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Canada Evening Update: Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash charged, Trudeau pledges to support Toronto

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Truck driver charged in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

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RCMP announced Friday they charged the driver of a semi-trailer with 29 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Police said the 29-year-old driver, Jaskirat Sidhu, was arrested Friday morning at his home in Calgary. The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi-trailer on a rural Saskatchewan highway on April 6, killing 16 people and injuring another 13.

Trudeau to Toronto Mayor John Tory on asylum seekers: ‘We will be there’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Toronto Mayor John Tory Friday that the federal government will support his city as it deals with a large influx of refugee claimants. The two leaders met in Toronto Friday for a closed-door meeting after briefly addressing reporters. Neither mentioned whether Toronto would be reimbursed for the $65-million it says the more than 3,000 refugees in its shelter system have cost.

On Thursday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford withdrew the province’s support for the resettlement of asylum seekers who cross the border illegally, saying Ottawa should pay for it. Mr. Trudeau said Mr. Ford was not well-briefed on the refugee issue or Canada’s international obligations.

Thousands of migrants who entered Canada through Manitoba and Quebec are gravitating toward Toronto. As Tavia Grant reports, that is putting more pressure on an already-strained shelter system in a high-priced city with limited affordable housing.

Auto trade war would put one-fifth of Canadian industry’s jobs at risk, dealers warn

The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association warned Friday that a potential 25-per-cent tariff on vehicle imports as part of the trade war between Canada and the United States would raise the prices of new vehicles by as much as $9,000 and put nearly one-fifth of jobs at dealerships at risk. The association warned the tariff would be catastrophic for not only the auto industry, but the economy as a whole.

On Friday morning, The United States and China slapped tit-for-tat duties on US34-billion worth of each other’s imports, with Beijing accusing Washington of triggering the “largest-scale trade war.” U.S. President Donald Trump also warned of tariffs targeting more than US$500-billion worth of Chinese goods, or roughly the total amount of U.S. imports from China last year. The Chinese retaliation means imported U.S. goods including cars, soybeans and lobsters face a 25-per-cent tariff.

With these new tariffs, we look at why the global trade fight just got nastier. (for subscribers)

For second consecutive day, more human remains found near Toronto home linked to Bruce McArthur

Toronto police say, for the second straight day, they found more human remains in a ravine near a home linked to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. The remains discovered Thursday have been sent for testing and no identification has yet been made. On Wednesday, police began digging near the property where Mr. McArthur worked as a landscaper. Mr. McArthur has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of men who had ties to the city’s Gay Village.

During the recent, typically colourful Pride Parade in Toronto, some participants wore black and marched in silence to honour the eight victims. Tu Thanh Ha and Justin Ling speak to family and friends of the victims to learn about the eight lives taken.

Heat-wave death toll rises to 50 in Quebec as hot weather subsides

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Environment Canada lifted heat warnings Friday as Quebec health officials confirmed the latest figures. While stifling heat also blanketed Ontario and parts of Atlantic Canada, no other deaths have been reported outside Quebec. Hot weather is expected to remain in Quebec next week, but it is forecasted to be a dry heat.

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Canada’s main stock index edged higher on Friday as financial stocks gained after a strong domestic jobs data report. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 105.17 points, or 0.65 per cent, at 16,371.78. The Canadian dollar traded higher after the jobs report and was up at 76.32 cents U.S.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose to their highest levels in two weeks on Friday as strong U.S. jobs growth blunted the impact of an escalating U.S.-China trade war. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 94.83 points, or 0.39 percent, to 24,451.57, and the Nasdaq Composite added 101.96 points, or 1.34 percent, to 7,688.39.

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The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth kicked off under a blazing blue sky Friday with a parade through downtown Calgary. Emergency workers who responded to the Humboldt Broncos bus crashed in April were honoured and Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris was the marshal. The Stampede runs from Friday until July 15.


Fears for tears: Why men need the freedom to cry

For men and boys, the pressure to not show emotion in public is crushing, even in supposedly progressive circles – and it hurts everyone. Rachel Giese asks how we can make room for male vulnerability

“The beliefs that “boys don’t cry” and that “crying is for girls” are oppressive for men and women both. As long as emotion is equated with both femaleness and weakness, women and girls will be perceived as irrational and incapable, while men and boys will continue to repress their feelings of sadness and vulnerability.“ - Rachel Giese, author of “Boys: What It Means to Become a Man”

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Should white people sing black slave songs?

“The public shaming of artists is a great way to stifle art. And in a censorious age such as our own, the best way to avoid public shaming is to play it safe. What we need here is a little more backbone.” - Margaret Wente

Why we need a clear definition of when death occurs

“The critical-care community is thankful for Justice Shaw’s decision, because people deserve to know when death occurs. Death itself is a certainty, and to remove the certainty of when it occurs is simply to perpetuate the avoidance of its reality. Critical care advances have saved many lives, but we cannot allow the existence of technological care to prevent us from knowing when someone has died.” - Sonny Dhanani, pediatric critical care physician in Ottawa and researcher in death determination


Artificial intelligence is being integrated into every aspect of our lives, from toothbrushes to pets. So Globe writers set out to find the most noteworthy ways robots and AI can help you manage your life. We look at how AI can book flights or restaurant reservations and how it gets better at learning your preferences, how it can ensure you don’t take a bad photo and how it can translate a baby’s cry. (for subscribers)

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The hottest place on Earth

Most Canadians are finally seeing a brief reprieve today from the recent heat wave that gripped most of the country for the past week. But if you think that was hot, we dug into our archives and found a story on the hottest place on Earth. In 2001, Feature writer Ian Brown travelled to Djibouti. From the plane, he described, “Down below it looked as if the skin of the earth had been flayed and broiled and then peeled back, leaving only dry pink muscle and bone. It was the loneliest landscape I’ve ever seen.”

When his plane landed at 2 a.m. it was 39 degrees C. By 7:30 a.m. it was pushing 45. He writes that you feel the heat grasp your exposed extremities first. “Then the hand of the sun will begin to move its way up your arms and legs, squeezing as it goes.”

The pothead’s progress: From visionaries to outsiders to ladies who toke, the stoner’s journey through pop culture

In the 1940s, The Globe and Mail opined that cannabis causes insanity and “has been known to turn quiet, respectable youth into raving murderers.” Once, celebrities would hide their bongs when Vanity Fair came calling. Now, they appear on talk shows and compete to tell the funniest stories about being high. Even Oprah has partaken in the herb. The cultural history of cannabis in the United States and Canada can’t be separated from the racist politics that criminalized it, writes Elizabeth Renzetti as she traces the stoner’s cultural journey through three distinct types. (for subscribers)

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