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Canada’s Prime Minister invokes Emergencies Act for the first time

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invokes the Emergencies Act for the first time in response to a  ‘Freedom Convoy’ that has disrupted the life of Canada’s capital for over a fortnight

It started as a movement against a vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers but has since turned into a rally against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This is the first time the Emergency Act has been used to give the federal government extra powers to handle protests across the country.

There has been pressure mounting on leadership to solve the protests in Ottawa, which have entered their third week.

For 30 days, the prime minister can now respond to emergency scenarios affecting public welfare, public order and war emergencies. 

It takes effect right away

Once the cabinet declares an emergency, it takes effect right away — but the government still needs to go to Parliament within seven days to get approval.

The prime minister is not expected to call in the military, with police outnumbering crowds.

The legislation will give Police more more tools to restore order, but the PM has confirmed this act won’t override civil rights.

Protesters in Ottawa have refused to leave the nation’s capital, ignoring the threat of arrest and jail time despite pleas from local and federal leaders.

This follows Premier Doug Ford declaring a state of emergency in Ontario that recently blocked access to the busiest international crossing in North America.

The Freedom Convoy has already cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost trade.

The protests are being seen globally

It may be the beginning of the end in Canada, but the convoy has inspired others around the world to stage similar action, congesting city roads and attracting attention, from France to New Zealand.

Paris saw hundreds of vehicles converge on the city, police throwing tear gas at protesters in cafes.

Protesters there are planning to move on to Brussels – to join up with a wider European movement

While the vehicles may be gone in Canada, the freedom movement remains.

The Emergency Act replaced the War Measures Act in the 80s which was used once for the former prime minister during the October Crisis of 1970.

Savannah Pocock contributed to this report.

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OpenAI terminates AI risk protection team

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Less than a year after its inception, OpenAI has made the decision to dissolve its team dedicated to researching long-term risks associated with AI.

The team, formed with the intention of studying and mitigating potential risks stemming from advanced AI systems, was a notable part of OpenAI’s broader mission to ensure that AI is developed and used responsibly.

Dr Karen Sutherland from University of the Sunshine Coast #featured

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What are the biggest takeaways from the Second global AI summit?

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Top executives from leading tech companies committed to prioritising safety in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence technologies at the Second Global AI Summit.

During the summit, representatives from major corporations such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM outlined specific measures they will take to ensure that AI systems are developed and deployed responsibly.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Microsoft reporting for duty with top tier title

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Major Gamepass addition are on the way, with Call of Duty: Black Ops title.

Reports suggest this as the largest addition to the service since its launch, indicating a strategic effort to boost subscription numbers in a challenging market. The decision, likely to be officially announced during the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, reflects a shift in the gaming landscape and Microsoft’s commitment to Game Pass. Despite potential drawbacks such as upsetting existing subscribers and sacrificing direct sales revenue. #Featured #Trending

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