The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers -28/03/20

Bob Mason

Bitcoin slid by 5.66% on Friday. Reversing a 0.95% gain from Thursday, Bitcoin ended the day at $6,370.0.

A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin rally to an early morning intraday high $6,861.4 before hitting reverse.

Bitcoin came up against the first major resistance level at $6,856.47, before falling to an early afternoon low $6,571.3.

Finding support at the first major support level at $6,581.67, Bitcoin recovered to $6,690 levels before taking a hit.

A final hour sell-off saw Bitcoin slide through the first major support level at $6,581.67 and second major support level at $6,411.43.

Of greater significance, however, was a fall through the 23.6% FIB of $6,300 to an intraday low $6,256.0.

Finding late support, Bitcoin broke back through the 23.6% FIB to wrap up the day at $6,370 levels.

The near-term bearish trend, formed at late June’s swing hi $13,764.0, remained firmly intact, reaffirmed by the March swing lo $4,000.

For the bulls, Bitcoin would need to break out from $10,000 levels to form a near-term bullish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the top 10 cryptos, it was a bearish day for the majors.

Tezos tumbled by 9.84% to lead the way down.

Binance Coin (-6.71%), Cardano’s ADA (-6.57%), Litecoin (-6.03%), and Tron’s TRX (-6.25%) also saw heavy losses.

Bitcoin Cash ABC (-4.13%), Bitcoin Cash SV (-5.52%), EOS (-5.91%), Ethereum (-5.35%), Monero’s XMR (-5.02%), and Stellar’s Lumen (-5.93%) weren’t far behind.

Ripple’s XRP fared better than the rest, falling by just 1.98% on the day.

Through the current week, the crypto total market cap rose from a Monday low $163.00bn to a Wednesday high $191.26bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $174.18bn as the market hits reverse.

Bitcoin’s dominance hit 66% levels on Monday before falling to 62% levels. Bitcoin saw its dominance recover, however, to hover at around the 66% mark mid-week before sliding back. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 65.2%.

Trading volumes jumped from $130bn levels on Monday to $168.2bn levels on Tuesday before easing back to sub-$110bn levels on Thursday. At the time of writing, 24-hr volumes stood at $116.54bn.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was down by 2.91% to $6,184.5. A bearish start to the day saw Bitcoin slide from an early morning high $6,371.9 to a low $6,068.4.

Steering clear of the major resistance levels, Bitcoin fell through the 23.6% FIB of $6,300 and the first major support level at $6,130.20.

Elsewhere, it was also a bearish start to the day for the pack.

Bitcoin Cash SV and Monero’s XMR led the way down early on, with losses of 4.07% and 4.14% respectively.

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to move through to $6,500 levels to bring the first major resistance level at $6,735.6 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed, however, for Bitcoin to break out from the 23.6% FIB of $6,300.

Barring a broad-based crypto rebound, the 23.6% FIB would likely leave Bitcoin short of the first major resistance level.

Failure to move through to $6,500 levels could see Bitcoin struggle throughout the day.

A fall back through the first major support level at $6,130.2 would bring sub-$6,000 levels into play.

Barring an extended crypto sell-off, however, Bitcoin should continue to steer well clear of the second major support level at $5,890.4.

