Andrew Turner and his wife, Karen MacRae, are surrounded by cardboard boxes as they pack up their home in Huntsville, Ont. But they're not sure whether they'll be allowed to move into their new home in Nova Scotia as planned at the end of the month because of new lockdown measures announced on Friday. They are moving to a small town outside of Halifax, to be closer to Turner's parents. The sale on their new place closed March 1, and the moving trucks are booked to bring their possessions to their new home at the end of May. But on Friday, the province announced that as of Monday morning, the Nova Scotia border will be closed to anyone moving to the province, even if they were previously approved like the Turners. "If you bought a house and are moving here, you'll have to wait," Premier Iain Rankin said during the provincial update Friday. Dr. Robert Strang, the chief medical officer of health, said a new Safe Check-in Form for people looking to enter the province is expected to be ready by next Friday. These check-in forms are in place for anyone coming in from outside the province to outline their quarantine plan. Strang added that anyone hoping to come into Nova Scotia after Monday would have to wait until that new check-in form is in place. It's unclear what the new forms will look like, and whether any exemptions for people moving to Nova Scotia will be included. Andrew Turner, (left, and wife Karen MacRae are moving from their Huntsville, Ont., home on May 31, but are unsure about how their situation applies to the latest Nova Scotia restrictions on people moving into the province.(Andrew Turner) "Could you imagine showing up with your family and, like, your little car and then them going, 'Well, no, you can't get in.' You're like, 'Well, then what do we do?' Like, we literally don't have a home to go to," Turner said Saturday. Strang said the tight border restrictions will be in place until at least the end of May. He also said he's aware people have been forging emails to get across the border that appear to come from Strang's office. After Friday's announcement, Turner was sent an email from the province saying his original paperwork was cancelled and he'd need to fill out a new Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form. But when filling out the new paperwork Saturday morning, Turner found they fell within a provincial exemption, and would be allowed to move in, since they bought their house March 1. Faced with contradictory information, Turner isn't clear what to do. "I'm a Nova Scotian guy that just wants to move home, and I'm happy to sit in quarantine outside the province, at the border, or in our house which is what we made plans to do," Turner said. "We need clarity, and I think that's what everybody's looking for — a very clear, definitive path to go from A to B." The new restrictions come at a time when Nova Scotia is dealing with the highest daily cases of COVID-19 of the pandemic, mostly driven by aggressive variants of the virus, and more and more people being admitted to intensive care. On Friday, a provincial high of 227 new cases was announced, as well as more than 200 other cases that have been identified but have not been fully processed by Public Health. The province reported 163 new cases on Saturday, as well as the death of a man in his 70s in the central zone. There are now 1,538 active cases in the province. Turner and others moving to Nova Scotia say they take the virus extremely seriously, are willing to follow the rules but need to know what to do. Sarah Cowans is also worried about her family's upcoming move from Oakville, Ont., to the Halifax area. Sarah Cowans, right, and her husband are worried about what to do when they're out of their home in Ontario on June 1, and are facing expensive options like renting in Ontario or isolating at a Nova Scotia hotel.