Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's bank accounts were frozen and his Moscow apartment seized as part of a lawsuit while he was recovering from a suspected poisoning in a Berlin hospital, his spokeswoman said on Thursday. Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight in Siberia. In the dispute with Moscow Schoolchild, a Russian court in October 2019 ordered Navalny, his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and ally Lyubov Sobol to pay $1.4 million in damages for libelling the company and causing it moral damage.
Ontario's education minister says he's considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school — shortly after British Columbia announced it's doing the same. Stephen Lecce says he's working with the province's medical officials to consider possible changes to the list, which right now includes sore throat, nasal congestion and abdominal pain. Those three symptoms are among the 10 that B.C. opted to remove from its checklist, "given the very low probability of these symptoms by themselves indicating COVID," the ministry said in an emailed statement.The British Columbia health ministry also says since the symptoms are "very common" in kids, "there are concerns that it would unnecessarily exclude children." Ontario's school reopening plan requires parents to screen their children for a list of COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they display signs of the novel coronavirus.They're allowed to return to class when they no longer display symptoms.'Conservative approach' best, says doctorTwo experts contacted by CBC Toronto expressed concern about making any changes to Ontario's list at this point, given the province's recent increase in cases. "Because the community transmission issues have not been resolved we are going to see more cases in schools," said Prachi Srivastava, an associate professor in global education at Western University. Srivastava says schools need to do everything they can to keep COVID-19 out, given that some of the major ways to reduce transmission — like substantially reducing classroom sizes and doing thorough updates to ventilation systems — haven't happened. Dr. Dina Kulik, a pediatrician and emergency room physician, agrees it's not the right time to revisit the symptom list. "I personally believe that as we see rising numbers, the conservative approach is the better way to go," she said. "We do know that COVID-19 can present with just a runny nose in kids." So far this fall, there have been 180 COVID-19 cases in Ontario schools, 77 of which are students. Two schools have had to close due to outbreaks. A recent analysis by CBC News of Canadian COVID-19 cases shows that runny nose, cough and sore throat are among the most common symptoms in people under the age of 19. 'Clear guideline' for parents would be helpfulBut Kulik does say there is room for improvement when it comes to communication around which kids should get tested or stay home, and for how long. "I think people would appreciate having a clear guideline where there wouldn't be any ambiguity," she said.Kulik described speaking with parents who have been confused by shifting or unclear rules, giving the example of two families who had their kids tested on the same day.One was told by the tester that if the result was negative, the child could return to school the next day, the other was told that they would have to stay home for two weeks. Ottawa parent Cameron Grant has direct experience with that kind of confusion.This past weekend, he took his three-year-old son to get tested for COVID-19 after the boy developed a runny nose. His son's test returned negative and he went back to school on Monday.But, while at school, his nose started running again — and Grant was called in to pick him up based on advice from Ottawa Public Health.The confusion came when Grant read another set of rules — ones posted to the school door — which indicated that the child should only be sent home again if new symptoms develop. "It's not a new symptom if [he has] a runny nose," said Grant."If they're being kept out of school when we know they don't have COVID-19 that might not be a good use of parents' time." "I don't know about getting rid of it as a symptom. I'll leave that to the doctors," he continued."But I'd say there's definitely a little more nuance to it available."
Canadians continue to hear about the importance of getting the influenza vaccine this year as the healthcare system prepares to tackle COVID-19, the flu and other respiratory viruses, but everyone should consider getting the vaccination as soon as possible.
OTTAWA — Montreal lawyer Meryam Haddad has appealed her expulsion from the Green party leadership contest and is expecting to find out tonight if she will be let back in.A spokesperson for Haddad's campaign said the appeal was filed this afternoon and the party's leadership committee is to make a decision this evening.Haddad said she was informed Tuesday afternoon that the party was taking her off the ballot, citing violations of the party's code of conduct."I truly hope the Green party reconsiders for the sake of the members and democracy," she said in a tweet.The decision comes just days before electronic voting begins for the party to choose its next leader.Almost 35,000 people are signed up to vote in the contest, with the winner to be announced in Ottawa Oct. 3. Electronic voting begins Sept. 26. Fewer than 300 members requested a mail-in ballot, leaving the rest to cast their vote electronically.Haddad is the second Green candidate to be expelled from the race. In June, Montreal environmental activist Dylan Perceval-Maxwell was forced out after he made a comment during a virtual debate that police should have to pay $20 to every person of colour they stop, as compensation for the trauma and as an incentive for police to think twice about why they are stopping someone.Haddad was among those who complained about the comment, and in that debate called it "super racist."Nova Scotia veteran Judy Green withdrew herself from the contest in August and endorsed British Columbia lawyer David Merner.Without Haddad, seven people remain in contention for the Green leadership. Haddad says she believes the decision to remove her is motivated by fear her campaign has been upsetting the "status quo.""This is not the first time the (Green Party of Canada) establishment has attacked our movement or myself personally," Haddad said.She noted that former leader Elizabeth May, who remains a strong force within the party as an MP and parliamentary leader, recently retweeted a comment slamming Haddad after she threw her support in the B.C. provincial election to the new B.C. Ecosocialists party, over both the provincial NDP and Green party.May retweeted a tweet accusing Haddad of "stabbing your provincial cousins in the back" and saying Haddad did not "deserve to be leader of anything."In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, May said she shared the wrong tweet in that case and doesn't intend to take a position on any of the candidates to succeed her.But she said she stands behind the sentiment that federal Greens need to back their provincial cousins.A party spokeswoman says there will be no further comment until after Haddad's appeal is heard.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.Mia Rabson, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had incorrect spellings of Meryam Haddad's last name.
