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GG makes first foreign visit: Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon arrived in Berlin yesterday, where she began her first foreign visit on behalf of Canada. She is making a four-date state visit, in which she’ll meet outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and represent Canada at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair. It comes a week after the governor general’s first formal public appearance — at a homeless shelter in Ottawa.

Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “In a move that even his staunchest defenders would likely concede should have taken place in conjunction with Canada’s first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Kamloops, B.C. to meet with the chief and council of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, as well as residential school survivors and other members of the community.”

Another one: The Canadian Armed Forces’ replacement chief of military personnel, Steven Whelan, was placed on leave on Friday amid an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. Whelan in May replaced Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson in the role, which is effectively a human resources position, after Edmundson was accused of sexual misconduct.

A probe into Whelan was then launched, which Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and acting chief of the defence staff General Wayne Eyre have known about since June 2. According to the Globe, Whelan was not put on leave until its reporters asked about the investigation last week.

Ottawa still ‘discussing’ pandemic benefits: The Liberal government is considering whether or not to extend its pandemic support programs for businesses and individuals, many of which are set to expire this week. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told CBC News she was consulting with economists and business and labour groups.

“We have to remember that all of us collectively in the whole world have been really bad at predicting exactly the course that the coronavirus would take,” she said. “So we also have to have an approach which is sufficiently flexible that we can respond to unpredicted developments.”

Coming up: Albertans will vote today on two referendum questions — whether Canada should keep equalization payments, and if the province should be on daylight time year-round. iPolitics’ Jeff Labine has more.


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MP murder suspect held under U.K. Terrorism Act: The man suspected of killing British MP Sir David Amess on Friday is being held under the U.K.’s Terrorism Act. He had previously been referred to a government counter-terrorism program, but was never formally considered a subject of interest to intelligence services. Sir David, a Conservative MP since 1983 who was known for his accessibility in the community, was stabbed and killed on Friday during a meeting with his constituents in Essex.

Missionaries abducted in Haiti: Sixteen U.S. citizens and one Canadian were kidnapped in Haiti over the weekend. Officials say 400 Mawozo gang, notorious gang group, is behind the abduction. Per the BBC, there were 600 kidnappings recorded in Haiti in the first three quarters of this year, compared with 231 in the same period last year.

Elsewhere: Myanmar to release 5,000 prisoners held over coup. China’s growth slowed. At least 24 killed in Kerala, India floods. Second Ebola case confirmed in eastern Congo. Mayor Marki-Zay wins run-off to challenge Orban in Hungary. Russia sets condition for return of expelled BBC journalist. Prince William says saving Earth should come before space tourism. U.S. to lift restrictions Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travellers.






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