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Sound bites: 300 people who were arrested in a raid in Mississippi were released • India’s PM, Narendra Modi, defended the decision to remove special rights from Jammu and Kashmir • Loblaws is off the hook for the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh • Canada upped its travel advisory for Hong Kong • stabbings in California left four people dead.



The U.S. released 300 people who were arrested this week in a massive raid in Mississippi by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
What happened?
On Wednesday, nearly 700 people were arrested from seven food processing plants for allegedly not having legal documentation to be in the U.S. ICE agents arrived in buses then questioned and arrested workers they deemed “removable aliens.” One of the largest raids in the U.S. led to children getting separated from their parents. ICE says they gave parents access to phones to make arrangements for their children, but critics called the move cruel and harmful to workers and their family members. In June, President Trump tweeted that he would begin an immigration crackdown and ordered ICE agents to remove “millions of illegal aliens.” Some of the 300 people released will now have to go to federal immigration court.


India’s PM, Narendra Modi, spoke out for the first time since his government voted to take away the special rights of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as a state. On Monday, India’s parliament voted 370-70 to change J&K to a union territory.

What did Modi have to say?
Modi argues the special status discriminated against “non-permanent residents and women of Kashmir” and made it difficult to develop the state. The special status gave the Muslim-majority area the right to its own constitution and ability to make its own rules regarding residency, property ownership, and more. Now, the plan is for India to take over most of these rights and allow people across the country to live and purchase property in the area. Modi said stripping J&K of its special rights is also necessary to stop “terrorism and separatism.”

How are people reacting?
Mostly shocked and angry. Since the announcement on Monday, Kashmiris have been put under curfew, there’s been an internet and phone blackout, and tens of thousands of troops have been sent to the area to prevent protests. Pakistan, which also claims the area as its own, called the move illegal, and PM Imran Khan accused India of Kashmiri genocide. Modi is likely not going to budge on the decision, and experts don’t think the international community is going to ask him to. The UN has, however, expressed concern over the security lockdown.


Loblaws is off the hook for the 2013 collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh that killed 1,130 people.

What are you talking about?
Loblaws’ Joe Fresh brand manufactured clothes from a company that worked out of the nine-storey Rana Plaza that collapsed in the capital city of Dhaka on April 24th, 2013.  A group of victims and family members of victims tried to sue Loblaws over the accident, claiming the retailer knew about the working conditions in the building. They requested $2 billion in compensation. To that, the Supreme Court of Canada yesterday said 'it’s too late.' The Court said the group filed the claim too late and decided that it was unfair to hold Loblaws responsible for the dangerous workplace. Oh, and an Appeal Court said the group must now pay Loblaws almost $1 million for its troubles.


The situation in Hong Kong has extended across the pond. Yesterday, Canada upped its travel advisory and asked Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution” if travelling to Hong Kong. The advisory follows similar updates from the U.S., Australia, and Britain. Reminder: it’s been over a month since the Chinese territory broke out into angry protests over a proposed law intended to extradite (transfer) people from Hong Kong to be put on trial in China. The law eventually got squashed, but protests continued. Police have been accused of using excessive force against protesters, and protesters have responded with metal sticks, bricks, and gasoline bombs. If you must travel, make sure to register your name here.


Stabbings in California have left four people dead. A man went on a seemingly random stabbing rampage while robbing stores and civilians in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, California. Police found a total of eight crime scenes, from a 7-Eleven to an insurance business. The suspect, Zachary Castaneda, was arrested at the 7-Eleven and is in police custody.


Did you know? 60% of Canadians who say they are struggling financially are women. Lift: the bra project is doing its part to support women in Canada, one bra at a time. Lift collects lightly worn bras and distributes them to women living in poverty across Toronto through partner organizations like Sistering and Jessie’s Centre. If you’d like to make a donation, and your bra passes the best friend test, pick a drop off location here.


• Mary J. Blige debuted a powerful new song, Know, SiR teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on Hair Down, and Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, and Ty Dolla $ign are having a Hot Girl Summer.

Vogue’s September cover star Taylor Swift has eight questions for Anna Wintour.

• Why are we so addicted to Amazon? The Land of the Giants podcast explores how major corporations like Amazon are changing our lives - for better and for worse.

• National bestseller Aria is a rags-to-riches story about an orphan girl growing up in Iran.

• It takes a lot to hide your identity from the prying eyes of Silicon Valley. Here’s an in-depth look at the reality of protecting your privacy. It takes location-altering, signal-silencing, and face-masking gadgets.

• Enjoy the summer while it lasts. Our friends at ACE Class are hosting RISE Up Yoga tomorrow morning in Calgary. Learn more here.

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