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September 19th, 2019

B.C. man shown with Trudeau in brownface photo says he doesn’t believe Liberal leader is racist – CBC News

September 19th, 2019

One of two men shown posing with Justin Trudeau in one of the infamous photos of the future prime minister wearing racist makeup says he wasn’t offended then, and he isn’t offended now.

Sunny Khurana’s children were students at Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy in 2001, when the school held a fundraising gala with an “Arabian Nights” theme. Photos taken that night show Trudeau, then a teacher, smiling in brownface and a turban.

Khurana told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC’s On The Coast he’s heard the criticism that the costume was demeaning to people of colour, but it didn’t register that way to him.

“I don’t recall anybody saying anything negative about it. I don’t think the intention was to hurt anybody,” said Khurana, owner of Guru Bazaar, a sari and fabric store in Surrey, B.C.

The first photo of Trudeau at the gala emerged Wednesday afternoon, and it was followed soon after by two confirmed instances of Trudeau wearing blackface, along with a second photo from the gala, featuring Khurana.

The images have thrown a giant wrench in the Liberal Party’s election campaign, as Trudeau faces questions on his true feelings about people of colour. Experts say there is a long history in North America of white people wearing blackface or dark makeup to mock and belittle other cultures.

The Liberal leader has apologized, but he has not been able to say whether there might be more photos to come.

Sunny Khurana is the owner of Guru Bazaar, a sari and fabric store in Surrey. (CBC)

But Khurana said he doesn’t see the big deal.

“The main thing is that Justin Trudeau, as prime minister, never came across as somebody who had racist tendencies,” said Khurana

Other parents who attended the event told CBC they weren’t offended by Trudeau’s get-up, and see the scandal as a distraction from the real issues.

“This was all done in good fun,” said Jeff Murton.

Private school responds

Trudeau was a volunteer in charge of selling raffle tickets at the fundraiser, according to a gala co-chair, who did not want to be named.

Though many people wore costumes, Trudeau was the only person who blackened his face, the co-chair said.

The school’s director of communications, Megan MacMillan, said the concerns raised about the photos of Trudeau “align with our own values and commitment to inclusion and equality.”

“Our 2001 gala event was organized by a culturally diverse group of parent volunteers and was intended to be celebratory and respectful. That said, we recognize cultural sensitivities have evolved over the past 18 years,” MacMillan said in a written statement.

She said the school will be sending parents a letter about the photos.

We hear from one of the men in the controversial picture. 1:41

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September 19th, 2019

Salmon farms on way out – BC News – Castanet.net

September 19th, 2019

Premier John Horgan says industry, government and Indigenous nations on northern Vancouver Island are collaborating on a four-year program to transition away from marine-based salmon farms.

Horgan says the health of British Columbia’s wild salmon stocks depends on the joint work being done in the Broughton Archipelago to improve environmental conditions and move away from open-net farms.

Three area First Nations, two aquaculture companies and the government reached an agreement earlier this year to establish Indigenous oversight of salmon farms in their traditional territories as they transition away from the open-net away pens.

Horgan told a conference on Thursday at the B.C. legislature that five farms in the area have already been decommissioned, five more will be out of service by 2022 and seven more could close by 2024.

Namgis First Nation Chief Don Svanvik says the decommissioning program is a monumental step to protect wild salmon and recognize the interests, values and jurisdictional rights of Indigenous peoples.

David Kiemele of Cermaq Canada, which has 28 salmon farms around Vancouver Island, says negotiations ahead could hit rough patches but success is important for wild salmon and the coastal economy.

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Man killed in Scarborough shooting – 680 News

September 19th, 2019

A man is dead following a shooting in Scarborough Thursday night.

Police said they were called to the area of Middlefield Road and McNicoll Avenue around 10 p.m. following reports someone had been shot.

Police located the unconscious victim suffering from “very serious injuries.”

Paramedics said a man was treated for life-threatening injuries before being pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no word yet on suspects.

This is Toronto’s 46th homicide of the year.

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The undecided: Seven Canadian voters weigh in on the Trudeau photos and his apology – CTV News

September 19th, 2019

TORONTO — CTV News is following seven Canadian voters who are undecided about who they will support on Oct. 21. We checked in with them on Thursday after shocking photos of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau surfaced showing him in blackface and brownface in 2001 and earlier.

