Gold Weekly Price Forecast – Gold Markets Continue the Grind

Christopher Lewis

Gold markets initially rally during the week but then gave back the gains to drive back down towards the $1710 level. More importantly, it is setting the top of the triangle that it just broke out of, which is quite common for technical patterns to do once they have been busted through. The $1700 level should offer a significant amount of support as well, so I think it is only a matter of time before the buyers come back in.

Beyond all of that, gold is in an uptrend for a reason. Central banks around the world continue to kill their own currencies through quantitative easing and flat out money printing. The Federal Reserve is buying high-yield debt, otherwise known as “junk debt”, which tells you how bad things really are. Yes, it is a fact that a lot of pundits say that since we are going to reopen the economy that everything is fine, but the reality is that things are not. If they were, the Federal Reserve would not be jumping all over this.

Gold Price Predictions Video 25.05.20

The $1800 level above would be a target, and if we can break above there it is likely that the market could go to the $2000 level. I like the idea of buying value when it appears, and quite frankly I think that a lot of larger traders are doing the same thing based upon what we have seen over the last several months. Yes, the US dollar is rallying, and a lot of people will tell you that it works against the value of gold. That being said, all one has to do is look at historical charts to find plenty of examples when both went higher.

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Living and waiting, it's really terrible. Enough to make stomach ulcers."WATCH | Lise Blais, stranded in Peru, says, 'The waiting is killing me'Stranded in Costa Rica: Maxine BruceMaxine Bruce is a 75-year-old Canadian snowbird stuck in Costa Rica. She's been hauling her groceries two kilometres up a mountain because she won't get in a taxi due to the pandemic. She's walking even further to try to scour the nearby village of Santa Maria de Dota for supplies and medications.Bruce said she's trying to get home to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia to help her brother, who has early onset dementia. But for some reason, she said, Global Affairs Canada thinks she's in another Central American country — the government has been sending her a "wealth of information applicable to Panama."The Canadian government has been "useless," she said."We're the forgotten Canadians stranded in these places. Basically, they said it was my choice to travel so it's down to me to get myself out of this mess."Trying to get out of Ecuador: David RobinsonDavid Robinson has spent the past year living on the ocean in Manta, Ecuador, while he had a medical procedure done to his foot. Now he said he wants to "get the hell out of Dodge" but Canada's consular services told him by email on May 6 that the only way out would be on a U.S.-chartered flight.He said he's upset he was told to contact the U.S. embassy for help."It's maddening," he said. "It's literally disgusting. I've been paying taxes since I've been 15 and this is what they're doing to me now, saying, 'Whatever.'"The last of six flights contracted by the Canadian government left Ecuador on April 30. Global Affairs said that as of today, commercial fights are allowed to take off and land in that country — but there are no direct flights to Canada planned "for the foreseeable future.""Many indirect options will become available as airlines re-establish operations," said Savard. "For those seeking to return to Canada from Ecuador, we encourage those Canadians to contact a travel agent or research flights to Canada online."Hunkering down in Nepal: Catherine BretonCatherine Breton is stuck in a cheap hotel with a small group of German and British tourists who are also stranded. She's in Bandipur, a small village in the mountains in Nepal about an hour's walk from a main road and a 12-hour bus ride from the capital, Kathmandu.She said she was on a spiritual journey to study Buddhism when the pandemic hit. Breton said she couldn't afford $4,000 for a spot on an earlier repatriation flight, so she decided to wait for other options to emerge. She's still waiting."I'm getting scared," she said. "There's more and more cases."Nepal has more than 1,500 COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.The Canadian government offers a $5,000 emergency loan to people stranded abroad for "life-sustaining needs." Breton said she's struggled to get out of debt before and had promised herself she'd never do it again, but realizes now she has no choice but to take the money.The local hospital told her it does not have ventilators and has run out of supplies needed to treat people with COVID-19. She said a Facebook group she's part of lists more than 70 Canadians in Nepal who want to travel home — but she's been told by consular support in India there aren't enough people for a repatriation flight."I just don't understand that," she said. "They have the possibility to do it. I don't know why they don't."

  • Heading to Toronto's Pearson airport? Here's what you need to know about new changes
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    Heading to Toronto's Pearson airport? Here's what you need to know about new changes

