14-year-old Boy Charged With Murder of a 18-year-old in a Scarborough High School

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On 14 February 2022 around 3 pm, police were called to David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, a high school near Lawrence Avenue East and Midland Avenue, for a shooting. Jahiem Robinson, a Grade 12 student at the school, passed away at the scene while the suspect, a 14-year-old boy, fled the scene allegedly chasing another 18-year-old student on the way out.  A video of the murder had  been taken and Toronto Police Homicide Inspector Hank Idsinga describes  the murder as an “execution” with the suspect running behind the victim and shooting him at a point blank range. Later that evening at 7 pm, authorities arrested the 14-year-old suspect as he was on his way to turn himself in. He is currently facing a first-degree murder charge and an attempted murder charge. [Global News][Michael Yang]

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Canadian Olympic Women’s Hockey Team Defeats the United States 3-2, Winning Gold

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On 17 February 2022, the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team won their first title since Sochi 2014. In PyeongChang 2018, the Canadian team lost to the United States during the shootout, leaving the games with a silver medal. Captain Marie-Philip Poulin’s 2 goals and Sarah Nurse’s goal allowed the team to defeat the United States 3 to 2. With 18 points, Nurse now holds the Olympic record for the most points in a single women’s tournament. The final ranking shows: Canada with 21 points, United States with 15 points, Finland with 9 points, and Switzerland with 6 points. [CBC][Grace Pu]

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Debate Over Emergencies Act Being Called On for 1st Time in Canadian History

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As the trucker protests continue to grow, there are signs of a “hardening police enforcement in the downtown core.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the enactment of the Emergencies Act. This would allow the government to regulate the use of blockades, prohibit public assembly, and allow financial institutions to “essentially stop the financing efforts.” Those that do not comply could face fines up to $5 000 in fines and jail time.

If, by the end of the five days of debate, there is a majority to confirm the declaration, it will be the first time that this Emergencies Act will have been put to use following the repeal of the War Measures act. The War Measures act was called upon by his father, Pierre Trudeau, more than 50 years ago in response to what would be known as the October crisis involving the kidnapping Pierre Laporte and James Cross. [CTV News][CTV News][By Gavin Xue]

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10 Black Canadian Entrepreneurs Picked for a Business Prize

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Hariva Mighty is giving 10 Black Canadians a 10K giveaway, supporting Black Canadian businesses. In December, she launched a contest in December to share her $20 000 last year’s Prism Prize for her music video “Thirteen”. The chosen recipients come from a variety of products and services she didn’t know existed, from clothing to black and brown bandages to plush dolls. “I wanted to focus on the people who have those setbacks in the entrepreneurial world and give them a little bit of a leg up, give them a little bit of attention,” she said in an interview from her home in Brampton, Ont. The 10 winners, which included eyewear company Eyerie, purse maker Nurse with the Good Purse, Black plush dollmaker Zuri & Dre and two clothing designers, Pack Animal Company and TYIC, received $1000. The 10 runner ups received $250 each from Afro Caribbean Business Network Canada. [The Star] [Yolanda Zhou]