Global National: Feb. 6, 2021 | Ontario expected to loosen COVID-19 restrictions

In our top story: Ontario is set to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in the coming weeks, with the first reopenings expected to begin Feb. 10. The province has been in lockdown since late December and a state of emergency is set to expire Tuesday. Cases have declined and hospitalizations are down. As Mike Le Couteur reports, there may be reason for optimism.

Restrictions may be able to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it’s the vaccine that will help finally bring our lives back to normal. So far, Canada’s efforts are lagging behind dozens of other countries. Mercedes Stephenson sits down with Procurement Minister Anita Anand to look into where Canada currently stands.

In the U.S., health officials are urging Americans not to attend Super Bowl parties as there is concern the festivities could turn into superspreader events. The big game is the most watched program on American television each year. The U.S. is seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases, but as Jennifer Johnson explains, experts fear that will be short-lived.

The arrest of a Black man in Montreal, Quebec this week is shining a spotlight on the city’s police department. Mamadi Fara Camara was held in jail for six nights before all charges were dropped. Mayor Valerie Plante says any independent investigation into what happened should examine whether racial profiling played a part. Amanda Jelowicki reports.

Cracks are already appearing in the trade deal that finalized Brexit. It’s been over a month since the U.K. left behind European Union rules, but in Northern Ireland tensions over products transported from Britain have led to safety concerns for port workers and politicians. As Redmond Shannon explains, there are concerns the situation could destabilize the peace process in the region.

The pandemic has hurt many businesses, including museums. Hundreds of cultural institutions across the country rely on admissions and volunteers to survive. But for many those things just aren’t possible right now. David Akin takes a look at how some museums are responding to these challenging times.

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