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North Korea unveils what appears to be new intercontinental missile at military parade

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned Saturday that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened, as he took centre stage at a military parade in which the country unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other additions to its growing arsenal.

Kim, however, avoided direct criticism of Washington during the event, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party and took place less than four weeks before the U.S. presidential election. Instead, he focused on a domestic message urging his people to remain firm in the face of “tremendous challenges” posed by the coronavirus pandemic and crippling U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear program.

Kim described the country’s continuing efforts to develop its nuclear arsenal as necessary for its defence and said it wasn’t targeting any specific country with its military force.

But “if any force harms the safety of our nation, we will fully mobilize the strongest offensive might in a pre-emptive manner to punish them,” he said.

His speech was punctuated by thousands of goose-stepping troops, tanks, armoured vehicles, rocket launchers and a broad range of ballistic missiles rolled out in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square.

The weapons included what was possibly North Korea’s largest ICBM, which was mounted on an 11-axle launch vehicle that was also seen for the first time, and a presumptive new solid-fuel weapon that could be an advanced version of a North Korean missile designed to be fired from submarines.

They highlighted how the North has continued to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration, which prompted Kim to pledge in December that he would continue to bolster his nuclear arsenal amid “gangster-like” U.S. pressure and soon unveil a “new strategic weapon to the world.”

Call for denuclearization talks

A senior U.S. administration official called North Korea’s display at the parade “disappointing” and called on the government to negotiate to achieve a complete denuclearization.

Analysts said the missile would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in the world if it becomes operational.

“It is disappointing to see the DPRK continuing to prioritize its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile program over working toward a brighter future for the North Korean people,” the official said. “The United States … calls on the DPRK to engage in sustained and substantive negotiations to achieve complete denuclearization.”

Soldiers filled Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party. (KRT via The Associated Press)

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff had said early Saturday that there were signs that the North had mobilized “large crowds and equipment” for a military parade at Kim Il-sung Square during the early morning hours. In the evening, North Korean state television began airing a taped broadcast of the event, which began late Friday.

Troops were seen marching in the streets in front of the brightly illuminated square, as a military band performed while moving in formation, shaping “10.10,” “1945,” and “2020” in honour of the party anniversary.

The performers and tens of thousands of spectators roared as Kim, dressed in a grey suit and tie, appeared from a building as the clock struck midnight. Kim, flanked with senior officials and smiling widely, waved to the crowd and kissed children who presented him with flowers before taking his spot on a balcony.

During his speech, Kim repeatedly thanked his “great people” for overcoming “unexpected” burdens and thoroughly abiding by the anti-virus measures imposed by the ruling party and government to keep the country COVID-19-free, a claim that has been widely questioned by outside observers.

He also extended an olive branch to rival South Korea, expressing hope that the countries could repair bilateral ties once the threat of the pandemic is over. The North had suspended virtually all co-operation with the South amid the stalemate in larger nuclear negotiations with the United States.

Kim Jong-un, centre, watches the parade. (KRT via The Associated Press)

This year’s anniversary comes amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration and deepening economic woes that analysts say are shaping up as one of the biggest tests of Kim’s leadership since he took power in 2011.

But many analysts believe North Korea will avoid serious negotiations or provocations before the U.S. presidential election, as a change in U.S. administrations could force the country to recalibrate its approach toward Washington and Seoul.

Kim smiles as he leaves the ceremony, which included the unveiling of what appears to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile. (KRT via The Associated Press)

Authoritarian North Korea is keen about anniversaries, and this week’s festivities were earmarked for years in advance as a major event to glorify Kim Jong-un’s achievements as leader.

But there hasn’t been much to celebrate lately as Kim struggles to keep afloat an economy crippled by years of stringent U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear program and ravaged further this year by border closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic and devastating summer floods and typhoons that will likely worsen chronic food shortages.

The problems, combined with North Korea’s depleting foreign currency reserves, are possibly setting conditions for a “perfect storm” that shocks food prices and exchange rates and triggers economic panic in the coming months, said Lim Soo-ho, an analyst at Seoul’s Institute for National Security Strategy.