(Sarah Cowans) She and her family have to be out of their current home on June 1, and were then planning to pack up their two young children, two dogs and the family's possessions and drive to Nova Scotia. Cowans is also originally from Nova Scotia and has lots of family in the Halifax area. There is an empty family home available in Lawrencetown until they close on their new house for July 15. But with Friday's announcement, Cowans said they're put into a "really awful position" with nowhere to go as of June 1. "I'm pretty upset. I was pretty frustrated yesterday ... to find out that we may be turned away, or forced to kind of quarantine in a hotel was pretty much a punch to the gut," she said. It's unclear right now whether the restrictions will still be in place by June. If they risk driving anyway, Cowans said they could have to isolate in an approved quarantine spot like a hotel at their own expense, which is not ideal with animals, young kids and a truck full of furniture. Or they might have to rent in Ontario until things become clearer. "Financially … it would be an impact on us. But also just … mentally and physically, we're already kind of in this limbo position," Cowans said. The new restriction has also caught the eye of Ontario lawyer James Coulter. In a letter to Rankin dated Saturday, Coulter said he's concerned about the province blocking out people who have the proper paperwork to show they own property in Nova Scotia. "A 'blanket' restriction on travel for newcomers induced to change residency to Nova Scotia is patently unfair," Coulter wrote. He also said the travel restrictions are non-compliant with every Canadian citizen's rights to mobility under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a speech warning that Nazi beliefs remain strong. Speaking to the annual military parade on Moscow's Red Square, Putin on Sunday decried “attempts to rewrite history, to justify traitors and criminals, on whose hands lies the blood of hundreds of thousands of peaceful people.” “Unfortunately, many of the ideologies of the Nazis, those who were obsessed with the delusional theory of their exclusiveness, are again trying to be put into service,” he said, without citing specifics. The parade, whose format varies little from year to year, included more than 190 military vehicles traversing the square, ranging from the renowned WWII-era T-34 tank to the hulking eight-axle Yars mobile ICBM launchers. The anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat, which Russia calls Victory Day, is the country's most significant secular holiday. commemorating the Red Army's military feats and the vast suffering of civilians. About 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians are estimated to have died in the war. The Associated Press
Canada's chief public health officer is reminding Canadians that even those who are fully vaccinated are not completely immune to COVID-19. Speaking today at a virtual townhall for Yukoners, Dr. Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower for anyone who receives two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines. But she notes that immunization is "not absolute." Tam says studies show that vaccination "reduces the amount of virus in the back of your nose," which in turn dials down the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others, especially after the second dose. Tam also says young people, who often work in essential services and sit at the bottom of vaccination priority queues, now have the highest case rates and can transmit the virus despite showing no symptoms. Alberta and other parts of Canada remain mired in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as hospitalization rates have started to tick downward in provinces such as Ontario and Quebec. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2021. The Canadian Press
Ontario logged 3,216 new COVID-19 infections and registered a third-wave high of 47 deaths linked to the illness on Sunday. The new deaths bring the province's official death toll to 8,308. Sunday's figure is the highest daily death count since Feb. 19, when 47 deaths were recorded in a single day. The new cases include 903 in Toronto, 752 in Peel Region, 335 in York Region, 187 in Durham Region and 150 in Ottawa. The numbers come as the province's network of labs completed 38,500 tests. The provincial test positivity rate is now 7.1 per cent The rolling seven-day average of new cases dropped slightly to 3,120 from 3,588 recorded last Sunday. Hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions continue to slowly decline, with 1,640 people in hospital with the illness and 848 in ICUs. Of that number, 580 people require ventilators to breathe, according to the Ontario health ministry. As of 8 p.m. on Saturday, 6,144,685 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.
