On this episode of Global National: Canada’s COVID-19 crisis is still going, but in Ontario, Dr. David Williams has announced his retirement and is set to be replaced as the province’s chief public officer of health. As Mike Le Couteur reports, Williams was planning to retire before the pandemic hit, but critics are still wondering “why now?”
Meanwhile in Alberta, vaccinations are ramping up for workers in the oil sands after COVID-19 swept through dozens of work sites in recent months, infecting thousands of employees. Heather Yourex-West explains why the blame is being put on a federal government exemption.
Despite a decline in COVID-19 cases, Canada’s health system is still under pressure, as provinces grapple with huge backlogs of surgeries that have been cancelled because of the pandemic. Mike Drolet looks at how a proposal from the United Kingdom could offer a potential solution.
In the United States, House Democrats vow that there will be a congressional investigation into January’s Capitol riot, that was sparked by baseless claims of voter fraud during the presidential election. As Jennifer Johnson reports, Republicans are trying to put the controversy behind them.
Plus, there are ongoing questions about the safety of AstraZenca and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines, after the shots were linked to rare but serious blood clots. As Crystal Goomansingh explains, German researchers believe they know what’s causing the potentially deadly side effect and how it can be prevented.
Tributes are pouring in and flags have been lowered across Canada, after the discovery of what’s believed to be the remains of 215 children, buried at a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. The practice of taking Indigenous children from their families is forever a dark chapter in Canadian history. As Ross Lord reports, the mass grave has reopened old wounds.