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What happened at the Trump-Kim summit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump signed what the U.S. President called a “comprehensive” document after a series of meetings in Singapore. But while Kim reaffirmed North Korea’s commitment to “complete denuclearization,” the joint statement includes no language on timing. It also didn’t mention the “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” that the White House has demanded. Trump said North Korea would be starting the process to denuclearize “very quickly.” Other language in the document was also vague, including a plan to establish “new U.S.-DPRK relations” and an agreement to “build lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”

But both leaders appeared cheerful, shaking hands and posing for photos a number of times. Kim said “the world will see a major change” and added that the pair had a “historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind.” Trump, meanwhile, said he “learned a lot” about the North Korean leader and said he would invite Kim to the White House.

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Quebec is backing aluminum and steel companies hit by U.S. tariffs

Quebec has taken up the reins in leading the charge against U.S. duties on Canadian steel and aluminum by offering $100-million in loans to small firms affected by the recent tariffs announced earlier this month (for subscribers). This assistance, however, does not come without potential scorn, as the U.S. may decide to push back with allegations of unfair subsidies.

Fears are also rising in Canada’s auto industry following Trump’s threat at this past weekend’s G7 summit where he threatened to impose a 25-per-cent tariff on a sector that supplies tens of thousands of jobs to Canadians. What does this mean for consumers? As an example, a model like the Ford F-150 - one of Canada’s best-selling vehicles - would rise in price from $31.449 to $37,649 (for subscribers).

And just minutes before heading into his meeting with North Korea’s Kim, Trump tweeted out that his top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, had suffered a heart attack. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Kudlow accused Trudeau of stabbing “us in the back” after the Prime Minister had said Canada would not be “pushed around” by the U.S. in the dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Employees say Starbucks anti-bias training in Canada missed the mark by using a U.S. curriculum

Starbucks locations across the country shut down for an afternoon of anti-bias training yesterday, but employees criticized the sessions for reusing U.S. material. One employee in Calgary said a short video introduction by the president of Starbucks Canada sidestepped the country’s clashes with its Indigenous people. In video segments employees viewed, the U.S. Starbucks CEO said being colour-blind – pretending not to notice race – “doesn’t even make sense,” and instead urged employees to be “colour-brave.” Starbucks first held anti-bias training for U.S. employees after an April incident at a Philadelphia location where a manager called the police on two black men who were sitting at a table waiting for a friend.

A warning for licensed producers to respect Ottawa’s cautious approach to marijuana legalization

The head of Ottawa’s cannabis-legalization task force urged an audience of investors, policy makers and industry members at the first World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick to respect legislators’ cautious approach on branding and packaging products (for subscribers). Anne McLellan said that legislators were adamant on wanting to prevent cannabis from reaching the hands of children, adding “if people play fast and loose with the rules, there could be enormous societal push-back.”

Meanwhile, Tilray – Canada’s last major privately owned marijuana grower – may be looking to become one of the next big publicly traded medical cannabis producers, according to people familiar with the company (for subscribers).

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Italy’s new government is claiming victory after Spain offered to take in a stranded migrant ship

Matteo Salvini, the populist leader of the xenophobic League party, left a rescue ship with more than 600 migrants stranded in international waters after preventing it from reaching southern Italy. The move triggered a stand-off with Malta, which refused Salvini’s request to take the ship. Spain eventually offered to take the ship in after a rescue team warned that it was dangerously low on food. Salvini has vowed to stop the influx of migrants in Italy and is pushing for other European Union countries to help alleviate the pressure on his country’s overcrowded refugee and migrant camps.


Stocks mixed, loonie soft

Global markets are mixed so far, and the Canadian dollar is soft. “It looks a lot like ‘buy the rumour, sell the fact’ where the Trump-Kim summit is concerned,” said IG chief market analyst Chris Beauchamp. “Having shrugged off the failed G7 meeting, markets are finding it hard to make progress this morning despite the bullishness that was very much in evidence yesterday.”

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Tokyo’s Nikkei gained 0.3 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 0.1 per cent, and the Shanghai composite 0.9 per cent. But in Europe, London’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were down by between 0.1 and 0.4 per cent by about 6:45 a.m. ET. New York futures were down, and the loonie was below 77 US cents.


15 years after equal marriage – many successes, but much more work to be done

“After 14 years, we have chipped a few of the dishes we received as wedding presents. From one angle, our marriage isn’t long. From another, it spans most of the time since the Ontario Court of Appeal made history, on June 10, 2003, by allowing this country’s first same-sex marriages. Like other anniversaries, this one prompts celebration of the past and reflection on future challenges and work. … Equal marriage did not resolve all legal issues for our LGBTQ communities. Transgender people, including Indigenous trans people and trans people of colour, experience violence at rates grossly disproportionate to their numbers. Trans people still face barriers in accessing proper identity papers, services such as health care, and even safe washrooms. Recent federal legislation may represent a step forward. But there is a long way to go, including within the provincially run bureaucracies.” – Robert Leckey, dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University

Why are fax machines still the norm in 21st-century health care?

“Two-thirds of Canadian doctors say their primary means of communication with other physicians is by fax. Medical clinics in this country, on average, send and receive a mind-boggling 24,000 pages of faxed information annually. Only about one-third of family physicians and specialists e-mail their colleagues for clinical purposes, never mind patients. These data, from a 2017 survey of clinicians by Telus Health, remind us that, in the digital age, health care continues to cling desperately to the facsimile machine, a clunky technology that most industries have long ago relegated to the scrap heap.” – André Picard

Donald Trump has finally made us mad. Really mad

“We Canadians are a peaceable lot. But Donald Trump has finally made us mad. He came to Canada for the weekend, arrived late, left early … and slagged us on the way out the door. He called our Prime Minister ‘very dishonest and weak’ and said he ‘acts hurt when called out.’ That is not the way you treat a host. Not everyone in Canada is a fan of Justin Trudeau. But he’s our guy. And when the biggest bully on the block tries to push our guy around, we know whose side we’re on. Even people who normally revile everything that Mr. Trudeau stands for have rallied to his side.” – Margaret Wente


How running gait increases injury risk

Want to hit a perfect stride? Researchers from the University of British Columbia have found that how hard you hit the pavement isn’t as important as what angle you actually hit the ground running. Our bones are well designed to withstand vertical forces, but horizontal forces - the amount your front foot pushes backward as you land - could be the cause of most running-related injuries. Some tips: take shorter, more frequent steps and tread “softly.”


Anne Frank receives her diary

June 12, 1942: For her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942, Anne Frank, a German-born Jew then living with her family in Amsterdam, was given a diary with a red-and-white checked cover, a gift she picked out with her father, Otto. It was the first item she took with her when, less than a month later, the Frank family moved into the secret annex of an office building to hide from Holland’s occupying Nazis. The entries she recorded in her slanted, even hand over the next two years – alert but calm, passionate but often unsentimental, from her innermost thoughts to the details of daily life in their hiding place – became the most famous diary ever published, with more than 30 million copies sold since it appeared in 1947. “When I write, I can shake off all my cares,” Anne noted on April 5, 1944. Four months later, the hidden family was discovered; to this day no one knows how. Anne was transported by cattle car to the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, where she died of typhus the following March. She was 15. The soul she displayed in her diary is ageless. – Ian Brown

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