That would compound the political burden on Kim, who during a political conference in August showed unusual candour by acknowledging that his economic plans aren’t succeeding.

Kim and President Donald Trump have met three times since embarking on high-stakes nuclear diplomacy in 2018 as the North Korean leader attempted to leverage his nukes for badly needed sanctions relief and security benefits. But talks have faltered over disagreements on disarmament steps and the removal of sanctions imposed on the North.

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New York marks U.S. women’s soccer victory parade with expanded pay equity laws

New York state expanded a state law Wednesday that prohibits gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on characteristics including race, religion, disability or gender identity.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law in Manhattan, just before joining the U.S. women’s soccer team for a parade in New York City honouring their World Cup victory.

Members of the team have filed a lawsuit demanding pay equity with the men’s soccer team, adding fuel to the broader debate over pay disparities that continue to affect millions of American workers.

The new law, which takes effect in 90 days, also changes a legal standard for pay equity to make it easier for employees to prove discrimination in court.

“Every New Yorker deserves equal pay for equal work regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability, or however they choose to identify,” said Democratic Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who represents portions of Westchester County and the Bronx and sponsored the bill in the state Senate.

It’s already illegal in New York to pay women less than men for doing the same work, yet compensation for women continues to lag, with white women making 89 cents for every $ 1 earned by men, according to state statistics. For black and Latina women, the gap is wider. They earn, respectively, 63 cents and 54 cents for every $ 1 earned by men.

TIME’S UP, an organization that advocates for fairness and against sexual harassment in the workplace, hailed the new law and thanked the soccer players for “their extraordinary courage to play to win on the field, to fight for fairness in court, and to spark a new, global conversation about pay equity.”

Cuomo also signed legislation barring employers from demanding prospective workers’ salary histories.

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During a bill signing ceremony held just before Wednesday’s parade, Cuomo said he supports the players’ push for equal treatment with the men’s team, which failed to qualify for the 2018 men’s World Cup.

Cuomo noted the women’s victory and strong television ratings for their games could support an argument that the women deserve higher pay than the men. “You cannot justify that the men get paid more, period,” he said.

Federation vouches for equal pay

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro said female athletes “deserve fair and equitable pay.”

Fans of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s national soccer team chanted “Equal Pay!” as Cordeiro spoke at a celebration of the team at New York’s City Hall.

Cordeiro said: “We hear you, we believe in you, and we’re committed to doing right by you.”

Members of the team have filed a lawsuit demanding pay equity with the men’s soccer team.

The ceremony honouring the team followed a ticker tape parade up lower Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes.

Rapinoe ‘couldn’t be prouder’

U.S. women’s soccer team player Megan Rapinoe said she “couldn’t be more proud to be a co-captain.”

Rapinoe noted the diversity of team after it was honoured with a ticker tape parade up New York City’s Canyon of Heroes for winning the World Cup.

She says “we have pink hair and purple hair, we have tattoos and dreadlocks, we got white girls and black girls and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.”

Girls in soccer uniforms accompanied the team as ABC broadcaster Robin Roberts introduced each one at a ceremony at New York’s City Hall.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio presented each team member with a symbolic key to the city.

He says the team “brought us together” and “showed us so much to make us hopeful.”

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Watch the 107th Calgary Stampede parade

It’s parade day.

The Calgary Stampede event officially kicks off the annual 10-day celebration of cowboy culture. Watch the 107th edition of the parade LIVE here from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT.

There are 112 entries — including 32 floats and 19 bands — and more than 200 horses, making it the second largest parade in North America after the Rose Bowl’s in Pasadena, Calif., the Stampede says.

The route through downtown Calgary is 4.8 kilometres long. It’s estimated it will take about two hours for the parade to pass any given point.

Last year, about 150,000 spectators lined the route.

  • CBC is broadcasting the parade on CBC-TV (LIVE in Alberta only), and online here, and at CBCSports.ca from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT, with the CBC’s Doug Dirks and Angela Knight and Heartland’s Graham Wardle doing on-the-street coverage.
  • CBC will broadcast an encore presentation of the parade on Saturday on CBC-TV from 10 a.m. to noon.

