CBC News: The National | Canada joins mission to the moon; COVID crowds hospitals | Dec. 16, 2020

good evening i’m adrian arsenault and i’m andrew chang tonight looking to the future to the stars maybe even to mars canada joins a lunar mission i feel like the future is so so bright so many amazing challenges ahead we’ll talk to an astronaut who could be shooting to the moon also tonight kovid’s other victims just for one night we just need an icu bed for one night the real life consequences of hospital overcrowding and putting good intentions into action it’s been the biggest challenge i think either one of us has ever faced but at the same time it’s worthy it’s a worthy challenge to fight street-level kindness in the cause of hope this is the national well the moon is once again tonight a symbol of human ambition and as in the 1960s the u.s will lead the way but they won’t be flying solo and that is because canada will be right there the pairing official now in an agreement today between the canadian space agency and nasa canada and the u.s are joining forces as part of the artemis program a series of missions to take humans back to the moon even to potentially stay there for a week and then ultimately to strike out even further into space it’s still a few years away but as saleema shibji explains it all begins today with a leading role for canada hard to believe it’s been more than 50 years since this excitement that historic step it’s one small step for man and these up close views that change the world now the united states is heading back with new crew-led lunar missions and today confirmation canada will be on board a canadian space agency astronaut will be part of artemis ii this will make canada only the second country after the us to have an astronaut in deep space in deep space although not on the lunar surface artemis ii is a flyby mission that will orbit the moon for about 10 days setting the stage for a future landing the launch isn’t until 2023 plenty of time to figure out which canadian astronaut will get the nod from a roster of four who insist there is no competition you have to understand the spirit among the astronaut corps is one of your collaboration only giddy excitement the international corps here in houston is over the moon excited feel like the future is so so bright so many amazing challenges ahead it means that canada and canadians will be there to help facilitate all of that new science like mapping out the rocky surface and studying its water ice done from a future lab and orbit station around the moon the lunar gateway a canadian astronaut will be sent there too one day and this country will supply its robotic arm like it did for the much larger international space station our investment in canada rm3 alone is expected to contribute 135 million dollars annually to canada’s gdp gross domestic product and at hundreds of jobs canada firmly in the next phase of exploration to travel the fastest and farthest humans have ever gone deep into space salima shifted cbc news ottawa and speaking of which here’s joshua kutrick joining us canadian astronaut joining us from houston and hello sir i understand you have a what a one in four chance of flying to the moon i don’t know about that but uh thank you for having me on the program it’s great to be talking about well you tell me unless you know the odds to be any different i mean today’s an exciting day so we we have announced that a canadian will be headed to the moon in 2023 it’s a remarkable announcement it’s something even listening to your program here that that still sends shivers up my spine um on a personal level that that’s very exciting i’ve been passionate about space my entire life of course but i think the bigger story is probably what this means for canada it’s a significant mission that we’re talking about it’ll be the first time humans have gone to the moon since 1972 it’ll be the first time any human being outside of an american citizen goes into deep space and the fact that we now know that’s going to be a canadian just speaks remarkably about the strength of our space program yeah about the strength of our astronaut corps and so can you tell me i mean behind the scenes what kind of preparations are underway even for you just to prepare for the the possibility of going to the moon yeah i mean nasa and its international partners are uh all hands on deck preparing for what promises to be a very exciting next couple of years so in the 2020s we’re going to see a lot of action in and around the moon canada is very involved with that we’ve signed on to what’s being called the gateway treaty so we’re going to

help construct through our robotics technology contributions the gateway space station around the moon uh this is a robotic system that will build the station and then operate it and from there we’re going to be involved in the sustainable exploration of the moon uh the artemis ii mission that we’re talking about today is sort of the very first step in all of that but needless to say there’s a lot of preparation underway uh from designing testing building the new hardware the new technologies uh and and just coming up with the new mission architectures that are going to be necessary to make this all happen well clearly uh a gateway to to possibilities uh joshua kutrick we wish you all the best and i hope to have another chance to speak with you soon thank you so much always a pleasure thank you to canada’s covet story now where hospitals are in a kind of pandemic vice the influx of the infected seemingly infinite the space for them very finite and rapidly running out the