en-US Search resumes for boy, 9, missing in Winnipeg#039;s Red River since Friday afternoon Search crews are back on the Red River near Winnipeg's Louise Bridge today to continue the search for Darius Bezecki, 9, who was biking with two brothers and a friend near his home on Friday when all four ended up in the water. Sat, 04 2020 16:52:31 GMT 15-year-old accomplice charged with 1st-degree murder in Winnipeg shooting spree A 15-year-old boy is facing a list of serious charges including first-degree murder after a series of gun crimes in Winnipeg. Sat, 04 2020 16:25:37 GMT In North Korea, coronavirus hurts like no sanctions could The pandemic has devastated the regime’s ability to bring in money through legal and illegal trade, leaving it scrambling to protect the country’s diminishing foreign currency reserves. Sat, 04 2020 17:02:42 GMT Winnipeg police plan press conference Saturday after boy goes missing in river Winnipeg police will host a press conference at 11 a.m. CT to update the public on the search of the 9-year-old boy believed to have disappeared in the Red River. Sat, 04 2020 15:34:36 GMT Police to search Ottawa River Saturday for missing 14-year-old boy Ottawa police say they will be searching the Ottawa River Saturday for a missing 14-year-old boy, who reportedly didn't resurface after jumping off of the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. Sat, 04 2020 11:50:23 GMT North Korea says no need to sit down with U.S., resume stalled nuclear talks U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun is due to visit South Korea next week to discuss stalled talks with North Korea. Sat, 04 2020 05:44:05 GMT LEGO#039;s Art Kits For Grownups Are Here To Turn Your Home Into A Museum Here’s the truth: we aren’t all artists. If we were, the world would certainly be a different place. Another truth: most of us are stressed out. New data from Health Canada found roughly 11 million Canadians are experiencing high levels of COVID-19-related stress, and an IPSOS poll saw a majority of men and women claiming their mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Enter a distraction that’s typically reserved for kids! On Wednesday, LEGO announced the launch of a “new canvas for creative expression,” specifically tailored to adults. It’s this new line of pop-culture-themed art kits, which are designed so that once you’ve built them, you can hang them up as artwork. Much easier than sculpting, or painting, or taking a good photograph! Call it plastic pointillism.For $119.99 apiece, you can select from four different art kits to build. When we think of LEGO, we often (wrongly) imagine kids filling in their idle time by playing around on the floor. But adults may find benefits in playing with the interlocking bricks, too. In fact, LEGO Art promises to simultaneously “relieve stress” and “set your creative side free.”Watch: Practicing mindfulness might help you get through the pandemic. Story continues below.The four sets are immediately recognizable to any fan of popular culture and each one stokes nostalgia. There’s a Marvel Studios Iron Man kit. There’s a recreation of Andy Warhol’s iconic diptych of Marilyn Monroe. There’s a Star Wars Sith-themed set, from which you can build portraits of Darth Vader, or Darth Maul, or Kylo Ren; and there’s an homage to The Beatles — all four of them. The point is you can buy more than one of each kit to build out all possible portraits, and hang them next to each other.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by LEGO (@lego) on Jul 1, 2020 at 6:01am PDTOh, not to mention each is accompanied by a soundtrack. While building your portrait of, say, Sir Paul McCartney, you can listen to “stories and unexpected details about the band.” It’s a whole immersive experience designed to get you thinking a little more like an artist, in the hopes of calming your nerves. At a cursory glance, it might seem weird to associate an ancient Buddhist technique with the world’s largest toymaker, but a recent Washington Postarticle would suggest it all makes sense. “To focus singularly on a task is a form of mindfulness,” Carrie Barron, director of the Creativity for Resilience Program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, told the Post. Working with Lego, apparently, can help you to separate from “the mania of the day.”And lately, we’ve had so much mania. It’s like a constantly regenerating club that beats everyone over the head just when we think it has crumbled to bits. On the bright side, though, there are a bunch of ways you can try to practice mindfulness in the wake of so much stress: yoga, meditation, long walks, and focusing on your breathing, among them. All of these things can help not only with slowing down your jittery mind, but also to make you a better parent. It’s like sending your brain to the gym, only the result is not tiredness but rejuvenation. If you can’t get into the whole yoga thing, maybe you can just try out some Lego. You just have to wait until September 1. RELATED How Mindfulness Meditation Can Make You A Better Parent Trudeau#039;s COVID-19 Address To Kids, But Make It LEGO Can Reading Actually Improve Your Mental Health? Fri, 03 2020 21:17:43 GMT Washington Redskins Set To Change Racist Name, But The Edmonton Eskimos Won’t The Washington Redskins likely won’t be called that for much longer.On Friday, the NFL football team announced in a statement it will be undergoing a thorough “review” of their controversial name “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from [the] community.”It looks like the racist slur “Redskins” against Indigenous Americans is finally on its way out in Washington D.C. But what does that mean for other racist team names, particularly one north of the border here in Canada? WATCH: Redskins sponsor FedEx calls on team to change name. Story continues below.  