    There's a new normal landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Monday. As Ontario begins to slowly reopen, the airport has announced new and enhanced policies — affecting both passengers and employees — to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Here's what you need to know if you're planning on travelling through the airport in the near future. Masks now mandatory, terminal access restricted According to a release issued by the airport last week, the following policies are in effect as of June 1:  * All passengers and airport employees must wear masks in public spaces, except when eating or drinking.  * Terminal access is restricted to passengers who are travelling on the same day, as well as airport employees on duty. "Meeters and greeters," or those dropping friends and loved ones off at the airport, are not permitted to enter the terminals. * Passengers arriving at Pearson Airport are asked to exit the terminal buildings immediately upon collecting their luggage.  * Employees are not allowed to dwell or gather in passenger areas for non-work reasons.In additional to those changes, passengers are "as always" encouraged to follow in-terminal signage and maintain at least two metres distance from others whenever possible. There are some exceptions to the new rules; travellers under two years old or those who have trouble breathing are not required to wear masks.Additionally, friends or family members of someone who requires mobility assistance, or those accompanying a minor travelling alone, are allowed access into the public spaces of terminal buildings. "The less that people are in the terminal using shared facilities … it's going to help eliminate further spread of the virus," said Antonio Modarelli, of the Toronto Airport Workers Council (TAWC) — a group that is made up of six unions, representing some 50,000 workers at Pearson Airport. 18 positive cases reported at airport so far With hundreds of different employers under one roof, Modarelli says TAWC has created a voluntary reporting log to track new positive cases of COVID-19 — something most employers have already committed to doing. "If there's an active case within one group, we all share the same workspaces," he said. To date, Modarelli says a total of 18 cases have been confirmed. Over the next month, Modarelli says the airport will likely see an increase in passenger travel within the terminals and public corridors. In preparation of that slight surge, he said TAWC has been working with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to enact Monday's new measures, "something that both parties felt was very important." Those changes also including the addition of plexiglass to act as barriers in some areas, as well as enhanced cleaning services. "I think most of our workers here at Pearson are satisfied with the latest changes," Modarelli said. Refunds must be guaranteed, advocate saysThough the rules vary across Canada, Ontario isn't banning travellers from other provinces or mandating that they self-isolate for 14 days. But Gabor Lukacs, the founder of Air Passenger Rights, says that won't matter unless Canadians — and the federal government — decide to reopen their wallets. "[If] people are concerned about losing their money, they will not travel," he told CBC Toronto. "As long passengers cannot be assured that they're going to get a refund if their flight is cancelled, people will not be travelling." And pressure is mounting on the federal government to do just that.The minister of transport's office has been hit with a growing number of complaints to make it mandatory for Canadian airlines to refund passengers for flights cancelled due to pandemic travel restrictions if those companies are receiving aid from taxpayers. The federal government is expected to deliver an update on airline refunds in the coming weeks. Tourism Toronto receives $8M Meanwhile, Ottawa has earmarked millions of dollars to promote holiday travel inside Canada as it seeks to help the tourism industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic.Of those funds, just under $8 million will be dedicated to boosting Tourism Toronto. The tourism sector across the country, which employs about one in 11 Canadians, has been hit hard by the pandemic as international travel bans and border restrictions have choked off the flow of visitors.Ontario is set to lose just over 50 per cent of its revenue this year, which sits at around $36 billion annually, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). Well over half of the province's businesses have temporarily closed — with many saying they won't reopen — and some 38 per cent of jobs have been lost. TIAO says Toronot's allocated funds will be dedicated toward marketing businesses that have partially reopened and promoting travel within Ontario's borders. "We're really pushing Ontarians to get out and explore this summer, to go parts of the province you haven't been to," Beth Potter, president and CEO of TIAO, told CBC Toronto Sunday.

  • Changing of the guard at Bank of Canada adds to COVID-19 uncertainty: Don Pittis
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    Changing of the guard at Bank of Canada adds to COVID-19 uncertainty: Don Pittis

    In a time of ultimate economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and the lockdown to fight it, this week's shuffle at the top of Canada's central bank will only add to the confusion.That's not to say that newly appointed Gov. Tiff Macklem, who takes over from Stephen Poloz on Wednesday, will do a bad job.But just as when Poloz replaced media darling Mark Carney, who set off to an even more glamorous and demanding job at the Bank of England only to be replaced by a relatively stodgy and unknown replacement, changes of leadership style at the top matter.As it turned out, Poloz — appointed by the Harper government seven years ago in place of heir apparent Macklem — turned out to be an excellent choice as he rode the shockwaves radiating from the 2008 financial crisis with avuncular aplomb.'Solid' is what you want in governor"Oh, I think he's done a good job," said Joe Martin, director of Canadian Business History at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, referring to Poloz. "I think he's been solid and that's what you want in a central banker."Of course in retrospect, there is always room for criticism, including the complaint that cutting rates to help the oil sector in 2015 gave the industry a false sense of security while further stoking consumer over-borrowing.But even Martin's qualifier "solid" reveals how much the measure of a bank governor, like others in leadership roles, is based on qualities that are hard to nail down. And as with Poloz, the judgment of Macklem's fitness will be how he responds to crises that are by definition unpredictable.Poloz faced surprises: the oil crash and U.S. President Donald Trump's unexpected disruption of trade. The fact that despite a long decline in unemployment, global inflation remained tepid even as markets soared. The ideas presented in an earlier analysis that Poloz would be a party-pooper, forced to raise interest rates after Carney's cuts, now looks very wrong indeed.If anything, the Bank of Canada under the incoming governor is facing even more uncertainty in an already uncertain time, not least because Macklem remains an unknown quantity, said Martin, who has watched the new appointee in his role as dean at Rotman."He was [at the Bank of Canada] during 2008, and he knows what a bad crisis looks like," said Martin. Macklem was senior deputy governor until May 2014.But Martin said in many ways, the incoming governor is untested. "I am not entirely comfortable he's the best manager in the world."Martin says one-on-one Macklem is more affable than Poloz, but it is hard to know how that will translate into running an organization as large as the Bank of Canada. The Rotman historian says other unknowns that could lead to conflict include Macklem's climate change-fighting stance, his uncertain ability to "read the room" and perhaps most significantly, his independence from Finance Minister Bill Morneau who appointed him.When the bank was founded by the Conservative government of R.B. Bennett in the 1930s, amid considerable rancour, it was a private institution divorced from government. Since then, it has grown closer, and in the current crisis, Martin says even closer co-operation between fiscal and monetary policy may not be a bad thing.'Massive challenge' aheadOf course, as the Canadian economy plunges into the unknown, there is enough that could go wrong to turn the job, seen only months ago as a career-clinching sinecure for the 59-year-old economist, into a poisoned chalice."Clearly, Macklem faces a pretty massive challenge," said Jacqueline Best, a University of Ottawa professor specializing in economic crises, who spoke just after wrestling with Zoom to teach a course called the Everyday Politics of the Global Economy. One of the things that impressed Best about Poloz was his ability to articulate how much the central bank does not know about the direction of the economy. That was especially clear in his recent speech where he reminded Canadians that the country could face either inflation or deflation and that deflation would have the most dangerous impact.Deflation the big scary thing"Generally, deflation is more of a problem than inflation so that's the big scary thing, getting into a deflationary spiral," said Best, who says one of the difficulties Macklem will face is that central banks can no longer depend on simple rules any more.Best says that since the days of former U.S. central banker Alan Greenspan and then Carney after him, the role of governor has turned into that of a public media figure representing the face of the bank and of Canadian policy abroad.As Poloz discovered, one of the many challenges of the job was rolling with the punches as Canada's powerful neighbour and its mercurial president changed policy in ways the Bank of Canada could not ignore.Some commentators have suggested that in a bid to win the November election, Trump may try to pull out all the stops and spend like a Democrat, igniting inflation after all.Whether Trump wins or loses, Macklem's term as governor will extend not just until the U.S. election but to the aftermath when perhaps he will have one of the most difficult tasks for a central banker: taking away the punch bowl when government, business and ordinary borrowers want the party to keep going.Follow Don on Twitter @don_pittis

