The latest COVID-19 news from around Canada on Oct. 19, 2020.
In April, in the midst of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Poland, Katarzyna found out that the baby she was carrying had a severe genetic disorder and would probably die before birth or shortly after. "I knew how difficult it can be to get a legal abortion in Poland, so I chose to be stubborn," said 38-year-old Katarzyna, who lives in a small town in central Poland and already has two daughters, one of them disabled. "I don't think I could survive this sense of helplessness and the contempt from the medical community if something went wrong again," she said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the subject of abortion is largely taboo in Poland.
With the border closed, a Canadian couple still found a way for their grandparents from Maine to see their waterfront wedding. It involved a boat used for hauling lobster traps, naturally. Alex Leckie and Lindsay Clowes were married on a wharf in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, while their grandparents and a few other relatives from Calais, Maine, watched from a boat in the St. Croix river that divides the countries.
Buelna’s ordeal and similar cases reflect a new worry about the dangerous relationship between diabetes and COVID-19 that’s being urgently studied by doctors and scientists around the world. Many experts are convinced that COVID-19 can trigger the onset of diabetes - even in some adults and children who do not have the traditional risk factors. It’s already been well-documented that people with diabetes face much higher risks of severe illness or death if they contract COVID-19.
The Northwest Territories lost approximately 4,000 jobs this year due to COVID-19. But jobs are expected to bounce back to almost pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, according to the territory's finance department.The department hosted a fiscal update on Monday. The briefing touched on costs related to the COVID-19 response and a recent labour market and job recovery report.Caroline Wawzonek, minister of Finance, led the online meeting, alongside Sandy Kalgutkar, the deputy minister of Finance, Jamie Koe, deputy secretary to the Financial Management Board and Terence Courtoreille, director of the Management Board SecretariatWawzonek said many of the jobs lost were held by fly-in workers.Vast majority of losses in service sectorShe said the mining sector began to slow in January, though there was an uptick in tourism. By April, which marked the first full month of COVID-19 public health measures, there was widespread loss across sectors, particularly in construction, hotels and restaurants. Grocery stores, which were deemed essential services, saw an increase in employment.May and June mostly continued on the same track, with restaurant jobs down 48 per cent, Wawzonek said. In total, service sector jobs comprised 81 per cent of all N.W.T. job losses since the start of the year.There was also unexpected job losses in the health sector, explained by less locums travelling into the territory, Wawzonek said, as well as the closure of nonessential medical businesses like dentists and other therapies. The jobs in the health industry are still below what they were last year, down by about 7.5 per cent. "The reopenings have not all been to full capacity at those facilities," Wawzonek said. Not as severe as anticipatedThe job declines were less severe than initially anticipated at the start of the pandemic, the territory said.That's because many industries, in response to the pandemic and the health measures put in place, kept staff on and reduced hours.The size of the government sector also acted as an economic stabilizer, since the almost 8,000 people employed in the public sector continued to work from home and had their wages and salaries continue uninterrupted and without reduction.The number of N.W.T. jobs are expected to return to nearly 90 per cent of its pre-pandemic level by end of 2020."This projected job recovery of course does not mean the overall economy will necessarily return to it's pre-pandemic structure," Wawzonek said. Those returning jobs might also not be evenly distributed across sectors and job quality might not be the same, Wawzonek says. For example, some jobs dependent on international markets or tourism might take longer to come back. The jobs that do come back might also have lower wages or might not be full-time. Revenues dropThe path forward may still be "unsustainable," the territory said, since both operational and capital spending is exceeding revenue growth. That's despite federal transfers, which increased by $85 million for COVID-19 relief and partially offset some of the loss.Federal transfers went in part toward support for airlines, essential workers and education, as well as a safe restart agreement.The N.W.T.'s taxation and other own-source revenue was down to $347 million from the earlier reported $368 million, which is attributed to foregone revenue and fuel and payroll decreases. Resource revenue also fell to $3 million from $33 million.The territory said that's because of the lack of profits in diamond mining which reduced royalties."Action will need to be taken quickly to ensure sufficient borrowing room remains for the next Legislative Assembly," Wawzonek said."Looking a few years down the road, we see that we still are going to continue to approach even our new borrowing limit."
