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— Liberals found in contempt: Opposition parties voted yesterday to declare the Liberal government in contempt of Parliament after it refused to provide documents related to the Winnipeg lab firings to the House of Commons. The motion censures the Public Health Agency of Canada and orders its president, Iain Stewart, to appear before the Commons to be admonished.
— Sajjan censured: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was censured yesterday over his handling of three files, including sexual misconduct in the military. A Conservative motion to censure him passed 169-151 in the House of Commons, with Liberals voting against it.
Meanwhile, the Commons status of women committee released its report on sexual misconduct in the military. It recommended, among other things, the appointment of an independent inspector-general of the Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence to address sexual misconduct.
— Hon. Mahmud Jamal nominated to Supreme Court: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated the Honourable Mahmud Jamal as the next member of the Supreme Court of Canada to replace Rosalie Abella. He is the first person of colour to be nominated to Canada’s highest court.
— MPs suggest removing Mounties from communities: The Commons public safety committee tabled a landmark report on police reform, highlighting systemic racism in policing as a real and pressing problem to be urgently addressed. “A transformative national effort is required to ensure that all Indigenous, Black and other racialized people in Canada are not subject to the discrimination and injustice that is inherent in the system as it exists today,” the report read.
— In other Commons committee reports, MPs recommended employment insurance benefits cover gig workers and the self-employed. And the ethics committee said platforms like Pornhub have failed to protect people’s privacy and reputation, recommending the government take action to protect Canadians.
— NACI says skip the AstraZeneca second doses: Canada’s vaccine committee recommends provinces give AstraZeneca first-dose recipients a different vaccine for their second dose. It now says a second dose of an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer’s or Moderna’s is preferred.
Coincidentally, the U.S. is donating a 1 million Moderna shots to Canada this week.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Iranians go to the polls: Iran’s presidential election is being held today, with all but one of the four candidates to succeed Hassan Rouhani regarded as hardliners. Some are boycotting the vote after potential contenders were barred from running.
— Kim Jong-un said North Korea needs to prepare for both “dialogue and confrontation” with the U.S., and “especially to get fully prepared for confrontation.” BBC News has more.
— Ex-Ivory Coast president heads home after ICC acquittal: Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo returned home yesterday, 10 years after he was taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. He had been living in Brussels until his successor and rival, President Alassane Ouattara, invited him back.
— Elsewhere: A COVID surge in the U.K. Japan to relax its state of emergency. Israel to send 1 million vaccine doses to Palestinians. U.S. to invest $3.2 billion in antiviral pills. US Supreme Court blocks child slavery lawsuit against chocolate firms. D.C. jail inmate elected to public office. China’s astronauts made it to their space station. Boko Haram video confirms leader’s death.
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We leave you this week in Siberia, where a tiny worm has come back to life after lying frozen for 24,000 years in permafrost. It’s already begun and reproducing asexually. As one Twitter user put it, what can go wrong?
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