The National

The National is CBC's flagship news program, featuring in depth and original journalism, with hosts Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing in Toronto, Rosemary Barton in Ottawa, and Andrew Chang in Vancouver.

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Episodes

The National Land of Fire: Searching for Natural Gas Hydrate

The answer to dwindling energy sources may lie beneath the snow and ice of Canada's North. A massive source of untapped natural gas under the permafrost is ready to be exploited, but technological challenges remain. Gas hydrate is methane gas trapped within a cage of ice. It contains 164 times its volume in gas. Reserves have also been found in ...
  • 2002
  • 00:19:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Making It Big: Fashion Design for Plus Sizes

One in three Canadians is classified as fat. Those who belong to that group want to be a part of mainstream culture and accepted for their image. According to the Body Mass Index, an average woman of 165 centimeters is overweight if she weighs anything over 68 kilograms and obese if she weighs over 85 kilograms. But all this is ...
  • 2002
  • 00:12:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Transsexual Journey

They're women trapped in men's bodies or men locked within a women's body. In this documentary, three men and one woman tell us about their lives, their choices and the consequences of those choices. This fascinating documentary provides a respectful insight into the lives of transexuals, a world unfamiliar to most of us and at odds with so many of ...
  • 2000
  • 00:43:12
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Treaty 8 and Native Taxation

A Federal Court ruling on Treaty 8, which states that Natives are not required to pay taxes, is being appealed. This documentary explores the history of the Treaty and the implications for Natives and non-natives across the country. Today, in High Prairie, Alberta, many businesses are owned by Natives. If Treaty 8 is enforced, some people will pay taxes and ...
  • 2002
  • 00:18:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Bullied, Battered and Bruised

This powerful documentary looks at the significant psychological and physical implications of bullying, and profiles the way two schools are dealing with this difficult and pervasive problem. First, several students, parents and community members in a Manitoba town who, despite the threat of a community backlash, publicly voice their concerns about the bullying in their schools and participate in candid ...
  • 2000
  • 01:12:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Inside Canada's Prisons

This CBC News Special provides a thorough and straightforward portrait of how Canada deals with people who break the law: from the special handling unit where the most dangerous are held to a minimum security facility that some say is too soft; from a man who's never been in prison before to those who will spend the rest of their ...
  • 2001
  • 02:09:22
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National History Lost: Canada's Historical Buildings

This program visits sites across Canada to reveal efforts being made to preserve old and not-so-old architectural treasures. New mundane buildings that don't last are replacing older and aesthetically beautiful buildings that are lost forever. The federal government has introduced tax incentives to discourage this rampant destruction. When profit is more important than aesthetics, what can be done? What price ...
  • 2001
  • 00:22:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Measuring Up: The Eugenics Debate

It is an awful choice: knowing that your unborn child may have a major physical problem, do you decide to abort? The advances of science have thrown society into a moral quandary. Genetic testing for diseases is pushing the boundaries of parental expectations. This program investigates the science and the conscience: as a society, can we decide who lives among ...
  • 2001
  • 00:24:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Refugee Camp: Simulating the Refugee Experience

In this revealing documentary, a group of Calgary university students experience 24 hours simulating life in a refugee camp, using a mock camp and actors playing rebels, camp officials and soldiers. Each student is given a profile and, throughout their journey on foot in an isolated, unfamiliar location outside the city, are interrogated, harassed and have orders screamed at them. ...
  • 2002
  • 00:11:22
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013