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Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting – Winnipeg Free Press

Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting – Winnipeg Free Press

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press, intended to keep you informed…

Trudeau to attend NATO leaders’ summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with NATO leaders today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the defensive alliance, as Russia steps up its aggression against Ukraine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves upon arrival at Andrews Airforce Base ahead of the NATO summit, July 8, 2024, in Washington, D.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine tops the agenda of the three-day summit after Russian missile attacks left death and destruction, including at a major children’s hospital in Kiev.

The summit will announce new, robust measures to support Ukraine, including information on the war-torn country’s efforts to join NATO, officials said.

Trudeau will make strong statements about the need to continue to resolutely support Ukraine, but Canadian officials will also face questions about the country’s defence spending.

The alliance members agreed to spend the equivalent of two percent of their gross domestic product on defense, but Canada is still far from meeting that target.

Here’s what else we’re looking at…

Judge weighs motives of known serial killer

A judge is expected to decide this week whether a man who admitted killing four Indigenous women in Winnipeg did so because he was in the grip of a psychotic disorder or because he was driven by a rare form of perverse sexual interest.

The tragic 2022 case has renewed calls for governments and organizations to address the ongoing problem of missing and murdered indigenous women.

There were also nationwide protests demanding a landfill search for the remains of two of the victims, with the search expected to begin in the fall.

A judge is expected to rule Thursday in Jeremy Skibicki’s first-degree murder trial.

Skibicki has admitted to killing Morgan Harris (39), Marcedes Myran (26), Rebecca Contois (24) and an unidentified woman named Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe (Buffalo Woman) by an indigenous community.

Canada announces results of rapid heat wave research

Federal officials are expected to weigh in on the extent to which human-caused climate change has increased the likelihood of a heat wave in eastern Canada.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is expected to release the results of its rapid assessment of last month’s heat wave that hit parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

It marks the public launch of Canada’s new pilot program for rapid attribution of extreme weather events, which officials say can determine whether and to what extent climate change has made a specific heat wave more likely or more intense.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is reportedly one of the first government agencies in the world to make a rapid attribution tool public and automatically apply it to heat waves across the country, with results available within days.

Attribution studies can bring climate science into public discussions about specific extreme weather events when it matters most, scientists say, while also highlighting the effects of emissions that cause global warming.

AFN Annual General Meeting kicks off in Montreal

The annual meeting of the Assembly of First Nations begins today in Montreal. Leaders are expected to provide an update on negotiations to reform Canada’s child welfare system and provide reparations for past harms to the system.

The meeting is AFN’s first annual general meeting since Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak was elected national leader in December.

Last month, three regional leaders representing more than half of First Nations wrote a letter to Woodhouse Nepinak expressing concern that the AFN was not involving First Nations leaders in negotiations with Ottawa over reforms being discussed as part of a $43 billion settlement reached with Canada in 2023.

More than half of that money is intended to compensate the approximately 300,000 children and their families who were harmed when a chronic underfunding of child welfare services on reservations resulted in children being placed in foster care rather than receiving the support they needed to remain with their families.

The agreement includes $20 billion to fund child protection reforms, including adequate funding.

Mayor reportedly considering changing Munro monument

The mayor of the community where Alice Munro lived most of her adult life says he would “consider” changing the monument to the famed writer outside the public library in Clinton, Ontario, even though he personally does not support such a move.