Prime Minister, Premiers meet today to discuss international travel guidelines
With inter-provincial travel to be sanctioned between some provinces in early July, Canada is considering alternatives for reopening its border. Today’s meeting
follows the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, where Prime Minister Trudeau and US President Joe Biden discussed plans
for a cautious US–Canada reopening.
Canada pledges 100 million vaccine doses as part of a G7 effort
G7 countries will send up to 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries in urgent need. Canada has already paid for 87 million doses through the ACT-Accelerator
and will donate an additional 13 million
out of the country’s planned surplus supply.
Canadian inflation rises to 3.6%, highest level in a decade
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released new figures
on the prices of consumer goods, shelter, food, energy, and other products and services. Their release highlights that transportation and shelter costs in particular have gone up significantly over the past year. Many economies globally are seeing similarly high inflation emerging from COVID-19, with the US at an inflation rate of 5%
from May 2020 to May 2021.
Vancouver proposes Climate Emergency Parking Program
The City of Vancouver is seeking public feedback on a Climate Emergency Parking Program, which would disincentivize gas-powered car purchases after 2023 with an annual pollution charge for permit parking of up to $1,000 dollars
. Motor vehicles account for 40% of Vancouver’s carbon emissions, and the city aims to cut its emissions in half by 2030.
European Space Agency and NASA send missions to Venus
The agencies hope to understand why Venus’ atmosphere, with a surface temperature of 464°C, is so different from Earth’s given the planets’ relative proximity. There is evidence that Venus may have once had liquid water
and been cooler, several billions of years ago, and some theorize that volcanic activity contributed to the change.