Global National: May 6, 2021 | Alberta’s oil sands a hot spot for COVID-19 outbreaks

Good news and bad news about COVID-19 in Canada. The good news is the progress on vaccines with more doses arriving and in the pipeline, provinces are ramping up their rollout to younger Canadians. The bad news is the virus is still spreading faster in some provinces than vaccines are arriving. One of Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots is Alberta’s oil sands, where more than a dozen outbreaks have made hundreds of workers sick. Heather Yourex-West looks at the vaccination efforts underway, since the problem goes beyond that province’s borders.

Canada’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines is growing, just as the country became the first in the world to approve Pfizer’s shot for children aged 12 to 15. As Eric Sorensen reports, if vaccine deliveries and inoculations keep up at this rate, there’s cautious optimism that Canada won’t face a fourth wave.

A veteran Canadian intelligence officer is slamming his employer for initially refusing to have a mandatory masking policy. Canada’s Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has only recently made it a requirement for its headquarters. It was already hit by an outbreak of COVID-19. With reporting from Stewart Bell, Jasmine Pazzano has the story of one man’s fight to keep himself and his colleagues safe.

Canadians with loved ones in India are watching in fear, as that country’s COVID-19 crisis worsens by the day. As Robin Gill explains, some are going above and beyond to try to help.

The federal government has doubled down on a pledge to build one heavy icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard over the next decade. Now, Vancouver’s Seaspan Shipyards and Quebec-based Chantier Davie will split a multi-million contract to each build one. David Akin explains how the decision was likely made with the next election in mind.

Over 70,000 new voters are able to cast their first ballot in the Wales election, after the country lowered the voting age to include 16 and 17-year-olds. Crystal Goomansingh looks at how voters and candidates are reacting to this new age of politics.

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