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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case involving the fine imposed on one of the ringleaders of a massive maple syrup heist.Richard Vallieres was found guilty of fraud, trafficking in stolen goods and theft after more than 9,500 barrels of maple syrup, valued at $18 million, were stolen from a Quebec warehouse in 2011 and 2012.Vallieres was initially ordered to pay $10 million in fines and compensation within 10 years because the stolen goods couldn't be recovered.The Quebec Court of Appeal later ruled that was excessive and lowered the fine to $1 million.Quebec prosecutors appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which today agreed to hear the case.More than 20 people were arrested in connection with the theft, and searches were conducted in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario and the United States.Three people, including Vallieres, were found guilty. Vallieres was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2017 but his sentence was to be extended if the fine wasn't paid.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020———This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.The Canadian Press
All Midwest states except Ohio reported more cases in the past four weeks as compared with the prior four weeks, led by South Dakota and North Dakota. Many cases in those two states have been linked to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, that annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.
First, there was the Atlantic bubble. Now, there's movement to knit the region closer together with the "Atlantic Loop," a catchy phrase that the federal Liberals presented in the speech from the throne Wednesday, promising grand ideas about a future of clean energy in Atlantic Canada.The Atlantic Loop, however, earned just a one-line mention in the speech, as a plan "that will connect surplus clean power to regions transitioning away from coal." Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan, who is also the MP for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, clarified on Thursday the transmission project is meant to replace the Maritimes' coal supply with hydroelectricity from Labrador and Quebec, an idea that requires a significant infrastructure investment."We would build transmission lines to tie the Labrador-Quebec grid into New Brunswick, and then into Nova Scotia," O'Regan told CBC News.Nova Scotia is already set to receive a chunk of hydroelectricity from Labrador's Muskrat Falls via the underwater Maritime Link, as part of the province's efforts to lower its fossil fuel dependence.But Labrador MP Yvonne Jones says the loop could carry the excess 300 megawatts or so of Muskrat Falls power that has not yet been spoken for, and require more besides."It provides future opportunities for us to do other hydro development projects in Labrador, and I think that's the key here," Jones told CBC News.While the Atlantic Loop may be new phrasing, the idea of a regional electric system is not, and was outlined in a federal government report in 2018 on regional electricity co-operation.More power generation?Jones says the big item for Labrador is the possibility of another, new hydroelectricity generation project: Gull Island, which has long been floated as a potential dam on the Churchill River and which was set aside in favour of developing a smaller project at Muskrat Falls. "The Atlantic Loop is going to require a lot of hydro power," said Jones, who in an interview could not put a figure on that power requirement."There will be a requirement for new projects and for new alternatives and that puts Labrador back in the driver's seat, in terms of whether we go forward with additional hydro development projects or not."Jones acknowledged hydroelectric projects are a touchy subject in Newfoundland and Labrador."I know that in Labrador and in the province there will be tremendous apprehension toward future hydro development projects when you see what has happened from Muskrat Falls," she said.Power flowed from the Muskrat Falls dam into the Labrador electricity grid Tuesday for the first time, a milestone in the project that has been marked by massive cost overruns, construction delays stretching into years, and a public inquiry into its sanctioning."Muskrat Falls was a very poorly executed project and very poorly managed project through most of its lifetime in construction. So if anything, hopefully we've learned some lessons," she said.But Labrador isn't the only potential player in Atlantic Loop clean power. Jones says Quebec — with its deep hydroelectric expertise — would also be involved, and there would also be room for New Brunswick to harness the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy."You're going to see a lot more research being done on tidal power," she said.Both industry and the federal government have poured time and money into potential Fundy projects in the past, with one failed turbine stranded on the bay's floor since 2018.Out of the loop?O'Regan said there has been behind-the-scenes work done on the Atlantic Loop already, including with Quebec, a province whose energy relations with Newfoundland and Labrador have been historically frosty and involved multiple court battles over hydroelectric power from Churchill Falls."We've been working with Quebec and with Maritimes energy ministers on this," said O'Regan. "There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the Atlantic Loop."It appears Newfoundland and Labrador's premier and energy minister have not yet been brought into the loop. In a St. John's news conference Thursday, Premier Andrew Furey said any details on the new plan were too premature to discuss."We ... heard the mention of it yesterday in the speech from the throne, but I am excited that Newfoundland and Labrador can be that green battery that drives potentially though Quebec, potentially through our existing assets, potentially through upgrades. I'm speculating here about what this could look like," said Furey."This is very new," said Andrew Parsons, the minister of industry, energy and technology, adding that he like reporters heard about it in the speech from the throne. The so-far vague idea has created a lot of questions, even for clean energy insiders."Is this investment for something that already exists? So, support for the Muskrat Falls project, which we of course need, or is it something additional to that? Does it open new doors?" said Kieran Hanley, the executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association."[There's] a lot of interest to what this is, but no answers."Neither Jones nor O'Regan had timelines attached to the Atlantic Loop project, and Jones said there would be details coming in the "next couple of months" as to who major players could be in the plan.Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
The recent COVID-19 outbreak at a Saskatoon manufacturing plant should serve as a wake-up call for business and government, says a University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist.According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), the Brandt manufacturing plant is now the source of at least 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Brandt officials said in an email 11 employees have tested positive, and the SHA has linked an additional eight cases to the outbreak.No one from Brandt was made available for an interview, but an official said in an email that the business is doing all it can to keep everyone safe. That includes a new mandatory mask policy.U of S professor of community health and epidemiology Nazeem Muhajarine said he's shocked Brandt didn't require masks until now."After the fact, after about 19 cases have been connected to this particular business, making mask wearing mandatory is a little it too late. It's kind of like closing the barn door after the horses have left," he said.Muhajarine said this shows the need for a provincewide mandatory mask-wearing policy in all indoor spaces. Things could get much worse without one, he said."Leadership makes a difference, not only just preparedness, but how we actually put that preparedness for the pandemic and containment of the pandemic into operation. Leadership is so important," Muhajarine said.Muhajarine said public health and safety decisions should not be left to the discretion of individuals and businesses. This "patchwork" approach puts everyone at risk, he said.Premier Scott Moe reiterated the government's position this week. Masks are encouraged if people are unable to remain two metres apart indoors, but are not mandatory.The Brandt official said in the written statement that for the past few months, the business has made "elevated commitments to physical distancing, sanitization, self-monitoring and stay-at-home policies."Aside from mandatory masks, the new company policy will also include more frequent deep cleaning and sanitary fogging.The official said Brandt will continue to monitor the situation closely and is following all directions set out by the SHA.CBC Saskatchewan wants to tell more stories about how the pandemic is touching the province's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. How has COVID-19 affected you? Share your story with our online questionnaire.
