CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton says the budget contains a lot of pieces to try to please a lot of different factions and set the Liberals up for the next federal election.
CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton says the budget contains a lot of pieces to try to please a lot of different factions and set the Liberals up for the next federal election.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who fatally shot six people at a Colorado birthday party before killing himself was upset after not being invited to the weekend gathering thrown by his girlfriend’s family, police said Tuesday, calling the shooting an act of domestic violence. The shooter, 28-year-old Teodoro Macias, had been in a relationship with one of the victims, 28-year-old Sandra Ibarra, for about a year and had history of controlling and jealous behavior, Colorado Springs police Lt. Joe Frabbiele said at a news conference. Police said there were no reported incidents of domestic violence during the relationship and that the shooter didn't have a criminal history. No protective orders were in place. “At the core of this horrific act is domestic violence,” Police Chief Vince Niski said, adding that the gunman had “displayed power and control issues” in the relationship. About a week before the shooting, there was another family gathering where there “was some sort of conflict” between the family and Macias, Niski said. The other victims of the shooting early Sunday were Ibarra’s extended family. Investigators don’t know yet how the shooter got the weapon, which Frabbiele described as a Smith & Wesson handgun. He said it was originally purchased by someone else in 2014 at local gun store but was not reported stolen. The gunman had two 15-round magazines, one of which was empty, and police recovered 17 spent shells at the scene. The shooting occurred at a home in the Canterbury Mobile Home Park on the east side of Colorado’s second-largest city. Three children at the party, ages 2, 5 and 11, were not hurt. All were orphaned by the shooting and were transferred to the custody of relatives, Frabielle said. Police say the families of the victims had requested privacy. “In Colorado, we’ve had domestic terrorism incidents where lots of people were killed, we’ve had random acts like going into a King Soopers or a movie theater, but let’s not forget about the lethality of domestic violence,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. He was referring to a March 22 attack on a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people, including a police officer, and a 2012 shooting at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora that killed 12 and injured 70. The weekend attack follows a series of mass shootings — defined as four or more dead, not including the shooter — to plague the U.S. this year. Before the Colorado Springs shooting, a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University showed there had been at least 11 mass shootings since Jan. 1, compared with just two public mass shootings in 2020. Colorado Springs saw a 2015 attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that killed three people, including a police officer, and injured eight others. In 2007, a man killed two people and wounded three at Colorado Springs’ New Life Church before taking his own life. Earlier the same day, he’d killed two people and injured two at a Youth With a Mission Center in the Denver suburb of Arvada. After the Boulder shooting, Colorado lawmakers introduced a bill to create a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention to educate residents about gun safety and collect data on Colorado gun violence. Other bills advancing through the Democratic-led Legislature would tighten background checks, allow municipalities greater freedom to adopt gun control laws that are stricter than state law, and require a person facing a protection order related to domestic violence to report what firearms they possess. ___ Associated Press writers James Anderson and Patty Nieberg in Denver contributed to this report. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Colorado Springs police Lt. Joe Frabbiele's last name was misspelled. Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press
The final chapter of a land claim dating back more than 100 years has finally been closed. On Monday, the Mosquito-Grizzly Bear's Head-Lean Man First Nation announced a final settlement with the federal government for $141 million, plus interest. In January, the Specific Land Claims Tribunal gave the First Nation a $121 million settlement, acknowledging that the surrender of the land was invalid and that the Crown had breached its duties to the First Nation. The increase in the settlement money came from the passage of time since the land was appraised in 2017, as well as loss of use stemming from the time of the appraisal. The settlement came after decades of advocacy by the First Nation's members over 5,800 hectares of reserve land taken by the federal government in the Battlefords area in 1905. "The award of $141 million is a huge success for the Mosquito-Grizzly Bear's Head and Lean Man First Nation," read a statement from Chief Tanya Aguilar-Antiman. "Our people have been seeking a fair and just settlement for the unlawful taking of our lands for more than 26 years." The land claim was started back in the 1990s and the First Nation spent decades negotiating with the government. "Although the facts in this claim were egregious, the Chief and Council are proud that Canada and the First Nation have taken a meaningful step toward reconciliation, as reflected in the agreement of the parties," said Chief Aguilar-Antiman.