The marshal for this year’s Stampede parade is Amber Marshall, one of the stars of the CBC Television drama Heartland. Marshall, 31, is best known for her role as Amy Fleming, “the horse-whispering miracle girl” on the long-running hit series.

The Stampede parade kicks off Calgary’s yearly 10-day celebration of cowboy culture. (Calgary Stampede)

Marshall and her husband own their own ranch and are active in the rodeo world. This year, the Stampede is celebrating women in western culture.

This year’s parade also marks the 100th anniversary of what was called the Victory Stampede after the First World War.

  • Admission to Stampede Park is free between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on parade day.

The event in 1919 was the first after the Great War and was officially opened by Brig.-Gen. H.F. McDonald, who was commanding Military District 13 at Camp Sarcee in Calgary.

A float from the Penticton, B.C., area is one of 112 entries in the 2019 Calgary Stampede parade. (CBC)

As a tribute to the soldiers of the First World War, Brig.-Gen. Stephen Lacroix will ride in the parade, escorted by two officers from the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Mounted Troop.

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It’s “a spectacular entry paying homage to that Stampede and Canadian men and women who have served our nation in that war and in the century following, [and] will be a special finale to the parade,” the Stampede said in a release.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he practised for two hours to ride this horse, Texas, in Friday’s parade. (Geneviève Normand/Radio-Canada)

This year will feature more marching bands than you can shake a baton at, since Calgary is the host city for the 2019 World Association of Marching Show Bands competition, which started Thursday and ends Sunday at Stampede Park in and around the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

Bands from around the world, including Germany, Austria, Taiwan and New Zealand, and more than 1,400 participants are marching in Friday’s parade.

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Righteous patriotic celebration or ‘ludicrous vanity parade’: Trump front and centre on July Fourth

A reality TV host at heart, U.S. President Donald Trump is promising the “show of a lifetime” for the hundreds of thousands of revellers who flock to the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C., every year on the Fourth of July. The tanks are in place for the display of military muscle, and protesters are ready to make their voices heard.

It’s been nearly seven decades since a president spoke there on Independence Day. The U.S. was at war in Korea when Harry Truman addressed a large gathering on the Washington Monument grounds, marking the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

There’s no such historical marker Thursday for Trump, who for the past two years has sought a moment to orchestrate a display of America’s military prowess.

He’s calling his event a “Salute to America,” honouring the armed forces, and he’ll speak at the Lincoln Memorial in front of a ticket-only, VIP crowd of Republican donors, administration and campaign officials, family members and those who flock to see him or protest what they see as a divisive intrusion on a traditionally unifying national holiday.

Trump sounded a defensive note Wednesday, tweeting that cost “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”

A presidential podium is put into place on Wednesday as preparations continue for U.S. President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door [Andrews], all we need is the fuel,” he said on Twitter, referring to Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews, home for some of the planes that are to fly over the Mall on Thursday. “We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats.”

Trump glossed over the expense of shipping tanks and fighting vehicles to Washington by rail and guarding them for several days, and other costs.

‘I just think it’s cool’

Some of the president’s supporters welcomed Trump’s stamp on the holiday.

Rachel McKenna, a Trump supporter from McKinney, Texas, said her relatives have served in the military and she thought it was important to say, “‘We love you guys, we appreciate everything you do,’ and I love the fact I can see that,” as she pointed to the Bradley fighting vehicle positioned near the Lincoln Memorial.

“I’ve never ever seen one,” she said. “I just think it’s so cool.”

Under White House direction, the Pentagon was arranging for an air force B-2 stealth bomber and other warplanes to conduct flyovers. There will be navy F-35 and F-18 fighter jets, the navy’s Blue Angels aerobatics team, Army and coast guard helicopters and marine V-22 Ospreys.

Flights will be suspended at nearby Reagan National Airport from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET and then again later in the evening for the festivities.

The White House referred questions about the cost of the military participation to the Pentagon, which said it did not have the answer.

For the first time in decades, a sitting president will be part of Washington, D.C.’s annual Fourth of July celebrations on the National Mall, marking a significant departure from the typically non-partisan event. 2:45

The air force said it costs $ 122,311 an hour to fly a B-2 bomber, which is making the round trip from its home at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Officials said the flight will be considered a training event, with the cost already budgeted. The per-hour flying cost of the F-22 fighter is $ 65,128 US.

