Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. ‘Recommend Ignore’
“In the months before The Globe and Mail published an investigation of how Canadian police forces handle sex-assault cases, a national network of media relations officers from dozens of the country’s largest police departments spent weeks behind the scenes co-ordinating a response to the story, with the head of the Ontario branch suggesting services form a united front and decline to address the issues it raised.”
2. Congressman in critical condition after shooter interrupts baseball practise
“A man unleashed a barrage of gunfire Wednesday at a park in Alexandria, Va., as Republican members of Congress held a morning baseball practice, wounding five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
“President Trump said the gunman — identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois — died after a shootout with police officers, two of whom were wounded in the gun battle.”
3. Chantal Hebert: Justin Trudeau is mostly just Stephen Harper
“A stalled appointment process, a botched attempt at installing a member of the Liberal family in a post that requires total independence from the government, a unilateral bid to change the rules of the House of Commons. If Stephen Harper, and not Justin Trudeau, were running things on Parliament Hill, he would stand accused of institutional malevolence.”
4. US cyberweapons are a disappointment against ISIS
“The effectiveness of the nation’s arsenal of cyberweapons hit its limits, they have discovered, against an enemy that exploits the internet largely to recruit, spread propaganda and use encrypted communications, all of which can be quickly reconstituted after American “mission teams” freeze their computers or manipulate their data.”
+1: China approves nine Trump trademarks it had previously rejected – The Guardian
5. Theresa May’s chief aide ‘sat on’ report warning high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower were vulnerable to fire
“A former Chief Fire Officer and secretary of a parliamentary group on fire safety today revealed successive ministers had had damning evidence on their desks since 2013 and nothing had happened.”
+1: Grenfell Tower would have collapsed if built four years earlier, says expert – The Telegraph