Some parents are fuming over rules requiring toddlers to wear masks on airplanes — after they were turfed from flights in Canada and the United States, thanks to their non-compliant two-year-olds."It's foolishness," said Aaron Munn, who was kicked off a WestJet flight on Aug. 24 when his two-year-old son, Emmett, refused to mask-up. Transport Canada mandates that air passengers aged two and older wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The policy aligns with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but is stricter than similar regulations in the European Union and other countries.Despite Canada's rules, Emmett wasn't interested in donning a mask when he and his dad boarded their flight from Fredericton to Toronto."As soon as it went to his face, he was screaming and ripping it off," said Munn, who lives in Holtville, N.B. "He just lost it."Munn and Emmett were travelling to Toronto to reunite with his wife, Carolyn, and another son, seven-month-old Josiah, who's sick and awaiting a heart transplant in the city.But due to Emmett's refusal to wear a mask, WestJet told the pair to leave the plane. In an email to CBC News, WestJet called the situation "regrettable" but said that it's obligated to follow Transport Canada regulations.Munn argues the regulations don't add up. "Whoever made this law, give them a case of face masks and send them to a daycare and see how successful he is. It's unrealistic."Transport Canada told CBC News in an email that it introduced its mask-wearing rules to protect air passengers from COVID-19. Department spokesperson Frédérica Dupuis said the regulations allow for "some flexibility" in that airlines can exempt passengers with "special circumstances" from wearing a mask, if warranted. People who can't wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt if they supply documentation. But Transport Canada's regulations don't state specifically that misbehaving toddlers can get a reprieve — allowing airlines to make their refusal to wear a mask grounds for removal. U.S. airline rules anger parentsSeveral parents in the U.S. are also speaking out in protest after they were removed from flights when their two-year-olds refused to wear a mask. Most major U.S. airlines mandate that passengers aged two and older wear face coverings. Tiffani Jett said in an interview that she was forced off a Southwest Airlines flight departing from Nashville for Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 13, after her two-year-old declined to wear a mask at the request of a flight attendant. "To kick a mother and her child off a plane is very heartless," said Jett, who lives in Orlando. "There just needs to be more compassion, understanding, empathy."She had flown to Nashville to visit her mother and said that on the outbound flight, the air crew was fine with her daughter not wearing a mask. Southwest Airlines declined to comment on Jett's case but said its mask policy is a protective measure that follows current recommendations from the CDC in the U.S.The CDC confirmed it recommends that children who are two and older wear masks in public, but it said it also recognizes that younger children may not be able to wear one properly, particularly for a lengthy period.Other countries mandate masks for older childrenMany other Western countries mandate mask-wearing for children starting at a much older age. For example, England requires masks for air passengers aged 11 and older. New Zealand, which has been commended for its handling of the coronavirus, sets the age at 12 for air travel. The European Union requires that children aged six and older wear a mask on airplanes and said it based the rule on World Health Organization recommendations. The WHO recommends that children younger than age six not wear masks due to challenges with compliance and wearing them correctly. The organization also said that research so far suggests that younger children are less likely to spread the virus.WATCH | WestJet's CEO explains why the airline is cracking down on unmasked passengersTransport Canada said it based its mask-wearing rules on recommendations from the CDC and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The agency told CBC News that research demonstrates children aged two and older can be taught how to wear a face covering.What happened to the passengers?After Munn and his son Emmett were kicked off their WestJet flight, Munn paid more than $1,000 to rebook them on a flight that same day with Air Canada. He said Air Canada didn't require Emmett to wear a face mask. The airline declined to comment except to say that it follows Transport Canada regulations.WestJet didn't offer Munn a refund for his tickets, which were paid for by a charity providing financial support to families with children in need of organ transplants.The airline said it offered to rebook Munn and his son on the next available flight the following day, but that didn't fit with the family's schedule. WestJet declined to say what action it would have taken if Munn had accepted the offer, and Emmett once again refused to wear a mask on the flight.In Tiffani Jett's case, she said Southwest Airlines rebooked her on a later flight, and this time her daughter managed to wear a mask — at least for parts of the trip.Jett said she hopes airlines relax their mask-wearing policy for toddlers — the same way they have relaxed the rules by allowing passengers to remove their masks while eating. "There's flexibility around eating snacks and drinking juice, but there's not flexibility with a two-year-old that is just having a moment."
