The National for Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Public impeachment hearing; Montreal’s hero driver

The National for Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Public impeachment hearing; Montreal’s hero driver


GOODNIGHT. (*)>>Andrew: TONIGHT, AN HISTORIC DAY IN WASHINGTON. PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS ARE UNDERWAY.>>Adrienne: WITH MILLIONS WATCHING, STARTLING NEW DONALD TRUMP’S DEALINGS WITH UKRAINE.>>IT WAS ILLOGICAL AND IT COULD NOT BE EXPLAINED, CRAZY.>>Adrienne: THE TESTIMONY AND THE SPIN.>>President Donald Trump: YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WITCH HUNT? I HEAR THAT IT IS A HOAX.>>Adrienne: WHAT IT ALL MEANS FOR THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY.>>I’LL LEAVE IT AT THAT.>>Andrew: AND WE’LL SPEAK TO RON McLEAN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE DON CHERRY WAS FORCED OUT OF “COACH’S CORNER.”>>Adrienne: AND VENICE SUBMERGED WITH THE WORST FLOODS IN HALF A CENTURY.>>I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO.>>Andrew: AND THE MONTRÉAL MAN WHO DROVE HEAD-ON INTO A POLICE CHASE TO SAVE LIVES. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*)>>>WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IN WASHINGTON IS SO IMPORTANT, THE STAKES SO HIGH, THAT IT IS DONALD TRUMP’S VERY PRESIDENCY ON THE LINE. AND TODAY THE U.S. PUBLIC GOT TO SEE IT ALL UNFOLD FOR THEMSELVES FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.>>Adrienne: DAY ONE OF THE NOW PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AGAINST HIM WAS METICULOUS, AT TIMES HEATED AND VERY PARTISAN. AND IN IT A NEW REVELATION ABOUT AN ALLEGEDLY OVERHEARD CONVERSATION INVOLVING TRUMP. THE PREMISE OF THIS INQUIRY IS THE ALLEGATION THAT DONALD TRUMP ABUSED HIS POWER AS U.S. PRESIDENT FOR PERSONAL GAIN, USING IT TO DO DAMAGE TO HIS POLITICAL RIVAL JOE BIDEN. AT ITS CORE A JULY PHONE CALL BETWEEN TRUMP AND UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY IN WHICH TRUMP ALLEGEDLY PRESSURED ZELENSKY TO TO INVESTIGATE BIDEN’S SON, HUNTER, WHO SERVED ON THE BOARD OF AN ENERGY COMPANY THERE. AND TRUMP WITHHELD MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE AS HE WAITED FOR ZELENSKY TO ACT. AND TODAY’S WITNESSES, THE FIRST TO TESTIFY IN PUBLIC, ARE SEASONED DIPLOMATS. WILLIAM TAYLOR IS THE TOP U.S. DIPLOMAT IN UKRAINE AND WAS AT THE TIME OF THAT JULY CALL. AND GEORGE KENT IS HIGH UP IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT, OVERSEEING U.S. POLICY ON UKRAINE. TONIGHT WE’LL SHOW YOU THE SPECTACLE OF IT ALL, AND HEAR HOW AMERICANS OUTSIDE OF THAT HEARING ROOM ARE REACTING AND HOW THIS WHOLE PROCESS WILL PLAY OUT. BUT WE BEGIN OUR COVERAGE WITH WHAT THE WITNESSES SAID, INCLUDING ABOUT THAT NEW TRUMP CONVERSATION. PAUL HUNTER TAKES US THROUGH THE TESTIMONY.>>DO YOU SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT THE TESTIMONY THAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO GIVE IS THE TRUTH…>>Reporter: HIGH DRAMA AMID SOME OF THE HIGHEST STAKES IN U.S. POLITICS, THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY ITSELF. AFTER LAYING OUT ALL OF THE ALLEGATIONS, DEMOCRATS WERE SUCCINCT.>>IF THIS IS NOT IMPEACHABLE CONDUCT, WHAT IS?>>Reporter: THE KEY WITNESS TODAY — WILLIAM TAYLOR, WHO RECALLED THE MOMENT THAT HE LEARNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS HOLDING BACK MILITARY AID TO AN ALLY IN NEED.>>I AND OTHERS SAT IN ASTONISHMENT. UKRAINIANS WERE FIGHTING RUSSIANS AND COUNTED ON NOT ONLY THE TRAINING AND THE WEAPONS BUT ALSO THE ASSURANCE OF U.S. SUPPORT.>>Reporter: THEN THE MOMENT THAT HE REALISED THAT THE AID COULD GO THROUGH IF UKRAINE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, LAUNCHED INVESTIGATIONS THAT COULD BRING DIRT ON RIVAL JOE BIDEN. TAYLOR HEARD THAT FROM GORDON SONDLAND, THE TRUMP APPOINTED U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.>>AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SAID THAT EVERYTHING WAS DEPENDENT ON SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING SECURITY ASSISTANCE.>>Reporter: TAYLOR HAD SAID MUCH OF THAT EARLIER IN TESTIMONY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. BUT TODAY IN THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS A SURPRISE — FRESH EVIDENCE THAT GETS TO THE HEART OF THE INQUIRY ABOUT THAT INFAMOUS PHONE CALL BETWEEN TRUMP AND UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WHEN TRUMP SEEMED TO PRESS FOR THAT DIRT ON BIDEN. THAT CALL WAS JULY 25th.>>LAST FRIDAY, A MEMBER OF MY STAFF TOLD ME OF EVENTS THAT OCCURRED ON JULY 26th.>>Reporter: ANOTHER PHONE CALL, SAID TAYLOR, THE NEXT DAY. OVERHEARD BY ONE OF TAYLOR’S STAFF AT A RESTAURANT WHEN SONDLAND PICKED UP HIS CELLPHONE AND CALLED THE PRESIDENT.>>A MEMBER OF MY STAFF COULD HEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE PHONE.>>Reporter: TRUMP, HE SAID, WAS HEARD TALKING ABOUT THE INVESTIGATIONS. AND WHEN THE CALL ENDED, SAID TAYLOR, HIS STAFF MEMBER ASKED SONDLAND WHAT TRUMP THOUGHT OF UKRAINE.>>MR. SONDLAND RESPONDED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CARES MORE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATIONS OF BIDEN.>>Reporter: COUNTERED REPUBLICANS, HEARSAY, DOESN’T PROVE A THING.>>President Donald Trump: THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.>>Reporter: AS FOR TRUMP HIMSELF –>>President Donald Trump: YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WITCH HUNT IS THAT WHAT YOU MEAN? I HAVEN’T WATCHED, I HAVEN’T WATCHED FOR ONE MINUTE.>>Reporter: AS FOR THAT CALL WITH SONDLAND, SAID TRUMP, THAT’S THE FIRST HE’S HEARD OF IT.>>President Donald Trump: I DON’T RECALL, NO, NOT AT ALL. NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT.>>Adrienne: SO, PAUL, LOOK, THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT TODAY’S QUESTIONING WAS REALLY DETAILED AND REALLY FOCUSED ON SOME SPECIFIC POINTS. BUT THERE IS OBVIOUSLY A BIG PICTURE STRATEGY AT PLAY HERE, RIGHT?