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We begin today out East. With an election call looking likely by the end of the week in Nova Scotia, today Premier Iain Rankin and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced funds to have $10/day daycare in place in five years. Stemming from child-care funding outlined in the 2021 budget, Nova Scotia joins British Columbia as the second province to have signed on the dotted line with the federal government.
The province is kicking in $40 million, while the federal funding comes in at $605 million. Trudeau said the $605 million agreement will create 4,000 new spaces in regulated centres for children under six over the next two years, with another 9,500 in the following five years. “Today’s agreement with Nova Scotia is a big step forward to making $10-a-day child care a reality across the province, and delivering much-needed support to families and communities as we build back better from the pandemic,” he said in a release.
As some have noted, given that they’re both at the helm of Liberal governments, Rankin’s decision on an election is key to Trudeau’s own election decision.
Still with Trudeau, he said today that while his government will work with provinces to make sure there’s an “internationally accepted proof of vaccination” for international travel, when it comes to options closer to home, he’s leaving that up to the provinces.
As for borders, his government is remaining tightlipped on its plans for the reopening as next week’s deadline for temporary measures is set to expire. Jeff Labine reports.
Turning to Ontario, half of the province’s young adults are considering leaving the province to find an affordable home, putting Ontario at risk of “brain drain,” according to a report released today by the province’s realtors. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) found that 46 per cent of prospective home buyers under the age of 45 have considered, or are considering, moving out of the province to buy a home they can afford. Another 33 per cent under the age of 29 are definitely buying (11 per cent) or very likely to buy (22 per cent) a home outside Ontario.
The core problem is a shortage of affordable housing for working Canadians, said Tim Hudak, the OREA’s CEO and a former leader of the province’s Progressive Conservative party, adding that the flight of young talent risks hurting Ontario’s economy. “Every (problem) stems from lack of housing (supply),” Hudak told iPolitics. Rachel Emmanuel reports.
When you’re in the business of lawmaking, you can’t rely on chance. But when strokes of luck do occur, you shouldn’t take them for granted. MP Matt Jeneroux learned this from his caucus colleague, Len Webber, and both have successfully applied the maxim to their political careers. Just before the 43rd Parliament shut down for the summer — possibly for good, given the likelihood of an election call before the fall — both MPs’ bills passed the legislative finish line.
Webber’s Bill C-210 is expected to increase organ and tissue donations by allowing provinces and territories to give income-tax filers the option of signing up for donor registries. Jeneroux’s Bill C-220 increases the amount of time that employees in federally regulated sectors can take off work when a family member dies. Passing private members’ legislation can be challenging and time-consuming at the best of times, but Webber’s and Jeneroux’s successes are all the more impressive in a minority Parliament, which the prime minister characterized last month as a place of “obstructionism and toxicity.” Moreover, Webber’s and Jeneroux’s laws passed with the overwhelming support of members in both chambers of Parliament. They’re the culmination of years of effort, dating back to when Webber and Jeneroux got to know each other. And they’re of personal importance to both men. As Charlie Pinkerton writes, they’re also the product of “common sense.”
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In Other Headlines:
Canada’s vaccination approach including mixing doses is ‘bearing out,’ PM Trudeau says (CTV)
‘Taken out of context’: Doctors respond to WHO chief scientist’s comments on mixing COVID-19 vaccines (CTV)
Trudeau Treads Lightly After Cuba Cracks Down on Street Protests (Bloomberg)
Mary Simon will officially become first Indigenous governor general on July 26 (Global)
Green party brass move to block funding for leader Annamie Paul’s riding campaign (RCI)
Head of Justice Centre taking leave after hiring investigator to follow Manitoba judge (CTV)
Liberals block bid to force campaign strategist to testify about MPs’ budgets (CBC)
President Joe Biden decried former president Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ about the 2020 presidential election in a voting rights address today, but offered no new path on a voting rights bill. Biden blasted Trump and his allies’ inflammatory and false claims about the November election, sowing doubt about its legitimacy, as well as their broader efforts to restrict access to the ballot. “It’s clear, for those who challenge the results or question the integrity of the election, no other election has ever been held under such scrutiny or such high standards. The Big Lie is just that, a Big Lie,” Biden said at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. More from The Hill.
Still with Trump: In the Senate, it’s getting harder for Republican leaders to ignore him — despite their best efforts to leave him in the rearview mirror. As the Hill reports, his iron grip on the party’s grassroots reaches much further.
In Other International Headlines:
France rushes to get vaccinated after president’s warning (AP)
Family mementos recovered at Surfside condo site as death toll reaches 95 (AP)
Italy to ban mammoth cruise ships from Venice as of Aug. 1 (AP)
COVID-19 cases are surging in 45 US states (CNN)
Cuba curbs access to social media messaging apps amid protests (Reuters)
South Africa Zuma riots: Death toll mounts amid looting (BBC)
France urges citizens to leave Afghanistan over security concerns (The Hill)
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So, despite the Canadiens loss to Tampa Bay last week, the Stanley Cup has ended up in Montreal after all.
For repairs, as it turns out.
The 128-year-old silver chalice on top of the trophy was damaged Monday during the Lightning’s “Champa Bay” boat parade after hitting the ground during a storm. As the Associated Press reports, hockey’s holy grail was “dented to the point that it looked like Flat Stanley Cup.”
And this kids is why some people can’t have nice things.
Have a good night.