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Breonna Taylor’s family continues to demand justice 1 year after her death

On the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death, the slain Black woman’s family continued their call for justice as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

“Eyes are on Louisville, Kentucky, today so let’s show America what community looks like,” said Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, who wore her niece’s emergency medical technician jacket.

Austin spoke from a stage set up in Jefferson Square Park, which became an impromptu hub for protesters during months of demonstrations last summer. Flanked by two hand-painted murals of Taylor, activists repeated calls to charge the police officers who killed the Black woman during a raid at her apartment.

The crowd shouted Taylor’s name and “No justice, no peace” as they gathered near an outdoor memorial that includes a mural, posters, artwork and other mementos honouring Taylor’s life. Some organizers gave away food during the speeches.

Taylor’s family then led the protesters on an afternoon march past City Hall.


Members of the protest group known as Bike2Breathe approach the area where the Breonna Taylor memorial protest is occurring in Jefferson Square Park on Saturday. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

No officers charged in death

Taylor’s front door was breached by Louisville officers as part of a drug raid in the early morning hours of March 13, 2020. Her boyfriend fired his gun once, saying later that he feared an intruder was entering the apartment. One officer was struck, and he and two other officers fired 32 shots into the apartment, striking the 26-year-old Taylor five times.

Taylor’s death initially flew under the media radar, as the COVID-19 crisis shut down society, but George Floyd’s death in Minnesota and the release of a chilling 911 call from Taylor’s boyfriend in late May sparked interest in the case.


A portrait of Breonna Taylor is seen in front of another protest sign during a protest memorial for her in Jefferson Square Park on Saturday. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

A grand jury indicted one officer on wanton endangerment charges in September for shooting into a neighbour’s apartment, but no officers were charged in connection with Taylor’s death.

Police had a no-knock warrant but said they knocked and announced their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment, a claim some witnesses have disputed. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.

The city of Lousiville has since banned no-knock warrants, hired a new police chief and paid a $ 12 million US settlement to Taylor’s family.

An ongoing federal investigation could be wide ranging and is regarded by many as the last chance for justice for Taylor’s death.

WATCH | How the internet worked to keep Breonna Taylor’s name in the news:

The internet worked to keep Breonna Taylor’s name in the news — by turning it into a meme. But does online activism translate to IRL justice? How do those memes serve her memory? Plus: We review Netflix’s new doc phenom, The Social Dilemma. New ep out: http://smarturl.it/popchat 8:32

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In Tehran, families of downed Flight PS752 demand arrest of Revolutionary Guard leader

Relatives of the victims of downed Flight PS752, which crashed in Iran last year, held a protest in Tehran over the weekend demanding justice for their loved ones and the arrest of the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which Iran’s leaders have admitted shot down the plane.

The demonstration came days after Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif denied the existence of an audio recording, obtained by CBC, in which he is said to be discussing the possibility that the destruction of Flight PS752 was an intentional act.

In the recording, the individual, who was identified by sources as Zarif, is heard saying there are a “thousand possibilities” to explain the downing of the jet, including a deliberate attack involving two or three “infiltrators” — a scenario he said was “not at all unlikely.”

The individual in the recording also notes that the truth will never be revealed by the highest levels of Iran’s government and military. The day after the story aired, Zarif tweeted the audio isn’t real and insisted he’s always said there were a number of possibilities for the crash.

On Jan. 8, 2020, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in the skies over Tehran with two surface-to-air missiles, killing all 176 people aboard, including 138 people with ties to Canada.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is an elite wing of the country’s military and is overseen by the country’s supreme leader. It’s been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Following the crash, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said human error was to blame, saying the military mistook the jetliner for a hostile target in the aftermath of an American drone strike that killed a high-ranking Iranian military general in Iraq.

On Saturday, in a video filmed at the Tehran demonstration, a crash victim’s father is heard asking why Commander Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh hasn’t been charged noting he is the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

Families demand answers

“Have you summoned Mr. Hajizadeh as a suspect of this crime?” the man asks, according to a video shared with CBC News. “Answer us. It’s a simple question. You owe the 70, 80 million Iranians an answer.”

At the demonstration, dozens of family members holding photos of loved ones also entered the military court building to question lead investigator Sadegh Arabzadeh and the country’s deputy military prosecutor. This building is where crimes pertaining to the military are privately heard rather than at a public court. 

WATCH | Secret recording says downed airliner may have been intentionally shot down:

CBC News has obtained a recording of a man sources have identified as Iran’s foreign minister acknowledging that the downing of Flight 752 could have been intentional. The Canadian government and security agencies are reviewing the recording. 2:49

Arabzadeh is heard responding on the videotape, saying “we can’t simply accuse someone. There is a procedure of investigation.”

Iran has said it charged six Iranians with offences in connection with the destruction of Flight PS752, but hasn’t revealed their names, the allegations against them, or any details about the charges they face.

Ukraine classifies criminal investigation as ‘intended murder’

In Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Iran International, a private UK broadcaster, that his country still doesn’t know the identity of the six individuals charged. Yenin also confirmed Ukraine’s criminal case is being classified as an “intended murder.”

The airline that operated PS752 is based in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, courts in Iran have also sentenced at least 13 people to prison allegedly for protesting the downing of Flight PS752, according to Human Rights Watch. They include two students at the University of Tehran who posted online they were sentenced to prison terms for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion to disrupt national security,” according to the New York-based international human rights organization.


Hamed Esmaeilion, of Richmond Hill, Ont. lost his wife Parisa Eghbalian and nine-year-old daughter Reera on Flight PS752. (Submitted)

The audio recording obtained by CBC was said to be captured in the months after President Rouhani stated publicly that human error was to blame. CBC News listened to the audio recording and had three people translate it from Farsi to English to capture nuances in the language. 

Hamed Esmaeilion of Richmond Hill, Ont. lost his wife Parisa Eghbalian and nine-year-old daughter Reera on Flight PS752. He’s now the spokesperson for the association representing a group of victims’ families in Canada and shared the protest footage with CBC through a network of families in Tehran. 

WATCH | Iran disputes content of secret audio recording obtained by CBC News:

Iran was quick to push back at Canada after a CBC News exclusive revealed a secret recording of a man identified as Iran’s foreign minister contradicting his own government’s explanation for the downing of Flight 752, calling the reports incorrect and baseless. 2:03

In a statement, Esmaeilion said at one point during Saturday’s Tehran protest an ambulance was called because some family members were so upset they felt unwell and were taken to hospital. Security forces eventually told families to leave the premises and they dispersed, he said. 

Multiple countries, including Ukraine, have until the end of the month to review Iran’s final report on the safety investigation. It’s not clear when that document will be released publicly.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s special advisor to Flight PS752, Ralph Goodale, has raised concerns about Iran’s lack of details around its arrests and transparency around the investigation.

“This state of affairs raises obvious concerns about credibility, conflicts of interest, and a lack of transparency and accountability, especially in light of Iran’s admission that its own military—specifically the IRGC—fired the missiles that downed this innocent commercial airliner, which had been fully cleared for takeoff by Iran’s military and civilian authorities.” says a portion of Goodale’s report published in Dec. 2020. 

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Thousands rally in Russia to demand Alexei Navalny’s release

Thousands of people took to the streets Sunday across Russia to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, keeping up the wave of nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. Hundreds were detained by police.

The authorities mounted a massive effort to stem the tide of demonstrations after tens of thousands of people rallied across the country the previous weekend in the largest and most widespread show of discontent the country has seen in years.

Police so far have detained over 260 participants in protests held in many cities across Russia’s 11 time zones, according to the OVD-Info, a group that monitors arrests.

In Moscow, introduced unprecedented security measures in the city centre, closing several subway stations near the Kremlin, cutting bus traffic and ordering restaurants and stores to stay closed.

The 44-year-old Navalny, an anti-corruption investigator who is the best-known critic of President Vladimir Putin, was arrested on Jan. 17 upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusations.


Police detain another participant of Sunday’s rally in Moscow. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Navalny’s team called for Sunday’s protest to be held on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square, home to the main headquarters of the Federal Security Service, which Navalny claims was responsible for his poisoning.

As part of a multipronged effort by the authorities to block the protests, courts have jailed Navalny’s associates and activists across the country. His brother Oleg, top aide Lyubov Sobol and three other people were put under two-month house arrest Friday on charges of alleged violations of coronavirus restrictions during last weekend’s protests.

Prosecutors also demanded that social platforms block the calls for joining the protests on the internet.

The Interior Ministry has issued stern warnings to the public not to join the protests, saying participants could be charged with taking part in mass riots, which carries a prison sentence of up to eight years. Those engaging in violence against police could face up to 15 years.

Nearly 4,000 people were reportedly detained at demonstrations on Jan. 23 calling for Navalny’s release took place in more than 100 Russian cities, and some were given fines and jail terms. About 20 were accused of assaulting police and faced criminal charges.

Just after Navalny’s arrest, his team released a two-hour video on his YouTube channel about an opulent Black Sea residence purportedly built for Putin. The video has been viewed over 100 million times, helping fuel discontent and inspiring a stream of sarcastic jokes on the internet.

