On this episode of Global National: As Canada ramps up travel restrictions to slow the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 virus variant, confusion is also rising over the measures, when they take effect and whom they do and don’t apply to. Abigail Bimman looks at one potential loophole in the rules and why some experts don’t believe in blanket travel bans.
As the Omicron variant spreads, the World Health Organization (WHO) is pleading with wealthier nations to postpone booster shots and instead help vaccinate people in poorer countries first. Mike Le Couteur looks at what Canada says it’s doing to close the gap.
Meanwhile, storm-battered British Columbians are dealing with the aftermath of a third atmospheric river. As Heather Yourex-West reports, relentless rain has made it impossible for residents to focus on recovery. The province’s flooding disaster is also on track to be the most expensive catastrophe in Canadian history. As Robin Gill reports, the repair bill is projected to balloon into the billions.
Also, Ottawa is expected to finally decide whether Huawei equipment will be allowed to be a part of Canada’s 5G infrastructure, amid concerns the Chinese government may use the telecom giant to spy on Canadians. David Akin reports on the fears of banning Huawei and what a delay in the decision could signal.
In the United States, Roe v. Wade may have guaranteed women’s abortion rights in the U.S. in 1973, but the Supreme Court will now decide whether to uphold Mississippi’s law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Eric Sorensen explains why Roe v. Wade could be overturned and how dozens of other states could soon follow suit.
And repelling robocalls — Anne Gaviola reports on the new technology that’s supposed to stop spam and scams from calling you and how it won’t work for everyone.