On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up for reelection. He’s facing a tough battle against Conservative Party rival Erin O’Toole. Plus, authorities believe they found Gabby Petito’s body, Congress is back in session, the U.S. blocks part of its Texas border and sends some Haitian migrants home and the Emmys crown ‘The Crown.’
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Good morning, I’m Taylor Wilson. And this is 5 Things you need to know Monday, the 20th of September, 2021. Today Canada votes. Plus Gabby Petito’s remains have likely been found. And more.
Here are some of the top headlines.
> A shooting at a Russian university has left at least eight people dead. The shooting happened in the city of Perm, and there were also reports of students jumping out of a building’s windows.
A volcano erupted on Spain’s La Palma island yesterday for the first time in 30 years. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, but some homes were destroyed.
And the SpaceX civilian mission landed safely over the weekend. The four non-astronauts splashed down near Florida Saturday night, after three days in orbit.
Canadians will head to the polls today for national elections. Canada does not directly elect the prime minister, but instead gives the job to the leader of the party who either wins the majority of seats in the House of Commons, or can ally with another party to reach a majority. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a tough battle against Conservative Party rival, Erin O’Toole.
The Liberal Party has been in office for six years, and Trudeau is calling the election early during the pandemic, but he’s hoping that Canadians back his response to COVID-19, which has been better than some other countries around the world. Canada has seen far fewer cases and deaths than others. And despite a slow vaccine start, has now become one of the most vaccinated countries on the planet. Trudeau has hard line stances on vaccine mandates and says they should be required for any Canadians to travel by rail or air, something conservatives oppose.