What's happening in Ottawa this weekend: Jan. 28-30

Skaters brave the cold to lace up the blades on opening day of the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. For the first time in 20 years 100% of the canal opened on the first day. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Skaters brave the cold to lace up the blades on opening day of the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. For the first time in 20 years 100% of the canal opened on the first day. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's 1st war crimes trial

A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian was sentenced to life in prison on Monday in the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded three months ago, unleashing a brutal conflict that has led to accusations of atrocities, left thousands dead, driven millions from their homes and flattened whole swaths of cities.

Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, May 23, 2022. The court sentenced the 21-year-old soldier to life in prison on Monday for killing a Ukrainian civilian, in the first war crimes trial held since Russia's invasion. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A new billionaire has been minted nearly every day during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been good for the wallets of the wealthy. Some 573 people have joined the billionaire ranks since 2020, bringing the worldwide total to 2,668, according to an analysis released by Oxfam on Sunday. That means a new billionaire was minted about every 30 hours, on average, so far during the pandemic.