Putin has said that neither he nor any of his close relatives own the property, and on Saturday, construction magnate Arkady Rotenberg, a longtime Putin confidant and his occasional judo sparring partner, claimed he owned the property.

Navalny fell into a coma on Aug. 20 while on a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow. He was transferred to a Berlin hospital two days later. Labs in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent. Russian authorities have refused to open a full-fledged criminal inquiry, citing a lack of evidence that he was poisoned.

WATCH | Putin touts stability amid protests over Nalvany’s arrest:

Russian authorities are bracing for another round of protests amid outrage over the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Despite that, President Vladimir Putin made a rare appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying it was business as usual in Russia. 2:06

When he returned to Russia in January, Navalny was jailed for 30 days after Russia’s prison service alleged he had violated the probation terms of his suspended sentence from a 2014 money-laundering conviction that he has rejected as political revenge.

On Thursday, a Moscow court rejected his appeal to be released, and another hearing next week could turn his 3½-year suspended sentence into one he must serve in prison.

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U.S. lawmakers set to vote to demand Pence and cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment

The U.S. House of Representatives pressed swiftly Tuesday toward impeaching President Donald Trump for the deadly Capitol attack, taking time only to try to persuade his vice-president to push him out first.

Trump showed no remorse, blaming his accusers instead for the “tremendous anger” in the United States.

Already scheduled to leave office next week, Trump is on the verge of becoming the only president in history to be twice impeached. His incendiary rhetoric at a rally ahead of the Capitol uprising on Jan. 6 is now in the impeachment charge against him, even as the falsehoods he spread about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.

As lawmakers reconvened at the Capitol for the first time since the bloody siege, they were also bracing for more violence ahead of Democratic president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

“All of us have to do some soul-searching,” Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin said during a House rules debate, pleading for a change of heart among colleagues still backing Trump.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said she will vote to impeach Trump.


U.S. House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, shown in 2019, said in a statement late Tuesday that Trump ‘summoned’ the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, ‘assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.’ (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

The No. 3 Republican in the House said in a statement late Tuesday that Trump “summoned” the mob that attacked the Capitol last week, “assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”

“Everything that followed was his doing,” she said.

Cheney noted that Trump could have immediately intervened to stop his supporters but did not.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said.

Trump, meanwhile, warned the lawmakers off impeachment and suggested it was the drive to oust him that was dividing the country.

“To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger,” he said.

House expected to approve 25th Amendment resolution

In his first remarks to reporters since last week’s violence, the outgoing president offered no condolences for those dead or injured, only saying, “I want no violence.”

Impeachment ahead, the House was to press U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and the cabinet to remove Trump more quickly and surely, warning he is a threat to democracy in the few remaining days of his presidency.


Trump yells as he visits the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday. The outgoing president told reporters he bears no responsibility for the violent riots on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

The House was expected to approve a resolution calling on Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to declare the president unable to serve. Pence, who had a “good meeting” with Trump on Monday, their first since the vice-president was among those sheltering from the attack, was not expected to take any such action.

After that, the House would move swiftly to impeachment on Wednesday.

Trump faces a single charge — “incitement of insurrection” — in the impeachment resolution after the most serious and deadly domestic incursion at the Capitol in the nation’s history.

During an emotional debate ahead of the House action, Democratic Rep. Norma Torres urged her Republican colleagues to understand the stakes, recounting a phone call from her son as she fled during the siege.

“Sweetie, I’m OK,” she told him. “I’m running for my life.”

But Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally just honoured this week at the White House, refused to concede that Biden won the election outright.

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern tied such talk to the Capitol attack, interjecting, “People came here because they believed the lie.”

Republicans could vote to impeach

A handful of House Republicans could vote to impeach, but in the narrowly divided Senate there are not expected to be the two-thirds votes to convict him — though some Republicans say it’s time for Trump to resign.

The unprecedented events, with just over a week remaining in Trump’s term, are unfolding in a nation bracing for more unrest. The FBI has warned ominously of potential armed protests in Washington and many states by Trump loyalists ahead of Biden’s inauguration, and Capitol Police warned lawmakers to be on alert.

The inauguration ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol will be off limits to the public.

The final days of Trump’s presidency will be like none other as Democrats and a small number of Republicans try to expel him after he incited the mob that violently ransacked the Capitol last Wednesday.

A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot a woman during the violence. Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.

Republicans weighing decisions

Few Republicans were expected to support either piece of legislation, but some were heavily weighing their decisions.

Cheney spoke to her House Republican colleagues late Monday of the significance of the impeachment vote and encouraged them to consider it a “vote of conscience,” according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private call.

