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Nine killed in Russian school Shooting

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Nine killed in Russian school Shooting

Izhevsk, Russia- Nine people have been killed at School No.88, Russia’s Investigative Committee has stated.

The incident which took place on Monday also saw 20 others being injured. Footage from the scene showed students and teachers running from the building, as well as victims being carried to ambulances on stretchers.

Police have since discovered the body of the attacker, who they apparently said died by suicide.

“Nine people were killed because of this crime, including two security guards of the educational institution and two teachers, as well as five minors. The attacker committed suicide.

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He was wearing a black top with Nazi symbols and a balaclava. His identity is currently being established,” read a statement from Russia’s Investigative Committee.

In the past three years, there have been at least 13 mass shootings in Russia, including a school shooting in Kazan in May 2021 that resulted in nine deaths and 23 casualties.

Meanwhile, local authorities have said that a chief recruitment officer was severely wounded after a man opened fire at a military recruitment center in the town of Ust-Ilimsk in the Irkutsk Region on Monday morning.

A video has allegedly captured the perpetrator shooting chief enlistment officer Aleksandr Eliseyev from point blank as the victim was delivering a speech before the recruits. The gunman then shouted, “Everybody out,” with all the people who were in the room rushing outside in a panic.

The attack was first confirmed by Irkutsk Region Governor Igor Kobzev, who wrote on Telegram that the wounded chief enlistment officer was placed in intensive care and was in critical condition citing that the Doctors are now fighting for his life.

In addition, the Governor said that he was ashamed that such a thing happens at a time when all of us must stand united and announce additional security measures in the region.

However, the national guard has since cited that the suspect tried fleeing the scene, but was detained by its troops. A sawed-off gun was seized from him but the man hasn’t been registered as the owner of the weapon.

The attacker has been identified as a 25-year-old local man and criminal cases of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and illegal possession of arms have been launched against him.

Motives for the attack are currently being established but some local media outlets claimed the attacker was one of the recruits called up as part of the partial mobilization.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin, announced a partial mobilization that will see 300 000 reservists being drafted to aid in the conflict against Ukraine.

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Conservatives are ‘fearmongering’ over assault-style gun ban: public safety minister

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OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino accuses the Conservatives of “whipping up fear” that the Liberal government is outlawing ordinary long guns and hunting rifles.

In an interview, Mendicino says the government only wants to reinforce a regulatory ban on assault-style firearms like the AR-15 by enshrining a definition in legislation, and it is prepared to work with MPs to get it right.

He insists the government has no intention whatsoever of going after everyday long guns and hunting rifles, calling the notion “Conservative fearmongering.”

In May 2020, the Liberal government announced a ban through order-in-council on over 1,500 models and variants of what it considers assault-style firearms, such as the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14.

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The Liberals recently proposed including an evergreen definition of a prohibited assault-style firearm in gun-control legislation being studied by a House of Commons committee.

The Conservatives claim the government’s amendment amounts to the most significant hunting rifle ban in the history of Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

 

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Joly seeks reprimand of Russian ambassador as embassy tweets against LGBTQ community

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OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly has asked her department to summon Russia’s ambassador over social media postings against LGBTQ people.

In recent days, Russia’s embassy in Ottawa has posted on Twitter and Telegram that the West is imposing on Russia’s family values, and arguing that families can only involve a man, a woman and children.

The embassy has posted images of a crossed-out rainbow flag and Orthodox icons of Adam and Eve.

The tweets came as Russia expanded a ban on exposing children to so-called homosexual propaganda, meaning authorities can now prosecute Russians for doing things they argue might entice adults to be gay or transgender.

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Joly’s office says the posts amount to “hateful propaganda” that must be called out and “an attack on the Canadian values of acceptance and tolerance.”

If Global Affairs Canada follows Joly’s request, it will be the third time the department has summoned ambassador Oleg Stepanov this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

 

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Work hard and never give up, Michelle O’Bonsawin says during Supreme Court welcome

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OTTAWA — The newest member of the Supreme Court of Canada says her journey has not been an easy one, but it has been meaningful and rewarding.

Members of the legal community and Michelle O’Bonsawin’s fellow judges welcomed her to the bench in a ceremony today.

O’Bonsawin, who replaced the retiring Michael Moldaver on Sept. 1, is a bilingual Franco-Ontarian and an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation.

O’Bonsawin says she is a big believer that if a person has a goal, works hard and never gives up, they can achieve their dreams.

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She adds that while she has made mistakes and fallen down, those missteps have been her teacher.

Richard Wagner, the chief justice of Canada, praises O’Bonsawin’s generosity and volunteer activities, noting she shares his passion for open courts, access to justice and education.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.

 

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