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

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1. RED HOT

It’s June and the Toronto Raptors are still playing NBA basketball! ICYMI, Canada’s only NBA team is competing in the NBA Finals against the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors.


So, what happened in Game 3?

It was raining threes in Oakland. 17 threes by the Raptors to be exact. The Raptors dominated the Warriors on the road – Danny Green scored 6 threes, Serge Ibaka had 6 blocks, and 6 Raptors scored double digits. It was hot in Oakland – you could hear cheers from the crowd after every Raptors-made shot and chants of “let’s go Raptors”.

But the Raptors weren’t playing in Toronto.

Nope, but Raptors fans travel well and cheer loud. Warriors’ Steph Curry scored 47 points – a playoff career-high – but it wasn’t enough. The final score was 123-109, and the Raptors now lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Here’s the thing, the Warriors played without two of its star players: Klay Thompson, who missed his first ever playoff game, and Kevin Durant, who’s been out since the second round of the playoffs. Game 4 tips off on Friday at 9 pm ET.

2. SUDAN

The death toll in Sudan has risen to 100, as 40 bodies were found in the Nile River. The news comes after Monday’s attack on pro-democracy protestors who were hosting what was supposed to be a peaceful sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital city.
 
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After 29 years in power, Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, was ousted in April. He didn’t have the best reputation at home or among the international community, and protests had been taking place for months against his regime. Sudan’s military took over in the interim and planned for a two-year transition period, but tens of thousands of people didn’t want another power-hungry entity ruling the country and formed an opposition party to push for a fair democratic election. For a while, the two sides tried to work together to determine the structure of the new government, but negotiations stalled when it became clear that each side wanted more power than the other. Videos of Monday’s attack show police beating protesters with sticks and the internet has been blocked across the country.

3. THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW

This week, Prime Minister Trudeau pledged to increase funding for women’s health worldwide every year until it reaches $1.4 billion by 2023. The funding will go towards things like sexual health, children’s health, nutrition programs, and safe and legal abortions. The funding is a boost to what the government considers “neglected areas” of maternal, child, and reproductive health and rights. The government currently invests $1.1 billion in women’s health, $400 million specifically earmarked for sexual health and reproductive rights.

Why now?

Trudeau made the funding announcement at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, the world’s biggest conference on women’s rights. The timing is deliberate. We’re in an election year (coming October 2019), so any sizeable pledge is a good look for a party that wants to get re-elected. If the Liberals do get re-elected, the funding for sexual health will increase to $700 million by 2023. That stands in stark contrast to the U.S., which has posed a growing threat to safe and legal abortions, with four states passing restrictive abortion laws.

4. REST IN POWER

After a three-year investigation, the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls finally released a report on what they’ve called a “Canadian genocide.”
 
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The 1,200-page report was the culmination of testimony from 2,380 victims and their families, as well as information gathered from dozens of community meetings. It provides 231 “Calls for Justice” that Canadians and the government can implement to end the victimization of Indigenous women and girls. The report cited shocking numbers; Indigenous women are 12x more likely to go missing or be murdered, and that they made up nearly 25% of all female homicide victims in Canada between 2001 and 2015.
 
So, how do we end the cycle of violence?

The report’s key recommendations include implementing a national action plan, establishing an independent task force to look into unsolved cases, and hiring more Indigenous judges and police officers to ensure Indigenous voices are fairly represented. As for the rest of us, the report reminds Canadians to condemn the violence, as well as learn, appreciate, and celebrate Indigenous peoples, their culture, and their land.

5. GOOD NEWS

The founder of Mattamy Homes, Peter Gilgan, made the single largest donation to SickKids Hospital ever. Gilgan donated $100 million to the world-renowned Toronto hospital, which will go towards building a new patient care tower. ICYMI, SickKids is in the middle of a 5-year campaign to raise $1.3 billion to revamp its aging buildings. This latest donation puts the hospital up to $914 million!


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