Evening Update: Ukraine’s Security Chief Says Russia’s War Is Breaking All Rules

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The laws of war, particularly those that prohibit targeting civilians, have been repeatedly violated during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has seen Ukrainian cities devastated by seemingly indiscriminate Russian bombing. Evidence from towns and villages that fell under Russian occupation at the start of the war points to a campaign of extrajudicial killings and sanctioned rape in those areas.

Now that Russian forces are slowly advancing in the east, and Russian President Vladimir Putin still intends to conquer more Ukrainian territory, Oleksiy Danilov, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said his country was preparing to break more rules. including the biggest taboos: the use of chemical, biological or even tactical nuclear weapons. “We are ready for any scenario,” he said.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s executive arm recommended putting Ukraine on the path to membership on Friday and, in another show of Western support, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to offer him continued aid and military training.

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Trump weighs another presidential bid as Jan. 6 hearings progress

Trump makes his first public appearance today since the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection began exposing his desperate attempts to stay in power in defiance of American democracy. But, for now at least, the harrowing images and searing testimonies at the panel hearings, including accounts from close Trump aides and members of his family, appear to have done little to dampen his interest in another campaign. .

In fact, Trump is actively weighing when he might formally launch a third presidential race, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The hearings themselves, David Shribman writes, have made two substantial gains.

They have provided the answer to what Trump knew about the Capitol riots and when, and they have provided perspective on the real danger that arose from January 6: not the damage to the building, which was easily repaired, but the potential damage to the building. constitutional scaffolding of the United States, which when fragmented is not easily restored. Read his full analysis.

Opinion: Half a century later, Watergate looks quaint post-Trump era

How should children learn to read? In Canada, two schools of thought battle for supremacy

Learning to read is arguably at the heart of school success, but the way children are taught has oscillated between two approaches over the decades.

On the one hand there is a program based on phonetics. Students are explicitly taught the sounds and letters of the alphabet, carefully decoding each letter as they form a word. Whole language champions, however, equate learning to read with the way children learn oral language. Proponents say that by immersing children in spoken and written language, through classroom read-alouds, they will discover how to read and the words on the page will become more meaningful. Critics say that children should receive methodical and explicit instruction that integrates oral language, reading and writing, and includes phonetics, phonological awareness, fluency and vocabulary.

The debate about learning to read is renewed at a critical moment in public education. Parents, educators and policymakers are concerned about the critical skills gaps facing young children after more than two years of pandemic-related upheaval, and how that disruption will affect their future education.

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Mélanie Joly’s office lost an email alerting them to a party at the Russian embassy: Staff at Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly’s office failed to read an email saying her department would send a representative to a Russian embassy party, missing a chance to prevent an incident that has embarrassed Canada in the country and abroad, say two high-level government sources.

Toronto’s housing crisis of 1922 stemmed from policies that still make housing unaffordable in 2022: On May 14, 1912, motivated by moral concerns, the City of Toronto passed Ordinance No. 6061, which meant that apartment buildings could not be built on most residential streets in the city. Experts say the city is still dealing with the effects of the statute on its urban fabric and zoning.

F1 returns to Montreal for the first time since 2019: The event returns amid the popularity of Drive to Survive, a reality documentary series on Netflix that has become a surprising force in pop culture to feed new fans of F1 racing.

Health Canada will remove the COVID Alert contact tracing app immediately: Health Canada said on Friday it would shut down its two-year-old COVID Alert contact-tracing app after changes to testing rules in many provinces made it useless for many Canadians.

Children’s hospitals across Canada reporting high admission rates as viruses return: Hospitals across the country are seeing record numbers of children visiting emergency departments, And the reason has everything to do with the particular moment we find ourselves in during the pandemic, health experts say.


A tumultuous week on Wall Street, which began with stocks falling into a bear market for the second time during the pandemic, ended with a small gain on Friday.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index ended down 73.58 points, or 0.4 percent, at 18,930.48, its lowest closing level since March 2021.

The S&P 500 finished down 8.07 points, or 0.22 percent, at 3,674.84. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 38.29 points, or 0.13 percent, to 29,888.78 points. The NASDAQ gained 152.25 at the close, or 1.43 percent, to finish at 10,798.35 points.

The Canadian dollar traded at 76.72 US cents compared to 77.35 US cents on Thursday.

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The Cabinet has many explanations, but no answer, as to why it invoked the Emergencies Law

“The cabinet members’ appearances before the committee make it clear that they have no real intention of providing evidence to their fellow parliamentarians, let alone Canadians, to justify their decision to invoke the law.” – robyn urback

The Latest Wave of Quebec Nationalism: It Didn’t Start Here, and It Won’t End Here

“By taking Quebec out of the Canadian constitutional order, the Legault government has also been hollowing out the idea of ​​Canada.” – Andrew Coyne

CAF’s sexual misconduct crisis is not reason enough to terminate Canada’s military colleges

“But there is a legitimate reason why every serious military in the world has military academies: They not only cover academics, but also train young officer candidates in the military skills that will prepare them to serve as officers.” – lorenzo stevenson


Nine Wine and Spirits Selections for Father’s Day Weekend

Many liquor stores present Father’s Day as a unique occasion where dear dad is sure to love Scotch whisky, premium wine or craft beer. However, a meaningful gift should represent your tastes and interests, otherwise it’s just another bottle from the display down the aisle.

Best strategy: Rely on a thoughtful sip that recalls a memorable occasion or travel adventure. Wine expert Christopher Waters shares his tips on whether a good wine or Scotch is on his shopping list.


The last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, reveals in new newspapers how he fought against London and Beijing over the transfer

British expats Ian Storey, left, and Nick Poole wave the Union Jack as the new Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) flag looms behind them at the British farewell ceremony attended by Prince Charles of Great Britain, Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Hong Kong on June 30, 1997.John Lehmann/The Canadian Press

In 1999, Chris Patten, the last British Governor of Hong Kong, was in New York representing the European Commission. At the United Nations, he met Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, who told him: “This time, Governor Patten, we must cooperate.”

Mr. Patten responded: “But that’s what I wanted to do last time.”

At the end of this month, Mr. Patten will publish his private diaries from leading Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997. At first, he notes: “I don’t want to be seen as the man from Beijing in Hong Kong, nor as someone whose main concern is British business interests.

“I have to be seen as someone who is prepared to defend Hong Kong with both Beijing and London.”

Doing so would be his biggest challenge, writes James Griffiths of The Globe. Read the full story.

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