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5 things you need to know this morning: November 23, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Mount Everest expedition turns up several microplastics samples

A number of new studies resulting from samples collected from an expedition on Mount Everest show how the impact of climate change and human activity has created environmental problems A total of 19 high elevation samples were collected, 11 were found in the snow at Everest Base Camp and high into the Death Zone near the mountain's summit. Another eight samples were procured from stream water

2. Hudson's Bay has stopped paying rent across Canada

The Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) suddenly stopped paying rent during the pandemic, and said that the issue of unpaid rent is not an indication of any financial distress. Over the last eight months, HBC hasn’t paid any rent at all to eight landlords in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Florida, according to legal filings.

3. First round of Americans could receive COVID-19 vaccine as soon as December 11

Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the head adviser of the US government's COVID-19 vaccine effort, said that the first Americans could receive vaccinations by December 11.

4. Canada and the UK announce transitional trade agreement ahead of Brexit deadline

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the two countries have agreed to continue trading under the same terms as the current European Union agreement following the Brexit transition period.

5. Judge dismisses Trump campaign's Pennsylvania lawsuit which sought to throw out millions of votes

US District Court Judge Matthew Brann dismissed a lawsuit on Saturday filed by Trump's campaign in Pennsylvania. Brann said the campaign had failed to provide evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state but had instead presented the court "with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations."

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