The National for Monday, Nov. 11 — Remembrance Day; Game over for Don Cherry

The National for Monday, Nov. 11 — Remembrance Day; Game over for Don Cherry


(*)>>Adrienne: TONIGHT, THE END>>Adrienne: TONIGHT, THE END OF AN 3 (*)>>Adrienne: TONIGHT, THE END OF AN ERA FOR A MAN BOTH LOVED AND REVILED. DON CHERRY IS OUT AFTER HIS SATURDAY RANT AGAINST NEW PEOPLE. THE COACH IN THE CORNER DIDN’T CHANGE THE WEIGHT OF PUBLIC OPINION DID.>>>PROTESTS IN HONG KONG TAKE A VIOLENT TURN.>>>ALSO TONIGHT THE SUDDEN DEATH OF THE MAN WHO HELPED SYRIA’S WHITE HELMETS.>>>AND ROSIE SITS DOWN WITH THE SILVER CROSS MOTHER.>>YOU NEVER THINK THEY’LL BE HURT BAD BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUR CHILDREN. (*)>>Adrienne: REMEMBERING THE SERVICE OF VETERANS. HONOURING THEIR SACRIFICE. LEST WE FORGET. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*)>>>ON THE DAY SET ASIDE TO HONOUR VETERANS, LEGENDARY BROADCASTER DON CHERRY WAS FORCED FROM HIS JOB AT “HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA” FOR HIS PERSONAL TAKE ON HOW THOSE WHO SERVE ARE HONOURED. TWO NIGHTS AGO HE SEEMED TO BERATE IMMIGRANTS FOR SUPPOSEDLY NOT WEARING POPPIES. HIS WORDS DIVIDED CANADIANS JUST AS THEY HAVE FOR DECADES BUT THIS TIME, AT LONG LAST FOR SOME, CHERRY’S BLUNT AND UNAPOLOGETIC STYLE ENDED HIS CAREER. LISA XING SHOWS US HOW IT HAPPENED.>>Reporter: HOURS BEFORE THE NEWS BROKE HIS COMMENTS WERE DISCUSSED AT THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY IN HIS OWN CITY.>>I WASN’T WEARING A POPPY UNTIL JUST RECENTLY BUT IT WAS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WAS IN MY HEART ALREADY.>>HE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IT BEFORE HE WENT ON THE AIR AND SAID IT.>>HERE’S WHAT GOT THEM AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TALKING.>>YOU PEOPLE LOVE, THAT YOU COME HERE, WHATEVER IT IS, YOU LOVE OUR WAY OF LIFE AND YOU LOVE OUR MILK AND HONEY AT LEAST YOU CAN PAY A COUPLE BUCKS FOR A POPPY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: THAT RANT FROM “THE COACH’S CORNER” TOUCHED A NERVE ACROSS CANADA.>>THESE GUYS PAY FOR YOUR WAY OF LIFE THAT YOU ENJOY IN CANADA.>>Reporter: AT FIRST CHERRY’S EMPLOYER, SPORTSNET, ISSUED AN APOLOGY AS DID HIS LONG-TIME CO-HOST.>>I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY TOO. THAT’S THE BIG THING THAT I WANTED TO EMPHASIZE. I SAT THERE AND DID NOT CATCH IT AND DID NOT RESPOND.>>Reporter: AS CHERRY STAYED SILENT, THIS AFTE AFTERNOON HIS CRITICS GOT THEIR WISH. ROGER SPORTSNET SAID THAT FOLLOWING FURTHER DISCUSSION WITH DON CHERRY IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT IT IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR HIM TO IMMEDIATELY STEP DOWN.>>HIS RAT RATINGS WERE OFF FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW, BUT WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO, IT’S TIME TO GO.>>I THINK THAT IT’S ABOUT TIME THAT HE TAKES A MUCH-NEEDED RETIREMENT.>>IT’S DON CHERRY BEING DON CHERRY. AND IT’S GETTING SCARY THAT WE CAN’T SAY WHAT WE WANT IN THIS COUNTRY.>>Reporter: NHLers ALSO WEIGHED IN.>>THERE’S NO PLACE FOR STUFF LIKE THAT. SO, NO, I THINK THAT IT’S THE RIGHT DECISION TO BE MADE.>>THIS IS A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR THAT WE HAVE SEEN REPEATED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, REPEATEDLY OVER THE LAST COUPLE DECADES, AND I THINK THAT FINALLY, OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.>>Reporter: DON CHERRY COURTED CONTROVERSY FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS UNDER CONTRACT WITH CBC FOR MOST OF THEM. HE MAY HAVE LOST HIS PLATFORM, BUT THE FOUNDER OF “HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA” PUNJABI SAYS THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT CHERRY SAID.>>THERE ARE FAR LESS YOUNGER INDIVIDUALS THAT I SEE WHO ARE NOT WEARING THE POPPY, BUT ARE SUPPORTING THE POPPY. BUT WE NEED TO SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT IT. WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THEM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. I THINK THAT IS THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT DON CHERRY HAD.>>Reporter: WHILE OTHERS WONDER IF A SIMPLE APOLOGY COULD HAVE SAVED HIS CAREER. LISA XING, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: TO THE VERY END, CHERRY MAINTAINED A LEGION OF REALLY LOYAL FOLLOWERS. WHILE ALSO RILING CANADIANS WHO CALLED HIS VIEWPOINTS “OUT OF TOUCH AND DESTRUCTIVE.” DEVIN HEROUX EXAMINES THE DOUBLE-EDGED DYNAMIC THAT KEPT HIM IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR DECADES. (*)>>Reporter: THAT SONG… THOSE SUITS… SATURDAY NIGHTS WITH DON CHERRY. (*) FOR NEARLY FOUR DECADES A “BOMBASTIC GRAPES” AS MANY AFFECTIONATELY CALLED HIM, SPOKE HIS TRUTH.>>HOW COULD YOU NOT LIKE ME IF YOU’RE A CANADIAN, A BOY OR GIRL.>>THIS GUY IS WORSE THAN “MacLEAN’S.”>>Reporter: A SUPPORTER OF TROOPS.>>HELP THE WOUNDED! I’M SURE THAT THEY’RE THE BROTHERS. HELP THE WOUNDED AND HELP THE GUYS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET JOBS. HELP THE PEOPLE LIKE THAT. YOU KNOW HOW MANY SUICIDES THERE ARE RIGHT NOW IN THE ARMY RIGHT NOW? YOU’D BE ASHAMED.>>Reporter: HE WAS POLARIZING AND EVEN OFFENSIVE, LIKE WHEN HE SCORNED CERTAIN PLAYERS FOR WEARING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.>>MOST OF THE GUYS WHO WEAR THEM ARE EUROPEAN OR FRENCH GUYS.>>Reporter: COMMENTS THAT FORCED CBC TO TEMPORARILY IMPLEMENT A SEVEN-SECOND TAPE DELAY DURING HIS BROADCAST IN 2004.