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Global National: March 21, 2021 | Michael Kovrig’s trial set for Monday in Beijing

CA, 22 Mar 2021
In our top story: In just a few hours, Michael Kovrig will be before a judge in Beijing, China, facing a charge of espionage and like the trial of Michael Spavor, no Canadian officials will be allowed in court to watch the proceedings. The arrest of the two Canadians is widely seen as retribution for the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in British Columbia at the request of the U.S. Today, China had another contemptuous message for Canada. Abigail Bimman explains.

Turning to the pandemic, the campaign to protect Canadians against COVID-19 is picking up steam. Nearly four million vaccinations have now been administered, but there is still a long way to go. The federal government may be in charge of the supply, but it’s up to the provinces and territories to get shots into arms. As Heather Yourex-West reports, some regions are having more success than others.

Looking south of the Canadian border, a state of emergency has been declared in Miami Beach, where spring break crowds have been getting out of control. Florida is the third state in the U.S. to see more than two million total cases of COVID-19 and massive groups of young people, many not wearing masks, were too much for city leaders, who are now taking extreme measures. Jennifer Johnson reports.

The RCMP says it plans to act on recommendations outlined in a review of how officers acted following the killing of Colten Boushie in 2016. Global News obtained two reports, which say Mounties made disparaging, racist remarks to the Indigenous man’s mother while breaking the news of her son’s death. The 22-year-old was shot and killed while sitting in an SUV that he and his friends had driven onto a rural property in the province. But as Global’s Nathaniel Dove reports, the union representing the Mounties is critical of the findings.

The city of Winnipeg has launched its first ever anti-racism week. The event is aimed at improving the city’s reputation when it comes to discrimination. Six years ago, Maclean’s magazine labelled it as the place where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst. Marney Blunt reports on the steps the city is taking to eliminate the racial divides.

More than 43 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, which amounts to 13 per cent of the population. Like everywhere else in the world, there is a race to get more of the shots to more people to outrun those more contagious variants. But the bigger problem may be the Americans who refuse vaccines entirely. As Jackson Proskow reports, that could potentially keep the U.S. from achieving herd immunity.

Ten years ago, hundreds of Syrians took to the streets to demonstrate against President Bashar al-Assad. The peaceful protest quickly turned into deadly clashes with police and eventually spiralled into a full scale civil war. As Mike Armstrong explains, the conflict has now dragged on longer than the First and Second World Wars combined.

Millions of Syrians have left their country since the start of the conflict 10 years ago. Included in that wave are more than 80,000 who have settled here in Canada. As Mike Armstrong explains, they may have found safety in this country but the stress of what’s happening back home hasn’t gone away.

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