In the Senate, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska over the weekend in calling for Trump to “go away as soon as possible.”


Pro-Trump protesters storm into the U.S. Capitol during clashes with police, during a riot to contest the certification of the 2020 presidential election results by Congress, in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

No member of the cabinet has publicly called for Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment.

Democrats say they have the votes for impeachment. The impeachment bill from Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California, Raskin of Maryland and Jerrold Nadler of New York draws from Trump’s own false statements about his election defeat to Biden.

Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, have repeatedly dismissed cases challenging the election results, and former attorney general William Barr, a Trump ally, has said there was no sign of widespread fraud.

The impeachment legislation also details Trump’s pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” him more votes, as well as his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he encouraged thousands of supporters last Wednesday to “fight like hell” and march to the building.

The mob overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the electoral college.

While some have questioned impeaching the president so close to the end of his term, there is precedent. In 1876, during the Ulysses Grant administration, War Secretary William Belknap was impeached by the House the day he resigned, and the Senate convened a trial months later. He was acquitted.

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Mitch McConnell blocks Trump’s demand for quick Senate vote on higher COVID-19 relief

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Democrats’ push to immediately bring President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger $ 2,000 US COVID-19 relief cheques up for a vote, saying the chamber would “begin a process” to address the issue.

Pressure is mounting on the Republican-led Senate to follow the House, which voted overwhelmingly on Monday to meet the president’s demand to increase the cheques from $ 600 as the virus crisis worsens. A growing number of Republicans, including two senators in runoff elections on Jan. 5 in Georgia, have said they will support the larger amount. But most Republican senators oppose more spending, even if they are also wary of bucking Trump.

The outcome is highly uncertain heading into the rare holiday-week session.

“We should not adjourn until the Senate holds a vote,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said as he made a motion to push it toward a vote.

McConnell, who has said little publicly on Trump’s request, objected but gave almost no indication of his plans ahead.

“The Senate will begin a process,” the Republican leader said. He said he plans to bring the president’s demand for the $ 2,000 cheques and other remaining issues “into focus.”

Republicans divided

The showdown has thrown Congress into a chaotic year-end session just days before new lawmakers are set to be sworn into office for the new year. It’s preventing action on another priority — overturning Trump’s veto on a sweeping defence bill that has been approved every year for 60 years.

The president’s last-minute push for bigger relief cheques deeply divides Republicans, who are split between those who align with Trump’s populist instincts and those who adhere to what had been more traditional conservative views against government spending. Congress had settled on smaller $ 600 payments in a compromise over the big year-end relief bill Trump reluctantly signed into law.

Liberal senators led by Bernie Sanders of Vermont who support the relief aid are blocking action on the defence bill until a vote can be taken on Trump’s demand for $ 2,000 for most Americans.

The two Republican senators from Georgia, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, announced Tuesday they support Trump’s plan for bigger cheques as they face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in runoff elections that will determine which party controls the Senate.

“I’m delighted to support the president,” said Perdue on Fox News. Loeffler said in an interview on Fox that she, too, backs the boosted relief cheques.

Trump tweeted his demands ahead of Tuesday’s Senate session: “$ 2,000 for our great people, not $ 600!”

The House vote late Monday was a stunning turn of events. Just days ago, during a brief Christmas Eve session, Republicans blocked Trump’s sudden demand for bigger cheques as he defiantly refused to sign the broader COVID-19 aid and year-end funding bill into law.


U.S. President Donald Trump waves from his armored vehicle while departing from the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

Trump fumes and golfs

As Trump spent days fuming from his private club in Florida, where he is spending the holidays, dozens of Republicans calculated it was better to link with Democrats to increase the pandemic payments rather than buck the outgoing president and constituents counting on the money. Democrats led passage, 275-134, but 44 Republicans joined almost all Democrats in approval.

Together with votes this week to override Trump’s veto of a sweeping defence bill, it’s potentially one last confrontation between the president and the Republican Party he leads as he imposes fresh demands and disputes the results of the presidential election. The new Congress is set to be sworn in Sunday.

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Protesters demand all votes be counted as lawsuit draws Team Trump to Pennsylvania

The demonstrators came to the downtown intersection in front of Philadelphia’s convention centre prepared to give Eric Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others on the president’s campaign team an earful about democracy and the importance of counting all votes.

“They’re not welcome here,” said Sula Kritikos, a lawyer. “All I know is my vote has not been counted. And I’m here to let people know my vote has not been counted.”

But Team Trump never showed up at their planned news conference at the intersection. Instead, they held it in front of Atlantic Aviation near the Philadelphia International Airport, away from the protesters.

