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Profilage racial : rencontre entre Justin Trudeau et un étudiant | Le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs

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Trayvone Clayton, 20 ans, un étudiant en criminologie à l’Université Saint Mary’s, faisait partie d’un groupe, Black Voices on the Hill, qui s’est rendu au parlement d’Ottawa au début février dans le cadre du mois de l’histoire des Noirs.

Leur visite ne s’est pas passée comme prévu. M. Clayton a raconté qu’un employé du gouvernement fédéral s’était plaint de leur présence, les aurait pris en photo, et les aurait qualifiés de groupe à la peau foncée.

Les services de sécurité du parlement leur auraient alors demandé de quitter les lieux, même si les membres du groupe avait des laissez-passer.

C’est une discussion franche, et parfois émotive, que Trayvone Clayton dit avoir eu jeudi avec le premier ministre Justin Trudeau. Il a obtenu les excuses qu’il espérait.

J’ai reçu mes excuses, et il reçoit mon respect, dit M. Clayton.

Nous avons échangé des idées et des façons d’impliquer les jeunes, la génération émergente, a-t-il dit. Je ne fais pas cela que pour moi, je le fais pour tous.

Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau visite le Black Cultural Centre, à Cherry Brook en Nouvelle-Écosse le 21 février 2019.Agrandir l’imageLe premier ministre Justin Trudeau visite le Black Cultural Centre, à Cherry Brook en Nouvelle-Écosse le 21 février 2019. Photo : Radio-Canada / Jonathan Villeneuve

La discrimination systémique existe toujours aujourd’hui dans ce pays, a reconnu M. Trudeau durant son allocution au Centre culturel noir de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia), à Cherry Brook, une communauté de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax.

Ce groupe de jeunes a fait face à de la discrimination et à de la marginalisation, dit le premier ministre.

Wayne Adams.Wayne Adams a été député de Preston à l’Assemblée législative de Nouvelle-Écosse de 1993 à 1998. Photo : Radio-Canada / Jonathan Villeneuve

Pour l’homme politique à la retraite Wayne Adams, qui a été le premier Afro-Néo-Écossais élu député à l’Assemblée législative de sa province et le premier à être nommé ministre, ce genre de face à face entre les étudiants et M. Trudeau fait partie d’un important processus de réconciliation.

Cela fait partie de la solution, dit M. Adams. Le face à face entre deux êtres humains.

Trayvone Clayton espère que cette rencontre n’est qu’un premier pas. Il promet de continuer la bataille pour le respect de ses droits et de ceux de toute sa communauté.

J’ai reçu des excuses, mais le racisme existe toujours, rappelle-t-il.

D’après un reportage de Catherine Allard

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‘Too soon to celebrate’ Ottawa’s low case count, says Etches

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged just 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest daily total since Sept. 1.

Because of the lag between testing and reporting, the low number could simply reflect low turnout at the city’s testing sites on weekends — all month, new case counts have been lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

During a virtual news conference Tuesday, the city’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches said she doesn’t read too much into a single day’s report.

“I don’t think we can make too much of 11. Actually, it could be a lot higher tomorrow — I would expect that, on average,” she said. “It’s too soon to celebrate.”

Provincewide, public health officials reported 1, 249 new cases Tuesday.

OPH also declared 62 cases resolved Tuesday, lowering the number of known active cases in the city to 462. Two more people have died, both in care homes currently experiencing outbreaks, raising the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 361. 

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Santa Claus isn’t coming to Ottawa’s major malls this year

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Santa Claus may still be coming to town this Christmas, but he won’t be dropping by any of Ottawa’s major malls, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Cadillac Fairview said Santa won’t be making an appearance at any of its 19 malls across Canada, including Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. On Tuesday, Bayshore and St. Laurent shopping centres confirmed they, too, are scrapping the annual tradition.

“Due to the evolution of the situation in regards to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Santa Program and Gift Wrap Program this year,” Bayshore spokesperson Sara Macdonald wrote in an email to CBC.

Macdonald said parent company Ivanhoé Cambridge cancelled all holiday activities “due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.”

Macdonald said families that had already booked an appointment to visit Santa will receive an email with more information.  

Virtual visits with Santa

Rideau Centre said based on customer research and discussions with public health officials, its North Pole is going online this year.

“Children will be able to have a private chat with Santa,” said Craig Flannagan, vice-president of marketing for Cadillac Fairview. “You’ll also be able to join a 15-minute storytime with Santa over Facebook Live.” 

At Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre, visitors are invited to take a “selfie with Santa” — actually, a life-size cutout of Santa Pierre, the man who’s been playing Santa at the east end mall for years.

“We understand that this is not ideal, but in lieu of this tradition we will be doing what we can to maintain and encourage holiday cheer,” according to a statement on the mall’s Facebook page.

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Ottawa Bylaw breaks up two large parties in Ottawa over the weekend

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OTTAWA — Ottawa Bylaw is investigating social gatherings of more than 10 people in private homes across Ottawa last weekend.

Mayor Jim Watson tells Newstalk 580 CFRA that Ottawa Bylaw broke-up two house parties over the weekend, with 20 to 25 people at each party.

“That’s the kind of stupidity that angers me, that’s where the bulk of the transmissions are taking place, if we exclude the tragedy of the long-term care homes; it’s these house parties with unrelated people,” said Watson on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts.

“The message doesn’t seem to be getting through, particularly to some young people who think they’re invincible.”

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Bylaw and Regulatory Services Director Roger Chapman says, “There are still ongoing investigations from this past weekend that could result in charges.”

Chapman says recent investigations led to two charges being issued for social gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence in contravention of the Reopening Ontario Act.

“In one case, up to 30 individuals were observed attending a house party in Ward 18 on Oct. 24,” said Chapman.

“The second charge was issued following a house party in Ward 16 on Oct. 31, where up to 16 individuals were observed to be in attendance.”

The fine is $880 for hosting an illegal gathering.

Alta Vista is Ward 18, while Ward 16 is River Ward.

Ottawa Bylaw has issued 24 charges for illegal gatherings since the start of the pandemic.

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