Top-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov drew local favourite Gilles Simon as his first round opponent at the French Open, while Milos Raonic once again pulled out of the clay court tournament. The 21-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., is seeded ninth in the men's draw at Roland Garros. Shapovalov defeated Simon in the French capital in their only other meeting, albeit on a hardcourt surface, at the 2019 Paris Masters.
Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner.He said the next few weeks will be key in preventing the level of shutdowns that were seen in the spring because of COVID-19."We ask all Quebecers, regardless of colour code in their region, to restrict their public gatherings. This is very important," he said, referring to the alert system that the province is now using to determine the severity of the spread of the virus.He said cancelling Thanksgiving plans would give Quebecers a shot at having "a nice Christmas."One new region, MRC Avignon in the Gaspésie, moved into the yellow "pre-alert" stage Thursday. Montreal, Quebec City and Laval are already in the orange stage.WATCH | Explaining Quebec's colour-coded COVID-19 alert system:Even though all Quebecers are permitted to gather in small numbers under the alert levels that are currently active, Dubé asked people to avoid meeting with those who do not live in the same household.With schools and businesses open, Dubé said some semblance of normal life has returned. But at the same time, he said there are about 300 active outbreaks across the province.With the virus being transmitted in the community, Dubé said exposing health-care workers to illness is perhaps his greatest worry as cases continue to rise."Community transmission affects the staff of our health network and puts a lot of pressure on the health-care network," he said, adding that the province is already dealing with a backlog of surgeries and other medical services that had to be put on hold last spring. Officials single out dinner partiesHe said Quebecers must make this short-term sacrifice in order to stop the second wave of infections in the province.While Dubé and Quebec's director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, singled out dinner parties, they said the province's restaurants can remain open."In restaurants, there is a [level of] control that is really different from a party," Arruda said.Regulations put in place by the province's workplace health and safety board require masks to be worn when customers are not seated, and in orange zones, tables of more than six are not allowed.Those who do not comply can be fined up to $6,000.
NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s niece followed up her bestselling , tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business.Mary L. Trump sought unspecified damages in the lawsuit, filed in a state court in New York City.“Fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life,” the lawsuit said.The lawsuit alleged the president, his brother Robert, and a sister, the former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as Mary Trump's protectors while secretly taking her share of minority interests in the family's extensive real estate holdings. Robert Trump died last month.Messages seeking comment were sent to the Justice Department and lawyers for the president. Messages also were sent to a lawyer for Robert Trump and to email addresses listed for Maryanne Trump Barry.At a briefing, White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany denied any fraud was committed against Mary Trump.Mary Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, inherited various real estate business interests when her father, Fred Trump Jr., died in 1981 at 42 after a struggle with alcoholism. Mary Trump was 16 at the time.According to the lawsuit, Donald Trump and his siblings devalued Mary Trump's interests, which included a share of hundreds of New York City apartments, by millions of dollars even before Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump Sr., died on June 25, 1999.After the family patriarch's death, Mary Trump and her brother filed objections to the will and Donald Trump and his siblings “ratcheted up the pressure” to settle by cutting off health insurance to their niece and nephew, the lawsuit said.It said the action amounted to “unfathomable cruelty” because Fred Trump III's third child, born hours after Fred Trump Sr.'s funeral, was having seizures and required extensive medical care including months in a neonatal intensive care unit.As they pressured Mary Trump to accept a settlement and relinquish all interests in the Trump businesses, the uncles and aunt provided fraudulent accounting and financial statements that misrepresented the value of their father's estate at $30 million or less, the lawsuit said.“In reality, Mary’s Interests were worth tens of millions of dollars more than what Defendants represented to her and what she received,” the lawsuit said.In keeping with a confidentiality clause in a settlement of the dispute over Fred Trump Sr.'s will, lawyers for Mary Trump refused to say how much she received. But the numbers provided in Thursday’s lawsuit make it unlikely that she would have received more than several million dollars.In a lawsuit aimed at stopping the July publication of Mary Trump's book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Robert Trump said the payout was substantial.Roberta Kaplan, one of Mary Trump's lawyers, said in an interview that today she lives "at a level that is certainly miles away from the luxury her aunts and uncles enjoy.”Since her book's publication, Mary Trump has promoted it extensively. She also has released portions of 15 hours of recordings she made in 2018 and 2019 with Maryanne Trump Barry in which her aunt is heard criticizing Donald Trump, saying “he has no principles” at one point and “Donald is cruel” at another.When the subject of the lawsuit was raised Thursday at a White House briefing, McEnany said: “The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives and she’s really discredited herself.”The lawsuit said the fraud against Mary Trump “was particularly egregious and morally culpable because Defendants deliberately targeted her because they disliked her.” It noted that the president, in a tweet, has said she was “rightfully shunned, scorned and mocked her entire life.” It cited tweets in which he described her as “a mess” who her grandfather “couldn’t stand.”In her book, Mary Trump, a psychologist, analyzed the president extensively in unflattering ways and made an assertion — which he denied — that he paid someone to take the SATs for him when he sought to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania.The lawsuit, which seeks a jury trial, would have to overcome laws that limit how long someone can wait to sue over fraudulent activity.Mary Trump maintains that she learned of the fraud only after an in depth analysis of the Trump family financial history by The New York Times that discussed how Donald Trump and his siblings inherited and built fortunes.In a statement, she said: "Recently, I learned that rather than protecting me, they instead betrayed me by working together in secret to steal from me, by telling lie after lie about the value of what I had inherited, and by conning me into giving everything away for a fraction of its true value. I am bringing this case to hold them accountable and to recover what is rightfully mine.”___Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press
