Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett says racism persists in the United States and tackling it is a matter of policy. She said the killing of George Floyd was personal for her family. (Oct. 13)
The latest COVID-19 news from around Canada on Oct. 13, 2020.
The leader of the B.C. Liberal Party has now publicly apologized for sexist remarks made about NDP candidate Bowinn Ma, and though the offending comments were not made by Andrew Wilkinson himself, Ma said she is disappointed by his handling of the situation.On Saturday, a video was shared on social media showing Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite saying Ma, 35, used her appearance to charm retiring Liberal MLA Ralph Sultan during a networking event. The comments were made Sept. 17 during a virtual roast for Sultan.In the video, Thornthwaite says Ma is "a very pretty lady and she knows that she's got 'it' and she knows how to get Ralph going."Thornthwaite and Wilkinson both apologized online after the video sparked outrage on social media. WATCH | Thornthwaite says Ma 'knows how to get Ralph going':On Tuesday, Wilkinson tacked a verbal apology onto the end of a press appearance announcing his party's campaign platform for the upcoming Oct. 24 election.During the apology, he said he was immediately embarrassed upon hearing the comments and that he wished he had found a way to intervene and stop Thornthwaite without derailing the festivities for Sultan."Many of us were increasingly embarrassed, to the point of being appalled, but it is hard to stop the train in a social event when you don't know what the next words will be," said Wilkinson.Hours before Wilkinson apologized during the news conference, Ma told CBC the Liberal leader needed to speak up."I don't need Andrew Wilkinson to apologize to me, or to blame his lack of leadership on his female team member either," Ma said on The Early Edition. "He's the one who needs to address British Columbians.""That a man who was vying to be the province's premier would bear witness to the sexism and find it perfectly fine, that's the part that concerned, and continues to concern, me the most," Ma added.Janni Aragon, political science professor at the University of Victoria, said not only were the comments made by Thornthwaite sexist, they were also racial."Because Bowinn Ma is a racialized woman, we actually refer to this as racialized sexism. This trope of the sneaky or hypersexualized woman of colour perseveres and is quite problematic," said Aragon.Aragon said she would have appreciated it if Wilkinson had interrupted Thornthwaite, or steered the conversation away from attacking Ma."I really would have appreciated if the party leader would have put his hand up and said, 'Now let's get back to Ralph,'" said Aragon. "It wasn't just one comment, there were repeated comments."The apology tour for the B.C. Liberals continued Tuesday afternoon as Thornthwaite addressed her hurtful comments at a previously scheduled speaking event before the Capilano Students' Union."I wanted to reiterate that I'm sorry, and there's no one more disappointed in my words than me," she said, adding what she said about Ma was stupid and insensitive.Thornthwaite also phoned Ma soon after the video was leaked and Ma said she appreciated the Liberal candidate reaching out to her.CBC News reached out to Ralph Sultan for reaction and was told he was unavailable for comment.To hear the complete interview with Bowinn Ma on The Early Edition, tap here.
A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate was indicted Tuesday in the murder of Jonelle Matthews, a 12-year-old Colorado girl whose disappearance after a holiday concert in 1984 was a mystery for decades. Jonelle died from a single gunshot wound to her forehead, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. Jonelle's family searched fruitlessly for years as her picture was printed on milk cartons during a national missing-children campaign in the 1980s.
The Fraser Health Authority has declared new COVID-19 outbreaks in its region after staff at two long-term care homes test positive for the virus.It has also declared an end to an earlier outbreak in Surrey.The health authority said it has deployed its rapid response team to PICS Assisted Living Facility in Surrey, B.C., after one staff member became ill.In addition, it said another staff member at Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence in Mission, B.C., also tested positive for COVID-19.In both cases, health officials said they are reaching out to families of loved ones living in the homes.Both care workers are self-isolating at home and each facility is working to identify whether other residents or staff have been exposed to the virus, said Fraser Health. It also said enhanced control measures have been put in place at each site including restricting visitors and screening staff and residents for COVID-19 symptoms twice a day.In the same statement, Fraser Health said there are no longer any COVID-19 cases within Surrey's Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility, and that outbreak has been declared over.More information about COVID-19 in the Fraser Health region can be found here.
