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— G20 finance ministers meet: Chrystia Freeland joined finance ministers from the other G20 countries for talks in Venice over the weekend. They discussed plans for a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 per cent, among other things, and Freeland affirmed Canada’s commitment to the proposal.
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “The House of Commons may have powered down for the summer, but the Commons ETHICS committee is gearing up for what could be a highly charged emergency session, courtesy of a Conservative-initiated push to launch a full investigation into whether Liberal MPs are ‘using taxpayer’s money to subsidize their political operations.’”
— Trudeau talks child care, systemic racism, Jody Wilson-Raybould: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an interview to The Globe and Mail, in which he said we are living through an “extraordinary time in the country’s history” and likened the pandemic to the Second World War.
— New RCMP museum to tell stories of systemic racism, residential schools: Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said the new RCMP museum will be overseen by his ministry and will tell the “full story” of the police force’s history, including its role in residential schools. The RCMP Heritage Centre will soon announce a new chief executive.
— Rail safety measures ordered amid wildfire risks: Transport Canada has ordered Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to take a number or precautions to protect against wildfires, including reducing train speeds. On Friday the Transport minister ordered a 48-hour stop to rail transport in parts of B.C. Broader restrictions will be in place until October 31.
— Vaccine update: Canada is inching closer to matching the U.S. in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are expected to arrive this week, bringing the total doses received to more than 55 million. Around 42.7 per cent of eligible people have been fully vaccinated in Canada.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Death Valley hits 54°C: Amid a brutal heatwave across the western the Pacific Northwest, temperatures in California’s Death Valley reached 130°F (54°C), one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on earth. And, of course, wildfires are raging.
— Cubans protest: Thousands of Cubans have taken part in the biggest anti-government protests for decades. To protest the collapsed economy and the government’s handling of the pandemic, they marched through Havana and other cities, shouting, “Down with the dictatorship.”
— A busy weekend for soccer fans: Argentina beat Brazil to win the Copa America. Italy beat England to win the Euro Cup. Before that tournament’s final, the mayor of London defended the decision allow 60,000 fans into Wembley Stadium for the last two matches matches. Seeing how the England fans behaved yesterday, one wonders if he regrets that decision.
— Elsewhere: “Key suspect” arrested in Haiti president shooting. Jordan jails two senior figures convicted of plotting coup. “Graphic” vaccine advert in Australia sparks backlash. Israeli data appears to show COVID vaccine protection fading after six months.
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One Brit who was too busy to watch the Euro 2020 final was Richard Branson, who instead blasted off to (the edge of) space. Watch here.
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