The National for Dec. 22, 2019 —  A student’s ‘Christmas miracle,’ on-demand airlines and commuting
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The National for Dec. 22, 2019 — A student’s ‘Christmas miracle,’ on-demand airlines and commuting


(*)>>TONIGHT, GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS THANKS TO AN ACT OF GENEROSITY.>>I NEVER SAW THIS DAY COMING.>>David: A LOST PASSPORT MEANT THAT HE WAS STUCK HERE IN CANADA UNTIL –>>OH, MY GOD, THAT’S THE GUY ON TV!>>A STRANGER’S DISCOVERY AND WHAT SHE OFFERED NEXT.>>>A 6-YEAR-OLD HAS A CRY FOR HELP INSIDE OF A SUPERMARKET CHRISTMAS CARD.>>>CANADIANS RUSHED TO HELP TO FIGHT THE WILDFIRE CRISIS.>>>AND RELIVING THAT RAPTORS GLORY. [Cheers and Applause] THE REPORTERS WHO WERE THERE REFLECT ON ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES OF THE YEAR.>>THE MOST EPIC CELEBRATION. CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES EVERYWHERE.>>David: THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*)>>>GOOD EVENING, I’M DAVID COMMON FILLING IN TONIGHT.>>>WE BEGIN WITH A STORY OF CALAMITY AND COMPASSION MADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS. A STUDENT FROM ZIMBABWE STUDYING IN NEWFOUNDLAND WAS ABOUT TO HEAD HOME WHEN HE DISCOVERED THAT HE’D LOST HIS PASSPORT AND STUDENT VISA. THEY WERE IN A TRAVEL BAG THAT HE’D RETURNED TO A STORE AND THAT BAG HAD ALREADY BEEN RESOLD WHEN HE WENT BACK. AFTER DAYS OF SEARCHING, HE WAS LOSING HOPE, UNTIL THE PHONE RANG WITH GOOD NEWS AND AN EXTRAORDINARY OFFER. HERE’S TALIA RICCI.>>I’M SO EXCITED, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I NEVER SAW IT DAY COMING.>>Reporter: IT’S THE DAY THAT LEONARD MAWORA WILL BE REUNITED WITH HIS PASSPORT AND STUDENT VISA AFTER ABOUT TWO WEEKS OF THINKING THAT THEY WERE GONE FOR GOOD.>>YES! OH, MY GOODNESS.>>Reporter: APRIL DAY IS THE WOMAN WHO FOUND IT. SHE’D BOUGHT THE BAG FOR A CHRISTMAS GIFT AFTER MAWORA HAD RETURNED IT TO WINNERS. WHEN SHE WENT TO WRAP IT –>>I WAS OPENING UP THE BAG AND I’M LIKE LOOKING AT IT AND THEN I OPENED IT UP AND I WAS LIKE, OH, MY GOD, THAT’S THE GUY ON TV! THIS IS THE GUY THAT’S LOOKING FOR HIS PASSPORT. AND I WAS LIKE SHAKING AND CRYING.>>Reporter: DAY HAD SEEN MAWORA’S STORY IN THE NEWS.>>I WAS LYING IN BED AND I WAS LOOKING AT IT AND I WAS SAYING, OH, THAT POOR GUY, WILL HE BE ABLE TO GET HOME TO HIS FAMILY. AND I WAS READING THROUGH SOME OF THE ARTICLE BUT I NEVER READ ENOUGH TO SEE THE PICTURE OF THE BAG.>>Reporter: IT’S BEEN A STRESSFUL TIME FOR THE STUDENT AT ST. JOHN’S MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY. HE SAID THAT HE COULDN’T EAT OR SLEEP. HE TORE APART HIS BASEMENT APARTMENT LOOKING FOR THE PASSPORT.>>I COULDN’T FIND IT SO NOW I WAS JUST HOME, HOPELESS, JUST THINKING THAT I’M GOING TO BE IN ST. JOHN’S FOR THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS.>>Reporter: MAWORA WAS SUPPOSED TO GO HOME TO SEE HIS FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND TO MOURN THE RECENT DEATH OF HIS YOUNGER BROTHER. HE WAS TOLD THAT HE COULD GET TO ZIMBABWE WITH EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, BUT HE NEEDED HIS STUDENT VISA TO RETURN TO CANADA.>>I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I’D SEE THESE DOCUMENTS EVER AGAIN, AND WOULD HAVE TO GET A NEW PASSPORT.>>Reporter: NOW MAWORA IS FREE TO TRAVEL BUT HE’D ALREADY CANCELLED HIS FLIGHT. TODAY DAY MADE HIM A GENEROUS OFFER.>>I’M GOING TO PROVIDE LEONARD WITH A TICKET SO HE CAN RETURN HOME TO HIS FAMILY AND ENJOY HIS CHRISTMAS.>>Reporter: A FLIGHT HOME FROM A STRANGER HE NOW CALLS A FRIEND.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>YOU’RE SO WELCOME. GIVE ME A HUG. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Reporter: TALIA RICCI, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>David: WELL, NOW TO THE U.K. WHERE A POWERFUL MESSAGE WAS FOUND HIDDEN IN A BRAND-NEW CHRISTMAS CARD. THE BRITISH GROCERY CHAIN TESCO, THE WORLD’S THIRD LARGEST RETAILER, HAS PULLED THE LINE OF CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM ITS VAST SALES NETWORK AND BROKEN TIES WITH THE CHINESE SUPPLIER. IT’S ALL BECAUSE A YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS ABOUT TO WRITE HER OWN HOLIDAY WISHES WAS SURPRISED TO FIND A JOYLESS GREETING WRAPPED IN A DESPERATE PLEA. HERE’S ANITA BATHE ON WHAT IT MEANS.>>Reporter: A BIG SURPRISE WHEN 6-YEAR-OLD FLORENCE WHITTICOMBE SAT DOWN TO WRITE CHRISTMAS CARDS TO HER FRIENDS.>>AND I WAS ABOUT ON MY SIXTH OR EIGHTH CARD, AND THERE WAS SOMEBODY ALREADY WRITE IT — WROTE IN IT.>>WHEN I LOOKED AT THE CARD IT SAID WHAT IT DID, WHICH IS THAT IS THE CARD THAT CAME FROM SOMEBODY IMPRISONED IN SHANGHAI.>>Reporter: “WE ARE FOREIGN PRISONERS IN SHANGHAI QING PU PRISON, CHINA,” THE CARD SAID, “FORCED TO WORK AGAINST OUR WILL. PLEASE HELP US AND NOTIFY THE HUMAN RIGHTS ORGINISATION.”>>THE FIRST THOUGHT IS THAT IT MUST BE SOME SORT OF PRANK. BUT ON REFLECTION WE REALIZED THAT IT WAS POTENTIALLY QUITE A SERIOUS THING AND SO I FELT VERY SHOCKED, BUT I ALSO FELT A RESPONSIBILITY.>>Reporter: THE MESSAGE DIRECTED THE FAMILY TO CONTACT HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNALIST PETER HUMPHREY WHO WAS HIMSELF IMPRISONED THERE FOUR YEARS AGO.>>MY FINAL NINE MONTHS OF MY CAPTIVITY WAS IN THIS VERY PRISON, IN THIS VERY CELL BLOCK WHERE THIS MESSAGE HAS COME FROM FROM. SO THIS WAS WRITTEN BY SOME OF MY CELLMATES FROM THAT PERIOD WHO ARE STILL THERE SERVING SENTENCES.>>Reporter: WHEN HUMPHREY WAS A PRISONER THERE, LABOUR WAS VOLUNTARY, A WAY TO EARN MONEY.