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The National for December 14, 2018 — Huawei Diplomacy, CohenSpeaks, Cranium Operation


>>Adrienne: ON THIS FRIDAY NIGHT… >>WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR THEM VERY, VERY AGGRESSIVELY.>>Adrienne: WITH TWO CANADIANS DETAINED IN CHINA, THE FOREIGN MINISTER TAKES HER CONCERNS TO WASHINGTON. DID HIGH-LEVEL TALKS DO ANYTHING TO UNTANGLE A SERIOUS DIPLOMATIC KNOT?>>HE KNOWS THE TRUTH. I KNOW THE TRUTH.>>Adrienne: MICHAEL COHEN SAYS DONALD TRUMP KNEW THOSE HUSH MONEY PAYMENTS WERE WRONG, BUT THE U.S. PRESIDENT’S FORMER LAWYER MAY NOT BE HIS BIGGEST LEGAL PROBLEM.>>THE CHILD SPENT 12 HOURS IN THE OPERATING ROOM.>>Adrienne: AND OUR RADIO-CANADA COLLEAGUES GET ACCESS TO A SPECIAL SURGERY. DOCTORS TRYING TO HELP A LITTLE GIRL FIND A NORMAL LIFE. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL”. [ * ]>>Adrienne: IN THE TWO WEEKS SINCE THE CHINESE CORPORATE SUPERSTAR WAS ARRESTED IN VANCOUVER, CANADA HAS BEEN A PUNCHING BAG FOR ONE GLOBAL GIANT AND SEEMINGLY ICED OUT BY ANOTHER, BUT TODAY, A LITTLE PROGRESS, AT LEAST ON ONE FRONT. FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND MET WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO TODAY. THEY DISCUSSED THE TWO CANADIANS HELD IN CHINA. MICHAEL KOVRIG, WHO HAS NOW SPOKEN WITH CANADIAN CONSULAR OFFICIALS AND MICHAEL SPAVOR, WHO HASN’T YET. WHILE POMPEO DID NOT GO AS FAR AS FREELAND MIGHT HAVE LIKED, HE DID OFFER A MEASURE OF SUPPORT, BUT AS KATIE SIMPSON TELLS US, CANADA SHOULDN’T EXPECT MUCH MORE.>>Reporter: THERE WERE UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THIS TABLE. THE FIRST FACE-TO-FACE MEETING BETWEEN CANADA AND THE U.S. SINCE THE DRAMATIC ESCALATION OF TENSIONS WITH CHINA. WHEN THEY EMERGED FROM TWO HOURS OF TALKS, CANADA’S CLOSEST ALLY OFFERED UP TEMPERED PUBLIC SUPPORT.>>THE UNLAWFUL DETENTION OF TWO CANADIAN CITIZENS IS UNACCEPTABLE.>>Reporter: THE SECRETARY OF STATE DIDN’T GO ANY FURTHER IN OFFERING TO HELP CANADA NAVIGATE ITS DIPLOMATIC DILEMMA, WHICH BEGAN AFTER CANADA ARRESTED HUAWEI C.F.O. AT THE REQUEST OF THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND BECAME WORSE WHEN DONALD TRUMP SAID HE’D INTERFERE IN THE CASE TO IMPROVE HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH BEJING. THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER CRITICIZED THOSE COMMENTS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.>>THE RULE OF LAW AND EXTRADITION ISSUES OUGHT NOT EVER TO BEI POLITICIZED OR USED AS TOOLS TO RESOLVE OTHER ISSUES.>>Reporter: CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAYS OTTAWA IS SEIZED WITH HELPING THE TWO CANADIANS HELD BY THE CHINESE.>>WE ARE BEING ABSOLUTELY CLEAR ON STANDING UP FOR OUR CITIZENS WHO HAVE BEEN DETAINED, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY, TRYING TO WORK WITH CHINA TO DEMONSTRATE THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.>>Reporter: REPEATING THAT MESSAGE IS ONE OF FEW OPTIONS THAT CANADA HAS TO CALM THE SITUATION, ACCORDING TO THIS FOREIGN AFFAIRS ADVISOR.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN A COMMUNICATION CHANNEL OPEN WITH CHINA. WE DON’T WANT THE SITUATION TO ESCALATE.>>Reporter: FRIENDS OF THE DETAINED CANADIANS, INCLUDING THIS FORMER DIPLOMAT WHO KNOWS MICHAEL SPAVOR, ARE NOW TRYING TO BE PATIENT IN LIGHT OF SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY.>>I WOULD SAY HE’S A VERY RESILIENT PERSONALITY. MY GREATEST CONCERN WOULD BE THAT THE CASE, THE RESOLUTION OF THE CASE DRAGS ON.>>Adrienne: SO THIS IS HAS BEEN A BIT OF A WEEK. ANY RELIEF ON THE TENSION HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND?>>Reporter: FOR CANADIAN CONSULAR STAFF IN CHINA, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I’M TOLD THE ONLY ISSUE THE EMBASSY IS FOCUSSING ON RIGHT NOW IS GETTING SUPPORT TO THOSE TWO DETAINED CANADIANS. IT’S ESSENTIALLY BECOME AROUND-THE-CLOCK OPERATION AT THIS POINT. HERE IN OTTAWA, THERE MIGHT BE SOME TIME TO REGROUP AND FIND NEW WAYS TO TRY TO GET CANADA’S MESSAGE TO RESONATE IN BEJING, THAT THE GOVERNMENT WON’T INTERVENE IN THE HUAWEI COURT CASE.>>Adrienne: ALL RIGHT. WHILE THE U.S. SEEMS OPEN TO SEEING THINGS THROUGH CANADA’S EYES, CHINA REMAINS COLD AND UNFORGIVING AND THAT MAY EXPLAIN WHY TOURISM MINISTER MELANIE JOLY WILL NOT BE OFF TO BEJING TO CELEBRATE THE END OF THE YEAR WHEN BOTH COUNTRIES PROMOTED TRAVEL TO THE OTHER. EVEN THOUGH SHELVES PLANNING TO GO AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY.>>I’M — IT’S PART OF THE PLAN. AND WE ARE HAVING GOOD CONVERSATIONS.>>Adrienne: THEY AGREED TO POSTPONE THE CEREMONY, DESPITE AN OTHERWISE SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF PROMOTING TOURISM BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.>>>WHILE THE GOVERNMENT MINISTER CANCELLING A TRIP MAY NOT SEEM LIKE THAT BIG A DEAL, IT SPEAKS TO SOMETHING THAT IS. TRAVEL BETWEEN CANADA AND CHINA IS ONE KEY TO THE RELATIONSHIP. IT’S WORTH BILLIONS. GREG RASMUSSEN LOOKS INTO THAT SIDE OF THE STORY.>>Reporter: FOR THIS YOUNG CANADIAN, A TRIP TO CHINA IS EXCITING. CHANCE TO SEE RELATIVES AND THE SIGHTS.>>GREAT WALL OF CHINA.>>Reporter: BECAUSE HIS MOM HOLDS A CHINESE PASSPORT, SHE IS NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE TRIP, BUT SAYS ADULT CANADIAN CITIZENS MIGHT HAVE MORE TO WORRY ABOUT.>>I WILL BE WORRIED ABOUT IF HE IS OVER 18, SO I WOULD LIKE TO STAY HERE, WAIT UNTIL LIKE THE PROBLEM GETS SOLVED.>>Reporter: WHILE IT’S LARGELY BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR TOURISTS, SOME SUGGEST CAUTION, IN PARTICULAR FOR THOSE WORKING FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS.>>I THINK MAYBE I’D LIKE TO TAKE A CHECK ON THAT, VERIFY THE STATUS OF THE NGO IN CHINA AND BE SURE EVERYTHING IS ABOVEBOARD. WHY TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS?>>THERE ARE ALWAYS RISKS TRAVEL TO CHINA.>>Reporter: THIS HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST SAYS ANYONE AGITATING FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS COULD END UP IN TROUBLE.>>CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS NOT PREDICTABLE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT FOLLOW THE RULES.>>Reporter: FOR OTHERS, THE FEAR IS LOSING OUT ON THE MONEY THAT CHINESE TOURISTS SPEND IN CANADA. THIS COMPANY HAS ABOUT 1,000 CHINESE VISITORS COMING TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS THIS WINTER, ABOUT 50% MORE THAN LAST YEAR.>>OUR MAIN CONCERN IS FOR CANADA RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE CHINESE MARKET IS CONTRIBUTING A LOT TO OUR ECONOMY.>>Reporter: IN ANOTHER SIGN OF CHINA’S LONG REACH, SOME CANADIAN ACADEMICS DECLINED OUR INTERVIEW REQUEST, SAYING THEY’RE AFRAID OF JEOPARDIZING THEIR ACCESS TO CHINA. ONE ENTREPRENEUR I SPOKE WITH SAID ALL THIS IS MAKING IT TOUGHER TO DO BUSINESS WITH CHINESE PARTNERS. HE SAID HE’S CONSIDERING TRADING IN HIS PHONE FOR ONE MADE BY HUAWEI. A SYMBOL HE’S COMMITTED TO CONTINUED COOPERATION.>>Adrienne: THE TRAVEL BUSINESS MIGHT NOT BE THE ONLY ONE AFFECTED BY ALL OF THIS. NEWS TODAY FROM ONE OF CANADA’S BIGGEST CLOTHING BRANDS. POPULAR WINTER CLOTHING COMPANY CANADA GOOSE WAS SUPPOSED TO OPEN THE NEW FLAGSHIP STORE IN BEJING TOMORROW, BUT THAT HAS BEEN DELAYED, THE COMPANY SAYS, DUE TO CONSTRUCTION REASONS, WHICH MIGHT BE SO, BUT CHINESE SOCIAL MEDIA USERS HAVE BEEN THREATENING TO PROTEST THE EVENT. THEY’VE ALSO BEEN BUSY CALLING FOR A NATIONWIDE CANADA GOOSE BOYCOTT. THE COMPANY STOCK HAS DROPPED ABOUT 20% SINCE MENG WANZHOU WAS ARRESTED. A NEW DATE FOR THE BEJING STORE OPENING HAS NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED. MICHAEL COHEN ONCE BOASTED HE WOULD TAKE A BULLET FOR DONALD TRUMP. TODAY ON U.S. NATIONAL TELEVISION HE DESCRIBED HIS FORMER BOSS AS A LIAR. AND A LAW BREAKER. SEX, LIES AND CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS, IT’S A TALE COHEN HAS TOLD BEFORE, BUT NEVER DIRECTLY TO THE MEDIA. WHILE THE COURTS FOLLOW THE FACTS, THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION IS LEFT TO CHOOSE WHO TO BELIEVE, TRUMP OR THE FIXER WHO BETRAYED HIM.>>THE MAN DOESN’T TELL THE TRUTH AND IT’S SAD THAT I SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS DIRTY DEEDS.>>Reporter: THE FALLOUT FROM THE SPLIT BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP AND HIS FORMER FIXER, MICHAEL COHEN, CONTINUES TO BE PUBLIC AND UGLY.>>I’M DONE WITH THE LYING. I’M DONE BEING LOYAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>Reporter: IN AN INTERVIEW WITH “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” TODAY, MICHAEL COHEN REPEATED WHAT HE ADMITTEDED TO COURT, THAT DONALD TRUMP DIRECTED HIM TO BREAK THE LAW.>>NOTHING AT THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION WAS EVER DONE UNLESS IT WAS RUN THROUGH MR. TRUMP.>>Reporter: COHEN SAYS TRUMP KNEW THE PAYMENTS TO STORMY DANIELS AND KAREN McDOUGAL WERE IMPROPER.>>HE WAS TRYING TO HIDE WHAT YOU WERE DOING, CORRECT?