  • Atlanta mayor: 2 officers fired in 'excessive force' arrests
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    Atlanta mayor: 2 officers fired in 'excessive force' arrests

    ATLANTA — Two police officers have been fired and three others placed on desk duty over excessive use of force during a protest arrest incident involving two college students, Atlanta's mayor said Sunday.Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference that she and police Chief Erika Shields made the decision after reviewing body-camera footage of a Saturday night incident that first gained attention from video online and on local news.“Use of excessive force is never acceptable," Bottoms told reporters. Shields called the footage “really shocking to watch.”Police on Sunday night identified the fired officers as Investigator Ivory Streeter, who was hired in December 2003, and Investigator Mark Gardner, who was hired in August 1997.Bottoms said the woman, Taniyah Pilgrim, was released without charges. She said the man, Messiah Young, was released, too, and she's ordering the charges against him dropped. She didn't specify what charges he faced. A police report says Young was charged with attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.Dramatic body camera video that police released Sunday night shows police taking another young man into custody in a downtown street alongside a line of stopped cars. The man is pleading with police to let him go, saying he didn't do anything.Young, sitting in the driver's seat of a car stopped in the street holds up his phone, appearing to shoot video as an officer approaches and pulls the driver's side door open. Young pulls the door shut and says repeatedly, “I'm not dying today." He urges the officers to release the other man and let him get in the car as the dark sedan advances a bit.The car gets stuck in traffic and officers run up to both sides of the car shouting orders. An officer uses a stun gun on Pilgrim as she's trying to get out of the car and then officers pull her from the vehicle.Another officer yells at Young to put the car in park and open the window. An officer repeatedly hits the driver's side window with a baton, and another officer finally manages to break it.As the glass shatters, an officer uses a stun gun on Young and officers pull him from the car as officers shout, “Get your hand out of your pockets,” and, “He got a gun. He got a gun. He got a gun.” Once he's out of the car and on the ground, officers zip tie Young's hands behind his back and lead him away.Police reports do not list a gun as having been recovered.The mayor said she had delayed the news conference several hours to review all the body-camera footage because she and Shields wanted to be certain about what happened.“I really wanted to believe that the body-worn camera footage would provide some larger view that could better rationalize why we got to this space,” Shields said. “And having spent most of the afternoon with the mayor, reviewing the footage exhaustively, I knew that I had only one option, and that is to terminate the employees.”Bottoms said she had spoken to leaders at Spelman College and Morehouse College, where she said the the young people were students. She said she'd also spoken to representatives for the students but hadn't yet spoken directly to them.Shields offered an apology and said she knows the officers' behaviour was unacceptable and caused further fear.“Sometimes the best thing, the only thing you can do as a police chief is come in and clean up the mess that’s before you,” Shields said.“When wrong is wrong, we have to, as law enforcement, start dealing with it in the same manner that we would deal with it with non-law enforcement," Shields said. "For some reason, we’ve fallen into a gray area where there’s a separate set of rules for law enforcement, and if we want to get out of this space that we’re in now we have to change how we manage internally.”Shields said she experienced a broad range of emotions as just a few hours before she saw the video, another of her officers was seriously injured. A preliminary investigation indicates the officer was in an intersection on foot to block traffic from passing into an area where there were protesters when a person on an ATV approached at a high rate of speed and hit him.Officer Maximilian Brewer suffered significant injuries to his legs and remained in the intensive care unit Sunday evening, Shields said, adding that she hopes he’ll be able to walk again. The ATV rider was taken into custody at the scene and to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Police on Sunday night identified the driver of the ATV as 42-year-old Avery Goggans. He has been charged with DUI, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and several other traffic charges, police Sgt. John Chafee said in an email.Bottoms imposed a 9 p.m. curfew for Saturday and Sunday. Gov. Brian Kemp authorized up to 3,000 National Guard troops to be deployed in cities across the state to respond if needed to protests over the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia.Atlanta police said Sunday they had arrested more than 150 people as protesters threw rocks at officers and broke windows in the downtown area. The curfew was initially imposed after demonstrations Friday night turned violent with people setting fires and smashing windows at businesses and restaurants.Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

  • Her parents live 80 metres away but she can't visit. Why? The Quebec border
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    Her parents live 80 metres away but she can't visit. Why? The Quebec border

    Nadine Bolduc couldn't live much closer to her parents, but these days she feels very far away from them.Bolduc lives in the tiny community of Boundary, N.B., in Madawaska County. Her parents' house is about 80 metres away, across a small bridge spanning a narrow creek.That creek is also the New Brunswick-Quebec border, and that means Bolduc is not allowed to visit her parents unless she's prepared to self-isolate for 14 days after the two-minute walk back home."Since they're from New Brunswick, they can't see anyone they know, and they're alone," she said."We do all of our business in New Brunswick, and right now we can't make it," said Bolduc's father, Germain."We have to stay there and that's why it's a little bit harder. We can't go to New Brunswick. Everything is there and we can't go there."The New Brunswick government has closed its borders to non-essential visitors to limit the spread of COVID-19 and has set up screening checkpoints staffed by provincial enforcement officers.It's been disruptive in many ways, but it's particularly acute here, at the province's most remote border crossing with Quebec — a spot that, in normal times, may be the most integrated location along the boundary.The small cluster of houses and businesses, along with a few cottages on nearby Baker Lake, constitute a single community that happens to be in two provinces. "They're really divided our community here in half," said Nadine Bolduc.Pre-pandemic, Bolduc walked over to Chez Rita, a diner on the Quebec side next door to her parents' house, a couple of times a week. But it's closed now, because the owners live on the New Brunswick side and can't get there to open it.There are no more trips up the road to the dépanneur, or convenience store, for cheap beer.A 'weird' situationIt's a sudden hardening of a border, finalized by Great Britain in 1851, that had been an afterthought until COVID-19."Almost everybody that I know that lives on the Quebec side of Baker Lake is originally from New Brunswick," said Léo-Paul Charest, a former senior civil servant in the provincial civil service originally from Edmundston.When Charest retired from his government job, he decided to build his retirement home on the lake and found a nice spot."And then when finally we started looking at it seriously, hey, it was in Quebec."The border closure here covers two crossings a stone's throw from each other. On the main road, where New Brunswick Route 120 meets Quebec Highway 289 at a small bridge over the creek, New Brunswick officers are pulling over vehicles for screening at a checkpoint."It's kind of hectic," Bolduc said. "We have 24-hour surveillance from the New Brunswick side, and we have all the noises and the lights. It's kind of weird."She lives on Boundary Road, which forks off Route 120 and crosses the same creek about 200 metres from the main road. That bridge is closed completely by a large barrier. Bolduc has been running errands for her parents, who can't reach their usual grocery store, pharmacy and bank in communities like Clair and Edmundston on the New Brunswick side. She brings whatever they need to the barrier and leaves it there for them to pick up.That's also where her father Germain spoke to CBC News. He stayed on the Quebec side of the border while she remained on the New Brunswick side.Make an exception, resident urgesWhile Germain Bolduc said the situation is "not that bad," he said homes on his side of the line, which are remote and isolated from larger population centres in Quebec, should be treated as part of New Brunswick."If they could give us a pass so we can go there and come back — it would be just around here," he said. "We come from Quebec, but not the city, and not the city of Montreal."Charest agreed. "I don't think people really understand our situation," he said. "People that don't live near a boundary, they don't know."He said when people think of the province of Quebec, they think of the province's high number of COVID-19 cases, "but you know, that's Montreal.""Here, it's almost New Brunswick anyway. ...  The risk factor is less than having somebody from Fredericton go to Edmundston."Charest owns a rental property in Edmundston he's been unable to reach for maintenance. His wife can't visit her 92-year-older mother. He can't bring his car to a garage, just a few metres inside New Brunswick near Bolduc's house, to get his winter tires removed."What we're looking for is consideration. Just maybe, take our address. We live on the border. I'm 20 metres from the border. There should be something done for these people here."Seeking political helpCharest has contacted the MLA representing the New Brunswick side, Liberal Francine Landry, and Jean-Pierre Ouellet, mayor of the rural municipality of Haut-Madawaska.But there's little they can do."I agree that the border should be controlled, and I guess most of the population agrees with that," Ouellet said. "But when you apply the law, there's a matter of judgement and common sense."That's what I'm asking, for the people who are applying the rules and regulations to use some kind of common sense in their decisions to allow people to come in or go out." Premier Blaine Higgs has attributed New Brunswick's relative success controlling COVID-19, and the resulting reopening of parts of the economy, to strict border measures."We're able to allow the freedom inside the province because of the position we're in right now," he said last week. "Borders are our main line of defence here, and I know that for communities that live right on the border, it's a special challenge."'It's protection for us'Despite the inconveniences, Nadine Bolduc said she isn't actually opposed to the border restrictions. "We felt from the beginning like we were trapped [and] there were eyes on us 24 hours a day, and that's a downfall," she said. "But I'm not against it. I mean it's protection for us."Until recently, Quebec also had checkpoints here for traffic entering the province, but they were removed a couple of weeks ago.Now, "my parents are kind of nervous, anxious about it, because they feel like they're not protected," Bolduc said."So they're happy and I'm happy that on the New Brunswick side, [enforcement officers] are still here and will be here for the summer. So I'm really grateful for them to be here. We feel protected."From the other side of the barrier, her father Germain agreed."I think it's a good thing," he said, "but it's sometimes hard for us."

  • How To Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning
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    How To Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

    We won't have offices or movie theatres or malls to escape to this summer.

  • Protest against anti-black racism, police impunity in Montreal turns violent
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    Protest against anti-black racism, police impunity in Montreal turns violent

