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In today's Morning Brief, we look at the decision by the Green Party of Canada's governing body to cancel a vote of non-confidence in leader Annamie Paul.

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Vote on Annamie Paul's leadership of Green Party cancelled, sources say

An imminent threat to Annamie Paul's leadership of the Green Party of Canada has been eliminated, after a vote of non-confidence originally scheduled for this week was cancelled, CBC News has learned.

The Green Party's governing body, called the federal council, was set to vote on the question Tuesday. But multiple party sources told CBC News on Sunday that it will not go forward.

The sources spoke on condition they not be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The decision to forgo the leadership vote on Tuesday was made after an internal arbitration process, according to several sources.

WATCH | Green Party cancels non-confidence vote over Annamie Paul's leadership: 

Green Party cancels non-confidence vote over Annamie Paul’s leadership

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A potential review of Paul's membership in the Green Party, discussed by the council last week, will also not be initiated, according to the sources.

A spokesperson for the Greens said Paul would hold a news conference and make an announcement on Monday.

The vote scheduled for Tuesday was initially prompted by a call from the federal council for Paul to repudiate comments made by her former adviser that were critical of Green MPs' stances on Israel and to show support for her MPs. The council urged Paul to comply with its directive or face a non-confidence vote. Read more on this story here.

Hit the dance floor

(Alberto Pezzali/The Associated Press)

A man jumps on the dance floor early this morning shortly after the reopening of The Piano Works, a live music venue in Farringdon, in London. England's nightclubs are reopening for the first time in 17 months as almost all coronavirus rules have been scrapped. Read more on England's lifting of restrictions.

In brief

A B.C. First Nation is proposing a new liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility to be built on the community's treaty land and is making an environmental pledge to reach net-zero emissions within three years of commencing operations. The Nisga'a Nation, whose territory is north of Prince Rupert near the Alaska border, is partnering with a group of Western Canadian natural gas producers called Rockies LNG Partners and a Texas-based energy company called Western LNG. The project is called Ksi Lisims LNG and would include a pipeline to transport natural gas from the northeast corner of the province to the coast. The facility itself is estimated to cost $10 billion. The chilled natural gas would be loaded onto ships and exported to Asia. The project's proponents are scheduled to announce the details today, and will begin applying for the necessary government permits and start formal talks with communities in the region. Read more about the proposal here.

A federal employee is breaking her silence about the experience of being Black in the public service after a senior colleague at the Immigration and Refugee Board's Toronto office allegedly praised "the good old days when we had slaves." Monica Agard spoke to CBC News after she says the board failed to act or acknowledge the psychological toll that the racist comment had on her as a Black woman — even after she filed a formal notice about the incident. What's worse, she said, only months after the alleged comment, that same employee went on to become her direct supervisor, until she objected and he was reassigned about a week later. Read more on this story here.

WATCH | Federal employee speaks out about her experience of being Black in the public service: 

Federal employee speaks out about her experience of being Black in the public service

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Ontario Parks says it had a record number of parks visitors last year, and that's expected to continue this year. But this love for the outdoors also creates a challenge for the parks, which are there to protect ecologically sensitive lands and areas. So, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada have launched #ForTheLoveOfParks, a campaign to teach new and returning visitors how to behave in parks. "With more people coming to our parks, we've seen an increase in a couple of kinds of behaviours that maybe will have an impact on our natural environment and that maybe will have an impact on other visitors," Ontario Parks spokesperson Jeff Brown said. That includes things like large amounts of litter left behind in campsites and day use areas. Staff also reported seeing more people going off designated trails. That's a problem, Brown said, because "if you make your own trail, it can really trample habitats for some of our sensitive plants and animals that our parks are out there to protect." Read more on the impact of more visitors in the parks

It may be called "Freedom Day" in England, but some people who have compromised immune systems are counting on today being a day of fear, as the country proceeds with its plan to lift virtually all COVID-19 restrictions. England is doing away with restrictions such as limits on how many people can meet at once, physical distancing rules and a blanket mandatory mask mandate. This comes even as daily new coronavirus infections in the U.K. are topping 50,000 — the highest levels since January. On Friday, there were 51,870 new cases. "Feels really tough and definitely there's anxiety," Hal Cohen, a double kidney transplant recipient, told CBC. "It's really very hard to know what we should do in this case and for how long to keep ourselves shielded away from the rest of the world." Read more on why the removal of most restrictions in England has some people worried.

CBC will be providing live online coverage of Friday's opening ceremony for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in eight Indigenous languages. Dorothy Stewart, who will be doing the opening ceremonies in Eastern Cree, is the host of the CBC North radio show Winschgaoug, which airs across James Bay Cree communities in Quebec. She's been taking language classes to keep her vocabulary fresh with the region's three different dialects, especially when it comes to terminology around the Olympic sports. Coverage in English, Eastern Cree, Dehcho Dene, Dënësųłinë́ Yałtı, Gwichʼin, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Sahtu Dene, Tłı̨chǫ, as well as American Sign Language and described video will stream live Friday starting at 7 a.m. ET on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app, and Radio-Canada will have live coverage in French, Quebec Sign Language and described video on and ICI TOU.TV. Read more about the Indigenous-language broadcasts.

Now for some good news to start your Monday: Cars and bikes of all kinds came together for a Wheels for Wishes fundraiser Saturday, working to raise $50,000 for a St. John's teenager in need of a guide dog. Brandon Joy, 18, was born with a rare condition called retinitis pigmentosa. Deemed legally blind by the time he started Grade 8, the condition has caused Joy to lose his night vision and the majority of his peripheral vision. He currently has seven per cent of his vision. Joy is preparing to start university in the fall, studying education in the hopes of becoming a teacher. He says it would be life-changing if enough money is raised to help him get a guide dog. The fundraising has been made possible by Wheels for Wishes, a group of motor enthusiasts and volunteers giving back to communities across the province through charity car shows and donations. Read more on the fundraising effort.

Front Burner: What's behind Cuba's protest movement

The historic protests that exploded across Cuba a week ago — and the government crackdown that followed — have cranked up pressure on both the Cuban and U.S. governments to fix the dire situation currently facing people on the island.

But while almost everyone agrees change is urgently needed, questions about what that change should look like, and who's to blame for the current crisis, are hotly disputed.

Today, Havana-based reporter Ed Augustin joins us to talk about what the protesters want and how Cuba got to this point.

Today in history: July 19

1937: Canada's first bilingual currency is issued by the Bank of Canada.

1980: The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games take place in Moscow. Canada, the U.S. and other western countries boycotted  the Games to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

1997: More than 100 fishing boats surround the Alaskan ferry Malaspina and refuse to let it leave Prince Rupert, B.C., to protest alleged overfishing of Canadian-bound salmon by Alaskan fishermen. The blockade lasted three days.

2009: Some 17,000 residents of West Kelowna, B.C., are forced to flee their homes because of forest fires.

With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters

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