>>WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT WORK HAS BECOME COMPULSORY.>>Reporter: IN A STATEMENT TESCO SAYS THAT THE FACTORY IN QUESTION WAS AUDITED LAST MONTH, AND THERE WAS NO SUGGESTION OF THE USE OF PRISON LABOUR. TESCO HAS NOW SUSPENDED THE CHINESE SUPPLIER AND TAKEN THE CARDS OFF STORE SHELVES.>>READY?>>Reporter: THE WIDDICOMBE FAMILY SAYS THAT SUCH A DESPERATE MESSAGE IS POIGNANT AT CHRISTMASTIME. ANITA BATHE, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>David: WE’RE FOLLOWING A DEVELOPING STORY OUT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, A CRASH OF A SMALL PLANE ON THE WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND. A CESSNA 172, SIMILAR TO THIS ONE, LEFT FOR THE COURTNEY AIRPARK YESTERDAY. IT DID NOT ARRIVE. WRECKAGE WAS SPOTTED THIS MORNING NEAR STEWARDSON INLET, AN AREA SO REMOTE THAT THE RCMP HADN’T BEEN ABLE TO REACH IT YET. THE B.C. CORONER’S OFFICE SAYS THEY’VE BEEN NOTIFIED OF ONE FATALITY.>>>SOME CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS ARE GIVING UP THEIR HOLIDAYS AT HOME TO COME TO THE AID OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL IN AUSTRALIA, JUST AS AUSTRALIA’S PRIME MINISTER IS BEING CALLED OUT FOR LEAVING THE COUNTRY WHILE RAGING WILDFIRES DESTROYED HOMES AND CLAIMED LIVES. AUSTIN GRABISH SHOWS US JUST HOW BAD THINGS HAVE GOTTEN.>>Reporter: IT LOOKS APOCALYPTIC. FIREFIGHTERS ARE TRYING TO STOP THE SPREAD OF AN INFERNO. BUT DESPITE ALL EFFORTS THESE FIRES ARE NOT SLOWING DOWN. FORCING RESIDENTS LIKE ELIZABETH McLAREN TO FLEE WITH LITTLE NOTICE.>>I HOPE THAT MY HOUSE HASN’T BURNED DOWN, BUT ULTIMATELY ALL OF MY FRIENDS STAYED TO FIGHT THE FIRES THEY HAD. AND THEY CAN’T GET OUT. AND I CAN REPLACE MY HOUSE BUT I CAN’T REPLACE LIVES.>>Reporter: MORE THAN 100 FIRES ARE BURNING IN NEW SOUTH WALES ALONE AND HOMES AND PROPERTY ARE BEING DESTROYED. A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PLACE AMID A RECORD-BREAKING HEAT WAVE. AND MAKING THINGS EVEN WORSE — EXTREME WIND CONDITIONS.>>THE FATIGUE, AND THE DRY AND THE RELENTLESS WINDS ARE TAKING A TOLL. AND SO TOO IS THE GEOGRAPHIC SPREAD OF THE ACTIVITY.>>Reporter: AUSTRALIA HAS ASKED FOR A HELPING HAND FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. THE CANADIAN INTERAGENCY FOREST FIRE CENTRE HAS BEEN ACTIVATED IN WINNIPEG.>>THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE CENTRE HAS SPRUNG INTO ACTION DURING THE WINTER. IT’S IN CHARGE OF COORDINATING ALL FIREFIGHTING ASSISTANCE WITH AUSTRALIA. SO FAR 51 FIRE SPECIALISTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT ABROAD, AND ANOTHER 18 ARE SCHEDULED TO BE SENT NEXT MONDAY.>>I THINK THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME IS HOW PROUD I AM OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN, OUR PROFESSIONALS, FIRE MANAGERS, WHO ARE TAKING THEMSELVES AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR TO GO ON SUCH AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF DUTY.>>Reporter: AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON DREW CRITICISM FOR GOING ON A FAMILY VACATION TO HAWAII AS THE WILDFIRES RAGED, CLAIMING THE LIVES OF TWO VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS. HE’S NOW BACK AND ACCEPTING THAT CRITICISM.>>IF YOU HAD YOUR TIME OVER AGAIN AND YOU HAD THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT I WOULD HAVE MADE DIFFERENT DECISIONS. I’M SURE THAT AUSTRALIANS ARE FAIR-MINDED AND UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU MAKE A PROMISE TO YOUR KIDS YOU TRY AND KEEP IT.>>Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE HOPING FOR COOLER CONDITIONS TO HELP TO PUT AN END TO THIS WAVE OF DESTRUCTION. AUSTIN GRABISH, CBC NEWS, WINNIPEG.>>David: IN RURAL NEW BRUNSWICK A FIRE AT A TIRE RECYCLING PLANT IS SPARKING CONCERNS ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS.>>PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE JOBS, OF COURSE, AND THEN, OF COURSE, YOU HAVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. PEOPLE HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT WELL WATER AND AIR QUALITY.>>David: CLOUDS OF OMINOUS SMOKE HAVE BEEN POURING INTO THE SKY SINCE YESTERDAY MORNING. WATER DOESN’T DO MUCH TO DOUSE THE BURNING TIRES AND IT COULD HELP THE TOXINS TO SEP INTO THE WATER TABLE.>>WE ARE BRINGING IN A FAIRLY SIZEABLE VOLUME.>>David: IT WILL TAKE DAYS TO PUT THIS ONE OUT, SAYS THE FIRE MARSHAL. SO FAR THE LACK OF WIND HAS KEPT THE SMOKE FROM OVERWHELMING NEIGHBOURHOODS, BUT RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO LIMIT THEIR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.>>>U.S. CONGRESS IS ON CHRISTMAS BREAK AND THE PACE OF CHRISTMAS BREAK AND THE PACE OF COLD, GREY WASHINGTON SLOWER. AND YET JACQUELINE HANSEN SHOWS US THE SUDDEN FEW DEVELOPMENTS AND THE SUPER-CHARGED RHETORIC OF DONALD TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT KEEP COMING.>>U.S.A.!>>Reporter: IN FRONT OF A CROWD OF PRO-TRUMP STUDENTS, DONALD TRUMP ISN’T TAKING A BREAK FROM THE STAGE OR HIS MESSAGE.>>President Donald Trump: THERE WAS NO CRIME. IN FACT, THERE’S NO IMPEACHMENT. THEIR ONLY LAWYER SAID THAT THERE’S NO IMPEACHMENT, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? THE WORLD IS WATCHING.>>Reporter: WATCHING AND READING NEW DOCUMENTS. HUNDREDS OF RELEASED EMAILS SHED LIGHT ON THE INTERACTIONS OF WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS BEFORE AND AFTER TRUMP’S JULY CALL WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. ONE EMAIL SHOWED THAT TRUMP STARTED ASKING ABOUT MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE IN JUNE. AND THEN A WRITTEN REQUEST BY A SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL TO HOLD OFF ON FUNDS AND TO KEEP THE REQUESTS QUIET DUE TO ITS SENSITIVE NATURE, SENT JULY 25th. LESS THAN TWO HOURS AFTER THAT NOW INFAMOUS CALL.