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The director of Canada’s spy agency advised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act to end last winter’s convoy protests, despite the fact that the blockades did not meet the definition of a national security threat outlined in the sweeping legislation.
David Vigneault, the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, testified on Monday at the inquiry studying whether that legal threshold to invoke the act was met.
Based on the legal opinion and unspecified information shared with Vigneault at the cabinet table and in interdepartmental meetings, the CSIS director testified that he was “convinced” that “the powers under the act would be necessary.”
Iranians aren’t sure whether they can support their country at the World Cup
Iran took the pitch against England for its opening game of the World Cup today. But it did so without the support of many of the team members’ countrymen and women.
The Globe and Mail spoke to Iranians in Qatar and around the world, all of whom expressed discomfort or even anger at the idea of supporting their country in the World Cup, feeling that to do so would be to offer tacit approval of the government that the members of Iran’s soccer team represent.
- New today: Wales kicks off its first World Cup in 64 years with draw against the United States
- Cathal Kelly: Armband protest reversal at FIFA World Cup: Get praise for joining the fight – with no intention of taking a punch
- Opinion: The World Cup matters, precisely because it doesn’t
- Explainer: How to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Canada and everything else you need to know
Ottawa is moving to reduce credit-card fees. What does it means for businesses, banks and your loyalty points?
Credit cards are the most common form of payment in Canada, and their use has skyrocketed during the pandemic. But how the credit-card system actually works is something most of us rarely think about. Now the end of a long-running legal battle and new government efforts to cut credit-card fees are highlighting the web of players in the system. There’s a lot at stake.
The outcome could weigh on the profits of credit-card companies and Canadian banks, and even compromise the value of the credit-card reward programs that so many Canadians use. Our reporters have a guide to understanding what this means.
Read more on financial services:
- Major mortgage lenders let borrowers shift unpaid interest onto principal to cope with rising costs
- New Conservative finance critic’s story is one of redemption and opportunity
How a Ukrainian ranch became a sanctuary for war amputees on the road to recovery
A new therapy program brings a handful of war amputees together to take turns each weekend riding through the forests and the rolling countryside. After the excursions, they gather for lunch and talk about their hopes, dreams and fears.
It is run by Oleksandra Khandodina, a no-nonsense 42-year-old émigré from Moscow who loves horses and racing motorcycles. She works full-time as a child therapist, teaches children Mandarin on the side and dreams of buying a Harley-Davidson one day. And don’t ask her about the giant tattoo of The Hulk she has plastered across her back
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Today in Ukraine: Russia and Ukraine on Monday traded blame for at least a dozen explosions at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, with some shells falling near reactors and damaging a radioactive waste storage building.
Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting: The man suspected of opening fire was being held on murder and hate crimes charges Monday, two days after the attack that killed five people and wounded many others.
Protests in Iran: A major disruption in internet service was confirmed by the NetBlocks internet monitor, raising fears among rights groups of a cut-off in internet access to help crush anti-government unrest.
NASA’s Artemis I mission achieves key milestone: The crewless Orion capsule was just 130 kilometres above the lunar surface, making what will be its closest approach to the moon for the duration of its 25-day test flight.
Listen to The Decibel: Can big banks save us from climate change? Jeffrey Jones explains why some banks are worried that Mark Carney’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero group might cause them legal headaches.
Tax & Spend: The Liberals’ rewiring of the Canada Workers Benefit makes it more generous – and less fair
Stocks slip as concerns rise of stricter China COVID curbs
Wall Street’s main indexes ended lower Monday amid fears that China could resume stricter measures to fight COVID-19 after it said it faces its most severe test of the pandemic. The TSX closed nearly unchanged as investors absorbed a volatile day in the oil market.
The Toronto market’s energy sector ended 1.2% lower after having been down as much as 5.1% earlier in the day. The S&P/TSX composite index ended down 3.78 points at 19,977.13, after falling as much as 193.86 points. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 45.41 points to 33,700.28, the S&P 500 lost 15.4 points to 3,949.94 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 121.55 points, or 1.09%, to 11,024.51.
Among individual stock moves, Home Capital Group shares surged 57.1% after the mortgage lender said it would be acquired by Smith Financial Corp in a $1.7 billion dea
Jewish voices aren’t heard when we call out hate
“By excluding the Jewish community from the diversity and inclusion conversation, these groups send a message: you don’t need protection, you’re safe. However, we don’t feel safe.” - Sheba Birhanu
We can still keep the planet’s warming below 1.5 degrees, but we must act now
“These dangers are significant and avoidable. The solutions are clear, which makes failing to launch a cruel choice.” - Julie Segal
When it comes to food affordability, the numbers are unappetizing
“Imagine waking up every day and thinking that you and your family might have to eat less. This is not a normal situation for a country as rich as Canada and it sows the seeds of discontent.” - Nik Nanos
Boxing gym at Siksika First Nation offers healing through fitness
The Many Guns Boxing and Fitness Centre, located southeast of Calgary, has become a gathering place for members of the First Nation to heal through fitness. Muay Thai instructor Rosario Duck Chief hopes bringing the sport home will build strength in mind and body to younger members of the First Nation, including his daughter, Angela – a 14-year-old who is already a worthy opponent for him.
“There’s no other feeling like it in the world,” he said.
TODAY’S LONG READ
As B.C. government touts reconstruction of flood-damaged Highway 8, many who live along it are still struggling to rebuild
Wayne MacDonald, who lived through a fire, then a flood, then a mudslide on his ranch in British Columbia’s Nicola Valley, has a succinct description for everything that occurred in just over a year: “373 days of hell.”
It was B.C.’s most costly disaster. But for the MacDonalds, that wasn’t the end of it. More than $100,000 worth of balers and farming equipment was buried in mud. The couple have made a new home in Spences Bridge, on a small property in the middle of town. But they miss their old life on the Nicola River fiercely.
They got through the last year by relying on the kindness of friends, and finding new ways of doing things, a process that often doubles their workload. “But we are still here,” MacDonald says. Read their full story.