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— Parents want continued masking in schools: A new Canada-wide poll finds that 70 per cent of parents continue to worry about the spread of the coronavirus in schools, and 78 per cent of respondents said they want children and staff to wear masks in schools. Those in Quebec and the Prairie provinces were less likely to support mask measures in schools.
—Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “After blocking off most of the Thanksgiving long weekend for ‘personal’ time with his family — aside, that is, from a Saturday morning visit with newly settled Afghan refugees — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to get an early start on the rest of the work week, courtesy of a virtual huddle with his G20 counterparts to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. Convened by Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, the ‘extraordinary leaders’ meeting’ will be held via tele-conference, and is expected to focus on what Draghi has described as a ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’”
— Vaccine mandates could mean healthcare staff shortages: As provincial vaccine mandates come into effect, some hospitals, health facilities, and long-term care homes are being forced to lay off staff who refuse to be vaccinated. Possible staff shortages could further strain workforces at hospital and nursing homes. Global News reports that Ontario hospitals — and their patients — are already feeling the brunt of the layoffs.
— Canadians hardening on China: A new poll by Nanos finds that 76 per cent of Canadians think Ottawa should ban Huawei Technologies from Canada’s 5G networks. The poll was conducted the week after the two Michaels were released. In 2019, just 53 per cent of respondents supported the Huawei ban. Meanwhile, the latest poll also finds that nearly seven out of 10 Canadians oppose deepening business ties through free-trade deals with China.
— Alberta to vote on daylight savings: Alberta will hold a referendum next week on whether or not to switch to permanent daylight time and ditch the twice-yearly clock change. The Yukon made the switch last year, while B.C., Ontario, and dozens of U.S. states are preparing to do so. (Saskatchewan hasn’t changed the clocks since the 1960s.)
— Coming up: A Federal Court judge will rule today on whether Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin can be reinstated as the head of Canada’s vaccine distribution campaign. Fortin is fighting a separate battle in a criminal court after Quebec police charged him last month with sexual assault. The Canadian Press has more.
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— Ethiopian army launches offensive on all fronts: Tigray rebels say the Ethiopian army has launched coordinated attacks on all fronts against their forces, using artillery, tanks, jets, and drones in an what they call an attempt to “reinvade” the Tigray region. BBC News spoke to a senior Tigrayan source who said their forces were holding their ground. The Ethiopian government has not confirmed any fighting.
— Kim vows to build ‘invincible army’: North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un vowed in a speech at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang to build an “invincible military.” North Korea has recently been testing what it claims to be hypersonic and anti-aircraft missiles in the face of what it says are hostile policies from the U.S.
— Elsewhere: Oil prices keep climbing. China banned British beef after a mad cow case was discovered. U.S. businesses criticize Biden’s China tariff plan. Texas bans vaccine mandates. California to enforce ‘gender neutral‘ toy aisles in large stores. Interpreter who helped rescue Biden from being stranded in a blizzard in 2008 leaves Afghanistan. The Taliban won’t commit to allowing girls to return to high school. Nobel science prize chief says it won’t introduce gender or racial quotas. Elk with tire around neck for two years finally freed. Australian teens charged for killing 14 kangaroos.
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Some gouda news out of the U.K. this morning — it’s been revealed that Prince Charles’ car runs on cheese and wine byproducts. “I hope he drives caerphilly,” one social media user quipped.