They announced the launching of a lawsuit to address the “massive cheating” they allege is going on in the state with the tallying of the votes.

“It’s a shame that we have to do that. It’s the last thing that we wanted to do. It’s the last thing my father wanted to do, but this is rampant corruption and it can’t happen,” said Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump.

There have actually been no reports of fraud or any other type of ballot concerns out of Pennsylvania. The state had more than 3.1 million mail-in ballots, which take time to count, and an order allows them to be counted up until Friday if they are postmarked on or before Nov. 3.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden edged closer to victory on Wednesday, with wins in Michigan and Wisconsin bringing his electoral vote total to 253 compared to Donald Trump’s 214. A candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.


Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, speaks during a news conference on a legal challenge to vote counting in Pennsylvania. Eric Trump, left, son of the president, and his wife Lara Trump also addressed reporters. (Matt Slocum/The Associated Press)

Pennsylvania, one of the surprise Rust Belt states that went to Trump in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, holds 20 electoral votes. Those would be enough to earn Biden the White House. So far, the numbers suggest Trump is leading in the state, but that lead is shrinking as more votes are counted.

‘Temporarily halt counting’

But Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement on Wednesday that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from … Republican poll observers.”

He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a news conference the state is going to fight “every single attempt to disenfranchise voters.”

“These attempts to subvert the democratic process are simply disgraceful,” he said.

WATCH | Protesters converge on Pennsylvania as counting continues:

Pennsylvania has become a true battleground state, with Donald Trump’s campaign launching a legal battle to throw out votes and Democratic supporters rallying to oppose what they call interference. 2:25

Team Trump’s presence in Philadelphia, along with the dozens of protesters ready to shout them down, and the dozens of police officers standing by, highlighted the elevated tensions in the city of brotherly love over the counting of votes.

“Just making sure all votes are counted, all legitimate votes are counted,” said Tom McCarthy, one of the protesters who had come downtown to protest Team Trump.

“The move to stop the counting of votes, particularly during a pandemic, seems like a move to steal the election.”

‘He knows what ballots do’

Other, more vocal social activists also showed up at the intersection, many reciting what they consider to be Trump’s list of crimes.

“He wants to shut down this election … he knows what ballots do,” said Samantha Rise.

A few Trump supporters also swung by, and while the rhetoric heated up at times between the anti-Trump and pro-Trump sides, under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, it never escalated beyond words.

Steve Faust, who works near the intersection, also came by to see what the commotion was about. A Biden supporter, Faust said he was shocked at how well Trump had performed in the state.

“I just can’t believe it’s as close as it is. It’s so disappointing to know that this many people think things are just peachy keen and just [willing] to vote him in again. I just don’t understand it.”


Tom McCarthy was one of the protesters who had come downtown to protest the Trump campaign’s legal threats against the vote count. (Mark Gollom/CBC)

The scene unfolded under the backdrop of the city’s convention centre, where election workers were still tabulating the votes. In fact, the Philadelphia city commissioners were live streaming that work. 

The protesters and journalists eventually dispersed as word got out that the news conference wouldn’t be happening. 

Not long after, however, a couple hundred more people gathered in front of city hall for a similar protest, many holding banners that read, “Count every vote” and ‘Black votes matter.”


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High Demand May Not Be Entirely Responsible for the Lack of RTX 3080 GPUs

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Ever since the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 launched, they’ve been nearly impossible to find. Sometimes, an OEM builder will have stock if you’re buying a new system, even if cards aren’t available in-channel, but that doesn’t seem to be the case right now.

Origin PC’s shipping time increases from 14-16 days to 29-31 days if you want an RTX 3080. Maingear doesn’t give a specific date, but says “Lead times are currently extended for systems with RTX-3000-series cards.” Maingear already has a separate “Shipping times may be delayed from the following stated lead time due to COVID-19” and an estimated 3-4 week shipping window, but evidently the company felt the need for a second disclaimer.

A different way to get a handle on the situation is to check ProShop.de. The German company has been publishing periodic updates on everything related to Ampere GPU sales, including how many cards its customers have ordered, how many GPUs it has ordered from manufacturers, when those cards are expected to arrive, and how many GPUs have already shipped.

According to ProShop, it breaks its categories down as follows:

Customer orders: Number of current customer orders, which have yet to be delivered. Orders that have been canceled at this point are not included.
Ordered from mfr: Number of graphic cards Proshop has ordered from the manufacturer.
Incoming cards: Confirmed number of graphic cards to be delivered by the manufacturer to Proshop asap.
Received: Total number of graphic cards received from manufacturers and shipped to customers by Proshop since launch. This doesn’t include the 3070-series, which launch on October 29.

