In The News This Week – July 9, 2017

Happy Sunday, Canada! Catch up with us on the latest headlines, both in Canada and around the world, as you head into the work week.

Canada:

  1. Omar Khadr: The federal government officially apologized to Omar Khadr on Friday for the role Canadian security officials played in the abuses he suffered as a teenage prisoner of the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (The Globe and Mail)
    • The written apology came after Ottawa paid $10.5-million to the former child soldier to settle a $20-million civil lawsuit over violations of Mr. Khadr’s rights as a Canadian citizen. You can read the official statement here.
  2. BC NDP: B.C.’s new NDP government will be sworn on July 18, more than two months after a provincial election that elected a minority government and prompted a confrontation in the legislature. (The Globe and Mail)
  3. Canada Infrastructure Bank: The new federal infrastructure bank has a chair: Janice Fukasuka, a former RBC CFO, will head up the newly-formed $35-billion institution that the government hopes will be operational by the end of the year. (The Globe and Mail)

Internationally:

  1. G20: Or the G19 + 1, as some headlines are calling it, was held in Hamburg, Germany from July 7-8. Here are a few key takeaways: 
    • The G19 issued a joint communique on climate change that Donald Trump was left out of. Breaking with tradition,  a separate paragraph on the US’s stance on the Paris climate agreement and fossil fuels was added. (The Guardian)
    • Trump’s daughter raised eyebrows with critics when she sat in her father’s chair — unaware of protocol or ignoring it — at a table where G20 leaders held a working session on African migration and health.
    • It appears that Donald Trump really likes Justin Trudeau. During an announcement on funding to empower women in developing countries, Trump said the following: “We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job.” (CBC)
    • ICYMI: Justin Trudeau also met with the Irish Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth last week.
  2. North Korea: Last week, North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to reach the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the U.S. Pacific Northwest. (Reuters)
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Omar Khadr answers questions during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton on May 7, 2015. Source: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters
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