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— AFN to select new chief: Voting begins today to elect a new national chief to replace outgoing Perry Bellegarde. There are seven candidates, and one will need to reach a 60 per cent threshold to win. With no clear frontrunner, that means it could take some time.
— Historic appointment: Mary Simon is Canada’s next Governor General, the first Indigenous person to hold the role representing the Crown. She described her own appointment as “step forward on the long path to reconciliation.” ITK president Natan Obed said she will “bring diplomacy, humility and warmth to the role” and will be a “meaningful contributor to the ongoing dialogue on reconciliation and on the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadians.” She speaks Inuktitut and English; she does not speak French, but is pledging to learn it and is taking lessons.
— Kady O’Malley has details on the PM’s pre-election tour in iPolitics AM as Trudeau makes stops in Calgary for meetings with Jason Kenney and Naheed Nenshi. Last night, Trudeau signed an agreement that returns child welfare responsibilities to the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, and he paid respects to the 715 unmarked graves.
— Some 200 wildfires are raging across B.C., but the province has not declared a state of emergency. Premier John Horgan, who defended the province’s response to the fires at a news conference, took an aerial tour of the destruction in Lytton and commented that there is “literally nothing left.”
— Annamie Paul muted: The internal Green Party strife continues. In a virtual meeting, the party’s leader was astonishingly muted as she argued against major staffing cuts ahead of a looming election. The Toronto Star reports that was met “with shock and surprise” at the meeting.
— Numbers point left: Is the focus of the next election for the Liberal war room going to be on the party’s left flank? Polling and analysis from Abacus Data suggests that (amid low Conservative numbers) there could be “a lot of progressive voters in play” and that “NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is the wildcard,” with a high accessible voter pool and strong appeal with young voters.
— And Canadian Press has this look at reopening plans across the country.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Investigative journalist shot in Amsterdam: A prominent crime reporter in the Netherlands, Peter de Vries, was shot and seriously injured in a targeted attack just moments after appearing on TV. He is believed to have been shot in the head and is now in hospital. Three people have been arrested.
— Afghanistan pullout 90% done: The U.S. has now mostly withdrawn from Afghanistan, and as it leaves the Taliban is moving in fast behind it, raising fears of what this means for international security. One security analyst told BBC, “The Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan makes a Taliban takeover inevitable and gives al-Qaeda the opportunity to rebuild its network–to the point where it could once again plot attacks around the world.” NYT writes the Taliban have adopted a rebranding strategy, positioning themselves as “capable governors.”
— Oil roils: Turmoil within OPEC is raising concerns that prices could enter a period of volatility and threaten progress in the global economic recovery. Prices surged to a six-year high before plummeting on news of an OPEC+ meeting that ended in deadlock amid a feud between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
— The TV-only Olympics? Just 16 days to the Games, and Japan is mulling banning spectators amid rising COVID cases and increasing political heat on the country’s ruling party, which is looking down the barrel at a looming fall election. Officials already announced they will limit spectators to 5,000 people per venue. And they will, reportedly, only allow VIP spectators at events after 9 p.m., and limit the Opening Ceremonies to VIPs as well. A woman was meanwhile arrested for trying to put out the Olympic torch with a water pistol as an act of protest.
— Elsewhere: The death toll in the Florida condo collapse has risen to 36, and officials are not sounding optimistic about finding survivors. New York has become the first state to declare an emergency over rising gun violence, freeing up funds for prevention programs. Speaking of the Big Apple, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams clinched the Democratic primary in the mayoral race. Estonia is condemning Russia’s FSB for detaining a diplomat in what it calls a “set up” operation that made him look like a spy. And Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney has resigned from her conservatorship.
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Time to put down your rousing game of Angry Birds, politicos, lest you find yourselves in a digital museum. The latest installation by artist Dries Depoorter uses facial recognition software to single out Belgian politicians distracted by their phones while sitting in the legislature.
With that, you’re all caught up!