VOLUME 138 | WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024

MAKING DEMOCRACY DIGESTIBLE. ONE BITE AT A TIME.



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WHAT'S THE SCOOP?

Wildfire season is off to a grim start, with evacuations occurring so far in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba, plus thick smoke filling skies throughout Western Canada. That includes wildfires threatening the northern Alberta community of Fort McMurray, the northern B.C. community of Fort Nelson and the northwestern Manitoba communities of Flin Flon and Cranberry Portage. In all cases, wet weather over the weekend (classic May long weekend weather) brought relief. Find out more here on the wildfires raging again in Western Canada — including why the size and intensity of wildfires is increasing as climate change impacts deepen. P.S. A new report says wildfires displaced 185,000 people in Canada last year, the highest number since data became available in 2008.  

To Gaza, where humanitarian assistance has finally begun to arrive along a floating pier installed by the U.S. military. Truckloads of humanitarian aid, sent by ship from Cyprus, have been unloaded on the Gaza coast. But those involved with the work caution that this new sea corridor is not a substitute for land crossings. Plus some news out of the International Criminal Court... the ICC's chief prosecutor is seeking arrest warrants for the leaders of Israel (including PM Netanyahu) and Hamas over actions taken since October 7. Meanwhile, Canada has imposed its first-ever sanctions on four extremist Israeli settlers accused of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, following similar measures by allies like the United States and Britain. Canada also pledged $65 million for humanitarian aid in Gaza. That includes a previously announced $25 million to the UNRWA, and an additional $40 million to other aid groups in the region. Finally, read this opinion piece on what Palestinians need from the international community. 


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NEWS NUGGETS

Ticked Off: The head of Canada’s intelligence agency CSIS is warning you not to use TikTok. Why?! CSIS director David Vigneault told CBC he “would absolutely not recommend someone have TikTok”, because the gov of China can use TikTok to spy on people. Vigneault’s warning follows concerns from other Western officials, who are similarly worried about TikTok putting sensitive user data in the hands of the Chinese gov. 

Follow Suit: After six months of negotiations, Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it’s ready to sign on to the grocery code of conduct — aka voluntary new rules aimed at smoothing relations between retailers and their suppliers. There’s a caveat though… Loblaw’s wants other industry players to sign too. Now Canada’s agriculture minister is calling on the remaining large retailers to do what is in the best interest of Canadians and follow suit.  

Expert Advice: Seven multimedia experts have been selected for a new advisory panel that will advise Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge on the role of Canada’s public broadcaster. Canada Heritage says the group will mostly provide advice on CBC/Radio-Canada’s governance and funding. This modernization panel comes as Ottawa wants to redefine the role of CBC before the next federal election, with the opposition Conservatives promising to defund CBC.


WHAT ELSE WE'RE NIBBLING ON

We’re listening to this Canadland pod about pretendians, which details the phenomenon and the issue at hand: Indigenous identity theft poses an existential threat to First Nations. Hear from the hosts of the new podcast series Pretendians, full of unbelievable stories of successful Indigenous artists, leaders and professors who aren’t actually Indigenous. And the Indigenous Identity Fraud Summit, hosted in Winnipeg last week, was capped off with First Nations, Inuit and Red River Métis leaders unanimously adopting a declaration condemning Indigenous identity theft. The declaration includes demands for federal and provincial govs to “cease their actions accommodating these identity thieves” and cooperate with legitimate nations to correct the egregious affront to their peoples.


CROSSWORD

And now it's time for dessert...your weekly crossword! A little hint for you: you can find all these words in last week's newsletter!


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