>>CORRECT.>>AND HE KNEW IT WAS WRONG?>>OF COURSE.>>Reporter: BUT TRUMP FIRST DENIED EVEN KNOWING ABOUT THE PAYMENTS AND SAID THIS IS ALL ON COHEN.>>I NEVER DIRECTED HIM TO DO ANYTHING WRONG. WHATEVER HE DID, HE DID ON HIS OWN.>>Reporter: IT’S NOT JUST COHEN MAKING THE ACCUSATIONS IN A SEPARATE PLEA DEAL WITH NEW YORK PROSECUTORS, “THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER” ADMITS IT WORKED NOW UNDER PRESSURE LIKE NEVER BEFORE. SO FOR MORE, WE TURN TO WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT KEITH BOAG. WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR THE PRESIDENT?>>WELL, I THINK WHAT HAS CHANGED, THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CRIMES THE PRESIDENT IS IMPLICATED IN IS BECOMING CLEARER EVERY DAY. IT’S NOT SIMPLY HE MADE ILLEGAL AND UNREPORTED CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAMPAIGN WITH THE HUSH MONEY, IT’S THAT HE CONSPIRED WITH OTHERS AND DIRECTED THEM TO MAKE ILLEGAL PAYMENTS AND SOME OF THE PAYMENTS WERE FUNNELED THROUGH A CORPORATION. IN A “WASHINGTON POST” OP-ED, LAWYER GEORGE CONWAY, WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE HUSBAND OF KELLYANNE CONWAY, THE PRESIDENT’S COUNSELOR, SAID THIS. THE CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS HERE ARE AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION. GIVEN THE RAZOR THIN WIN BY TRUMP AND THE TIMING OF THE CRIMES, THEY VERY WELL MAY HAVE SWUNG A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. PLUS, WE’RE LEARNING ABOUT AN ENTIRELY NEW INVESTIGATION THAT COULD AFFECT THE PRESIDENT. INVESTIGATION INTO THE RECORD AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED FROM PRIVATE DONORS. IT’S NOT CLEAR THAT MONEY WAS SPENT ON INAUGURATION EVENTS.>>Adrienne: SO THE WORDS ARE STRONG. THE INVESTIGATION SOUNDS STRONG, BUT TO WHAT DEGREE DOES THIS CHANGE THE CONVERSATION IN WASHINGTON?>>FIRST, THERE IS A GROWING PUBLIC DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT POLICY THAT A SITTING PRESIDENT CAN’T BE INDICTED IS DEFENSIBLE. THE ALTERNATIVE IS IMPEACHMENT, SO IT’S BECOMING CLEARER TO DEMOCRATS, EVEN IF IT’S POLITICALLY DANGEROUS TO THEM, IMPEACHING THIS PRESIDENT MAY SOON BECOME THEIR INESCAPABLE DUTY. THEY’RE JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY FROM HAVING CONTROL OF THE LOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH HAS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPEACHMENT.>>Adrienne: 2019 WILL BE INTERESTING. KEITH BOAG IN WASHINGTON. TO ANOTHER U.S. STORY THAT HAS PUNCTUATED HEADLINES. THE PLIGHT OF THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL AMERICANS TRAVELLING. THEY’RE FLEEING VIOLENCE AT HOME, SEEKING A SAFER LIFE. AND THE JOURNEY ENDS HAPPILY FOR VERY FEW OF THEM. BUT NOWHERE IS THIS MORE STARK THAN IN THE CASE OF A 7-YEAR-OLD GUATEMALAN GIRL. SHE GOT SICK IN U.S. CUSTODY AND THEN DIED IN HOSPITAL OF SEPTIC SHOCK, FEVER AND DEHYDRATION. AS ELLEN MAURO EXPLAINS, MANY ARE ASKING IF HER GUARDS DID ENOUGH TO HELP HER.>>Reporter: IN GUATEMALA, A FAMILY IN MOURNING FOR A 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL. SHE AND HER FATHER WERE DETAINED IN NEW MEXICO. EIGHT HOURS LATER, THE GIRL BEGAN SUFFERING SEIZURES AND DIED IN HOSPITAL. SHE HAD NOT EATEN OR DRANK WATER IN DAYS.>>IT’S HEART WRENCHING.>>KIRSTJEN NIELSEN DISMISSED ANY CLAIMS OF RESPONSIBILITY.>>THIS FAMILY CHOSE TO CROSS ILLEGALLY. THEY WERE ABOUT 90 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE WE COULD PROCESS THEM. THEY CAME IN SUCH A LARGE CROWD, IT TOOK OUR BORDER PATROL FOLKS A COUPLE TIMES TO GET THEM ALL. WE GAVE IMMEDIATE CARE.>>Reporter: THE DEATH HAS RENEWED CRITICISM OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ATTITUDES TOWARD MIGRANTS AND THE FACILITIES WHERE THEY’RE HELD.>>THESE FACILITIES ARE ESSENTIALLY JAILS. THEY’RE USUALLY A PROCESSING DESK SURROUNDED BY SEVERAL RUDIMENTARY CELLS WITH A METAL BENCH, HALF WALL AND TOILET. OFTEN TIMES THEY’RE CROWDED AND A FAMILY HAS TOLD ME, THERE IS NOT ROOM FOR EVERYBODY TO SLEEP AT THE SAME TIME, SO THEY HAVE TO REMAIN STANDING TO FIT IN THE CELL.>>Reporter: LAST MONTH, CUSTOMERS AND BORDER PATROL DETAINED MORE THAN 25,000 PEOPLE TRAVELLING AS FAMILY. I WANT SAYS ITS FACILITIES ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE MASS ARRIVE OF PARENTS WITH CHILDREN. BUT THEY ARGUE THEY NEED TO DO BETTER.>>IT WAS JUST A SENSE OF DESPERATION. AND ONCE PEOPLE HEARD THAT THE CARAVAN WAS STARTING TO LEAVE, THEY WOULD LITERALLY JUST GRAB THEIR KIDS AND RUN AFTER THE CARAVAN WITH THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK.>>Reporter: THE GIRL’S FATHER MAY HAVE HAD THE SAME IDEA. A DANGEROUS JOURNEY WITH A TRAGIC ENDING. ELLEN MAURO, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Adrienne: THE FAMILY OF THAT LITTLE GIRL, WHOSE NAME WAS JAKELIN BY THE WAY, APPARENTLY CROSSED ILLEGALLY, BUT MOST PEOPLE TEND TO WAIT THEIR TURN. AS A RESULT, THERE IS A HUGE BACKLOG OF PEOPLE WAITING TO BE PROCESSED. U.S. OFFICIALS ARE RESTRICTING APPLICANTS AS ONE CROSSING IN TIJUANA TO JUST 40 TO 100 PER DAY. A LOT MORE THAN THAT ARE TRYING TO GET THROUGH. THIS IS A SITUATION THAT HAS LEFT MANY MIGRANTS FRUSTRATED AND WITH ANOTHER DIFFICULT CHOICE TO MAKE. KIM BRUNHUBER CAUGHT UP WITH SOME OF THOSE WAITING TO GET ACROSS.>>Reporter: EVERY MORNING THEY GATHER HERE WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR STUFF HOPING THIS WILL BE THE DAY. THE DAY THE MAN WITH THE SILVER AND BLACK LEDGER READS OUT THEIR NAME. THOSE WHO ARE CALLED CAN PROCEED TO THE U.S. BORDER SECURITY FOR THE INITIAL INTERVIEW OF THEIR ASYLUM CLAIM, BUT SO FEW ARE CALLED AND SO MANY ARE WAITING. THE LAST PERSON IN LINE, MANUEL ORELLANA, HE FLED HONDURAS BECAUSE HE ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT OF FRAUD IN THEIR ELECTIONS. I STARTED HIDING BECAUSE THE POLICE AND STATE SECURITY WERE FOLLOWING ME, HE SAYS, I’M HERE BECAUSE OF A LIFE-OR-DEATH SITUATION. NOW, AFTER MAKING PAINFUL 5,000-KILOMETRE JOURNEY, HE’S FINALLY ABOUT TO ADD HIS NAME TO THE LIST, BUT SINCE THE CARAVAN STARTED ARRIVING, THE LEDGER PAGES HAVE BEEN FILLING UP FAST. THERE ARE REPORTEDLY MORE THAN 5,000 NAMES ON THE LIST. AND ON AVERAGE, EVERY DAY, ONLY ABOUT 60 ARE CALLED. I FEEL LIKE I CAN WAIT, HE SAYS. THERE IS NO NEED TO JUMP THE BORDER FENCE. I WANT TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS IN THE RIGHT WAY. THOSE HERE WAITING TO HEAR THEIR NAMES, INSIST THEY’RE WILLING TO PUT THEMSELVES THROUGH THIS LONG NIGHTMARE TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. OTHERS SAY IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP. A DIFFERENT LIST, A DIFFERENT LINE. MIGRANTS LIKE FRANKLIN DERAS. HE ADMITS THAT THE VISION THAT LURED THEM TO THE BORDER WAS AMY RAJ. HAVING ARRIVED HERE IN TIJUANA, THINGS ARE DIFFERENT THAN WE THOUGHT. WE THOUGHT THEY WOULD OPEN THE BORDER AND WELCOME US, BUT IT WAS THE EXACT OPPOSITE. NOW HE AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS ARE ACCEPTING THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S OFFER OF A WORK PERMIT THAT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO STAY A YEAR. AFTER THAT? HE SAID YOU CAN EARN WELL HERE, I WOULDN’T NEED TO GO TO THE STATES. MEXICO GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY, MAYBE I WON’T LEAVE. ANOTHER LUCKY MIGRANT’S NUMBER IS UP AND ORELLANA DISAPPEARS INTO THE CROWD. HIS NAME, FOR NOW, THE LAST ONE IN THE LEDGER. KIM BRUNHUBER, CBC NEWS, TIJUANA, MEXICO.>>Adrienne: FOLLOWING A DEVELOPING STORY FROM THUNDER BAY. POLICE JUST ANNOUNCED AN ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF A 17-YEAR-OLD. BRAIDEN JACOB WAS FROM FIRST NATION. HE HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING BEFORE HIS BODY WAS FOUND ON SUNDAY IN A PARK. THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICE SAY THEY HAVE ARRESTED A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN. HE IS FACING A CHARGE OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. THEY’RE NOT RELEASING HIS IDENTITY UNTIL HE APPEARS IN COURT TOMORROW.>>>YET ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT IN THUNDER BAY TONIGHT. THE POLICE SERVICESES BOARD HAS BEEN DISBANDED. EARLIER THERE WEEK A REPORT BY AN ONTARIO POLICE WATCHDOG FOUND SYSTEMIC RACISM WITHIN THE CITY’S POLICE FORCE. A TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATOR HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO FUNCTION AS AN INTERIM BOARD.>>WHAT WE’RE WITNESSING TODAY IS THIS CRITICAL TO CANADA’S DEVELOPMENT. WE’RE SEEING A JOINTLY DEFINED GOVERNMENT FIRST NATION PROCESS.