Two Bradley fighting vehicles were in place Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial, where Trump will speak. To the dismay of District of Columbia officials, two 60-ton army Abrams battle tanks were sent to Washington by rail to be positioned on or near the National Mall, the expanse of parkland that includes the monuments to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, as well as several war memorial displays such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Kevin Donahue, District of Columbia deputy mayor for public safety, told The Associated Press the city expects the federal government to pay for any damage to streets or bridges from moving the tanks. Civil engineers will assess roads and bridges after July 4 to determine if there’s been damage.

Donahue said the city doesn’t have the jurisdiction to reject the use of tanks and other heavy equipment.

Trump has made a muscular show of patriotism at events during his presidency, including in March at an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

White House officials have stressed Trump’s remarks will be patriotic, but the president often finds it difficult to stay on any kind of script.

Tracie Lenihan of Spokane, Wash., an American who says she’s an Independent, said she didn’t understand why military equipment is part of the festivities. “I think it cost a lot of money and I’m not sure what it really has to do with the Fourth of July. I don’t hate it. I’m just confused.”

Many networks appear to be shying away from any controversy, with reports ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC will not broadcast the event. It is believed CNN and Fox News will broadcast at least part of the festivities.

Concerns about diverting Interior Dept. funds

Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum, who is among lawmakers overseeing the Interior Department, which has jurisdiction over the National Mall and federal parks, said it was “absolutely outrageous” the administration will use park money to help defray Thursday’s event costs. The National Park Service plans to use nearly $ 2.5 million intended to help improve parks nationwide, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

“These fees are not a slush fund for this administration to use at will,” McCollum, a Democrat, said in a statement. She promised a congressional hearing.

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee concurred.

“Trump is raiding funds meant to improve our cherished lands and wasting them on this ludicrous vanity parade,” he said.

Trump and the event’s organizers could be on the hook to reimburse the government millions of dollars if he goes into campaign mode, in violation of federal appropriations law and the Hatch Act, which bars politicking on government time, said Walter Shaub, who left the Office of Government Ethics in 2017 after clashing with the White House over ethics and disclosure issues.

“There’s not a history of disciplined speaking engagements where he sticks to a script,” Shaub said of Trump.

Such questions about improper donations have been raised by critics about Trump’s inauguration as president in 2017.

Trump originally wanted a parade with military tanks and other machinery rolling through downtown Washington ever since he was enthralled by a two-hour procession of French military tanks and fighter jets in Paris on Bastille Day in July 2017.

A planned event last year was scuttled after cost estimates exceeding $ 90 million were made public.

Washington has held an Independence Day celebration for decades, featuring a parade along Constitution Avenue, a concert on the Capitol lawn with music by the National Symphony Orchestra and fireworks beginning at dusk near the Washington Monument.

Trump altered the lineup by adding his speech, moving the fireworks closer to the Lincoln Memorial and summoning the tanks and warplanes.

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‘I don’t believe anyone went into work today’: Kawhi Leonard awestruck at Raptors parade

Monday is not turning out to be a very productive day in Toronto.

As the Raptors’ championship parade made its way to city hall, huge crowds flooded the streets to celebrate the franchise’s first NBA title, and the city’s first major sports championship since 1993.

Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard, perched on top of a double-decker bus alongside Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Drake, was in awe at the sea of people.

“I don’t believe anyone went into work today,” said the Finals MVP. Always the pragmatist, Leonard quickly amended his statement: “Or they got the first few hours of the day off.

“Look at it. It’s crazy.”

Leonard said the days since the parade have featured no sleep and a lot of celebrating.

Meanwhile the NBA future of the 27-year-old all-star is still on the minds of fans — and players. Lowry led a “five more years” chant along the parade route in reference to Leonard’s upcoming free agency decision.

On stage at Nathan Phillips Square, Leonard received the key to the city from mayor John Tory amidst chants from the crowd for him to “stay.”

After Leonard finished his speech on stage, he called back to media day at the beginning of the season by mocking his famous laugh after he called himself a “fun guy.”

