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Saturday Night Live Premiers Jim Carrey As Joe Biden - globaltv - Global
Saturday Night Live rings in its 46th season with its triumphant return to 30 Rockefeller studio and it's Tri-ump-phant return of Alec Baldwin, its
Saturday Night Live rings in its 46th season with its triumphant return to 30 Rockefeller studio and it’s Tri-ump-phant return of Alec Baldwin, its introduction of Jim Carrey as Joe Biden, and bringing Chris Rock back home to host. A Saturday Night Live for 2020 There were a few things different during the episode that were minor, but worth noting. The newly-shot intro had the cast in masks. There was a much smaller audience present. And while the sound was still full, the house band wasn’t playing with all its members. But the show must go on – and Chris Rock was the perfect person to bring it all together. He’s an old cast member, from back in the early 1990s. So it’s good to have a friendly face on stage, to usher in what will certainly be a different season. Chris Rock even spent the beginning portion of his monologue clearing the tension from the room. Not quiet the same as the Lorne Michael’s “Can we be funny?” to introduce Season 27 in September 2001, but different situations require different responses. But, he did speak the most truth-to-power since Sinead O’Connor, saying that America has Dukes and Duchesses (congress people) making decisions for poor people, and the system needs to change. Unlike Sinead O’Connor, America is finally ready to hear that kind of criticism. Going Big With Biden It was announced a few weeks ago the Jim Carrey had signed on this season to play Joe Biden, at the same capacity that Baldwin has been Trump. Many people have played Joe Biden over the past year: Woody Harrelson, Jason Sudeikis and John Mulaney (again, why him?). None were chosen to be Biden this year, though – presumably because, when they can, SNL goes for the best. And if you watched last night’s episode, you’ll see that they did. Any if you didn’t, well, then see for yourself: He’s got the cadence to Biden’s speech down. And Carrey is really playing up the inner-demons that you see popping up and out of Biden from time-to-time. He’s lowered the creep factor that made Harrelson’s Biden really on-point, and Carrey is more subtle than Sudeikis’ loud mouth braggart. Jim Carrey has the details of Biden fitting nice and snug – you could say, like a glove. A Fully Functional Saturday Night The show went off without a hitch – as much as it ever does. There were great sketches. There were mediocre sketches. And there were sketches that made you go “huh?” (thanks for coming back, Kyle Mooney, to give us what is clearly a paid commercial for an upcoming videogame). It’s true form for SNL. They even made their usual cameo quota. Maya Rudolph showed up as Kamala Harris. There was even a bit of a remote cameo from Harry Styles, reading a meditation tape for Joe Biden. After last season’s valiant but less-than-stellar attempt to do the episode remotely, it’s refreshing and hopeful to see the show back where it’s supposed to be. We can only trust that the show’s staff are keeping safe, as that’s what’s truly important. But, if they are, then gosh darn, it’s good to have Saturday Night Live back! Tune in to Saturday Night Live next week Saturday October 10 for host Bill Burr and musical guest Morgan Whalen. Saturday Night Live can be streamed live and On Demand on the new Global TV App and on STACKTV. Global is also available through all major TV service providers.
Coronavirus: NHL aims to move to Phase 2 of return to play protocol in early June - Global News
The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon with plenty of precautions. The league, which was forced to pause its season March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo Monday announcing it’s targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice. “It has not yet been determined when precisely Phase 2 will start or how long it may last,” the memo read. “We are continuing to monitor developments in each of the club’s markets, and may adjust the overall timing if appropriate, following discussion with all relevant parties.” The NHL, which has worked closely with the NHL Players’ Association on the phased approach, said that while it views the protocol as “very comprehensive … (it) cannot mitigate all risk.” Story continues below advertisement “A range of clinical scenarios exist, from very mild to fatal outcome,” the memo continued. “COVID-19 generally affects older age groups and those with previously existing medical conditions, more so than younger, and otherwise healthy, individuals. “We recognize that players and personnel have family and household members who may fall into these vulnerable categories.” If the Phase 2 plan gets the green light, on-ice sessions will be non-contact and involve up to six players, who will be expected to maintain physical distancing at all times. Players will be required to wear masks when entering and exiting facilities, and when not able to physically distance. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] “Face coverings (cloth or surgical-type mask) shall be worn at all times other than while exercising when entering or leaving the club facility and while inside the club facility where social distancing cannot be maintained,” the memo read. “Players are not required to wear face coverings when they are exercising or on the ice.” READ MORE: Coronavirus: Non-medical masks now recommended for Canadians, officials say Teams are also not allowed to require a player to return to a club’s home city to complete any necessary quarantine measures before the workouts begin. Coaches and management will be allowed to watch, but not participate in, the informal skates. The final two phases of the return-to-play protocol training camps followed by a resumption of game action were not mentioned in the memo. Phase 1, which continues after a number of extensions, saw players advised to self-quarantine after the novel coronavirus paused most of the sports world some 10 weeks ago. Story continues below advertisement The NHL/NHLPA Return to Play Committee has been hashing out details of what the game will look like if it’s allowed to return this summer. The union’s executive board approved further negotiations on a 24-team format Friday. READ MORE: NHLPA board approves ‘further negotiations’ with league on 24-team playoff format The Phase 2 memo sent to teams Sunday and made public Monday also states players and staff will be administered COVID-19 nasal swab tests two days before training begins, and will be tested twice a week afterwards. They will also be perform daily self-administered temperature and symptom checks at home before heading to their team’s facility. Clubs must also