Aneil Sanghera has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail and 18 months probation for the manslaughter of 41-year-old Pardeep Terry Dulay during a wedding ceremony at the Fraserview Hall in South Vancouver in 2017.Sanghera pleaded guilty last January. The two men were cousins, and the death caused a deep rift between the two families.During Sanghera's sentencing hearing last month the court heard that a fight broke out between Sanghera and Dulay on the balcony of the Fraserview Hall in Vancouver during the wedding celebration in 2017.The fight began when Dulay shoved Sanghera, leading to moments where both men gained the upper hand. However, it ended with Sanghera repeatedly kicking Dulay's unresponsive body on the floor.The Crown had asked for a sentence of four years.Impact on familyDuring the hearing, Dulay's family spoke of how his death has impacted them.Dulay's mother, Kalbir, described how when she is alone, she can still sometimes hear her son calling to her.She said that her family helped the Sangheras secure jobs at her late husband's company.Dulay's sisters also spoke, remembering their older brother, who they called Terry, as kind, mischievous and soft. They spoke of how he had struggled with drug addiction and the pride they felt that he was working through it.His youngest sister Aman spoke of how some days she feels numb, while other days are unbearable.His other sister Sandy, remembered being in the middle of the dance floor when she heard someone say Terry was hurt and the panic of the room as everyone rushed to the balcony.But she stopped at the doors after calling out her brother's name and receiving no response from the body on the floor. Her legs wobbled and she was unable to go any further, she said.Dulay left behind three young daughters.Targeted shooting against SangheraIn the defence's submission, lawyer Joven Narwal described a murder attempt against Sanghera in the fallout from the wedding.On May 4, 2018, Narwal said a masked man broke into the home of Sanghera's father-in-law, where Sanghera was staying. The man called out for Sanghera and eventually shot the father-in-law and a friend. Both survived.Sanghera was able to escape but Narwal explained how it led to Sanghera's diagnosis of PTSD.Delta police later confirmed there was evidence the shooting was motivated by the death at Fraserview Hall, Narwal told the court.The defence argued that the murder attempt and the effect it has had on Sanghera and his family are collateral consequences that should be taken into consideration when deciding the sentence.
When Chris Eggers and his wife signed up for an in-store text message promotion at a Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart, they thought they'd collect extra PC Optimum points.Instead, Eggers alleges, hackers stole them all."Every week, [PC Optimum] would text me, 'See if you're a winner and click on the link!'" he explained."One of the links I clicked, and I still have the text, asked me to enter my PC optimum information."So, Eggers, 37, entered the couple's log-in details."I believe it is at that point that my identity was compromised," he told CBC Toronto.All the text messages came from the same number. But only one, he says, asked him to enter his account information.A few days later, the couple was alerted that all their points had been cashed in."My wife got emails saying that our PC Optimum points were being redeemed at Vaughan Mills Mall, 600,000 of them," Eggers explained."And so, of course, we panic, you know, try to open the app and change everything, but at that point it was all gone."Hackers redeemed more than $1,100 worth of pointsEmails the couple supplied to CBC Toronto show a total of $1,149.99 worth of merchandise was redeemed at the Shoppers Drug Mart located in the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ont. north of Toronto.Eggers notified Loblaw Companies Ltd., the corporation that operates the PC Optimum program, and has since filed a report with York Regional Police.Scammers have targeted the reward system before.Two years ago, CBC News interviewed eight people across Canada who said they'd each had more than 100,000 points stolen from their accounts after Loblaw merged its two rewards programs — PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum — to form PC Optimum on Feb. 1, 2018.The reported thefts are just one more problem plaguing Loblaw, which was already dealing with technical glitches involving PC Optimum, and fallout from a bread price-fixing scandal, including the related controversy over asking some people to send their ID to collect a $25 gift card as compensation for the overpriced bread.No connection to text promotion, Loblaw saysWhen the company replied to Eggers days later, he was told his email had been compromised and there was no connection to the in-store text promotion.That's something Eggers still has trouble accepting."I don't believe that because if somebody was going to compromise my email, then they would have gone after my banking," he said."It's quite a leap to think that when you get into somebody's email that they have a Shoppers Optimum and that's ... the cherry they want to pick."In a statement to CBC News, Loblaw says the company reviewed screen shots of Eggers's contest text messages and related links and has "not found any site/page that asked for PC Optimum account information.""The links provided simply show a promotional code," the statement readsLoblaw apologizes for 'the inconvenience this has caused'However, the retailer does acknowledge recent "smishing campaigns" — text messages asking for information, claiming to be from PC Optimum in recent months. "We're still reviewing to see if that could be the case in this instance," the company said, adding their investigation is ongoing."We are committed to understanding the scenario and how we can best help our customers moving forward."Loblaws says representatives have worked with Eggers and his wife to restore their points and secure their account.The company also says it apologizes for "the inconvenience this has caused [for the couple] and the delay in resolving it."Eggers says he's happy to have their points back but worries others could have also been hacked.
