The Liberal government will put the United Nations on notice today that Canada is ready to jump back into peacekeeping by promising to provide money, troops and police officers for the cause. The Canadian Press has learned a much-anticipated announcement today will not include signing onto a specific UN mission but will instead see Canada make hundreds of troops available for future peacekeeping operations.
Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will begin working with a special mediator this morning in the face of a union threat of job action. The union representing nearly 51,000 employees issued a 72-hour notice of job action yesterday , accusing the Crown corporation of forcing a labour dispute. Any such job action could come as early as next week.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cautioned his Liberal MPs to resist resting on their laurels now that they have formed government, and to avoid becoming too distracted by the daily ups and downs of life in politics. “We should be proud of what we’ve accomplished, but never satisfied,” Trudeau told his caucus, which has gathered in Saguenay, Que., to hammer out an agenda before returning to Parliament Hill next month.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENT MOVED TO BANGLADESH PRISON
The family of a Toronto university student who was detained in Bangladesh after surviving a terrorist attack on July 1 says the young man has been transferred to prison. Tahmid Hasib Khan’s family has maintained the 22-year-old’s innocence ever since the attack at a restaurant in the capitol of Dhaka. Khan is a permanent resident of Canada and an undergraduate student studying global health at the University of Toronto.
High school students in Fort McMurray are having a much delayed graduation today. Their school year was disrupted this Spring because of the massive wildfire that forced the evacuation of the northern Alberta city this spring. Many of the Grade 12 students had their final exams waived because of the evacuation so this is a chance to go back to school to say goodbye.