number of covid patients in canada is at record levels hospitalizations in the second wave have surpassed the first and continue to get worse but there’s a key difference in the first wave ontario and quebec accounted for most of those patients this time those two provinces plus alberta bc manitoba and saskatchewan are all facing a similar threat and tonight you’ll see how that is already having a widespread impact ontario has reached the in case of emergency brake glass moment the province has ordered hospitals to activate their coveted emergency plans ellen morrow explains the possible ripple effects for people already waiting for care i had thought perhaps surgery was going to be before the holidays and now i’m being told maybe the first week of january janet carlisle is in a difficult waiting game diagnosed with cancer unable to get a date for surgery there’s a piece there like what if it’s spreading what if something’s you know what if they don’t get it right away what if something else were to grow as the pandemic worsens carlisle isn’t alone my patients are now waiting months for necessary mris they’re waiting months to years now to see specialists because of the backlog cbc news obtained this memo from ontario health yesterday calling on hospitals in lockdown and red zones to ensure surge capacity for covid patients the province trying to strike a tricky balance treat more covid cases but avoid the widespread cancellation of other procedures seen in the first wave i’m still optimistic that we can stop short of that catastrophic scenario but that hope is being challenged by ever growing numbers of hospitalizations we don’t have space to actually see patients and all emerge docs and front line workers from nurses to support workers are pretty much working overtime and just doing the best we can normally a time of celebration this year it’s one of fear that the holidays will bring a further covid spike toronto’s mayor today begging torontonians to stay home imploring the province to expand the lockdown zone people are finding it too easy to move back and forth and do things were discouraging them from doing if case counts don’t decrease for carlisle that could mean further delays for a surgery she desperately needs and it’s stressful so waiting and anticipating it’s very much a mind game her hope for 2021 to once again be able to take her beloved huskies on a long walk ellen morrow cbc news toronto well turning to saskatchewan now where there seem to be two trends happening at once declining daily case counts but with an overloaded hospital system saskatchewan recorded 169 new cases today its lowest number in weeks but hospitalizations are unchanged at 124 with icu’s at almost record capacity bonnie allen looks at that disconnect and how mixed messaging might be playing into it 76 year old bob pratt an elder from george gordon first nation was supposed to have a brain tumor removed this morning the surgery got bumped it was the third time in a week his granddaughter is frustrated the surgeons are all good to go operating room is good to go but there is no beds for recovery intensive care units across the province are at capacity dealing with emergencies along with covid19 patients pratt makes this plea take these restrictions like an adult you know there is no reason to try and cry and whine about it because we all have that social responsibility to look after our health care system because right now it is maxed out this year the celebration will be a little different and new rules take effect midnight tonight private indoor gatherings are restricted

to immediate household members only i’m sad that we can’t be together for christmas but i do think we have to do something it means i can’t have my grandchildren over which sucks but there’s a loophole restaurants remain open allowing tables of four would not able me to have my daughter over for christmas dinner you know because she doesn’t live with us in our household but i could meet her at a restaurant and have a meal i just don’t see the rationale and the logic behind that the worst the worst case scenario is people actually not following their orders the province says it’s been able to trace about half of all infections and it does not believe eating inside restaurants is a major source of transmission this restaurant owner would prefer a mandatory shutdown with financial assistance the demand is way way low and our seating capacity is also way low just for one night we just need an icu bed for one night jana pratt hopes her grandfather’s brain surgery now scheduled for next week isn’t delayed again bonnie allen cbc news regina there has been a significant drop in cancer diagnoses across the country but doctors don’t think that’s good news the fear is that because of the pandemic early cases of cancer are being missed and as vicodopia shows us cancer care is suffering too it’s how mandy lancaster marked the end of chemotherapy but it wasn’t the end of her ordeal you’re angry you’re upset you know you you just think why am i having to go through it now pandemic reductions to operating time meant her complicated double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery was only partially done and no answers about further treatment i don’t feel whole i was kind of left in a bad way physically which left me in a bad way mentally revised numbers offer a snapshot of how cancer care has suffered in canada compared to last year quebec saw a 29 percent drop in colorectal cancer surgeries and critical screening is also down 31 percent fewer mammograms in ontario and in alberta all cancer diagnoses are down by 