>>Reporter: YEAH, WELL, THINK OF IT THIS WAY, ADRIENNE — HE’LL PROBABLY BE IMPEACHED BECAUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE VOTES TO DO THAT. WHEN IT THEN MOVES TO THE SENATE, BARRING SOME MAJOR DEVELOPMENT, HE’LL PROBABLY NOT BE CONVICTED AND NOT BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THE VOTES TO PREVENT THAT. SO WHAT DEMOCRATS REALLY WANT RIGHT NOW IS TO LAY OUT THE CASE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH AS MUCH EVIDENCE AS THEY CAN MUSTER, FRAMED AS SIMPLY AND FORCEFULLY AS THEY CAN SO THAT THE VOTERS CAN BREATHE IT ALL IN, COME TO THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS AND THEN TAKE THEIR OWN ACTION COME ELECTION DAY NEXT NOVEMBER. WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS ALREADY COMING UP FAST. IMPEACHMENT OF ANOTHER KIND. BILL TAYLOR IS STEP ONE ON THAT, WITH PLENTY MORE TO COME. ADRIENNE?>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT, PAUL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, LIKE TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY HAS DIVIDED AMERICANS BUT NO MATTER WHOSE SIDE THEY’RE ON, PEOPLE TUNED IN TO WATCH THE DRAMA AS IT UNFOLDED TODAY. SOME LIVE ON TV. OTHERS IN WASHINGTON IN PERSON. SUSAN ORMISTON TAKES US INSIDE THE SPECTACLE.>>Reporter: AND THEY ARE HUSTLING TO GET IN LINE EARLY.>>I DON’T KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE CLOSED.>>Reporter: THREE HOURS BEFORE ONE WORD OF TESTIMONY WAS UTTERED IN THAT HEARING ROOM, PEOPLE LINED UP HERE, NOT CONTENT TO WATCH THIS ALL PLAY OUT ON TELEVISION. THEY WANT TO BE HERE FOR A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY. BUT MOST CAME HERE WITH STRONG OPINIONS ALREADY FORMED.>>WELL, IT’S A SHAKEDOWN OF ANOTHER DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT.>>Reporter: HOWARD, WHY ARE YOU HERE LINING UP?>>FRANKLY, TO WATCH THE REPUBLICANS SQUIRM.>>Reporter: INSIDE THE HEARING ROOM, A MEDIA SCRAMBLE. WRANGLERS HUSTLING DOZENS AND DOZENS OF CAMERAS IN AND OUT OF POSITION. A GONG SHOW, ACCORDING TO REPUBLICANS, WHO FOR WEEKS HAVE HAMMERED THE DEMOCRATS FOR HOLDING PRIVATE HEARINGS. NOW TURNING ON THEIR KEY PUBLIC WITNESSES.>>I’D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU FOR PASSING THE DEMOCRAT STAR CHAMBER ADDITIONS HELD IN THE LAST WEEKS IN THE BASEMENT OF THE CAPITOL. THIS SPECTACLE IS DOING GREAT DAMAGE TO OUR COUNTRY. NOTHING MORE THAN AN IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IN SEARCH OF A CRIME.>>Reporter: D.C. HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS. OFF THE HILL THE UNION PUB OPENED EARLY FOR LIVE BROADCASTS AND ESPECIALLY THEMED COCKTAILS.>>I GOT 99 PROBLEMS THAT IMPEACHMENT AIN’T ONE.>>Reporter: BUT MOST AMERICANS WON’T HAVE WATCHED THE SIX HOURS OF TESTIMONY, BUT JUST GET A TASTE OF IT ON THEIR FAVOURITE NEWS OUTLETS.>>AS A CHILD GROWING UP AND SEEING THE NIXON HEARINGS, YOU HAD THE EVENING NEWS AND THAT’S ALL YOU HAD. BUT NOW YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE 40% OF AMERICANS WATCH ONE NEWS SOURCE AND THE REST WATCH SOME OTHER NEWS SOURCES AND THEY’RE COMING UP WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ANSWERS.>>Reporter: THE RESULT COULD BE NO CHANGE, A DEEPLY DIVIDED COUNTRY, NOT PERSUADED BY ANY TESTIMONY.>>EVERYTHING THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO BRING DOWN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND IT’S, FRANKLY, GETTING VERY OLD.>>Reporter: ONE DIVIDEND FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN TODAY — MONEY. AN URGENT FUNDRAISING APPEAL FOR $3 MILLION IN 24 HOURS SAYING THAT THE DEMOCRATS HATE THE PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICANS. THIS IS AS TRUMP SAID THAT HE DIDN’T WATCH ONE MINUTE OF THE HEARINGS. YOMSUSAN ORMISTON, SCOIK, WASHINGTON.>>Adrienne: WHILE THERE’S NOT AN EXACT TIMELINE OF THE PROCEEDINGS THEY ARE MOVING FAST. AMERICANS HAVE BEEN HERE TWICE BEFORE SO WHAT COMES NEXT? WE BREAK DOWN THE PROCESS. BRACE FOR IT BECAUSE THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS WILL LOOK A LOT LIKE TODAY WITH SEVERAL KEY WITNESSES SCHEDULED TO TESTIFY PUBLICLY. IF THE HEARINGS FIND ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, THEN IT’S UP TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT, LIKELY BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IT’S THE SENATE THAT WOULD THEN HOLD A TRIAL. THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OVERSEES IT. SENATORS ARE THE JURY. AGAIN IT WOULD COME DOWN TO A VOTE. A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY NEEDED TO CONVICT THE PRESIDENT AND REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE. A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TASK IN THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CHAMBER.>>>SO LATER IN THE HOUR, ANDREW, WE’RE GOING TO TALK WITH OUR U.S. POLITICAL PANEL ABOUT HOW THESE HEARINGS COULD SWAY PUBLIC OPINION AND WHAT BOTH PARTIES NEED TO DO. AND THE STRATEGY OF ALL OF IT, BECAUSE IT’S FASCINATING.>>Andrew: YEAH, RIGHT, THE GAME BEHIND THE GAME, SO TO SPEAK. LET’S TURN NOW TO SOME OF THE OTHER STORIES MAKING NEWS HERE IN CANADA.>>>THERE ARE GROWING CALLS FOR BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. FOUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED BY SUICIDE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS SINCE JUNE 2018. AND TONIGHT A STUDENT AT THE MISSISSAUGA CAMPUS IS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE. SHE SAYS THAT SHE SOUGHT HELP FOR SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND LEFT FEELING LIKE A CRIMINAL. WE’RE PROTECTING HER IDENTITY, BUT ANGELINA KING MET WITH HER TODAY.>>IT WAS VERY DEHUMANIZING, TO BE HONEST AND VERY SCARY AND CONFUSING.>>Reporter: SHE WANTED HELP BUT WOUND UP IN HANDCUFFS. A FRIEND WITH HER TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST BUT THEY WERE TOLD THAT IT COULD TAKE MONTHS, SO SHE SAW A NURSE. TOGETHER THEY CAME UP WITH A SAFETY PLAN WHICH INCLUDED STAYING AT HER FRIEND’S HOUSE THAT NIGHT. THE NURSE ALSO MADE HER SPEAK WITH CAMPUS POLICE.>>AND THE MINUTE THAT I TOLD THEM THAT IT WAS A NEW LOCATION THAT I WOULD GO TO MY FRIEND’S HOUSE, THEY STOPPED EVERYTHING AND THEY TOLD ME THAT I WOULD BE PUT UNDER ARREST.>>Reporter: THEY WERE TAKING HER TO A HOSPITAL. SHE SAYS THAT SHE WAS CALM AND TOLD THEM THE HANDCUFFS WERE UNNECESSARY, SHE WANTED TO GO.>>I WAS BEWILDERED AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING TO MY FRIEND WHO AT THIS POINT HAD BEEN SO COOPERATIVE AND SHE’D BEEN SO OPEN.>>Reporter: THEY SAY THAT THE OFFICERS COVERED THE CUFFS AND ESCORTED HER THROUGH A BUSY BUILDING.>>I FELT THAT I DID SOMETHING WRONG IN ASKING FOR HELP.