A downtown Toronto mosque remained closed on Monday night after it received several violent and offensive threats by email early Saturday. Toronto police are investigating.On Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "deeply disturbed" by the news, while Toronto Mayor John Tory said the threats are "completely unacceptable" and he stands with the Muslim community.Mustafa Farooq, CEO of the National Council of Muslims, said he is calling on the federal government for a national action plan to dismantle white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in Canada in the wake of the threats. He said such groups preach hate. Farooq said the council has no plans to name the mosque out of concern that it could be targeted further. "These messages were extraordinarily violent," Farooq said in an interview from Ottawa. "When we get these threats, we don't take them lightly. And that's why the mosque was shut down and remains shut down."Mosque administrators, based on advice from various experts, have closed the mosque for now, he said. It is not known for how long it will be closed.The threats come a month after a fatal stabbing of a volunteer caretaker at an Etobicoke mosque. On Sept. 12, Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, 58, was stabbed once while he sat in a chair outside the front doors of the International Muslims Organization (IMO) mosque at 65 Rexdale Blvd., near Kipling Avenue. Zafis had been controlling access to the mosque to ensure it was complying with public health regulations. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Guilherme "William" Von Neutegem, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Zafis. Von Neutegem appears to follow a hate group founded in the U.K., according to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a non-profit organization.Farooq noted the threats also follow a shooting attack on a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017 in which six men were killed and five others critically injured.Farooq said the council has spoken to the imams at the downtown mosque. "Obviously, there's a lot of fear. There is a lot of concern. There's a lot of trepidation as to what happened. Why is this happening? What's going to happen next?" he said.Farooq said he is pleased that police are investigating the threats, but said the federal government must take action and the council would like to see a plan within weeks.Action is needed to ensure "we don't have to keep having these interviews, so that we don't continue to keep having to go to funeral after funeral, to respond to threats after threats," he said."This is unacceptable. It needs to stop and the way that needs to stop is through a national action plan to dismantle these kinds of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, violent, Islamophobic or xenophobic groups," Farooq said."I won't allow someone who was trying to terrorize us and intimidate us succeed. We're going to stand up as Canadians. We're going to stand up Canadian Muslims. And I know that so many communities are standing with us," he said.In an open letter to Trudeau, dated Oct. 5, the council urged the government to take action on white supremacist groups. The letter was signed by organizations that represent Jewish, Sikh, Black and Indigenous communities in Toronto, among others, Farooq noted.Police say no arrests have been made yetConst. Alex Li, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said police were contacted about the threats on Saturday.Li said police are appealing for members of the public to remain vigilant, report any suspicious or threatening behaviour and come forward if they have information that could aid the investigation."Hate crime is a possibility. We have not ruled anything out," he said.Li said police will enhance its patrols around Toronto mosques throughout the city to reassure the Muslim community. No arrests have been made and no suspect information is available.Trudeau pledges action, Tory expresses supportTrudeau, for his part, said: "We must do more to counter hatred and we will,"Tory said, for his part, said: "Any form of hatred and discrimination towards a place of worship and those who visit these places will not be accepted in our city."In a statement on Monday, Mary-Liz Power, press secretary for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, said the government recognizes it needs to take more action."Our government has taken significant action to end violence in our communities, and we also know there is more to do. We are committed to doing that work," Power said.Power said the government has received the Oct. 5 letter and shares the council's concern about the prevalence of violence from white supremacist groups in Canada."It is our greatest responsibility as government to keep our communities safe, and we are committed ending and preventing violence in all its forms," she said."We are constantly monitoring all forms of terrorism as they evolve, and our response will meet it." Research facility says action plan neededBarbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, a research facility at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, said a national action plan is needed. Perry estimates there are "easily" about 300 hate groups in Canada. Islamophobia is "rampant" in these groups, she said."This has come to such a point where communities are at risk across the country. It's absolutely time to intervene," she said. "If a mosque is attacked, that is an attack on the whole congregation."
It's the first time snow has fallen in Calgary this fall, and in some spots there's so much on the ground kids are building snowmen.Unlike other years, it's been a long, warm autumn for southern Alberta but the forecast predicts that is starting to change.Environment and Climate Change Canada said on its website that while rain showers or flurries will end this afternoon, on Wednesday there will be more periods of snow.CBC Calgary asked Calgarians on Facebook to send us their snow shots, and the weather across southern Alberta sure did vary.In the northwest of Calgary, snow can be seen scattered across lawns and homes. In Calgary's south quadrants, some homes weren't too affected by the snow.However for those that live up in Cochrane, 31 kilometres northwest of Calgary, the snow was pretty solid.So solid in fact that children were able to build a snowman out of it!It's not just the north part of Calgary that is experiencing this. Down in Millarville, which is 35 km southwest of Calgary, snow can be seen in backyards.
The Vancouver Canucks have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vegas Golden Knights for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft. The Canucks announced the deal on Monday night, shortly after the Golden Knights reportedly came to an agreement with free agent defenceman Alex Pietrangelo on a seven-year deal. The 29-year-old Schmidt appeared in 59 games for Vegas in 2019-20 and recorded seven goals and 31 points.
Ottawa health officials don't know the source, or are still lacking crucial information, for more than a third of all COVID-19 infections in the nation's capital — and some experts say that's concerning.Ottawa Public Health (OPH) categorizes the source of COVID-19 infections under five labels: outbreak, close contact, travel, no known source and no information available.Based on the latest numbers reported Monday, unknown sources of infections and cases with no information available have made up more than 36 per cent of Ottawa's 5,546 cases since the start of the pandemic."That number to me was concerningly high," said Patrick Saunders-Hastings, an epidemiologist risk scientist and manager of life sciences and environmental health at Gevity Consulting. "[It] suggests that there is a weakness or shortcoming in our contact tracing and testing ability."What does 'unknown' and 'no info available' mean?This is how OPH defines both categories: * No known source means the person with a positive case was asked about risk factors and exposures, but "no source of exposure was able to be identified." * No information available means people who test positive "have not been asked about risk factors and exposures yet," and they haven't been identified as a close contact to another person with COVID-19."No known source in particular are those where there's no epidemiologic link," explained Saunders-Hastings. The no-information category in particular is "a bit of a black box," he said, because those cases haven't been traced or followed up. In early October, the city's medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches called Ottawa's contact tracing system "nearly broken" under the current demand. Last week, OPH said it would focus contact tracing on high-risk spreaders.> Unless we control those sources, we are not going to get a handle on the COVID situation. \- Dr. Smita Pakhalé, U of O associate professor of epidemiologyOPH said in an email to CBC News that though the no-information category may appear "high at first," it's readjusted over time as diagnosed people give them more information. "This is a stressful time for those individuals, who are often feeling unwell, and it can be a difficult process that takes time," wrote a OPH spokesperson.Why do those categories matter? As of Monday, OPH was reporting 781 unknown source cases and 1,243 cases with no information available."The higher that number is, the more cause for concern there would be," said Saunders-Hastings.In an ideal world, health officials would know the source of infection for every case — but that's not possible realistically, he said. Not knowing sources of infections could "diminish" public health's ability to respond to COVID-19, Saunders-Hastings said."They don't help us target where transmissions are occurring," he said. "They are missed opportunities to refine and tailor our response strategies."Saunders-Hastings added that the city "may no longer be able to keep up with the surge," and that might lead to further restrictions."We're currently experiencing more cases, or possible cases, than we are able to deal with."Lack of knowledge 'very dangerous'Not knowing the sources of infection is "very dangerous" for community transmission, said Dr. Smita Pakhalé, staff respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital and a University of Ottawa associate professor of epidemiology."If we do not know that information, then all those people [with COVID-19] may not be self-isolating and [there] may be potential of spreading to some others," said Pakhalé."Unless we control those sources, we are not going to get a handle on the COVID situation."Pakhalé also suggested there's a chance marginalized people could make up a large part of the category with no information available.WATCH | U of O prof says Ottawa's marginalized people affected disproportionately:"A lot of people who are living in the margins of society — people who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, or racialized minorities — have been disproportionately impacted," Pakhalé said.The city's vulnerable often don't have a phone, stable housing nor equal access to information via the internet, said Pakhalé, who also leads the Bridge Engagement Centre research clinic, which works with Ottawa's marginalized communities."We don't have information about them, and ... maybe a lot of them [are] represented in that [no information available category], she said. "And that is a very unfortunate reality of our unequal society today."
President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail, holding his first rally since he contracted the coronavirus. The president was sidelined from the campaign trail for more than ten days after he tested positive for the virus on October 2. The rally in Florida, a must-win state for Trump, kicks off an aggressive week of travel for the president, which also includes stops in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina.
More than 128,000 Georgians went to the polls Monday, a record for the first day of early voting in the state, according to the secretary of state's office. The high turnout surpassed the nearly 91,000 votes cast on the first day of early voting in 2016 and saw eager voters waiting in hours-long lines across the state to cast their ballots. Election officials and advocacy groups have been pushing people to vote early, either in person or by absentee ballot, in anticipation of record turnout and concerns about coronavirus exposure.
A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot. The company said in a statement Monday evening that illnesses, accidents and other so-called adverse events “are an expected part of any clinical study, especially large studies,” but that its physicians and a safety monitoring panel would try to determine what might have caused the illness. The pause is at least the second such hold to occur among several vaccines that have reached large-scale final tests in the U.S.
The nameplate has been ripped off of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Regina's Victoria Park.While calls to remove the statue go back to 2017, it has garnered attention in recent months due to a petition going around to have it removed. The petition was started by Star Andreas and Kerry Bellegarde-Opoonechaw.The petition has gathered over 2,600 signatures to date and it calls for the statue to be moved to a museum. It is the last remaining statue of the first prime minister in Western Canada.Bellegarde-Opoonechaw said she hopes whoever took the nameplate off of the statue is held accountable."I myself did not want any part of the statue damaged like I had mentioned many times, we just want it moved and I didn't want it toppled or taken down or damaged in any way so that to me is unacceptable," she said.The nameplate stated the name of the first prime minister, as well as the words "father of confederation." The sign from the city that states it is meeting with Indigenous elders, artists and community members is still around the bottom of the statue.Bellegarde-Opoonechaw said she believes the city will likely replace the nameplate as a decision on whether or not the statue will be removed won't be made by city council until 2021.In September, Conservative MPs rallied at the statue to voice support for keeping it exactly where it is.Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina-Qu'Appelle, put together the rally and acknowledged the negative consequences of Macdonald's decisions, but he said that taking down statues will mean people won't remember positive contributions.Bellegarde-Opoonechaw said while protesting at the statue in recent months, she has faced backlash from the public and accusations of trying to tear down the statue. "They think that I myself am trying to rip it down or damage it which I'm completely not for, I do understand it's a piece of art and I respect that," Bellegarde-Opoonechaw said.The statue has been vandalized more than once in recent years, once back in 2018 with the hands of the statue painted red.
