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Politics Briefing: House of Commons votes on China genocide motion – The Globe and Mail

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The House of Commons is set to declare China’s persecution of the Uyghur minority a genocide today, a move that Conservatives say will send a strong message to Beijing.

However, the Liberal cabinet is expected to abstain or not be present for the vote.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is reluctant to use the politically charged term of “genocide” without more investigation, though he acknowledges that there are human rights abuses in Xinjiang province.

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

Mr. Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold their first official bilateral meeting on Tuesday by videoconference. Among other things, the Canadian government is sure to press the Biden administration on improving access to American-made COVID-19 vaccines and possibly reconsidering the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, neither of which file has gone Canada’s way.

Canada is set to receive its largest shipment of COVID-19 vaccines yet – 640,000 – this week after a dry few weeks.

The Ontario government is set to introduce new legislation to fight human trafficking, including new obligations for businesses that come into contact with possible victims. A new report released Monday shows the extent to which human trafficking continues in Canada under the radar.

As the House of Commmons defence committee begins to look at allegations of sexual misconduct by General Jonathan Vance, the former top soldier, Major Kellie Brennan told Global News that she had a sexual relationship with him while he was her superior. Gen. Vance has acknowledged he had a relationship with Maj. Brennan early in his career, but said it ended when he was promoted up the ranks.

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Time to polish up your résumé because the government is hiring for a new Supreme Court justice.

The U.S. Supreme Court rebuffed former president Donald Trump’s efforts to stop New York state investigators from obtaining his tax records, which have never been publicly disclosed.

And how Anita Anand, an accomplished Toronto-area law professor, rose from political unknown to one of the most important Liberal ministers during the pandemic.

Jillian Horton (The Globe and Mail) on how hard the pandemic has been on healthcare workers: “Health care workers use metaphors all the time, including the well-worn, ‘We’re drowning.’ Of course, we aren’t literally drowning. But there is a feeling that we are slowly descending beneath the surface of something dark and ominous, that things will not be the same when we surface. We have lost our sense of what is normal, our equilibrium. We have become unmoored.”

David Parkinson (The Globe and Mail) on why Alberta needs a sales tax: “But the problem is not just that resource royalties have shrunk; they are also notoriously unstable, and always were. As the report notes, most years in the past two decades, the province’s royalty revenue swung up or down more than $1-billion; eight times in those 20 years, the swing has been more than $3-billion. That’s dreadful for fiscal planning – particularly for a government that says it wants a long-term investment strategy to foster economic growth, as Mr. Kenney talks about.”

Rita Trichur (The Globe and Mail) on what Ottawa can do to fight financial crime: “Safe-harbour provisions are useful because they provide clarity to banks about what types of information can be lawfully shared about their clients. Currently, that type of protected information sharing is extremely limited in Canada. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act provides a safe harbour for information sharing in cases of fraud and terrorism. Oddly, though, those same protections do not apply in instances of money laundering, human trafficking and child exploitation. Even stranger: The federal government still hasn’t committed to making those changes even though it is updating our aging privacy law.”

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Caballeros are right to stay out of politics – Santa Fe New Mexican

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My compliments and support for the recent decision of the Caballeros de Vargas to abstain from local politics.

I am an Anglo and not a Roman Catholic, but consider Santa Fe my home, my community. It is where I feel a connection with the Earth, with fellow human beings, with life itself. Compassion, respect, coexistence, hospitality to the stranger; these are all values that I see as a part of the history of the Santa Fe community. I see these values being reflected in how the Caballeros honor La Conquistadora, Our Lady of Peace, the Virgin Mary statue so central to the city’s history.

I used to feel that one did not need to be a Hispanic Catholic of Santa Fe heritage to be a contributing member of the community, as long as you recognized and supported these values. Unfortunately, the last several years I have seen communications by, and received from, members of the community that made me feel that not being of “Spanish” heritage in New Mexico, I was not welcomed in the community. I thought there was a rich, historic heritage of different opinions being welcomed here, to be civilly debated, as long as the focus was on what was best for the community, the people, the land. One’s history and experiences give each of us a different perspective. It is that blend of views and ideas that can generate healthy change, while preserving these historic values of the community.

The history of La Conquistadora and of Don Diego de Vargas should not be forgotten. But history is messy and complicated, a reflection of human life. Mistakes, errors in judgment, happen. New knowledge of the past is learned. But, if the focus is on reverence of life and support of the community, no matter if community is defined locally or worldwide, then one’s actions should be respected.

Fiesta de Santa Fe, and the role of Los Caballeros in it, is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse history of Santa Fe. All of the history, good and bad. A time to give thanks for life, for harvest, for family, for my fellow citizens, my fellow human beings. Making it exclusive to only certain people does not reflect the values being celebrated.

La Conquistadora, Our Lady of Peace, may not be part of my personal faith or cultural heritage. But her values have captured my heart. I will always honor her and those who reflect the community values I feel she represents. I am glad the Caballeros will continue to honor and reflect those values and have chosen to not become part of the current visceral and vindictive local politics.

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Politics Chat: Vaccination Rates Grow In Some Conservative States – NPR

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Despite political polarization, a growing number of people in some conservative states are getting vaccinated. Partisans still disagree about the January 6 attack on Congress.

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Week In Politics: Republicans Urge Vaccine Hesitant Citizens To Get The Shot – NPR

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Republican leaders urge the unvaccinated to roll up their sleeves; Plus, increased pressure is for infrastructure talks.

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