Here's the latest for Tuesday, July 21st: White House defends use of federal troops in Portland; US accuses hackers of stealing COVID data; Astronauts prepare for return to earth; Arctic polar bears may die off by the end of the century.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. on Aug. 12, 2020:There are 120,421 confirmed cases in Canada._ Quebec: 60,718 confirmed (including 5,697 deaths, 53,135 resolved)_ Ontario: 40,194 confirmed (including 2,786 deaths, 36,456 resolved)_ Alberta: 11,772 confirmed (including 216 deaths, 10,552 resolved)_ British Columbia: 4,111 confirmed (including 195 deaths, 3,444 resolved)_ Saskatchewan: 1,479 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,294 resolved)_ Nova Scotia: 1,071 confirmed (including 64 deaths, 1,007 resolved)_ Manitoba: 547 confirmed (including 8 deaths, 360 resolved), 15 presumptive_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 268 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 263 resolved)_ New Brunswick: 177 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 168 resolved)_ Prince Edward Island: 36 confirmed (including 36 resolved)_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 13 resolved)_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases_ Total: 120,421 (15 presumptive, 120,406 confirmed including 8,991 deaths, 106,746 resolved)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.The Canadian Press
MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism and unease because the shots have only been studied in dozens of people.President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry's approval and said one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated. He said the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and was shown to provide lasting immunity to the coronavirus, although Russian authorities have offered no proof to back up claims of safety or effectiveness.“I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity,” Putin said. “We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”However, scientists in Russia and other countries sounded an alarm, saying that rushing to offer the vaccine before final-stage testing could backfire. What's called a Phase 3 trial — which involves tens of thousands of people and can take months — is the only way to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and really works.By comparison, vaccines entering final-stage testing in the U.S. require studies of 30,000 people each. Two vaccine candidates already have begun those huge studies, with three more set to get underway by fall.“Fast-tracked approval will not make Russia the leader in the race, it will just expose consumers of the vaccine to unnecessary danger,” said Russia’s Association of Clinical Trials Organizations, in urging government officials to postpone approving the vaccine without completed advanced trials.While Russian officials have said large-scale production of the vaccine wasn't scheduled until September, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said vaccination of doctors could start as early as this month. Officials say they will be closely monitored after the injections. Mass vaccination may begin as early as October.“We expect tens of thousands of volunteers to be vaccinated within the next months,” Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the vaccine, told reporters.The vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow with assistance from Russia's Defence Ministry uses a different virus -- the common cold-causing adenovirus -- that’s been modified to carry genes for the “spike” protein that coats the coronavirus, as a way to prime the body to recognize if a real COVID-19 infection comes along.That’s a similar technology as vaccines being developed by China’s CanSino Biologics and Britain’s Oxford University and AstraZeneca — but unlike those companies, Russian scientists haven't published any scientific information about how the vaccine has performed in animal tests or in early-stage human studies.Dmitriev said even as Russian doctors and teachers start getting vaccinated, advanced trials are set to start Wednesday that will involve “several thousand people” and span several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and possibly Brazil.The Associated Press couldn't find documentation in the Russian Health Ministry's records indicating that permission to start the advanced trials was granted. The ministry has not responded to a request for comment.Putin said one of his daughters has received two doses, and had minor side effects such as slight fever, and is now “feeling well and has a high number of antibodies.” It wasn't clear if she was one of the study volunteers.The Health Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the vaccine is expected to provide immunity from the coronavirus for up to two years, citing its experience with vaccines made with similar technology.However, scientists around the world have been cautioning that even if vaccine candidates are proven to work, it will take even more time to tell how long the protection will last.“The collateral damage from release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably,” Imperial College London immunology professor Danny Altmann said in a statement Tuesday.The World Health Organization has urged that all vaccine candidates go through full stages of testing before being rolled out, and said Tuesday it is in touch with the Russian scientists and “looks forward to reviewing” Russia’s study data. Experts have warned that vaccines that are not properly tested can cause harm in many ways — from harming health to creating a false sense of security or undermining trust in vaccinations.Becoming the first country in the world to approve a vaccine was a matter of national prestige for the Kremlin as it tries to assert the image of Russia as a global power. Putin repeatedly praised Russia’s effective response to the outbreak in televised addresses to the nation, while some of Moscow’s top officials – including the country’s prime minister and Putin’s own spokesperson – became infected.And the U.S., Britain and Canada last month accused Russia of using hackers to steal vaccine research from Western labs. Russia has denied involvement.Russia has so far registered 897,599 coronavirus cases, including 15,131 deaths.The Gamaleya Institute’s director, Alexander Gintsburg, raised eyebrows in May when he said that he and other researchers tried the vaccine on themselves before the start of human studies.Those trials started June 17 with 76 volunteers. Half were injected with a vaccine in liquid form and the other half with a vaccine that came as soluble powder. Some in the first group were recruited from the military, which raised concerns that servicemen may have been pressured to participate. The test was declared completed earlier this month.“It’s a too early stage to truly assess whether it’s going to be effective, whether it’s going to work or not,” said Dr. Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at England's University of Southampton.It's not Russia's first controversial vaccine. Putin has bragged that Russian scientists delivered an Ebola vaccine that “proved to be the most effective in the world” and “made a real contribution to fighting the Ebola fever in Africa.” However, there is little evidence either of the two Ebola vaccines approved in Russia was widely used in Africa. As of 2019, both of those vaccines were listed by the WHO as “candidate vaccines.”___AP medical writers Maria Cheng in London and Lauran Neergaard in Alexandria, Virginia, contributed to this report.Vladimir Isachenkov And Daria Litvinova, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — “America's Got Talent” topped the ratings last week, but it faces the absence of Simon Cowell, seriously injured in an electric bicycle accident.Cowell, the NBC talent contest's creator and linchpin of its judging panel, underwent surgery for a broken back last Saturday, just before the show kicked off its live episodes this week.Kelly Clarkson, who came to fame as the first “American Idol” winner when Cowell judged the singing contest, was to step in as his temporary replacement.Fox News Channel continued its summer ratings romp, with Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity's shows combining to hold nine of the top 20 prime-time slots among all viewers.Broadcast networks, mostly relying on scripted reruns with a sprinkling of reality and game shows, were in their usual seasonal slump.In prime-time last week, CBS topped broadcasters with an average of 3.7 million viewers. NBC had 2.7 million viewers, ABC had 2.3 million, Fox and Univision had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 930,000.Fox News Channel led among cable networks, averaging 3.09 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.97 million, CNN had 1.34 million, HGTV had 1.27 million and TLC had 1.22 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts, averaging 8.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.5 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.For the week of Aug. 3-9, the top 20 programs, their networks and viewerships:“America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 6.16 million.“NCIS,” CBS, 4.91 million.“America's Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.41 million.“Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 4.4 million.“60 Minutes Presents,” CBS, 4.14 million.“Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Monday), Fox News, 4.08 million.“FBI,” CBS, 4.06 million.“Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Friday), Fox News, 4.01 million.“Hannity” (Wednesday), Fox News, 3.98 million.“Hannity” (Tuesday), Fox News, 3.97 million.“Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Tuesday), Fox News, 3.96 million.“Young Sheldon,” CBS, 3.95 million.“Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Wednesday), Fox News, 3.89 million.“Yellowstone,” Paramount, 3.83 million.“Hannity" (Thursday), Fox News, 3.81 million.“World of Dance,” NBC, 3.81 million.“Hannity” (Monday), Fox News, 3.73 million.“Great AtHome Videos,” CBS, 3.71 million.“Blue Bloods,” CBS, 3.71 million.“Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 3.66 million.“Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 3.66 million.“The Rachel Maddow Show” (Thursday), MSNBC, 3.59 million.Lynn Elber, The Associated Press
Monday was a tough day for Bill Morneau and a good day for those who want to speculate about whether Bill Morneau will continue to be the finance minister for much longer.First came word that Mark Carney, the highly regarded and dapper former governor of the Bank of Canada, has been advising Justin Trudeau as the Liberal government turns its attention to rebuilding the economy. Then came a report from the Globe and Mail that alleged "clashes" between Trudeau and Morneau and suggested Carney was one of several candidates to replace him as finance minister.Trudeau offered his full support for Morneau on Tuesday, but that is unlikely to discourage rumours.Speculating about a cabinet shuffle is rarely a good use of anyone's time — the number of people who are directly aware of what the prime minister is thinking about his cabinet on any given day is usually in the single digits. It's not too early to assess Morneau's time as finance minister — an era that has been as eventful and perhaps even important as it has been ungraceful. But, for Trudeau, the question is whether the finance minister of the last five years is the right finance minister for the next, pivotal year.Questions about Morneau's future had already been revived before Carney entered the scene. As the Canada student service grant crumbled under the weight of the WE affair, some of the wreckage fell on the finance minister's head and, for the second time, Morneau found himself having to explain why he hadn't managed his personal affairs in an unimpeachable fashion — reminding everyone, in the process, that he is a very wealthy man.A similar sequence played out three years ago when Morneau made a push for tax reform. The first problem in that case was the government's slow and insufficient response to the concerted campaign against the finance department's proposals. Then reporters started looking into Morneau's own financial assets.It turned out he had failed to disclose a numbered company he owned — a company that owned a villa in France, though he had disclosed the villa. Then it was discovered he hadn't put his investment holdings in a blind trust. On that issue, Morneau was ultimately found to have not breached the Conflict of Interest Act, but by then he had already divested himself of his family's business in an attempt to end questions about his ethical standing.Whatever else might be said of the finance minister, he has now twice turned out to be oblivious to his own vulnerabilities (though the same could be said of his boss).Though he has gotten more comfortable in the public square, Morneau is not a naturally gifted or exciting politician. That's not a moral failing. But it can be a problem for someone who is working in politics.In the first four years, his biggest moments came in private settings. In June 2016, less than a year into the job, Morneau got the provinces to agree to expand the Canada Pension Plan. A year later, he negotiated new health accords with the provincial governments. In 2018, he led the government team that negotiated the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Opinions may differ on whether any or all of those deals were particularly good or bad, but they were assuredly not insignificant. Morneau is said to be valued internally and an important voice for fiscal restraint. He is one of the few Liberals with significant experience in business. For good or otherwise, his budgets have also produced a handful of potential legacy items — from gender-based analysis to "superclusters" to the Canada Infrastructure Bank.Shifting goal postsFor all the grief directed at Morneau for the larger-than-promised deficits that the Liberal government ran between 2015 and 2019, it's also possible he