Morning update: Trump rejected calls to end US Capitol riot, January 6 committee details
For more than three hours on January 6, 2021, Donald Trump rejected calls from his top aides, lawyers and family members to end a riot by his supporters in the US Capitol, instead watching the attack unfold on Fox News as he sat in his dining room next to the Oval Office.
In its final session of the summer, a congressional committee investigating the insurgency heard testimony from former White House staffers and security officials who described Trump’s inaction with striking detail.
He also made a plea for Trump and his associates who conspired to nullify the 2020 election to face criminal charges. The Justice Department has so far appeared to refrain from investigating the former president.
“He recklessly paved the way for lawlessness and corruption,” said panel chairman Bennie Thompson. “There has to be accountability under the law, accountability to the American people, accountability at all levels…down to the Oval Office.”
According to multiple witnesses, including then-White House attorney Pat Cipollone and Keith Kellogg, a national security official, Mr. Trump made no attempt to call in reinforcements from the National Guard, FBI, from the Department of Justice or Homeland Security, even as police at the Capitol were overrun and beaten and the mob broke into the building.
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Rogers replaces chief technology officer after national outage
Rogers Communications replaced its chief technology officer just days before the company faced intense scrutiny in Ottawa over the nationwide shutdown of wireless and internet services this month.
Veteran telecommunications executive Ron McKenzie will now take over the systems of Canada’s largest mobile phone company, replacing Jorge Fernandes. McKenzie joined the technology team at Rogers three years ago and led the company’s technology transformation projects during the pandemic. He has three decades of telecommunications experience.
A company spokesperson confirmed that Fernandes would step down as chief information and technology officer. Fernandes joined Rogers just over four years ago from Vodafone.
The long nationwide shutdown of wireless and Internet services on July 8 has sparked customer outrage, provoked government scrutiny and created new regulatory challenges for Rogers’ planned $26 billion buyout of Shaw Communications Inc.
Debate erupts within Unifor over executive spending as it seeks to replace former president Jerry Dias
As Canada’s largest private sector union seeks to replace its beleaguered former president, Jerry Dias, a debate has raged among current and former members over the expense accounts of some of its most senior executives.
Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail – which have also been circulated among union members and staff, and on social media – show that a number of key union figures, including Dias, have spent hundreds each year thousands of dollars of Unifor money on travel. , hotels and other union-related expenses.
The contents of the documents have sparked a mixture of outrage and skepticism from former and current union members, with some saying the information was leaked for political purposes ahead of a crucial election that will determine Dias’s successor to the national presidency. Others in Unifor’s ranks are calling for greater accountability when it comes to the expense accounts of senior union officials.
Financial integrity is a key issue in the union’s election, due to the circumstances surrounding Dias’ departure: an ethics scandal over an abusive payment he allegedly received from a supplier. The outcome of the race will be determined at the union convention, which begins on August 8.
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Trudeau says “real judgment” is needed at Hockey Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Hockey Canada needs ‘real judgement’ on how it handles sexual assault allegations, saying the sports organization still has a lot of work to do to regain the trust of fans. Canadians. He made his criticisms after hockey’s national governing body announced measures to tackle what he describes as a ‘culture of toxic behaviour’ within the sport, including no longer using a special fund of several million dollars to settle sexual assault allegations.
Poilievre skips third official leadership debate; Lewis has reservations: Pierre Poilievre is skipping the third official federal Conservative leadership debate, which was announced by the party on Thursday in response to a vote by MPs on whether to hold such an event. Leslyn Lewis, another candidate in the Tory leadership race, is also expressing reservations about the debate.
Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement on restarting grain exports, Turkey says: Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement on Friday to reopen Ukrainian Black Sea ports, Turkey has announced. Both Ukraine and Russia are among the world‘s biggest food exporters and the war has left millions of people around the world under threat of hunger as Ukrainian ports, including the main hub of Odessa , were blocked by the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Germany warned Canada during the turbine talks of the domestic repercussions of the Russian gas shutdown: Germany’s foreign minister says Berlin has warned Ottawa it could be forced to suspend aid to Ukraine if a Russian gas pipeline turbine stuck in Montreal, following Canadian economic sanctions, is not returned .
YouTube will remove videos spreading lies about abortion: YouTube said Thursday it would begin removing misleading abortion videos in response to widespread lies about the procedure being banned or restricted in much of the United States. The purge will remove content promoting unsafe home abortions, as well as misinformation about the safety of undergoing the procedure in clinics located in states where it remains legal.
Global stocks make gains: Global stocks were slightly higher on Friday, eyeing a sixth day of gains as European markets rose amid weak data on eurozone business activity hit the euro and weighed on the bloc’s debt. Just after 5:30 a.m. ET, Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.29%. The German DAX and the French CAC 40 gained 0.41% and 0.16% respectively. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei finished up 0.40. The Hong Kong Hang Seng rose 0.17%. New York futures were in the red. The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.72 cents US.
What is everyone talking about
Robert Skidelsky: “Almost all political careers end in failure, but Boris Johnson is the first British Prime Minister to be ousted for outrageous behaviour. That should worry us.
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How you (and your home) can stay cool during a heatwave
Much of Ontario, southern Quebec and Nova Scotia were under a heat warning this week, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees or feeling as hot as 40 with the Humidex in some cities. British Columbia is also expecting a heat wave this weekend and is advising residents to prepare a heating plan.
As heat waves become more common in Canada, the threat of heat-related illnesses also increases. Older people and people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are particularly at risk. The Globe has collected advice on how to keep you, your home and your pets cool during heat waves, as well as information on the health risks that can be caused by extreme heat.
Moment in time: July 22, 1999
The Chinese Government Bans Falun Gong
By the time the new religious movement Falun Gong was banned in July 1999, the group had tens of millions of followers across China. Two months earlier, some 10,000 of them had descended on central Beijing, surrounding a government complex to demand an end to the growing harassment of the movement, born of a spiritual boom around the traditional Chinese practice of Qigong, exercises similar to tai chi. , in the 1990s. The protest, which took place almost exactly a decade after the Tiananmen protests in 1989, caught the Chinese government completely off guard and was met with a fierce response. On July 22, Falun Gong was deemed “illegal” and charged with “advocating superstition and spreading errors, deceiving people, inciting and creating unrest, and endangering social stability.” A subsequent crackdown would see tens of thousands arrested and many subjected to horrific abuse. Today, Falun Gong remains one of the most sensitive issues in China, subject to intense censorship and repression. The movement still has many members in Canada and the United States, where it has an influential lobbying organization, media and the Shen Yun show. James Griffiths
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