This article was originally posted on FX Empire

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Supreme Court Justice Lyman Duff wrestled in 1905 with the same hypothetical puzzle Holmes, the judge in Meng's case, confronted this week. Exactly what does it mean to transpose the facts of an alleged crime to Canada?Is a judge limited to pretending that no sanctions exist, or that Canadian technicalities wouldn't make a lie an oath?Or can judges also consider the context around the alleged offence — in effect, making foreign legal considerations part of the Canadian equation?When it came to Collins, Duff — who went on the become the eighth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada — found they could."If you are to conceive the accused pursuing the conduct in question in this country, then along with him you are to transplant his environment," he wrote.And that meant thinking about the legal environment in which Collins swore he wasn't married to two women."Treating the matter in that way, then what have we here?" Duff asked."You have an oath taken in a judicial proceeding before a court of competent jurisdiction after a manner in which it was authorized by law. These facts make up the substance and 'essence' of the 'criminality' charged against the accused."Citing Duff's words, Holmes concluded that she could consider context to find Meng's alleged lie would amount to a crime in Canada — even without economic sanctions against Iran."The essence of the alleged wrongful conduct in this case is the making of intentionally false statements in the banker-client relationship that put HSBC at risk," she wrote."The U.S. sanctions are part of the state of affairs necessary to explain how HSBC was at risk, but they are not themselves an intrinsic part of the conduct."'Well, George, we're off at last'Meng's loss this week is not the end of her battle. She still has several chances to fight extradition through hearings to determine whether her rights were violated when she was arrested and whether there is sufficient evidence to mount a prosecution.She has denied the charges.Collins was extradited back to California in October 1905, placed on a steamer out of Victoria with only 20 minutes' notice.A Daily Colonist reporter watched as a detective sent to accompany the fugitive said, "Well, George, we're off at last.""Collins laughed. 'It does look like it,' he said," according to the newspaper. When he got back to San Francisco, Collins was convicted of perjury. He was sent to San Quentin to begin a 14-year prison sentence.He's long dead. And 100 years from now — barring really drawn out proceedings — the question of Meng Wanzhou's extradition will be settled.But her name and that of George Collins will forever be a part of Canadian extradition law.

  • Experts hope to locate Asian giant hornet nests after insect found in Langley
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    Experts hope to locate Asian giant hornet nests after insect found in Langley

    The Asian giant hornet is back in B.C. after first being spotted in the province last year. Experts are now trying to determine how many nests might be in the ground and where they might be. Provincial apiculturist Paul van Westendorp said this year's first confirmed sighting was reported May 15 in Langley, B.C."All that signifies is that this beast has been travelling or been spreading a bit farther than we had anticipated up to this point," he said. "The scenery hasn't really changed very much."Three giant hornets were first spotted last August near Nanaimo, the B.C. agriculture ministry said. The single nest was destroyed. A specimen was found in November in White Rock and two specimens were found last December at Blaine, Wash.Van Westendorp said he has frozen the Langley specimen and will eventually conduct an examination to see if it's a queen. The insect will also be analyzed through DNA sequencing to determine its geographic origin.The province issued an information bulletin in March asking residents near the border to be on the lookout. Hornet traps were placed throughout the area and pest-alert notices were distributed. Further monitoring will continue and experts are asking for the public's participation to report what they see."The hunt is on and the way to find the nest is you're not going to find the nest visibly, you're not going to see it when you're walking along forest paths," said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C."You're going to see it because you see the Asian giant hornets heading to that hole in the ground ... so being on the alert for the hornets is the first step to finding the nest."Normally found in the forests and low mountains of eastern and southeast Asia, it remains unclear how the giant hornets arrived in North America."Even under the best of circumstances, there's so few of them around, this is kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack," van Westendorp said from Abbotsford. "And that's why we rely on the reports to come in to get an overall impression as to what the distribution is."If we can find and catch live adults, then we can put on radio tags and follow them to find their nests. But up until this point we have only collected dead ones. Well, dead ones cannot bring us to their nest and that is the problem."The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) can be as big as a man's thumb. It has a large orange head, black eyes and can deliver a nasty sting. "Because of the development cycle of this insect, we anticipate more sightings in the weeks and months to come," van Westendorp said. "All that is now a bit different is that with the latest find in Langley, it is now recognized that it has perhaps a broader distribution here in coastal B.C. than we had anticipated up to this point."The "murder hornet" moniker — a term experts frown upon — was coined in Japan.British Columbia classifies the Asian giant hornet as a "serious honey bee predator.'' Farmers in the southern B.C./northern Washington area depend on honey bees to pollinate crops such as apples, blueberries and cherries."The (hornets) prey on bees, et cetera, and there's nothing that preys on it," Wallin said from Williams Lake, B.C. "You don't want it to establish because it will have a ripple effect to the ecosystem."Area beekeepers are being encouraged to use screens or barriers to protect their hives. The Asian giant hornet is not currently a pest regulated at the federal level, so it falls under the mandate of the province, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said earlier this month. "There isn't any evidence yet that these hornets have become fully established," said Gard Otis, an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph specializing in bee behaviour and forest entomology. "But the fact that a new hornet was found (in a different location) is a concern also because that could be a different source colony or something."So we're all concerned but I don't think we're like screaming out of the room and really upset because things right now, at this particular moment, are not bad.'The hornet's life cycle begins in April when queens emerge from hibernation, feed on sap and fruit, and look for underground dens."I'm not saying it will, but even if this pest can establish itself here on a permanent basis, we are only dealing with very, very few," van Westendorp said. "There is an exceedingly low density, if I can call it that."As an apex predator, there is simply not enough room, if you will, for a lot of them to be proliferating. I think that's the key message here."Asian giant hornets hunt insects and are generally not looking to engage with people, pets or large animals, the B.C. agriculture ministry said."In the eyes of a hornet, (humans) are totally inconsequential ... it is only when a nest is disturbed that they pose a risk or a threat," van Westendorp said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