MONTREAL — After years in and out of jail in Dubai, one escape attempt, and being embroiled in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, André Gauthier is finally home.Gauthier, a geologist who spent years in legal limbo after allegedly uncovering fraud in a gold company, said on Tuesday he was at a Dubai hotel last week when he received a call from authorities telling him he could leave the country.The criminal charges against him had been dropped last June but it took nearly a year to get parallel civil cases dismissed and for authorities to negotiate his release."It was Day 328 that I'd been waiting for that call," he said in a phone interview from Quebec City, referring to the time he spent waiting to leave Dubai after the criminal charges were dropped."I don't have to tell you, I didn't sleep that night."The 67-year-old said he was first arrested in 2015 after he alerted authorities in the United Arab Emirates to irregular dealings in gold-trading company Gold AE.He and his lawyer, however, say he was made a scapegoat in the $30-million fraud case after the real perpetrators left the country and the company's investors filed complaints against him.Gauthier said the hardest thing about his ordeal was feeling unheard. "You think you’re doing the right thing by whistleblowing something and bringing it to the authorities, and bringing it to the leadership of the company,” said Gauthier, who was himself one of the company's directors.“(You feel) like you’re doing all this for nothing, basically because nobody wanted to solve it."A low point came when Gauthier, who was facing about 70 criminal charges, tried to escape to Oman in 2019 and was intercepted and jailed. It was the only time his faith in his release wavered."I just sent a message to my son, my wife and my daughter to say that they better be forgetting me because with what I had in front of me, I don't know when or if I would be back," he said.U.K.-based lawyer Radha Stirling credits the Canadian government for making a sustained diplomatic effort to free her client, as well as Gauthier's family for lobbying tirelessly for his release."I think the Canadian government's done a good job and set a very good example to other countries on how this can be done," she said in a phone interview on Tuesday. Her only criticism is that she feels it took too long to secure his freedom. The real perpetrators of the case, Stirling said, have not been brought to justice.Stirling, founder of the organization Detained in Dubai, said she also believes foreign governments need to do more to stand up to the U.A.E. government. "These money-laundering scams in the U.A.E. are going on all the time and we're getting more and more, and they're targeting Canadian investors and American investors, and we're turning a blind eye to this kind of abuse," she said.Gauthier said his father died in Quebec while he was detained, and he exhausted his financial resources fighting the cases. Now home quarantining with his wife, he says he'll spend the next few weeks and months getting his driver's licence and health insurance back, and wants to visit his extended family in Quebec's Saguenay region. Eventually, he's interested in getting back into the mining industry.He wants to pass on a message to the families of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians who have been detained in China in an apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, to tell them not to give up."I can tell those families it’s important to keep the faith that the government will try to find a solution," he said."How long will it take, unfortunately it’s a file that’s much more complicated than mine, but they have to keep the hope that everything will work out in a reasonable time frame."This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
A prominent Jewish organization says it is extremely disturbed by reports of Hitler Youth flags being displayed in two Alberta towns within days of each other. The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies says it filed a criminal complaint with RCMP after being alerted on the weekend to Hitler Youth and Confederate flags by a resident of Breton, Alta., about 100 kilometres southwest of Edmonton. The Toronto-based organization says in a release that the RCMP confirmed that officers spoke to the property owner, who has refused to take down the flags. The report came less than a week after the Jewish group filed a complaint to the RCMP about a Hitler Youth flag at a property in Boyle, Alta., about 125 kilometres north of Edmonton. In a recent interview, RCMP spokeswoman Const. Chantelle Kelly said that property owner removed a flag after speaking with officers. Mounties were not immediately available for comment on the Breton flag, but have said they were investigating whether hate was a factor in the Boyle case. “Technically, flying a flag is not illegal in itself, so (investigators) have to determine whether there is motivation or something else behind it that is criminal in nature,” Kelly said in an interview last week. The Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday that “it is extremely disturbing and quite disheartening to once again see a Hitler Youth flag, as well as the Confederate flag, on display.” The organization said it has written to Breton's mayor and village council to ask that they work with police to ensure the flags are removed. "These displays of hate go against the values that Canada stands for and are an attack on not only the Jewish and Black communities, but also on our veterans and fallen soldiers who made unspeakable sacrifices to defeat the Nazis and preserve our freedoms,” Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, the group's policy director, said in the release. "We urge police to investigate this incident as a hate crime and for community leaders to send a message loud and clear that hate will not be tolerated in their community.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The Toronto Zoo says an endangered tiger cub born just over a week ago has died after experiencing serious health issues. The zoo says in a Facebook post that the Amur tiger cub, one of three born on April 30, was euthanized Sunday evening. It says the decision was made after the cub's health deteriorated despite days of critical care by veterinarians. The zoo says the male cub started looking lethargic last Friday, and tests eventually showed it had severe liver damage and life-threatening electrolyte imbalances. The organization says an autopsy has since confirmed the liver damage and indicated the cub was not properly digesting milk. It says the two other cubs appear to be doing well and continue to be monitored by zoo staff. The cubs were born after their mother, an Amur tiger nicknamed Mazzy, was paired with the male tiger Vasili through a program meant to promote conservation. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
Major crimes investigators in B.C.'s southeast say they've located a person of interest in the suspicious death of 35-year-old Brenda Ware near Radium, B.C. The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit announced that 41-year-old Philip Toner was found Tuesday morning by officers with the Lake Country detachment. "Major crime investigators continue to pursue all avenues of investigation into the suspicious death of Brenda Ware," RCMP Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon said in a statement. "There continues to be no known threat to public safety at this time." Police have said Toner and Ware were known to each other, but they have not released information about the nature of their relationship. They have also not described Toner as a suspect. Ware's body was found May 6, 54 kilometres northeast of Radium, along Highway 93. She had been travelling from Didsbury, Alta., through Kootenay National Park. Police have deemed her death suspicious but have not released any details about what happened. Investigators have asked anyone who saw Ware or her vehicle from May 4 to May 6 to contact them at 1-877-987-8477. They'd also like to speak with anybody who may have encountered hitchhikers in the area or who has dashcam video from Kootenay National Park between May 5 and 6.
