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Good Wednesday morning,
— The U.S. land border is reopening — to fully vaccinated Canadians — next month. U.S. officials last night announced that both land and ferry borders with Canada and Mexico would reopen for the first time since March 2020. The exact date has not been named, and officials are still working out what type of documentation will be accepted. (Unlike Canada, the U.S. has not approved the mixing of vaccines, nor has it approved AstraZeneca.)
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will fire up his webcam to ‘virtually deliver remarks’ at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, a one-day conference hosted by the Swedish government.”
— Legal conflict delaying Paul departure: Despite announcing her resignation as leader of the Green Party more than two weeks ago, Annamie Paul has not yet left the post. The reason is, reportedly, because her lawyer is still negotiating with party lawyers to settle a legal conflict. CBC News has more.
— Senate bloc considering expelling McPhedran: The Independent Senators, which is the Red Chamber’s largest Parliamentary group, is holding its first expulsion hearing since being recognized in 2016. The bloc is considering expelling Manitoba Senator Marilou McPhedran, which wouldn’t affect her seat but would “deprive her of extra research and support,” per the Globe. It comes after McPhedran emailed senators last month to question how the chamber was applying its ethics code.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— G20 to work with Taliban on aid: G20 leaders have agreed to involve the Taliban in distributing aid in Afghanistan, but they said that does not mean they are politically recognizing the group as Afghanistan’s legitimate government. The EU pledged to provide €1 billion in aid. They agreed to channel funds through UN agencies.
— Possible Havana syndrome in Colombia: Possible cases of Havana syndrome have been reported at the U.S. embassy in Colombia days before a visit by the Secretary of State. U.S. officials are investigating. A number of “unexplained health incidents” have taken place in at the embassy Bogota days, per an email sent by the U.S. Ambassador.
— Elsewhere: Henrietta Lacks‘ memory honoured by special WHO award. IMF cuts global growth forecast. EU’s first green bond issuance raises $13.8 billion. Police ‘hunted’ protesters with rubber bullets after Floyd murder. Mexico City to swap Columbus statue for one of an Indigenous woman. Dutch PM says crown princess could marry a woman if she wants. Chinese teen girl apologizes for impersonating boy to join band.
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CARTOON OF THE DAY
A woman in Golden, B.C. was shaken awake by a meteorite that crashed through her roof and landed on the bed beside her. Though she did get some debris on her face — and says she’s never been so scared in her life — happily, she came away unscathed.