CANADA — Protests and riots in the U.S. continue to dominate headlines across the world, and President Donald Trump threatened to call in the military to quell the unrest.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said all Canadians have a role to play in addressing systemic racism.
During his daily briefing with journalists, Trudeau said he understands why many people are anxious and angry about the ongoing racism and discrimination they face — even at the hands of law enforcement.
“We all watched in horror and consternation what’s going on in the U.S. It is a time to pull people together, time to listen, to learn that injustices continue. But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians live this reality every day. There is systemic discrimination in Canada.”
Trudeau is expected to speak more about this at the House of Commons.
Thousands gathered for a peaceful protest against police brutality and in support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
British Columbia’s top health official, Dr. Bonnie Henry, had this message to those who attended the protest in downtown Vancouver last Sunday who may have put themselves at risk for COVID-19.
“You may have put yourself at risk and you may bring that back to your home. So you need to monitor yourself in the coming days, if you have symptoms at all you need to self-isolate and get tested. You need to make sure you’re not contributing to the further transmission of this virus,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Henry thanked those who wore masks and kept a safe distance, adding that while participating in peaceful demonstrations is a right, we shouldn’t forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic.
Canada reported more than 92,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday — with 2,597 confirmed cases in BC, a far cry from the large number of cases reported in Ontario and Quebec.
Canada’s death toll due to coronavirus, at 7,344.