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Alberta's premier says the federal government needs to intervene – quickly – to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion isn't left withering on the vine following a Federal Court of Appeal decision that overturned its approval.

Premier Rachel Notley has repeatedly called for bold action from Ottawa in response to the Federal Court of Appeal decision, which said the government failed to adequately consult First Nations and did not properly consider the impact of increased tanker traffic on killer whales.

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The court ruling appeared to give the federal government a path forward as it seeks to get the pipeline back on track, but Ms. Notley is warning that simply following the court's direction will take too long and "keep us imprisoned on this regulatory merry-go-round." Instead, she says the federal government must use legislation to address environmental concerns over the project without launching a brand-new hearing process, though she wasn't specific.

Ms. Notley has also called for the federal government to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada to settle broader issues around resource development, though she says that wouldn't proceed quick enough to save the Trans Mountain expansion.

The Liberal government has suggested it could address the court's concerns relatively quickly, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ruled out using a legislative "trick" to push the pipeline through.

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For the first time ever, the Canadian government is admitting that it has conducted security screening on equipment from Huawei – a Chinese telecom giant – since 2013. National security concerns have been raised about the company, and the U.S. and Australia have banned it from supplying parts for the 5G mobile network.

Part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pitch for a United Nations Security Council seat will be encouraging Canada's private sector to donate towards the UN's sustainable development goals.

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Mayors across British Columbia want the provincial government to hand over at least 40 per cent of revenues from legal marijuana sales once the drug becomes legal this fall. Cities have said they need at least some of the revenue generated from the cannabis industry to pay for policing, licensing and other costs.

The new RCMP commissioner was feted with an official change of command ceremony in Regina. The ceremony marked the symbolic handover of authority to Commissioner Brenda Lucki from outgoing Commissioner Bob Paulsen.

Ottawa is giving more control over Indigenous health programs to First Nations, announcing $68-million over three years for communities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Experts are predicting record-low voter turnout in municipal elections scheduled across B.C. this fall, as a shorter campaign and constraints on party fundraising could leave many voters either uninformed or uninterested in turning out.

And the NDP is asking its members: how do you think Jagmeet Singh has been doing?

The Globe and Mail Editorial Board on rail access for Churchill, Man.: "Pretty much everything is in short supply in Canada’s North, including good economic news. Last week, the community of Churchill, Man., accepted a delivery of positive tidings in the form of a deal to buy the town's port and the broken-down rail line leading there."

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Debra Soh (The Globe and Mail) on the accused of #MeToo: "From my time working previously with incarcerated sex offenders in the context of rehabilitation, a major factor predicting whether someone can be reformed is his motivation to change – whether he takes responsibility for what he’s done, as opposed to only feeling regretful because he was caught. It can take years for a person to gain insight into his behaviour; in some cases, this never materializes."

Paul Wells (Maclean's) on the Quebec election: "The [Coalition Avenir Quebec] exists to tap millions of Quebecers’ desire for a sort of dream state between the separatists of the Parti Québécois, who are often judged too radical, and the federalists of the Quebec Liberal Party, who are almost always judged too elitist."

Don Martin (CTV) on Alberta separatism: "Albertans made a Faustian bargain to pay hefty carbon taxes in exchange for a vital pipeline connection to an coast. If that bargain is broken, the gap between Alberta alienation and separation contemplation will narrow - or disappear."

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