Global National Full Headlines for August 21

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Published on August 22, 2021 by

On this episode of Global National: Criticism is mounting on the federal government over Canada’s response to the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan. Fahima Faqiri and her three young children are among the hundreds of Canadian citizens and permanent residents believed to be stuck in what is now Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Jeff Semple spoke with her stepson Maiwand in Kitchener, Ontario about how he feels the federal government is failing his family.

American citizens and Afghans are being warned to stay away from the Kabul airport, which is under U.S. control. There is growing concerns about the risks outside the gates, including threats from the so-called Islamic State. Jennifer Johnson reports on the violence and pandemonium outside the airport’s gates, which is under Taliban control.

Back in Canada, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is facing heat over his carbon pricing plan as he tries to shore up more support in the Western provinces where the party tends to do quite well. But some platform policies, like the carbon pricing plan, is proving a tough sell in the West. Abigail Bimman explains why.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has promised to build 500,000 affordable homes across Canada over the next decade, if his party is elected, and promises to implement rental supports for families. Mike Le Couteur breaks down what else the NDP’s housing plan promises.

Is incumbency an advantage in an election campaign? According to new Ipsos polling, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is faring well after his first week on the campaign trail. But Eric Sorensen reports on what issues an incumbent can also face and why there’s only a brief window for opposition leaders to prove why they could lead the country.

With a fourth wave underway in Canada, more cases of COVID-19 are being reported among double vaccinated people. While those numbers are still low, the Delta variant may see the cases among those fully vaccinated grow. Jamie Mauracher breaks down what’s behind breakthrough cases, and what experts say can curb them.

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