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Conservative MPs cheer on trucker convoy, voice opposition to vaccine mandates

Conservative MPs are publicly cheering on the trucker convoy that's making its way across the country with the intent of converging onto Parliament Hill this weekend, voicing opposition to the federal government's mandatory vaccination policies. The 'freedom convoy' has garnered support from anti-vaccine mandate groups, and among those who dislike Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Protesters of COVID-19 restrictions, and supporters of Canadian truck drivers protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate cheer on a convoy of trucks on their way to Ottawa, on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday January 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Canada orders diplomats' families to leave Ukraine

The Canadian government has ordered family members of diplomatic staff in Ukraine to leave the country, though embassy staff will remain in place. In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said that the government has decided to 'temporarily withdraw' the children of embassy staff if they are under the age of 18, as well as family members accompanying them.

The Canadian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is seen on Jan. 25, 2022. The Canadian government has ordered family members of diplomatic staff in Ukraine to leave the country, though embassy staff will remain in place. (Omar Sachedina/CTV News)

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'I feel forgotten': Patients in Ontario wait for surgeries postponed due to COVID-19

Shelley Brownlee, who's been diagnosed with a form of abdomen cancer, has been waiting months to undergo surgery at a hospital in Toronto. Her doctor said he had hoped to proceed with it next month but the Ontario government's pause on all non-urgent surgeries and procedures amid soaring COVID-19 cases means she'll likely have to hang on a bit longer.

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Bank of Canada holds key interest rate, but warns of looming hikes

The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate target on hold at 0.25 per cent, but warning it won't stay there for much longer. The trendsetting rate has been at its rock-bottom level since March 2020 during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the economy went into a downturn and three million jobs were lost.

A woman walks past the Bank of Canada Wednesday September 6, 2017 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Russia threatens retaliation if Ukraine demands not met

Russia warned Wednesday it would quickly take 'retaliatory measures' if the U.S. and its allies reject its security demands over NATO and Ukraine, raising pressure on the West amid concerns that Moscow is planning to invade its neighbour.

A serviceman stands in a trench on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants near the frontline with Ukrainian government forces in Slavyanoserbsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)