    MONTREAL — A Montreal anti-racism protest demanding justice for a black Minnesota man who died following a police intervention last week degenerated into clashes between police and some demonstrators on Sunday night.The march had snaked its way through downtown Montreal on Sunday afternoon without incident, but Montreal police declared the gathering illegal about three hours after it began when they say projectiles were thrown at officers who responded with pepper spray and tear gas.Tensions flared after the formal rally had concluded and some demonstrators made their way back to the starting point, in the shadow of Montreal police headquarters downtown.Windows were smashed, fires were set and the situation slid into a game of cat-and-mouse between pockets of protesters and police trying to disperse them.Demonstrators had gathered to denounce racist violence and police impunity — both in the U.S. and at home in Montreal.George Floyd died in Minneapolis on Monday after pleading for air while a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck.His death has sparked nightly protests in major U.S. cities.The Montreal rally was a solidarity gathering with American anti-racism activists, but organizers say it is also an opportunity to express their own anger at the treatment of racialized people in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada.Some of the names invoked included names of black men killed during Montreal police interventions in recent years."It's important for everyone to be here today so that we can have a lot of voices to say the George Floyd event is not a singular event," said Marie-Livia Beauge, one of the event organizers. "It keeps happening and it's happening here in Montreal so to be here together is to show solidarity and denounce the injustice."The gathering drew Montrealers of all stripes and backgrounds, holding posters with slogans. Protesters chanted "Black lives matter" and "I can't breathe" — what Floyd was caught on video saying.They took a knee in unison several times in solidarity with the movement.But when Montreal police called on protesters to disperse, some refused.Leah Blain, 20, chose to continue demonstrating and was part of a group trying to reach police headquarters when she was met with pepper spray. "We were just standing here, we were showing our support and this is what happens, the police support a system that's against us, so if you support them, you're against us," she said.On Sunday evening, Steve Haboucha was clearing broken glass from the frame around the front window of his Koodo Mobile store on Montreal's Ste Catherine Street. Security video from his store, he said, shows a stream of people entering the cell phone shop and leaving with accessories over a 30-minute period.About ten police officers were there, standing over broken glass, keeping guard outside. Haboucha said the police told him there were "hundreds" of stores that suffered the same fate along the route the protesters took.A few kilometres west on the same downtown street, the loud pops of cracking glass echoed through the neighbourhood, preceding a group of people who turned their destruction onto seemingly random targets.On one corner, a group used a metal construction sign and its steel stand to smash the front glass of a payday loan branch.All along Ste Catherine, people smashed windows and looted stores, while trying to evade police.Before chaos erupted, Vincent Mousseau, a social worker and community organizer, called out Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, who earlier Sunday had condemned "violence, racism and systemic discrimination" in a series of tweets.Mousseau cautioned against empty words from leaders."In fighting this, we need to ensure our movements are not co-opted to stifle our anger with their kind word and simultaneous inaction," Mousseau said.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers repeatedly told people to spread out, trying to find a spot where a two-metre distance could be maintained.Despite a majority of people wearing masks and organizers squirting hand sanitizer, the numbers attending made distancing impossible.The location adjacent to Montreal police headquarters was packed, with police closely guarding the building that houses their brass.Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec's director of public health, told Radio-Canada on Sunday evening that he recognized the importance of the cause but urged hand washing and for anyone exhibiting symptoms to let health authorities know they attended the protest.Around the start of the demonstration, Montreal police took the unusual step of issuing a tweet saying they were dismayed by the death of George Floyd."Both the action taken and the inaction of the witnesses present go against the values of our organization," the force tweeted calling on for a peaceful demonstration."We respect the rights and the need of everyone to speak out against this violence and will be by your side to ensure your safety," the police said.The Montreal rally followed one in Toronto on Saturday, which remained peaceful.So too did Sunday's rally in Vancouver, where thousands gathered outside the city's art gallery, waving signs and chanting their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and Floyd.Tristan Miura, who held up a skateboard painted with the words "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," said he hopes Vancouver will reflect on the protesters' message."Vancouver has always been quite liberal and very open about what they feel is wrong in the community," said Miura. "I think Vancouver, as a whole, is taking this time to reflect on past issues and preventing further issues from occurring."Others hoped it would spark a larger reaction in Canada."I hope this is just the start," said Chance Lovett. "I hope this is just the beginning of a larger conversation and a larger movement."Vancouver police said there have been no arrests during the event.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2020.— with files by Nick Wells in Vancouver.Sidhartha Banerjee and Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

  • China says U.S. 'addicted to quitting' over plan to withdraw from WHO
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    China says U.S. 'addicted to quitting' over plan to withdraw from WHO

    China said on Monday the United States was "addicted to quitting" following a U.S. decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the international community disagreed with what he described as the selfish behaviour of the United States. "The U.S. has become addicted to quitting groups and scrapping treaties," said Zhao.

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    Deadly police raid fuels call to end 'no knock' warrants

    It’s the stuff of nightmares: Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend were in bed when a trio of armed men smashed through the front door. The three men turned out to be plainclothes police detectives, one of whom was wounded in the chaos and violence that March night. Taylor's death led to protests and a review of how Louisville police use "no knock" search warrants, which allow officers to enter a home without announcing their presence, often in drug cases to prevent suspects from getting rid of a stash.

  • SpaceX crew captures jaw-dropping view of space station during approach
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    SpaceX crew captures jaw-dropping view of space station during approach

    The SpaceX Crew Dragon 'Endeavour' captured jaw-dropping views of the International Space Station during its approach on May 31st, ,2020. Credit to 'NASA/SpaceX'.

  • Ontario man, 68, connects with Newfoundland family he never knew
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    Ontario man, 68, connects with Newfoundland family he never knew