The mountains have been sprinkled with gold as larch season arrives in Alberta.Already the trails are busy with hikers making their fall pilgrimage to see the autumn colours, but some trails may be too crowded to ensure physical distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Larch Valley is such a popular trail that hikers can't get a parking spot after 6:15 a.m.However, there are plenty of trails not as well known that might be less busy, so Friends of Kananaskis Country lists 33 hikes that include larch sightings.Derek Ryder, co-chair of the Friends of Kananaskis Country, told the Calgary Eyeopener some of his favourite spots. The list includes some recommendations from Calgarians."Larches are all over. They literally can be found all the way from Bow path to all the way down into Waterton, if you know where to look," said Ryder.Kananaskis CountryFor the most part, Ryder says, anywhere near Highwood Pass has a great view of larches. * Buller Pass: 20.4-km hike, in Kananaskis Country. * Burstall Pass Trail: 16.4-km hike, in Kananaskis Country. * Chester Lake up to Three Lakes Valley: 15.3-km hike, in Kananaskis Country. * Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge: 15.6-km hike, in Kananaskis Country, visible from Highway 40. * Rummel Lake Trail: 12.4-km hike, located near Canmore. * Sparrowhawk Tarns: 11.6-km hike, in Kananaskis Country, one of Ryder's personal favourites.Banff National Park * Arnica Lake Trail: 9.2-km hike, located near Banff. * Boom Lake: 10.6-km hike, located near Lake Louise. * Egypt Lake Trail: 24.3-km hike, located near Banff. * Taylor Lake: 14-km hike, located near Lake Louise.Other favourite spots in Alberta * David Thompson Country: located in West Central Alberta, just north of Calgary. * Lower Rowe Lake: 12.9-km hike, located in Waterton Lakes National Park. Larches in your communityOne thing about larches is that after they turn gold, their needles fall off only a few weeks later.Ryder says they should all be gone by Oct. 5, so if you can't escape to the mountains, check out these spots in Calgary.To help you along, here's an interactive map of every larch on public property in the city:(Tree location data via the City of Calgary's open data catalogue.)As you can see, some spots in the city are more heavily treed than others.But there are plenty to explore.If you'd prefer to know what you're getting into before you go, here are a few of our recommendations. * Baker Park: Along the Bow River in northwest Calgary are several rows of mature larches. You'll find another dozen or so if you wander slightly to the west, and then a few more if you loop back to the main lot via the Bow River Pathway. * Crowfoot Park: If you're visiting the Crowfoot Library or Robert Thirsk High School, look just to the north and you'll see a few stands of larches. * Coventry Hills: The kilometre-long pathway that runs between Coventry Hills Way N.E. and Coventry Drive N.E. is flanked on the west side by a long row of larches. * North Glenmore Park: Numerous larches are spread throughout this green space on the north shore of the Glenmore Reservoir.Have you been out larch hunting? Share your photos in the comments below!With files from Robson Fletcher and the Calgary Eyeopener.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials.The bear had been hanging around the zoo, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof latches before it got under the fence early Sunday when the facility was closed to the public.“It went through the zoo and killed our older male alpaca, Caesar,” executive director Patrick Lampi said. “He was a crowd favourite.”He said the 16-year-old alpaca had arrived at the zoo when he was a year old.Caesar’s companion, a younger alpaca named Fuzzy Charlie, escaped and was found unharmed.Alaska Fish and Game officials helped search the zoo for the bear after it killed Caesar. They used forward-looking infrared scopes, but the bear had left the zoo.“We made sure that all of our animals were where they belong, all our bears were still in their enclosure and our tigers and all the other animals were unharmed,” Lampi said.Fish and Game officials set up cameras to watch for the bear to return. It was killed the second time it came back.Lampi said everyone was sorry the bear had to be put down.“It was kind of a bizarre incident,” he said.The zoo is located near the foothills of the Chugach Mountains.“There are occasionally bears in the area but they are usually not a problem,” Lampi said. “This one just had developed some bad habits.”This isn't the first time a bear has tunneled into the Alaska Zoo, but the outcome of the incident about 20 years ago ended a little differently. Lampi said that bear was captured and relocated to a zoo in Duluth, Minnesota.Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press
CALGARY — More than a hundred staff are isolating as a busy Calgary hospital confirmed 26 cases of COVID-19.Alberta Health Services says the infections include 17 patients and nine staff at the Foothills Medical Centre. The cases are in two cardiac care units and one general medicine unit and the health agency has said it does not appear that they are connected. Three deaths have been linked to the outbreaks. Officials say 114 staff are in isolation and the hospital is using overtime and reassignment to cover shifts. Alberta reported 143 new daily infections in its latest update and says there are 1,520 active infections. Fifty-nine people are in hospital and 13 are in intensive care. A total of 260 Albertans have died from COVID-19. At the Foothills hospital, visitors are only being allowed for end-of-life situations or if they have been pre-approved as essential. There are temperature checks at all entrances and students and volunteers are not allowed on the affected units. The hospital has set up multiple swabbing sites and staff and patients in the affected units are being screened for symptoms twice daily. "At this time all of the services usually offered at FMC continue to be provided," the agency said in a statement Wednesday."We are working hard to ensure the availability of specialized and staff physicians to continue to provide these services."The agency says the hospital remains a safe place to visit and receive care, as any COVID-positive or symptomatic patient is being isolated and treated in designated rooms. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.The Canadian Press
However grandly it's staged, a throne speech is a difficult thing to judge. Just ask the opposition parties.The first official review of Wednesday's speech came from Candice Bergen, the deputy Conservative leader, who stepped to the podium and said that the 6,800-word address was "full of Liberal buzzwords and grand gestures with very little to no follow-up plan."In fairness, though, that's really all a throne speech is. It's a statement of intent, a collection of promises and interests, laid out over several thousand words. If the Conservatives have a real complaint to make here, it's that they would've chosen different words (although they probably weren't looking to support the throne speech anyway).Going next, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said those words were "nice words" but also "just words," and that he was much more interested in talking about the first piece of legislation the government plans to introduce.Words are easily dismissed, but words also make up a significant part of what we call politics. One way or another, they often end up mattering. Ideally, they should have power — not just over the listener, but over the speaker as well.A promise to do (almost) everything at onceIn that respect, the words of Justin Trudeau's government gave that government a lot to do — and another set of benchmarks against which it can be measured.There is a lot going on around the world right now. A pandemic is spreading illness and death, people are struggling, the planet is burning, communities are demanding redress for long-standing injustices and the structures of society are being questioned. In so many words, the Liberals signalled an interest on Wednesday in dealing with a lot of it."This is our generation's crossroads," said Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, reading the speech in the Senate chamber.Some 2,000 words were given to what the government has done, is doing and will do to address the health threat and economic consequences of COVID-19. Included therein was a significant extension of temporary wage subsidies. But the Liberals are also speaking to a post-pandemic world.They're promising "a significant, long-term sustained investment to create a Canada-wide early learning and childcare system" and an employment insurance system for the "21st century." It wants "new, national standards for long-term care" and says it will "redouble" its efforts to combat systemic racism.The Liberals promise to make "the largest investment in Canadian history in training for workers" and "generational investments" in modernizing the government's computer systems to better deliver services to Canadians. Combating climate change is to be the "cornerstone" of a plan to create one million new jobs.New speech, old promisesThose were just the new bits. Many of the promises the Liberals made during the 2019 campaign were restated on Wednesday; if there's anything in the government's pre-pandemic agenda that it's willing or ready to set aside now, it's not saying so yet.The speech offered eight commitments to "accelerate" existing efforts. The government says it will "immediately" bring forward a plan to meet and exceed Canada's greenhouse gas emissions target for 2030. Legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be introduced before the end of the year.The Conservatives suggested that the Liberals should have had more to say about "national unity" and the resource sector. The word "pipeline" does not appear anywhere in the text — though the construction of a federally owned pipeline is one thing that was able to carry on as planned over the last six months.Watch: Erin O'Toole responds to Trudeau's speechBut almost everything else one might expect the government of a Western country to concern itself with right now was at least mentioned in the speech.Trudeau has never shied away from talking about the overarching challenges and concerns of the moment. Over the last five years he has spoken about economic inequality, inclusion and pluralism, gender equality, reconciliation, racism, climate change and resource development. He has shown himself to be keenly aware of the value of speaking to issues that resonate.That includes the current health emergency — which served as the basis for his request for time on the major television networks on Wednesday evening."We're on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring," he told Canadians in those remarks — an attempt to shake off any complacency that set in over the summer.Watch: Trudeau warns Canadians that a second COVID wave is underwayTrudeau's challenge has been to live up to his words. Whenever he's not making unnecessary trouble for himself, he is being asked (largely by his progressive critics) to explain how his actions match his statements. When those statements are lofty and loud, the gulf between words and deeds can be glaring.The agenda Trudeau's government laid out yesterday would be a lot for any government (though this throne speech was still somehow shorter than the 7,000-word opus that Stephen Harper's government presented in 2013).The provinces will have something to say about a national child care system and new standards for long-term care. EI reform is politically perilous. If reducing this country's emissions enough to meet Canada's target for 2030 was easy, it would have been done by now.A plan for governing, campaigning — or both?If the pandemic isn't brought under control in this country — and if it appears to Canadians that the fault lies with the federal government — the Liberals might not get much of a chance to do any of it.A majority government with four years ahead of it would find this a heavy agenda. Trudeau's government can't be sure that it won't be in an election campaign next week.If that happens, of course, this throne speech becomes a campaign platform.For a long time, Trudeau's assumption seems to have been that there's value in speaking to great things, and to a great many things. It fits with a certain idea of what and how much a government should do.It also can't be said that there isn't a lot worth talking about right now. But actions — or a lack of them — always end up speaking louder than words.
The Ottawa public health recently shared a real life example of what community transmission looks like. Forty people gathered for an outdoor BBQ party at a park in Ottawa, before the Ontario government lowered the number on social gatherings. Two people from the BBQ developed COVID-19 symptoms which eventually led to more than 100 people being quarantined.
