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Good evening to you.
It’s been a relatively quiet news day as the dog days of summer set in.
We begin with social media and word that companies such as Facebook and Twitter may soon be held responsible for content posted on their platforms, as the federal government proposes a new regulatory framework to crack down on online hate. The government hopes to use feedback from its proposal to design a new bill for introduction in the fall. It would complement Bill C-36, legislation that Justice Minister David Lametti introduced at the tail end of Parliament’s sitting this spring to restrict online hate speech.
While Bill C-36 deals with complaints against individuals and websites, this proposal would handle complaints against social-media platforms, known formally as “Online Communication Service Providers,” which include Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter. If the bill becomes law, social-media companies would have to remove harmful content within 24 hours of it being flagged. Rachel Emmanuel reports.
Looking overseas, Ottawa is vowing to get Afghan interpreters and others who assisted the Canadian military during the war to Canada soon. “People who have worked for Canada, who therefore absolutely have the right to come to Canada, should be getting on those planes as quickly as possible,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters today. “Our desire is to move very, very quickly with this process.” But as CBC News reports, the United States is moving faster.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters that giving Afghans who assisted the Canadian military just three days to apply to resettle in Canada was a “mistake.” He said the government is committed to ensuring these people get to safety whenever they submit their immigration package.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it’s the “height of insanity” for Alberta to move ahead with removing almost all of its remaining COVID-19 public health orders as cases climb in the province. Changes include ending asymptomatic testing, as well as no longer requiring anyone who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive to isolate. Contact tracers will no longer let people know when they’ve been exposed either. For his part, Health Minister Tyler Shandro defended the move, calling it “the inevitable next step.” He added: “The data shows that what the vaccines are doing is making it less infectious and less deadly. That’s a good thing that allows us to move to that endemic response.”
New Brunswick is also about to drop the last of its COVID restrictions come tomorrow night. And as CTV News reports, that has some infectious disease experts warning the province that given the contagious Delta variant, it should brace for a surge in cases this fall.
Hill Movers: Bibeau, Champagne, Monsef shake up staff
The Sprout: Saskatchewan Stock Growers urge more drought aid
In Other Headlines:
Prime minister announces appointment of five new senators (CBC)
Winnipeg Catholic priest accuses residential school survivors of lying about abuse for money (CBC)
Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration (CBC)
Calgary mayor says lifting remaining COVID-19 health orders ‘height of insanity’ (CP)
Canada, Mexico imported AstraZeneca doses from facility not fully inspected: regulator (Reuters)
Peter MacKay hired bodyguards for his family during Conservative leadership race, records show (The Star)
“If you’re out there unvaccinated, you don’t have to die.” That was President Biden’s somber message today to millions of Americans who still haven’t been jabbed with their COVID shots. “This is an American tragedy,” he said during remarks from the White House of people who are unvaccinated and hospitalized: “People are dying and will die who don’t have to die.”
According to Johns Hopkins, as of yesterday, COVID cases rose in all but one state in the past seven days compared to the week before, with cases rising at least 50 per cent in 36 states. In an effort to boost vaccination rates and incentivize getting vaccinated, Biden has also called on state and local governments to give $100 to each person who is newly vaccinated.
And although the White House stopped short of calling it a mandate, Biden announced that millions of federal workers will be required to be vaccinated. Those who choose not to will be subject to regular testing, social distancing, masking and limits on travel. On Capitol Hill, police have been asked to arrest visitors and Congressional aides and visitors on the House side if they’re not wearing masks.
Meanwhile in Florida, local officials are ignoring Gov. Ron DeSantis and forging ahead with vaccine and mask mandates. As Politico notes, you know the surge has people worried when Disney World is making anyone over two mask up whether they’ve been jabbed or not.
In Other International Headlines:
Israel OKs COVID-19 booster shot for seniors as Delta variant spreads (AP)
Malta responsible for journalist death – inquiry (BBC)
Group: Jailed Belarus journalist needs urgent hospital care (AP)
Britain says half of Myanmar could get COVID in two weeks (Reuters)
Tunisia: Turmoil continues as president sacks more officials (Al Jazeera)
Flash flooding kills dozens in remote Afghan province (BBC)
Finally, we leave you with the most cringeworthy tweet of the day. This one’s compliments of Minister Seamus O’Regan.
Some of the comments are chuckle-worthy, though,
Have a great night.
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