TORONTO — The agency that oversees teachers in Ontario is calling on retirees to return to the classroom.The Ontario College of Teachers sent a letter this week to retired teachers and those whose licences have been suspended due to non-payment, urging them to get reinstated.The letter says the province is facing a shortage of certified teachers that's been "magnified" by measures aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, such as smaller class sizes and online learning.A spokeswoman for the college says it also reached out to newly licensed teachers and others without current jobs, encouraging them to apply.Gabrielle Barkany says it's an opportunity for qualified teachers to provide "critical support to elementary and secondary students in Ontario at this critical time."Earlier this week, Canada's largest school board said it was drawing on its pool of supply teachers as it rushed to meet a surge in demand for online learning.The Toronto District School Board said it hired 300 teachers on Monday and was working Tuesday to bring on another 100 to 150 to fulfil its staffing needs for virtual elementary school classes.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020.The Canadian Press
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LAS VEGAS — Evel Knievel's son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom.A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “Toy Story 4” on Knievel, whose famous stunts included motorcycle jumps over the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas and a row of buses at Wembley Stadium in London, and a rocket shot into Snake River Canyon in Idaho.Las Vegas-based K and K Promotions accuses Disney-owned Pixar of intentionally modeling the Caboom character, voiced by Keanu Reeves in the movie, after Knievel — although Knievel’s name is never mentioned.Son Kelly Knievel, head of K and K, has had publicity rights to Evel Knievel's name since 1998, according to the Tuesday court filing in U.S. District Court. He said Thursday the moviemakers never sought permission to use his father's likeness.The Walt Disney Co., in a statement from corporate spokesman Jeffrey R. Epstein, said it will defend itself vigorously against what it called Knievel's meritless claims.Knievel is seeking unspecified damages totalling more than $300,000 on allegations that also include false endorsement and unjust enrichment.The Caboom character is described by Disney Pixar as a 1970s motorcycle-riding toy based on “Canada’s greatest stuntman,” according to the lawsuit.Photos in the court filing put Caboom side-by-side with Knievel, who became an American icon after his near-fatal 1967 Caesars Palace crash.An Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle toy released in 1973 featured a Knievel action figure clad in a white helmet and jumpsuit with red, white and blue embellishments on a motorcycle that could be propelled with a wind-up device.In vivid descriptions of the movie, the lawsuit notes the Caboom character is a 1970s-era daredevil clad in a white jumpsuit and helmet with Canadian insignia and a “Duke Caboom Stunt Cycle.”A propelled toy was marketed in conjunction with the movie, Knievel's attorneys note, and the Caboom character became part of a McDonald’s fast-food “Happy Meal” promotion.Consumers and film reviewers “universally caught on to the connection,” the lawsuit observed, while the movie company and Reeves avoided making any public association, connection or comparison “even if directly asked.”“Evel Knievel did not thrill millions around the world, break his bones and spill his blood just so Disney could make a bunch of money,” Kelly Knievel said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.Knievel was seriously injured many times during more than 75 motorcycle jumps. He died in 2007 at 69 in Florida of lung disease, not in a crash.___The spelling of Keanu has been corrected in this story.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
It's been almost 15 years since Sébastien Simon beat and repeatedly stabbed 17-year-old Brigitte Serre at the gas station in Montreal's St-Léonard neighbourhood where she worked. And the feelings are still raw for her family."He stole something from us," said Darlene Ryan, Serre's stepmother. "He didn't steal a doll. He stole a person, with all the dreams that she has and we had for her."Simon, who married while in prison in 2017, has applied to the Parole Board of Canada for supervised outings. His hearing is scheduled for next month.But Ryan says she and family members will not be able to attend in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead they will have to listen to the hearing and deliver their victim impact statements over the telephone.That's not good enough for Ryan."It's important for the commissioners to see our reaction. It's not the same when you're talking in person and you're just talking coldly over the phone, even though some emotions might come through." said Ryan."It doesn't have the same impact. And I'm truly afraid that if it's just by phone, it's giving him an unfair advantage in the decision making."Parole Board adjusts to pandemicOn its website, the Parole Board of Canada says it has had to make adjustments because of the COVID-19 pandemic."[The Parole Board of Canada] has implemented technological and procedural enhancements in order to provide victims, as an interim measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to participate at PBC hearings via telephone," reads an entry on the board's site."Victims will be able to listen to the hearing and present their statement for Board members to consider in their decision-making."In an email to CBC, the board says it has facilitated the participation of 230 victims and 66 victim-support persons at 110 hearings by teleconference since April 22.Violation of rights, Ryan saysRyan says that not being able to attend in person violates her rights under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, which was enacted in 2015 — specifically the sections on the right to participate and the right to information.Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, has been a strong advocate for victims' rights since his daughter was kidnapped and murdered in 2002. He was one of the driving forces behind the Victims Bill of Rights.Boisvenu says delivering a victim impact statement over the phone will not have the same effect as if it were delivered in person. He supports Ryan in her bid to be present at Simon's parole board hearing."Because when you had the person in front of you, there was a non-verbal communication that you can see, how hard it is for the victim to do those kind of a testimony," said Boisvenu."And it's very important to know who is that person. It's not just a voice."Boisvenu said that if the courts can resume proceedings and still maintain safety precautions, then it should be possible for the parole board to do the same in its hearings.He said that almost every sector of society has adapted to the pandemic."We all wear [a mask] when we go in the grocery," said Boisvenu. "We go to government services, we wear a mask.""So they can put a plastic wall between the offender and the [parole board] commissioners and the victim.""Every industry in Canada, every restaurant, they adjust the way they work with some kind of protection. Why can't the parole board do that?"Ryan has filed a written complaint to the Parole Board of Canada, asking that she and her family members be allowed to be physically present or, failing that, that Simon's hearing be delayed until that is possible."If it is too dangerous for a victim to participate and defend their rights by being there in person … it is then logical to say it is too dangerous for the criminal to be allowed outside of prison wall," Ryan argued in her letter.
