Global National: Jan. 28, 2022 | Ottawa ramps up security as protest convoys arrive

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Security is being beefed up around Parliament Hill, as convoys of protestors from across Canada begin arriving in Ottawa, to demand an end to vaccine mandates and pandemic protocols. As David Akin reports, despite aims to keep it peaceful, police are worried about the protests’ numbers and potential for violence.

To the COVID-19 pandemic: although there are signs the Omicron wave has peaked, concerns are growing over its new subvariant BA.2 that’s been detected in Canada. Abigail Bimman breaks down what’s known so far about the new mutation and what health experts are watching out for.

In Europe, despite tensions over a potential Russian invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is urging allies not to cause panic by treating conflict as imminent. But as Crystal Goomansingh reports, Zelensky is also rebutting criticisms that he’s downplaying the threat, as allies still scramble to find a diplomatic solution.

How did both Ukraine and Russia get to this point? From the fall of the Soviet Union, to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political games, Eric Sorensen looks at the long and complicated history between the two countries.

And with one week left before the 2022 Winter Games kick-off in Beijing, anxiety and excitement is growing for Team Canada’s Olympic athletes. That includes teen lugers Natalie Corless and Trinity Ellis, both getting set to compete in their first Olympics. Mike Drolet has more on how the fast and fearless athletes are preparing.

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