Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. NDP asked to form next B.C. government after Liberal defeat
“B.C.’s New Democrats will return to power at the legislature for the first time in 16 years, after toppling Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals Thursday and being asked by the lieutenant-governor to form the next government.
“NDP Leader John Horgan was summoned to Government House by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and asked by the vice-regal representative to become the province’s 36th premier. That followed the Clark government’s defeat on a vote of confidence in the legislature and her subsequent resignation.”
2. Toronto is splashing $5 million over the next four days to celebrate Canada 150
“Canada’s largest city is dishing out a hefty $5.16 million to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada. This money will be used over four days — June 30 to July 3 — for celebratory events at downtown Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, and three other community centres in Toronto’s suburbs.”
“The $5 million, according to a City of Toronto spokesperson, does not include community events taking place outside Nathan Phillips Square, Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square. The CN Tower’s scheduled 20 minute fireworks display on July 1 is also not part of this $5 million budget.”
3. Russian hackers reportedly discussed how to steal Clinton’s emails and transfer them to Michael Flynn
“Hackers believed to be Russian discussed how to steal Hillary Clinton’s emails from her private email server and transfer them to Michael Flynn via an intermediary, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing reports compiled by US intelligence agencies investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”
4. France’s Marine Le Pen charged over funding scandal
“The allegations were passed to French investigators who have opened a case. The parliament suspects some €5m (£4m; $5.4m) went to assistants of Ms Le Pen’s National Front (FN) who were not working for MEPs but were actually engaged in FN party work in France.
“The National Front has denied the allegations.”
5. Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows
“Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the world’s largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees.
“The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic “cocktail effect” from multiple pesticides.”