>>Adrienne: AND THE B.C. GOVERNMENT AND FIRST NATIONS HAVE AN AGREEMENT TO PHASE OUT OPEN-PEN FISH FARMS IN THE PROVINCE’S BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THE DECISION CAME AS A RESULT OF GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS. THE B.C. PREMIER JOHN HORGAN SAYS THERE WILL ENSURE ECONOMIC CERTAINTY AND PROTECT THE HEALTH OF WILD SALMON. AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, WE’LL TAKE YOU INSIDE A MONTREAL OPERATING ROOM FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT HOW SURGEONS ARE HELPING A LITTLE GIRL WITH A RARE BRAIN CONDITION. FIRST, THOUGH, A LOOK AT HOW INSTAGRAM IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR CANADIAN POETS. AND A LITTLE LATER, A HEARTBREAKING THEFT INSPIRES A HEARTWARMING MOMENT FOR THE FAMILY OF A NEWFOUNDLAND VETERAN.>>EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN AN INSTANT. I WAS AT WORK AND THERE WERE TEXT MESSAGES AND NOTIFICATIONS COMING F>>Adrienne: THESE EDMONTON FANS ARE NOT HERE FOR A CONCERT. THEY CAME TO SEE CELEBRITY POETS, YES, CELEBRITY POETS.>>IT WAS LITERALLY A BOOK I COULDN’T PUT DOWN. IT WAS CAPTIVATING WORK AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW QUICKLY I WAS ENTHRALLED.>>I FOUND RELATABILITY IN HER PIECES AND I FOUND COMFORT.>>I THINK SHE KIND OF LED THE WAY IN CANADA PUTTING POETRY DOWN ON PAPER THAT WAS VERY POETIC AND ACCESSIBLE.>>Adrienne: JUST A TASTE OF WHAT MIGHT EXPLAIN A HUGE SURGE. THEY SKYROCKETED 138% BETWEEN 2016 AND 2017. NOW KAUR SEEMS TO BE GETTING A LOAD OF CREDIT FOR THAT, BUT AS TASHAUNA REID EXPLAINS, SHE AND OTHER POETS ARE USING INSTAGRAM TO BRING INSPIRATION TO A TRADITIONAL FORM.>>I AM A TANGLE OF CONTRADICTION.>>Reporter: AS A UNIVERSITY ENGLISH MAJOR, HARMAN KAUR SAYS SHE NEVER SAW HERSELF IN THE LITERATURE SHE WAS ASSIGNED TO READ.>>I REALIZED THERE WERE STORIES MISSING AND ONE OF THE STORIES WAS MY STORY. AND FOR A WOMAN AND PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE ME.>>Reporter: SO SHE STARTED WRITING POETRY, MOSTLY ABOUT HER IDENTITY AS A PUNJABI SIKH WOMAN.>>IT’S ACTUALLY MADE IT LIKE MORE EASY FOR PEOPLE OF COLOUR TO PUT THEMSELVES OUT THERE.>>Reporter: AND THAT SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING PUSHED HER TO PUBLISH HER OWN COLLECTION OF POEMS. ONE INSPIRATION OF WRITER, RUPI KAUR.>>SOMEHOW POETRY IS –>>POETRY IS THE NEW POP.>>Reporter: BEFORE LATE NIGHT, SHE FOUND HER AUDIENCE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. SHE’S ATTRACTED MORE THAN 3 MILLION FOLLOWERS. AT JUST 2, SHE’S ENDORSED BY — 26, SHE’S ENDORSED BY CELEBRITIES AND FASHION LABELS.>>YOUR BODY IS NOT HIS HOME.>>Reporter: FOR THESE STUDENTS AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY, KAUR’S WORK IS HITTING A NERVE.>>I THINK IT’S RAW, IT’S REAL.>>I DON’T THINK HER LANGUAGE IS SO ELEVATED THAT ONLY SCHOLARS CAN UNDERSTAND IT.>>AS HE TOOK HER HAND, HE GAVE HER ALL SHE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR. A SHIVER DOWN HER SPINE.>>Reporter: POETRY SURGE IN POPULARITY IS GOOD NEWS FOR POETS LIKE ATTICUS, WHO HAS SEEN SUCCESS ONLINE AND IN BOOK STORES. HE SAYS HE KEEPS HIS IDENTITY A SECRET, SO READERS FOCUS ON THE WORDS, BUT IT’S ALSO ESSENTIAL PART OF HIS BRAND.>>I’LL ALWAYS WEAR THE MASK TO WRITE WHAT I FEEL, BE VULNERABLE AND NOT MAKE IT ABOUT CELEBRITY AND RECOGNITION.>>Reporter: THE B.C. POET HAS NEARLY 1 MILLION FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM.>>Adrienne: FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON PAID TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF TUESDAY’S ATTACK AT A CHRISTMAS MARKET IN STRASBOURG THAT LEFT FOUR PEOPLE DEAD AND MANY OTHERS INJURED. HE PLACED A WHITE ROSE AT A MONUMENT AND MET WITH FIRST RESPONDERS. THE CHRISTMAS MARKET REOPENED EARLIER TODAY UNDER HIGH SECURITY. AUTHORITY KILLED THE SUSPECT LATE YESTERDAY AFTER CONFRONTING HIM ON THAT VERY STREET.>>>U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS NAMED MICK MULVANEY AS INTERIM WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF. HE WILL TAKE ON THE POST WHEN JOHN KELLY STEPS DOWN. HE IS A FORMER CONGRESSMAN AND HEADS THE WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICE. THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES JUST HOURS AFTER FORMER NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE WITHDREW HIS NAME FROM CONSIDERATION.>>>AND HERE AT HOME, THIS IS KEY. GENERAL MOTORS SAYS IT IS TRYING TO FIND NEW JOBS FOR WORKERS AT ITS OSHAWA, ONTARIO, ASSEMBLY PLANT WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE NEXT YEAR. THE PLANT EAST OF TORONTO CURRENTLY EMPLOYS ABOUT 2500 PEOPLE. GM SAYS IT HAS IDENTIFIED ABOUT 2000 JOBS, MANY RELATED TO THE REFURBISHMENT OF A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN THE REGION.