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Global National: July 17, 2022 | Canadian emergency rooms in crisis as doctors, nurses on the brink

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On tonight's episode of Global National: The situation in Canada's emergency rooms has grown critical, with patients overwhelming understaffed hospitals and the pandemic pushing facilities to the brink, burning out doctors and nurses. Those who stayed behind are now pleading for action. Abigail Bimman looks at the growing challenges, how patients are suffering, and how there have been deadly consequences.

U.S. health officials are battling rising concerns and case counts on two fronts. Monkeypox is spreading rapidly across most states, while hospitals are filling up once again thanks to a new COVID variant. Jennifer Johnson reports from Washington.

In southern Europe, out-of-control wildfires are forcing thousands of people from their homes. People living in Spain, Portugal, and France are also battling record-breaking heat, which is linked to more than 1,000 deaths. Mike Armstrong looks at what else firefighters are up against.

Plus, in recent years, more groups have been risking their lives to save dogs that have been left homeless after wars and natural disasters. But Canada is about to ban canines from certain countries. Beginning in September, rescue dogs from over a hundred countries considered high-risk for rabies will no longer be allowed to enter Canada, which has left charitable groups chasing their tails to find a solution. Mike Drolet explains.

Finally, a two-spirit Indigenous woman from the Tsuu T'ina nation in Alberta is making a name for herself in the golf world. Irene Crowchild is a two-time national long drive champion — and she's going for her third title. An intergenerational survivor of Canada's residential school system and a role model, Crowchild hopes that her success will drive reconciliation forward. Heather Yourex-West takes a look.

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