“Ha, ha, ha, ha.”

WATCH | Kawhi gets the last laugh:

Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard “has fun” during his speech at Raptors’ title parade. 1:35

The Raptors can offer Leonard a five-year extension worth about $ 190 million US, while other teams can offer only four years for about $ 140 million.

Leonard could start negotiating with teams as a free agent on June 30.

WATCH | Drake’s epic mic drop:

CBC News’ Greg Ross tosses microphone to Drake live during Raptors’ title parade. 1:47

Leonard is still just taking it all in after winning his second career Larry O’Brien Trophy.

“It’s been amazing,” he said. “Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada for the support, we did it.”

As the parade inched forward — noticeably behind schedule — members of the Raptors smiled from open top double-decker buses, some splashing the crowds with champagne. At one point, Lowry, the longest-serving member of team, was seen hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy while some of his teammates smoked cigars.

WATCH | Kyle Lowry: “We are now world champs together.”

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reflects with his teammates at title parade. 1:15

WATCH | “The other guy in the trade” says thank you:

Raptors guard Danny Green thanks fans for embracing him after this year’s blockbuster trade. 1:28

WATCH | “You guys never gave up”:

Raptors forward Serge Ibaka shows Raptors faithful some love during team’s title parade. 1:03

WATCH | “We delivered”:

Raptors guard Fred Van Vleet gives team credit for delivering championship to Toronto. 1:04

WATCH | Mayor gives Kawhi key to the city:

Toronto mayor John Tory presents Kawhi Leonard with key to the city during Raptors’ title parade. 2:48

“This is unbelievable,” Lowry said.

Drake, red solo cup in hand, was also at the centre of the celebration as he sat next to Leonard as the Finals MVP showed off his trophy to the crowd.

The Warriors took out a full-page ad in Monday’s Toronto Star to congratulate them on their achievement.

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‘I’ll probably tear up a little bit’: Raptors victory parade to take over Toronto

After a nerve-wracking and historic playoff run that ended with the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA title, the time has come for the team and its fans to bask in the glory of victory. 

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the corporation that owns the Raptors, will host the team’s official championship parade and rally in downtown Toronto on Monday.

A spokesperson for MLSE declined to estimate how many people are expected to attend, but said the corporation and city are “obviously prepared for very large crowds along the parade route” and at Nathan Phillips Square, where the procession will end.

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  • You can listen to CBC Radio One in Ontario for live coverage hosted by Metro Morning‘s Matt Galloway starting at 12 p.m. ET. 

At a media event Sunday afternoon, head coach Nick Nurse and some of the top Raptors players spoke to media at the Raptors’ training facility — and they all said they’re excited to celebrate the historic win with the city. 

“This has become my second home for me and my family. It’s just good to be back here,” said point guard Fred VanVleet.

“I’m looking forward to the parade. Im looking forward to enjoying the moment with the city.” 

Fans can celebrate the Raptors’ championship victory on Monday with a parade from Exhibition Place to Nathan Phillips Square. (Scott Galley/CBC)


And fans are more than ready to enjoy the moment along with them. 

Some devoted Raps fans started camping out in Nathan Phillips Square yesterday morning to secure a good spot for the rally.

Morteza Hashimi said he “grew up watching basketball” and fell in love with the Raptors at a young age. He spent the night on the concrete of the square because he wanted to have an unobstructed view.

“It’s really important because the amount of years we’ve spent watching this team, the amount of heartbreaks, the devastation that we’ve had in playoffs and the really bad years that we’ve gone through,” Hashimi reflected.

I’ll probably tear up a little bit to be honest with you.– Morteza Hasimi, lifelong raptors fan

“To finally have this great achievement, it’s really important to have front row seats to be able see and witness everything.”

He’s preparing for an emotional day.

“I’ll probably tear up a little bit to be honest with you,” he laughed.

Devoted fans lined up for the Raptors victory rally beginning this past weekend. People celebrating the Raptors NBA Finals win are expected to fill Toronto’s downtown core Monday. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)

Dave and Darren Pierre came down from Ottawa, backpacks stuffed with blankets and supplies, to “witness Canadian history.”