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Broadway is dark and most concert tours have been abandoned, but you can still feel the thrill of being inside a packed house in “ David Byrne’s American Utopia.” Spike Lee's concert film of Byrne's acclaimed stage show debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max, and it may be one of the best films of the year. Lee's energetic direction combined with Byrne's exuberant staging of Talking Heads classics and other songs makes for a concert film that stands on par with Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads classic “Stop Making Sense.” — The timing of Aaron Sorkin's “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is remarkably good for a film set in 1969 and 1970. Sorkin's drama, debuting Friday on Netflix after a brief run in theatres, is first and foremost a portrait of protest, in all its messiness, idealism and potential. Made with a starry ensemble including Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton, the film dramatizes — with Sorkin's characteristic snappy dialogue and sweeping theatricality — the events surrounding the trial of anti-war activists who were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In the seminal stand-off between counterculture and government, Sorkin (who wrote and directed) crafts a timely paean to dissent. — Gretchen Sorin and Ric Burns' “Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America” was, unfortunately, always going to be of the moment. The documentary, airing 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS and streaming on PBS platforms, chronicles the experience of African Americans on the road beginning with the advent of the automobile. But is also stretches further back and forward to consider all forms of racist restrictions of movement for Black Americans, spanning Jim Crow-era laws to '60s bus boycotts to contemporary policing. Says historian Christopher West in the film: “I think it’s really, really tough for the majority of Americans to begin to even understand the gut-wrenching horror that is driving in a racist society.” — AP Film Writer Jake Coyle MUSIC — Kelly Clarkson is returning to host this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on NBC on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Some of the performances will be live at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, while others were previously recorded. BTS, Post Malone, Bad Bunny, Sia, Alicia Keys, Luke Combs, Doja Cat, Kane Brown and Demi Lovato will hit the stage, where country music icon Garth Brooks and rapper-activist Killer Mike will receive special honours. — Rocker Tommy Lee is in a collaborative state of mind on his new album, “Andro,” out Friday. The 14-track album, his first solo release in 15 years, includes guest appearances from multi-platinum hitmaker Post Malone, Josh Todd of Buckcherry, South African rapper Push Push, Canadian rocker Lukas Rossi, West Coast rapper Brooke Candy, singer-songwriter King Elle Noir and rapper Killvein, among others. The album also finds the Mötley Crüe veteran covering Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” — AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu TELEVISION — CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” with its especially welcome promise of armchair adventure, returns 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Eleven teams, including former NFL players DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge and paired Olympians Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette, dash from locations in France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Brazil and elsewhere in the quest for bragging rights and a $1 million prize. The 32nd edition of the contest, taped before the coronavirus outbreak, pushed the series to the milestone of 1 million miles of worldwide travel. — While many of us were making sourdough bread and, if we felt truly creative, posting pet videos, Hilary Weisman Graham (“Orange Is the New Black”) created “Social Distance” to illuminate our response to pandemic isolation. The Netflix anthology series, consisting of eight, 20-minute episodes, dramatizes the early days of the coronavirus quarantine, including our reliance on technology to maintain a version of emotional connection. Oscar Nunez (“The Office”), Asante Blackk (“This Is Us”) and Ali Ahn (“Orange Is the New Black”) are among the actors in the series out Thursday. — Ready for a winter chill? Sundance Now’s true crime drama “Des” stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) as Dennis Nilsen, a serial killer who targeted young men, including the homeless. When he was arrested, Nilsen freely claimed responsibility for a shocking number of murders but couldn’t name his victims. Lacking forensic evidence, police began a daunting effort to identify the victims of the innocuous-looking British civil servant (who died in 2018 while serving a life sentence). The three-part “Des,” debuting Thursday on the streaming service, was a recent U.K. TV hit and drew raves for Tennant’s performance. — AP Television Writer Lynn Elber ___ Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment. The Associated Press
Joe Biden made two campaign stops Monday in Ohio, attempting to expand the battleground map and keep President Donald Trump on the defensive in a state long thought to be out of reach for Democrats after Trump's wide margin of victory there four years ago. The Democratic presidential nominee stressed an economic message and touted his own record while casting Trump as having abandoned working-class voters who helped him win Rust Belt states that put him in the White House in 2016. The president's reelection campaign countered that few expected Trump to win Ohio so comfortably four years ago and that he would repeat a similar upset on Election Day.
New Brunswick continues to battle two COVID-19 outbreaks, with six new cases announced Monday afternoon. There are now 76 active cases in the province, with the majority connected to ongoing outbreaks in the Moncton and Campbellton regions. "Barely a week ago, there were three active cases in this province and now we have outbreaks in two health zones which include potential incidents of community spread," Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, said during a news conference Monday.
Norway has granted asylum to a Polish man who had fled prison term for fraud and forging of documents, but says the prison term was a form of political persecution under Poland's right-wing government. Observers say that Rafal Gawel's case is the first time political asylum has been granted to a Pole in more than 30 years since the fall of communism in Poland.
