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— The Liberal convention kicks off online tonight, and party members are hoping it will be more “tame” than their rival parties’ meetings. They expect to avoid the infighting that the Conservatives and NDP have experienced, and focus on serious issues including COVID-19, the economy, climate change, and systemic racism.
Some of the policy resolutions up for debate include universal basic income, long-term care standards, and a green economic recovery.
— Meanwhile at the NDP convention, Jagmeet Singh rejected some of the more extreme policy resolutions proposed, such as scrapping the military, but said he backs a proposed resolution condemning Quebec’s Bill 21, which bans religious symbols.
Speaking of Quebec, The Canadian Press looks at why it is a crucial province for the NDP — and some of the obstacles that stand in the party’s way there, including, among other things, a “flare-up of identity politics.”
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “Amid a fresh wave of debate over the eventual re-opening of the border between Canada and its largest trading partner, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau is booked in for a one-hour session with the Special Committee on Canada-United States Economic Relations, which is expected to file an interim report shortly after the House reopens for business next week.”
— COVID cases have plummeted in Indigenous communities, which Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller has attributed to Indigenous leadership and the early deployment of vaccines. Cases on reserves have dropped more than 85 per cent since January.
— Asian-Canadians call for overhaul of federal Anti-Racism Strategy: Asian Canadians and advocates are calling for improvements to the government’s anti-racism strategy, introduced in 2019, to confront the recent surge in anti-Asian racism. CBC News has more.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— Biden takes on gun violence: The U.S. president will take executive actions today on “ghost guns,” meaning unregistered firearms that can be assembled from parts, and pistols. He will also nominate a gun control advocate to direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
— Unrest in Northern Ireland: The Northern Ireland executive are holding an emergency meeting today after six straight nights of unrest. Last night a bus was torched and stones were thrown at police. The protests are partially rooted in anger over Brexit.
— EU regulators say blood clotting can be a “very rare” side effect of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. They nonetheless said the benefits of getting the shot outweigh the risks. The European Medicines Agency will add unusual blood clotting with low blood platelets as a very rare side effect to the vaccine’s product information.
— Elsewhere: U.S. Treasury proposes new corporate tax plan to OECD countries. Bitcoin mining to consume more electricity than whole of Australia by 2024. Alexei Navalny‘s lawyers say he is now losing sensation in his legs and hands. Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.K. has been locked out of his embassy.
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We leave you with this very awkward moment from a meeting between European Union leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which Erdogan and EU Council President Charles Michel sat down for a photo opp… and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair.
Eventually she sat down on a nearby couch.