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Weather can change fast in the icefields of Yukon's Kluane National Park.What started as a beautiful blue-sky day in late September soon turned to a stormy day, and a local sightseeing company found itself with a plane stuck on a remote snow-covered airstrip.The company almost had to abandon the $200,000 plane for the winter.Yukon charter company Icefield Discovery was flying three B.C residents for a sightseeing day trip on Sep. 30, to Mount Logan, the St. Elias mountains, and the Icefield Discovery base camp near Mount Logan.But when landing on the snow-covered airstrip, one of the plane's skis broke through the crust. "Literally our last day of flying for the season," said Sian Williams, operations manager of Icefield Discovery.She said it was lucky that there was a helicopter also working in the area for Parks Canada."So when they finished work for the day, we were able to get that helicopter to come in and fly our clients out," she said.For two days, Williams and a small crew stayed at the camp to try and pack down a runway for the Helio Courier STOL (short take off and land) plane to be able to take off.But the weather didn't cooperate. Williams said it rained and the snow just became heavier and sloppier, making it impossible to construct a useable runway. The crew decided to leave the plane, stuck in the snow at an altitude of 2,590 metres. It would be a while before conditions improved enough to go back for the aircraft."That's kind of the danger at this time of year is that, you know, winter storms are coming in off the ocean, the snow is getting deeper and deeper," said Williams.Waiting for the weatherIcefield Discovery has been providing air charter support for scientists, mountaineers and other tourists since the early 1970s.The flight charter company is mostly a summertime operation with many international clients. But this year, it has only been Yukoners and people from B.C. because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks after leaving the plane behind in the mountains, the weather improved. Williams said they contracted Horizon Helicopters out of Whitehorse to help them out. Horizon Helicopter flew to the site with an engineer and an Icefield Discovery pilot, to de-ice the plane and dig out its skis. "Our pilot flew back to Silver City and slung in a snowmobile — that way they could pack and make a runway," said Cole Hodinski, operations manager and chief pilot for Horizon Helicopters. Hodinski says Horizon also had a plan B — bring in a heavyweight Airbus H215 helicopter, which can lift up to 4,500 kilograms, to hoist the plane out.But plan A worked out. The snowmobile was able to pack down a kilometre-long runway for the plane to take off and fly home a few days ago. "It's been a couple pretty stressful weeks, really worrying about getting that plane out of there," said Williams."So we're really grateful for Thanksgiving weekend. You know, we're like, 'OK, we got our plane back. This is wonderful.'"The aircraft is now safely back in Icefield Discovery's hangar near Destruction Bay, Yukon.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it has scheduled the first federal execution of a woman in almost 70 years, setting a Dec. 8 date to put to death Lisa Montgomery, convicted of a 2004 murder. Montgomery, who was found guilty of strangling a pregnant woman in Missouri, will be executed by lethal injection at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana, the department said in a statement. The last woman to be executed by the U.S. government was Bonnie Heady, who was put to death in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, Taipei said on Friday, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Tensions over the Pratas Islands, in the northern part of the contested South China Sea, have spiked in recent weeks, with China carrying out several military exercises near them. The Pratas are only lightly defended by Chinese-claimed Taiwan.
