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In the news for June 20, 2022: a rail strike and the start of a plastic ban week

Steve Martin of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers confirmed in a text that workers were legally on strike at 11 a.m. local time on Saturday. IBEW gave a 72-hour strike notice on Wednesday morning.

While CN did not confirm that employees had gone on strike, spokesman Jonathan Abaeksis says the company has implemented an “operational contingency plan,” adding that operations continue to be “at a safe and normal level.” The Montreal-based company says it continues to encourage the union to resolve sticking points on wages and benefits through binding arbitration.

The Canadian rail giant went through an eight-day strike in November 2019 by more than 3,000 workers represented by Teamsters Canada, which halted shipments and disrupted industries across the country. CN transports over 300 million tons of goods and consumer goods across the continent every year.


This also …

Canadians will need to find alternatives to plastic straws and grocery bags by the end of the year as the federal government makes final proposals to ban some single-use plastics.

Environment Minister Steven Guilbolt and several other ministers and Liberal lawmakers will ban plastics at a number of events across the country today. Guillebault is also expected to discuss plans to mandate minimum amounts of recycled materials in other plastic items as the government seeks to create a larger market for recycled plastics in Canada.

The draft rules to ban the six plastic items were published in December and the government should have a longer period of at least six months after the final rules are published this month.

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Only six specific manufactured plastic items will be affected by the initial ban, after the government determined that they are harder to recycle, but there are easier alternatives.


and this …

New research concludes that allowing young hockey players to have bodychecks at an early age does not protect them from injury as they move to older, harder leagues.
In fact, University of Calgary researcher Paul Eliasson (L-EYE-uh-suhn) says that kids who are already addicted to bodychecking by age 15 are more than twice as likely to be playing players at that age. who are new to it. ,
Eliasson’s paper is published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
He says he conducted the study to examine the rationale that children who learn early on how to give and take hits on the ice are safer than those who don’t.

What we are seeing in America…

Members of the US House committee probing the Capitol riots say they may summon former Vice President Mike Pence.

California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff says the committee is “taking nothing off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified.” He describes a Pence summons as “certainly a possibility”. For example, the committee has been able to document much of the end of Trump’s call for Pence on the morning of the rebellion on January 6, 2021, when the then-president made his final plea to withhold Joe Biden’s certification for Pence. Was. Victory when Pence presided over the Electoral College count in Congress. Members have not yet directly documented what Pence said in response.

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The news of a summons likely to be issued for Pence comes as the committee, composed mostly of a pair of Democrats and Republicans, is waiting to hear from Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about her role. has been Illegal conspiracy to reverse the 2020 election. Last January, Justice Thomas was the only member of the court who supported Trump’s bid to withdraw the documents from the committee.


What we are seeing in the rest of the world…

Widespread flooding in northern parts of Bangladesh has left millions struggling to find safe drinking water and food.

Officials say over a dozen people have also died in different parts of the country since the onset of monsoon last week. The country’s Flood Warning Center has warned that the flood situation could worsen in the affected areas in the next 24 hours.

Last month, pre-monsoon flash floods caused by a rush of water from upstream in India’s northeastern states affected the northern and northeastern regions of Bangladesh, destroying crops and damaging homes and roads.

Bangladesh is a low-lying country of 160 million people and is prone to natural disasters.

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This also…

Prince William, once a schoolboy, is set to celebrate his 40th birthday on Tuesday playing an increasingly central role in the royal family, as they prepare for their eventual accession to the throne.

This was evident two weeks ago when William took center stage in the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, praising his grandmother as an environmental trailblazer as she called for action on climate change.

And experts say get ready to see more of it, as the 96-year-old Queen, slowed down by age and health problems, slowly passes more responsibilities to her son and heir, Prince Charles. This in turn gives William, his eldest son, more opportunities to play a more important role and seal a new generation of monarchy.

Royal expert Pauline McLaren says William is looking forward to this kind of show to see how he would treat things differently. His charities and causes – from mental health to the environment – have indicated what kind of emperor he could one day be.


On this day in 1967…

Boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating selective service laws by refusing to draft in Houston and sentenced to five years in prison. (Ali’s sentence was eventually overturned by the US Supreme Court).


This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Monday, June 20, 2022

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