has presided over a significant shifting of the goal posts on fiscal policy. In late July, the editorial board of the Globe and Mail declared that, "austerity wasn't the right path before the pandemic, and it can't be the road chosen after it."The unprecedented spending that Morneau oversaw this spring will be studied by historians and economists for decades to come. Though the marks from impartial observers have generally been favourable, there have been complaints. Morneau himself has acknowledged that the commercial rent assistance program could have been better designed. A more generous wage subsidy, launched earlier, might have also prevented some of the early job losses.That wage subsidy was reportedly one of several points of dispute between Morneau and Trudeau — with the Globe's sources casting Trudeau in a better light. One counterargument goes that debates between prime minister and finance minister are natural and healthy. Trudeau and Morneau apparently worked well enough together through the first four years, but a real clash of styles now could bode ill.Difficult decisionsThe recent damage to Morneau's credibility might be difficult to overcome — it's possible the ethics commissioner will come back this fall with a ruling that Morneau violated ethics rules on at least one count. But the act of replacing one's finance minister in the midst of an economic crisis carries some risk too.Either way, the burden on the finance minister over the next year could be significant, both internally and externally. The task of transitioning away from emergency supports and reforming employment insurance to handle a larger number of recipients will be fraught with the potential for trouble. Going into next year's budget there will be difficult decisions to make about how new spending is directed and then those choices will have to be defended — as hard as 2020 has been, the task of beginning to shape the post-2020 world might be even more profound.It's very easy to speculate that someone other than Morneau might be better equipped to deal with that.Liberals might be excited by Carney's resume and star power, but there were Liberals who were excited about Michael Ignatieff too. Chrystia Freeland might seem like a leading candidate, but she also seems to be serving the prime minister well as his official deputy. Treasury Board president Jean-Yves Duclos, a former economist, might be a policy wonk's dream — and he has increasingly come to the fore as a spokesman for the government — but it might be hard to imagine him interacting with Bay Street. It's fun to guess. But beyond the speculation and gossip, a wounded prime minister is looking to seize a unique moment and set a new agenda over the next year. His choice of finance minister will be no small part of that.
Cars with B.C. licence plates are so rare in Blaine, Wash., these days that immigration lawyer Len Saunders does a double take every time he sees one.Saunders says the city just south of Surrey with a population of about 5,500 people has turned into a ghost town since the border closed in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic."There are no Canadians in this town," he said. "For a town along the border that relies on Canadian customers, it's shocking to see."Prior to the pandemic, Blaine and Point Roberts, Wash., which shares a border with Tsawwassen, were both crawling with British Columbians searching for cheap gas, groceries and mail services, where they can pick up packages ordered online from American retailers.Blaine city manager Michael Jones says after five months without Canadian visitors, the municipality's finances have taken a wallop."We're forecasting about an 11 per cent reduction in our general fund revenue, which is primarily driven by tax dollars," he said."We're currently at the same staffing numbers that we were at the beginning of the year but we expect to see some very significant budget cuts next year."Point RobertsPoint to Point Parcel in Pt. Roberts was thriving before COVID-19 hit, but the border closure forced manager Beth Calder to lay off seven of her 10 employees.Calder says on a good day, she now receives about 50 packages a day, which is down from the 400 that were coming through her warehouse six days a week earlier this year."It's not something we can survive for extended periods of time," she said. "We are definitely not making enough money to cover all of our expenses."The border will remain closed for non-essential travel at least until Aug. 21 and she fears it may stretch into the holiday shopping season."Our best time of the year is from September through to the end of December," she said. "That usually helps to carry us through the next few months of the next year."ClosuresCalder says she isn't aware of any competitors that have gone out of businesses during the pandemic, but many have drastically cut their hours or closed temporarily.In Blaine, Saunders says he's aware of at least three restaurants that have gone under."You can go to a restaurant in this area and there's no waiting, even on a Saturday," he said. "It's a ghost town."Washington state has a population of 7.6 million, slightly higher than B.C.'s 5.1 million but the state has 64,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 15 times higher than in B.C.Jones says even if the border reopens, Canadians may be reluctant to travel to the U.S. if infection rates remain high."I can appreciate a Canadian perspective where you have a much lower count," he said. "It makes me wonder why would someone come visit a place with a higher risk of the virus." CBC Vancouver's Impact Team investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community and strives to hold individuals, institutions and organizations to account. If you have a story for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents are only two days away from having to decide whether to enrol their children in online or in-class instruction at Ottawa's English-language boards, but educators say the plans are still in flux.The public and Catholic boards, which both released more details of their plans Monday, are promising online learning will be more structured this fall than what previously rolled out during the pandemic, with five hours of daily learning drawn from the Ontario curriculum and clearer expectations about evaluations. The two plans differ, however, on how students will connect to their classes.The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) said students learning from home will still be part of a classroom and get guidance from a classroom teacher at the start of the day.Tom D'Amico, OCSB director of education, said in-class teachers won't be simultaneously responsible for online students."One of the things that our teachers' union [has] indicated to us in our dialogues is they do not want the classroom teacher responsible at the same time for instructing and supervising students at home and in front of them," D'Amico told CBC's Ottawa Morning."Our distance learning won't involve the teacher teaching like you might see in a university