>>WHEN TRULY EVERYONE WAS LOOKING AT HER. HER FACE WAS RED AND SHE WAS CRYING, AND BREATHING WAS VERY ERRATIC AND SHE HAD JUST HYPERVENTILATED.>>Reporter: SHE SPENT THE NIGHT IN HOSPITAL AND WAS PRESCRIBED MEDICATION.>>THIS TENUOUS BALANCING ACT BETWEEN SAFETY VERSUS STIGMA.>>Reporter: THIS FAMILY DOCTOR RESEARCHED THE USE OF RESTRAINTS IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. SHE SAYS THAT SOMETIMES THEY ARE NEEDED BUT THAT AT UNIVERSITIES POLICE SHOULDN’T BE INVOLVED.>>THESE TYPES OF BLANKET POLICIES OF USING LAW ENFORCEMENT, MARKED VEHICLES, UNIFORMED POLICE AND HANDCUFFS ARE EXTREMELY STIGMATIZING AND THEY MIGHT NOT COME BACK TO US LATER TO ASK FOR HELP.>>Reporter: THE UNIVERSITY SAYS THAT CAMPUS POLICE HAVE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING AND ONLY USE HANDCUFFS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.>>THE UNIVERSITY IS LOOKING AT ITS RESPONSE TO THIS CASE AND JUST LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE CONSISTENT PRACTICES AND PROTOCOLS.>>Reporter: THE STUDENT DOESN’T WANT HER STORY TO DISCOURAGE OTHERS FROM ASKING FOR HELP.>>YOU CAN HAVE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON YOUR SIDE THAT WILL NOT HANDCUFF YOU. BUT THAT THEY ARE IN THE PROFESSION BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP PEOPLE.>>Reporter: ANGELINA KING, CBC NEWS, MISSISSAUGA.>>Andrew: 48 HOURS AFTER HE WAS CUT LOOSE FROM SPORTSNET, CANADIANS ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE FATE OF DON CHERRY. WHILE THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE WHO TAKE ISSUE WITH WHAT HE SAID, THERE ARE CERTAINLY THOSE WHO REMAINED VERY FIRMLY IN THE COACH’S CORNER. LISA XING EXPLAINS.>>YOU LIKE SOME SIGNAGE, JUST COME ON OVER…>>Reporter: A SMALL PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE ROGERS HEADQUARTERS TODAY, ALL SUPPORTERS OF DON CHERRY.>>I THINK HE MEANT THE RIGHT THING. I THINK THAT IT CAME OUT A LITTLE BIT WRONG.>>PEOPLE ARE JUST TOO OFFENDED TODAY. I REALLY, REALLY DO. I THINK THAT IT’S BEYOND RIDICULOUS.>>THEY’RE WRONG IN WHAT THEY DID.>>Reporter: THESE FANS SAY THAT ROGERS SHOULDN’T HAVE FORCED OUT CHERRY FOR COMMENTS THAT HE MADE SATURDAY NIGHT.>>YOU PEOPLE LOVE — YOU THAT COME HERE, WHATEVER IT IS, YOU LOVE OUR WAY OF LIFE. YOU LOVE OUR MILK AND HONEY. AT LEAST YOU COULD PAY A COUPLE BUCKS FOR A POPPY.>>Reporter: HIS CO-HOST RON McLEAN APOLOGISED THE NEXT DAY. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEN HE TOLD CBC NEWS THAT HE WILL APPEAR WITHOUT DON ON “HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA” THIS WEEKEND.>>I HAVE TO HAVE THESE DAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM RIGHT IN WHAT I SAY THIS WEEKEND. TO THINK ABOUT ALL THAT’S GOING ON AND PROCESS IT.>>Reporter: CANADIANS ARE ALSO PROCESSING WHAT HAPPENED AS THE CONTROVERSY AROUND CHERRY’S DEPARTURE HAS DIVIDED THE COUNTRY.>>THERE’S THE LEFT-WING BIAS…>>Reporter: AND SOME OF THE SENTIMENTS HAVE BECOME VITRIOLIC AND SOME WHO HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST CHERRY SAY THEY HAVE RECEIVED THREATS.>>IT’S ALMOST LIKE DON CHERRY WAS THE SPARK FOR THIS LATEST DEBATE, BECAUSE PEOPLE AREN’T EVEN TALKING ABOUT DON CHERRY ANYMORE IN ALL OF THESE ARGUMENTS THAT I’M SEEING. THEY’RE JUST POINTING FINGERS AT EVERYBODY ELSE AND NAME CALLING EVERYBODY ELSE.>>Reporter: THE BACKLASH HAS ALSO BECOME INCREASINGLY POLITICAL.>>NOBODY HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT UNTIL ALL OF A SUDDEN A FEW PROTESTERS OR A FEW PUBLIC PEOPLE CAME OUT. THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THE LEFT.>>Reporter: PERHAPS FUELLING THE ANGER, CHERRY APPEARED ON FOX NEWS WITH RIGHT-WING HOST TUCKER CARLSON.>>THE TWO WORDS THAT GOT IT “YOU PEOPLE” AND AS YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE VERY SENSITIVE LIKE THAT. AND THEY GOT ME.>>WELL, I WILL CLARIFY, THEY’RE NOT SENSITIVE AT ALL, THEY’RE FASCISTS.>>Reporter: MEANWHILE THE PETITION CALLING ON ROGERS TO BRING BACK DON CHERRY IS STILL GAINING SIGNATURES, MORE THAN 200,000 AND COUNTING. LISA XING, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: THE MAYOR OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES SAYS THAT VENICE IS, QUOTE “ON ITS KNEES,” THEY ARE SUFFERING THE WORST FLOODING IN MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY. NOW HE’S CALLING ON THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT TO CALL FOR A NATIONAL DISASTER. AS MARGARET EVANS TELL US, HE IS POINTING THE FINGER AT CLIMATE CHANGE.>>Reporter: THE SIREN’S CALL OF VENICE IS TAKING ON A WHOLE NEW MEANING AS THE FLOODWATERS REACH THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL IN 50 YEARS. HIGH WATER WARNINGS STILL SOUNDING ACROSS THE CITY TODAY. RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS SLOSHING THROUGH SUBMERGED STREETS IN SEARCH OF HIGHER GROUND.>>YOU OKAY?>>Reporter: OR RUBBER BOOTS.>>THIS IS PARTICULARLY BAD.>>Reporter: HUGE PARTS OF VENICE ARE NOW UNDER WATER. THE HIGHEST TIDE HITTING OVERNIGHT IN THE MIDST OF THE GUSTING WINDS AND RAIN. THE FLOODWATERS MAKE FOR SOME ARRESTING IMAGES, NOT LEAST A NEPTUNE LOOK-ALIKE SWIMMING IN ST. MARK’S SQUARE. BUT THE FAMED BASILICA NEXT TO IT WITH ITS ANCIENT CRYPT IS NOW SUBMERGED BENEATH A METRE OF WATER. THE CITY’S MAYOR CALLING IT A HARBINGER OF THINGS TO COME.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: WE NEED EVERYBODY TO HELP, HE SAYS, AND WE MUST BE UNITED TO FACE WHAT ARE CLEARLY THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. VENICE IS A COLLECTION OF OVER 100 TINY ISLANDS IN A LAGOON ALONG THE ADRIATIC SEA. SOME CALL IT THE FLOATING CITY. TODAY ITS LEGENDARY GONDOLAS WERE EITHER WASHED UP ON SHORE OR TETHERED, YEARS OF POTENTIALLY HIGHER TIDES TO COME. CONSTRUCTION OF A FLOOD BARRIER DESIGNED TO PROTECT VENICE FROM HIGH TIDES WAS BEGUN BACK IN 1984. BUT IT’S STILL NOT FINISHED AND CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS ABOUND.>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: THEY’VE DONE NOTHING, SAYS THIS MAN, IN ITALY THAT’S HOW IT IS. OUR POLITICIANS ARE ALL THIEVES. THEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL. LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE CALLING THE FLOODING OF VENICE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. MARGARET EVANS, CBC NEWS, LONDON.