administer “a separate temperature and symptom check at the entrance of the club facility.” “As an over-riding principle, testing of asymptomatic players and club personnel must be done in the context of excess testing capacity, so as to not deprive health care workers, vulnerable populations and symptomatic individuals from necessary diagnostic tests,” the memo read. Players who live in NHL markets other than where they play will be permitted to use local facilities, pending availability, meaning they won’t have to travel back to their team’s home cities for Phase 2. READ MORE: Canadian NHL teams offer season ticket holders varied refund options amid COVID-19 Most NHL players have not been on the ice since the league halted its schedule, although some, including a number of Swedish players who returned home, have been skating in recent weeks. Story continues below advertisement The league said any player or staff member who develops COVID-19 symptoms during Phase 2, including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever/chills, muscle pain (not exercise-related), loss of smell or taste, cold-like symptoms, or gastrointestinal symptoms are expected to immediately notify medical officials and self-isolate. If a COVID-19 test comes back positive, the player/staff member’s team will conduct contract tracing in conjunction with local health regulations. READ MORE: Trudeau says Ottawa will help fund coronavirus contact tracing across Canada Apart from laying out the groundwork for Phase 2 and continuing discussions on the 24-team format, plenty of other hurdles remain for the NHL and the NHLPA before the games will be allowed to resume. Should the NHL return sometime this summer, it’s almost certain teams will be clustered in hub cities across North America Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Las Vegas are believed to be in the mix with games being held in empty arenas. READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers pitch joint bid with city, province to host NHL games The Stanley Cup has been awarded every year since 1893, save for 1919 because of the Spanish flu outbreak, and 2005 when a lockout led to the cancellation of the entire campaign. View link » © 2020 The Canadian Press
SpaceX launch with NASA astronauts will feature retro-style capsule - Global News
Make no mistake: This is not your father’s — or grandfather’s — capsule.
Its back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. aboard a retro-style Right Stuff capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your fathers or grandfathers capsule. SpaceXs Dragon crew capsule outshines NASAs old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. The Dragons clean lines and minimalist interior, with touchscreens instead of a mess of switches and knobs, make even the space shuttles seem yesteryear. READ MORE: Elon Musk’s Starship explodes in SpaceX test: ‘We’ll just buff it out’ This fresh take on a vintage look will be on full display Wednesday when SpaceX plans to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station a first for a private company. It will be the first astronaut launch from Florida since Atlantis closed out the space shuttle program in 2011, and the first American-made capsule to carry people into orbit since the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Story continues below advertisement A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the crew capsule atop will soar from the same pad used for both of those earlier missions. Russias workhorse Soyuz capsules, still in use after a half-century plus, have kept NASA astronauts flying to the space station. While reliable, the Soyuz looks dated compared with the snappy Dragon. We want it to not only be as safe and reliable as youd expect from the most advanced spacecraft in the world … we also want it to look amazing and look beautiful, said Benji Reed, a SpaceX mission director. SpaceX and Boeing, NASAs other commercial crew provider, opted for capsules from the start. Another early competitor, Sierra Nevada Corp., proposed a small space plane for astronauts, but did not make the final cut. NASA has since hired the company to haul space station supplies aboard its mini shuttle starting as soon as next year. There was no need for another flying machine like the shuttle, which was built to haul hefty satellites and space station parts, said retired NASA manager Steve Payne. READ MORE: Astronauts get cravings too: International Space Station to receive candy, cheese What were trying to do now is just taxi service up and down, and you dont need the huge semi anymore. You can use a sedan, Payne told The Associated Press. Story continues below advertisement Yes, wings are nice. They give you more options as to where to land and a little more control, said Payne, a former Navy fighter pilot. But theyre not absolutely necessary. And since were trying to make this inexpensive and reusable and as simple as we can make it so that its cost effective, capsules work. SpaceX based its crew capsule on its long-running reusable cargo capsule, also named Dragon and ending space station missions with old-fashioned splashdowns. The two astronauts were deeply involved in the new capsules development over the past five years. In true test flight fashion, they offered suggestions and tweaked here and there, to benefit not just themselves but future crews. Our goal through this entire process is to not turn the spacecraft into Bob and Dougs excellent machine, with a bunch of things that only Doug likes or only Bob likes, Behnken said. Although the full automated Dragon has four seats lined up in a row, only the centre two will be occupied for this especially risky test flight. A test dummy soloed on last years Dragon crew capsule debut. READ MORE: Elon Musk, Grimes keep it weird with name change for baby X Æ A-12 This Dragon now has a name, courtesy of its crew. Hurley and Behnken promise to reveal it on launch day, one of many traditions theyre setting into motion as NASAs commercial crew program finally takes wing. Story continues below advertisement The practice hearkens back to NASAs early days: Project Mercurys John Glenn became the first American to circle the Earth aboard Friendship 7; Gemini 3s Gus Grissom and John Young sailed into orbit aboard Molly Brown; and Apollo 11s Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins flew to the moon aboard Columbia. We have to save some suspense for the mission itself, Behnken said. Weve got something for you to look forward to on launch day. © 2020 The Canadian Press
Nick Cordero’s Wife Reveals He’s Been Fighting ‘New Lung Infection’ - ETCanada.com
"We're hoping that he can come off some medications and that his settings on machines can come down," said Amanda Kloots, wife of the Broadway star, in a May 23 video update.
Three days after saying Nick Cordero‘s ongoing and lengthy battle with COVID-19 was “going a little downhill,” his wife, Amanda Kloots, has disclosed that the Broadway star was actually fighting a “new lung infection.” The 38-year-old professional fitness instructor provided her followers and fans of the Broadway star with the update on his condition via Instagram stories on Saturday, according to Billboard. “So just a little update,” she said. “Nick suffered from (a) new lung infection earlier this week.” While Kloots said the development had made it “a tough week” for the couple, she remained positive, adding that Cordero, 41, has “been slowly recovering.” “Day by day, hour by hour, he is getting better,” she said. “He is slowly getting back to where he was before this infection came about, and that’s good.” Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Metal drummer Will Carroll claims he met Satan in COVID-19 coma Before disclosing that her husband had developed a lung infection, Kloots said Cordero simply had “a bad morning” in a video last Wednesday before breaking down into tears in her car. The day prior, she also alluded to some respiratory issues, specifically in her husband’s left lung. The left lung is the same,” Kloots wrote in a May 19 update. “So (its) still causing issues that we need to get clear. Prayers for the left lung clearing.” Prayers to Broadway star #NickCordero whos battling #Covid_19 for a speedy recovery . Via: #AmandaKloots#coronaviruspic.twitter.com/h8cmr3n9CB — All News Inc. (@allnewsinc) May 21, 2020 However, Kloots didn’t elaborate on how serious the Hamilton, Ont.-born actor’s condition was until her most recent update. Story continues below advertisement “We’re hoping that he can come off some medications and that his settings on machines can come down,” she said, suggesting that Cordero was still on life-support. “Right now, we’re just looking for slow, steady (and) small wins to keep him resting and recovering,” added Kloots. READ MORE: Ice Cube Mr. Rogers sued me over A Gangstas Fairytale Kloots admitted the ordeal has “exhausted” her “physically, emotionally and mentally.” [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] “It’s just been the craziest ride ever, but you know, we’re still here and we’re still fighting,” she said. Despite the circumstances, Kloots remained positive and expressed pride in Cordero’s strength. “I’m really proud of how strong he is,” she said of her husband. “And gosh, what he’s gone through, and his will.” In one final video, Kloots noted that people should not take their loved ones for granted. She proceeded to encourage her followers to embrace the people close to them and tell them how much they are loved. READ MORE: Sia reveals she adopted 2 teen boys who were aging out of foster care Cordero has been fighting COVID-19 for nearly two months now. He was admitted to the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 31. Story continues below advertisement He remained in critical condition on a ventilator and unconscious until two weeks ago after having contracted the novel coronavirus. During treatment, Cordero had experienced blood clotting in his right leg. Though he was treated with blood thinners for a while to help stop the clots, his doctors decided to stop the treatment because it was causing internal bleeding. On May 12, Kloots announced that Cordero had woken up from a medically induced coma, weeks after having his right leg amputated as a result of complications from COVID-19. Dada is awake. He is awake, guys, she said to her friends and followers on Instagram while dancing around in excitement with the couples 10-month-old son, Elvis. Story continues below advertisement As of this writing, it’s unclear if Cordero is still fighting the “new lung infection.” READ MORE: Lana Del Rey responds to backlash, denies racism accusations Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know: Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities. To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here. View link » © 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Frustrations rise as B.C.’s campground reservation website crashes on opening day - Globalnews.ca
More than 800 reservations had already been processed by 7:30 a.m.