Teachers in Hamilton’s high schools are working overtime as they struggle to balance in-person classes with their duty to educate online learners, says a local teachers’ union. Daryl Jerome, president of the local bargaining unit for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), says that many teachers are skipping their lunch breaks and logging extra hours in order to keep their online-only students up to date with everything they’ve taught to the students who learn in-person. Unlike elementary schools in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), teachers working in secondary schools are required to teach in-person classes in the morning and online classes in the afternoon. Teachers design their online afternoon lessons with the assumption that their students — the majority of whom attend in-person morning lessons — are up to speed on their most recent classes. But some students — namely, those who only attend afternoon online lessons — aren’t privy to in-person lessons and therefore require extra help to keep up, says Jerome. “Teachers are working at home to respond to remote-only student emails and to devise alternative work for them to do. This is during the time they should be spending with their family. It’s completely unacceptable,” Jerome told The Spectator. In a letter to its membership, obtained by The Spectator, representatives at OSSTF said teachers “are feeling stressed and overwhelmed trying to provide two full periods of face-to-face instruction every day, as well as two classes of remote learning, and, on top of that, provide work for the students that are at home on alternating days and for students who are entirely remote.” The representatives also write that parents of online-only students are “becoming angry” with teachers and complaining that their children are not receiving the support they need. “There are not enough hours in the day (and, for many, the evening) to prepare different types of lessons for students that are fully doing remote learning,” the letter reads. The students who chose to follow a synchronous timetable from home are different from the students who chose the board’s e-Learning option, offered just prior to school reopenings. The e-Learning program allows for remote learning with teachers but is completely asynchronous from the school’s in-person timetable and instead lets students learn at their own pace and without classmates. Many parents, sensing a need for their children to learn at a synchronous pace but apprehensive of sending them to classrooms, opted for synchronous learning that allows their children to attend afternoon remote-learning lessons along with the students who attend in-person classes. Peter Sovran, associate director of learning at the HWDSB, says the board is working with the union to make adjustments where possible. “We know there’s a bit of an adjustment period at the beginning of the semester, and that’s why we’re providing lots of professional learning and development to teachers,” Sovran said. In August, as the HWDSB and Hamilton’s Catholic board prepared for school reopenings, the boards opted to establish virtual schools for elementary students, complete with full-day learning and teachers assigned solely to online classes. For secondary schools, the board decided that online classrooms would be organized and taught by teachers already assigned to in-person classes. “When teachers are instructing in the classroom, that’s where their full attention is,” said Sovran. “At no time is a teacher being given more students than they would have if they weren’t in this situation, nor have they been given assignments that would have been any different.” According to one HWDSB teacher, who The Spectator agreed not to name so as not to jeopardize her job security, the hours spent teaching online-only students can often extend past school’s typical end time because of all the students who’ve opted to learn entirely remotely. “My day is overfull without having the added layer of remote-only learners. The workload is untenable. I have been teaching for over 20 years and am overwhelmed after just one week of trying to provide a full, 2.5 hours of face-to-face instruction daily, as well as two afternoon classes of remote learning, on top of providing work for remote-only students,” the teacher said. “I do not take my lunch break and I work through my preparation time on a daily basis. I multitask as much as possible … and I work in the evenings at home. Usually, I work right after school and again from approximately 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. once my son goes to bed.”Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
TANZANIA, Tanzania — The United States butted heads with China and Russia at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at this year’s COVID-distanced U.N. General Assembly meeting.The remarks at the U.N. Security Council’s ministerial meeting on the assembly’s sidelines came just after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decried the lack of international co-operation in tackling the still “out-of-control” coronavirus.The sharp exchanges, at the end of a virtual meeting on “Post COVID-19 Global Governance,” reflected the deep divisions among the three veto-wielding council members that have escalated since the virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in January. They also crackled with an energy and action that the prerecorded set pieces of leader speeches at the virtual meeting have thus far lacked.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, speaking first, stressed the importance of U.N.-centred multilateralism and alluded to countries — including the U.S. — opting out of making a COVID-19 vaccine a global public good available to people everywhere.“In such a challenging moment, major countries are even more duty-bound to put the future of humankind first, discard Cold War mentality and ideological bias and come together in the spirit of partnership to tide over the difficulties,” Wang said.And in a jab at U.S. and European Union sanctions including on Russia, Syria and others, he said: “Unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction needs to be opposed in order to safeguard the authority and sanctity of international law.”Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the pandemic and its “common misfortune did not iron out interstate differences, but to the contrary deepened them.”“In a whole number of countries there is a temptation to look abroad for those who are responsible for their own internal problems,” he said. “And we see attempts on the part of individual countries to use the current situation in order to move forward their narrow interests of the moment in order to settle the score with the undesirable governments or geopolitical competitors.”All that was too much for the United States’ U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft, who opened her remarks late in the meeting with a blunt rejoinder.“Shame on each of you. I am astonished and disgusted by the content of today’s discussion,” Craft said. She said some representatives were “squandering this opportunity for political purposes.”