“I mean, this could be once in a lifetime. Having a championship in Toronto, especially in Canada, I just can’t miss this,” said Dave.

The pair figured they’d have to arrive early, given the crowds that filled Jurassic Park through the playoffs.

“I just want the best seat in the house. I want to be able to see it with my own two eyes,” said Darren.

“It’s something I’ve been waiting for since I was a kid. All that emotion, all that joy. Watching them over the years — it’s unbelievable.”

‘We the North Day’ in Toronto

Ahead of the festivities, Toronto Mayor John Tory declared today “We the North Day” in the city. 

“This victory is also for the passionate Toronto Raptors fans, who are the best in the league and filled Jurassic Parks in Toronto and across the country,” Tory said in his official proclamation.

“This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and belief. Toronto has proven that it is a basketball city and that the game thrives in The North.”

The team, along with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, will be riding in open-air double-decker buses during the parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET at the Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are also getting in on the fun, with a planned flyover of the rally at around 12:30 p.m. ET.

The parade route and schedule:

  • The parade will leave the Princes’ Gates at 10 a.m. and head east on Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • It will turn north on York Street and continue north on University Avenue.
  • It will turn east on Queen Street to enter Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 p.m.

The post-parade rally is scheduled to wrap up around 1:30 p.m.

At a media question period Sunday, Raptors point guard Freddy VanVleet said after months of hard work, he’s ready to celebrate the historic win with the dedicated Toronto fans. (Natalie Nanowski/CBC)

A viewing party will be held at Coronation Park at 711 Lake Shore Boulevard W. on the waterfront. 

There will be lots of traffic and transit disruptions throughout the parade, as police plan to enforce rolling closures along the route. Everything you need to know about road closures and transit diversions can be found here.

Raptors players, coaches and staff started returning to the city on various flights on Saturday to throngs of cheering fans gathered at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Since their Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors last week, many players have been celebrating in Las Vegas alongside rapper Drake.

Raptors players Serge Ibaka (left) and Kyle Lowry pose with the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the nightclub XS in the Wynne hotel in Las Vegas. (DAvid Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)

Nonetheless, Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement that the team will be ready to keep the party going.

“This means so much to our city and to many in Canada, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Monday,” he said.

“Bringing the NBA championship to Toronto is the realization of a goal for our team and for our players, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate together with our fans.”

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Everything you need to know about the Raptors’ victory parade Monday

Toronto Raptors fans may still be celebrating — albeit quite sleepily — their team’s first NBA championship, but they will have another chance to party on Monday during the official championship parade and rally.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced Friday that the parade in Toronto will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place, and will finish at Nathan Phillips Square, where a rally will cap off the festivities.

“This means so much to our city and to many in Canada, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Monday,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement.

“Bringing the NBA championship to Toronto is the realization of a goal for our team and for our players, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate together with our fans.”

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford won’t be marching in the parade. His office confirmed Ford will be celebrating, but he won’t be a part of the official festivities.

“The Premier believes the parade is about the players and, more importantly, the fans who have supported the team during its historic run. He looks forward to joining the thousands of fans who will be in the streets on Monday to celebrate this momentous occasion,” Ford’s press secretary told CBC News. 

The parade route and schedule:

  • The parade will leave the Princes’ Gates at 10 a.m. and head east on Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • It will turn north on York Street and continue north on University Avenue.
  • It will turn east on Queen Street to enter Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 p.m.

The post-parade rally is scheduled to wrap up around 1:30 p.m.

Fans can celebrate the Raptors’ championship victory on Monday with a parade from Exhibition Place to Nathan Phillips Square. (Scott Galley/CBC)

Road closures will be in effect to accommodate the parade and rally. City staff are working with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, Toronto police, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit to co-ordinate full and rolling road closures and other plans. Lake Shore Boulevard West, York Street and University Avenue will be closed, but the exact timing has not been made clear.

Road closures confirmed so far include:

  • Bay Street, which will be fully closed between Dundas Street and Richmond Street West, beginning Monday at 9 a.m.
  • Queen Street West, which will be fully closed between Yonge Street and University Avenue, also beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Chestnut and Elizabeth streets will be completely closed as early as 9 a.m.
  • There will be restricted access to Armoury Street.