We asked each one the same question: Will the Trudeau images ultimately affect which party they choose?

One thing they all agreed on: they want to hear more about policies and hope the images do not take over the campaign.

Hoda Al-Obaidi, Waterloo, Ont.

Twenty-three-year-old Al-Obaidi, a first time voter after becoming a citizen in 2018, said a candidate’s policies are the most important deciding factor for her and that the old photos will not factor into her decision.

“I’m sure every person has done something racist and they learn from it including myself,” she said. “It’s not really offensive in my opinion — it’s more like, disappointing.”

Leonie Pelletier, Montreal, Que.

Outside Montreal, Que., Pelletier, said they were not a big deal for her either. Everyone makes mistakes she added. As a single mother of two young boys, education, heath, and affordable housing are the most important issues for her. 

Brad Pinhorn, Bonnyville, Alta.

In northern Alberta, Pinhorn, a former Wildrose supporter said the timing smacked of dirty politics, and that it would not influence his decision. For Pinhorn, a candidate who will not ignore Western Canada, along with their positions on education and healthcare were the most important deciding factors.

“I mean it was 18 years ago. If I judged everyone by something they did 18-20 years ago, I’d probably have a lot of enemies,” he said.

Donna and Derek Nanson, Vancouver, B.C.

The Nanson’s are focused on what the various parties’ platforms are on climate change, and say the images are a distraction.

Jarret Leaman, Toronto, Ont.

Inclusion of Indigenous and First Nation peoples and LGBTQ2S are key issues for Leaman, an Anishinaabe member of Magnetawan First Nation. Leaman says he is confused and disappointed by the revelations, and is leaning away from the Liberals. 

Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Halifax, N.S.

Hamilton-Hinch says the photos could affect the way she votes. Diversity and inclusion are important issues for her, and while she says the Liberals have done positive things to help those of African descent, she is angered by the photos.

“I am disappointed. I am angry,” she said. “It does make me wonder if his commitment toward people who are racialized is genuine.”

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Outrage to forgiveness: Metro Vancouverites respond to Trudeau photos – CTV News

September 19th, 2019

As a third example of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in racist face paint emerges, fiery debates are underway about the photos, his judgement and how he’s responded to the controversy.

The images of Trudeau with his face, hands and legs painted dark and dating back to his days as a student and a teacher in Vancouver, have garnered international headlines and criticism – but among the outrage and fury is also disappointment and forgiveness. The responses come the same day Trudeau apologized for a newly-unearthed video and revealed he doesn’t know if there are more than the three current examples.

CTV News Vancouver spoke with Thomas Peters, who lives near the prestigious West Point Grey Academy where Trudeau wore an offensive “Aladdin” costume as part of a school gala in 2001. Peters said he was “extremely dismayed” when he saw the photos.

“He should step down,” Peters said. “There’s no question about it.”

Danny Ramadan, a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ advocate had a very different perspective.

“The photos were quite disheartening, especially from a person I look up to because I see a lot of the work he has done regarding diversity and inclusion,” he said.

Ramadan recounted being called “Aladdin” in the gay village in Vancouver’s West End when he first arrived a few years ago, which he found deeply upsetting. But he accepted Trudeau’s apology, calling it genuine and from someone he sees as learning from the outrage.

“Yes, the photos are racist and racism has always been there since the races discovered each other, but at the same time expecting people to just be born with a manual on how to navigate racism is challenging,” he said. “We grow up, we learn, we become better at what we’re doing and we learn from our past mistakes and clearly that is the path that Justin Trudeau is on.”

Former Surrey city councillor-turned-entrepreneur, Barinder Rasode, said the images don’t offend her personally.

“I absolutely understand why some people are offended by this,” she said. “ As a person of colour, I’m not offended by this lack of judgment, but what I am offended by is the fact no political party at this point is standing up and saying, ‘listen, these are real issues we need to tackle.'”

Rasode is worried that substantive election issues around policies that will affect millions of Canadians are being lost in the fracas over the face paint.

