Monday 9 May 2022

Canada’s COVID-19 emergency benefits come to an end

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On this episode of Global national: They were a lifeline for countless Canadians during the pandemic. But Canada’s remaining COVID-19 emergency benefits expire this weekend. The federal government points to Canada’s record-low unemployment as evidence the programs are needed no longer. Abigail Bimman reports.

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister says all women, children and seniors were evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The plant has been under siege for weeks and remains the last Ukrainian outpost in the strategic port city. As Reggie Cecchini reports, Russian forces are working to complete their conquest of Mariupol in time for Victory Day.

Ukrainians are relying heavily on foreign donations to repel the Russian invasion. But, Ukrainians themselves are also providing supplies and transporting them across the country to people in need. As Crystal Goomansingh reports, those volunteers are proving to be a critical link in the conflict.

The Conservative leadership candidates are gathering this week for the party’s first official debate. All six candidates are expected to be there and after this week’s unofficial debate descended into a verbal brawl, many are expecting more fireworks. Eric Sorensen spoke to former leadership candidate Peter McKay on the West Block to hear his thoughts on the debate.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has caused turmoil in international commodity markets, raising prices at the grocery store. The latest item affected is cooking oil. Ukraine makes up nearly half the world’s sunflower oil exports and with those supplies stalling, the price for other oils has skyrocketed. As Dan Spector explains, a major move by another player in the global market could have significant consequences in Canada.

How far would you go for your favourite slice of pizza? One Ontario-born man who now lives in British Columbia went to extreme lengths for a taste of home. Kylie Stanton explains.

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