23 percent it suggests more canadians don’t know they have cancer we estimate this to be around 650 people in bc that normally would have been diagnosed with cancer in this part of the year versus compared to last year for example hold your breath don’t breathe some reasons for the decline in screening patients nervous about getting covet 19 means fewer doctors visits and fewer tests and referrals to specialists while postponed cancer screenings still haven’t caught up we still have to maintain social distancing and staggering of patients so the volumes the high throughput volumes we had before just can’t be achieved right now these delays and deferrals could have troubling consequences there may be a tsunami of cancer out there that’s going to suddenly show up i don’t know if it’s you know six months from now or a year from now or even further out the answer seems less clear as overwhelmed hospitals in canada brace for more covid patients and once again consider more cancellations vicodopia cbc news toronto now ontario’s retirement homes have a blunt message for the province take a page from the long-term care homes book and make covet-19 testing mandatory for caregivers and support workers katie nicholson tells us why frank glossnik’s mother contracted covet 19 in her retirement home she survived more than a dozen others didn’t this thing can spiral out of control really quickly gloznik isn’t pleased to learn that not everyone working in retirement homes has been getting tested for covid it blows my mind that i’m hearing that it’s unacceptable in november the province made it clear all caregivers and support workers entering long-term care homes had to get regularly tested for kovit but that didn’t apply to retirement homes in fact emails obtained by cbc news show that outside caregivers and support workers have not been subject to mandatory covet testing many of those workers serve clients in different locations it’s like a traveling petri dish is what’s happening here the union representing thousands of frontline healthcare workers in ontario wants that to change in this very very vulnerable population if one caregiver is being tested weekly then they all should to try and and close that seam that crack orca the organization representing more than 700 retirement homes is also pushing the province to require cova tests

for all workers entering retirement homes and with good reason outbreaks in ontario retirement homes have increased 70 percent since september more testing isn’t necessarily going to prevent those transmission events but they’re going to identify when they’re occurring such that they don’t ripple down in an email to cbc news the province says it understands the interest in expanding testing for retirement homes and that will take it into consideration i don’t think that one person should get tested and another person shouldn’t it should be uniform for frank glosnick it’s no longer time for consideration it’s time for action katie nicholson cbc news toronto an update now on our recent story about a b.c mother so sick she in effect missed the birth of her second child last month jill mcintosh got covered within days she was on a ventilator and doctors had to perform an emergency c-section well now jill is out of a medically induced coma she is covet-free she has met her healthy baby boy named travis len her husband dave says he cannot wait for her to get home and rejoin the family three atlantic provinces turn the corner in their fight against kovitt giving their first shots of the vaccine halifax nurse danielle sheaves was the first to be vaccinated in nova scotia she joined health care workers in pei in newfoundland and labrador who also rolled up their sleeves i’m doing this to represent it’s not just for me it’s for all the other people that have worked in this covenant frontline workers getting protected so they can help those still at risk manitoba also saw its first shots administered today in winnipeg but some tough questions remain to be answered about delivering vaccines to remote indigenous communities cameron mcintosh looks at the challenges with the military on the ground as covet cases climb chamattawa is about as bad as it gets anywhere in canada right now but don’t count on manitoba’s vaccines coming here first we’re going to try to get those vaccines out as quick as possible but regional chief jerry daniels says when it comes to distributing jabs science logistics and politics are all at play the future will tell us what’s going on here with the way that the province has allocated it across the country moderna vaccines are being earmarked for northern and remote communities easier to transport because they require less cooling that’s where you get to the the sticky details the public health agency of canada says because life expectancies are lower indigenous leaders are looking at specific qualifying criteria definitely there’s some discussion that starting with over 80 is why not over 65. also a question whether to prioritize people in communities with outbreaks like shamattawa or try to prevent spread in others it is so important that first nations uh if there’s an outbreak in the first nations communities first nations you know be uh the lead you know in those discussions it is entirely possible that a particular community gets an appropriate number of vaccines all at once while others do not until we have the next shipment in manitoba first nations make up 13 of the population 54 percent of covet icu patients 9 600 doses are being prioritized there’s hundreds of variables to look at here well manitoba says it’s secured