The National for February 11, 2019 — Sports Abuse, Ethics Probe, Polar Bear ‘Occupation’

(*) (*) (*) >> Andrew: ON THIS MONDAY NIGHT THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION >> IT'S BEEN A DIRTY SECRET IN SPORT

>> Andrew: A DAY AFTER WE REVEALED THE EXTENT OF ABUSE IN AMATEUR SPORT, POLITICIANS, PARENTS AND COACHES CALL FOR CHANGE >> IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT THERE ARE KIDS WHO ARE HURTING >> Andrew: TONIGHT WE SHOW YOU HOW ONE SPORT ROCKED BY SCANDAL IS TRYING TO RESTORE SHATTERED TRUST (*) >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I WELCOME THE ETHIC COMMISSIONER'S INTEREST IN THIS MATTER >> Ian: THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE UNDER INVESTIGATION

WHAT DID IT TELL THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DO ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN? DETAILS FROM BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THE QUESTIONS THAT JUST WON'T GO AWAY >> NOW THE WAR IS OVER AND THE REFUGEE PROBLEM IS NOT >> Andrew: AND FOR GENERATIONS OF CANADIANS HE BROUGHT THE WORLD HOME >> THIS IS JOE SCHLESINGER, CBC NEWS, IN PARIS, A CITY OF AUGUST BLISS >> Andrew: REMEMBERING AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNALIST WITH AN UNPARALLELED GRIEF

THIS IS "THE NATIONAL" (*) (*) >>> THIS ISN'T A SENTENCE THAT ANYONE WANTS TO HEAR — HUNDREDS OF AMATEUR COACHES IN CANADA HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST YOUNG PEOPLE SINCE WE LAID OUT THE NUMBERS LAST NIGHT, THE RESULTS OF A CBC NEWS AND SPORTS INVESTIGATION, THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF HARD CONVERSATIONS FROM ARENAS TO TALK RADIO, TO THE HALLS OF POWER THESE ARE THE NUMBERS AT THE HEART OF THIS INVESTIGATION THE FIRST TIME THAT ANYONE HAS EVER DONE THE MATH HERE IN CANADA

OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, CBC FOUND 222 COACHES INVOLVED IN AMATEUR SPORTS WERE CONVICTED MORE THAN 600 CHILDREN AND TEENS WERE VICTIMS AND THEY WERE JUST THE ONES THAT WE COULD FIND ON COURT DOCUMENT WE'RE ALSO NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT ONE OR TWO SPORTS HERE THESE CASES HAPPENED IN 36 DIFFERENT SPORTS, EVERYTHING FROM HOCKEY TO SWIMMING TO FIGURE SKATING

TONIGHT THE STORY SHIFTS FROM WAKE-UP CALL TO WHAT DO WE DO NEXT THE FEDERAL SPORTS MINISTER SAYS THAT SHE'S DOING ALL SHE CAN, BUT AS DEVIN HEROUX TELLS US, ONE FORMER ATHLETE WHO NEEDED PROTECTION SAYS THAT'S JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH >> WELL, WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE IS LIVES >> Reporter: 20 YEARS AGO ALLISON FORSYTH BROKE HER SILENCE, BUT THE FORMER OLYMPIAN WAS WARNED THAT SPEAKING OUT AGAINST HER ALPINE SKI COACH — LATER IN PRISON FOR CHARGES COULD CUT HER CAREER SHORT — >> WHEN I TRIED TO REPORT THE ABUSE THAT WAS HAPPENING FOR ME ULTIMATELY I WAS ENCOURAGED TO NOT SAY ANYTHING

>> Reporter: CBC'S INVESTIGATION INTO SEXUAL OFFENSES IN AMATEUR SPORT SHOWS THAT IT'S A REALITY THAT YOUNG ATHLETES IN THIS COUNTRY STILL FACE TODAY NOW LEADING SPORTS ORGINISATIONS IN THE COUNTRY ARE ALSO WEIGHING IN WITH THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AND CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE SAYING THEY "WILL BE STRONG AND INFLUENTIAL VOICES ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE" AND HAS CANADA CALLING FOR "A UNIFIED STRATEGY TO ADDRESS ABUSE IN SPORT" MINISTER KIRSTY DUNCAN ADMITS THAT THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND SAYS SHE HAS NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES TO FIX THIS >> IT'S GOING TO TAKE OUR COACHES AND OUR PARENTS AND OUR OFFICIALS AND OUR NATIONAL SPORT ORGINISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT

>> Reporter: WITH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG ATHLETES COMPETING AT THE CANADA GAMES LATER THIS WEEK, THE MINISTER HAS SET MEETINGS WITH HER PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL COUNTERPARTS HER HOPE IS THAT THEY COME UP WITH A PLAN TO PROTECT YOUNG ATHLETES >> WE'RE LOOKING FOR A CODE OF CONDUCT, WE'RE LOOKING TO CREATE A THIRD-PARTY ORGINISATION AND THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE TO SAY OVER COMMITTING WEEKS >> Reporter: FORSYTHE WANTS TO BELIEVE THAT THE MINISTER IS SINCERE AND THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE BUT SHE NO LONGER HAS PATIENCE FOR THE WAITING GAMES >> I SIT ON THESE CALLS NOW AND I'M WHITE KNUCKLED AND I BREATHE AND I TRY TO MAINTAIN MY EMPATHY AND MY RESPONSE VERSUS MY REACTION

>> Reporter: IF TODAY'S REACTION IS ANY INDICATION, SPORTS' DIRTY SECRETS, AS THE MINISTER CALLS THEM, AREN'T SECRETS ANYMORE DEVIN HEROUX, CBC NEWS, TORONTO >> Andrew: ONE OF THE SPORTS THAT THESE CONVICTED COACHES WERE INVOLVED IN IS GYMNASTICS IT HAD ALREADY BEEN UNDER SCRUTINY BECAUSE OF SEVERAL HIGH PROFILE TRIALS IN THE CASE OF DR

LARRY NASSAR WAS A MONSTROUS DISASTER BUT WHAT FOLLOWED WAS A GRASSROOTS PUSH TO MAKE THE SPORT SAFER, INCLUDING HERE IN CANADA >> YOU PUT THAT MUCH MORE INTO A SPORT AND YOU WANT IT TO BE WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL FOR ALL OF THE KIDS THAT ARE DOING IT I STARTED GOOGLING "ADVICE FOR PARENTS ON HOW TO RAISE AN ATHLETE" WE HAD SOME DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS, DIDN'T WE? >> YEAH, WE DID >> BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD TO LEARN ABOUT THINGS THAT MAYBE AT 11 YEARS OLD YOU MAYBE DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW

>> Andrew: NOW IF ANY OF THAT HITS A NERVE, STICK AROUND, BECAUSE DEVIN WILL BE BACK LATER ON "THE NATIONAL" AND WE WILL HEAR FROM PARENTS AND COACHES ABOUT THE CHANGES THEY'VE MADE TO KEEP YOUNG ATHLETES SAFE >>> BUT FIRST, IAN, YOU'RE TRACKING THE BIG STORY OUT OF OTTAWA TONIGHT THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS OFFICE ARE FACING NEW INVESTIGATIONS? >> Ian: ANDREW, JUSTIN TRUDEAU APPEARS TO BE WORKING HARD TO CONTROL THAT WIDENING SCANDAL INVOLVING SNC-LAVALIN AND HIS FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL AT ISSUE IS WHETHER THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE TRIED TO PRESSURE THEN JUSTICE MINISTER JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD TO HELP THE QUÉBEC CONSTRUCTION GIANT TO CUT A PLEA DEAL AND TO AVOID A CRIMINAL TRIAL ON FRAUD AND BRIBERY CHARGES THE PRIME MINISTER WAS PEPPERED WITH QUESTIONS AGAIN TODAY AS THE FEDERAL ETHICS WATCHDOG LAUNCHED A NEW PROBE INTO THE ENTIRE AFFAIR

