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— More graves found in Saskatchewan: Some readers will find this story distressing. The Cowessess First Nation says it has discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. They did not give a specific number, but said it will be the most graves found to date. The school operated from 1899 to 1997.
— Kady O’Malley writes in iPolitics AM that, “With the House of Commons now officially on hiatus for the summer and the annual Saint Jean Baptiste celebrations shuttering federal government business across Quebec, just three ministers — and, as of Thursday morning, only one federal party leader — are set to go before the cameras today. According to his office, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh will be ‘meeting with people across Montreal’ to mark “Quebec’s National Holiday,’ including open-to-media appearances at Parc Père Marquette, Parc Laurier, Parc La Fontaine and Parc Jeanne-Mance.
Before joining the festivities, however, he’ll hold a mid-morning Zoom availability to offer his thoughts on the ‘horrific discovery of more children’s remains and unmarked graves at a residential school in Saskatchewan.’”
— Feds take Speaker to court over lab records: In an unprecedented move, the Liberal government is taking the House of Commons Speaker to court to block the release of uncensored documents to MPs regarding the Winnipeg lab firings. In a court filing, the government said the disclosure could damage both national security and international relations.
Meanwhile, one of the two scientists fired from the high-security infectious-diseases lab has been listed as a co-inventor on two Chinese government patents.
As the Post reports, “The federal Public Servants Inventions Act states that the federal government owns all inventions ‘made by a public servant that resulted from or is connected with his duties or employment.’ And the legislation says a government employee cannot file a patent outside the country without the minister’s permission.”
— Sajjan assistant previously suspended over relationship: It’s emerged that an assistant to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, army reservist Maj. Greg McCullough, was previously suspended from his role as a sergeant in the Vancouver Police Department for having an inappropriate relationships with a subordinate. Sajjan’s office said the military was responsible for hiring him, and that they did not know about the complaint or disciplinary action against him.
— Six more publishers strike deals with Google: Google has reached licensing agreements with six more Canadian news publishers. They are The Globe and Mail, Black Press Media, SaltWire Network, The Winnipeg Free Press, Glacier Media and MétroMédia. The government says it will continue to roll out legislation to force online platforms to pay for news, despite these types of voluntary agreements being made.
— What to do about Canada Day: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gave an impassioned speech to caucus yesterday, railing against calls to cancel Canada Day. Liberal ministers and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, said it should be a time of reflection. According to Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada Day should be reconsidered.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— U.S. House judiciary committee investigates secret subpoenas against congressional Democrats: In the U.S., House Democrats have launched an investigation into whether Trump-era justice department officials ran an unlawful shadow operation to target the former president’s political enemies. The Guardian has more.
— A U.K. police officer was found guilty of manslaughter over a death following a police contact — a first in England and Wales. The victim was Dalian Atkinson, a former professional soccer player for Aston Villa, who died after a stand-off outside his father’s home. The trial heard that the officer tasered him and kicked him in the head.
— Elsewhere: Romani man dies in Czech Republic after police kneel on his neck for five minutes. Afghans are forming their own militias. Indigenous villages under attack in the Amazon. Hongkongers queue for hours to buy final Apple Daily edition. Warren Buffett resigned from the Gates Foundation. John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison. Britney Spears speaks out against her “abusive” conservatorship.
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