CBC News: The National | Air defence overhaul, Single-use plastics ban, Buffy Sainte-Marie
tonight the government signs up for an overhaul of canada's air defense this is the most significant upgrade to norad in almost four decades new technology to detect new threats also tonight the growing conflict between some quebec landlords and their tenants i have no choice to fight i would not be able to afford myself an our apartment away and buffy st marie at 81 still optimistic still fighting for change the doggone doctrine of discovery which is centuries old and it doesn't affect you but it's still affecting me this is the national [Music] good evening i'm andrew chang adrian is away canada is leaning into its relationship with the u.s on two pressing global issues a turbulent economy and troubling new security threats we'll talk about the economy in just a moment but first an upgrade in the military defense of the continent as part of its commitment to norad canada will spend tens of billions of dollars over the next two decades a new urgency prompted by multiple new threats canada's norad partnership with the u.s goes back more than six decades but as evan dyer explains to stay effective it has to adapt to a new generation of missiles two weeks ago the prime minister visited norad's headquarters to show the u.s that when it comes to continental defense canada means business we're seeing a time where the world is shifting rapidly whether it's new threats new technologies or shifting geopolitical realities this week the down payment nearly five billion dollars over six years to upgrade missile defenses what we aim to do with this announcement today is to ensure that we across the board are engaging in the most significant and relevant upgrade to canadian norad capabilities in almost four decades to be warned is to be ready this is mostly about detection like the cold war early warning systems built in the 1950s canada's contribution will include new radar stations one line of stations in the high arctic another to detect threats using classified technology [Music] one reason for the overhaul russian aggression that stirred long-standing norad concerns the old doomsday weapon the intercontinental ballistic missile hasn't gone away joined many years ago by the capacity to launch nuclear missiles from submarines but what's really worrying norad are new technologies like hypersonic cruise and glide missiles some of which can pull evasive maneuvers fly low to the ground and dodge attempts to detect and intercept them both russia and china now have those and russian state tv has lately taken to boasting about the country's nuclear weapons like a submarine drone bomb designed to create a giant tsunami of radioactive water okay now evan anita anand also announced today that canada will be buying new air-to-air missiles how does that fit into this well that's partly just about arming canada's new fighter planes the f-35s which will supposedly replace the cf-18s over the course of the next decade but it is also partly about missile defense because the new missiles in some ways behave a lot like aircraft in the sense that they can bob and weave they can hug the earth and so shooting them down is really not that different from shooting down an enemy aircraft but all of that is in the future because for now norad has a big enough challenge on its hand just detecting these new missiles let alone intercepting them evan dyer thank you very much thanks now as you just heard nuclear war may be unthinkable for some but russians are now being encouraged to think about it a lot later in the show the nuclear saber rattling on russian state tv how the invasion of ukraine has raised the risk and how one western city is already preparing for the worst okay now to today's bilateral meeting on the economy it also poses threats that canadians are worried about today the finance minister met her u.s counterpart and as david cochran explains inflation topped the agenda being president is no walk on the beach even at the best of times but with inflation soaring and a recession threatening joe biden is trying to be reassuring i was talking to larry summers this morning and there's nothing inevitable about a recession heading off that recession while battling inflation is top of mind at this meeting between the u.s treasury
secretary and canada's finance minister they face the competing pressures of helping people deal with soaring costs without massive new spending that pushes inflation higher and it's why last week in talking about the affordability plan of our government i chose to stay with the affordability measures that were already in the budget but south of the border biden seems poised to act publicly mulling a cut to the federal gas tax how soon can we expect a decision i hope i have a decision based on data i'm looking for by by the end of the week consumers are really hurting from higher gas prices it's been a substantial burden on american households a burden on canadian households too but one that won't get relief in the short term we are not closing any door and we're going to watch the affordability challenges that canadian families are facing very very carefully and we're pr we are prepared to do more if necessary while the politicians face the pressure it's really the job of the central banks to get inflation under control both countries have seen steady interest rate hikes with more certain to come a