The National for April 26, 2019 — Flooding Military Help, Peanut Allergy, Workplace Burnout
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>>Ian: TONIGHT MILITARY AID.>>IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE FOR A LOT OF FOLKS.>>OTTAWA BRINGS IN THE ARMY, MONTREAL DECLARE AN EMERGENCY. FLOODING IS TAKING ITS TOLL AND IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE.>>IT’S LIKE I HELD MY BREATH FOR TEN YEARS AND FINALLY I WAS ABLE TO BREATHE.>>NEW RESEARCH ON PEANUT ALLERGIES IN CHILDREN. WHY THE TREATMENT MIGHT NOT BE RIGHT FOR EVERY FAMILY.>>I WORKED ABOUT SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, BETWEEN 14 AND 16-HOUR DAYS.>>Ian: OUR SERIES ON WORKPLACE BURNOUT LOOKS AT THE GAMING INDUSTRY. HOW SOME ARE FIGHTING BACK AGAINST CRUNCH TIME. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL”.>>Ian: IT’S BEEN A LONG WEEK OF MISERY FOR MANY PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN CANADA. SEVERE FLOODWATERS ARE ENGULFING ROADS AND HOMES AND THERE IS MORE TO COME.>>WE ARE MONITORING ALL THE FLOOD ZONES AND THERE ARE SEVERAL IN THE OTTAWA REGION, THE MONTREAL REGION, THROUGH QUÉBEC. THEN WE SAW THE MAP OF NEW BRUNSWICK AND IT JUST JUMPED OUT AT US THAT FREDERICTON WAS HARD-HIT.>>Ian: IT’S BEEN A HARD WEEK IN PARTS OF NEW BRUNSWICK. THE WATER LEVELS ARE SLOWLY STARTING TO DROP. THE SITUATION LOOKS WORSE IN SOUTHERN QUÉBEC WHERE MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED. LIKE DOZENS OF OTHER MUNICIPALITIES, MONTREAL IS NOW UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY.>>WE’RE LOOKING AT THE SITUATION MINUTE BY MINUTE, HOUR BY HOUR AND IF THERE IS EVACUATION NEEDED, WE’LL BE DOING IT.>>Ian: IN ONTARIO, THE SITUATION GETS WORSE BY THE HOUR. SEVERAL COMMUNITIES IN COTTAGE COUNTRY HAVE DECLARED EMERGENCIES. CANADIAN FORCES ARE IN THE CAPITAL TO HELP. ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE, PLACES LIKE CONSTANCE BAY, WHERE THE RISING OTTAWA RIVER COULD LEAD TO DAMAGE EVEN WORSE THAN WHAT WE SAW IN 2017. OUR HANNAH THIBEDEAU TAKES US THERE TONIGHT.>>Reporter: THESE TROOPS HAVE JOINED AN ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BEEN FILLING SAND SANDBAGS FOR DAYS. FLOODING WAS TERRIBLE HERE TWO YEARS AGO. THIS TIME, IT COULD BE WORSE.>>OH, I CERTAINLY HAVE SEEN MORE WATER THAN I ANTICIPATED AND IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE FOR A LOT OF FOLKS.>>Reporter: THE TROOPS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED TO KEY AREAS TO HELP PROTECT HOMES.>>OF COURSE, THE GROUND WILL REACH A POINT OF SATURATION AS I’M TOLD BY THE EXPERTS WHERE YOU START GETTING WATER COMING UP FROM THE GROUND AND THE SANDBAGGING WILL HAVE A LIMITED EFFECT.>>Reporter: 21,000 BAGS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FILLED. BUT WITH HEAVY RAIN IN THE FORECAST, THEY MAY NEED MORE.>>WHEN YOUR HOUSE IS FLOODED AND GETS FLOODED, IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW.>>Reporter: A LINEUP OF TRUCKS WAITED FOR AS LONG AS AN HOUR TO LOAD UP.>>IF WE DON’T GET THE BAGS IN, IT’S GOING TO FLOOD THE HOUSE.>>Reporter: GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW BAD IT IS AT SOME HOUSES IN CONSTANCE BAY. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE SANDBAGS HAVE TO BE BROUGHT IN BY BOAT BECAUSE THE WATER IS UP SO HIGH. AT THIS HOUSE HERE, YOU CAN SEE IT’S ALMOST UP TO THE TOP OF THE FOUNDATION. PAUL GRAVELINE IS DESPERATE TO STOP THE WATER FROM REACHING THE SIDING.>>IF IT BREACHES THAT, THEN WE’RE GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE. WE’RE GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE. IT’S GOING TO BE THE HOUSE AND WE’RE GOING TO LOSE THE HOUSE.>>Reporter: AS WE WERE THERE, THE MILITARY ARRIVED TO HELP GRAVELINE OUT. AND LATE TODAY, THE TROOPS WERE ALSO SENT TO PROTECT A ROAD LEADING TO ONE OF THE CITY’S MAIN WATER TREATMENT PLANTS TO ENSURE IT STAYS OPEN. HANNAH THIBEDEAU, CBC NEWS, CONSTANCE BAY.>>Ian: TROOPS HAVE ALSO BEEN DEPLOYED TO SOUTHERN QUÉBEC WHERE ABOUT 30 COMMUNITIES ARE FACING SERIOUS TROUBLE, INCLUDING LAVAL, JUST NORTH OF MONTREAL, WHERE ALISON NORTHCOTT MET PEOPLE WHO ARE EXHAUSTED AND WORRIED.>>Reporter: THE FIGHT AGAINST THE WATER ON THIS STREET IS FAR FROM OVER. WE’RE WATCHING THE PUMPS, ALWAYS WORRIED THE WATER WILL RISE OVERNIGHT. WE’RE STRESSED.>>SANDBAGS AROUND THE WINDOWS, INSIDE THE DOOR TO BLOCK IT.>>Reporter: THIS MAN’S HOME FLOODED TWO YEARS AGO AND HE SAYS THE WATER IS STARTING TO SEEP IN AGAIN.>>I LOVE THIS PLACE. BUT YOU KNOW, I MEAN, IF SOMEBODY WILL GIVE ME SOMETHING FOR THE HOUSE, I’LL MOVE OUT AND BUY ANOTHER HOUSE. YOU’RE DISCOURAGED.>>Reporter: RAIN AND MELTING SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE AN ALREADY DIFFICULT SITUATION WORSE ACROSS COMMUNITIES IN QUÉBEC THIS WEEKEND. IN LAVAL, THE CITY ASKED PEOPLE IN SOME AREAS TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES.>>WE HAVE TWO YOUNG KIDS, SO WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE.>>I GOT MY MOTHER AND SON OFF THE ISLAND AND I’M GOING TO MAN THE PUMPS.>>Reporter: DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY GIVES MONTREAL THE POWER TO FORCE PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES IF IT COMES TO THAT.>>IF IT IS NECESSARY, THEN WE WILL BE ASKING THEM TO COME WITH US, IT BECOMES A FORCE THAT WOULD SAY EVACUATION FOR THEIR SAFETY, FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. LIKE I SAID, IT’S SOMETHING WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY.>>Reporter: OTHER AREAS ARE ON WATCH. WATER IS GOING THROUGH THE BELL FALLS DAM AT LEVELS NEVER SEEN BEFORE.>>IF THE DAM LETS GO, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. WE COULD LOSE UP TO 160 HOMES.>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF ANXIETY THAT HAS SO MANY COMMUNITIES ON EDGE AND MANY RESIDENTS NERVOUSLY PREPARING IN CASE THINGS GET WORSE.>>Ian: THIS WEEK, QUÉBEC ANNOUNCED A PROGRAMME TO BUY OUT FLOODED HOMEOWNERS WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH, BUT ONLY TO A MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF $200,000. NEW JERSEY, WHICH ALSO STRUGGLES WITH SERIOUS ANNUAL FLOODING ALREADY HAS A SIMILAR PROGRAMME. AS STEVEN D’SOUZA EXPLAINS, IT OFFERS MORE.>>THIS IS MY DRIVEWAY. HERE COMES THE WATER.>>Reporter: SINCE THE EARLY 90s, EVELYN YORK TRIED TO GET ACTION ON HER NEIGHBOURHOOD.>>Reporter: SUPER STORM SANDY IN 2012 WAS THE BREAKING POINT. THE STATE CAME KNOCKING WITH AN OFFER TO BUY UP HER HOME. AFTER 38 YEARS, SHE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE. BUT THEN SHE SPOKE TO HER REAL ESTATE AGENT.>>HE SAID, I SUGGEST WHATEVER THEY OFFER YOU, TAKE IT AND RUN. BECAUSE YOUR HOME HAS NO VALUE. AT THAT POINT, I KNEW I HAD TO DO SOMETHING.>>Reporter: YORK USED TO LIVE HERE. NOW A PATCHWORK OF EMPTY LOTS. IN 2013, THE STATE CREATED A PROGRAMME TO BUY OUT RESIDENTS. THOSE IN DESIGNATED FLOOD PRONE COASTAL AREAS WERE GIVEN THE PRE-STORM VALUE OF THEIR HOME. THE STRUCTURES WERE DEMOLISHED AND THE LOTS CLEARED SO NATURE CAN TAKE OVER, CREATING A NATURAL FLOOD BARRIER. SINCE THE PROGRAMME’S INCEPTION, 735 FAMILIES HAVE ACCEPTED BUYOUT OFFERS AND JUST UNDER 600 HOMES HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED. COMPARED TO QUÉBEC’S BUYOUT PROGRAMME, NEW JERSEY DOESN’T CAP WHAT THEY OFFER HOMEOWNERS.>>I PERSONALLY THINK THAT IS NOT GOING TO MOTIVATE MANY SELLERS, ESPECIALLY IF THEIR HOME IS WORTH MORE THAN THE $200,000 CAP. YOU ASK ANY REASONABLE PERSON, WOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME FOR LESS THAN IT’S WORTH? I’M SURE THEY WOULDN’T.>>Reporter: NOT EVERYONE JUMPED AT THE OFFER.>>THE STATE GIVES YOU PEANUTS. THEY KNOW THEY HAVE YOU BY WHAT THEY NEED TO HAVE YOU BY. THEY OFFER YOU A LOW AMOUNT AND IT’S LIKE TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.>>Reporter: STILL, SHE SAYS, TAKING THE BUYOUT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION.>>IT WILL GET WORSE. AND YOU HAVE TO START THINKING WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT YOUR HEART.>>Reporter: HOFFMAN SAYS 30 OF THE INITIAL HOLDOUTS HAVE COME AROUND AND MORE ARE JUST A FLOOD AWAY.>>Ian: PEANUT ALLERGIES CAN KILL YOUR CHILD. TO HELP PREVENT THE PROBLEM, CANADIAN PEDIATRICIANS RECOMMEND INTRODUCING PEANUTS TO YOUR INFANT’S DIET AT SIX MONTHS. BUT WHAT ABOUT OLDER KIDS ALREADY ALLERGIC? RESEARCHERS HAVE TESTED GIVING TINY AMOUNTS OF PEANUTS TO KIDS OVER FIVE TO REDUCE THEIR SENSITIVITY AND BUILD TOLERANCE. NOW WE’RE LEARNING THAT COMES WITH RISKS. CHRISTINE BIRAK LAYS THEM OUT.>>Reporter: SCOTT WADE NEVER THOUGHT HE’D DO THIS.>>I PROBABLY THOUGHT LIKE EVERY DAY I’M GOING TO DIE. I CAN DIE. OF PEANUTS.>>Reporter: ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY IS DOCTORS EXPOSING CHILDREN TO CONTROLLED AMOUNTS OF WHAT THEIR ALLERGIC TO. SCOTT CAN NOW EAT UP TO FOUR PEANUTS A DAY.>>IT’S LIKE I HELD MY BREATH FOR TEN YEARS AND FINALLY WAS ABLE TO BREATHE.>>Reporter: BUT A NEW STUDY SAYS WHILE THE TREATMENT IS PROMISING, IT’S GIVING FAMILIES A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.>>WE ACTUALLY FOUND TWO TO THREE MORE TIMES REACTION FOR THOSE OUT OF THE CLINIC FOR THOSE ON IMMUNE THERAPY.>>Reporter: THEY LOOKED AT 12 TRIALS. WHILE THERE WERE NO DEATHS, THOSE WHO UNDERWENT ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY HAD MORE ALLERGIC AND ANAPHYLACTIC REACTIONS. IT’S NOT CLEAR WHY, BUT IT APPEARS PEANUT PROTECTION CAN BE BROKEN BY SIMPLE THINGS, LIKE TAKING THE DOSE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, EXERCISING TOO SOON AFTER THE TREATMENT OR CATCHING A COLD.>>WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT A CURE, IT’S A TREATMENT.>>ANY REACTIONS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WITH HER?>>Reporter: DR. DOUGLAS MACK RUNS ONE OF THE FEW PRIVATE CLINICS OFFERING ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY.>>I HOPE IT DOESN’T SCARE FAMILIES FROM DOING IT, BUT MAKES THEM REALLY CONSIDER IF THIS IS FOR THEM.>>Reporter: THE WADE FAMILY DIDN’T SWAYED.>>THIS STUDY WILL NOT CHANGE OUR MINDS WHATSOEVER.>>Reporter: SCOTT SAYS HE FINALLY FEELS FREE, BUT STILL CARRIES HIS EPIPEN EVERYWHERE HE GOES. CHRISTINE BIRAK, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: ALLERGIES CAN BE A DEEP SOURCE OF ANXIETY FOR PARENTS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR KIDS, YOU’LL WANT TO HEAR THIS. ON MONDAY, AT 4:00 P.M. EASTERN, WE’LL HAVE A LIVE Q&A WITH A DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN PEDIATRIC ALLERGIES. YOU CAN ASK YOUR QUESTIONS AND GET ANSWERS ON THE SPOT.