Hamilton police, with help of officers from around the GTA, dispersed a large crowd gathered in a parking lot on Saturday night for what police are calling an "impromptu car show."Officers from Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police helped to break up the gathering, according to Staff Sgt. Richard Vanderboom, of Hamilton Police Mountain Station.People brought about 500 cars to the parking lot at Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster, 771 Golf Links Road, for the event, he said. He declined to estimate how many people were there."We shut the party down and sent everyone home," he said.No one was arrested. The" impromptu car show" began at about 6 p.m. and police cleared the parking lot by 10 p.m., he added.Vanderboom said people who were asked to leave were co-operative.The crowd was well over the new allowable limits for outdoor social gatherings set by the province to slow the spread of COVID-19.Vanderboom said police were concerned about the size of the crowd and about the potential for street racing."We were trying to prevent a potential street racing problem. We were successful," he said.The cars parked in the lot included pickup trucks, sports cars and tow trucks. Mainly young people attended, he said.About 20 police officers in all, including from the out-of-town services, were involved, he said.Earlier on Saturday, Premier Doug Ford had announced that the province was lowering the number of people allowed at social gatherings across Ontario.Effective immediately, private, unmonitored gatherings are to be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for the next 28 days, Ford announced at a news conference at Queen's Park.
It has a tendency to creep up on you.One day you're enjoying evening dinners on the patio, proudly serving up the vegetables you planted and tenderly cared for all summer.And then, all of a sudden, there it is. A frost warning.Your juicy tomatoes and spicy chile peppers need to get out of the garden, and fast, leaving you buried under piles of fruits and vegetables.CBC Quebec reached out to three chefs, with three very different takes, in search of the perfect tomato recipe to make the most of the fall harvest.Marinara sauceMario Russo remembers Sunday afternoons at his childhood home in Montreal would often turn into a boisterous, crowded affair.His parents, both from Naples, would lay out an assortment of tomatoes on the kitchen table, brushing the dirt off before slicing a small X on the bottom of the tomato. "The whole family, we would all get together — peeling and charring the tomatoes, and after that we'd all sit down to eat together — it was incredible."The X makes it easier to peel the tomatoes once they are plunged into boiling water, Russo explained. The tomato chunks are then put into jars and sterilized, providing a fresh base to make sauce throughout the winter.Russo now runs several restaurants in Montreal and recently opened the Birra & Basta Tavern in Quebec City, where he continues cooking his family's traditional marinara sauce.The secret to the sauce, Russo said, is that "you have to sing to it."Mario Russo's marinara sauce:INGREDIENTS * 6 small mason jars of tomatoes * 1 bottle tomato passata * 2 onions * 3 tablespoons garlic * 4 tablespoons sugar * 2 tablespoons salt * 1 1/2 tablespoons pepper * 1 1/2 tablespoons dry basil * 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil * 6 tablespoons olive oil * 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes * 1 cup white wine * 1 bunch of fresh basilSTEPS * Put tomatoes in pot to boil, add sugar * In a small pot, fry garlic until golden then add onions. * Add 1 cup of white wine * Let simmer until it reduces by half * Once reduced to half, add to tomatoes * Always stir the sauce; once it starts boiling turn heat down to low * Always take out the foam on top to take out acidity * Cook for 45 minutes * Finally, add all spices, olive oil and one bunch of fresh basilAloo GobiDarryl Masih looks over a pot of simmering Aloo Gobi, an Indian classic he learned to cook from his mother.Even though the main ingredients are cauliflower and potatoes, tomatoes are key to any good Indian recipe, he said."They're like one of our best kept secrets," Masih said."It plays a really big part in the creation of curries, masala blends. And sometimes it does end up playing a leading part in most of my dishes."Born in Toronto, Masih moved to Quebec City in 2006 to work as a DJ and event planner. Three years ago, he shifted gears and started offering chef-at-home catering services, complete with customized soundtracks for his dinner guests.Although he grew up eating mostly vegetarian dishes, his favourite is undeniably butter chicken, made with fresh tomatoes. "That's what gives it that red, beautiful colour — along with whatever other spices that are added."Darry Masih's Aloo GobiINGREDIENTS * 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil * 1 large onion, peeled and cut into small pieces * 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks separated, roughly chopped * 1 small green chili, chopped into small pieces (or one teaspoon chili powder) * 1 large cauliflower, leaves removed and cut evenly into eighths * 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into even pieces * 16 ounces diced tomatoes * fresh ginger, peeled and grated * fresh garlic, chopped * 1 teaspoon cumin seed * 2 teaspoons turmeric * 1 teaspoon salt * 2 teaspoons garam masalaSTEPS * Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. * Add the chopped onion and one teaspoon of cumin seeds to the oil. * Stir together and cook until onions become creamy, golden, and translucent. * Add chopped coriander stalks, two teaspoons of turmeric, and one teaspoon of salt. * Add chopped chillies (according to taste) Stir tomatoes into onion mixture. * Add ginger and garlic; mix thoroughly. * Add potatoes and cauliflower to the sauce plus a few tablespoons of water (ensuring that the mixture doesn't stick to the saucepan). * Ensure that the potatoes and cauliflower are coated with the curry sauce. * Cover and allow to simmer for twenty minutes (or until potatoes are cooked). * Add two teaspoons of Garam Masala and stir. * Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves on top of the curry. * Turn off the heat, cover, and leave for as long as possible before serving.Green tomato ketchupKarine Daigle was on maternity leave from her job as an accountant when her life took a left turn. Her mother-in-law, who owns a produce farm on Île-d'Orléans, asked if she'd want to make bread-and-butter pickles to sell at the roadside kiosk."I said 'Sure, why not!' And it just grew from there," said Daigle.Eight years later, Daigle has expanded into jams, jellies and other classics, like green tomato ketchup.Perfect for the last few tomatoes that haven't quite ripened by September, the important step is to salt the tomatoes and let them sit overnight, Daigle said, to extract the excess liquid.While many people think immediately of tourtière as the perfect canvas for fruit and green ketchups, Daigle said she uses it as a condiment on nearly everything, from sausages to grilled vegetables.She still uses her mother-in-law's vegetables for her creations, which is why she called the business Compliments de Belle-Maman."It's kind of to pay tribute to her hard work."Karine Daigle's Green Tomato KetchupINGREDIENTS * 30 green tomatoes, diced * ¼ cup coarse salt * 8 onions, chopped * 4 apples, peeled, core removed and diced * ½ celery, chopped * 2 greens peppers, diced * 3 cups white vinegar * 5 cups sugar * 1/3 cup marinade spicesDIRECTIONS * In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes with salt * Let stand for at least 8 hours, better overnight * Drain well * Put the pickling spices in a small cheesecloth bag * Combine vegetables with vinegar, sugar and spice bag * Cook for two to four hours over low heat, stirring occasionally. * When it tastes good, pour into hot, sterilized jars and boil in water for 15 minutes
The RCMP said Saturday it is working with the FBI after federal U.S. officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin."The RCMP can confirm that it has received a request for assistance from the FBI in connection with a suspicious letter sent to the White House," spokesperson Dan Brien told CBC News in an email."Initial information from the investigation suggests that the letter originated in Canada," said Brien. He said he could not offer more details at this time.The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and U.S. President Donald Trump, an official told The Associated Press. A preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans, the official said.The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the investigation.In a statement, the FBI said agents were working to investigate "a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility" and that there is "no known threat to public safety."