Katherine Brittain, whose ex-husband shot and killed four people in Penticton, B.C., remains "shocked and saddened" by the crimes and had no idea he would resort to murder, a statement from her lawyer said.John Brittain pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder Wednesday for the April 2019 shootings. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. B.C. Supreme Court heard that John believed his victims — Rudi Winter, Darlene Knippelberg and Susan and Barry Wonch — had been harassing his estranged wife for years.Katherine's lawyer, Michael Welsh, released a statement on her behalf saying despite unfounded rumours, she had no knowledge John would take the lives of the four neighbours, never suggested he kill them and never wished harm upon them."She was and remains devastated and appalled by these killings," the statement read."Mr. Brittain's actions destroyed the lives of the families of the victims and Ms. Brittain's own life. She cannot fathom how he could ever believe that, in taking these lives, he was somehow helping her. "That he did so, thinking he was acting on her behalf, is a burden she will carry her whole life."John and Katherine Brittain divorced in 2014, the statement said.The statement noted Katherine had bylaw disputes with two neighbours but they were being handled through the proper channels.The statement said she was "terrorized" and her property was vandalized following the shootings.She is speaking out now, the statement said, because court proceedings are complete.Read the statement:Ms. Brittain remains shocked and saddened by the actions of John Brittain, whom she divorced in January 2014. Despite groundless rumours, she wishes the community to know that she never wished any harm to any of the deceased victims. She had no prior knowledge that Mr. Brittain intended to kill anyone, and never suggested that he do so. She was and remains devastated and appalled by these killings. The problems she had reported to the City of Penticton of two neighbours violating city bylaws were ones she was dealing with through proper channels with the city. She never wanted Mr. Brittain to be involved, and never imagined he could act as he did. Mr. Brittain's actions destroyed the lives of the families of the victims, and Ms. Brittain's own life. She cannot fathom how he could ever believe that, in taking these lives, he was somehow helping her. That he did so, thinking he was acting on her behalf, is a burden she will carry her whole life . The judge at his sentencing hearing this week stated she accepted as fact that no one, which includes Ms. Brittain, had any idea that Mr. Brittain would do what he did. As was acknowledged by Mr. Brittain in court, my client is also a victim of his actions. She has been terrorized, and her property has been significantly vandalized as a result of blame for his actions being baselessly attached to her. She only hopes that with Mr. Brittain taking proper responsibility for his actions, and the court sentencing him appropriately, the Penticton community can begin to heal and that people, particularly the families of the victims with whom she deeply sympathizes, will accept that she had no part in his horrific actions.
Vancouver's West End is mourning the death of Anthony "Scotty" Larin, a bar manager, LGBT advocate and well-known community leader.Larin, 51, was known for being a warm and welcoming presence at the Fountainhead Pub on Davie Street, where he was a manager. The cause of his death has not been disclosed."When I mean the West End is changed forever, that's not lightly said," said Astrid Lalonde, co-owner of the pub who considers Larin her big brother."The bar [in] Cheers had nothing on us, when it came to Scotty," she said.Larin was also well-known and loved for being a supporter of the LGBT community in Vancouver's Davie Village."He always appreciated the impact we had on him and he would always talk about ... how privileged he was to be part of such a close group," said Tara Fenimore, manager of the Fountainhead Pub."You could reach out to every single drag queen on Davie Street and they would have something to tell you about Scotty," said Lalonde."If there was ever anyone at the Fountainhead that caused any issues and I mean like homophobic or whatever ... Scotty was our defender," she added.'He was our superhero'Lalonde said Larin was heavily involved in fundraising for charity. He would regularly host events at the pub to raise money for organizations like the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Friends for Life and A Loving Spoonful.But what Lalonde remembers most about him, she said, was his commitment to inclusivity."He affected and saved so many people by listening to them and making sure that they were heard and seen and felt like they belonged," she said."He made sure that you felt that you were at home and that you found a home, which is the philosophy of the Fountainhead and he lived and breathed that."Fenimore said they will be closing the Fountainhead Pub this weekend in Larin's memory.