>>>OKAY, SO HERE IS A LITTLE GIRL WHO HAS NEEDED A FIGHTING SPIRIT RIGHT FROM THE WORD GO. THE STORY OF HER FIRST TWO YEARS DOMINATED BY A DEVASTATING MEDICAL CONDITION. TONIGHT, WE GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THAT HAS BEEN LIKE AND SCLUIVE ACCESS INTO A SURGERY THAT MAY HELP HER LIVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. RADIO-CANADA HAS AGREED NOT TO USE HER NAME. BUT THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF ANONYMITY THAT CAN HIDE THE HUMANITY OF HER STORY.>>Reporter: BORN IN NORTH AFRICA, THIS LITTLE GIRL IS TWO YEARS OLD. SHE HAS A CONDITION CALLED HYDROCEPHALUS. THREE LITRES OF FLUID HAVE BUILT UP IN HER BRAIN. HER ILLNESS WASN’T TREATED IN TIME. WHEN SHE ARRIVED IN QUÉBEC LAST YEAR, HER NEUROSURGEON PLACED A SHUNT IN HER BRAIN. WE CAN’T SEE IT, BUT THE SHUNT DRAINS FROM HER BRAIN INTO HER STOMACH. BUT THE HARM HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE. HER BRAIN ATROPHIED UNDER THE PRESSURE. IT’S NOW 80% SMALLER THAN A NORMAL BRAIN. THE CHILD’S MOVEMENTS ARE CLEARLY RESTRICTED. HER HEAD IS SO HEAVY THAT IF SHE TIPPED OVER, SHE COULD BREAK HER NECK.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: THE PATIENT’S CRANIUM WILL BE REDUCED BY 60% IN SIZE.>>[Speaking French]>>Reporter: ALREADY POSITIONING THE CHILD IS A PROBLEM. THE TEAM REALISES JUST HOW HEAVY HER HEAD IS. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THIS WILL BE AN EXCEPTIONAL OPERATION FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL CASE. ONCE THE SKULL IS EXPOSED, THE TEAM BRINGS IN SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE A HELMET. IT’S A CUTTING GUIDE. THE KEY TO THE RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY. EACH PIECE IS CUT FROM THE CHILD’S SKULL. THE PIECES ARE THEN SEMI-IBLED ON A — ASSEMBLED ON A TABLE BESIDE THE PATIENT. THE SKULL IS TAKING SHAPE. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF CUTTING, THE BRAIN IS FULLY EXPOSED. DR. WEIL BEGINS DRAINING THE BRAIN. THIS IS THE RISKY PART OF THE OPERATION. SURGEONS DRAIN THE VENTRICLES WHERE FLUID HAS BUILT UP. PROGRESS IS SLOW. ONLY A FEW DOZEN MILLIMETRES OF WATER DRAIN PER MINUTE. GOING ANY FASTER WOULD BE UNNECESSARILY RISKY FOR THE CHILD. IN TOTAL, ONLY HALF OF THE 3 LITRES OF FLUID WAS DRAINED, BUT WHY? [Speaking French]>>Reporter: THE BRAIN HAS REACHED THE TARGET VOLUME. NOW IT’S TIME TO REPLACE THE BONE STRUCTURE. IT TAKES 210 SCREWS TO SECURE THE NEW CRANIUM. THE CHILD SPENT 12 HOURS IN THE OPERATING ROOM. THREE WEEKS LATER, DOCTORS DO AN MRI. THE NEWS IS ENCOURAGING. THE CHILD’S BRAIN HAS DOUBLED IN VOLUME. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THERE IS REASON FOR HOPE.>>Adrienne: THAT LITTLE ONE SPENT ABOUT A MONTH IN HOSPITAL. WHEN SHE WOKE UP, SHE WAS TOTALLY HERSELF. SHE REMEMBERED WORDS, SONGS, SMILE CAME EASILY. SHE IS NOW AT HOME AND IS MOVING BETTER THAN SHE COULD BEFORE. NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”, WE’LL TAKE YOU INSIDE A SPECIAL STORE IN TORONTO THAT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND WHEN IT OPENED 30 YEARS AGO. A TRUE SAFE HAVEN AND WE’LL SHOW YOU WHY THAT MATTERS.>>THEY REALLY FEEL NICE.>>COME AND STAND UP.>>THERE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>BEAUTIFUL. FANTASTIC.>>[LAUGHTER].>>LET’S GET THE DRESS!>>OKAY.>>Adrienne: FIRST, THOUGH, A LOOK AT AN INTERVIEW SUNDAY NIGHT. MARK TEWKSBURY, CANADA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY OLYMPIAN. WE SAT DOWN TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE OLYMPICS AND HIS REFLECTION. TELL ME ABOUT THE COUPLE WHO RECOGNIZED YOU AS THE GOLD MEDALLIST AND WERE SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU.>>YES.>>Adrienne: THEN WHAT HAPPENED?>>I WAS AT A REALLY GOOD FRIEND’S WEDDING. I WAS WITH MY PARTNER AT THE TIME. WE WERE IN THE BUFFET LINE. IT WAS INCREDIBLE, THEY WERE LIKE, MARK, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE! I SAID LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO MY PARTNER BENJAMIN. IT WENT, CHILL, ICE, DONE. IGNORED. BACK TURNED. IT WAS LIKE, WOW. WOW. AND AGAIN, WHEN THOSE THINGS HAPPEN, THANKS THAT I LIVE IN MY WORLD WHERE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN ALL THE TIME, BUT WHEN IT DOES, IT’S RIGHT BACK TO FAG IN THE LOCKER ROOM, GRADE 8. IT’S THAT INITIAL SOURCE OF>>Adrienne: PATTY ALDRIDGE HAS STAYED IN BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS BY CATERING TO A SPECIAL MARKET. WITH GOWNS, WIGS AND THE RIGHT SHOES, SHE HELPS ANYONE ACHIEVE THEIR PERFECT LOOK AS A WOMAN. HER SHOP CALLED TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE HAS PROSPERED BY LETTING PATRONS EXPRESS WHAT THEY WANT WITH NO JUDGMENT. THIS IS A WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD. [ * ]>>PATTY, WHERE ARE YOU?