Evening Update: Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen, Canadian singer Denise Ho among several arrested by Hong Kong National Security Police

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Hong Kong police have arrested Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen and Hong Kong-Canadian pop star Denise Ho as part of a former fund set up to support those facing prosecution following pro-democracy protests in 2019.

Former opposition MPs Margaret Ng and Cyd Ho were also arrested, according to local media. All were administrators of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and face charges of colluding with foreign forces under a national security law imposed on the city by Beijing in 2020.

A fifth administrator, academic Hui Po Keung, was arrested on Tuesday evening as he was about to board a flight to Germany.

Benedict Rogers, chief executive of UK-based Hong Kong Watch, condemned the arrests in a statement, saying administrators “assumed the crime was funding legal aid for pro-democracy protesters in 2019”.

Hong Kong activist and music star Denise Ho is released from Western Police Station after more than 24 hours of detention on December 30, 2021.Vincent Yu/Associated Press

Canadian gymnasts launch class action lawsuit alleging years of physical and sexual abuse

A group of Canadian gymnasts has launched a class action lawsuit against Gymnastics Canada and six affiliated provincial organizations, alleging that the sport’s governing bodies have turned a blind eye to years of physical, sexual and psychological abuse by coaches and other officials.

The proposed class action lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the B.C. Supreme Court, alleges that Gymnastics Canada presided over an abusive culture in which athletes were subjected to inappropriate and sexualized touching by coaches, pushed into unrest dangerous food and regularly subjected to threats and humiliation.

Some, including minors, were forced to practice while injured and pressured to perform skills beyond their abilities, resulting in serious injuries, while parents were prevented from observing the practices , according to the lawsuit.

“This action stems from the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of gymnasts in Canada while in the care and control of the provincial gymnastics organization in their jurisdiction and Gymnastics Canada,” he said.

A gymnast competes in the uneven bars at the Aspire Dome on October 30, 2018 in Doha, Qatar.KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

Texas abortion law shows glimpse of how bans will affect racialized communities

In print, Texas laws prohibiting abortion are colorblind. The state’s Heartbeat Act, which has banned most abortions since last September, contains no language about race, ethnicity or social class.

But at Fund Texas Choice, one of 11 groups in the state that financially supports women who get abortions, 73% of those seeking help are black, Indigenous and people of color.

These groups, along with people and residents in rural areas, have been “disproportionately harmed by SB8,” the HeartBeat Act, said Sahra Harvin, program manager at Fund Texas Choice, which helps defray the travel costs of women for abortions.

Texas abortion law made the state a legislative pioneer in the United States. The law, which bans abortions once fetal heart activity is detected, also made Texas a real preview of what could happen later this year in more than two dozen states. across the United States if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this summer, as suggested by a draft decision released last week.

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Mother and daughter Mia Williams and Nia Jones in Houston, Texas on May 6. Jones is the founder of Social Justice Solutions, an organization focused on empowering and protecting black women.Annie Mulligan/The Globe and Mail

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ALSO ON OUR RADAR

Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine defends his decision to leave Kyiv: Canada’s recently returned ambassador to Ukraine says closing the Canadian embassy was “the right decision”, although she understands why many Ukrainians felt abandoned when Western diplomats left the country as early as the Russian invasion.

Shopify, Square among companies hoping to mitigate e-commerce slowdown by lending money to merchants: E-commerce companies, facing a sudden downturn, are hoping that one of their new lines of business can help pick up the slack: lending money.

Unprecedented heatwave leaves Indian farmers devastated and desperate: A record-breaking heat wave that began sweeping across large parts of India last month has led to devastating crop loss. He also exposed hundreds of millions of people in dangerous temperatures and caused severe shortages of water and electricity.

US consumer prices slow in April, but inflation is expected to remain elevated for some time: U.S. consumer price growth slowed sharply in April as gasoline prices hit record highs, suggesting that inflation has likely peaked, although it is expected to remain elevated for a while. some time and keep the Federal Reserve’s foot on the brakes to cool demand.

Al-Jazeera journalist killed in Israeli raid in West Bank: An Al-Jazeera journalist was shot dead in an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, with Palestinians and the news channel accusing Israel of killing her and the Israeli leader saying she was likely hit by guns. Palestinian fire.

SNC-Lavalin has obtained a deferred prosecution agreement – ​​a first in Canada: Quebec prosecutors have won court approval for a deferred prosecution agreement with Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the first such agreement since the new legal mechanism took effect in 2018 .

To listen Stress test: Is the middle class dead for millennials and gen Z? Many millennials and Gen Zers have done everything “right”: they’ve graduated, found good jobs, paid off debt, and saved money. So why is it so difficult to live the middle-class lifestyle that their parents and older peers had at their age?


MARKET WATCH

Canada’s main stock index fell into correction territory on Wednesday as investor worries about the outlook for inflation offset rising commodity prices.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index ended down 52.81 points, or 0.3%, at 19,837.25, its lowest closing level since July 2021.

It brought the TSX’s losses since the record close on March 29 to 10.2%. A correction is confirmed when an index closes 10% or more below its record closing level.

U.S. stocks fell more sharply after U.S. consumer price index data did little to ease investor worries about the outlook for inflation and interest rates.

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TALKING POINTS

Vaccine refusal? Blockages? Bitcoin? What does all this have to do with conservatism?

“This Tory leadership campaign is something else…a campaign that doesn’t seem to be about leadership – the party gives every sign of having already made up its mind – or politics. Rather, at least judging by last week’s candidates’ debate, the only question is who can take the most lopsided positions on the most marginal issues. – Andrew Coyne

The crisis of Indigenous incarceration demands a bolder response: decarceration

“I used to think that the solution to the disproportionate overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canadian jails and prisons was largely a policy problem – that by changing policies and ensuring that existing laws were properly applied, Canada could resolve the crisis. But the time for incremental policy changes is over. We have known about the problem for decades. What Canada needs now is “decarceration” – and we need it urgently. – Corey Shefman

The logic behind vaccination mandates for travelers no longer holds

“While lifting the mandate may seem unfair to those who have been vaccinated, there are real issues of fairness in keeping it on the books. Many people may not be able to access essential life events, visit family or friends, or pursue employment opportunities, because of these regulations. Although we may have beliefs around vaccination, denying a person the ability to say goodbye at a funeral is not part of our values ​​as Canadians. – Zain Chagla


LIVE BETTER

How to Break a Weight Loss Plateau

Weight loss plateaus are a normal, yet frustrating part of weight loss.

In the beginning, it is motivating to see and feel that your efforts to eat healthy are paying off. Your weight decreases, your clothes fit better and you have more energy. A few months later, however, your weight loss slows or stops, despite following the low-calorie diet that initially helped you lose weight.

In many cases, it is possible to break through a weight loss plateau. The key, first, is to understand why your weight loss has stopped.


TODAY’S LONG READ

Summer 2022 preview: films for all audiences, on all screen sizes

Jurassic World Dominion might offer a lesson in how to properly shut down a world-conquering franchise.Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment/Associated Press

Finally, we’re back to a normal summer movie season… sort of. While theaters are running at full capacity, the production pipeline is still slightly wobbly (there are 37% fewer theatrical releases this summer compared to 2019, with an exceptional drought in August), and audiences don’t seem to be coming back. in force than for movies. about multiverses and hedgehogs. But there is hope, because the upcoming season is for all types of audiences, on all types of screens.

Barry Hertz recommends a dozen movies to see this season, whether you’re a blockbuster buff, a kid at heart, or a real kid (or parent of one).

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