    The pandemic is keeping some families apart right now, but an Ontario man who was adopted has found new family he never knew before, and they're just as happy as he is to have finally connected.Rick Betts was born in 1952 to Hazel Pennell, a Newfoundland woman living in Ontario, who put him up for adoption.Over the years, Pennell had lost touch with her family in Lark Harbour. Until they heard from Betts this spring, they didn't know she had had a child.He and some newly-found first cousins have now spent hours talking on the phone and over video, and they've been learning more about each other."It was an emotional connection that we had. It just opened up the floodgates," said Betts."We knew nothing, and now we feel we know everything. So it's been fabulous."Looking for yearsBetts' story goes back to the early 1950s when he was placed in foster care after he was born. He remained there until he was adopted at eight months old.He said he had a great life as a child with his adoptive parents and his sister, who was also adopted. It never occurred to him until years later to even look for his biological parents."I had always known that I was adopted. It was never a family secret or anything like that," said Betts.But, after his adoptive parents both died young, in their 50s, and he and his wife, Sandee, had children of their own, Betts started to think about his family medical history and he began a search in the early 1990s.Betts was able to get some information from the Children's Aid Society in Toronto and from the adoption unit of the Ontario government, including his mother's name and birth date. He also knew that she was from somewhere in Newfoundland, but that she was no longer living there. Hazel Pennell's last known address was Florida, and the government was unable to locate her.> It's a whole new place to belong. \- Rick BettsBetts spent a lot of time doing internet searches for birth, marriage, and death notices to try to find some reference to his birth mother but — since there are a lot of Pennells in Newfoundland and he didn't know which community she was from — he was unsuccessful.The Ontario adoption unit was able to find Betts' biological father in 2001, and it obtained and passed on some information about the man's medical history, but the elderly gentleman did not wish to make a connection. Betts said he was understanding of that.Genetic testing makes the linkBetts' search for his biological mother did not progress further until DNA test kits became available a few years ago. Even then, there was no breakthrough until this spring, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and through the help of a total stranger who had also had DNA testing.Rosemarie Whalen of Clarenville, who is searching for her biological father, had her DNA come up as a match — possibly third cousins — with Rick Betts on the AncestryDNA database.Her husband, Jamie Whalen, contacted Rick Betts to find out where he fit into his wife's family tree, and Betts shared with him what he knew about his mother's identity.Through the course of his research on behalf of his wife, Whalen had poured over dozens of obituaries of possible family members, and he thought he remembered Hazel Pennell's name."It just happened to stick out. Every death notice that I used to read, every name would stick in my head, and I knew that, yeah, there is a death notice there somewhere that [included] a Hazel Pennell in it," said Whalen.Whalen found the funeral notice, for a Pennell from Lark Harbour who had a sister named Hazel, and he sent it to Rick Betts.Within days, in late April, Betts had connected with two newly discovered first cousins from Newfoundland. They are the children of his biological mother's brother, Freeman."This is like a huge tree that's got to get put together," said Betts."It's a whole new place to belong."New details about a long-lost relativeIt turns out Betts' relatives in Newfoundland are just as pleased as he is to finally get some answers about Hazel Pennell.Since the late 1980s, Betts' first cousin, Brenda Eldridge, had tried to locate her father's long-lost sister, who had left Newfoundland as a young woman, only returning once for a visit."My grandfather always kept an 8-by-10 photo of her in his living room. He always talked about her," recalled Eldridge.But Hazel Pennell didn't stay in contact, and the family didn't know that she'd had a baby, nor anything else about what happened to her, including whether she might possibly still be alive.Eldridge said connecting with the son of her Aunt Hazel has been emotional."It seemed like it was a dream come true," said Eldridge. "And, to find out that we had another cousin, we were ecstatic," she said.Eldridge said her 89-year-old father, Freeman, was surprised but also pleased to learn that his sister had a son, and they're in the process of arranging a video conversation between him and Betts. "My Dad is over the moon," said Eldridge. "I think he often wondered where Aunt Hazel was, and what happened to her. Knowing that we have a piece of her in Rick, he's pretty excited."Too late to meet his motherUnfortunately, there will be no reunion between Betts and his biological mother, as Hazel Pennell died more than four years ago in Florida.Through new information he was able to piece together in May, Betts has identified his mother's last place of residence and has found her funeral notice.Hazel Depaola was 93 when she died in October 2015. Her obituary does not mention her maiden name of Pennell, but it does state that her place of birth was Lark Harbour, Newfoundland. No children are listed in the funeral notice, so there are no brothers or sisters for Rick to meet.Betts was glad to learn that his birth mother had eventually married and appeared to have had a good life which included work in the hospitality industry, travelling, and a love for animals, all according to her funeral notice.And, even though he didn't get a chance to meet his biological mother, Betts feels the search was still worth the effort, and he's anxious to come to Newfoundland to meet his new cousins when pandemic restrictions permit him to do so.Eldridge is also eager to meet Betts. She said if it wasn't for COVID-19, she and her brother would have been on a plane to Ontario by now: "I'm excited to meet him in person. I feel like I already know him, and I'm just so happy that we've connected."Betts said he believes learning about his existence is helping his birth mother's Newfoundland family understand why she didn't stay in contact, as the early 1950s were a different era when having a child outside of marriage had a stigma and shame attached to it."It sounds like there was a lot of holes and information they just didn't know about," said Betts. "I'm glad that I was able to fill in some of those gaps for sure. And it's very exciting, meeting all these relatives."'It takes just one person'Even though it took Betts nearly three decades to find the missing link that led him to his birth mother's family, he encourages other people searching for their roots to not give up.For Jamie Whalen, who provided that missing link, and whose wife is still searching for her family roots, Betts' story gives him hope."I mean, after 30 years looking for your mom, it just takes one person, after 30 years, to help."Betts said his story proves that a long wait can eventually pay off.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Spike Lee on what's different about these protests
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    Spike Lee on what's different about these protests

    NEW YORK — It's not the first time that Spike Lee's “Do the Right Thing” has been freshly urgent, but Lee's 1989 film has again found blistering relevance in the wake of George Floyd's death.On Monday, Lee released a short film titled “3 Brothers" connecting the death of Radio Raheem (played by Bill Nunn) in “Do the Right Thing” to the deaths of Floyd and Eric Garner. Floyd died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck as he begged for air. Garner's dying plea of “I can't breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality in 2014.Blazed across the screen is the question: “Will history stop repeating itself?"“I've seen this before. This is not new," Lee said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. “I was born in '57 so I was 11 years old when I saw the riots with Dr. King's assassination, later on with Rodney King and the Simi Valley verdict, Trayvon Martin and Ferguson.”“People are tired and they take to the streets,” said Lee.“Do the Right Thing,” about rising racial tensions on a hot summer day in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood, took direct inspiration from reality. In the film, Raheem is choked to death by a police officer, sparking a riot.Lee modeled the choke hold that kills Raheem on the murder of Michael Stewart, a graffiti artist who was killed by New York City police officers in 1983. Lee dedicated the film to Stewart’s family, as well as those of several other black people killed by police officers.“His death is not just made up. Many years later, Eric Garner, automatically I thought of Ray Raheem," said Lee. "Then to see my brother George Floyd. I mean, he was quoting the words of Eric Garner: ‘I can’t breathe.’ He was channeling Eric Garner. I’m sure of it.”As much as Lee sees history repeating itself, there's one element of the current unrest that strikes the filmmaker as new.“I've been very encouraged by the diversity of the protesters. I haven't seen this diverse protests since when I was a kid,” Lee said, citing the movements of the '60s. “I'm encouraged that my wife's sisters and brothers are out there."That is the hope of this country, this diverse, younger generation of Americans who don't want to perpetuate the same (expletive) that their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents got caught up in. That's my hope.”To illustrate the point, Lee cited cities with smaller black populations, like Des Moines, Iowa, where protests and riots have occurred.“My young white sisters and brothers are out there in the streets. How many black folks are in Salt Lake City, Utah? And let's take into account that the NBA is not playing," said Lee, letting out an enormous cackle. "The Utah Jazz are not playing!”“3 Brothers” is the second short Lee has released during the pandemic. While Lee has kept to his Upper East Side apartment with his family, he has also biked around the city to shoot. Lee's “New York, New York,” set to Frank Sinatra, was released in early May as an ode to his outbreak-stricken city. Next week, he'll release on Netflix “Da Five Bloods," a Vietnam War drama about four black veterans who return to Vietnam to find the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman).Lee has only modest hopes for justice in the aftermath of Floyd's death. Attorney General William Barr he calls “not a friend to justice.” “He's going to do what Agent Orange tell him to do,” said Lee, using his favoured nickname for President Donald Trump.But Lee has been buoyed by a photo of New York police officers kneeling with protesters, an image he likened to Colin Kaepernick's NFL protests.“They need to show the image more,” said Lee. “Colin Kaepernick is a patriot.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/JakeCoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press

