Evening update: UK health and finance ministers resign, plunging Boris Johnson’s government into crisis

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Britain’s Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid resigned on Tuesday, plunging Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government into crisis.

Javid said he had lost faith in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest after a series of scandals, saying he could “no longer continue in good conscience”. He said many lawmakers and the public had lost faith in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest.

The resignations came from what appeared to be a choreographed release of letters to Johnson, both of which took aim at his ability to run an administration that upheld standards.

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Suspect confesses to killing Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, says hit was ‘just a deal’

The man accused of detonating a car bomb that killed a prominent Maltese journalist has confessed to the crime in an interview with a Reuters reporter and says he will soon implicate others in a plot to assassinate him .

Speaking from prison in his first comment on the case, George Degiorgio said if he had known more about Daphne Caruana Galizia – the journalist he and two others are accused of killing in 2017 – then he would have asked for more money to carry out the coup. .

Degiorgio says his motive for confessing was to seek a reduced sentence for himself and his brother and to ensure that “we are not going to go down alone”.

Alberta to intervene in antitrust review of Rogers-Shaw deal

Alberta will intervene in competition court proceedings regarding a proposed $26 billion merger between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. because it will impact the provincial economy, the attorney general has said. Alberta in a notice filed Monday.

The notice of intervention states that the “success and failures” of the agreement will have an impact on Alberta consumers and the province’s economy. It also says the attorney general “takes no position” on the deal at this time.

This week is the first scheduled mediation period between Rogers, Shaw and the Competition Bureau, a process they agreed to participate in last month.

ALSO ON OUR RADAR

A suspect in the Chicago suburban shooting purchased a gun legally, officials say: The man accused of attacking a 4th of July parade in a Chicago suburb bought his rifle legally, fired more than 70 rounds from a rooftop and dressed in women’s clothing to then blend into the crowd in leak, local officials said Tuesday. Police revised the confirmed casualty toll with the death of a seventh person who had been hospitalized after the attack.

The City of Toronto is working to reinstate Sikh security guards: The City of Toronto is working with private security companies to reinstate more than 100 Sikh men who have lost their jobs as guards due to a city policy that requires them to be clean-shaven so they can wear N95 respirators though adjusted as they work.

NATO countries sign accession protocols for Sweden and Finland: Canada and Denmark were the first countries to ratify Finland and Sweden’s application to join NATO, handing over their documents just hours after signing accession protocols in Brussels.

CN Rail employees will return to work on Wednesday after the union agrees to binding arbitration: A two-week strike at the Canadian National Railway Company ends after the union representing 750 signal and communications workers agreed to binding arbitration. The strike which was launched on June 18 will end shortly after midnight on Tuesday and the workers will resume their duties on Wednesday morning.

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks at an AFN meeting: Assembly of First Nations annual gathering in Vancouver comes as AFN executive members urged delegates not to let human resource complaints involving National Chief RoseAnne Archibald ‘overshadow the work real and ongoing that is required on behalf of First Nations peoples. ”

MARKET WATCH

Investors are bracing for interest rate hikes to come at the end of the month, while some are eyeing the growth trajectory of the US economy.

US markets reopened on Tuesday after closing for Independence Day on Monday. The S&P 500 gained 6.86 points, or 0.17%, to end at 3,831.80 points, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 195.65 points, or 1.76%, to 11,323.49. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 127.99 points, or 0.41%, to 30,969.27.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.70 cents US versus 77.72 cents on Monday.

Energy stocks hit their lowest level in five months as recession fears clouded the outlook for oil demand. Business growth in the eurozone slowed further in June and natural gas prices in Europe jumped again, reigniting fears of a recession in the bloc.

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TALKING POINTS

Supreme Court ruling on ‘Ghomeshi’ amendments will help victims of sexual assault access justice

“The court recognized that judicial review of these records was necessary to dispel myths that distort the truth-seeking function of the trial. Not only the myth that a sexually active woman is more likely to have consented or to lie, but also myths about the credibility and reliability of women with mental health issues or who have used alcohol and drugs ; on not immediately reporting a sexual assault…” – Elizabeth Sheehy

How long will the bear market last?

“It’s all a bit reminiscent of the tough times of the 1970s, when stocks crashed as inflation and high interest rates weighed on the economy. I hope we avoid a repeat of this unfortunate period, but I am less than optimistic about the short-term outlook for the stock market. The problem is that bear markets tend to linger for many months or even years. – Norman Rothery

LIVE BETTER

Canadian travelers’ airport survival guide: what to pack, what to leave behind

There is one prevailing advice when it comes to managing air travel in 2022: “pack your patience”.

But as flight cancellations and delays continue, there are also steps you can take to make the process as smooth as possible, according to industry insiders. From avoiding rush hour to packing a luggage tracker, here are their tips.

TODAY’S LONG READ

‘Safe haven’ states prepare to fight for abortion rights alongside activists

Abortion rights activists gather for a protest following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, in Washington Square Park on Friday, June 24, 2022, in New York.Yuki IWAMURA/Associated Press

In a cafe in the Bronx near the end of a New York subway line, Elizabeth Estrada was reminded that hope is discipline. She was quoting Mariame Kaba, a black activist, educator and grassroots organizer whose wisdom resonates with reproductive justice activists devastated by the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“It’s hard to even talk about it without choking, because the impact is so profound,” Ms. Estrada, field and advocacy manager for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, said of the decision, which ended nearly 50 years of abortion rights.

“As an immigrant, it makes me feel, is that why my family immigrated to the United States? We have regressed, and the white supremacists, the capitalists, the patriarchy are winning at this particular time but that doesn’t mean our fight stops. It’s not just a punchline. The lucha sigue.” The fight continues, she says in Spanish. Read it whole story by Natalie Alcoba.

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