5 Things You Need to Know About What Went Down This Week - August 4

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1. MANHUNT ENDS

The search for Kam Mcleod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, the suspected B.C. murderers, has ended. On Wednesday morning, B.C. police found two bodies believed to be Mcleod and Schmegelsky in a dense forest not far from where items belonging to the fugitives were found last Friday.
 
Remind me.
The teens became suspects in a triple murder after 64-year-old Leonard Dyck of Vancouver was found dead near the Dease Lake, B.C. area last month. A few days before Dyck was found, a young couple on a road trip to Alaska was found shot dead on the Alaska highway. The teens fled from B.C. to Manitoba, where they were last seen in the Gillam area. There, police found a burnt Toyota RAV4, the last known vehicle linked to the fugitives. Police have confirmed that the car belonged to Dyck.
 
What happened next?
It was a tour guide’s sharp eye that spotted the missing clue. Clint Sawchuk saw a blue sleeping bag tangled up in some willows in the Nelson River last Friday. That led police to a wrecked tour boat on the shoreline which eventually led to the discovery of the bodies. This doesn’t necessarily mean the case is closed, but police admit it will be “extremely difficult” to figure out the pairs’ motives. Autopsies are scheduled to confirm their identities and cause of death.

 

2. THIS STINGS

The U.S. released 300 people who were arrested this week in a massive raid in Mississippi by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
 
What happened?
On Wednesday, nearly 700 people were arrested from seven food processing plants for allegedly not having legal documentation to be in the U.S. ICE agents arrived in buses then questioned and arrested workers they deemed “removable aliens.” One of the largest raids in the U.S. led to children getting separated from their parents. ICE says they gave parents access to phones to make arrangements for their children, but critics called the move cruel and harmful to workers and their family members. In June, President Trump tweeted that he would begin an immigration crackdown and ordered ICE agents to remove “millions of illegal aliens.” Some of the 300 people released will now have to go to federal immigration court.

 

3. WHAT HAPPENS IN INDIA

India’s PM, Narendra Modi, spoke out for the first time since his government voted to take away the special rights of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as a state. On Monday, India’s parliament voted 370-70 to change J&K to a union territory.

What did Modi have to say?
Modi argues the special status discriminated against “non-permanent residents and women of Kashmir” and made it difficult to develop the state. The special status gave the Muslim-majority area the right to its own constitution and ability to make its own rules regarding residency, property ownership, and more. Now, the plan is for India to take over most of these rights and allow people across the country to live and purchase property in the area. Modi said stripping J&K of its special rights is also necessary to stop “terrorism and separatism.”

How are people reacting?
Mostly shocked and angry. Since the announcement on Monday, Kashmiris have been put under curfew, there’s been an internet and phone blackout, and tens of thousands of troops have been sent to the area to prevent protests. Pakistan, which also claims the area as its own, called the move illegal, and PM Imran Khan accused India of Kashmiri genocide. Modi is likely not going to budge on the decision, and experts don’t think the international community is going to ask him to. The UN has, however, expressed concern over the security lockdown.

 

4. TRAVEL WARNING

The situation in Hong Kong has extended across the pond. This week, Canada upped its travel advisory and asked Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution” if travelling to Hong Kong. The advisory follows similar updates from the U.S., Australia, and Britain. Reminder: it’s been over a month since the Chinese territory broke out into angry protests over a proposed law intended to extradite (transfer) people from Hong Kong to be put on trial in China. The law eventually got squashed, but protests continued. Police have been accused of using excessive force against protesters, and protesters have responded with metal sticks, bricks, and gasoline bombs. If you must travel, make sure to register your name here.

 

5. GOOD NEWS

Did you know? 60% of Canadians who say they are struggling financially are women. Lift: the bra project is doing its part to support women in Canada, one bra at a time. Lift collects lightly worn bras and distributes them to women living in poverty across Toronto through partner organizations like Sistering and Jessie’s Centre. If you’d like to make a donation, and your bra passes the best friend test, pick a drop off location here.

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