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In Vancouver, thousands rallied at the Olympic cauldron downtown for a peaceful protest aimed at addressing racism in Canada’s school system.

“We want people to understand what’s going on here,” said Jacob Callender-Prasad, the protest’s lead organizer.

Demonstrators peacefully chanted, clapped and clutched signs that said, “Demilitarize the police” and “Say their names,” ⁠— a slogan urging people to remember and recognize the victims of police brutality by name. Want to discuss?

Reports and video of problematic police encounters with minorities in Canada have surfaced recently.

Trinitee Okoye, 15, shared her experiences as a Black girl in the American and Canadian school systems. Champagne met with Armenian-Canadians to discuss the conflict Thursday, including the minister’s decision to suspend relevant export permits to Turkey amid the allegations.

Chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice, No Peace.’ pic.twitter.com/9y6zleBlqY, CTV News Ottawa’s Katie Griffin reports some people took a knee on Sussex Drive, Crowd takes a knee on Sussex Dr. #ottnews @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/nttEhOTdZC, March now on Sussex Drive right up to the U.S. embassy #ottnews @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/cEAbKrubPe. The No Peace Until Justice Coalition (NPJC), which organized the march, describes the demonstration in Instagram posts as a peaceful event meant to show solidarity with Black Canadians and “countless other Black individuals killed by police brutality.”, READ MORE: CTVNews.ca Writer. The heightened protests come after Armenian defence officials claimed a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone was shot down by its air defence units during fighting in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday evening.

Armenian officials say the combat drone was equipped with the MX-15D, a state-of-the-art camera and target acquisition system produced by L3 Harris WESCAM in Burlington, Ont., designed to guide airstrikes. An Ottawa Police Service spokesperson said a 56-year-old woman was charged with assault in relation to the incident. The goal was to bring together Black activists and organizations and allies to stand in solidarity against police brutality and societal racism. The Ottawa march was not supposed to go to the U.S. Embassy but wound up there anyway. However, according to The Globe and Mail, Ottawa granted two more export permits to Turkish drone maker Baykar in May. “Cluster munitions should never be used by anyone under any circumstances, much less in cities, due to the foreseeable and unacceptable harm to civilians.”. produced by L3 Harris WESCAM in Burlington, Ont. officials reveal latest COVID-19 cases, Air date of Alex Trebek's last episode revealed, Toddler injured after driver allegedly rams other vehicle in South Stormont, Old Red Bargain Barn building in Pembroke a 'total loss': Fire Chief, Ottawa police recover 38 stolen bikes in Centretown.

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders and other uniformed officers met a group of protesters, then Saunders removed his hat and took a knee at a downtown intersection near police headquarters.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening. “The Minister’s decision to suspend relevant export permits to Turkey while an investigation takes place into their use was discussed as was the work Canada is doing with its allies to deescalate this conflict and achieve a resolution through the Minsk Group process.”. #ottawa pic.twitter.com/SQT5vmPvQD, No Peace Until Justice marchers head down Elgin Street.

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... 9,108 Canadians had died from COVID-19 during the pandemic, as of Friday. Police were present throughout the downtown and mostly watched from a distance. Another protester, Junae Watson, said she wanted to show Black people are equal to other races. This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy. The two men then chanted “Black Lives Matter” with the crowd in front of the U.S. Embassy. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. In downtown Ottawa, several businesses boarded up windows ahead of the rally. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made the right decision to attend a massive anti-racism protest in Ottawa Friday, despite his telling Canadians for weeks to … Protesters gathered in Ottawa Friday to condemn the use of Canadian-made drone technology allegedly supplied by Turkey to Azerbaijan forces to attack Armenia, after federal officials declined to answer how military sales to Turkey slipped through an arms embargo. The mayor said he's "encouraged by the positivity" surrounding the protest march planned for Friday at 3 p.m. outside the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Drive, and plans to take part in the event. Kaylei Welsford carried a sign saying, “I can’t breathe.”, “I just feel like nobody should have to fear for their life because of the colour of their skin,” she said. Another group that remained at Parliament Hill later rejoined the embassy group in front of the Senate of Canada building, and together the crowds proceeded along the planned route towards Ottawa’s human rights monument. Ontario Premier Doug Ford praised Saunders’ action, calling it “true leadership.” Several businesses on downtown Yonge Street and area boarded up their windows in anticipation of Friday’s protest and others planned for the city over the weekend. On the streets of Ottawa, people marched from Parliament Hill to the Senate of Canada Building, and then down Sussex Drive towards the U.S. Embassy.

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'No Peace Until Justice' marchers head down Elgin Street.

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There are many thousands of people here. This is just some of the crowd. According to authorities from both sides, scores of civilians have been killed or injured in attacks in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Azerbaijan. Ottawa’s march is one of multiple events in Canada today, following days of demonstrations in numerous American cities against racism and police brutality.