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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A fight over lobsters is bringing attention to the abuses of Indigenous people in Canada. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Centuries ago, the members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation signed a treaty that gave them the right to hunt and fish to earn a “moderate livelihood.” (How generous.) That right was cemented in a 1999 Canadian Supreme Court ruling. Only a slight problem...no gov has ever really been able to clearly define what constitutes a “moderate livelihood.” Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Lately, hundreds of commercial fishermen in Nova Scotia have done things like burn down buildings and assault Indigenous fishermen. Local suppliers even joined in and shook their heads to selling Indigenous fisherman bait, fuel, or traps. You read that right. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

It all comes down to that treaty, which gives Indigenous fishermen the right to trap lobster outside the regulated season. But commercial fishermen argue that this threatens theirrrr livelihoods. And ICYDK, Canada is the world’s biggest exporter of lobster, so it’s a battle with a lot of money involved. The attacks have also brought attention to a growing list of injustices against Indigenous people in Canada - including a recent case in which a dying Indigenous woman screamed for help and was instead insulted by hospital staff. 

 

THE TAKE. 

These attacks are still ongoing. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

HUMAN RIGHTS: Speaking of injustice - lately, there’s been a massive call to #EndSARS, a police unit in Nigeria that’s faced accusations of kidnapping, harassment, extortion, murder, torture, and all-around police brutality. The gov complied with this call, but the protests haven’t let up as Nigerians seek individual accountability and an end to police brutality. So recently, the gov imposed a 24-hour curfew on Lagos. Many protesters ignored the curfew - and were met with gunfire. We’ll repeat: Nigerian forces shot multiple protesters. Meanwhile, it just came out that the parents of 545 children separated at the US-Mexico border still can’t be found. Meaning these kids have now been without their parents for years. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: For months, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Sec Steve Mnunchin have been trying to work out a stimulus package. Then Prez Trump stepped in and pretty much said there’d be no deal until after the election. That comment got some backlash, so recently, Trump reversed course and declared he’s in favor of a big deal. Don’t celebrate yet: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly warning the Trump team against a stimulus package...because it’d interfere with the Senate’s efforts to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Yes, really. In other news, the coronavirus death rate is experiencing a huge drop - indiciating hospitals are getting better at treating the virus. 

 

MONEY: Recently, the US gov filed antitrust charges against Google. Not a typo. The gov is pointing fingers at Google for apparently paying billions of dollars to bizes like Apple and Samsung to make the search engine their default browsers. ICYDK, this marks the largest antitrust case against a tech biz since Prez Clinton’s DOJ sued Microsoft. Tension, high. In other news, tax records obtained by the New York Times just revealed that Prez Trump has a “previously unknown bank account” in China. It’s one of only three foreign nations where the Prez maintains a bank account. This comes after Republicans went after Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for his apparent dealings in China. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Electric Hummer:” what’s apparently a thing. 


SAY WHAT?

“It’s not a Weenie-bago” - drivers of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile when people ask if there’s a bathroom in the back. Very punny. 

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