Ron Antoine thought he was following COVID-19 safety protocols when he rigged up a plastic barrier between the front and back seats of the cab he runs in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. Then he came to Yellowknife and found that none of the taxis he saw had done the same. "Is this mandatory? Or is it required? I don't know," Antoine said in a call to CBC North's bi-weekly phone-in show with Dr. Kami Kandola, the territory's chief public health officer. Antoine is not the only person to notice inconsistencies in rules established to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "I know of two restaurants, right across the street from one another, and they have two totally different rules going on right now," said Renée Comeau, executive director of the NWT Chamber of Commerce."Pretty much any hospitality business that you walk into in the N.W.T., the rules are completely different from one another, including capacity. Menus, masks, gloves, everything." Comeau says the onus is being put on businesses to establish safety protocols."It's a little unfair." From 'requirements' to 'suggestions'In response to Antoine's question, Kandola referred to the territory's Emerging Wisely re-opening plan."There are requirements on cleaning the taxis and for the taxi drivers, if they can't physically distance, to be wearing masks or to have protective barriers, even if it's putting up a plastic sheet with duct tape between the front and the back," she said. N.W.T. government spokesperson Mike Westwick later clarified in an email that all of the above are "possible mitigation measures.""There are many other ways to mitigate risk, like wearing non-medical masks. All should have hand sanitation supplies available. We sincerely appreciate the work being done by the driver you've spoken with in Fort Simpson. But just because barriers are not in-place in a taxi does not necessarily mean they are being non-compliant," Westwick wrote. The territory's Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) also recommends taxi drivers "create a physical barrier" between themselves and passengers." It's the first recommendation in its COVID-19 Safe Work Procedures for Taxi Operators document. But Cary Ingram, the WSCC's chief mining and occupational health and safety inspector for the N.W.T. and Nunavut, characterized the barrier as a "suggestion," and said a COVID-19 exposure plan could be sufficient without it, for example by using masks. Ingram said it's up to taxi companies to create "exposure control plans," using the documents the WSCC has created as a starting point. WSCC staff are available to help draft a plan, but the plan doesn't have to be approved by the WSCC.If a WSCC inspector visits the company, they can ask to see the plan to ensure the company is following it. Asked what would happen if a company's plan was inadequate, Ingram said his office would talk with the employer and ask them to reconsider."But we can't tell them [something] is a hazard and how to control it," he said. "We can't provide that type of guidance."However, territorial public health could, Westwick said, noting that "WSCC will communicate with public health if they believe there are systemic issues afoot."'We haven't been told to do anything'Gailani Hamad Dawoud, a director with Yellowknife's Aurora Taxi, said drivers are wearing masks and sanitizing their cars regularly, but not because they've been instructed to do so. "We haven't been told to do anything."Dawoud agrees that the safety of cab drivers is critical. A single driver, he said, can meet 30 to 40 people in a shift. "If I have anything, then I pass it to those 30, 40 people, then it's going to be a disaster." > If I have anything, then I pass it to those 30, 40 people, then it's going to be a disaster. \- Gailani Hamad Dawoud, director with Aurora TaxiA spokesperson for Yellowknife Cabs also said they've received no directives from the chief public health officer or the WSCC. However, that company did share a letter, dated March 20, from Yellowknife's Municipal Enforcement Division, which enforces the city's bylaws. It offers a list of "safe work practices," including asking passengers to sit in the back seat and carrying hand sanitizer. The letter said nothing about adding a barrier between front and back seats. CBC News reached out to the city for comment but did not hear back by deadline.Adding the barrierEmilie Boucher, a VP with YK Motors, oversaw the installation of a plastic barrier in shuttle vehicles that are used to give rides to people who drop their vehicles off for service. "That was the only way we could make it work," given the need for physical distancing, Boucher said. The company initially used a makeshift barrier with plastic sheeting — the kind you put on windows and doors to seal out drafts in winter. They later ordered plexiglass that their service division was able to install. Antoine, the Fort Simpson driver, saw the example while he was in Yellowknife getting some work done on his truck, then he started looking around for materials. One shop he visited wanted to charge him $800 for a piece of plastic, he said. He ended up buying a sheet of Lexan and using his experience as a mechanic to fit it into his car about a month ago. "I came up with something that worked." Similar barriers have been installed in taxis in Ottawa and Newfoundland and Labrador. In Montreal, the city offered $190 per vehicle to help taxis take safety precautions. Comeau, from the NWT Chamber of Commerce, said the WSCC has been proactive in helping businesses create control plans and conduct risk assessments. She also pointed to a "very well-defined excel spreadsheet" from the territorial government's public health unit that outlines which businesses can be open. But, she said, she's aware of tension over the different application of protocols in different businesses. "I know that there have been a lot of complaints that have been filed against businesses anonymously because none of this is posted anywhere."
