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— Terror and tragedy in Ontario: A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder after killing four Muslim people with a car on Sunday night in what London police are now investigating as a hate-motivated attack. Police believe the man targeted the victims because of their faith, and are weighing possible terrorism charges. The victims, thought to be members of the same family, ranged in age from 15 to 74. A nine-year-old boy is in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. A vigil is scheduled for tonight at the family’s mosque in London.
There has been a steady stream of attacks on Muslims in Canada since the Quebec mosque shooting in 2017, including incidents in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton just in recent months. The National Council of Canadian Muslims tracks anti-Muslim incidents across the country.
Municipal, provincial, and federal leaders spoke out against the attack, with Prime Minister Trudeau telling the victims’ loved ones, “We are here for you.” Here is what Ottawa has said and done about Islamophobia to date.
— Kady O’Malley writes in iPolitics AM that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will get his first opportunity to publicly address the tragedy when he opens the floor to questions following a pre-scheduled virtual appearance later this morning.”
— A phased reopening: Canada is considering a multi-stage border reopening, beginning with allowing fully-vaccinated travellers to enter the country starting this summer. Tourists who’ve received two vaccine doses would reportedly be allowed to skip the 14-day quarantine, though may still need to be tested, and possibly quarantine for a shorter period.
— Barton in ‘regular contact’ with Huawei, Beijing: Foreign affairs minister Marc Garneau told MPs that Canada’s ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, remains in “regular contact” with Huawei, Beijing, and Washington in an effort to free the two Michaels. The Canadian envoy to China recently spent three weeks in Washington to hold talks with senior American officials regarding Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
— Moscow bans senior Canadian officials: Russia’s foreign ministry has banned a handful of top Canadian officials — including Justice minister David Lametti, Intergovernmental affairs minister Dominic LeBlanc, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, and senior defence officials — from travelling to the country. It accused them of “anti-Russian” activities.
— Revenge porn, hate speech bill coming soon: Canadian heritage minister Steven Guilbeault says a new internet regulation bill targeting harmful content such as hate speech and revenge porn is coming in the “very near future.” It appears the bill could be introduced before the House breaks for summer on June 23.
— Peeing incident a ‘prima facie case of contempt’: Speaker Anthony Rota ruled that the conduct of Quebec MP William Amos, who urinated on camera during a virtual parliamentary proceedings, constitutes a prima facie case of contempt of the House of Commons. He said the incident deserves further examination by the procedure and House affairs committee.
— It’s World Oceans Day: This year’s theme is “Life and Livelihoods.” Check out iPolitics’ new Deep Dive portal, combining scientific research, data science, and factual journalism about our oceans and the climate.
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— Harris visits Central America: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Guatemala this week. In a press conference with President Alejandro Giammattei, she gave a blunt message to anyone considering trying to cross the border into the U.S.: “Do not come. Do not come. I believe if you come to our border, you will be turned back.” Harris will also be making a stop in Mexico.
— ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ final verdict: United Nations judges will rule today on Ratko Mladic’s appeal against his genocide conviction for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Bosnian Serb military chief, known as the Butcher of Bosnia, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017.
— Returned cyber ransom money: U.S. investigators recover millions in cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to ransomware hackers. The Justice Department said it seized roughly $2.3 million in Bitcoins paid to the DarkSide criminal group.
— Elsewhere: Jeff Bezos is going to space. The U.S. approved the first new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 20 years. Eighteen dead in India chemical plant fire. More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app.
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Denmark is using virtual reality to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The experiment, conducted by the University of Copenhagen, sees participants play an elderly person maneuvering through a crowded square while attempting to avoid infected people around them.