A COVID-19 outbreak has infected 138 children in Kashechewan, a remote First Nation along the James Bay coast, prompting calls for emergency shelters to facilitate isolation in the community, which has long suffered severe housing challenges.
Among those who have tested positive are two infants, one seven weeks old and another four months old. About 65 per cent of the community’s active infections are among children under 17.
Leo Friday, the community’s chief, said about 74 per cent of adults in the community are fully vaccinated, having received doses in February and March as part of Operation Remote Immunity, which held vaccination clinics in 31 remote First Nations in Northern Ontario. But, he said, the 26 per cent of adults who haven’t been vaccinated, as well as those under 17 who were ineligible for vaccination, are now getting infected.
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Vancouver School Board phases out honours programs in high schools
The Vancouver School Board is cutting honours courses in math and science in its high schools because the school district says they do not comply with the equity and inclusion goal of ensuring that all students can participate in every aspect of the curriculum.
The school board says teachers will instead be encouraged to teach to individual students’ capabilities, including those who excel at math and science.
But parents of gifted students say their children will lose the opportunity to dive deeper into maths and sciences without being ostracized in regular classrooms because of their abilities.
Biden, Putin will seek to ‘restore common agenda’ at Lake Geneva summit
U.S. President Joe Biden told a TV interviewer earlier this year that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer, and told his biographer that the first time he met the Kremlin boss he told Mr. Putin: “I don’t think you have a soul.”
The tough talk sets an awkward tone for a summit today, when the two men will meet in an 18th-century villa on the shores of Lake Geneva to discuss issues ranging from the conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere, to U.S. concerns about election meddling, cyberattacks and the Kremlin’s crackdown on dissent.
Never before have expectations been set so low for a meeting between U.S. and Russian presidents.
The Decibel: After the Julie Payette scandal, the search for a new Governor General
On today’s episode of The Decibel podcast, host Tamara Khandaker speaks to political reporter Kristy Kirkup about why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to find a new Governor General after Julie Payette resigned, and who the government might choose next.
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ALSO ON OUR RADAR
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul faces possible non-confidence vote: Green Party Leader Annamie Paul is facing a possible non-confidence motion from her party as it debates ousting her less than a year after she took the helm. Senior party members, including former leader Elizabeth May, blame Paul for the defection to the Liberals of Jenica Atwin, the Greens’ only MP outside of British Columbia.
Campbell Clark: Green Party melts down as many expect fall federal election
How to keep workers safe from COVID-19: Focus on the air they breathe. In Saskatchewan, sharing pens in the workplace is discouraged. In Newfoundland, workers are told to avoid handling money, while in B.C. they’re encouraged to disinfect common surfaces such as light switches. What few provinces mention in much detail in their advice to employers about preventing COVID-19 is the air workers breathe.
Liberals table bill to protect French: The Liberal government introduced legislation yesterday to strengthen the protection of French in Canada as part of the biggest overhaul to the Official Languages Act in more than three decades, just days before the House of Commons is expected to break for the summer.
Canadiens legend Ken Dryden knows what it’s like to be in Cole Caufield’s skates: “It’s great to be young and a Hab,” Montreal Canadiens legend Ken Dryden said about Cole Caufield, the team’s young phenom who is having a tremendous playoff run. The former goaltender is only too familiar with what it is like to skip from American college hockey to the American Hockey League to the NHL and the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Markets await the Fed: World stock markets treaded water near record highs on Wednesday as investors braced for any hawkish signals from the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, and oil prices gained on recovering demand. Just before 6 a.m. ET, Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.02 per cent. Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 slid 0.30 per cent and 0.06 per cent, respectively. Japan’s Nikkei ended down 0.51 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slid 0.70 per cent. New York futures were little changed. The Canadian dollar was trading at 82.04 US cents.
WHAT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT
Gary Mason: “Canadians have bore witness to the dangers of online hate.... And it’s beyond time that we, as a country, did something about it.”
Andrew Coyne: “So while the Ford government defends the limits on third parties in terms of the need to keep ‘big money’ out of Ontario elections, in fact it is content that Ontario elections should be awash in big money – as long as it’s the right kind.”
TODAY’S EDITORIAL CARTOON
Globe Craft Club: Make a tie-dyed T-shirt with Will and Sana Saleh of TikTok’s @salehfamily and Lala Hijabs
There’s something wonderful about tie dye. It’s so joyous and unbounded, so colourful and free. Join us for the next Craft Club, which will be livestreamed on June 22 at 7 p.m. ET, where Will and Sana Saleh will teach us to tie dye a T-shirt or other item. You can buy something new to dye, or transform something you already own.
MOMENT IN TIME: JUNE 16, 2010
First Truth and Reconciliation Commission event held in Winnipeg
The first national event held by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which examined Canada’s residential school legacy, took place at the Forks, a historical gathering place for Indigenous people in Winnipeg. Residential schools, which were government-funded, church-run institutions, were in existence for more than 120 years in Canada. They were designed to sever children’s connection to their culture and assimilate them into wider Canadian society against their will. Abuse, including sexual and physical abuse, was prevalent at the schools. TRC chair Murray Sinclair said he and his fellow commissioners were committed to hearing from as many former students of residential schools as possible. The date and location for the three-day event, which began on this day in 2010, were chosen in part on the basis of a recommendation from the Indian Residential School Survivor Committee. It was the first in a series of events that were part of the TRC’s mandate to engage and educate the Canadian public on the Indian residential school system. In 2015, the TRC released its final report containing 94 calls to action, which governments and organizations continue to work to implement today. The TRC said the school system amounted to cultural genocide. Kristy Kirkup