Canadian journalist banned from U.K.

Canadian activist-journalist Lauren Southern has been banned for life from the United Kingdom, Daily Mail reported last month.

In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel, Southern explains that the U.K. Home Office issued the ban because she was caught “distributing racist leaflets.”

Problem is, Southern did no such thing.

As the 22 year old explains in the video, British authorities shut down a social experiment Southern was conducting to poll the attitudes of English Muslims towards gay rights and transgenderism.

The experiment consisted of Southern handing out pro-LGBT, pro-Islam leaflets to record the reactions of people walking by. Eventually, the experiment was shut down by police for causing offense.

Free speech has been under attack in the U.K. for a while now. According to British newspaper The Times, 3,395 people were arrested in 2016 for so-called “hate speech.”

Southern was detained and deported by English authorities last month when trying to enter the country from Calais, France. British authorities did so to prevent Southern from interviewing British activist, Tommy Robinson.

Southern is currently in the process of suing the U.K. government for the deportation and lifetime ban.

More details to follow | Image of Lauren Southern from Daily Mail.

Military to protect U.S.-Mexico border

Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that the U.S. military will be used to protect the southern border until the wall is built, The Washington Times reports.

Trump has been discussing the possibility of using military to guard the border with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

More details to follow | Image of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes.

Australia investigating persecution of white farmers in South Africa

Jacob Argintaru | The Avro Post

Australia’s immigration department has begun investigating the persecution of white farmers in South Africa as the country prepares to take in a wave of refugees, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said in an interview with Sky News Australia Tuesday morning.

Last month, Dutton told The Daily Telegraph that the immigration department plans on issuing special fast-track visas to South African farmers fleeing their country due to ongoing racially-driven persecution by their government.

Whites have been the ongoing victims of racially-motivated rape, murder, torture, and destruction of property in post-apartheid South Africa. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently pledged to seize white-owned farmlands without compensation.

Australia’s decision to take in white refugees fleeing South Africa comes shortly after Brisbane’s “March for South Africa,” where thousands of Australian citizens and South African immigrants rallied in support of their government recognizing the crisis.

For more on South Africa, check out “Farmlands,” a documentary series about the situation produced by Canadian journalist Lauren Southern.

More details to follow | Image of Australian MP Peter Dutton from The Guardian.

Celtics hand top seeded Raptors a crucial loss

The race is on for the top seed in the Eastern Conference after the Toronto Raptors fell to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, 110-99.

The defeat trimmed the Raptors Eastern Conference lead to a slim two games.

Unfortunately for Raptors fans, DeMar DeRozan’s 32 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists weren’t enough to carry his squad past the second seeded Celtics.

Unlikely Celtics hero Marcus Morris continued his hot play of late, posting 25 points of his own, making it the fourth straight game he has scored a minimum of 20 points.

However, Morris found himself ejected in the final moments of the game, after being fouled by agitated Raptor CJ Miles.

The game provided a snapshot of what would be a chippy, entertaining playoff series if both teams found themselves in the Conference Finals in the near future.

The Raptors next test comes against King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final time this season on Tuesday.

Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena and can be seen on TSN.

More news from the court

  • The game featured 15 ties and 20 lead changes between the two teams
  • DeMar DeRozan put up another 30+ point performance, further extending his franchise record to 92 games
  • These teams will play one final time on Wednesday from the Air Canada Centre
  • Boston put up their 53rd victory of the season, matching their total from last season
  • Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving continues his recovery from a knee injury, but is doubtful for the start of the playoffs

More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation.

Israel to send African migrants to Canada, Europe

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that some of his country’s African migrants will be sent to Canada, Italy and Germany under an agreement made with the United Nations refugee agency. 

“This is a unique agreement between the U.N. commissioner and the state of Israel, that takes 16,250 people out, takes them out to developed countries like Canada, or Germany and Italy,” Mr. Netanyahu said on Israeli television, reported Reuters.

“That is the commitment the U.N. High Commissioner has made — to organize it and even to fund it.”

There has been no confirmation from Ottawa at this point.

More details to follow. Image of Benjamin Netanyahu from Time. 

Top events on campus: Week of Apr. 2

Kaela Johnson | The Avro Post

This is our last weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. 

GHAMA’s Member Appreciation Event

In the mood to paint to relieve pre-exam stress? Come out to GHAMA’s free Paint ‘n Sip members appreciation event! Even if you were not a member this year, you can still join in on the fun!

Paint, canvases, snacks and fancy non-alcolohic drinks are all provided. Certificates will be presented to all those who have been active members this year!