lecture hall."Instead, students at home will have access to "a combination of educators" who may come from different parts of the district, D'Amico said.The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) plan for online classes is based on maintaining students' connections with their own schools, but the board may create "virtual classrooms" involving students from across the district if enrolment numbers are especially high.Both boards said students at home and in school will be able to interact with each other using online tools, and they'll provide Chromebooks for students who don't have access to a computer. Susan Gardner, president-elect for the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (OCETFO), said while online learning is required for a safe return to school, it's also a "stop-gap" and no one's preferred option.She said the biggest question for her members is exactly who will be responsible for delivering the OCDSB's at-home version of the curriculum."Will it be the teacher who is in the classroom teaching? Is that person also going to be responsible for doing the remote learning? Or is it going to be someone else?" Gardner said.She said her understanding is the OCDSB will provide training to avoid the steep learning curve some teachers experienced during the sudden switchover to online learning in March.Both boards say remote learning will incorporate activities to avoid a full five-hour period of screen time every day.All high schoolers partially onlineThe Ministry of Education will have both boards split high school classes into cohorts that will attend class for either the first two days of the week or the last two days of the week, alternating Wednesdays.The objective is to keep class sizes in secondary schools between 12 and 17 students. In the days away from the classroom, students will have five hours of instruction and activities. "It's going to be new for everyone and challenging," said Stephanie Kirkey, interim president of the local bargaining unit for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation.Kirkey said teachers want to make sure they get adequate training on the specific suite of programs that their board wants them to adopt.She said teachers will also require more time if their lessons are meant to be relevant to students both in the school setting and at home."Our teachers really want to do the best job they can," Kirkey said."They care deeply about students and providing quality education to them. And so ensuring they have enough preparation time to deliver both in-class and remote learning opportunities to students will be really important."
Rami Kassem's nephew narrowly avoided the deadly explosion that killed more than 100 people last week, and injured thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands — he was home sick from work that day."It was a nightmare for the people over there, and bad dreams and nightmares for me and my family here," said Kassem.When 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, warehoused at the capital's port — which has been stored there for six years without safety measures — exploded, it levelled the port and collapsed buildings within a three-kilometre radius.As soon as he saw the first images, Kassem phoned his loved ones 9,000 kilometres away. "The first thing you do is to call your family to make sure they are all safe, one by one, my aunts, my uncles, my brothers, my friends." Kassem, who co-owns the coffee shop Javaroma in Yellowknife, is working with the local Islamic centre to fundraise for Islamic Relief Canada. The group is on the ground providing meals, hygiene kits and health care to people sheltering in schools, mosques and churches. "You tear when you look at the destruction after they built the country. You feel very bad. You remember those bad days that Lebanon was like this, in the wartime in the 70s and 80s."All of Kassem's family are safe but their business was damaged in the explosion."I have to support my family, but nothing is enough. With this and the harbour closed, we don't know what's going to happen," said Kassem."There are people that can't even stay in their homes." Images of the city in ruin are haunting Kassem, who lived through civil war and was shot near the heart by a sniper in 1985. Kassem's parents flew from Palestine in 1948 and became refugees in Lebanon. Kassem was born as a refugee there and was "stateless" until he became a Canadian citizen in 2001.The support flowing into Beirut makes victims of the blast "feel like they are not by themselves in the whole world," he said.Someone even drove from Hay River to Yellowknife to give Kassem support to send back home, he said. "Slowly, slowly, people will overcome, so long as Lebanese people feel there is support coming from their own people, from Canadians as well, the Canadian government, it means a lot to them," he said."We are human at the end of the day."Emergency relief Even before the blast, Lebanon was grappling with hyperinflation, food insecurity, political corruption, and the COVID-19 pandemic.Hassan Husseini, a Lebanese-Canadian expert in middle eastern politics, said despite widely acknowledged corruption affecting the Lebanese government, Canadians should not be discouraged from donating to relief organizations. "The need is so great that we need people to continue to find the best and most secure, trustworthy way to get the money [to Beirut]," he said. Husseini said there are organizations like the Canadian Red Cross and Islamic Relief Canada, which has a strong network in Lebanon.The Canadian government first offered $5 million in aid, which Husseini said was "grossly inadequate and an insult.""If you look at what other countries have given so far, Canada's contribution is on the very low end," he said. Many in the Lebanese and Arab community, and the labour movement pressured Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to give more assistance to Lebanon, he said. Canada has now committed another $25-million for humanitarian aid. Husseini said shortages of necessities like food and fuel, most of which are imports, will be made worse by the badly damaged port. "This is catastrophic for a people who have gone through a terrible economic crisis," Husseini said, adding that involves 30 years of corruption.Husseini's relatives know one port worker who died, leaving behind three children and a widow. He went to work that day for 5,000 Lebanese pounds — about the equivalent of two Canadian dollars, he said.Rebuilding a 'very beautiful' cityAfter the immediate emergency response, donations received by Islamic Relief Canada will go toward long-term rebuilding, according to the group's websiteKassem, in Yellowknife, reminisces about his city when it was rebuilt after."Once they built Beirut, it became like a star — very nice, very beautiful, good businesses. Every time I go back home for a visit I walk around the area and it brings you a nice good feeling.""Are they able to build it again? That's the question right now. I hope it's going to happen, but I'm not sure," Kassem said.