additional moderna vaccines for first nations ottawa says that’s coming out of the general provincial allotment making how many vaccines are coming one of the biggest unknowns cameron mcintosh cbc news winnipeg meanwhile members of an ontario first nation are getting ready to go home since october they’ve been more than 400 kilometers away in thunder bay waiting for repairs to their water treatment plant tests show the water is now okay but as olivia stefanovic explains that’s not the end of the crisis it’s just sad you know ashamed for us to go through this yeah kelvin muniz is one of the few members who stayed behind in niskanega first nation and he’s found yet another problem with its water system it was flooded here so it’s a never-ending neverending situation for us it’s tiring the community has been under a boil water advisory since 1995. but there’s hope it may soon be over finally the water coming out of nishkandiga’s water treatment plant seems to be clean enough to drink and members are scheduled to start coming home

friday it just gets overwhelming but chief chris muniz says he still has reason to be concerned nishkendig’s water treatment plant has never worked properly since it was built in 1993 the trudeau government promised to fix it work was supposed to wrap up two years ago the chief says even if the plant is fixed properly now it’s not enough that’s why i demanded the professional water treatment operator for at least five to ten years and it seems the federal government is listening in a letter to muniz obtained by cbc news indigenous services minister mark miller wrote we are prepared to work with you on your preferred approach for provision of medium to long-term operator service this is a plant that is fairly advanced the trouble is it’s not clear if the federal government will pay for those water operators for more than a year these plants are designed to operate for at least 20 to 25 years and the sustainability and operatability of the plants should be looked at looked at for this length the chief says he’s satisfied with the progress so far but he won’t lift the community’s boil water advisory until a long-term service plan is in place olivia stefanovic cbc news nishkandika first nation a uk coroner has linked a young girl’s death to air pollution i’ve been fighting this for seven years i wasn’t expecting it to be so long and so comprehensive up next the hope that the ruling could bring change also ahead but let’s call this what it is we’re having a problem with 18 to 35 year olds the generation gap and the covet blame game plus an incredible community effort to make things better for those who don’t have much it’s a worthy challenge to fight why wouldn’t i fight for that we’re back into back rescuers have ended the search for five fishermen who went missing yesterday near digby nova scotia a relentless rescue operation lasted 36 hours and last night one body was recovered the six men on board the scallop fishing boat from the top left captain charles roberts geno francis dan forbes aaron cogswell michael drake and leonard gabriel gabriel who is the father of 12 children had been a fisherman for more than 30 years his girlfriend spoke to cbc news today just stressed out crying this is a sweater the rcmp will continue a ground search now another search has been called off tonight this one off the coast of california master sailor dwayne earl from winnipeg is believed to have accidentally fallen overboard early monday the canadian armed forces says it will conduct an investigation there was a history making decision today in the uk a nine-year-old girl from london ella quesadilla died seven years ago but now a coroner’s inquest says excessive air pollution was a cause of her death and as far morely tells us that could push governments to act when it comes to tackling air quality this is rush hour at south circular road one of london’s busiest roadways it’s so congested even police cars struggle to weave their way through the tangle of traffic just 25 meters away the streets which ella quisi deborah called home in 2010 ella was diagnosed with severe asthma she was hospitalized 27 times after an asthma attack in 2013 she died in hospital at age nine today a victory for her mother a coroner’s inquest found that air pollution made a material contribution to her daughter’s death i’ve been fighting this for seven years and yeah it’s i i wasn’t expecting it to be so long and so comprehensive the cause of ella’s death was originally ruled as only acute respiratory failure but new evidence emerged about excessively high pollution levels in ellis neighborhood which prompted the new inquest this is grand changing in my opinion that evidence came from this researcher if only she knew or her mother knew that she was exposed to what turned out to be illegal levels of air pollution that at least they would have had a choice of what to do those illegal pollution levels nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter in excess of guidelines from the whole when you acknowledge that people are actually dying of air pollution and not just statistical based on population studies then

