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Whether it’s Joyce Echaquan, systemic racism, defunding the police, or the Perseverance rover landing on Mars, give your students the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives on many of today's most important issues. Throughout the school year, News in Review dives into four news stories per month and gives students deeper context.

Each story comes with a teacher guide that provides before-viewing preparation, discussion prompts, a Digging Deeper section and followup activities.

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News in Review - January 2021 COVID-19: The Anti-Mask Movement New

Throughout 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic grew, health authorities looked for ways to contain the spread. One option was to introduce a mask policy, making it mandatory in public places. But that has not sat well with so-called anti-maskers. They refuse to comply, suggesting it is government overreach and an infringement on their personal liberties. That has led to some ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:46
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  • Added on: 02/08/2021

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  • NIR-21-01 - PPT - COVID-19: The Anti-Mask Movement

  • NIR-21-01 - PDF - COVID-19: The Anti-Mask Movement

News in Review - January 2021 COVID-19: The Race for a Vaccine New

COVID-19 was first detected in December 2019 and quickly spread across the globe, infecting more than 75 million people and killing over 1.6 million by the end of the first year. As the disease resurged with a second wave, scientists and medical professionals around the world were in a tight race to develop an effective vaccine. In November 2020, pharmaceutical ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:17
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  • Added on: 02/01/2021

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  • NIR-21-01 - PPT - COVID-19: The Race for a Vaccine

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News in Review - December 2020 Remembering Joyce Echaquan: Systemic Racism in Canada’s Health Care

Calls for the Quebec government to recognize and address systemic racism within the province were revived by the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atimatekw woman who filmed as nurses at a hospital in Joliette hurled racist slurs at her before she died. Joyce’s family has announced a lawsuit and a criminal complaint against the hospital. Meanwhile, Quebec premier Francois Legault ...
  • 2020
  • 00:12:51
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  • Added on: 01/08/2021

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  • NIR-20-12 - PPT - Remembering Joyce Echaquan: Systemic Racism in Canada’s Health Care

  • NIR-20-12 - PDF - Remembering Joyce Echaquan: Systemic Racism in Canada’s Health Care

News in Review - December 2020 U.S. Election 2020: The Count and the Controversy

Over 150 million people cast their ballot in the U.S. elections, and both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden received a record number of votes. In the end, Joe Biden won not only the popular vote but also the electoral college. This News in Review video looks at voting day, delays with ballot counting, how the electoral college works, ...
  • 2020
  • 00:17:14
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  • Added on: 01/08/2021

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  • NIR-20-12 - PPT - U.S. Election 2020: The Count and the Controversy

  • NIR-20-12 - PDF - U.S. Election 2020: The Count and the Controversy

News in Review - December 2020 The Murder of Christine Jessop: DNA Solves Cold Case

In 1984, nine-year-old Christine Jessop was taken from her small community and raped and murdered. The police investigation led to the arrest of the family’s next door neighbour, Guy Paul Morin. Morin would be tried twice and end up serving 18 months in prison before being acquitted. But Morin’s full exoneration wouldn’t come until 2020. That’s when police announced they ...
  • 2020
  • 00:11:54
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  • Added on: 01/06/2021

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  • NIR-20-12 - PDF - The Murder of Christine Jessop: DNA Solves Cold Case

  • NIR-20-12 - PPT - The Murder of Christine Jessop: DNA Solves Cold Case

News in Review - December 2020 Lobster Wars: Nova Scotia's Fishery Dispute

Indigenous and non-Indigenous lobster fishers in Nova Scotia are locked in a dispute over the right to fish. Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation say that the Mi’kmaq people are within their rights to catch and sell lobster to earn a “moderate livelihood” as outlined by a 21-year-old Supreme Court decision. But non-Indigenous fishers say they are breaking the law ...
  • 2020
  • 00:13:46
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  • Added on: 01/05/2021

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  • NIR-20-12 - PPT - Lobster Wars: Nova Scotia’s Fishery Dispute

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News in Review - November 2020 COVID-19: Social Inequities Exposed by the Pandemic

COVID-19 is exposing the social inequalities in our society. Socio-economic data being studied on the coronavirus pandemic is now revealing that the most at risk in our society are the poorest, living in densely populated communities, as well as low income residents and front line workers. Data is also showing those most at risk are from racialized communities. We look ...
  • 2020
  • 00:13:59
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  • Added on: 11/05/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PDF - COVID-19: Social Inequities Exposed by the Pandemic

  • NIR-20-11 - PPT - COVID-19: Social Inequities Exposed by the Pandemic

News in Review - November 2020 Resilience in the Bahamas: Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

In September 2019, the northernmost islands of the Bahamas were hit by the most powerful hurricane to ever make landfall there. Hurricane Dorian killed over 70 people — though numbers could be higher with so many still unaccounted for. Homes, cars, boats and infrastructure were completely destroyed. Months later, residents are still trying to rebuild. Now they’re getting some extra ...
  • 2020
  • 00:13:49
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  • Added on: 11/05/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PPT - Resilience in the Bahamas: Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

  • NIR-20-11 - PDF - Resilience in the Bahamas: Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

News in Review - November 2020 Unaffordable Cities: Canada’s Housing Crisis

Does Edmonton have the answer to the homeless crisis? Affordable rental options in Canada were already a scarcity prior to the onset of COVID-19. But the pandemic has increased the housing challenge as more people lose their jobs and government rent benefits run out. As the pandemic drags on, housing experts predict that the number of people living on the ...
  • 2020
  • 00:14:37
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  • Added on: 11/03/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PDF - Unaffordable Cities: Canada’s Housing Crisis

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News in Review - November 2020 Election 2020: Battle for the U.S. Presidency

The U.S presidential election race is in its final days. It’s been an unprecedented race, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided across the country. It's taking place during a global pandemic that has seen more than 200,000 American lives lost. The president himself contracted and survived COVID-19 during the campaign. News In Review takes a look at some of the ...
  • 2020
  • 00:16:09
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  • Added on: 11/02/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PPT - Election 2020: Battle for the U.S. Presidency

  • NIR-20-11 - PDF - Election 2020: Battle for the U.S. Presidency