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Global National: Nov. 9, 2021 | Concerns upcoming winter will drive up COVID-19 infections

Although most eligible Canadians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, concerns are growing about a surge in cases this winter. Eric Sorensen looks at the worries of lifting restrictions too soon and Canada’s pandemic outlook, as more people head indoors.

The United States also faces renewed urgency to get more Americans vaccinated against the virus, as cases spike again in many states. Jackson Proskow reports on where infections are multiplying, as millions of people prepare to travel over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In Ottawa, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is facing a political headache within his caucus, after some of his MPs expressed concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. David Akin looks at how O’Toole is dealing with it, as the party’s shadow cabinet is unveiled.

Also, despite world leaders making new commitments at the COP26 climate summit, scientists are warning the planet’s temperatures will likely rise by up to 2.4°C by the end of the century. Heather Yourex-West looks at why efforts to avert catastrophe are falling short and what more needs to be done.

Plus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been luring thousands of desperate migrants to his country, amid promises they will let them enter Europe. But instead, they are trapped in freezing weather on the Polish border, with no shelter or food. As Crystal Goomansingh reports, Lukashenko is being accused of using them as political pawns to retaliate against the European Union.

Canada is marking 100 years since adopting the poppy as a symbol of remembrance to honour the sacrifice of soldiers and to raise money for veterans. But how did the delicate flower become such an enduring symbol? Mike Drolet reports on the people who helped propel the poppy to prominence.

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