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5 things to know for Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Canada's westernmost provinces experience excess deaths, Angela Merkel's tenure as German chancellor is officially over, and the Bank of Canada is set to release its last interest rate decision of 2021. Here's what you need to know today.

Senate passes bill to ban conversion therapy

Conversion therapy will soon be banned across Canada, after the Senate agreed to the expedited passage of Bill C-4 on Tuesday. After multiple attempts to pass legislation banning the harmful practice failed in recent years, the bill has now cleared both the House of Commons and Senate without changes, in just over a week. Once it receives royal assent, the bill will become law.

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