CBC News: The National | Liberals’ big spending pandemic budget | April 19, 2021

good evening i'm adrian arsenault and i'm andrew chang tonight big promises and big money the government unveils its post-pandemic menu we need to punch our way out of the covid recession 700 pages billions in spending the first budget in two years that's big on working models i was a good professional what i'm able to do now maybe change diet person watching kids and confirms a record deficit this budget does next to nothing to secure the canadian economy who's in who's out and what you can expect to see coming your way we'll go through it all also tonight as doctors battle the third wave a huge cell service outage affects critical covet care and fury over the pitch to create a soccer super league it will kill the game it will totally kill the game it's just greed you know even prince william is p this is the national [Music] your government plans to spend like no canadian government has ever spent in peace time today's budget the first in two years outlines more than a half trillion dollars in spending and it aims to address some of the inequities laid bare by covid19 chief among them the child care burden on working mothers this is going to be an enduring investment in making it possible for parents and especially women to participate in the labor force their spending on indigenous health and safety new money to help young canadians homeowners can get interest-free loans for green retrofits but what you won't see are plans for national pharmacare or a universal basic income from the plan to build back the economy to the politics behind it all and what today's promises mean for you we have all the angles of this historic budget covered with our team tonight and of course we brought in at issue for a special budget day edition but we begin with david cochran who spent the day studying that big budget document david what stood out to you yeah andrew it's the first budget in two years the longest budget in history and it spends big on getting through covid and trying to launch the recovery it's the first federal budget in canadian history delivered by a working mother and christopherland went big on child care here is our goal five years from now parents across the country should have access to high quality early learning and child care for an average of ten dollars a day by next year the goal is to cut day care bills in half outside quebec the overall price tag 30 billion over the next five years eight billion a year after that first we need to conquer covet on that front an extension of the wage subsidy and the rental subsidy until september the canada recovery benefit is extended by another 12 weeks plus there's a new canada recovery hiring program to subsidize payroll for new hires and increased hours until november we must punch our way out of the coveted recession that means ensuring lost jobs are recovered as swiftly as possible while dealing with the covid crisis there's billions in spending and tax credits to deal with the climate crisis and create green jobs job growth means green growth the cost of this spending is enormous a 354 billion deficit last year 154.7 billion this year 59.7 billion the year after the debt will nearly double to 1.4 trillion dollars by 2026.

On unfortunately this budget does next to nothing to secure the canadian economy the conservatives say this is just running up debt without giving people real help but freeland does target needy canadians there's a new fifteen dollar federal minimum wage increased tax credit for the working poor and a boost to old age security by ten percent next year starting with a five hundred dollar payment this summer enough for this budget to survive a minority parliament but it is clearly irresponsible to have an election or to in any way trigger an election while we're in the midst of this third wave the impact on people would be devastating and we are not going to do that okay so david clearly child care the centerpiece of this budget how quickly can it be ready yeah they want it pretty fast because the goal is to cut bills in half by next year but you know all of this depends on the provinces coming on board and right now there's still a lot of questions to how this is actually going to work the key thing andrew is that the federal money is on the table now the key players need to sit at the table and see if this can all work okay david cochran thanks for all this you're welcome so let's get right to the reaction from canadians who see themselves in those 700 pages a 10 a day child care plan is certainly welcome for many canadian parents especially women who've been disproportionately affected by the pandemic economy as jacqueline hansen tells us kovat 19 has pushed child care from a social issue to an economic priority ray manuel for former journalist amanda iran shimanovich the cost of child care was her career the child care now is not affordable she says care for her two youngest children is simply too expensive three thousand dollars a month so she cares for them full time instead what i'm able to do now maybe change diet person watching kids and this was not like this before i was a good professional and now i feel that i am stuck over the past year as school child care even help from family and friends has been restricted more