Tonight’s top story: New targeted restrictions are on the way for some Alberta regions in hopes of bringing spiking COVID-19 cases under control. Indoor group fitness classes and team sports are prohibited for two weeks, while restaurants and bars are being told liquor sales must stop by 10 p.m. Heather Yourex-West outlines the new tighter restrictions.
New modelling from Ontario highlights a concerning upward trend in COVID-19 cases, with the data suggesting the province could be headed towards daily numbers upwards of 6,000 cases by mid-December. The projections are dire and yet Premier Doug Ford says the economic risks of another lockdown are too great. Eric Sorensen reports.
Provinces have been calling for more federal financial support as they continue to grapple with a COVID-19 second wave and there is some pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to invoke federal emergency legislation. As David Akin explains, that is a step too far for premiers like Ontario’s Doug Ford.
South of the border, cases of COVID-19 are surging and records are being broken in almost every state. But, as president-elect Joe Biden prepares for his move into the White House, Donald Trump is blocking his access to key coronavirus data. Jackson Proskow explains.
A health crisis is also unfolding in Europe as the coronavirus continues to hammer Italy’s south. The region emerged largely unscathed from the initial wave of COVID-19 that mainly battered the north, but has been hard hit by a second wave. Crystal Goomansingh explains.
Ottawa has agreed to investigate the role of construction and engineering companies in the water crisis in a remote Ontario First Nation, and has promised a fix is on the way. But as Mike Le Couteur reports, the chief of the Neskantaga First Nation says his residents will have to wait another three weeks to return home and they won’t be coming home to clean drinking water.