAKE 25 YEARS OF FOOTAGE AND CONDENSE IT DOWN. THAT’S MY IDEA OF THE DAY. THAT’S THE “THE NATIONAL” FOR THIS AUGUST 2. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.>>Ian: GOOD NIGHT.

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