A high school in Coxheath, N.S., has ended a tradition spanning nearly 50 years by rebranding its sports teams.Officials at Riverview Rural High announced last year they would drop the name Redmen and begin the search for a team name more culturally respectful toward Indigenous people.The school said this week that more than 900 students had voted in favour of the Ravens.School principal Joe Chisholm told CBC Cape Breton's Mainstreet that more than 100 names were submitted for consideration, including the Rats and the Rascals, but the final vote came down to a choice between Fusion and the Ravens.Chisholm said the new name is more appropriate."With what's going on in the United States and Canada, and around the world, everybody seems to be taking this to heart and understanding that it's the way we should be going," said Chisholm.The move comes as several professional sports teams have come under intense pressure to drop Indigenous nicknames, logos and mascots on the grounds that they're offensive.Edmonton's CFL team said this summer it will discontinue the use of the word Eskimo in the team's name. Washington's NFL team said it would drop the name Redskins and its logo featuring the head of a Native American.Officials with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education said Redmen was originally chosen because of the school colours, and did not refer to Indigenous people.Allison Bernard, of Eskasoni First Nation, attended Riverview and played hockey for the school in the 1980s.He said he didn't give the name much thought at the time, because he was just a young kid and people weren't as "outspoken" about racism as they are now.But Bernard, who now works with the Mikmaq Rights Initiative, and has spoken to students at Riverview about treaty rights, said there's much more recognition now about the hurt such names can carry.He said he senses a willingness, especially among younger people, to acknowledge that."Students are more compassionate these days, the younger generation," said Bernard. "They know, through social media and education, that Aboriginal Canadians have gone through a lot. And they understand our plight."Chisholm said students were involved in the rebranding, from voting on the name to helping design the new logo. The school will retain its traditional colours of red and white.
SYDNEY, N.S. — Chief Rod Googoo of We’koma’q First Nation says the moose hunt will not be hindered this year. Googoo earlier threatened that the Mi’kmaq would prevent non-Indigenous hunters from accessing the hunting grounds after witnessing first-hand the harassment Mi’kmaq fishers we’re facing from non-Indigenous commercial fishers. Sipnekne’kati First Nation issued moderate livelihood fishing tags last week and Googoo went to the area to show support. Now he’s convinced the federal government will step in to help protect their rights after a meeting earlier this week. “There’s no need to escalate things,” said Googoo. On Tuesday, federal ministers Bernadette Jordan and Carolyn Bennett released a joint statement condemning any acts of violence. “We share the concerns of the assembly chiefs for the safety of their people. There is no place for the threats, intimidation or vandalism that we have witnessed in South West Nova Scotia. This is unacceptable,” they said. Googoo said their meeting was productive and he’s heard already that tensions on the ground have eased. He wanted the public to know the treaty rights are a guiding principle all should live by.Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
As the United States presidential election campaign enters its last 40 days, voter registration is taking place across the US — and Canada.Dual citizens retain the right to vote, as do Americans living in Canada. This means a few hundred votes could be cast from Yukon.Michael Dougherty, who lives in Whitehorse, is a dual citizen who is planning to vote by mail. He hasn't received his mail-in ballot yet, but says he'll give it another week before starting to worry. "I have received notification, so I expect to see it in the box any day soon," he said.On Tuesday, a group called Democrats Abroad Canada, part of the Democratic Party arm for Americans living outside the US, set up an information table in downtown Whitehorse. A few people signed a get-well card to "an ailing democracy," and looked at information about voting. "We want to increase the vote, have more people participating," Dougherty said. "We have a responsibility to participate in two democracies, not just one."The Yukon Bureau of Statistics says that in 2016 the census recorded 655 residents of Yukon who were born in the United States. Of those residents, 460 were Canadian citizens and of that number, 320 were Canadian citizens only, which left 140 dual citizens. In 2016 the census recorded 195 Americans living in Yukon without having Canadian citizenship. Voters hold dear 'their one little say'Dianne Homan is another dual citizen who still votes in US elections. As per the rules, she votes in her last state of residence, which is Wisconsin."I have to say, Wisconsin makes it difficult,' Homan said of the experience of obtaining a ballot.Homan credits Democrats Abroad with helping her with the process. "I just feel like it's really important to have my one little say in how the country is being governed," she said.Democrats Abroad shoring up support Stacy Lewis is another dual citizen and also part of Democrats Abroad. She has lived in Canada since 1986 and has never missed a US presidential election, casting her vote in her home state of Washington."I still feel a strong tie to all the issues there. My family is still there. I immigrated to Canada and this is my home but I am still from America and I feel a duty, really, as an American citizen, to vote," she said. Lewis notes the word Democrat in Democrats Abroad "is a capital D," meaning the organization has ties to the Democratic Party, but that it pledges to help anyone vote, regardless of political affiliation. A similar organization called Republicans Overseas has not announced any events in Yukon.According to Democrats Abroad, more than 600,000 people in Canada retain their American voting rights, however in 2016, only about five per cent of those voters cast a ballot.