B.C.’s campground reservation website crashed repeatedly shortly after it opened to the public at 7 a.m. on Monday, as the vast majority of people in the province face limited options for a summer vacation under the coronavirus pandemic. With more than 800 reservations processed in the first 30 minutes and more than 7,000 by 10 a.m., social media users were venting their frustrations at slow load times, crashes and getting kicked out of the system. The Ministry of Environment said more than 50,000 people were online at opening trying to simultaneously access the system. There were more than 27,500 reservations made as of 11 a.m. Monday and 10 reservations being processed every second. 90 minutes of trying. Kicked out 4 times. And the system itself is like 1992. — Wanda WashYourHands (@Wanda_WestCoast) May 25, 2020 Story continues below advertisement no – 2 of us trying since 6:45 – Poor webdesign , Env Minister should have to answer for this abomination. — Ross K (@roskel) May 25, 2020 Dear #discovercamping can we just tweet you our #bcparks camping reservations? Might be easier than your frozen website — tbeerejo (@tbeerejo) May 25, 2020 Story continues below advertisement Been trying to book a site since 7, made it to confirm reservation at least twice and the website keeps crashing . Discover Camping is a joke. — Michelle Happy Shambs(until2021) (@Mkbowshow) May 25, 2020 When you get THIS CLOSE only to have the https://t.co/bDW0EYJA0T website fail on you. Now I know why people are so frustrated by this reservation system. #bcparks#[email protected]/0GnhZW0qMX — John Hua (@JohnHua) May 25, 2020 Story continues below advertisement In a statement Monday morning, the Ministry of Environment said “Although the system was slow this morning, reservations are getting through and there are still lots of sites available within this two-month rolling window.” Maple Ridge resident Angela Massey told Global News trying to get a camping site Monday morning was a “gong show.” [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] “My husband and I had three laptops going this morning, three cellphones and we kept on getting system error, system error and we still don’t have a reservation,” she said. “With the pandemic going on, they should allow first come and first serve right and let campers in there and let everyone use our parks.” READ MORE: B.C. residents to get preferential access to camping in province’s parks Most campgrounds and recreation sites are set to open June 1, and to B.C. residents only this year. Any non-B.C. residents who make a reservation will be subject to immediate cancellation without a refund. Non-residents are urged to cancel any existing bookings. The policy is aimed at backing up advice from health officials who have been urging people to stick close to home during the pandemic. “We want to ensure British Columbians have access to summer vacation opportunities close to home, so we are limiting new reservations to B.C. residents,” Environment Minister George Heyman said in a release on Monday. Story continues below advertisement The province has added 180 new campsites this year. To allow for physical distancing, some campgrounds will open later, have fewer sites available, and change which services and communal facilities they offer. READ MORE: COVID-19 reignites debate over B.C.’s reservation-only campsites Hot springs, backcountry communal cabins and campgrounds where users must share cooking facilities will remain closed, as will group campsites. More parks will open for day use on June 1 as well. Playgrounds, halls and picnic shelters will remain closed in provincial parks. © 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Elon Musk, Grimes keep it weird with name change for baby X Æ A-12 - Global News
Grimes says X Æ A-12 Musk's name has evolved — though the new version might not be its final form under California law.
Grimes says she and Elon Musk have slightly changed though not necessarily simplified their child X Æ A-12‘s serial number name, though it still looks more like a one-time password than a human moniker. The Canadian singer told her Instagram followers on Sunday that the child formerly known as X Æ A-12 Musk is now X Æ A-Xii Musk. The tweak essentially turns the number 12 into its Roman numeral equivalent, XII, and adds another X to an already “eXtreme” baby name. Grimes, who was born in Canada as Claire Elise Boucher, shared the update in response to a question about the couple’s battle with California naming laws. Their first draft of the child’s name reportedly didn’t conform with the state’s birth certificate rules, which dictate that only the 26 letters from the alphabet may be used. Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Elon Musk, Grimes reveal how to pronounce baby’s name, X Æ A-12 The new version of the name drops the numbers, but does not remove the exotic Æ character, which is known as “ash.” It’s unclear if California will accept the new version of the name, or if there will be another, potentially final form of X Æ A-Xii down the road. It’s also entirely possible that this kid grows up and changes his name to something more realistic, like Jim, once he turns 18. X Æ A-12 and Elon via Grime's Instagram story. pic.twitter.com/dXiAegRsH3 — X Æ A-12 Updates (@XAEA12updates) May 11, 2020 Musk has not commented on the name adjustment, though he did say that the child is “cute as a button” in a tweet on Sunday. Story continues below advertisement Grimes provided an update of her own on Sunday, saying she and the baby are “tired but OK” right now. Tired but ok — Gies (@Grimezsz) May 24, 2020 Grimes gave birth to her first child with Musk on May 4. The Tesla and SpaceX founder announced his child’s name on Twitter the following day, instantly sending the internet into a meme-fuelled frenzy of mockery. The couple has repeatedly tried to explain the name over social media, though their explanations haven’t always been in sync. According to Grimes, the first “X” is for the “unknown variable” in math, Æ is her “elven spelling of A.I.” and “A-12” is a reference to the Lockheed A-12 Archangel, the precursor to the couple’s “favourite aircraft.” Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Grimes explains why she and Elon Musk named their baby ‘X Æ A-12’ Grimes tweeted that their “favourite aircraft” was the SR-17, but Musk later stepped in to correct his girlfriend on Twitter. “SR-71, but yes,” he wrote in response to her initial tweet. She later explained that the child’s name is pronounced as a series of individual letters and a number. In effect, it’s “X-A-I-A-12.” But that’s not how Elon Musk says it. “It’s just X, the letter X,” he said during an interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast on May 7. “And then the A.E. is pronounced ‘Ash,'” he continued, prompting Rogan to start laughing. “Yeah, and then A-12, A-12 is my contribution,” he said. In other words, Musk calls the child “X-Ash-A-12.” Musk says Grimes largely came up with the name. “Yeah, she’s great at names,” he claimed. READ MORE: Elon Musk says he’s ready for his arrest as Tesla plant reopens against local order If California rejects the new name, Grimes may have to come up with another version that she and Musk can agree on one that replaces Æ with “Ash” or “A.I.” It’s another bit of legal red tape for Musk to tangle with in California, where the billionaire entrepreneur has become increasingly frustrated with the state’s coronavirus rules. Musk has repeatedly called for “freedom” from the lockdowns, and he threatened to move his Tesla operations out of the state. Story continues below advertisement He has also vowed to “own no house,” and followed up on that vow by putting several of his California homes up for sale earlier this month. Musk has five other children from a previous marriage: Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon and Kai. The inventor hasn’t said much about the baby formerly known as X Æ A-12 in recent days. Musk’s focus appears to be focused on his other “baby”: SpaceX, and its upcoming attempt to launch two astronauts into orbit on Wednesday. If successful, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will become the first two people sent into orbit by a private company. That would be one small step for Elon Musk and one giant leap for two guys named Bob and Doug. With files from The Associated Press © 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
N.S. mass shooting 'completely senseless,' Mounties said. Experts disagree - Global News
“Motive is a very narrow way of looking at it. What we’re talking about here is the problem of male violence.”
