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Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the impact of indigenous boarding schools. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released their final report and recommendations on the issue and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a blueprint for national reconciliation. 

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Todd Karol

What was it about Canada this year? A new prime minister (headed this week to Washington)? An attempt at taking already legendary niceness up a notch? These stories caught our eye — in a good way.

1. New prime minister makes waves

Bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. has become an especially contentious issue. In Canada, however, they're being welcomed with open arms.

Roughly 600 Syrians from refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon will arrive by plane in Canada this evening. They're the first of 25,000 Syrians the new Canadian government wants to resettle by the end of February.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first address to the nation. 

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks at the United Nations COP 21 climate change conference on Nov. 30, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's role in the climate talks in Paris.

Bill Radke talks with Vancovuer Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about Canada's response to the Syrian refugee crisis. President Obama says he wants to admit 10,000 Syrians in the next year, but the Canadian government says it wants to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. 

David Hyde talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the swearing in of Canada's new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his new political cabinet. 

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the many election promises made by Canada's newly elected prime minister, Justin Trudeau. 

One Still Missing In Whale Watching Capsize Accident

Oct 26, 2015

More details are emerging from the capsizing of a whale watching boat off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Of the 27 passengers on board, five have been declared dead and searchers are trying to find one who is missing.

Five people were killed Sunday when a whale watching boat overturned off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Twenty-one people were rescued and Sunday night one was still missing.

We love them for their brains most, but Knute Berger, Bill Radke, Bill Finkbeiner and Erica C. Barnett are also a good-looking panel.
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It worked for Canada’s new prime minister: How much do a politician’s looks matter? Also, why is our state school superintendent leaving now, of all times? And do you want to live in a world where bicyclists can roll through stop signs but drivers are ticketed by robots?

Bill Radke debates the week’s news with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, former GOP majority leader Bill Finkbeiner and Erica "C. is For Crank" Barnett.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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David Hyde speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the results of Canada's federal election. Justin Trudeau led the Liberal Party to a majority government win on Monday.

Canada's Liberal Party won a decisive majority of parliamentary seats Monday, ending nearly a decade of Conservative Party rule. Voters gave Liberals nearly 40 percent of the overall vote compared to the Conservatives' 32 percent. The left-leaning New Democrats had just over 19 percent of the vote.

Justin Trudeau, a 43-year-old former high school teacher and son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, assumes the office his father held from 1968 through 1984 with a short interruption.

David Hyde speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the upcoming Canadian federal elections. 

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