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5X Weekly Roundup: Prabhjot Singh Katri’s murder, Stones thrown at Trudeau by anti-vaxxers, & much needed closure from Blue’s Clues

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In this week's 5X Press Roundup, we give you a quick breakdown of 5 trending stories that you may have missed this week, to highlight stories that may have slipped under your radar. Don't worry, we got you covered. Join the conversation on socials, and head to 5XFest.com/5XPress to read the rest of this week's stories.

The murder of Prabhjot Singh Katri in Nova Scotia

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23-year-old Prabhjot Singh Katri was attacked in Truro, Nova Scotia last Sunday, and later died after succumbing to injuries from the attack. According to his family, he was stabbed in the throat while returning to his apartment after visiting a friend’s house. Prabhjot’s family and friends fear the attack was a hate crime, given that nothing was robbed from him, and he was found with “even his phone [in] his pocket.” Katri was an international student from Punjab who came to Canada in 2017, and was working as a taxi driver. A GoFundMe has been set up to send Prabhjot’s body back to India. The investigation is still ongoing. Many Canadian Sikhs on social media have pointed out that there has not been much national coverage of Katri’s murder, nor national outrage surrounding the incident. Another Punjabi Sikh man was also killed in Texas this week, after being shot while working at a gas station highlighting a disturbing pattern of increasing violence towards the Sikh community in North America.

#FreeKiska

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A video has surfaced on social media of an orca at Canada’s Marineland named Kiska, repeatedly slamming her head against the side of her tank. According to CBC, Kiska is the last surviving orca at Marineland. Five of her calves all died young, and all of her companions also died or were relocated. Videos of Kiska show her in clear distress, with animal rights activists saying she is exhibiting “self harm” behaviour.  According to Animal Justice, Kiska was captured in 1979, and has been living in captivity since she was 3. Activists are currently urging Marineland to #FreeKiska.

Getting closure from Blue’s Clues

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Apparently all that young millennials needed to feel okay again was closure from...Blue’s Clues? For the show’s 25th anniversary, the original Blue’s Clues host Steve Burns put out a touching message for fans of the show, letting them know that he didn’t forget about them. For those who don’t recall, Steve left the show to go off to college, but in the video, he says that his departure was kind of abrupt. “I wanted to tell you that I really couldn’t have done all of that without your help,” he said. “And in fact, all the help that you helped me with when we were younger is still helping me today, right now. And that’s super cool. I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years, I never forgot you. Ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends.”

Trudeau gets stones thrown at him by anti-vax protesters

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As we inch closer to election day, anti-vax protesters continue to grow more aggressive in their behaviour and tactics, including a recent incident where stones were thrown at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail. In another instance, protesters carried a sign with an image of Trudeau being hanged, with a noose tied around his neck. White nationalists and far-right groups have been among election protest organizers who are behind this kind of aggression, according to CTV. Calgary police are also investigating after door-knockers for another Liberal candidate, Sabrina Grover, were harassed and assaulted, with one volunteer being slapped in the face with campaign materials and being spat on. According to Vice, Trudeau compared the behaviour of the anti-vax mobs to those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “We see the slide towards some of the divisiveness we've been shocked and appalled at from the United States over the past while, as we see little pockets of people lashing out in ways that remind us of horrific events like the storming of the Capitol.”

Shang Chi

The highly anticipated Marvel film Shang Chi has crushed box office expectations, earning $94.4 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend. Many were excited for the film for its representation, having Marvel’s first Asian superhero played by Mississauga’s Simu Liu. Disney’s chief executive previously called the film an “interesting experiment,” to which Liu responded: “We are not an experiment. We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year." The film will only be in theatres for 45 days, so fans have been eager to catch it while they can.

A week and a half out from Election Day

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We are about a week and a half way from Federal Election Day in Canada, which is set to take place on September 20. As federal party leaders continue their campaigns across the country, a federal leaders debate took place on Thursday night. Here’s a recap on some of the big moments of the debate, which left many on social media dissatisfied with the answers provided by the leaders. However, one of the highlights of the debate includes a question from first-time voter Marek McLeod. McLeod asked, “How can I trust and respect the federal government after 150+ years of lies and abuse to my people? And as Prime Minister, what will you do to rebuild the trust between First Nations, and the Federal government?” Reconciliation & drinking water were among key issues and topics, but the line of questioning was summed up nicely by Jordan Carrier on Twitter, who said, “I envision a world where clean drinking water for First Nations peoples is not a debate topic.”

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