Cigarettes used to be ubiquitous. Now, if you buy a pack, so are the pictures of the open-mouthed woman, her teeth like crooked, yellow Chiclets in a bed of nicotine-stained gums. When you smoke it shows, her label warns, but its basically a given that in 2020, you know this. Far fewer people smoke now than did in the 1960s, back when you had free reign to light up at work, in bars and even on airplanes. But the drop from half of Canadians smoking in 1965 to less than 16 per cent in 2018 didnt just happen. When a federal minister first declared that smoking causes lung cancer in 1963, the industry pushed back. Hard. They said: This evidence was and remains inconclusive, no matter how often it is repeated and restated. In 1979, when Canada was discussing whether tobacco promotion should be banned, then-Progressive Conservative Leader Joe Clark called the idea ‘laudable but unrealistic.’ File photo/The Canadian Press But it was repeated and it was restated, and by 1979, the debate was no longer about whether smoking was harmful but about whether tobacco promotion should be banned. Then-Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark called the idea laudable but unrealistic. Yet, within a week, the World Health Organization was recommending a wholesale advertising ban and a dramatic curtailment of tobacco production. Within a month, Norway tabled the results of its own government-backed anti-smoking campaign, revealing a notable decline in cigarette use a remarkable example of what was possible if politicians threw their might behind an issue. READ MORE: Feminism met gunfire at École Polytechnique. Its taken 30 years to call it what it was Farheen Khan, a womens rights advocate, thinks of those campaigns that massive government undertaking to change societys collective mind in the aftermath of the worst mass murder in modern Canadian history, one that began with a horrific domestic violence attack that took the Royal Canadian Mounted Police nearly a week to disclose to the public. In society, when we started to realize cigarette smoking was a problem, a lot of money was put into shifting that conversation, she says. Now, in this time, we absolutely know (domestic violence) is a problem. So why is it that were not doing the same type of thing? Its something that we need to make a priority. *** The worst mass murder in modern Canadian history began with a horrific domestic violence attack: the gunman started arguing with his girlfriend at a party in Portapique, N.S., and continued fighting with her back at his home before assaulting her and tying her up. She escaped and hid overnight in the woods. The gunmans girlfriend emerged from her hiding spot in the woods before 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 19. She called 911, and the RCMP soon realized it was dealing with an active shooter one with a stockpile of weapons, a Mountie uniform and a look-alike cop car. WATCH: RCMP say no evidence of ‘hatred towards women’ in Nova Scotia mass shooting But the Mounties didnt tell the public the murders were precipitated by domestic violence. For days, rumours swirled that the gunmans ex-partner was among the first killed (she was not) while advocates urged officials to speak loudly and clearly about the normalized male violence underlying such deadly attacks (they did not). A spokesperson for the force, who did not respond to most of Global News’ questions, said the force provided information regarding the incident of domestic violence “when we were in a position to provide an account of the events.” READ MORE: Did we miss the Nova Scotia shooting warning signs or dismiss them? For those of us who have experienced how male violence destroys lives, it was an extreme and actualized version of the male rage and aggression targeting those who are supposed to be the closest to them, reads a statement on the murders from the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. One red flag that research has shown time and again to precede mass murders? Domestic violence. Click here to view data » A few days later, when asked if there was any evidence misogyny played a role in the women the gunman targeted (he killed 13 women and nine men), RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell said not that he was aware of. Its completely senseless, he said. Thats exactly the wrong word choice, says Elise Chenier, a history professor at Simon Fraser University, because it isnt true. The media, the government, the police, none of them are looking at it through the lens of male violence, she says. Its a massive, unconscionable failure. Its irresponsible leadership in the RCMP, especially in the RCMP, where your job is to understand crime. A spokesperson for the RCMP told Global News, “family violence investigations are a high priority and must be handled expeditiously, consistently and collaboratively with our local community stakeholders.” That isnt to say Canada is stuck in 1989, refusing to use the word feminism to describe the anti-feminist attack that killed 14 women at École Polytechnique. But take a closer look at which stories put misogyny, gender-based violence and the Portapique murders consistently in the same frame, Chenier says. They are opinion pieces and think pieces; misogyny isnt context baked into daily updates its treated as separate. Were still on the margins shouting to the centre, Chenier says. Spokespeople for Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and Public Safety did not respond to specific questions, however, in a joint statement, they acknowledged high rates of gender-based violence exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and said, “We know there is more to do and will continue to work with our partners … to end gender-based violence in all its forms.” Women will keep shouting to the centre, their words continuing before they trickle to a close, and then it will be silence until the next killing, wrote Dorothy Woodend in one such piece for the Tyee. Its the silence thats a bigger part of the problem, like the vast underbelly of a rotten iceberg, unseen and unfelt until it rips you open and sends you to the bottom of the sea to drown. Woodend wrote about a pervasive societal issue that is not a secret, yet often treated as such: on average, a woman is killed every other day, once a week, a woman is murdered by her partner and one in three women will experience some form of sexual violence over the course of their lives. READ MORE: Limiting information about violence against women is dangerous here’s why While the overall number of men killed is higher, experts say violence against women is often distinct. Its all about dominance and power over another person, says Khan, the womens rights advocate. That was acknowledged, in a roundabout way, by one of the gunmans own neighbours. Nancy Hudson told the Canadian Press she wasnt surprised to some degree by the 13-hour rampage. Christine Heart stops to pay her respects at a roadside memorial for Lillian Hyslop in Wentworth, N.S., on April 24, 2020. Twenty-two people are dead after a man went on a murderous rampage in Portapique and several other Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Hennessey She had known the man for nearly two decades and found him very jovial, although she detected some underlying issues that I think he had with his relationship. Its crucial that those underlying