TORONTO — Up to 60 Ontario pharmacies will offer COVID-19 tests starting Friday, an initiative the government hopes will help reduce long waits at assessment centres across the province.Premier Doug Ford announced the pharmacy testing Wednesday as the second part of a fall pandemic preparedness plan, saying it would be expanded in the coming weeks.Pharmacies will only test individuals with no symptoms after they have made an appointment. Ford stressed that those experiencing symptoms must continue to go to the hospital-run assessment centres."We need to make it easier to get a COVID test," he said. "It's easy to get a flu shot, we have to make sure that (getting) a COVID test is just as easy."Ford has been under increasing pressure to address long lines at some of the province's 147 assessment centres as the demand for tests surged following the return to school earlier this month. Hours before Wednesday's pharmacy announcement, a hospital in Kitchener, Ont., closed its drive-through COVID-19 testing centre for the day over concerns for the safety of its staff and the public.The Grand River Hospital said vehicles began to line up at 2:30 a.m., five hours before opening time, and "aggressive behaviours" from some of those waiting contributed to the decision to temporarily shut down. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the pharmacy testing — which will be free — will help the province get ready for future waves of COVID-19. She noted, however, that anyone getting a pharmacy test will need to be pre-screened ahead of their appointment."With a recent increase in the number of cases we are providing people with more options for testing to identify cases of COVID-19 early," she said.A union representing hospital workers raised concerns that pharmacy testing could bring people with the virus in contact with vulnerable seniors or other medically compromised people."Sending the public to a pharmacy and mingling with people who fear that they have COVID-19, and may be symptomatic … seems to me to be unwise and potentially not very safe," said Michael Hurley, president of the Council of Hospital Unions, a branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.But the CEO of the Ontario Pharmacist Association said testing can be conducted safely in pharmacies."The initial phase was meant to be small to so that we could do this in a safe way and learn from the initial roll out and make any tweaks necessary as we go more province-wide" Justin Bates said.Pharmacies have put pandemic infection-control protocols in place to protect their staff and patrons, but some locations may still decide not to participate in the voluntary program, he said."This won't be for everyone," Bates said. "Those that don't have the appropriate staffing levels or the footprint in order to maintain physical distancing and having a private room to conduct the test may not participate."Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist with the University of Toronto, offered muted praise for the decision to expand testing to pharmacies.He said enlisting pharmacies located far away from hospitals and other assessment centres will have a positive impact on sample collection, but will also add to the strain on testing labs that are already struggling to keep up with their current workload.A further influx of testing samples, he said, risks delaying result wait times and contact tracing efforts, which in turn could undermine efforts to curb the spread of the virus."We're only addressing one half of the problem," he said. "... The problem that really needs solving is lab capacity now. If the pharmacies work really, really well we're going to start to have long delays to get test results. As soon as that happens, we have lost control."The province said Wednesday it processed 35,436 tests over the previous day, with another 48,079 under investigation.Ford also said that three Ontario hospitals will begin offering saliva testing as a less invasive testing option. He urged Health Canada to approve wider saliva testing to help speed up COVID-19 assessments."Health Canada, we need your help," he said. "I just can't stress it enough, all I'm hearing is crickets right now from Health Canada on the saliva tests."A spokesman for Health Canada said Wednesday night that the agency has received two applications for COVID-19 tests which use saliva samples and is working with the applicants."Products are assessed thoroughly before they are authorized, to ensure they are safe and effective," Eric Morrissette said in a statement, adding that provincial labs can develop their own tests which provincial governments regulate.The province is expected to continue to announce other parts of its pandemic preparedness plan over the coming days. The first piece involved purchasing millions of seasonal flu shots that all residents are encouraged to get.Ontario reported 335 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, along with three new deaths related to the virus.The province also reported 42 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 21 among students. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 153 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly-funded schools.The total number of cases in Ontario now stands at 48,087, which includes 2,835 deaths and 41,600 cases classified as resolved.— with files from Michelle McQuigge.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky’s largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor.Outrage over a grand jury’s failure to bring homicide charges against the officers who burst into the Black woman’s apartment six months ago set off a new round of demonstrations Wednesday in several American cities. The state attorney general said the investigation showed officers were acting in self-defence when they responded to gunfire from Taylor's boyfriend.Though protests in Louisville began peacefully, officers declared an unlawful assembly after they said fires were set in garbage cans, several vehicles were damaged and stores were broken into. A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with firing multiple gunshots at police and wounding two officers.“Violence will only be a source of pain, not a cure for pain,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Many see Breonna Taylor’s case as both the tragic death of a young woman and the continuation of a long pattern of devaluation and violence that Black women and men face in our country, as they have historically."“The question obviously is: What do we do with this pain?" the mayor asked. "There is no one answer, no easy answer to that question.”Activists, celebrities and everyday Americans have been calling for charges against police since Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers after one of them was fired upon and wounded while conducting a raid in a narcotics investigation in March.The officers had a no-knock warrant, but the investigation showed they announced themselves before entering, said state Attorney General Daniel Cameron. The warrant was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside.Along with George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minneapolis, Taylor’s name became a rallying cry during nationwide protests this summer that called attention to entrenched racism and demanded police reform.Activists said they would press on with their calls for justice after a single officer was charged Wednesday with wanton endangerment for shooting into apartments neighbouring Taylor's.