If it weren't for a generous offer from a couple of strangers, Molly the German shepherd wouldn't be here today."It really restores faith in humanity, in compassion, and empathy, and kindness," said the dog's owner, Tim Brink. "I'm super blessed." Brink, a well-known artist and musician in the Eastern Townships, has had 10-year-old Molly since she was a puppy. Last month, he was devastated to learn that she had spleen cancer. "I don't think I've ever cried so much in my life," Brink said, adding he and Molly have always had a special bond, as if they "met in another life." "She's super in tune, super loyal. I don't know, she's like my best friend," he said of his beloved dog, which he described as having a "strong character," with "lots of bark and no bite." Brink explained that Molly would have to be put down just a few days after the cancer diagnosis, unless he could come up with the $2,000 he needed for surgery, which in turn had only a 30 per cent chance of success. Being a musician during a global pandemic, Brink couldn't afford the operation, and was wary of the risks. He posted to his Facebook page that he was looking for private beach access or a boat to take Molly out and enjoy one last day on the water. Despite receiving a few offers, Brink decided to take Molly out on the water with people he had never met before — friends of a friend — on their pontoon boat for the afternoon. "It was the first time I'd ever met these people, and I already knew I had a good vibe from them, something called me out there that it was the right spot to go," Brink said. After a few hours on the lake with Molly, his other German shepherd, King, his stepsons and the couple, Brink was on his way back to shore, when he started to cry. He recounted that when Molly started to lick the tears from his face, and the woman approached him. She asked whether he'd do the surgery if he had the money, and when he said yes, the couple offered to pay for it. Couple moved by special bondThe couple — who asked to remain anonymous — said they were moved by the special bond that clearly exists between Brink and Molly. "Tim was such an endearing person," the woman said."I know some people would say it's absurd," she added, "but sometimes you have to go with your gut." "We help other people here and there when we go with our gut."The man said they tried to give Brink time alone with his dog, but they could still tell he was in tears. "We knew he was crying, and when Molly came to lick his face and wagged her tail, we knew that dog was getting an operation," he said. "We discussed the logic of it, but the emotions took over."The group got off the boat with less than three hours until Molly was set to be put down. Brink said he called the vet the moment he had cell reception. Molly had her spleen removed the following day, during a surgery that will give her another three months to a year to live. "We're just trying to have as much fun with her and be as close to her as we can until she goes," Brink said, adding Molly seems even more energetic since the surgery. "It's just been a really amazing life lesson for me. Now I've had three weeks with her that I never thought I'd have," he said. "It's been hard through the pandemic, I've seen some people who have been pretty selfish, and you kind of lose faith," he added. "But these people totally restored my faith that good things can happen to good people … and good dogs."