issues be addressed, reads the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia statement. We must not dilute this problem by speaking of a single act of rage but rather recognize that male violence is part of a bigger social problem of entitlement and toxic masculinity. And yet, Chenier says, there has been no direct police or government acknowledgement of this. (A spokesperson for WAGE Canada said the national action plan will address these issues but did not connect them to the Nova Scotia murders.) There has been the completely senseless comment and then the Mountie spokesperson walking back a poorly worded statement implying the gunmans partner served as the catalyst for the rampage. WATCH: RCMP clarifies comment that gunman’s partner was ‘catalyst’ for shooting (There are) men who are angry and who see women as legitimate targets of that anger, Chenier says. Not all of them will act in this incredibly violent matter, but the seeds of where it comes from are so well understood, so well-documented that it might be horrifying and devastating but its not, quote-unquote, senseless. Sadly and tragically and horribly, there is sense to this. *** In the worst mass murders in modern Canadian history, the perpetrators are men and their victims are predominantly women. In Montreal in 1989, it was explicit. Men were spared while 14 women were murdered by a man who told them: I am fighting feminism. In Toronto in 2018, it was implicit. Eight women and two men were killed in a deadly van attack by a suspect who called himself an incel a smushing together of involuntary celibate, a term for men, typically misogynists, who believe women should be made available to gratify their sexual needs. In Nova Scotia in 2020, the RCMP says its too soon to speak to motive. But 13 women and nine men were murdered in an attack that began with domestic violence and was perpetrated by a man with a long history of disputes whose behaviour toward his girlfriend left at least one neighbour unsettled. READ MORE: Here’s what we know about the victims of the Nova Scotia mass shooting Do not get hung up on motive, urges Chenier: Motive is a very narrow way of looking at it. What were talking about here is the problem of male violence. Anything could set a person off on any given day just as anything could stop them remember the Quebec mosque shooter? Two months before he shot and killed six people, he drove to a large shopping mall and began to load his weapons. But then he saw a security camera and changed his mind. READ MORE: How much did feminist Trudeau move the needle on gender equality? The trigger could be a minor thing, Chenier says, speaking generally. The problem is that this person, this individual, is raised in a culture in which men are discouraged from expressing positive emotions like love, affection, caring, vulnerability, softness. The first step to fixing the fact that we live in a society steeped in violence is acknowledging it, says Nancy Ross, an assistant professor at Dalhousie University, whose work explores feminist research and justice responses to domestic violence. Ross has focused on violence in rural communities, similar to Portapique, Milford, Shubenacadie, Debert and Wentworth, where the Nova Scotia gunman killed people. We have to look at what is actually happening, Ross says. What is it in our society thats encouraging compassion? What is it thats encouraging peace in relationships? WATCH: What are young kids taught about violence against women? Part of the problem is how fragmented the issue of violence against women is and the silence that accompanies it, she says. We need to look at the complexity of factors that contribute to it and we need to take ownership as a community, Ross says. We need to get beyond that and look at what the reality is and how to take steps to end this. That idea is not new; advocates have been shouting it for years. READ MORE: What a national action plan on gender-based violence might achieve if Canada gets it right But five years after the United Nations recommended a national action plan be put in place to tackle violence against women, Canada is only at the beginning, having earmarked $30 million for setup during the 2019 election platform. To be effective, Lise Martin, executive director of Womens Shelters Canada, previously told Global News the plan will require yearly investments of at least $500 million. A spokesperson for WAGE Canada said work on a national action plan, “which will include addressing the root causes and systemic issues that perpetuate gender-based violence,” will be underway in the coming months. Funding is key, Khan says: we have to come out swinging like we did in the 1970s against cigarettes. We need that massive government undertaking to change societys collective mind; we need to make the impossible possible. Watch: Multiple witnesses to Nova Scotia shooter’s violent past Money would go to things like a higher minimum wage and raising social assistance rates to help women get out of poverty, a national plan to end homelessness, a national housing strategy to make sure women have an affordable home thats safe, free legal aid representation for abused women, and the creation of family justice centres so they can safely exchange custody of their children and have supervised access. If this is a concern, which it clearly is for so many women in our society, then we need to put our money where our mouth is, ensure that this is prioritized and funded appropriately,” says Khan. READ MORE: Elana Fric was killed after filing for divorce. How do we make leaving less dangerous? At the moment, Chenier says, the government has not given an indication that it is a priority. It is stunning that the police and government are not applying a gendered lens to the Nova Scotia murders, she says. There is no shortage of dialogue, literature and studies on the ways in which in our culture men, unfortunately, are raised to suppress their emotional needs and to use violence to express them, Chenier says. That is partially an explanation for violent crime. It should have been, from the beginning, an explanation for this one. READ MORE: She witnessed the N.S. mass shooter’s violence. She’s still struggling to be heard Colleagues of Nova Scotia RCMP officer Const. Heidi Stevenson, who died in a shooting rampage earlier this month, take part in a brief but poignant ceremony known as a “last patrol” in Shubenacadie, N.S., on May 1, 2020, in this RCMP Nova Scotia handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP Nova Scotia In fall 2019, as we approached the 30th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, Global News took an in-depth look at the ways in which violence against women has and hasnt improved in the decades since. You can find the full project here. If you or someone you know is experiencing gender-based violence, these resources can help. [email protected] @Jane_Gerster © 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
U.K.’s Johnson struggles to move past aide’s lockdown breach as outcry grows - Globalnews.ca