really it becomes overwhelmingly required for the government to take the urgent action a message that was echoed by ella’s mother we’ve got the justice for her which is so deserved but also it’s about other children still as we walk around our city it’s those children that roseman casey deborah hopes governments will consider as it looks at how to drive down emissions in this city farah morale cbc news london next on the national nova scotia’s covid generation gap we’ve been told that we’re being irresponsible but when you look out here we’re all out in masks we’re all distance tension in nova scotia post bubble plus this is human this is what humanity should be a couple you just have to meet we’re back right after this don’t give covet an excuse to join you over christmas well that was a warning and there are some new restrictions for nova scotians that were announced today starting monday only 10 people can get together inside including household members restaurants must stop serving by 10 pm they have to close by 11 and retailers have to reduce staff and customers in stores even before the atlantic bubble deflated young people returning to nova scotia happily accepted a mandatory two-week quarantine but some are now having some second thoughts daunted by the challenge of getting home and being shamed for doing so tom murphy explains [Applause] an hour and a half outside of halifax we traveled to meet scott sampson far away from his family and friends he’s not allowed to leave this property and we’re not supposed to go on it so we play it safe keep our distance hey there scott how are you good thanks tom how are you a recent arrival from toronto he’s confined to a mandatory two-week quarantine this is day nine i’m thankful that you’re here today to have a little bit of human interaction and how are you feeling uh i’m feeling good a little bit of cabin fever but in terms of covid symptoms health-wise i’m feeling feeling well flashback to summer how do you feel about the atlantic bubble we’re in the best bubble you can get life inside the atlantic bubble once the envy of the country for deflecting kovid has gotten more complicated these days for one thing the bubble doesn’t really exist right now kovid got back in last month governments suspended free movement between the four provinces it’s time for us to stay at home this is not an easy decision pi’s participation in the atlantic bubble will be suspended and nova scotia made the isolation requirements a whole lot more isolating effective immediately you must quarantine for 14 days alone away from people who are not quarantined then tighten social gathering limits people have been allowed to have close social groups of ten starting monday we are reducing that to five the shifting directives caused angst for those who had prepared to play by the old rule book when was the right time to come would a trip here be worth it there are the daily online forms to fill out reassuring government you’re playing by the rules and the monotony of trying to amuse oneself in quarantine so i wanted to show off my home gym there it is perfect and for some the biggest hurdle of all the guilt about coming from a highly infectious region to one that has successfully kept a lid on this pandemic for many of the people we talked to for this story the alternative was being completely alone for the holidays but in the end they wouldn’t be interviewed for fear of being shamed i think there is a little bit of a stigma because there are so many cases in ontario that there’s that uncertainty of whether or not i did accidentally bring kobe with me to nova scotia should people be feeling guilty do you think i mean is that sense of guilt a real thing among people some people would see it as a little controversial be to be traveling for reasons that aren’t necessarily essential do you want to try opening your way to there when last we left him in september brenda shasteline a saint mary’s university student from ontario was able to quarantine in the same

apartment with roommates and eventually get on with a pretty normal life inside the bubble september seems so long ago now social life is almost non-existent restaurants and bars are closed actually having some time to study a bit more so and if he leaves what’s left of the bubble for a christmas break his whole household roommates included would have to quarantine for 14 days upon his return either that or he moves out i’m definitely concerned about quarantining alone again i think it could be a very isolating experience maybe i’ll have to pick up an airbnb but in most cases there are huge costs associated with that as well so i think the the whole prospect of quarantining is a bit more challenging right now if he stays his campus is all but shut down add to that officials are urging people to not travel to from or even around this region this holiday season at all the shine seems to have come off the bubble many of us were relishing those opportunities to be in person to be able to see friends here and there and unfortunately you know when we saw that increase in cases we knew that that wasn’t going to be possible the same way anymore but even before the new restrictions came into effect there was this let’s call this what it is we’re having a problem with 18 to 35 year olds last month when covid cases among this demographic began to spike the premier and others scolded blamed young people for the rise they’re going out when they’re feeling sick they’re going out in large groups and quite frankly different groups and are not distancing they are living as if covet doesn’t exist covid shaming is a reality here it’s a thing it’s robert is an associate professor researching the stigma from kovid in nova scotia the idea is that if you want to keep the bubble strong keep people out of it since it was declared that 18 to 35 year olds were likely the demographic that that encouraged that there’s been a lot of really harmful and negative discussion on social media we’re hearing that students who go out in public to to go get groceries or if there’s a group of five