Morning update: Foreign Minister Melanie Joly says she didn’t know Kyiv embassy staff were at risk



Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says she and her department were unaware intelligence reports delivered weeks before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in which diplomats in Kyiv learned that Ukrainians working for the Canadian Embassy were likely on lists of people Moscow intended to hold or kill.

The Globe and Mail reported earlier this week that after receiving the intelligence, Canadian diplomats received clear instructions from Ottawa on how to proceed: do not share any information with Ukrainian staff, despite the situation apparently disastrous, and does not help them to flee.

“Morally, we have an obligation to our locally recruited staff,” Ms. Joly said Wednesday at a press conference in Montreal, after being asked about the Globe report. She added that Global Affairs Canada is in the midst of an internal process looking at this and other issues.

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The building of the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv on January 25.ANTON SKYBA/The Globe and Mail

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Ford Commits to Accelerating Credentialing of Internationally Educated Nurses

Ontario Premier Doug Ford broke his silence Wednesday on the health care crisis engulfing the province, saying the government will issue a directive to speed up the accreditation of international nurses to address the shortage of personal.

The premier said the directive to the College of Nurses of Ontario would lead to a “much quicker and quicker process” for registering international nurses, who have overseas training but have need Canadian credentials before they can practice here.

The province’s health ministry did not provide any further details about the directive when asked on Wednesday. Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones did not mention the plan during a Tuesday interview with The Globe and Mail about the staffing crisis.


As drought diminishes Lake Mead, Americans’ climate anxiety rises

For the better part of a century, Lake Mead was one of America’s most beloved man-made wonders. Now, with its shores laid bare by a long drought, the dizzying pleasures of Lake Mead give way to macabre discoveries.

What is happening at Lake Mead is a symptom of serious economic and environmental problems. A hotter, drier climate has deepened a crisis that began with decades of overuse of the Colorado River. A two-decade decline in water levels in the river’s main reservoirs has alarming implications for the millions of people who depend on the food it produces.

The evanescent waters of Lake Mead are also an emblem of withered joy as climate worries turn summer into a time of concern over fires, smoke, heat-related deaths and drought.

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Also on our radar

Home sales in Toronto and Vancouver fell again in July as interest rates rose: Toronto home resales fell 47% in July from the same month last year, and 7.3% from June on a seasonally adjusted basis. In Vancouver, resales fell 43% year over year and were 23% lower than in June.

“Leadership is about showing up,” says Jean Charest, as two candidates skip the final Conservative debate: The former premier of Quebec did not directly name Pierre Poilievre or Leslyn Lewis, who were in Regina and Prince Edward Island respectively. Both had said they would not participate in the debate due to concerns about its format and preferred to engage with members.

Suspected drones are flying over the islands of Taiwan, authorities say, amid Chinese outrage over Pelosi’s visit: Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after touting its democracy and pledging American solidarity during her visit. China showed its outrage with an outburst of military activity in the surrounding waters. Suspected drones flew over the outlying Taiwanese islands and hackers attacked the Ministry of Defense website on Thursday.

Joe Biden signs executive order to protect women traveling for abortions: The executive order lays the groundwork for Medicaid to help women seeking abortions travel interstate to access the procedure. Although details are still being worked out, the White House said states where abortion remains legal would be asked to seek permission to use Medicaid funds to “provide reproductive health care to women who live in states where abortion is prohibited”.

Clayton Ruby dies at 80: The Canadian civil rights lawyer, who for decades handled some of the country’s most groundbreaking and high-profile cases, has died surrounded by his family, his law firm has confirmed. Ruby is remembered as a force in the legal world who changed lives through her advocacy.

Morning markets

Strong earnings from Credit Agricole and Lufthansa lifted stocks today as tension around US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan eased and markets bet that the Bank of England will raise interest rates by the highest amount since 1995 to stifle inflation.

Britain’s blue-chip FTSE 100 index was flat in early trading, while Germany’s DAX was up 0.6% and France’s CAC 40 was up 0.3%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.6%, following stronger gains in Asia. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.7%.

Oil prices rebounded from six-month lows as the dollar was buoyed by U.S. Federal Reserve officials who pushed back on suggestions they would slow the pace of interest rate hikes, one of them saying a 50 basis point hike would be “reasonable”.

What is everyone talking about

How has COVID-19 changed public health?

“But perhaps the most powerful lesson of COVID is one that those working in the field of AIDS learned long ago: all the medicine and technology in the world cannot end a pandemic without the political will. to do.” – Andre Picard

What Irish cows and Canadian oil have in common (hint: climate)

“Whether in the US, Ireland, Canada – or any country – the major emitting industries need to change. The science couldn’t be any clearer: a fundamental overhaul is needed. And the biggest emitters, whether it’s cows in Ireland or oil in Canada, should be up to it. – The Editorial Board

Editorial cartoon of the day

David Parks/The Globe and Mail

Live better

OAS pension payments have increased permanently for the first time since 1973. Here’s why retirees should postpone them

Since last week, the Canadian government has permanently increased Old Age Security payments by 10% for those aged 75 and over, marking the first permanent increase in the OAS pension since 1973.

Want to max out that boost? Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald and Doug Chandler explain why retirees should delay their OAS benefits.

Moment in Time: August 4, 1983

Dave Winfield charged after killing a seagull

A Blue Jays batboy (left) cleans up a seagull with a towel after New York Yankees’ Dave Winfield (right) threw a ball at the bird during warmups between innings in Toronto.Bill Becker/Associated Press

Midway through the fifth inning at Exhibition Stadium, Dave Winfield of the New York Yankees attempted to throw a ball from center field to a ball boy on the right field line. En route, the bullet struck and killed a ring-billed gull. After the game, the future Baseball Hall of Famer was arrested by Toronto police for animal cruelty. New York manager Billy Martin remarked at the time that it must have been an accident because Winfield’s throwing arm was so inaccurate, and days later the charges were dropped. after an autopsy conducted at the University of Guelph revealed the bird was ill and would likely be dead soon anyway. The incident was such an embarrassment for the Blue Jays that their general manager Pat Gillick rushed to the police station to post Winfield’s $500 bail, and Paul Godfrey, then president of the Metropolitan Toronto, later attended. a game at Yankee Stadium and apologized to him. Winfield was in good spirits about the feathers he was ruffling. He said he had no malicious intent and remarked, “You don’t have to watch the Blue Jays pitch, you have to watch the seagulls.” Marty Klinkenberg

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