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Biden Says Social Media Platforms “Kill People”


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While it looks like vaccinated Americans might jump over the border and visit Canada in the middle of next month, getting there isn’t quite as easy for vaccinated Canadians with mixed doses. As reported by CBC News, those who have received two different vaccines can get into trouble in countries where mixing vaccines is not allowed. To avoid grounding those who did the right thing, the federal government is working with other jurisdictions to create an international vaccine passport.

Turning overseas, news that the US Democrats are pushing for a tariff on exports from high greenhouse gas emissions could benefit Canada’s participation in global efforts to make international trade more climate-friendly. Aidan Chamandy has the latest on the US and other countries’ move to approve marginal carbon adjustments – a policy Canada’s federal government is seeking to advance.

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The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 8: 1 that a $ 30 million ruling given to Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario to cover the federal government’s deliberate flooding of their reservation in 1929 was inadequate, and it did sent back to court for reevaluation. In doing so, the Supreme Court has also created a framework for how indigenous groups can be compensated for historical injustice suffered decades ago, or in this case almost a century ago. Leslie MacKinnon has more.

After cabinet orders finally went into effect last week, a prominent gun lobby is calling for the government to target illegal guns. Like all four major Canadian gun lobbies that have opposed virtually all of the new firearms laws passed by the Liberals through Parliament, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) wants the government to end their target of targeting shooters and hunters on illegal weapons and Shootings relocated. CSSA Executive Director Tony Bernardo says a change is needed to the section of the Criminal Code that relates to the prohibition orders for different types of weapons and the association has come up with a plan for the government to adopt. This story by Tim Naumetz.

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New Brunswick Senator Judith Keating will be remembered by her Senate colleagues for her civil service life and unparalleled work ethic. The Senate spokesman told reporters today that Keating had died. Attorney and constitutional expert Keating was named an independent senator in January 2020 after serving in the New Brunswick government for more than 30 years. Although she only spent a year and a half as a senator, most of it during the COVID-19 pandemic, she made an “oversized contribution” to the Upper Chamber, said Senator Yuen Pau Woo, chairman of the Independent Senatorial Group of which Keating was a member. Keating, New Brunswick’s first assistant attorney general, was 64 years old. This story by Rachel Emmanuel.

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President Joe Biden said today that social media companies that allow coronavirus misinformation to spread on their platforms are “killing people”. That comes when his government points a finger at companies like Facebook and blames them for blocking US vaccine rates. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” said Biden. The White House proclaimed the “Dozen of Disinformation” to put pressure on Silicon Valley to get a grip on misinformation about vaccines.

Yesterday, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued his first warning of the growing wave of misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, calling it an “urgent threat” that undermines government efforts to combat the pandemic.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the government had made several recommendations to Facebook and other platforms, including removing 12 people she said was responsible for nearly 65 percent of the anti-vaccine misinformation on social media Platforms were responsible. That statistic comes from the nonprofit Center to Combat Digital Hate, which in a report released in March identified about a dozen people who were allegedly super-disseminators of anti-vaccine misinformation.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky warned of rising cases today and reiterated Biden stating that COVID-19 “becomes a pandemic of the unvaccinated” as the delta variant fuels outbreaks. “We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country with low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk,” she said. Florida currently accounts for 20 percent of all new infections in the country.

Across the pond, with plans to lift all social contact restrictions on Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day for the first time in six months. As reported by the Associated Press, the UK government’s top medical adviser warned that the number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19 could reach “pretty scary” levels in a matter of weeks.

In other international headlines:

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist killed by Taliban in Afghanistan (Guardian)
US sanctions against Chinese officials for raid in Hong Kong (VOA)
Unrest in South Africa over Zuma prison planned in advance (BBC)
More than 100 dead, up to 1,500 missing after floods in Europe (NBC)
Caribbean countries urge redress, Jamaica sends petition to Queen (CTV)

In opinion:

Nick Catino: It’s time for Canada to take advantage of fintech innovation

The kicker:

Tonight we’re finally leaving you with the latest meme to make the social media rounds so honest works for everything.

Have a nice weekend.

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