On this episode of Global National: The new Omicron COVID-19 variant, also known as B.1.1.529, has arrived in Canada and the number of infections is expected to rise. Abigail Bimman looks at what’s still unknown about Omicron, how health officials are responding and why at least one expert says you shouldn’t panic. And as more cases of Omicron are detected around the world, Mike Armstrong looks at how several countries are imposing travel restrictions in hopes of slowing the spread.
In British Columbia, from gas rationing to fresh evacuations, the province’s state of emergency orders are being extended ahead of another atmospheric river, the third in recent weeks. Heather Yourex-West reports on how the flood-ravaged city of Abbotsford, B.C. is bracing for what’s to come. And Robin Gill reports on how urgent measures are taking a toll on worn-out residents in other parts of the province.
The federal Liberals have tabled another bill to outlaw the discredited practice of conversion therapy, which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual and gender identity to cisgender. Mike Le Couteur has the story of Adam Frey, who survived the trauma of conversion therapy and explains how some politicians are fighting the bill.
Plus, as Canada grapples with the consequences of climate change, including the disastrous floods in British Columbia, cities are looking for ways to be more resilient to extreme weather. Mike Drolet looks at one idea that harnesses nature’s power to absorb water like a sponge.
And Barbados is entering a new era, as the former British colony officially becomes a republic after removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Redmond Shannon explains why Barbados is severing ties with the monarchy and why not everyone so keen on the historic step.