In his 10th season, in his 233rd tournament, Jason Kokrak can finally call himself a PGA Tour winner. Kokrak earned every bit of it Sunday in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. “It feels like home,” Kokrak said.
MONTREAL — Nurses and other health-care workers blocked two major bridges in Montreal and Quebec City Monday, escalating pressure tactics to push the province to address working conditions they say have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec continues to report more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, and Nancy Bedard, president of the Federation interprofessionnelle de la sante du Quebec, said many nurses are taking sick leave, retiring or quitting. "It was already extremely difficult before the pandemic," Bedard said in an interview. "(But COVID-19) came and exasperated health-care professionals even further." Members of the union, which represents about 76,000 health-care workers, blocked traffic Monday morning on Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge and on the Quebec Bridge in the provincial capital. The union is negotiating a new collective agreement with the province. The protests came amid growing concerns around whether Quebec's health-care network will be able to withstand the pressure of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec reported 1,038 new cases of COVID-19 as well as six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 94,429 cases and 6,044 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations also increased by five compared with the prior day, for a total of 532, and 92 of those patients were in intensive care, an increase of four. The effects of the pandemic are being felt in hospitals, long-term care homes and in other health-care facilities across the province, some of which were already struggling with staffing shortages before COVID-19 hit. Jason Harley, an assistant professor in the department of surgery at McGill University, conducted a survey of 64 nurses and 55 physicians in the McGill University Health Centre network in August, comparing their stress levels before and after the pandemic began. Harley said the survey, completed with fellow McGill professor Tina Montreuil and funded by the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, found significant increases of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout among the workers. Fifty per cent of nurses and 20 per cent of physicians surveyed were considering quitting, while they said difficulties finding a work-life balance and keeping up with management strategies to manage the pandemic were among their biggest stressors. "There's no question that our health-care professionals, they need support," Harley said. "It's critical for our society that . . . our health-care system, is able to continue to function, especially in this period of time when it's under extra strain and in turn, the people who are providing us with care are under additional strain." Gatineau Hospital in the Outaouais region was forced to temporarily close its intensive care unit last month due to a nursing shortage. Patrick Guay, president of the local health-care workers' union, said at the time that the closure marked the culmination of months of problems. "If one (nurse) leaves to go eat, that means a single nurse must take care of four patients. It's unthinkable and unsafe," he said. Meanwhile, the health agency for the Quebec City region said in an email Monday it is currently looking to fill 948 jobs across its network. That includes 172 vacant nursing and 120 auxiliary nursing positions, 66 vacancies in food services and 60 others in housekeeping, spokesman Mathieu Boivin said. Ahead of their protests on Monday, Quebec health-care workers said they wanted smaller patient-to-caregiver ratios and more stable and complete work teams. Bedard said 1,700 workers have quit since March 1. "There are people quitting every day," Bedard said. "The way the government has treated health-care professionals during the pandemic has really been the final straw for many of them." Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel said she was "disappointed" the health-care workers chose to protest the way they did, adding that contract talks will continue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, The Canadian Press
Officials preemptively shut down a wedding scheduled to take place at the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar for fear of it becoming a superspreader event.