Many Britons saw the trip as a clear breach of the government's national "stay at home" order.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s plans to announce further lockdown-easing measures were being overshadowed Monday by an outcry over the movements of a senior aide who allegedly flouted restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. Conservative leader Johnson is standing by adviser Dominic Cummings, who drove 250 miles (400 kms) from his London home to his parents’ house while he was infected with the virus. Johnson said Cummings “followed the instincts of every father and every parent,” travelling so that extended family could care for his 4-year-old son if he and his wife both fell ill. But many Britons saw the trip as a clear breach of the government’s national “stay at home” order, introduced on March 23. Cummings was heckled with calls of “hypocrite” as he returned to his London home Sunday after spending the day in 10 Downing St. Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Boris Johnson ignores calls to fire advisor accused of breaking COVID-19 rules Stephen Reicher, a social psychologist who sits on a group advising the government, said “more people are going to die” because the episode would undermine adherence to the lockdown rules. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] Several senior Church of England clergy joined in the criticism. Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines said the public had been “lied to, patronized and treated as mugs.” Bishop of Manchester David Walker tweeted: “Unless very soon we see clear repentance, including the sacking of Cummings, I no longer know how we can trust what ministers say sufficiently for Church of England to work together with them on the pandemic.” A self-styled political disruptor who disdains the media and civil service, Cummings has been essential to Johnson’s rise to power. He was one of the architects of the successful campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, and orchestrated Brexit champion Johnson’s thumping election victory in December. Five months on from that triumph, Johnson’s government is facing criticism for its response to a pandemic that has hit Britain harder than any other European country. Britain’s official coronavirus death toll stands at 36,793, the second-highest confirmed total in the world after the United States. The coronavirus laid low a swath of senior U.K. officials, including Cummings, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Johnson himself, who spent several days in intensive care at a London hospital in April. Story continues below advertisement The U.K. is gradually easing its lockdown, allowing more outdoor recreation and letting some shops and businesses reopen. But as Johnson gathered his Cabinet on Monday to discuss plans to reopen schools and more stores starting June 1, the Cummings scandal showed no signs of dying down. Ominously for Johnson, a growing number of Conservative lawmakers have joined the opposition in criticizing Cummings. Member of Parliament Paul Maynard said the aide’s actions were “a classic case of `do as I say, not as I do’? It seems to me to be utterly indefensible and his position wholly untenable.” The conservative Daily Mail newspaper, usually supportive of Johnson, blared “What planet are they on?” in a headline about Cummings and the prime minister. In a front-page editorial, the newspaper said “for the good of the government and the nation, Mr. Cummings must resign. Or the prime minister must sack him. No ifs, no buts.” View link » © 2020 The Canadian Press
Pakistani airliner with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighbourhood in Karachi - Global News
A passenger plane with 98 people on board crashed in a crowded neighbourhood in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi Friday.
A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighbourhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were at least two survivors from the plane, and it was unknown how many people on the ground were hurt, with at least five houses destroyed. The pilot of Pakistani International Airlines Flight 8303 was heard transmitting a mayday to the tower shortly before the crash of the Airbus A320, which was flying from Lahore to Karachi. Video on social media appeared to show the jet flying low over a residential area with flames shooting from one of its engines. Police wearing protective masks struggled to clear away crowds in the narrow streets of the crash site in the poor and congested residential area known as Model Colony so ambulances could move through. Police and soldiers cordoned off the area amid the smoke and dust. Story continues below advertisement Pakistan had resumed domestic flights earlier this week ahead of the Eid-al Fitr holiday marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Pakistan has been in a countrywide lockdown since mid-March because of the coronavirus. Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar initially said all aboard died, but two civil aviation officials later said that at least two people survived the crash. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. Local TV stations reported three people sitting in the front row of the aircraft survived and showed video of a man on a stretcher they identified as Zafar Masood, the head of the Bank of Punjab. They reported that at least 11 bodies were recovered from the crash site and six people were injured. It was not immediately clear if the casualties were passengers. Pakistan’s civi aviation authority said the plane carried 91 passengers and a crew of seven. Earlier, the airport in the northeastern city of Lahore had said 107 were on board. Civil aviation authority spokesman Abdul Sattar Kokhar said the discrepancy was due to confusion in the chaotic aftermath of the crash. A transmission of the pilot’s final exchange with air traffic control, posted on the website LiveATC.net, indicated he had failed to land and was circling around to make another attempt. Story continues below advertisement “We are proceeding direct, sir – we have lost engine,” a pilot said. “Confirm your attempt on belly,” the air traffic controller said, offering a runway. “Sir – mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303,” the pilot said before the transmission ended. Witnesses said the Airbus appeared to try to land two or three times. A resident of the area, Abdul Rahman, said he saw the aircraft circle at least three times, appearing to try to land before it crashed into several houses. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted: “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash… Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.” Airbus did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the crash. The flight from the northeastern city of Lahore typically lasts about an hour and a half. Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on Nov. 1, 2019. PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted. It said “the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards. Ownership records for the Airbus A320 showed China Eastern Airlines flew the plane from 2004 until 2014. The plane then entered PIA’s fleet, leased from GE Capital Aviation Services. Story continues below advertisement Perry Bradley, a spokesman for GE, said the firm was “aware of reports of the accident and is closely monitoring the situation.” © 2020 The Canadian Press
‘The end of Hong Kong’: Activists call for protests against planned Chinese law - Globalnews.ca
China's proposed new legislation for Hong Kong requires the territory to quickly finish enacting national security regulations under its mini-constitution.
