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Protesters arrive on Parliament Hill ahead of main trucker convoy

Consistent honks from truck horns could be heard through the downtown core on Friday as participants in the trucker convoy drove into the area and began gathering around Parliament Hill in what's set to be a 'unique, fluid, risky, and significant' protest, according to city officials.

Protesters arrive on Parliament Hill ahead of this weekend's planned freedom convoy demonstration (CTV News)

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CTV NEWS IN AFGHANISTAN | 'We have nothing now': Female taekwondo star banned from sport by Taliban

Anzorat Wali is a female Afghan taekwondo star who took up the sport to learn self defence. She swiftly began earning medals, more golds than she can remember, but her dream of competing in the Olympics died the day the Taliban arrived. 'We have nothing now. We have nothing,' she tells CTV National News' Paul Workman in Kabul.

Anzorat Wali competed in taekwondo tournaments but was forced to stop when the Taliban banned women from participating.

Jann Arden says pandemic has given her 'time to be reflective'

Canadian musician Jann Arden said writing her newest album in the middle of the pandemic gave her 'a lot of time to be reflective.' The writing process for 'Descendant,' Arden's 15th studio album out Friday, began in the spring of 2020, in the early days of the global outbreak of COVID-19.

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Australia pledges US$700M to save Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government on Friday pledged to spend another 1 billion Australian dollars (US$704 million) over nine years on improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef after stalling a UNESCO decision on downgrading the natural wonder's World Heritage status.

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OPINION | Tom Mulcair: Ukrainian Canadians wield a lot of influence

With her deep experience in the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland can and should play a significant role in finding a peaceful solution in Ukraine, if she can overcome her Russophobe bent, former NDP leader Tom Mulcair writes in his latest column for CTVNews.ca.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang