On this episode of Global National: Canadian health officials warn COVID-19 infections could explode next year, as the threat of the more contagious Omicron variant looms. Mike Le Couteur looks at their grim new projections, what could prevent lockdowns and how some provinces are responding.
Forget the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” – COVID-19 may once again be putting a “hum-bug” on the holidays. Thanks to the latest variant, Omicron, Canadian health officials are asking families to re-think international travel and gather with caution. Jamie Mauracher has more.
Plus, controversy again erupts over Quebec’s Bill 21, after a teacher wearing a hijab was removed from her classroom, calls are growing for the federal government to intervene in the religious symbols law. But as David Akin explains, Ottawa is choosing to stay on the sidelines.
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, ruling from Britain’s High Court paves the way for Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States, overturning a previous court decision declaring the WikiLeaks founder to be a suicide risk. Redmond Shannon explains why Assange wouldn’t face the strictest detention measures in the U.S. and what’s next for him.
And in a Global News exclusive, an Ontario family explains how they’re divided over their views on the COVID-19 vaccine. Jasmine Pazzano has their story.