Evening update: Ottawa to use regulations to ban handgun imports in two weeks

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Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says Canada is considering temporarily banning the import of handguns into the country without parliamentary approval, using a regulatory measure that will come into effect in two weeks. .

The change will last until a permanent freeze is passed in Parliament and comes into effect.

The government introduced gun control legislation in May that includes a nationwide freeze on the import, purchase, sale and transfer of handguns in Canada, but it does not has not yet been adopted.

The temporary ban will stop businesses from importing handguns into Canada, with some exceptions that mirror those in the bill introduced in May.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino speaks alongside Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, left, and MP Yvan Baker, during a press conference announcing new gun control laws in fire, in Toronto, on August 5, 2022.Cole Burston/The Canadian Press

Toronto Pearson CEO says delays and staffing shortages are improving, but declined to confirm when pre-pandemic capacity will resume

Deborah Flint, head of the company that runs Toronto’s Pearson airport, has assured travelers that the delays, cancellations and lost baggage that have plagued Canada’s largest airline hub are improving, but she declined to give objectives or to say when operations will return to normal.

Flint, chief executive of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said labor shortages at the airport’s agencies, contractors and airlines are improving and staff at the airport is working with all parties to better manage schedules, including the cancellation of some flights. Punctuality has improved to 44% from 25 and 35% since the start of the busy summer travel season, she told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

But she wouldn’t offer a target or timeframe, dashing the hopes of travelers hoping for a smooth journey through the airport. “There’s still work to be done to get Pearson back on track,” Flint said.

People line up before entering security at Toronto Pearson International Airport on August 5, 2022.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Chaos is the Kremlin’s ally in its showdown with the West

The global week on the brink began on Sunday, when air raid sirens wailed over the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica. Although no attack from above materialized, online videos picked up the sounds of gunfire somewhere near the still tense border between Serbia and Kosovo.

Over the next few days, talk of new or new fighting would intensify not only in the Balkans, but also in Taiwan, Korea, the Middle East and the Caucasus. As much of the world held its collective breath – and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the planet was “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation” – Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin seemed all enjoying it, as if welcoming the possibility of more wars breaking out. beyond the one that the Russian president has already been launched in Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the development of the country’s metallurgical sector, via video link at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, August 1, 2022.SPUTNIK/Reuters

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ALSO ON OUR RADAR

The vast majority of Canadians are unhappy with Hockey Canada’s use of registration fees to settle sexual assault lawsuits, according to a survey: According to a new national poll, an overwhelming majority of Canadians are upset to learn that Hockey Canada has used millions of dollars in player registration fees from across the country to pay sexual assault settlements without disclosing it.

China ends climate and military relations with the United States following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan: China said on Friday it was canceling or suspending dialogue with the United States on a range of issues ranging from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by the President of the United States House, Nancy Pelosi.

Canada is cutting jobs again, but the unemployment rate remains at an all-time high: Employment in Canada fell for a second consecutive month in July, but the unemployment rate remained at a historic low, a sign that labor market conditions remain tight.

Canopy Growth, once a cannabis star in Canada, announces a loss of $2.1 billion after a significant write-down: The Canadian company Canopy Growth Corp. announced a loss of $2.1 billion in the first quarter of its 2023 fiscal year, another blow for the former cannabis star as it tries to restructure its business to win back investors.


MARKET WATCH

It was a mixed day for North American markets on Friday as investors tried to figure out what a surprisingly hot US jobs report had to say about the health of the overall economy.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index gained 43.09 points to 19,620.13.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 76.65 points to 32,803.47. The S&P 500 index fell 6.75 points to 4,145.19, while the Nasdaq composite fell 63.02 points to 12,657.56.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.32 cents US against 77.80 cents US on Thursday.

The September crude contract was up 47 cents at US$89.01 a barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 6 cents at US$8.06.

The December gold contract was down US$15.70 at US$1,791.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up seven cents at US$3.55 per pound.

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TALKING POINTS

Imminent defeat of Russia in Ukraine

“The Russian authorities behave as if everything is fine with them. Their tone is arrogant and they respond to pleas with disdain… But it’s all just a bizarre delusion. In fact, Russia is losing the war badly, both militarily and economically. – Simon Johnson

Subscription overload? Why Our “Ownership” Matters in a Subscription-Based World

“In the world of technology, this growing subscription has a particular impact on the products below. As we rely more and more on this world, perhaps it is time to take a deeper look at what is changing. another when everything turns into a subscription. Ethan Lou

In order to tell a “good Hong Kong story”, Hong Kong itself must change

“If there is no progress on the ground in the next few years, it will surely not be easy for Mr. Lee to tell good-sounding stories about Hong Kong. To change the image of Hong Kong, the starting point is not the outside world. It’s in Hong Kong itself. – Frank Ching


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TODAY’S LONG READ

The Acadian pilgrimage to Grand-Pré allows them to commune with ancestors driven from their land

An Acadian couple from New Brunswick visit the Grand-Pré National Historic Site Memorial Church in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, July 26, 2022.DARREN CALABRESE/The Globe and Mail

In the 18th century, French-speaking settlers were forced to leave the Maritimes for refusing to take the oath to the British Crown. Now, Greg Mercer recounts how one of the deportation sites became a place of celebration and reflection on the challenges ahead.

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