HALIFAX, United Kingdom — Nova Scotia's top doctor has launched a social media meme with his comments imploring residents to cease shopping for non-essential items, including Birkenstock sandals offered at sale prices. As the province hit record-high numbers of new COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, Dr. Robert Strang referenced a sale of the sandals at Costco, where they were being sold for just under $60. Strang said during a briefing that "it is not the time to go to Costco for sandals you heard were in stock. It's critical you limit your trips." Former premier Stephen McNeil, who during the province's first wave famously coined the phrase "Stay the Blazes home," later posted a tweet of his feet in old Birkenstocks, writing, "Listen to the Good Doctor: this is not the time." This set off other postings from Nova Scotians, including one woman wearing multi-coloured, plastic fish sandals as her personal reminder to stay home. Despite chilly, freezing rain outdoors, Strang posted his own tweet of his feet in old Birkenstocks, responding to the premier under the hashtag #thisisnotthetime. Not all social media users got on board. "People of Nova Scotia need to stop showing their feet...We get you have sandals already," wrote one Twitter user. "Whip dee doo da day!" This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2021. The Canadian Press
Police in southeastern B.C. are looking for help to determine what happened to a 35-year-old woman found dead Thursday who had been travelling from Didsbury, Alta., to Kootenay National Park near Radium, B.C. RCMP say the victim, Brenda Ware, was found 54 kilometres northeast of Radium, along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. Police are calling her death suspicious but have not released any details about what happened to her. Her vehicle, a red 2019 Jeep Cherokee with Alberta licence plate YPC 553, was also discovered Thursday. Police say Ware had been driving a red 2019 Jeep Cherokee with Alberta licence plate YPC 553.(B.C. RCMP) Police are asking anyone who saw Ware or her vehicle from May 4 to May 6 to contact them. Ware is described as being five feet one inch, or 155 cm, and weighing 108 pounds, or 49 kilograms. She had blue eyes and brown hair. Social media accounts associated with her name and image say she lived in Cremona, Alta., and worked as a hairstylist. Hitchhikers B.C. RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said in a release that investigators want to speak with anybody who may have encountered hitchhikers in the area or who has dash-camera video of driving through Kootenay National Park between May 5 and 6. Anyone with information on this case can call police at 1-877-987-8477. B.C.'s Southeast District Major Crime Unit is investigating the death.
Calgary police have arrested two organizers of a church service who have been defying public health restrictions throughout the pandemic. On Saturday, Artur and Dawid Pawlowski were charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal gathering, as well as promoting and attending the gathering. Earlier this week, Alberta Health Services obtained a Court of Queen's Bench Order that applied to gatherings such as protests, demonstrations and rallies. AHS officials already took action using the order against the Whistle Stop Café in Mirror, Alta., physically closing the restaurant on Wednesday in advance of a planned anti-mask protest. On Saturday, that protest went ahead. Afterward, RCMP officers ticketed those leaving the event and arrested the protest's organizer. Calgary police said they proactively served the church organizers with the order to ensure citizens attending service on Saturday were abiding by public health orders. In a release, police said the Pawlowskis "acknowledged the injunction, but chose to ignore requirements for social distancing, mask wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees" and went ahead with the event. Throughout the pandemic, the brothers have held large, maskless gatherings and have denied health officials entry to the church, which is located in the southeast neighbourhood of Dover. The Pawlowskis and other members of their church have been frequent participants at anti-mask rallies in Calgary. In this photo, from an anti-health restrictions protest on May 2, one of the church attendees can be seen wearing a fake nurses costume covered in dolls representing dead babies. (Submitted) AHS has said previously that attempts by health inspectors to enter the church have been met with abusive language and racial slurs. On Saturday, video from the scene showed one of the church's leaders scream at police, comparing the officers to Nazis. In another livestreamed video, following the Pawlowskis' arrest, mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston said if elected, he is prepared to arm himself and go to the homes of health officials who have taken enforcement actions against the church. Artur Pawlowski was fined last year for failing to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, and has drawn controversy for past comments, like when he said Calgary's flooding in 2013 was caused by God's tears over homosexuality. Pawlowski has also been a speaker at several anti-mask rallies in Calgary. On Saturday afternoon, police attended the site of a planned anti-mask rally in northeast Calgary — advertised as a "massive exposure rally" — but said no attendees were present. Alberta currently has more than 25,000 active COVID-19 cases, and the highest rate of active cases in the country. If Alberta's case numbers don't come down, public-health officials have warned that hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients within a month. "It is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people's desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing," police said.
WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. News of Bo's passing was shared by Obama and his wife Michelle on Instagram, where both expressed sorrow at the passing of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and loyal companion.” “He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair,” Barack Obama wrote. Bo, a Portuguese water dog, was a gift to the Obamas from the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., a key supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who became close to the family. Bo helped Obama keep a promise to daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election. A companion dog, Sunny, joined the family in August 2013. Both were constant presences around the White House and popular among visitors there, often joining the Obamas for public events. The dogs entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll and Bo occasionally joined Mrs. Obama to welcome tourists. The dogs also cheered wounded service members, as well as hospitalized children the first lady would visit each year just before Christmas. In a post featuring a slideshow of images of Bo — including one of him sitting behind the president’s Resolute Desk in the Oval Office — Mrs. Obama recounted his years bringing some levity to the White House. “He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth. He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit,” she wrote. Mrs. Obama wrote that she was grateful for the time the family got to spend with him due to the pandemic, and said that over the past year, “no one was happier than Bo.” “All his people were under one roof again,” she wrote. ___ Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report. Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press
The Lower Mainland's homicide investigation team says a man is dead following a shooting in Burnaby. B.C. Emergency Health Services said paramedics responded to the incident at 6th Street between 12th and 13th Avenue around 7 p.m. PT and transported one patient to hospital. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) later said in a tweet that the victim died of his injuries. Burnaby RCMP originally responded to the shooting, but has not yet shared any details about what happened. There have been multiple shootings across the Lower Mainland in the last few weeks, many in public places such as mall parking lots or public parks. Police say many of the shootings are connected to drugs and gangs. Burnaby violence Six days ago, a 43-year-old man was arrested after an early morning shooting in Burnaby that sent a 25-year-old woman to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. In mid-March police discovered a female burned body in a Burnaby park with other suspicious injuries. IHIT later took over the case. One man died after a shooting in a residential neighbourhood of Burnaby in February, which followed another fatal shooting nine days earlier in the city.
MIRROR, Alta. — RCMP ticketed protesters leaving an anti-lockdown rally outside a central Alberta café Saturday, after the establishment was closed by health officials earlier in the week. Despite pouring rain and a pre-emptive court injunction, hundreds gathered outside the Whistle Stop Café in the hamlet of Mirror, Alta., for the "Save Alberta Campout Protest." Demonstrators were there to support café owner Chris Scott and challenge Public Health Orders meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. A spokesman for the RCMP said officers took the first three hours of the protest to educate demonstrators on COVID-19 regulations and notify them that they were contravening the injunction. "There was a decision at one point to start mounting enforcement," said Cpl. Troy Savinkoff. "That was around 4 p.m." Savinkoff said police would provide a more thorough update on how many people were ticketed later Saturday. On Wednesday, AHS said it closed the café after the agency received more than 400 complaints about the business since January. Health authorities said the café is to remain closed until Scott can demonstrate the ability to comply with health restrictions. Alberta Health Services said after hearing about plans for the protest that the provincial government would take legal action that would allow RCMP officers to use reasonable force in arresting and removing any person at the rally who contravenes public health orders. But that didn't stop people without masks from standing together to cheer and clap when Scott stood on a stage and encouraged them to fight for their freedom. "I've been accused of a lot of things over this. They think it's about money. They think it's about popularity. I could care less about that," Scott told the crowd. "I'm not fine with anyone telling me what to do with my body or how to earn an income." Scott then asked the crowd to follow COVID-19 regulations at the rally due to the injunction. Three hours later, RCMP officers with body cameras began handing out tickets under the Public Health Act to those leaving the area for participating in the illegal gathering. Last weekend, hundreds of people gathered near Bowden, also in central Alberta for a pre-advertised maskless "No More Lockdowns'" protest rodeo. Days later, the premier announced stronger restrictions and doubled fines for scofflaws. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. --- This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press