>>Andrew: OKAY, WE DO HAVE MORE NEWS AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL,” INCLUDING AN IMPORTANT STORY FOR THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. SHOULD THEY BE PROTECTED FROM PSUEDO SCIENTIFIC AND UNPROVEN TREATMENTS?>>Adrienne: PLUS, THE INCREDIBLE DANGER OF A ROADSIDE JOB. A TOUCHING TRIBUTE AND CALLS FOR CHANGE AFTER A TOW TRUCK DRIVER IS KILLED.>>Ian: AND NEW FUEL FOR THE POLITICAL SPAT BETWEEN EAST AND WEST. WHY JASON KENNEY IS TELLING THE LEADER OF THE BLOC>>Andrew: WHEN YOUR CAR NEEDS A BOOST OR HAS A FLAT TIRE OR YOU’RE STUCK IN A SNOWBANK TOW TRUCK OPERATOR CAN BE YOUR BEST FRIEND. THE PERSON WHO COMES TO YOUR RESCUE. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE THAT IT CAN BE A DANGEROUS JOB. IT’S ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT A HUNDRED TOW TRUCK OPERATORS ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR IN NORTH AMERICA. AND IN THE U.S., THEIR ON-THE-JOB FATALITY RATE IS NEARLY 15 TIMES HIGHER THAN WORKERS IN ALL OTHER PRIVATE INDUSTRIES COMBINED. A FUNERAL TODAY NEAR TORONTO WAS A PAINFUL REMINDER OF THAT DANGER. BEVERLY “TODD” BURGESS, HIS FRIENDS CALLED HIM TODD, HE DIED LAST WEEK WHILE HELPING A STRANDED DRIVER. TALIA RICCI BRINGS US THE TRIBUTES AND THE CALLS FOR BETTER SAFETY.>>Reporter: HUNDREDS OF TOW TRUCKS LINED THE ROAD INTO THE BOWMANVILLE CEMETERY TODAY. THEY’RE HERE FOR TODD BURGESS. HE WAS KILLED ON THE JOB LAST WEEK. HIS COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, BRAD, WAS THERE.>>NIGHTMARES. I’M NOT GOING TO LIE, I COULDN’T SLEEP. I COULDN’T EAT. AND ME SEEING MY COLLEAGUE, MY BUDDY, LAYING IN THE DITCH LIFELESS? YOU KNOW, YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO PRAY THAT ON ANYBODY.>>Reporter: HE SAYS THAT MORNING SOMEONE ELSE ON SCENE YELLED, WARNING THAT A CAR WAS SPEEDING TOWARDS THEM. A COUPLE PEOPLE JUMPED INTO THE DITCH AND EVEN ON TO THE ROAD TO AVOID IT. BUT TODD DIDN’T HAVE TIME.>>HE DIDN’T HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. AND IT WAS JUST INSTANT.>>Reporter: MANY OF THE DRIVERS THAT WE SPOKE WITH TODAY SAID THAT THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE ATTENDED A FUNERAL FOR A TOW TRUCK DRIVER IN 2019. OF COURSE THEY’RE HERE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TODAY, BUT ALSO TO SEND A MESSAGE.>>EVERY ONE OF US HAS PROBABLY HAD A CLOSE CALL AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER.>>Reporter: MOVE OVER AND SLOW DOWN. THAT’S THE MESSAGE STITCHED ON THE BACK OF JACKETS AND MADE INTO BUMPER STICKERS IN TODD’S MEMORY. THESE DRIVERS DON’T WANT TO LOSE ANYMORE OF THEIR OWN.>>I’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT I GET TO GO HOME AT THE END OF THE NIGHT. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL LOOKING FOR, EVERY ONE OF THESE GUYS HERE.>>Reporter: TODD DROVE A TAXI BEFORE HE DROVE A TOW TRUCK. HE WAS LOVED AND WELL KNOWN IN FORT PERRY. AND FRIENDS SAY THAT HE WAS FUNNY AND CARING AND AN EXCELLENT CONVERSATIONALIST.>>HE MIGHT COST YOU A COUPLE HOURS OF YOUR TIME BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A FRIENDLY GUY.>>Reporter: FOR ALL OF THESE QUALITIES AND MORE, FRIENDS SAY THAT TODD WILL BE MISSED.>>HE WAS REALLY KIND, CARING GUY. I REMEMBER THAT I RAN OUT OF GAS ONE TIME AND HE GAVE ME A TAXI RIDE. AND I TRIED TO SLIP HIM SOME MONEY AND HE SAID, NO, JUST BUY ME A COFFEE SOMETIME.>>IT’S JUST A TRAGEDY TO LOSE SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, SO KINDHEARTED.>>Reporter: TALIA RICCI, CBC NEWS, BOWMANVILLE.>>Andrew: OKAY, LET’S GET TO IAN NOW IN OUR VANCOUVER NATIONAL NEWSROOM. HE’S WATCHING STORIES MAKING NEWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>Ian: ANDREW, WE’LL BEGIN WITH A WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN ALBERTA’S PREMIER AND THE LEADER OF THE BLOC QUÉBECOIS. AFTER MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER THIS MORNING, YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET OFFERED HIS TAKE ON ALBERTA’S BID TO BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT.>>IF THEY ARE TRYING TO CREATE AN OIL STATE IN WESTERN CANADA, THEY CANNOT EXPECT ANY HELP FROM US.>>Ian: BLANCHET KEPT SAYING THAT HIS PARTY WOULD FIGHT THE EXCESSIVE EXTRACTION OF OIL. NOT SURPRISING THAT SPARKED A RESPONSE FROM JASON KENNEY.>>IF YOU ARE SO OPPOSED TO THE ENERGY THAT WE PRODUCED IN ALBERTA, THEN WHY ARE YOU SO KEEN ON TAKING THE MONEY GENERATED BY THE OIL FIELD WORKERS IN THIS PROVINCE?>>Ian: KENNEY IS REFERRING TO THE EQUALIZATION FORMULA, BUT BLANCHET RESPONDED AND SAYING THAT’S NOT HOW THE PAYMENTS WORK AND ALBERTA DOESN’T DIRECTLY WRITE A CHEQUE TO QUÉBEC.>>>HERE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, A SUDDEN END TO A SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE AGAINST A VANCOUVER-AREA MAYOR REMAINED SHROUDED IN MYSTERY. CHARGES HAVE BEEN STAYED AGAINST PORT MOODY MAYOR ROB VAGRAMOV. WE KNOW THAT IT WAS RELATED TO AN INCIDENT THAT TOOK PLACE WHEN HE WAS ON A DATE. THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR SAYS THAT THE MAYOR COMPLETED AN ALTERNATIVE MEASURES PROCESS WHO ALLOWS FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS WHO ADMIT RESPONSIBILITY, TO AVOID CHARGES THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS MINOR. HOWEVER, WHAT VAGRAMOV ADMITTED TO AND WHAT MEASURES HE UNDERTOOK ARE NOT DISCLOSED.>>>A MOTHER AND CHILD HAD TO BE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A TRAIN. IT HAPPENED IN DOWNTOWN KITCHENER. THE CROSSING HAS FLASHING LIGHTS AND BELLS AND CROSSING ARMS WHICH WERE SAID TO BE ENGAGED AT THE TIME. THE MOTHER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND NO WORD YET ON THE CHILD’S CONDITION.>>>A DEVASTATING NEWS FOR HUNDREDS OF WORKERS IN NORTHERN NEW BRUNSWICK AS ONE OF THE REGION’S KEY EMPLOYERS ANNOUNCED IT WILL PERMANENTLY SHUTDOWN BY CHRISTMAS.>>WE’RE KIND OF LET DOWN, IT’S GOING TO BE HARD ON US. WE’RE DISAPPOINTED.>>Ian: THE OWNERS OF THE NEW BRUNSWICK SMELTER OPERATION ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE THIS MORNING. IT PUTS SOME 420 EMPLOYEES OUT OF WORK. A CONTRACT DISPUTE HAD MORE THAN HALF OF THE SMELTERS’ WORKERS WALKING THE PICKET LINE SINCE APRIL, BUT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT THE SMELTER HASN’T BEEN PROFITABLE FOR YEARS.>>>A SETTLEMENT OVER $300 MILLION FOR CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. THAT’S ONE OF THE INTERNATIONAL STORIES THAT WE’LL HAVE FOR YOU IN 20 MINUTES.