Morning Brief: The Bill on Safe Elections Against a Pandemic Stuck
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– Bill C-19 blocked: A bill to ensure that federal elections could be held safely during the pandemic is blocked in the House of Commons. According to the Canadian Press, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc accuses the Conservatives of blocking Bill C-19. He also suggested that it could be linked to efforts to discourage people from voting if an election is called. Conservative House Leader Gerard Deltell, meanwhile, criticizes the Liberals for allowing only three hours of initial debate in the House of Commons in the past five months. It is less and less likely that the bill will pass before Parliament recesses for the summer.
– Kady O’Malley looks ahead until the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “After spending the last two weeks on virtual campaigns across the country reviewing the highlights of its inaugural budget – which, it should be noted, is also the first to be delivered by the government since they went from majority status to minority status in 2019, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is about to launch the opening debate on her 366-page plan to implement is implementing some of its most critical commitments this afternoon.
– Unions allege harassment at DND: Two unions say there has been an increase in complaints of harassment, intimidation and sexual misconduct among civilian personnel at the Department of National Defense. They say their members have been subjected to such behavior by military supervisors and non-uniformed leadership.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Trudeau has responded to criticism of the rude treatment and revictimization in sexual harassment inquiry committees, saying his Liberal MPs and all politicians need to take a more trauma-informed approach in these cases. case.
– Health experts worried about NACI messaging: Some health experts are concerned about recent advice from the Canadian Vaccine Advisory Committee that some COVID vaccines are preferred over others. They fear the message has confused and conflicted with what other authorities have said.
The Prime Minister, who has repeatedly said the best vaccine is the first available, reiterated this position in the House of Commons yesterday. “The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to them,” he said.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, acknowledged the difficulties of following “evolutionary” advice and said Canadians should do a risk-benefit analysis before deciding whether or not to receive the vaccine. AstraZeneca.
– Trafficking in human beings at an all-time high: New data from Statistics Canada shows the number of reported human trafficking incidents in Canada increased 44% in 2019, the most recent year on record, to more than 500 incidents. The incident rate was at its highest since data became available. Supporters, however, say the number of incidents recorded is only “the tip of the iceberg,” as many cases likely still go unreported.
– Defenders denounce the new permanent residence system: The Migrant Rights Network, a transnational coalition of migrant groups, yesterday released a report on Ottawa’s new permanent residence program, which begins accepting applications tomorrow. He said the program excluded many refugees, undocumented migrants and other groups of migrants.
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AROUND THE WORLD
– Indian G7 delegates tested positive: The entire Indian delegation to the G7 summit in London is self-isolating after two of its members tested positive for COVID-19. All G7 delegates are tested daily.
– Pfizer in the money: Pfizer reported first quarter sales of $ 3.5 billion. His COVID vaccine has earned him hundreds of millions of dollars. US regulators may soon allow children as young as 12 to start receiving injections of Pfizer.
– Derek Chauvin requested a new trial. The former white Minneapolis police officer was convicted of the murder of George Floyd last month. He is due to be sentenced next month.
– Elsewhere: A French journalist confirmed to have been kidnapped by jihadists in Mali. Five killed in a machete attack on a nursery in Brazil. 2,000 deaths of refugees linked to illegal refoulements from the EU. Benjamin Netanhayu failed to form a new government. Donald Trump launches a new “communication” platform after being banned by Twitter. Victory of the Conservative Popular Party in Madrid.
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A Japanese city used US $ 228,500 in COVID relief funds to build a giant statue of a squid. They hope this will boost tourism.