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News Media Canada brings you today’s evening recap. It’s time to level the digital playing field. Google and Facebook are using their monopoly to threaten and undermine local news. Other countries are taking action. It’s time for Canada to take on the web giants and get closer to the local news. Learn more.

Good evening to you.

While it seems vaccinated americans will be able to jump the border and visiting Canada in the middle of next month, for vaccinated Canadians who received mixed doses, the journey is not so easy. As CBC News reports, those who received two different vaccines may struggle in countries where the jab mix has not been approved. To prevent those who did the right thing from being punished, the federal government is working with other jurisdictions to create an international vaccine passport.

Looking abroad, news that Congressional Democrats in the US are pushing for a tariff on exports from countries with high greenhouse gas emissions could benefit Canada’s participation in a global effort to make the international trade is more climate-friendly. Aidan Chamandy has the latest on the shift from the United States and other countries to support carbon adjustments at the border, a policy that Canada’s federal government seeks to promote.

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The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 8-1 that a $ 30 million award to the Lac Seul First Nation, located in northwestern Ontario, to cover the intentional flooding of its reserve lands by the federal government in 1929 was insufficient, and has sent the case back to trial for reevaluation. In doing so, the high court has also established a framework on how to compensate indigenous groups for historical injustices suffered decades ago or, in this case, almost a century ago. Leslie MacKinnon has more.

With a handful of gun control measures long overdue after cabinet regulations finally went into effect last week, a prominent gun lobby wants the government to put illegal guns in its crosshairs. Like the four major Canadian gun lobby groups that have opposed virtually all new firearms laws passed by liberals in Parliament, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) wants the government to change its Aim of sport shooters and hunters to arms and illegal shootings. CSSA Executive Director Tony Bernardo says a reorganization of the section of the Penal Code that deals with prohibition orders for different types of weapons is needed, and the association has come up with a plan that it wants the government to adopt. That Tim Naumetz story.

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New Brunswick Senator Judith Keating is being remembered by her Senate colleagues for her life of public service and unmatched work ethic. The president of the Senate told reporters today that Keating had died. An attorney and constitutional expert, Keating was appointed an independent senator in January 2020, after serving in the New Brunswick government for more than 30 years. Despite spending only a year and a half as a senator, most of it during the COVID-19 pandemic, she made a “huge contribution” to the upper house, said Senator Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the Group of Independent Senators, of del which Keating was a member. Keating, who was New Brunswick’s first female deputy attorney general, was 64 years old. That Rachel Emmanuel story.

Net Zero: Line 5 mediation will end this summer

The Sprout: Feds open AgriRecovery as drought hits West

In other headlines:

Sending the case of the former defense chief to civil courts is the only option, says expert (CP)
The Canadian military has received more than 700 reports of sexual assault since 2016: data (Global)
Quebec Launches $ 2 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Lottery to Boost Numbers (Global)
Canadians will likely be targeted by foreign actors in upcoming elections, says cyber agency (CP)
Remains of Third Canadian Removed from Florida Condo Collapse Site: Global Issues (CTV)
Canada Gets New Stream of Refugees for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders (CP)
Ottawa promises plan to help Afghan interpreters, pauses on schedule (CP)

Internationally:

President Joe Biden said today that Social media companies that allow misinformation about the coronavirus to spread across their platforms are “killing people.” That comes as his administration points the finger at companies like Facebook, blaming them for stalling vaccination rates in the United States. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” Biden said. The White House called out the “misinformation dozen” in a move to pressure Silicon Valley to control vaccine misinformation.

Yesterday, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued his first advisory on the growing tide of misinformation about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, calling it an “urgent threat” that is countering the administration’s efforts to address the pandemic.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration has made several recommendations to Facebook and other platforms, including removing 12 people who she claimed were responsible for nearly 65 percent of misinformation against vaccines on social media platforms. That stat is from the nonprofit Center to Counter Digital Hate, which identified in a report published in March About a dozen people, he said, were anti-vaccine misinformation super-spreaders.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky warned of the increase in cases today, echoing Biden in stating that COVID-19 is “becoming a pandemic of unvaccinated people,“How the Delta variant feeds the outbreaks.” We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, because unvaccinated people are at risk, “he said. Right now, Florida accounts for 20 percent of all new infections in the country..

Across the pond, with plans to remove all social contact restrictions on Monday, Today, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day for the first time in six months.. As the Associated Press reports, the UK government’s top medical adviser has warned that the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 could reach “quite alarming” levels in a few weeks.

In other international headlines:

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist Killed by Taliban in Afghanistan (Guardian)
US sanctions Chinese officials for Hong Kong crackdown (VOA)
The riots in South Africa over the planned imprisonment of Zuma (BBC)
More than 100 dead and up to 1,500 missing after the floods that hit Europe (NBC)
Caribbean countries push for reparations, Jamaica will send a petition to the Queen (CTV)

In opinion:

Nick Catino: it’s time for Canada to embrace the merits of fintech innovation

The kicker:

Finally tonight, we leave you with the latest meme to make the rounds of social media that honestly it works for everything.

Have a great weekend.

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