Global National: Nov. 26, 2020 | Will political infighting affect vaccine distribution?

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    We begin with more information about vaccines for COVID-19 and Canada’s plan to roll them out. At this point, none have been approved, but some have shown so much promise in clinical trials, Health Canada could green-light them as early as next month for use. Meanwhile, the government says it has signed final deals with five of the seven leading manufacturers it has contracts with. Canada will rely on the companies to honour contracts and ship the vaccine to Canada and the closer we get to this reality, the more the pressure mounts. And that’s where the political infighting begins. David Akin has more. Alberta has done the least to impose restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. In Calgary, intensive care units are operating at overcapacity. The statistics aren’t just numbers, they are people. And one of them is 40-year-old Ricky Lam from Edmonton. His family says he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on a Thursday and died a few days later. To their knowledge he did not have any underlying health conditions. Heather Yourex-West on the human toll in Alberta as the virus keeps spreading. A Toronto restaurant owner has become the poster boy of defiance against COVID-19 restrictions. He was taken away in handcuffs today after failing to obey public health orders and close his BBQ restaurant to in-person dining. Most Canadians have accepted the restrictions are in place to limit the spread of a deadly virus, but there is a vocal minority who believe their personal right to freedom trumps everything else. And as Eric Sorensen reports, some political leaders have given them tacit support. There is no doubt some businesses are suffering, buckling under the weight of debt and it’s women and racialized Canadians that are disproportionately affected. Many work or worked in restaurants. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce warns bankruptcy is just weeks away for some businesses. And as Abigail Bimman reports it’s urging the federal government to change some of the rules around the emergency rent subsidy program. The man who killed six people in an attack on a mosque in Quebec City has had his sentenced reduced. Alexandre Bissonette was originally sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 40 years. Today Quebec’s highest court cut that back to 25 years without chance of parole. Mike Armstrong explains the decision and why it will likely be appealed. Whistler Blackcomb’s ski resort in B.C. opened for business today, its got the snow and some pandemic protocols in place, but what’s missing are the tourists and their money. Paul Johnson reports. MORE: For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: #COVID #GlobalNews #Coronavirus

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    Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

    As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.

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