AS DAVID COCHRANE TELLS US, TRUDEAU'S ANSWERS DID NOT CLEAR UP THE CONTROVERSY >> Reporter: IT'S NOT THE SORT OF THING THAT ANY PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO SAY IN AN ELECTION YEAR >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE WELCOME THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER'S INVESTIGATION

>> Reporter: WELCOME OR NOT, THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER IS DIGGING INTO THE SNC-LAVALIN CONTROVERSY TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THE PRIME MINISTER OR HIS STAFF PRESSURED JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD TO GO EASY ON THE COMPANY TRUDEAU DENIES IT WILSON-RAYBOULD HAS SAID NOTHING AND WAS NOTABLY ABSENT AT THIS EVENT IN HER HOMETOWN >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I HAVE MET WITH MINISTER WILSON-RAYBOULD A COUPLE TIMES ALREADY SINCE ARRIVING IN BC

YESTERDAY >> Reporter: THEY MET AWAY FROM THE CAMERAS AND AWAY FROM THE QUESTIONS, BUT TRUDEAU SAYS THEY RECALLED A VERY SPECIFIC CONVERSATION >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: SHE CONFIRMED FOR ME A CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD THIS FALL WHERE I TOLD HER DIRECTLY THAT ANY DECISIONS ON MATTERS INVOLVING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS WERE HERS ALONE >> Reporter: IT'S A SIGNIFICANT POINT IN REFUTING THE ALLEGATIONS REPORTED IN THE "GLOBE & MAIL" BUT IT REMAINS UNCORROBORATED BY WILSON-RAYBOULD WHO INSISTS THAT SHE CAN'T SAY ANYTHING DUE TO SOLICITOR-CLIENT PRIVILEGE >> Andrew Scheer: I THINK THAT IT'S TIME FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO STOP SPEAKING FOR JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD AND TO LET HER SPEAK FOR HERSELF

>> Reporter: HER ONGOING SILENCE IS FUEL FOR THE OPPOSITION WHO WANT TRUDEAU TO WAIVE PRIVILEGE SO THEY CAN DRAG KEY PLAYERS IN FRONT OF THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE >> Andrew Scheer: IF HE'S INNOCENT AND IF HE HAS NOTHING TO HIDE, HE SHOULD WAIVE THIS IMMEDIATELY >> THE GOVERNMENT, MR TRUDEAU, SHOULD WAIVE, EXPLICITLY WAIVE, THE SOLICITOR-CLIENT PRIVILEGE TO ENSURE THAT MADAM, MISS WILSON-RAYBOULD CAN COMMENT AND DISCLOSE INFORMATION ON WHAT REALLY HAPPENED >> Reporter: TRUDEAU HAS NOT RULED IT OUT

>> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: THE ISSUE OF SOLICITOR-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS NOT A SIMPLE ONE SO I HAVE ASKED OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROVIDE ME WITH ADVICE ON THIS MATTER >> Reporter: BUT THE NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL HASN'T PROVIDED THAT ADVICE AND WHEN ASKED ABOUT IT TODAY HE GAVE A LITANY OF "NO COMMENT" >> AND IT WOULD BE VERY INAPPROPRIATE FOR ME TO GIVE ANY COMMENTS ON THAT I CAN'T COMMENT ON IT I REALLY CAN'T ANSWER THAT QUESTION

>> Reporter: IN BOTH OFFICIAL LANGUAGES >> [Speaking French] >> Ian: SO, DAVID, THE PRIME MINISTER IS SAYING THAT HE SPOKE WITH WILSON-RAYBOULD AND REASSURED HER THAT THE DECISION WAS HERS WHY DID JUSTIN TRUDEAU FEEL THE NEED TO DO THAT? >> Reporter: YEAH, IAN, I SPOKE TO A SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL ABOUT THIS WHAT I'M TOLD IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER FELT THE NEED TO REASSURE JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD THIS WAS HER CALL BECAUSE OF THE INTENSE LOBBYING AT THE TIME YOU HAD THE COMPANY ALONG WITH FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL POLITICIANS PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY PUSHING FOR THEM TO DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST SNC-LAVALIN AND LET THEM PAY FINES

AND THE OFFICIAL THAT I SPOKE WITH INSISTS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WANTED TO REASSURE WILSON-RAYBOULD THAT IT WAS HER CALL, TO IGNORE THE PRESSURE AND MAKE HER OWN DECISION BUT THEY INSIST THAT NONE OF THE PRESSURE WAS FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS STAFF, WHICH IS AT THE CENTRE OF THE "GLOBE & MAIL" ALLEGATIONS AND SOMETHING THAT THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE DENIES >> Ian: AS PEOPLE TRY TO ASSESS WHAT HAPPENED HERE, COMPLICATING THAT IS STILL NO PUBLIC COMMENT FROM WILSON-RAYBOULD? >> Reporter: YEAH, THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER'S VERSION TODAY IS COMPLETELY UNCORROBORATED I ASKED IF SHE COULD CORROBORATE THE STATEMENTS BUT I STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN A REPLY >> Ian: DAVID, THANK YOU

>> Reporter: YOU'RE WELCOME >> Ian: WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE'S A VIOLATION IN THE ETHICS LAW? THERE ARE NOT ACTUALLY ANY SANCTIONS THE BIGGIST PRICE THEY WOULD PAY FOR THEIR OFFENSE WOULD LIKELY BEING NAMED IN THE COMMISSIONER'S REPORT SO WHY THE APPARENT SLAP ON THE WRIST? THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT THAT CAME INTO EFFECT 12 YEARS AGO SAYS THAT, "THE PURPOSE IS TO ENCOURAGE COMPLIANCE WITH THIS ACT RATHER THAN TO PUNISH" >> Andrew: TURNING NOW TO VENEZUELA

IF THERE IS A CYCLE TO THE CONVULSIONS OF DISSENT IN THAT COUNTRY, TONIGHT IT'S TENSING UP SUPPORTERS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THOSE OF THE OPPOSITION ARE EACH PREPARING FOR RALLIES TOMORROW UNLIKE SO MUCH ELSE IN THE STANDOFF, SHOWING STRENGTH ON BOTH SIDES IS ABOUT PERCEPTION DUALING RALLIES COME WITH NARRATIVES ON WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY TONIGHT OPPOSITION PRESIDENT JUAN GUIADÓ DECLARED THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST SHIPMENT OF AID INTO VENEZUELA, THOUGH HE DIDN'T MENTION HOW IT GOT PAST THE GOVERNMENT BLOCKADE

HIS MESSAGE, THAT HIS MOVEMENT CAN ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING IN THE COUNTRY THEN THERE'S THIS FROM DE FACTO PRESIDENT NICOLÁS MADURO, RECENTLY SHOWING HIMSELF TOURING A PRISTINE PHARMACEUTICAL FACILITY, DECLARING THAT THE COUNTRY WILL PRODUCE ALL OF ITS OWN DRUGS BY THE END OF THE YEAR THAT IS ALMOST CERTAINLY A FANTASY VENEZUELA'S ECONOMIC PAIN EXCEEDS WHAT CANADA OR THE US

EXPERIENCED DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION WITH HYPER INFLATION AND A GDP CUT IN HALF OVER JUST FIVE YEARS BUT SEEING WITH YOUR OWN EYES IS BELIEVING

ADRIENNE IS IN VENEZUELA ONCE AGAIN FOR US TONIGHT AS SHE SHOWS US, IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO PEER PAST THE FACADE TO FIND A COUNTRY IN DESPAIR >> Adrienne: HOW IT LOOKS IS NOT ALWAYS HOW IT IS BEAUTIFUL CARACAS CAN DECEIVE POCKETS OF COMFORT AND SMILES OF WEALTH

EVEN IN THIS PLACE OF HUNGER AND CRISIS, POCKETS OF PLENTY A FULL MARKET COULD TEMPT SOME TO SCOFF AT THE IDEA THAT VENEZUELA IS IN TROUBLE BUT START DOING THE MATH MOST LIVE ON BASICALLY $13 A MONTH A KILO OF PEPPERS WOULD TAKE NEARLY ALL OF IT

>> [speaking foreign LANGUAGE] >> Adrienne: I COME HERE TO BUY, BUT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE, SHE SAYS, WITH 400BOLIVAS I CAN'T GET ANYTHING AND THERE'S THE BIGGEST AND MOST ESTABLISHED HOSPITAL IN THE CITY IT LOOKS BUSY AND WELL STAFFED AND THEN YOU GO INSIDE DARK, BECAUSE THERE'S BARELY FUNCTIONING ELECTRICITY AND FEW REPLACEMENT BULBS

PILES AND PILES OF BOTTLES THAT THE PATIENTS HAVE TO FILL THEMSELVES BECAUSE THERE'S NO RUNNING WATER A KITCHEN THAT DOESN'T HAVE FOOD AND CONSTANT TRAFFIC ON THE STAIRS BECAUSE THERE AREN'T MANY OTHER OPTIONS SO THIS HOSPITAL HAS 11 BANKS OF ELEVATORS AND ONLY ONE WORKS AND ONLY WORKS SOMETIMES IT MEANS THAT IN ORDER TO MOVE THE PATIENTS UP TO THE OPERATING ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, THE ONLY FUNCTIONING OPERATING ROOM, THEY HAVE TO BRING THEM UP THIS RAMP DEEP INSIDE THE HOSPITAL, STAFF WHO SOMETIMES SLEEP HERE BECAUSE THEY SAY THEY CAN'T AFFORD BUS FARE HOME

IT'S THE PATIENTS WHO LINGER WHO REALLY WORRY THEM >> [speaking foreign language] >> Adrienne: YOU CAN GET MAYBE TREATMENT FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS, THIS NURSE SAYS, BUT THEN WHAT HAPPENS? THE OTHER DAYS THE PATIENTS STAY THERE AND WAITING FOR I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAITING LIKE THIS 18-YEAR-OLD IS WAITING BUT HE'S NOT OKAY

AND IT'S HARD TO LOOK AT, BUT SEE HIS THIGH? MOST OF HIS FEMUR HAD TO BE REMOVED BECAUSE THE INFECTION WAS EATING THE BONE HIS PARENTS WHO SLEEP AND COOK NEXT TO HIS BED SAY HE NEEDS ANTIBIOTICS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY BUT YET EVERYONE IS CUTTING BACK BACK >> [speaking foreign LANGUAGE] >> Adrienne: THERE AREN'T ENOUGH ANTIBIOTICS IN THE COUNTRY, HIS FATHER SAYS YESTERDAY THEY DIDN'T PUT ANY MORE IN

THIS IS NOT A ONE OFF IN A FUTILE SEARCH THE STAFF AT THE HOSPITAL APPROACH STAGERS, EVEN US, ASKING FOR SPECIFIC MEDICATIONS THEN WE MET THIS YOUNG MAN RECOVERING FROM A FOUR-YEAR-OLD WOUND HIS AUNT SAID THEY SPENT THE MONEY ON AN ANTI-BACTERIAL MATTRESS BUT NOW THEY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE ANTIBIOTIC TO SEE IT ADMINISTERED HERE SHE SAID YESTERDAY THAT WE SKIPPED THE ONE AT 5:00 p

m SO IT WOULD STRETCH BUT THEY CAN'T GET AHEAD OF AN INFECTION LIKE THIS EVERYTHING IS A CHOICE THE MATTRESS MATTERS, SOME HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE FULL OF THE MITES THAT CAUSE SCABIES

THERE ARE NO SUPPLIES TO DISINFECT THEM THE HOSPITAL STAFF TOOK CHANCES SHOWING US AROUND BUT THEY SAID THEY DID IT BECAUSE IT'S THE TRUTH AND THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH SO MANY HAVE HAD ENOUGH IN ANOTHER MOMENT WHERE PERCEPTIONS CAN FOOL, WHAT LOOKS LIKE JUST ANOTHER RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC JAM ISN'T IT'S A PROTEST

HOSPITAL WORKERS BLOCKING THE ROAD, ANGRY WITH NOT BEING PAID >> [speaking foreign language] >> Reporter: WE CAN'T BUY ANYTHING, THIS MAN SAYS, WE HAVE NO ACCESS TO MEDICINE, NO ACCESS TO ANYTHING THEY BLOCK THE ROAD, BUT NOT THE PATIENT THE WOMAN THERE WITH THE BABY USHERED ON TO A MOTORBIKE THERE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL THAT MAY HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER

>> Andrew: A NOTE ABOUT THE AID THAT WAS SENT TO VENEZUELA MOST IS BLOCKED BY MADURO GOVERNMENT AT THE COLOMBIAN BORDER MADURO CALLED THE AID A PACAB GAME IT REVENTS HIS GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING TO $10 BILLION OF OFFSHORE ASSETS >> Ian: JOE SCHLESINGER SPENT DECADES WITH THE CBC COVERING MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS LIKE WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN VENEZUELA, WATCHING HISTORY UNFOLD AND REPORTING IT TO CANADIANS WITH CHARM, HUMOUR AND ABOVE ALL HUMANITY

HE DIED PEACEFULLY AT HOME TODAY AT THE AGE OF 90 JOE HAD AN IMPACT ON ALL OF US IN THIS CRAFT, AND AT THE CBC, INCLUDING ADRIENNE, WHO PUT TOGETHER THIS TRIBUTE TO HIS LIFE, HIS CHARACTER, AND HIS CONTRIBUTION >> MY NAME IS JOE SCHLESINGER AND I HAVE A NEW JOB >> Reporter: LONG AFTER, EVEN DECADES AFTER HE RETIRED, JOE SCHLESINGER WAS STILL BURSTING TO BE A REPORTER HE SMELLED STORIES ABOUT JUST EVERYWHERE AND CERTAINLY SENSED ONE IN THE BURDENS OF AGING AND THE ELIXERS OF MEMORY AND LOVE >> IT DOES TAKE A LOT OF PATIENCE TO BE A PATIENT >> Adrienne: TO REALIZE WHAT IT MEANT WHEN TIME CAME CALLING, SO FRUSTRATED A MAN WHO HAD SPENT AN ENTIRE LIFETIME FIGHTING TO LIVE

