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Raptors coach Nick Nurse will miss Friday's game due to COVID-19 protocols
Sports/Basketball/NBA: Head coach Nick Nurse and five other members of the coaching staff, will not be part of Friday night’s game against the Houston Rockets, because of health and safety protocols, the team announced.
Saudi crown prince approved murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: U.S. intelligence report
News/World: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved "and likely ordered" the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a U.S. intelligence report released on Friday.
Prince Harry gives 1st interview since being stripped of royal duties
News/World: During an appearance on The Late, Late Show with James Corden that aired early Friday, Prince Harry said he decided to step away from his work as a front-line member of the royal family to protect his wife and son, as well as his own mental health.
Canada Pension Plan chief resigns after getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in Dubai
News/Business: The chief executive of the fund that manages Canada Pension Plan investments has resigned after it was revealed that he decided to travel to the United Arab Emirates, where he arranged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: South Korea administered its first coronavirus vaccines Friday to people at long-term care facilities, launching a mass immunization campaign amid controversy over the government's decision to delay inoculating people older than 65.
Conservatives authorized Chinese police-owned company to run visa centre: Blair
News/Politics: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he assumes security authorities signed off on an arrangement to allow a company owned by a Chinese police force to run Canada's visa application centre in Beijing.
Science will lead the way on border reopening, U.S. secretary of state says
News/Politics: The United States will not be putting an arbitrary timeline on when the Canada-U.S. border should reopen because the Biden administration is going to let science do the talking, said U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
Sick of pandemic lockdowns, eager campers flood Ontario park reservation sites
News/Canada/London: It seems people are sick of being hunkered down at home in pandemic lockdowns and are yearning for a summer getaway, snapping up campsites at Ontario parks in numbers that are almost double that of last year at this time.
Black Lives Matter activists say now is the time to act on promises from 2020
News/Canada: Activists say it is now time to put pressure on politicians and businesses that made promises at the height of the last year's renewed BLM movement to take measurable action toward permanently changing Canada’s policies, systems, and spaces that maintain anti-Black racism.
The human side of healing: How seeing loved ones helps COVID-19 patients
News/Health: COVID-19 restrictions are keeping many patients isolated in the hospital, but a new study is highlighting what doctors, patients and families have seen: being near loved ones can play a role in healing — specifically around a common brain dysfunction that comes with COVID-19.
Biden's trade pick says she's focused on helping U.S. workers, holding back China
News/Politics: Some cabinet confirmations turn into partisan wrestling matches. By the end of her appearance at the Senate Finance committee Thursday, the confirmation of Katherine Tai as the next United States Trade Representative felt more like a collective laying on of hands.
Family seeks return of Cindy Gladue's remains from Alberta medical examiner's office
News/Indigenous: The family of Cindy Gladue, a 36 year-old Cree-Metis woman whose killer was found guilty of manslaughter last week, wants Alberta’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to return her remains so they can lay her to rest.
Black scientists around the world are calling for action, equality and representation
Radio/Quirks & Quarks: After a woman walking in Central Park falsely accused a Black man of assaulting her, social media erupted in support of the scientist who was simply birdwatching causing anger, outrage — and action. Now, Black scientists from around the world are taking part, promoting their work and calling for change.
Assault victims lash out at plea deal for Ottawa police officer
News/Canada/Ottawa: Two women who were assaulted by Ottawa police Const. Eric Post say a plea deal brokered by the Crown diminishes the violence and fear the officer inflicted upon them. Post initially faced 32 charges related to alleged violence against seven women. In January, he pleaded guilty to five offences and 27 charges were dropped.
U.S. ticketing company's box office bust costing grassroots Canadian artists
News/Canada/British Columbia: Seattle-based Brown Paper Tickets is facing complaints and legal action over allegations of not paying artists and event organizers the ticket monies they are owed. Some in the Canadian arts community allege they too have been burned and it's another hit in a year marred by the pandemic.
Why the Golden Globes' shady reputation persists
Radio: On Sunday, Hollywood will celebrate the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards. The event is considered influential, even as it is dogged by persistent jokes that it's out of touch, and even corrupt. When this year's nominations were announced, many were puzzled that the fluffy Netflix series Emily in Paris received two nods, while the critically acclaimed I May Destroy You was shut out. This week, a sprawling Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that some 30 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the awards, were set up in a luxury hotel and treated like "kings and queens" during a visit to the Emily in Paris set. Today, the two journalists behind that investigation, Josh Rottenberg and Stacy Perman, explain Golden Globes, the small, secretive body behind them, and why the event's shady reputation persists.
Political fallout after Canada's top soldier steps aside | At Issue
News/The National: The At Issue panel discusses the political consequences of Admiral Art McDonald stepping aside as chief of the defence staff in light of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Plus, the panellists unpack the first virtual meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden.