Morning Brief: Cash for reopening schools on today's political agenda
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Prime Minister is set to announce another $2 billion in funding for safely reopening schools in transfers to the provinces and territories, the Toronto Star reports.

Kady O’Malley has more on that in today’s political preview over at iPolitics AM: “According to his daily itinerary, he’ll share the details of the new funding during a mid-morning visit to a North York public school, where he’ll “meet with a family to discuss the COVID-19 situation” before joining a trio of GTA-area Liberals — Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, Deputy House Leader Kirsty Duncan and local MP Judy Sgro — for the official on-camera reveal.”

Don’t miss O’Malley’s One thing that isn’t (or shouldn’t be) on Erin O’Toole’s fall to-do list.

It really was neck and neck…sort of: CBC’s Eric Grenier crunched the Conservative leadership race numbers, and according to the riding-by-riding analysis, “as few as 1,210 votes decided the outcome between O’Toole and MacKay,” largely from Quebec.

Leslyn Lewis plans to run for the Conservatives in the next election, after an outstanding showing in the CPC leadership race, CP reports. No announcement of which riding yet, it seems. Huffpost is the latest to point out how social conservatives flexed their muscles in the CPC leadership race. Even amid that showing and after courting many so-con votes, Erin O’Toole reaffirmed to reporters that he’s pro-choice.

A House of Commons law clerk is pushing back against the federal government redacting documents sent to committee. Thousands of pages of documents were sent to the finance committee after being scrubbed and blacked out, but Philippe Dufresne argues that it’s ultimately up to the Commons and its committees to decide what information to withhold — not the government. That story from our Rachel Emmanuel.

‘What’s good about Canada?’ White House trade adviser Peter Navarro took pot shots at us in CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto’s new book, “The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World.” Navarro questions Canada’s motivations for its role in Afghanistan and accuses us of being out of step with the U.S. on trade policy.

Sen. Lynn Beyak apparently made a $1,000 donation to Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party ahead of the last election, Press Progress reports.

Ontario has done little to implement nearly half the recommendations made in a 2017 report by the auditor general of Ontario that warned the province was ill-equipped to manage a prolonged emergency, Iain Sherriff-Scott reports for us.

Caught our 👀 : The panel overseeing the phase-out of solitary confinement disbanded.

Quebec will not adopt the COVID Alert smartphone app, judging the pandemic is under control in the province, and that tracing the spread of the virus can best be done by health-care workers, Kevin Dougherty reports for us.

Our latest DEEP DIVE policy piece: The role of geoparks in Canada’s sustainability.

The CRA plans to probe into whether fraudulent applications are being made for the Liberal government’s $82.3-billion corporate aid program. The National Post reports it plans a “small-scale” audit sometime by end of summer.

Our Charlie Pinkerton has the latest on the Parliament Hill lobbying circuit.

And let’s hope it skips this station: the Farmer’s Almanac is warning of what it calls an approaching winter “Snow Train,” or “a series of storms that chug across the Prairies, Ontario and into Quebec” from December to March.


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Lawyers say Jacob Blake, the Black man that police in Wisconsin shot in the back, needs a “miracle” to be able to walk again. The man was opening his car door when he was shot in the back some seven times. Protests raged on for a third night there. Gunfire erupted, three people were shot and one died, according to law enforcement.

Another day of RNC weirdness. First lady Melania Trump’s Rose Garden speech aimed to soften her husband’s image to the public, and paint him as an authentic politician who speaks his mind. She offered sympathy for coronavirus victims and asked for racial understanding, after spent months stoking both of those issues.

Here’s how Politico described the televised ceremonies, which smoothed over (or more like photoshopped) the darker times of Trump’s tenure in office: “Trump shrugged off a law against exploiting the White House as a political tool, deploying it as a backdrop to deliver a surprise pardon for a reformed bank robber and host a naturalization ceremony aired in primetime.” Here’s their round up of the top moments and here’s what’s on tap today. Trump meanwhile paid CNN a rare compliment after Fox repeatedly cut away from the convention, opting only to play portions of it.

Congressional lawmakers introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Reps to condemn QAnon, a “dangerous” and false conspiracy theory. The motion is symbolic but gives the country’s political class a chance to rebuke it as some donors and candidates endorse the conspiracy.

More than half a million people are being told to evacuate from the Gulf Coast as the storm Laura strengthens into a hurricane. It marks the biggest evacuation of the pandemic in the U.S., headed for Texas and Louisiana.

Elsewhere: Two Hong Kong lawmakers have been arrested over anti-government protests. France will unveil its economic recovery plan early next month, while a second wave of the coronavirus is expected to hit there in November. South Korea ordered its striking doctors back to work to deal with the pandemic. And amid political pressure, Facebook is starting paid news partnerships in India, the UK, Germany, France and Brazil to fund news content.





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Taiwan is considering some quirky new passport designs (scroll down for the photos), including several centered around one of its most iconic exports: bubble tea. The prospect of moving away from its more serious, passporty look comes as it tries to distance itself from China.

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