  • Beijing could bar exit of dual Canadians from Hong Kong amid protests: lawyer
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    Beijing could bar exit of dual Canadians from Hong Kong amid protests: lawyer

    OTTAWA — A Canadian legal activist is warning the federal government to grant asylum to democracy activists in Hong Kong and expanded settlement to those with links to Canada before China prevents them from leaving.The warning came Monday from Avvy Go, the director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, which has already helped bring Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Canada.There are 300,000 Canadians of Hong Kong descent in China, and Go says if Ottawa doesn't act now to accommodate those who want to leave, Beijing will prevent them from leaving in the future."The time to act is now. As China continues to crack down on the democracy movement in Hong Kong, it may soon find ways to prohibit Hong Kong activists from leaving that city, period," Go said Monday at a joint video press conference hosted by Amnesty International."Even with those who are Canadian citizens, China may refuse to recognize their dual citizenship status and deny their exit from Hong Kong."MPs from the four major Canadian political parties and one independent senator stood in solidarity with the proposals Go put forward at a virtual press conference convened by Amnesty International.Canada, along with the United States, Britain and Australia, have condemned Beijing's imposition of a new national security law that they say violates Hong Kong's freedom from Chinese communist interference."This is the Beijing government's most breathtaking, threatening and callous attack yet ... discarding any pretence of fulfilling China's international promises made when Hong Kong was handed over in 1997," said Alex Neve, the secretary general of Amnesty's Canadian branch.Go called on the federal government to implement several immigration and asylum measures, to help people get out of Hong Kong before it is too late. They are:—Expediting family sponsorship applications by Canadians with spouses and parents in Hong Kong.—Expanding family-reunification sponsorship programs beyond parents and spouses.—Issuing more temporary-resident permits, work visas and student visas.—Granting refugee status to democracy advocates, and offering them stepped-up resettlement options.Last year, Hong Kong residents took to the streets in mass protests against a proposed extradition law from Beijing that was eventually abandoned.During that unrest, Go's clinic received requests from Canadians of Hong Kong descent whose relatives participated in pro-democracy protests, she said.Since Beijing announced the new security law, the clinic is getting calls from Canadians who are worried about their families even though they may not have been involved with the democracy movement, said Go."These are our people. And as parliamentarians dedicated to promoting and protecting democracy, we cannot stand by silently. I endorse all of the actions," said Independent Sen. Marilou McPhedran.McPhedran said she has travelled across Africa and seen the effect of China's massive development spending, an influence-buying effort that many analysts say is a power play by Beijing's ruling communist party."The weaponization of economic support is something that we need to understand better as we look at what is happening in Hong Kong," said McPhedran."The violation of the Hong Kong Basic Law, which is the essence of what China is saying it is going to do, is in fact a precursor to threats to democracies in many other countries as well."Conservative MP Kenny Chiu, who was born in Hong Kong, said the people of his homeland respect human rights and the rule of law, and they are prepared to commemorate Thursday's anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that saw the Chinese army kill scores of pro-democracy student protesters in 1989."We're witnessing in Hong Kong basic dictatorship in disguise, exerting its power out of fear for these values," said Chiu.This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2020.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

  • Man sentenced to 1 year for selling crack to undercover RCMP
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    Man sentenced to 1 year for selling crack to undercover RCMP

    One of the minor players caught up in an RCMP drug investigation in Yellowknife has been sentenced to a year in jail.Brandon Topilikon, 28, was sentenced in territorial court on Friday. He had earlier pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and numerous breaches of his release conditions.Topilikon was among 15 people charged in a 2018 RCMP investigation called Project Gloomiest, though he was far from being a target of the investigation.The RCMP say the main target was Toufic Chamas. Late last year the Edmonton man was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for cocaine trafficking and firearms charges. Others arrested in the same investigation have yet to go to trial.Bad choice of buyerAccording to a statement of agreed facts read out in court during his sentencing on Friday, in March of 2018 Topilokon initiated a cocaine transaction in front of Centre Square Mall. He approached a man and asked if he wanted to buy any "hard or soft," meaning crack cocaine or powdered cocaine.The man he approached was an undercover RCMP officer. The officer agreed to buy a gram of crack, which Topilikon sold to him for $60. Topilikon also told the officer he owed another $20 for a phone number the officer could use to buy additional cocaine.In the months since, Topilikon has been released and re-arrested for violating the terms of his release, only to be released again. In addition to the drug trafficking charge, he was being sentenced for failing to obey his release conditions six times.A background report prepared for the sentencing indicated Topilikon, who is Inuit, suffered many of the same disadvantages growing up that other Indigenous people have suffered. His father was never part of his life. From a young age, he was left to take care of his mother, who had from schizophrenia. He stayed with relatives who abused alcohol and lived in three foster homes.Just before being sentenced Topilikon said that drug and alcohol addictions were his "normal.""I hate it," he said. "I despise it every day."Topilikon dabbed away tears as his lawyer talked about the situation in which his incarceration has left his two children. He and his partner were also taking care of two of her younger siblings.Judge Garth Malakoe noted Topilikon was selling to support his own drug habit, and suffers from disadvantages from his childhood through no fault of his own."If the stars align and Mr. Topilikon can avoid the old normal, as he says, and replace it with a new normal that focuses on parenting and working and dealing with his mental health issues then I think he can lead a productive life that does not rely on criminal activity," said Malakoe during his sentencing.After serving his jail time, Topilikon will be on probation for two years.His legal troubles are not over yet. Topilikon is accused of an April 10 knifepoint robbery. He's accused of robbing a man of his backpack. He's scheduled to appear in court on that charge June 16.