  • COVID-19 border closures worry Americans who come to Canada to buy insulin
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    COVID-19 border closures worry Americans who come to Canada to buy insulin

    When Travis Paulson drove from his home in northern Minnesota to the Canadian border last month, he thought he'd have little trouble crossing over to buy his insulin.Paulson, a Type 1 diabetic, has made the trip many times for himself and others as the price of the lifesaving drug has skyrocketed in the United States over the last decade. A vial in Canada costs roughly $25 US, a fraction of the $350 to $400 he would be charged in his home country.Paulson called Canada Border Services ahead of time to see if he'd still be able to come into Canada. Travel between the two countries has been restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Paulson said he was told he could still make the trip if he only went to the pharmacy and came back the same day.But when he arrived at the border near Fort Frances, Ont., he said he was told there had been a policy change that very morning — and he couldn't come into Canada because his trip was not deemed essential."It's devastating because your life depends on it. You're literally being denied the air that you need to breathe," said Paulson, the director of the diabetes organization Northern Minnesota Advocacy Group."Every few hours you need it, every day. And that you might not be able to get it, I would say it's a little terrifying."Many Americans rely on going up north to buy insulin, where it is roughly a tenth of the price. Canada's Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, a federal agency that establishes the maximum price that can be charged for patented drugs, keeps the prices affordable.But the COVID-19 border restrictions have meant that option is no longer available.While some pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. are offering programs for cheaper insulin during the pandemic, advocates say still not enough is being done to make it affordable.A spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency said Americans may be allowed to enter the country to purchase medications, but the agency offers little clarity on who will be allowed in and when."Entry to Canada is decided on a case-by-case basis and based on the information made available to the border services officer at the time of entry," spokesperson Judith Gadbois-St-Cyr said in an email.Until at least June 21, there is a temporary restriction on all non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. That could be further prolonged if deemed necessary, Gadbois-St-Cyr said.Quinn Nystrom, a long-time diabetes and affordable health-care advocate in Minnesota, said she's received several calls since the border closures began, including one from a panicked mother."She said her nine-year-old son was on his last insulin pen," Nystrom said, adding that the woman's husband had been planning a trip to Canada in the spring to buy more."They were just completely distraught over it."Nystrom gained international attention last year for organizing and taking part in several Caravans to Canada — trips to show just how easy and affordable it is to buy insulin outside of the U.S.A Type 1 diabetic herself, Nystrom went to her congressman, Pete Stauber, last spring, begging him to protect people with pre-existing conditions and vote to help lower the cost of insulin."He promised me he would do that. And after leaving his office and following up with him over the next couple of months, he unfortunately voted against those things," she said."It was so unfortunate to me that I decided to file and run against him."On Sunday, Nystrom won the Democratic nomination in Minnesota's 8th congressional district and will be up against Stauber on the ballot in November.Access to affordable insulin can be a matter of life and death for Americans.Nicole Smith-Holt's son died in June 2017 at just 26 years old, less than a month after he aged off of his