solution that may be even less popular than the problem david cochran cbc news ottawa as of today proof of covet vaccination is no longer required to board a plane or train in canada this also applies to flights or trains leaving the country masks still mandatory though except for while you're eating or drinking for those coming into the country vaccination and testing still required well ottawa moved on its pre-pandemic promise to ban single-use plastics today six types in all including straws and plastic bags often cited by environmentalists as among the most damaging to the planet here's rafa fuji canyon on what's going and when the announcement on planetary health delayed by a pandemic this decision is supported by science it will keep our environment clean and wildlife healthy the ban on styrofoam takeout boxes and many plastic items including bags cutlery and straws isn't new but the timing is as of december none can be imported or made for use in canada as of next december you won't be able to buy any our ultimate goal is zero plastic waste a lot of people seem to be on side you know i shouldn't be allowed to do this right now i mean it's you know i just got away with it once you have to hold stuff in your hands a couple times you'll remember to bring your reusable bag it can be trickier for some small businesses this restaurant has already replaced most of its cutlery for indoor dining but uber take out to require the use of plastic bags ten times more per bag so we're talking maybe from four or five cents for a plastic bag to 50 60 cents for a paper bag hopefully between now and 2023 the people who have decided to implement this policy will also maybe try and find a way to ensure that small businesses like us are provided with cost-effective options the plastics industry says it should be allowed to recycle more of them why not allow industry the time to show that through investments through innovation we can actually have one of the most robust recycling systems in the world but environmental groups say the ban should come sooner there are a number of items that we know you know regularly show up in shoreline cleanups and community cleanups across canada ottawa says it could add more items to the banned list for now canadian manufacturers will still be allowed to export single-use plastics until 2025. rafi mujican ncbc news ottawa well the federal government has issued a recall for several types of a popular baby formula some avid brand products sold by shoppers drug mart may have been contaminated they were pulled from shelves in february but some were sold online people are being advised not to use these products and to return them where they were purchased well the rising cost of renting really being felt especially hard around montreal right now because moving day is coming next week now that has long been a traditional day to change addresses with lots of people all doing it at the same time but allison northcott looks at some new challenges it's crunch time for quebec moving companies with thousands of leases set to expire ahead of the province's busiest moving day july first but this year mover sean frederick has noticed a troubling trend for the people that are getting evicted it's the numbers are higher i've seen in years past maybe one or two cases for the june rush but i would say i have like about seven or eight cases of the same situation we have seen more and more people being renovated evicted and repossessed this housing advocate says his group has seen a jump in tenants forced from their apartments up nearly 50 percent from 2020 to 2021. with rents rising he says some property owners want to cash in people want to make a big profit rapidly they want to to take advantage of their prices going up and they're they they want to put an end to the lease of their of their tenants who are not paying as much as they would want to along with investments in social housing blanchard wants changes to the law to force landlords to justify evictions for renovations in court and a freeze on evictions where vacancies are low this is my apartment this renter has lived in her apartment for more than a decade paying less than 500 dollars a month she's fighting her landlords at quebec's rental board because they want her to leave during major repairs and upgrades to the building they've offered her compensation but she says it's not enough i have no choice to fight that because i live alone and by moving out and just dropping the case i would not be able to afford myself an apartment one landlord's association says quebec property owners are too limited when it comes to how much they're allowed to increase rents they're imposing on us investment and not taking into account that it's going to take me 50 years to get that investment back the provincial government says it's working to make sure tenants know their rights when facing an eviction alison northcott cbc news montreal former party quebecois leader andre wauclaire has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault they involved separate cases in 2014 and 2015 involving two men in their 20s sentencing scheduled for july 18th canadian oscar-winning filmmaker paul haggis is under house arrest in italy he's been charged accused of sexually assaulting a woman last week police say workers found the woman at the airport in a confused state after haggis dropped her off his lawyers deny the allegations well after settling a lawsuit involving multiple junior players executives of hockey canada got a parliamentary grilling today as jonathan gay house explains the hearing included a multi-million dollar question a representative hockey canada had conversations with it began not with an apology but a promise to do better hockey canada is on a journey to change the culture of our sport and to make it safer and more inclusive hockey canada's senior leadership dragged onto the parliament hill carpet to explain how and why they settled a 3.5 million dollar lawsuit brought by a woman who was allegedly assaulted by a group of unnamed junior hockey players in 2018 following a london ontario gala to this day you don't know how many players the questions from mps got pointed including when executives suggested few players cooperated with the police or an independent outside investigation into the allegations my goodness so the vast majority of the players did not participate or did not cooperate with the investigation i can't answer that i apologize i don't know for sure but i can tell you that because of the incomplete report there is not much more that we have to offer in terms of information along those lines a public humiliation for an organization that usually thrives on national pride cbc news has reported hockey canada received 13 million dollars from ottawa over the past two fiscal years emergency coveted relief and funds to support the men and women's national teams but today executives said none of that money was used to settle the unnamed woman's lawsuit that the money instead came out of the nonprofit's 125 million worth of stocks and bonds we liquidated a portion of our investments to pay for uh pay for the settlement and that that is set in a sorry kept in a separate account from what our government funding would be our business development and sponsorship funding our ticket revenues merchandising etc hockey canada remains one of the country's richest sporting bodies although sports minister pascal st put the organization on notice so we will totally review the funding agreements the contribution agreements we will have checks and balances to ensure accountability okay so jonathan what is the takeaway from this hearing in the sense of you know what's changed in the wake of these allegations well from what hockey canada told committee members today not much there was a lot of talk about strengthening the organization's code of conduct and rules around serving alcohol at events and after the lawsuit was filed they hired a new safe sport coordinator but what many canadians might be left with here is what didn't happen the police probe was abandoned the outside investigation was never completed no charges no names and to date no consequences okay jonathan gay house thank you very much well cbc news has discovered that several sex offenders who abused children in residential schools and parishes are taking refuge in ottawa living in a catholic retirement home for clergy but there are questions about whether the church should be protecting and caring for them here's julie eyerton now with her investigation the springhurst residence is nestled in this family neighborhood just footsteps from a park in ottawa's rideau river for decades several men who abused children in residential schools in various parishes across the country have taken refuge at this residence owned by the oblates of mary immaculate some have stayed while awaiting trial or after serving time in prison bob gordon lives in the neighborhood nobody in the community knows about it but nobody's actually shocked that it actually is that they're actually there springhurst was the home where leona huggins abuser came to live after his conviction john mccann repeatedly sexually abused her for years at a parish in british columbia and she wasn't his only victim huggins was the first to report mccann's abuse in the 1990s then she blew the whistle again years after his conviction she found out he was still working as a parish priest in ottawa and living here at springhurst it's hard to see these men being so well taken care of when the survivors have not been they've ignored the survivors they've often for someone like me i was ostrich i wasn't only ignored i was ostracized for something that i should have been ultimately thanked for the head of the oblate says the order now has a written policy dictating how to monitor sex offenders the reason that we we continue to house and that we continue to care for them is to allow us to continue to monitor recidivism is a real concern with people who have offended against minors and this is a way to mitigate the possibility of reoffending but a former priest thinks those convicted should be kicked out they shouldn't be allowed to remain in the religious orders or in a diocese there are currently 19 oblate members living at springhurst two of the elderly priests were convicted of sexual crimes the oblates have a policy to care for them for life and in total cbc has confirmed at least nine convicted sex offenders who have taken refuge here what are the victims getting compensatory remuneration is nothing compared to the ruined lives that they have gone through when they're being fully catered to in a facility julie eyerton cbc news ottawa police in toronto are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a violent weekend a crowded parking lot just one of several shootings in the gta next we'll look at how big u.s cities are dealing with a surge in gun violence i have my mace i pray before i leave the house i pray on my kids and my husband he's a friend of mine plus a conversation with buffy st marie about this moment in time and her decades-long fight to be heard dear god tell me that doesn't still happen to you of course it happens all the time it happens every day and a driver survives being hit by a train that leaves a lesson in what not to do at a crossing we're back into welcome back ontario's transit agency metrolinx released pretty startling video today of a train slamming into a car moments before the crash you can see the driver illegally going around a barrier onto the rails before being hit by a train this was last month while the car was destroyed the driver managed to escape and didn't suffer serious injuries but will face charges tonight toronto police are investigating six separate weekend shootings at least two people are dead and nine others injured shots rang out in a parking lot around 8 pm sunday night in the city's east end the sounds captured by video taken from the passenger seat of a car all of these investigations are very active and ongoing as we speak police identified a victim who was shot and killed on a sidewalk in the city's west end on sunday afternoon just hours before two teenagers were shot near a playground not far away police say the 15 and 17 year olds are expected to survive toronto's mayor called this latest round of gun violence unacceptable and deeply disturbing police say toronto's gun violence can be traced to illegally imported firearms from the united states in many of its big cities shootings happen almost every day but as chris reyes explains there is a renewed push for change nearly 50 people shot in chicago five dead gunfire rang out in washington d.c l.a
and several other american cities on another violent weekend in america in new york city some of the shootings are becoming more brazen in may a man on his way to sunday brunch was shot dead on the subway by a complete stranger i haven't seen it like this 15-20 years it's enough to drive long-time residents away from commuting so the convenience no longer outweighs the risk that you could become a victim of a random crime in april a man opened fire on a busy subway train in brooklyn i have my mace i pray before i leave the house i pray on my kids and my husband and i go about my day it has come to that this is our new shooting days in the bronx it's david kava's job to keep count of how many days without a shooting in his neighborhood he runs brag bronx rises against gun violence after some years of decline gun violence across the u.s surged starting in 2020 and it continues to spike post pandemic a lot of our young people took to social media and they were fighting on social media they are addressing the beefs that transpired in the first two years of the covid and the pandemic so we have extra happening now our crew works in the city and i can tell you this the feeling is that there is never a moment of relief you're always looking around you're always looking over your shoulder you're always alert new york city's mayor is so concerned he recently appointed a so-called gun violence czar when a bullet hits the target the physical bullet stops but the emotional trauma rips apart the anatomy of our entire community cabba wants to send another message to leaders treat gun violence like a public health issue just like they invested in mental health programs for individuals that have mental health issues they need to invest similarly in anti-gun violence and violence programs just like brad it's a movement he hopes will spread across the country addressing gun violence one neighborhood at a time chris reyes cbc news new york well coming up next buffy st marie sits down with adrian to talk about the recent discoveries at residential schools the good news about the bad news is that more people know about it what she says it will take for a papal apology to really mean something that's right after the break welcome back for six decades buffy st marie has used her passionate voice as a musician activist and educator she's championed indigenous cultures and advocated for canadian acknowledgement of past wrongs she is 81 years old now and still going strong as you're about to see in her recent conversation with adrian so firstly thank you thank you for being here i'm curious how you are right now like what is today like for you i'm so exhausted i just spent three days in denver airport sleeping on benches on the floor and everything how come oh airlines yeah yeah everyone's overwhelmed it was just awful well i look at that smile i think about how wired tired you must be but i look at that smile and that's the impression i've had of you i think my entire life is you know this big broad smile and so like what is behind that or who's behind that right now for you what my smile yeah gosh i don't know i'm kind of the same way as i was when i was a little kid um very young i learned that sometimes grown-ups are wrong and kids are right for instance i was told i couldn't be a musician because i couldn't read music therefore i you can't be a musician yeah i wasn't allowed to be in band or chorus or anything and i was told i couldn't be indigenous because there aren't any more around here and when somebody comes up to me and says something that to me is um just kind of not not right on yeah i've always had a curiosity and i i make it fun to find out how it could be made better and that does something for me and i hope it comes through in songs and things it's really not deliberate or anything but i do i have a positive attitude i want to show you a clip if i can this is you it's in the 60s and it's an interview you gave to cbc oh wow if there's one single thing i'm trying to do for the indians as a composer it's to inform the white community and explain the way things really were because i i think that it's about time that we start to raise a generation of canadian kids and american kids who realize that nations like individuals make mistakes and that mistakes must be corrected if proper and straight growth is ever to be resumed and so what i'm trying to do is to inform the people what does it feel like to watch her to watch you like that my voice was higher let's see if i can talk like that now nobody has no that's the way i have felt all along but it's not just me i know we've all been feeling that way but i have a platform so i've been i've been in a position to shoot my mouth off and say things it's always a delicate call as to what you bring up in what setting star walker he's a friend of mine you know people think sometimes of indian people they tend to think in terms of braves and warriors and only young men because what i'm talking about is the right of a person in his or her own country to um to exist before columbus ever got lost on our shores and we went down to rescue him before any of that ever came about you know we were in very close contact with the great creator of all things watching other interviews you have given over the years as a journalist i find it really uncomfortable because i can see you being open and being strong and yet i sometimes i see a bit of a dismissal or we're not really hearing you the little indian girl must be mistaken kind of and she's nice and she's cute we like her right but she's really mistaken she it can't be true dear god tell me that doesn't still happen to you of course it happens all the time it happens every day about a lot of things because you know there's so many gazillions of human beings so many minds so many experiences and in being an educator as opposed to kind of activist to do it through music and art it does happen because the public doesn't know now that the long houses breed superstition you force us to send our toddlers away to your schools where they talk to despise their traditions you forbid them their languages then further say you know i guess we're just a little past a year out from one to kamloops to schweppes first nation talked about the rediscovery of these graves and i'm wondering do you remember what went through you because it's not news i mean you've been talking about this i was glad that the information was out here's my attitude the bad the good news about the bad news is that more people know about it right see so of course i was i was heartbroken like everybody else and horrified but it's it's not as though i didn't know we all know indigenous people we know we live next to those graveyards in those schools our our people tell us what has gone on and the only people who didn't know have been the perpetrators one of the things we're talking about is will will or won't the pope show up this summer you know to make the apologies the uncertainty of course is is because of his health right we just don't know and the airlines and well there's that but but mostly we don't know how he is yes and i'm thinking of all the work that you have done to get people i mean he's used to saying you know to finally open your big eyes what do you think that apology will ultimately mean well the apology is just a beginning of course and i really like him i mean i think if we have a chance to make things better he could very much be a part of it and be an inspiration to a lot of people what's really key to the pope and the slaughter of the indigenous millions over the last 500 years what's behind it and made people like generations before the pope think that that was okay is the doctrine of discovery the doctrine of discovery essentially says it's okay if if you're a european explorer a white guy holding something that means christianity you can go anywhere in the world and you can either convert people and enslave them or you got to kill them i really would hope that he would help to rescind the doctrine of discovery as just make it go away you know what i've been trying to do for years uh i've been working with the canadian museum for human rights in winnipeg what ought to be there when you walk in there is the electric chair from saint ann's residential school i mean children were tortured with cattle prods and electric chairs and i've been trying very hard for a long time because they want my guitar strap and they want handwritten lyrics to you know they want happy showy things you know but i want them to put the damn electric chair right there and to actually show people the doggone doctrine of discovery which is centuries old and it doesn't affect you but it's still affecting me [Music] you had a chance to to decide what you're most proud of not just being here just surviving no i don't think so i'm always looking forward to it i am i'm always looking forward i you know when you're on a project and you're writing i've been writing a lot of kids books or when you're writing songs or something you're so into it i really have so much fun i'm like a kid when i'm doing whatever it is that i'm doing i'm there because i want to be there because basically for me it's play listen thank you very very much gary thank you what a great conversation and buffy st marie is also the subject of a new cbc podcast launching tomorrow on national indigenous people's day buffy is a five-part series charting her life her rise to fame and her powerful impact on pop culture and indigenous activism get it at cbc listen and wherever you get your cbc podcasts and do stay with cbc tomorrow of course for our special coverage of national indigenous people's day starting at 11 a.m eastern on cbc television and cbc gem well in finland the threat of an attack is taken very seriously looking around here in helsinki at street level you might not think so but underground it's a totally different world next we go inside their sprawling bunkers and explore the reality of russia's nuclear threat welcome back today ukrainian president vladimir zelinski hosted an unusual visitor in kiev not a fellow world leader but a fellow actor and comedian who happens to be a big fan it's really wonderful you're my hero as as you quit a great acting career for this not so great ben stiller came to ukraine as a u.n goodwill ambassador advocating for refugees behind the smiles zelensky's task remains grim winning the war that is driving so many from their homes take a look at this drone footage showing a town near the besieged cities of lissy chansk and several donetsk being destroyed in real time homes that no one will ever be able to return to now if ukraine loses it has profound implications for democracies in europe and beyond but if russia loses the future could be even murkier as chris brown explains russia is talking a lot more about nuclear war and experts acknowledge there is a risk [Music] russia's leaders seem to enjoy showing off their weapons that could wipe out much of the life on the planet the world has become accustomed to the idea that no country would ever use such weapons of mass destruction because the consequences would be too unthinkable [Music] but the war in ukraine has changed that calculation the threats from russian commentators now come almost daily warning what could happen if western countries keep helping ukraine russia's closest neighbors are taking the threat seriously invaded 70 years ago finland lost 10 percent of its territory to russia so as russia intensified its nuclear bluster the finns sought to join nato for the protection of the alliance's nuclear umbrella protecting against a nuclear attack by russia has been in the minds of finns for decades looking around here in helsinki at street level you might not think so but underground it's a totally different world if that unthinkable day ever comes finns say they'll be ready okay this way please we are 20 meters deep under the city's central market and one of many purpose-built nuclear bunkers it is rough if we need to shelter but you stay alive there are beds toilets and an elaborate ventilation system this bunker doubles as a recreational facility with a hockey rink a parking lot and a gymnasium this isn't a hotel we don't have a breakfast buffet since putin's nuclear saber rattling civil defense instructor tommy rask has escorted dozens of foreign news crews through the city's underground labyrinth as nervous nations want to learn more about finland's precautions the media coverage that i've been watching from ukraine has taught to me that we are doing the right things in spite of the threats of vladimir putin's stated policy is to only use nuclear weapons such as these yar's thermonuclear ballistic missiles if attacked by them or if the existence of the russian state is threatened and nato appears to explicitly acknowledge those red lines we will not send in nato troops on the ground or nato planes in the air to many in the west vladimir putin's decision to invade ukraine was unwise extremely risky and has turned out badly but the kremlin leadership appears to believe otherwise and finnish defense analyst matty pasu says it's also fair to wonder if putin would have a different calculation for using a nuclear weapon our view of what rational behavior is may differ considerably from what the russians think that is rational action but so far they have used stars nuclear rhetoric but they haven't really done any like serious nuclear signaling that would kind of that could imply that they're ready to use nuclear weapons nonetheless there are troubling scenarios notably in parts of ukraine that russia now claims as its own especially crimea which it seized in 2014 there are scenarios in which malcolm chalmers is the deputy director of britain's royal united services institute a defense and security think tank in london where the risk rises is if there's some sort of catastrophic collapse of russian conventional capability which could happen and they begin to lose quite a lot of the territory they've gained and the question then is what is russia's own territory is it as russia defines it or is it as others define it where russia's nuclear threats may be having the greatest impact is in deterring western nations from sending all of the weapons ukraine's president vladimir zelinsky has been pleading for there's a sense that ukraine has got to fight with one hand tied behind its back in order to reduce the chances of escalation on russian tv nukes are being normalized one kremlin propagandist warned russia could annihilate the united kingdom by exploding a device and triggering a giant tsunami the belief that as a nuclear power russia cannot be defeated goes to the heart of putin's calculations says chalmers russia feels it's losing it has to issue a threat to say look guys we are a nuclear weapon state in in today's world you cannot fully defeat a nuclear weapons state above their bunkers stoic finns share a 1300 kilometer long border with russia the ukraine war and the risks of escalation it brings for europe unsettled many could you ever foresee mr putin firing a nuclear weapon that would make you run into those bunkers for sure of course that's why we have them i don't know if the ukrainians like six months ago were worried that they would end up in a bunker and now they are this way please russia's war in ukraine has prompted a reassessment of the calculations involved in using nuclear weapons but it has also affirmed that countries possessing such weapons don't actually need to use them to wield their power chris brown cbc news helsinki russia is believed to have the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world about 6 000 warheads the u.s has
an estimated 5 500. a 2018 study suggests launching just 100 of those weapons would be enough to directly kill tens of millions of people it would also [ __ ] global agriculture and destroy the environment leading to the deaths of millions more well a growing number of indigenous communities want to share their culture with paying tourists being able to uh let other people see how you live maybe be able to even teach him something tourism that offers a window into tradition and at times hard truths well tomorrow is national indigenous people's day celebrating those who were here long before colonization and many indigenous communities see a growing public interest in their culture and history so some are trying to harness it year round through tourism bonnie allen shows us what that looks like in northwestern saskatchewan robert mccallum knows these waters this land and their history now he's training to be a certified guide for tourists his home community of waterhen lake cree nation just purchased this eco lodge inside meadow lake provincial park being able to let other people see how you live and maybe be able to even teach them something indigenous tourism is growing eco lodge manager jessie morin has big plans to sell packages with trapping fishing canoeing even sleeping in teepee lodges like this to be erected soon people are looking for something authentic when you leave this place you get a you get to witness the wilderness of the boreal force but you also get a better understanding of who we are as people a recent survey of north american and european tourists found there is an appetite for indigenous led tourism but only if it does not exploit the community and it does provide an authentic cultural experience the problem what one considers authentic is often based on stereotypes we're not the peter pan type style indians right those that that image isn't isn't who we are but there are elements of our culture that we want to showcase right our dancing what's authentic is evolving says this tourism coordinator an indigenous tourism corridor around saskatoon includes a casino and golf resort a heritage park with bison and now these glamping teepee lodges and to soon guided tours explaining the history of residential schools those really really dark truths that we are going to showcase and tell those stories in spite of all of that look at who we are now as for robert mccollum what he's offering is simple a chance to connect with him and nature bonnie allen cbc news greg lake saskatchewan well at 660 pounds there is a new record holder for the biggest freshwater fish giant freshwater stingray they haven't been well studied we know almost nothing about them i'll tell you all about the monster catch after the break the record for largest ever recorded freshwater fish has been broken for the first time since 2005. a giant 13 foot long stingray caught in northern cambodia marine experts say this impressive catch is a sign the region is thriving and it's our moment 661 pound giant freshwater stingray was caught tagged and released in cambodia this was the biggest freshwater fish that's ever been recorded and it surpasses a 293 kilo mekong giant catfish that was caught in northern thailand in 2005.
so this is very exciting it's very exciting news uh because it was the world's largest fish it's also very exciting news because it means that this stretch of the mekong is still healthy this is actually a sign of hope that these huge fish still live in the mekong a giant freshwater stingray they haven't been well studied we know almost nothing about them so this is a real opportunity to learn more about one of the world's largest freshwater fish everything is huge and yeah so the the studying of it is sort of the exciting part here right because they did as you heard tag it so that they can study the you know behaviors and the locations and the kind of places and the things that the stingray does uh if i think of it as a fish though right i don't know for some reason i never think of them as fish i always thought they were i don't know i don't know what i thought they were but they're fish technically uh that's the right way to refer to them that's the national for this june 20th have a great night [Music] you