Global National: Jan. 27, 2022 | Protest convoy sparks concerns over possible extremist violence

Security worries are rising in Ottawa ahead of the fast-approaching truck convoy, as their demands to end vaccine mandates spiral into a hostile movement. As Jeff Semple reports, there are concerns the far-right extremist groups latching onto the protest could possibly incite violence in the capital.

Meanwhile, months after Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s defeat in the federal election, a long-awaited post-mortem report of the campaign has been delivered to party MPs, detailing O’Toole’s performance. David Akin explains how the report suggests the Tories’ campaign fell short and why critics say the findings go too easy on O’Toole.

With Canada’s long-term care homes hard-hit in the pandemic, a new draft of national standards by the Health Standards Organization offers new insight on Canada’s potential strategy to improve the lives of residents. Abigail Bimman breaks down the new criteria and the reaction from advocates and family members.

In Europe, despite efforts for diplomatic de-escalation, more Russian military forces are rallying along Ukraine’s border, stoking fears of a possible invasion. But as Crystal Goomansingh reports, Russia is still trying to downplay its intentions, while Ukraine scrambles to improve its defences.

An Ontario doctor, barred from prescribing ivermectin to treat COVID-19, has launched a telehealth service offering the unapproved treatment. As Jamie Mauracher reports, a Global News investigation has uncovered that he is exploiting a loophole, and experts say it shows the cracks in a system that’s supposed to protect patients.

And from dropping face mask mandates to ditching COVID-19 vaccine passports, England is scrapping most of its pandemic restrictions, as the United Kingdom aims to just live with the virus. But as Redmond Shannon reports, health experts are still confused and urging caution over the country’s efforts to leave the pandemic behind.

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