>>>ONTO CHIHEB ESSEGHAIER — ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP IN THE PHILIPPINES IS PLANNING TO TAKE TO THE STREETS OUTSIDE THE CANADIAN EMBASSY. THEY’RE UPSET THAT CANADA HAS STILL NOT TAKEN BACK MORE THAN 100 SHIPPING CONTAINERS FULL OF HOUSEHOLD WASTE. SENT TO A PORT NEAR MANILA IN 2013. THE CAP — THE COMPANY THAT LEFT THEM, NOW DEFUNCT.>>Reporter: AT ONE OF THE BUSIEST PORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES TODAY, MORE PRESSURE FOR CANADA TO TAKE BACK ITS WASTE. STORAGE FEES AND ABANDONMENT PENALTIES FOR THOSE 103 CANADIAN CONTAINERS, ESTIMATED AT $6 MILLION FOUR YEARS AGO. THERE IS NO OFFICIAL FIGURE OF HOW MUCH THE GARBAGE HAS COST THE PHILIPPINES SINCE THEN. PROTESTS DID NOTHING TO MOVE THE DIAL, NOR DID A CONCLUSION FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS, THAT CANADA VIOLATED AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO NOT SHIP WASTE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. THIS WEEK, THE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT STEPPED IN, BLUNT AS USUALLY, THREATENING WAR.>>I WILL ADVISE CANADA THAT YOUR GARBAGE IS ON THE WAY. FIGHTING WORDS THAT SURPRISED CANADA.>>I DON’T THINK THREATS ARE HELP. BUT WE TAKE THE ISSUE SERIOUSLY.>>Reporter: NOW OFFICIALS ARE WARNING ALL THIS COULD LEAD TO A DIPLOMATIC RIFT. A WORKING GROUP IS MAKING PROGRESS AND CANADA WILL LIKELY AGREE TO TAKE THE GARBAGE BACK SOON, BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH FOR MANY.>>CANADA AS A DEVELOPED COUNTRY, IT’S TREATING THE PHILIPPINES AS ONE OF THE DUMP SITES IN THE WORLD. MAYBE A DISRESPECT.>>Reporter: ALSO A BLOW TO OUR REPUTATION THAT THIS TRADE EXPERT SAYS CANADA CAN ILL AFFORD IN ASIA RIGHT NOW.>>CANADA’S RESPONSE WILL SAY A LOT ABOUT HOW WE’LL MANAGE RELATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES. AND THE ISSUE OF SENDING OVER HAZARDOUS MATERIAL AND OUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE IT BACK WILL IMPACT A WIDER GLOBAL REPUTATION.>>Reporter: A UNITED NATIONS MEETING NEXT WEEK. WHILE THE DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY’S GLOBAL IMAGE MAY ALREADY BE DONE.>>Ian: HE IS THE NUMBER ONE PROSPECT IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND TONIGHT, MONTREAL-BORN VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. MADE HIS DEBUT WITH THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS. AT ROGERS CENTRE, WHERE THE JAYS HOSTED THE OAKLAND A’S, ALL EYES WERE ON HIM.>>GUERRERO AND THE REST OF THE BLUE JAYS TAKE THE FIELD HERE AT ROGERS CENTRE.>>YOU KNOW DEEP INSIDE, THERE IS A LOT OF BUTTERFLIES GOING RIGHT NOW AS HIS FAMILY IS HERE, HIS DAD IS HERE FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. HE’S GOT A LOT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY HERE AND EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY IS WATCHING.>>Ian: NOW JUST SECONDS AFTER HE MADE IT ONTO THE FIELD AT THIRD BASE, BEFORE HE EVEN PICKED UP A BAT. KEEP IN MIND, HIS DAD, A FORMER MONTREAL EXPO IS A HALL-OF-FAMER. BETWEEN THAT AND ALL THE HYPE, JAMIE STRASHIN TELLS US GUERRERO WILL CARRY HEAVY EXPECTATIONS.>>Reporter: HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE AT BAT –>>2-2. A BOUNCER TO FIRST.>>Reporter: A GROUNDOUT TO FIRST. BUT FANS GAVE HIM A STANDING OVATION ANY WAY. EARLIER IN THE DAY, HE WAS WELCOMED LIKE A LONG TIME SUPERSTAR, DESPITE NEVER HAVING PLAYED A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME. SPEAKING THROUGH A TRANSLATOR, THE 20-YEAR-OLD ALREADY SOUNDS LIKE A SEASONED PRO.>>Translator: I’M JUST GOING TO COME HERE, I’M GOING TO PLAY HARD, GIVE 100% FOR THE TEAM, HELP THE TEAM WIN AND WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS.>>Reporter: THE SPORTS WORLD IS FULL OF OVER-HYPED ATHLETES, PROSPECTS WHO NEVER PAN OUT, BUT NOT VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. EXPERTS SAY HE’S A DIFFERENT STORY.>>HE’S ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS TO COME AROUND IN A LONG TIME. SOMEONE WHO IS CAPABLE OF HITTING MAJESTIC HOME RUNS, A HIGH AVERAGE. THIS IS ONE OF THE TRULY SPECIAL HITTERS IN A LONG TIME.>>Reporter: BLUE JAYS FANS HAVE BEEN YEARNING FOR THIS MOMENT SINCE THE TEAM SIGNED GUERRERO AS A TEENAGER.>>THE MOMENT THEY SIGNED VLADI, IT WAS A REKINDLING FOR MY DAD AND I.>>Reporter: FANS WATCHED HIS RAPID AND HISTORIC RISE THROUGH THE MINOR LEAGUE. HE’S, OF COURSE, NOT THE FIRST GUERRERO TO DOMINATE ON THE DIAMOND. HIS FATHER, VLADIMIR SENIOR DAZZLED AND IS NOW IN BASEBALL’S HALL OF FAME. VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. ARRIVED WEARING HIS FATHER’S JERSEY. THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BLUE JAYS SAID THE HYPE IS UNPRECEDENTED.>>TO HAVE A CANADIAN-BORN DOMINICAN BASEBALL PLAYER, SON OF A HALL-OF-FAMER, THAT IS COMING INTO CANADA TO PLAY FOR THIS GREAT CITY AND COUNTRY, SUCH A GOOD BASEBALL STORY.