“President Trump has made it very clear: We will do whatever is right, even if it’s unpopular, because, let me tell you what, this is not a popularity contest,” Craft said.She quoted Trump’s speech Tuesday to the virtual opening of the General Assembly’s leaders meeting in which he said that to chart a better future, “we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.”“The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to hide the origins of this virus, minimize its danger, and suppress scientific co-operation (that) transformed a local epidemic into a global pandemic,” Craft said, adding that these actions “prove that not all member states are equally committed to public health, transparency , and their international obligations.”But she ended her remarks saying one lesson from the pandemic is the need for “unity, not division,” and calling for council members “to work together in transparency and in good faith.”Chinese U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun asked for the floor at the end of the meeting and delivered a lengthy retort, saying “China resolutely opposes and rejects the baseless accusations by the United States.”“Abusing the platform of the U.N. and its Security Council, the U.S. has been spreading political virus and disinformation, and creating confrontation and division,” Zhang said.Zhang said: “The U.S. should understand that its failure in handling COVID-19 is totally its fault.”Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia expressed regret that Craft used Thursday’s meeting “to make unfounded accusations” against one council member. and quoting Lavrov saying the crisis has shown the need for “the interdependence, interconnectedness of all states without exception in all walks of life.”Responding to Craft’s call for unity, he said, “It’s hard to disagree with that. But unfortunately, the crux of her statement, its form and its tone, do not correspond to that appeal at all.”The United Nations chief said in opening the Security Council meeting that the world failed to co-operate in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Guterres said that if the world responds to even more catastrophic challenges with the same disunity and disarray, “I fear the worst.”He said the international community’s failure “was the result of a lack of global preparedness, co-operation, unity and solidarity.”Guterres pointed to the nearly 1 million people around the world that the coronavirus has killed, the more than 30 million who have been infected.He said the global response is more and more fragmented, and “as countries go in different directions, the virus goes in every direction.”What is needed more, Guterres said, is a co-operation that not only involves nations but includes global and regional organizations, international financial institutions, trade alliances and others including the business community, civil society, cities and regions, academia and young people.Lavrov also praised the World Health Organization for acting professionally and providing “effective preventive steps” to minimize the pandemic’s effect. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the WHO, accusing the U.N. agency of being under Chinese influence.___Edith M. Lederer, chief U.N. correspondent for The Associated Press, has been covering world affairs for nearly a half-century. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EdithLedererAPEdith M. Lederer, The Associated Press
COPENHAGEN — Norway’s 83-year-old King Harald V was admitted to the main hospital in Oslo on Friday with breathing difficulties, the Norwegian palace said. It added that he tested negative for COVID-19.The palace said his son, Crown Prince Haakon, has stepped in and taken over his father’s duties, including a scheduled meeting with the Norwegian government.“The king is now being examined. COVID-19 is already excluded,” the palace said in a later statement.Harald ascended the throne upon the death of his father King Olav on Jan. 17, 1991.The country’s first native-born king since the 14th century, he married a commoner as a prince and won hearts in his egalitarian country by leading the mourning in 2011 for the victims of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.In 2016, a speech by Harald in support of gay rights and diversity attracted widespread international attention. “Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and girls and boys who love each other,” he said.The speech was shared tens of thousands of times on social media.Earlier this year, Harald was briefly admitted to Rikshospitalet, the capital's university hospital, after experiencing dizziness. No serious illness was found, but the monarch was on sick leave for two weeks.The Associated Press
The main event at a demonstration protesting COVID-19 restrictions last weekend north of Montreal was a speech by Steeve L'Artiss Charland, one-time leader of a far-right group that has since faded from view.In a parking lot in Mont-Tremblant, Que., Charland told a crowd of around 75 about his miraculous recovery from a childhood illness that had stumped doctors. He then told them they were part of a cosmic struggle of good against evil."It's us against them," Charland said to applause. "We're in a spiritual war. We're in a war of darkness against light."The opposition to public health measures in Quebec has given many figures in the province's foundering far-right movement a chance to re-invent themselves, and to find new audiences.Charland had been one of the leaders of the Islamophobic group La Meute before leaving last year amid an internal power struggle.The infighting, according to researchers who monitor the group, contributed to La Meute's decline in popularity.Charland, meanwhile, has become an active spokesperson for the movement against COVID-19 restrictions. He's been criss-crossing the province to take part in demonstrations. Several other prominent organizers in what's colloquially known as the anti-mask movement also have close ties to Quebec's far right. The group behind a large demonstration in Montreal earlier this month, for instance, is headed by Stéphane Blais, a fringe politician who has courted far-right supporters for years.WATCH | Anti-mask protesters march in Montreal on Sept. 12His political party, Citoyens au Pouvoir, received less than one per cent of the vote in the last provincial election.But the non-profit organization he founded in the spring to challenge public health rules claims to have raised $400,000. In Montreal, he spoke to a crowd of several thousand people."The far-right movement had kind of died down last year before some of them recycled the anti-mask issue," said Roxane Martel-Perron, a specialist in right-wing extremist groups at the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence in Montreal.The movement in Quebec has drawn a wide range of other figures into its orbit as well, including evangelical pastors, libertarian radio hosts and conspiracy theorists.Their interests sometimes intersect only tangentially, but for the moment these unusual alliances have managed to organize recurring demonstrations across the province, with more slated this weekend. Together, they are seeking to undermine the government's efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Blurred linesAlong with members of the far right, the organizational core of the movement in Quebec is composed of conspiracy theorists, though the distinction