>>AND I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE GREAT AND I THINK THAT EVERY DRESSING ROOM SHOULD HAVE ONE.>>Reporter: AND THEN THERE WAS THIS.>>SHOULDERS LIKE THIS ARE USUALLY FOR WOMEN. AND SO THEY WROTE IN AND SAID I WAS — THEY SAID HOMOSEXUAL, WHICH IS I THOUGHT WAS NICE.>>Reporter: CHERRY WAS UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT HOW HE SEES THE WORLD, EVEN WHEN IT LANDED HIM IN HOT WATER. PART OF THE REASON WHY SO MANY CANADIANS TUNED INTO “COACH’S CORNER,” YOU JUST NEVER KNEW WHAT CHERRY MIGHT SAY NEXT.>>GO OUT AND GET YOUR OWN LIFE AND WORK FOR IT. DON’T GIVE ME THAT STUFF.>>Reporter: DESPITE HIS STYLE OR BECAUSE OF IT, MANY CANADIANS ADORED DON, LANDING HIM IN SEVENTH SPOT WHEN CBC SET OUT TO DETERMINE THE GREAT CANADIAN, EVEN OUTRANKING WAYNE GRETZKY.>>THEY SAID, DON, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE. YOU JUST HAVE TO CHANGE. YOU CAN’T GO ON THE WAY THAT YOU ARE AND I SAID, WELL, JOHNNY CARSON HASN’T CHANGED AND I WATCH HIM THERE. AND I HAVEN’T CHANGED AND I’M WATCHING HIM THERE, AND I’M NOT CHANGING NOW AND THAT’S A TREAT FOR YOU FELLAS.>>Reporter: CHERRY DIDN’T CHANGE BUT THE TIMES DID.>>THERE SHOULDN’T BE FIGHTING IN THE GAME. YOU PEOPLE LOVE, YOU EITHER COME HERE, WHATEVER IT IS…>>Reporter: UNTIL THIS FINAL BLOW, PROVED TO BE TOO MUCH FOR HIS EMPLOYER, IF NOT FOR CHERRY HIMSELF.>>Adrienne: SO, DEVIN, NOW THAT THIS IS DONE, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN TERMS OF THE REACTION TO THE END OF “COACH’S CORNER” CAREER?>>Reporter: IT’S LIKE IT’S ALWAYS BEEN WITH DON CHERRY, TWO VERY STRONG POINTS OF VIEW ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ORGINISATION THAT ENFORCES BROADCAST STANDARDS IN THIS COUNTRY. OVER THE WEEKEND, SO INUNDATED WITH COMPLAINTS FROM CANADIANS AND THEY SAID, STOP SPENDING THEM, WE JUST DON’T HAVE THE TECHNICAL CAPABILITY TO TAKE YOUR COMPLAINTS. AND THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE TONIGHT YOU HAVE DON CHERRY IS RIGHT, PEOPLE COMING TO HIS DEFENCE, TRENDING SECOND IN THIS COUNTRY. SO LIKE DON CHERRY AND “COACH’S CORNER” HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL AND POLARIZING AND, ADRIENNE, THAT SEEMS TO BE THE CASE RIGHT UP TO THE END.>>Adrienne: WE HAVE NOT HEARD THE END OF THIS, I’M SURE. DEVIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Reporter: YOU’RE WELCOME.>>Adrienne: SO THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL REACTION FROM DON CHERRY TODAY, BUT THE NHL HAD THIS TO SAY… “WHILE WE RECOGNIZE DON CHERRY’S FOUR DECADES OF SERVICE, BROADCASTING NHL GAMES, TODAY’S DECISION WAS A JUSTIFIABLE RESPONSE TO HIS COMMENTS ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE OPINIONS HE EXPRESSED ARE IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE VALUES OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION THAT WE EMBRACE AS PILLARS OF OUR SPORT.”>>>AND ON THIS NOVEMBER 11th, CANADIANS PAUSE TO REMEMBER ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THIS COUNTRY. ROSIE IS IN OTTAWA WITH THE NATIONAL CEREMONY, WHERE IT TOOK PLACE.>>Rosemary: YES, IT’S A LITTLE BIT COLD HERE TODAY BUT THAT CERTAINLY DIDN’T DETER THE CROWDS IN ANY WAY. I’M AT THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL STEPS FROM PARLIAMENT HILL WHERE EARLIER TODAY AT THIS PLACE TENS OF THOUSANDS CAME OUT TO MARK REMEMBRANCE DAY. HANNAH THIBEDEAU WAS THERE AND HAS MORE ON HOW THE CEREMONY UNFOLDED AND THE SPECIAL MEANING IT HAD FOR VETERANS.>>Reporter: MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES. BUT THE NUMBER OF SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS IS DIMINISHING. ONLY 33,000 ARE STILL ALIVE. THE AVERAGE AGE? 94. ROBERT SPENCER HAS SURPASSED THAT.>>HE TURNED 99 YEARS YOUNG YESTERDAY.>>AMEN.>>AMEN HE SAYS!>>Reporter: 75 YEARS AGO HE PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE NORMANDY CAMPAIGN. IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING D-DAY HIS ARMOURED DIVISION WAS PART OF THE BREAKOUT FROM JUNO BEACH.>>I THINK BACK TO THE OLD DAYS, IT’S A LONG TIME AGO, BUT THE MEMORY IS FRESH. (*)>>Reporter: 97-YEAR-OLD BILL ANDERSON REMEMBERS IT CLEARLY TODAY. WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MOMENT OF SILENCE, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT?>>OH… ALL OF THE NICE THINGS, AND THE SAD THINGS, AND THEY ALL MINGLE AND JUMBLE TOGETHER. IT’S A VERY BIG DAY.>>Reporter: HE ARRIVED BY LANDING CRAFT SIX DAYS AFTER 14,000 CANADIAN TROOPS STORMED THE BEACH AT NORMANDY.>>I WANTED TO SEE AND TO BE SEEN AND TO BE PART OF THE SUPPORT OUR VETERANS DESERVE. IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE REMEMBERED. AND THE VETERANS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP AND TO BE COUNTED. [Applause]>>Reporter: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT TODAY IS ABOUT, TAKING TIME TO REFLECT ON THE SERVICE AND THE SACRIFICES OF ALL OF THOSE WHO SERVED. HANNAH THIBEDEAU, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Rosemary: OF COURSE IT WASN’T JUST HERE IN OTTAWA, THERE WERE CEREMONIES HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. A SINGLE THREAD OF REMEMBRANCE CONNECTING CANADA FROM EAST TO WEST. (*) (*) (*) IN FRONT OF THE CENOTAPH IN CHARLOTTETOWN AND VANCOUVER, INDOORS IN WINNIPEG, OUT IN THE SOFTLY FALLING SNOW IN TORONTO, YOU COULD SEE IN THE FACE OF VETERANS PRIDE, PAIN, HONOUR AND HORROR FUSED AND FIXED IN MEMORY AND IN SOLEMN MOMENTS TODAY SHARED. EACH YEAR THE CANADIAN LEGION SELECTS ONE MOTHER WHO PERFORMS A SPECIAL ROLE ON REMEMBRANCE DAY. A BIT LATER IN THE SHOW WE’LL INTRODUCE TO YOU REINE SAMSON DAWE, THIS YEAR’S SILVER CROSS MOTHER. BUT, FIRST, BACK TO ADRIENNE WITH MORE OF TODAY’S NEWS.