DENVER — A police department in suburban Denver faced a new set of investigations and legal problems Tuesday as scrutiny mounts over the death last year of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by officers, and other run-ins with people of colour.McClain's parents sued the Aurora Police Department and paramedics who injected their son with a sedative, saying they were seeking both accountability for the loss of a “beautiful soul” and to send a message that “racism and brutality have no place in American law enforcement.”Soon afterward, the Colorado attorney general announced a civil rights investigation into the department, the first under a new police reform law passed after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis set off global protests. The office of Attorney General Phil Weiser said it's been looking into whether Aurora officers have been depriving people of their constitutional rights for several weeks and it's separate from a probe into McClain’s death, which Gov. Jared Polis ordered in June.They are among several investigations into Aurora police, which have drawn outrage amid a national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality.Also Tuesday, the city manager and new police chief said an outside firm would review the department, including its policies and practices on use of force and discriminatory policing. The City Council already has begun an investigation of Aurora's policies on using force and ketamine, the sedative injected into McClain.“We embrace this opportunity for change and are committed to evolve for the betterment of our profession, our community and the residents we serve," Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, who was named to the post last week, said in a statement.The city declined to comment on the lawsuit from Sheneen McClain and Lawayne Mosley, who accused police of a longstanding pattern of racism and brutality.They allege that their son was unlawfully stopped on the street and that officers later sought to justify their aggressive treatment of McClain by filing an assault charge and making a notation in a police report suggesting he was connected with a gang.McClain’s parents said their son, a massage therapist, was a creative and peaceful man who played his violin for cats at shelters to ease their loneliness and wouldn't swat a fly.On Aug. 24, 2019, police stopped McClain as he walked wearing a ski mask and headphones after getting a 911 call reporting him as “sketchy.” His family said he wore the mask because he had a blood condition that caused him to get cold easily.Police body-camera video shows an officer getting out of his car, approaching McClain and saying, “Stop right there. Stop. Stop. ... I have a right to stop you because you’re being suspicious.”In the video, the officer turns around McClain, who seems startled, and repeats, “Stop tensing up.” As McClain tries to escape his grip, the officer says, “Relax, or I’m going to have to change this situation.”Other officers join to restrain McClain, and he begs them to let go, saying, “You guys started to arrest me, and I was stopping my music to listen.”Police put him in a chokehold, and paramedics gave him 500 milligrams of ketamine to calm him down, which the lawsuit says was too much for someone weighing about 140 pounds (65 kilograms).Police say McClain refused to stop walking and fought back when officers tried to take him into custody and that they thought he was trying to take an officer's gun, which the lawsuit disputes.McClain suffered cardiac arrest and was later taken off life support. A prosecutor said last year that there wasn't enough evidence to charge the officers, which the state attorney general is now reviewing.The lawsuit says two officers reported that all three of them put their weight on McClain after a chokehold. One officer estimated the collective weight to be over 700 pounds (320 kilograms).The lawsuit comes just over a week after police faced outrage for putting four Black girls on the ground and handcuffing two of them while investigating a suspected stolen car. It was later found not to be stolen.Wilson, who was interim chief, took the permanent job last week and said she’s committed to rebuilding trust and wants to empower police to think about whether they're acting on biases.She's called McClain's death tragic and said she was “angry and disgusted” by the girls’ treatment. She's taken some steps to hold officers accountable.After the girls were handcuffed, she requested an internal investigation. A prosecutor is also reviewing the officers' actions.As interim chief, she told police in response to McClain's death that they no longer had to contact a person reported as suspicious if they weren't committing a crime.When photos surfaced of police reenacting the chokehold used on McClain, she moved quickly to fire three officers, including one involved in stopping McClain.____Nieberg is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. AP reporter Thomas Peipert contributed to this report.Colleen Slevin And Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press
REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is leaving it up to school divisions to decide whether to make masks mandatory when classes reopen in September.Some teachers, doctors and parents have voiced concerns over the government's back-to-school plan, which doesn't make masks mandatory for students like several other provinces. People have also called for reduced class sizes and better building ventilation.Education Minister Gord Wyant said while 10 school divisions have stated they want a mask policy, others have not."Schools are very diverse," he told a press conference Tuesday.For example, he said, some rural schools don't have a lot of staff and students, so physical distancing isn't a problem.Wyant said the government respects decisions made by the province's 27 local school boards, which have each been tasked with developing their own safety protocols to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Those have been approved by the Ministry of Education.The Opposition NDP said the Saskatchewan Party government put together the worst back-to-school plan in the country.The government said it has spent about $2 million on buying disposable masks for schools that want them.It also announced Tuesday further guidelines for school boards to consider when it comes to putting together blueprints for classroom learning. Models should address how students can be grouped together and how many can be with a teacher.Divisions are to consult with public health officials, as well as their schools, added Wyant.For schools that opt for masks, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said Grade 4 to 12 students should wear them in busy areas such as hallways and on buses. For Grade 9 to 12 students, masks could also be worn in classrooms when there isn't enough space to stay far apart.Shahab said mask-free time will also be important, like during recess.He said schools will likely reopen when there is slightly higher transmission rate of COVID-19 in the province, compared to a few months ago. On Tuesday, health officials announced 29 new infections.Shahab said that in the fall, there will likely be more expectation for people to wear masks in public, and it should be no different in schools."We don't expect COVID transmission to increase generally, as long as we all keep doing what we're doing."He said it's a good idea for parents to teach their children how to wear masks.However, Shahab said masks are only one tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and schools should employ other efforts too, like reducing crowding.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 11, 2020Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
