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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took his pre-election campaign to Calgary today, where he announced the approval of the city’s Green Line LRT project, talked climate change and partook in no shortage of political sniping. That story from CBC News.
Still with Trudeau, while Sen. Patrick Brazeau applauds the prime minister’s appointment of Inuk leader Mary Simon as the first Indigenous Governor General, as well as his commitment to reconciliation, Brazeau also says Indigenous people need more than “Band-Aid solutions.”
On Canada Day, Brazeau released an 85-page report, Indigenous issues in Canada and the inertia of the federal government. It examines the history of the federal government’s relationship to Indigenous Peoples, and offers what he calls discussion points for possible long-term solutions for Indigenous communities and the government’s relationship with those communities. Brazeau began working on his report 18 months ago, after watching what happened to former Liberal Justice minister and Indigenous politician, Jody Wilson-Raybould.
“When Jody Wilson-Raybould was named Justice minister (in 2015), there was lots of hope (for Indigenous Peoples), and then I saw what happened to her and I thought about my own experience,” Brazeau told iPolitics today. “From what I have seen, political parties like to name Indigenous Peoples to certain positions, and political parties like to look for Indigenous candidates to bolster their rosters.”
“Once I was named to the Senate, I quickly found my voice was shut down, and I had no power. I am tired of hearing federal Liberals and Conservatives using the same rhetoric, (and) playing partisan politics on the back of Indigenous Peoples.” More from Janet Silver.
In British Columbia, where more than 200 wildfires are raging, the provincial crews battling them are grateful there is military support coming from Ottawa to give them a much needed rest. The fires were caused by a heat wave last week, which included the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada: 46.4 C in the village of Lytton, breaking the all-time Canadian high of 45 C. The village was completely destroyed by fire. While some fires have gone out in the last 24 hours, crews aren’t “out of the clear yet,” so the federal support will help them prepare for the extended season, said Karley Desrosiers, a fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service.
“Considering the fire season started much earlier than anticipated … we’re looking ahead for the long term to have our crew and personnel prepared to fight those fires, for what we’re expecting to be an extended season,” she told iPolitics, adding, “We’re really grateful they’re able to come and give our crews a bit of a reprieve from the work they’ve been doing.” Rachel Emmanuel reports.
Federally regulated employers will have to start planning to close any gender wage gaps by the end of summer. Labour Minister Filomena Tassi announced on Wednesday that the long-awaited Pay Equity Act will be coming into force on Aug. 31. Employers with 10 or more employees will then have three years to develop and implement a pay equity plan. This also includes parliamentary workplaces and the prime minister’s and ministers’ offices. The change will affect roughly 1.31 million people. Jeff Labine reports.
A new report suggests that of the approximately $1 billion of taxpayers money allocated for the cleanup of unreclaimed oil and gas wells in Alberta last year, much of it may have just replaced money energy companies were going to spend anyway. As the Canadian Press reports, that means the public is likely picking up the tab for private companies’ pollution. “It’s hard to say because the data is so limited,” said Megan Egler, author of the Parkland Institute’s report, a research group headquartered at the University of Alberta..”But what I did find is highly, highly suggestive that this funding simply was just replacing the money that would have otherwise been spent by these oil and gas producers.”
Still with energy: Can LNG exports revitalize stranded fossil fuels in the West? Kevin Dougherty has that story.
Process Nerd: Does the House need summer sittings?
Net Zero: B.C. unveils new hydrogen strategy
The Sprout: Stampede music venue sets rules for attendees
In Other Headlines:
First-dose COVID-19 vaccinations plateau across Canada (Globe)
U.S officials have revoked thousands of Canadian NEXUS cards (CBC)
Liberals set August date for one-time $500 payment to seniors aged 75 and older (CP)
Businesses across Canada considering proof of COVID-19 vaccination: privacy lawyer (CP)
Singh looks West to retake lost turf in B.C., but hurdles dot the path (CP)
Fire at another B.C. church under investigation, Mounties say (CTV)
Alberta finance minister, health provider want to cut pay to nurses (CP)
Ontario reports zero deaths for the first time since last year (Global)
Quebec to drop capacity limits for stores, relax social distancing rules (Global)
Canadian researchers closer to understanding how AZ vaccine recipients develop rare blood clots (CTV)
More than a million Canadians mixed COVID-19 vaccines (CP)
NS premier responds to new questions about 2005 drunk-driving charge (CTV)
Haiti has declared a state of emergency following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse early this morning. Moïse was killed and his wife wounded in an attack at their home by unidentified gunmen. He had ruled by decree for more than two years after Haiti failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded his resignation in recent months. The president’s death further destabilizes the Caribbean nation, which has endured anti-government protests, gang violence and surging COVID infections, and has sparked fears it will descend into chaos. As the hunt continues for Moïse’s killers, interim Premier Claude Joseph is in charge of the country and has called for calm, insisting the police and army would ensure people’s security.
As Al Jazeera reports, leaders around the world have reacted with outrage and revulsion, while Colombia has urged the Organization of American States to send an urgent mission to Haiti to “protect the democratic order.” President Joe Biden condemned the killing as a “heinous act,” calling the situation “worrisome.” He said the United States is prepared to assist in the aftermath to bring security and safety to the country.
Here at home, Trudeau took to Twitter to strongly condemn the assassination. The prime minister denounced the “appalling assassination,” and said Canada is ready to support the people of Haiti and offer any assistance they need. Global Affairs Canada has issued a travel advisory for Canadians in Haiti in the wake of the assassination. As CTV reports, they’ve been told to limit their movements, as the situation “could worsen quickly.”
In Other International Headlines:
G20 set to agree on ‘historic’ global corporate tax rate, says French finance minister (CBC)
Pfizer vaccine protection takes a hit as Delta variant spreads, Israeli government says (CNN)
Trump files lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google (The Hill)
Confirmed death toll in Miami condo collapse rises to 46 (NBC)
Taliban battle their way into western Afghan city (BBC)
Latest hack to test Biden’s vow for consequences for Russia (AP)
Lithuania plans barrier on Belarus border to stem migrant flow (BBC)
Russia’s Yandex driverless robots to deliver food at U.S. colleges with GrubHub (Reuters)
Graham Thomson: Kenney gaslighting Albertans by promising ‘best summer ever’
Donna Ashamock and Ugo Lapointe: O’Regan’s relationship with mining lobby is too cozy
Finally, the blue suit Rep. Andy Kim wore as he cleaned up debris rioters left under the Capitol dome on Jan. 6 was a find at a J Crew sale. But it has since become so much more. Now, as the Smithsonian looks for contributions to memorialize the insurrection, he’s donated it, stitching his “unremarkable” suit into history.
Have a good night.
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