On this episode of Global National: We begin with the alarming toll COVID-19 is taking across Canada. Today, Ontario recorded its highest daily number of cases with more than 1,800 and 20 more people dead. Manitoba, which has the most active cases in the country, reported another 344 cases and 14 new deaths.
Intensive care units are filling up across the country and some are already operating over capacity. That’s the case in Alberta, which has seen record-setting case numbers this week.
Saskatchewan’s Health Authority says ICU capacity is nearing 100 per cent after a five-fold increase in COVID-19 cases the past month. The province recorded 329 new cases today and four more deaths. And it’s not just hospitals that are feeling the strain; there is growing concern among prison staff and inmates after a spike of cases at a Saskatoon correctional facility. Ryan Kessler reports.
The federal government has tapped a top general in the Armed Forces to help millions of Canadians get vaccinated for COVID-19. As our chief political correspondent David Akin tells us, there will be some big challenges distributing the coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible.
Plus, it looks like a lot of people are leaning on retail therapy to get them through the pandemic. The Black Friday bonanza is on, both online and at traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Jennifer Johnson shows us the bargain hunters who braved the crowds and COVID-19 looking for a deal.
Canadian police departments respond to tens of thousands of mental health calls every year. Many of those are wellness checks, but in several high profile cases they’ve escalated into violence and even death. Farah Nasser has been exploring different strategies for wellness checks that don’t involve police.
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has used Twitter to great effect, in many ways stoking fear and division in the United States. But new social media platforms are emerging that seem to take it to a whole new level. Jackson Proskow takes a look at how conservatives are flocking to new sites like Parler where many falsehoods and outright lies go unchallenged.
And a pair of panda’s tenure at the Calgary Zoo is coming to an end three years earlier than expected. They eat a lot of bamboo, which is difficult to find these days, so as Mike Armstrong tells us, this chapter of Panda diplomacy is ending.