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— Ethics committee to release WE affair report: The House of Commons Ethics committee will today release what’s expected to be a scathing report on the WE Charity affair. It will focus on the Trudeau family’s connections to the charity, and include nearly 20 recommendations.
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jets off for his first international trip in well over a year to make an in-person appearance at what Canadian Press describes as a ‘G7 summit like no other’ in Cornwall, his government is set to hit the procedural accelerator in a last-ditch bid to get the most mission-critical bills on its legislative to-do list through the House before the summer recess, which is scheduled to begin at the close of business on June 23.”
— Singh, activists demand action on online hate: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and human rights advocates have called on the government to act quickly to combat hate speech online, in light of Sunday’s attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario. “We cannot leave it to YouTube or to Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook to regulate hate,” Singh said. Human rights advocate Amira Elghawaby says Canada’s hate speech regulations are failing.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said online hate may have motivated the man accused of the killing. His next court hearing is set for today.
— Indigenous ‘day scholars’ settle with Ottawa: A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government involving Indigenous students left out of previous residential school compensation. It was brought by students known as “day scholars,” who attended residential schools by day but went home at night, and were not included in the 2006 settlement. They will be compensated $10,000 each.
— Ottawa has stopped using a Liberal Party database to vet candidates for judicial appointments. The Conservative Party and Bloc Québécois had accused to federal government of partisan bias in the judicial appointment process.
— Keystone XL is officially dead: The Alberta government and TC Energy yesterday announced the official end of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The final cost to Albertans will be about $1.3 billion.
Meanwhile, the American multinational Air Products and Chemicals Inc. announced plans to build a hydrogen facility in Edmonton — worth $1.3 billion. Also yesterday, Alberta’s largest oils ands producers formed the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative, pledging to step up carbon capture technology.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Biden meets BoJo: U.S. President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet in London today. They’ll announce plans to restart U.S.-U.K. travel and unveil an updated Atlantic Charter.
— U.S. to combat COVID globally: Now that a good chunk of Americans are fully vaccinated, the U.S. is buying 500 million Pfizer doses to distribute with low-income countries around the world via COVAX.
— Israeli forces kill Palestinian officers in West Bank raid: Israeli special forces have killed two Palestinian intelligence officers during a raid in occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials. Both were members of the Palestinian Authority’s military intelligence department, which coordinates security with Israel. A third officer was reportedly critically wounded, while another Palestinian man was killed.
— Elsewhere: El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. Argentine president apologizes for Brazil comments. Moscow court bans political organizations linked to Navalny. Polish government faces court action over failure to tackle climate crisis. World’s biggest meat producer pays $11 million cybercrime ransom. Child labour is on the rise. The number of migrants at the U.S. border hits a new record high. Biden cancels Trump’s TikTok ban. Man who slapped Emmanuel Macron to stand trial in France.
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