A white Grande Prairie surgeon denies he targeted a Black surgical assistant in June 2016 by tying a noose and then taping it to the operating room door at Grande Prairie's Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Wynand Wessels told a disciplinary hearing of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta on Friday the noose was intended to symbolize a team-building exercise similar to one he engaged in while he was a boy scout growing up in rural South Africa. Wessels, through his lawyer, admitted creating the noose and he admitted it was a breach of the college's code of conduct. But he strongly denied the noose was intended to be racist or to target or intimidate any person or group. Testifying under oath, the surgeon said that because of restrictions placed on outside media by the South African government, he grew up not knowing the North American significance of the noose as a symbol to terrorize and intimidate Black people by evoking lynching. The noose in South Africa, Wessels said, doesn't carry the same racist connotation as it does in other places. He said the noose was an attempt at humour. "It was light-hearted; it was nothing sinister," he said. The surgeon denied he told colleague Dr. Scott Wiens — shortly after he taped the noose to the door — that it was aimed at Dr. Oduche Onwuanyi, a Nigerian-born Black surgical assistant. Wessels' lawyer, James Heelan, led evidence in which Wessels described a dysfunctional culture at the Grande Prairie hospital, particularly among the orthopedic surgeons. He said the surgeons had split into two fractious camps, with one led by the two surgeons — doctors Wiens and Tosin Akinbiyi — who formally complained about the noose. Wessels described a strained relationship with Wiens. He accused Wiens of creating "discord" at the hospital and claimed Wiens frequently engaged in a "deliberate attempt to undermine" any new practices. And he said Onwuanyi did not appear to be "aggressively unhappy" about the incident when Wessels approached him later that day. Incident repeatedly reported to health officials Onwuanyi, Wiens, and Akinbiyi could not contradict Wessels' version of events. The college did not call them as witnesses. Nor did they summon any other staff with direct knowledge of the incident or the culture at the hospital. Heelan and others involved in the hearing mispronounced Onwuanyi's name throughout the proceeding, often in several different ways. The college did not immediately respond to questions about these issues. Onwuanyi earlier this week declined an interview request from CBC News and he did not watch today's hearing, which was conducted remotely due to the pandemic. In July, CBC News first published a story about the noose incident. In an interview, Wiens said Wessels had told him the noose was meant for Onwuanyi. Wiens photographed the noose on the door, removed it and, along with a colleague, complained to hospital administration. Friday's hearing came after what sources have described as years of inaction by the hospital's administration, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the college, who were repeatedly told about the incident. In August 2019, a doctor reported the incident to Health Minister Tyler Shandro, but said she heard nothing back. After CBC News contacted Shandro for comment, the minister ordered a third-party independent investigation into AHS' handling of the incident, maintaining department officials repeatedly assured him the health authority and the CPSA were separately handling the matter. Noose part of 'inside joke' about work environment: surgeon Wessels on Friday testified that while at the hospital on the morning of June 24, 2016, a nurse complained to him about the lack of teamwork and discipline among the orthopedic surgery group. During the conversation, Wessels said, he began playing with a piece of rope on a nearby medical cart, eventually fashioning it into the noose. He likened the noose to a lasso-like knot used in the boy scouts to tie together children who refused to work together. He said he explained this to the nurse, which she confirmed in a statement to the college's investigator. Wessels admitted he subsequently taped the noose to the operating room door. Both he and his lawyer, James Heelan, repeatedly characterized this action as part of an "inside joke" between Wessels and the nurse about the lack of collaboration among staff. The surgeon did not explain why he then taped it in a place where others could clearly see it — including Onwuanyi, who Wessels admitted he knew was one of two doctors working that day in that specific operating room. Wessels also admitted under cross-examination that he knew, even while studying as a medical student in South Africa, that the noose was used to execute prisoners there. He said he has since educated himself on the racist history of the noose. During the hearing, Wessels' lawyer repeatedly characterized the noose as a "lasso," despite the fact Wessels himself referred to it as a "small rope noose" in a 2016 apology letter and often called it a noose during Friday's hearing. Wessels testified that when Wiens saw the noose and asked if it was for Onwuanyi, he replied that it was for anyone who was misbehaving, including Onwuanyi. Shortly after, colleagues pointed out the racist and violent symbolism of the noose, at which point he went to hospital administration, he said. Wessels testified a local Alberta Health Services executive told him that to "close" the matter he had to write a letter of apology to the two doctors — Wiens and Akinbiyi — who were concerned about the noose, which he did. Surgical assistant said he perceived noose as a threat Wessels did not apologize to Onwuanyi because he said his colleague generally accepted his explanation that it wasn't racist, and was not meant to target him. But the hearing's chair read from a letter Onwuanyi sent to the college's associate complaints director in which Onwuanyi said, "I did not have an open discussion with Dr. Wessels regarding this incident." Onwuanyi replied to a college investigator's question about how he perceived the noose by saying he thought it was "a threat, a racial insult, a slur directed at Black persons" that was meant to intimidate and symbolize a threat to life. "It was also seen as a hangman's noose, the main object used in segregation-era lynching, and was an illegal object internationally." At one point during the hearing, the chair asked Wessels if he recognized any "real or perceived power imbalance" between himself and Onwuanyi, the surgical assistant. "I do not really see the power imbalance," Wessels replied, saying the two work as a team and "I am definitely not above him." Craig Boyer, the lawyer who presented the college's case, told the hearing the noose may have been directed at Wiens rather than Onwuanyi, despite the fact there was no evidence in the agreed exhibit book or testimony from Wessels that supported this theory. Since Wessels has admitted he breached the college's code of conduct, the hearing panel will only need to decide what, if any, penalty he should receive. The all-white, three-person panel will issue a written decision but it gave no indication of when. Wessels' lawyer downplayed the incident as a "foolish joke for which Dr. Wessels is paying a significant price." If you have information for this story, or information for another story, please contact us in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been over 36 years since Christine Jessop went missing from her home in Queensville, Ont. and on Thursday, police said they have found the person they believe is responsible for her death. Erica Vella looks back at the investigation.
