In The News This Week – July 10, 2016

What happened in the news this first week of July? mPolitics has your weekly roundup:

1. Canada joined fellow NATO members for the bi-annual NATO Summit this week in Warsaw, Poland. One of the key outcomes of the summit was the agreement among NATO countries to add military presence on Baltic Nations borders with Russia, the aim of which is to stem further Russian military aggression as seen with the annexation of Crimea. Canadian forces will lead the battalion being deployed to Latvia in early 2017, sending 450 troops, armoured vehicles and six CF-18 fighter jets. – National PostCBCGlobe and Mail

  • FYEI (For your extra information): The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is made up of 28 member countries across Europe and North America. As per the NATO website, “NATO’s essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.” NATO was created in 1949 by 12 founding members, largely in response to the Cold War. – NATO ExplainedFounding NATO

2. The group Black Lives Matter made headlines this week across North America – starting last Sunday with a controversial sit-in protest at the Toronto Pride Parade. The group then staged protests this week in response to seemingly unprompted shootings of black men Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by Police. Then during a protest in Dallas, a lone sniper killed 5 police men because he was “upset at white people” and wanted to “kill white officers”. These horrible acts of violence were decried by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and American President Barack Obama released a statement detailing his “anger, frustration and grief”, and calling for all Americans to recognize the systemic racial problems in American society. – The AtlanticGlobe and Mail

3. Despite the British exit (Brexit) from the European Union, Canadian officials insisted this week there would be no change to CETA – the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. CETA was negotiated from 2009 to 2014, and is pending ratification, which is expected to occur in the next year. Once Britain finalizes its exit from the EU, CETA would likely no longer apply to trade between Canada and Britain. – iPolitics

4. Starting tomorrow, Canadians are likely to see a pause in door-to-door mail delivery from Canada Post. The pause will come as a result of a lock-out of mail delivery employees, after the Canadian Union of Postal Workers rejected the final proposal from Canada Post to continue negotiations for a 30 day period, and resort to binding arbitration if both sides were unable to reach an agreement. Both sides, it is argued, have a vested interest in reaching an agreement since if delivery ceases, we are likely to see a significant move by businesses and individuals to receiving mail and bills online. That move could change habits forever, significantly reducing demand for mail delivery in the future and thereby reducing jobs. – Global News

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Source: Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press

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