that people are not beyond slowing down their cars rolling down the window and yelling some obscenities at them sure there’s been a couple house parties some reckless behavior on one or two cases but for the most part people have followed the rules they understand the gravity of the situation and they’re doing their best part so i was just a little worried about it so i thought i might just come down get tested just in case case in point when the province called on young people to get a rapid test to try to quell the outbreak the response was overwhelming thousands showed up yeah obviously we’ve been told that we’re being irresponsible but when you look out here we’re all out in masks we’re all distance so and we’re all getting tested so it’s also a very public display of resilience and community amongst that demographic in the end maybe kovit is teaching everyone a lesson in resilience brenda shastaline has decided to book a flight back to ontario to visit his family yet another quarantine awaits his return whatever becomes of the bubble no one here is under the illusion that this will be anything but a long winter tom murphy cbc news halifax well when the pandemic closed the only warming center in one ontario town this couple stepped up we do it for for the people and it’s only money when we come back we take you to hope’s kitchen welcome back this next story is about giving hope one greeting one meal one hot drink at a time it takes place at a homeless shelter in north bay ontario set up and run by katie vallacat and her husband chris with their own money and during the pandemic it’s the place known by its clients for its perfect name hope’s kitchen nick purden paid a visit do you guys want some more coffee anybody i have a passion for making sure that people are okay yes you do you know you want some more coffee i have the need to make sure that everybody has the things that they want i’m a fighter i would like it please oh blanket yeah we can do that i meet katie velikette at this drop-in center in north bay ontario since the pandemic started katie has been doing everything she can to help the homeless i don’t want to see anybody suffer i don’t want to see anybody out in the cold i don’t want to see anybody in a terrible spot and if i could do something small to help that person i’m going to thanks thanks covid was an awakening of sorts for katie in march when temperatures here were still way below zero the city of north bay closed the only warming center for fear that the virus would spread katie found out that homeless people had nowhere to go

it kind of broke our hearts so what we ended up doing was opening our garage doors we ran a barbecue out the back door made sure everybody had a full meal we had set up chairs inside the garage or a place for people to go and warm up a lot of them didn’t know what they were going to do or what was going to happen much the same way that none of us did right katie and her husband bonded with the people who came to their garage we consider them family members like they’re our street families so for us it was relieving to know that at least they’re somewhere warm that night katie found her calling and what she did next is remarkable with her own money she rented this building and opened the only 24-hour drop-in center in town she called it hope’s kitchen twenty-year-old josh furlot comes here almost every day josh has been living on the street in north bay since february what kind of life is it for you currently it’s cold this morning i just got told to tear down my tent that was posted up at city hall and that kind of sucked cause it was going good where are you gonna go um not sure yet what does this place mean to you this place means a lot to me it’s a place for me and everybody else out here to come sit socialize you know warm up get a drink get a snack what is it you got there josh who gave you that katie what is it uh it’s a donation it’s high visibility reflective snow pants are you happy about those oh yeah i’m stoked okay because they’re brand new still with the tags and they’re all mine hope’s kitchen gets some donations from the public but what you should know is they don’t get any financial support from government not ascent and yet chris brown katie’s husband will tell you there are more and more people coming through their doors looking for help that’s why he’s fixing up another part of the building they need more space well since coved we’ve noticed that the homeless rates got up it’s actually quite high for little little north bay people couldn’t afford to pay their rents because they lost their jobs some got evicted so they’re on the street in a way chris has two full-time jobs he works here and he owns a tow truck company so in between toll calls i’ll come here and help out and then if i get a toll call i go do my tow call and come back and make sure everything’s all right chris’s business is down 75 since covid even so that’s where the money for hope’s kitchen comes from how much money have you put into this of your own money uh probably around 35 to 40 000 does that stress you out it does stress me out yet it’s a it’s a big undertaking uh our sales are down in our our towing business i mean we’re still keeping afloat but it’s a little bit of a financial strain we do it for the people and it’s only money hi how are you it’s when i meet jessica mcmurray that i really learn what that money does donations thank you so much appreciate it i had a really hard time getting help i went all around ontario trying to get assistance none of the shelters wanted to take me in because i was from a covid hot spot