between the two is not always clear.The career arc of Quebec's best-known conspiracy theorist, Alexis Cossette-Trudel, illustrates the fuzziness.Before starting his own YouTube channel, Radio-Québec, Cossette-Trudel was a frequent contributor to several far-right media outlets in the province.With Radio-Québec, he was among the first to translate into French material from QAnon, a conspiracy movement that began in the U.S. and believes the world is run by a cabal of satanic pedophiles. QAnon theories are often overtly racist or anti-Semitic. Since the pandemic began, Cossette-Trudel has focused almost exclusively on criticizing the public health rules put in place by Quebec and Ottawa. Subscriptions to his YouTube channel have increased nearly fourfold.His criticisms are often variations of QAnon theories, such as his recent baseless claim that Premier François Legault is exaggerating the threat of COVID-19 as part of an international plot to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from being re-elected.Cossette-Trudel uses his social media reach — his personal Facebook page has 36,000 followers — to promote demonstrations where people rally against COVID-19 restrictions. His speeches at these events are often shared widely by participants.Last week, Cossette-Trudel was a guest on the top-rated lunch-hour radio show in the Quebec City area. The radio station, CHOI 98.1 FM (Radio X), is known for airing populist conservative opinions, often with a libertarian bent. Its hosts and on-air personalities have repeatedly criticized Quebec's public health restrictions, saying they are not justified by current infection rates (experts say the province is already being hit by a second wave).One Radio X columnist, Éric Duhaime, even organized his own demonstration in August. It attracted more than 1,000 people in Quebec City."To force me to wear a mask, to threaten me with $600 tickets — I'm sorry, we're not in communist China here. We live in a democracy," he said in a video ahead of his rally.Though these on-air figures try to distance themselves from conspiracy theorists, the distinction, again, is not always clear.When Cossette-Trudel appeared on the lunch-hour radio show, host Jeff Fillion said he was interviewing a "star" whose work was "very detailed and well researched."Evangelicals step into the publicNext month, Cossette-Trudel and Charland are scheduled to speak at a protest in Montreal that is billed as a "demonstration-gospel concert."A poster for the event features the names of several evangelical preachers who have become active supporters of the movement.An evangelical media outlet, ThéoVox, has even taken to broadcasting live from some demonstrations, and produces polished video interviews with organizers and prominent speakers.André Gagné, a Concordia University professor who studies the Christian right, said it is unusual for evangelical groups in Quebec to engage in politics, but a small number appear to be influenced by pastors in the U.S. who have publicly opposed public health rules.This particular strain of evangelicalism, Gagné said, associates government control with godless communism or socialism.It is rooted in an apocalyptic world view that shares many similarities with QAnon-style conspiracy thinking, with its paranoia of secret programs out to control us through vaccines or internet towers."This very much parallels the eschatological fictions that have developed in some evangelical circles about the eventual rise of a one-world government headed by an anti-Christ," Gagné said. This mode of thinking might appear to clash with other spiritual groups that have also joined the protests, such as advocates of new-age therapies. But Martin Geoffroy, an academic who has studied both new-age and right-wing movements, suggested focusing instead on the fundamental values they do share."The common thing is that they are all anti-authority movements," said Geoffroy, who heads CEFIR, the anti-radicalization research centre at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, a public francophone college in Longueuil."Conspiracy theories help them to create a parallel reality where they are the authorities."
Race-based data shows that Black Canadians are far more likely to get sick and be hospitalized for COVID-19 than other ethnic groups. A new study looking at antibodies in the blood of Black Canadians aims to understand the reasons in an effort to reduce the impact of the disease on Black communities.The study is being led by Dr. Upton Allen, chief of infectious diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He says the data shows that across North America, Black communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, according to data from cities like Toronto and Ottawa, and organizations such as the Edmonton-based African Canadian Civic Engagement Council and the Innovative Research Group.In Toronto, for example, data from May 20 to July 16 found that Black patients made up 21 per cent of COVID-19 cases, even though they were only nine per cent of the population."What is less clear in the Canadian context is why?" Allen said. "We suspect that it has to do with the types of exposures that people have. However, we really need the data to substantiate that." Researchers suspect that a number of risk factors might play a role: * The work that people in the communities do, including how many are front-line workers and how many work several different jobs at different locations to make ends meet. * Living conditions, such as crowded, multigenerational homes. * Pre-existing medical conditions that can increase risk, such as obesity and diabetes, which are often associated with poverty.In order to find out if that's the case, the study will be recruiting 2,000 Black Canadians and 1,000 non-Black Canadians from across the country, including both adults and children over two years old. Participants will answer a questionnaire and do a blood test for two types of antibodies: * One that indicates whether the person has been infected with COVID-19. * Another, called a neutralizing antibody, that provides immunity against the virus.Participants will get their results and can opt to be retested over two years."This is important because it provides information for the individual that gives them some idea of their level of protection over time but also provides an idea of overall protection within the community," Allen said.He said he hopes the study will show: * The extent to which certain communities are protected (or not protected) over time by "herd immunity," whereby so many people are immune that the virus can't easily spread. * The biggest risk factors in certain communities, and therefore what measures need to be ramped up to minimize risk of further outbreaks in those communities. * Opportunities for support, such as providing a place for infected people to self-isolate.Allen said he's been working for several months to get communities involved in the project."It's all about trust," he said, "recognizing that we are doing this research to benefit the community."WATCH | Scientists dig into why Black Canadians are more likely to be sick or hospitalized with COVID-19:Why community involvement is crucialPatrick Shaw has volunteered to participate in the study and is helping to recruit other