It doesn't look like much now, but baseball players in Bedeque, P.E.I., could be hitting home runs and catching fly balls at a fancy new baseball field by the end of the summer thanks in part to the Toronto Blue Jays. Construction on the new field began last fall and is expected to resume this month, said Ryan McKenna, co-president of the Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association "The goal of the project was to bring a state-of-art facility here to the community in Bedeque and hopefully attract some national tournaments along the way. We want to make it as nice of a field as possible and we're on our way there." On Friday, the Jays Care Foundation, a charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, officially announced Bedeque as one of 14 recipients across Canada that will receive funding through the Field of Dream Program. Bedeque will receive $90,000 from the foundation. The P.E.I. government is contributing $100,000. Players in Bedeque currently play at another field in the community and others in the surrounding area, including Kowalski Park in Freetown. Some baseball teams in Bedeque play at Kowalski Field in nearby Freetown.(Shane Ross/CBC) The new field will give players in the U-15 league and above another place to play as the sport continues to grow and for people to gather. "It's also creating a great hub for the community as well with a beautiful walking trail along the perimeter and down the sidewalk of Linkletter Avenue," McKenna said. "I just think overall it is a really exciting project for the community." The other communities who received funding for from the Jays Foundation are: Bedeque, P.E.I. – Bedeque & Area Minor Baseball Association. Dartmouth, N.S. – Diamond Dawgs Baseball Club. Tobique First Nation, N.B. – Mah-Sos School. La Pocatière, Que. – Association de baseball mineur de La Pocatière Blind River, Ont. – Town of Blind River. Forest, Ont. – Forest Minor Baseball Association. Gananoque, Ont. – Town of Gananoque. Kenora, Ont. – Kenora Chiefs Advisory. Ottawa, Ont. – South Ottawa Little League. St. Mary's, Ont. – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Toronto, Ont. – Variety Village. Toronto, Ont. – West Hill Baseball League. Moosomin, Sask. – Moosomin Minor Ball Association. Beaumont, Alta. – Beaumont Minor Baseball Association. More from CBC P.E.I.
TORONTO — Nearly 150 pharmacies started offering COVID-19 vaccines to all adults in some Ontario virus hot spots this weekend, a shift made to align with provincial efforts to protect the most vulnerable amid a third wave of infections. The province quietly announced the expanded eligibility on a provincial pharmacy vaccine booking webpage on Friday afternoon. That government website lists 78 pharmacy locations in Toronto and Peel Region that now offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to people aged 18 and older. In Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor and York Region, a total of 58 pharmacies are offering the Moderna shot to anyone in that age group. Vaccine-seekers can search by postal code to find local pharmacies administering shots, and are advised to book online or contact pharmacy sites directly. Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, said his organization had been working with the province to bring the mRNA shots to more pharmacies for some time, with Pfizer shots being offered at 16 initial locations a week earlier. Prior to that, pharmacies had only been cleared to adnister doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to those 40 and older. The expanded age criteria of 18 and above was approved on Thursday, Bates said, to align with targeted neighbourhood and workplace clinics currently underway in the province. Participating sites received vaccine shipments on Friday. "Our hope is that we will continue to rapidly accelerate the program and add more of the mRNA vaccines across all pharmacies," Bates said by phone on Saturday. "This certainly is going to help in terms of increasing access, convenience and options for Ontarians, and that's certainly a good thing." People won't be asked to provide proof of their residence in a hot spot, Bates said, but pharmacists will need to verify recipients are at least 18 years old at the time of the shot. Participating pharmacies will receive 150 doses per week, Bates said, with plans to use waitlists and possibly accept walk-ins to ensure supply doesn't go to waste. He said the goal is to have all pharmacies distributing the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines by mid-June, though the timeline depends on supply. Despite the lack of an official government announcement about the expanded eligibility, some young adults in the province were quick to sign up as word spread on social media. Natallia Richards of Ajax, Ont., was scrolling through Twitter early Saturday morning when she came across a series of posts sharing information about the expanded pharmacy age eligibility. She followed a link to the provincial webpage, found a pharmacy location nearby and signed up for a vaccine waitlist. The 23-year-old said the process was surprisingly simple, adding she's relieved to finally be one step closer to an appointment. "Obviously I'd like to make a physical appointment but it just feels good that I can finally do this," she said