>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT, ROSIE. AMERICANS ALSO PAUSED TODAY TO HONOUR THEIR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, PAST AND PRESENT. BUT THEIR ANNUAL MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS JUST THE CALM BEFORE A VERY BIG STORM. LATER THIS WEEK PUBLIC HEARINGS BEGIN IN DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, AND AS ELLEN MAURO REPORTS, THE PARTISAN SPARRING HAS ALREADY BEGUN. (*)>>Reporter: AS PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDERTOOK HIS USUAL VETERANS’ DAY DUTY, ALBEIT IN NEW YORK, SIGNS OF HOW UNUSUAL A TIME THIS IS HUNG OVERHEAD. LITERALLY THE WORDS “DUMP TRUMP, IMPEACH AND CONVICT” STARING DOWN FROM SKYSCRAPERS. AND ON THE STREETS, MORE SIGNS, NONE TOO KIND TO THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. [Applause] THE PRESIDENT LAUNCHED HIS OWN ATTACKS TOO, ON TWITTER AGAINST THE WHISTLEBLOWER WHO HE SAID THAT GAVE SO MUCH FALSE INFORMATION. TRUMP ALSO ACCUSED THE DEMOCRATS OF RELEASING DOCTORED TRANSCRIPTS OF CLOSED DOOR TESTIMONY. TESTIMONY FROM TOP OFFICIALS IN HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION, DESCRIBING AN EFFORT TO FORCE UKRAINE TO DIG UP DIRT ON TRUMP RIVAL JOE BIDEN IN EXCHANGE FOR MUCH-NEEDED MILITARY AID. TONIGHT MORE TESTIMONY WAS RELEASED, INCLUDING FROM THE TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL ON UKRAINE. LAURA COOPER TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT SHE WAS ALARMED WHEN THE AID WAS FROZEN, BACKING UP ALLEGATIONS OF A QUID PRO QUO.>>WELCOME TO IMPEACHMENT SQUARE!>>Reporter: WITH IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS ABOUT TO GO PUBLIC, DIVISIONS ARE ONLY HARDENING. AT THE WHITE HOUSE THOSE ANGRY SIGNS AGAIN.>>HE’S CHEATED AND LIED HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND, THEREFORE, HE’S MORALLY AND ETHICALLY UNFIT TO SERVE AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: THAT CRITICISM IS FUELLED FOR TRUMP SUPPORTERS. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT DONALD TRUMP COULD DO TO MAKE YOU NOT SUPPORT HIM?>>NO.>>NO, BECAUSE HE’S DONE ALL OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT I WANT IN MY PRESIDENT. I WANT HIM TO STAND UP FOR RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENS.>>Reporter: THOSE CITIZENS AND THE WORLD WILL SOON SEE SOMETHING HISTORIC — TELEVISED IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS LIVE FROM CAPITOL HILL. CURRENT AND FORMER OFFICIALS GRILLED ON WHETHER THE PRESIDENT AND SOME OF HIS AIDES ABUSED THEIR POWER FOR POLITICAL GAIN. ELLEN MAURO, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Adrienne: TO HONG KONG NOW WHERE PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS TOOK AN ESPECIALLY VIOLENT TURN TODAY. ONE MAN WAS SET, ANOTHER SET ON FIRE. BOTH CAUGHT ON CAMERA. ALL FAR TOO GRAPHIC TO SHOW YOU. BUT AS TINA LOVGREEN EXPLAINS, THERE’S NO SIGN THAT ANYONE IS BACKING DOWN.>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF MOMENT THAT COULD PROVE PIVOTAL FOR THE PROTEST MOVEMENT, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. A SCUFFLE BETWEEN THE OFFICERS AND DEMONSTRATORS AND THEN SUDDENLY — (gunshots)>>Reporter: POLICE SHOT AND WOUNDED A PROTESTER AT CLOSE RANGE. HE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY.>>THE OFFICER FIRED THREE SHOTS, INCLUDING ONE THAT HIT THAT MAN. AFTER THE GUNSHOT, THE MAN ATTEMPTED TO FLEE BUT WAS HIT BY THE OFFICER INSTANTLY. WE CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT OUR OFFICER DID NOT HAVE THAT INTENTION TO HURT ANYONE. (gunshots)>>Reporter: AFTER 24 WEEKS OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT UNREST, SOME CLASHES HAVE HAPPENED DURING WORKING HOURS. WHICH HAVE BEEN RARE.>>I MAY GET CAUGHT BY POLICE OR EVEN FURTHER TO DEATH, BUT I WON’T CARE. BECAUSE IF I DON’T DO SOMETHING, THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WILL BE STRICKEN.>>Reporter: BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES. A MAN WHO CONFRONTED A GROUP OF PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS WAS DOUSED IN FLAMMABLE LIQUID AND SET ON FIRE. THE MAN IS SAID TO BE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. HONG KONG’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE AGAIN CALLED FOR CALM.>>VIOLENCE IS NOT GOING TO GIVE US ANY SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS THAT HONG KONG IS FACING.>>Reporter: NEWS OF HEIGHTENED VIOLENCE HAS PEOPLE HERE CONCERNED. THIS EXHIBIT IN VANCOUVER IS SHOWCASING THE WORK OF A WELL-KNOWN HONG KONG POLITICAL CARTOONIST AND RAISING MONEY TO SUPPORT THE STUDENT PROTESTERS.>>WHAT WE’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW IS A GROWING TREND THAT WE’RE SEEING A MASSACRE IN SLOW MOTION.>>Reporter: ONE THING IS FOR SURE, THE PROTESTERS HAVEN’T SLOWED DOWN. AS THE DAY TURNED TO NIGHT, THE RAIDS CONTINUED AS THEY DODGED POLICE. TINA LOVGREEN, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Adrienne: THE MAN WHOSE EFFORTS HELPED MANY TRAPPED IN SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR HAS DIED. AMONG MANY INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTES, CHRYSTIA FREELAND CALLED THE PASSING OF JAMES LE MESURIER AS A LOSS. RENÉE FILIPPONE LOOKS AT HIS LIFE AND THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS DEATH.>>Reporter: JAMES LE MESURIER’S BODY WAS FOUND OUTSIDE OF HIS ISTANBUL HOME EARLY THIS MORNING. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT HE FELL FROM THE BALCONY. HOW THAT HAPPENED IS UNCLEAR. THE FORMER BRITISH ARMY OFFICER IS BEING DESCRIBED AS A HUMANITARIAN. HE STARTED THE GROUP “MAYDAY RESCUE” WHICH TRAINED THE WHITE HELMETS, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENCE. THIS MAN KNEW HIM FOR YEARS. ALL DAY HE HAS BEEN GETTING MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE SHOCKED BY HIS SUDDEN DEATH.>>SO MANY PEOPLE LOOKED UP TO JAMES AND ADMIRED AND RESPECTED HIM AND THERE’S AN OVERWHELMING, YOU KNOW, SENSE OF WE’VE LOST SOMETHING AND SOMEONE TRULY AMAZING.>>Reporter: THE WHITE HELMETS HAVE MADE HEADLINES OVER THE YEARS. IT CLAIMS TO HAVE SAVED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CAUGHT IN REBEL-HELD AREAS DURING THE ONGOING CIVIL WAR WHO WERE TARGETED BY SYRIAN GOVERNMENT BOMBS, BACKED BY RUSSIA. SOMETHING THAT LE MESURIER HAVE TALKED OFTEN ABOUT.>>THEY HAVE ALL CHOSEN TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE OTHERS AND THAT MAKES EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM A HERO.>>Reporter: THE WHITE HELMETS SAY THEY’RE NOT POLITICAL BUT THE SYRIAN AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT SEE THEM AS TOOLS OF THE WEST. A TWEET FROM THE FOREIGN SECRETARY JUST DAYS AGO ACCUSED LE MESURIER SPECIFICALLY OF BEING A BRITISH SPY WITH TIES TO TERRORIST GROUPS.>>THE RUSSIAN CHARGES AGAINST HIM THAT CAME OUT OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY THAT HE WAS A SPY CATEGORICALLY ARE UNTRUE. HE WAS A REAL HUMANITARIAN AND THE WORLD AND SYRIA IN PARTICULAR IS POORER FOR HIS LOSS.>>Reporter: THE TURKISH OFFICIALS HAVE LAUNCHED A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO HIS DEATH, MEANWHILE THE WHITE HELMETS SAY THAT ITS WORK IN SYRIA WILL CONTINUE, DESPITE THE LOSS OF A LEADER WHO HAS LEFT THE GROUP WITH A LARGE HOLE. RENÉE FILIPPONE, CBC NEWS, LONDON.>>Adrienne: OKAY, TIME FOR A VERY QUICK BREAK AND WE’RE BACK IN TWO MINUTES WITH THIS STORY…>>>THE FLAMBOYANT HISTORY PROFESSOR WHO NOW STANDS ACCUSED OF MURDER.>>>LATER, THE FORGOTTEN CANADIANS OF THE AFGHAN WAR. (*)>>Ian: ALSO COMING UP, AN UPDATE ON RYAN STRASCHNITZKI, THE HUMBOLDT BRONCO WHO WAS PARALYZED IN THAT 018 BUS CRASH. TAKE A LOOK AT THE INCREDIBLE>>Adrienne: WELCOME BACK. SO YOU KNOW THIS — TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION AND SOMETIMES IT’S MORE TERRIBLE TOO. THE NEXT STORY IS DEFINITELY HORRIFYING. IT IS, AFTER ALL, ALL ABOUT A MURDER. BUT THE DETAILS ARE SO BIZARRE, SO UNLIKELY THAT THEY ALMOST BEG YOUR BELIEF. FROM THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE DEATH IN RUSSIA TO THE MAN WHO ADMITS TO THE MURDER. CHRIS BROWN TAKES IT ON FROM MOSCOW.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: NOT ONLY DID OLEG SOKOLOV LOVE TO DRESS UP AS NAPOLEON, HE EVEN CALLED HIS GIRLFRIEND “JOSEPHINE” AFTER THE FRENCH EMPEROR’S FIRST WIFE AND HAD THEM CALL HIM “SIRE.” THE RUSSIAN HISTORIAN WAS SO EMPENT IN THAT FRANCE HAD AWARDED SOKOLOV THE LEGION OF HONOUR. HE WAS IN A LONG-TIME RELATIONSHIP WITH 24-YEAR-OLD ANASTASIA YESHCHENKO. ON FRIDAY MORNING THE SECURITY FOOTAGE SHOWED SOKOLOV STUMBLING, APPARENTLY DRUNK, THROWING A LARGE BAG, POSSIBLY TWO, INTO THE MOIKA RIVER. WHAT IT DOESN’T SHOW IS THAT THE BAG HAD YESHCHENKO’S BODY PARTS IN IT AND WHEN IT WOULDN’T SINK, SOKOLOV DIVED IN TO RETRIEVE IT AND WAS ARRESTED. HE APPEARED IN COURT TODAY CRYING AT ONE POINT. RUSSIAN MEDIA REPORTED THAT HE SHOT YESHCHENKO AFTER AN ARGUMENT ON THURSDAY NIGHT, AND HAD PEOPLE OVER FOR DINNER ON FRIDAY AND DISMEMBERED HER BODY AFTER THEY LEFT. POLICE ALSO FOUND HER REMAINS IN HIS FLAT. HE MAKES A FULL CONFESSION, HIS LAWYER SAID OUTSIDE OF COURT, HE REPENTS ALL THAT HE’S DONE AFTER HE CONFESSES. THE FINAL PART OF THE HIS PLAN WAS APPARENTLY TO COMMIT A PUBLIC SUICIDE AT ST. PETERSBURG PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS BUT HIS ARREST STOPPED THAT. YESHCHENKO’S GRIEVING PARENTS WHO CAME TO COURT TOLD RUSSIAN TV THEY JUST WANTED TO COLLECT THEIR DAUGHTER’S BODY AND HOPED THAT HER KILLER WOULD GET A LONG SENTENCE. THE GRUESOME CASE GOT FULL-TIME PRIMETIME TREATMENT ON RUSSIAN STATE TV. IT SHOWED A VIDEO OF A YOUNGER YESHCHENKO RECEIVING A PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR, WHILE LAWYERS DEBATED WHETHER THE PROFESSOR WOULD PLEAD INSANITY AND GET OFF. THE DIVERS KEPT SEARCHING THE MOIKA RIVER FOR MORE OF YESHCHENKO’S REMAINS BUT DID NOT FIND ANY, BUT THEY DID TURN UP A MALE SKELETON, UNRELATED TO THIS CASE. CHRIS BROWN, CBC NEWS, MOSCOW.>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT, LET’S GET TO IAN IN OUR VANCOUVER NATIONAL NEWSROOM. HE IS WATCHING DEVELOPING STORIES FOR US.>>Ian: ADRIENNE, LET’S BEGIN WITH THAT REMARKABLE UPDATE ON RYAN STRASCHNITZKI. NEW VIDEO OUT TODAY OF THE HUMBOLDT BRONCOS HOCKEY PLAYERS MOVING HIS LEGS WITHOUT ASSISTANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LAST YEAR’S DEADLY BUS CRASH. THE MOMENT CAUGHT ON VIDEO BY HIS DAD. HE’S WITH THE 20-YEAR-OLD IN THAILAND AS STRASCHNITZKI RECOVERS FROM AN EXPERIMENTAL SPINAL SURGERY. HE WAS PARALYSED FROM THE CHEST DOWN WHEN HIS TEAM’S BUS COLLIDED WITH A TRANSPORT TRUCK LAST APRIL.>>>WELL, MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN CANADA ARE BRACING FOR THE FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN KINGSTON, ONTARIO, TONIGHT. THE SNOWSTORM IS IN EFFECT. SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS AND WARNINGS ARE IN PLACE FROM THE GREATER TORONTO AREA THROUGH TO NEW BRUNSWICK. SOME PARTS COULD SEE MORE THAN 25 cm OF SNOW OVERNIGHT AND WEATHER DELAYS HAVE ALREADY AFFECTED THOUSANDS AT TORONTO AND OTTAWA’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS.>>>AND TONIGHT AN OLD FRIEND BECOMES A FOE FOR THE TORONTO RAPTORS AS THEY VISIT LOS ANGELES TO TAKE ON KAWHI LEONARD AND HIS CLIPPERS.>>SIMMONS, IS THIS… SCORE!>>Ian: I NEVER GET TIRED OF THIS VIDEO. BUT TONIGHT THE NBA SUPERSTAR WILL BE DONNING A DIFFERENT JERSEY AFTER LEAVING IN FREE AGENCY. THIS IS THE FIRST MEETING BETWEEN THE REIGNING NBA CHAMPS AND KAWHI, THE FINAL’S M.V.P. WHO LED THE TEAM THERE.>>>ALSO KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH TONIGHT ON THE AREA AROUND SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. THEY’RE FACING WHAT AUTHORITIES ARE CALLING AN UNPRECEDENTED AND POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE DANGER. I’LL HAVE LATEST FOR YOU IN 20 MINUTES.>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT, IAN. AND JUST AHEAD IN OUR REMEMBRANCE DAY COVERAGE, THE LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND. ROSIE’S CONVERSATION WITH THIS YEAR’S SILVER CROSS MOTHER. (*) (*) (singing)>>Adrienne: THAT IS REINE SAMSON DAWE, SHE IS THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL SILVER CROSS MOTHER, LAYING A WREATH THIS MORNING ON BEHALF OF ALL MOTHERS WHO LOST CHILDREN WHILE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES. DAWE AND HER HUSBAND PETER, A RETIRED LIEUTENANT-COLONEL, RAISED FOUR BOYS, ALL OF WHOM JOINED THE ARMED FORCES. THEIR ELDEST IS CURRENTLY A MAJOR GENERAL AND COMMANDER OF THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES. BUT THEIR YOUNGEST, MATTHEW, IS GONE. KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN. LAST WEEK I SPOKE TO HER ABOUT THAT SACRIFICE AND THE ROAD FORWARD. REINE, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE TIME.>>YOU’RE VERY WELCOME.>>Rosemary: WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO RAISE FOUR BOYS WHO WOULD ALL THEN BECOME SOLDIERS FOLLOWING DAD’S FOOTSTEPS, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?>>WELL, YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE FOUR BOYS GROWING UP IN THE SAME HOUSE. AND IT WAS AT TIMES CHAOTIC, NOISY, BUT WE ALWAYS TRIED TO HAVE A LOVING STABLE ENVIRONMENT. AND YOU DON’T THINK OF WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE DOING WHEN THEY ARE OLDER REALLY. AND THEN THE MILITARY INVOLVEMENT CAME ON GRADUALLY.>>Rosemary: TELL ME WHAT MATTHEW WAS LIKE. SO HE WAS THE YOUNGEST. HE WAS THE LAST TO ENTER THE MILITARY. I GUESS THAT HE ADMIRED HIS BIG BROTHERS AND HIS DAD AND THAT WAS PART OF IT. WHAT WAS HE LIKE?>>WELL, HE WAS FUNNY AND INTELLIGENT, MISCHIEVOUS. LOVED THE ARTS TOO. HE WAS AN ACTOR. HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE MIMIC. HE WOULD IMITATE HIS DAD. HIS TEACHERS OR ANY PERSON THAT DAY THAT HE SAW, OR ANY CHARACTER IN A MOVIE AND HE COULD RECITE, COMPLETE LINES. “THE PRINCE OF SAID.” HE ACTUALLY LOVED THAT MOVIE.>>Rosemary: WAS THERE A MOMENT THAT YOU SAID OR YOU THOUGHT, OH, NO THEY CAN’T ALL BE IN THE MILITARY. WE DON’T WANT YOU ALL EXPOSING YOURSELF TO RISK AND YOU DON’T ALL HAVE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COUNTRY. WAS THERE EVER A MOMENT LIKE THAT?>>NOT EXACTLY LIKE THAT BUT I CERTAINLY WOULD REMEMBER EACH MOMENT THAT I WOULD FIND OUT THAT EACH ONE OF THEM WAS GOING TO A MISSION, ESPECIALLY IN AFGHANISTAN. AND I WOULD HAVE LIKE A MINI HEART ATTACK. BUT I ALWAYS TRIED NOT TO NOT SHOW THAT TOO MUCH IN FRONT OF THE BOYS, BECAUSE THEY HAD MADE THOSE CHOICES, THEY WANTED TO DO WHAT THEY DID. ON A COUPLE OCCASIONS I KIND OF BROKE DOWN, BUT I WALKED AWAY. AND THE BOYS DIDN’T REALLY WANT ME TO DO THAT. SO EVEN WHEN WE SAID FAREWELL TO MATTHEW AS HE WAS LEAVING, I MEAN, I WAS VERY STOIC AND DIDN’T WANT THEM TO SUFFER THE WORRY AND, YOU KNOW, THE PAIN THAT WAS MINE. AND IT WASN’T THEIRS. AND I DIDN’T WANT TO ADD TO THEIR BURDEN.>>Rosemary: SO YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU DIDN’T CRY. BUT HOW DID HE FEEL ABOUT GOING OVER?>>HE HAD THE OPTION OF NOT GOING A COUPLE TIMES BECAUSE HE WAS FINISHED WITH HIS TWO-YEAR TERM AS A PLATOON COMMANDER. THAT WAS THE NORM AND YOU DO THIS AND GO ON TO THE NEXT JOB. BUT AT THE END OF THAT HIS PLATOON WAS TO GO TO AFGHANISTAN. SO HE WENT TO HIS COMMANDING OFFICER AND HE SAID, I CAN’T LET MY GUYS GO. WE HAVE TRAINED TOGETHER AND YOU WOULD SEND THEM OVER THERE IN A DANGEROUS PLACE AND A NEW COMMANDER WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND THEIR PERSONALITIES AND SO ON. HE SAID, NO, I’M GOING. (*)>>TONIGHT…>>WE’RE GREATLY SADDENED BY THE LOSS OF THESE GREAT YOUNG CANADIANS.>>Rosemary: MATTHEW DAWE WAS KILLED JULY 4, 2007. HE WAS ON A MISSION WITH HIS PLATOON TO FIND THE MAKER OF AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT HAD KILLED THREE MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM JUST TWO WEEKS BEFORE. DAWE’S VEHICLE HIT A POWERFUL ROADSIDE BOMB. HE WAS KILLED ALONG WITH FIVE OTHER CANADIAN SOLDIERS AND AN AFGHAN INTERPRETER. HE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RANKING MEMBERS TO BE KILLED AT THE TIME, A DECORATED SOLDIER AND PLATOON COMMANDER.>>MATTHEW HAD PROMISED ME HE WOULD COME BACK. AND IT’S SILLY, BUT YOU HANG ON TO THAT AND YOU DON’T OONG — THE SAME WAY THAT THEY GO HIKING OR SKIING OR MOUNTAIN BIKING. YOU NEVER THINK THEY’RE GOING TO GET HURT BADLY BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUR CHILDREN.