participants. He runs a youth organization in Toronto called Sister's Keeper Basketball and began connecting with the community about COVID-19 after learning about the high rate of the disease in Black communities."We were asking them, you know, 'Did you get tested?... Do you know where to get tested?' And they were saying, 'No,'" he said.He said Black communities in Toronto consist of multiple cultures that think in different ways, and culture itself can pose a challenge.Some people are distrustful of doctors because of bad experiences in the countries they came from, Shaw said, and many others don't have a family doctor — relying on walk-in clinics — which doesn't allow them to build trust with the medical community."If they don't trust you," he said, "they're not going to believe anything you say."Shaw said having people on the ground that community members trust will be key to the study's success.Cheryl Prescod, executive director of Black Creek Community Health Centre, has been setting up mobile COVID-19 testing centres in her northwest Toronto community, which has been a hot spot for the disease.She, too, has been helping to recruit participants for the study. Prescod said most of the people in the community live in apartments and take public transit to work, and many have jobs that put them in contact with other people."We need to think about neighbourhoods like this in a very unique way," she said. "And we have to think about what are the characteristics that will increase that spread."WATCH | Black Canadians hit harder by COVID-19, study reveals:Socioeconomic versus genetic factorsDr. David Naylor, co-chair of the federal government's Immunity Task Force, is among those keen to see the study's results. The task force's job is to look at antibodies and other markers of immunity to better understand how COVID-19 has spread and "where it's touched down hardest.""Data in Ontario are pretty clear, you know — two to four times higher rates of, variously, infection, intensive care unit hospitalization and death among diverse neighbourhoods," he said. "So understanding the spread of this disease in those neighbourhoods by looking at more than simply confirmed diagnostics is pretty valuable."Naylor said he wonders how much of the disease's impact on Black communities is due to socioeconomic conditions, "and how much could be genetic?"He said he's interested in the details about what subgroups within Black communities are hit hardest."Are there differences across ethnic racial groups? Are there special markers?... This kind of information will help public health officials, that'll help clinicians, that'll help community leaders, above all, to think about how they can protect those communities."The task force is currently looking for proposals to study COVID-19 "hot spots" — groups of workers or neighbourhoods with high concentrations of cases, and Naylor said he has encouraged Allen to submit his study.For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
It felt a bit like Christmas morning at Stewart Harris's Wolfville, N.S., home last week.With his wife, daughter and granddaughters looking on, he carefully opened a small manila envelope that had arrived all the way from the U.K. He reached inside and pulled out army identification tags attached to a long metal chain — a family heirloom that until recently he didn't know was missing.The dog tags belonged to his late father, Cpl. Ian Harris, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1951-1966. "He's been gone a while so it's pretty nice," said Harris, his voice catching as he looked down at the family history in his hands. "[I have] thoughts of the people who held onto them for all those years and found us and got them back to us."It was Josie Bennett who first stumbled on the tags in a field outside of Dover, England, in 1956."Just playing in the field there, she found the dog tags, picked them up and kept them all these years," Bennett's neice Ali Roberts, who lives in Wrexham, Wales, told CBC's Information Morning earlier this month. The small metal necklace was in "remarkably good condition," said Roberts, with Ian Harris's initials and rank clearly visible: IN Harris, airman. Roberts's aunt kept the tags for more than 60 years and this summer asked her niece to put her genealogy sleuthing skills to good use and help solve the mystery.It only took about 12 hours for Roberts to find Harris on Facebook and send him a message. When Harris confirmed his father's service number with the number on the dog tags, Roberts said she became "extremely excited.""And I know my Auntie Josie as well was just so emotional and so happy because she'd kept them all these years," she said.Harris's daughter Erica and two granddaughters, seven-year-old Edith and four-year-old Agnes, have been staying with him and his wife, Deb, since the pandemic arrived in Nova Scotia this spring.It provided the perfect opportunity for the children to learn more about the great-grandfather they never got to meet."It just brings up a whole bunch of emotions," said Deb Harris. "It's wonderful to see his name again and validate him by talking about him, and sort of bringing a little piece of him back to us, which I think is really, really special."Ian Harris was born in 1932 and joined the Royal Canadian Air force about six years after the Second World War ended. He was an instrument technician who worked on the aircraft, first in Germany, then later in Newfoundland before his family returned to Nova Scotia and settled in Greenwood.Harris would have been just 18 months old in 1956, the year his father's dog tags were discovered. His father, who died in 2011 at 79, never mentioned them and he doesn't know how they came to be left in a field outside of Dover. But he knows his dad would have been excited to see them again.After serving in the military for 14 years, Ian Harris went back to night school to get enough high school credits so he could study education at Acadia University.He became a history teacher and spent the rest of his career working at a junior high school. "He'd definitely want to know the whole story behind Ali and her aunt and how they found the tags and then he'd be starting to tell me stories about where he might or might not have lost them, whether or not there was a pub involved," Harris chuckled.Roberts said it's been an emotional journey for her family, too."We all feel so passionately that things like this belong with the family," she said. She's asked for photos of the dog tags' homecoming to share with her aunt."It's remarkable, really," Harris said. "Most people would have just done away with them, I expect so it's quite something that they did that and actually that Ali was able to find me."MORE TOP STORIES
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Just four days into the new school year, Trevor Boutilier's five-year-old son was sent home from his Ottawa kindergarten with a runny nose and slight cough, and told to stay away until he'd had a COVID-19 test and was symptom free. The local testing center was overrun, so Boutilier drove his son miles out of the city to a small town for the test. "If you're going to send them home and have them get COVID tested for every runny nose and every sniffle then you're never going to have any kids in school," Boutilier said.
