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Trudeau cabinet shuffle puts Joyce Murray in top Treasury Board spot; Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick announces retirement

For the third time in three months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet, naming Vancouver MP Joyce Murray as Treasury Board President. Ms. Murray was previously the parliamentary secretary to the Treasury Board President and the Minister of Digital Government – the dual portfolio she will now oversee as minister. She replaces Jane Philpott, who resigned earlier this month, saying she had lost confidence in the Liberal cabinet (for subscribers) over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

In the shuffle that saw Ms. Philpott replace Scott Brison at Treasury Board, Jody Wilson-Raybold was moved from the justice portfolio and the attorney-general role to veterans affairs, in what many saw as a demotion. As The Globe and Mail first reported last month, the Prime Minister’s Office had tried to press Ms. Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the bribery and fraud prosecution of SNC-Lavalin (for subscribers). She later testified to the House justice committee that she faced “consistent and sustained” political pressure from the Prime Minister and his top officials, including “veiled threats.”

Separately today, Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, one of the figures at the centre of the SNC-Lavalin affair, announced his retirement from public service, citing “recent events” that left him unable to serve during the 2019 federal election. He will be replaced by Ian Shugart, currently the deputy minister of foreign affairs.

As for Ms. Philpott, those close to her say she will be assessing her role in the federal Liberal Party over the next few months (for subscribers).

In the wake of the SNC-Lavalin affair, Mr. Trudeau announced in the House of Commons today that he has named former justice minister Anne McLellan as a special adviser on whether to divide the roles of justice minister and attorney-general.

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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team says Justice Department tweeted ‘inaccurate’ information about case

In an Ottawa court today, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team accused the Department of Justice of tweeting inaccurate information about the court’s proceedings.

Defence lawyer Marie Henein said at a pretrial hearing that after some back and forth between her office and the department, the tweets had been deleted and changes had been made to fact sheets the department included in the tweets.

She said she wanted to put it on the record and that while she won’t say more now, the defence takes issue with the statements posted, and questioned why they would be posted in the first place.

Vice-Adm. Norman was suspended as the military’s second-in-command on Jan. 16, 2017, and charged last year with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets in an attempt to influence cabinet’s decision on a $700-million shipbuilding contract with Quebec’s Davie shipyard. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Dutch police arrest man suspected of killing three, injuring five on Utrecht tram

Dutch police have made an arrest in a shooting that killed three people and wounded five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht. They say 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis had been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt and had earlier run-ins with authorities in the Netherlands.

The city was put into lockdown after the shooting, which authorities initially said was an apparent terrorist attack. But hours after the shooting, the gunman’s motive remained unclear. A prosecutor said it could be for “family reasons,” and Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said he had fired at a relative on the tram and had then shot at others who tried to help her.

Brian Mulroney apologizes for referring to Ontario MPP Amanda Simard as a ‘little girl’

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is apologizing for referring to Ontario MPP Amanda Simard as a “little girl.” Ms. Simard left the Progressive Conservative caucus last year over cuts to francophone services.

He was defending his daughter Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Attorney-General and Francophone Affairs Minister, on a Radio Canada program yesterday, and without naming Ms. Simard, referred to “the little girl who resigned.”


Canada’s main stock index jumped today, helped by gains in energy shares on the back of higher crude prices. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 111.02 points at 16,251.37.

Banks helped lead Wall Street higher, while Boeing and Facebook were a drag and investors eyed this week’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting for affirmation of its commitment to “patient” monetary policy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 65.23 points to 25,914.10, the S&P 500 gained 10.46 points to close at 2,832.94 and the Nasdaq Composite added 25.95 points to end at 7,714.48.

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Military missions extended: Canada is extending its military missions in Ukraine and Iraq, the federal government has announced (for subscribers).

Federal budget tomorrow: The federal Liberals will table a pre-election budget tomorrow that is widely expected to include new program spending, but comes during a period of economic uncertainty as growth cools. Here are five things to watch for.

PATH stabbing: Rohinie Bisesar, the woman found not criminally responsible for killing a stranger in a pharmacy in Toronto’s PATH underground system, has been ordered detained in a mental-health hospital because she remains a significant threat to the public, a board overseeing her case has ruled.