>>THIS EMAIL IS EXPLOSIVE.>>Reporter: THE TOP DEMOCRAT IN THE SENATE WANTS TO KNOW MORE.>>A TOP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL, ONE THAT WE REQUESTED, OFFICIAL, ONE THAT WE REQUESTED, IS SAYING STOP THE AID, 91 MINUTES AFTER TRUMP CALLED ZELENSKY AND SAID TO KEEP IT HUSH-HUSH. WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO REQUEST A WITNESS?>>Reporter: IT’S STILL UNCLEAR IF TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL AND THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE WILL HAVE ANY WITNESSES. HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI LEFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT SENDING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO THE SENATE, SAYING SHE’S WAITING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THE TRIAL WILL LOOK LIKE. A STRATEGY DEFENDED TODAY BY THE DEMOCRATS. A STRATEGY DEFENDED TODAY BY THE DEMOCRATS.>>SHE’S JUST TRYING TO SAY, HEY, LET’S NOT MAKE THIS A CIRCUS, A PARTISAN CIRCUS.>>Reporter: BUT THE REPUBLICANS RIDICULED THE HOLD-UP.>>THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THIS SHAM.>>Reporter: AND BRUSHED OFF THE LATEST EMAILS.>>THERE WAS A DELAY. THERE’S NOTHING NEW IN THESE EMAILS ABOUT TH TIMING TRULY, CHUCK. THERE’S A LOT OF EMAILS AND BACK-AND-FORTH ABOUT THE TIMING OF THESE. THE AID WAS RELEASED.>>Reporter: WHETHER IT WILL BE USED AS EVIDENCE IN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IS UNCLEAR BUT TODAY’S DISPUTE IS JUST THE LATEST TO DIVIDE THE TWO PARTIES THAT ARE ALREADY SO FAR APART. JACQUELINE HANSEN, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>David: STILL IN THE U.S., A SECTION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY IN VIRGINIA BECAME A TANGLED MESS OF TWISTED METAL AND SHATTERED GLASS. THAT IS A 69-VEHICLE PILEUP FROM THAT IS A 69-VEHICLE PILEUP FROM EARLIER TODAY, LEAVING MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE INJURED, SOME CRITICALLY. THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. BUT OFFICIALS NOTE THAT IT WAS FOGGY AND ICY AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH.>>>PROTESTS OVER A NEW CITIZENSHIP LAW IN INDIA HAVE ALREADY TURNED VIOLENT AND DEADLY. NOW THE OUTCRY THERE IS SPREADING HERE. PEOPLE IN BOTH COUNTRIES SAY THAT THE LEGISLATION DISCRIMINATES AGAINST MUSLIMS AND AS MATT D’AMOURS REPORTS, THEY’RE ALSO ALARMED BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S ATTEMPTS TO STIFLE DISSENT.>>[CHANTS]>>Reporter: FROM SURREY, B.C., TO DOWNTOWN MONTRÉAL –>>[CHANTS]>>Reporter: PEOPLE CAME OUT TODAY TO SHOW THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH PROTESTERS IN INDIA.>>THERE HAS BEEN A RISING MOVEMENT IN INDIA. AND I THINK THAT IT’S TIME THAT WE STAND UP AGAINST IT.>>Reporter: THEY’RE ANGRY ABOUT A NEW CITIZENSHIP LAW IN INDIA THAT ALLOWS MINORITIES TO APPLY FOR CITIZEN, BUT THE LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO MUSLIMS. THE LAW HAS SPARKED INTENSE PROTESTS IN INDIA AS CRITICS SLAM IT AS A VIOLATION OF THE COUNTRY’S SECULAR CONSTITUTION. PROTESTERS AND POLICE HAVE CLASHED AND MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE DEMONSTRATIONS. A MONTRÉALER IS A MUSLIM ORIGINALLY FROM INDIA. HE’S WORRIED ABOUT THE CLIMATE IN THE COUNTRY HE USED TO CALL HOME.>>IT’S A VERY TERRIBLE SITUATION AND IT HAS TO BE OPPOSED. WHAT WE CAN DO HERE FROM MONTRÉAL BEST IS TO INTERNATIONALIZE THIS ISSUE. TO BRING ATTENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL BODIES, THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT.>>Reporter: TO TRY TO CONTAIN THE PROTESTS, PARTS OF INDIA HAVE BEEN HIT BY INTERNET BLACKOUTS AND LARGE GATHERINGS BANNED. TACTICS ALSO EMPLOYED BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT IN AN ONGOING CRACKDOWN IN MUSLIM MAJORITY KASHMIR. BUT PROTESTERS ARE DEMANDING THE RIGHT TO SPEAK OUT.>>THIS IS A FIGHT FOR INDIA. THIS IS A FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY.>>>[speaking foreign language]>>Reporter: AT A RALLY TODAY, PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI INSISTED THAT THE BILL IS NOT ANTI-MUSLIM AND ACCUSED HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS OF SPREADING LIES ABOUT IT.>>WHAT IS HAPPENING IN INDIA TODAY IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.>>Reporter: STILL, PROTESTERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT COULD COME NEXT. SO TOO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. IT’S WARNING AGAINST NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO AFFECTED AREAS UNTIL THE ANGER OVER THE CITIZENSHIP BILL SUBSIDES. MATT D’AMOURS, CBC NEWS, MONTRÉAL.>>David: A POWERFUL AND A DEADLY STORM KICKED UP HUGE WAVES AS IT BARRELED THROUGH WESTERN EUROPE. THOSE WAVES ALONG SPAIN’S NORTHWEST COAST WERE STIRRED UP BY WINDS OF UP TO 140 km/h WHICH ALSO WHIPPED UP THIS BIG SEA FOAM, COATING THE STREETS. IT’S THE SECOND STORM TO HIT THE REGION IN LESS THAN A WEEK, AND AT LEAST NINE PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER.>>>THE QUEEN WENT TO CHURCH TODAY WHILE PRINCE PHILIP REMAINS IN HOSPITAL. SHE ARRIVED AT A CHURCH NEAR HER SANDRINGHAM ESTATE WITH COUNTESS SOPHIE OFWESSEX. 