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Suspect who stabbed Afghan refugee in Vancouver’s Chinatown charged in 2nd attack on stranger

  • Dennis Prasad, the suspect arrested and charged for stabbing an Afghan refugee in Vancouver’s Chinatown, has been charged in a second unprovoked attack.
  • On Sept. 10, Prasad allegedly attacked a 55-year-old man and left him with life-altering injuries.
  • On Sept. 11, Prasad allegedly approached a 22-year-old Afghan refugee from behind and stabbed him in the throat and chest.
  • Prasad is charged with one count of aggravated assault for each of the stabbing incidents.
  • He remains in police custody.

The suspect arrested and charged for stabbing an Afghan refugee in Vancouver’s Chinatown has been charged in a second unprovoked attack.

Dennis Amanand Prasad, 43, has been charged with one count of aggravated assault for each of the stabbing incidents that took place on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

Sandra Oh represents Canada at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London

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  • Sandra Oh was in attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.
  • Oh was part of the official Canadian delegation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Other figures in the procession included former Olympian Mark Tewksbury and musician Gregory Charles, to name a few.
  • The “Killing Eve” actor was appointed to the Order of Canada in June — the highest civilian honor of the country — for her contributions to onstage and onscreen art and entertainment.

Sandra Oh attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday as part of the Canadian delegation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The Canadian-born actor, who has dual Canadian and American citizenship, was appointed to the Order of Canada in June — the highest civilian honor of the country — in recognition of her accomplishments onstage and onscreen. 

Wife of security guard attacked in Vancouver’s Chinatown challenges the mayor to walk its streets

  • Harold Johnson, a 64-year-old security guard, was previously attacked on Aug. 12 by a stranger, identified as 44-year-old Kevin Aaron Hibbard, while patrolling the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver’s Chinatown in Canada.
  • Fed up with the rising attacks in Chinatown, Johnson’s wife Brandy La Rocque called on Mayor Kennedy Stewart to walk its streets with her to see what it is like.
  • Stewart did not directly answer when asked if he would walk with her; however, he reportedly did walk through the 100-block of East Hastings Street where he passed some tents.
  • The mayor did not make any promises, but he said that public safety is his top priority.

The wife of a security guard who was repeatedly punched in Vancouver’s Chinatown, challenged the city’s mayor to walk its streets to see what it is like amid rising attacks in the area. 

Harold Johnson, a 64-year-old security guard, was previously attacked on Aug. 12 by a stranger, identified as 44-year-old Kevin Aaron Hibbard, while patrolling the Chinese Cultural Center.

Meet the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Canada’ who ordered her followers to arrest police, not pay bills

  • Romana Didulo, a Filipino immigrant who has dubbed herself the “Queen of Canada,” made headlines after telling her followers to arrest officers at the Peterborough Police Station on Water Street, Ontario City, on Aug. 13.
  • Didulo was born in the Philippines and lived there until she immigrated to Vancouver on July 25, 1990, at 15 years old, according to the website of her political party, Canada 1st.
  • Her father, Romualdo Didulo Jr., was a lawyer and engineer and died when she was 10 years old. Her mother, Ana Didulo, died a year later.
  • Didulo, the youngest of two children, allegedly led a privileged life that she described as being the “modern equivalent of Royal Family."
  • She set up an engineering recruiting and consulting firm and a healthcare consultancy in 2007 and formed Canada 1st in 2021.
  • The self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada” gained fame in May after tailoring her speeches to align with the narrative pushed by the far-right political conspiracy theory movement QAnon. She has over 70,000 followers on the messaging app Telegram, where she posts her decrees.

Canadian officials are raising concerns over the rise of a QAnon-linked movement in Canada led by a Filipino immigrant who has dubbed herself the “Queen of Canada.”

Romana Didulo made headlines after leading dozens of her followers to the Peterborough Police Station on Water Street, Ontario City, on Aug. 13, where she ordered them to arrest officers at the establishment.

‘Go back to China’: Vancouver restaurant owner yelled at, spat on by woman who let her dog pee on his door

  • Edward Hur, who has been running Nobu Sushi in North Vancouver, Canada, for 19 years, said he was yelled at and spat on during a woman’s anti-Asian tirade last week.
  • Hur said it all started after he confronted the woman for letting her dog pee on his front door.
  • The woman allegedly told Hur “I hate Asian people” and that he should “go back to your country, back to your China.”
  • Hur, who is Korean, said the woman had let her dog pee on his business several times in the past, but she just “never listens” when confronted.
  • North Vancouver police are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

A long-time restaurant owner in North Vancouver, Canada, has come forward to share a racist experience involving a woman who had told him to “go back to China.”

The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred at Nobu Sushi in the 3000 block of Edgemont Boulevard sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. last Friday.

Historic Chinese garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown greeted by anti-Asian slurs first thing in the morning

  • An Asian staffer at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown reportedly fell victim to an anti-Asian tirade before the garden opened on Saturday morning.
  • The alleged attacker, a man who blocked the garden’s entrance with several bags of bottles, used expletives and called the Asian man “ch*nk,” according to another staff member. 
  • The garden, regarded as the first full-sized classical Chinese garden built outside China, has been targeted by vandalism throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen incidents of people urinating and defecating in its entrance.

