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BBQ Party Shooting Leaves Two Dead In 'Safest City In The World'

CBC NEWS, THE TORONTO STAR (Canada),

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TORONTO - A shooting at a barbecue street party in Toronto's residential east end left two dead and 19 injured, in what the Canadian police called "the worst incident of gun violence" the city has ever seen.

A teenage girl and a man believed to be in his early 20s were pronounced dead at the scene, the Toronto Star reports.

An infant was injured in the mass panic that followed the shooting, but is in a stable condition now. Other injuries in the incident included gunshot wounds and fractures from the melee.

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said one of the 19 injured was a "person of interest" and had been taken into custody, adding that more than one gun was used in the incident that may have been caused by a dispute at the party, CBC News reports.

The tragedy comes just weeks after a shooting at a Toronto shopping mall killed one and wounded six, raising fresh fears of a rise in gun crime in a city that the mayor last month assured was "still the safest city in the world."

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

Ivan Abreu / ZUMA
Carlos Ruckauf*

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BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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