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— ‘Secret’ Spavor trial over after 2 hours: The detained Canadian Michael Spavor’s Chinese language trial started — and ended — this morning. The trial, which Canadian diplomats had been barred from attending, ended inside two hours with out a verdict or sentencing, which, based on The Globe and Mail, will be delayed for years. The trial coincided with U.S.-Chinese language talks held yesterday, by which tensions ran excessive. Extra on that under.
Michael Kovrig’s trial is scheduled for Monday.
— The Conservative convention kicked off yesterday with officers calling for unity forward of a doable spring election — and reminding members the occasion is financially sound. At the moment, members are set to debate ethics, overseas affairs, and the surroundings.
— $1 billion funding in Indigenous infrastructure: The Canadian Infrastructure Financial institution, a Crown company, and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna are set to announce a $1 billion infrastructure initiative to spur funding in First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities.
— Extra requires border reopening: A process drive of worldwide commerce and journey consultants, assembled by a suppose tank, stated Canada and the U.S. must get severe about when and the way their shared border can be reopened.
— Polytechnique victims’ households really feel ‘betrayed’ by new gun invoice: Buddies and households of victims of the École Polytechnique bloodbath wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling on him to revise Invoice C-21, the brand new gun management invoice. They accused the PM of “abandoning” and “betraying” victims of firearms violence, and accused the Liberal authorities of hypocrisy.
— On this week’s Insurgent to Rabble Evaluation: ‘Huge-ass monopolies’ and l’Hôtel Quarantine.
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— U.S.-Chinese language diplomats clashed: Tensions ran excessive on the first high-level assembly between U.S. President Biden’s administration and Chinese language diplomats. As Reuters reviews, either side levelled “sharp rebukes of the others’ insurance policies in a uncommon public show.”
— AstraZeneca’s again: France, Germany, and 4 different European international locations began utilizing the AstraZeneca vaccine once more after Europe’s drug regulator reaffirmed its security. The European Medication’s Company stated yesterday that the shot’s advantages outweigh its dangers.
— Paris goes again into lockdown: The Paris area goes into its third COVID-19 lockdown, almost one yr to the day for the reason that first France-wide lockdown was introduced. This one, which is ready to final 4 weeks, can be barely much less stringent than the primary — colleges will stay open and motion can be restricted to a ten km radius from dwelling (relatively than 1 km like within the first lockdown). A 6 p.m. curfew which has been in impact since mid-January can be pushed to 7 p.m.
— Denmark desires to restrict folks of ‘non-western’ origin from residing collectively giant numbers. A proposed invoice would restrict the presence of such folks to 30 per cent in deprived neighbourhoods. Based on the inside minister, too many “non-western” foreigners in a single space “will increase the danger of an emergence of spiritual and cultural parallel societies.” In such neighbourhoods, Denmark permits the eviction of entire families if a single member is criminally convicted. The Guardian has extra on the nation’s controversial so-called “ghetto deal.”
— Elsewhere: Putin responds to Biden’s “killer” comment, saying that it takes one to know one. North Korea is slicing ties with Malaysia. Kazakhstan detects doable COVID variant in its largest metropolis. Meet Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania‘s new president. Consultants say racism and sexism have to be thought of within the Atlanta case. An aged Asian girl seems to have beat up a white man who attacked her in San Francisco.
IN OTHER HEADLINES
The most recent episode of No Speaking Factors is dwell. For this week’s spherical of unscripted straight speak, The Star‘s Alex Ballingall and Alex Boutilier, in addition to our Kady O’Malley and Janet Silver, take a look at how united — or divided — the Conservative Social gathering is. And, one yr into the pandemic, they weigh how the federal government is doing. You may have a hear right here.
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There’s a brand new restaurant and cafe craze sweeping the Gulf Arab states: serving drinks in child bottles.