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As 65,000 Calgarians are allowed home after flood, Medicine Hat awaits flooding. Image via flickr / Journ

LOCAL

The Toronto Blue Jays won their eleventh game in a row Sunday, matching a club record for consecutive wins. The organization accomplished this feat in 1987 and in 1998. [TSN]

Doug Ford accused the provincial Liberals of being “cocky” and “arrogant,” and called for an election to unseat them. This was in response to the provincial government’s decision to cut $150-million in city funding. [Globe and Mail]

A 27-year-old Oshawa man beat out 600 applicants from 96 countries to win Australia’s Best Job in the World contest. His interview was successful, despite there being a 9-pound cobra draped around his neck at the time, and he’ll begin work travelling around Australia, taking care of diverse wildlife from koalas to kangaroos. [Toronto Star]

 

NATIONAL

A report from 2006, only newly released, suggested the government stop selling crown land known to be at risk of flood to developers. “Selling land in flood risk areas is the opposite of flood mitigation,” the report said. [CBC]

Canada’s first openly gay premier, Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne, will become the first sitting premier to take part in Toronto’s gay pride parade. The premier said that the parade is an annual event for her. [CBC]

As 65,000 Calgarians were allowed to return home after flooding, those in Medicine Hat braced for the fury of the flood as the South Saskatchewan River came closer and closer. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said, “We have turned a corner but are still in a state of emergency…our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues downstream.” [National Post]

 

INTERNATIONAL

Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated, state officials describing his condition as “critical.” Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, has been in hospital since June 8 with what doctors describe as a recurring lung infection. [National Post]

Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong for Russia en route to asylum in Ecuador. The US government appeared bewildered he was allowed to flee, as they issued a formal request for Hong Kong to have Snowden detained and extradited to face espionage charges. [The Guardian]  

Egypt’s army cautioned that they will intervene if the mass protest against the Morsi government June 30 gets violent. More than 15 million Egyptians signed a petition calling for Morsi’s downfall, while others say they will refuse to leave the streets until the Morsi regime collapses. [The Guardian]

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