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WARMINGTON: Anti-racism protests provoke necessary discussion – Toronto Sun

June 6th, 2020

There was no name calling about social distancing in Trinity Bellwoods Park on this sunny Saturday.

Or in Dundas Square, Nathan Phillips Square or Queen’s Park either.

The fight against “anti-black racism and police brutality” outranks COVID-19 pandemic crowd restrictions and enforcement.

“The message from those protesters is we simply have to involve every person and every effort to wipe out anti-black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, racism and discrimination of any kind in this city, and make it the most inclusive city in the world,” Mayor John Tory said Saturday.

Neither he nor Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa were critical as they were two weeks ago.

“People were engaging in just incredibly disappointing behaviour,” Tory told reporters May 23rd.

Dr. de Villa tweeted about “selfish and dangerous behaviour.”

This time both merely re-tweeted a City of Toronto message to “enjoy fresh air and stay active! Don’t forget to practice #PhysicalDistancing & stick with members of your household only.”

Beat a drum rather than yell, creating potential droplets, was the message.

Meanwhile, few were obeying the painted social distancing circles in Trinity Bellwoods and neither bylaw nor Toronto Police officers dared to hand out tickets. Things have changed from two weeks ago — especially in the wake of Police Chief Mark Saunders taking a knee Friday at Yonge and Bloor Sts. and thrusting his fist in the air in solidarity with the protests against George Floyd’s brutal murder at the hands of police in Minnesota.

“We can’t let go of this energy,” Saunders told reporters. “There has to be big change … We’ve got to get it right.”

Insp. Matt Moyer, of 52 Division, also took a knee with protesters Saturday —  the second straight day Toronto Police joined the demonstration. Unlike a video from Edmonton where a protester ordered police to kneel, Toronto officers did so of their own volition.


Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders kneels in front of protesters during the “I Can’t Breathe” anti-racism rally in Toronto on June 5, 2020.

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There’s debate over this tactic but as of deadline it appears protests remained trouble free — except for the arrest of a man at Nathan Phillips Square with his face, neck and hands painted black. Called a “blackface Trudeau” by the offended crowd, he was doused with water before Toronto Police saved him from harm, whisking him away on a breach of the peace citation.

Turns out the smiling Toronto man, 28, has a history of non-criminal mental health challenges and actually thought he was supporting Black Lives Matter.

“He didn’t see anything wrong with it,” said a source.

Police arranged for his grateful and thankful mom to take him home.

“He didn’t mean any harm.”

Still it’s this kind of thing that adds to a tense mood that police fear could spark mayhem like the G20 riot ten years ago.

It’s a tinderbox here.

An Instagram video of a man accusing police and bylaw officers of gathering up rocks to leave out for protesters was actually them gathering up potential projectiles to be removed by the City for safety reasons.

Saunders is trying to calm things down and de-escalate the ongoing situation.

There were surreal snapshots Saturday but real moments too.

Sahar Bahadi, mother of the late Sammy Yatim who was shot to death on a streetcar in 2013 by Const. James Forcillo, was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with her son’s photo a a message reading: “Shot 9 times.”

Forcillo was charged with murder for the deadly shooting of Yatim, but he was ultimately convicted of attempted murder.

Bahadi’s message to police was “please think thousands of times before you shoot … especially if they have mental health (issues).”

It was an important message from someone who understands how George Floyd’s family feels.

Since police are now kneeling in support of protesters, maybe it’s time to consider some out-of-the-box ideas that could potentially save lives. Perhaps a police gun that fires a rubber bullet as the first round but can then fire lethal rounds if needed.

While suggestions Toronto Police are racist is an overreach, the positive thing about these emotional protests is there’s necessary discussion going on.

— With files from Canadian Press

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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June 6th, 2020

Colorado reports no new coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours – The Denver Post

June 6th, 2020

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Colorado on Saturday, and just three more people died after testing positive for the virus.

The number of deaths caused by the virus held steady at 1,274, according to the latest information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the death toll rose to 1,527 among people with positive tests.

The data indicated 233 new cases were diagnosed in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to 27,848. The number of new cases generally has been trending lower the past six weeks.

It generally takes two to three weeks for virus spread to start showing up in the data.



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June 6th, 2020

BTS And Big Hit Donate $1 Million To Black Lives Matter – soompi

June 6th, 2020

After showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this week, BTS and their agency Big Hit Entertainment have now made a substantial donation to the cause.

On June 6 local time, Big Hit Entertainment confirmed that BTS and the agency had donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter.

According to a report by Variety, BTS and Big Hit are “not expected to comment on the donation.”

Earlier this week, BTS expressed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement through a post on their official Twitter account, stating, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

GOT7’s Yugyeom and Mark, DAY6’s Jae, Heize, Jay Park, and pH-1 have also previously made donations in support of the movement.

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265 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi – WLOX

June 6th, 2020

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of June 5, there have been a total of 17,034 cases investigated, which includes 121 probable cases. There have been 811 deaths investigated, including 16 probable deaths.

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June 6th, 2020

Oil Up the Clippers and Bust Out the Mousse: Certified Hair Salons and Barber Shops to Open on Monday, June 8 – Lost Coast Outpost

June 6th, 2020

A press release from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:

Hair salons and barber shops whose plans have been approved and certified by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) can start reopening Monday, June 8.

The decision came today after review of daily testing results and local epidemiologic data. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “Our doubling time has increased, our percent increase in cases over the past week has dropped, we have had only two new chains of transmission in the past 14 days, and other epidemiologic factors look favorable.”

The doctor added that the local health care system and contact investigation teams also have capacity. “Monday marks 14 days out from Memorial Day activities,” Dr. Frankovich said, referring to the standard incubation period for the virus. “In light of these factors, we have decided to move forward on salons and barber shops a bit sooner than planned.”

Public Health will continue to closely monitor the amount of disease activity in the community as businesses and other entities gradually reopen, she said.

“There are still concerns about the possible impacts of the recent protest gatherings which began a week ago and are ongoing, but because of our favorable data, we are planning to move forward while carefully monitoring the situation,” Dr. Frankovich said. “Again, our ability to continue this social and economic recovery is dependent upon our community working together on using facial coverings, distancing and following all of the public health guidance we have been advising.”

Certificates will be sent today to all hair salons and barber shops with approved plans. Because many facilities do not plan to reopen right away, please call ahead before going to your favorite location.
If conditions remain favorable, additional county-certified businesses in the following sectors are expected to be cleared for reopening in this order:

  • Campgrounds, including RV parks – Reopening date expected to be announced next week with a reopening anticipated before the weekend.
  • Hotels and lodging for leisure travel/tourism – after June 12
  • Gyms – after June 12.

Dr. Frankovich said she still highly encourages older residents and those with chronic medical conditions to limit their activities outside the home to minimize possible exposures. “It is the safest course moving forward,” she said.

Learn more about the Business Reopening process, including how to submit a plan, at humboldtgov.org/2756/Business-Compliance. For general information about COVID-19, please contact the Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000 or covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us.

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Apple’s Risky Decision About Your Radical New MacBook Pro – Forbes

June 6th, 2020

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June 6th, 2020