Here’s what we’re reading:
1. Toronto police raid 78 local cannabis dispensaries
Toronto police raided a number of dispensaries around the city yesterday morning as part of an investigation known as “Project Claudia.”
Police are targeting 45 dispensaries, according to The Globe and Mail. Owners are being charged with municipal infractions and could face fines up to $50,000. “They targeted various locations that have been identified as trafficking in marijuana outside of marijuana for medical purposes regulations,” Toronto Police Cons. Caroline de Kloet said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory had no comment about the raids, but the previous night, on CP24’s “The Mayor,” a call-in show, he called the storefronts “these so-called dispensaries, which are bogus.”
2. Trump collects delegates, seals GOP nomination
“It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination. Trump has reached 1,239 and will easily pad his total in primary elections on June.
Many on the right have been slow to warm to Trump, wary of his conservative bona fides. Others worry about his crass personality and the lewd comments he’s made about women.
Trump said during a press conference Thursday that he would ‘absolutely’ end his habit of attacking fellow Republicans now that the nomination is effectively his. But that truce appeared to be short-lived.
Speaking later at a rally in Billings, Montana, Trump said 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who has refused to endorse him, had ‘failed so badly.’ His campaign also released a celebratory Instagram video that features a montage of former rivals, including Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, saying he would never be the party’s nominee.”
3. ‘Mass rape’ video on social media shocks Brazil
“Brazilian police are hunting more than 30 men suspected of raping a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro, and of putting video of the attack on social media.
A 40-second-video was widely shared and followed by a wave of misogynistic comments, before the users’ accounts were suspended.
The assault has provoked an online campaign against what campaigners call a culture of rape in Brazil.”
4. This is probably the scariest walk to school ever
“Authorities in south-west China have vowed to come to the aid of an isolated mountain village after photographs emerged showing the petrifying journey its children are forced to make to get to school.
To attend class, backpack-carrying pupils from Atuler village in Sichuan province must take on an 800-metre rock face, scrambling down rickety ladders and clawing their way over bare rocks as they go.
Images of their terrifying and potentially deadly 90-minute descent went viral on the Chinese internet this week after they were published in a Beijing newspaper.”
5. Obama visits Hiroshima
Nearly 71 years after a mission that would alter history, President Obama called for an end to nuclear weapons in a solemn visit to Hiroshima to offer respects to the victims of the world’s first deployed atomic bomb. He is the first sitting US President to visit the site.
After laying a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Obama mourned the Japanese, Korean and U.S. victims of the world’s first atomic blast in World War II.
Writing in the Hiroshima Peace Park guest book, Obama called for the courage to “spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”