Not much, as the Edmonton Eskimos released a statement Friday saying the team will not immediately change its name. The term is a racist expression that refers to Indigenous people from the North, historically used by European— Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks) July 3, 2020In February of this year, the team previously announced it would not change its name following consultations with Inuit leaders and other figures in the North.“We heard a wide range of views, ranging from individuals within the Inuit community who were very supportive of the name, and some [who] weren’t as supportive,” Janice Agrios, chairwoman of the team’s board, told the Canadian Press at the time.In Friday’s statement however, the team acknowledged the “increased attention” to the name recently.“We will ramp up our ongoing engagement with the Inuit communities to assess their views,” the team wrote.In early June, the team drew criticism for posting a statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movements, despite keeping its racist name.Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq called the team out on Twitter, noting that “if you really “seek to understand” start by changing your team name.”The injustices for individuals that are racialized is horrible. I stand with our black friends across the boarder. If you really “seek to understand” start by changing your team name. Stop feeding into stereotypes and offensive names. We are NOT a mascot. - Nunavut’s Inuk MP— Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (@MumilaaqQaqqaq) June 1, 2020The Washington football team news this week prompted many fans to call for the Edmonton team name to follow suit.  Once they get rid of the Redskins, what#39;s next? The Indians? The Braves? The Eskimos??? You see where I am going with this.— Gourmet Spud (@gourmetspud) July 3, 2020Your turn Edmonton Eskimos. #CFL— Angus Bell (@CanadianOwl92) July 3, 2020Now do the Edmonton "Eskimos"....— (((Joel Allen))) (@bellvilleboykie) July 3, 2020I know where the Eskimos team name came from. It’s easy to find out the city history if you know where to look. I do not believe it was from a place of racism. That being said, it is now. Sooner rather than later, it will change. They’re still my team.— Stephanie ✨ (@upstephanie) July 3, 2020In 2017, a national survey found 57 per cent of Canadians thought the team’s name was acceptable. But research shows racist team names and mascots continue to be harmful to Inidgenous people. A study published last month in the journal “Race, Ethnicity and Education” found a slew of negative psychosocial effects from racist and anti-Indigenous sports team names and mascots.The study’s authors found that using Indigenous people as sports mascots was “psychologically detrimental” to Indigenous students and promoted harmful stereotypes about Indigenous people.  “It is past time to eliminate Native American mascots in educational (and other) settings,” they wrote. The move to change the Washington team name comes now following intense pressure from investors and sponsors. FedEx, which owns naming rights to the team’s stadium, demanded it change its name earlier this week. Other companies including PepsiCo and Nike also demanded the team change its name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins apparel from its website.RELATED Maybe Change Your Racist Sports Team Name Before Denouncing Racism CFL’s Future ‘In Jeopardy’ Without Financial Aid, Commissioner Tells MPs Hockey Culture Wants #039;Good Canadian Boys,#039; Just None That Look Like Me Fri, 03 2020 20:03:35 GMT Hockey Culture Wants #039;Good Canadian Boys,#039; Just None That Look Like Me Anyone who grew up playing hockey in Canada could probably tell you about their first goal. Mine happened in a house league game at a local rink in Ajax, Ont. when I was five or six years old — one of my earliest memories. I don’t remember that goal as much as I do the euphoria of scoring it. But I knew I wanted to chase that feeling for the rest of my life.Reflecting on all those years I was defined by the game, it’s not the championships, the scouting tournaments or the places I was lucky enough to travel to that stand out. It isn’t the pride I felt when I got drafted to a Junior A team at 15, nor the disillusionment I felt when I wasn’t picked in the OHL Draft the following year. All the clutch goals, big hits and pivotal moments have sort of blurred together over time.What stands out the most is the time I scored on my own net during a spring league game when I was 13. We were down a few goals in the third period, playing sloppily. I tried to clear the puck from the front of our net and instead shot it neatly into the back of it — a cardinal sin to the hockey gods.“Way to go, Griff,” a teammate muttered, gliding by. The final buzzer sounded, I got off the ice and headed to the dressing room with my head down and skates dragging behind me. I slumped down on the wooden bench, waiting for my scolding. Our goalie came in, seething.“You blew the game! Go back to China, you fucking ch*nk!” he screamed at me in front of my teammates. I sunk further into my shoulder pads. Apart from the China thing (I’m half-Thai), my teammate wasn’t wrong. I did cost us that game, and I had let my team down. I deserved it.When you lose in hockey, you’re expected to carry yourself with a stoicism disguised as sportsmanship. Legendary Black NHL player P.K. Subban’s mother described it as “kind of like the military and partly like being the Queen.” Former NHL Hockey Night commentator Don Cherry, less eloquently, distinguished it as the mark of a “GOOD CANADIAN BOY!”So, like the good Canadian boy I aspired to be, I said and did nothing. The other good Canadian boys in the room did the same.From the moment I was old enough to lace up my skates, I was a hockey player by design. I learned to skate backward before learning how to ride a bike. I played on the most competitive team every winter, a travelling team in the spring, and attended skating camps and rigorous dryland training in the summer. I shot pucks