Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will send hundreds of troops to Latvia, as well a Canadian frigate and up to six fighter jets to other parts of Europe, as NATO prepares for a long standoff with Russia. Trudeau announced the commitments today in Poland, where he is joining leaders from NATO’s 28 members for two days of talks.
INTERNAL TRADE TALKS RESUME TODAY
Talks on a plan to ease interprovincial trade barriers resume in Toronto today in hopes of cutting red tape that has been a headache for businesses and consumers. Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid says he fully expects his federal and provincial counterparts to agree on a proposal that seeks to open up the flow of goods and create jobs. Duguid says the premiers will have the final word on whether to sign or tinker with a proposal that has been worked on for about two years.
CHURCH BEING SUED BY SEX ABUSE VICTIMS
A former Winnipeg priest, the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface and Clercs de Saint-Viateur du Canada have been named in two separate sexual assault lawsuits. The lawsuits are connected to Ronald Leger, a former pastor at Holy Family Parish in Winnipeg. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three boys ranging in age from nine to 18 between 1980 and 2004. Leger was given a two-year prison sentence in February.
Calgary’s Stampede kicks off today with the extravaganza’s annual parade. Tens of thousands of people normally line downtown streets for the parade. Most businesses close for the parade. Country singer Paul Brandt and singer-songwriter Jann Arden are the parade marshals. Stampede runs through July 17.
Two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s children have been used in clothing retailer Joe Fresh’s media campaign. The company didn’t reach out to Trudeau before taking a photo off the prime minister’s official account on a photo sharing website and using for a sponsored Facebook post. The Prime Minister’s Office says they don’t have an issue with the photo being used this way, but did not specifically approve the use of the image by the company.
FUNERAL FOR GILLER WINNER AUSTIN CLARKE
A public funeral will be held today in Toronto for Austin (Tom) Clarke, a pioneering black Canadian writer who rose above an impoverished childhood in Barbados to achieve top literary honours and inspire generations of authors. Clarke, who was 81, died June 26 in Toronto.
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—Statistics Canada will release the June job figures this morning