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Police officer who shot and killed Jacob Blake won’t be charged: U.S. federal prosecutors – National

Board votes to remove school resource officers from Guelph’s public schools

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they won’t file charges against a white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year a shooting that sparked protests that led to the deaths of two men. Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, who is Black, during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. The shooting left…

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Canada election: Activists ‘frustrated’ over party leaders dodging racism issue – National

Board votes to remove school resource officers from Guelph’s public schools

The vast majority of Canadians are against racism and acknowledge it as an issue in Canada, though about two-thirds of all non-white Canadians say they have experienced it themselves, according to a new poll. Those results come just ahead of the 2021 federal election — an election with platforms that, according to some advocates, don’t…

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Utah woman faces possible prison time for trashing pro-police sign – National

Board votes to remove school resource officers from Guelph’s public schools

A Utah woman faces hate crime-related charges that could send her to prison for a year after she allegedly stomped on a pro-police sign and smirked in an “intimidating manner” at a deputy who gave her friend a speeding ticket. The charges stem from an incident that occurred at a gas station in Panguitch, Utah,…

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Strong majority support a national day of remembrance for residential school victims: survey

Board votes to remove school resource officers from Guelph’s public schools

A strong majority of Canadians support the idea of a national day of remembrance for victims of residential schools, a new survey suggests. The discovery of the remains of 215 children in an unmarked burial site at the Kamloops Indian Residential School has served as a wake-up call to many Canadians, a new Ipsos survey…

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National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2021: “You Are Not Alone”

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E.Very good cause deserves at least a month of its own. So is mental health awareness. The emotional and mental disorders with their stigmatized poor self-image and isolation can make life lonely and hard. Therefore, “You are not alone” is an uplifting message for National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2021 … The emotional and mental…

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Crowds react with joy, wariness after Derek Chauvin convicted in murder of George Floyd – National

Click to play video: 'Derek Chauvin guilty: Biden says verdict is a ‘step forward’ but there is still work to do'

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd’s murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous. It’s already hard as it is as a Black man in…

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Portland officials call for end to violence after nearly 9 months of protests – National

Click to play video: 'America Votes 2020: Destruction in Portland, Ore. expected despite results'

Leaders and elected officials in Portland, Oregon, came together Monday to demand an end to violence, criminal destruction and intimidation by “anarchists” as destructive protests continue in the city. For nearly nine months protesters have called for police reform and an end to systemic racism in Portland, which has become a key city in the…

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3rd-degree murder charge added to Derek Chauvin’s case in George Floyd trial – National

Click to play video 'George Floyd case: Jury selection begins in ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s trial'

A judge on Thursday granted prosecutors’ request to add a third-degree murder count against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd‘s death, offering jurors an additional option for conviction and resolving an issue that might have delayed his trial for months. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill reinstated the charge after the former officer,…

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Wave of online racism toward soccer stars forces U.K. government to listen – National

A plane towing a banner reading White Lives Matter Burnley flies above the stadium during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, England, on June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Regan/Pool)

When the English Premier League returned to action after the first COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020, it was just three weeks after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Despite being an ocean away from the racial turmoil in the United States, players of all races decided to show a unified front by…

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How corporate Canada is addressing anti-Black racism 8 months after protests – National

Click to play video '#BlackNorth initiative launched to end systemic racism on Toronto’s Bay Street, corporate Canada'

Eight months after corporate Canada committed itself to address systemic racism within its workplaces and power structures, those who are committed to holding businesses accountable say they’re optimistic that change is happening. Over 450 companies have signed the BlackNorth Initiative’s “pledge,” a list of promises for CEOs to adopt that include hiring more Black people…

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Republicans put forth legislation that seeks to protect drivers who hit protesters – National

Click to play video 'Daniel Prude protests: Car drives through crowd of BLM demonstrators in New York City'

When massive demonstrations against racial injustice erupted across the nation last summer, protesters used an increasingly common tactic to draw attention to their cause: swarming out onto major roads to temporarily paralyze traffic. This method sometimes resulted in searing images of drivers plowing through crowds, causing serious injuries and in some cases, deaths. Now, Republican…

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MAGA vs. BLM: Photos show stark contrast in police response to unrest – National

A pro-Trump protester carries the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Peaceful demonstrators for racial justice were tear-gassed in Lafayette Square last June so U.S. President Donald Trump could take photos at a nearby church in Washington, D.C. Seven months later, a mob inspired by the president’s baseless conspiracy theories smashed through the doors of the U.S. Capitol, pushed past security and ran amok inside the…

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Proud Boys leader arrested over banner-burning ahead of pro-Trump rally – National

Click to play video 'Right-wing Proud Boys protesters, anti-Trump protesters clash in Washington, D.C.'

Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right Proud Boys group, has been arrested ahead of a planned protest in support of U.S. President Donald Trump‘s effort to overturn his election loss in Washington, D.C. Tarrio, 36, was arrested upon his arrival in D.C. on Monday for alleged offences dating back to Dec. 12, when he participated…

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Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake will not face criminal charges – National

Click to play video 'Families of Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake call for criminal justice reform'

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to all charges. A Wisconsin prosecutor declined Tuesday to file charges against a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back in Kenosha, concluding he couldn’t disprove the officer’s contention that he acted in self-defence because he feared the…

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Officers in Tamir Rice case will not face federal charges: U.S. Justice Department – National

Click to play video 'Cleveland Police union disappointed in decision to fire officer'

The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it would not bring federal criminal charges against two Cleveland police officers in the 2014 killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, saying video of the shooting was of too poor a quality for prosecutors to conclusively establish what had happened. In closing the case, the department brought to an…

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