A look at news events in June 2023.
01 - Civil servants in Quebec are now required to speak and write exclusively in French while on the job except in certain cases, such as access to health care and social services in English, or situations where health, public safety or principles of natural justice require the use of languages other than French.
02 - Due to a shortage of lifeguards for this summer in Ontario said it is lowering the minimum age requirement to 15 years old, down from 16. The province says the change aligns with updated requirements from the Lifesaving Society's certification course.
06 - Nova Scotia officials said about 100,000 people had personal information stolen as a result of a privacy breach. The province's minister of cybersecurity says social insurance numbers, addresses and banking information of current employees of the public service were taken.
07 - The Bank of Canada hiked its trend-setting rate a quarter of a percentage point today as it tries to get ahead of the country’s hot economy. The increase brings the rate to 4.75 per cent – its highest level since 2001.
07 - Quebec adopted a new law that expands access to medical aid in dying and allows early requests for the procedure. The law permits people with a serious and incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's, to apply for a doctor-assisted death before their condition deteriorates and prevents them from consenting to one.
08 - Former U.S. President Donald Trump said he had been indicted on charges of mishandling classified documents at his Florida estate. The Justice Department did not immediately publicly confirm the indictment, but two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it publicly say Trump's team had been informed that he had been indicted on seven counts.
09 - After repeated calls from opposition leaders and members of the public, former governor general David Johnston said he is stepping down from his role as special rapporteur investigating foreign interference in Canada.
10 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Kyiv in Ukraine meant to show Canada's solidarity with the country's ongoing efforts to push back against Russia's invasion.
10 - Twelve-year-old Anthaea-Grace Patricia Dennis was the youngest person in Canada to finish a university degree. She accepted her University of Ottawa diploma for a bachelor's degree in biomedical science.
13 - The Las Vegas Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup, easily dispatching the Florida Panthers by a final score of 9-3. The nine goals tied the record for the most in a Cup Final.
14 - The federal government has confirmed land expropriations for a rail bypass to be built around Lac-Megantic. The town was the site of a deadly 2013 train explosion that killed 47 people. In a statement, Ottawa says it's going ahead with the expropriations without the consent of all of the affected landowners.
14 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office said the PM only learned about Paul Bernardo's prison transfer on the day it happened, May 29th. The confirmation came as Conservatives called for the resignation of Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino over his office's handling of the information about the serial killer's move to a medium security facility.
14 - Bell announced it's cutting three per cent of its workforce or 1,300 jobs. The company said it also plans to close six of its radio stations as it plans to significantly adapt how it delivers the news.
14 - The Calgary Stampede named Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen its parade marshal for 2023. The 47-year-old colonel and C-F-18 pilot is set to become the first Canadian to travel the moon as part of the Artemis Two mission.
14 - The Canadian government will run up a heftier price tag than previously announced in order to build a Volkswagen electric vehicle plant in St. Thomas, Ontario. That's according to the parliamentary budget officer, whose recent analysis found the deal will cost taxpayers up to $16.3 billion over the next decade.
14 - A Quebec judge rejected a request from a Muslim group to suspend a ban on school prayer rooms. In April, Quebec Education Minister Bernard Drainville barred public schools from making space available to students for prayer, saying students would still be allowed to pray discreetly and silently.
15 - RONA Inc., a Boucherville, Quebec-based company, announced it's eliminating 500 jobs across Canada in a bid to simplify its organizational structure amid a slowing economy.
15 - Ontario Premier Doug Ford said a consolidation of 10 municipal governments north of Toronto is not going to happen.
15 - Top Alberta universities announced they are forming a supergroup of quantum researchers to answer questions about the fundamentals of quantum science. The University of Alberta, the University of Lethbridge, and the University of Calgary are pooling $25 million in funding.
16 - The national population reached more than 40 million, with 95.9 per cent of 2022's growth made up of permanent and temporary immigrants. For the first time, Canada's population grew by more than a million people in a 12-month period.
16 - Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King slammed the island's only university in the aftermath of a scathing report. King says he was sickened to read the report by Toronto law firm Rubin Thomlinson, which details a toxic culture of harassment and racism at the University of PEI. He said all Islanders should read the review, which also says the school failed to address allegations of sexual and gender-based violence. King added the government is reconsidering the $50 million dollars in operating funding it allocates to the university each year in light of the report.
16 - Ontario's Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark said the province is expanding its so-called strong mayor powers beyond Toronto and Ottawa. He said the heads of 26 large and fast-growing communities will get their new powers as of July 1. The affected cities include Mississauga, Waterloo and Barrie.
16 - Canada's top court ruled The Safe Third Country Agreement is not unconstitutional. The pact allows Canada and the U-S to control the flow of asylum seekers across the border. The Supreme Court of Canada has asked the Federal Court to take a further look at arguments by opponents that the agreement violates Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
16 - Manitoba RCMP reported 15 people were killed and 10 injured when their small bus collided with a semi-truck as the bus was crossing the Trans-Canada Highway at Highway 5. The bus was carrying mostly seniors on a day trip from Dauphin to a casino in Carberry. The drivers of both the bus and the truck survived.
17 - Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. must pay an Indigenous band in Wisconsin more than $5 million and relocate it's cross-border pipeline within the next three years.
18 - Red Bull's Max Verstappen led from start to finish and cruised to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix for a second year in a row. The two-time reigning world champion held off the competition over 70 laps at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes placed second and third to round out the podium.
18 - The president of a Sikh gurdwara was shot dead outside a temple in Surrey, British Columbia. Officials with a national Sikh organization say Hardeep Singh Nijjar was alone in his pickup truck when he was attacked. They say Nijjar had received death threats because of his support for a separate Sikh state of Khalistan in India.
21 - One of Canada's largest bakery giants has been fined $50 million dollars for playing a role in a criminal price-fixing scheme that inflated the price of bread in Canada for years. The settlement with Canada Bread Company is a significant milestone in the competition watchdog's ongoing investigation into alleged bread price-fixing in Canada. The bread maker admitted that it arranged with its competitor, Weston Foods, to increase prices for various bagged and sliced bread products.
21 - The U.S. Coast Guard said a missing submersible imploded near the wreckage of the Titanic, killing all five people on board. The Titan had been missing for several days. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed debris belonging to the Titan submersible has been found near the wreck of the Titanic.
21 - The federal budget has became law after passing third and final reading in the Senate without amendments. The Liberal government revealed its fiscal plan in late March, promising to create a national dental-care program and spend billions on clean energy incentives.
21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day was marked with various events across the country.
26 - Olivia Chow was elected the next mayor of Toronto, ending more than a decade of Conservative rule at city hall.
28 - RoseAnne Archibald was voted out as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The vote to remove Archibald took place during a special chiefs assembly that was convened in part to address the implications of a human resource investigation related to complaints filed against Archibald.
28 - Two students and a teacher were stabbed at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Police said the 24-year-old former student who initiated the attack entered a classroom, asked the professor what course was being studied, and began attacking once he learned it was a gender studies class.
28 - The Chicago Blackhawks selected Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard with the first pick in the NHL draft. The 17-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C., has been compared to Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby as a once-in-a-generation player.