>>Rosemary: DOES IT MAKE YOU ANGRY? DID YOU HAVE ANGER? OR WERE YOU –>>NO. BECAUSE SOMEBODY ASKED ME, YOU MUST HATE THE GUY WHO PRESSED THE BUTTON TO DETONATE THAT BOMB. AND, YOU KNOW, THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS MY SON TRIED BUT IT’S NOT REALLY THAT. I SAID, WELL, HE WAS PROBABLY A TRAINED SOLDIER TOO. AND I’M SURE THAT HE HAS A MOM WHO IS MOURNING FOR HIM AS WELL BECAUSE I HEARD AFTER THAT HE HAD BEEN KILLED ALSO. SO, YOU KNOW, I CAN’T HATE HIM. WHY WOULD I? I FEEL FOR MY SON. I DON’T HAVE ANY PARTICULAR FEELING FOR — CERTAINLY NOT HATRED FOR THE GUY WHO KILLED MATTHEW.>>Rosemary: TELL ME ABOUT LUCAS WHO WAS 2 WHEN HIS DAD DIED. TELL ME ABOUT HOW HE REMINDS YOU OF MATTHEW, WHAT HE KNOWS OF MATTHEW?>>WELL, HE REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF MATTHEW THAT I KEEP CALLING HIM MATTHEW TO THIS DAY. AND I GO TO HIS HOCKEY GAME AND SHOUT, GO MATT… I MEAN, GO, LUCAS, GO. BUT HE’S VERY MUCH LIKE HIS DAD. PHYSICALLY HE HAS THE SAME BUILD, THE SAME POSTURE, HE WALKS THE SAME. HE’S GOT THE SENSE OF HUMOUR. AND HE’S A GOOD MIMIC AS WELL. AND HE’S A REALLY GOOD KID.>>Rosemary: DOES HE ASK ABOUT BEING A SOLDIER? DOES HE THINK OF BEING A SOLDIER?>>NO.>>Rosemary: I KNOW THAT HE’S LITTLE.>>HE’S 14, SO HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. OF COURSE I THINK THAT I WOULD BE WORRIED IF HE WENT THERE IN A WAY. BUT HAVING SAID THAT, HE WOULD BE A PERFECT CANDIDATE. HE’S ATHLETIC AND HE’S A LEADER AS WELL. BUT HAVING SAID THAT, I ALWAYS — I CERTAINLY REMINDED LUCAS THAT HE’S HIS OWN PERSON, OKAY? HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO. EVEN THOUGH I CALL HIM MATTHEW ON OCCASION, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM FOR WHATEVER HE DECIDES TO DO AND WE’LL ALWAYS BE BEHIND HIM. SO HE’S HIS OWN PERSON AND HE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HIS DAD.>>Rosemary: TALK TO ME ABOUT WHY YOU WANTED TO STAY INVOLVED WITH AFGHANISTAN. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF CANADIANS — A LOT OF CANADIANS HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN. WHY WAS THIS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?>>WELL, THAT WAS PROBABLY PART OF THE MISSION. THE MISSION OF CANADIANS FOR WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN IS TO PROMOTE THE EDUCATION OF GIRLS AND WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN AND TO BRING AN AWARENESS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN. IT’S TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. AND WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS? BECAUSE THAT MISSION WAS VERY COSTLY IN LIVES. IN ALL OF THE TRAUMAS OF THE PEOPLE WHO CAME BACK WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ISSUES AND, OF COURSE, FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST PEOPLE. AND TO ME THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CARRY ON WITH THE MISSION. AND IF WE CAN’T FINISH IT MILITARILY, THEN WE CAN CERTAINLY SUPPORT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE AND WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS. THERE ARE A LOT MORE GIRLS IN SCHOOLS, PEOPLE IN SCHOOL, AND WE HAVE TEACHERS IN COLLEGE AND EVEN e-EDUCATION, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE INTERNET ACCESS IN MANY WAYS. WE HAVE LIBRARIES ALL OVER THE PROVINCE — THE DIFFERENT PROVINCES IN AFGHANISTAN. AND I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IF YOU EDUCATE THE WOMEN, IT’S THE BOTTOM LINE TO EDUCATE A NATION.>>Rosemary: A PRIVILEGE TO MEET YOU. YOU’RE FULL OF GRACE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Rosemary: THANK YOU. JUST A REALLY IMPRESSIVE FAMILY, ALL OF THEM. THE FOCAL POINT OF THE CEREMONY, BEHIND ME IS THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL BUILT FOR REMEMBRANCE. ITS HISTORY WITH THE WAR THAT CLAIMED MORE CANADIAN LIVES THAN ANY OTHER. (*) IT WAS 80 YEARS AGO THIS YEAR THAT KING GEORGE VI OFFICIALLY UNVEILED THE MEMORIAL, ORIGINALLY BUILT TO MARK CANADA’S SACRIFICE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR.>>WITHOUT FREEDOM, THERE CAN BE NO ENDURING PEACE AND WITHOUT PEACE NO ENDURING FREEDOM.>>Rosemary: PEACE AND FREEDOM, THOSE VALUES SYMBOLIZED BY TWO BRONZE FIGURES SITTING ATOP THE GRANITE ARCH. MARCHING THROUGH THE ARCHWAY 22 SCULPTURES REPRESENTING THE CANADIANS WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL TO SERVE. AND DIRECTLY IN FRONT, LIES THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, A POIGNANT REMINDER OF THE 116,000 MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY. OVER THE YEARS THE MEMORIAL HAS BEEN REDEDICATED TO HONOUR ALL CANADIANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN TIMES OF WAR. THE BOER WAR, THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THE KOREAN WAR OF THE 1950s AND THE DECADE LONG MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN. AND IT’S THE MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN THAT BRINGS US TO ANOTHER STORY — THIS ONE ABOUT THE FORGOTTEN. THEY WERE CANADIAN CITIZENS WHO HAD SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENTS IN THAT WAR BUT THEN THEY WERE ABANDONED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THAT’S STILL AHEAD. (*)>>Rosemary: THAT IS THE SCENE TONIGHT AT THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL WHERE TENS OF THOUSANDS ATTENDED A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE HERE. WELCOME BACK TO OTTAWA ON THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY. A GROUP OF CIVILIAN ADVISERS ARE FIGHTING FOR RECOGNITION. AFGHAN CANADIANS WERE THE EYES AND THE EARS OF THE CANADIAN ARMY IN KHANDAHAR. AND THEY SERVED ALONGSIDE SOLDIERS ON SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS MISSIONS. BUT AFTER THEY CAME HOME, SOME SAY THAT CANADA TURNED ITS BACK ON THEM. MURRAY BREWSTER NOW ON AN INVESTIGATION INTO THEIR CARE.