TORONTO — Two Toronto-area school boards are changing their online learning plans, saying the moves will simplify the logistical nightmare presented by a growing number of students who want to avoid brick-and-mortar schools. The Toronto District School Board on Friday delayed the next chance for elementary students to switch between online and in-class learning from November to January, while the Peel District School Board said it would switch its high schoolers to a "hybrid" model of learning that will see in-person students and their remote-learning peers taught lessons together. Thousands of elementary students at the TDSB just switched between online and in-class learning earlier this week, following a Sept. 30 registration deadline, said spokesman Ryan Bird, forcing the province's largest school board to completely rearrange classes and reassign teachers. "This reorganization process literally slammed everything else in the board to an absolute halt while you have dozens of central staff working on this realignment, this reorganization alone," he said. "And we realized a month after just doing it, we couldn't then just do it again." Bird said the goal is to restore some "stability" to schools, after 7,500 elementary students went from learning in-class to learning remotely this month, while 3,000 students who had been learning from home moved to the classroom. "This is about not only the stability for the system, but also the mental health and well-being of our students and staff. We didn't want them changing a teacher one month in, and then another month in they have to change to another teacher," he said. The deadline for the first opportunity for high school students with the TDSB to switch between online and in-class learning had been set for yesterday, but Bird said that has been put on hold while the board figures out how best to approach the impending change. He didn't say whether the hybrid model, to be adopted by the Peel board, is among those in consideration. In an email to staff Friday, the directors of the PDSB announced it had little choice but to switch to the hybrid model, because the portion of high school students who chose online learning jumped from 26.4 per cent to 44.6 per cent. "Our current PDSB Online School structure will not be able to support this enrolment increase," the email obtained by The Canadian Press reads. "With a decrease of in-person learning, our bricks-and-mortar secondary schools also won’t have enough students to offer a full breadth of courses for Quadmester 2." The directors said they made the "difficult decision to reassign the students and staff currently in the PDSB Online School back to their home schools, and move to a new hybrid learning model, effective Nov. 18. "Students will continue to attend classes through their chosen learning model (online or adaptive learning), but they will all be taught simultaneously by the same teacher from their home school," they wrote. The board said the hybrid model balances flexibility and stability, allowing students to switch between online and in-class learning without needing to reorganize classes and reassign teachers. A similar change took effect earlier this week at the York Catholic District School Board's elementary schools. But some teachers and the head of the union that represents many of the province's high school teachers have criticized the model, saying that teaching online and in-person require different approaches. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2020. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic have advanced to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open. The second-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., downed No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in quarterfinal action on Friday at the ATP Tour 500 indoor hard-court event. The sixth-seeded Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated fourth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov 6-1, 7-6 (1).