>>Reporter: BASEBALL WATCHERS PREDICT A LONG SUCCESSFUL CAREER. A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN CANADA FOR YEARS TO COME. ONE GAME PLAYED, A WHOLE CAREER AHEAD. NO PRESSURE. JAMIE STRASHIN, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: SOME OTHER STORIES WE’RE FOLLOWING. FEDERAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, DOMINIC LEBLANC IS TEMPORARILY STEPPING AWAY FROM CABINET AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA. THE 52-YEAR-OLD HAS ALREADY BEGUN TREATMENT. HE SAYS HE STILL INTENDS TO RUN AS A LIBERAL CANDIDATE IN OCTOBER’S ELECTION. JUST LAST YEAR, LeBLANC ANNOUNCED HE WAS IN REMISSION FOLLOWING A BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA.>>>FOLLOWING A DISAPPOINTING ELECTION, THE LEADER OF THE LIBERAL PARTY HAS RESIGNED. WADE MacLAUCHLAN SERVED AS PREMIER OF THE PROVINCE FROM 2015. HE FAILED TO WIN A SEAT ON TUESDAY. THE RESIGNATION WILL TAKE EFFECT ONCE THE PARTY CHOOSES AN INTERIM LEADER.>>>NEW BRUNSWICK HAS DECLARED A PROVINCIAL OUTBREAK OF GONORRHEA. AND DATING APPS COULD BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.>>THE SOCIAL MEDIA APPS ARE ENABLING PEOPLE TO COMMUNICATE QUICKLY AND ARRANGE ANONYMOUS SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS.>>Ian: OFFICIALS SAY THERE HAS BEEN A SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES OF SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASE AND THEY’RE URGING ANYONE WHO HAS HAD UNPROTECTED SEX TO GET TESTED.>>STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, CALL HIM CONSTABLE SCARECROW. THE POP-UP COP WORKING TO SLOW DOWN DRIVERS. BUT FIRST, WE WRAP UP THE SERIES ON WORKPLACE BURNOUT WITH A LOOK AT THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY AND IT’S GRUELLING CRUNCH TIME.>>I WORKED ABOUT SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, BETWEEN 14-16 HOUR DAYS.>>WHEN WOULD YOU GO HOME?>>I>>Ian: THAT’S A TASTE OF “FORTNITE”. WITH MORE THAN 250 MILLION PLAYERS, IT’S ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR VIDEO GAMES IN THE WORLD, BUT SOME WORKERS BEHIND THE SCENE HAVE PAID A PRICE FOR THE SUCCESS. A REPORT THIS WEEK ON A GAMING NEWS WEBSITE ALLEGES PEOPLE ARE WORKING 70, EVEN 100 HOURS A WEEK. THE COMPANY TOLD THE WEBSITE, THOSE EXTREME HOURS ARE INCREDIBLY RARE, BUT ACKNOWLEDGED PEOPLE ARE BURNED OUT. THEY’VE BEEN RESPONDING BY… >>Ian: THIS IS NOT JUST A “FORTNITE” PROBLEM. THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY HAS A NAME FOR IT. CRUNCH. ELI GLASNER GIVES US A GLIMPSE OF THE TOLL IT CAN TAKE.>>THIS IS OUR FAVOURITE GAME TO PLAY.>>Reporter: OSAMA DORIAS AND HIS KIDS LOVE VIDEO GAMES. AS A GAME DESIGNER, TEACHER AND FATHER, HE’S NOT AFRAID OF HARD WORK, BUT HIS FIRST JOB WITH A MONTREAL GAME COMPANY NEARLY BROKE HIM.>>I WORKED SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, BETWEEN 14-16 HOURS A DAY.>>WHEN WOULD YOU GO HOME?>>WHEN I WAS READY TO COLLAPSE BASICALLY.>>Reporter: HIS FIRST CHILD HAD JUST BEEN BORN, BUT HE BARELY SAW HIM. ONE DAY ON A DIAPER RUN, HE FELL APART AND CALLED A FRIEND.>>I JUST BROKE DOWN CRYING IN THE STORE. HE COULDN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH OR WHY IT WAS THAT I HAD THIS NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.>>Reporter: AFTER THREE MONTHS OF LONG DAYS, ALL HE GOT WAS THREE DAYS OFF AND NO OVERTIME PAY. IT’S CALLED CRUNCH AND IT’S SURPRISINGLY COMMON, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS LAUNCH PARTY, IT’S NOT FROM A LACK OF MONEY OF THE INDUSTRY IS BOOMING. LAST YEAR THE GAMING INDUSTRY ALONE HIT AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF $43.3 BILLION.>>THIS IS YOUR TIME.>>Reporter: CANADIAN COMPANY LIKE BIOWARE ARE A BIG PART OF THE GAMING BOOM. THEY LAUNCHED “ANTHEM” THIS YEAR, BUT AN ARTICLE IN THE WEBSITE, ALLEGED MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF WORKERS CRUNCHING AND SOME BECOMING STRESS CASUALTIES. BIOWARE RESPONDED WITH A STATEMENT SAYING IN PART, WE PUT A LOT OF FOCUS TO AVOID CRUNCH TIME. IN A 2017 SURVEY OF GAME DEVELOPERS, 53% SAID CRUNCH TIME WAS EXPECTED AT THEIR WORKPLACE. WE ASKED FOR INTERVIEWS ABOUT CRUNCH. NONE WOULD TALK. BIOWARE COFOUNDER TRENT OSTER LEFT LONG BEFORE “ANTHEM”, BUT HE WAS WITH THEM FOR 15 YEARS. HE SAID CRUNCH IS NEVER PART OF THE PLAN.>>WHEN THINGS HAVE GONE SO SIDEWAY, IT’S LIKE, OH, MY GOD, THIS IS ON THE EDGE OF FAILURE.>>Reporter: AT HIS NEW COMPANY, THEY TRY TO KEEP CRUNCH TO A MINIMUM AND PAY OVERTIME. HE SAYS IT’S INVESTOR EXPECTATION THAT FORCES COMPANIES TO CRUNCH.>>THEY PUT PRODUCTS INTO SPECIFIC TIME LINES AND THEY’RE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE TO HIT THE TIME LINES.>>Reporter: BUT AT LAST MONTH’S GAME DEVELOPER CONFERENCE, CRUNCH VICTIMS STARTED PUSHING BACK.>>IT’S MORE THAN TIME THAT WE AS AN INDUSTRY LEFT BEHIND THE IDEA THAT OUR WORK IS MADE BETTER BY OUR PAIN.>>WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF GAME WORKERS UNITE.>>Reporter: AT INDUSTRY EVENT, UNIONIZATION IS INCREASINGLY ON THE AGENDA. THE INTERNATIONAL GAME WORKERS UNITE MOVEMENT IS ATTRACTING NEW MEMBERS AS CRUNCH CULTURE FORCES PEOPLE OUT OF THE INDUSTRY.