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— Biden names ambassador to Canada: U.S. President Joe Biden has named David Cohen, a tech executive, lawyer, lobbyist, and fundraiser, as America’s ambassador to Canada. He hosted the first fundraising event of Biden’s 2020 campaign. Some have criticized the choice, as well as the president’s picks for envoys in Austria and Slovenia, as “political party favours.”
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “This evening, Trudeau will join former Liberal Leader Jean Chretien and a full contingent of MPs for the virtual edition of the party’s annual Laurier Club Garden Party, which is free to attend for those who have donated, or pledged to donate, at least $1,600 per year.”
— Brief Green ceasefire is over: Hours after Green Party Leader Annamie Paul said in an interview that her party’s infighting was “behind us for now,” it emerged that party executives are in fact taking her to court to overturn arbitration orders that blocked threats to her leadership. The party says an arbitrator overstepped by requiring executives to cancel their non-confidence vote against the leader.
— Poll finds Canadians prefer Singh to O’Toole: In a new Leger survey, 25 per cent of respondents chose Justin Trudeau as the best prime minister. But, notably, in second place was Jagmeet Singh, with 19 per cent, followed by Erin O’Toole, whom only 13 per cent of respondents chose.
— Election won’t stall EI review: Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says a planned review of the employment insurance system will still go ahead, even if a federal elections is called. She said consultations on modernizing the antiquated system will begin next month.
— Feds host Islamophobia summit: The government will host a national summit on Islamophobia today, after MPs voted unanimously to organize one following the London, Ontario attack. In another incident last week, an Ontario man was charged with assault after allegedly attacking a Muslim mom and daughter in a parking lot.
Yesterday, Ottawa held a national summit on antisemitism, where Trudeau said his government would continue to fight an “alarming” spike in hate crimes.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Another Olympics scandal: The director of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony has been fired one day before the show, after footage emerged of him making jokes about the Holocaust in the 1990s.
It follows the resignation of opening ceremony’s music composer earlier this week, following revelations that he had bullied classmates with disabilities at school; the March resignation of the Olympics’ creative chief, who made derogatory remarks about a plus-size comedian; and the February resignation of the head of the organizing committee, who made inappropriate remarks about women.
— Nord Stream 2 deal: The U.S. and Germany say they have reached deal to prevent Russia from using its controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline “as political leverage” over Europe. BBC News has more.
— Elsewhere: Israel is creating a task force to manage the response to the Pegasus scandal. Dubai princesses‘ phone numbers on the Pegasus list. An estimated 1.2 million people have been affected by floods in China’s Henan. The UK wants to renegotiate post-Brexit trade rules with the EU (and the EU is not having it). McConnell urges Americans “get vaccinated” as cases spike. YouTube removes Bolsonaro videos for COVID misinformation. It is the 10th anniversary of Norway’s Utøya massacre, the far-right terrorist attack that left 77 dead.
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A man in Perth, Australia, has been arrested after escaping hotel quarantine by tying bedsheets together and scaling down from his fourth-floor window.