>>COME ON BACK HERE.>>OKAY.>>OH, THERE YOU ARE.>>HI, HONEY, HOW ARE YOU?>>HOW ARE YOU? GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>I’VE GOT THE PERFECT PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOU.>>THAT’S PERFECT.>>NOW WAIT HERE AND I’LL SHOW YOU HOW THEY MATCH. OH, MY GOD. LOOK. IT MATCHES JUST PERFECT, PATTY.>>YOU’RE DOING EVERY DETAIL PERFECT THIS TIME.>>IT BETTER BE! I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS SINCE JANUARY [LAUGHTER].>>OH MY GOD.>>YOU HAVE TO MATCH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE. WHAT COLOUR IS YOUR UNDERWEAR? MAYBE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET YOU PINK UNDERWEAR. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I JUST WON’T WEAR ANY, HOW IS THAT [LAUGHTER]? THEN THEY’LL MATCH.>>I’LL FIND SOME PINK UNDERWEAR FOR YOU. WAIT A SECOND. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT. HERE WE GO. PINK UNDIES.>>I WILL SAY ONE THING, IT DOES MATCH.>>I THINK THAT’S KIND OF SWEET.>>I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY.>>I’M GOING TO SAY WE’RE GOING TO GET UP ON THE CHAIR AND TRY ON THE DRESS.>>OKAY. HERE WE GO. [ * ]>>RIGHT UP UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 40, MY MOTHER KEPT SAYING ARE YOU STILL STRIPPING? AND I’D GO, MOM, I’M 37. MOM, GAVE IT UP YEARS AGO. AT 26 I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL TO RYERSON. THE ONLY REASON I WENT TO RYERSON WAS BECAUSE I WAS JUST A STRIPPER AND I WANTED TO GET A DEGREE. AFTER I GRADUATED IN 1985, THAT IS WHEN I RAN THE AD IN THE PAPER, TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE, WHO IS THAT GIRL? IT COULD BE YOU. AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A MAN TO BE MADE TO LOOK LIKE A WOMAN WITH MAKEUP AND COSTUMES. AND THE PHONE RANG OFF THE HOOK. WHEN I HAD MY STORE IN 1987, THE FIRST DAY, AUGUST 1ST, I HAD THREE CUSTOMERS BOOKED. AND TWO COSTUMES. THAT WAS IT. IT WAS SO SIMPLE. ALL WE DID MOSTLY WAS TALK. THEN I DID MAKEUP FOR THEM. AND WE TALKED FOR AN HOUR. THE THING IS, PEOPLE NEEDED TO BE ENCOURAGED. AND SO I ENCOURAGED THEM.>>THAT’S A NICE PERFUME.>>GUCCI.>>MMMM.>>YEAH.>>COME ON OUT. COME BACK HERE.>>I JUST WANT TO QUICKLY TAKE A LOOK AT SHOES.>>LIKE, YOU WANT LEOPARD?>>OH, NO, NO, JUST BLACK. THESE LOOK NICE. OH, PATTY, THEY LOOK FANTASTIC. LOOK AT THEM.>>YOU WANT TO TRY THE OTHER ONE ON?>>YEAH. WHY DO THEY CALL THEM TEACHER SHOES?>>I CALL THEM TEACHER SHOES, BECAUSE THAT’S THE TEACHERS WHERE I WENT IN GRADE SCHOOL, THIS IS WHAT THEY WOULD WEAR. DIDN’T YOUR TEACHERS WEAR THEM?>>REALLY? NO, I DIDN’T HAVE LIKE KINKY TEACHERS. I HAVE SEEN OTHER WOMEN WEARING THEM. THEY LOOK GREAT, YOU KNOW?>>[LAUGHTER] COME ON, GIRLS.>>LEAN AGAINST WHAT? THE WALL? YEAH. NOW YOU COME BACK AND FORTH AND THEN GO INTO THE LIGHT AND TURN AROUND A BIT.>>OKAY. HOW IS THAT?>>GOOD. NOW JUST RELAX. NO BIG DEAL. YEAH. FABULOUS. FABULOUS. OKAY. NICE. VERY NICE. [ * ]>>THEY TURNED OUT GREAT.>>OH, MY. THEY FIT.>>CINDERELLA, HERE ARE YOUR SLIPPERS.>>THEY REALLY FEEL NICE.>>COME AND STAND UP.>>THERE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>BEAUTIFUL. FANTASTIC.>>[LAUGHTER] >>LET’S GET THE DRESS, LET’S GET THE DRESS.>>OKAY.>>ARE YOU READY TO GO UP ON THE TABLE?>>HERE WE GO.>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT. NOW, HOLD ONTO THAT LITTLE THING. I’M GOING TO GET YOUR DRESS. ALL RIGHT?>>BETTER TAKE THESE OFF.>>LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE ON THE DIVING BOARD.>>ARMS IN HERE. GOOD.>>NO, DON’T TURN AROUND.>>OKAY.>>YOU LEAVE IT UP TO ME.>>OKAY [LAUGHTER].>>I HAVEN’T GAINED ANY WEIGHT. GOOD.>>AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL! PERFECT.>>I’M NOT THAT MACHO, BUT NEITHER AM I FEMININE. THIS IS JUST A SIDE OF ME I ALWAYS FANCIED AND WONDERED, COULD I DO IT IF I REALLY TRIED? THIS IS MY REALLY TRY.>>WHAT IS THE IDEA OF THE MASK?>>IT’S JUST LIKE YOU CAN BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE. INSTEAD OF SOMEONE RECOGNIZING THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE. THIS WAY I CAN BE WHOEVER I WANT TO BE. AND I DON’T HAVE TO SAY A WORD.>>I JUST BECAME EVE. ALMOST.