>>WHEN PEOPLE HIT 35, THEY LEAVE THE INDUSTRY, BUT THEY CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT IS REQUIRED WHILE THEY EXPLOIT THE PASSION OF YOUNG WORKERS WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE GAMES.>>>>Reporter: AFTER HIS FIRST EXPERIENCE, OSAMA DORIAS LOOKED FOR A GAMING COMPANY WITH A BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE.>>I LOST MONTHS OF HIS LIFE THAT I’LL NEVER GET BACK. IT’S NOT WORTH IT.>>Reporter: AS THE ANTI-CRUNCH CONVERSATION GROWS, HE HOPES MORE CANADIAN COMPANIES WILL START LISTENING.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, IT’S NOT EVERY DAY YOU GET A CALL FROM OUTER SPACE. A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN P.E.I. SHARE THEIR OUT OF THIS WORLD MOMENT WITH US IN OUR “MOMENT”. PLUS, THE DECOY THAT IS A FIX FOR SPEEDING.>>IS THAT YOU?>>THAT IS ACTUALLY ME. IT IS ME, YEP. I AM THE SCARECROW OF COQUITLAM.>>Ian: WE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE EVENING TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE FLOODS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN CANADA TONIGHT.>>I WAS TOLD WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE ARMY COME HERE AND SANDBAG THE HOUSE. THAT’S GOOD.>>Ian: NEARLY 400 MILITARY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO ASSIST WITH THE SANDBAGGING EFFORTS IN THE OTTAWA REGION, WHILE RESIDENTS IN MONTREAL HAVE BECOME THE LATEST TO COME AND YOU A STATE OF EMERGENCY AS A MIX OF RAIN AND MELTING SNOW HAVE RAISED THE RISK OF FLOODING IN THE REGION.>>MAY REQUIRE A MAJOR HUMANITARIAN OPERATION AT THE SAME TIME THAT THE CYCLONE IDAI RESPONSE.>>Ian: THE U.N. IS WARNING OF MAJOR FLOODING AFTER MOZAMBIQUE WAS HIT BY A SECOND CYCLONE. KENNETH KILLED AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE. THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO DUMP TWICE AS MUCH RAIN AS CYCLONE IDAI, THE ONE THAT KILLED MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE LAST MONTH.>>>SRI LANKA AUTHORITIES SAY THREE EXPLOSIONS WENT OFF TODAY AND GUN FIRE WAS EXCHANGED AS POLICE CONTINUED THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE EASTER SUNDAY BOMBING. SEVERAL RAIDS LET TO BOMB MAKING EQUIPMENT, ISIS FLAGS AND GOVERNMENT UNIFORMS. MORE THAN 70 SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.>>>EVERY YEAR, ACROSS CANADA, POLICE HAND OUT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SPEEDING TICKETS. DOCUMENT SPEED RELATED INJURIES AND HUNDREDS OF DEATH. SIMPLY PUT, SLOW MOTORISTS DOWN AND YOU SAVE LIVES. THE TRICK IS HOW. A POLICE OFFICER IS STANDING UP FOR SLOWING DOWN AND MAKING A REAL IMPACT. NOT BAD FOR A LIFE-SIZED POSTER BOARD CUTOUT. HERE’S BRIAR STEWART WITH THE FIX.>>Reporter: IT’S THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU DRIVE AROUND A CORNER AND SEE AN IMPOSING FIGURE WHO APPEARS TO BE STANDING THERE WITH THE RADAR GUN, BUT THIS IS A DECOY. DUBBED CONSTABLE SCARECROW BY THE COQUITLAM RCMP. AND IT’S A PICTURE OF ONE OF THEIR OFFICERS, CONSTABLE MATT ERICSON.>>HOW IS IT THAT YOU ENDED UP ON THIS? DID YOU GET NOMINATED?>>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. ODDLY ENOUGH I WAS ASKED IF I WANTED TO BE PART OF IT. WHEN IT COMES TO THE TRAFFIC SERVICES TEAM, I’M PROBABLY THE LARGEST OF US ALL, MAKING A GOOD SHADOW TO HIDE BEHIND.>>Reporter: THAT’S THE STRATEGY WHEN IT COMES TO DEPLOYING THIS $500 CUTOUT. MOST OF THE TIME IT’S STATIONED ALONE, BUT ABOUT ONCE A WEEK, OFFICERS ARE TUCKED BESIDE IT.>>74 IN THE FAST LANE. GO, THAT ONE. THE S.U.V.?>>YEP.>>YOU IN NEVER KNOW WHEN WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE. ALL OF THIS IS A SCARECROW SIGN, THERE IS NO POLICE THERE. THERE MIGHT BE POLICE THERE, LOOK OUT.>>PICKUP TRUCK, SLOW LANE.>>I SAW THE ONE, TOO.>>Reporter: THE POSTER BOARD OFFICER WAS LAUNCHED IN COQUITLAM THIS FALL, BUT THE IDEA IS NOT A NEW ONE. THEY’VE BEEN USED BEFORE. TORONTO ONCE HAD A VERSION.>>THERE HE IS, DEPUTY WOLF IN HIS SCHOOL ZONE WORKING.>>Reporter: AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY IN TEXAS STARTED USING THE DETERRENTS EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE SHERIFF BELIEVES THEY WORK SO WELL THEY NOW HAVE AN ENTIRE LINE OF DECOYS.>>I’M SEEING EVERY CAR THAT PASSES, THEY’RE HITTING THEIR BRAKES EVERY TIME THEY SEE THIS DEPUTY. JUST LIKE THEY DID IF THEY SEE AN ACTUAL DEPUTY.>>Reporter: HOWEVER, NO AREA HAS USED THEM MORE THAN SCOTLAND. POP-UP BOBS, AS THEY CALL THEM, HAVE BEEN, WELL, POPPING UP FOR YEARS. RCMP SGT. QUINTON FREE RING REACHED OUT TO OFFICIALS THERE BEFORE THE DETACHMENT STARTED USING CONSTABLE SCARECROW, BUT HE DISCOVERED THERE HADN’T BEEN MUCH RESEARCH INTO HOW WELL THE DECOYS WERE WORKING.>>THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY DATA. THEY DIDN’T KNOW HOW EFFECTIVE IT WAS.>>Reporter: HERE, THEY’RE CONSTANTLY MEASURING THE SPEED OF VEHICLES, A MONITORING DEVICE RECORDS DATA 24 HOURS A DAY. AND THEY’RE ANALYZING THE TRAFFIC PATTERNS BOTH BEFORE CONSTABLE SCARECROW WAS DEPLOYED AND AFTER.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAJORITY OF THE VEHICLES HERE, THEY’RE GOING AROUND THE SPEED LIMIT, WHICH IS GOOD.