The Boiling Point, Feb 9
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The Boiling Point, Feb 9

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Thanks for tuning in, whether you caught the radio show, or the live stream.  Wrapping up the topics from last night, the focus was mainly on Canadian news, recapping recent events in the Great White North.  Questions asked were: “how do you feel about the Prime Minister’s performance so far?”  “how do you think the U.S. position on immigration affects Canadians as refugees are now seeking asylum within our borders?”  “what are the ethical implications of genetic engineering?”

The topics were engaging, as some of the questions asked also related to the Prime Minister’s visit to the Converge 2017 event hosted in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday. Review of Roberta Jamieson’s address and the issues she covered, such as the opportunities that First Nations students will have after graduating University topped the list of pertinent discussion.  Breaking News coverage briefly examined the surprise appointment of Sarah Palin as the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada.

Also, some killer tunes were spun, and the playlist is below.  That’s it for this week.  Tune in next week for more coverage of exciting news!

Playlist

  1. Show You The Way – Thundercat, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins
  2. YOU’RE THE ONE – KAYTRANADA, Syd
  3. Loud – araabMUZIK, Loud Lord
  4. My G’s – Stooki Sound, Jelacee
[RECAP] News Unplugged – Monday, January 25
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[RECAP] News Unplugged – Monday, January 25

IOC ACCOMODATES TRANSGENDER ATHLETES

On Sunday, International Olympic Committee officials announced that they have changed their policy to further allow for transgender involvement in Olympic sports.

Since 2003, athletes that identified as transgender were required to have sexual reassignment surgery and a minimum of two years of hormone therapy in order to qualify for the games. With the new changes made to these dated guidelines, surgery is now no longer a requirement.

It is believed that this issue has been brought to greater attention since former Olympic decathlon champion, Bruce Jenner transitioned to becoming female, Caitlin Jenner last year.


 

MAN CHARGED WITH SASKATCHEWAN SHOOTINGS

Last Friday, the remote Dene community of La Loche, Saskatchewan was shaken by a school and home shooting.

A 17-year old male suspect has since been charged for the murders of four individuals, as well as seven counts of attempted murder, and is set to appear in court today. Victims of the shootings include two teachers, Marie Janvier and Adam Wood, as well as brothers, Dayne Fontaine age 13, and Drayden Fontaine age 17.

Saskatchewan premier, Brad Wall, has come out to offer his condolences in stating:

“Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community.”


 

 63 SYRIANS DEAD AFTER RUSSIAN AIR STRIKES

It is reported that at least 63 people have died in Syria as a result of what is believed to be Russian air strikes.

The attacks took place last Saturday in Khasham, just outside of the city of Deir Ezzor. Russian forces have been taking part in these airstrikes as a result of the ongoing tensions between the Islamic state of Iraq and ISIL.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 4,272 people have been killed in air strikes in Syria since the beginning of the war, with an estimated additional 250,000 civilian deaths as a result of the conflict.


 

 YOGA RETURNS TO UOTTAWA

After being temporarily suspended since last November, free yoga classes are now back on at the University of Ottawa.

Originally, the program had been cancelled as part of an accessibility review under the accusation of “culturally appropriating Hinduism”. However, after reexamination, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa has announced that the yoga classes will resume this week starting Tuesday under a new teacher.

 

News Unplugged- Top Headlines [Thursday, December 3rd]
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News Unplugged- Top Headlines [Thursday, December 3rd]

Suspects in San Bernardino, California Shooting Dead

Two suspects of a San Bernardino, California shooting, a man and a woman, have been shot and killed after engaging in a gun battle with police on Wednesday.

The mass shooting left avid 14 dead and 17 injured. An explosive device had later been found at the services facility in which the shooting took place.

The two suspects have since been identified as Syed Farook 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27. The motive has yet to be confirmed.


 

Russian Spy Beheaded by ISIS

On Wednesday ISIS released a video titled,: You Shall be Disappointed and Humiliated O Russians.” showing the beheading of an alleged Russian spy.

The disturbing video shows a Russian speaking ISIS member standing behind the kneeling accused who was wearing an orange jumpsuit.

The video was released through the terror groups media channel and shows both men unmasked.


 

Bystander Charged with Obstructing Arrest Outside of Downsview LCBO

A man was charged with intervening in a controversial arrest outside of a Downsview LCBO. The man charged told reporters that he intervened because the suspect had trouble breathing.

“There was a life in danger,” Andrew Burger told reporters. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Burger told reporters that the suspect had his jacket pulled over his head while the police officer knee pressed on his throat.

“When the jacket was over his face, the young man cried out that he cannot breathe,” Burger said. “What I saw was a life that was in danger.”

The incident began when an officer stopped a young black man from entering the LCBO store

Burger is scheduled to appear in court in January facing charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.


 

Kylie Jenner Wheelchair Photoshoot Upsets the Internet

An Ottawa teens twitter post goes viral after she expressed her outrage over photographs from Kylie Jenner’s Interview Magazine spread. The photos show Jenner posing in a wheelchair.

Seventeen year old Ophelia Brown, uses a wheelchair because of a serious case of regional pain syndrome which she was diagnosed with at the age of nine.

Her tweet states, “@KylieJenner wow being in a wheelchair is so fun and fashionable! #Ableism is the ultimate fashion statement!”

It has since gotten thousands of retweets, shares and much support from the online community.

Jenner’s wheelchair photo has cause much controversy for being offensive and insensitive.

News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 20
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News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 20

Man sues Toronto police for $5M wrongful arrest

Toronto police officers are facing a $5 Million dollar lawsuit from Santokh Bola – a 21 year old, intellectually challenged man from Woodbridge, Ontario. On November 1st, Bola was in the parking lot of his family’s store, when Toronto police wrongly arrested him for an attempted burglary in the area. Video footage of the incident shows several police officers with drawn guns violently beating Bola to the ground, despite his pleads of innocence. As a result, Bola has suffered physically and mentally in the aftermath of the attack, and his family hopes to find justice.

 

Paris attacks leader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in raid

Last Wednesday, alleged ringleader of Paris attacks, Abaaoud was killed in a French police raid in Paris suburb, Saint Denis. Since the terrorist attacks last Friday that left 129 citizens dead, French President, Hollande has taken severe measures to combat Islamic State terrorists, and has extended France’s state of emergency for an additional three months from November 26th.

 

Islamophobia rampant in Toronto

Over the past week, there has been a spike in Islamophobic hate crimes committed in the GTA as a result of public outcry over the Paris attacks. In the most recent incident, two Muslim women were verbally assaulted on a TTC train at Shelbourne Station. Three individuals on board the train made Islamophobic slurs against the Muslim women, and allegedly, pushed one of them. Meanwhile, Islamophobic graffiti has been found on a GO train on the Lakeshore corridor in one of its bathrooms. In addition, last Monday a Muslim mother was beaten and robbed by two men after dropping off her children at Flemington Park, public school in North York. Spokespeople from both the TTC and GO Transit have made statements that the crimes do not reflect the beliefs of their organizations in any way.

 

Ex-Subway spokesman jailed for child pornography

Yesterday morning, former subway spokesman, Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years in prison for child pornography and sex charges. In testifying for the defense of Fogle at the hearing, psychiatrist, John Bradford claimed that Fogle’s “hypersexuality” was a direct result of rapid weight loss, as the spokesman is most well known for losing weight on a diet that included Subway sandwiches. Subway has since fired Fogle, and he has already begun to pay the $1.4 million in restitution to his 14 victims.

 

Palestinian attacks in Israel and West Bank kill five

On Thursday, two attacks in Israel and the West Bank have resulted in 5 deaths. In the first attack, two Israelis died in a stabbing by a Palestinian man outside of a synagogue in Tel Aviv. Later that day, an attacker opened fire from their car in a Jewish settlement, crashing into several civilians, and resulting in the deaths of another Israeli, as well as an 18 year old Jewish American tourist and a Palestinian. Terrorist organization, Hamas has taken to twitter to praise the attackers for their actions, fueling the hate-filled crime. Israeli prime minister, Netanyahu has vowed to punish the terrorists by stating “There is no immunity for terrorists: We will hold them to account, we will exact a price from their families, we will destroy their homes, and we will cancel their citizenship.”

News Unplugged March 26th 2015

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News Unplugged March 26th 2015

Judge makes a huge save for former NHL stars concussion lawsuit

US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson dismissed the NHL’s motion to dismiss the class action law suit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries, which as a result allows the claims to move forward.

Nelson wrote in her order that the former players “adequately alleged that the NHL negligently or fraudulently omitted information on an ongoing basis.”

Former NHL stars like Dan LaCouture, Mikel Peluso, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, Dave Christian and Reed Larson and more than 200 former NHL players have formally filed a lawsuit last October in an effort to seek damages for medical monitoring for neurological disorders. According to CTV News these player have argued the league had “the knowledge and resources to better prevent head trauma, and failed to properly warn players of such risks and promoted violent play that led to their injuries.”

Yemen President Takes to the Sea in fear of Rebels

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea after Shiite rebels and their allies captured the airport and closed in on his last refuge in the south, they also put a bounty on his head.