for hours in my garage, like the greats did. I scarfed down Big Macs and creatine to bring my weight up. I watched Jay and Dan on TSN and went to see my hometown Ottawa Senators play regularly. I played the part, too. I wore Sperry shoes with khaki pants, tucked my “flow” under a baseball cap and said things like “for the boys” regularly — the spitting image of an all-Canadian boy.Except, I wasn’t. I was a scrawny, mixed-Asian, often feminine kid trying my best not to stand out more than I already did in a culture made up almost entirely of white boys. My half-white status granted me acceptance, but rarely did they pass on an opportunity to remind me I wasn’t like them. If we’re using hockey to teach our kids Canadian values, we’re teaching them that Canada values the white and the hyper-masculine.Stepping into a rink meant subjecting myself to unending microaggressions from opponents and teammates alike: taunts about my eyesight, the way my mother talks, disgusting stereotypes about Asian women, being addressed only by “Asian” instead of my name. Every non-white player can tell you similar, or worse, stories.Hockey is ubiquitous with our people, culture and values. Our national winter sport is one of the few globally recognized facets of Canadian culture we can point to.In fact, Canadians’ affinity for hockey was born out of a desire for a unique pastime distinct from our American neighbours or British counterparts overseas. After the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, more than 90 per cent of Canadians said the performance of our athletes at the games had a positive impact on their national pride. Put simply, hockey is Canadian pride — and the foundation for it starts at the youth level.  But if we’re using hockey to teach our kids Canadian values, we’re teaching them that Canada values the white and the hyper-masculine — and all deviation should be punished.Minor hockey in Canada has come to represent much more than just a training ground for our future star athletes. With 643,958 registered players across 3,500 minor hockey associations from coast to coast, it’s also where a large cohort of our children develop an understanding of what it means to be “Canadian.” That is, who belongs and who doesn’t.In his 2018 thesis, Western University masters of sociology grad Andrew English utilized his “insider status” as a former player to establish trust and open communication in interviews with 10 former youth hockey players. The result was an uncensored look into how middle-to-upper class white males internalize hockey culture, understanding it as a way to gain status over other men, women, and racial and sexual minorities.  One participant said playing hockey “hardened [him] at a young age not to be a little pussy.” Another referred to the non-hockey community as “fucking losers” worthy of shame for not being invested in Canadian hockey, which gave them “a sense of pride and identity.”“The issue of racism remains a significant barrier preventing individuals from participation in merited opportunities and the sense of belongingness said to be drawn from the sport,” writes English.I was raised by this culture, but never let it define me.I’ve been on the outside as much as I’ve been in. Being on the outskirts of traditional racial categories means existing in a little grey area that allows you to both benefit and suffer from white supremacy, but also better understand how it informs every every aspect of racialized lives. Inherently, I’m on both sides of the problem.I was privileged to be able to blend in enough to direct harassment elsewhere — not to mention the immense financial privilege I had to play at all, given its costs, particularly at the higher levels. I won’t absolve myself of responsibility for this behaviour, as if I didn’t also speak the language of the locker room. I tolerated, and sometimes engaged in, degrading rhetoric aimed at women, and racial and sexual minorities.I did what I had to do to survive in a group of boys who were generally bigger, stronger and whiter than me. I was raised by this culture, but never let it define me.It was around the time my agent started looking at options for me to play at a U.S. college that I realized I couldn’t keep pretending, not for the four most formative years of my life. I quit at 17, much to the dismay of my father, agent and prospective teams. I decided to pursue interests that never had an opportunity to flourish in that culture, like writing and the arts. I haven’t looked back since.I’ll always love hockey. It‘s brought me lifelong friends, taken me to beautiful places and instilled in me intangible qualities I carry with me everywhere I go. I miss aspects of it dearly, like being among players who would take a puck to the face for their teammate.But I’ll never be able to reconcile the damage it caused to my sense of self and belonging, and to others who endured far worse. Hockey was the only thing I had known my whole life up until the moment I hung up my skates. If I wasn’t a hockey player, who was I?RELATED Hockey Never Wanted #039;You People#039; Like Us. Don Cherry Was A Constant Reminder. Jagmeet Singh Is All Of Us Who#039;ve Been Told To Apologize For Calling Out Racism It#039;s Time South Asians Confront Our Entitlement To Black Culture I chose to exist in this country on my own terms. I found my sense of purpose in fighting for our marginalized youth, in uplifting their voices and experiences, so they won’t have to erase themselves to feel like they belong here, like I did. How’s that for Canadian values?Have a personal story you’d like to share on HuffPost Canada? You can find more information here on how to pitch and contact us. Also on HuffPost: Fri, 03 2020 17:26:53 GMT La Corée du Nord se félicite de son «brillant succès» face à la COVID-19 Le dirigeant nord-coréen Kim Jong Un s'est félicité du «brillant succès» obtenu selon lui par son pays dans sa lutte contre la COVID-19. Fri, 03 2020 01:02:38 GMT