>>Andrew: AND WE’LL HAVE MORE NEWS AHEAD FOR YOU ON “THE NATIONAL”…>>>NEXT, THERE ARE FEW RULES IN CANADA PROHIBITING ANYONE FROM PROMISING TO CURE AUTISM. SHOULD THAT CHANGE?>>DESPERATION, IT REALLY IS. THERE WAS NO GUIDANCE.>>Andrew: AN IMPORTANT STORY FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>Adrienne: AND A HERO IN MONTRÉAL. THE MAN WHO DROVE HIS CAR INTO THE MIDDLE OF A POLICE CHASE TO SAVE A GROUP OF PEDESTRIANS.>>Andrew: THE CANADIAN PAEDIATRIC SOCIETY IS TELLING DOCTORS TO GET FAMILIAR WITH ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO TREATING AUTISM. WITH SO MUCH MISINFORMATION AND PSUEDO SCIENCE OUT THERE, PARENTS SEEKING HELP FOR THEIR KIDS CAN BE VULNERABLE TO EXPLOITATION. AND AS VIK ADHOPIA EXPLAINS, TALKING TO A DOCTOR MAY HELP THEM TO SORT FACT FROM FICTION.>>Reporter: WHEN CHRISTOPHER LEHMAN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM AS A CHILD, HIS MOTHER SANDRA VOWED TO TRY ANY TREATMENT TO HELP HIM TO SPEAK. TREATMENTS THAT SOUND SCIENTIFIC BUT AREN’T ACTUALLY BACKED BY MAINSTREAM SCIENCE.>>HERE WE HAVE BIOCALIBRATION ELECTRODERMAL SCREENING. WHAT IS THAT?>>IT WAS TO BRING HIS BODY INTO BALANCE. SO WHATEVER THAT MEANT AT THE TIME.>>Reporter: THEN THERE WAS THE CHIROPRACTOR WHO SAID THAT HE COULD IN HIS WORDS, CORRECT AUTISM.>>HE JUST KEPT SAYING WELL, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO GO A LITTLE BIT FURTHER, YOU KNOW, HE’S DOING SO WELL. LET’S JUST KEEP IT GOING. IT WOULDN’T HAVE STOPPED HAD WE NOT STOPPED IT OURSELVES.>>Reporter: MORE THAN A YEAR LATER SHE HAD SPENT MORE THAN $5,000.>>DESPERATION. IT REALLY IS. BECAUSE THERE WAS NO GUIDANCE BEFORE FROM ANYBODY.>>Reporter: THE CANADIAN PAEDIATRIC SOCIETY IS TRYING TO OFFER THAT GUIDANCE TO DOCTORS TO BETTER INFORM THEM ABOUT COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE AUTISM TREATMENTS ON THE MARKET, FROM LOW-RISK INTERVENTIONS FROM VITAMINS AND SPECIAL DIETS TO HIGH-RISK THERAPIES SUCH AS CHELATION AND HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TREATMENTS. THE LIST DIDN’T INCLUDE EVERYTHING. ONE OF THE AUTHORS, A LEADING AUTISM RESEARCHER, SAYS THAT UNPROVEN THERAPIES CAN BE A DRAIN ON TIME, FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL RESOURCES. BUT DOCTORS HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT WON’T STOP PARENTS FROM TRYING THEM.>>WE’RE NOT ULTIMATELY THE GATEKEEPERS FOR SOME OF THESE TREATMENTS AND THAT’S THEIR — COMPLEMENTARY PRACTICES ARE OFTEN PART OF THE APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE.>>I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE THEM FOCUS MORE ON THE RISKS FOR THE CHILD.>>Reporter: THIS DOCTOR SAYS THAT THE NEW GUIDELINES DON’T ADDRESS THE UNKNOWN LONG-TERM IMPACT OF ALL OF THESE ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES ON CHILDREN. THERE’S ALSO THE UNDERLYING QUESTION OF WHY PARENTS ARE DRIVEN TO THESE UNPROVEN TREATMENTS AND HOW MAINSTREAM MEDICINE SOMETIMES DOESN’T OFFER THEM A LOT OF HOPE.>>WE TEND TO FOCUS A LOT ON THE DEFICITS. A LOT ON THE ISSUES. WE DON’T ALWAYS FOCUS ON STRENGTHS. I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE ALWAYS ADDRESSED.>>Reporter: AS FOR SANDRA HART, SHE HAS NO REGRETS TRYING ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS. SHE SAYS IF SHE DIDN’T IT WOULD LEAVE HER WONDERING IF SHE DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP HER SON. VIK ADHOPIA, ENNISVILLE, ONTARIO.>>Adrienne: NEXT, A HISTORIC DAY IN WASHINGTON.>>THERE’S ONE WITNESS THEY WON’T BRING IN FRONT OF US AND THAT’S THE GUY WHO STARTED IT ALL — THE WHISTLEBLOWER.>>I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE I’D BE GLAD TO HAVE THE PERSON WHO STARTED IT ALL TO COME IN AND TESTIFY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WELCOME TO TAKE A SEAT RIGHT THERE.>>Adrienne: OKAY, SO THE DAY WAS NOT WITHOUT ZINGERS, OF COURSE, BUT WHERE DOES THE POLITICAL STRATEGY GO FROM HERE? (*)>>THE PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL ATTORNEY RUDY GUILIANI PRESSED UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES TO INVESTIGATE BURISMA, COUNTRY’S LARGEST NATURAL GAS PRODUCERS AND THE BIDENS.>>WHAT WE HAVE WITNESSED TODAY IS A TELEVISED THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE.>>WHAT I ALSO SAID IS THAT I THINK THAT IT’S CRAZY TO WITHHOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR HELP WITH A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN.>>IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT GUILIANI’S EFFORTS WERE NOW AFFECTING THE U.S. ENGAGEMENT WITH UKRAINE.>>WHAT YOU HEARD DID NOT HAPPEN, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.>>Adrienne: THERE YOU GO, THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE EXCHANGES FROM THE FIRST DAY OF THE PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS IN WASHINGTON. OUR PANEL OBVIOUSLY HAS A LOT TO WEIGH IN ON. WE ARE JOINED FROM WASHINGTON BY JOSEPH MORENO, A FORMER PROSECUTOR. AND ALAINA BEVERLY, A FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL. AND FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO, THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST JAI CHABRIA. SO FULL DISCLOSURE, EVERYBODY, I TRIED TO WATCH MUCH OF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. I FOUND IT BOMBASTIC, SOMETIMES BORING. DEFINITELY DENSE IN PLACES. AND I’M WONDERING, JOE AS A FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR, WHAT’S THE JOB THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAD TO DO TODAY? WE’LL GET TO ALL OF YOU IN TERMS OF WHETHER YOU THINK THEY DID IT. BUT WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH?>>SURE, I THINK THAT THERE WERE PROBABLY TWO GOALS HERE. ONE WAS TO BUILD A METHODICAL CASE WITH VERY SOLID WITNESSES TO ESTABLISH THE FOUNDATION OF WHERE THE DEMOCRATS ARE TAKING THIS. WHICH IS EFFECTIVELY AN ABUSE OF OFFICE, EXTORTION BRIBERY TYPE ALLEGATION. IN THAT RESPECT THEY DID WELL. I THINK THAT THE SECOND PRIORITY IS TO TRY TO NOT JUST GAIN THE ATTENTION OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, BUT ALSO TO SHIFT THE OPINION OF THOSE THAT ARE STILL UNDECIDED ON THIS PRESIDENT. THERE I THINK THEY PROBABLY FELL SHORT. IT WAS A SOLID DAY BUT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW LITTLE THINGS THAT WE LEARNED, I DON’T THINK THAT THERE WERE ANY BOMBSHELLS OR ANYTHING THAT WOULD CHANGE THE MIND OF SOMEONE WHO HAS ALREADY PREDISPOSED TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT.>>Adrienne: SO, ALAINA, I AM WONDERING IF YOU WERE WINCING OR NODDING TODAY?>>I WAS NODDING IN THE BEGINNING. SO I THINK THAT THE FORMAT OF THESE HEARINGS WERE ACTUALLY BRILLIANT IN THAT THEY SET UP A FORUM WHERE THE WITNESSES COULD PROVIDE OPENING REMARKS, FOLLOWED BY 45 MINUTES OF QUESTIONING. AS OPPOSED TO WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN RECENT HISTORY IN TERMS OF THE TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT WHERE IT’S FIVE MINUTES DEMOCRAT AND FIVE MINUTES REPUBLICAN. AND SO I THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO — TO FEEL BILL TAYLOR AND GEORGE KENT AND SEE THEM AS STATESMEN, AS PATRIOTS, WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY. AND TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEIR CHARACTER IS IN SUCH STARK CONTRAST TO DONALD TRUMP’S AND TO THE EVIDENCE THAT WE WERE HEARING — THAT WE HEARD COME OUT TODAY.>>Adrienne: BUT YOU KNOW, JAI, I’M THINKING THAT THE REPUBLICANS — EVERY TIME I TUNED IN THEY WERE CONTINUING TO HAMMER THE POINT THAT, LOOK, THERE’S NO HARM, NO FOUL. UKRAINE GOT ITS AID AND THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS DID NOT HAPPEN. WAS IT A SMART STRATEGY TO KEEP PUSHING THAT MESSAGE?>>WELL, LOOK, FROM THE REPUBLICAN STANDPOINT WHAT THEIR GOAL IS TO TRY TO MUDDY THE WATER AND TO SAY IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL, IT’S BORING AND IT’S COMPLICATED. I THINK THAT THEY ARE SUCCEEDING IN THAT SENSE. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A REALLY HIGH BAR. AND WHAT JOE SAID IS REALLY IMPORTANT. THIS IS NOT JUST AN IMPEACHMENT HEARING, THIS IS TRIED IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION. PEOPLE HERE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, AND PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY, THEY HAVE TO REALLY CARE ABOUT THIS. THAT’S THE QUESTION, ARE THEY CARING? I’M NOT SO SURE THEY ARE. LOOK, THERE’S BEEN A KAVANAUGH HEARING. AND THE MUELLER HEARINGS AND NOW THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS. THERE’S A LOT OF NOISE IN WASHINGTON. AND I’M NOT SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, I DON’T KNOW THAT THE WORLD PUBLIC — REALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THAT’S WHAT REPUBLICANS HAVE TO DO AND I DON’T KNOW IF THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED SO FAR.>>Adrienne: YOU SOUND LIKE YOU COULD HAVE BEEN ON THAT FLOOR TODAY BECAUSE SOME OF THAT LANGUAGE IS WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE REPUBLICANS. AND THERE’S A LOT OF OUTRAGE FROM THEM TODAY. AND I’M WONDERING WHO IS THAT FOR? WHO DO YOU THINK THAT IS FOR? FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR ARE THEY PLAYING TO AN AUDIENCE OF ONE? ALAINA?>>I THINK THAT IT’S FOR BOTH, BOTH FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FOR THE AUDIENCE OF ONE TO SHOW DONALD TRUMP THAT THEY’RE STILL STALWARTLY WITH HIM. BUT IN TERMS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, MY GOOD FRIEND GARRETT HAGUE SAID THAT IT WASN’T THE GOAL OF THE REPUBLICANS TO CHANGE MINDS, IT WAS SIMPLY TO GET PEOPLE TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL. SO ON THOSE MOMENTS WHERE YOU SAW THE REPUBLICANS INTERRUPTING THE PROCESS, ON THE MOMENTS WHEN YOU SAW THE REPUBLICANS CHALLENGING THE CREDIBILITY OF THESE TWO PATRIOTS WHO HAVE COME FORTH, IN THE MOMENTS WHEN YOU SAW THE REPUBLICANS CALLING OUT AND REQUIRING A VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT THE WHISTLEBLOWER COULD COME FORWARD, THAT WAS ALL TO — TO TAKE A LEVEL TO A SHRILL PITCH SUCH THAT PEOPLE WOULD TURN THE CHANNEL AND LOSE INTEREST.>>Adrienne: DOES ANYONE — CAN ANYONE HELP US TO UNDERSTAND HERE — WHY DID THE DEMOCRATS START WITH THESE TWO WITNESSES? YOU HAVE THE AMBASSADOR, BILL TAYLOR AND GEORGE KENT OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT. ARE THESE REALLY THE MARQUIS WITNESSES?>>I THINK THAT THEY’RE MARQUIS FACT WITNESSES. AS YOU SAW TODAY BILL TAYLOR INTRODUCED NEW EVIDENCE, A CALL BETWEEN AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND DONALD TRUMP. EXPLAINING THAT THE ONLY THING THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS INTERESTED IN WAS GETTING DIRT AND HAVING THE INVESTIGATION ON JOE BIDEN AND HUNTER BIDEN. THAT’S ALL THAT HE WAS INTERESTED IN. SO WE’RE STILL SEEING FACTS COME OUT FROM THESE TWO STELLAR WITNESSES. ALSO AS I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE, THEY’RE UNIMPEACHABLE IN THEIR CONDUCT AND THEIR SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES. KENT HAS OVER 50 YEARS OF SERVICE. AND BILL TAYLOR HAS OVER 27 YEARS OF SERVICE. THEY HAVE SERVED FOR MULTIPLE — MULTIPLE PRESIDENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND THEY ARE WAR VETERANS AND BILL TAYLOR IS A VIETNAM VETERAN. YOU HAVE SEEN THESE WITNESSES COME FORWARD WHO WHEN YOU SEE THEM, YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR LIVES AND CAREER ON THE LINE IN SERVICE OF THE CONSTITUTION. AND THAT THIS IS ONE MORE STEP FOR THEM.>>Adrienne: JAI, I SENSE THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT.>>WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THEY TALKED A LOT ABOUT TODAY AND IT’S REALLY CONFUSING TO ME — THEY TALKED ABOUT THE FOREIGN POLICY DECISIONS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH MADE. I THINK THAT IT CONNECTICUT FLAICTS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. AND THEY SAY IT’S QUID PRO QUO BUT GOING AND SAYING THAT HE’S CHANGING THE WAY IN WHICH FOREIGN POLICY IS RUN AND IT’S BAD FOR UKRAINE. YOU CAN AGREE WITH THAT, IT’S A VERY VALID VIEWPOINT. BUT IS THAT IMPEACHABLE? I’M NOT SURE THAT IS THE CASE.>>Adrienne: IN THE OPENING STATEMENT THE LEADING REPUBLICAN NUNEZ SAID HE WANTS THE WHISTLEBLOWER TO BE OUTED AND TESTIFY. AND FORGIVE ME IF I’M NOT GETTING THIS, BUT WHY DOES THE WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTITY OR TESTIMONY MATTER? IS IT NOT LIKE SAYING UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM THE WITNESS WHO CALLED 911, THEN THERE’S NO CASE?