>>Reporter: THEIR INITIAL RESULTS SUGGEST THAT JUST HAVING THE CUTOUT THERE HAS LED TO A 50% REDUCTION IN SPEEDS.>>IS THIS IS OUR RANKING AS IT COMPARES TO OTHER COUNTRIES.>>Reporter: DR. IAN PIKE SAYS RATES OF SPEEDING ARE COMING DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT IT REMAINS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM. LAST YEAR IN B.C., OFFICERS HANDED OUT 5,000 SPEEDING TICKETS IN SCHOOL ZONES. THAT IS WHY HIS ORGANIZATION HELPED PUT UP THIS 3D IMAGE OF A CHILD ON THE STREET, AS A REMINDER TO MOTORISTS TO SLOW DOWN. HE SAYS THE POLICE CUTOUTS DO THE SAME THING, BUT GO FURTHER, BECAUSE THEY ALSO THREATEN THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING A TICKET.>>WHEN YOU USE THESE INNOVATIVE TYPES OF DEVICES, YOU DO NEED TO CHANGE THEM. YOU DO NEED TO SORT OF MOVE THEM AROUND, BECAUSE PART OF THEIR EFFECTIVENESS IS THEY’RE A LITTLE UNEXPECTED, THEY’RE A BIT OF A SURPRISE, THEY’RE A BIT OF A NOVELTY.>>Reporter: AND THAT’S WHAT THE REAL COQUITLAM OFFICERS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT NOW. HOW LONG CAN CONSTABLE SCARECROW MAN HIS POST BEFORE DRIVERS SIMPLY IGNORE HIM?>>OKAY, SO HERE’S THE DEAL. TICKET FOR SPEEDING.>>Reporter: FOR CONSTABLE ERICSON, IT’S MADE HIM STRANGELY RECOGNIZABLE IN THE COMMUNITY.>>IS THAT ACTUALLY YOU?>>THAT IS ACTUALLY ME, IT IS ME, YEP. I AM THE SCARECROW OF COQUITLAM. SURPRISINGLY I’VE NEVER IN MY CAREER SEEN PEOPLE TO PLEASED TO GET A SPEEDING TICKET FROM ME.>>82 IN A 50.>>NO WAY.>>AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S ABOUT EDUCATION AND PREVENTION, SO WE TAKE THAT MOMENT TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND THEY OFTEN GO AWAY WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AND A AUTOGRAPH.>>Reporter: THAT’S A LITTLE ODD, ISN’T IT?>>IT CERTAINLY IS.>>Reporter: PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OTHER DETACHMENTS IN B.C. AND ALBERTA HAVE USED TO ASK CONSTABLE SCARECROW AS WELL. THAT SAME IMAGE COULD BE PEERING OVER OTHER DRIVERS VERY SOON. BRIAR STEWART, CBC NEWS, COQUITLAM.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, WE GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO UNDERSTAND WHY SOME TEENS ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP.>>I DIDN’T REALLY GET ANY SLEEP LAST NIGHT. NO. THIS IS ME TRYING TO STAY AWAKE NOW, ACTUALLY.>>Ian: WE REVISIT THE STORIES OF THE YOUNG AND THE SLEEPLESS. BUT FIRST… >>IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, THE U.S. NAVY HAS SET UP A FORMAL PROCESS TO REPORT U.F.O. THE LATEST SIGN OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST IN U.F.O.s AFTER THIS. TWO VIDEOS REPORTEDLY HAVE INCIDENTS DATING BACK TO 2004 THAT STUNNED NAVY PILOTS.>>THE ABILITY TO ACCELERATE IN TWO SECONDS AND DISAPPEAR IS SOMETHING I’VE NEVER SEEN.>>THE PROGRAMME HAD BEEN CLOSED IN 2012, SO IT HAD BEEN AROUND FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS, ALL TOLD SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF $22 MILLION HAD BEEN SPENT.>>Ian: MUCH OF THE MONEY FUNDED ACADEMIC STUDIES INTO THINGS LIKE INVISIBILITY CLOAKING, TRAVERSABLE WORM HOLES AND ANTI-GRAVITY. A FORMER HEAD OF THE PROGRAMME AND FORMER GUITARIST OF THE BAND BLINK 182, LAUNCHED A PRIVATE VERSION OF THE PROGRAMME, BUT SKEPTICS QUESTIONED IT.>>MORE EVIDENCE WAS GOING TO BE COMING OUT, MORE STUFF TO BE REVEALED, WE HAVE YET TO SEE IT.>>Ian: SOME BELIEVE THIS IS A GOVERNMENT EMBEDDED QUACKERY. IT’S CLEAR THE U.S. NAVY WANTS TO MOVE PAST STIGMA>>Ian: WHEN THE SUN COMES UP, REALLY ANYWHERE IN CANADA DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE STILL HOURS AWAY FROM GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. IT IS A FACT OF TEEN LIFE THEY GET TIRED LATER AT NIGHT AND WOULD RATHER SLEEP IN. JUST THIS WEEK, A NUMBER OF U.S. SCHOOL BOARDS HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON. THEY PLAN TO START CLASSES LATER. WE TACKLED THE ISSUE, IT FELT LIKE THE RIGHT TIME FOR ANOTHER LOOK. [ * ]>>Reporter: SHE’S 18 AND EAGER TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, BUT HANNAH WATERS IS STRUGGLING TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE. SHE LIKES SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY MUSIC AND ART. TROUBLE IS, ON AVERAGE, HANNAH’S ONLY SLEEPING 3-4 HOURS A NIGHT.>>I’VE TALKED WITH MY DOCTOR ABOUT IT AND MY PARENTS AND STUFF, AND WE’RE STILL TRYING TO FIND WAYS FOR ME TO, LIKE, GET ENOUGH SLEEP THAN WHAT MIGHT WORK. I REALLY DIDN’T GET ANY SLEEP LAST NIGHT, SO THIS IS ME, TRYING TO STAY AWAKE NOW ACTUALLY.>>Reporter: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS ROLL BRIGHT AND EARLY. 7:35 A.M., SHE ARRIVES AT SMITHS FALLS DISTRICT COLLEGIATE. CLASSES START AT 8:10. AS HANNAH’S DAY UNFOLDS, IT’S NOT JUST LEARNING THAT IS DIFFICULT, IT’S STAYING AWAKE.>>I GENERALLY FEEL PRETTY SICK WHEN I DON’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP AND I GET SHAKY AND NAUSEOUS. I FEEL REALLY ASHAMED BECAUSE I KEEP SAYING, WELL, I’LL GET THIS DONE, CAN’T WASTE TIME, AND I DON’T, AND I KNOW WHY, BUT I’M NOT FINDING A WAY TO FIX IT.>>Reporter: SHE’S NOT ALONE. TEENAGERS’ BODY CLOCKS ARE NATURALLY GEARED TO STAY UP LATE, BUT MANY OF HANNAH’S FRIENDS AND PEERS GET BY ON SIX HOURS OF SLEEP OR LESS.