  • Murder conviction stands for former fugitive who fled to Vietnam, rules province's top court
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    Murder conviction stands for former fugitive who fled to Vietnam, rules province's top court

    The first-degree murder conviction of a former fugitive who fled Calgary ahead of his trial stands after the province's top court dismissed Nathan Gervais's appeal. Lukas Strasser-Hird, 18, was swarmed, beaten and stabbed to death outside a nightclub in 2013. After fleeing the country in 2016, Gervais was eventually arrested and returned to Canada in 2018. He was convicted of first-degree murder in May of last year.The Alberta Court of Appeal called the killing a "tragic event" and ruled Court of Queen's Bench Justice William Tilleman did not err in finding the victim was forcibly confined during the attack, which led to the first-degree murder conviction for Gervais.Gervais was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.Defence lawyer Alain Hepner says he will consult with his client before deciding whether to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. Appeal arguments were made in early May by Hepner and prosecutor Julie Morgan. Gervais asked the province's top court to substitute an acquittal, order a new trial or substitute a conviction of second-degree murder.Nov. 23, 2013In 2013, Strasser-Hird was just back from a year in South America.At the Vinyl nightclub, he overheard someone call the bouncer a "dirty spic" and confronted the group, which included Gervais, over the racist remark.Outside the bar, Strasser-Hird was surrounded and shoved around until a bouncer grabbed the teenager and brought him back inside.Then, staff at the night club led Strasser-Hird out the back door, where a group of angry men were waiting for a second attack.Gervais confessedThe trial judge called Gervais's actions "predatory and calculated." Before waiting in the alley for his victim, Gervais had fetched a knife from his car, which was parked across the street from the bar. As he was kicked, punched and stabbed, the victim begged for his life, according to witnesses. Following the attack, Gervais confessed to several people that he had stabbed Strasser-Hird.In 2016, just before Gervais was to go on trial alongside four others, he fled Canada. Franz Cabrera and Assmar Shlah were ultimately found guilty of second-degree murder, while Joch Pouk was found guilty of manslaughter. A fourth man was acquitted.In February 2018, Gervais was arrested in Vietnam and returned to Calgary to face his murder charge.

  • Israeli defence chief says he's preparing for consequences of West Bank annexations
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    Israeli defence chief says he's preparing for consequences of West Bank annexations

    Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday he ordered the military to step up preparations for Israel's pending annexation of parts of the West Bank, a plan that could stoke Palestinian violence. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to begin cabinet discussions on July 1 on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, occupied territory that Palestinians seek for a state. Gantz's directive appeared to indicate that the centrist politician had either signed on to the move, or at least believed it would be inevitable, given right-wing support in the Netanyahu-led coalition cabinet.

  • More than 1,000 Calgarians rally in solidarity with George Floyd protests in United States
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    More than 1,000 Calgarians rally in solidarity with George Floyd protests in United States

    More than a thousand people marched from Calgary's East Village to City Hall — many chanting such slogans as "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" — to show solidarity with widespread demonstrations in the United States to protest the killings of black people by police.The angry demonstrations against police brutality and racism across the U.S. this past week were ignited by the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis last Monday after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest while he lay unarmed and handcuffed, protesting that he couldn't breathe. Floyd's death is the most recent in a long line of high-profile killings of people of colour involving police.The protesters in Calgary were accompanied by a heavy police presence as they slowly made their way toward City Hall.Participants told CBC News they came out to speak up against police violence and show their support for the black community in the United States, but also to speak out against racism in Canada.Daniel Kwamou, who was among the marchers, said the issue really hits home for him. He hails from Calgary but now studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and plays for the football team, the Thunderbirds."An ex-football player was actually [stun-gunned] in 2018 just for crossing the street cause he was black by a police office," said Kwamou.Kwamou thinks people are at the end of their rope."I think people are just tired — tired of having to go through all this protesting and fight for equality and nothing's changing."Another marcher, Blessing Asebiode, a local nurse and church leader, said the protests that have spread around the globe have been centuries in the making."I love that it is kind of setting off a domino effect where people are actually checking themselves in their cities and their homes and their families and themselves and saying what's going on here and how can I change."Police estimated the crowd size reached more than a thousand.The Calgary Police Service put a statement on its Facebook page addressing the issue of the relationship between a police force and the communities it serves. "While we are proud of the relationships that CPS has built in our city, we don't for a moment believe we are perfect. This world is big, but we know what is happening in the U.S. is being felt far beyond their borders," the post said."We are always one incident, one moment of broken trust, one tragedy away, from experiencing a shift in the foundation that we have built with those we serve. Every single interaction that an officer has with a citizen needs to be rooted in our values of respect, compassion, honesty, integrity, fairness, courage and accountability."In the U.S., the National Guard has been called in to nearly a dozen cities where unrest has grown in the face of what some videos have shown to be increasing aggressive tactics by police. In some other cities, like in Flint, Michigan, where a sheriff asked his officers to lay down their batons and join protesters, demonstrations have stayed largely peaceful.It wasn't the first demonstration in solidarity with the BLM movement. On Sunday, about 100 protesters gathered in Fish Creek Park at 2 p.m. in a field near Bow Valley Ranche to speak out against racism.More demonstrations are planned in Calgary this week. On Wednesday, protesters plan to meet at 2 p.m. at the 10th Street Bridge in Kensington and will march through downtown before hosting a candlelight vigil at city hall to mourn those who have died at the hands of police.And on Saturday, a protest will be held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement at 4 p.m. outside of City Hall.

  • Listen to the sound this cat makes every time it gets pet
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    Listen to the sound this cat makes every time it gets pet

    SO awww-dorable! Does your cat do the "activation" sound when you pet her/him?