BBC: Trudeau splits indigenous affairs portfolio in Cabinet reshuffle. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has overhauled the indigenous affairs portfolio as part of a six-person Cabinet reshuffle. The restructuring will see the file split between two senior ministers. Former Health Minister Jane Philpott and former Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett are now sharing responsibility for the portfolio. Mr. Trudeau came to power promising a renewed relationship with indigenous Canadians.
Deutsche Welle: Canada’s Justin Trudeau shakes up indigenous affairs with Cabinet reshuffle. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who took office in 2015 promising to repair relations with Canada’s 1.4 million indigenous people, said on Monday that his government needed a thorough overhaul. As part of his restructuring, the federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Ministry is to be split in two, with senior members of the Trudeau cabinet picked to head up each section. In the past, one single minister has represented the affairs of indigenous people. The new changes mean there will be two separate tracks – one to improve socioeconomic conditions and the other to promote self-determination.
Russia Today: US & Canadian diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with brain injuries, nerve damage – reports. Diplomats stationed in Havana, Cuba, have suffered a number of strange ailments that have caused many to leave the country with permanent physical damage. Officials are reportedly investigating whether the symptoms were caused by sonic attacks. A doctor in the US has reportedly evaluated American and Canadian diplomats who were stationed in Havana, Cuba, and diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and likely damage to the central nervous system, according to medical records obtained by CBS News. Officials are reportedly investigating whether the symptoms were caused by a sonic attack directed at their homes.
The Guardian: Canada introduces gender-neutral ‘X’ option on passports. Canadians are able to identify as gender neutral on their passports from Thursday under changes that have been enthusiastically welcomed by rights campaigners. Canada becomes the first country in the Americas to allow its citizens to use an “X” category, joining those in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand and Pakistan. India, Ireland and Nepal are among the countries that provide various third-options.
Reuters: Canada band raises new issue in Kinder Morgan pipeline challenge. A Canadian aboriginal band seeking to stop Kinder Morgan Inc’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has asked a court to consider the federal government’s position for a tougher review on a rival project. The west coast Tsleil-Waututh Nation made the request in a letter to the Federal Court of Appeal seen by Reuters this week. The request came after Canada’s resource regulator announced a tougher upcoming review for TransCanada Corp’s Energy East pipeline last week, but the request cites the federal government’s May recommendation for that review.
Forbes: Canadian E-Book Market Still Strong. E-book reading is still strong in Canada. According to the results of a survey published this month by BookNet Canada, an organization that supports the publishing industry in the country, 48% of readers who read a book in the past year had read an e-book. While this figure is “down slightly, year over year,” it’s still more substantial than the number of American readers who have recently read an e-book. Last year, the Pew Research Center found that 28% of people who read a book in the past year had read an e-book.
ِAmmon News – Jordan: The King of Jordan and David Johnston discuss regional updates. The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, received the King at his residence in Rideau Hall in Ottawa to review the strategic cooperation relations between the two countries and recent updates in the Middle East – especially those pertaining to the crisis in Syria and political resolutions for the various conflicts in the region, as well as anti-terror efforts. The meeting also included discussions of the economic and social burdens carried by Jordan as a result of the influx of Syrian refugees to the country. Both, the King and the Governor General, affirmed their keenness on elevating cooperation levels in investment and education between their countries, particularly in trade exchange and professional and technical training, respectively.
Argaam.com – Saudi Arabia: DAMAC Properties seeks investments in Canada. DAMAC’s Chairman, Hussain Sajwani, met with the mayor of Toronto, and lauded the city’s booming real estate sector and its ability to attract foreign investments. Sajwani said that both Toronto and Dubai maintain a flexible real estate market with exceptional returns to investors, despite the current economic challenges. DAMAC noted in an official statement that strong demand for residential units and family houses in the Greater Toronto Area reinforces the city’s position as an optimal destination for investors. The statement also noted the recent leveling in prices, which, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is only temporary and due to the 15% tax imposed on foreign buyers.