Streaming giant Spotify Technology said it would feature an eight minute and 46 second track of silence in select podcasts and playlists on Tuesday, while also halting social media publications. Apple Music said it would use the day to reflect and plan actions to support black artists, creators and communities. On Tuesday, celebrities such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Kylie Jenner all went dark on social media to acknowledge Floyd's death. Pushback on social postsHowever, there has been pushback against some of these attempts at solidarity via social media. You're trying to support Black Out Tuesday, but yet you're not supporting it within your own company," freelance music journalist Bianca Gracie noted in an interview with CBC News.
June 02, 2020 17:02 UTC
Alberta reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total active cases to 377. For the second day in a row, there are no active cases in the province's central health zone. Most of the active COVID-19 cases are still found in the Calgary zone. Alberta reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, nearly double the number of new cases reported Sunday, bringing the total active cases to 400. This map provides an overview of how COVID-19 has impacted the province of Alberta as of June 1, 2020.
June 02, 2020 16:39 UTC
We’ve assembled the Star’s award-winning political journalists to answer your questions and provide their views on what is ahead for Canada. Ask our panel about how Canada’s leaders have performed during the pandemic, and what our country and our politics might look like after the lockdowns have lifted. Click here to watch the live broadcast Wednesday, June 3 @ 7 p.m. ETSend your questions to AskNow@thestar.ca
June 02, 2020 16:30 UTC
At no point did Trudeau mention the U.S. president by name or criticize his handling of the situation. When asked again why he did not want to directly address Trump's actions, Trudeau said his job as prime minister is to focus on Canadians. 2:09Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was equally reluctant to speak about Trump's handling of the crisis, saying she's focused on issues closer to home. 6:05When Trump told four minority Democratic congresswomen to go back to where they came from, Trudeau pivoted again to the Canadian context. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian," Trudeau said.
June 02, 2020 16:29 UTC
Police say charges of assault and inciting hatred are pending against a 47-year-old Moncton man who allegedly yelled racist slurs and threw objects from an apartment building Monday as a Black Lives Matter march passed on the street below. "We had this large group of primarily young people walking in support of Black Lives Matter being quite upbeat, being respectful, being orderly," Warren said in an interview Tuesday. Levesque wasn't able to say what objects the person facing the charges is accused of throwing at those marching. The march ended at Moncton City Hall, where more than 350 people gathered to hear organizers speak and chant slogans like 'Black lives matter' and 'No justice, no peace.' (Guy LeBlanc/Radio-Canada)More than 350 people marched through the city Monday afternoon, shouting slogans like 'Black lives matter' and 'No justice, no peace.'
June 02, 2020 16:23 UTC
Reitmans will shutter 77 Addition Elle and 54 Thyme Maternity stores across Canada as part of its restructuring process, the Montreal-based retailer announced Tuesday. In addition to its eponymous chain focusing on work clothes for career-aged women, Reitmans also runs the Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity, RW & Co. and Penningtons chains. As past of the restructuring process, Reitmans has decided to permanently close Addition Elle and Thyme Maternity. The last day for Addition Elle will come the next month, on August 15. Company wide, before the restructuring process began Reitmans had 576 stores across Canada, including 259 Reitmans, 106 Penningtons and 80 RW & CO. locations.
June 02, 2020 16:21 UTC
Edward Keenan, the Star’s Washington bureau chief, contributes live analysis from the U.S. For the latest updates on the George Floyd, anti-racist protests, click here. But issues of what was going on across the country, and with the president, were on voters’ minds. “Authoritarians and strongmen always use violent action as a pretext to crack down on freedom of expression and protest. Stop.”12:06 p.m. Joe Biden gave a major speech today on the protests and conflict that have overtaken cities across the U.S. Today is the most significant day since Super Tuesday, as eight states and the District of Columbia hold primary votes.