Grasping for a comeback, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are intensifying their focus not on Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but on his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris — arguing without evidence that it’s Harris, the first Black woman on a major party ticket, who would really be in charge if Democrats win the White House. The effort is laced with sexist and racist undertones, and one that is aimed at winning back Republicans and independents who are comfortable with Biden’s more moderate record, but may associate Harris with Democrats’ left flank, despite her own more centrist positions on some major issues. During the past week, Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News that Harris would assume the presidency within “three months” of Biden's inauguration.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has released its latest list of places where people likely infectious with COVID-19 have been in recent weeks.The list published on Tuesday includes Esterhazy, Regina, Yorkton and Prince Albert. The SHA is asking people who were at the businesses on the specific days and times listed to self-monitor for 14 days. If people have had or develop symptoms of COVID-19, the SHA said they must immediately self-isolate and call HealthLine 811 or their family doctor to arrange for testing. EsterhazyA&W, 1301 Park Street * Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST.GraysonOttenbreits Meats, 550 Railway Avenue * Oct. 6 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST.LloydminsterNelson Lumber, 6609 44 Street, * Oct. 1 and 2, specific time of day unknown.Home Depot, 7705 44 Street * Oct. 5, specific time of day unknown. Prince AlbertSt. Anne School Playground, 530 24th Street West * Oct. 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CST.CL's Climb and Play, 1403 Central Avenue (Gateway Mall) * Oct. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST.Alfred Jenkins playground, 2787 10th Avenue West * Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST.McDonald's, Second Avenue West * Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST. ReginaEarl's restaurant (South Albert St.), 2606 28th Avenue * Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST.Regina Airport, WestJet check-in and departure lounge and flight WS203 to Calgary. * Oct. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. CST.The Cure, 2323 11th Avenue * Oct. 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST.Superstore East, 2055 Prince of Wales Drive * Oct. 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST.ShellbrookHidden Hills Golf Course * Oct. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST. WadenaCo-op Gas Bar, 73 Main Street North * Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. CST.YorktonMano's, 15-277 Broadway Street East * Oct. 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST. * Oct. 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST. * Oct. 7 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST.Superstore, Broadway Street East * Oct. 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.
Republican Sen. John Kennedy says some of his Democratic colleagues believe Amy Coney Barrett is lying about being impartial and not letting her personal beliefs influence her decisions.
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick on Tuesday reported six new cases of COVID-19, including one at a special-care home in Campbellton, close to the Quebec border. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said despite just one case reported at the 45-bed Manoir de la Sagesse, authorities are declaring an "outbreak." "Because it's a vulnerable population, we have to declare an outbreak based on the public health risk assessment," she told reporters, adding residents in that home are in shared rooms. She said health authorities are conducting "mass testing" of residents and staff, who she said will be tested every couple of days. "We will continue to do that testing and as cases are identified, their close contacts will be contacted and isolated.” The outbreak comes as public health officials are still scrambling to contain an outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor special-care home in Moncton, which is tied to at least 19 cases of COVID-19. Five of the cases announced Tuesday are in the Campbellton health region and involve two people in their 60s, one person in their 50s, someone in their 30s and a person under the age of 19, Russell said. The sixth case reported Tuesday is located in the Moncton area and involves a person in their 70s. Education Minister Dominic Cardy said a new case is tied to Dalhousie Regional High School, the fourth case identified at a New Brunswick school in the past six days. The province has 82 active cases, with five people in hospital, including one patient in intensive care. Health officials in the other Atlantic provinces are monitoring developments in New Brunswick, which is part of the so-called Atlantic bubble, inside which residents can travel without restrictions. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters Tuesday he was expecting a brief from Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, later in the day. “We’ll wait and see what the details are." Newly appointed Health Minister Leo Glavine said he hopes Nova Scotia stays in the Atlantic bubble. The province has four active cases of COVID-19. Dr. Heather Morrison, chief medical officer of health in Prince Edward Island, urged Islanders Tuesday to avoid non-essential travel to the regions in New Brunswick hard-hit by COVID-19. Newfoundland and Labrador issued a statement on Sunday urging residents to do the same. There are nine reported active cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador and three in Prince Edward Island. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. -- By Sarah Smellie in St. John's with files from Michael Tutton in Halifax. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that Health Minister Leo Glavine said he hopes New Brunswick stays in the Atlantic bubble.