Hong Kong activists called on Friday for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, prompting alarm that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear.” A proposed march at noon in the central financial district did not materialize after online calls were heeded only by a handful of activists and as riot police made their presence visible on the streets. But new calls have emerged for flash mobs at night across the territory and activists including Joshua Wong plan to meet the press to announce “street action” later on Friday. “This is a great moment to reboot the protest,” said university student Kay, 24, who participated in last year’s mass scale and often violent anti-government and anti-Beijing protests which this year entered a lull due to the coronavirus. READ MORE: Trump vows strong reaction if China limits opposition activity in Hong Kong Story continues below advertisement The security law plan hit financial markets on Friday, due to concerns the semiautonomous city’s status as a global financial hub was at risk, with Hong Kong stocks selling off as China’s parliament sat to discuss the new law. Hong Kong‘s Hang Seng index fell 3.7% to a seven-week low, helping to pull down MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan 1.2%. The proposed legislation could heighten tensions between Beijing and Washington, whose relationship is already frayed by trade disputes and reciprocal accusations over the pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump warned Washington would react “very strongly” if Beijing went ahead with the security law. It is starting to look like a U.S.-China summer of discontent in the making,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at AxiCorp. Innes said the new law could potentially reignite the pro-democracy demonstrations of 2019, the biggest crisis the former British colony has faced since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Draft proposal has prompted outrage Speaking on Friday in his annual report to the Chinese parliament, Premier Li Keqiang said China will establish a “sound” legal system and enforcement mechanisms to ensure national security in Hong Kong and Macau, its other semi-autonomous city. Story continues below advertisement The proposed legislation for Hong Kong requires the territory to quickly finish enacting national security regulations under its mini-constitution, the Basic law, according to a draft seen by Reuters. READ MORE: Trudeau says China ‘doesn’t seem to understand’ Canada’s judicial independence The document said the laws will tackle secession, subversion and terrorism activities, as well as foreign interference. It says it will safeguard the central government’s “overall jurisdiction” as well as Hong Kong‘s “high autonomy.” “When needed, relevant national security organs of the Central People’s Government will set up agencies,” in Hong Kong to safeguard national security, the draft said. Foreign diplomats are urgently seeking more details, fearing the statement could formalize and expand the presence of mainland security and intelligence services in Hong Kong. Currently they can take no enforcement action in the city. A previous attempt to adopt similar legislation in 2003 was met with a protest that drew around half a million people onto the streets and was eventually shelved. Pro-democracy activists and politicians have for years opposed the idea of national security laws, arguing they could erode the city’s high degree of autonomy, guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” handover agreement, which China says it is undermined by protesters. “It is essentially declaring directly that ‘one country two systems’ is null and a failure,” said Eric Cheung, principal lecturer at Hong Kong University’s department of law. Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: China calls Hong Kong protesters a ‘virus’, says city won’t be calm until they’re removed Local pro-democracy lawmakers denounced the plans on Thursday night as “the end of Hong Kong.” “Beijing is attempting to silence Hong Kongers critical voices with force and fear,” pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong tweeted. “Deep down protesters know, we insist not because we are strong, but because we have no other choice.” 6/ HKers will not scare off in the face of wolf warrior policy on HK. We will continue our international advocacy & tell the truth of Chinas authoritarianism to the world! Deep down HKProtesters know, we insist on not because we are strong, but because we have no other choice. — Joshua Wong (@joshuawongcf) May 21, 2020 Hong Kong‘s Legislative Council chairman Andrew Leung said it “was definitely not the end of one country, two systems.” “If it continues like this in Hong Kong, what about the livelihood of our people, the economy and our business,” he said, referring to protests. Story continues below advertisement The U.S. State Department warned a high-degree of autonomy and respect for human rights were key to preserving the territory’s special status in U.S. law, which has helped it maintain its position as a world financial center. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council urged Beijing on Friday not to lead Hong Kong into “bigger turmoil” due to wrong policy decisions. (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom; Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Michael Perry)