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In today's Morning Brief, we have the publicly apology issued by the head of the Royal Canadian Navy for golfing with former top soldier, retired general Jonathan Vance, who is under a military police investigation.

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Navy commander apologizes for golfing with former chief of defence staff under military police investigation

The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy has publicly apologized for golfing with former top soldier, retired general Jonathan Vance, who is under a military police investigation over allegations of inappropriate behaviour with female subordinates.

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines issued a written statement Sunday night addressed to all military members and national defence staff saying he was sorry for his conduct.

Baines confirmed he golfed with Vance and the military's second-in-command, Lt.-Gen Mike Rouleau, on June 2 in Ottawa. 

"I fully accept responsibility and accountability for not understanding how such a public display of support sends the wrong signal as to my commitment to lead in resolving our systemic cultural and misconduct issues," Baines wrote. 

"For this, I sincerely apologize."

The apology came a day after Global News and the Globe and Mail first reported on the meet up between Rouleau, Baines and Vance at Hylands Golf and Country Club in Ottawa, which caters to Canadian Forces personnel and their families.

CBC News requested a comment from Rouleau on Saturday night, but he has yet to respond. 

As vice-chief of defence staff, Rouleau has authority over the provost marshal, the military's top police officer, which is in charge of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, the body investigating Vance. A landmark review by former Supreme Court justice Morris Fish into the military's judicial system recently identified this authority as a threat to the independence of military police investigations. Read more on this story here.

The top dog

(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

This Pekingese named Wasabi emerged for a pack of 2,500 entrants to win best in show at this year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Sunday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show moved out of New York City for the first time since it was founded in 1877. It was held outdoors without spectators at an estate in suburban Tarrytown, N.Y., over the weekend instead of during its usual February calendar slot.

In brief

RCMP in Saskatchewan announced late Sunday that two suspects have been charged in connection with the death of Const. Shelby Patton. He was killed on Saturday morning in Wolseley, Sask., after he was struck by a stolen truck from Manitoba, officials said. Alphonse Stanley Traverse, 41 and Marlene Velma Louise Pagee, 42, both of Winnipeg, face numerous charges including manslaughter, failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property over $5,000. They are in custody and due to appear in Regina Provincial Court on Monday morning. Read more on this story here.

Experts familiar with the complexities of searching for unmarked graves are being deluged with questions from First Nations communities wondering how to start the emotional process at former residential school sites. There's also concern some Indigenous groups may be taken advantage of by companies offering to survey land for them without the proper expertise or technology. That's why a group of archaeologists and academics have created free online resources answering questions and explaining the process and the complexities. They say it's a way of empowering communities to make decisions based on information they can trust. Read more on the search for remains at residential schools.

WATCH | First Nations aim to locate unmarked graves after Kamloops, B.C., discovery: 

Other First Nations aim to locate unmarked graves after Kamloops, B.C., discovery

The National

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According to Our World in Data, a research publication based at Oxford University, Canada has just nudged out Israel to top the global pack when it comes to vaccinations, administering at least one dose to more than 65 per cent of the population. There are some significant caveats, however, according to Edouard Mathieu, the research group's head of data. Canada's rise has mostly happened due to its strategy of betting on vaccinating as many people as possible with a first dose and delaying the second dose, he said in an email to CBC News. "This means that Canada now has one of the lowest ratios of first to second doses in the world," he said. Read more on how Canada stacks up on vaccinating its population.

When Aaron Penman got separated in 2017 he knew divorces could get messy — but he never imagined the grief would come from a paralegal he hired to handle the legal paperwork. "He seemed very professional, he said the right things, he had a contract and just seemed quite legitimate," Penman told Go Public. Now, the paralegal is gone, and Penman's out $1,100 and still married. It's a symptom of a bigger problem because, in many parts of the country, there's no way to tell if a paralegal has any training, expertise or insurance. There is no consistency across the country when it comes to regulating paralegals, according to Go Public's reporting. Policies range from no oversight at all in Alberta, to some in B.C. and Quebec (where lawyers oversee paralegals), to full regulation in Ontario through its law society. Read more on the oversight of paralegals.

WATCH | The problems with hiring a paralegal in Canada: 

The problems with hiring a paralegal in Canada | Go Public

The National

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Most G7 leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, traded the breezy English seaside community of Carbis Bay for NATO's fortress-like headquarters in Brussels as a major summit begins Monday amid stark warnings about — and from — Russia. Britain's top military commander told CBC News in an exclusive interview that the Russian military is far more capable, active and potentially dangerous than it was seven years ago when Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine — an occupation Kyiv considers illegal. "The balance has changed and I think it is right for us to now think about Russia as an acute threat," Gen. Nick Carter said on Sunday. Read more here on today's meeting.

WATCH | Head of NATO says summit comes at 'pivotal moment' for the alliance: 

Head of NATO says summit comes at 'pivotal moment' for the alliance

Rosemary Barton Live

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Now for some good news to start your Monday: A Quebec chef is making a name for herself in the international culinary world. Jessica Rosval, 35, has been named female chef of the year in the Guida dell'Espresso — an annual publication that is considered a definitive guide to the best restaurants in Italy. While she's found success working at the Casa Maria Luigia, a deluxe bed and breakfast in Modena, Rosval got her start in Montreal. She grew up in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and attended Dawson College and the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec. While she may be cooking Italian fare now, Rosval tries to sneak in a few odes to her Quebec heritage. "Maple syrup — I get it imported," she said. "The Italians love it." Read more here about the accolade for Rosval.

Front Burner: What you need to know about the delta variant

Many Canadians are feeling a sense of relief as pandemic restrictions ease up and lockdowns end across the country. But with only about eight per cent of the population fully vaccinated, there is growing concern about a new strain of COVID-19 — the delta variant.

It was first identified in India and is now popping up in Canada. So, what exactly do we know about the delta variant? Raywat Deonandan is a global health epidemiologist and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. He joins us today to explain how concerned we should be.

Today in history: June 14

1919: British pilots John William Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown take off from St. John's for the first non-stop transatlantic flight. They landed in a peat bog at Galway, Ireland, after flying about 3,100 kilometres in just over 16 hours. 

1951: Univac I, the world's first commercial computer, is unveiled. The first customer, the U.S. Census Bureau, used it to tabulate part of the 1950 population census and the entire 1954 economic census.

1994: Rioting breaks out in Vancouver after the Canucks lose Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to the Rangers in New York.  

2010: The House of Commons votes unanimously to designate Halifax's Pier 21 as Canada's national immigration museum. From 1928-71, a million immigrants arrived at Pier 21. It closed on March 8, 1971, as more immigrants arrived in Canada by plane.

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

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