Myanmar’s deadly crackdowns on protests are worsening — here’s what you need to know

Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests on Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, while a United Nations human rights official said there was “credible information” that 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded. That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. Gunfire was reported almost as soon as the protests began Sunday morning in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, as police also fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to clear the streets. Photos of shell casings from live ammunition used in assault

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Myanmar’s deadly crackdowns on protests are worsening — here’s what you need to know

Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests on Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, while a United Nations human rights official said there was “credible information” that 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded. That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. Gunfire was reported almost as soon as the protests began Sunday morning in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, as police also fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to clear the streets. Photos of shell casings from live ammunition used in assault

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Raptors’ COVID-19 issues worsen, forcing postponement of Sunday game against Bulls

The NBA called off the Toronto Raptors game against visiting Chicago on Sunday night in Tampa due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The league said the Raptors are dealing with positive test results, and combined with contact tracing issues, wouldn’t have the league-required eight players available for the game. Toronto was missing head coach Nick Nurse, five members of his staff and star forward Pascal Siakam for Friday’s 122-111 victory over Houston. The Raptors-Bulls game is the 30th to be postponed so far this season because of COVID-19 testing or contact tracing but the first time Toronto has had to reschedule. Three NBA teams haven’t had a game postponed. Toronto used 12 players on Friday and had 14 listed as available to

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U.S. stands with Canada on efforts to free Kovrig, Spavor from China: secretary of state

The United States will continue to stand with Canada in its efforts to secure the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from arbitrary detention in China, said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We stand strongly with Canada when it comes to the need to see the two Michaels released immediately and unconditionally,” Blinken told CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton in a recent interview. “We will continue to stand with Canada on that. I’ve made that clear in my own conversations with Chinese counterparts. And we look forward to the day when they’re able to return home.” Blinken said that while the immediate goal is to get China to release the two men, democracies around the world need

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Every household to get prepaid blank postcard courtesy of Canada Post

In an effort to encourage Canadians to keep in touch during the pandemic, Canada Post is sending every household a free postcard to mail to a loved one. Starting Monday,13.5 million postage-paid postcards will begin arriving at every residential address across the country.  “I think that everyone has missed weddings and funerals and birthday celebrations, and we’ve all missed people and loved ones across the country,” said Sylvie Lapointe, a spokesperson with Canada Post in Ottawa. A postcard is one way to tell people they’re on your mind, she said. The Canada Post Write Here Write Now campaign aims to help Canadians connect through letter writing. Each household will receive one of six designs, including messages such as “Wishing I were there/Tu me manques” and “Sending smiles/Je t’embrasse.”  The

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Sale to cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has some questioning whether Toronto’s Deciem will change its foundation

Skincare business Deciem’s slogan, the Abnormal Beauty Company, underlines its niche in the world of cosmetics. And following a $2.2 billion dollar deal this week some are wondering if the start-up will maintain its unique reputation. Founded in Toronto in 2013, Deciem Beauty Group Inc. advertises itself as atypical, even if its popular skincare brand is called The Ordinary. Unlike most big skincare brands, it sells formulations with just a few ingredients, at unusually low prices. It has a strong following, including celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, with net sales for the 12 months ended Jan. 31, of about $460 million US. But some of that fan base is concerned, after learning that cosmetic giant Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. bought Deciem.  Can an “industry disruptor,” as Estée Lauder calls Deciem, keep

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Canada’s pipeline regulator says it’s taking a stand against systemic racism

Rueben George says he’s not at all surprised that, in an era of racial reckoning, Canada’s top pipeline regulator is signalling it wants to confront the problem of systemic racism and its sometimes fraught relationship with First Nations. He and others in Indigenous communities have long accused the Canada Energy Regulator and other energy sector review bodies of prioritizing the interests of the fossil fuel industry over those of First Nations. “Would they say those things if we didn’t make them accountable? Probably not,” said George, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in B.C. and manager of Sacred Trust, an organization launched by Tsleil-Waututh to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. “Because they are happily working within that system that was created and felt wasn’t broken.” The Canada Energy Regulator now says it’s committed to systemic change within the

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Humboldt Broncos crash survivor Kaleb Dahlgren’s memoir tells the story of a hockey life interrupted

Kaleb Dahlgren says he still has no memory of the crash that changed his life. Dahlgren played right wing for the Humboldt Broncos in 2018 and was on the team bus on April 6, 2018, when it collided with a tractor trailer while heading to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game. Sixteen people died that day at that highway intersection. Dahlgren was one of 13 who survived. He suffered a fractured skull, a puncture wound in his head, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae in his neck and back. “I think I might actually remember what happened one day. Lots of doctors have said that there is a possibility for sure, and I still have no real recollection of it yet,” he said in an

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Trudeau says Canada-U.S. relations need to rebuild. Just how bad did it get with Trump?

When Justin Trudeau met virtually with U.S. President Joe Biden this week, the prime minister suggested that relations between the two countries had taken a significant hit during Donald Trump’s administration, noting that “there’s a lot to rebuild.” Tensions over trade culminated in tariff battles during Trump’s term in the White House, and his use of Twitter to blast the prime minister certainly put a chill on their relationship. However, despite the often-tense relationship between the Trudeau and Trump, tough deals were still forged, including a revamped NAFTA agreement, while the countries continued to co-operate on longstanding issues. “The relationship between the United States is so deep and so broad that you can’t characterize it simply in terms of whether or not an individual president and a prime minister get along” said David

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