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Hope in Humboldt: Parents of Jacob Leicht find purpose in the face of tragedy | The Hockey News

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 18, 2018 11:02 AM
"“I want to be part of something bigger,” Celeste said. “There is so much hurt in this province in so many ways, particularly with the First Nations community. There is so much tragedy and affliction in this world and they don’t get the attention they deserve sometimes. I have no idea what this is going to look like, but I want to start a movement of some sort. People are hurting in this province with the whole Colten Boushie trial and it’s time that people reach out. From hurt can come good.”"

Family of Bruce McArthur's latest alleged victim thought he was in hiding, after refugee status rejected | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 17, 2018 08:28 PM
"Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, came to Canada in 2010 as one of 492 Sri Lankans seeking asylum aboard the MV Sun Sea. ... Thanigasalam said the family never tried to file a missing person's report because they were scared Kanagaratnam would be caught by the Canadian government and sent back to Sri Lanka. ... "His brother was shot and killed, so there's no one to look after his mother," Thanigasalam told CBC Toronto. "He's the only responsible one. He has no choice, he has to look after his family, that's why he came to Canada.""

Neil Macdonald: Call me radical, but journalists should be able to pledge support for Palestinian journalists | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 15, 2018 09:50 PM
"I also spoke to my CBC colleague Carol Off, who resigned from a CJFE volunteer role over the original statement. She made two points: First, she said, the language of CJFE's communiqués has been growing more activist in recent months, protesting assaults on speech even more often than assaults on journalists. And second, "I think Israel's excesses should be treated differently than those of Saudi Arabia. Israel has democratic institutions ... Two things about that: The fact that Israel is a democracy, with the expectation of rule of law that implies, surely justifies even greater criticism when its security organs behave like those of the surrounding regimes."

Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson rip Trump for Libby pardon | AOL

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 14, 2018 09:32 AM
"Plame was outed in retaliation against Wilson, who had challenged the Bush administration’s justification of the Iraq War ... Wilson fumed after the pardon was announced, saying it excuses “the entire neo-conservative subversive movement that drove this county to a false war in 2003 and which still has ambition to drive this country to war in Iran.”"

Trump Reviews Syria Options as U.K. Cabinet Supports Response | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 13, 2018 10:35 AM
"In London, May’s cabinet gathered in an emergency session and afterward issued a statement saying that it “agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.” That suggests May is prepared to join Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron if military strikes are launched against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Germany and Italy have said they will not take part in military action in Syria."

Google loses landmark 'right to be forgotten' case | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 13, 2018 10:14 AM
"A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions. The ruling was made by a judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, in London on Friday. He rejected a similar claim brought by a second businessman who was jailed for a more serious offence"
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