B.C.'s Lower Mainland has seen a rash of shootings throughout the region since Monday. Over a five-day period, there were seven shooting incidents, resulting in four deaths, multiple injuries and a burning vehicle.The majority of the shootings were targeted, with one instance confirmed by police to be linked to Lower Mainland gang conflict.The shootings have involved four police agencies, from Vancouver to Langley."Our investigators are concerned about the increasing gang activity in Vancouver and are in touch with other policing partners to address it," said Const. Jason Doucette, of the Vancouver Police Department.Monday, September 14The violence began late Monday night, shortly after 10:15 p.m., when Surrey RCMP responded to a shooting in the 12900-block of 65 Avenue. An uninjured man was found at the scene who, police say, was the target.Officers say the man was being pursued by two other men at the time of the shooting. All parties involved are associated with the Lower Mainland gang conflict."This type of violence has no place in our community," said Staff Sergeant Kirk Duncan, whose General Investigation Unit has taken over the investigation.Wednesday, September 16Wednesday's shootings were the deadliest, with three people dying in two separate incidents.First, just after 7 p.m., Vancouver police officers found two people unresponsive in a room at the Astoria hotel on the Downtown Eastside. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the hotel and the other died in hospital.Half an hour later, police found 23-year-old Iqubal Grewal dead in front of a house near Knight Street and East 64 Avenue in South Vancouver.Const. Tania Visintin says investigators believe Grewal was targeted.According to Kim Bolan, a reporter at the Vancouver Sun, sources say Grewal was a former member of the Brothers Keepers gang but later flipped to the United Nations gang. Bolan reports that Grewal was targeted because he was present when BK member Daniel Grewal was shot at in Surrey in April 2019. However, Vancouver police won't confirm these details.As well, a GMC Terrain used in Grewal's murder was later found burning in Richmond."We believe there are people out there who have information on this incident and we are urging them to come forward," she said.Police say the two homicide events are unrelated.Thursday, September 17Thursday evening saw no reprieve from criminal activity.Another shooting in Surrey Thursday night sent a man to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.It took place near 194 Street and 34 Avenue, near the Langley border.Surrey RCMP believes the shooting was targeted.Then, around 11:30 p.m., across the Fraser River in Richmond, gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles at a gas station near No. 3 Road and Blundell Road. Richmond RCMP says the two vehicles, one black, the other white, shot at each other while speeding away from the location.No bystanders were injured and police believe it was, again, a targeted attack.Friday, September 18The violence continued through Thursday night and into the early morning hours in the Lower Mainland, when, around 5 a.m., Langley RCMP were called to the area of 212 Street and 42 Avenue.Officers found two injured men. One, a 35-year-old man, appeared to have been assaulted, police say, while the second, a 29-year-old man, was suffering from gunshot wounds.Both men were taken to hospital.Officers say the attacks were not random."We have no information or evidence to link it to any of the other recent incidents around the Lower Mainland or to a specific gang conflict," said Corporal Craig van Herk, Langley RCMP. Then, for the second night in a row, Richmond RCMP responded to a shooting, this time in the 9000 block of Capstan Way.In this instance, two people were injured and rushed to hospital.One of the men later died in hospital, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed Saturday.And for the sixth time this week, police confirmed that the shootings were targeted.
Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan plans to talk to Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Michael Sack at some point on Saturday.The meeting, which will take place via Zoom call at 7 p.m., comes amid days of tension between Mi'kmaw fishermen who recently launched their own lobster fishery and the commercial lobster fishery.Indigenous fishermen set up blockades at each side of the wharf in Saulnierville, N.S., overnight on Friday.Sack said the blockades, made of lobster traps and rope, went up overnight in response to commercial fishermen trying to intimidate and start fights with Indigenous fishermen and their supporters."We're just here to exercise our right," said Sack. "We don't want to fight with anyone and we ask the commercial fishermen to please respect that."The Mi'kmaq-regulated lobster fishery was launched by Sipekne'katik First Nation earlier this week.It came 21 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling in the case of Donald Marshall Jr., which recognized First Nations' rights to earn a moderate living from fishing.Dozens of commercial lobster fishermen turned out to oppose the new fishery because they consider it to be illegal. Up to 50 lobster boats from numerous non-Indigenous fishing communities circled the first Mi'kmaw boats to push off and drop the traps.Bleu Rae, a supporter of Indigenous fishermen, said she witnessed some of what happened on Thursday night."We came out and were shocked to see ... it looked like a highway of boats surrounding a couple of boats who were just trying to fish, trying to intimidate. I'm really tired of people not understanding this is Mi'kmaqi, this is unceded, this is treaty," Rae said.Sack said the atmosphere at the wharf on Saturday had been "very good" compared to the last few days.He said Indigenous fishermen were hoping to get back out on the water later today once the wind died down. He's curious to see if any of the gear that was set on Thursday is still intact.Sipekne'katik are consolidating all their fishing vessels from the area at the Saulnierville wharf. Sack said they'll keep it blocked until Fisheries and Oceans Canada recognizes their treaty rights.Hundreds of people who support the Indigenous fishermen streamed into the area throughout Saturday. Sack said they're from First Nations communities from around Atlantic Canada.A small number of commercial fishermen could be seen hanging around outside the blockade.Sack said the fight isn't with the commercial fishermen but with the federal government and he's encouraging his community to recognize that."There's no need for a joint meeting with the commercial industry. They have their own battle with the government and we do as well. It's completely separate," Sack said.Lobster trap wall at DFO officeOn Friday, Jordan called for both sides of the fishery issue to come together for a meaningful discussion.A lobster trap wall was erected outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada office in Meteghan.Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association, said commercial lobster fishermen built the wall."Those traps were placed there by exasperated commercial fishermen who know they're not being heard and they left them as a calling card for Minister Jordan that they had been there and that they're going to stay," Sproul said.Sproul said his organization and its ally groups support First Nations fishery access rights and he said the issue is with Jordan and the Trudeau cabinet and their "unwillingness to enforce Canadian law." He said he's shocked Jordan wasn't at the wharf on Saturday."I can't imagine there's a more important portfolio on her table today and I would ask her to use her power to create a dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishery leaders so we can move forward in a peaceful way," he said."She's the only one left in Canada who can bring everybody to the table and that's where we want to be."Commercial fishermen demandsIn a statement on Saturday, a group representing commercial fishermen released a list of demands to Fisheries and Oceans to "keep the fishery healthy."The demands included an immediate stop to out-of-season commercial fishing, more funding for enforcement of regulations by the Government of Canada and for government and Indigenous leaders and fishing organizations to work together to manage the resource."Commercial fishermen not do not want to battle with the First Nations Aboriginal communities. Our goal is to let the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian government know that they need to do their work," Ruth Innis, a spokesperson for the Maritime Fishermen's Union, said in an interview on Saturday."We need a sustainable fishery. Everybody needs a sustainable … fishery for the future."'We want to work with First Nations'Innis said illegal fishing has been going on for years and "the guys on the ground finally got fed up." She said it is not a race issue."We want to work with First Nations. We want to work with all bodies that have the same goal of a sustainable fishery."On Saturday evening, Martin Mallet, another spokesperson for the Maritime Fishermen's Union, said he was in touch with Jordan and was told she's talking to all groups involved to try to find solutions. Mallet said he reiterated the group's demands and the ball is in the minister's court now. In a video posted to Facebook on Friday, an RCMP officer could be heard telling those protesting the Indigenous fishery that the Indigenous people have a right to fish.The officer, whose name was not in the video, said he had been "doing this 19 years, this is not my first fishery dispute" and that he knows the arguments and feelings on both sides."Whether we like it or not, they're allowed to go out and fish," the officer said. "You guys want to try to go out and stop it, try to slow it down, I get that — but I'm not going to let you hurt anybody."Two Mi'kmaw senators released a joint statement on Saturday calling on the federal government to uphold the Marshall decision."Our people earnestly seek to have the means to meet our day-to-day needs for basic necessities like food, clothing and housing – and to address the legacy of colonialism and assimilation," Dan Christmas and Brian Francis said in the statement. "These outcomes simply cannot be realized if the federal government continues to make the exercise of our right to fish contingent upon the signing of time-limited Rights Reconciliation Agreements which have been largely unsuccessful."MORE TOP STORIES
A large drop in enrolment and loss of international students has left Cape Breton University making cuts and dipping into reserves after losing millions in the pandemic.Students have been back in class, at least remotely, at CBU for about a month after the school decided to not hold classes on campus.David Dingwall, CBU president, told CBC's Information Morning in Cape Breton the university has seen a "significant" drop in enrolment of around 2,500 registrations. The loss in revenue as of Aug. 31 was $16.6 million, Dingwall said."The longer the COVID-19 goes on, the [more] significant impact it has on the university," Dingwall said. "And I think part of my job is to try to steer the car on a road that doesn't go off into the ditch."There needs to be certain sacrifices along the way."A key issue is the loss of many international students, which has been a large sector at CBU over the past few years.Dingwall said there are a number who were already living in Cape Breton when COVID-19 hit and have remained in the province. Others are studying from their home countries, but the decline is still "quite significant" and not the numbers that he would want."We're finding that a good number of students are not taking the full load, the five courses," Dingwall said. "Most of them are taking three courses."From their perspective, that's probably a good way to proceed, just to see how things are going to be rolled out for them."But Dingwall said CBU staff and faculty have worked hard throughout the summer to make sure online programs would be high quality.About 70 students are acting as facilitators. They can assist anyone who is having trouble logging on to a class will be connected to an IT specialist.How CBU is tackling the lossesThe school has made various changes to deal with the losses, including using its entire $6.2-million reserve fund.CBU has also eliminated vacation liability, cut all work-related travel, discontinued 60 term employees and reduced operational expenses.Dingwall said there has been a wage rollback, including reduced cost of living for staff and senior administration like himself.$6 million still neededAs of now, Dingwall said the university still needs $6 million to cover the deficit, but the number could change. He said it depends on whether Canadian borders might open in January, or travel bans lifted for international students.He also said CBU is waiting to see if the federal or provincial governments will offer funds to help with the "stabilization" of Nova Scotia universities, particularly those with a large international student population.Dingwall said that would include CBU as No. 1, as well as Saint Mary's, Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent.He said the university will wait to see what the next few months bring before making a decision on continuing with online learning in January or moving to a model that includes in-person classes.MORE TOP STORIES
Stephen Deere, owner of Modern Steak, says that when it comes to Calgary's bylaw mandating face coverings in indoor public spaces, he thinks he jinxed himself."I was kind of bragging to my friends in the restaurant community that we've had almost no problems, at all," Deere said. "But the last 24 to 48 hours, things have gotten worse."Servers at Modern Steak restaurant wear masks, as mandated by the bylaw. In response, one patron took to social media to attempt to trend BoycottModernSteak online — but Deere said another incident was much more serious."Basically, it's going to move forward in a legal fashion, that's how bad it was. I can't talk about it," he said."But that should sound the alarm … we're at the point that we're having discussions, if the last 48 hours continue moving forward, we have to actually consider having security in our restaurants to keep our employees safe."Calgary council voted earlier this month to keep masks mandatory for now, with an update coming in December. Masks have also been mandatory in Edmonton in public spaces since Aug. 1.Fines can be issued and AHS has the power to close businesses and restaurants for non-compliance."We're in a democracy, and I believe you have the right to have your opinion and you have the right to protest," Deere said. "But when you're taking it out on the front-line workers and retail and hospitality, and they're feeling threatened up to the point that violence could occur, it's time to ring the alarm."We are not making the rules. We are following the rules."Varied experiencesBy and large, Ernie Tsu, owner of Trolley 5 on 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary, said most issues relating to the bylaw are solved at the door before guests enter the brewpub.But given his role with the Alberta Hospitality Association, he knows restaurants across Alberta have experienced issues. "The concerns are related to the bad apples out there that refuse to follow the mandate," Tsu said. "The people causing issues at restaurants are also the people that are causing issues in malls and any public spaces that they're deemed to wear a mask in."Brett Ireland, CEO of Bear Hill Brewing — which operates establishments in Banff, Jasper, Calgary and Fort McMurray — said most guests have been compliant with local policies."We have had a number of guests who choose not to wear them because they have pre-existing conditions," Ireland said. "That's what they tell us, and certainly we're not in a position to make a judgment on that."Ireland said whether or not patrons agree with the mask bylaws from a political standpoint, there are other reasons to comply with the bylaw."The other way to look at it for me is, it makes other people more comfortable and therefore more likely to participate in the economy," Ireland said. "I just don't see how there's any net negative to it."'Disgusted and utterly upset'Deere said his restaurant was already having issues with staffing amidst the pandemic, and harassment from customers has exacerbated that struggle. "In our business, many of our hostesses are younger women that are 18 to 22," he said. "When a larger, older gentleman is threatening them, they don't come back to work the next day."As a born and raised Calgarian, Deere said he was "disgusted and utterly upset" with the behaviour of some patrons — and urged those who disagreed with the bylaw to take their concerns elsewhere."Calgary is better than this. We have been known around the world, and definitely in Canada, as one of the friendliest cities," he said."We help people out, we have a western hospitality spirit, and this is how we're acting? It's unbelievable that we've gone in this direction."