LOS ANGELES — A radio reporter taken into custody while covering a demonstration the night two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were shot will not be criminally charged, the county's district attorney's office said Thursday.Josie Huang, a journalist for NPR affiliate KPCC, was slammed to the ground by deputies and accused of interfering with the arrest of a protester outside a hospital Sept. 12.After she was released from jail, Huang tweeted she was “filming an arrest when suddenly deputies shout ‘back up.’ Within seconds, I was getting shoved around. There was nowhere to back up.”In cellphone video of the incident, Huang can be heard shouting, “I’m a reporter. ... I’m with KPCC” as she tumbles to the pavement. She said she was wearing a press pass.Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Huang, 39, was too close to the deputies during the man’s arrest. But the Los Angeles County's District Attorney's Office said “it does not appear that she was intentionally attempting to interfere with the deputies, but merely trying to record” the incident.“Ms. Huang was in a public area filming a protest. When asked to back up, she is almost immediately grabbed by deputies and taken to the ground, giving her little if any time to comply,” prosecutors wrote in a memo declining to file criminal charges.The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A letter from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press condemning the arrest and calling for the charges against Huang to be dropped was signed by 64 media organizations, including The Associated Press.The Associated Press
The United States said on Thursday it would provide more than $720 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Syria, plus nearly $152 million for Africa's Sahel region and almost $108 million for South Sudan. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun made the announcement on Syria at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. At the same event, acting USAID Administrator John Barsa announced nearly $108 million for the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
By Wednesday of the first week of virtual school, James Frodyma was frustrated.The Toronto father says a combination of technical issues, a sick call, and staffing shortages meant his children, attending Grade 3, Grade 1, and junior kindergarten in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), haven't been taught a thing."I have 3 kids starting virtual learning today and it's a total mess," he tweeted earlier this week."My 3rd grader's teacher sent a message at 8:30am that he's not available today, my 1st grader has no teacher assigned and my little guy is starting JK and TDSB didn't activate his account!" the tweet continued."I know that it's a big learning curve for everyone, parents and children, teachers ... and even for the school board," he explained to CBC News over the phone."So I have sympathy for everyone, but we have three kids in the house, three different grades, and nobody's been able to get going yet."He's just one of thousands of parents coping with the delays as the TDSB pushed the start of virtual classes back to this week. The board is scrambling to hire and train enough teachers after thousands of children switched from in-class to online learning.And Frodyma is even starting to worry his kids might fall behind their peers attending in-person classes or in virtual school with other boards."They've been out of school for close to 200 days since last March break, and we're still not up and running," he said. Todd Cunningham, a clinical and school psychologist with the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, says Frodyma's concern is a valid one.'The summer slide'"We know from past research about what's called the summer slide," he explained."When children who either don't have access to materials due to impoverished families, or don't have the opportunity to practise if those tools are available, they do not continue ... the same gains compared to those who do have access," Cunningham told CBC Toronto, adding that teacher-led online classes are needed as soon as possible."In the typical summer ... those who don't have access can actually fall behind by two to three months in their reading, spelling, mathematical development," he explained."We're now into seven months now that they have had disrupted education going on. And now, if we continue to have more disruptive education is happening, I think parents should be concerned about it."Cunningham says online learning means parents will need to take a more active role in their children's education. "It's more important than ever that we're spending 15 minutes and reading to them. That helps with the development of vocabulary. It helps expand the knowledge. It helps them to understand genres and how language is used," he said.."So, there's definitely going to be some work that parents should be doing with their kids to help help with this."
Canada's national air traffic controller is laying off 720 people and closing flight information centres in at least two major airports, including Winnipeg, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts — which amount to nearly 15 per cent of the corporation’s workforce — were announced as the country’s aviation industry is collapsing “like a wildfire” amid COVID-19 lockdowns and dwindling air travel, increasing demands for emergency aid from the federal government. Canadian airline revenues in 2020 will fall by $14.6 billion or 43 per cent from last year, according to estimates from the International Air Transport Association. In Manitoba, Nav Canada is also assessing whether further cost-cutting measures will be enforced at four other locations: Brandon, Churchill, Flin Flon and The Pas. “The layoffs affect all departments across the company,” Nav Canada spokesman Brian Boudreau confirmed in a statement to the Free Press Thursday. That includes advisory services, weather safety assessment, aeronautical operations and student trainees who work for Nav Canada. “We continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic,” he said. “And will continue to take steps as they are necessary to align service with traffic levels while maintaining the integrity of the air navigation system.” But as two out of Canada’s seven flight information centres close in Winnipeg and Halifax, it remains to be seen how vital air safety and navigation data will be provided to pilots or dispatchers in those areas. The closest centre to Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport is two provinces away, in Alberta. Services in Kamloops, Whitehorse, Edmonton, London and Quebec City continue in the meantime, said Boudreau, adding the responsibility will fall on them to fulfill the role of centres that have shuttered. As a non-profit organization, Nav Canada’s revenue comes from its aviation customers — such as regional or international airliners, helicopter businesses and charter or cargo operators. While income from cargo operations has sustained pre-pandemic levels, revenue expected from all other sources has come to a standstill. Dan Rutherford, manager of business development at Fast Air Ltd., said he’s “confident these cuts will create a very unsafe environment for airlines” such as his Winnipeg-based aviation company. “But I’m not entirely surprised to see these cuts because the industry is staffed for a reality that doesn’t exist right now,” he said. “The fact is, this is adding on top of the pressure we’re already seeing with increased operator and airliner fees at airports while we struggle to make any ends meet.” The closures and layoffs as a result of revenue declines have renewed a sense of urgency to demands for relief dedicated to the aviation sector, as the Liberals’ throne speech mentioned “support for regional routes for airlines” without sharing any other details on Wednesday. The governor-general’s address in Ottawa was the first time since late May when then-finance minister Bill Morneau announced the waiving of ground lease rents for airports until the end of 2020. Since then, there has been no direct financial aid from the federal government. A joint-statement issued Thursday by Conservative MPs Marty Morantz (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley), James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman and shadow minister for national defence), and Stephanie Kusie (Calgary Midnapore and shadow minister for transport) said: “When Canada had a shortage of personal protective equipment at the start of this pandemic, it was aviation workers who stepped up and worked to bring shipments of PPE to frontline workers. When Canadians were stranded abroad, it was aviation workers who helped bring them back to Canada to be reunited with their families. Aviation workers have stepped up when Canadians needed them. “The Trudeau government must step up and deliver a plan to help these workers get back on their feet.” “We’re all nibbling around the bits to cut any costs wherever we can,” said Tyler MacAfee, speaking on behalf of Winnipeg Airports Authority in an interview. “But our core costs will remain the same no matter what, and we aren’t hearing anything concrete from the government.” Currently at a staggering average of about 10 per cent activity, most Canadian airports — from St. John’s to Vancouver — continue to voice concerns heading into the fall. “It’s great to see a mention from the government for once,” said McAfee, “but now it’s time to step up and give us something concrete.”Temur Durrani, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says there is no reason to worry about a peaceful transition of power after the election. (Sept. 24)
Congressional leaders from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, swiftly pushed back Thursday after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. (Sept. 24)