Public transit changes

The TTC is adding “additional resources” to get spectators around town, including extra staff and streetcars, as well as more frequent subway service. TTC routes that will be on diversion are:

  • 5 Avenue Road.
  • 6 Bay.
  • 29 Dufferin.
  • 121 Fort York-Esplanade.
  • 501 Queen.
  • 504 King.
  • 509 Harbourfront.
  • 510 Spadina.
  • 511 Bathurst.

Meanwhile, passengers using GO Transit should know that the Union Station Bus Terminal will remain open and all routes will be running during the parade.

Viewing party planned

Members of the team and other dignitaries will be carried in open-air double-decker buses.

Fans who line the parade route or attend the rally are encouraged to wear Raptors gear.

MLSE also announced that a parade viewing party will be held at Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Boulevard West, to prevent congestion along the route.

“We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and this history-making finals run,”  Mayor John Tory said in a statement. “On Monday, we get to come together as a city to celebrate the team.

“Everyone is working together to make sure the parade will be a great and memorable event. On behalf of the residents of Toronto, I want to congratulate and thank the players, coaches and the entire Toronto Raptors organization for bringing home our city’s first NBA championship.”

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Queen Elizabeth marks official birthday with parade, honours

Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday with the annual Trooping the Colour parade, a traditional display of British pageantry.

About 1,400 soldiers in ceremonial scarlet coats and bearskin hats marched past the Queen in a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in Westminster.

Royals who took part included Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife Kate, and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan — who appeared in her first public outing since giving birth to their son, Archie, to watch the birthday fly-past of military aircraft.

Baby Archie did not appear, but Prince Louis, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, made his debut on Buckingham Palace’s balcony. The one-year-old waved frantically at the first of the helicopters in the show.

Members of the Royal Family watch as the Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force perform a fly-by during the Trooping the Colour parade. (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)

The Queen marks her birthday twice a year — an official ceremony is always held in June, in hopes of holding the parade in good weather. Her actual birthday, on April 21, is usually celebrated with close family only.

Thousands of spectators lined the parade ground and gathered in nearby St. James’s Park to watch the spectacle in sparkling sunshine. They then walked down the road leading to Buckingham Palace, gathering at the gates to honour the monarch ahead of the fly-past, the punctuation mark of the annual event.

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the reigning monarch for more than 260 years. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

It’s been a big week for the monarch. Demonstrating the close link between the monarchy and the armed forces, she was the centre of ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the invasion of France that marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany.

But if the 93-year-old sovereign was tired, it didn’t show. She waved and smiled as she emerged on the balcony and the crowd roared.

The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle. The colours — or flags — were “trooped,” or carried down the lines of soldiers, so they could be seen and recognized in battle. The regimental flag being paraded this year is from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

Birthday honourees include Oscar winner Olivia Colman

On Friday, Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman was honoured by the monarch she is about to play on television in The Crown.

Colman was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the annual Queen’s birthday honours list.

The performer won a best-actress Oscar this year for playing 18th-century monarch Queen Anne in The Favourite. She plays the current Queen in the third season of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown, which is currently in production.

Colman said she was “totally thrilled, delighted and humbled” by the honour.

Oscar winner Olivia Colman, who will portray Queen Elizabeth in the third season of The Crown, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the annual Queen’s birthday honours list. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Honours are awarded twice a year, at New Year and to mark the monarch’s official birthday in June, and reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life. Most go to people who are not in the limelight, but there is also a sprinkling of famous faces.

Recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public, with the awards bestowed by the Queen and other senior royals during Buckingham Palace ceremonies.

The list included a knighthood for Simon Russell Beale, one of Britain’s finest stage actors, who can now call himself Sir Simon.

A knighthood was also bestowed on Boyd Tunnock, inventor of the Tunnock’s Teacake, a chocolate-coated marshmallow treat.

“When you get to my age, very few things surprise you but this certainly did, and I am deeply honoured and grateful to Her Majesty the Queen,” said Tunnock, whose family firm has been making sweets in Scotland since the 19th century.

