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Trudeau says Canada supports Ukraine in seeking justice for Putin’s ‘heinous war crimes’
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a surprise visit to Kyiv on Sunday, meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, visiting a blacked-out and bombed-out suburban community and pledging continued support for the beleaguered country.
He also reopened the Canadian Embassy and welcomed the Ambassador to the capital. Trudeau was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and an armed security detail.
As Trudeau met with Zelensky on Sunday, air raid sirens sounded in the neighborhood near the presidential palace, an area of neatly trimmed hedges and gardens that are now cut with giant, jagged trenches and sandbag barriers.
Trudeau said it was clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for “heinous war crimes” and that Canada would support Ukraine in its quest for justice. During a press conference, he also announced military aid in the form of additional drone cameras, satellite imagery, small arms and additional artillery shells for the M-777 howitzers that Canada provided.
“I don’t think what Putin says matters more,” Trudeau said in an exclusive interview with Reuters. “He has demonstrated that he does not have a clear understanding of what is going on.
“He miscalculated so deeply by not understanding how Ukrainians would fight like the heroes they are to defend their language, their identity, their territory. He also failed to understand the determination with which the countries Westerners would unite to defend our democracy and give Ukraine the tools to win this war against Putin.” Read the full story here.
More Ukrainian civilians rescued from besieged city of Mariupol
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A boy looks out of a bus window as evacuees from the battered Ukrainian town of Mariupol arrive at a registration and processing area for internally displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine on Sunday. Eight buses carrying 174 civilians from Mariupol, including 40 evacuees from besieged steelworks in the Black Sea port of Azovstal, arrived in the city. The 40 were evacuated from the steelworks on Saturday, where the last Ukrainian soldiers in the city are entrenched and surrounded by Russian troops. Read more about this story here.
In all publicly available Ontario election polls, voters’ top concern is the rising cost of living. Affordability has exploded beyond the major perennial issues of health – even after two years of a global pandemic – and jobs, with unemployment at record highs. While Ontario party leaders often talk during the election campaign about making life more affordable, it’s surprising they don’t push the issue even more, given how much it resonates with voters. “Smart politicians won’t just talk about [the cost of living] problem, they’ll understand it’s a character test,” said Greg Lyle, a seasoned pollster and president of Innovative Research Group. “People want to hear them talk about the issue in a way that indicates that these politicians understand the problem that voters face,” Lyle said in an interview with CBC News. A recent poll by Lyle’s company, along with Earnscliffe Strategies, Ipsos and Abacus Data, clearly shows that cost-of-living concerns are most important to Ontario voters right now. full story here.
When the pandemic hit, Channing Qian knew he had to do something more to keep customers safe and his business to survive. His three cafes in Victoria were affected by provincial restrictions. He bought geodesic domes from a manufacturer in China to place individual tables on the terrace of one of his cafes. Qian and two friends created an account on the Shopify e-commerce platform to sell the domes under the name Wigloo Tent Company. In May 2021, Wigloo sold 10 domes for $18,113.90 to a buyer in Ontario, but the pandemic delayed delivery by several months. So the customer initiated a chargeback – a consumer protection tool similar to a refund – with his bank, thinking the domes wouldn’t arrive. They arrived at the end of September, but the chargeback was approved. It shouldn’t have been. Once the Bank of Montreal began its investigation, Qian and his partners sent Shopify ample evidence that the domes had been delivered. But Shopify didn’t send that evidence, or enough of it, to BMO, nor did it question the bank’s decision. After hearing from Go Public, Shopify admitted wrongdoing and credited Wigloo with the full amount. “Shopify should have been the one in their corner, helping them to challenge this in a way,” said industry expert Corinne Pohlmann of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Learn more about CBC’s Go Public.
A CBC investigation uncovered a dark history of alleged serial abuse in Toronto-area music programs dating back decades, and connected victims, witnesses and events that were missed, ignored or minimized by school administrators, the military, and the police. Victims say that while shame and guilt kept them from coming forward earlier, unsympathetic authorities and antiquated laws have re-traumatized them – but also sent them on a quest for accountability. An apology would come, belatedly and indirectly, but not before the victims discover that they are not the only ones to have experienced teacher abuse. Read the full story here.
You know what they say: Behind every chart-topping hitmaker – Drake, The Weeknd, Rihanna or Ariana Grande – is a Canadian record producer. At least, that’s how it feels ahead of the 2022 Juno Awards, where Canadian talents like WondaGurl are nominated for Producer of the Year, and Mustafa is nominated twice for his album. When the smoke rises. At last year’s awards, Murda Beatz was nominated in the producer category. These three producers alone have had an outsized impact on pop music around the world. But they are not yet household names in Canada. “I feel like I’m from a different country in an American industry, you go back a few steps,” Murda Beatz, also known as Shane Lindstrom, told CBC News. “So you have to work twice as hard as everyone else just to break into this industry.” Read more about this story here.
As oil sands companies scramble to meet their climate goals and face an incoming limit on total emissions from the federal government, there has never been more focus on how the industry in the north of Alberta can reduce its vast air pollution. The result is a flurry of technological innovation, including ideas first conceived decades ago – like microwave oil out of the ground. It’s essentially technology developed by Calgary-based software company Acceleware, which began producing oil at its demonstration plant in the province last month near Lloydminster. Underground, the company uses radio waves to heat oil, which is then pumped to the surface. The technology remains in development and still faces challenges, but its proponents say it has the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the sector. Read the full story here.
Now some good news to start your Monday: As an 18-year-old Jewish refugee at the height of World War II, Gerda Cole gave her newborn daughter up for adoption – and 80 years later the couple finally reunited just in time for the holiday mothers. Cole’s daughter, Sonya Grist, who lives in England, flew to Toronto on Saturday to reunite with her birth mother – on the latter’s 98th birthday – after learning she was still alive and living in Canada. Grist, now 80, arrived in Canada with her son, Stephen Grist, on Saturday to meet Cole for the first time. Cole, who resides at Revera Kennedy Lodge long-term care home in Scarborough, said the plan had been in the works for several months after the home was contacted by Cole’s grandson. The couple held each other, unable to let go, as Cole cried out in delight. “Eighty,” Cole said in shock, looking at his daughter, who jokingly replied, “Don’t stress my age.” Learn more about the meeting here.
Person One: A Rabbit Helped Me Reconnect With My Aging Dad
Amy Thai struggled to have meaningful conversations with her aging father. Then she showed him a picture of her pet rabbit, Jay. Read the column here.
Front Burner: lessons from the battle against abortion in Ireland
If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, 13 states have already passed so-called “trigger” bans, which automatically ban abortion. While it’s still unclear whether the leaked draft notice represents the court’s final say on the matter, up to half of U.S. states are expected to impose restrictions in the future if voided.
Meanwhile, some predominantly Catholic countries have recently taken steps once considered impossible: legalizing or expanding access to abortion.
Today on front burner, a look at the long road to legal abortion in Ireland and the tragic impacts of bans on generations of women. Caelainn Hogan is an Irish-based freelance journalist and author of Republic of Shame: Stories from Irish institutions for “fallen women”.
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Today in History: May 9
1960: The United States Food and Drug Administration approves the first commercially produced birth control pill – Enovid-10.
1977: A federal royal commission is recommending a 10-year ban on pipeline construction in Canada’s northern Mackenzie Valley due to social and environmental risks.
1994: South Africa’s new parliament chooses Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president.
1996: The House of Commons approves a bill to add sexual orientation to the Canadian Human Rights Act.