Climbing pump costs, report requires modifications at CSIS : In The Information for June 17

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In The News is a compilation of stories from The Canadian Press to help you start your day. Here’s what our editors have on their radars as of the morning of June 17th… What we’re watching in Canada…

In The News is a compilation of stories from The Canadian Press to help you start your day. Here’s what our editors have on their radars for the morning of June 17th…

What we are observing in Canada…

As North American gasoline prices hit record highs, pundits are torn over if and when pump pain could crush demand.

Demand destruction is an economics term when prices rise so high that they trigger a collapse in demand, which in turn causes prices to fall again.

But while high prices appear to be causing a slight drop in consumer demand for gasoline this spring, some analysts say it’s less than expected.

GasBuddy.com’s Patrick De Haan says the return to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as pent-up travel demand, means people are still driving.

The national average gasoline price was $2.08 per liter on Thursday. De Haan says significant demand destruction may not occur until prices reach $2.25 or $2.50.

Those prices are unlikely, but De Haan says they could materialize if there is a significant outage at a major North American refinery this summer.

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A new watchdog report says Canada’s spy service has failed to make the crucial process of applying for court warrants a specialized trade that requires training, experience and investment.

The National Security and Intelligence Review Agency report calls for fundamental changes in the relationship between Canada’s security intelligence agency and its legal adviser at the Department of Justice.

The evaluators heard repeated concerns from respondents that systemic issues – rooted in governance and cultural issues – risk creating an intelligence agency unable to fulfill its mandate.

A federal judge called for the full review in 2020 after sentencing CSIS failed to disclose its reliance on information likely collected illegally in support of warrants investigating extremism.

Federal Court Judge Patrick Gleeson found that the spy service breached its duty of disclosure to the court, part of a long-standing pattern.

The reviewer describes a secret service and its lawyers struggling to find ways to meet their legal obligations, including to the federal court.

“Tackling these challenges is in the urgent public interest,” the report says. “Although CSIS and Justice have made improvements, the difficulties are still evident.”

What we’re seeing in the US…

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. _ A lone gunman opened fire at a church in suburban Alabama on Thursday night, killing two people and wounding a third at a small group gathering before being taken into custody, authorities said.

The attack happened at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, Police Captain Shane Ware said. He said dispatchers received a call around 6:20 p.m. reporting an active gunman there.

Ware said a suspect has been arrested and that there is “no threat to the community at this time.” Police refused to identify the suspect or victims or provide any further details about the attack and said another briefing was scheduled for Friday.

At a previous press conference, Ware said one person was killed and two others were hospitalized.

A “boomers potluck” was listed on the church’s website for Thursday night. “There will be no program, just eat and have time for community,” said the flyer.

Thursday’s shooting came just over a month after one person was killed and five others injured when a man opened fire on Taiwanese parishioners at a church in Southern California. It also comes exactly seven years to the day after a self-confessed white supremacist killed nine people during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

There were several high-profile shootings throughout May and June, beginning with a racist attack on May 14 that killed 10 black people at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York. The following week, a gunman massacred 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Thousands of people demonstrated across the United States and on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Saturday to renew their calls for stricter gun control measures. Survivors of mass shootings and other gun violence incidents lobbied lawmakers and testified on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

What we are observing in the rest of the world…

GENEVA _ Members of the World Trade Organization have made a series of agreements and commitments aimed at limiting overfishing, expanding production of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries and reforming a 27-year-old trade body that has been struggling in recent years was on his heels again .

WTO Director-General Nzogi Okonjo-Iweala, after two sleepless nights of tough negotiations, brought the first WTO Ministerial in four and a half years to an end by announcing a renewed sense of cooperation at a time when the world was facing crises like this growing food insecurity, War in Ukraine and a pandemic of the century that has claimed millions of lives.

“The package deals that you have reached will transform the lives of people around the world,” said Okonjo-Iweala, who has been in office for 15 months. “The results show that the WTO is indeed capable of responding to the emergencies of our time.”