By the end of this month, VIGR Life Cannabis Inc. (VLC) plans to begin growing what it calls "premium craft cannabis" for distribution across Canada. But first, it needs to get the grow-op's logistics — including its watering system, temperature and humidity rate — just right.Rick Turchet, VLC's president and CEO, said it was a long time coming to get to this point. After many long conversations and lots of paperwork, he and his team of Regina entrepreneurs were granted the Health Canada cannabis cultivation licenses to launch their business earlier this month.From there, Turchet said they found a building in a Regina industrial area and bought 24 growing pods from Manitoba's Delta 9 Cannabis. With that came an agreement that Delta 9 would buy all of VLC's product in the first year, and sell it in its retail stores and others across the country. "We looked at this hard for a long time," Turchet said. "We thought we could create some jobs, a great business and see where it takes us."To start off, he said VLC will create six jobs. By the end of next year, Turchet said they hope to roughly double that to about 12 or 15 employees. For now, Turchet said VLC is made up of a handful of Saskatchewan-raised people who have experience in other startups, consumer packaging and growing medical marijuana. Prior to weed legalization in 2018, Turchet said a couple of people on his team had their medical pot licenses, allowing them to grow their own cannabis. Right now, he said their expertise will help guide which strains of marijuana they decide to grow. "They were able to time test different plants, cultivars and were able to figure out a way to get high yield cannabis — and that's the key: you want a high yield, high quality cannabis," he said, noting that — paired with an elevated terpene content — is what separates craft marijuana from the rest.Toward the end of the month, Turchet said they're expecting to get their first order of plants and will begin growing from there. "We're excited to be in the agriculture capital of Canada — if not the world," he said. "We're going to learn and, as we continue to do it, we're going to grow." Down the road, Turchet said VLC would like to become fully integrated with the end goal being to grow and process its own cannabis, and to run its own retail stores.
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack” against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb Friday, urging the nation to stand united against extremism. The teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class, authorities said. The suspected attacker was shot to death by police after Friday’s beheading. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation concerning murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor’s office said. Macron visited the school where the teacher worked in the town of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with staff after the slaying. An Associated Press reporter saw three ambulances arrive at the scene, and heavily armed police surrounding the area and police vans lining leafy nearby streets. “One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught ... the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron said. He said the attack shouldn’t divide France because that’s what the extremists want. “We must stand all together as citizens,” he said. The gruesome killing of the teacher occurred in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine while the suspect was killed by police in adjoining Eragny. A police official said the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun — which fires plastic pellets — was shot dead about 600 metres (yards) from where the male teacher was killed after he failed to respond to orders to put down his arms, and acted in a threatening manner. The teacher had received threats after opening a discussion “for a debate” about the caricatures about 10 days ago, the police official told The Associated Press. The parent of a student had filed a complaint against the teacher, another police official said, adding that the suspected killer did not have a child at the school. The suspect's identity was not made public. The suspect’s identity was not made public. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That information could not be immediately confirmed. The two officials could not be named because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing investigations. France has offered asylum to many Chechens since the Russian military waged war against Islamist separatists in Chechnya in the 1990s and early 2000s, and there are Chechen communities scattered around France. France has seen occasional violence involving its Chechen community in recent months, in the Dijon region, the Mediterranean city of Nice, and the western town of Saint-Dizier, believed linked to local criminal activity. The attack came as Macron is pushing for a new law against what he calls domestic “separatism,” notably by Islamic radicals accused of indoctrinating vulnerable people through home schools, extremist preaching and other activities. France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with up to 5 million members, and Islam is the country’s No. 2 religion. “We didn't see this coming,” Conflans resident Remi Tell said on CNews TV station. He described the town as peaceful. It was the second terrorism-related incident since the opening of an ongoing trial on the newsroom massacre in Jan. 2015 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the publication of caricatures of the prophet of Islam. As the trial opened, the paper republished caricatures of the prophet to underscore the right of freedom of expression. Exactly three weeks ago, a young man from Pakistan was arrested after stabbing, outside the newspaper’s former offices, two people who suffered non life-threatening injuries. The 18-year-old told police he was upset about the publication of the caricatures. The incident came as Macron's government is working on a bill to address Islamist radicals who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside the values of the French Republic. ___ Michel Euler in Conflans-Saint-Honorine and Nicolas Vaux-Montagny in Lyon contributed to this report. Elaine Ganley, The Associated Press
At the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Training Academy in Virginia last year, an instructor on the firing range called out a name that was shared by two trainees, one Black and one white. When both responded, the white instructor clarified, “I meant the monkey.” The instructor also was accused of going on the loudspeaker in the tower of the outdoor firing range to taunt black trainees by making “monkey noises.”
