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Good morning, and happy National Indigenous People’s Day.
— New travel rules: Canada will today unveil new quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated citizens and permanent residents entering the country. On Friday, the federal government announced it would extend U.S. border restrictions until July 21.
In vaccine news, Canada is set to receive more than five million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations over the coming week, although 2.4 million of those — from Pfizer/BioNTech — won’t arrive until mid-week.
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “With the House of Commons set to begin its final three-day sprint before powering down for the summer, the most closely-watched showdown of the day isn’t expected to take place during the regularly-scheduled cross-aisle back-and-forth of question period, but immediately after it wraps up, at which point the spotlight will move to the brass bar at the front of the Chamber, where embattled Public Health Agency of Canada President Iain Stewart has been ordered to present himself, or face the consequences of defying the will of parliament.”
— ‘Zero’ chance of Bill C-10 passing before summer: Senator Dennis Dawson, the Senate sponsor of the bill to update the Broadcasting Act, says the Conservative Party appears to have successfully blocked its swift passage. He said the bill has a “zero per cent chance” of being approved by the Senate before it breaks for the summer.
— Victim says RCMP need sexual assault training on ‘stealthing’: A B.C. woman who says she was a victim of “stealthing” — referring to when a man removes a condom in the midst of sex, without the partner’s consent — says the RCMP need better training on the issue, after her initial reports to the police were not taken seriously.
— Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde leaves his role un July 6, ahead of the election of the next national chief. In departing interviews, he said the Kamloops residential school has woken up the world to “genocide” in Canada. He also said despite challenges, he looks forward to a “shared future” between Indigenous communities and Canadians.
He said: “We need to know we have a shared history, and it’s not always bright and light around that shared history. We have to tell the truth and embrace that truth as hard as it is, because more importantly, now we have a shared future.”
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Hardliner wins in Iran: An ultraconservative judge who is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses won a landslide victory in Iran’s presidential election over the weekend. Ebrahim Raisi was appointed judiciary chief in 2019 by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The New York Times reports on how his election may actually open a window of opportunity for Biden to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.
Meanwhile, Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown.
— Bellowing Bercow crosses the floor: The U.K.’s former House of Commons speaker, John Bercow — who you may remember for his impassioned pleas for order amid Brexit debate chaos — has left the Conservatives to join the Labour Party.
— In Hong Kong, Jimmy Lai says his pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will shut down within days, after authorities froze the company’s assets. Meanwhile, most of Taiwan‘s representatives in Hong Kong were recalled. And Carrie Lam announced that Hong Kong is seeking closer economic integration with mainland China.
— Elsewhere: It’s election day in Ethiopia (but not in Tigray). The Delta variant is beginning to spread in the EU. A worrying COVID surge in Uganda. India launches a centralized, free COVID vaccination policy for all adults. China administered its one billionth vaccine dose. The U.S. special envoy on North Korea offers to meet Pyongyang officials “anywhere, anytime.”
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Despite numerous COVID-related setbacks, the Tokyo Olympics are still scheduled to go ahead next month, and some athletes have already begun to arrive. But participants will be missing their fans (the number of spectators will be capped at 10,000 per venue), as well as the Athletes Village parties (they will only be allowed to drink alcohol in their rooms).
There’s something else they’ll be missing as well…