As Harvey’s Waters Rise, So Do Panic Levels: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Trudeau shuffles cabinet, Indigenous Affairs department restructured

“The recommendation to split those responsibilities comes out of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which submitted its report in October 1996.

“Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the changes the ‘next step’ in the reconciliation process, helping to move toward a real partnership instead of a ‘paternalistic, colonial’ approach to service delivery.

“Trudeau said the Indian Act is outdated and it is time and to advance the Crown-Indigenous relationship to give First Nations, Metis and Inuit people more control over their own services.”

CBC News

2. As Harvey’s waters rise, so do panic levels, rescuer says

“As Harvey continues dumping rain on East Texas and the waters there continue to rise, people are starting to panic, rushing rescue boats and even shooting at them if they don’t stop, said one volunteer rescuer.

“Clyde Cain, of the Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based rescue force that gained fame during Hurricane Katrina, said in one instance, a boat broke down, and while the crew sought shelter in a delivery truck, people tried to steal the inoperable boat.”


3. Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal

“A top executive from Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Vladi­mir Putin’s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress Monday.

“Michael Cohen, a Trump attorney and executive vice president for the Trump Organization, sent the email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s top press aide.

“‘Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,’ Cohen wrote Peskov, according to a person familiar with the email. ‘Without getting into lengthy specifics the communication between our two sides has stalled.'”

Washington Post

4. Metrolinx pressured to approve GO station in minister’s riding

“The provincial transportation ministry pressured Metrolinx leadership to approve a new $100-million GO Transit station in the minister’s riding, according to documents obtained by the Star.

“The ministry, led by Liberal MPP Steven Del Duca, also intervened to secure support for a new station that is part of Mayor John Tory’s “SmartTrack” plan and that would cost the public $23 million to build.”

Toronto Star

5. Reflecting on ‘Loose Change’ in the age of fake news

“The director of the conspiracy theory film wishes people would stop asking him if 9/11 was an inside job.”

The Outline