As remote schooling swept the nation, parents mobilized to build, collect and donate hundreds of desks for kids in their communities. (Oct. 19)
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 5:40 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, 2020: There are 200,939 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 94,429 confirmed (including 6,044 deaths, 79,529 resolved) _ Ontario: 65,075 confirmed (including 3,050 deaths, 55,978 resolved) _ Alberta: 22,673 confirmed (including 292 deaths, 19,243 resolved) _ British Columbia: 11,189 confirmed (including 251 deaths, 9,387 resolved) _ Manitoba: 3,382 confirmed (including 42 deaths, 1,597 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 2,396 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 1,973 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,097 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,026 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 313 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 207 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 287 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 272 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 63 confirmed (including 60 resolved) _ Yukon: 17 confirmed (including 15 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved), 3 presumptive _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases _ Total: 200,942 (3 presumptive, 200,939 confirmed including 9,776 deaths, 169,305 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. The Canadian Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Seven years after his death to cancer at age 18, a Minnesota singer-songwriter has returned to the top of the iTunes chart with his inspirational tune “Clouds.” The Star Tribune reports that “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech took over iTunes’ No. 1 slot from Justin Bieber on Sunday, two days after the Hollywood movie of the same name based on Sobiech’s life premiered on Disney+. The ranking is based on downloads of the song. The profits will add to the $2 million already raised for cancer research via Sobiech’s namesake foundation. The single first climbed to the top of iTunes in 2013, shortly after the Stillwater-area teenager's death. He had been diagnosed with bone cancer four years earlier. By that point, the YouTube video that led to the song’s ascent had been viewed 4 million times. It's up over 15 million now. The song also went to No. 26 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 3 on the rock singles chart. The movie is an adaptation of the memoir “Fly a Little Higher” by Zach’s mother, Laura Sobiech. The Associated Press
Thai police said on Monday they had ordered an investigation of four news outlets and imposed curbs on messaging app Telegram under emergency measures to try to stop protests, but thousands of people defied a ban on demonstrations for a fifth day. The announcement of the media investigations prompted accusations of an attack on press freedom by the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former junta leader the protesters are seeking to drive from office. Thousands of protesters gathered at an intersection in Bangkok chanting "keep fighting", in the latest demonstration in three months of protests that have also called for reforms to the monarchy.
French police on Monday raided Islamic associations and foreigners suspected of extremist religious beliefs, police sources said, three days after a suspected Islamist beheaded a school teacher. History teacher Samuel Paty, 47, was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said there were some 80 investigations being conducted into online hate and that he was looking into whether to disband about 50 associations within the Muslim community.
Experts believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries. It took just 32 days to go from 30 million global cases to 40 million, compared with the 38 days it took to get from 20 to 30 million, the 44 days between 10 and 20 million, and the three months it took to reach 10 million cases from when the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, in early January. Record one-day increases in new infections were seen at the end of last week, with global coronavirus cases rising above 400,000 for the first time.
Coach Marc Dos Santos feels that an "incredible mistake" by the referee changed the game for his Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night. The L.A. Galaxy beat the 'Caps 1-0 thanks to an injury-time goal from Kai Koreniuk. The matchup seemed destined to end in a scoreless draw until referee Victor Rivas called Vancouver's Russell Teibert for unsporting behaviour in the 89th minute.
Grande Prairie RCMP is warning the public about a lethal combination of drugs hitting the streets. The warning came after RCMP responded to a residence regarding multiple suspected drug overdoses early Sunday morning. Emergency medical services were already on scene when RCMP attended and confirmed that two men had died. Three other men and one woman were transported to hospital due to their condition. Preliminary investigation revealed that the drugs taken were a crystalized bluish/purple substance. Police say they would like to bring awareness to local residents of the possibility that street level drugs in the area may be unknowingly laced with drugs, such as fentanyl, carfentanil, 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine, or methamphetamines. However, RCMP have not tested to confirm what the substances consumed by the individuals were. "Something was consumed. There is possibility that something else was there," Sgt. Shawn Graham told CBC News on Sunday. "You don't see that happening frequently like that, so that's why it's important to get it out there." On Sept. 22, Grande Prairie RCMP had sent a previous drug alert after laboratory analysis on a seized batch of drugs confirmed that they contained other substances. In July 2020, RCMP were conducting an investigation following a traffic stop, and seized a substance believed to be fentanyl. The suspected fentanyl was sent to a Health Canada laboratory for analysis. The results of analysis indicated the substance contained fentanyl, MDMA, cocaine, methamphetamin, caffeine and 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine. "These substances could represent a threat to people handling it without taking the appropriate health and safety precautions," Graham said. "And there certainly is an increased risk when different drugs are combined with each other and users are unaware of the content of the drugs that they're consuming." He said people using drugs need to take safety precautions. "That means to have things on hand like the naloxone and things like that, that would be appropriate, as well as other people around," he said. He said RCMP is currently investigating the matter.