The Toronto International Film Festival may be approaching its end but Canadian women in film are continuing to speak up about the importance of diverse, inclusive and representative filmmaking in Canada and beyond, highlighted through RBC's Women in Film series.
America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters.The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events, some hurricane related and others not. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, several scientists told The Associated Press.“The story in the West is really going to be ... these hot dry summers getting worse and the fire compounded by decreasing precipitation,’’ said Columbia University climate scientist Richard Seager. “But in the eastern part more of the climate change impact story is going to be more intense precipitation. We see it in Sally.”North Carolina State climatologist Kathie Dello, a former deputy state climatologist in Oregon, this week was talking with friends abut the massive Oregon fires while she was huddled under a tent, dodging 4 inches (10 centimetres) of rain falling on the North Carolina mountains.“The things I worry about are completely different now,” Dello said. “We know the West has had fires and droughts. It’s hot and dry. We know the East has had hurricanes and it’s typically more wet. But we’re amping up both of those.”In the federal government’s 2017 National Climate Assessment, scientists wrote a special chapter warning of surprises due to global warming from burning of coal, oil and natural gas. And one of the first ones mentioned was “compound extreme events.”“We certainly are getting extremes at the same time with climate change,” said University of Illinois climate scientist Donald Wuebbles, one of the main authors.Since 1980, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has tracked billion-dollar disasters, adjusting for inflation, with four happening in August including the western wildfires. NOAA applied meteorologist Adam Smith said that this year, with at least 14 already, has a high likelihood of being a record.Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east.For more than a century scientists have looked at a divide — at the 100th meridian — that splits the country with dry and brown conditions to the west and wet and green ones to the east.Seager found that the wet-dry line has moved about 140 miles (225 kilometres) east — from western Kansas to eastern Kansas — since 1980.And it's getting more extreme.Nearly three-quarters of the West is now in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Scientists say the West is in about the 20th year of what they call a “megadrought,” the only one since Europeans came to North America.Meager summer rains are down 26% in the last 30 years west of the Rockies. California’s anemic summer rain has dropped 41% in the past 30 years. In the past three years, California hasn’t received more than a third of an inch (0.8 centimetres) of rain in June, July and August, according to NOAA records.California also is suffering its worst fire year on record, with more than 5,300 square miles (13,760 square kilometres) burned. That’s more than double the area of the previous record set in 2018. People have been fleeing unprecedented and deadly fires in Oregon and Washington with Colorado also burning this month.“Climate change is a major factor behind the increase in western U.S. wildfires,” said A. Park Williams, a Columbia University scientist who studies fires and climate.“Since the early 1970s, California’s annual wildfire extent increased fivefold, punctuated by extremely large and destructive wildfires in 2017 and 2018,” a 2019 study headed by Williams said, attributing it mostly to “drying of fuels promoted by human-induced warming.”During the western wildfires, more than a foot rain fell on Alabama and Florida as Hurricane Sally parked on the Gulf Coast, dropping as much as 30 inches (76 centimetres) of rain at Orange Beach, Alabama. Studies say hurricanes are slowing down, allowing them to deposit more rain.The week before Sally hit, a non-tropical storm dumped half a foot of rain on a Washington, D.C., suburb in just a few hours. Bigger downpours are becoming more common in the East, where the summer has gotten 16% wetter in the last 30 years.In August 2016, a non-tropical storm dumped 31 inches (nearly 79 centimetres) of rain in parts of Louisiana, killing dozens of people and causing nearly $11 billion in damage. Louisiana and Texas had up to 20 inches (51 centimetres) of rain in March of 2016. In June 2016, torrential rain caused a $1 billion in flood damage in West Virginia.In the 1950s, areas east of the Rockies averaged 87 downpours of five inches or more a year. In the 2010s, that had soared to 149 a year, according to data from NOAA research meteorologist Ken Kunkel.It’s simple physics. With each degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that the air warms, it holds 7% more moisture that can come down as rain. The East has warmed that much since 1985, according to NOAA.While climate change is a factor, Seager and Williams said what’s happening is more extreme than climate models predict and there must be other, possibly natural weather phenomenon also at work.Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said that La Nina — a temporary natural cooling of parts of the equatorial Pacific that changes weather worldwide — is partly responsible for some of the drought and hurricane issues this summer. But that’s on top of climate change, so together they make for "dual disasters playing out in the U.S.,” Mann said.As for where you can go to escape climate disasters, Dello said, “I don’t know where you can go to outrun climate change anymore.”“I’m thinking Vermont,” she said, then added Vermont had bad floods from 2011’s Hurricane Irene.___Read stories on climate issues by The Associated Press at https://apnews.com/hub/climate.___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press
Mourners have dropped off bouquets and gathered outside the Supreme Court early Saturday in quiet tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Sept. 19)
