The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 1st, 2020 day edition

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Toronto’s City Council voted on Tuesday to make mask-wearing mandatory in enclosed public spaces, The Star reported.

“We are in the midst of reopening our city, safely restarting the economy, with an emphasis on the word safely.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. had seen more than 2.6 million cases, with 126,645 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“Wearing fabric masks or face coverings keep you from unknowingly spreading this COVID-19 virus and keeps the people around you from spreading it to you.

“While the science on masks is still evolving, there is still a growing body of emerging evidence that show that non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”.

The temporary bylaw goes into effect next Tuesday, joining a similar requirement for transit riders set to go into effect on Thursday. »

Texas bar owner organizes 'Bar Lives Matter' concert in protest of governor's orders

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A Texas bar owner who is one of several currently suing Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over reimposed restrictions on bars organized a “Bar Lives Matter” concert and protest Sunday.

Tee Allen Parker, owner of The Machine Shed Bar & Grill in Kilgore, about two hours southeast of Dallas, hosted the gathering outside the bar Sunday.

A second protest is planned on the steps of the capitol in Austin Tuesday, according to KLTV, a local ABC affiliate. »

With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag

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(AP) — With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist.

Mississippi has faced increasing pressure to change its flag since protests against racial injustice have focused attention on Confederate symbols in recent weeks.

Mississippi voters chose to keep the flag in a 2001 statewide election, with supporters saying they saw it as a symbol of Southern heritage. »

Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China

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The strategy increases the focus on the Indo-Pacific region, with the Prime Minister warning that Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly".

Australia will build a larger military that is focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range anti-ship missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation's defence strategy.

"COVID-19 is changing the world around us, the world in which we live," he said. »