“If he hadn’t apologized, I think this conversation should continue, but I think after his apology that I received as being quite sincere, we need to move on and I’d rather hear about healthcare and transportation, the economy and what my daughter’s future looks like,” Rasode said.

But those who study and help implement policies around racial discrimination and educate others about sensitivity to these issues say more discussion is needed on the thorny issues the face-paint has provoked.

“Some people say it was unintended and people were having fun – but at whose expense? I think kids need to understand this in this multicultural, multi-racial society,” said UBC professor and David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education, Annette Henry. “It’s hurtful to non-white communities and I think many racialized communities have spoken out and said how surprised and hurt they were.”

While Henry believes Trudeau’s apology was sincere, she questions how deep Trudeau’s understanding is of issues around racism and how his actions affect others. But, she believes the conversations taking place in classrooms, workplaces and coffee shops as a result are important.

“Conversations about, for example, what it means for white people to dress up as black and brown people and even just who we are as a society and issues of power and privilege,” she said.

As discussions and debates take place online and face-to-face across the country, Ramadan hopes he’s not the only one scrutinizing the timing of the controversy.

“What I care about is the future of Canada and at the moment this matter is in its core not about racism at all – it’s about politics,” he insisted. “The timing in releasing the photos is not because their bleeding heart [wants to address] cultural appropriation. They’re not doing so because they care about racism. It’s all about the fact this is happening in the month before the election.” 

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One dead, another injured after two separate shootings in Regent Park and Scarborough – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

September 19th, 2019

Bryann Aguilar, CP24.com
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:29PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:33PM EDT

One person is dead and another has been seriously injured after two separate shooting in Regent Park and Scarborough.

Emergency crews were called shortly before 10:00 p.m. in the area of Middlefield Road and McNicoll Avenue for reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they located a man with life-threatening injuries.

Police said he has been pronounced dead at the scene.

The homicide unit has been called.

Road closures are in effect for police investigation.

An owner of a gym in the area told CP24 that the shooting is shocking and it makes him feel very uncomfortable.

“I’m tired of the shootings that are going on in the city right now,” he said. “I’m tired of the politicians not doing anything.”

Officers were also called shortly before 10:00 p.m. in the area of Sumach and Dundas Streets.

Toronto paramedics said a man has been rushed to a trauma centre with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said there are reports of a car leaving the scene at high speed.

According to police data, as of Sept. 15, there have been 311 shootings so far this year with 468 victims.

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Yandy’s ‘Sexy Tariff’ costume is timely surprise, not actually valid against Chinese regime – Fox News

September 19th, 2019

Looks like the “trade war” is heating up.

Yandy has released a “Sexy Tariff” Halloween costume.

The $59.99 sleeveless mini dress features Benjamins and two words – “tariff” on the front and “import” on the back.

Yandy's "Sexy Tariff" costume. (Yandy)

Yandy’s “Sexy Tariff” costume. (Yandy)

“A distant trade war is upon us! Will you resist it?” Yandy writes. “Show off your assets and be the hottest import in town in this exclusive Sexy Tariff costume.”

SEXY ‘MR. ROGERS’-THEMED COSTUME IS RELEASED BY LINGERIE RETAILER YANDY

“Price is subject to change,” the company added in parentheses. And it probably won’t be of any use for White House officials locked in the tariff fight with China.

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The lingerie retailer, which claimed to be the “#1 site for sexy apparel,” has been no stranger to eyebrow-raising costumes.

The company has released “sexy” versions of celebrities in the past, including a Mr. Rogers “Nicest Neighbor” costume and a Meghan Markle wedding costume.

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Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.

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Man killed in Scarborough shooting – CityNews Toronto

September 19th, 2019

A man is dead following a shooting in Scarborough.

Police say they were called to the area of Middlefield Road and McNicoll Avenue around 10 p.m. following reports someone had been shot.

Police located the unconscious victim suffering from “very serious injuries.”

Paramedics say a man was treated for life-threatening injuries before being pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no word yet on suspects.

This would be Toronto’s 46th homicide of the year.

Moments earlier, police responded to reports of gunfire in the Regent Park area of the city.

Paramedics say they transported a male to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses report seeing a group of people and a car fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed following the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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