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— Mounties cited for sexual misconduct keep jobs: CBC News reviewed publicly available RCMP conduct board decisions and found that over the past five years, 14 Mounties who were punished for sexual misconduct were allowed to keep their jobs. Three “implicated in acts of domestic violence” were also allowed to stay on the force. Six other officers were let go over sexual misconduct incidents.
— Concerns about long-term care home revamp: Experts warn that the $3 billion over five years set aside by the federal government to improve long-term care in Canada is not enough, and that measures are needed to ensure new standards being developed are effective and taken seriously. CBC News has more.
— Bratina would reconsider plans if LRT announcement is reversed: Hamilton Liberal MP Bob Bratina says that if Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna abandons plans to fund an LRT project in the city, he would reconsider his decision not to seek re-election. The Hill Times has more.
— Manitoba calls for help from Ottawa — and the U.S.: As overwhelmed Manitoba hospitals transfer patients to ICUs in Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Windsor, Premier Brian Pallister asked the federal government for nurses and respiratory therapists. He also said North Dakota had offered to send vaccines, but that the Biden administration was blocking that from happening.
— In other COVID news, vaccine deliveries are poised to slow this week with 600,000 Pfizer doses scheduled for delivery. The good news is, more than half of Canadians have now received at least one dose, while officials expect that, by mid-summer, half of Canadians will have received their second doses as well.
Meanwhile, CBC’s Aaron Wherry took a look at how, despite Canada “winning the vaccine lottery,” COVID will remain a threat as long as it’s circulating in other countries. And epidemiologists are warning that even if Canada fully vaccinates most people, there is nonetheless a risk that variants could lead to a resurgence in new cases.
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— Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds: The ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas is holding into its fourth day as mediators speak to both sides about extending the calm. The UN is launching an appeal to repair the damage in Gaza.
Earlier today, an Israeli soldier and a civilian were stabbed and wounded in east Jerusalem. The assailant was shot and killed by police.
— Belarus diverted a Lithuania-bound flight from Athens to seize a dissident. After flagging what turned out to be a false bomb alert, authorities arrested the opposition blogger-journalist Roman Protasevich. The EU is calling it a hijacking. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also weighed in.
— British BLM activist Sasha Johnson was shot in the head early Sunday morning and is in critical condition. Her party says she had received numerous death threats, but police said there was no evidence to suggest she’d received credible threats, or that the attack was targeted. There’s been an ugly response in some corners of the internet.
— Elsewhere: U.S. Republican lawmakers slam Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s mask comparison to Holocaust. At least 14 dead after Italian cable car plunges to the ground. The WHO meets. China‘s top diplomat heads to Russia. Extreme weather kills 21 ultra-marathon runners in China. Hospitals in Osaka, Japan, are struggling to cope with new COVID cases. Rare protests in Oman drew a massive police response. A volcano erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC independence hero Lumumba‘s last remains to return home. As COVID-19 ravages India, Kerala has charted its own course. Samoa’s first female PM locked out of parliament by losing opponent who refuses to step down.
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