COVID-19 continues to spread across Canada, especially in the country’s two largest provinces. Quebec Premier François Legault has asked people to keep going to work and school, but to otherwise stay home. New case numbers were below 1,000 today, but hospitalizations there have doubled in two weeks. In Ontario, Toronto’s public health officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, warns the infection rates in parts of the city are rising so fast, if restrictions are not re-imposed including closing restaurants and bars the way Quebec has, infections may not peak until the spring. But Ontario Premier Doug Ford is resisting closing the bars and restaurants until he has hard evidence they’re spreading the virus.
It is a tough call weighing when to re-impose tight restrictions no one likes against the risk of losing more lives to this virus. Mike Armstrong reports.
New restrictions are likely coming for England. For the second day in a row, more than 14,000 new cases were reported in the U.K. Hospitalization rates and deaths are also on the rise and as Crystal Goomansingh reports, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already announced tough new restrictions and the closure of pubs and restaurants.
A plan to seriously reduce plastic waste here is Canada began to take shape today. Hardly any of the plastic we use gets recycled. The government is looking to ban several types of plastics and it’s part of its push to reduce plastic waste to zero by 2030. Mike Le Couteur looks at what’s in the plan and what’s been left out.
Alberta is beginning to set its sights beyond oil and one thing it’s looking at is hydrogen as a zero emission fuel source. Hydrogen when consumed in a fuel cell produces only water. It can be produced from a variety of sources including natural gas, which Alberta has an abundance of. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney wants the province to become a major exporter of hydrogen by 2040. But as Heather Yourex-West explains, there are obstacles to the plans.
There is a dire warning tonight about a greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide. It has hundreds of times more warming power in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. It comes from the nitrogen in agricultural fertilizer, which is used around the world to increase crop yields. As Eric Sorensen reports, it makes limiting global warming in the years ahead even more difficult.
U.S. President Donald Trump is leaving millions of Americans affected by the pandemic wondering if they’ll get federal aid after initially calling off talks with the Democrats on a benefit package. He did change course on Wednesday, pushing Congress to approve aid checks, but as Jackson Proskow reports, there are questions how fast the aid could be passed.
There are all kinds of conspiracy theories online and now finally Facebook has banned one of them from all its platforms. QAnon believers spread wild conspiracies based on zero facts that a group of politicians and A-list celebrities are running a Satanic, baby-eating, child sex abuse ring and plotting to undermine President Trump. QAnon has moved from the fringes to the mainstream, amplified by Facebook which profited from its extremist views. Will today’s ban make any difference? That’s what Jeff Semple is looking at tonight.
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