The United States has announced it will not send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. Washington says it’s over the Chinese government’s “egregious human rights abuses.” Mike Armstrong explains what this means for American athletes, whether countries like Canada could follow suit, and how Beijing could retaliate.
Meanwhile, Dominic Barton has announced he will be stepping down as Canada’s ambassador to China. David Akin explains why the departure might mean a new approach to relations between the two countries, as Ottawa still faces many diplomatic challenges with Beijing.
After long facing criticism over withholding them, the federal government says it’s about to turn over thousands of records on Canada’s residential schools to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Abigail Bimman explains when and why Ottawa may be finally handing them over, and what’s at stake for future generations of Indigenous people.
Although it’s still waiting for the drug’s approval, pharmaceutical company Merck has struck a deal to manufacture its COVID-19 antiviral pill Molnupiravir here in Canada. How exactly will such medications help fight the pandemic? Jamie Maraucher explains the advantage they could give patients.
In British Columbia, oil is once again moving through the Trans Mountain pipeline, which was shut down for weeks as a precaution after extreme weather set off disastrous floods and mudslides. The closure then triggered rules on gas rationing. Robin Gill explains why those measures are still in effect, and why gas prices ended up going down.
Also happening in the province’s weather disaster aftermath: floodwaters are receding in Merritt, B.C. but freezing weather is only adding to the frustrations of many residents. Mike Drolet looks at the long road to rebuilding as temperatures plummet.