Brantford police are looking for a vandal who spent more than four hours Friday night damaging a memorial to Indigenous children who died at residential schools.
The lone suspect, caught on surveillance footage, arrived at the Woodland Cultural Centre in the Ontario city — at the site of a former residential school — at about 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. Over the next four hours, the person set fire to numerous items left there to commemorate victims of the residential school system.
Children’s shoes were placed in front of the Woodland Cultural Centre after the remains of an estimated 215 children were detected in unmarked graves near the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., in May.
Source: Memorial to residential school victims burned in 4-hour vandalism spree in Brantford, Ont. | CBC News
Anyone entering a restaurant, café, shopping centre, hospital or taking a long-distance train in France will have to show a special Covid health pass from August, Emmanuel Macron has announced, as France tightens restrictions to contain the surging Delta variant.
The same Covid health pass – which shows that a person has been vaccinated or had a recent negative Covid test – will be similarly required for anyone over the age of 12 to enter a cinema, theatre, museum, theme park or cultural centre from as early as 21 July, the president said, in a bid to pressure more French people to take up vaccines.
“You’ve understood – vaccination is not immediately obligatory for everyone, but we’re going to extend the health pass to the maximum, in order to push a maximum of you to go and get vaccinated,” the president told the nation.
Source: France mandates Covid health pass for restaurants and cafés | France | The Guardian
Fire ecologists and Indigenous groups say bureaucratic provincial barriers are hindering their ability to perform prescribed burns and cultural burns that could reduce the fuel load for wildfires in British Columbia’s forests.
“It’s as simple as lighting a match,” said former Yuneŝit’in government chief Russell Myers Ross, who leads the community’s fire management program. “But the way the province deals with things, they want heavy equipment on the site. They want big hoses, they want a lot of equipment and high-priced personnel.”
Prescribed burns remove hazardous fuel from the forest via controlled, low-intensity burns, while cultural burns are considered a sacred Indigenous practice, in which communities use low-intensity fire as a form of ecological stewardship.
Support for the two practices has grown in recent years as B.C. and other provinces grapple with more extreme fires.
Following the province’s 2017 wildfire season, a report by former B.C. cabinet minister George Abbott and Chief Maureen Chapman recommended that “B.C. increase the use of traditional and prescribed burning” as a means of fuel mitigation, and that it do so “in partnership with First Nations.”
Source: B.C. policy-makers urged to embrace controlled burns to reduce wildfire risk | CBC News
The department accused the officials and their family members of having “advanced the Ortega-Murillo regime’s assault on democracy.” That was a reference to Rosario Murillo, Ortega’s wife and Vice President.
The measure targets “those with responsibility for, or complicity in, the suppression of peaceful protests or abuse of human rights, and the immediate family members of such persons.” It prevents those named from entering the United States.
Source: US pulls visas of 100 Nicaraguan legislators, judges – The Washington Post