Many recent COVID-19 cases have been linked to social gatherings and parties, often involving young people.Jacques Martiquet, 24, however, says social experiences are necessary, especially for young people and there are ways it can be done safely.Martiquet is a self-proclaimed party expert and holds the title of chief celebration scientist at Vyve, a company that helps organizations plan drug-and-alcohol-free social events.Vyve has developed its own safe party plan — a plan that calls for gatherings but with plenty of social distancing and handwashing, limited numbers and no risky behaviours like sharing food and drinks."We like to call it social dis-dancing," Martiquet said. "We like to promote the message that you can still engage, you can still share joy with one another while social distancing."Martiquet said maintaining social connections during the pandemic is essential for mental well-being.His company tried to craft Zoom dance parties for companies at first, but found they just didn't stack up to the real thing.So they tried something different: physically distanced bike rides, hikes and other activities with small numbers of attendees where social connection can be had while obeying health guidelines.There's even a "safety dance marshal," he said, in bright reflective clothes and wielding a whistle to make sure distancing rules are followed."We're creating this positive emotion that actually boosts compliance," Martiquet said. "So we like to say we're an unofficial task force for promoting socially distant fun."There are no alcohol or drugs allowed at Vyve's events. The venue is always outdoors, at a beach or park. Invites and numbers are controlled. "This is not the Third Beach drum circle where it's complete mayhem," Martiquet said.Health officials have generally discouraged large gatherings but Martiquet feels telling people to stay at home all the time will lead to negative consequences over the duration of the pandemic, especially when it comes to mental health.Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, deputy chief medical health officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, said there have indeed been many cases recently of young people catching COVID-19 and large parties are a major driver of that.That said, he agrees with many of Martiquet's precautions for hosting parties responsibly: hosting outside events, controlling numbers, avoiding food sharing and avoiding drugs and alcohol are all advisable."People like getting together with other people," Lysyshyn said. "We want to find the ways to do that."Lysyshyn said he believes experienced event planners can be counted on to plan events safely.People without that experience can do it too, he said, if they follow public health guidelines. Not just some of them, he added: all of them."If you really do all those things, then yeah, we think you can have safe events," he said. "That's why we put those rules out there."
In a 4 1/2-minute radio speech on Aug. 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender in World War Two, telling his subjects he had resolved to pave the way for peace by "enduring the unendurable". Seventy-five years later, the unresolved legacy of the conflict haunts Tokyo's ties with China and South Korea, even as the countries cope with a COVID-19 pandemic that is forcing Japan to scale back its Aug. 15 ceremony for war dead. In Japan, consensus over the war's legacy is elusive.
The annual pace of new home construction rose nearly 16 per cent in July compared with June, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said.CMHC said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 245,604 in July, up from 212,095 in June.Canada's long-run average is for about 200,000 new homes to be built every year, so the current pace is well ahead of that. The six month average now sits at 204,376 as of July, up from 199,778 in June.Economists had been expecting the rate to come in at around 210,000, according to Bloomberg.Most of the surge came from a boom in multiple-unit construction for things like condos and apartments, which rose 18.8 per cent to 184,431. Single detached urban starts climbed 12.3 per cent to 47,564.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13,609 units." Housing starts continue to rebound nicely," Bank of Montreal economist Priscilla Thiagamoorthy noted. "Strong underlying demand and low rates mean builders likely won't be packing away those hammers anytime soon."Construction increased in every province except Manitoba. Alberta's number rose for the first time in three months, but the province is still see construction activity well below the usual level.Saskatchewan ramped up, bringing home construction to the highest level in the province since October 2014. Ontario climbed 8 per cent following a 36 per cent increase the month earlier. Quebec held steady while activity increased in Atlantic Canada, especially New Brunswick where construction activity hit the highest level since 1990.
The 2020 Home Hardware Canada Cup curling competition has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Cup was originally scheduled for Nov. 24-29 in Fredericton. Curling Canada said in a statement Tuesday that it would attempt to reschedule the Canada Cup in the new year, as results at the tournament could help determine teams for the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying tournament.
Executive director of Alliance Canada Hong Kong, Cherie Wong, told the House of Commons special committee on China-Canada relations on Tuesday that Hong Kong is not only a foreign issue, and delivered five demands for action to the Canadian parliament including providing humanitarian support to Hong Kongers, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Chinese and other communities fleeing prosecution and invoking sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials for human rights atrocities.
