Global National: March 6, 2021 | Walter Gretzky, father of hockey’s “Great One,” laid to rest

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    On this episode of Global National: Canada’s proudest hockey dad, Walter Gretzky, was laid to rest in his hometown of Brantford, Ont. The biggest fan of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky passed away at age 82 on Thursday. Mike Le Couteur looks at the tributes, and the final farewell for the father of “The Great One.”

    The chair of Toronto’s Board of Health says the city is ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines 24/7. Councillor Joe Cressy says the only thing holding this process back is vaccine supply. Katherine Ward looks at why offering COVID-19 vaccines around the clock will be an important step to fighting the pandemic.

    Plus, for 100 days, farmers in India have been protesting three new laws that they say will reduce profits and give more power to corporations. Abigail Bimman breaks down why they want the rules repealed, and how the controversy is impacting Canada.

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    And Halifax is now home to a renowned chocolate store that is run by a family from Syria, who arrived in Canada as refugees in 2016. Ross Lord reports on the sweet success story of Peace by Chocolate.

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