MONTREAL — Quebec's human rights commission is investigating the recent deaths of two children in Wendake, Que., whose situation had been reported to the province's youth protection authorities. In a statement Tuesday, the commission said it will try to determine whether the children's rights were violated. The bodies of the boys, aged two and five, were found early Sunday morning in a home in Wendake, a Huron-Wendat First Nation territory near Quebec City. A judge has issued a publication ban on any information that could identify the victims. A 30-year-old suspect turned himself in to Quebec City police and was later charged with second-degree murder in their deaths. He has not yet entered a plea. The rights commission said would issue recommendations to Quebec City youth protection authorities "if it has reason to believe the children's rights were violated." It says the investigation is private and no further information will be released. Premier Francois Legault expressed condolences to the boys' family and community at a news conference Tuesday in Montreal. "It's always impossible to understand when someone kills two children; we ask ourselves why." Legault said that in addition to the investigations underway by police, the coroner and the human rights commission, Quebec's junior health minister will also launch a probe into the events that led to the boys' deaths. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press
Health Canada is already conducting real-time reviews of COVID-19 vaccine candidates from BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc, as well as AstraZeneca. Moderna said it has begun the rolling submission in Canada following positive early results from studies of its vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273.
An elementary school teacher in northern B.C. has received a one-day suspension of her teaching certificate after taking several students for snack runs in her car, leaving some unbuckled as there weren't enough seatbelts in the vehicle.Miron Piazza, a Grade 6 teacher in the Peace River North school district, took students off school property on several occasions and drove them around to pick up food from Subway and other local restaurants, according to a resolution agreement by Howard Kushner, B.C.'s commissioner for teacher regulation.On two of the unsanctioned outings, Piazza piled five of her students into her car, which only seated four passengers, the agreement stated."As there were not enough seatbelts in the back seat for four students, Miron Piazza told them that they would have to duck if they saw a police officer," wrote Kushner in his findings.When they returned to school, Piazza would also tell the students that the outing was a secret and they should not tell anyone.The school was not named in the resolution agreement.Piazza drove her students around on three separate occasions in June 2020, in breach of school policy.Kushner wrote that she failed to tell school administrators that she was taking students off of school property, failed to obtain permission from administrators to drive students, and failed to inform parents and obtain their consent.Piazza was also in breach of the Motor Vehicle Act by failing to ensure her passengers were wearing seatbelts.Kusher also said Piazza failed to follow physical distancing rules when she allowed students to ride in her car.After imposing its own three-day suspension without pay, the school district filed a complaint to the commissioner, who suggested Piazza face a one-day suspension of her teaching certificate."Miron Piazza failed to model appropriate behaviour expected of an educator," wrote Kushner.Piazza voluntarily agreed to enter into the agreement and is expected to serve her suspension on Nov. 9.
Under the deal, Cytiva will receive about $31 million to scale up manufacturing of vaccine-related products, including cell cultures and hardware such as bioreactors used for the culturing of cells and antibodies. The U.S. government has till date agreed to pay more than $1.1 billion to purchase needles, syringes, vials and supply kits, as well as expand manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in the United States, the HHS said. Cytiva is among the primary suppliers to several companies currently working with the U.S. government to develop COVID-19 vaccines.
Melville RCMP say a 90-year-old man who has been missing since Oct. 7 has been found deceased. No foul play is suspected. RCMP say Albert Serfas left his Melville home Wednesday afternoon in a grey/blue 2011 Chevrolet Equinox and did not return. Serfas' family said it was very unusual for him to be gone for so long and that they were concerned for his well-being.Serfas' next of kin have been notified about his death.
