Global National Full Headlines for October 4

Published on October 5, 2021 by

Facebook, Inc.’s family of popular platforms, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, all went offline for hours on Monday, causing disruptions around the world. As Mike Armstrong reports, the outage came after a whistleblower raised red flags about the company putting profits over safety.

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Red Cross are on their way to help Alberta hospitals inundated with COVID-19 patients. One of those patients is Jilleen Oar, who contracted the coronavirus just before she was set to get her first vaccine dose. As Heather Yourex-West explains, Oar is now in intensive care.

Meanwhile, all provinces now have or will soon have a type of COVID-19 vaccine passport, which means more Canadians are getting immunized. But as Eric Sorensen explains, there are fears that cases will rise once Thanksgiving rolls around.

As COVID-19 patients swamp intensive care units, Health Canada is now reviewing molnupiravir, an experimental drug claiming to reduce the disease’s worst outcomes. Jamie Mauracher looks at what we know and don’t know about the pill.

Raquel Fletcher reports on the vigils across Canada that marked Sisters in Spirit Day, honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

Anne Gaviola has more on who’s in the “Pandora Papers,” which shed light on how the rich and famous have used offshore accounts over the last quarter century.

Plus, best known as Capt. James T. Kirk of ‘Star Trek,’ Canadian actor William Shatner is actually going where none of his co-stars have gone before: the edge of space. Mike Drolet explains how Shatner will get there with the help of billionaire Jeff Bezos.

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