Global National: May 8, 2022 | Trudeau tours scenes of destruction during surprise Ukraine visit

Canada’s prime minister made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital on Sunday. Justin Trudeau arrived in Kyiv flanked by Canada’s deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister. They toured the destruction in the nearby suburb of Irpin, reopened the Canadian embassy, and then Trudeau held a joint press conference with the Ukrainian president. Crystal Goomansingh brings us the latest.

Fighting continued in the east of Ukraine on Sunday, where more than 60 people are feared dead after an airstrike at a school where people were taking shelter. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned to expect more attacks in the coming hours as Russia prepares to mark a major military anniversary. Abigail Bimman has more.

The United States could be on the verge of a seismic shift. Democrats are attempting to enshrine abortion access into law after last week’s leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that seeks to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. As Reggie Cecchini reports, any decision that restricts abortion rights might find itself on the opposite side of popular opinion.

Iqaluit has just completed an investigation into its worst water contamination crisis. Last fall, fuel leaked into the water supply leaving it undrinkable for two months. Then in January, a different source contaminated the water again. Heather Yourex-West reports on the cause and concerns about clean drinking water in Canada’s northernmost city.

The emergence of new COVID-19 variants has been a persistent thorn in the side of vaccine manufacturers. That’s why some scientists are turning their attention to a new preventative measure they hope will tamper transmission. Jamie Mauracher reports on COVID-19 nasal sprays.

Voters in the Philippines are heading to the polls Monday to choose a new president. The leading candidate to replace Rodrigo Duterte has a familiar name in the country’s history. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is the son of the late dictator. Critics say he’s winning support by re-writing history. Dan Spector reports.

Canadians are getting older. Over the past 20 years, Statistics Canada reports the number of seniors over age 85 has doubled to nearly 900,000. And that number is projected to hit 2.5 million in the next 25 years. As Mike Drolet reports, a growing number of Canadians are also entering what was once a highly exclusive club.

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