A Parkdale mother who's been served an eviction notice says she and her son will have nowhere to go if they're kicked out of the apartment they've called home for some 30 years. Theresa De Mesa was recently served an eviction notice due to cleanliness issues, with the landlord, Nuspor Investments, saying her unit was not properly prepared for pest control — something De Mesa disputes. "They would like to evict us and I don't know why. We are good tenants and we pay our rent," she told CBC Toronto. De Mesa says she and her son, Anthony, pay around $1,300 per month for their apartment and because they're both on disability, that's as much as they can handle. "I cannot afford a higher rent," she said. The property manager for Nuspor Investments says it has been working with De Mesa since 2006 trying to find solutions for her to stay in her apartment, citing an inability to maintain safety standards. But neighbours who are supporting her say she's cleaned her unit. In March 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced the province will "make sure no one gets evicted." That pause on eviction enforcement at the beginning of the pandemic was lifted in August 2020 and reinstated earlier this year: However, eviction applications and hearings are still going forward. While the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario says it is their understanding that eviction applications for not paying rent received by the Landlord and Tenant Board since April 2020 are significantly below historical averages, advocates say even under the current stay-at-home order, the Landlord and Tenant Board is processing hundreds of evictions each week. They fear with Landlord and Tenant Board hearings being virtual, an increasing number of tenants will end up homeless during the pandemic. CBC News has seen notices delivered to De Mesa from building management that state the unit was not properly prepared for pest control, and was not decluttered in a reasonable state of cleanliness. Cole Webber with Parkdale Community Legal Services, says De Mesa has had an eviction hearing related to cleanliness at the Landlord and Tenant Board before, and an agreement was made that she would declutter her unit and the building would pay for her to store some of her belongings. Cole Webber, a community legal worker with Parkdale Community Legal Services, says in the fall of 2020, his legal clinic noted a 20 per cent rise in the rate of eviction compared to the same period the previous year. (Talia Ricci/CBC) "What we see in general in the neighbourhood is that as rents rise, and the rental real estate market heats up, landlords look for any way they can to evict the tenants, especially tenants like Theresa who are living in two-bedroom apartments where they could raise the rent substantially," Webber said. He says he has been present for follow-up inspections since the unit was cleaned, and was not informed during the inspections that the unit was not up to standards. "Evictions destroy people's lives. If Theresa and her son get evicted, they will be put on the street." Some virtual hearings 'chaos,' lawyer says Tracy Heffernan, director of the provincial tenant duty counsel program at the Toronto-based Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, says virtual hearings with the Landlord and Tenant Board have underscored the digital divide in the province. "What we've observed with these virtual hearings is that if a tenant is absent, they can be evicted within seconds. If they are present, they can be evicted within minutes," she said. "We've also observed chaos at these hearings, adjudicators who lack familiarity with the technology and tenants who are disconnected and are unable to get back onto the hearing," adding that in many cases tenants are on the phone and landlords are on video. Heffernan's biggest concern is the prospect of the Landlord and Tenant Board eliminating in-person hearings altogether. "This is going to impact tenants in a very grave manner," she said. The Landlord and Tenant Board did not respond to CBC's request to confirm whether virtual hearings would continue after the pandemic. Nuspor, Ministry of Housing respond Vito Simone, the property manager for Nuspor Investments, says the situation with De Mesa "has become unworkable." In a statement to CBC News, he said: "For the safety of Ms. De Mesa and other residents we asked her to keep materials away from baseboard heaters and to maintain a safe passageway." The statement goes on to say some of her belongings were moved into a storage unit, which the building is paying for. "Over many years we have determined she is unable to maintain safety standards, we are unable to control pests in her apartment and other residents have asked for her removal." The Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs says the province has introduced a number of measures to protect and support tenants. "These supports include an emergency order to temporarily pause residential evictions enforcement, a rent freeze for the entirety of 2021 and an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) to promote rent repayment agreements to maintain tenancies," a spokesperson for the ministry said in a statement. "Our government recognizes and values the efforts of tenants and landlords who continue to work together to find solutions." Neighbours coming together A few tenants at the Parkdale building, who had previously rallied against an above-guideline rent increase and were successful, have come together to support De Mesa by helping her find legal aid and putting pressure on the building owner. "I've become involved because I can just see it's not right," said Kerry Riordan. "We rented a U-Haul, some people from the neighborhood came together, we moved all of her stuff out and somehow it wasn't enough, I don't really understand the justification for it." A few neighbours say they rented a U-Haul to help the De Mesas clear out their unit, and felt that would be the final resolution. They tell CBC News this photo was taken on May 7, 2021.(Submitted/Parmbir Gill) Riordan thought the efforts were going to result in a resolution. "She's an elderly woman with a disabled son and it's a pandemic. No one should be threatened with eviction right now. And especially not someone who is trying very hard to meet the requirements laid out to them." De Mesa's virtual hearing is scheduled for May 25. She and her advocates are hoping it doesn't get to that point. "I feel my health is wearing down. I cannot sleep, I cannot eat, I have a nervous breakdown when someone knocks on my door," De Mesa said. "I feel sad."
Ellie sits like so many Great Dane do....what we call "sitting like the peoples do". Dane problems!