President Donald Trump stood before a crowd in a state that had once been firmly in his grasp. “Did you hear the news?” the president asked the hopeful crowd. “Bruce Ohr is finally out of the Department of Justice.”
A new study says a large invasive hornet could spread throughout western North America unless coordinated mitigation efforts are implemented.The Asian giant hornet, or Vespa mandarinia, is part of the same order of insects as bees, but can grow up to five centimetres long.The apex predators prey on all kinds of insects, including honey bees, and can quickly decimate colonies. Their natural range includes much of Japan, the Korean peninsula, and coastal China.While the hornets can inflict a painful sting on humans who get too close, they are most feared for their potential to harm local bee populations.Some Asian giant hornets turned up in the province and in Washington state in the fall of 2019. Another was found in Langley this spring.The new study was published last month in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS).It said the insect "could rapidly expand its invasive range throughout western North America absent coordinated mitigation efforts."The study specifies that even under a worst-case scenario of rapid distribution, the hornet would remain confined to the coastal areas of B.C., Washington state and Oregon, where there are high levels of precipitation and temperatures are moderate. SkepticismPaul van Westendorp, B.C.'s provincial apiculturist, is skeptical of the study's assumptions. He said the the methodology of the study relied in part on the distribution of another invasive species of hornet in Europe, Vespa velutina."This is a totally different species," explained van Westendorp. "Its behaviour both in nesting and its predation behaviour is very different," he said, meaning it may not apply to how the Asian hornet behaves in B.C.He said though that due to comparable climate between its natural habitat and parts of B.C., the insect could establish itself here.Gail Wallin, director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C., said global warming and climate change could favour the insect."The concern always is with a warming climate with less severe winters, can we get it established here?" she said.Van Westendorp is curious to see whether the insect will be able to thrive in the evergreen forests of British Columbia and Washington, considering the forests in its natural range are predominantly deciduous."By virtue of that, it has a very different undergrowth and as a consequence to that it will also have a different prey format in its natural distribution area compared to what it has here," he explained.The most at-risk areas of the province for the hornet, according to van Westendorp, are the western part of the Fraser Valley and the Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley area on Vancouver Island.Van Westendorp says those areas are being watched closely, traps have been set and surveillance will continue until at least 2022.Authorities are asking anyone who sees an Asian hornet to report it to the Invasive Species Council of B.C.
Two overdue hikers have been found alive and well by search and rescue crews after spending a cold and wet night stranded in the North Shore mountains. North Shore Rescue (NSR) says it responded late Saturday after North Vancouver RCMP alerted them that two people were missing.NSR learned that the pair were dropped off at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park around noon on Saturday, with no confirmed destination. Two helicopters and two dozen search and rescue volunteers were mobilized to find the man and woman, who were identified as Toronto tourists Anthony Lam, 26, and Roya Rasoulian, 23. Sunday morning, NSR reported they had found the hikers on Grouse Mountain near Thunderbird Ridge. Exhausted from their journey, the pair met with media at the base of Grouse Mountain and expressed their gratitude to the search team while explaining what led to their unfortunate circumstances. "We just wanted to have some fun and just check out, and we did like you know a couple detours and a bit and we kind of lost track of time," said Lam.A self-professed experienced hiker, Lam conceded he was unprepared when the sun set and rain set in. "Obviously we didn't prepare to stay the night, but we just had enough just to like keep us alive basically."The couple was hiking in steep, slippery and rocky terrain in Hanes Valley, according to NSR search manager, Peter Haigh, who said the route takes 8 to 10 hours on a good day. "The rocks were very scary, I kept thinking we were going to fall down," said Rasoulian.NSR team leader Mike Danks says searchers were concerned for the couple's safety because they were "very inexperienced hikers ... in an area that is well over their abilities."The hikers say they cuddled overnight to stay warm, until rescuers found them and ushered them down the mountain. "They met us at a good time because again we're at a point where we're you know kind of almost passing out," said Lam."They were angels from heaven," Rasoulian said of the moment she saw her rescuers. Danks says there are many lessons to learn from the incident. "Number one is tell somebody where you're going. Have a firm trip plan, make sure you've done your research and that you're prepared for the hike that you're going to do. And if you do get lost, stay put."Lam and Rasoulian say despite the arduous journey they plan to hike again, though they maintain they will be better prepared in the future.
Saskatchewan officials say a hospital north of Saskatoon is temporarily closing due to a COVID-19 case. The Saskatchewan Health Authority says Rosthern Hospital closed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and will remain closed until further notice while contact tracing takes place. The Saskatoon Health Region says the hospital is an acute-care facility with 30 beds and a staff of 60 employees, including six physicians. Emergency services and all outpatient services are now suspended as a result of the closure. The SHA announcement says that in the event of an emergency, people should call 911 and an ambulance will be sent. No further details about the COVID-19 case were released and the SHA said it would not provide any further information on Sunday. It says that as a result of some measures taken so far, given the impact on staffing, a number of patients have been cleared to be transferred to other facilities. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020. The Canadian Press
RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in Cochrane, Alta.Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a home in the Sunset Common area at 4:20 a.m. Sunday.A man was found injured at the home and pronounced dead a short time later, police said. A second injured man was taken to hospital.The major crimes unit has taken over the investigation and remained at the scene as of 6 p.m. Sunday, alongside forensic investigators.
Back fully campaigning after COVID-19 sidelined him, President Donald Trump returned to familiar form, spreading a litany of falsehoods. Over the weekend, he asserted yet again the virus was “rounding the corner” when it isn't, misrepresented Democratic rival Joe Biden's tax proposals and resurrected unfounded claims about Biden and the business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden, in Ukraine. The statements came after Trump and Biden bid for a late advantage this past week in competing forums that replaced a cancelled presidential debate.
While many businesses have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec wineries say they had a very successful summer.The limitations on travel abroad spurred many Quebecers to explore different regions of the province, and more than a few flocked to local wineries looking to taste and bring home products.Charles-Henri De Coussergues, co-owner of the Vignoble de l'Orpailleur in the Eastern Townships, said that new buyers may have initially come because of the pandemic, but they stayed for the quality of the product."With COVID-19, the premier encouraged buying local," he said. "But at the same time, there is also the quality of Quebec wines that stands out and that ensures that people are not disappointed when they taste a product."He added that the dry, hot summer, which proved unwelcome for many farmers, was ideal for growing vines."It's kind of a dream-come-true year for wine makers. We had a very healthy harvest, no disease. It's beautiful, it's ripe, it's tasty," said De Coussergues.He explained that as Quebec's warm weather lasts longer, wine makers are having more success with growing red grapes than before."From a frost-free period that was 135 days in the 1980s, today we are roughly at 185 frost-free days. The season has lengthened a lot, which allows the red grape to mature long enough," he explained."After 15 years of producing red in Quebec, we now see some that stand out and that do the province proud. So that is quite motivating."The taste for localAccording to master sommelier Élyse Lambert, Quebec wine sales have been excellent this summer thanks to consumers more inclined to buy local since the start of the pandemic."I think that the combination between the search for local products, the promotion and their quality means that today we have a wine market in Quebec which is doing very well," said Lambert.While the hospitality, dining and tourism industries have seen a massive drop in clientele thanks in part to public health rules, wineries and orchards were able to host visitors outside and at a distance. Sara Gaston, co-owner of the Vignoble du Ruisseau near Dunham, said that their boutique was bustling with people this summer, especially when the rules about inter-regional travel were relaxed.Gaston is part of a new generation of creative winegrowers who innovate to continue improving Quebec wines.At Vignoble du Ruisseau, they have a patented geothermal system that protects sensitive red grapes from the cold."This allows us to harvest Pinot Noir at full maturity year after year, even if the weather for the vintage had not been adequate," said Gaston.Lucky timingConsidering the timing of the first and second waves, wine makers were luckier than maple syrup producers, whose sugar season was devastated by the pandemic regulations.Like many in the Quebec wine industry, Yvan Quirion, owner of Domaine Saint-Jacques in the Montérégie, is hopeful about the future of his business."We no longer say to ourselves that we don't have the climate to grow grape varieties. We have the growing period in Quebec to bring the grapes to maturity," he said. "We have the know-how and there are people very strong in marketing who arrived in the industry who help democratize the Quebec vineyard."