by phone. Though Richards doesn't live in a designated virus hot spot, she has asthma and interacts with household members who go into work regularly, and she had been eager to snap up an appointment. "It's kind of scary to just sit there and wait," she said. Bates said supplies of AstraZeneca doses were nearly depleted as of Saturday, with just three per cent remaining across participating pharmacies. He said pharmacies are expecting more shots at some point, adding his association is awaiting forthcoming guidance from a national immunization panel on the prospect of mixing first and second doses from different vaccines. If that happens, those pharmacies may start offering Pfizer or Moderna shots as second doses to Oxford-AstraZeneca recipients. "We're going to remain flexible," he said. The province also made changes to shorten the timeline between first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses for Indigenous people living in urban settings, as well as people receiving hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Ontario is currently administering doses four months apart with exceptions for some individuals like transplant recipients, following the shorter timeline recommended by vaccine manufacturers. A spokeswoman for the health minister confirmed Saturday that the province will shorten the interval between doses for urban-dwelling Indigenous people and dialysis patients based on advice from the ministry's Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group, which makes recommendations on the province's inoculation effort. Alexandra Hilkene said those populations will be immunized according to the schedules spelled out by vaccine manufacturers, with more guidance to come about the process. Pfizer recommends a 21-day interval between its two shots. Moderna suggests four weeks between doses and Oxford-AstraZeneca advises an interval of between four and twelve weeks. As Ontario continued to focus half of its total vaccine supply on hot spots, the province's largest city announced Saturday it was on track to have half of its adult residents vaccinated by the end of the weekend. Toronto Mayor John Tory thanked health-care workers and residents in a Saturday statement ahead of the anticipated milestone. "This is a non-stop effort. It's about saving lives and getting life back to normal," Tory said. The changes to the vaccine rollout took effect as the province reported 2,864 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths. Ontario reported 1,832 patients hospitalized with the virus, including 851 patients in intensive care and 588 on ventilators. The province said it administered 138,125 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Friday, for a total of 6,023,610. On the web: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2021. Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
Ontarians living in hot-spot communities now have more options when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. The province has expanded the number of pharmacies administering the shots and has increased both the types of shots they can give and to whom.
VANCOUVER — Demand for jade has sparked both a reality TV series set in the remote northwestern corner of British Columbia and opposition from an Indigenous nation over its lack of consent to jade mining in its territory. The Tahltan Nation has strong ties to the mining and mineral exploration sector, but the extraction of nephrite jade is "a very problematic industry for us," said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. B.C.'s consultation with the nation over jade mining permit applications has been "minimal," Day said in an interview, and in recent years the nation has expressed opposition to new permits and the industry overall. Abandoned machinery, shipping containers and jade boulders, cut open and discarded because they're too low in quality, are scattered across areas where caribou roam and Tahltan people hunt and go snowmobiling, he said. Day said he's also concerned that unlike major mines, smaller-scale jade extraction doesn't always require archeological assessment before work starts. Any discoveries are important evidence of Tahltan rights and title to the nation's territory that comprises 11 per cent of the province, he said. B.C.'s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources and to stop work in the event of a potential finding. Jade is mined from mountainsides or through placer mining, a smaller-scale excavation ranging from old-style gold panning to digging in and around riverbeds for deposits of minerals washed away over time. The Mines Ministry said it has been working with the industry and Indigenous nations to develop recommendations for higher operational and reclamation standards for the sector. The B.C. government paused decisions on new placer jade permits in Tahltan territory for two years as it works to "establish a long-term economic, reconciliation, wildlife and land-use partnership" with the nation, Mines Minister Bruce Ralston said in a recent statement. Ten jade mining permits remain active in Tahltan territory, the ministry said, while 34 are inactive after operating between 2015 and 2019. Another seven permits are not being used because the operators' certificates are suspended, it said. The ministry said it takes issues of non-compliance seriously and uses enforcement