A historic Chinese garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown reportedly fell victim to an early morning anti-Asian tirade on Saturday, with staff members claiming that the perpetrator said one racial slur “like an angry mantra.”

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, regarded as the first full-sized classical Chinese garden built outside China, is no stranger to similar attacks, having dealt with incidents of vandalism throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man wanted for allegedly exposing himself in front of mother with children, others in Greater Toronto

  • York Regional Police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to strangers in four separate incidents in Richmond Hill, Canada, over the weekend.
  • The first incident occurred on Saturday morning when the man reportedly pulled down his pants in front of a mother and her two young children.
  • Authorities received three more reports the following day about similar incidents that occurred around Valmont Avenue and Waterstone Street.

Police are searching for the man who allegedly exposed himself to various strangers, including a mother and her children, in four separate incidents in Richmond Hill, Canada, over the weekend.

The first incident occurred on Saturday when the man approached the mother and her two young children at Alias Grace Park at around 10:25 a.m. and then exposed himself by pulling down his pants, the York Regional Police said in a press release on Monday.

Missing Canadian teenager found dead in Surrey park with signs of foul play, say police

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  • Maanav Kinkar, an 18-year-old boy who was reported missing by his parents, was found dead in Hazelnut Meadows Park in British Columbia, Canada, on May 26.
  • Authorities have not released the details of Kinkar’s death, but the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) believe his death to have been a targeted incident.
  • The IHIT released a photo of Kinkar and video footage of the teen on the SkyTrain station in hopes of advancing the investigation with any witnesses.

An 18-year-old boy who was reported missing by his parents was found dead in Hazelnut Meadows Park in British Columbia, Canada.

Police responded to the park near 140th Street between 68th and 70th avenues in Surrey at around 8:40 p.m. and found the body of Maanav Kinkar on May 26.

Vancouver authorities seek help identifying suspect in unprovoked attack against teen girl

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  • Canada’s Metro Vancouver Transit Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an unprovoked attack against a 17-year-old victim.
  • On April 1, surveillance video captured a man attacking an unidentified victim while riding the 335 bus in Surrey.
  • The man, described as a bald, South Asian man around 30-40 years old, can be seen in the video punching the girl several times in the head without provocation.
  • The victim reportedly did not sustain any “serious physical injuries” and was able to report the incident to the local police after she got home.
  • Local investigators have reportedly “exhausted all investigative avenues available to them and are now appealing to the public for help, so that an arrest can be made.”

Canadian transit authorities are on the hunt for a man who was captured on surveillance video hitting a young girl multiple times while aboard a bus last month in Surrey. 

An official release from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police on May 5 stated that the 17-year-old victim boarded the 335 bus ahead of the suspect before 2:00 p.m. on April 1. The bus, which was headed to Newton Exchange, picked up the man at an “unknown point” during the journey.

Anti-Asian hate incidents up by 47% in Canada, report reveals

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  • A total of 943 hate incidents were reported in Canada in 2021, marking a 47% increase from the previous year.
  • Women, children and East Asians composed the majority of the reports.
  • Nearly half (48%) of the incidents occurred in public spaces, including parks, streets and sidewalks.
  • Verbal harassment was the most reported form (48%) of discrimination, followed by shunning (13%), coughing at or spitting on (12%), and physical force (7%).
  • The new data comes from the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) and Project 1907, which collected self- and witness-reported incidents online.

Anti-Asian hate incidents in Canada have increased by 47% in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to a new report released by the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) and Project 1907.

A total of 943 racist and xenophobic incidents were reported across the country between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021, the report said. The figure includes both self- and witness-reported experiences.

‘Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea’ mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown defaced

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  • A mural known as “Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea,” which was meticulously painted onto the side of a two-story building on East Georgia Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 2019, was defaced last week by graffiti taggers.
  • The artwork was meant to represent the diversity of all the people who have contributed to Chinatown’s history, to promote cultural redress and to bridge cultures.
  • Over five-feet-high black letters were written across the whole mural, leaving the artists heartbroken.
  • The artists of the Bagua Artist Association are currently working with the City of Vancouver to remove the graffiti.

Four artists of a Chinatown mural commissioned by the City of Vancouver are asking for accountability after their artwork was defaced last week.

The mural, known as “Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea,” was meticulously painted on the side of a two-story building on East Georgia Street in 2019. It was intended to represent the diversity of people throughout Chinatown’s history and to promote cultural redress before it became the target of graffiti taggers.

CEO placed on leave after telling women to ‘go clean rooms’ and ‘do dishes’ for International Women’s Day

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  • Vivek Sharma, CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Canadian province of British Columbia, has been placed on leave after telling women to “go clean some rooms and do some dishes” at a conference earlier this month.
  • Sharma reportedly made the comment in jest while recognizing female attendees in honor of International Women’s Day, which was observed globally the day before the conference.
  • Days after the incident, Sharma issued a public apology, saying he “deeply regrets” the “insensitive and inappropriate comments” he made.
  • Aside from being placed on leave, Sharma resigned from two tourism boards, a commerce board and the advisory council of a local university’s school of business and economics.

Vivek Sharma, CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Canadian province of British Columbia, has been placed on leave after making a sexist comment in jest while honoring women earlier this month.

Sharma, who has also resigned from two tourism boards, made the comment near the end of his speech at the 2022 B.C. Tourism and Hospitality Conference in the city of Richmond on March 9, the day after International Women’s Day.