Four Liberal cabinet ministers called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons after a dispute between commercial fishermen and Mi'kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia turned increasingly violent last week."We share the concerns of Canadians across the country and are deeply appalled by the recent events in Nova Scotia. We strongly condemn the acts of violence, racism and threats," Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair wrote in a Sunday letter to House Speaker Anthony Rota, who will decide whether the matter proceeds to a debate.The letter from the Liberal cabinet ministers follows one from NDP MP Gord Johns earlier on Sunday. "Sadly, insufficient action has been taken by the federal government to ensure the safety of this community and its fishers, nor to deal with the underlying legal and constitutional issues which are its root cause," the B.C. MP wrote in his letter.Commercial fishermen in Nova Scotia have been protesting a "moderate livelihood" fishery that was launched by Sipekne'katik First Nation last month. The fishery is operating outside the federally mandated commercial season, causing many to worry about its impact on lobster conservation. But the Mi'kmaw say they are exercising their treaty right to earn a moderate livelihood from fishing, a right affirmed by a 1999 Supreme Court ruling. The court later said Ottawa could regulate the Mi'kmaw fishery but must justify any restrictions it placed on it.Successive federal governments have also failed to define what is meant by a "moderate livelihood."Johns said the situation had "escalated dramatically" since Parliament, which returns Monday, last met on Oct. 9. In that time, two lobster facilities in southwest Nova Scotia were targeted and vandalized by commercial fishermen. One of the facilities, located in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., was destroyed in a Saturday blaze RCMP have deemed suspicious. A Digby County, N.S., man has also been charged and arrested in relation to an assault on Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack.Ottawa criticized from all sidesThe federal government has faced criticism for its handling of the dispute from the Mi'kmaw community, commercial fishermen groups and other politicians. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has implored the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to clarify what constitutes legal harvesting under a moderate livelihood fishery. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole also laid blame on the department, criticizing Jordan on Saturday for failing to include commercial harvesters in federal-level discussions.Jordan told CBC News Thursday she is in negotiations with the Sipekne'katik First Nation and that her department speaks to commercial harvesters "on a regular basis". Her office said that DFO is not approaching current negotiations with an intent to define "moderate livelihood" and that questions about clarifying the term are still to be discussed.Indigenous Services Minister Mark Miller said Saturday that nation-to-nation conversations are taking place out of the public eye and added that talks with commercial fishermen will need to happen in a separate forum. WATCH | Federal fisheries minister responds to lobster facility raids:Chief Sack, meanwhile, has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the RCMP to better protect the Mi'kmaw community as it faces increasing intimidation and find those responsible for the violence.On Saturday, Blair agreed to a request from Nova Scotia's attorney-general to boost the RCMP's presence in the region."While I believe some of the damage, destruction, racist behaviour, harassment and intimidation could have been addressed much earlier as we had repeatedly requested a greater police presence to protect our people and operations, we remain thankful for any and all support we receive," Chief Sack said in response.
James Cook and his wife, Samantha Jones, had already put plans to start their own beekeeping business in motion when the coronavirus hit. It’s been a tough — but they’re not giving up. (Oct. 19)