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On tonight's top story: There is growing pressure in Alberta to implement stricter health measures as the province hit a record 11.4 per cent positivity rate, variants are spreading fast, hospitals are filling up and now scheduled surgeries are being reduced to accommodate COVID-19 patients.

The sudden death of 17-year-old Sarah Slate, less than a week after she tested negative for COVID-19 when her sister fell ill, is one of many stories emerging from the province, shedding light on Alberta's worsening situation. Heather Yourex-West reports on the pressure building on the province's health care system, and what it means for Albertans who need non-elective surgeries.

In Ontario, after months of pressure from the public as well as from medical experts, the Ontario government has unveiled a plan for its paid sick leave program, promising up to $600 for three days of missed work. Travis Dhanraj breaks down the plan and the reaction.

A damning report by Ontario's Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk is blasting the province's response to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes. Eric Sorensen reports on the history of mismanagement that left the system vulnerable to the devastation of the pandemic.

Global News has uncovered exclusive new details about a 2015 investigation into Gen. Jonathan Vance. Mike Le Couteur explains what Vance was being investigated for, and why the military police recommended dropping the case hours after Vance was sworn in as chief of the defence.

India's COVID-19 cases are spiralling out of control, and crematoriums across the country are struggling to keep up with the growing death toll. Crystal Goomansingh reports.

A private Facebook group for past and present members of the Canadian military police has been flooded with disparaging memes and comments about Maj. Kellie Brennan, one of the women at the heart of the Gen. Vance sexual misconduct investigation. Abigail Bimman breaks down what sparked the viral vitriol, what it means for the ongoing investigation, and why some are calling on the federal government to step in.

U.S. astronaut Michael Collins, the crew member who stayed on board the Apollo 11 during the first lunar landing mission in 1969, has died at 90 years old. David Akin remembers the so-called 'forgotten astronaut,' and how he helped make one giant leap for mankind.

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