98-YEAR-OLD PRINCE PHILIP HAS BEEN IN HOSPITAL BEING TREATED FOR A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND TODAY THE PALACE PUT OUT THIS PHOTO OF THE QUEEN, SON PRINCE CHARLES AND GRANDSON PRINCE WILLIAM AND GREAT-GRANDSON PRINCE GEORGE, MAKING CHRISTMAS DESSERT.>>>FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 230 YEARS, THERE WILL BE NO CHRISTMAS MASS AT THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS. (*) [BELLS TOLLING]>>David: THE MASSIVE FIRE BROUGHT DOWN ITS FAMED SPIRE AND ROOF, SO MIDNIGHT MASS WILL BE HELD AT A NEIGHBOURING CHURCH WITH A PLATFORM BEING BUILT TO RESEMBLE THE ONE AT THE FAMED CATHEDRAL. FRANCE’S GOVERNMENT HAS PLEDGED TO RESTORE NOTRE DAME.>>>THE HOLIDAYS CAN BRING JOY AND EXCITEMENT BUT THEY CAN ALSO BE REALLY BE TOUGH FOR SOME, INCLUDING THOSE STRUGGLING WITH GRIEF. LIKE LEAH PARSONS. HER DAUGHTER REHTAEH DIED BY SUICIDE SIX YEARRS AGO AFTER INTENSE BULLYING AND HARASSMENT. AS KAYLA HOUNSELL EXPLAINS, HER MOM IS USING THAT EXPERIENCE TO HELP OTHERS. (*)>>Reporter: THE IDEA IS TO CREATE AN OPEN, WELCOMING SPACE AT A TIME WHEN MANY FEEL SO ALONE.>>THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT CHRISTMAS THAT REALLY KIND OF SHINES A LIGHT THAT SHE’S NOT THERE.>>Reporter: LEAH PARSONS LOST HER TEENAGED DAUGHTER, REHTAEH, AFTER A SUICIDE ATTEMPT IN 2013. SHE LIVES WITH THE TRAGEDY EVERY DAY, BUT THE SOCIETAL PRESSURE TO BE HAPPY DURING THE HOLIDAYS BRINGS IT ALL INTO FOCUS.>>AND IT’S JUST LIKE THIS PRESSURE COOKER. YOU COULD BLOW. SO HOW CAN YOU KIND OF SCALE THAT BACK AND SAY MAYBE I GO BUT I’M ONLY GOING FOR HALF AN HOUR.>>Reporter: PARSONS HAS TEAMED UP WITH A BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLOR TO GUIDE PEOPLE THROUGH HOLIDAY GRIEF.>>IT’S SUPER MEANINGFUL WHEN PEOPLE ENCOUNTER SOMEONE WHO HAS PROBABLY BEEN THROUGH THE WORST THING THAT YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. I MEAN, SHE’S JUST GOT STREET CRED.>>Reporter: THEY INVITE PEOPLE TO SHARE.>>IT HURTS SO MUCH TO JUST GO RAH-RAH AND, YEAH, THIS IS FUN, AND I’M BEING A GOOD GRANDMA AND WHATEVER, ALL OF THE EXPECTATIONS OF ME.>>Reporter: EMOTIONS ARE REAL AND RAW.>>I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS OVER, MY GUILT, BUT I STILL CARRY IT.>>AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY ANYMORE.>>Reporter: THEY SAY THAT SOMETIMES IT HELPS TO SIMPLY CHANGE TRADITION.>>I KNOW THE FIRST YEAR I DEFINITELY DIDN’T TAKE ANY OF THE BOXES OUT, ANY OF THE CHRISTMAS BOXES OUT. SO I JUST DID IT COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.>>WE HAD A REALLY FUNNY MOMENT THE OTHER DAY WHEN A WOMAN WHO HAD LOST A FAMILY MEMBER SAID, YEAH, WE JUST COULDN’T HANDLE IT. AND THEY WERE PLAYING EVERY “PLANET OF THE APES” MOVIE SO WE WATCHED “PLANET OF THE APES,” EVERY MOVIE AND WE CALL IT NOW CHRISTMAS OF THE APES.>>Reporter: BECAUSE SO MANY GRIEVERS SAY THAT SOMETIMES ALL THEY WANT IS FOR PEOPLE TO SAY THEIR LOVED ONE’S NAME. THEY END BY DOING JUST THAT.>>MOM, DAD, REHTAEH…>>Reporter: THEY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LOOK FOR SMALL JOYS OVER THE HOLIDAYS, BUT ALSO TO KNOW THAT IT’S OKAY IF THEY CAN’T. KAYLA HOUNSELL, CBC NEWS, HALIFAX.>>David: NOW MORE NEWS AHEAD TONIGHT, INCLUDING A REALLY REMARKABLE STORY THAT STARTED DECADES AGO ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.>>IF THEY COULD SPEAK, THE STORIES THAT THESE CANDLESTICKS WOULD SAY.>>David: SAVED FROM THE NAZI INVASION, HOW THESE CANDLESTICKS WOUND UP IN A TORONTO SYNAGOGUE. PLUS…>>I SAID THAT I’M NOT GOING TO LET GO, BECAUSE HE’S MY FRIEND AND I DIDN’T WANT HIM TO DR>>David: THERE IS CELEBRATION ACROSS CANADA TONIGHT ON THIS FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH. THIS WAS THE SCENE NORTH OF TORONTO IN THORNHILL WHERE PEOPLE ALSO BROUGHT MITTENS, HATS AND SOCKS TO HELP TO KEEP THOSE IN NEED WARM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IS EXTRA SPECIAL THIS YEAR FOR ONE TORONTO SYNAGOGUE. IT’S CELEBRATING AN UNEXPECTED GIFT — A PRECIOUS PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS HIDDEN FROM THE NAZIS. AS ELLEN MAURO TELLS US, THE TREASURES HAVE HAD AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.>>Reporter: A FIRST MEETING OF TWO MEN WITH THE CONNECTION SPANNING DECADES AND CONTINENTS. A STORY ALMOST TOO FORTUITOUS TO BELIEVE, EVEN FOR THEM.>>WHEN HE FIRST CALLED ME I THOUGHT THAT HE WAS SELLING ME A TIME SHARE. I SAID, WHO IS THIS GUY.>>Reporter: INSTEAD A GIFT OF HISTORY. THESE SILVER CANDLESTICKS. HAROLD ERBE’S FATHER WAS ENTRUSTED BY HIS JEWISH NEIGHBOURS IN JASLO, POLAND, TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE NAZIS.>>CAN YOU IMAGINE THE HARDSHIP THAT PERSON MUST HAVE FELT, HERE, YOU HOLD ON TO THESE AND MY FATHER SAID, LISTEN, I BELIEVE YOU, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO TRUST ME, I’LL KEEP THEM SAFE.>>I DON’T KNOW IF HE KNEW DEEP DOWN BUT I KIND OF FEEL THAT HE KNEW THAT SOMEDAY IT WOULD FIND ITS RIGHT HOME.>>Reporter: THE CANDLESTICKS WERE RESCUED FROM THIS SYNAGOGUE IN JASLO, RAVAGED BY HITLER’S FORCES IN 1939. OVER THE YEARS THEY WERE BROUGHT TO GERMANY, THEN ITALY, CROSSING THE ATLANTIC TO HALIFAX, BEFORE ARRIVING IN VANCOUVER WHERE THE ERBE FAMILY EVENTUALLY SETTLED.>>IF THEY COULD SPEAK, THE STORIES THAT THESE CANDLESTICKS WOULD SAY.>>Reporter: IN THE SPRING, ERBE DECIDED TO FIND A NEW HOME FOR THEM BACK IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.>>I GOOGLED THE JASLO SI SYNAGOGUE AND I SAID THIS IS DESTROYED. AND I SEARCHED FURTHER DOWN AND THEY BUILT A REPLICA OF THIS JASLO SYNAGOGUE IN TORONTO. I MEAN, I WAS SPEECHLESS.>>THIS IS A REPLICA OF THE ARK IN THE AREA.