parents have faced the choice to care for their children or work federal data on who's applied for the canada recovery caregiving benefit shows that in every province more women than men have stepped away from their jobs to care for their kids now after covid we have a wealth of data that demonstrates to us the strong relationship between child care and ability to work this economist says covid has changed the debate about child care from whether it's necessary to how it should be funded and structured child care as economic infrastructure has become a consensus view like most centers outside of quebec this one in toronto relies primarily on parent fees to operate but enrollment has plummeted during the pandemic by 70 percent the level of enrollment that we're expecting for the summer again is very very low the director says the extension of the wage subsidy is a much needed lifeline and the national child care plan potentially life-changing it's been so overwhelming the past year and yet the possibilities of a quality universal system leaves me with such a sense of optimism and a reason to continue in the field child care for aaron shimanovic 10 a day care can't come fast enough it would be really good if i can i don't know take some courses and move on with my life move on and be part of canada's recovery jacqueline hansen cbc news toronto now in today's budget the government paired the plan to transition businesses out of the pandemic with a plan to tackle another crisis as cameron mcintosh shows us for businesses across the country that have faced a year of cobit's financial punishment the budget brought a mixture of hope and skepticism dining room is closed time's currently closed aaron bernstein isn't so focused on building back better he just wants to build back these have become like the main part of our business his winnipeg deli doing mostly frozen food and takeout federal wage and rent subsidies have helped him stay open but he's had to cut staff they're bringing in a whole new program called the canada recovery hiring program this budget offers businesses like his 600 million dollars to hire back employees and create new jobs when the pandemic allows it is nice to know there will be a program for that i'm just not sure that the timing of the program will actually align with reality meanwhile the government will also continue its wage and rent subsidies until september possibly as long as november but will reduce payments to wean businesses off this toronto theater has relied on that help you just hope that that will level out with when we actually are you know ramping up again coming out of the covid crisis the liberals also want to tackle the climate crisis 17.6 billion dollars for a green recovery an effort to cut emissions to 36 below 2005 levels by 2030.

A lot of the money is targeted at heavy emitters not directly at renewables i do think it's a it's a missed opportunity still the ceo behind canada's largest solar project says this will create jobs it also creates tremendous economic opportunities tremendous opportunities in innovation and you know something that i'm very excited about now of course more than anything in the actual budget getting people working depends on getting coveted under control as the third wave grips much of the country cameron mcintosh cbc news winnipeg the spending seems designed to appeal to many groups of voters there's a luxury tax on high-priced cars boats and aircraft a tax on vacant property owned by foreign non-residents and starting next year a new tax on the revenues of large digital companies there's money for tourism and for black and other underrepresented entrepreneurs the e.i sickness benefit grows to a maximum of 26 weeks up from 15.

And mostly starting next year there is money to improve long-term care okay so let's turn to chief political correspondent rosie barton to go through all that rosie there is a lot there and i'm wondering what strikes you about this budget adrian that's it i mean that there's a lot of spending a lot of measures and it's designed to please a lot of people both canadians who have been hit hardest by the pandemic to be sure but also canadians the liberals need to win an election young people and women child care obviously a part of that there are also measures here that have been heavily borrowed let's say from opposition parties making it difficult for them to vote against or campaign against even the 15 minimum wage and child care both things the ndp has campaigned on in the past the conservatives promised a mental health strategy a few weeks ago focused on job creation that's all here the budget is obviously a response to the pandemic but make no mistake this is all the beginning of what an election campaign might look like whether it's now or much later after the third wave okay so as you say obviously about the pandemic but what is the rationale for so much spending yeah it is a huge amount of money at a time when the economy is already growing and recovering on its own the government believes the money is needed now to get the economy going here's some of what christie freeland told me earlier today we are 460 000 jobs short of where we need to be and for me getting canadians back to work is urgent i don't want people to have to wait 10 years which is how long it took for us to return after 2009.