tools, such as monetary penalties, as a deterrent. There is no index for the price of jade, which refers to two different stones: nephrite and jadeite. The finest jadeite can be valued at a higher price than the same weight in gold, while the jade mined in B.C. is mainly nephrite. Its value is determined by different factors including its colour and clarity. While the Tahltan have signed engagement agreements with many mineral exploration companies, along with impact benefit agreements for three major mines, there are no such agreements with jade operators, said Day. "Is there any revenue sharing? Are there jobs? Are there contracts? Is there equity ownership? Where are the benefits?" he asked. "There's nothing." Day and other Tahltan leaders visited jade and placer mining operations by helicopter in 2019 to deliver letters expressing their lack of consent. Among those who received a letter were the Bunces, a mining family featured on the reality TV show "Jade Fever." The seventh season is set to launch Monday on Discovery Canada, which is owned by Bell Media. Concerns over the jade industry have "been on the radar of more and more Tahltan people because of Jade Fever," Day said. The show follows the Bunces' mining operation as they search for "million-dollar boulders of jade," according to promotional materials posted online. It's a small-scale, family-run operation with an exploration permit to work on one claim, which is not a placer claim, Claudia Bunce said in an email. The permit limits their land disturbance to 2.5 hectares over five years and it required a financial surety to ensure remediation of the land, she said. Every permit under the Mines Act includes a bond that's held until reclamation is finished, or the money may be seized, the Mines Ministry said. The B.C. government has improved environmental regulations for jade mining in recent years, said Bunce, adding she fully supports those measures and any additional recommendations the Tahltan have. Their target is to extract about 50 tonnes of jade each year, said Bunce, enough to fashion jewelry and other products sold at the family's store in Jade City, a tiny community between Dease Lake and the Yukon boundary. Revenue from the store funds their next mining season, she said. Bunce said she's had to fight for a voice in a male-dominated industry and she respects others' right to do the same, including the Tahltan. After receiving the letter from Tahltan leaders, Bunce said she immediately called the Mines Ministry to confirm their jade operation was lawful. "I was told by (the ministry) that my permit goes through a consultation process before being approved, with three Indigenous groups in the area, the Tahltan, the Tse'Khene, and Kaska Nation," she said. Tahltan consent is not required, but that's set to change as the B.C. government implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which it adopted through legislation in late 2019. The declaration requires governments to obtain free, prior and informed consent before taking actions that affect Indigenous Peoples and territories. Bunce said it's up to the B.C. government, not individual mining operations, to implement the UN declaration and she hopes the Tahltan can reach an agreement with the province that addresses their concerns. "I will abide by whatever agreement they make," she added. Jade Fever's producers at Vancouver-based Omnifilm Entertainment were aware of the Tahltan letter delivered to the Bunces, they said in a statement. At the time, they contacted the province and confirmed the Bunces have a work permit that provided for Indigenous consultation, they said. "As a documentary series, we are on site to follow the real-life story of a family run jade operation. We do not participate in the mining or intervene in the business side of their operation as that is handled by the family." A statement from a Bell Media spokesperson said the company had not been aware of the concerns over jade mining raised by the Tahltan Nation. "We take this matter seriously and are investigating further," it said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press
A 25-year-old Edmonton man is facing several charges including attempted murder following an incident in Moose Jaw on Friday. Moose Jaw Police Service responded to a 9-1-1 call in the 800 block of 4th Avenue North East and when they arrived, they learned three people had been involved in an altercation a news release said. Police said during the altercation one man fired a handgun at another man. He was not hit by a bullet but did suffer minor injuries as a result of the altercation. Police arrested a 25-year-old man at the house and found him to be concealing a loaded handgun. The man was also found to be in possession of almost 16 ounces of cocaine, which police said was worth roughly $45,000 on the street and approximately $6,000 in cash. Investigators are also reported to have recovered further evidence that supports the attempted murder charge. The 25-year-old man is set to appear in court Monday on charges that include attempted murder, firearm charges alongside drug-trafficking charges. A 48-year-old woman from Moose Jaw was also charged with assault with a weapon. She was released by police and is set to appear at a later date. Police say there is no threat to public safety noting all involved with the incident have been arrested.
