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Global National: Nov. 26, 2021 | Multiple countries restrict travel over Omicron COVID-19 variant

Canada is joining multiple countries in imposing travel measures as the worrying new Omicron variant, also known as B.1.1.529, is detected in various parts of the world. It was discovered in southern Africa. Crystal Goomansingh looks at the new rules, and how effective they might be.

Scientists believe the variant has dozens of mutations, fueling concerns it could be more transmissible. But how do the vaccines stack up against it? Eric Sorensen looks at what we know so far about Omicron and why scientists are concerned it could be the worst COVID-19 variant yet.

In British Columbia, there are setbacks to getting the Trans Mountain pipeline up and running again. It was voluntarily shut off due to the province’s atmospheric river disaster. Heather Yourex-West explains what’s fueling the delays and how the province is trying to maintain its gas supply.

Whether online or in-store, many bargain hunters are taking advantage of this year’s Black Friday deals. But the supply chain crisis is interrupting shopping sprees. As Jennifer Johnson reports, experts are warning procrastinators not to delay their holiday shopping.

Plus, from Kandahar to Canada: veterans return the favour to the man dubbed Capt. Smiley, an Afghan who helped protect Canadian solders, as he begins his new chapter with new challenges. Jeff Semple has Mohammad Ismail’s story.

And, Nova Scotia is on the brink of a historic benchmark, with its population about to hit one million. Ross Lord explains what’s driving people to the province and the pros and cons of having a larger population.

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