VANCOUVER — Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery" from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday.The pandemic has shown how heavily Canada relies on migrant and undocumented workers to perform essential jobs, said Chit Arma, who chairs the Migrant Workers Centre's board of directors in Vancouver."The pandemic has also exposed the extent to which these essential workers do not enjoy essential rights, and the long-standing systemic problems with the temporary foreign work program that puts workers in an extremely precarious position," she said during the video conference.The rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre.The campaign calls the federal government to create a new permanent residency program for all essential migrant and undocumented workers, and to allow the workers to apply for an open-work permit while waiting for their applications to process.No one at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada could immediately be reached for comment.On July 31, the federal government announced $58.6 million in funding that it said would boost protections for temporary foreign workers and address COVID-19 outbreaks on farms.Of that, $35 million was earmarked to improve health and safety on farms and in employee living quarters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. About $7.4 million would support the workers, including $6 million for direct outreach delivered through migrant support organizations, the government said.The government also said it was working to develop mandatory requirements to improve living conditions in employer-provided accommodations.In August, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced a temporary measure to provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in health-care during the pandemic.Under the measure, the frontline workers would be able to apply for permanent residency if they met certain criteria, including having made a an asylum claim before March 13 and having been issued a work permit after their claim."This approach recognizes those with precarious immigration status who are filling an urgent need and putting their own lives at risk to care for others in Canada," the government said in a news release.Natalie Drolet, executive director of the Migrant Workers Centre, said the measure excludes other frontline workers like grocery store clerks, truckers and care workers."While this is a positive step, it leaves too many migrant workers and undocumented workers behind who have also been on the front lines in the pandemic," Drolet said.Migrants and undocumented workers play key roles as health-care workers, grocery store clerks, cleaners, care workers, truckers and agricultural workers, Arma said.More than 1,300 migrant workers in Ontario alone have been infected with COVID-19 she said. Three have died, including one undocumented worker, she said.Arma came to Canada in 2005 to work as a caregiver. Her temporary status in Canada gave her stress and anxiety, she said."I had papers, I had documents, and yet I had that fear of being removed, a fear of speaking up because I might be deported," she said."I can imagine how undocumented workers are experiencing even worse because of the lack of documents they have."Maria Cano arrived to work as a caregiver in 2017 through the temporary foreign worker program. She said the experience showed how disempowering the experience could be, even before the pandemic struck.Cano worked for four different families and moved to three different cities in her first few years. They expected to work long hours without compensation, she said."When I spoke up, I lost my job," she said. "That entire process was very stressful and financially draining."She finally found a "nice Canadian family" who treated her with respect and sponsored her but said others shouldn't hope for the same luck, they should be protected with recognized rights instead."The COVID-19 pandemic makes it more difficult and stressful for all the undocumented and migrant workers in Canada," she said.Beginning Dec. 15, the B.C. government will require employers wishing to high foreign workers through federal programs to register with the province.The government said in a news release Saturday that the measures would ensure the workers are paid for the hours they work, have accurate job descriptions and ensure their rights and safety are protected on the job.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2020.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
The Popeyes chicken sandwich has been a popular topic in the U.S. the past couple of months, with posts about the fast food flooding social media and customers starting fights when restaurants sell out. The sandwich has even been the subject of a Saturday Night Live sketch.This reaction left many Canadians wondering just how good this chicken sandwich was and in June some parts of Canada, specifically Edmonton, were given trial access to the popular item.This left Calgarians all the more curious — but the wait is now over.This past Monday, billboards and signs went up featuring the burger, leaving Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens in Calgary with lines out the door.And let's just say reactions varied, with some Twitter users saying Americans hyped the burger a little too much, only for it to be dry.So, the Calgary Eyeopener sent restaurant critic Elizabeth Carson to brave the takeout line and assess just how good this sandwich really is."The chicken was moist. It had full coverage of the thick batter over the entire piece of chicken. It was crispy, it was crunchy, and it didn't taste too salty or greasy, which is kind of amazing," she said."And the toasted brioche bun was chewier and heavier than what a good bakery would produce. But actually, it wasn't bad for fast food."However the food critic said it only came with two slices of pickles and sadly not much chipotle mayonnaise."And, you know, you need more pickles. The sour pickle is a really good foil to all the richness of all the other ingredients."All in all, she says the first bite wasn't bad. * To listen to Elizabeth Carson's full review on the Calgary Eyeopener, check out the link below!"And then I dug it up with a packet of Louisiana hot sauce, and then added hefty dollops of the coleslaw side, and that changed it up to something I actually thought was pretty darn good," she said.However what really surprised Carson was the mayhem in the Popeye restaurant itself."I was at the 17th Avenue location and the lineups were super long. There's a dedicated door dash queue. Cars were lined up down 17th Avenue for the takeout window and the staff are being yelled at by customers for the over 20-minute wait time on some of the orders."She adds that despite the sandwich being good, she still gives it 3.5/5 stars."That's the best I can do for fast food," Calgarians reactIt's been a week since the sandwich has been in our neck of the woods, and the reviews are mixed.The Popeye's sandwich has 700 calories, 380 from fat, MSG and almost 1500 mg from salt, which was something this Twitter user definitely noticed.However these two Calgarians vote that is indeed worth the "hype." Others called out the American for being too generous when rating this burger and that they are not a fan.What would you rate the Popeye's chicken sandwich? Tell us in the comments below!