>>Reporter: RABBI ELIE KARFUNKEL EMULATED THE SYNAGOGUE TO HONOUR THE COUNTLESS SYNAGOGUES DESTROYED IN EUROPE. WHEN YOU GOT THE CALL FROM HAROLD, WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>WHEN HE TELLS ME THAT WE HAVE THE CANDLESTICKS I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT.>>Reporter: WHEN THEY ARRIVED –>>I STARTED TO CRY. HERE IS THE ONE SYNAGOGUE FROM THOUSANDS OF SYNAGOGUES THAT WE COULD HAVE CHOSEN AND NOW WE HAVE CANDLESTICKS FROM JASLO.>>Reporter: AND A LIFE-LONG BOND.>>IT’S A GREAT HONOUR NOW TO CALL UP MY NEWEST B.F.F. –>>Reporter: ERBE TRAVELLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR A CEREMONY CELEBRATING HIS FAMILY.>>THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AND MY FATHER THANKS YOU IF HE COULD.>>Reporter: PEOPLE WATCHING THIS STORY, WHAT DO YOU WANT THEM TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS JOURNEY OF THESE CANDLESTICKS?>>WE SHOULD TREASURE THESE THINGS. THAT WE SHOULD RESPECT EACH OTHER AND BELIEVE IN EACH OTHER.>>WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE GOODNESS OF PEOPLE. IF YOU CONTINUE THE PATH OF GOODNESS YOU WILL LIGHT UP VERY DARK PLACES. (*)>>Reporter: AND NOW 80 YEARS LATER THOSE CANDLESTICKS AGAIN GIVING LIGHT IN A SYNAGOGUE, A FATHER’S VOW TO KEEP THEM SAFE HONOURED BY HIS FAMILY. ELLEN MAURO, CBC NEWS, TORONTO. (*)>>David: NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” WE WILL REVISIT ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE STORIES OF THE YEAR. (*) FROM THE LOCKER ROOM PARTY TO THE PARADE THAT SHUT DOWN A CITY, THE RAPTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP WIN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE REPORTERS WHO COVERED IT.>>Reporter: I COULDN’T HEAR A WORD THAT DRAKE WAS SAYING SO I WAS JUST WATCHING CLOSELY TO SEE WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH THAT MIKE.>>THAT WAS AMAZING! (*)>>LET’S IT GO! [Cheers and Applause] THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN FRANCHISE HISTORY!>>David: HOW GREAT? WELL, THE TORONTO RAPTORS CAME BACK FROM A 30-POINT DEFICIT TONIGHT, TOPPING THEIR PREVIOUS RECORD OF 25. ANOTHER HISTORY-MAKING MOMENT FOR A TEAM THAT HAD A BIG ONE EARLIER THIS YEAR. IT WAS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPORTS STORIES OF 2019 WHEN THE RAPTORS GRABBED THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SUMMER. THE CITY WENT WILD. AND MUCH OF THE COUNTRY DID TOO. DEVIN HEROUX AND GREG ROSS TAKE US BACK TO THAT GLORIOUS WIN AND THE RIP-ROARING PARTY THAT FOLLOWED. (*)>>Reporter: IN THE HOOPLA OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP…>>TORONTO RAPTORS, THE ONLY TEAM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES TO WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP…>>Reporter: THE MOST EPIC CELEBRATION, CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES EVERYWHERE. IT’S CHAOS AND PANDEMONIUM, AND THESE PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS SO RESERVED BUT NOT IN THIS MOMENT. AND THAT IS SORT OF A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT TO SEE. AND I SHOULD ADD THIS IS A VERY JACKET THAT I WORE THAT NIGHT. A LITTLE BIT OF CHAMPAGNE STILL FROM THAT CELEBRATION. IN ALL OF THE HOOPLA OF THAT MOMENT WAS KAWHI LEONARD SHARING A QUIET MOMENT WITH HIS FAMILY. WITH HIS MOM. AND HE HAD A CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE, AND HE’S SMILING AND HE DOESN’T SHOW A LOT OF EMOTION BUT THIS MOMENT IS IMPORTANT TO HIM. AND BEFORE HE TAKES A SWIG OF THAT CHAMPAGNE HE PASSES IT OVER TO MOM FIRST. SHE GETS A FIRST SWEET TASTE OF VICTORY. THAT’S A MOMENT THAT STANDS OUT TO ME BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A PERSONAL MOMENT FOR THEM AND IT REALLY TOLD US A LOT ABOUT KAWHI AND WHAT FAMILY MEANS TO HIM. (*)>>Adrienne: WE, OF COURSE, HAVE REPORTERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. GREG ROSS IS ON THE BUS.>>Reporter: I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ON THE BUSES WITH THE PLAYERS DURING THAT PARADE. THAT’S RIGHT, WE HAVE CHRIS RIGHT HERE. THERE WERE FIVE BUSES IN TOTAL CARRYING THE RAPTORS PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. AND I HAD ACCESS TO FOUR OF THOSE BUSES. BUT THERE WAS ONE BUS THEY WOULDN’T LET US ON AND THAT WAS THE BUS THAT HAD KAWHI LEONARD, IT HAD KYLE LOWRY AND IT HAD DRAKE ON THE BUS. I SHOULD SEE IF I CAN GET UNDERNEATH DRAKE AND THROW HIM MY MICROPHONE. WE WERE LIVE ON AIR AND I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, WHY DON’T I THROW THE MICROPHONE TO DRAKE. I SAW HIM, HE WAS HANGING OVER THE SIDE OF THE BUS, AND I WAS TALKING TO ADRIENNE ARSENAULT AND DWIGHT DRUMMOND AND I SAID I’LL JUST THROW HIM THE MIKE. YES, HE DID IT.>>COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM THE BIG CITY. WITH THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD…>>Reporter: I COULDN’T HEAR A WORD THAT DRAKE WAS SAYING SO I WAS JUST WATCHING CLOSELY TO SEE WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH THAT MIKE. THAT WAS AMAZING! AND HE DOES THIS MIKE DROP AND I WAS ABLE TO CATCH THE MIKE AND JUST CARRY ON WITH THE LIVE HIT. LOOK AT THESE FANS JUST SOAKING IT IN AS DRAKE KIND OF PLAYS WITH EVERYBODY. YOU GET THESE RARE MOMENTS IN OUR REPORTING CAREERS TO COVER SUCH INCREDIBLE MOMENTS. THIS POISE THAT THIS TEAM HAS SHOWN THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PLAYOFF RUN IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE CONTINUES TO POINT TO. AND TO SEE THE WAY THAT THE COUNTRY RALLIED AROUND THE TEAM AND TO HAVE A FRONT ROW SEAT TO ALL OF IT, CHAMPAGNE COVERED IN ALL, IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAVE EVER HAPPENED.