>>PEOPLE MIGHT FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO BUY A WIG OR ANOTHER PLACE TO BUY BREAST FORMS, BUT PEOPLE STILL WANT A STORE. THEY CAN GO ONLINE, BUT THEY WANT PHYSICAL CONTACT WHERE THEY’RE SEEING SOMEBODY IN THE ROOM WITH THEM AND TALKING TO THEM. AND AT THE END OF THE CONVERSATION, AT THE END OF THE TRANSFORMATION, I GO, DON’T WORRY NOW, YOU COME BACK AND EVERYTHING. AND I WON’T TELL ANYBODY. AND THEY LOOK AT ME AND THEY GO, IT’S OKAY, I TRUST YOU.>>SO I’LL BE HERE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. AND I WILL HAVE CUSTOMERS FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. [ * ]>>Adrienne: YOU CAN WATCH MORE SHORT DOCS BY USING THE NEW STREAMING SERVICE. IT OFFERS NEWS PROGRAMMES LIVE AS WELL AS ON-DEMAND CONTENT. UP NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”, WHEN 82-YEAR-OLD EDWARD SHEPHERD’S HOME WAS BROKEN INTO, HIS GUITAR WAS STOLEN. IT WAS A GIFT FROM HIS LATE WIFE, SO HIS FAMILY IN STEPHENVILLE SEARCHED FOR DAYS, BUT WITHOUT LUCK.>>I HOPED TO ALL THE PEOPLE I KNOW THERE, I HAVE A LARGE FAMILY THERE AS WELL, THAT SOMEHOW WE WOULD BE ABLE TO TRACK IT DOWN. AND UNFORTUNATELY, A COUPLE OF DAYS PASSED AND THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.>>Adrienne: WELL SOMETHING CHANGED TODAY. FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IN OUR MOMENT. BUT FIRST… >>>IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. PRINCE WILLIAM INSPECTED CADETS TODAY AT THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY, THE WORLD GOT A NEW LOOK AT HIS FAMILY. THE IMAGES OF THE CHRISTMAS CARD LETS YOU CATCH UP ON ALL THREE KIDS. IT’S BECOME A TRADITION FOR KENSINGTON PALACE TO RELEASE THESE IMAGES. HERE’S PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA IN A SUITABLY TRADITIONAL POSE. BUT THE NEWEST ROYAL MARRIED COUPLE WENT IN ANOTHER DIRECTION. THEIR CHRISTMAS CARD IS A SHOT FROM THEIR WEDDING DAY THAT HASN’T BEEN SEEN UNTIL NOW. WATCHING FIREWORKS AWAY FROM THE CROWD IN WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN THEIR FIRST PRIVATE MOMENT OF THAT BUSY DAY. PEOPLE REALLY ANALYZE THESE IMAGES, ANYTHING ROYAL REALLY, NOTING THE MODERN TONE, THAT THEY’RE NOT EVEN LO (*)>>Adrienne: EDWARD SHEPPARD LOVED HIS GUITAR. IT WAS A REMINDER OF HIS LATE WIFE, SOMETHING THAT SHE HAD SPENT YEARS SAVING UP FOR AND IT WAS ONE OF THE LAST GIFTS SHE GAVE HIM BEFORE SHE DIED. SO WHEN SOMEONE STOLE IT FROM HIS HOME IN STEPHENVILLE CROSSING, NEWFOUNDLAND, HE WAS HEARTBROKEN. HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW AND COULD NOT FIND IT. BUT THEN TWO FAMOUS NEWFOUNDLANDERS THREW THEMSELVES INTO THE MIX AND TODAY THE 82-YEAR-OLD VETERAN GOT ANOTHER GIFT, THIS ONE UNEXPECTED. THAT IS OUR “MOMENT.” (*)>>I WAS REALLY JUST TRYING TO GET DAD’S GUITAR BACK FOR HIM BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, TO BE HONEST, NONE OF US HAVE A LOT OF MONEY TO KEEP REPLACING THINGS LIKE THAT FOR SURE.>>WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT MR. SHEPPARD I THOUGHT RIGHT AWAY WE DON’T DO ENOUGH FOR OUR VETERANS. AND WE CAN’T DO ENOUGH FOR OUR VETERANS.>>EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN AN INSTANT. I WAS AT WORK AND THERE WERE TEXT MESSAGES AND NOTIFICATIONS COMING FROM EVERYWHERE.>>SO I PUT IT OUT ON TWITTER AND RIGHT AWAY MY FRIEND ALAN DOYLE SAYS I HAVE A GUITAR THAT I USED TO PLAY IN GREAT BIG SEA AND HE CAN HAVE THAT>>HE CALLED ME AND SAID THAT ALAN DOYLE COULD GIVE MY DAD HIS GUITAR.>>SO ALAN DOYLE, JUST LIKE SANTA COMING DOWN THE CHIMNEY, IS GOING TO DROP OFF THIS GUITAR TO HIM>>HE WROTE DAD A NOTE AND SENT . ME A PICTURE OF THE GUITAR IN THE CASE. AND HE HAS A NOTE ON TOP FOR MY DAD AND SO THAT’S REALLY GOOD. I KNOW THAT IT’S NOT THE SAME ONE AND IT’S NOT SPECIAL BECAUSE IT’S NOT FROM MOM BUT HE SAID IT’S EQUALLY SPECIAL NOW BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE HELPING ME OUT. NEWFOUNDLAND PEOPLE ARE THE BEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. I SAID IT BEFORE AND I SAY IT AGAIN.>>Adrienne: NOT ONLY THE BEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET BUT THEY’RE ALSO THE FASTEST. THAT STORY ONLY WENT UP THIS MORNING AND THAT’S WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE FEW HOURS SINCE. YOU KNOW, THEY MENTIONED THERE THAT THERE WASN’T A LOT OF MONEY. HIS WIFE ROLLED COINS FOR YEARS TO SAVE MONEY FOR THAT GUITAR. HE WAS EMBARRASSED TO TELL HIS FAMILY THAT HE LOST IT BECAUSE HE WAS SO UPSET, BUT SOME STORIES END WELL. THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR DECEMBER 14th. GOODNIGHT.

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