On this episode of Global National: Frustration is mounting among airlines and travellers over Canada’s advisory against non-essential international travel. Abigail Bimman has the reaction from pandemic-fatigued people, what experts are warning travellers about and how Ontario is making grim predictions about what could happen if no measures are taken.
And with Ottawa advising against non-essential international travel due to the Omicron variant, several premiers are also telling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau they’re not on board with the measures. David Akin explains why.
Meanwhile, Omicron cases rapidly rise in Europe, multiple countries are taking measures to limit the spread of the highly-contagious variant. Redmond Shannon explains why the United Kingdom is not looking to impose a lockdown.
Also, from dealing with a belligerent Beijing, to an underwhelming result in a pandemic election, Trudeau has faced a mix of successes and failures in 2021. In an interview with Mercedes Stephenson, the prime minister reflects on the ordeal of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, his conservation with Kovrig after the former detainee returned to Canada and on sexual misconduct in the Canadian military.
Plus, Ottawa had promised to help tens of thousands of Afghans, but many are at the mercy of bureaucratic red tape and the delays are proving to be deadly for some people who were already approved to be resettled in Canada. Jeff Semple has the story of a 10-year-old girl named Nazifa, who was killed by the Taliban.
And as Omicron drives up Canada’s COVID-19 cases, it’s fuelling fears the health-care system will again be pushed to the brink. So what does that mean for the country’s front line health workers who are already stressed? Jamie Mauracher spoke to some of them and heard why there’s hope this fifth wave will be easier to fight than the previous four.
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