June 02, 2020 16:16 UTC
Both small business owners and their commercial landlords in Ottawa are complaining a federal funding program meant to help them through the COVID-19 crisis is falling short. She had hoped for help from the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, but said her landlord won't apply. In exchange, the landlord must reduce the rent they charge their small business tenants by at least 75 per cent for April, May and June. The Building Owners and Managers Association of Ottawa is in favour of help for landlords, and has been advocating for tax breaks to help small businesses. So even the ones who are making accommodations — it's still not really going to help businesses in the long term."
June 02, 2020 16:09 UTC
Mumbai hasn't been hit by a cyclone in more than a century, raising concern about its readiness. Although post-monsoon flooding is common in Mumbai in the fall, some experts fear the city isn't prepared for the high winds and storm surges that come with a cyclone. "There's been no test of how the city does in a cyclone," said Adam Sobel, a climate scientist at Columbia University who has studied the risk to Mumbai. A city lifeguard secures equipment at Dadar Beach in Mumbai ahead of the cyclone. People gather at the site of a landslide in Udarband village, Cachar district in the Barak Valley of southern Assam state on Tuesday.
June 02, 2020 16:03 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis school board has voted to end its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department following the death last week of George Floyd. The investigation follows the arrest and charges against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, a white officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes before he died. The initiative, originally called #TheShowMustBePaused, is a response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other victims of racial violence. 2:10 p.m.TEL AVIV, Israel —Over 200 demonstrators protested outside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to decry the killing of George Floyd. There was also a peaceful protest Monday night in Milwaukee in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
June 02, 2020 15:15 UTC
A group of people in an SUV drove into a crowd of police and military on Monday night in Buffalo, injuring at least two officers as anti-racism protests swell across the United States, NBC New York reports. NBC New York reported that just before the vehicle plowed through the crowd, a line of police officers rushed to tackle a man who was giving an interview to a cameraman. The cluster of police rushed and tackled the interviewee, while officers whacked their batons at protesters to make them disperse. Moments later, police officers help pull two apparently injured officers up from the sidewalk. A third person who was also in the SUV was taken into custody.
June 02, 2020 15:13 UTC
Ngola, who is also known as Dr. Ngola Monzinga, has been working as a doctor in Campbellton since 2013. Twelve of the province's 13 cases have been linked to the travel-related case to date, according to Public Health officials. Ngola said he received a call from a public health official on May 25 informing him one of his patients had tested positive. There are 13 active in cases in the province — all in the Campbellton health region, known as Zone 5, including a new confirmed case announced on Tuesday. Public Health officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
June 02, 2020 14:43 UTC
A four-alarm fire ripped through an east-end home causing severe damage to the property Tuesday morning. Emergency services responded to a call for a fire at 473 Queen St. E., near Sumach Street in the Corktown neighbourhood, at 9:15 a.m. The fire quickly developed into a four-alarm blaze, with black smoke billowing from the building, before fire crews brought the blaze under control by 11 a.m.Toronto Fire Services District Chief Stephan Powell said no one was found injured following a preliminary search of the three-storey building. The fire caused severe damage to the building and its roof collapsed. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
June 02, 2020 14:10 UTC
BCE Inc. has decided to partner with Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson to build its 5G network in Canada. The Montreal-based telecom firm said in a press release Tuesday that it will use Ericsson equipment to build its next generation cellular network, known as 5G. The United States and Australia have forbidden telecom firms in those countries from working with Huawei to develop their 5G networks. BCE rival Rogers also announced in 2018 that it would work with Ericsson on its 5G network. Telus, meanwhile, announced this past February that it would use Huawei equipment in its 5G network.
June 02, 2020 13:27 UTC
Weighing fish with a cameraReelData uses underwater cameras and artificial intelligence to estimate fish weight, monitor feed usage and detect sea lice for ocean and land-based fish farms. The release made no mention of the company's work for ocean-based salmon farms, which the Green Party opposes. Ocean-based fish farms offshore may work, he said, but not in coastal bays where "there is not enough circulation and the medications and feces will pile up." So we're weighing fish daily and providing metrics on health and weight and fish feed every single day for these fish farms, so we built the solution," Zimola said. Richardson disputed the viability of land-based salmon farming, discounting it as too energy intensive and impractical.
June 02, 2020 13:22 UTC