Date: Tuesday April 3
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: GH302
Tickets:Paint ‘n Sip


Image of University of Guelph-Humber by Leonardo Yokhana/The Avro Post

Leafs fail to dethrone Jets as Canada’s team

Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post

Saturday evening was a battle between Canada’s two marquee clubs, with the Toronto Maple Leafs falling to the Winnipeg Jets 3-1.

It wasn’t quite the head to head match up fans expected between dynamic sophomore’s Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, who were smothered by the opposition for the better part of the game.

Overall, there were not a lot of chances traded, strong defensive structure, and a physical edge to the game that could be the start of a great rivalry for years to come.

It took over 22 minutes for the first goal to be scored, as the Leafs were able to strike on their lethal power play courtesy a beautiful feed from Auston Matthews, which set up Patrick Marleau (26) on the door step.

The fun would end their for Toronto, as the Jets would strike three times in the middle frame following Marleau’s tally.

Jets defensemen Josh Morrissey was able to get a seeing-eye point shot past Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who was in goal on the second night of a back-to-back for the Buds.

Under a minute later, Winnipeg centre Mark Scheifele was cross checked from behind by Leafs d-man Jake Gardiner, sending him to the penalty box. This came a mere seconds after Scheifele ran over McElhinney, causing a brief scare for the Leafs back-up.

As a result, Dustin Byfuglien beat a screened McElhinney during the Gardiner infraction, handing the Jets their first lead of the hockey game.

Toronto was never able to gain back substantial momentum, as the Jets iced the game with their third goal of the frame, on a short side goal by Andrew Copp.

The third period provided its ebbs and flows for both teams, but neither were able to find the scoresheet, ending the match 3-1.

The Maple Leafs will hit the ice next for their final meeting of the season against QEW rival Buffalo.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from the Air Canada Centre and can be watched on TSN 4.

More news from the ice

  • The Maple Leafs now have the third seed in the Atlantic division locked up, not being able to  move up or down in the standings (will either play Tampa or Boston in the first round)
  • The Leafs remain four points shy of setting a new team record for points in a season (with three games to play)
  • Forward Leo Komarov returned to the lineup after missing seven games, replacing speedy Andreas Johnson
  • Defensemen Travis Dermott left the game and did not return after blocking a shot in the first period
  • Mitch Marner’s point streak came to an end at 11 games, scoring five goals, and 11 assists over that span
  • Toronto and Winnipeg will be the only Canadian teams who qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season
  • With the win, the Winnipeg Jets secure home ice advantage in the playoffs for the first time since 1985
  • If the Stanley Cup Playoffs began today the Leafs and Lightning would meet in round one with Game 1 starting in Tampa

More coverage to follow. Image from the Toronto Star.

Famous Filipino food chain, Jollibee, opens in Toronto

Kaela Johnson | The Avro Post

Jollibee, a Filipino restaurant known for its fried chicken opened its first Toronto location on Sunday.

There are more than 1,000 locations in the Phillippines, two in Winnipeg and now one in Toronto.

Maribeth dela Cruz, vice president and general manager of Jollibee North America, says that there are approximately 30,000 Filipinos living within five miles of their Scarbourough location. Jolibee plans on opening more locations in Canada including Edmonton, AB and in Ontario including downtown Toronto and Mississauga.

Dedicated fried chicken lovers camped out and lined up as early as 4:30 a.m. for a seat at the restaurant for lunch.

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Image by Toronto Star.

The menu includes juicy beef burgers, crispy fried chicken, garlic sauced noodles and sweet and meaty spaghetti and other sandwiches.

Location: 15 William Kitchen Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1P 5B7
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
More information: Jollibee USA

Featured image by the Business Insider.


Trump against DACA deal

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

United States President Donald Trump said on Sunday morning that there will be no agreement with lawmakers to legalize thousands of undocumented immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  

After citing issues over laws governing U.S. border security such as “catch [and] release” and incoming “caravans”, the president tweeted that “Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!”

The “nuclear option” is a common term used in U.S. politics where only a simple majority in Congress can be used to forced legislature through, something Trump has called for before in the Senate, which would be changing the rules.

In May of last year, Trump called for Congress to utilize a simple majority to pass healthcare and tax reform policy, however, GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has made it clear he is vehemently against the nuclear option.

Currently, U.S. Senate rules state that 60 members, or three-fifths, of the upper legislature must agree to end debate and move to a vote on a measure or legislation, known as invoking cloture.

The tweets came as Mr. Trump headed into an Easter Sunday church service in Wast Palm Beach, Florida, according to U.S. media.

He also once again threatened the North American Free Trade Agreement in the next tweet, saying that Mexico “must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”

He then went on to say: “These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!”

More details to follow. Image of Donald Trump from Foreign Policy.

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