Alberta topped 2,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, as the number of active cases in the province surpassed 25,000 for the first time during the pandemic. There were 18,809 tests completed on Friday for a positivity rate of around 11 per cent. Alberta identified 406 new variant cases, making up 47.6 per cent of the province's new high of 25,155 active cases. Alberta rolled back testing for coronavirus variants this week, citing a rapid increase in positivity rates and test volumes. Variant testing is now limited to hospital patients, health-care workers, recent travellers and people involved in outbreaks. Currently there are 661 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospital including 148 in intensive care unit beds, compared to 659 people in hospital the previous day, including 150 in intensive care beds. Two deaths were reported Saturday, including a man in his 60s in the North zone and a woman in her 80s in the Central zone. Anti-restrictions protesters gathered outside a cafe in the hamlet of Mirror, Alta., for a Save Alberta Campout Protest, as the next slate of tougher COVID-19 restrictions are to come into force Monday, including the closure of patios and personal services, such as hair salons and tattoo shops. Alberta Health Services has said the provincial government will take legal action to stop any planned protests of COVID-19 public health orders, including the one outside the cafe. In Calgary, police arrested two organizers of a church service Saturday who have been defying public health restrictions for months and charged them with organizing an illegal in-person gathering. Here are the province's 25,155 active cases broken down by health zone: Calgary zone: 11,178 Edmonton zone: 5,900 North zone: 3,780 Central zone: 2,917 South zone: 1,355 Unknown: 25 Alberta reported 1,846,554 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered as of Saturday, an increase of 54,242 doses over the last 24 hours. The province administered a single day record of 57,716 doses on Thursday. As of Monday, Albertans 12 and older will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday May 9, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 326,863 new vaccinations administered for a total of 15,652,046 doses given. Nationwide, 1,240,997 people or 3.3 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 41,299.062 per 100,000. There were 8,580 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 18,042,094 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 86.75 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 23,201 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 200,591 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 383.077 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,676) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 244,930 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 47 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.9 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 6,556 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 59,758 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 376.715 per 1,000. In the province, 6.78 per cent (10,750) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 76,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 44,485 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 356,978 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 365.794 per 1,000. In the province, 3.86 per cent (37,630) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 450,600 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 34,600 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 302,262 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 387.496 per 1,000. In the province, 3.81 per cent (29,688) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 373,815 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.86 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 91,009 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,641,908 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 425.623 per 1,000. There were 8,580 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 4,119,439 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 138,125 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,023,610 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 410.074 per 1,000. In the province, 2.66 per cent (390,990) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 7,056,415 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.36 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 12,272 new vaccinations administered for a total of 546,919 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 397.18 per 1,000. In the province, 5.50 per cent (75,755) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 686,160 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 50 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 13,042 new vaccinations administered for a total of 504,482 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 427.834 per 1,000. In the province, 3.90 per cent (46,022) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 542,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.92 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 54,242 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,846,554 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 419.476 per 1,000. In the province, 7.14 per cent (314,504) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,002,215 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.23 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,042,442 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 398.015 per 1,000. In the province, 1.94 per cent (99,461) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,330,040 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.66 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,439 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,184.707 per 1,000. In the territory, 55.23 per cent (23,048) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 55,920 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 88.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,007 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,064.009 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.04 per cent (21,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 58,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 81.64 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,096 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 751.33 per 1,000. In the territory, 32.97 per cent (12,768) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 44,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 65.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 9, 2021. The Canadian Press
A 63-year-old New Minas woman has died after being stuck in a parking lot earlier this week. The woman was using a marked crosswalk in a lot on Commercial Street in New Minas when she was hit, suffering life-threatening injuries, said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Joyce. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. Police said she was airlifted to hospital in Halifax, where she died on Saturday. The 43-year-old driver of the car was not hurt. Joyce said police are still investigating, and charges have not yet been laid. The cause of the collision is also under investigation. "We're all aware, I would hope ... to be aware in parking lots, people are getting out of cars, people are coming out of businesses, people are walking between cars," Joyce said. MORE TOP STORIES
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