The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CEF), Saskatchewan's French-language school board, will be making masks mandatory for both staff and students in Grades 4 to 12, according to an internal memo obtained by Radio-Canada. The new guidelines submitted to staff on Monday say masks will be mandatory both on the bus and at school, and that parents will be responsible for providing masks and washing them regularly. The school division will provide masks for staff, the memo says.Students and staff will also have their temperature checked before entering CEF facilities. The memo says additional distancing measures will be put into place, though no further details were provided.Radio-Canada did not receive a response from CEF on Monday, but the organization will be sharing more information about the updated plan on Tuesday.Additional measuresStarting Sept. 1, students and staff returning from out-of-province trips will be prohibited from entering CEF schools or offices until after they have self-isolated for 14 days.Extracurricular activities and other gatherings will be postponed, though the internal memo says that decision will be reassessed periodically. In the plan presented by the province last week, extracurricular activities and other gatherings were allowed if they followed public health guidelines.For recess and outings, CEF students will be grouped into cohorts. There will be limited contact between students who are not part of the same group, the CEF said in its memo.All classes from Grades 4 to 12 will be available online and students from kindergarten to Grade 3 who cannot attend school will have access to educational activities that allow them to learn essential content, the school division said.CEF backpedalling on previous planMany people raised concerns with the CEF back-to-school plan presented last week, including parent Nadia Ben Boubaker, who said the plan was too lax.Previously, the CEF did not make masks mandatory and did not have guidelines for physical distancing.
NEW YORK — Sharon Stone has taken on a new, real-life role — memoir writer.“I have learned to forgive the unforgivable," says Stone, whose ”The Beauty of Living Twice" comes out in March. "My hope is that as I share my journey, you too will learn to do the same.”Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that the 62-year-old actor will reflect on everything from her painful childhood in Pennsylvania to such films as the star-making erotic thriller “Basic Instinct” and Martin Scorsese's mobster epic “Casino,” for which she received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award. She'll also write about her two marriages, her near-fatal stroke in 2001, and her humanitarian work on behalf of AIDS research and other causes.“Stone in these pages echoes the Stone who made headlines throughout her career: she is courageous, honest, and outspoken, refusing to pull any punches when discussing aspects of the trauma and violence she endured as a child and how her chosen career as an actress echoed many of those same assaults,” Knopf said in a statement.Stone's other movies include Albert Brooks' “The Muse,” Jim Jarmusch's “Broken Flowers,” and “The Laundromat,” a Steven Soderbergh film released in 2019.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
Germany's top diplomat emphasized Russia's global role while in Moscow for wide-ranging talks Tuesday but also the irritants that have strained relations between the two countries. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas described Russia as an essential partner in resolving “the many conflicts and crises in the world,” saying after his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, "It is important that we communicate well bilaterally.” Maas said Berlin and Moscow also must be able to discuss issues that directly involve them both, such as charges brought in Germany against a Russian accused of killing a Georgian man in Berlin a year ago and the accusations levelled at another Russian over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament.
Japanese technology giant SoftBank Group Corp.'s said Tuesday that its profit rose 12% in April-June from a year earlier as its investments added to its coffers, including sales of its shares in U.S. carrier T-Mobile. Tokyo-based SoftBank reported Tuesday a fiscal first quarter profit of 1.2 trillion yen ($11.5 billion), up from 1.1 trillion yen in the previous fiscal year. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son said the company already has raised in several months nearly all the 4.5 trillion yen ($41 billion) it had promised in March to attain within a year.
Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island's most pristine beaches after a Japanese bulk carrier leaked an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil. The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, struck a coral reef on Mauritius' southeast coast on July 25 and began leaking oil last week, raising fears of a major ecological crisis. The MV Wakashio is still holding some 2,000 tonnes of oil and it is expected to eventually break up, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said late on Monday, warning that the country must brace for the worst.