parents' insurance plan. He couldn't afford the cost at a pharmacy in Minnesota and chose instead to ration his insulin.Smith-Holt said the border closures to Canada and Mexico put up "one more barrier" for struggling Americans, especially as many of them have lost their jobs and therefore their insurance during the pandemic."People are going to start rationing and people are going to suffer some very long-term health effects or possibly death," she said."A Type 1 diabetic really should not be lowering their dosage or missing doses. It proved fatal for Alec and countless other people."But Alec Smith's family, friends and supporters worked to make sure his death wasn't in vain.On July 1, the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act will come into effect in Minnesota. It will allow people who cannot afford their insulin to access a 30-day supply at their pharmacy for just $35. The new law also streamlines the process to access insulin in the long-term and manufacturers can be fined up to $3.6 million for not participating in the program."It means that we're going to have the ability to save lives," Smith-Holt said. "People right now, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, are really struggling. It's going to be a lifeline for people."Pharmaceutical companies making pandemic programsSince the pandemic started, some pharmaceutical companies in the United States have created programs to help struggling diabetics. Eli Lilly, the U.S. manufacturer of fast-acting insulin Humalog, created a program in April to help those without insurance access a month's supply for $35.But these programs are difficult to apply for, advocates say, and often many people don't meet the criteria to be eligible.It's also just a temporary solution, Nystrom said, adding that the issue of insulin affordability won't go away when the pandemic does.With few options due to border restrictions, some Americans, like Paulson, are turning to online Canadian pharmacies. Some Canadian pharmacies will ship insulin to the U.S., but the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities in Ottawa said it's important to verify the legitimacy of an outlet if ordering online by checking with the province's regulating body. One of the most well-known pharmacies to Americans is Mark's Marine Pharmacy in Vancouver, just 40 kilometres from the U.S. border. It ships insulin to people across the U.S., but requires a doctor's prescription to do so — a requirement in America.People also turn to GoFundMe, social media and "underground networks."Lija Greenseid, an insulin advocate in St. Paul, Minn., and mother of a 14-year-old daughter who has Type 1 diabetes, said people in local diabetes Facebook groups will share extra insulin if they switch brands and even give up unused vials if someone has died."That's another strange consequence of our health-care system," said Greenseid, who organized a Caravan to Canada last spring. While some insurance companies have now capped their deductibles at $25 a month, the list price for insulin in the U.S. hasn't been cut.'The ultimate goal is to be like Canada'Greenseid had always been comforted by the knowledge that Canada was a short drive away. It's an option no longer there."What is reassuring is knowing that there is an insulin underground network of people who get insulin and give it to people who need it. That's always there." Greenseid said.Nystrom said Americans don't want to have to rely on outside countries to get affordable medications — and she hopes to make that possible if elected in November."The ultimate goal is to be like Canada, where somebody can just go to a pharmacy and pick up insulin for $30 US. That's our goal," she said."So people don't have to rely on a pharmaceutical company deciding to be charitable."MORE TOP STORIES

  • Quebec schools see spike in COVID-19 cases as Ontario eyes regional reopenings
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    Quebec schools see spike in COVID-19 cases as Ontario eyes regional reopenings