More than three quarters of COVID-19 patients who end up in hospital are still reporting symptoms such as difficulty breathing or sleeping months after contracting the virus, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. The study found that 76 per cent of those surveyed reported at least one symptom three months after being discharged from the hospital, while more than half were experiencing multiple lingering effects."We wanted to make sure we [looked] beyond simply lung problems," said Christopher Carlsten, one of the authors of the study and head of respiratory medicine at UBC's School of Population and Public Health."What we found out, unfortunately, is that the complaints went much beyond that."The two most common symptoms reported months later — each felt by roughly half of the participants — were trouble breathing and a general diminishment of quality of life, including impacts on one's mobility, ability to perform routine activities and mental health. Nearly half of the 78 people surveyed said they had difficulty sleeping, and a little more than 40 per cent reported still feeling frail around the third month mark. Meanwhile, just under a quarter noted a persistent cough. The study's results echo other research that has shown a myriad of chronic health effects in people long after being diagnosed with COVID-19, from brain fog to heart damage to joint pain. "I think people are surprised with how long the symptoms have been lasting," said Alyson Wong, another co-author of the study, which was recently published in the European Respiratory Journal."If someone had the annual flu, we would expect them to, on average, recover within three months. But we're not seeing that with COVID."Besides reported symptoms, the researchers found lung abnormalities in a staggering 88 per cent of participants in the study.Though the study consisted only of people who were hospitalized due to COVID-19, nearly 60 per cent had no pre-existing health conditions. Of all participants, 64 per cent were male. The average age of the cohort was 62 years old. Slightly less than a third of participants were current or former smokers. "I hope this provides validation [to people with ongoing symptoms] that it's not just you, but it's actually a large collective of patients post-COVID who are experiencing these things," said Wong. Meanwhile, Carlsten hopes studies like this push physicians to take so-called 'long-haul' syndrome more seriously. People still battling the illness from a hospital bed justifiably receive more attention, said Carlsten, but those struggling with less severe, daily symptoms months later need care, too."This is a real syndrome."Researchers plan to monitor the study's participants for at least two years.
Malaysia's King Al-Sultan Abdullah on Friday called on politicians not to drag the country through more political uncertainty and urged them to resolve issues through negotiations and constitutional means. Anwar met the king this week to prove he has the majority to form a government with the help of defectors from the current administration. The latest bout of uncertainty comes as Malaysia grapples with an economy battered by the coronavirus and a new surge in infections.
The systemic racism endured by Indigenous people in Canada's health care system exists because the system was designed that way, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today after a meeting with representatives from the provinces, Indigenous groups and the health care sector."Sadly this is not shocking to me," Hajdu said. "Racism is not an accident. The system is not broken. It was created this way. And the people in the system are incentivized to stay the same."Hajdu made the comments after attending a meeting with Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to discuss racism in Canada's health care system.The meeting with some 400 participants from across the country was called following the death of Indigenous mother of seven Joyce Echaquan, who died in a Quebec hospital last month.Echaquan, 37, recorded some of the last moments of her life on a video later released on Facebook. The video captured Echaquan screaming in distress, along with the voices of staff members making degrading comments, calling her stupid and saying she would be better off dead."It's always a very powerful experience to be trusted to hear these very personal experiences and there's so much to reflect on. I have a deep gratitude for all speakers who shared fearlessly about their personal experiences of racism in the health care system and in the health care education process," Hajdu said.Those who attended today's meeting will reconvene in January, when they are expected to bring "concrete plans for training, prevention, health care data, wraparound services and accountability," Hajdu said.Miller said that while the responsibility for delivering health care to Indigenous Canadians is shared between the federal and provincial governments, systemic reform should not happen without Indigenous leaders playing a key role in shaping the process. While widespread reforms likely will have to wait until after the January meeting, Miller said that things can be done right away to improve the system for Indigenous patients, such as requiring greater accountability from health care providers and introducing better sensitivity training. Federal and provincial responsibilities"It is time for all of us, regardless of our jurisdiction, to step up and use the power that each of us has to insist that systemic violence of Indigenous peoples end," Hajdu said. Miller said that federal investments in health care have to respect provincial jurisdiction."The reality is that health is a jurisdiction that is jealously guarded by provinces," he said. "We need their help to reform it. We cannot reform the licensing bodies. We do not have the power, the Supreme Court has said it clearly in black and white."Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the meeting — which he described as a listening session — left those who took part with no doubts about the scope of the problem. Watch: 'Systemic change takes more than fear.' - Minister of Health Patty Hajdu:"There is systemic racism, there is systemic discrimination. let's deal with it, let's put an action plan in place so that it no longer persists in 2020 and beyond, because we're all in this together," he said."Nobody should be afraid to go into that system because of racism or discrimination or they're gonna be treated differently, and we need to feel good about getting the proper healthcare, each and every one of us.""It was not an isolated incident," Hajdu said. "It is not a few bad apples. It is a system that not just turns a blind eye but implicitly endorses and reinforces this behaviour many times over. And Joyce in the middle of her deep pain showed something that so many people would prefer to ignore. So she gave Canada a gift that has to be honoured no matter how difficult it is to receive it."We as leaders cannot let her gift of bravery go to waste."Watch: Miller says reforms to system, must be done with Indigenous representatives:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested today that the government could introduce specific Indigenous health care legislation."All premiers have condemned racism and there is still more work to do, obviously. But we are confident that we'll be able to make significant improvements in the health care access by Indigenous peoples," he told a news conference in Ottawa."As we did with the question of child and family services, we will be sitting down in partnership with Indigenous communities and Indigenous leaders to help design the principles that should underline better health outcomes and services for Indigenous peoples."The provinces are seeking billions more dollars in health transfers from the federal government, with Trudeau promising a first ministers conference on the subject soon.On Thursday, Miller said the federal government is ready to use its financial leverage over the health system to fight anti-Indigenous racism in health care, but ruled out holding back federal transfers as a tactic to ensure that happens.Miller said he doesn't think it's helpful to try to punish provinces for inadequate action on racism, especially in the middle of a pandemic, but the federal government has a moral duty to set and maintain standards.Watch: Quebec launches inquiry into Joyce Echaquan's death:
High up the ladder, first-year engineering student Rosaline Antoun puts the final adjustments on her team's bat house to allow the sensors to be installed properly.She and her classmates have spent a lot of time since the start of classes at UPEI's Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering completing this flying mammal enclosure. The 73 first-year students were put in teams of three and asked to build a bat house capable of holding different passive sensors to monitor the creatures.The project is a collaboration between the first- and second-semester professors."It is important for students to be using real data, so this semester we're focused on communications. So that's teamwork and learning how to build, doing the drawings — all the different forms of communication," said Assistant Prof. Sister Libby Osgood."Next semester, they work on the data, on analysis and actually processing data."Usually the classes would use other data, but this year, they are collecting the real-world data themselves using the sensors they are installing."There's a temperature and humidity sensor because bats like it to be very, very warm, so we want to know: 'How warm do they prefer it?'" said Osgood."There's also an ultrasonic microphone so that we can hear them chirping and hear them speaking to each other, and there is a presence sensor that uses IR [infrared] technology to detect when something goes by."Design criteriaThe students designed the bat houses to be as hospitable as possible to the winged mammals."Some of the conditions that we needed to think about were the size of the gap the bats could fit into and stay," said Luke McCarvill, a first-year engineering student. There were also other factors: "What the texture of the walls would need to be so that the bats could climb and cling to the walls and ceiling, and the bats also needed to be in a warm and dry enclosure so that they could climb, sleep and give birth."The 22 student-built houses, created large enough to hold families of bats instead of just individuals, will go up around the Island. Only four of them will be used to collect the data, though. All the bat houses will be donated after the project wraps up so that they can continue to provide shelter for Island bats.The goal is "giving the students the first experience — hands-on — not just in building, but in creating the whole environment of engineering," said Assistant Prof. Nadja Bressan."The design, the deployment, the collection, and then giving the final product — in this case, for us to understand better the bats."Project was 'engaging'Antoun said it felt good to see the project enter the next phase after all their hard work designing and building it."Hard work really paid off," she said of the first "very nice" bat house to go up. "I am hoping to have as [many] bats as we can because that will basically provide more data and will be more accurate."Bressan said it was important for the first-year students to get a good taste of different aspects of engineering as their university time began"This is actually empowering the students," she said. "This is how you do the whole process, from the idea to the result."She said all they learn during the bat house project will be shared so that others can learn to build better bat houses in the future.And for the students, that hands-on experience was useful in getting a taste of the engineering world."This project involved researching into both bat biology and into circuitry … [that] makes this program something that was so compelling to me," McCarvill said."Because I got to create a design project which involves biology, ecology and microprocessors, I found this project to be very engaging."More from CBC P.E.I.
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