>>THESE ARE BOTH SERVICE MEDALS GIVEN BY THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES.>>Reporter: BASHIR JAMALZADAH HAS A BOX FULL OF MEDALS AND MEMORIES, AND NOT ALL OF THOSE MEMORIES ARE GOOD. HE IS PART OF A SMALL VITAL GROUP CANADIAN CITIZENS OF AFGHAN ORIGIN, CIVILIANS, SELECTED BY THE CANADIAN MILITARY AT THE OUTSET OF THE WAR IN KHANDAHAR FOR THEIR LANGUAGE AND ABILITY TO DECIPHER AN INSCRUTABLE AFGHAN CULTURE. MORE THAN INTERPRETERS, SOME OF THEM EAVESDROPPED ON INSURGENT CHIEWNGZS. OTHERS, UNARMED, WENT INTO THE COMMUNITY TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE ON THE TALIBAN, A DANGEROUS CAT-AND-MOUSE GAME THAT TOOK ITS TOLL.>>IN CANADA NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT THE TEAM, ABOUT OUR GROUP.>>Reporter: 65 AFGHAN CANADIAN ADVISERS WERE HIRED BY THE DEFENCE DEPARTMENT AND MANY SERVED MULTIPLE TOURS AND RETURNING FIVE, SIX, EVEN SEVEN TIMES.>>I WANTED TO BASICALLY TO HAVE TWO COUNTRIES THAT I BELONGED TO.>>Reporter: THEY WERE TRUSTED AND GIVEN SECURITY CLEARANCES AND CODE NAMES TO PROTECT THEM FROM TALIBAN RETRIBUTION. SOME WERE ASSIGNED TO WORK WITH THE ELITE SPECIAL FORCES. AND FOR CANADIAN COMMANDERS, THE ADVISERS WERE INDISPENSEABLE.>>IN MANY CASES WHAT THEY PICKED UP ON THOSE RADIO TRANSMISSIONS SAVE CANADIAN AND COALITION LIVES BY INTERDICTING PERHAPS ANY TYPE OF AN ATTACK.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: IT WAS DIRTY, DANGEROUS WORK. FOR JAMALZADAH, THE WORST DAY WAS JUNE 22, 2006. AN ALMOST 18-HOUR ROAD TRIP TO GET BACK TO THE SAFETY OF KHANDAHAR AIRFIELD.>>WHEN WE GOT TO THERE, OUR CONVOY WAS HIT BY AN I.E.D. AND BASICALLY THE VEHICLE BEHIND OUR VEHICLE.>>Reporter: AND THEN HOURS LATER THE CONVOY WAS HIT BY A SUICIDE BOMBER, LEAVING ONE SOLDIER WOUNDED.>>AND HE LOST HIS LEFT HAND. AND BLOOD WAS EVERYWHERE IN OUR VEHICLE. POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, THAT’S SOMETHING NORMAL FOR EVERYBODY WHO COMES FROM A BATTLE ZONE OR A WAR ZONE. I HAVE BAD DREAMS MOST OF THE TIMES. I HAVE HAD SLEEPLESSNESS. IF I WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I CANNOT GO BACK TO SLEEP.>>Reporter: WHEN CANADA WITHDREW FROM COMBAT IN THE SUMMER OF 2011, MANY ADVISERS IF I WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I CANNOT GO BACK TO SLEEP.>>Reporter: WHEN CANADA WITHDREW FROM COMBAT IN THE SUMMER OF 2011, MANY ADVISERS CAME HOME ONLY TO DISCOVER AS FEDERAL CONTRACT EMPLOYEES THAT THEY WERE INELIGIBLE FOR THE SAME FEDERAL PTSD AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS AS SOLDIERS. IN FACT, WHAT THEY WERE TOLD TO DO WAS TO APPLY TO PROVINCIAL WORKPLACE SAFETY BOARDS. CBC NEWS HAS DOCUMENTED THE CASES OF HALF A DOZEN FORMER AFGHAN ADVISERS, SOME WITH THE CASES STUCK IN THE SYSTEM FOR YEARS.>>HAVE WE FAILED THEM? YES, WE HAVE. BECAUSE I THINK THEY HAVE — WE HAVE NOT RECOGNISED FULLY YET THE — EITHER AT THE FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE OR AS AN EMPLOYER, WE HAVE NOT FULLY RECOGNISED WHAT THE SOLUTION NEEDS TO BE FOR THEM.>>Reporter: THE COUNTRY’S MILITARY OMBUDSMAN CONDUCTED A LOW-KEY INVESTIGATION. THE DEFENCE DEPARTMENT KNEW IN 2005 THAT IT NEEDED RULES GOVERNING THE USE OF CIVILIANS IN WAR ZONES. IT DEVELOPED A DRAFT POLICY. BUT IT DID NOT IMPLEMENT IT UNTIL FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER.>>IT’S HURTING, IT’S REALLY HURTING. OUR GROUP WAS TREATED LIKE THEY DIDN’T EXIST.>>Reporter: MURRAY BREWSTER, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Rosemary: COMING UP, A REMEMBRANCE DAY “MOMENT.”>>>BUT, FIRST, HOW THE DISCOVERY OF SOME WARTIME LETTERS HAS CHANGED THE LIFE OF A SASKATCHEWAN WOMAN.>>Ian: WELCOME BACK TO OUR NATIONAL NEWSROOM IN VANCOUVER. THE FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO AN ATLANTA HOSPITAL TONIGHT. THE CARTER CENTRE SAID THAT THE 95-YEAR-OLD WILL UNDERGO A PROCEDURE TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON HIS BRAIN RELATED TO RECENT FALLS. CARTER IS THE OLDEST LIVING U.S. PRESIDENT. HE BROKE HIS PELVIS THIS PAST MAY AND REQUIRED STITCHES AFTER A FALL AT HIS GEORGIA HOME LAST MONTH.>>>WE’RE KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON AUSTRALIA TONIGHT, A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED IN NEW SOUTH WALES AS THE OFFICIALS WARN OF CATASTROPHIC FIRE CONDITIONS. IT’S ALREADY TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN SYDNEY WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE HOVERING IN THE MID 30s. THE FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING POWERFUL WINDS. MILITARY HELICOPTERS ARE ON HAND TO HELP WITH EVACUATIONS IF NECESSARY. HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE THREAT OF THE FIRES. MORE THAN 50 OF THOSE ARE BURNING ACROSS THE STATE.>>>AND VIOLENCE HAS SPILLED INTO THE STREETS OF BOLIVIA TODAY FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT EVO MORALES. OF PRESIDENT EVO MORALES. GROUPS ROAMED THE STREETS, LOOTING, FIGHTING, RIOTING. BUSINESSESES WERE ATTACKED AND SET ON FIRE. THE COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES TOLD TROOPS TO TEAM UP WITH POLICE TO GO AFTER GROUPS OF VANDALS. MORALES STEPPED DOWN YESTERDAY AFTER AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE OCTOBER ELECTION FOUND, QUOTE “IRREGULARITIES.” HE HAS NOW ACCEPTED AN OFFER OF POLITICAL ASYLUM IN MEXICO. NOT CLEAR WHO HIS SUCCESSOR WILL BE.