>>I HAD FOUND THAT ALMOST FALLING ASLEEP IN CLASS. I’D BE LISTENING TO WHAT THEY WRITE ON THE BOARD AND I FEEL MY HEAD DIP AND SHOOT BACK UP. IT WAS PRETTY BAD.>>YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AWAKE TO UNDERSTAND ANYTHING AND THEN THEY’LL CALL ON YOU. YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER AND THEN KIND OF JUST FREEZE.>>SOMETIMES I DON’T EVEN GO. LIKE, I WILL FAKE SICK AND STAY IN BED ALL DAY. I DON’T FUNCTION PROPERLY. I DON’T DO ANYTHING IN CLASS. I FALL ASLEEP. I SNAP AT PEOPLE. IT’S NOT GOOD.>>Reporter: THIS DOCTOR, DIRECTOR OF SLEEP MEDICINE AT THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN SEES ALL KINDS OF SLEEP DEPRIVED CHILDREN, FROM TWO-YEAR-OLDS TO TEENAGERS, HER PATIENTS SUFFER SEVERE SLEEP DISORDERED.>>REALLY ALARMING STUDIES IN THAT GROUP.>>>>Reporter: SHE SEES A DISTURBING TREND AMONG TEENS. WHAT SHE CALLS AN EPIDEMIC OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION.>>IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR ME TO SEE TEENAGERS IN MY CLINIC, THAT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT THEY’RE GOING TO BED AT 1:00 A.M. AND GETTING UP AT 7:00 TO GO TO SCHOOL. THOSE CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, METABOLIC DISEASE, CERTAINLY DEPRESSION, MOOD CHANGES.>>OKAY, SO FEMALE. AND GRADE 9. IN GENERAL, I FEEL ANXIOUS, WORRIED OR STRESS.>>Reporter: THAT LACK OF SLEEP AND THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS IT BRINGS, INTRIGUED THESE STUDENTS. FOR THIS YEAR’S SCIENCE FAIR, THESE GRADE 10 STUDENTS DECIDED TO INVESTIGATE WHY THEIR CLASSMATES CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN OF FATIGUE.>>WE WERE LIKE WHAT IS GOING ON, WHY IS EVERYBODY IN OUR SCHOOL SO TIRED? BASICALLY WE WANTED TO KNOW IF IT WAS A BANDWAGON THING, LIKE EVERYBODY IS OH, THEY’RE TIRED, I’M GOING TO SAY I’M TIRED. OR IF THEY WERE ACTUALLY TIRED AND ACTUALLY NEEDED SLEEP AND IF THEY WERE GOING TO GO HOME AND ACTUALLY TAKE A NAP OR IF THEY WERE JUST SAYING THEY WERE.>>I HAVE TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP RIGHT AWAY.>>Reporter: THEY DESIGNED A QUESTIONNAIRE, INCLUDING A SURVEY COMMONLY USED TO DETECT SLEEPING DISORDERS AND HAD STUDENTS COMPLETE IT ANONYMOUSLY.>>THAT’S SO COOL.>>I KNOW.>>Reporter: THEY GOT OVER 300 RESPONSES, THEN PREPARED TO PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS.>>THAT’S CUTE!>>Reporter: IT’S THE DAY OF THE BIG SCIENCE FAIR.>>I’M LIZZIE AND THIS IS CHRIS AND TODAY OUR SCIENCE IS ON SLEEP. WE DO CONCLUSIONS. WE ANALYZE OUR DATA. WE CREATED DRAFTS LIKE THESE.>>Reporter: THE DUO IS PUMPED TO SHARE THEIR RESULTS WITH THE JUDGES.>>THE AVERAGE OF OUR SAMPLE SIZE GOT 7.67 HOURS OF SLEEP ON A SCHOOL NIGHT.>>SOME PEOPLE GOT THREE HOURS AND SOME PEOPLE GOT 12. IT KIND OF BALANCED OUT.>>Reporter: AMONG THE FINDINGS, NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THEIR PEERS SURVEYED ARRIVED TO SCHOOL SLEEP DEPRIVED. 32% REPORTED EXCESSIVE SLEEPINESS. WITH A HANDFUL SO LACKING IN SLEEP, IT COULD REQUIRE MEDICAL INTERVENTION.>>NOW I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO SLEEP MORE BECAUSE I’M SCARED –>>I’M SO SCARED OF BEING SLEEP DEPRIVED.>>Reporter: THEIR SMALL PROJECT MIRRORS STUDIES THAT SAY ADOLESCENTS GET LESS SLEEP THAN EVER BEFORE. WHAT IS KEEPING MANY OF THE STUDENTS FROM GETTING THE SLEEP THEY NEED? DR. NO RANG HAS BEEN ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS.>>WHEN WE ASKED THE ADOLESCENTS WHAT THEY WERE DOING, SOCIAL MEDIA PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN THE SLEEP DISTURBANCE. THEY HAVE THE PHONE IN THE ROOM, IT’S VIBRATING AT NIGHT. THEY PICK UP THE PHONE AND THEY’RE RESPONDING TO THE TEXT MESSAGE. THEY’LL FALL ASLEEP AGAIN, BUT IF YOU DO THAT MULTIPLE TIMES A NIGHT, IT LENDS TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION.>>TECHNOLOGY, HOW MUCH IS THAT A PROBLEM IN TERMS OF TRYING TO GET TO BED?>>FOR ME, IT’S QUITE A PROBLEM. I’LL BE ON MY PHONE. I HAVE PEOPLE TEXTING ME. I’LL BE LOOKING AT IT.>>Reporter: INDEED, MOST TEENS ARE WELL AWARE TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME SABOTAGES THEIR SLEEP.>>I THINK TECH HAS A HUGE PART OF WHY STUDENTS HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING. IT’S KIND OF ADDICTING.>>YEAH.>>MY GUY FRIENDS, LIKE STAY UP UNTIL 3:00 PLAYING VIDEO GAMES OR TEXTING OTHER FRIENDS.>>I KNOW GIRLS WOULD PROBABLY DO THE SAME THINGS, TOO, BE ON THEIR PHONES, DOING WHATEVER.>>Reporter: SO TECH IS AN ISSUE. WHAT DO YOU THINK HOW THAT MAY IMPACT YOU?>>MY GRADES HAVE BEEN DROPPING A BIT BECAUSE I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP.>>MY GRADES WERE BETWEEN 90 TO 100, NOW AT 70.>>Reporter: SO THE STUDENTS KNOW THEIR GRADES ARE EFFECTED, THEY KNOW THEY NEED MORE SLEEP. BUT WHAT CAN THEY DO?>>YOU NEED TO BUILD IN RELAXATION TIME SO YOUR BODY CAN SLEEP. YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.>>Reporter: THIS WELLNESS CLASS IS GEARED TOWARD EDUCATING TEENS ABOUT SLEEP AND EMPOWERING THEM TO SPEAK UP ABOUT WHAT WILL HELP.