>> COME WITH ME NO ONE HERE IS EAGER TO DIE >> I HAVE SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE, FIRST AS A BOY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND LOST HIS PARENTS IN THE HOLOCAUST >> Adrienne: IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE THAT ANY CONVERSATION ABOUT JOE SCHLESINGER'S STORIED CAREER STARTS WITH THE STORY OF HIS CHILDHOOD A LITTLE BOY SAVED BY THE KINDERTRANSPORT, BOARDING A TRAIN WITH HUNDREDS OF OTHER CHILDREN AND ESCAPING THE NAZIS HIS PARENTS WERE LATER KILLED IN THE HOLOCAUST AND HE NEVER STOPPED MISSING THEM

THE CONCEPT THAT NEWS OF THE WORLD MATTERED WAS EMBEDDED IN THAT LONELY KID'S MIND >> I'M A JEW ALSO AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING WAS AFFECTING ME AND IT DID AFFECT ME SO THE NEWS SHAPED ME YOU COULDN'T AVOID IT

>> THE LAST TOWN ON THE ROAD TO SAIGON >> Adrienne: IT'S CANADA'S GREAT GAIN THAT RATHER THAN RUN FROM THE NEWS THAT HE RAN TOWARDS THE MOST RAVAGED POCKETS OF THE PLANET >> CBC NEWS, PAKISTAN

>> PRAGUE >> Adrienne: IN THE BEGINNING HE REPORTED FOR OTHER OUTLETS AROUND THE WORLD >> CBC TELEVISION NEWS >> Adrienne: BEFORE FINDING HIS HOME AT THE CBC IN 1966 THEN THERE WAS A CURIOUS CAREER CHOICE HE DUMPED HIS JOB AS THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "THE NATIONAL" TO BE A CORRESPONDENT AGAIN >> THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA >> Adrienne: A FIELD THAT HE ALWAYS SAID WAS IN HIS DNA >> AND FED THE RAPIDS OF THE GREAT WALL

>> Adrienne: WHAT DID YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING ON THE ROAD? >> OF BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW ONE'S INSTINCTS OF BEING ABLE TO FIND SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING FORGET ALL OF THAT STUFF ABOUT LOVING PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME AUGUST IS THE MONTH TO BE HERE BECAUSE IN AUGUST THERE'S NO PARISONERS IN PARIS YOU CAN SIT DOWN AND YOU CAN HEAR YOURSELF THINK

>> Adrienne: WHY DO I GET THE FEELING THAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART — THE IDEA THAT YOUR BOSSES COULDN'T FIND YOU? [laughter] >> THAT'S RIGHT >> NOW THE WAR IS OVER BUT THE REFUGEE PROBLEM IS NOT >> Adrienne: TO COME OF AGE AT A TIME WHEN JOE SCHLESINGER WAS REPORTING WAS TO HEAR A VOICE UNLIKE OTHERS ON THE AIR AT THE TIME WHAT A COMFORT TO SO MANY WHO ARE NEW TO CANADA >> YOU COME HERE WITH ME

>> Adrienne: AND HIS EMPATHY REACHED OUT MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE HE'D ENDURED SO MUCH THAT HE WAS SO ATTUNED TO THE STRUGGLES OF SURVIVORS >> IT MAY SEEM LIKE A FUTILE FIGHT BUT IT COULD HAVE TREMENDOUS CONSEQUENCES OVER THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE BODIES OF THE DEAD ARE BEING REMOVED FLOWS THE SOUND OF MUSIC (*) THE MUSIC COMES FROM A GREETING CARD FOR A MUSLIM HOLIDAY IN APRIL THAT THE CARD'S OWNER WILL NEVER SEE

>> Adrienne: DETAILS, THE TINIEST OF DETAILS, WERE TREATED WITH THE GREATEST OF CARE IN SCHLESINGER'S REPORTING HE KNEW HOW TO BRIDGE DISTANCES >> IT'S NOT AN ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS BUT JUST A DISREGARD OF HUMAN RIGHTS >> Adrienne: BRAVE, BUT NOT INTERESTED IN BRAVADO, AND HE KNEW THE DIFFERENCE >> THIS WILL GO GREAT

SHE'S JUST A NATURAL >> Adrienne: THE HARDEST WHAT HE SAW HE POURED INTO HIS BOOKS AND STORIES HIS ADVICE OFFERED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO GENERATIONS OF YOUNG JOURNALISTS [Applause] HE WAS ULTIMATELY SHOWERED WITH AWARDS AND HONOURARY DEGREES AMONG HIS MOST PRECIOUS, THE ORDER OF CANADA

>> THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE CBC THAT FOR SO MANY YEARS THAT I COULD DO THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE >> Adrienne: HARDLY A MATTER OF TOLERATING JOE SCHLESINGER, THIS MAN WAS PITCHING STORIES UNTIL HIS VERY LAST DAYS HE WAS A GIFT >> Ian: SUCH A CHALLENGE TO DESCRIBE THOSE DECADES OF JOURNALISM, THE CARE AND CURIOSITY THAT DROVE HIM, SO WE WANT TO SHOW YOU A BIT MORE OF HIS STORIES AND HIS WORDS >> IT'S SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO SPEND ONE'S LIFE WATCHING THE WORLD UNFOLD AND ACTUALLY BEING PAID FOR IT

>> AND THEY SAY THEY HAVE 10,000 MEN ON THE ROAD AND YOU GET THE IMPRESSION OF A SOLID LINE BUT WHEN YOU GET HERE ON THE ROAD, THE REALITY IS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT >> THIS YEAR THERE'S SOMETHING NEW IN CANADIAN EXHIBITIONS IT'S ALSO CANADIAN FAIR TIME IN CHINA IT'S SUPPOSED TO GIVE US INSIDE TRACK ON A HUGE UNDEVELOPED MARKET OF 700 MILLION PEOPLE

WELL, MAYBE IT WILL, MAYBE IT WON'T >> THIS IS A SINGLE FROM THE GENERALS THAT DESPITE ALL OF THE CHANGES, JUST BECAUSE HE'S GONE DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL OF THE STATUS HAS CHANGED IN THE CITY >> MEANWHILE BACK IN THE BIG CITY, THIS IS JOE SCHLESINGER, CBC NEWS, IN PARIS, A CITY OF AUGUST BLISS (*) >> THE ONE DRIVING FORCE IN JOURNALISM FOR ME HAS NOT BEEN THE SCOOPS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT IT IS JUST THE JOY OF LEARNING (*) >> Ian: JOE ALSO LEFT AN IMPACT ON MANY OF AND YOU WE'LL HEAR SOME OF THOSE MEMORIES IN OUR "MOMENT" LATER IN THE SHOW >>> FIRST, LET'S TURN TO SEVERAL OTHER DEVELOPING STORIES THAT WE'RE WATCHING TONIGHT, STARTING HERE IN VANCOUVER WHERE THE SNOW IS FALLING AGAIN FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 24 HOURS AND WE'RE EXPECTING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT

HERE'S A VIEW FROM OUR CBC TOWER CAM UP TO 25 cm IS EXPECTED IN SOME AREAS TONIGHT EARLIER TODAY PUBLIC TRANSPORT WAS DISRUPTED BY THE SNOW AND ICE AND THAT IS STILL THE CASE FOR THE COMMUTE HOME SOME UNIVERSITIES HAVE CLOSED THEIR CAMPUSES TONIGHT SEVERAL FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

>>> POLICE ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY THIS WOMAN THROWING A CHAIR AND OTHER ITEMS FROM A CONDO BALCONY IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO THE VIDEO CUTS OUT JUST BEFORE THE CHAIR HITS LAKESHORE BOULEVARD BELOW SO IT'S NOT CLEAR IF IT HITS A CAR POLICE SAY THEY HAVE RECEIVED DOZENS OF CALLS ABOUT THE VIDEO, DOING THE ROUNDS ONLINE, BUT NO CONNECTIONS TO THE WOMAN YET A MISCHIEF INVESTIGATION WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY

>> Andrew: OKAY, AHEAD TONIGHT ON "THE NATIONAL" IT'S CALLED AN EMERGENCY IN RUSSIA WHY ARE DOZENS OF POLAR BEARS DESCENDING ON A SMALL TOWN? >> Ian: AND AS PART OF OUR INVESTIGATION INTO SEXUAL ABUSE IN SPORT WE GO IN-DEPTH INTO THE WORLD OF GYMNASTICS AND ASK, WHAT'S BEING DONE TO PROTECT YOUNG ATHLETES? >> Andrew: BUT, FIRST, HE LED THE INVESTIGATION INTO SERIAL KILLER BRUCE McARTHUR

NOW HANK IDSINGA IS TAKING TIME WITH US TO REFLECT ON THE CASE AND ITS GROTESQUE DETAILS >> THE PHOTOGRAPHS SPECIFICALLY ARE EXTREMELY DISTURBING NOBODY WANTS TO LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS I DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS (*) (*) >> I WAS ANGRY THAT THIS HAD GONE ON IN THIS CITY FOR SOME TIME AND THAT SOMEONE HAD ACTUALLY DONE THIS

>> Ian: TORONTO POLICE INSPECTOR HANK IDSINGA HAD SEEN A LOT OVER THE YEARS, BUT NOTHING LIKE THE CRIMES OF BRUCE McARTHUR THE 67-YEAR-OLD SERIAL KILLER WHO WAS SENTENCED LAST WEEK FOR KILLING AND DISMEMBERING EIGHT MEN, MOST WITH TIES TO TORONTO'S GAY VILLAGE McARTHUR WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY NEVER LEAVE PRISON BUT THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AS POLICE SEARCH FOR CONNECTIONS TO DOZENS OF COLD CASES TONIGHT IOANNA ROUMELIOTIS SITS DOWN WITH IDSINGA TO REFLECT ON THE PAST YEAR, THE EMOTIONAL TOLL THAT IT'S TAKEN ON HIM AND THE QUESTIONS THAT LINGER >> Reporter: I HAVE YOU SITTING HERE

AT JUST UNDER 6'6" HE'S A TOWERING PRESENCE, A VETERAN HOMICIDE COP WHO HAS SEEN A LOT AND STILL IT GOT TO HIM >> THERE'S DEFINITELY A LOT OF HIGHS AND DEFINITELY A LOT OF LOWS EMOTIONALLY WHEN I TALK ABOUT HIGHS, YOU'RE FINDING A KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE AND YOU WANT TO CELEBRATE AND BE HAPPY THAT YOU FOUND THIS BUT IT'S SUCH A TERRIBLE THING TO FIND AND YOU ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TWO EXTREMES REALLY >> Reporter: HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE LARGEST HOMICIDE UNIT IN THE COUNTRY

FOR A YEAR INSPECTOR HANK IDSINGA WAS THE FACE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED INVESTIGATION >> IT'S A SERIAL KILLER >> Reporter: ONE SO GRISLY THAT WHEN THE CROWN PROSECUTORS WOULD OUTLINE IT IN COURT THEIR VOICES WOULD BREAK DID IT GET TO YOU IN THE SAME WAY? >> YES, IT'S — AND THANKFULLY I WASN'T THE ONE UP THERE HAVING TO TALK ABOUT IT SO I THINK THAT FOR EVERYBODY WHO WAS IN THAT COURTROOM LISTENING TO THAT IT WAS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT AND HE DID A GREAT JOB UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES

I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO QUITE A GOOD A JOB AS HE DID >> Reporter: THE DETAILS WERE GRUESOME, HOW McARTHUR STRANGLED THE MEN IN HIS BEDROOM AND HIS VAN AND THEN TOOK PICTURES OF THEM USING PROPS INCLUDING A FUR COAT AND HAT, BEFORE FINALLY DISMEMBERING THEM AND HIDING THEIR REMAINS IN PLANTERS AND IN A RAVINE AREA IDSINGA HAD, OF COURSE, SEEN THAT ALL FIRSTHAND >> YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY'RE DIGGING FURTHER UP >> Reporter: BUT HE SAT BEHIND McARTHUR IN COURT, WHAT STRUCK HIM TOO IS HOW UNAFFECTED AND HOW EXPRESSIONLESS THE CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER APPEARED >> THE MINUTE HE SHUFFLED IN, KEEPING HIS HEAD DOWN AND NOT ACKNOWLEDGING ANYONE IN THE GALLERY, YOU GOT NOTHING OUT OF HIM WHATSOEVER IN THE COURTROOM >> Reporter: AND IN CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM? >> IN CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM I CAN'T DISCUSS AT THIS POINT IN TIME WHAT YOU GET OUT OF HIM IN CONVERSATIONS >> Reporter: WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE HIM AS BEING COOPERATIVE OR NOT? >> HE'S — NO

>> Reporter: NO CONFESSION, BUT AN ADMISSION TO KILLING EIGHT MEN A GUILTY PLEA THAT SPARED THEIR FAMILIES FROM EVIDENCE THAT IDSINGA COULD BARELY STOMACH HOW DISTURBING IS THE EVIDENCE? >> THE PHOTOGRAPHS SPECIFICALLY ARE EXTREMELY DISTURBING NOBODY WANTS TO LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS I DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS

I HAVE SEEN THE PHOTOGRAPHS I CAN'T IMAGINE THE REACTION OF ANY MEMBER OF THE FAMILIES OF SOME OF THESE VICTIMS THEY WOULD BE TRAUMATIZED FOR LIFE BY THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS >> Reporter: IT IS REMARKABLE HOW THE COURT PROCESS IS OVER 13 MONTHS AFTER POLICE ARRESTED McARTHUR AND WHILE JUSTICE JOHN MCMANN TOOK THE EXTRAORDINARY STEP OF COMMENDING DETECTIVES FOR THEIR WORK IN OPEN COURT, THE BACKSTORY IS THAT IT ALMOST DIDN'T HAPPEN

IF NOT FOR THIS A SECURITY CAMERA VIDEO OF McARTHUR'S LAST KNOWN VICTIM ANDREW KINSMAN GETTING INTO A RED VAN AND A CALENDAR ENTRY KINSMAN MADE WITH THE NAME "BRUCE

" THOSE TWO PIECES OF INFORMATION LED POLICE TO McARTHUR >> IF WE HADN'T LOCATED THAT SURVEILLANCE VIDEO, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE'D BE HERE TODAY IF HE HADN'T PUT THAT NAME ON THE CALENDAR, IF THE FRIENDS HADN'T REPORTED HIM MISSING AND IF THE INITIAL RESPONDING OFFICERS HADN'T DONE A VIDEO CANVAS — >> Reporter: ALL OF THIS? >> EXACTLY >> Reporter: IT MARKED THE END OF NEARLY A DECADE OF DEADENDS AND FRUSTRATING "WHAT IFs" AND IT'S LED TO CALLS FROM TORONTO'S GRIEVING LGBTQ COMMUNITY ESPECIALLY TO REVIEW HOW POLICE CONDUCTED THE McARTHUR INVESTIGATION IDSINGA WELCOMES THE SCRUTINY AND SAYS HE HAS HIS OWN LINGERING QUESTIONS