    A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Quebec's elementary schools is shining a light on the cost of reopening Canada's hardest hit provinces, as Ontario announced on Friday that it was eyeing a regional approach to pandemic recovery.At least 41 staff and students tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the first two weeks after elementary schools outside the Montreal area reopened, the province's education department announced."It's normal that by having the daycare, the school being open to the community, there can be cases," said Dr. Horacio Arruda, the province's director of public health."The advantage in those areas is that they're young children, and we didn't put any personnel who was high-risk (in the classroom)."The numbers came from a survey of school boards conducted May 25, which found that 19 students and 22 staff members were infected. Twelve of the province's 72 school boards did not offer up data.News of the outbreaks came as Quebec reported another 530 cases of the virus on Friday, pushing its total above the 50,000 mark. The death toll climbed by 61, to 4,363.In Ontario, meanwhile, where officials announced the case count had surged to 27,210 and a total of 2,230 people had died, Premier Doug Ford said he was looking at reopening the province region by region."The reality on the ground is different in every part of the province," Ford said.Two-thirds of the province's cases are in the Greater Toronto Area, while some other public health agencies say they have few or no current patients. New Brunswick, which didn't report any new cases of the virus for the two weeks leading up to May 21, continued to experience a setback on Friday.Officials there are now working their way through a web of people who may have been infected by a health-care worker who did not self-isolate upon his return from a trip to Quebec.Health officials announced three additional cases in the region on Thursday, bringing the total of cases in the cluster to six, including the health-care worker at the Campbellton Regional Hospital. One of the new patients also works in health care."Based on the contact tracing and the testing that we are doing, we will see more cases," said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health.The province's Vitalite Health Network issued a statement saying the worker had come into contact with dozens of people at the hospital, including 50 employees.The outbreak forced the adjournment of the provincial legislature Thursday and caused officials to delay a new phase of the recovery plan by a week.News from the provinces came as Statistics Canada announced gross domestic product fell at an annualized rate of 8.2 per cent in the first three months of 2020 — the worst quarterly showing since 2009 — even though efforts to contain the novel coronavirus by shuttering businesses and schools didn't begin in earnest until March.Many of those businesses are now reopening in a bid to re-employ some of the three million people who lost their jobs, putting workers and clients in close proximity and lending new urgency to the testing and tracing process.Ottawa announced new efforts meant to guide the country through the pandemic, including an additional $650 million for First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. That adds to $305 million the feds had previously promised."Although we've made progress, there are still communities that are not properly equipped to handle a COVID-19 outbreak," Trudeau said. "We need to address that."The new money will go toward hiring nurses and purchasing specialized supplies, enhancing an on-reserve income assistance program and building 12 new shelters for Indigenous women and girls fleeing violence.Remote Indigenous communities are considered among the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Residents often have no ready access to health care, and many live in overcrowded conditions that make it difficult to isolate those who may have been exposed.Transport Minister Marc Garneau also extended a moratorium on the cruise season, saying passenger ships with overnight accommodations for more than 100 passengers can't operate in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31.Such ships proved to be Petri dishes in the early days of the epidemic, accounting for thousands of infections.Alberta took a different tack to slowing the viral spread, announcing plans to issue masks to the masses — with a fast-casual caveat.Starting next month, the provincial government will begin handing out 20 million non-medical masks through A&W, McDonald's and Tim Hortons drive-thrus.Countrywide, there are now 89,412 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, and the death toll stands at 6,979.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

  • N.S. police received warnings in 2011 about man who would become mass killer
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    N.S. police received warnings in 2011 about man who would become mass killer