>>WILL THE SCHOOL BOARD HAVE US START AT MAYBE 10 OR 11 AND GO TO 4, SO WE HAVE THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF SLEEP.>>THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW PILOT PROJECTS IN ONTARIO, A LOT IN THE STATES AND IN THE U.K. DOING THAT. IT’S BEEN REALLY SUCCESSFUL. IT’S A GOOD DISCUSSION AND SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE UP FOR DEBATE.>>Reporter: VERONICA, A CONCERNED PARENT AND CHAIR OF THE SCHOOL COUNCIL, SAW A NEED FOR THE CLASS. SHE COMES IN AND TALKS TO THE KIDS REGULARLY.>>DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A HORMONAL NIGHT SHIFT? WHEN YOU HIT PUBERTY, YOU SWITCH YOUR BODY CLOCK. NATURALLY YOU GET TIRED.>>Reporter: SHE SAYS WAKING STUDENTS UP TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP IS A START, BUT IT’S PARENTS WHO NEED TO GET THE MESSAGE.>>WELL, I THINK, NUMBER ONE, ADULTS NEED TO MODEL IT. I THINK, WE’RE BAD EXAMPLES. I THINK WE PUSH THE LIMITS. WE DON’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP. WE’RE IRRITABLE, WE’RE MOODY. MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT IT’S A TEENAGER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THEIR SLEEP. AND THERE IS A LOT OF TRUTH TO THAT. THEY CAN CONTROL THEIR DEVICES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT I THINK THAT PARENTS, YOU KNOW, JUST WANT IT TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT AND IT’S NOT GOING TO.>>EVERYTHING CATCHES UP WITH SOMEONE AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER. IT WILL 100% CATCH UP WITH ME AT A LATER DATE. RIGHT NOW, I JUST GOT TO FOCUS ON THE PRESENT AND SADLY NOT THE FUTURE.>>IT’S NOT THE GREATEST BECAUSE I DO WANT TO GET AN EDUCATION AND BE AWAKE FOR MY CLASSES AND PASS TO GET INTO MY FUTURE GOALS IN LIFE.>>I OFTEN SAY, TONIGHT I’LL TRY TO GET SLEEP. TOMORROW, I’LL BE ABLE TO GET EVERYTHING DONE, I’LL REMEMBER EVERYTHING. BUT, OF COURSE, TOMORROW, I’M JUST GOING TO BE REALLY TIRED. AND I DON’T GET STUFF DONE. AND I FEEL THE SAME. I REALLY WISH I COULD GET MORE SLEEP.>>Reporter: WHEN THE SCHOOL DAY IS FINALLY DONE, HANNAH IS WORN OUT. SLEEP SEEMS AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM. BUT TALKING ABOUT SOLUTIONS IS A FIRST STEP. NOW, THE HARD PART, GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S REST.>>Ian: AFTER DUNCAN’S STORY AIRED IN JANUARY, THE SCHOOL DECIDED TO START EXAMS AT 9:30 IN THE MORNING INSTEAD OF 8:00. WE DON’T KNOW IN IT AFFECTED RESULTS, BUT ONE STUDENT TOLD US THE MOVE WAS VERY POPULAR. UP NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”, A DIFFERENT KIND OF Q&A FOR A GROUP OF STUDENTS. THEIR CALL WITH DAVID SAINT-JACQUES IS OUR MOMENT.>>EVERYBODY, WELCOME TO SPACE STATION.>>WHEN I WAS TALKING, HE WAS RESPONDING. HE SAID MY NAME. AND IT WAS JUST SO, LIKE, UNBELIEVABLE. YEAH.>>Ian: FIRST, HERE’S A LOOK AT A SPARKLING STORY ON SUNDAY. FEATURING A CANADIAN WHO IS HAVING A PRETTY GOOD YEAR.>>AS THE HOST OF “THE NATIONAL”, I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU IN THE T-SHIRT.>>WERE YOU? I WAS LIKE, SHE WAS WEARING LIKE — WHAT HE’S GOING TO WEAR. I WAS LIKE, OKAY, I HAVE OPPORTUNITIES. I’M GOING TO DO A SHOUTOUT TO MY CANADIAN PEEPS, TO MY ASIAN >>Ian: WHEN THEIR TEACHER ENTERED A CONTEST TO SPEAK TO DAVID SAINT-JACQUES IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, SHE DIDN’T THINK THEY’D WIN, BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TODAY TO THESE P.E.I. STUDENTS. THE CHARLOTTETOWN SCHOOL IS ONE OF 14 CHOSEN ACROSS CANADA AND TODAY WAS THE CHANCE TO CALL THE ASTRONAUT, THEIR OUTER SPACE MOMENT IS OUR MOMENT.>>STATION, THIS IS CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.>>JEREMY, I HAVE YOU LOUD AND CLEAR.>>I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SPEAK TO AN ASTRONAUT IN MY LIFE.>>I CAME ACROSS THE LINK ON Facebook AND IT SAID, HEY, TEACHERS, DO YOU WANT TO WIN A CALL WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? I THOUGHT, SURE, WHY NOT? I WAS HAPPY AND SURPRISED WHEN WE GOT THE E-MAIL WE HAD WON THE COMPETITION.>>I WAS OFF JUST TO THE SIDE OF THE STAGE, AND I WAS LIKE, I JUST TALKED TO AN ASTRONAUT THAT IS IN SPACE STATION RIGHT NOW FLOATING.>>IT WAS REALLY COOL.>>IF IT RESONATED WITH A FEW IN HERE AND REALLY INSPIRED THEM, THAT WOULD BE MY GOAL AND FOCUS AS THEIR TEACHER.>>THE UNBELIEVABLE HAPPENS, SO ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.>>DEFINITELY MAKES ME FEEL AS IF YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING IF YOU TRY.>>Ian: ALL RIGHT, SO I MEAN, ALL OF THAT IS SO FANTASTIC. THE KIDS, AS THRILLED AS THEY WERE, TOOK THE TIME TODAY TO THANK THEIR TEACHER FOR ENTERING THAT CONTEST. AND OBVIOUSLY WINNING. AND I THINK WE SHOULD TRACK, NOT JUST THE KIDS OF THAT SCHOOL, BUT ALL THE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT TOOK PART IN THIS TO SEE, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INSPIRED TO MAYBE GO TO SPACE, OR LEARN ABOUT SPACE, OR JUST A LIFE OF SCIENCE. WHEN I WAS A KID, IT WAS A BIG DEAL WHEN THEY ROLLED THE TV INTO THE GYM. THAT’S A LONG TIME AGO. THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR APRIL 26. GOOD NIGHT. [ * ]


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