Global National: April 23, 2022 | Mixed messages emerge from front lines in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy spoke in person to hundreds of journalists in an underground train station in Kyiv. The president answered questions for more than an hour as Russia continued to pound the front lines. And as western leaders try to re-start negotiations, mixed messages from the front lines are emerging. Mike Drolet has more.

An early and furious start to the U.S. wildfire season: At least 11 million Americans are under a red flag warning to be extremely careful as fast-moving fires sweep through Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Evacuation orders have been issued for several counties as firefighters battle flames fueled by extreme winds. Jennifer Johnson has the latest.

The Conservative leadership race hit a key benchmark this week. At least eight candidates made the deadline to file the paperwork and submit the first installment of the $300,000 entry fee they need to pay by the end of the month in order to stay in the race. On the West Block, David Akin is joined by two leading lights in Canada’s Conservative movement, former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall and former cabinet minister James Moore to examine the health of this race – and the health of the party.

A battle is brewing in Quebec over a proposed language law that could force college students to take three core courses in French. Anglophone groups say Bill 96 would make many students fail and potentially drive many out of the province. Dan Spector looks at the growing push-back as the legislation nears adoption.

The job market in Canada is red-hot right now and it’s causing a power shift. There are about a million openings across the country and just about the same number of people looking for jobs. Companies are now being forced to offer more than just a paycheque to attract workers. Anne Gaviola has more.

Alberta is leading the world in a program that gets surgery patients back on their feet faster. Along with reducing hospitalization time, experts say the program could also cut costs and pain medication use for patients. Su-Ling-Goh reports.

A thrift store in British Columbia is making a name for itself. Not necessarily for what it sells, but how it’s helping the community it relies on. In just four years the owner of Danny’s Dynamite Deals has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local schools and charities. Kylie Stanton explains why.

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