>> IF I WAS TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY I THINK THAT I'D REALLY LIKE TO NAIL DOWN A MORE HISTORIC TIMELINE WITH HIM AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE OF HIM COMMITTING ANY MURDERS PRIOR TO 2010 BUT AS EVERYBODY KNOWS NOW, MR McARTHUR DIDN'T ALWAYS LIVE IN TORONTO IF WE COULD GET THEM POINTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO GET SOME CLOSURE FOR SOMEBODY ELSE, THAT'S WHAT I'D BE MOST INTERESTED IN

>> Reporter: AS FOR WHY McARTHUR KILLED, IDSINGA SAYS HE DOESN'T REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE DID IS REVOLTING ENOUGH IF YOU WERE IN A ROOM WITH HIM, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO TELL HIM? >> THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION WHAT WOULD I WANT TO TELL HIM? >> Reporter: UM-HMM >> I DON'T THINK THAT I COULD TELL HIM ANYTHING MORE THAN WHAT THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS TOLD HIM LAST WEEK IN COURT ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT HIS VERY SELFISH ACTIONS HAVE HAD AND IF I WAS IN A ROOM WITH HIM I MIGHT HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AS AN INVESTIGATOR

BUT OTHER THAN THAT I'VE GOT NO DESIRE TO TALK TO THE MAN WHATSOEVER >> Reporter: FOR IDSINGA AN EMOTIONAL, DRAINING CASE IS OVER, A SERIAL KILLER IS BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE AND FOR NOW AT LEAST THAT'S ENOUGH IOANNA ROUMELIOTIS, CBC NEWS, TORONTO >> Andrew: STILL AHEAD TONIGHT ON "THE NATIONAL"

A RUSSIAN TOWN ON LOCKDOWN AND YOU'LL SEE THAT IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS WHY THE QUESTION IS WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALL OF THOSE BEARS? >> Ian: FIRST THOUGH WE CONTINUE OUR INVESTIGATION INTO ABUSE IN AMATEUR SPORT THE STEPS THAT SOME PARENTS ARE TAKING TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS

>> I STARTED GOOGLING, YOU KNOW, "ADVICE FOR PARENTS ON HOW TO RAISE AN ATHLETE" AND WHAT INITIATIVES THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN TO MAKE SPORTS BETTER (*) (*) (*) >> I THINK THAT WE HAVE STARTED A CONVERSATION THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY I AM MAKING THIS COMMITMENT THAT I AM GOING TO WORK TO MAKE SPORT SAFE IN THIS COUNTRY >> Andrew: THAT'S THE FEDERAL MINISTER OF SPORT KIRSTY DUNCAN SHE'S RESPONDING TONIGHT TO OUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE ABUSE OF AMATEUR ATHLETES BY THEIR COACHES

MORE THAN 200 AMATEUR SPORT COACHES IN CANADA WERE CONVICTED OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST MINORS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS EIGHT WERE IN GYMNASTICS NOW THAT IS A SPORT THAT WAS ALREADY REELING FROM THE TERRIBLE STORIES OF SERIAL SEXUAL ABUSE BY FORMER US SPORTS DOCTOR, LARRY NASSAR

AND ADD TO THAT A FORMER ELITE CANADIAN GYMNASTICS COACH NOW ON TRIAL ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WE'RE EXPECTING A VERDICT IN THAT CASE THIS WEEK SO AS DEVIN HEROUX TELLS US, IT'S ALL SPARKED A GRASSROOTS PUSH FOR BIG CHANGE IN THAT SPORT (*) >> SHE'S LEARNING HOW TO BE A HARD WORKER AND HOW TO BE FOCUSED AND HOW TO BE RESPECTFUL OF BOTH HERSELF AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HER TO BE SUPPORTIVE

AND I LOVE SEEING HER APPLY HERSELF YOU PUT THAT MUCH HEART AND SOUL INTO A SPORT AND YOU WANT IT TO BE WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL FOR ALL OF THE KIDS THAT ARE DOING IT AND IT DOES BREAK MY HEART THAT THERE ARE KIDS OUT THERE WHO HAVE SUFFERED >> Reporter: IT'S A DIFFICULT ADMISSION THAT THE GYM WHERE CHILDREN SPEND DOZENS OF HOURS A WEEK HASN'T BEEN SAFE FOR EVERY ATHLETE A REALITY THRUST ON GYMNASTIC PARENTS LIKE KIM SHORE

>> NICE! >> Adrienne: ON A WIDELY FOLLOWED CASE OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SOUTH OF THE BORDER, THE HAMMER FELL HARD ON LARRY NASSAR TODAY >> I WANT YOU TO APOLOGISE TO ME >> LARRY NASSAR I HATE YOU >> HE PENETRATED ME >> Reporter: DAILY HORROR STORIES WERE UNFOLDING DURING THE TRIAL OF GYMNASTICS DR LARRY NASSAR

WITHIN A SPAN OF A FEW MONTHS IN CANADA THREE HIGH-PROFILE GYMNASTIC COACHES CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE SEXUAL OFFENSES >> THERE WAS A LOT OF PAIN IN OUR COMMUNITY A YEAR AGO YEAH IT HURT IT HURT ME AND AS A FORMER GYMNAST WHO CHOSE TO HAVE HER DAUGHTER DO GYMNASTICS I FELT SORT OF LIKE I HAD TO ANSWER FOR SOME OF THAT >> Reporter: IT'S PERSONAL FOR KIM AND IT PROPELLED HER TO ACT, BUT WHERE DO YOU EVEN BEGIN? >> TO BE HONEST I STARTED GOOGLING, YOU KNOW, "ADVICE FOR PARENTS ON HOW TO RAISE AN ATHLETE" AND WHAT INITIATIVES THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN TO MAKE SPORTS BETTER

ALL OF THOSE THINGS I JUST COLLECTED INFORMATION I READ ARTICLES AND THEN EVENTUALLY I THOUGHT MAYBE I SHOULD PUT A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION TOGETHER >> Reporter: ON TOP OF TAKING HER DAUGHTER TO THE GYM FIVE TIMES A WEEK, KIM IS NOW INVOLVED WITH GYMNASTICS ALBERTA AND GYMNASTICS CANADA AND GIVES REGULAR SAFE SPORT PRESENTATIONS, WORKING WITH FELLOW PARENTS TO BREAK THE SILENCE

>> SOMETHING THAT'S HAPPENED IN 2013, 2014, THAT WAS A CONCERN FOR ME AS A GYM PARENT, I DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO TELL THIS TO, WHO TO ASK ABOUT AND I WAS ALSO A YOUNGER GYM PARENT SO I THOUGHT, WELL, I DON'T WANT TO SOUND CRAZY OR OVERBEARING OR MAYBE THIS IS A NORMAL THING >> I THINK THAT PARENTS WANT TRANSPARENCY TOO THAT'S AN IDEAL THING IN ANY CLUB, RIGHT? >> ABSOLUTELY >> YOU WANT FULL TRANSPARENCY

>> SPORTS BODIES HAVE REALLY STRUGGLED TO SELF-POLICE OVER ALL THE YEARS AND TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY WHERE YOU CAN PUT YOUR COMPLAINTS IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL >> Reporter: CBC'S INVESTIGATION REVEALS POLICIES EXIST IN ISOLATION, SPORT-TO-SPORT, PROVINCE-TO-PROVINCE AND EVEN CLUB-TO-CLUB, WITHOUT STANDARDIZED FRAMEWORK YOU HAVE THIS WALL OF COACHES A LOT OF COACHES