jessica fled ottawa and came here to north bay and it’s not too much to say that hope’s kitchen has changed her life i’ve been experiencing homelessness over the last few months i left a very abusive marriage yeah i was homeless actually up until just monday this week when i was hired here at hope’s kitchen i didn’t tell them that i was homeless at first because i didn’t want the stigma that was attached to it um and i also i didn’t want to be turned away okay perfect jessica was welcomed here in fact another volunteer found her a place to live and now she has a chance to help others as someone who’s experienced homelessness yourself what do you understand about a place like this this isn’t book smarts this is real life experience that i have so i can empathize with these people i don’t i don’t look at homeless people like like a contagious disease that a lot of people in our society does you know homelessness is not a contagious disease so people need to start stop treating us like that but jessica has the strength to speak up his testament to katie’s work which never seems to end where’s the other half never mind i got it in the evening she and chris cook dinner for the homeless still even after an 18-hour day katie doesn’t see hope’s kitchen as anything out of the ordinary i don’t see it as an incredible act to open our doors and do these kinds of things i don’t i see it as this is human this is what humanity should be okay there you go it was supposed to be community based and community focused

and focusing on helping one another uh what’s next katie and chris have discovered that giving the homeless hope isn’t easy but they’re all in it has been the biggest challenge i think either one of us has ever faced but at the same time it’s worthy it’s a worthy challenge to fight i see it when i see people come in and they’re eating and they’re warm and they’re comfortable it’s been incredible so why why wouldn’t i fight for that see you later nick burden cbc news north bay ontario people are amazing and of course the pandemic means so many more people in this country are in need this year when we come back the charities figuring out covid safe ways to help welcome back canadian charities usually see a bump in giving during the holiday season and this year the need is greater than ever susannah da silva shows us how some are reaching out to fill the there we gap this would normally be hanukkah hamper pickup day for around 70 families instead a small army of volunteers will be dropping them off i had access drivers for vancouver especially and so i’ve had to say oh you’re on a wait list in case anyone cancels coming into the season organizers were worried they wouldn’t have enough donations or help to distribute them but the support has poured in and their food bank program now serves 900 families a week double what it was before kovitt the baskets seem to be more full this year dina morgan and her daughter needed help a few years ago now they are volunteers despite having lost their business during the pandemic it’s nice to be able to have something to look forward to to say hey we can still give something back and that isn’t the only charity seeing increased support canada helps which facilitates online donations to charities says it has seen a 70 percent increase so far this year but not every charity is benefiting there is no tree lighting ceremony there’s no parade those are often fundraising opportunities for us groups like surry’s christmas bureau which usually relies on in-person holiday events has seen fundraising for toys and food dropped 20 percent and health orders are taking a toll we quarantine all of our toys for 72 hours before they’re put on the shelves this year parents can’t come in to shop for their child instead high school volunteers are filling wish lists but with spaced out appointments it is a struggle to squeeze in the almost 2 000 families in need many for the first time you know those folks have never had to ask for help before so you know we’ve been very delicate and working with them and reassuring them you know this can happen to anybody it takes about a month to put everything together but more help is coming this week bc health officials gave an exception to drive through donation events so in victoria floats that were for the santa claus parade are out to attract donors i actually think we’re going to be able to do more than we do in a normal year a sign that when the need is greater so too is the spirit of giving susannah the silva cbc news vancouver and next on the national celebrating beethoven’s 250th birthday a global ode to joy at the end of a tough year right after this well today the world celebrates beethoven’s 250th birthday a year-long project had been planned set to culminate in performances around the world but of course this year has changed everything so the artists involved got creative and went virtual with one of beethoven’s greatest hits so to speak their global ode to joy is our moment you know what joy for me means joy to me is when everything is imbalanced and then the glow of light starts to shine that’s what happens with life and beethoven understood that that’s why his music is still alive 250 years later

and can i say the other reason i love this melody is you can play it on almost anything so i played on my my three-year-old xylophone all the time no sharps or flats in the melody so it’s easy amazing and they’re raising money for um music that helps support people having mental health challenges and also for musicians who’ve had a really rough go that is a national for wednesday december 16th good night you