5 Things You Need to Know About What Went Down This Week - July 21

We know you’re busy so we’re breaking down the what’s happenings in the world. Powered by Pressed News, here is your round up of what you need to know about this past week.

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1. UPS AND DOWNS

Stats Canada just released its 2018 report on crime in Canada, and there’s a mix of good and bad news. Overall, police-reported crime in the country is up for the fourth year in a row, but, the rate is still lower than what the country saw 10 years ago. 
 
So, what’s the reason?
An increase in sexual assaults, fraud (think telephone and online scams), thefts over $5k, and shoplifting are the main culprits for pushing the crime rate up by 2%. Specifically, Ontario, PEI, New Brunswick, Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories saw their numbers jump, while Saskatchewan, Quebec, the Yukon, and Nova Scotia saw their numbers drop. There was no change in B.C. and Alberta. A majority of the reported 28,700 sexual assaults in 2018 were considered “level one,” meaning no weapon was used and there was no evidence of physical injury. But, the report also noted that sexual assault numbers are often largely underreported.
 
Anything else?
Homicide (i.e. murder) rates dropped by 4% in 2018, but, sadly, homicide rates were still 5x higher for Indigenous peoples. And after an increase in the number of hate crimes jumped in 2017, the number went down by 13% in 2018. The main takeaway: we can do better, Canada. 

2. HIDE AND SEEK

Police are still looking for the two Canadian teen boys suspected of killing three people. Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, are likely still in the Gillam, Manitoba area. Reminder, their burnt-out Toyota was found near Gillam on Wednesday. The manhunt for the teens – who were originally reported missing – started earlier this week after a young couple was found shot dead on the Alaska highway. A few days later, Leonard Dyck of Vancouver was found dead near the Dease Lake, B.C. area. Police have received 80 tips from the public and two confirmed sightings, and they think the boys are travelling on-foot through thick, swampy land. There’s a heavy police presence in the area and residents have been told to stay away from the boys if they’re spotted.

 

3. PUBLIC OPINION

After almost two straight weeks of mass protests in Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally announced his resignation. Reminder: Rosselló is at the centre of a group chat leak that showed the Governor exchanging derogatory and explicit words with friends. On Sunday, Rosselló said sorry, not sorry, and refused to resign, but it seems public pressure worked. Over 500,000 people took to the streets of the U.S. territory on Monday, accusing Rosselló of running a corrupt government and demanding his resignation. On Wednesday night, he finally gave in.

 

4. FUNDS FOR GOOD

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was extended to 2090, effectively helping people who were injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks for the rest of their lives. The fund has already distributed over $10 billion to the families of the thousands of people killed and to over 2,000 others who were injured, but the fund was going to run out of money by next year. Championed by former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, the House passed the bill earlier this month, and the U.S. Senate passed it on Tuesday 97-2.

5. GOOD NEWS

Target just introduced new adaptive Halloween costumes for children with disabilities. The department store’s new Hyde and Eek! Boutique offers costumes for kids who use wheelchairs, like this pirate ship wheelchair cover and this princess carriage. The costumes themselves (which are sold separately) are also uniquely designed for wheelchair users. The new line also offers costumes for kids with sensory sensitivities, with “flat seams and no tags for an ultra-comfy feel.” The costumes are now ready for pre-order and will be delivered in time for this Halloween.

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