    HALIFAX — A newly released document reveals that in May 2011, police were told the Nova Scotia man who would later kill 22 people in a shooting rampage wanted to "kill a cop" and was feeling mentally unstable.The officer safety bulletin, submitted by the Truro Police Service, does not include names in the version released to media, but police Chief David MacNeil confirmed Friday the subject in question was Gabriel Wortman.The brief report says a Truro police officer had received information from a source indicating Wortman was upset about a police investigation into a break-and-enter and had "stated he wants to kill a cop.""He believes the police did not do their job in relation to this investigation," the bulletin says.The officer goes on to say he was told Wortman owned a handgun and was having some "mental issues" that left him feeling stressed and "a little squirrelly."The document, first obtained by the CBC, says Wortman was also investigated for uttering death threats aimed at his parents less than a year earlier, in June 2010. That probe led police to conclude he may be in possession of several rifles, though it's not clear which force conducted the investigation.The one-page bulletin represents another detailed warning that police received about the killer before the tragic events of April 18-19 in central and northern Nova Scotia.Earlier this month, a former neighbour of Wortman's said she reported his domestic violence and cache of firearms to the RCMP years ago.Brenda Forbes said that in the summer of 2013, she told police about reports that Gabriel Wortman had held down and beaten his common law spouse behind one of the properties he owned.The RCMP have said they are looking for the police record of the incident.MacNeil said the patrol officer who prepared the 2011 bulletin — Cpl. Greg Densmore — submitted it to the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia for analysis and distribution to other police forces."Our officer did exactly what was expected of him," MacNeil said in a statement Friday. "He took the information seriously, documented it and submitted this information."MacNeil said it was safe to assume the Amherst Police Department also received the bulletin because it was one of their officers who retrieved it from files on April 18, 2020 — the day Wortman's rampage started — and sent it to those investigating the unfolding tragedy."Since neither of the addresses mentioned in this information were in the jurisdiction of the Truro Police Service, we were not obligated to follow up on this information, as this would fall to the police agencies of jurisdiction," MacNeil said."We can't comment on what those agencies may have done or didn't do with this information."At the time, Wortman had a primary residence above his denture clinic in downtown Dartmouth, N.S., which is an area covered by Halifax Regional Police. As well, he owned properties in Portapique, which is about 40 kilometres west of Truro and part of the RCMP's jurisdiction.MacNeil said this kind of bulletin would normally be sent to all municipal police agencies and the RCMP, which has been leading the investigation into last month's shootings.Const. Dylan Jackman, a spokesman for Halifax Regional Police, said the police force received the original bulletin and assigned an officer to investigate.Jackman said the investigator contacted the Truro Police Service and members of Wortman's family, but the matter was handed over to the RCMP because the information regarding firearms involved the residence in Portapique.An RCMP spokeswoman confirmed the police force received the bulletin in May 2011, but RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said she couldn't comment on how the Mounties responded because the follow-up records had been purged long ago, which is in line with existing data retention policies."Preliminary indications are that we were aware and, at minimum, provided assistance to (Halifax police), which aligns with the RCMP's approach for such enquiries," Clarke said in an email.Asked if the bulletin would have been useful for the officers investigating the recent slayings, Clarke said: "I can't speculate on how this information might have affected the outcome of the April 18/19 incidents."The Mounties have confirmed the gunman — disguised as a Mountie and driving a replica RCMP vehicle — was armed with two semi-automatic handguns and two semi-automatic rifles when he killed 13 people in Portapique on April 18 and another nine people the following day in several other communities.His victims included an RCMP officer, two nurses, two correctional officers, a family of three, a teacher and some of his neighbours in Portapique.After Wortman spent the better part of 13 hours killing people he knew and others he didn't, a Mountie fatally shot the 51-year-old at a gas station in Enfield, N.S., about 90 kilometres south of Portapique, on the morning of April 19.There have been numerous calls for a public inquiry to investigate how police handled one of the worst mass shootings in Canadian history, including pleas from relatives of victims, politicians and academics.Even though the province has the jurisdiction to hold an inquiry, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has said Ottawa should take the lead, given the scope of the tragedy and the many federal issues involved.However, the federal government only said it will do everything it can to ensure lessons are learned from the killings.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

  • Crowd protests white mayor's words about black man's death
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    Crowd protests white mayor's words about black man's death

