en-US Cornwall police hunt for driver who allegedly fled after hitting toddler in stroller Police believe the driver responsible is a man in his 50s or 60s and that his car is a beige-brown, four-door sedan with silver rims. Thu, 18 2019 15:08:42 GMT Cornwall Island residents sue over border crossing requirement within Canada Mohawks who live on the island must pass through a border point of entry when they travel to the mainland, even though their trip never takes them outside the country. Tue, 16 2019 22:10:20 GMT Human-sized jellyfish spotted off coast of England Divers captured incredible images of their encounter with a giant, human-sized barrel jellyfish in waters off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England. Mon, 15 2019 16:52:48 GMT Heat warnings issued for Ottawa, areas south and east of capital Environment Canada says temperatures around Ottawa, Brockville and Cornwall are expected to reach the low 30s, with humidity levels peaking in the upper 30s. Thu, 11 2019 13:08:59 GMT Orillia, Ont. Wants Controversial Samuel de Champlain Tribute Back Up OTTAWA — A city in central Ontario is calling for the return of an iconic monument to explorer Samuel de Champlain that has been a centrepiece in the city’s laid-back waterfront landscape for nearly a century.Parks Canada, which owns the structure and the land it once sat on, has delayed its return for more than a year as a working group studied what to do in response to complaints about how it portrays Indigenous people.Orillia city council voted last week to have the monument reconstructed in its original form, but accompanied by something that better reflects both its historical context and current sentiments toward reconciliation.The city’s mayor, Steve Clarke, is hoping Parks Canada sees what he sees — “a wonderful educational opportunity.”“It needs to recognize our whole history, and that is the great and the good, but it’s also the bad and the ugly,” Clarke said in an interview.“And I think that’s what we’ll end up having coming out of this.”Others don’t see it that way.Several dozen people protested on Canada Day at the steps of where the monument stood until it was removed in 2017, calling its depictions of local First Nations people “hurtful” and “racist.”Commemorates ‘advent into Ontario of the white race’The original monument, conceived around the time of the First World War with the dual aim of marking the arrival in Ontario of European settlers and reconciling differences between French and English Canada, was topped by a statue of the French explorer in full court dress, peering out over nearby Lake Couchiching like a Spanish Conquistador.Below him on one side were bronze depictions of two Indigenous people looking upwards to a Jesuit priest as they sit at his feet. On the other side were two more Indigenous characters at the feet of a fur trader.A plaque fixed to the monument states it was “erected to commemorate the advent into Ontario of the white race” under Champlain’s leadership.Parks Canada had the structure torn down and its bronze statues refurbished with an original intent of reconstructing it after an assessment in 2015 determined its foundation and steps were crumbling.However, the agency had second thoughts about the project after hearing complaints and taking into account the findings of the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Monument doesn’t reflect ‘co-operative relationship’: opponentsA working group consisting of city, federal, Indigenous and local community representatives held public consultations earlier this year on the future of the monument and is expected to issue a final report within days.In its draft report to Parks Canada, the group said 70 per cent of people taking part in the consultations were in favour of returning the monument to the park as is, but with and expanded interpretation.Another 11 per cent supported bringing the monument back — but in a different configuration — while seven per cent said it should not be reinstalled.Opponents called the monument “offensive,” suggested it perpetuated the idea of inequality and said it didn’t “accurately reflect the co-operative relationship Champlain had with the Huron-Wendat.”Konrad Sioui, the Huron-Wendat Nation grand chief whose ancestors would have interacted with Champlain, sent a letter to Clarke Thursday, asking Orillia city council to reconsider its decision.“We’re not celebrating Champlain,” Sioui said in an interview, noting the French explorer was not a hero to the Huron-Wendat people.“There’s only a few that survived through that era and Champlain used people against people and brought European wars (to) this country.”Final decision up to Parks CanadaParks Canada will have the final say in determining the fate of the monument, parts of which have already been refurbished and are being held in storage, and would not say whether it will be reconstructed. It did, however, restate the government’s commitment to address First Nations concerns.“The government of Canada is committed to reconciliation and renewed relationships with Indigenous Peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership,” the agency said in a statement emailed Friday.