Artist Rachel Whiteread, who won the Turner Prize in 1993 for her concrete cast of the inside of a condemned house, became a dame, the female equivalent of a knight.

Novelist Joanna Trollope and Lee Child, writer of the Jack Reacher thrillers, were made CBEs.

Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of The Undertones — best known for punk classic Teenage Kicks — was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE. So were singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and actress Cush Jumbo, a star of TV legal series The Good Fight.

British-Sri Lankan rapper MIA, whose full name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE.

In descending order, the main honours are knighthoods, CBE, OBE and MBE. Knights are addressed as “sir” or “dame,” followed by their name. Recipients of the other honours have no title, but can put the letters after their names.

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Rouhani says group behind military parade attack financed by Gulf states

President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday Iran was ready to confront the United States and its Gulf Arab allies, a day after an attack on an Iranian military parade killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the annual UN General Assembly in New York, Rouhani accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government ethnic Arab groups in Iran.

"America is acting like a bully toward the rest of the world … and thinks it can act based on brute force," said Rouhani, who engineered Iran's 2015 nuclear deal that ushered in a cautious detente with Washington before tensions flared anew with President Donald Trump's decision to quit the accord.

"But our people will resist and the government is ready to confront America. We will overcome this situation (sanctions) and America will regret choosing the wrong path."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday rejected the Iranian fingerpointing at Washington over the attack, saying Iranian leaders should look closer to home.

Asked about Rouhani's comments, she told told CNN: "He needs to look at his own base to figure out where that's coming from. He can blame us all he wants. The thing he's got to do is look at the mirror."

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the United Arab Emirates' charge d'affaires over reported "comments" made about the bloodshed in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

State-run PressTV said the action was taken over comments by an unnamed UAE official, without giving details.

UAE denies suggestion of involvement

A senior United Arab Emirates official on Sunday denied what he called the "unfortunate" and "formal incitement against the UAE from within Iran."

"The UAE's historical position against terrorism and violence is clear and Tehran's allegations are baseless," Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash said in a tweet.

Iranian soldiers jump over a hedge at a street as they run for cover during a deadly attack that occurred during a military parade in the city of Ahvaz, southwest Iran on Saturday. (Morteza Jaberian/EPA-EFE)

The Gulf Arab state of Qatar, which is at odds with U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, condemned the assault on the military parade, which wounded at least 70 people.

Gunmen fired on a viewing stand where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq. Soldiers crawled as gunfire crackled. Women and children fled for their lives.

It was one of the worst ever attacks against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the sword and shield of Shia clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

It answers to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and runs its own business empire in Iran, a major oil producer which has been relatively stable compared with Arab states that have grappled with unrest since uprisings in 2011.

Since pulling out of the big powers' nuclear pact with Iran in May, Trump has reimposed U.S. sanctions meant to isolate Tehran and force it to negotiate tougher curbs on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Iran has ruled this out.

'Unreal fantasies'

"America wants to cause chaos and unrest in our country so that it can return to this country, but these are unreal fantasies and they will never achieve their goals," said Rouhani.

Shia Iran is at odds with Western-allied Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia for predominance in the Middle East.

The regional powers back opposing sides in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon, with the Guards defending Iranian interests.

Women and soldiers take cover at the scene of the attack. (Morteza Jaberian/AFP/Getty Images)

"The small puppet countries in the region are backed by America, and the United States is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities," said Rouhani.

There was no immediate comment from Saudi Arabia on Rouhani's allegations. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say that Iran poses a security threat to the Middle East and tries to dominate the region.

Iran denies the accusations and calls for regional states to guarantee the oil-producing region's security without the interference of the United States and other Western powers.

"Iran's answer (to this attack) is forthcoming within the framework of law and our national interests," said Rouhani, adding that the United States would regret its "aggressiveness."

An Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahvaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"The Persian Gulf states are providing monetary, military and political support for these groups," said Rouhani.

Islamic State militants also claimed responsibility. Neither claim provided evidence. All four attackers were killed.

"Hopefully we will overcome these sanctions with the least possible costs and make America regret its aggressiveness toward other countries, and particularly Iran," said Rouhani.

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