Earlier this month, Cassie Gilmour noticed a robin on her silver minivan. The bird flew repeatedly at the van's windows, mirrors, and even the shiny metal border around the windows. It was scratching, pecking and flying up against the vehicle. "It's been an ongoing bird war," said Gilmour, who lives in Sydney River, N.S. The bizarre behaviour led to scratches and even a small crack in the windshield. The feisty bird has also been attacking several of the windows on her house. Scratches on Gilmour's van from the robin.(Cassie Gilmour) Gilmour took to the internet for advice on how to make the bird stop. Some suggested the colour red might deter the robin, so she taped pieces of red construction paper in the van's windows and covered part of her vehicle with a red blanket. When that didn't work, she tried putting out some plastic owls to intimidate the robin but to no avail. Then a local bird expert said the only solution is to cover up any reflective surfaces. "I'm going to presume it's a male robin and male robins defend a small territory around where they nest and wherever the female is that they've mated with is building a nest," said Dave McCorquodale, a professor of biology at Cape Breton University. "If they see a reflection on a window and any smooth surface, they're going to make the conclusion that it's not them, it's another male." Gilmour's minivan is covered in scratches and droppings from the robin.(Cassie Gilmour) It's a little unusual the robin is being so persistent but McCorquodale said it should settle down soon. A nest is now perched on a ledge on Gilmour's house. "When they're feeding young out of the nest or in the nest, the males are not going to be too concerned about what's going on in the mirror," he said. "It's got better things to do." An egg Gilmour recently found in the nest.(Cassie Gilmour) For Gilmour's part, she has accepted the bird is here to stay for the next few weeks. Although she took down the first attempt at a nest, she decided to let it be when it tried again. Finding an egg in the nest sealed the deal. "Being a mother, I don't have heart to take the second one down," she said. MORE TOP STORIES
A couple out for a walk in a remote area of B.C.'s South Okanagan region this week discovered the bodies of two people that investigators now believe were the victims of a "targeted incident." The bodies were found Monday morning in the area of Naramata Creek Forest Service Road, and Penticton RCMP called in forensics experts to help investigate, according to a police press release. "Although we are still in the very preliminary stages of this investigation, early findings suggest that this was a targeted incident. At this time there is nothing to indicate a greater general risk to public safety," Penticton RCMP Supt. Brian Hunter said in the release. However, the police statement says they also received reports of two other people who were walking through the area "under suspicious circumstances," and additional police officers and RCMP Air Services were brought in to search for them. Despite what police describe as an exhaustive search, those two people could not be located. Investigators have not determined if they're connected with the two deaths. The B.C. RCMP's major crime unit is handling the investigation into the bodies. "The priority of major crime investigators will be to conduct a full assessment and gather any and all physical evidence at the scene. Simultaneously, RCMP and the BC Coroners Service will be working collaboratively to establish a positive identification for each of the [deceased] and work diligently to notify the families," Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon said in the release. Anyone with any information about what happened is asked to call the major crime unit's information line at 1-877-987-8477.
REGINA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians can expect a “one-dose summer" as more COVID-19 vaccines are delivered, but Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says people in his province can expect better than that. "The fact of the matter is, we’re not going to have a Trudeau summer here in Saskatchewan," Moe told a news conference Tuesday. “We’re going to have a one-dose spring and quite likely a two-dose summer, as we are planning to have second doses available to everyone in the province by sometime in the middle of July.” About 40 per cent of Canadians are vaccinated with at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Saskatchewan is running ahead of national numbers, with about 50 per cent of adults — and more than 70 per cent of those aged 40 and over — having already received their first dose. That 70 per cent marker is one of the key thresholds in the first step of Saskatchewan's reopening plan, which Moe said he expects will come into effect on May 30. That will be three weeks after 70 per cent of adults over 40 have had a first dose, and the province expects all Saskatchewan adults will be eligible to be vaccinated by that date as well. Moe said this gradual reopening plan meets the province’s public health and economic needs, even if the initial vaccination threshold is lower than the federal government’s recommendation to vaccinate 75 per cent of adults before loosening restrictions. “I think it’s important for us to recognize — and important for the prime minister to recognize — that we’re not going to just turn a switch and the economy comes on when we hit 75 per cent or some magic number,” said Moe. “You need to gradually reopen the economy, bring people back into their communities and allow people time to reintegrate back into what life used to be like.” The province is expecting to start administering second doses later this month. There were 186 new infections reported Tuesday, and four more deaths due to the virus. The province said there were 2,064 active cases and 162 people in the hospital, with 38 in intensive care. After hundreds of demonstrators attended protests over COVID-19 restrictions in Regina and Saskatoon over the weekend, Moe reminded those who are frustrated that vaccines — not protests — are the best way to get those measures lifted. “The absolute, bar-none, best way to have the public health measures removed is to make your appointment, go receive your first vaccine and as soon as you’re eligible … get your second shot,” he said. With "a very, very few" number of Oxford-AstraZeneca shots left in the province, Moe said health officials are also tweaking some of their vaccine rollout plans. Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said the province is no longer using AstraZeneca vaccines for first doses due to a lack of supply. “We simply don’t have enough of the vaccine in the province,” he said. Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said he is following ongoing studies about the efficacy of mixing and matching vaccines. “There is good information emerging — and we will be confirming the same over the next two weeks — that Pfizer especially as a second dose is perfectly safe and effective if your first dose was AstraZeneca,” he said. “And if we have AstraZeneca at that time, it can be offered as well. (But) either vaccine is fine and, likely, based on supply, Pfizer would be the second dose." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. — By Julia Peterson in Saskatoon The Canadian Press
