Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, June 22

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, June 22

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In the news today, June 22

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Five stories in the news for Friday, June 22

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PROTEST TEEPEE BACK UP AT SASK. LEGISLATURE

To the sound of beating drums and applause, people put up a teepee outside the Saskatchewan legislature only days after the government ordered it taken down and police arrested Indigenous protesters. The Justice for our Stolen Children camp was set up in February after the acquittals of Gerald Stanley in the fatal shooting of Colten Boushie and Raymond Cormier in the death of Manitoba teen Tina Fontaine. Both victims were Indigenous. The Saskatchewan government said it ordered the removal of the camp over safety concerns. The teepee was set up again following an event marking National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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U.S. NOT SAFE FOR REFUGEES, EXPERTS ARGUE

The Canadian government is facing mounting pressure to suspend its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States amid concerns over child migrants being detained at the U.S. border, but the pact has long been widely panned by refugee law experts and advocates. Efrat Arbel is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and was lead investigator on a Harvard Law School examination of the agreement in 2013. She believes strongly that Canada should never have signed onto the agreement and should absolutely suspend it now, especially in light of recent policy changes in the United States regarding asylum seekers. The Safe Third Country agreement is based on the core principle that people seeking refugee protection must file their claim in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for one of a few exceptions.

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CANADA'S U.S. ENVOY TO MEET FINANCE MINISTERS

Canada's envoy to Washington will brief finance ministers from across the federation next week on the roller-coaster relationship with the United States. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will host his provincial and territorial counterparts at the meeting, which will include a presentation by Canada's U.S. ambassador, David MacNaughton. Ambassadors don't typically attend the sessions. MacNaughton will discuss the state of a bilateral relationship that has shown significant signs of strain in recent weeks. …

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