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— Ottawa can pursue church documents in court: A federal official told the Commons Indigenous and northern affairs committee that Ottawa has legal power to pursue undisclosed church records on residential schools in court. Martin Reiher, the assistant deputy minister for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, said documents should have been turned over under a 2006 agreement, and the federal government can file a request to compel the production of documents.
Meanwhile, a push by NDP MP Leah Gazan to declare the residential school experience a genocide was defeated in the House of Commons.
— ‘Pursue all options possible’ to repatriate kids from Syria: The Commons foreign affairs committee recommended the federal government do everything it can to repatriate Canadian children from detention camps in northeastern Syria. The committee has been studying how COVID-19 is affecting the children, who are reportedly being held in camps with no clean water or access to basic healthcare.
— Calls for inquiry into Iraqi war crimes: Opposition MPs are calling for an independent inquiry into allegations that the military failed to respond to a complaint in 2018 that Iraqi forces being trained by Canadian soldiers had committed war crimes. According to Post Media, some of the alleged acts included “violence pertaining to rape, torture, and execution.”
— GG short list coming in days: Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive a short list of candidates to become Canada’s next governor general within “the next few days.” He said the six-member advisory panel conducting the search had finished its work.
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— G7 leaders pledge 1 billion shots for developing countries: G7 leaders convening in Cornwall, England today will unveil an initiative to address accusations of vaccine hoarding, pledging 1 billion doses to lower-income countries as part of a plan to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.
— EU changes stance on patents? The European Parliament voted in favour of COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers in an effort to increase access and end the pandemic. It comes despite the fact that the European Commission is opposed to the idea.
— Brexit seeps into G7 talks: Tensions have been high in Northern Ireland over customs checks with the U.K., but Europe has been adamant that the Northern Ireland protocol is not up for negotiation. Last night, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated Europe’s stance; this morning, the U.K. again pushed back.
— Elsewhere: Hong Kong to censor movies on national security grounds. Macron announces the end of France’s anti-Islamist Operation Barkhane in the Sahel. A German commando unit was disbanded and 20 officers placed under investigation for allegedly sharing Nazi symbols in chat groups. Four takeaways from Joe Biden’s first meeting with Boris Johnson. Where to watch the Euro Cup.
The latest episode of No Talking Points is live. This week we’re talking about the U.S.-Canada border and the government’s plan to ease some restrictions, as well as what’s on the list of the government’s priorities in the final days of this session. Also, what to expect at the committee level before the House rises. Listen here.
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We end the week with this sweet, elderly Spanish man, who, after unsuccessfully petitioning his town council for benches for his arthritic wife, finally built her one himself — in record time.
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