NAXOS, Greece (AP) — A vaccination program for Greek islands is being accelerated to cover all local residents by the end of June, the government announced Tuesday ahead of the launch of the tourism season. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said a nationwide priority system for age groups and medical vulnerability was being waived for permanent residents of nearly 100 islands. “This initiative is aimed at supporting local island communities and their economy and it also aspires to send a positive overall message for our tourism,” Mitsotakis said after a video conference with island mayors and regional governors. Greece is fighting to revive its key tourism sector that was battered by the pandemic in 2020 but its vaccination rates remain below the European Union average and the country has only recently stabilized a surge in cases. On the island of Naxos, a popular family holiday destination, officials welcomed the initiative. Mayor Dimitris Lianos told The Associated Press that the single dose vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson was also being deployed to speed up the program. “By the end of June, all our year-round residents will be vaccinated and that’s very important for us because it creates a sense of safety for the people that live here and for the people who will visit our island,” Lianos said. Robin Rose Varthalitou, and 69-year-old Naxos resident from Wales said she was relieved the vaccination drive was expanding. “There's been no problem. No worries. It’s fine,” she said of the immunization program so far. "I reckon everybody should do it by law... This (pandemic) is a tragedy everywhere, financially and for people. A tragedy.” Islanders make up around 1.5 million of Greece’s population of 10.7 million. Many holiday islands have a year-round population of under 10,000, while Crete has the largest with more than 600,000 residents, followed by Evia, Rhodes, Corfu, Lesbos, and Chios. The tourism season officially opens Friday. ___ Derek Gatopoulos and Theodora Tongas in Athens contributed. Thanassis Stavrakis And Srdjan Nedeljkovic, The Associated Press
Toronto FC added experience up front Tuesday, signing veteran forward Dom Dwyer through 2022. The 30-year-old Dwyer, who entered MLS in 2013, has 83 career regular-season and playoff goals in 204 games with Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City SC. He has been training with TFC since the pre-season. “Dom is a powerful attacking player that has experience scoring goals in this league. He’s been training with us in Orlando, and he’s fit very well within the group,” Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis said in a statement. “Adding Dom gives us another dangerous attacking option when we think about our front six. "Dom very much wanted to join the club and that was a big part of the signing process, given he had interest from other clubs. We’re happy he’s with us, and we’re looking forward to him getting on the field.” After a quiet off-season, Toronto has been busy in recent days signing designated player Yeferson Soteldo, Jamaican international defender Kemar Lawrence and now Dwyer. Heading in the other direction were midfielder Liam Fraser (loaned to Columbus) and midfielder/wingback Griffin Dorsey (waived). Toronto has been short up front in recent weeks with star striker Jozy Altidore dealing with illness and injury, Ayo Akinola coming back from injury and sophomore Ifunanyachi Achara still recovering from knee surgery. Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo, who can also play forward, is still dealing with a quad issue. Dwyer was most recently with Orlando in his second go-round with the Florida team. He made just two appearances last season before being sidelined by a knee injury. In addition to a history of scoring goals, the five-foot-nine 181-pounder can be a major irritant to defenders with an abrasive edge to him. Toronto has set up shop in Orlando during the pandemic due to border restrictions. Born and raised in England, Dwyer was taken 16th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City out of the University of South Florida. He made his MLS debut on Sept. 2, 2012, against Toronto . Dwyer gained American citizenship in 2017 and went on to earn four caps for the U.S. With Kansas City, Dwyer made a combined 150 appearances and scored 66 goals in all competitions. Dwyer is married to Orlando Pride forward Sydney Leroux, a U.S. international who was born in B.C., to an American father and Canadian mother. Also Tuesday, Toronto waived Dorsey. The 22-year-old midfielder/wingback saw just seven minutes of playing time in two substitute appearances since being drafted sixth overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft from Indiana, where the Colorado native was a second-team All-American. The former U.S. under-20 international signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS prior to the draft. Curtis said the acquisitions of Soteldo and Lawrence had forced Dorsey farther down the depth chart. "You have to make (roster) room at times," said coach Chris Armas. "So that's what that's about. We think he's a really good young professional. So this was not an easy decision." TFC defender Eriq Zavaleta also paid tribute to Griffin. "In my time as a pro, I’ve seen few young players work harder every day. Good luck in your next club, pal." he said in a social media post. "Success is around the corner." — Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply. The new law creating the lay ministry of catechists officially recognizes for the universal Catholic Church a practice that has been used for centuries in local dioceses, and goes out of its way to emphasize women's participation in it. In many parts of the world, lay men and women introduce people to the Catholic faith, educate them on receiving the initial sacraments of baptism and Communion and accompany them in their faith journey. Soon, the Vatican’s liturgy office will publish a specific rite of installation to be used around the world when these lay catechists formally begin their ministry. Individual bishops conferences are being asked to develop guidelines to train them. It’s the latest