Five stories in the news for Tuesday, June 12
TRUMP, KIM HOLD HISTORIC SUMMIT IN SINGAPORE
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday by signing a document in which Trump pledged “security guarantees” to the North and Kim reiterated his commitment to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The leaders also offered lofty promises, with the American president pledging to handle a “very dangerous problem” and Kim forecasting “major change for the world.” The broad agreement was light on specifics, largely reiterating previous public statements and past commitments. It did not include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the U.S. and North Korea.
TRUDEAU RECEIVES RARE UNIVERSAL SUPPORT IN HOUSE
Canada’s House of Commons stood Monday in defiance of Donald Trump, denouncing his name-calling tirade against Justin Trudeau and endorsing the prime minister’s firm response to protectionist U.S. tariffs and tweeted presidential threats against dairy producers and automakers. MPs of all political stripes unanimously adopted a motion to that effect proposed by New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey even as Trump continued to rail against what he described as unfair trade policies of Canada and other traditional U.S. allies.
PREMIER PONDERED MILITARY HELP AFTER BRONCOS CRASH
Saskatchewan’s premier wondered if the military could help with autopsies following the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Emails obtained by The Canadian Press show provincial coroners were scrambling to quickly do autopsies on the 16 people who died. The Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus and a semi truck collided April 6th. Two days later, Premier Scott Moe offered to contact people outside the province and questioned whether the military could assist.
WORKPLACES NOT READY FOR LEGAL WEED
A marijuana conference happening in New Brunswick has heard that many Canadian workplaces aren’t nearly ready for the fast-approaching legalization of marijuana. Jason Fleming, vice-president of human resources for Ontario marijuana producer MedReleaf, says there’s still a lack of definitive testing — and many employers have not educated staff on new policies. The issue was discussed Monday at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, N.B. Fleming says companies will need months to properly write and communicate new policies.
TEENS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES FACE STIGMA
For teens and young adults with Type 1 diabetes, stigma surrounding the difficult to manage condition can be a major issue at a time when they are faced with the stresses of going to school, figuring out their career path or starting jobs, as well as embarking on romantic relationships. In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health found that a sense of stigma can lead many young people to be neglectful of their diabetes health, putting them at potential risk of both short- and long-term complications.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference with environmental groups calling for a clean energy economy.
— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette hosts the presentation ceremony of the Michener Award for outstanding public service in journalism, and the Michener-Deacon Fellowships.
— Zackary Massingham, CEO of AggregateIQ, appears at Commons ethics committee on the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
— Hudson’s Bay Co. holds its annual meeting in Toronto.
— New Brunswick Auditor General Kim MacPherson releases volume one of her 2018 annual report.
— World Cannabis Congress wraps up in Saint John, N.B.