Later on Saudi Arabia announced it had begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels. Other nations in the area may follow suit in an effort the Saudi Agency press stated “to protect Yemen and his dear people from the aggression of the Houthi militias which were and are still a tool in the hands of foreign powers that don’t stop meddling with the security and stability of brotherly Yemen.

The New York Times explains that the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are tools for Iran to seize control of Yemen but The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran.

The crumbling of Hadi’s government is a blow to Washington’s counterterrorism strategy against al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen, considered to be the most powerful in the terrorist network.

Dead Child found in Foster Home has Mother blame province

Sara-Jane Wiens has launched a lawsuit against the BC provincial government after having her 21 month old child taken from her and placed in a foster home where her daughter would eventually pass away of unknown reasons. However, Sara-Jane noticed several bruises on visits to see her daughter, but nothing was ever done.

Her lawsuit alleges that the the province’s director of child, family and community services alleging recklessness and bad faith.

The civil lawsuit states her two-month-old daughter, Isabella, was taken from her in August 2011 after she was deemed unfit to care for her. Wiens suffers from a learning disability that causes anxiety and depression.

In March 2013, the toddler was found dead in the crib at her foster home.

The lawsuit alleges that the government didn’t properly supervise Isabella while she was in foster care and failed to adequately consider returning the child to her mother.

Old King of England Finally Laid To Rest

England’s king Richard the third who remains were found in an undignified grave beneath a car park, will finally be buried with honour on today.

This king is over 530 years removed from his brutal demise, the last English monarch killed in battle will be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral, across the street from where his remains were located in 2012 in a feat of archaeology.

Officially entitled “Service of Reinternment of the Remains of King Richard III by the grace of God King of England and France and Lord of Ireland,” the religious ceremony will be a moving event for many in the cathedral.

“It is a quite an extraordinary story and people have taken Richard to their hearts,” said Tim Stevens, the Bishop of Leicester,

Richard ruled from 1483 until his death at the Battle of Bosworth near Leicester in central England in 1485. It was the last major conflict in the Wars of the Roses and changed the course of English history. Richard`s defeat saw the crown pass from the Plantagenets to the Tudors with his victorious opponent ending the blood-soaked day as king Henry VII.

 

News Unplugged March 19th 2015

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News Unplugged March 19th 2015

Liberal MP won’t seek re-election after accusations of sexual misconduct

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau had expelled two Mp’s over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Montreal Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews were suspended from the Liberal caucus last November after two unidentified female New Democrat MPs complained about their conduct.

Both MP’s face no charges and claim their innocent of any accusations.

However, before Trudeau could expel Pacetti, he resigned and will not seek re election stating it “would not be in the interests of my family or my constituents.”

This incident occurred after a female New Democrat complained to Trudeau that Mr. Pacetti had allegedly had sex with her without her explicit consent, while also informing the Liberal leader that another female NDP MP had allegedly been sexually harassed by Mr. Andrews.

According to the National Post, Mr. Andrews has cooperated fully with the investigation.

Tunisia to amp up battle terrorism after 19 dead

Tunisia underwent a terrorist attack that saw 17 tourists and 2 locals killed at the Bardo museum, with 40 more wounded.

President Beij Caid Essebsi vowed “We will fight them without mercy to our last breath.”

PM Habib Essid explained, “The gunmen, dressed in military uniforms, opened fire on the tourists , including visitors from Australia, Japan, Italy, France, Colombia, Poland and Spain; as they got off a bus then chased them into the museum.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed the “deplorable” and “heinous” act and conveyed his “deepest sympathies” to the families of the victims.

Alberta and Northwest Territories pioneer environmental agreement

Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed an innovative agreement to protect the vast Mackenzie River watershed.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Scientists say the legally binding deal sets a new standard for environmental management.

“With this management agreement, we’ll have the comfort of knowing what’s in the water,” said N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, who began negotiating the agreement 18 years ago when he was a territorial bureaucrat.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said “We need to view the protection and management of water overall as a Canadian issue,” he said. “How we take care of our water resource collectively will affect how it takes care of all of us.”

The Mackenzie watershed is one of the world’s largest and covers 20 per cent of Canada’s land mass. More than 400 bird species nest there.

This area houses almost every community in the N.W.T. and is an important physical and cultural source.

2 dead in Swedish Restaurant

In the South-western Swedish city of Gothenburg people are dead and more injured in a restaurant shooting.

The attack occurred during a soccer game, the gunmen were able to flea.

According to BBC News Police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm was quoted as saying the shooting could have been gang-related.

The police have closed off the area and launched a murder investigation.