reform by Francis to address longstanding complaints that lay people — and specifically women — have been shut out of all levels of church decision-making, governance and participation in favor of the all-male clerical class of priests, bishops and cardinals. Earlier this year Francis issued another law decreeing that women can be installed in the lay ministries of lectors, to read Scripture, and acolytes to serve on the altar as eucharistic ministers. Such roles had been officially reserved to men even though exceptions were made. Francis has firmly upheld Catholic doctrine that women cannot be ordained priests. He remains under pressure, however, to allow women to be deacons — ministers who perform many of the same functions as priests, such as presiding at weddings, baptisms and funerals. Currently, the ministry is reserved for men even though historians say the ministry was performed by women in the early church. The head of the Vatican’s evangelization office, Monsignor Rino Fisichella, denied that Francis' new lay ministries were a substitute for a possible female diaconate. He told reporters Tuesday that “each ministry has its uniqueness” with the lay faithful called to different ones. The Women’s Ordination Conference, which advocates for women priests, welcomed the new law as a long overdue affirmation of the “authentic vocational calls many women experience and the unique ways women enrich the church.” While repeating its call for the inclusion of women in ordained ministries of deacon and priest, it said the new law was evidence that “glacially, the Vatican is beginning to open its eyes to the possibility that women might be equal collaborators in faith.” In the new law, Francis recalled that throughout the history of the church, lay catechists have been fundamental in spreading the faith, particularly in mission territories. Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press
A senior Republican U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Seagate Technology, and Western Digital Corp if the companies are improperly supplying Huawei with foreign-produced hard disk drives. Senator Roger Wicker, the ranking member of the Commerce Committee, said a 2020 U.S. Commerce Department regulation sought to "tighten Huawei's ability to procure items that are the direct product of specified U.S. technology or software, such as hard disk drives."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged provinces today to maintain strict public health measures until COVID-19 case counts are much lower than they are now — so that Canadians can enjoy a "one-dose summer." Speaking to reporters at a COVID-19 briefing, Trudeau said that with the steady supply of vaccines now streaming into the country, there will be enough shots to immunize every eligible Canadian with at least one dose by the end of June. But vaccinations alone will not crush the third wave stretching the country's health care system to its limits, he added. Trudeau said tough public health restrictions, like the lockdowns in Ontario, should be kept in place for the foreseeable future to drive COVID-19 case counts to more manageable levels. Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said Monday the number of new cases reported daily in the province needs to be well below 1,000 before he can recommend lifting restrictions. Ontario reported 2,073 new infections today. Alberta — the province with the largest per capita case count in the country — reported 1,597 new cases over the last 24 hours. 'We can have a better summer' Continued restrictions throughout May and early June, combined with a strong vaccine uptake, will allow Canadians to enjoy something like a normal summer, Trudeau said. "We all know, in some places, cases are really high. We can't ease public health restrictions until cases are way down. We all want to have a summer where we can see our loved ones and invite our friends over for BBQs," Trudeau said. "We can have a better summer, a one-dose summer." Pointing to modelling data from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Trudeau said provinces should begin to lift public health restrictions only once 75 per cent of the adult population has had at least one vaccine dose. WATCH: Trudeau urges Canadians to get their first vaccine Some provinces are on track to do that before Canada Day — but reaching that goal will require most Canadians to roll up their sleeves for a jab when their turn comes. "We need to crush COVID right across the country," Trudeau said. The prime minister said easing lockdowns and other restrictive measures too soon would only lead to another wave of COVID-19 cases that would disrupt the country's progress on vaccinations. According to federal data, 40 per cent of the adult population has had one shot already. Trudeau said that a one-dose summer would be followed a "two-dose fall," when many more Canadians will have access to a second booster COVID-19 shot. Trudeau said he's "excited" to think about a future when vaccines are plentiful and COVID-19 outbreaks can be managed through contact tracing and targeted measures, instead of indiscriminate closures. Getting there will require continued "vigilance" so that provinces "can get the new cases totally under control," he said. In question period in the House of Commons today, Conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner said the prime minister's promise of a "two-dose fall" will leave many Canadians wondering when exactly they'll get their second doses, and whether they'll fall within the 16-week time frame recommended by National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). For some recipients, a second appointment in the fall would be well past the four-month interval recommended by the vaccine advisory panel, Rempel Garner said. "Many Canadians may now be wondering ... if this means a longer period of lockdowns due to delayed vaccines," she said. She asked Health Minister Patty Hajdu to give an exact date when all Canadians can expect to be fully vaccinated. Hajdu didn't answer the question but said Canada is now administering more COVID-19 doses daily than any other country in the G7. "We can see the finish line," the minister said. Canada following 'evolving science' around AstraZeneca shot: Tam Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said keeping up restrictions on social and economic life now will help the country avoid a fourth wave later. Tam has suggest provinces should follow a formula before easing lockdowns: 75 per cent of population should have at least one shot with at least 20 per cent fully vaccinated with both doses. The only way to beat back the virus once and for all is to get a critical mass of Canadians vaccinated, Tam said. Speaking to reporters before Ontario