Canada has recorded the highest temperature in its history after a village in British Columbia reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. Temperatures in Lytton, B.C., surpassed the previous national record of 113 F (45 C) set on July 5, 1937, in Saskatchewan, according to Environment Canada. A heat warning is in effect for much of Western Canada and numerous daily temperature records were shattered across B.C.
The remains of 215 children were found buried in unmarked graves at a former residential school, one of more than 150 institutions in a now-defunct system that for well over a century forcibly separated Indigenous children from their families to assimilate them into Canadian society. Now, lawmakers and First Nations groups are calling for all former residential schools across Canada to be examined for signs of unmarked graves.
The remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, have been found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school — one of the institutions that held children taken from families across the nation. From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society.
Almost 38% of the US population has been fully vaccinated, and about 48% has had at least one dose, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. While Canada has less than 4% of those eligible fully vaccinated, it has vaccinated more than 46% with at least one dose. The Our World in Data Covid-19 vaccination database estimates that Canada is currently administering 40% more doses daily per 100 people than the US, based on a seven-day average.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party. Trudeau, who took power in 2015 as a charismatic figure promising “sunny ways,” saw his popularity drop over old photos of him in blackface and his handling of a corporate corruption case.
The chief financial officer of China’s tech giant Huawei is suing Canada over her arrest at the request of the US. Meng Wanzhou was held in December at Vancouver airport on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. On Friday Ms Meng filed a civil claim against Canada’s government, border agency and police for “serious breaches” of her civil rights. It came on the same day that Canada officially launched Meng Wanzhou’s extradition process to the US.
Canada has announced it is removing up to half of the Canadians at its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat was found to have fallen mysteriously ill. Canada has confirmed 14 cases of mysterious health problems since early 2017. Twenty-six American embassy workers in Cuba have also been affected, suffering a range of symptoms and diagnoses including mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion.
Canada is seeking for access to International Crisis Group (ICG) employee Michael Kovrig after he was detained in China on Monday by the Beijing National Security Bureau. Canadian officials say they do not know Kovrig’s holding location or the reason for his detainment. The ICG says it is worried for Kovrig’s health and safety.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a formal apology on Wednesday for the country’s 1939 refusal to accept a ship carrying over 900 Jewish refugees. Trudeau added that more will be done to protect Canadian Jews from violence and called on all Canadians to ‘stand up against xenophobic and antisemitic attitudes.’
A man walked along a Toronto street, firing shots into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing one before dying in a gunfire exchange with the police on Sunday. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said the shooting was not random and terrorism was not ruled out. The shooting comes amid a rise in Toronto gun violence.