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What Ottawa has said, and done, about Islamophobia and attacks on Muslim Canadians
Canada's political leaders are once again condemning Islamophobia following the deadly Sunday evening hit and run in London, Ont., that police have described as a premeditated hate crime against a Muslim family.
Three adults and one teenager were killed in the incident, in which a pickup truck mounted a curb and struck the victims. A nine-year-old boy was also seriously injured but survived. The victims spanned three generations of a family.
"To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter Monday afternoon. "Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities." Other government leaders issued similar statements.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, is facing four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection to the alleged attack. Police say terrorism charges against Veltman are also being considered.
WATCH | Muslim family targeted in fatal London, Ont., attack:
The widespread condemnation and identification of Islamophobia as a motivating factor comes a little more than four years after the House of Commons passed controversial legislation that sought to identify and root out hate against Muslims.
A Heritage committee report on systemic racism, religious discrimination and Islamophobia followed in 2018, concluding with 30 recommendations. Liberal MP Hedy Fry, who was chair of the committee when the report was written, said many of the recommendations are in the process of being implemented. "You're not going to stop systemic problems in five years," Hedy told CBC News in an interview.
Line 3 protests
Police in riot gear attempt to remove members of the media as they arrest environmental activists at the Line 3 pipeline pumping station near the Itasca State Park, Minn., on Monday. Hundreds of protesters gathered at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota to resist Calgary-based Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging pipeline that carries crude oil from Alberta to Wisconsin. Read more about the protests here.
Politicians are calling on executives and management at Nav Canada to pay back $7 million in bonuses they received last year during the pandemic while the private non-profit was tapping into government aid and warning of possible layoffs. Opposition MPs told CBC News they want the company — which owns and operates Canada's air traffic control system — to follow Air Canada's lead. The airline announced yesterday its senior executives will give back their 2020 bonuses in response to "public disappointment." Nav Canada said it won't decide until the fall whether it will hand out bonuses for 2021. Asked by CBC News if company executives will pay back the bonuses from 2020, Nav Canada refused to answer directly. Instead, company spokesperson Brian Boudreau defended the "management incentive program," saying it was "reduced significantly" last year by 20 per cent. Read more about the issue here.
A growing chorus is demanding that Pope Francis apologize for the Catholic Church's role in Canada's residential school system. Kinistin Saulteaux Nation Chief Felix Thomas agreed to share details of the extensive efforts to secure a papal visit to Saskatchewan, hoping it will motivate Catholic parishioners to join the fight this time. They want a papal apology on Canadian soil, a release of all residential school files and church records of abusive clergy, and the Catholic Church to pay the full $25 million it promised to survivors as part of a national settlement agreement. "It's one thing for us First Nations people to say this," Thomas said. "But wouldn't it be powerful if Catholics said, 'I'm not going to go to my church until this is made right?'" Read more about the push for an apology here.
WATCH | Indigenous leaders seek papal apology for Catholic Church's role in residential schools:
Canadian officials are looking at a multi-phase approach to reopening the Canada-U.S. border that would begin with allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter starting this summer. Several aspects of the reopening plan remain up in the air, including the exact reopening date and what form proof of vaccination would take. An asymmetrical reopening of the Canada-U.S. border, with each country applying different rules, is possible. Read more about what we know so far here.
A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 death of a 34-year-old Indigenous woman after she was struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving vehicle was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison in Thunder Bay, Ont. Brayden Bushby, 22, was convicted last December in the death of Barbara Kentner, 34, who was from Wabigoon Lake First Nation. "What you did, Mr. Bushby, was not brave. It was not manly. It was not impressive," Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen Pierce said in giving reasons for the eight-year prison term. It will amount to seven years and 11 months after factoring in credit for time spent in pre-sentence custody. Read more about the sentencing here.
WATCH | Man gets 8 years for trailer-hitch killing of Indigenous woman:
If you're a Montreal Canadiens fan, then it's "Oui, the North" this morning, after the Habs won in overtime Monday to eliminate the Winnipeg Jets and stand alone as the sole remaining team from the Canada-only North division in the NHL playoffs. Tyler Toffoli scored early in overtime to complete a surprising four-game sweep in their second-round playoff series. Montreal moves on to play the winner of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights. Read more about Montreal's seven-game winning streak here.
WATCH | Canadiens sweep Jets with Toffoli's winner in overtime:
Now here's some good news to start your Tuesday: Nicole Travers has a long and slow process for making her own leather — and it starts by skinning a fish. The Mi'kmaw artist based in Lark Harbour on the south shore of Newfoundland's Bay of Islands makes her own leather from fish skin for her hand-beaded jewelry. Besides cod, Travers has used skin from eel, mackerel and even salmon she bought from the grocery store. "I have yet to find anything I haven't been able to tan," she said. "I would like to try halibut and some other fish if I can get my hands on it." Travers gets many of her fish skins from her brother-in-law Aden Park's catch in the food fishery. "It's amazing how she could take natural products and transform something normally discarded on the beach using things you have in your pantry," said Park. Read about the leather here.
Front Burner: Lawrence Wright takes on 'The Plague Year'
In 1665, the Great Plague decimated London, leaving 100,000 people dead over 18 brutal months. It was the last major bubonic plague outbreak in Britain.
More than 50 years later, A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe was published. It's a defining record of the outbreak
But thanks to Lawrence Wright, we don't have to wait five decades for an all-encompassing recount of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Wright joins us to share his thoughts on how it has revealed and reshaped society.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New Yorker staff writer is best known for writing unflinching non-fiction about al-Qaeda and the Church of Scientology. His new book, The Plague Year, tells the story of our pandemic — from the utter failure to contain the virus to the extraordinary circumstances that led to the development of life-saving vaccines.
Today in history: June 8
1866: The first meeting of the Canadian Parliament is held in Ottawa.
1944: Canadian soldiers captured 12 towns in Normandy during the Second World War.
2005: Ontario passed tough anti-smoking legislation that banned smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces effective June 2006.
2017: Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski became the first Canadian woman tennis pro to capture a Grand Slam title as she and Indian partner Rohan Bopanna rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the mixed doubles final at the French Open.
With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters