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— Green council says ultimatum still stands for Paul: The head of the Green Party’s federal council said the body’s demand that Leader Annamie Paul repudiate a former advisor’s remarks remains in place. Liana Cusmano said Paul’s job is still in limbo. Earlier this week, Paul said in an interview that the council was no longer asking her to do so.
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “After spending the last two weeks in quarantine following his first post-pandemic trek across the Atlantic Ocean, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to join Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on the site of the Shepherds of Good’s Hope Living Residence, a ‘supportive housing project’ currently under construction in Kanata, where, according to his itinerary, he’ll promote his government’s plans for ‘investing in affordable housing’ before taking questions from reporters.”
— Senate breaks for summer: The Senate passed the budget and climate change bills, but left the broadcasting bill and the bill to ban conversion therapy in limbo as it recessed for summer.
The delay to the bill to ban conversion therapy means it could be wiped out entirely should Parliament be dissolved ahead of a possible September election.
— Senators vote against Uighur ‘genocide’ label: Senators declined to label China’s treatment of its Muslim minority Uighur population as a genocide, last night. A motion to do so was defeated 29-33.
— Muslim ex-intelligence officer alleges systemic racism at CSIS: A former senior intelligence officer at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says systemic racism within the agency constitutes a national security threat. Huda Mukbil, who is Muslim, said she was treated as an insider threat and interrogated about her religion. CBC News has more.
— Indigenous leaders to meet Pope: A delegation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December. According to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the meeting will set the stage for a formal papal apology for the Church’s role in residential schools.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Top U.S. general warns of Afghan civil war after troop withdrawal: America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, General Austin S. Miller, said the country may collapse into civil war once U.S. forces are pulled out. “That should be a concern for the world,” he said in a press conference in Kabul.
— Half of Australians under lockdown: More than 12 million Australians — nearly half the population — are now in lockdown after regional capitals Brisbane and Perth joined Sydney and Darwin in announcing restrictions to combat the spread of the delta variant. (Sydney Centre was the first to go into lockdown last Friday, with 1 million residents being asked to stay home.)
— ‘Grave’ COVID incident in North Korea: Kim Jong-Un says a “grave incident” threatened his country’s coronavirus prevention efforts, chastising senior officials for unspecified carelessness, according to a state-run news agency.
— Elsewhere: South Africa considers allowing polyandry, where women have multiple husbands (polygamy, where men marry multiple wives, is already legal). USAID-funded health centres in Uganda are offering “conversion therapy.” Tigrayan rebels gain more ground in Ethiopia. Indian police have registered three new cases against Twitter. German government organizations are closing their Facebook pages over privacy concerns. French parliament votes to extend IVF rights to lesbians and single women
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In case you haven’t had enough pandemic news the past year and a half… scientists have discovered trace amounts of the bacteria that caused the plague in a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer’s skull.