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— ‘Electoral urgency’ for Liberal nominations: The federal Liberals have triggered the party’s “electoral urgency” rule, allowing it to speed up the pace of nominations and change rules governing candidate selection. As The Globe reports, it’s a routine administrative move, but will add to speculation on the timing of the next election, expected this year.
— Sinclair criticizes RCMP Kamloops probe: Retired senator and former chair of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murray Sinclair, told a Commons committee that he’d been informed that the RCMP was launching an investigation into the discovery of children’s bodies at a former residential school site in Kamloops. He criticized the police involvement and accused the RCMP of intimidating people involved with the search. He called for an independent investigation to examine all burial sites near former residential schools, which he said should be overseen by a parliamentary committee rather than the federal government.
Meanwhile, all federal opposition parties have said they will support an NDP motion to accelerate efforts to document unmarked graves at residential school sites and drop legal battles against Indigenous people. The Liberals, however, have not said how they will vote on Monday.
And more than a dozen Canadian lawyers have formally requested an International Criminal Court investigation into the Canadian government and Vatican for crimes against humanity.
— Vaccine injury compensation: Applications have opened for federal vaccine injury compensation. Side effects from Health Canada-approved shots must be “serious and permanent” to qualify for support. The new program covers other vaccines as well as COVID-19 shots.
— Liberals accuse Tories of filibustering on C-10: The federal government is moving to shut down debate on controversial legislation to regulate online streaming services under the Broadcasting Act. It has been under review by the Canadian heritage committee since February, and at the current pace, the committee will not finish its review before the summer recess begins on June 23.
— NDP talks maternal mental health: NDP health critic Don Davis has written to Health minister Patty Hadju asking for a national mental health strategy for pregnant women and new moms. It would assist women from conception to a year after the birth of a child. Davies’ private members bill, C-306, would expand access to care and create awareness of perinatal mental health disorders.
— ‘A fundamental injustice’ on vaccine access: Leaders from the WHO and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, are urging Canada to share surplus vaccine doses with poorer countries. Canada increased its cash commitment to COVAX this week, but isn’t sharing any doses, despite pleas for help — and the fact that some provinces are struggling to use all their doses before they expire.
— Coming up: It’s Jobs Day in Canada. Statistics Canada will unveil how the job market fared in May.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— G7 finance ministers meet: Finance ministers from seven of the world’s richest countries will meet in London today for two days of talks. They’ll be focused on aligning U.S. and European approaches to corporate tax in attempt to broker a global corporate tax deal.
— U.S. is ready to share: The U.S. will send 80 million vaccine doses to dozens of countries around the world this month. (Six million doses will go to neighbours, including Canada.) Meanwhile, Europe is still opposing a proposal to temporarily waive COVID-19 vaccine patents to help boost global supply.
— Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich confessed, in a tearful TV appearance, to organizing anti-government protests and trying to topple President Alexander Lukashenko. His family says he was coerced into making the confession.
— It’s the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Hong Kong banned June Fourth vigils for the second year in a row, and the Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and vigil organizer Chow Hang Tung has been arrested for promoting unauthorized assembly.
— Elsewhere: France suspends its joint military operations with the Malian army. Macron says French pension changes that sparked months of national strikes will not go ahead as planned. Ousted Myanmar politicians call for Rohingya to join fight against junta. Cost of food rises at fastest pace in over a decade. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the postmaster general over possible violations of campaign finance laws. Arctic sea ice thinning twice as fast as thought.
IN OTHER HEADLINES
The latest episode of No Talking Points is live. This week we’re talking about reconciliation and what to expect in the final legislative push before the House rises. Have a listen here.
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