Among the key achievements of the 164-member trade body was an agreement that fell short of initial ambitions to ban support for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and to ban support for fisheries in overexploited stocks in the world’s oceans. The WTO chief said Friday the deal was a “first but important step” to curb government subsidies and overcapacity — too many operators — in the fishing industry.

“For the first time, WTO members have reached an agreement with environmental sustainability at its core,” said Okonjo-Iweala. “This is also about the livelihoods of the 260 million people who depend directly or indirectly on marine fisheries.”

More controversial was the agreement on a watered-down plan to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, which ran afoul of advocacy groups who say it didn’t go far enough — and could even do more harm than good.

“The TRIPS waiver compromise will contribute to ongoing efforts to concentrate and diversify vaccine manufacturing capacity so that a crisis in one region does not cut others short,” Okonjo-Iweala said of the intellectual property waiver.

Aid group Doctors Without Borders called it a “devastating global failure for the health of people worldwide” that the agreement halted before early calls to include other tools to fight the coronavirus, including treatments and testing.

The meeting also agreed to lift export restrictions that have weighed on the United Nations World Food Program, which is trying to offset the impact of rising food prices and the aftermath of Russia’s war in Ukraine on shipments of wheat, barley and other food from a key producer of them.

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The United Nations has recognized the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time.

While entertaining…

TORONTO _ Some of Jean-Marc Vallee’s friends, family and colleagues are joining forces to create a documentary about the acclaimed late Canadian director.

Montreal-based company Item 7 says it will produce Cut Print Thank You Bye, a reflection on the life and career of the author who rose from the Quebec film scene to the heights of Hollywood.

In his brief career, Vallee wowed film festival audiences with the 2005 breakthrough CRAZY, received an Oscar nomination for his work on Dallas Buyers Club, and won an Emmy for the HBO series Big Little Lies.

He died suddenly at his cabin outside of Quebec City over the 2021 Christmas holiday weekend, and a medical examiner concluded the cause was coronary artery disease and an irregular heartbeat. Vallee was 58.

The producers say their documentary will draw on archives and original footage to tell the story of his life. The project is supported by his sons Alex and Emile and their mother Chantal Cadieux.

Marie-Julie Dallaire, who says she met Vallee around the release of CRAZY, will lead the project, which she describes as a way “to keep him alive, to mourn him, by sharing our common love.” Using language: the cinema”.

Other friends will be involved in the storytelling, including the documentary’s producer Pierre Even, who previously produced CRAZY and Vallee’s Cafe de Flore, and cinematographer Yves Belanger, who has filmed some of the director’s most ambitious projects including the feature film “Wild” and HBO’s “Sharp Objects”.

Item 7 representatives hope to release the film in late 2023 at the earliest.

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WINNIPEG _ Charges have been filed following a decade-long investigation into allegations of abuse at a Manitoba boarding school.

The province confirmed Thursday that one person has been charged with an indecent assault on a woman in connection with the investigation into the former Fort Alexander Residential School northeast of Winnipeg.

The Manitoba RCMP did not comment on the charges but said police made an arrest as part of the investigation and will release more information at a news conference in Winnipeg on Friday morning.

The RCMP publication warns that the information to be discussed could be disturbing or traumatizing.

The school opened in 1905 in the Fort Alexander community, which later became Sagkeeng First Nation, and closed in 1970.

Mounties have said officers with the Major Crimes Unit began investigating the boarding school in 2010 and a criminal investigation was launched the following year.

Mounties said last year that RCMP was awaiting advice from Crown prosecutors on the charges.

Sagkeeng First Nation recently discovered 190 anomalies in a ground-penetrating radar search near Fort Alexander School. Initial data shows the irregularities meet some of the criteria for graves, but community leadership has said more information is needed.

The Fort Alexander school had a reputation for abuse.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 17, 2022.

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