>>>A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY FROM THE U.K.’S BREXIT PARTY. IN A MOVE TO TRY TO PREVENT SPLITTING THE VOTE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION.>>THE BREXIT PARTY WILL NOT CONTEST THE 317 SEATS THE CONSERVATIVES WON OF THE LAST ELECTION.>>Ian: LEADER NIGEL FARAGE SAYS THAT HIS PARTY WILL ONLY CONTEST SEATS HELD BY NON-CONSERVATIVE PARTIES. FARAGE SAID THAT HIS GOAL WAS TO PREVENT ANOTHER REFERENDUM AND TO MAKE A HUNG PARLIAMENT MUCH LESS LIKELY. THIS IS AN ABOUT-FACE AFTER THE PARTY SIGNED CANDIDATE FORMS FOR 600 CONSTITUENCIES LAST WEEK.>>>STILL AHEAD ON THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY, A LOVE STORY FROM MONTRÉAL IS OUR “MOMENT.”>>>BUT, NEXT, HOW A HOME RE>>Adrienne: WELCOME BACK. BEFORE EMAIL, HANDWRITTEN LETTERS ARE WERE THE LIFELINE CONNECTING SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THOSE WEATHERED PAGES DETAILING TALES OF LONELINESS AND LOVE. BUT FOR ONE SASKATCHEWAN WOMAN IT’S TAKEN NEARLY 80 YEARS TO RECEIVE A LETTER FROM HER FATHER, AND IT’S CHANGED HER LIFE. CBC’S BONNIE ALLEN SHARES THE STORY.>>Reporter: AT THE AGE OF 81, CONNIE REGIER REMEMBERS HOW AS A LITTLE GIRL SHE’D PINE FOR A FATHER SHE BARELY KNEW. CORPORAL SIDNEY WILSON SERVED ON THE FRONTLINES FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS.>>FATHER IS LEAVING US…>>Reporter: SHE WROTE THIS POEM AND DESCRIBES THE MOMENT THAT HER FATHER RETURNED HOME A STRANGER.>>HIDING BEHIND THE STUFFED CHAIR. I’M 7 AND KNOW ENOUGH NOT TO TALK TO STRANGERS.>>Reporter: JUST AS SHE WROTE THOSE WORDS, DEREK MADIGAN UNCOVERED A STACK OF PAPERS INSIDE HIS ATTIC WALL. HE WAS DOING HOME RENOVATIONS AND FOUND CHILDREN’S DRAWINGS AND LETTERS FROM A SOLDIER TO HIS WIFE AND KIDS.>>MY OWN DARLING, I SAID LAST NIGHT THAT YOU WOULDN’T GET ANY MORE LETTERS FROM ME IN 1944 BUT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WILL GET ANOTHER. I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU AND THE KIDS ALL DAY AND WISHING THAT I WAS SPENDING THIS NEW YEAR WITH YOU.>>Reporter: SIGNED LOVE TO THE KIDS, DAD, ALL MY LOVE, YOUR SID. MADIGAN DELIVERED THEM TO THE LOCAL LEGION, INTO THE HANDS OF THE MANAGER CONNIE NIGHTINGALE.>>WE HAVE THE PHOTO GALLERY…>>Reporter: BY COINCIDENCE IT HAPPENED BEFORE SHE MET THE OTHER CONNIE TO TALK ABOUT HER POEM AND HER FATHER.>>SHE TOLD ME HIS NAME AND I JUST ABOUT FELL OUT OF MY CHAIR. BEING THAT THESE LETTERS THAT HAD JUST BEEN BROUGHT TO ME THE DAY BEFORE, I HAD ALREADY PULLED THESE RECORDS.>>Reporter: SERENDIPITY, NEARLY 80 YEARS IN THE MAKING.>>I CRIED AND I CRIED AND I CRIED. I OPENED THEM AND SAW HIS HAND WRITING AND I REALISED HOW VULNERABLE HE WAS, HE WAS SO YOUNG.>>Reporter: REGIER SAID THAT HER FATHER CAME HOME A TORTURED SOUL, STOIC AND DISTANT. THESE LETTERS SPEAK TO HER IN A WAY THAT HE NEVER DID.>>I COULDN’T TALK TO YOU WHEN I WAS ALIVE AND I’M TALKING TO YOU NOW.>>Reporter: CAN YOU REMEMBER HIM SAYING THE WORDS “I LOVE YOU”?>>NO.>>Reporter: AND THEY’RE HERE.>>IT’S ALL OVER HERE.>>Reporter: AND ON THIS DAY SHE NEEDS TO SEND THANKS TO DEREK MADIGAN, THE MAN WHO FOUND A PIECE OF HISTORY AND HELPED HER TO RE-WRITE HER OWN. BONNIE ALLEN, WEYBURN, SASKATCHEWAN.>>Adrienne: AMAZING. STAY WITH US NOW, WE HAVE A SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE DAY STORY COMING UP. IT’S A LOVE STORY FROM MONTRÉAL. WHEN HOWARD MET ANNIE, THE ROMANCE STI (*)>>Adrienne: AS WE REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES MADE BY CANADIANS WHO SERVED, A COUPLE VETERANS, AN ACTUAL COUPLE, TAKE US BACK TO THEIR WARTIME EXPERIENCE AND HOW THEY MET. HOW DID AND ANNIE McNAMARA BOTH JOINED THE WAR EFFORT. AND THEY MET EACH OTHER AFTER THE FIGHTING STOPPED. THEIR STORY, THEIR LOVE STORY, IS OUR “MOMENT.”>>THAT’S WHEN WE GOT MARRIED AND THAT WAS 71 YEARS AGO. (*)>>WE DECIDED TO JOIN UP TO FIGHT, BECAUSE AT THAT AGE NOTHING BOTHERED US.>>WELL, ALL THE BOYS WERE LEAVING AND I SAID, GEE, I DON’T WANT TO BE LEFT HERE SO I WENT TOO. [laughter] HE KNEW THAT I WAS A DANCER AND I KNEW THAT HE WAS A PILOT. FINALLY ONE NIGHT WE STARTED TO DANCE TOGETHER AND THAT’S HOW WE MET AND WE KNEW THEN THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.>>YEAH, WHEN IT HITS YOU, YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, THAT’S IT.>>NOBODY TALKED ABOUT THE WAR — NO ONE. WHEN THEY GOT OVERSEAS, THE LOCK WENT ON THE MOUTH OF EVERYBODY THAT HAD BEEN OVERSEAS. ISN’T THAT TRUE? NOBODY TALKED ABOUT THE WAR.>>Adrienne: ANNIE IS 98 AND HOWARD WILL BE 100 IN SIX WEEKS OR SO AND THEY REMIND ME SO MUCH OF THE VETERANS THAT WE SAW HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, THE SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS, THERE’S ABOUT 33,000 LEFT IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM THEM, EVEN IF IT’S A LOVE STORY LIKE THAT.>>Ian: AND SOMETHING THAT WILL ALSO REMIND A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING I’M SURE WHO HAVE RELATIVES WHO SERVED IN THE WARS IS THE REFERENCE TO THE FACT THAT SO FEW PEOPLE SPOKE ABOUT IT. AND ACCORDING TO OUR NETS EVEN AS THEY AS A COUPLE AND ALL OF THE SHARED EXPERIENCES THEY HAD, RARELY TALKED ABOUT THE WAR.>>Adrienne: WHAT A COUPLE IT IS. HOW DID HAS PLANS APPARENTLY. HE’S HEADING OVERSEAS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER TO VISIT SOME OF THE WAR CEMETERIES. THERE’S A LOT MORE LIFE IN THOSE TWO.>>>THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY, NOVEMBER 11th. GOODNIGHT.>>Rosemary: GOODNIGHT. (*)

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