“In our distress, we reaffirm our dedication to the eradication of systemic racism in our city,” the group Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice said in a statement. “We will keep showing up, speaking up, and joining the movement for systemic change led by Black people.”Hundreds of demonstrators chanted Taylor’s name and marched in cities Wednesday including New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Portland, Oregon. People gathered in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park, chanting demands for justice as drivers on Michigan Avenue honked their horns. Police in Atlanta used chemical agents and made arrests after some protesters tried to climb on a SWAT vehicle. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, marchers peacefully blocked highway traffic.In Louisville, Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the two officers shot during protests were “doing well and will survive their injuries.”Maj. Aubrey Gregory, a Louisville officer for more than 20 years, was shot in the hip and was treated and released from the hospital. Officer Robinson Desroches, who joined the force 18 months ago, was shot in the abdomen and underwent surgery. Schroeder said he was in stable condition.Larynzo D. Johnson, 26, was charged in the shootings with two counts of assault on a police officer and multiple charges of wanton endangerment of police officers. An arrest citation said police had video of Johnson shooting at officers as they tried to disperse a crowd. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.In Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned the violence in his home state and called the officers’ shootings acts of “despicable cowardice that must be met with the full force of the law.”Taylor’s case has exposed the wide gulf between public opinion on justice for those who kill Black Americans and the laws under which those officers are charged, which regularly favour police and do not often result in steep criminal accusations.A grand jury returned three charges of wanton endangerment against fired officer Brett Hankison. No charges were brought against the other officers involved.Each of the charges Hankison faces carries a sentence of up to five years. David Leightty, Hankison’s attorney, did not return calls requesting comment Wednesday and Thursday. But when Hankison was fired in June, Leightty wrote an appeal to the Louisville Police Merit Board, calling the officer's firing a “cowardly political act.”Carmen Jones has protested in downtown Louisville every day for nearly three months. She said she feels despair after the grand jury’s decision and doesn’t know what’s coming.“We’re tired of being hashtags. We’re tired of paying for history in our blood and our bodies and being told to respond to this violence and aggression with peace,” she said. “We did it the Martin way for the entire summer, and it got us nowhere. Maybe it’s time to do things the Malcolm way.”The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in connection with the raid at Taylor’s home.Ben Crump, a lawyer for Taylor’s family, denounced the grand jury decision as “outrageous and offensive.”President Donald Trump read a statement from Cameron, saying “justice is not often easy.” He later tweeted that he was “praying for the two police officers that were shot.”Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, called for policing reform. Biden said the country should start by addressing excessive force, banning chokeholds and overhauling no-knock warrants.Last week, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.___Lovan reported from Frankfort, Kentucky. Associated Press writers Claire Galofaro, Bruce Schreiner and John Minchillo in Louisville, Kentucky, Kevin Freking in Washington, Aaron Morrison in New York, and Haleluya Hadero in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, contributed.___Hudsbeth Blackburn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.Dylan Lovan, Rebecca Reynolds Yonker And Piper Hudspeth Blackburn, The Associated Press
Low-income residents in at least five buildings on East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside haven’t received mail directly from Canada Post for over six months, a situation residents say is causing stress and money worries as income assistance and disability cheques arrive late. “I just think it’s blatant discrimination against the poor,” said Jo McRobb, a resident of Tellier Tower at 16 East Hastings St. Canada Post says it cancelled deliveries because letter carriers can’t practise social distancing in the neighbourhood’s crowded streets.
A Massachusetts construction worker’s love of black licorice wound up costing him his life. Eating a bag and a half every day for a few weeks threw his nutrients out of whack and caused the 54-year-old man’s heart to stop, doctors reported Wednesday.“Even a small amount of licorice you eat can increase your blood pressure a little bit,” said Dr. Neel Butala, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who described the case in the New England Journal of Medicine.The problem is glycyrrhizic acid, found in black licorice and in many other foods and dietary supplements containing licorice root extract. It can cause dangerously low potassium and imbalances in other minerals called electrolytes.Eating as little as 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause a heart rhythm problem, especially for folks over 40, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.“It’s more than licorice sticks. It could be jelly beans, licorice teas, a lot of things over the counter. Even some beers, like Belgian beers, have this compound in it,” as do some chewing tobaccos, said Dr. Robert Eckel, a University of Colorado cardiologist and former American Heart Association president. He had no role in the Massachusetts man’s care.The death was clearly an extreme case. The man had switched from red, fruit-flavoured twists to the black licorice version of the candy a few weeks before his death last year. He collapsed while having lunch at a fast-food restaurant. Doctors found he had dangerously low potassium, which led to heart rhythm and other problems. Emergency responders did CPR and he revived but died the next day.The FDA permits up to 3.1% of a food’s content to have glycyrrhizic acid, but many candies and other licorice products don’t reveal how much of it is contained per ounce, Butala said. Doctors have reported the case to the FDA in hope of raising attention to the risk.Jeff Beckman, a spokesman for the Hershey Company, which makes the popular Twizzlers licorice twists, said in an email that “all of our products are safe to eat and formulated in full compliance with FDA regulations,” and that all foods, including candy, “should be enjoyed in moderation.”___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
The Trudeau government says it will launch a new fund to spur investments and jobs in green technology as it seeks a balance between the competing visions of environmental advocates and legacy industries. In the throne speech delivered Wednesday by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, the Liberals outlined plans to spend on building retrofits, clean energy and production of electric vehicles as the next phase in the fight against climate change. The address, which outlines the government's priorities for the new session of Parliament, briefly mentioned the country's energy sector, primarily to highlight the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Kentucky's Black attorney general choked up when he spoke about why no police officers are facing criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death. Daniel Cameron said he understands how important it is to make sure justice was done. (Sept. 23)