>>David: FROM THE MOMENT THAT THE TORONTO RAPTORS CAPTURED THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, THE QUESTION HAS TOWERED OVER THIS BASKETBALL SEASON — CAN THEY DO IT AGAIN WITH NO KAWHI AND WAVES OF INJURIES? WELL AS OF TONIGHT THEY HAVE THE FOURTH BEST RECORD IN THE NBA, JUST BEFORE THE SEASON BEGAN ADRIENNE FOUND OUT WHAT DRIVES THE RAPTORS’ PRESIDENT, MASAI UJIRI, THE MAN WHO KNOWS BETTER THAN MOST HOW FAR HIS TEAM CAN GO.>>THEY’RE ONE WIN AWAY FROM THEIR FIRST EVER NBA TITLE.>>Adrienne: ALL OF CANADA KNOWS HOW MASAI UJIRI SPENT HIS SPRING.>>HELLO ALLOWRY!>>Adrienne: THE MAESTRO OF A HUGE MOMENT, THE TORONTO RAPTORS’ HISTORIC NBA WIN.>>CANADA, THE NBA TITLE IS YOURS!>>Adrienne: A FIRST FOR CANADA AND WERE CANADIANS EVER INTO IT. [Cheers and Applause] UJIRI HAD REASON TO SMILE, HE DESERVES MUCH OF THE CREDIT FOR THAT WIN. FROM PULLING OFF THAT RISKY TRADE FOR KAWHI LEONARD…>>BELIEVE IN THIS CITY, BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES.>>Adrienne: TO BUILDING A ROSTER THAT TURNED OUT TO BE GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS. BUT THERE WERE COMPLICATIONS. ALLEGATIONS IN THE U.S. THAT UJIRI PUSHED AN OAKLAND OFFICER THE NIGHT THAT THE RAPTORS WON IT ALL. THE PANIC AND THEN THE DESPAIR OF FANS WHO COULD NOT WOO KAWHI TO STAY.>>THANK YOU ALL OF TORONTO, THE CITY, THE COUNTRY.>>WELCOME.>>Adrienne: BUT AS ALL OF THAT SWIRLED, MASAI UJIRI FOUND TIME FOR HIS TREASURED PROGRAMME “THE GIANTS OF AFRICA.”>>[CHANTS]>>Adrienne: BASKETBALL CAMPS FOR YOUNG HOPEFUL PLAYERS ACROSS THE CONTINENT. CAMPS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN BASKETBALL. THIS YEAR HE TOOK THEM TO CAMEROON, MALI, AND MOROCCO, SOUTH SUDAN AND SOMALIA. HE EVEN TOOK THE NBA TROPHY BACK HOME TO NIGERIA WITH THE HOPES OF INSPIRING A NATION. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING. ARE YOU OKAY?>>Adrienne: I AM, GOOD SHIRT. WE CAUGHT UP WITH MASAI UJIRI IN TANZANIA. FRESH OFF THE HEELS OF THIS AMAZING WIN YOU HAD, I THINK THAT THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF CANADIANS WHO MIGHT IMAGINE, I BET THAT MASAI UJIRI HAS HIS FEET UP BY A LAKE SOMEWHERE AND KIND OF BASKING IN THE GLORY OF THIS YEAR. AND YET WE’RE SITTING HERE IN TANZANIA. YOU HAVE BEEN CRISS-CROSSING THIS CONTINENT. WHY?>>WHY? BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE YOUTH NEED THIS. YEAH, AND WHAT BETTER TIME TO COME OUT AFTER A CHAMPIONSHIP TO SEND MESSAGES. YEAH, TO SEND MESSAGES TO THE CHANGE THAT YOU WANT ON THE CONTINENT, THE CHANGE THAT YOU WANT TO INSTILL IN THESE YOUTH. SO THAT REGISTERS IN THEM. THE ONLY WAY FOR THIS CONTINENT TO BE GREAT IS YOU GUYS. OKAY? ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT. THE MAJORITY OF AFRICA IS YOU. THIS IS MY HAPPY HOUR, THIS IS MY GOLF, THIS IS WHATEVER OTHER PEOPLE DO. YEAH, THIS IS WHAT IT IS FOR ME.>>Adrienne: AND YOU GET TO HEAR THAT SOUND?>>YOU GET TO HEAR THAT SOUND.>>Adrienne: THOSE KIDS ARE LAUGHING AND THOSE BALLS ARE GOING.>>IT’S AN INCREDIBLE TIME.>>Adrienne: WHERE DOES THE FUNDING COME FROM?>>I HAVE BASICALLY, LIKE, NEGOTIATED MY SALARY WHERE PART OF IT IS GOING TO SUPPORT THE “GIANTS OF AFRICA.” IF I’M MAKING $20, I SAY $3. I NEGOTIATE HIGHER JUST TO GET THE MONEY FOR THIS. AND IT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT I REALLY APPRECIATE BECAUSE IT BUILDS THIS. IT STARTED THIS.>>Adrienne: WHAT’S YOUR BEST MOMENT FROM THIS TOUR SO FAR?>>IF I’M TO PICK ONE MOMENT ON THIS TRIP SO FAR, I WOULD SAY GOING BACK TO ZARIA WITH THE TROPHY AND GIVING MY PARENTS THE TROPHY WAS INCREDIBLE FOR ME. FOR MY DAD TO LOOK AT ME AND TELL ME THAT I MAKE HIM — I MAKE HIM FEEL BIG, THOSE THINGS WERE SO POWERFUL FOR ME PERSONALLY. HEY, TORONTO, EVERYONE…>>Adrienne: HE GREW UP IN NIGERIA, THAT CONNECTION TO AFRICA COARSES THROUGH HIM. NEVER A PLAYER IN THE NBA, BUT A SCOUT INITIALLY. HE STILL LOOKS FOR AND FINDS TALENT. HE BROUGHT AFRICAN-BORN PLAYERS TO THE RAPTORS. TO SEE THEM TO BE PART OF THAT CHAMPIONSHIP WIN WAS EXTRAORDINARY. CAN YOU TAKE ME TO THAT MOMENT WHEN IT WORKED, WHEN YOU WON. I’M WONDERING WHAT THE 12-YEAR-OLD MASAI IN YOU WAS DOING IN THAT MOMENT.>>MY FIRST INSTINCT WHEN WE WON WAS TO GO FIND MY WIFE AND I THOUGHT ABOUT MY KIDS AND THEY WERE NOT AT THE AWAY GAME AND THEY WERE IN TORONTO. AND THE SECOND THING THAT CAME TO ME WAS AFRICA WON, YOU KNOW. CANADA WON. YOU KNOW, LIKE WE PROVED TO PEOPLE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME FROM A CERTAIN PLACE TO WIN.>>Adrienne: AND WHEN THEY WON THAT NIGHT, SOMETHING ODD HAPPENED. THE THEY SAY THAT MASAI UJIRI SHOVED A DEPUTY TWICE AS HE TRIED TO GET PAST HIM TO CELEBRATE. THERE MIGHT YET BE CHARGES. WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT COURT?>>YOU KNOW, I — IT’S STILL GOING ON AND I KNOW WHO I AM AS A PERSON AND I RESPECT AUTHORITY AND I RESPECT, OBVIOUSLY, THE POLICE, AND I WON’T COMMENT ON ANYTHING, YOU KNOW, LIKE BEFORE.>>Adrienne: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN THAT YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?>>I’M ONLY TRYING TO CELEBRATE LIKE WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT’S ALL I WAS TRYING TO DO. AND I KNOW THE PERSON THAT I AM.>>Adrienne: YOU HAD YOUR CREDENTIALS AND YOU SHOWED THEM?>>I WILL LEAVE THAT UNTIL IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE.>>Adrienne: IS THAT YOUR DECISION OR IS THE NBA SAID NOT TO TALK?>>IT’S MY DECISION.