    PETAL, Miss. — At least 200 people protested Friday outside a Mississippi City Hall, calling for the resignation of a white mayor who sparked outrage when he said he “didn’t see anything unreasonable” about the death of an African American man in Minneapolis police custody.Petal Mayor Hal Marx is resisting calls for his resignation, including from his own city's board of aldermen.“Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?” Marx tweeted Tuesday, the day four Minneapolis police officers were fired. George Floyd, 46, was handcuffed and pleading for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck Monday.In a follow-up tweet, the Republican directly referenced the Floyd case, saying he “didn't see anything unreasonable”: "If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn't show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified.”WDAM-TV carried live coverage of Friday's protest, which drew a racially diverse crowd.“Accountability must come into effect for Hal Marx,” said Bobby Sims Jr., a pastor from the nearby city of Hattiesburg, told the crowd.Sims and other speakers said Petal has long had a problem of police pulling over black drivers for little or no reason.Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Javon Patterson and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford both criticized Marx on social media.“You know as a former resident of Petal ... this is truly disturbing to see,” Patterson tweeted, attaching a screenshot of a Facebook post where Marx again said, “If you can talk you can breathe.”"How could you watch this disturbing video and make such an idiotic comment. But this guy is supposed to be the leader of ‘the friendly city,'” Alford, a Petal High School alumnus, wrote on Facebook. “This is why it's important to vote people. You don't want people like Mayor Hal Marx in charge.”Marx's Twitter account no longer exists.The Petal Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Thursday, voting unanimously to ask for Marx's resignation, the Clarion Ledger reported.“Recently, Mayor Hal Marx has taken to social media and repeatedly made comments that have isolated, enraged and belittled individuals in a way that is unbecoming to our city,” Aldermen Clint Moore read from a statement.Residents also called for his resignation, and protests are planned for the coming days. As Marx addressed the meeting, audience members shouted over him.“You already have your minds made up about me,” he said.Marx, who was first elected mayor in 2009 and entertained a run for governor in 2019, told the Hattiesburg American earlier this week that his remarks were misconstrued as racist, and that he was trying to caution people “to get all the facts before they judge” the police.At Thursday's meeting, he said he and his family had received death threats and called people asking for resignation bullies.“I will never surrender to the mob mentality,” he said. In Mississippi, elected officials can only be removed from office if they've committed felonies.Myla Cox grew up in Petal, a city of a little more than 10,000 people just east of Hattiesburg. She said she's been judged at her college, Brown University, because of her hometown.“Everybody looked down on me because they saw the type of people that run my city, specially you,” the newspaper quoted her as addressing Marx. “For you to come here today and say that we are bullies, and you to not hold accountability for your statements that we clearly do no agree with already shows what type of person you are.”The Associated Press

  • Minister says Ottawa must respect choice of First Nations to hold powwows
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    Minister says Ottawa must respect choice of First Nations to hold powwows

    OTTAWA — Canada's Indigenous services minister says Ottawa won't dictate terms to First Nations on holding ceremonies and powwows during a pandemic."If you believe in self-determination of Indigenous Peoples you have to respect choices even when you don't agree with them," Marc Miller said during a news briefing Friday.Miller was responding to a question about a Manitoba First Nation organizing a powwow for next month. He said studies have shown that when decisions are made by Indigenous communities the medical results are better.Cornell McLean, chief of the Lake Manitoba First Nation, said earlier this week that after careful consideration it was decided that the community's traditional powwow would go ahead in June. The chief said it would help bring healing to the community, about 160 kilometres north of Winnipeg, where people have been struggling under strict rules put in place by community leadership two months ago due to COVID-19.McLean noted the federal government made it clear that Indigenous ceremonies won't be stopped during the pandemic after RCMP were dispatched to a sun-dance ceremony in Saskatchewan earlier this month.Premier Brian Pallister joined Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in criticizing the federal government for sending mixed messages to First Nations about whether they have to follow provincial public-health orders. Pallister said he would bring up the concern during a call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday."We are not people who believe in two-tiered health," the premier said.Miller countered that Indigenous leaders have told him First Nations people have long lived under a two-tiered health system and "they are the victims of it." Health outcomes on First Nations tend to be poorer than the Canadian average and care offered is significantly limited compared to urban centres."Those are the cards, I think, that Indigenous communities would say that they were dealt going into this pandemic and create that vulnerability that is exacerbated by COVID-19."During its weekly update Friday, The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs pandemic response team said there were no active cases of COVID-19 in self-identified First Nations people.Dr. Marcia Anderson said guidance for ceremonial and spiritual practices was shared with leaders a month ago and is being updated to reflect the most recent information.Anderson encouraged leaders to take precautions if they go ahead with cultural events. She suggested people could use individual hand drums in a line, rather than surrounding one drum singing together. She said all events should be held outside."We don't want to say don't do it at all, but we want to think about how we can be creative."Grand Chief Arlen Dumas added that Indigenous leaders across the province were taking different approaches to holding events and ceremony. Some decided to remain in lockdown and cancel powwows."I'm proud of our community. I am proud of our region. I am proud of those things we are doing," Dumas said. "But I don't want us to get a false sense of confidence."This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Press

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    Toronto police chief calls for calm in wake of death of woman who fell from balcony

    TORONTO — The Toronto police chief called for calm Friday and promised to fast-track the use of body-worn cameras after the death of a 29-year-old woman who fell from a 24th-floor balcony while officers were in her home.The death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet on Wednesday has sparked emotional questions and allegations from the woman's family, local politicians, and on social media about the role of police officers in the incident."I request the public and communities wait for all of the facts regarding this case so that we can move forward once we establish exactly what happened that evening," Chief Mark Saunders said at a news conference.The Special Investigations Unit, the province's independent police watchdog, has invoked its mandate and taken over the investigation.Saunders said he is fast-tracking the implementation of body-worn cameras that he said could come to some front-line officers later this year."This is a textbook case as to why I've been advocating for body-worn cameras," he said.Saunders said police received three 9-1-1 calls about an alleged assault involving knives at Korchinski-Paquet's apartment.Officers arrived within four minutes of the call, he said. The family has alleged police were involved in her death.Many others have taken to social media in anger and a protest is planned for Saturday.The torrent of social media posts bothered Saunders."A lot of it is misinformation, a lot of it is lies," he said. "I'm asking people to wait for the truth."On Thursday, Korchinski-Paquet's mother said she wanted answers from police."I asked police yesterday if they could take my daughter to CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), and my daughter ended up dead," her mother, Claudette Beals-Clayton said. "So I don't understand."The SIU said it has interviewed multiple witnesses — including four officers — in their investigation so far.Saunders said paramedics were also at the scene.SIU spokeswoman Monica Hudon said that they've identified a subject officer in the investigation and will interview them later Friday."The scene was examined, and a canvass of the area was completed in an effort to locate witnesses and video footage," Hudon said in a statement. "Investigators have spoken to several civilians who were able to shed some light on what transpired."Toronto police have been examining the use of body-worn cameras for years. The force conducted a year-long pilot project that ended in 2016 with the recommendation to move forward. But rolling it out would be expensive — upwards of $80 million over 10 years, the force said at the time. Police told The Canadian Press then that much of the costs related to data storage fees.Saunders said Friday he'll do as much as he can do to get those cameras out in the field this year.Toronto's police union expressed its concerns Friday about what it called unfounded allegations that officers pushed Korchinski-Paquet off her balcony."The comments posted on social media are opportunistic and sensationalize this tragic event with blatant disregard for evidence or fact," read a statement from the Toronto Police Association."Comments made without facts are a disservice to the community and the police."The association and Toronto's police board have asked that the SIU move as quickly as possible in their investigation and provide updates so that the public can be presented with the facts.However, Toronto Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam has questioned the SIU's ability to investigate the incident."Every time the SIU gets involved, the same concerns always come to mind. How can families and the public be assured accountability and transparency," the councillor said in a Twitter post on Thursday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.Liam Casey and Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press

  • COVID-19 in Canada: Ontario, Alberta unveil new testing plans, PM considers shift in Canada-U.S. border restrictions
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    COVID-19 in Canada: Ontario, Alberta unveil new testing plans, PM considers shift in Canada-U.S. border restrictions

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians are concerned about their health and safety.

  • Saskatchewan First Nations request $120M US to build own PPE stockpile
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    Saskatchewan First Nations request $120M US to build own PPE stockpile

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