“Parks Canada is committed to working respectfully with Indigenous Peoples and honouring their contributions to Canada’s protected places.”READ MORE Removal Of Macdonald Statue in Victoria B.C. Stirs Up Fierce Debate N.S. First Nations Chiefs Call For Cornwallis Statue#039;s Immediate Removal Feds Must Face #039;True History#039; Of Canada#039;s Key Figures: Indigenous Activists The agency said it has so far spent more that $1.3 million on the project out of a $1.8 million budget.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who holds responsibility for Parks Canada, was not available to comment.Other monuments, statues removedThe Champlain bronze, unveiled in 1925 and created by sculptor Vernon March, is just the latest likeness beset by controversy over how some landmarks fit into modern perceptions of historical figures.In late January of last year, the City of Halifax removed a statue of Edward Cornwallis, who founded the city in 1749. The removal was considered an act of reconciliation over a proclamation Cornwallis had made that offered a bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaw person.Then, in August, a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, was removed from the steps in front of Victoria City Hall, also as a reconciliation gesture over Macdonald’s part in creating the country’s residential school system.In the United States, monuments and memorials to Confederate heroes have also been removed, partly driven by the belief that they glorify white supremacy. Also on HuffPost: Sun, 07 2019 19:37:23 GMT Quebec man#039;s broken promise to wear a condom was sexual assault, justice rules A man who had unprotected sex after agreeing to wear a condom committed sexual assault because his behaviour invalidated his sexual partner's consent, an Ontario court has ruled. Thu, 04 2019 12:04:24 GMT #039;Unplanned#039; Anti-Abortion Movie Will Come To Canada, But Only Briefly After a struggle to find distribution, the anti-abortion movie “Unplanned” will in fact be screened in mainstream Canadian movie theatres — but only in a few limited markets, and only for one week.Canada’s two biggest film distributors, Cineplex and Landmark, confirmed that they will screen the movie, which both film critics and women’s groups have called “propaganda.” Starting July 12, the movie will be shown in 14 of Cineplex’s 164 theatres, and in 10 of Landmark’s 44 theatres. “We of course understand and can appreciate the concerns some have expressed about this film,” Cineplex spokesperson Sarah Van Lange told HuffPost Canada. “We have a long legacy of not censoring content and our role as a film exhibitor is to provide our guests with movie choices. Ultimately, it is up to the public to decide whether or not they would like to see a particular film.”Landmark is offering the option of people arranging private screenings if they live in a city where the movie won’t be showing. “Unplanned” will also be shown in a handful of independent cinemas, such as the Port Theatre in Cornwall, Ont. and the Burin Cinema in Burin, N.L.Medical experts have said that the movie, based on the memoir of a former Planned Parenthood employee who became an anti-abortion activist, is wildly unrealistic in its depiction of abortion as dangerous, and abortion providers as callous and money-hungry.The movie’s Canadian distributor Cinedicom had previously referred to the movie’s “major Canadian release.” And Grandin Media, a religious outlet based in Alberta, had originally reported that the movie would be screened in “100 to 200” Canadian theatres.But the fact that it will only be in 24 major theatres for a length of one week does not represent a failure, according to the president of Carmel Communications, the Catholic public relations firm representing the movie.RELATED ARTICLES Will Anti-Abortion Movie #039;Unplanned#039; Really Be Shown Widely In Canada? Anti-Abortion Actress Schooled By Canadians While Promoting Film Here#039;s How Canada#039;s Abortion Policies Work “The idea of a major release based on a timeline is not what the filmmakers were referencing,” Carmel’s president Lisa Wheeler told HuffPost Canada in an email. “For Canada, a release that will put the film on as many screens as possible is the goal. It’s about number of people seeing, not length of period playing.”Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), told HuffPost Canada she was “disturbed” to hear that “Unplanned” is getting a major release, although she was glad to hear it was a short run.“The anti-choice movement is quite large in the U.S., so it appears the film has done better than expected there,” she said.She pointed to the filmmakers encouraging people to “buy out” theatres as a way to bolster support.“This could make the film appear to be doing better than it really is at first, while they work to achieve saturation of one small market segment,” she said.“It will soon drop like a stone, because I doubt that many people beyond the religious right and the anti-choice movement will bother to see the movie.” Arthur says the movie is unlikely to achieve its stated goal of changing Canada’s abortion policy, but it could still cause harm to abortion providers.“The film’s vicious falsehoods against providers could incite hatred and violence against them, including here in Canada,” she said in a statement. Also on HuffPost: Fri, 28 2019 19:51:16 GMT