announced it was suspending the use of the AstraZeneca product for first doses because of the risk of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), Tam said Canada will procure enough doses of that vaccine to give everyone who got a first dose a second shot of the same product. Concerns have been raised about rare blood clotting events in people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Tam said other options could be made available to Canadians based on the results of an ongoing U.K. study. Oxford University is studying a "mismatched" vaccine regimen to test the results of giving one dose of AstraZeneca followed by a Pfizer booster shot. While the trial data have not yet been released, some scientists have suggested such a mix could produce a stronger immune response than two doses of the same product. WATCH: Tam talks about AstraZeneca second doses and mixing vaccines "We are following the evolving science to provide the most up-to-date advice on whether a mix of schedule is the appropriate way to go," Tam said. The federal government "will continue to monitor" the AstraZeneca safety and supply situation — the next delivery dates for this product have not yet been finalized — but it will ultimately be up to the provinces to "make determinations about the exact details of their vaccine rollout," Trudeau said. Most of the 2.2 million AstraZeneca doses that have been delivered to Canada have been deployed already and it's not clear when the next batch will arrive. Facing this supply crunch, Alberta Health Services said Tuesday it will hold back the few AstraZeneca shots it has left — there are only 8,400 doses remaining — for second shots. "We will continue to monitor the emerging research and keep Albertans informed in the weeks ahead. We will continue to adapt to the supply available and emerging research," a spokesperson for the department said. Christian Dubé, Quebec's health minister, said today his province has "hardly any doses left." He said the province is waiting for guidance from NACI before proceeding with second doses for AstraZeneca recipients. "More AstraZeneca could be given as a second dose or we could mix vaccines if the studies agree," he said. "In Quebec, we are happy and we have succeeded and people are protected with AstraZeneca," he said.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a suspect in a stabbing death in downtown Calgary last month. Police said the victim, who was identified by police as Russell David Younker, 49, was stabbed on April 15 during a fight on 11th Street S.W. near the Downtown West-Kerby CTrain station. Younker collapsed at the scene while the attacker ran away. Younker later died in hospital. Police believe the victim and the accused knew each other, and the altercation resulted from a previous incident that occurred between them. Christopher Douglas Mathers, 34, was identified as a suspect because of a tip provided by a member of the public, police said Tuesday. Upon attempting to locate Mathers, investigators said they learned he had moved out of his house and had potentially left Calgary. Mathers is believed to have connections to British Columbia, Halifax and London, Ont. A warrant has now been issued for Mathers. He faces a second-degree murder charge. Police describe him as six-foot-one, about 220 pounds and having brown hair and blue eyes. Investigators are still hoping to speak with a potential witness.(Calgary Police Service) Investigators are still hoping to speak with a potential witness. The witness was seen wearing a blue hoodie with a red logo on the front, a baseball cap, sunglasses and a backpack. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mathers is asked to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877, or the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a man she met online told a Charlottetown jury on Tuesday that she felt shocked and violated by what happened. Stephanie Douglas was testifying at the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island trial of the accused man. He is Edward Thomas Mundle, 58. The Charlottetown man has pleaded not guilty to the single charge of sexual assault. Douglas's name is not covered by a publication ban, as is usually the case in Canadian sexual assault trials, because she has told the Crown she wants people to hear what she has to say. Consensual relationship began in 2013 On Tuesday, Douglas testified that she had been in "a no-strings-attached relationship" with Mundle after they met on the dating website Plenty of Fish in 2013. This photo shows Stephanie Douglas in 2013, the year she met Edward Mundle through the dating website Plenty of Fish. (Court exhibit) That relationship included sex with dominant and submissive role-playing, both sides agree. "It was consensual so I had no issues with it," Douglas testified about those early dates. Yet Douglas told the court she did not give her consent for what she alleges happened to her in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2014. It was more painful than trying to give birth. It was the most physical pain I had been subject to up to that point in my life. - Stephanie Douglas She testified that Mundle disregarded their pre-arranged safe word, "Rumpelstiltskin," and sexually assaulted her using a handheld sex toy. "All I felt was excruciating pain," she said in court. "It was more painful than trying to give birth. It was the most physical pain I had been subject to up to that point in my life." Douglas said she couldn't at first process what had happened, as she'd been drinking rum: "I didn't have the capacity to think clearly." More than a week after the incident, she said, having experienced bleeding, fever and chills, she called for an ambulance. She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown and spent three weeks there. She testified that the diagnosis was life-threatening sepsis, a severe type of bacterial infection. "I walk with a cane now," she said. "Back in 2013 I did not. I was quite active … I did not have chronic pain, PTSD, liver damage [or] kidney decline." Reliability, cause of infection disputed Mundle's lawyer's cross-examination is focusing on the reliability of Douglas's version of events — and the cause of her infection. Defence lawyer Peter Ghiz is pointing to hundreds of pages of medical records that he says suggest Douglas was dealing with psychiatric issues at the time of the incident, and for years leading up to it. Edward Thomas Mundle, 58, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of sexual assault against Stephanie Douglas. (Brian Higgins/CBC) On Tuesday afternoon, he cross-examined her about a diagnosis of PTSD in British Columbia in 2016, and her treatment by a psychiatrist in Halifax before she moved to P.E.I. for the second time in 2013. He also asked about prescription medications she had taken. Then he moved on to questions about the sex toy she said had been used to assault her. Douglas acknowledged it was hers. She said she took it home with her after the New Year's Day incident and threw it away years later. Complaint laid in 2017 Douglas told the court that she wrestled for a long time with the pros and cons of going to police, not sure they would believe she was assaulted. She finally laid a complaint in 2017, about three years after the alleged incident. Mundle elected trial by judge and jury, so a panel of four women and eight men is hearing the case. Proceedings resume on Wednesday. More from CBC P.E.I.