The government obviously here adrian ii understands that canadians don't want to talk about austerity right now they want to get through this and feel supported by the government and they're going to take advantage of that here we're going to talk all about all that and a little bit more on at issue later all right rosie we'll be here okay let's turn out to the pandemic story tonight you can see signs of a coveted surge right across the country but what's happening in ontario is unprecedented compare the last wave to the one we're in now and you can see how ontario's daily cases are at an all-time high covet deaths though are a different story this wave experts credit vaccinations of the elderly especially in long-term care for keeping average daily deaths relatively low but in the past few days they've suddenly jumped 60 percent as patients continue to flood into icus that's forcing desperate measures in ontario there are plans to shuttle dozens of patients out of toronto hospitals into nearby regions this week just to make space but ellen morrow shows us there's one policy that a chorus of experts all agree could help and so far it isn't happening a chilling sign of ontario's dissent a field hospital racing to open as the province's health care system teeters it's so emotionally exhausting to call young folks and letting them know their parents are dying those hardest hit now this doctor says essential workers they're going out there risking their lives for us and they're the ones who are getting sick getting sick with no paid sick days a measure rejected again today by the ontario government will the government do the right thing reverse course and actually implement the measures that the experts have been telling him are necessary to save ontarians lives our government has been following the recommendations made by the medical officer of health the science advisory table and others but expert support support support for essential workers after expert from having to make a choice between you know paying their rent or putting food on the table after expert so that people can afford to stay home if they're sick have all said paid sick days are crucial including the government's own advisors who say the message is not getting through think that we can't be any clearer this is not a problem at the sending end this is a problem at the receiving end we need to stop having political considerations guide this pandemic this grocery store worker is sure she caught kovid on the job everyone is really feeling this physically and mentally and emotionally and we don't have any support or resources despite the loud calls from experts and the deepening crisis premier doug ford is not budging but he's not alone only two provinces quebec and pei offer the benefit why not just do this now it will probably save the province a lot of money because now we're having to pay for patients to be transferred to different hospitals more and more people are getting sick with so much more sickness expected to come ellen morrow cbc news toronto on prince edward island a child under the age of 10 is one of two people currently in hospital because of covet 19.

Officials say the child is in stable condition but has been placed in an isolation room at queen elizabeth hospital the province now has 13 active cases with the majority related to travel officials implemented new border restrictions today including a pause on visitors from outside atlantic canada for at least four weeks there's tragic news in bc tonight covett 19 has claimed its youngest victim yet in the province as susanna de silva shows us this death comes as the province claps down on travel to deal with record hospitalizations it is a true tragedy and it's a reflection of the impact that this virus is having across our communities one of the latest victims of covet 19 in bc is also the youngest a child under the age of two though this child had pre-existing health conditions that complicated their illness it was the virus that caused their death a stark reminder of the worsening situation in bc hospitals that today prompted the province to move beyond current recommendations not to travel and there will be consequences if you are outside of your area on non-essential business the province promises people will be checked when traveling between health regents calling them random audits similar to drunk driving roadblocks with no extra police powers but the order and many of the details won't be announced until friday and after consultations with racialized communities this is not heavy-handed in my mind it's random and it will be done in a way that includes everyone at a particular place at a particular time similar checks will also happen at the bc alberta border along with signs telling albertans they aren't welcome tourism operators are asked to cancel bookings for anyone outside their area while bc ferries will stop taking bookings for recreational vehicles i wish we had taken the chance to avoid variants of concern establishing themselves in bc in the first place i think we did miss the boat on that but i do think the best we can do to curb their transmission now through our own individual actions around socializing also through registrations on travel also today the bans on indoor dining and some fitness activities were extended another five weeks officials hope two-thirds of adults will have their first dose of the vaccine by then and the province's pandemic situation will have improved susana the silva cbc news vancouver canada's vaccine rollout has reached a major milestone the country has administered a total of 10 million doses of vaccine it took 52 days for canada to give the first million shots now we're doing a million doses every four days and as millions of canadians over the age of 40 raced to book astrazeneca vaccine appointments today with several provinces lowering age requirements cbc news has learned the federal recommendation on astrazeneca is changing christine burak breaks that story for us tonight the recommendation for who should get the astrazeneca vaccine is changing again documents obtained by cbc news show nasi a national advisory committee on immunization plans to announce tomorrow the astrazeneca vaccine may be offered to people over 40 in areas where covid19 activity is very high which it defines as six or more daily cases per ten thousand people but most provinces aren't waiting for the official guidance previously it was restricted only to older manitobans but now will be available to everyone 40 and up same goes for alberta saskatchewan ontario and british columbia experts say the rare blood clot risk associated with the astrazeneca vaccine is now much more clear you have much higher probability of something bad happening to you when you drive or you walk across the street then you do getting these vaccines researchers examined the medical records of over half a million covid patients in the united states they found the same rare blood clot cerebral venous thrombosis or cvt occurred in 39 out of a million patients in americans who've received the pfizer or moderna vaccine it was reported in four in a million and the european medicines agency has estimated the risk of cvt after the astrazeneca vaccine is five in a million that should give people enormous confidence that we are truly monitoring these things and it's not just uh you know get the vaccine and shut up kind of scenario this pharmacist counsels anyone with concerns about the astrazeneca shot but people are becoming more aware of the fact that four in a million is a very excellent safety profile for medication with more contagious variants driving cases this man in his 40s is tired of waiting i think it should have been done earlier but now that it's open i want to get my my vaccine as soon as i can in some provinces the risk from this virus is rising by the day christine burak cbc news toronto final results in yukon's election tonight came when a tiebreaker was decided by a drawing of lots [Music] the ndp candidate won the writing of vantagen but that didn't solve the other tiebreaker issue the seat count after last week's vote stands at eight liberals eight yukon party and three for the ndp plenty of politics to come there but the incumbent liberal party will get the first crack at earning the confidence of the legislature after two weeks of emotional often painful testimony now derek shovin's future is in the hands of the jury the former police officer accused of killing george floyd awaits a verdict and so does the united states this wasn't policing this was murder next susan ormiston brings us the mood on the streets of minneapolis if we can't get justice here uh it would be disheartening to everyone all over the country social media to help you find a vaccine and remember hugs reunions down under that will warm your heart we're back into welcome back lots of roger's wireless customers were not happy today left without phone or text and internet service on and off for hours for this to happen during a pandemic meant serious repercussions and as david common tells us it was only this evening that some people started to get back online as if any of us needed something else to fall apart today it is cell service rogers both wireless voice and data down intermittently across the country complicating the day for millions working from home what we're seeing with this is it's demonstrating to us just how fragile the system really is it is far more than an inconvenience with ontario covent patients being transferred far and wide receiving doctors couldn't be contacted critical care physicians trying multiple numbers just to reach anyone in their patients families instead of a spouse or a child who might be speaking to a cousin who's then got a kind of play broken telephone to pass the message on not 911 but unable to call out toronto police among many forces across canada telling emergency callers do not hang up finally more than 12 hours after it began rogers announced it had at last identified the root cause a failed software update promising to restore full service over several hours it couldn't come soon enough david commons cbc news ottawa former u.s vice president walter mondale has died at the age of 93.

Mondale served under jimmy carter from 1977 to 1981. he was the first vp to occupy an office in the white house he made his own run for president in 1984 and became the first major party candidate to have a woman as his running mate but ultimately he suffered a crushing defeat to ronald reagan his family says he died in minneapolis but they did not specify a cause minneapolis is a city on edge again tonight with the case against former police officer derek shovin now in the hands of the jury whatever they decide about his role in the death of george floyd could have explosive consequences reaching far beyond that city susan normiston walks us through today's closing arguments behind barricades and razor wire in a city frozen with fear derek chovin's murder trial nears its end we were told for example that mr floyd died because his heart was too big the reason george floyd is dead it's because mr sheldon's heart was too small george floyd prosecutors summarizing their case to the jury described chauvin as a controlling cop without compassion who deliberately pinned floyd under his knee until his dying breath he stayed on top of him continued to push him down to grind his knees to twist his hand to twist his fingers into the handcuffs that bound him drawing a line for jurors that it's not a trial against all police just against a bad cop this wasn't policing this was murder the defendant is guilty of all three counts civil rights leaders like jesse jackson and others here in minneapolis to witness a verdict for george floyd a powerful symbol of a brutal pattern of policing in black america this country must come to terms with those that feel that blue uniforms makes them above the law and blue jeans makes them subject to the law in his defense chauvin showed his face maskless when his lawyer counseled the jury there's no crime if an officer used reasonable force given what he knew at the time you have to look at it from the reasonable police officer stan you have to take into account that officers are human beings capable of making mistakes in highly stressful situations officers but on the street the expectation is that chauvin must pay for cruelty that is not an intent to purposefully use unlawful force mike myers was outside the court listening watching and waiting if we can't get justice here it would be disheartening to everyone all over the country who's african-american and have no expectation of justice and susan there was one last important moment at the very end of court today can you tell us what happened yeah after the jury retired the judge weighed in on comments by a democrat congresswoman here this weekend who said if there's no guilty verdict demonstrators like this should get more confrontational that kind of interference said judge cahill today could be a gift to the defense if they choose to appeal an indication of the tension here andrew okay lots of people waiting and watching susan ormiston senior correspondent in minneapolis tonight thank you up next today's budget contains half a trillion dollars in spending and you can bet at issue has some opinions about that rosie is here with andrew chantal and althea to weigh in plus we'll kill the game it will totally kill the game the footy change that has everyone talking in the uk even royalty [Music] some will say our sense of urgency is misplaced some will say that we're spending too much to them i ask this did you did you lose your job during a covid lockdown were you reluctantly let go by your small business employers who were like a family to you but simply could not afford your salary any longer are you worried you'll be laid off in this third wave finance minister christian freeland outside the house of commons defending some of the big spending put forward in today's budget it's her first budget and as we've said all day long the federal government's first in over two years so is this the plan that canadians need right now will the opposition parties buy in sounds like it but let's see were some of them anyway it's monday i'm back with a special edition of at issue chantelle bear andrew coyne althea raj i'll start with you andrew on the spending side is this is this too much for right now or is this what's needed for stimulus well if if you read the budget and you listen to that quote from christopher freeland you'd wonder whether this was april 21 2021 or april 2020.

She's using the past year when everybody agreed the government needed to increase spending enormous amounts to try to keep people whole to justify future permanent spending that's got nothing to do with the recession nothing to do with ben with the pandemic if you look at if you compare this budget to the the fall economic statement six months ago they're proposing to spend 20 billion dollars annually basically in perpetuity more than they were previously projecting if you compare it back to the budget of 2019 two years ago the last budget it's 50 billion dollars more annually um if you could make an argument at least you know you can disagree about it but you can make an argument about whether you're going to propose to spend 100 billion dollars more on stimulus at a time when the economy is growing slowly and again the government sometimes talks that way but its own numbers believe it the economy is actually going great guns right now it's and it's projected to grow even faster in the next year or two they don't need the stimulus so what they've done is simply ditched the label and kept the spending they've repurposed it to spend on all kinds of other things that liberals have wanted to spend on for years and there's this lingering echo of well this has got something to do with the pandemic or something to do with the recession and it quite clearly doesn't it's got a lot to do with ideology and even more to do with the oncoming election okay chantal your thoughts because you you could also suggest i i might i might say that it's addressing some issues that have been exposed during the pandemic and that uh main issue would be child care really i don't think the pandemic exposed the child care issue i believe it was always there and andrew is right on one point they are spending like a government and surplus when they are running record deficits but to the election point 270 measures i don't know about you but i've never seen a federal budget that was 800 pages long and had 270 measures how could you not please someone with 270 plus measures this is the kind of budget that no one is going to want to campaign against and i'm guessing that's the main point as for the child care issue it is the biggest federal investment in child care that we have seen but that investment does not happen unless provinces buy in not all provinces will buy them and none will really buy in in a way that creates child care spaces before canadians go to the polls um okay althea your thoughts on the on the size of the spending and whether it's needed it's a whole lot of money i'm i i think where you stand on uh is it too much or is it not enough really depends more on your ideology than uh anything else and frankly uh i'm of two minds like i'm on so many political questions but i agree with chantal i think that you know one thing and we that we mentioned this during the the budget special but uh minister freeland has staked her credibility on getting child care done she's repeated this as a promise as a working mother as a first female finance minister and in the budget it says it's going to be a 50 50 split now the province is knowing that minister freeland has staked her credibility on this who is going to agree to 50 50 splits no ottawa is going to have to fess up a lot more money than they think i think to get this plan done um i would also say that one thing that is remarkable is how this uh budget document for the 700 plus pages that it is close to 800 there is it really lacks transparency there is no prudence fund you know that contingency fund that we used to see not there at all even though in the introduction of the budget it says that the forecast is highly um you know it can fluctuate private sector forecasters are all over the map they know there's a high degree of uncertainty still with that warning there is no prudence fun in there i was speaking with scott clark we're each allowed to have an expert in this virtual lockup he used to be the adm several adms at finance and the dm there and he was telling me that he would give this budget an f on um on prudence a c on transparency and a c on whether or not it's realistic because the i mean the tories used to mock uh the liberals justin truder for saying the budget was would balance itself this budget the only way they get to where they get at the end is because it balances itself the growth far surpasses uh the program spending and um minister freeland still has not uh said whether or not she believes that the government should get back into the black or if they plan to run deficits forever okay okay but but the the paul speak to the politics of it andrew because part of this is now that we are dealing with a conservative leader who said he's not interested in battling the budget balancing the budget for the next decade or doesn't think it can be done uh it becomes difficult to to see what they go sharp on here and how they attack the government on this well and i can't speak for torrey strategy except i can say talking about balancing the budget in 10 years when the government itself even with all of its spending uh is projecting it to be close to balance in five or six years i mean one percent of gdp is not that far off uh i think they may need to want to revise that there's a lot that the opposition could do that it doesn't amount to quote-unquote austerity for one thing there's a serious need that the government has not addressed for a growth agenda the only way we're really going to deal with our long-run deficit and debt problems is not i mean the short term is only the half of it the longer term is much more pressing and it's not just pressing at the federal level but at the provincial level where they're dealing with health care costs that are going out you know they're already at 50 of their revenues or near but near abouts so we need to get the economy on a much higher growth track it's only going at about 1.5 percent of gdp per year in the gdp right now uh there's a lot of measures you could talk about that will be controversial but that will be different and will change the subject from just are you in favor of spending everything the liberals want to spend it on so that's point one point two is i think there's a serious debate to be had not about the necessity of daycare or child care but about which particular model you wanna wanna pursue on it the model that the liberals are pushing the quebec model is one that is has particular benefits but particular costs and particular disadvantages particularly if you don't work hours for example that match those of the daycare operators or if you prefer to put your child in a different kind of daycare than the ones that the government is pursuing uh i think it would be very good to have a large debate about that as a country particularly when the government is proposing to plunge the provinces uh into an enormous fiscal commitment that frankly when the provinces are crying for health care health care funding rather than a new a completely new shared cost program okay chantelle wants in yep um about the details on child care it depends on the provinces i don't think that there are many parents outside quebec who have kids in child care who would argue that they are not paying enough or that they would like to have more money in pocket that has been tried and failed so at the end of the day i i you can have this discussion but i don't think we can have a discussion about the shape of child care in a federal election in the sense that it is essentially a provincial issue so the federal government is putting all that money in the window people who are going to be on a hot seat on this are not going to be federal politicians saying we're willing to give money to get that done they're going to be called forward and paluster and horgan and lagu that is where it is now there is a reason why the most popular social program in quebec is the child the affordable universal child care program not enough spots is the issue not an ideological or a a a battle over i would rather have my kids in this and that last word to you althea i don't think any political party is going to be campaigning against child care especially considering that the liberals are not getting rid of the child the monthly child care payments to get there child care is immensely popular it is a a crisis issue in many urban centers that are swing writings across this country that is just not going to happen okay you guys thank you thank you for coming in on on monday guess what you'll be back still on thursday doesn't mean you get a pass on thursday so we'll talk then for now though it's back to adrian and andrew in toronto and the hunt for a vaccine can be complicated in many provinces but a group of volunteers wants to help the story behind the vaccine hunters and how they might be able to help you and a glimpse of postcovid hope long overdue reunions in australia and new zealand welcome back moments of joy were shared in new zealand today as the country welcomed travelers from australia without the need to quarantine for the first time in more than a year we're happy that we get this opportunity to spend time with family now it's amazing i have no words i'm just so grateful that i could come back i'm like shaking right now we're very emotional everywhere for so long is fantastic airports filled with all sorts of hugs and teary-eyed reunions as hundreds of passengers took advantage of the relaxed restrictions australia has allowed new zealanders to enter without quarantine since last year however the reciprocal arrangement has faced a whole bunch of setbacks now airport hugs may be a dream for many canadians but we have a story to give you some hope tonight a group of young canadians has been volunteering their time on social media to help people find a vaccine they call themselves vaccine hunters kayla hansel explains good girls andrea curry was thrilled to hear alberta is lowering the age of eligibility for the astrazeneca vaccine to 40.

Never been so glad to have passed 40 in my life but like many canadians she found getting an appointment wasn't easy so she turned her attention to twitter and vaccine hunters canada i just said uh online appointments available um at this pharmacy and then it had a screenshot and a link so i clicked on the link and then we were booked i kind of just found it online it was pretty organic 27 year old joshua calpin got involved after he used the service to book appointments for family members he's a software developer and now runs the site with three other young people we're trying to facilitate canadians helping each other get vaccine appointments here's how it works anyone anywhere in the country can share information about available appointments and vaccine hunters will share it on their social media channels they also try to point individuals in the right direction the twitter account is exploding in popularity with well over 90 thousand followers many of them signing up after news of astrazeneca's expansion it was literally a party on twitter last night we had a vaccine party today their work even got a shout out from a saskatchewan member of parliament i'd say that every member in this house visit at vax hunter's can to see the good work that is being done in each of your communities by these outstanding young canadians some suggest the government should be paying the vaccine hunters not necessary they say we're doing this because for the good of the country and to help the country and that's reward in itself right now andrea curry and her husband will be vaccinated within a couple of days i just say heartfelt thank you i think we all owe you you know a debt of gratitude she says for her family it was a valuable tool to help canadians take one more step toward normal kayla hounsel cbc news halifax okay well a proposed new soccer league is prompting quite the outcry in the uk next why the so-called super league is so contentious welcome back europe's biggest soccer teams have pitched a controversial plan to play amongst themselves it sparked outrage among fans including britain's prime minister and even a prince here's tessa arcelia passion runs deep among fans of the beautiful game and today shock and fury as they learn of one of the biggest potential shake-ups in european football it will kill the game it will totally kill the game it's just greed you know 12 of europe's top clubs have agreed to start a breakaway european super league the plan a guaranteed seat at the elite table where there is no danger of demotion to a less prestigious league no matter how badly they play at stake the potential to make big money it effectively removes the principle of competition and meritocracy from sport the relationships that clubs have with their communities with their fans and indeed with their players a sentiment echoed by cab driver ram ismail who is also director of enfield town football club england's first fully fan-owned team absolutely distasteful when you look back in history football was created for the working man a new elite league he says sends the message to small clubs like theirs that they've been left behind because it breaks up that dream that dream of a small club can climb the leagues and become a premier division football club prince william a huge football fan is the latest to weigh in he watched his own club climb the leagues last season he says now more than ever we must protect the entire football community from the top level to the grassroots football governing body uefa the premier league and the british prime minister himself joined the chorus of condemnation we're going to look at everything that we can do with the football authorities to make sure that this doesn't go ahead here at emirates stadium arsenal fans could soon take in games from this new league those defending the plans say the super league will bring together the world's greatest clubs and open a new chapter for european football but if and when that chapter kicks off is anyone's bet tesla celia cbc news london we have seen plenty of pandemic creativity well next a kind of drive-in you've probably never seen before and it sounds pretty good too our moment is next the pandemic has put a damper on singing choirs and singing groups have been kept mostly silent after a choir was linked to an outbreak early last year but tonight a bit of pandemic creativity courtesy the vancouver thunderbird chorus so you've heard of barbershop how about carber shop here's our moment [Music] we came up with the idea of this uh giving everybody a microphone wiring them into a sound board running the output through a low power fm transmitter beaming back to the the fm radio in everybody's car and then people can sing along so it simulates as close as we can the experience of singing together on the risers [Music] it was pretty emotional for a lot of us because you know this is a big part of our life we're a little bit uh obsessive about harmony and the fact that it was missing for so many many months there were a few tears in the group when we were first able to do it this really great experience that's cool it is very good it's a very good life hack for that they said they tried zoom but because of the latency the the harmonizing just wasn't working and if you know anyone who's in a band and has tried zoom or maybe right with someone who is in a band who tried zoom you know exactly how bad that's can you can you imagine though stumbling upon a parking lot seeing 19 cars singing barbershop of course everyone appears that way anyways uh i'll say it again that's cool it is cool that's the national for this april 19th have a great night you

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00:00 The National for April 19, 2021
01:07 Liberal government unveils 2021 federal budget
02:08 Child care the centrepiece of the budget
05:07 Support for working women and families
07:40 Support for small business, green initiatives
09:44 Budget plans for post-pandemic, next election
12:05 Ontario's COVID-19 crisis
12:40 Ontario refuses to budge on paid sick days
15:01 P.E.I. sees spike in COVID-19 cases
15:29 B.C. announces COVID-19 travel restrictions
17:36 10M COVID-19 vaccine doses administered
17:50 NACI to adjust AstraZeneca guidance
20:07 Rare drawing of lots in Yukon election
21:34 Disruptive Rogers wireless outages
23:09 Former U.S. VP Walter Mondale dies
23:04 Derek Chauvin murder trial closing arguments
27:12 At Issue | The Liberals' big-spending budget
37:36 Australia-New Zealand open travel bubble
38:22 The people behind the Vaccine Hunters Canada
40:50 New soccer Super League met with opposition
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