THE ONUS THEN FALLS ON EVERY CLUB TO MAKE ITS OWN POLICY YOU HAVE THIS WALL OF COACHES A LOT OF COACHES THE ONUS THEN FALLS ON EVERY CLUB TO MAKE ITS OWN POLICY TAKE FOR EXAMPLE, KYLE SHEWFELT'S GYM IN CALGARY

>> FOR US IT'S A BIG VALUE-ADD IT ALLOWS US TO STAND FIRMLY IN THE PLACE THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THE YOUNG ATHLETES >> BACK PASS, IT'S CRUCIAL >> HE NAILED IT ONCE HE DOES! >> Reporter: YOU MIGHT REMEMBER KYLE FROM ATHENS IN 2004, GYMNASTICS ROYALTY, THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION WHO DOES COMMENTARY WITH CBC SPORTS

>> HANG IN THERE >> Reporter: KYLE WASN'T GOING TO LET PREDATORS TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM FUTURE ATHLETES HE BELIEVES THAT TO FIND THE SOLUTION PEOPLE CAN'T SHY AWAY FROM TOUGH CONVERSATIONS ANYMORE SO HE STEPPED UP >> WE BROUGHT IN PEOPLE TO TALK TO US ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANT FOR OUR SPORT ABOUT A YEAR AGO WE GOT TOGETHER AS A GROUP AND JUST HAD THAT CONVERSATION

TO ME THAT WAS LIKE A REALLY POSITIVE STEP IN ALL OF THIS AND THIS IS MESSY FOR SPORT IN GENERAL AND FOR GYMNASTICS SPECIFICALLY BUT NOW I'VE GOT THE BLACK-AND-WHITE POLICIES LIKE, THIS PERSON HAS BEEN POLICE CHECKED AND WE HAVE DONE REFERENCE CHECKS AND THAT'S ALL I CAN REALLY DO AT THIS POINT >> Reporter: AND YET THE REALITY IS THAT YOU CAN DO ALL OF THESE THINGS AND PREDATORS CAN STILL SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS BACKGROUND CHECKS ONLY CATCH PEOPLE WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD AND REFERENCE CHECKS, WELL, THERE'S NO CHARACTER SKETCH OF WHO A PREDATOR MIGHT BE >> LEAN FORWARD AND LIFT UP TO A TUCK HANDSTAND

NOW SHOW US YOUR LINE NOW HIPS OPEN >> Reporter: KELLY MANJACK FOUND THIS OUT THE HARD WAY

>> AND PRESENT >> Reporter: FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES KELLY HAS BEEN HELPING GYMNASTS TO GET TO THE TOP, INCLUDING KYLE SHEWFELT AT THE 2004 OLYMPICS HE NOW OWNS HIS OWN GYM IN MISSISSAUGA, A PLACE WHERE DOZENS OF ATHLETES COME TO TRAIN EVERY DAY THE IDEA THAT A COACH COULD ABUSE AN ATHLETE IN HIS GYM SEEMED UNTHINKABLE NO RED FLAGS? >> NOT A LOT OF RED FLAGS THAT I WAS REALLY, REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT IN ANY SENSE AND HE PICKED UP THE COACHING PRETTY QUICK

AND HE WAS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT IT HE REMINDED ME OF ME >> Reporter: A COACH WHO WORKED AT HIS GYM FOR YEARS NOW FACES CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD LURING THE DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE AND AT SEVERAL OTHER GYMS ARE STILL BEFORE THE COURTS AND UNDER PUBLICATION BAN YOU HAD TOLD ME THAT YOU DID YOUR BACKGROUND CHECKS AND ALL OF THAT? >> YEP, YEP, WE DID AS MUCH AS WE COULD AS WE NORMALLY DID

THERE WERE NO FLAGS AT ALL IT GOT RIGHT BY ME THERE WAS NO — NO BONE IN MY BODY THAT WANTED TO GO LOOK DEEPER INTO THE PROBLEM BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT I SAW THE GUY EVERY SINGLE DAY AND I TRUSTED HIM >> Reporter: YOU THOUGHT THAT YOU KNEW HIM? >> I THOUGHT THAT I KNEW HIM

>> Reporter: BUT YOU DIDN'T >> OBVIOUSLY NOT I MEAN — I REALLY LIKED THE GUY >> Reporter: DID YOU WANT TO BELIEVE THAT WHATEVER IT WAS WASN'T THAT BIG A DEAL? >> YES, SURE >> Reporter: SINCE THEN KELLY HAS TAKEN EVERY STEP TO ARM HIS GYM AGAINST POTENTIAL PREDATORS, HIRING A DEDICATED EMPLOYEE FOR STAFF DISCIPLINE AND INSTALLING CAMERAS ALL OVER HIS GYM, AND CREATING STRONGER POLICIES ON COACH-ATHLETE CONDUCT

(*) KEEPING SAFETY POLICY CURRENT IS AN ONGOING CONVERSATION, NOT ONLY AT THE GYM BUT AT HOME TOO BETWEEN MAKING LUNCHES AND GYM PRACTICES, KIM NOW ALSO FITS IN TALKS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT WITH HER 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ADDISON >> WE HAVE HAD SOME DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS, DIDN'T WE? >> YEAH, WE DID >> YEAH, BECAUSE WE HAD TO LEARN ABOUT SOME THINGS AT 11 YEARS OLD THAT MAYBE YOU DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW? >> YEAH, I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW THOSE THINGS >> ARE YOU GLAD THAT YOU KNOW THEM NOW? >> YEAH, I'M GLAD THAT I KNOW THEM BECAUSE IF ANYTHING LIKE THAT EVER HAPPENED, I KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THE OTHER KIDS SHOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO

>> Reporter: WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? >> I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO GET DONE YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT MY SPORT HAS BEEN LOOKED AT IN THE WAY THAT IT HAS IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT THERE ARE KIDS WHO ARE HURTING EVERY SPORT SHOULD HAVE CHALLENGES KIDS SHOULD LEARN RESILIENCY

THEY NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE THEY NEED TO BE HARD WORKING, ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT'S WHAT MAKES AN ATHLETE SPECIAL BUT THEY DON'T NEED TO BE DEGRADED AND THEY DON'T NEED TO BE BEATEN DOWN AND THEY DON'T NEED TO ENDURE INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR EVER (*) >> Reporter: THERE'S MOMENTUM NOW

COACHES, ATHLETES, PARENTS, ALL MOVING FORWARD NOT COMPLETELY SURE ABOUT WHAT'S IN FRONT OF THEM BUT READY TO CLOSE THE DOOR ON AN ABUSIVE PAST DEVIN HEROUX, CBC NEWS, TORONTO >> Andrew: NOW ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE A PARENT YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THIS INVESTIGATION HAS RAISED OR MAYBE YOU'RE A COACH YOURSELF OR AN ATHLETE

SO LATER THIS WEEK WE'RE BRINGING TOGETHER A PANEL TO TRY TO PROVIDE ANSWERS SO SEND IN YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT OVERCOMING SEXUAL OFFENSES IN AMATEUR SPORT TO THENATIONAL@CBCCA >> Ian: UP NEXT ON "THE NATIONAL" IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE A POLAR BEAR INVASION WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A SMALL TOWN IN RUSSIA THAT IS STRUGGLING TO GET THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL

>> IT'S DIFFICULT (*) >> Andrew: IT'S A PROBLEM PERHAPS FAMILIAR TO THOSE LIVING IN CANADA'S NORTH BUT THIS NEXT STORY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT POLAR BEARS, DOZENS OF THEM, HAVE INVADED A RUSSIAN ARCTIC COMMUNITY AND AS CBC'S CHRIS BROWN EXPLAINS, SCIENTISTS THINK THAT PEOPLE'S BEHAVIOUR MIGHT BE MAKING THINGS WORSE >> Reporter: IT'S A POLAR BEAR EMERGENCY IN RUSSIA'S HIGH ARCTIC AS MANY AS 52 BEARS HAVE MOVED IN AND THIS OPEN GARBAGE DUMP SEEMS TO BE THE BIG ATTRACTION WITH LOTS OF FOOD TO EAT AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS TO EXPLORE AROUND TOWN ANTWON, GET OUT, SCREAMS A WOMAN AS A MAN MAKES HIS ESCAPE

>> [SCREAMING] >> Reporter: CURIOUS BEARS ARE WANDERING INTO AND OUT OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS AND PAST SECURITY CAMERAS AND ALL AROUND NEIGHBORHOODS THERE'S A PERSON WALKING AND A BEAR WALKING, SAYS THE WOMAN'S VOICE AND HE DOESN'T EVEN SEE HIM TIP TENNESSEE >> Reporter: A MOSCOW-BASED ARCTIC CONSERVATIONIST SAYS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO HAVE AN OPEN GARBAGE DUMP BUT IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT IT'S HAPPENED THE TOWN IS NOVAYA ZEMLYA IS A CLOSED MILITARY COMMUNITY WHERE ACCESS IS RESTRICTED

THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND SAYS THEY TRIED TO DO A BEAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN BUT RUSSIA'S MILITARY WASN'T INTERESTED AND IT'S LIKELY THAT THE BEARS WILL KEEP COMING BACK IT'S A WARMING CLIMATE THAT'S FORCING THE BEARS ASHORE IN THE FIRST PLACE NO ICE MEANS NO SEALS TO HUNT AND SCIENTISTS SAY THAT THE MELT IN RUSSIA'S EASTERN ARCTIC IS LIKELY EVEN MORE SEVERE THAN IN CANADA USUALLY RELOCATING PROBLEM BEARS HUNDREDS OF KILOMETRES AWAY TO WHERE THERE'S ICE IS A PREFERRED SOLUTION BUT IN THIS CASE THAT MAY NOT WORK

SO UNTIL BIOLOGISTS COME UP WITH OTHER SOLUTIONS THIS TOWN OF 2,500 IS ON LOCKDOWN WITH PEOPLE AFRAID TO GO OUTSIDE AND WAITING FOR THE SO-CALLED POLAR BEAR OCCUPATION TO END CHRIS BROWN, CBC NEWS, MOSCOW >> Ian: "THE MOMENT" IS UP NEXT >> Ian: TONIGHT WE'RE REMEMBERING A REMARKABLE JOURNALIST WHO SPENT DECADES BRINGING NEWS INTO OUR LIVING ROOMS AND MAKING IT ALL MAKE SENSE JOE SCHLESINGER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 THE PRIME MINISTER OFFERED CONDOLENCES ON TWITTER AND SAYING "WITH PASSION, COURAGE, AND AUTHENTICITY, JOE SCHLESINGER BROUGHT THE NEWS TO CANADIANS AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANADIAN JOURNALISM WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

" AND A MAN WHO KNEW JOE WELL, PETER MANSBRIDGE TWEETED IN PART "LOOK AT A MAP AND IT SEEMS YOU COULD POINT TO ANYWHERE AND REMEMBER A STORY JOE DID FROM THERE STORYTELLING THAT FEW WILL EVER MATCH AND IN WAYS THAT MADE US ALL BETTER INFORMED ABOUT THE PLANET THAT WE ALL LIVE ON" MEMORIES ARE ALSO POURING IN FROM YOU, OUR VIEWERS YOUR MEMORIES OF JOE IS OUR "MOMENT OF THE DAY" >> I STILL CAN'T HEAR THE TERM FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT JOE SCHLESINGER

>> HIS SENTIMENTS TONIGHT AND THE FEELINGS OF THE CONGRESS AND INDEED OF THE COUNTRY APPEAR TO BE ON A COLLISION COURSE >> HE WAS THOROUGHLY GENUINE AND SPOKE HIS MIND >> HE HAD A COMPELLING WAY OF TELLING STORIES THAT MADE ME WANT TO LISTEN >> THE NEWS IS THAT MANY IN THIS POST HAVE NOTHING MUCH MORE TO DO ANYMORE >> JOE'S VOICE EXPLAINING COMPLEX EVENTS WAS A TOUCHSTONE WITH ME WATCHING "THE NATIONAL" AT NIGHT WITH MY DAD AS A KID

>> FORGET ABOUT THOSE SMILING IRISH EYES, INSTEAD HAVE THE PRIME MINISTER START BRUSHING ON THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS JOE SCHLESINGER, CBC NEWS >> Andrew: AND ADRIENNE IS IN VENEZUELA TONIGHT DOING THE VERY KIND OF WORK THAT JOE DEVOTED SO MANY YEARS TO AND IT FELT RIGHT FOR HER TO SHARE HER OWN VIEW ON JOE'S LIFE >> Adrienne: HERE'S A LITTLE STORY ABOUT JOE

JOE HAD RETIRED BY THE TIME THAT I WAS WORKING AS A "NATIONAL" REPORTER AT CBC BUT HE WAS ALWAYS AROUND CBC SO THERE WAS A DAY THAT I STOPPED HIM AND INTRODUCED MYSELF AND TOLD HIM THAT I WAS A HUGE FAN OF HIS WORK WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT STORYTELLING AND HE SAID, LOOK, LISTEN, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO ACTUALLY HAVE A STORY, A REALLY GOOD STORY, UNTIL YOU HAVE A "THING" IN THE STORY AND I THOUGHT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT AND I WANT THIS TO BE GOOD ADVICE BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND A WORD THAT HE'S SAYING WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "THING"? AND HE SAID IT'S THE THING, THE THING — THE THING THAT EVERYONE WILL TALK ABOUT THE NEXT DAY, IT'S A MOMENT OR A CLIP OR SOMETHING UNEXPECTED BUT UNTIL YOU HAVE A "THING" YOU DON'T HAVE A STORY

AND I SAID THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I LEFT AND FOR A LONG TIME I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THIS ICON HAD SAID TO ME AND YEARS LATER THE PENNY DROPPED A LITTLE BIT AND I THOUGHT, AH-HA "THE THING" AND NOW IT'S BECOME SORT OF A LIFE-LONG PURSUIT FOR "THE THING" >> Andrew: AND HIS IMPACT, I MEAN, UNDENIABLE IN BIG WAY AND IN SMALL WAYS IAN, YOU WORKED WITH HIM? >> Ian: SO I WORKED WITH HIM ON A NEWS NETWORK SHOW 30 YEARS AGO

I WAS IN MY 30s AND HE WAS IN HIS 60s, I GUESS AND ADRIENNE USES THE WORD "ICON," IMAGINE WORKING WITH A GUY WHO HAD TRAVELLED THE WORLD I HAD DONE STORIES UP AND DOWN THE WEST COAST OF CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES BUT THAT'S IT ALWAYS PATIENT, ALWAYS GRACIOUS, AND ALWAYS WILLING TO TEACH AND NEVER CONDESCENDING AND IT WAS A REAL HONOUR TO GET TO WORK WITH HIM A LITTLE BIT THAT IS "THE NATIONAL" FOR FEBRUARY 11th

GOODNIGHT >> Andrew: GOODNIGHT

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