Global National Full Headlines for August 22

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Published on August 23, 2021 by

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is facing criticism over Canada’s response to the crisis in Afghanistan, as several people die in stampedes outside Kabul’s airport while desperately trying to flee the country. Mercedes Stephenson reports on the ongoing confusion about how Afghans can reach a Canadian flight out of the country. And Jennifer Johnson looks at the ensuing chaos at the Kabul airport, as U.S. President Joe Biden continues to catch criticism for the pullout of American troops.

To Canada’s federal election, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he’s aiming to help those with drug addictions, as he pledges over a billion dollars for drug recovery and addiction treatment plans — if the Tories are elected. As Abigail Bimman explains, the pitch is more progressive than usual for the Tories, but advocates say it doesn’t go far enough.

Meanwhile, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stopped in Toronto on Sunday to pay tribute to the legacy of the late Jack Layton. It’s been 10 years after the influential party leader passed away from cancer, shortly after making party history and becoming the NDP’s first official Opposition leader. Mike Le Couteur reports on what Singh is proposing to honour the man behind the “Orange Crush” — and also takes a look at how the current NDP leader is adapting his personal campaign style to the pandemic.

Despite being downgraded from a hurricane, Tropical Storm Henri soaked the northeastern U.S., dropping heavy rain and bringing strong storm surges ashore. It’s forecast to churn toward the Maritime provinces in the days head. As Ross Lord reports, Henri is not the only extreme weather affecting parts of the U.S. and Canada, as the continent witnesses the effects of human-caused climate change this summer.

Also, hearings in the high-profile Meng Wanzhou extradition case have now wrapped up in Vancouver, with a B.C. judge expected to announce a final verdict date in October. As Jeff Semple reports, the ruling could carry drastic consequences beyond the courthouse, as Canada-China relations crater.

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