The National

The National is Canada's destination for original journalism and stories with added depth and context from CBC News bureaus across the country and around the world. The nightly news program is led by CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge and a team of award-winning journalists, bringing Canadians the real story where and when they want it. This is where Canadians come for intelligent conversation, commentary and analysis on today's events.

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Episodes

The National Asbestos: Canada's Ugly Secret

The National reports on how Canada's overseas sales of asbestos may be breathing new life into a dying industry, but it's also exposing a new generation of workers to one of the world's deadliest substances. Our best customers are developing countries like India and China, where lax industrial standards are exposing thousands to this deadly export. Indian and Canadian activists ...
  • 2008
  • 00:15:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Asbestos: Canada's Ugly Secret

The National Green Sweep: Transforming Our Trash

Canadians are generating more waste than ever. But even if we reduce our garbage as much as we can, what can we do with the waste that's left? This series of six mini-documentaries from The National looks at innovative ways some Canadians already recycle and re-use, as well as the big-ticket items we still struggle to scrap responsibly. Whether it's the runaway ...
  • 2008
  • 00:22:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Harambee: Educating Girls in Kenya

Kenya is a place where women and girls face obstacles every day. Canadian Lorrie Williams first saw that 25 years ago when she travelled to Kenya to teach. She was often forced to turn away students whose parents could not pay school fees, and all too often she noticed that families were less likely to spend scarce resources on educating ...
  • 2008
  • 00:19:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Hard Truths About Alcohol

This pair of documentaries from The National examine drinking habits and their consequences. The first segment follows three university students who candidly discuss their alcohol consumption, part of a growing trend in binge drinking among young women. Increasingly, they match their male counterparts in reckless behavior, with the unfortunate potential for serious consequences. The second segment sifts through the sometimes ...
  • 2008
  • 00:15:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Homelessness: The "Housing First" Approach

The National explores the complicated and difficult issue of homelessness in Victoria, BC. In recent years, the postcard image of this quaint seaside capital has been tarnished by increasing homelessness. Victoria's solution? To turn to Portland, Oregon for inspiration. Their mantra is "housing first". No matter how people wind up on the streets — drug addiction, mental illness, crime or ...
  • 2008
  • 00:23:01
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Positively Autistic

Is autism a disorder or just a neurological difference? Psychiatrists consider it a mental disorder, but since the early '90s, an autistic rights movement has sprung up, challenging the official view of autism and working to change how the world sees autism. In this special feature, we meet some of the people at the forefront of this movement, and find ...
  • 2008
  • 00:20:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Stolen Children

After decades of waiting, Aboriginal Canadians received a formal apology from the federal government on June 11, 2008. This landmark event in Canadian history recognized the loss of culture caused by the church-run residential schools that thousands of Aboriginal children were forced to attend. It also acknowledged the physical and sexual abuse that many suffered in those institutions. Stolen Children explores the ...
  • 2008
  • 00:48:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013