>>WELL, I MEAN, I THINK THAT SOME PEOPLE FEEL — A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL THAT IT’S A RED HERRING AT THIS POINT, RIGHT? LIKE, WHAT’S THE POINT OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER, BECAUSE WE HAVE THE RECORDED TRANSCRIPT OF THE PHONE CALL BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AND WE HAVE MUCH, HOPEFULLY ALL OF THE KEY FACTS THAT UNDERLIE THE CASE HERE. SO WHAT’S THE POINT OF BRINGING THE WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTITY, OTHER THAN TO RETALIATE AGAINST HIM? ON THE FLIPSIDE THOUGH THERE’S AN ARGUMENT AND A VALID ONE THAT ALL OF THIS DID SPRING FROM THE WHISTLEBLOWER. AND IF WE’RE GOING TO IMPEACH AND POTENTIALLY REMOVE A PRESIDENT — WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN DONE IN THIS COUNTRY’S HISTORY — SHOULDN’T WE AT LEAST HEAR FROM THE PERSON THAT STARTED THIS WHOLE THING? AND THERE’S REPORTS THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER DOES HAVE SOME FIRSTHAND INFORMATION AND, OF COURSE, THE MORE EVIDENCE THAT YOU GATHER THE BETTER FOR ANY KIND OF CASE. SO I THINK THERE’S AN ARGUMENT THAT THE PERSON HAS INFORMATION THAT PERHAPS SHOULD BE HEARD, BUT AT THE SAME TIME THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL BECAUSE RETALIATION AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWERS IS A VERY SERIOUS THING. AND THAT CAN BACKFIRE BIG-TIME.>>Adrienne: OKAY, JAI, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?>>I THINK THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO MUDDY THE WATER. I THINK THAT’S WHAT THEIR STRATEGY REALLY IS. WHAT YOU’VE GOT TO REMEMBER — AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU ASKED EARLIER, WHO IS THE AUDIENCE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR TO THE PRESIDENT? I THINK THAT IT’S TO THE BASE. AND BOTH PARTIES DO THIS NOW — IT’S TO THEIR BASES AND THEIR REPUBLICAN BASE AND THE DEMOCRATIC BASE. IT USED TO BE IN THIS COUNTRY 10 YEARS AGO THAT EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT GETTING THE MODERATES AND GETTING THE INDEPENDENT VOTERS TO TRY TO CONVINCE THEM, THAT’S NOT WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT ANYMORE. SO THE STRATEGY FOR THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS IS TO PLAY YOUR BASE, THAT’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO WIN AND GET THEM OUT TO VOTE.>>Adrienne: ALAINA, DO YOU SEE A DANGER IN TRYING TO GET THE WHISTLEBLOWER TO OUT THE WHISTLEBLOWER?>>ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS AN INTIMIDATION TACTIC AND I THINK IT’S ALSO AN EXAMPLE OF THE REPUBLICANS NOT HAVING A COHERENT STRATEGY. AND ONE IS TO POINT A FINGER AT THE WHISTLEBLOWER AND CALL THAT WHISTLEBLOWER, HE OR SHE, AND SAY THEY’RE NEVER-TRUMPERS AND TRY TO GET THEM IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC AND EXPOSE THEM. WHICH IS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT GOING FORWARD. WE NEED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF WHISTLEBLOWERS, BUT I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THE LACK OF COHERENT STRATEGY ALSO LENT ITSELF TO EVERYTHING BUT SAYING THAT WHAT DONALD TRUMP DID WAS NOT A QUID PRO QUO.>>Adrienne: SO AS AN OUTSIDER THIS ALL JUST LOOKS PRETTY PREDICTABLE, THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE DECIDED ALREADY TO VOTE TO IMPEACH HIM AND TO GET AS FAR AS THE SENATES AND THE REPUBLICANS WON’T PREVENT THAT TO BE REMOVED. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK, JOE, IT WOULD TAKE TO ALTER THAT PREDETERMINED COURSE?>>IT WOULD TAKE A RADICAL REVELATION OF NEW EVIDENCE THAT WOULD — THAT WOULD GREATLY TURN PUBLIC OPINION TO THE POINT WHERE THE REPUBLICANS AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT THEIR HOME DISTRICTS AND HOW IT’S GOING TO REFLECT IF THEY VOTE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT IN THE HOUSE. OR AGAINST A CONVICTION IN THE SENATE. I THINK THAT IS SHORT OF SOMETHING THAT, AGAIN, IS MIND-BLOWINGLY DIFFERENT TO CHANGE THIS NARRATIVE, I DON’T THINK THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I THINK THAT PEOPLE’S OPINIONS ARE VERY MUCH BAKED IN. YOU DID NOT SEE ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE TO INITIATE THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AND YOU MAY NOT GET MORE THAN ONE OR TWO REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE IF IT GOES THAT FAR TO THE TRIAL. SO I THINK THE OPINIONS ARE BAKED IN IN CONGRESS AND AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SORT OF MOVING THE GOAL LINE AT THIS POINT IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT.>>Adrienne: ALAINA?>>I DON’T DISAGREE WITH JOE. I DO THINK THAT IT REQUIRES SOME SORT OF EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE BUT AS WE SAW TODAY NEW EVIDENCE IS BEING UNEARTHED EVERY SINGLE DAY AND WITH EVERY SINGLE HEARING AND, AGAIN, THIS IS JUST DAY ONE.>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT, THE THREE OF YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JOSEPH MORENO AND ALAINA BEVERLY AND JAI CHABRIA.>>Andrew: IAN IS UP NEXT WITH STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD TODAY AND ONE NOT TO MISS.>>I WAS THERE AND I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO.>>Andrew:>>I’M JAYME POISSON AND TOMORROW ON CBC’S DAILY NEWS PODCAST “FRONTBURNER” WITH THE LAUNCH OF DISNEY PLUS, MORE AND MORE STREAMING SERVICES ARE COMING ON THE CANADIAN MARKET. ARE THEY A BLESSING OR A CURSE ON THE HOMEGROWN SCREEN INDUSTRY? SUBSCRIBE WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS.>>Ian: WELCOME BACK TO OUR NATIONAL NEWSROOM IN VANCOUVER. CROSS-BORDER VIOLENCE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND MILITANTS IN GAZA CONTINUED TODAY AFTER THE DEATH OF A PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD COMMANDER IN ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES ON TUESDAY. REPORTS SAY THAT MORE THAN 360 ROCKETS HAVE BEEN FIRED BY PALESTINIAN MILITANTS FROM THE GAZA STRIP IN THE LAST 48 HOURS. THE ISRAELI AIRCRAFT ARE ALSO STRIKING IRAN-BACKED ISLAMIC JIHAD TARGETS THROUGHOUT GAZA. NEARLY 30 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SOME OF THE HEAVIEST FIGHTING THAT THE REGION HAS SEEN IN MONTHS.>>>A CALIFORNIA UTILITY HAS AGREED TO A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT FOR DEVASTATING WILDFIRES SPARKED BY ITS EQUIPMENT. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON WILL PAY $360 MILLION TO COUNTY AND CITIES AND OTHER PUBLIC ENTITIES. IT RESOLVES THE DOZENS OF LAWSUITS AGAINST THE POWER COMPANY FROM EXPENSES AND DAMAGES IN THE THOMAS FIRE AND THE SUBSEQUENT MUDSLIDE IN 2017, AND THE WOLSELEY FIRE IN 2018.>>>AND RENEWED CLASHES ROCKED BOLIVIA’S CAPITAL TODAY AS THE –>>AND A REPORT IN THE ATHLETIC DETAILS HOW THE TEAM ALLEGEDLY USED CAMERAS TO STEAL SIGNS OR HAND SIGNALS OPPOSING CATCHERS GAVE PITCHERS. A MEMBER OF THE ORGINISATION WOULD THEN BANG A TRASH CAN IN THE DUGOUT TO RELAY THE INFORMATION TO THE BATTER. UNDER THE RULES THE TEAMS CAN STEAL SIGNS BUT NOT WITH THE USE OF ELECTRONICS. THE ASTROS’ ORGINISATION SAY THEY’RE COOPERATING WITH THE INVESTIGATION.>>>AND RENEWED CLASHES ROCKED BOLIVIA’S CAPITAL TODAY AS THE COUNTRY’S ACTING PRESIDENT FACED CHALLENGES TO HER LEADERSHIP CLAIM. RUNNING BATTLES BROKE OUT IN LA PAZ AS THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT EVO MORALES SQUARED OFF AGAINST RIOT POLICE. BOLIVIA’S NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT JEANINE ANEZ ASSUMED THE INTERIM ROLE AFTER MORALES FLED TO MEXICO, ARGUING THAT HIS LIFE WAS IN DANGER AFTER WEEKS OF PROTESTS OVER A DISPUTED ELECTION RESULT.>>>NEXT, A SPLIT SECOND DECISION THAT SAVED LIVES. THE MAN WHO SWERVED HIS S.U.V. INTO THE MIDDLE OF A POLICE CHASE>>Andrew: HE HAD NO CAPE OR X-RAY VISION BUT WHAT A MONTRÉAL MAN DID MUST HAVE TAKEN THE COURAGE OF A SUPERHERO. JAELA BERNSTIEN SHOWS US WHAT HAPPENED.>>Reporter: ERIC MARCIANO WAS SURPRISINGLY HUMBLE ABOUT ABOUT IT. HE WAS DRIVING IN DOWNTOWN MONTRÉAL WHEN HE SAW A POLICE CHASE UNFOLD IN FRONT OF HIM. WHAT HE DID NEXT NO DOUBT SAVED LIVES. IF YOU HADN’T BEEN THERE IN THAT MOMENT AND DONE THAT, WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED?>>I DON’T KNOW, I’D RATHER NOT THINK ABOUT IT.>>Reporter: THIS IS WHERE ERIC MARCIANO WAS YESTERDAY AT THE CORNER OF RENE LEVESQUE AND ST-DENIS. HE SAW THE CAR MAKE A U-TURN AND COME SPEEDING BACK TOWARDS HIM AND HE MADE THE SPLIT SECOND DECISION TO SWERVE HIS CAR AND PROTECT THE PEDESTRIANS.>>IT WAS REALLY A LOT OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND PEDESTRIANS. SO I FIGURED — I MEAN, I MADE SOME NOISE, I HONKED AND I JUST TURNED REALLY QUICKLY AND BLOCKED HIS PASSAGE.>>Reporter: THIS WAS THE AFTERMATH. HIS CAR ENDED UP COLLIDING WITH A TAXI AS WELL. MARCIANO SAID THAT HE WASN’T THINKING OF HIS OWN SAFETY.>>IT DIDN’T CROSS MY MIND. HE HAD A LITTLE HONDA, NO OFFENSE, AND I HAD A PRETTY BIG TRUCK, SO THERE WAS NOT MUCH RISK.>>Reporter: AND BY NOW MOST OF MONTRÉAL HAS HEARD THE STORY INCLUDING MARCIANO’S INSURER WHO SAID HE WOULDN’T HAVE TO PAY THE DEDUCTIBLE.>>HE PASSED ME OVER TO THE SUPERVISOR AND THEY WERE AWARE OF THE SITUATION. AND THEY WERE VERY THANKFUL, I GUESS.>>Reporter: THE MAYOR SHARED HER GRATITUDE AS WELL.>>I FIND IT AMAZING THAT HE DID THIS MOVE, CRASHED HIS CAR IN ORDER TO SAVE PEOPLE’S LIVES, POSSIBLY PEOPLE’S LIVES. SO IT IS GREAT AND I THANK HIM.>>Reporter: AT THE MONTRÉAL COURTHOUSE TODAY THE 19-YEAR-OLD DRIVER PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO SEVEN CHARGES, INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND DRIVING A STOLEN VEHICLE AND DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENCE. HIS MOTHER THANKED MARCIANO.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: SHE SAYS THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. SHE SAYS FOR YEARS SHE’S BEEN TRYING TO GET HELP FOR HER SON WHO HAS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. MARCIANO DIDN’T EXPECT SO MUCH ATTENTION. HE SAYS THAT HE JUST DID WHAT HE FELT WAS RIGHT.>>I WAS THERE AND I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO.>>Reporter: JAELA BERNSTIEN, CBC NEWS, MONTRÉAL.>>Adrienne: AMAZING, “THE MOMENT” IS NEXT AND A RETURN TO OUR TOP STORY — SORT OF. ISN’T THIS GOOD TIMING FOR A BUNCH OF STRESSED OUT POLITICAL STAFFERS? THERAPY DOGS ON CAPITOL HILL NEXT. (*) (*)>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT, SO IT’S NOT REALLY A REACH TO SAY THAT THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY HAS CAUSED SOME PEOPLE A LITTLE BIT OF STRESS. BUT WHEN CANINES BECOME THE BIG DRAW IN WASHINGTON, WELL, THINGS MIGHT START TO RED LINE A LITTLE BIT. THERE WERE PLENTY OF LONG FACES DURING THE FIRST DAY OF PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS TODAY. NOBODY SEEMED TO BE HAVING MUCH FUN, AT LEAST UNTIL SOME ADORABLE MUTTS SHOWED UP AND, OF COURSE, THAT’S OUR “MOMENT.” WHILE ONE PART OF CAPITOL HILL THUNDERED OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE UKRAINE SCANDAL, ANOTHER PART ECHOED WITH SURPRISE AND DELIGHT. THANKS TO SOME FURRY PATRIOTS. IN THE CASE OF PERFECT TIMING, A SQUAD OF TRAINED THERAPY DOGS CAME TO THE EMOTIONAL RESCUE.>>OH, MY GOD, I DON’T DO DOGS. BUT THIS DOG WAS BEAUTIFUL. THE COAT ON HIM WAS JUST AS SOFT. I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM.>>Adrienne: THE FUNNY THING IS THAT THE DOGS WERE ALREADY SCHEDULED TO COME TODAY, EVEN BEFORE THE DATES FOR THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS WERE SET. SO WHILE IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A GIFT OF FATE FOR THOSE UTTERLY EXHAUSTED BY WASHINGTON’S NON-STOP POLITICAL TENSION, IT WAS JUST A HAPPY COINCIDENCE.>>THEY LEAVE RELIEVED AND WITH A BIG SMILE ON THEIR FACE BECAUSE THESE PETS ARE PROS.>>Adrienne: ALTHOUGH THE DOGS’ HANDLERS DID HAVE FUN WITH THE TIMING AND CALLING THEM IMPEACHER’S PETS.>>Ian: YOU KNOW, AS DIVISIVE AS POLITICS CAN BE AND AS CORROSIVE AS TWITTER CAN BE, I DON’T THINK THAT EITHER ONE OF THOSE IS A MATCH FOR THE SWEETNESS OF THOSE DOGS.>>Adrienne: SO WE DID A LITTLE UNSCIENTIFIC SURVEY AND THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE DOGS SAYS THAT HE THINKS THAT MORE DEMOCRATS THAN REPUBLICANS WENT TO PET THE DOG. MAKE OF THAT WHAT YOU WILL.>>Andrew: BUT, IAN, I’LL SAY THIS — IF I WERE A CONGRESSPERSON ON CAPITOL HILL I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A SMILE ON MY FACE BECAUSE I’M ALLERGIC TO DOGS. THAT WOULD HAVE STRESSED ME OUT AND THAT WOULD HAVE PUT ME RIGHT OVER THE EDGE. I CAN DO WITHOUT THEM. THAT’S “THE NATIONAL” FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th.>>Adrienne: DO WE HAVE THERAPY DOGS HERE? GOODNIGHT.>>Andrew: GOODNIGHT. (*)

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