Global National: Feb. 12, 2022 | Police move in to clear Ambassador Bridge blockade

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The clearing has begun. Police are moving in to enforce the court order against protesters at the Ambassador Bridge blockade. They’ve disrupted North America’s busiest international crossing for six days now. A state of emergency is in effect in Ontario with demonstrations also underway at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. And in Ottawa, thousands gathered in the downtown core and at the National War Memorial. A counter-protest is picking up steam. Sean O’Shea is in Windsor, Ont. at the Ambassador Bridge where police have begun to move in.

Day 16 of what the prime minister and police are calling an illegal occupation in our nation’s capital. All available officers are being deployed to enforce safety and to encourage protesters to leave, but the disruption continues. Crowds swelled in Ottawa’s downtown core again and as Abigail Bimman reports, the National War Memorial has become a flashpoint.

With Alberta rapidly winding down its COVID-19 restrictions, Premier Jason Kenney says it’s not because of the ongoing blockade in Coutts, near the Alberta-Montana border crossing that’s disrupted traffic there for two weeks. The Canada Border Services Agency says services there are now temporarily suspended. Mercedes Stephenson has more.

Fearing a Russian invasion is imminent, the U.S. is the latest country to tell its citizens to leave Ukraine. Canada has already done so, but Global Affairs says nearly 800 registered Canadians are still there. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered support to Ukraine’s president in a phone call today, but as Jennifer Johnson reports, some are urging him to do more.

Scientists are taking a giant step forward in spinal injury research, published this week in the journal Nature Medicine. As Mike Drolet shows us, Swiss-based researchers have developed a spinal implant that’s enabling a paraplegic to walk again.

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