>>Adrienne: ONE OF THE DISCUSSIONS THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AROUND YOU, NOT WITH YOU, IS THAT YOU’RE NOT TALKING PUBLICLY ABOUT IT IS THAT WAS THERE AN ELEMENT OF RACISM TO WHAT HAPPENED THERE, A BIG ELEMENT. HAVE YOU FELT RACISM IN YOUR JOB?>>TO BE HONEST, NO. I STAY FOCUSED. YOU KNOW, AND, TO BE HONEST, MY FOCUS IS WINNING. YOU KNOW, IF SOMEBODY COMES AND IS A CERTAIN WAY TO ME, THAT’S NOT WHAT COMES TO MY MIND AT ALL. SO I DON’T EVEN GIVE IT A CHANCE. AND I THINK THAT HELPS ME.>>Adrienne: AND I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE TORONTO HEARTBREAK. HOW DOES TORONTO LOSE KAWHI, HOW DID YOU LOSE KAWHI?>>IF HE WANTS TO GO HOME HE’S GOING HOME. YOU KNOW, I COULDN’T TELL TORONTO — IF THERE WAS A TEAM IN LAGOS, NIGERIA OR ZAHRA, NIGERIA, AND THERE’S AN NBA TEAM THERE, I DON’T KNOW IF I’D STAY IN TORONTO. YOU KNOW, THERE’S SOME CALLINGS IN LIFE, LIKE, SOME THINGS THAT PULL PEOPLE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. AND I COMPLETELY, LIKE, UNDERSTAND THAT.>>Adrienne: BUT IT MUST HAVE BEEN MORE COMPLICATED THAN KAWHI SAYING THAT I WANT TO GO HOME AND YOU SAYING, OKAY, GO AHEAD.>>YOU TRY TO CONVINCE THE PLAYER. AND YOU’RE TRYING TO KEEP THE PLAYER. THERE’S A LOT OF PARTS OF HIM THAT WANTED TO STAY.>>Adrienne: WHAT PART OF HIM WANTED TO STAY?>>WINNING THE SERIES. YOU KNOW, LIKE EVERYTHING — HE WON IN THE CITY AND HAD ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOTS IN NBA HISTORY NOW.>>IS THIS IT? SCORE!>>THE FANS, UNBELIEVABLE.>>LOOK AT IT, IT’S CRAZY.>>YEAH, THOSE THINGS — I KNOW KAWHI, AND I THAN HE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT ALL OF THOSE THINGS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE MADE A DECISION AND HIS DECISION WAS TO GO BACK HOME.>>Adrienne: HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT IT AND WHERE WERE YOU, HOW DID YOU HEAR?>>I THINK THAT I WAS IN RWANDA, I WAS IN RWANDA AND I SPOKE TO THEM ON THE PHONE AND I SPOKE TO HIM AND I SPOKE TO HIS UNCLE.>>Adrienne: HOW DID YOU BREAK IT TO DRAKE?>>I THINK THAT I SAID TO KAWHI HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH DRAKE. I’M SURE HE TOLD HIM HIMSELF.>>Adrienne: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST CONVERSATION TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT KAWHI?>>HONESTLY IT’S NOT THAT DIFFICULT FOR ME. YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE TOLD ME THAT I’M STONE HARD. THAT’S THE BUSINESS, THE WAY WE DO IT.>>Adrienne: DID YOU CRY A LITTLE BIT?>>NO. NO WAY. NOT EVEN CLOSE. THERE’S NO WAY THAT I CAN CRY BECAUSE A PLAYER LEFT. YOU GO FIND THE NEXT PLAYER. I CRY HERE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE KIDS IN THEIR EYES, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SEE MYSELF AND I SEE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME, THE NBA HAS GIVEN ME. AND IN YOUR DREAMS, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE WILD DREAMS, BUT IN YOUR DREAMS YOU WISH THAT ALL OF THEM COULD HAVE THAT — AT LEAST HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY. (*)>>Adrienne: HE WANTS THE KIDS TO DREAM OF GETTING GOOD ENOUGH AT BASKETBALL TO SECURE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GOOD EDUCATIONS AND GOOD JOBS. BUT ONCE A SCOUT, ALWAYS A SCOUT AND JUST MAYBE THE NEXT STAR IS WAITING FOR THE RAPTORS ONLY, OF COURSE.>>AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE PLAY SPORTS TO WIN. WE CAN HOLD HANDS ALL WE WANT AND DO DANCES OF AFRICA ALL THAT WE WANT. SPORTS IS DONE TO WIN. AND I WANT TO WIN. WHOEVER I’M BRINGING TO THE TORONTO RAPTORS IS TO WIN.>>Adrienne: SO THE PRESIDENTS OF THE OTHER TEAMS MUST LOOK AT YOU AND THINK, HMM, THIS GUY — THIS GUY HAS A MAGIC FORMULA. ARE THEY A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS OF YOU?>>NO, NO, THERE’S NEVER ANY OF THAT KIND OF TALK.>>Adrienne: NOBODY GIVES YOU THE GEARS ABOUT COMING OVER HERE?>>SOMETIMES YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT’S SEEN AS AN ADVANTAGE AND SOMETIMES IT’S LIKE, OKAY, HE HAS ACCESS TO ALL OF THIS STUFF, BUT I THINK THAT –>>Adrienne: YOU’RE A PIPELINE?>>AND WE HAVE SEEN MANY KIDS, BUT I THINK THEY KNOW WHY I DO IT.>>Adrienne: YOUR FUTURE? I MEAN, SO MANY PEOPLE WERE CONVINCED THAT YOUR FRIEND BARACK OBAMA WOULD REALLY WORK HARD TO TRY TO GET TO YOU GO TO THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS. HOW HARD DID HE TRY?>>WE TALKED ABOUT IT BUT, NO, OUR FRIENDSHIP IS NOT THAT WAY, AND HE’S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE MENTOR TO ME. AND HIS FRIENDSHIP IS NOT TO CONVINCE ME. YEAH, HIS FRIENDSHIP IS TO GIVE ME ALL OF THE BEST INFORMATION TO BE THE BEST LEADER WHERE I AM. AND IT’S INCREDIBLE THE ADVICE AND THE KIND OF ADVICE THAT HE GIVES. HE’S A REMARKABLE PERSON AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. BUT, NO, I TALK TO HIM FAR MORE BEYOND, YOU KNOW, LIKE THOSE THINGS.>>BARACK OBAMA!>>Adrienne: IT WAS GREAT TO SEE HIM AT THE RAPTORS GAME. WAS THAT BIG FOR YOU?>>IT WAS A HUGE DEAL, A HUGE DEAL. TO HAVE HIM THERE, I’LL BE PROUD OF THAT, YOU KNOW, FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. IT’S SOMETHING THAT I WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET.>>Adrienne: AND YOU, PEOPLE REALLY DID WONDER IF YOU HAD DONE EVERYTHING THAT YOU WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH IN TORONTO. IF YOU WERE TEMPTED TO MOVE ON. WERE YOU?>>I WASN’T. I WASN’T. IF THERE CAME A TIME, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT PEOPLE WOULD UNDERSTAND LIKE WHY, BUT, NO, THIS IS WHERE MY KIDS WERE BORN, YOU KNOW. THIS HAS BECOME PART OF ME AND SO CANADA HAS BECOME PART OF ME AND I LOVE THAT TOO.