Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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Canada's 13 premiers are in Saskatchewan today for the start of their summer Council of the Federation meeting in and around Saskatoon.

But for the first time in more than a decade, the gathering won't have any female premiers at the table.

University of Toronto political-science professor Sylvia Bashevkin says it's symbolically significant that there is currently no female premiers, noting gender diversity has not only stalled but has "gone backwards."

She says until Rachel Notley was defeated in Alberta in April, Canada had had at least one female premier in office since 2008.

And by early 2014, more than half of Canadians lived in a jurisdiction governed by a woman.

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have never had a woman as premier.(4)



The most powerful woman in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is demanding the immediate resignation of one of U-S President Donald Trump's cabinet secretaries.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who used to be the U-S attorney for the Southern District of Florida, was involved in the 2008 secret peal deal that allowed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein to avoid federal charges in a sex-trafficking case.

Now, Epstein is in custody in New York, facing more child sex-trafficking charges.(4)



A new study says Indigenous children face the highest rates of poverty in the country, with almost one in every two living in households with low incomes.

The study published by the Upstream Institute and written by researchers at the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, finds that 47 per cent of First Nations children on- and off-reserve live in poverty.

That figure rises to 53 per cent when looking only at First Nations children living on reserves. …

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