Newsmakers: Does Jagmeet Singh’s stance on pipelines dividing the NDP?

Is Jagmeet Singh’s stance on pipelines splitting the NDP?

A recent Washington Post profile of Jagmeet Singh touched on one of the hallmarks of his rise: the ridings he has led to office and the government he has put together. He has won the membership fees of diverse political factions and regions — from young Pentecostals in California to struggling ethnic Canadians in Surrey. Now, the party is starting to look like something he might try to lead. A rivalling constituency of party stalwarts are pitted against new candidates who represent all that Singh has been built on. The Washington Post highlights that tension, even as Singh tries to capitalize on his record.

The Guardian tackles another of Singh’s topics: pipelines. While his sudden stance on the Trans Mountain pipeline became the source of much negative attention, it actually harkens back to a convention where all provincial parties started, and perhaps always will, strive to address climate change.

“Left-wing oil- and gas-producers in Alberta have embraced Singh as their green champion as he tries to stem the impact of Alberta’s boom-bust energy economy on Canada’s economy,” the Guardian writes. But going further, the British paper notes that Singh also has to contend with: “As his support from the oil industry grows, he’s finding himself accused of flip-flopping — on the Trans Mountain pipeline and other environmental and pipeline issues — and leaving New Democrats in much deeper disarray.”

Cheers to you, Jagmeet.

Bill Cosby goes on trial, but rape victims don’t wait for the verdict to celebrate.

The comedian’s trial began Tuesday, and the livestream of the proceedings, featuring direct-action protests and lengthy forensics at the courthouse, made clear the heightened attention Cosby has been getting lately. There was also a fair amount of debate over the appropriateness of the trials, which were relatively reserved and removed from the glare of reality television. No wild flag-waving protests were held outside the courthouse. Cosby’s attorneys sought to keep journalists away, arguing that an increased visibility for the trial could discourage people from attending and from reporting on it.

The Canadian Press reports that despite the changing expectations for the trial, the Cosby case has drawn attention from supporters and detractors alike. “People are as concerned about what Bill Cosby stands for as they are with what he’s accused of doing,” said Lisa Graham Keegan, research director at the University of Colorado’s Sexual Assault Resource Center. On the flip side, her fellow researcher, Kara McDaniel, said the high-profile trial is also “bringing up these issues of that Supreme Court case, Jane Doe versus the Duke Football Club, that really is a child sexual assault, but it’s never been able to be prosecuted … because the statute of limitations has expired.”

It wasn’t as high-profile as Cosby’s day in court, but there was a significant scandal of a different sort in the City of Toronto this week: On Tuesday, the city council voted to commit a massive $1 billion to repairing the congested Gardiner Expressway. So, yeah.

This week’s verdict is scheduled for June 5.

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