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— Senate approves UNDRIP bill: Landmark legislation to align Canada’s laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples cleared the Senate on a final vote of 61-10, with nine senators abstaining. Conservative MPs had voted against the bill in the House of Commons, claiming it gives Indigenous people veto over projects. Some Conservative senators raised concerns as well. The Senate’s approval clears the way for the bill to be enshrined into law before a possible federal election in the fall.
— Abuse in immigration detention: Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have released a report documenting abuse in Canadian immigration detention. It says many detainees are kept in provincial jails and subjected to solitary confinement, and those with psychosocial disabilities face discrimination. The report calls for an end to the use of provincial jails for immigration detention, and recommends Ottawa establish an independent oversight body of the Canada Border Services Agency.
— Kady O’Malley writes in iPolitics AM that “the Conservatives are poised to use their last opposition day of the sitting to call on the House of Commons to ‘formally censure’ Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to ‘express (its) disappointment in his conduct,’ which, it contends, includes ‘misleading Canadians on the withdrawal of fighter jets in the fight against ISIS, misleading Canadians about his service record, presiding over the wrongful accusation and dismissal of Vice-Admiral Norman (and) engaging in a cover-up of sexual misconduct allegations.’”
— Liberals breached parliamentary privileges: House Speaker Anthony Rota ruled the Liberal government breached parliamentary privileges by failing to hand over secret documents to the House related to the firing of two scientists from an infectious-diseases lab. “It is for the House of Commons, and not for the government, to decide how such documents are reviewed and what safeguards are to be put in place, if any,” he said.
Meanwhile, Conservative House leader Gerard Deltell moved a motion calling for the Public Health Agency of Canada to be found in contempt of Parliament and its president, Iain Stewart, to be summoned before the bar of the House to be admonished by the Speaker.
— No Vance report? The Commons defence committee is preparing to rise for the summer without producing a report on the government’s handling of sexual misconduct accusations against former defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance. Opposition members say the federal Liberals let victims down by preventing the committee from finishing its report after nearly a month of filibustering. The committee on the status of women has been investigating the broader issue of sexual misconduct in the military and is expected to produce a report.
— Qaqqaq not ruling out a future run for office: Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who delivered a scathing farewell address to Parliament yesterday, says her departure from Parliament is not the end of her story. She also says she will continue to support the NDP. In interviews with CBC News and The Globe, she detailed the racial profiling and other alienating experiences she had in Ottawa.
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— Biden and Putin ‘praised’ their summit, but made little concrete progress. The talks, in Geneva, lasted roughly three hours — less than the time scheduled. They agreed to begin a dialogue on nuclear arms control and said they would return ambassadors to each other’s capitals. Biden reportedly gifted Putin aviator shades and a crystal sculpture of a bison (unclear if Putin offered his American counterpart a gift).
— Hong Kong police raid Lai’s newspaper: Some 500 Hong Kong police officers raided the offices of Jimmy Lai’s pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, alleging it breached the national security law. They arrested the editor-in-chief and four other executives at their homes. Lai, the paper’s owner, is in jail on a string of charges.
— Major outage hits Australian banks, U.S. airlines: Following an issue with the web services company Akamai, U.S. airlines including Southwest, United, Delta, and American suffered brief outages while Australian customers reported problems at ANZ, Westpac, St George, ME bank, Macquarie Bank, Allianz, and the Commonwealth bank.
— Elsewhere: China launches first crew to its new space station. Twitter could lose legal protection in India. WHO warns of fresh Indonesia surge fed by virus variants. EU members agree to lift travel restrictions on U.S. tourists. Botswana diamond could be world’s third largest.
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