There are 48 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan today. This is the third largest increase in cases since the beginning of the pandemic.Of the new cases, one is located in the far north west, three are in the north west, 19 are in the north central, one is in the north east, 13 are in Saskatoon, one is in the central west, three are in the central east, one is in the south west, one is in the south east and five are in the Regina zones.Of the province's 2,140 total reported cases, 215 are considered active. A total of 1,900 people have recovered. Twenty-five people have died. Eight people are currently in hospital. Seven people are receiving inpatient care, with five in Saskatoon and two in Regina. One person is in intensive care in Regina.Possible links to Gospel Outreach outbreakOn Sunday the province reported that at least 12 of the northern cases had links to the Full Gospel Outreach Centre outbreak in Prince Albert. It is anticipated that several of the positive cases reported today will also have a connection to that same outbreak. There has also been an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the rest of Saskatchewan, with cases linked to public and private social gatherings in homes or public venues. Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab is strongly recommending that masks be worn in all indoor public locations where physical distancing is not possible. Shahab also calls for vigilance, extreme caution for any social gatherings outside the home and for all residents to stay home if they are sick.
The leaders of British Columbia’s three main political parties are getting ready to square off tonight in the election campaign's first debate. Political experts say the debate could be one of the few events where voters get a chance to truly assess the leaders. The debate comes after the Green party released its election platform on livability and transit over the long weekend, while the Liberals and the NDP traded barbs over the progress of redeveloping the Richmond Hospital.
President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are both looking to harness the credibility of America’s best-known infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as they make their case to American voters. Biden, for his part, is eagerly promising to seek Fauci's advice if elected. Overall, it’s an uncomfortable season for Fauci, who’s been studiously apolitical over a five-decade career in public health.
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 13. What we are watching in Canada ... The federal government says technical difficulties that thwarted some Canadians' efforts to apply for new financial supports have been solved. The Canada Revenue Agency reported the issues hours after applications for the benefits — meant for those who have missed work due to the COVID-19 pandemic — opened. The agency says it regrets any impact this may have had on would-be applicants. The new benefits come into effect as concerns rise about increasing job losses, with Ontario and Quebec imposing targeted restrictions on restaurants, bars and fitness centres to slow the spread of COVID-19. Applications for the new Canada Recovery Benefit, which will pay $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, can be made through the Canada Revenue Agency. A new caregiver benefit also comes into effect today, after numerous calls since the start of the pandemic for added support for parents and others who are forced to miss work to care for a dependent due to COVID-19. --- Also this ... Canadian Security Intelligence Service employees see the spadework needed to obtain a judicial warrant as "a necessary evil" that detracts from more valuable activities, says an independent review that calls for a cultural shift inside the spy agency. The review, obtained by The Canadian Press, finds that ineffective training, excessive secrecy and a generally poor understanding of responsibilities contributed to CSIS failing to meet its obligation of full and frank disclosure to the Federal Court when seeking investigative warrants. The problems have prompted judges to criticize CSIS for falling short of its "duty of candour" to the court, including a recent case in which the spy agency neglected to disclose its reliance on information that was likely collected illegally in support of warrants to probe extremism. In September 2019, CSIS director David Vigneault asked Morris Rosenberg, a former federal deputy minister of justice, to conduct an independent review with the aim of addressing the ongoing difficulties. Rosenberg, who had access to CSIS documentation and employees, examined spy service policies, procedures and operational files, as well as Federal Court transcripts relating to warrant applications. He also consulted Justice Department lawyers, including those assigned to CSIS, and officials from the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, a spy agency watchdog. --- What we are watching in the U.S. ... Defiant as ever about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defence of his handling of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans, joking that he was healthy enough to plunge into the crowd and give voters “a big fat kiss." There was no social distancing and mask-wearing was spotty among the thousands who came to see Trump's return to Florida. He held forth for an hour, trying to get his struggling campaign back on track with just weeks left before Election Day. Though he was hospitalized battling the virus only a week ago, Trump's message on COVID-19 was unaltered since his diagnosis: a dubious assessment that the pandemic was just about a thing of the past. Hundreds of people in the U.S. continue to die of the virus every day. “Under my leadership, we're delivering a safe vaccine and a rapid recovery like no one can even believe," Trump insisted. “If you look at our upward path, no country in the world has recovered the way we have recovered." His voice was perhaps a touch scratchy but otherwise, Trump was, well, Trump. Boisterous and bellicose, he thanked the audience for their well-wishes and declared he was no longer contagious as he embarked on a frenetic final stretch of the campaign. --- Also this ... Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is set to face senators’ questions during a second day of confirmation hearings. The mood is likely to shift to a more confrontational tone as the appellate court judge is grilled in 30-minute segments by Democrats gravely opposed to President Donald Trump’s nominee. Barrett's approach to health care, legal precedent and even the presidential election are expected topics. Republicans are rushing her to confirmation before Election Day to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats are virtually powerless to stop her confirmation, which could lock in a conservative court majority for years to come. --- What we are watching in the rest of the world ... A top U.S. envoy speaking in New Delhi has calls China “an elephant in the room” and says Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun says the U.S. was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi's “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy." Biegun spoke Monday in New Delhi at the opening session of the India-U.S. Forum as his three-day visit to India kicked off. “India has a strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy, and we respect that. We do not seek to change India’s traditions,” he said. “Rather we want to explore how to empower them and India’s ability to defend its own sovereignty and democracy and to advance Indian interests, across the Indo-Pacific region.” Biegun's visit follows a meeting last week between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia in Tokyo, who together make up the four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad. The Quad is seen as a counterweight to China, who critics say is flexing its military muscle in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Taiwan Strait and along its northern border with India. Beijing also faces criticism over its handling of the initial outbreak of the coronavirus as well as its human rights. --- Also this ... The British government has carved England into three tiers of coronavirus risk in a bid to slow a resurgent outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool into the highest risk category and shutting its pubs, gyms and betting shops. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the three-tier national system was designed to “simplify and standardize” a confusing patchwork of local rules over what residents can and cannot do. Johnson says shops, schools and universities would remain open in all areas. He told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the goal was to save lives and prevent hospitals becoming overwhelmed without “shuttering our lives and our society” through a new national lockdown. But pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses pushed back, arguing that they are not to blame for rising infections. After falling during the summer, coronavirus cases are rising in the U.K. as winter approaches, with northwest and northeast England seeing the steepest increases. Liverpool has one of the country’s most severe outbreaks, with about 600 cases per 100,000 people, even more than the hard-hit European cities of Madrid and Brussels. Under the new measures, areas in England are classified at medium, high or very high risk, and placed under restrictions of varying severity. Areas in the lowest tier will follow existing national restrictions, including a 10 p.m. curfew on pubs and restaurants and a ban on more than six people gathering. In areas at high risk, members of different households are barred from meeting indoors. The “very high” risk tier will face restrictions including closing pubs — apart from those that serve meals — and, if local authorities want, other venues such as gyms and casinos. --- On this day in 1866 ... Fire destroyed 2,500 buildings in Quebec City. --- ICYMI ... Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects. The Washington State Department of Agriculture says an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into a forest. The hornet was captured on Oct. 5 and kept alive with strawberry jam, which she seemed to enjoy, says Sven Spichiger, a department entomologist. Scientists then tied a tracking device onto her body and released her two days later onto an apple tree. They lost track of her after she went through some blackberry bushes, though officials believe the tracker was still attached at the time of its last signal. “This one was a lot feistier,” Spichiger says. A total of 18 hornets have been found in the state since they were first seen last year near the U.S.-Canadian border, the agriculture department says. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press
In an exclusive interview with Rosemary Barton, Jean Laporte, son of former Quebec labour minister Pierre Laporte, whose murder 50 years ago by the Front de Libération du Québec sparked the October Crisis, looks back on the events that changed his life and had a profound impact on Canada.
Infectious disease specialists discuss what could happen with the COVID-19 pandemic from the Thanksgiving weekend depending on how Canadians celebrated. They also talk about some new information about COVID-19 transmission on surfaces.
During a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made a pitch for bipartisanship, saying he was campaigning "as a proud Democrat," but would" govern as an American president." (Oct. 12)