I screenshotted ProShop’s figures on October 12, and again on October 21, added up the differences in the figures, and built a chart to show them. I should note that there are places in the original data where, instead of a number, ProShop lists “15th” or “7th.” These dates appear to correspond to when a GPU will be available for customer order, when ProShop can order it from the manufacturer, when the cards will ship to ProShop, or when ProShop will ship them itself.

Data by ProShot, 10-21-2020

The chart below contains raw figures for each category based on ProShop’s published data for 10-12 and 10-21, along with two categories I added. Fulfillable Orders is the percent of total orders that ProShop could fill on each date if it had every GPU listed as “Incoming” along with every GPU listed as “Received.” “% Mfr Supply” examines the same question, but uses the total number of cards ProShop ordered as opposed to the total number it received.

We see a few interesting things here. First, overall availability as a percentage of total customer orders is higher. This is only true because of a large number of RTX 3080s in the “Incoming” column — if we confine ourselves solely to the “Received” column, availability has only increased from 9 percent to 11 percent. If we remove the “Incoming” column from manufacturing data, GPU availability has gotten worse.

The reason I’m presenting the data this way is that GPUs on their way to the store are functional cards effectively “on the market.” The growth in “Incoming” shipments could mean that AIBs are finally able to ship some hardware.

The fact that ProShop has been unable to get allocation for weeks suggests that Samsung’s 8nm yields might be part of the problem. There were rumors months ago that Nvidia had limited its orders to Samsung out of concern that the company wouldn’t be able to manufacture enough good die. This squares with other rumors we’ve heard expressing doubts regarding Samsung’s 8nm process. It could also explain why Nvidia is rumored to be moving some production back to TSMC. DigiTimes wrote last week that Nvidia was getting a substantial discount on Samsung’s 8nm process, but that the GPU designer still wants to diversify its offerings to get around Samsung’s yield problem.

So, is Nvidia lying when it says that demand is the reason there are no RTX 3000 GPUs to be found, and that this situation will persist through the end of 2020 and possibly into 2021? It certainly looks as though there are supply problems in the mix, too, but the number of GPUs ProShop has ordered suggests that demand is genuinely sky-high. Nobody wants to sit on several thousand GPUs they can’t sell. Even Nvidia admitted during the Ampere unveil that Turing had not been the hit it was hoping for, in terms of uptake, which means there’s a lot of pent-up demand in the market.

ProShop has data on the RTX 3070 as well, but I deliberately didn’t discuss it. That GPU hasn’t launched yet, and it’s possible that there will be a wave of late shipments out to stores to boost inventory. As always, keep in mind that data like this, however thorough, is a snapshot of a single store. We do not know what these figures look like for Amazon or Newegg, where the ratios could be entirely different. Nvidia has admitted that these GPUs will be in short supply through the end of the year. There might appear to be a supply problem because Nvidia is prioritizing the largest channel distributors, but the fact that boutique builders can’t get cards all that easily, either, suggests more to the story. The rumors of low yields on Samsung 8nm and the rumors that Nvidia will return to TSMC all point in the same direction.

This is not the first time we’ve seen foundries struggle to get yield on a part (assuming that’s what’s happening), and both AMD and Nvidia had a terrible time shipping cards in 2016. It’s not unusual to see these kinds of problems at the beginning of a launch. Hopefully, they’ll resolve more quickly than anticipated.

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Doctors, pharmacies explore drive-thru, outdoor clinics to meet flu shot demand

Anticipating increased demand for the flu shot this season, pharmacist Sean Simpson has invested in a few unorthodox supplies that go well beyond extra face masks: street signage, traffic cones, a pop-up tent and hard hats.

He’ll need them for the drive-thru vaccination clinic he’s setting up in the parking lot of his Virgil, Ont., Pharmasave, a scheme he hopes will address COVID-19 fears while offering customers a quick way to get their shot.

“We’ve worked it out in our heads a number of times, and we seem to think it’ll work,” said Simpson, who was still waiting Tuesday for his vaccine shipment to arrive.

“We’ll have a setup where we’re able to vaccinate people in the car and monitor them for the recommended period of time and let them go on their way so that we can reduce the interaction with others.”


Pharmacist Sean Simpson poses outside his pharmacy in Virgil, Ont., on Monday. He’ll be offering a drive-thru flu clinic this year. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press)

While residents in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have been among the first in Canada to receive doses in recent weeks, pharmacies and doctor’s clinics in much of the rest of the country are still waiting and preparing to deliver their shots. Many start their programs in October or early November.

Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Ann Collins said varied start times depend on when the vaccine supply is delivered to the province, when it is dispersed to depots, when it’s picked up by the provider and ultimately when providers have their provision plan in place.

This season, the Fredericton-based physician said pharmacists and doctors are eager to try novel ways to offer large-scale flu clinics that can maintain pandemic safety precautions, noting her own family physician hosted a flu clinic in a parking lot last weekend.

At Simpson’s Pharmacy in Virgil, drive-thru visits will be by appointment only, with waivers and related paperwork to be filled out online.

Simpson expected the outdoor clinic will limit face-to-face interaction between strangers, avoid any need for a waiting room and reduce crowding in the actual store.

Ottawa family physician Dr. Aly Abdulla said COVID-19 precautions rule out traditional mass-vaccination tactics, such as renting out the nearby legion.

At the same time, getting the shot to as many people as possible was more crucial than ever to avoid a feared “twindemic,” in which simultaneous flu and COVID-19 outbreaks overwhelm the health-care system.

Pharmacy chain staggers rollout

Abdulla expected to offer the flu shot when patients come in for routine appointments. But he’s also in talks with local public health about a joint effort that might see several doctors share the cost of renting a large space for a flu clinic, which would also allow them to pool their doses if needed.

“Our plan is to have public health screening areas — maybe arenas, maybe clinics that are not using their space on evenings and weekends — to have these flu clinics,” said Abdulla. He said he’s also heard of doctors in Guelph, Ont., and Georgian Bay considering drive-thru clinics.

“[They] will essentially be ad hoc in the community, based on what the needs are.”

This year, the Public Health Agency of Canada said more than 13 million doses have been ordered, a jump from last season’s 11.2 million doses. Ten per cent of that is the high-dose influenza vaccine — itself a 25 per cent increase from last season as public health focuses on inoculating more adults 65 years and older, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu and COVID-19.

Shoppers Drug Mart said its stores in P.E.I. began delivering the flu shot Sept. 28, while those in New Brunswick began Oct. 5.

The chain, including its Loblaw pharmacies, continued a staggered rollout in Ontario on Wednesday; Manitoba and Nova Scotia next week; British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan on Oct. 19; Yukon on Oct. 26 and in Quebec’s Pharmaprix outlets on Nov. 1.

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A spokesperson said availability in Newfoundland and Labrador was still to be determined and that customers should contact their local pharmacy to confirm details.

Requests ‘off the charts,’ Toronto pharmacist says

Theresa Firestone, senior vice-president of health and wellness at Shoppers Drug Mart, touted a contactless digital consent form that includes screening for COVID-19 symptoms, drop-in appointments and dedicated senior’s clinics — when stores will be opened exclusively for older shoppers — with meeting increased demand.

“Physician offices often close at the end of the workday. We have many stores open until midnight … and we have a number of stores that are 24-hours,” said Firestone.

Victor Wong, an associate owner and pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart in east-end Toronto, said requests for the flu shot “have been off the charts,” with some customers asking about its arrival since the summer.


Needles and syringes used to administer the flu shot. Doctors face added costs of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to give the vaccine this year. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press)

He expected demand will be high at his store after hearing some doctors were skipping the season entirely.

“We have local doctors, even within our close proximity, who have already phoned us to let us know that they will not be opening up their clinics this year for flu shots or will be diverting their flu shot patients to our store,” said Wong, whose store delivered more than 600 flu shots last year.

A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association suggested half of 598 respondents expected they won’t have enough doses this season. A broader survey of 1,459 doctors found half had trouble accessing personal protective equipment, and many feared they’ll have trouble safeguarding patients and staff while delivering the flu shot.

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Armed activists demand justice in Louisville, Breonna Taylor’s hometown

Hundreds of armed, predominantly Black activists demanded justice for Breonna Taylor during peaceful demonstrations on Saturday in her Kentucky hometown that drew counter-protesters from a white militia group.

Police closed streets and set up barricades to keep the two groups apart as tensions remained on edge in Louisville, where protests have flared for months over the death of Taylor, a Black woman killed when police busted into her apartment in March.

By the time Black activists dressed in black fatigues arrived in the heart of downtown Saturday afternoon, most of the white militia members had already left. Police in full riot geared looked on.

Earlier in the day, three people were accidentally shot at a park where Black activists had gathered, police said. The victims, all of whom were members of the militia group, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.


Participants openly displayed firearms during the march through downtown Louisville to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a young Black emergency medical technician who was shot and killed by police in her home March 13. (Timothy D. Easley/The Associated Press)

“This is a tragic situation that could have been much worse,” Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said in a news release. “I encourage anyone choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights to do so responsibly.”

The Black activists had converged on Louisville to demand justice for Taylor. Calls for a national reckoning over racism and police brutality intensified following the deaths of Taylor and George Floyd in Minneapolis.


Members of the all-Black group NFAC march toward Louisville’s Hall of Justice. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

“This is something that has been happening around the country for years and years and years,” said Brianna Wright, who joined in the demonstrations Saturday.

“This is nothing new,” she said. “The justice we get for her will influence justice around the entire country. And if we don’t get justice … it will also influence the entire country. Because they’ll think, ‘It’s OK, we can get away with it.’ But we need to show them that Black people are not going to stand for this anymore.”

The only confrontation among the competing groups appeared to occur earlier Saturday, when white militia members and Black Lives Matter activists yelled at each other over the police barricades.


Grand Master Jay, NFAC leader, prepares to lead his followers on a march during a rally in Louisville on Saturday. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office is heading an investigation into Taylor’s death.

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment with a battering ram, using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation.

The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found.


Members of the Kentucky Three Percenters far-right militia line up to block a road before members and supporters of NFAC began their rally in Louisville. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

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Air Canada suspends 30 regional domestic routes as COVID-19 wallops air travel demand

Air Canada is indefinitely suspending 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports across Canada because of an unprecedented drop in demand for air travel as a result of COVID-19.

The Montreal-based airline said Tuesday the cuts are being made because of continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures.

The routes being cancelled are: 

  • In Atlantic Canada: Deer Lake-Goose Bay, Deer Lake-St. John’s, Fredericton-Halifax, Fredericton-Ottawa, Moncton-Halifax, Saint John-Halifax, Charlottetown-Halifax, Moncton-Ottawa, Gander-Goose Bay, Gander-St. John’s, Bathurst-Montreal, Wabush-Goose Bay, Wabush-Sept-Iles, Goose Bay-St. John’s.
  • In Quebec: Baie Comeau-Montreal, Baie Comeau-Mont Joli, Gaspé-Iles de la Madeleine, Gaspé-Quebec City, Sept-Iles-Quebec City, Val d’Or-Montreal, Mont Joli-Montreal, Rouyn-Noranda-Val d’Or.
  • In Ontario: Kingston-Toronto, London-Ottawa, North Bay-Toronto, Windsor-Montreal.
  • In Western Canada: Regina-Winnipeg, Regina-Saskatoon, Regina-Ottawa, Saskatoon-Ottawa.

The regional airports where Air Canada is closing its stations include:

  • Bathurst, N.B.
  • Wabush, N.L.
  • Gaspé, Que.
  • Baie Comeau, Que.
  • Mont Joli, Que.
  • Val d’Or, Que.
  • Kingston, Ont.
  • North Bay, Ont.

More than two-thirds of the routes being cancelled and all eight of the regional stations are operated by Jazz Aviation, a partner of Air Canada. 

“I am saddened by the impact today’s announcement will have on our employees, suppliers and the affected communities, but respect and understand the difficult choice our partner, Air Canada, has had to make,” said Joe Randell, CEO of Chorus Aviation, which owns and operates Jazz.

Other changes possible

Air Canada said it expects the airline industry will not recover from the damage incurred by the coronavirus pandemic for three years at least, and makes it clear that Tuesday’s route cancellations may not be the end of any drastic steps that may have to be taken.

“Other changes to … network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks as the airline takes steps to decisively reduce its overall cost structure and cash burn rate,” the airline said.

The airline announced earlier this year that it would lay off about 20,000 workers, or more than half of its staff, as part of its plan to cut costs.

Business professor Ian Lee, of the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, says the move shows just how bad the outlook is for airlines right now. 

“It’s a recognition that they’re in dire straits,” he said in an interview. “The borders are still closed to the United States — which, of course, is an enormous market. And their secondary market, which is Europe, is also closed.”

A major blow to Atlantic Canada

“This announcement today is going to be devastating to those smaller communities across Canada, and I think there’s more cuts to come,” Lee said.

Monette Pasher, executive director of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, agrees with that assessment. “It’s a real step backwards in terms of connecting our region to the world, and we’re disappointed about that but certainly understand the position,” she said in an interview.

Air Canada said system-wide capacity was down about 85 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same quarter last year, and the airline expects capacity in the third quarter to be down 75 per cent compared with the third quarter of 2019.

The airline lost more than $ 1 billion in the first quarter, and burned through $ 688 million in cash in March alone.

“You don’t need to be a strategist in a business school or an accountant to understand if you’re burning $ 22 million a day and you’ve a very negligible revenue flowing in, you are a prime candidate for bankruptcy,” Lee said.

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