>>Adrienne: CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBER TWO?>>HEY, WE’RE GOING TO GET IT. I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE, BUT WE’LL GET IT. JUST LIKE I SAID THAT WE’LL GET THE FIRST ONE AND I SAID THAT I DIDN’T KNOW WHEN I WOULD GET IT, BUT WE WILL. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT WE WILL. LIKE, I HAVE THE ULTIMATE CONFIDENCE THAT THE TIME WILL COME.>>Adrienne: OKAY, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH, MASAI, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU.>>David: YOU HEARD ADRIENNE ASKING ABOUT THE SHOVING INCIDENT. SINCE THAT PIECE FIRST AIRED THAT SITUATION HAS BEEN RESOLVED. AFTER MEETING WITH UJIRI THE PROSECUTORS ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER THEY WOULD NOT PROCEED WITH CHARGES SAYING THAT THE MATTER WAS BETTER HANDLED OUTSIDE OF THE COURTROOM. UJIRI SAYS THAT HE WAS PLEASED THAT THE MATTER WAS BEHIND HIM.>>>TIME FOR A QUICK BREAK. UP NEXT WE CATCH A FLIGHT WITH COMMUTERS IN CALIFORNIA FOR A NEW SOLUTION TO RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. WE’RE BACK AFTER THIS.USINESS OF THAT SIZE
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ZE SUBSCRIBE WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS. (*)>>David: IF YOU LIVE OR WORK IN A CITY, YOU PROBABLY FEEL THE PAIN OF RUSH HOUR COMMUTES. SO IMAGINE IF YOU COULD JUST SKIP THE TRAFFIC AND SOAR ABOVE IT TO WORK INSTEAD. AS KIM BRUNHUBER SHOWS US, IT’S AN IDEA CATCHING ON SOUTH OF THE BORDER.>>Reporter: I’M ON ONE OF THE BUSIEST COMMUTES IN THE U.S., OAKLAND TO SAN FRANCISCO. BUT AFTER A COUPLE CLICKS ON A NEW APP, SOON I’LL BE FLOATING HAPPILY OVER THE WINKING BRAKE LIGHTS.>>THE AIM IS TO REALLY TO BRING THE AIR TO THE MASSES.>>Reporter: IF YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA, MEXICO CITY OR SAO PAULO AND YOU RIDE ON DEMAND, URBAN HELICOPTER SERVICE ALLOWS YOU TO TAKE A CHOPPER TO WORK LIKE A C.E.O. OR A HEAD OF STATE, FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST.>>WE HAVE FLIGHTS BETWEEN $150 U.S. TO $275. SO IT’S NOT YET A MASS MARKET PRODUCT BUT THIS IS CERTAINLY MORE AFFORDABLE THAN THE $1,000 OR $2,000 HELICOPTER RIDE.>>Reporter: THE DRIVE ACROSS THE BAY BRIDGE BELOW ME WOULD TYPICALLY TAKE AN HOUR. IT TAKES ME LESS THAN 15 MINUTES. WITH CONGESTION INCREASING EVERY YEAR T IT TAKES ME LESS THAN 15 MINUTES. WITH CONGESTION INCREASING EVERY YEAR THERE’S MORE CUSTOMERS WILLING TO PAY A PREMIUM AND MORE START-UPS TAKING OFF. SURF AIR’S FLIGHT MEMBERSHIP OFFERS THE OPTION OF UNLIMITED FLIGHTS FOR A FIXED PRICE, WHICH MEANS THAT TRACY KIND CAN AFFORD TO WORK IN SILICON VALLEY AND LIVE IN L.A.>>>WE’RE TURNING INTO A ENVIRONMENT CULTURE SO THIS TYPE OF AIR TRAVEL, AGAIN, LIKE AMAZON PRIME, IT’S JUST ALL ABOUT CONVENIENCE.>>Reporter: THESE START-UPS CLAIM THEY’LL HELP TO REDUCE CONGESTION BUT THIS TRANSPORTATION EXPERT SAYS THAT IT’S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO MAKE THE DRIVE TO WORK ANY FASTER FOR THOSE STUCK ON THE GROUND.>>IN THE U.S., SINGLE TRAFFIC LANE ON A FREEWAY CARRIES UP TO 200 VEHICLES PER HOUR WHEN IT OPERATES AT CAPACITY. THERE’S NO WAY THAT YOU CAN MATCH THAT. SO THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO BE A CONGESTION RELIEF.>>Reporter: AND SO FLYING VEHICLES AND PERSONAL HELICOPTERS MAY BE THE FUTURE OF COMMUTING, BUT FOR MOST OF US FLYING TO WORK IS JUST A DREAM. STILL, THE TREND IS GOING UP, EVENTUALLY MORE COMMUTERS WILL LOOK OUT OF THEIR WINDOWS AND SEE THIS, INSTEAD OF THIS. KIM BRUNHUBER, CBC NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO.>>David: COMING UP ON “THE NATIONAL”… OUR “MOMENT.” IT HAS THE MAKINGS OF A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE. HEAR FROM TWO FRIENDS, ONE BOY WHO FELL INTO AN ICY HARBOUR, AND THE OTHER WHO WOULDN’T LET HIS (*)>>David: THESE TWO FRIENDS ARE HOLDING EACH OTHER EXTRA TIGHTLY AFTER A TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE THIS WEEK. ONE OF THEM FELL INTO FREEZING ICY WATERS. AND THE OTHER REFUSED TO LET GO. THE ENDING OF THIS STORY COULD HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFERENT. BUT INSTEAD OF TRAGEDY, THERE’S RELIEF. AND TONIGHT IT’S OUR “MOMENT.”>>I THOUGHT, LIKE, HE WAS DROWNING. SO I RAN AS FAST AS I CAN. AND HE’S WAY HEAVIER THAN ME, AND I TRIED TO PICK HIM UP BUT I COULDN’T. AND I’M TRYING TO PUNCH THE ICE AND I GRAB HIM WITH ONE HAND. AND WE SEE A POLICE CAR DRIVING BY BECAUSE THEY DO A SEARCH EVERY 15 MINUTES.>>I WAS REALLY SCARED UNTIL ALEX STARTED HOLDING ME AND I FELT A LITTLE BIT BETTER. AND IT WAS REALLY, REALLY COLD. I STARTED GETTING SCARED UNTIL, LIKE THE POLICE CAME.>>IT WAS REALLY HARD TO CARRY HIM FOR THAT LONG BUT I SAID I’M NOT GOING TO LET GO AND HE’S MY FRIEND AND I DON’T WANT HIM TO DROWN.>>I’M NEVER GOING TO GO DOWN THERE. BECAUSE I HAD THE IMAGE THAT I AM FALLING IN AGAIN. HE WAS MY BEST FRIEND AND NOW HE FEELS LIKE A REALLY GOOD BROTHER TO ME.>>David: I WOULD SAY SO. BOY, THIS IS A STORY THAT COULD HAVE REALLY TURNED OUT ALMOST ANY OTHER WAY. BUT IT’S VERY LUCKY THAT LITTLE BOY, LUCAS, WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY SUBMERGED. AMAZING THAT THE POLICE CAME ALONG JUST WHEN THEY DID. SO LUCKY.>>>AND THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR DECEMBER 22nd. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TUNING IN. I’M DAVID COMMON. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. (*)

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