Saskatchewan's Ministry of Education outlined what mandatory masking in the province's schools would look like Tuesday, but did not require that step, leaving it up to individual school boards to decide."Education in Saskatchewan is very diverse," Education Minister Gord Wyant said in a news conference. "We have schools ranging from four students to over 1,600 students. We need to consider what works for all facilities. So today we're providing guidance to ensure school divisions have the public health information they need to make their decisions for their local school divisions."While we know there's a number of school divisions that have expressed an interest in masking policies, not all have." Schools announce mask plansSoon after the announcement, two of the province's largest school boards, both in Saskatoon, announced they would proceed with a masking policy, although it was unclear in both cases whether the policy would kick in first thing next month.Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) said it would require students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear a mask in spaces where physical distancing is not possible. "Masks will be recommended for prekindergarten to Grade 3 students in schools," according to an SPS release. "Masks will be required for all students on buses. Staff members, parents, caregivers, and visitors to schools will also be required to wear masks."In its own release, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools said it would be implementing the use of masks "consistent with directions outlined" Tuesday. Regina Public Schools was next, on Twitter:Ministry guidelines on maskingWyant clarified that while decisions to enact masking policies would rest with school boards, they would need to consult public health officials. For schools that make the move, Saskatchewan students in grades 4 to 12 would have to wear masks in hallways, buses and other high traffic areas if schools moved to a mandatory masking scenario, the ministry said in a release. "For those students in grades 9 through 12, masks may be required in classrooms where it is not possible to maintain physical distancing or where students are outside of the cohort within their classroom, as well as all teachers and staff," it said.The province's back-to-school plan released last week said masking "may be activated regionally or provincially based on the advice of our chief medical health officer" and include "mask usage as determined by the chief medical health officer."What COVID-19 conditions might prompt a move to require masking remains unclear.Top doc weighs inDr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, said it would be "reasonable" for schools to open next month with a masking policy in place."As long as we all keep doing what we're doing, we don't expect to see school opening have a big impact on COVID-transmission," Shahab said.The doctor then had some advice for all school parents."Make sure your kids have a couple of masks. Make sure they keep a mask on at home, just to get used to it. Take it off and put it on safely. And take care of their masks themselves: wash it when you come home and hang it to dry."Cohorting in elementary schoolsWyant confirmed the government has required schools to cohort elementary students into smaller groups. "In high school settings where cohorting is more complex, school divisions will be encouraged to find creative solutions to move students in cohorts where possible," according to the release.Earlier on Tuesday, the Saskatchewan NDP's education critic, Carla Beck, called on the chair of the legislature's human services committee to reconvene the group so that the NDP could talk face-to-face with members of the Saskatchewan Party government about the back-to-school plan."The last time that we had the opportunity to meet, that I had the opportunity to ask Minister Wyant some questions in the committee, was back when the legislature was still in session in June," she said. "We had a lot of questions about the guidelines at that point — the guidelines that have not changed in any significant way since their plan was announced."The government's back-to-school plan did require actions that the previous guidelines only provided as suggestions, such as the cleaning of school buses between each run.Beck said there are still questions about who will pay for the extra work and supplies required.Another group had called for masksThe pressure on the government to mandate masks continued Tuesday, with the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians (SCFP) being the latest group to weigh in. The group sent a letter to Wyant, Premier Scott Moe and the Ministry of Health."The SCFP asks that school resumes at a minimum of Safe Schools Plan level two and includes a clear mask mandate for students and teachers. It is imperative that we take as many protections as possible for the safety of our families," college president Mark Cameron wrote.The government's back-to-school plan outlined four different levels of operations, with schools geared to initially open under Level 1, which aims to create an atmosphere as close to normal as possible, and masks only being required if they reached Level 2.
Alla Tanasyuk has found help juggling parenting duties and work responsibilities during the pandemic since stumbling upon virtual babysitting. The Montreal-based French language teacher, 34, was surfing the internet one day when she came across SOS Sitter, a service that connects groups of six or seven children with a caretaker by Zoom for around an hour. Virtual babysitting is one of the solutions for working parents grappling with the double demands of a day job and parenting duties.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump criticized his Democratic rival's vice-presidential selection process, saying Tuesday that some men are “insulted” by Joe Biden's decision to promise to select a woman as his running mate.In an interview with Fox Sports Radio, Trump said, “I would be inclined to go a different route than what he’s done," indicating that Biden “roped himself off into, you know, a certain group of people."Biden is expected to announce his running mate in the coming days ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention. The United States has never had a female vice-president, and the move comes four years after the country's first female presidential nominee lost her White House bid.Of Biden's vow to choose a woman, Trump said, “Some people would say that men are insulted by that. And some people would say it’s fine.”Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said Trump is “easily threatened.”“And because of his insulting negligence and erratic, failed leadership, over 5 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus, over 160,000 died, and tens of millions remain jobless,” Bates said in a statement.The Associated Press
Newfoundland and Labrador has no new cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon.The total caseload for the province remains at 268. In total, 263 people have recovered. Three people have died from the virus. So far, 27,379 people have been tested for the virus since March, including 329 since Monday. The latest numbers came in a press release from the Department of Health and Community Services, with the next in-person briefing scheduled for Wednesday.The two active cases in the province are a man and woman, both between the ages of 20 and 39, in the Eastern Health region. The woman flew from Toronto to St. John's as part of filming for the Hudson & Rex television series and tested positive on Friday. Her specific role related to the show is not clear, and producers have declined to elaborate, citing privacy concerns. The man, who was the new confirmed case on Monday, is a cast member."This cast member was the only person who was in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, August 7. This incident is contained and both individuals have been self-quarantining and will continue to do so for the full 14 days," producer Paul Pope s,aid in a statement Monday.In a further update provided Monday afternoon a spokesperson for Shaftesbury — the show's production company — said no Hudson & Rex personnel are considered close contacts with Monday's case.Filming resumed Monday, and took place in St. John's along a portion of the Mundy Pond Trail. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
“The Story of Gardening” might sit (heavily) on a coffee table, but it transports the reader out into the yard or the park with some new perspectives and ambitions. “We can picture the garden-owner gradually beginning to derive pride, status and pleasure from the plot that it was within his power to make fertile and beautiful,” write the authors, Penelope Hobhouse and Ambra Edwards, imagining humankind’s very first gardens. The authors show gardening to be an age-old struggle to appreciate and amplify nature’s beauty while also imposing order on it.
Finding Freedom, an unofficial biography about Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attempts to shed some light on stories that have been reported over the past few years.