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians as Israel signals a widening military campaign: —- ANKARA, Turkey —Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community should "give Israel a strong and deterrent lesson” against its conduct toward the Palestinians. That's according to the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate, which said the two leaders talked by phone Wednesday about the escalating confrontation sparked by tension over contested Jerusalem. The statement said Erdogan stressed the need for “the international community to give Israel a strong and deterrent lesson” and pressed for the United Nations Security Council to rapidly intervene with “determined and clear messages” to Israel. The statement said Erdogan suggested to Putin that an international protection force to shield the Palestinians should be considered. Meanwhile, thousands of people in Istanbul defied a nationwide coronavirus curfew late Tuesday to demonstrate against Israel’s attacks. A large convoy of cars drove toward the Israeli Consulate, waving Turkish and Palestinian flags. An image of the Palestinian and Turkish flags was projected onto the Israeli building. —- ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan condemned Israel’s actions and called for Muslim nations to stand by the Palestinians. Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter, saying: “We stand with Gaza and Palestine.” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meanwhile urged Muslim nations to unite over Israel’s strikes on Palestinian civilian areas. Protesters are expected to hold a small anti-Israel rally later today in the southern city of Karachi. — GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Gaza Health Ministry says the death toll from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza has climbed to 43, including 13 children and three women. It says nearly 300 Palestinians in the territory have been wounded in the strikes. The strikes began Monday as Palestinians launched a barrage of rockets into Israel. The worst fighting since the 2014 Gaza war was ignited by clashes in Jerusalem in recent weeks between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police focused on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a site sacred to Jews and Muslims. The head of Israel’s emergency service also says one person has been killed and one seriously wounded by an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip. — JERUSALEM — The head of Israel’s emergency service says one person has been killed and one seriously wounded by an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip. Eli Bein of Magen David Adom said the Wednesday morning attack hit a jeep. Israeli media reported the assault Wednesday morning. The attack came after a night of deadly exchanges of rocket fire between Israel and Palestinians. It was an abrupt escalation of weeks of tension with roots in disputed Jerusalem. The Associated Press
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including confirmation of a presumptive case in a school on Newfoundland's west coast. With five new recoveries, there are now 77 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Six of Tuesday's new cases are in the Eastern Health region, four are in Central Health, and five are in Western Health. Thirteen are related to travel within Canada and the other two are close contacts of previous cases, the Department of Health said in a media release. On Tuesday morning, before confirmation of the presumptive case announced Monday, the department asked students and staff of Belanger Memorial School in the Codroy Valley to arrange a test, even if they did not have any COVID-19 symptoms. "This testing is part of a public health investigation to determine whether there has been transmission within the school. Being tested is an opportunity to help protect the health of all school and community members," reads a media advisory issued by Western Health on Tuesday morning. Belanger Memorial School is in the Codroy Valley and has an enrolment of 143 students, according to its profile on the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District website. The department issued a batch of flight advisories in relation to the new cases. Public health is asking passengers who travelled on these flights to arrange COVID-19 testing: Air Canada Flight 678 from Montreal to St. John's on Friday. WestJet Flight 3422 from Halifax to St. John's on Friday. Air Canada Flight 7542, leaving Toronto on Friday and arriving in Deer Lake on Saturday. Air Canada Flight 678 from Montreal to St. John's on Saturday. Air Canada Flight 7542, leaving Toronto on Saturday and arriving in Deer Lake on Sunday. Air Canada Flight 8016 from Montreal to St. John's on Sunday. Air Canada Flight 7542, leaving Toronto on Sunday and arriving in Deer Lake on Monday. Passengers can complete the online self-assessment tool or call 811 to arrange testing. There were also five more recoveries on Tuesday: one in Eastern Health, three in Central Health and one in Western Health. One person is in hospital due to COVID-19. To date, 136,615 people have been tested, including 317 since Monday's update. How to book a test To book a test, students and staff should complete the online self-assessment and referral tool here or call 811. When asked if they require a COVID-19 test as a result of an advisory from public health, people should select "Yes," and also answer "Yes" when asked if they're involved in the Belanger Memorial investigation. Residents will be contacted to book an appointment time. A temporary drive-up testing site is set up for Tuesday and Wednesday at at St. Ann's Social Centre in the Codroy Valley. People can check their test results here and they will usually be available within 24 hours. Anyone who has symptoms must isolate themselves, under public health guidelines. Individuals who do not have symptoms do not need to isolate themselves unless they have been advised to do so by public health. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador