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TORONTO – More bad weather is on the horizon in parts of British Columbia, an Afghan refugee waits to come to Canada, and the EU is shutting down flights from southern Africa. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

1. Weather in British Columbia: The second of three successive atmospheric rivers will hit parts of British Columbia this weekend as flood watches and evacuation orders are put in place.

2. PCU reimbursement: Some Canadians who received pandemic unemployment benefit should be given notices that they must repay some of the aid they received last year.

3. Afghan refugee: One of the Afghan women who fled the country with the help of British Baroness Helena Kennedy awaits confirmation that she can reach her final destination: Canada.

4. Travel restrictions: The European Union said on Friday it plans to halt air travel from southern Africa to counter the spread of a new variant of COVID-19 as the bloc of 27 countries grapple with a spike massive cases.

5. COVID-19 variant: A scientist in the UK takes note of a variant of COVID-19 that originated in Botswana with an astonishing number of mutations, although there have only been 82 confirmed cases to date.

One more thing…

Mysterious disappearance: Over 4,000 years ago, one of ancient China’s most advanced societies suddenly disappeared. The reason for the sudden collapse of Liangzhu city has so far not been clear, but a new study offers some answers.

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