Meet Canada’s latest teen millionaire: Mississauga teen tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu earned her first WTA title yesterday, winning the BNP Paribas Open and taking home US$1.35-million. Learn more about her from Rachel Brady’s profile here.

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Bianca Andreescu defeats Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women's final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP)Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press


After Christchurch: turning off hatemongers’ mics

“De-platforming isn’t the full solution to countering hatred: at this point, the volume of videos being uploaded is so huge that experts say it’s impossible to erase the Christchurch video from the web entirely. Given the size of the problem, though, it’s a tool to be used in terrifying times like these.” - Denise Balkissoon (for subscribers)

Canada is not doing enough to combat right-wing terrorism

“Canadians need to be reassured that the government is taking the threat of right-wing extremism and violence seriously. Equally important, it needs to be made crystal clear to those drawn to extremist propaganda and ideologies that this is unacceptable in Canada.” - Jessica Davis, former CSIS analyst

On choices around death, Quebec offers a cautionary tale

“When a proxy decision-maker says, ‘Mom wouldn’t want that,' " it shouldn’t be a question that will haunt them, and it shouldn’t come from reading a checklist. It should be a firm, respectful statement based on intimate knowledge – a loving gesture from the heart.” - André Picard (for subscribers)

Two new office towers that will reshape downtown Toronto and Vancouver

“The two buildings by Allied Properties REIT and Westbank are set up for the tech sector. They’re centrally located near transit, linked to clean energy and the fastest possible broadband, offering big office floors for easy collaboration, and built to have some easy back and forth with the city around them. This is architecture designed for, and by, people who wear sneakers to work.” - Alex Bozikovic


If you’re reducing your meat intake for health reasons or ethical considerations, pulses such as black beans, chickpeas and lentils are nutrient-packed protein alternatives, Leslie Beck writes. But they do have a downside for some people: flatulence. Here are some tips to reduce excess gas:

  • Start small: If you’re new to beans, begin with small servings to prevent your gut microbes going into fermentation overdrive.
  • Try different types. If one bean bothers you, try a different one to see if it causes less gas.
  • Chew thoroughly. Chewing food stimulates your salivary glands to release amylase, an enzyme that begins the process of breaking down carbohydrates.


How exercise may help keep food cravings in check

If you’re worried about gaining weight, exercise may help – and not just by burning calories. Exercise may strengthen your brain’s ability to resist high-calorie foods in favour of more healthful options. It’s an idea being explored by Cassandra Lowe, a postdoctoral fellow of the University of Western Ontario’s BrainSCAN program: How to tackle obesity by improving the brain’s dietary decision-making.

In a recent review article, published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Lowe and her colleagues examined the relationship between obesity and the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain involved in planning and inhibitory control. That relationship, they reported, appears to be reciprocal; people who have reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex are more likely to overeat highly processed, calorie-dense foods. In turn, overeating these foods changes their brains to increase the likelihood of overeating.

To disrupt this cycle, she is among a number of scientists who are looking at ways to boost activity in the prefrontal cortex to regulate food consumption, from exercise to brain-training activities to brain stimulation. Their research suggests the future of treating and preventing obesity may include targeting the brain, not just the stomach. Read Wency Leung’s full story here.

Saskatchewan sculptor Joe Fafard’s work inspired generations of visual artists

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Vaughan, July 01 2008. Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard beside his sculpture of former prime minister Jean Chrétien (Photo by Fernando Morales forThe Globe and Mail)Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Joe Fafard, the acclaimed Canadian sculptor and painter who made art inspired by the Prairie landscape, its people and animals – most famously its cows – died on Saturday. He was 76.

Fafard is considered one of Canada’s leading visual artists, bringing his technical facility and unique, often whimsical, approach to his work. His sculptures were the kind that could be instantly recognizable, whether their subjects were livestock, wildlife – or people. They included his neighbours and family, famous politicians, such as Pierre Trudeau and John Diefenbaker, and artists including Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Among his best-known works are the public installations Running Horses outside the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in Ottawa (a modified all-weather version replaced the original in 2017) and The Pasture – seven life-sized bronze cows on the plaza of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in downtown Toronto. Read Marsh Lederman’s full story here.

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Running Horses by Joe Fafard. (Photo by Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)FRED CHARTRAND/The Canadian Press

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