The federal and Ontario agricultural ministers announced on Tuesday funding to help agri-food workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The province says a new agreement will see $11.6 million go toward helping producers stop the spread of the virus on their farms."Everyone needs to feel safe and supported when they go to work," said federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau during a virtual press announcement Tuesday. "Applications are now open for Ontario farmers to access the new Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program."The government says building physical barriers for worker separation, upgrading HVAC systems, improving hand washing facilities and worker-accommodation are all actions that will be eligible for the funding. "Overall, the fund will cover 50 per cent of the cost of safety measures and the remaining cost covered by applicants," said the minister. That coverage caps at $15,000 for claims made by farmers — double what the program was to previously offer. The program is also offering funding of up to $100,000 for small capital projects like housing or workplace modifications that enhance safety. Farm owners and operators will be able to apply for the funding beginning today, through the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program, said Bibeau.Applications will then be reviewed as they come in and funding will be prioritized to those applicants "with the priority for the highest-risk farm for COVID-19 outbreaks."According to the province, this funding will be in addition to the up-to $15-million the Ontario government promised to the sector back in June. "The COVID-19 outbreak has reminded us all of the importance of our food supply chain and how much we rely on Ontario farmers to keep it strong," said Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman."We need to do our part to support their efforts."
National Women's Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney is stepping down as commissioner as part of a restructuring of the league’s governing model. The NWHL announced the shakeup Tuesday that includes Tyler Tumminia being appointed as interim commissioner. Rylan Kearney will remain involved as president of an ownership group that controls four of the league's six teams.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to put on hold an appeals court ruling that Trump's accountant must immediately turn over tax records to a New York state prosecutor, setting up a decision from the high court that could come before Election Day. The court could allow the immediate enforcement of a subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. or block it temporarily. Trump’s two Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, joined that decision.
Two professional hockey players from P.E.I. have had plenty to be thankful for this month.Zack MacEwen, 24, of Stratford signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks with an average annual value of $825,000. And Josh Currie, 27, of Charlottetown signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins that will pay him $700,000 if he makes the NHL club, and $350,000 if he is sent down to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa."I'm extremely happy with the contract," said Currie, who now lives in the Covehead area in the off-season."Obviously you want to play in the NHL, and by playing in the NHL, you get to make the bigger money, so it's just kind of an incentive to work hard." > Obviously you want to play in the NHL, and by playing in the NHL, you get to make the bigger money, so it's just kind of an incentive to work hard. — Josh CurrieCurrie has had a productive minor league career with the Bakersfield Condors, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. In the 2018-19 season, he got a taste of the NHL, playing 21 games with the Oilers.He returned to Bakersfield last season, then became a free agent before signing with Pittsburgh on Oct. 9."I knew that I wasn't probably going to re-sign with Edmonton, I was looking for a new opportunity, just kind of a fresh start," he said."It seemed like the best fit. They were excited to have me and I was just as excited to go to Pittsburgh."The NHL season is scheduled to start Jan. 1, delayed from the autumn of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currie will go to Pittsburgh's training camp this winter taking nothing for granted."Everything is earned. Nothing's going to be given to me, but they definitely said they signed me for a reason. They think I can play games in the NHL for them, so it's up to me to put in the work this summer and show them that they were right by signing me."MacEwen, who has remained in Vancouver during the COVID-19 pandemic, said in a text message that it was a "great feeling" to re-sign with the Canucks, adding that he's training for the upcoming season. He played 23 games for Vancouver last season, including six in the playoffs. He will make the same salary whether he's in the NHL or AHL.Three other players from P.E.I. are also under contract with NHL teams: Noah Dobson of Summerside and Ross Johnston of Charlottetown with the New York Islanders, and Jordan Spence of Cornwall with the Los Angeles Kings.As well, in July, Sarah Steele of Stratford signed a professional contract with the Toronto Six of the National Women's Hockey League.More from CBC P.E.I.
With 82 active COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick, some residents of neighbouring Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador are wondering whether the Atlantic bubble needs to burst.
B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson announced the party’s platform at a campaign event in Vancouver less than two weeks before the Oct. 24 vote. The platform pledges a new economic recovery plan within 60 days of the election and largely highlights promises already made, including the elimination of PST for one year and opening of the public auto insurer to competition.