Global National: Nov. 5, 2022 | Ontario’s education workers push back against Ford government

On this episode of Global National: Following numerous waves of COVID-19 pandemic closures, mask mandates and on-and-off online learning, this was supposed to be the first semester with a sense of normalcy for Ontario’s students. Instead, they find themselves in a state of limbo once again. As tensions escalate between the province and some 55,000 educational workers on the picket line for the second day, the Ford government is pushing to deem the job action that shut down many schools Friday as illegal. But workers remain defiant, closing down one of the country’s busiest intersections today, Yonge and Dundas in Toronto. David Akin has more.

If you were one of the thousands of Canadians that had a flight cancelled or delayed, a case going to the central court of appeal may affect you. Canada’s two largest airlines, Air Canada and Westjet, have launched legal appeals challenging two Canadian transportation rulings. The rulings found that the airlines owe compensation to travellers over flight cancellations or delays caused specifically by crew shortages. Aaron MacArthur reports.

Two former presidents and the current one are back on the campaign trail to get their party’s candidates to the U.S. Senate. U.S. President Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama are in Philadelphia ahead of next week’s midterm elections, while former president Donald Trump rallies east of Pittsburgh. Jennifer Johnson reports.

Plus, Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine and a turbulent economy has fuelled uncertainty in the lead up to Sunday’s COP27 climate change conference in Egypt. Leaders from around the world are going to look at how they can reduce emissions. But many fear those efforts will be overshadowed by the current global situation. Redmond Shannon explains why finances will be one of the biggest sticking points at this year’s event.

Conservationists are sounding the alarm over the amount of black and grizzly bears being killed in the interest of public safety. The recent hot and dry summers mean bears are often heading towards more urban areas in search of food, putting their own lives at risk. As Heather Yourex-West explains, more needs to be done to protect the animals and their habitat before it’s too late.

With health experts warning the upcoming flu season will be more intense than previous years, Canadians are being urged to get their flu shot. Now there may be another reason to do so — your next jab could prevent you from getting a stroke. That’s according to researchers from the University of Calgary in a study that is now getting international attention. Su-Ling Goh reports.

And at some point in the days ahead, 11 newly-elected members of the Quebec National Assembly will swear an oath of office to King Charles. Members of Quebec Solidaire hope to avoid it, but they have been told they won’t be allowed in the legislature unless it’s done. Mike Armstrong takes a look at the political push to make the oath optional.

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