It's that time of year when backyard gardeners are hauling in the last of their bounty of fruits and vegetables — and for Milad Khalil, there's nothing more exquisite than a nice ripe tomato."I grow these beautiful heirloom tomatoes. They're Italian tomatoes. I just take pride in them," said Khalil, the co-owner of Napoli's Café in Stittisville, in a recent interview with CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning."A little bit of sea salt, a little bit of olive oil. And that's all you need."If you've got more beefsteak or big boy tomatoes than you know what to do with, well, Khalil has a few tips.'Room temperature, always'First of all, whatever you do, do not eat them cold, out of the crisper."Who wants to have a tomato that's been in a fridge all day?" said Khalil. "Ideally, you want a tomato that's at room temperature, always."If you're not preserving or canning them, there's always the option to freeze them as tomato paste, he says.But he also has a zestier, more garlicky idea."I love fire-roasted tomatoes. Use a nice, hot wood-burning oven if you have access to one. You blister all the tomatoes, you get all that smoke. You get some roasted garlic into them. You make some fresh pasta," said Khalil. "You're golden. You're done."If you don't have a wood-burning oven, you could also use your barbecue or smoker, said Khalil — or simply roast them in the oven."Blister the tomatoes, peel back the skin, mash them up, add some garlic to them, heat them up. Add some pasta and some oil. And it's beautiful."And if you're trying to lay off the carbs?"You can put them into a salsa. Or a salad. If you want to keep them raw there are a thousand ways to do it," said Khalil. "One of my favourite salads is tomatoes with a nice buratta cheese. Add some white balsamic [vinegar]. A little bit of truffle salt goes a long way. Add some other vegetables. You're done."Not relishing your green tomatoes?If you've ended up with tomatoes that are stubbornly staying green, however, Khalil says don't despair."Just take them off. Put them in a paper bag … or just put them in the window and they'll be fine."Or just leave them as is."I don't know about you, but I love fried green tomatoes," said Khalil, who simply dredges slices in buttermilk, flour and bread crumbs and then deep fries them.
Organizations representing people with chronic illnesses in Canada are worried about the potential impact another surge of COVID-19 cases would have on the health-care system.These groups say the pandemic has created delays in diagnosis, which could cause further strain on the system later on."It's a significant concern and one that we don't even understand yet," said Kelly Cull, director of advocacy with the Canadian Cancer Society."As provinces and territories begin this process of resuming services, we know that there is going to be a significant backlog within the health-care system for patients who have potentially gone untreated and who are hopeful that their cancer hasn't spread."Seema Nagpal, vice-president of science and policy at Diabetes Canada, said many people were unable to seek care at the height of the pandemic — and there is concern another surge could reduce access to services again."Those things have consequences, obviously," Nagpal said.One of those consequences, Nagpal said, is increased rates of diabetes complications in the future, such as kidney and nerve damage, heart attack and stroke."If patients are struggling with their diabetes management right now, that could be long-term consequences for individuals and for society, because obviously those types of things can be quite costly to our health-care system," said Dr. Jill Trinacty, an endocrinologist based in Ottawa.She said she heard from patients this spring who were struggling to exercise because of gym closures and who were making food choices based on emotion more often.First wave offered 'invaluable insight'Carla Adams, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said the province has since reintroduced or increased programs that were slowed or suspended due to the pandemic."We are making progress in many areas including surgery, diagnostic imaging and lab services, as examples," Adams said."We acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for many Nova Scotians who have experienced delays in their care."Adams also said the first wave of COVID-19 offered the health authority "invaluable insight" for any potential second wave."We need to have the right resources, providers, equipment and protocols in place to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 while enhancing and maintaining the highest level of services possible for patients and families," she said.WATCH | Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam on potential COVID-19 surge:A recent patient survey of people with Type 2 diabetes suggests that 89 per cent of people struggled to access health-care professionals during the pandemic, and one-fourth of those patients say they found it challenging to manage their blood glucose levels, which can lead to complications.The survey was done by Novo Nordisk Canada, a pharmaceutical company that specializes in diabetes care medications and devices, including insulin manufacturing. The online survey was done for six days in May and included 551 Canadians.Poor blood sugar control can also lead to hospitalizations for short-term complications, such as adverse reactions to high blood sugars or seizures related to low blood sugars."These are things that may get delayed and missed when people have delays in accessing care," Nagpal said.Meanwhile, the Canadian Cancer Society is urging governments to prioritize resuming early detection screening, particularly for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer."If you're diagnosed at an earlier stage, your outcomes are likely to be better than if you were diagnosed at an earlier stage, so detection and screening is a critical part of this conversation," Cull said.In Nova Scotia, while some pre-screening services have resumed, routine mammograms have experienced backlogs and home-screening kits for colon cancer are still not being sent out.Call also said there needs to be a comprehensive plan for a potential surge in cases, which would ensure the health-care system has supplies, space and resources to deliver cancer care safely.People with chronic illness are also more likely to have adverse complications from COVID-19, such as hospital admission, needing to be ventilated or even death.While Nagpal said the health-care system adapted as best as it could during the pandemic, doing visits over the phone or online, she is unsure everyone was able to benefit from those changes.That includes people in more vulnerable situations who may not have internet access or who do not have flexible workplaces to accommodate appointment times."I'm not sure that everybody was able to adapt and accommodate during the pandemic, it wasn't equal across all people living with diabetes that's for sure," Nagpal said.MORE TOP STORIES
Calls for racial justice have penetrated police forces, journalism schools, Hollywood productions and professional sports — and now lawyers say it's time for Canada's legal system to catch up.In an open letter sent last week to Justice Minister David Lametti, 36 law organizations asked the federal government to fill all six of the current vacancies on the Federal Court of Canada with judges who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour.Since that letter was written, a seventh vacancy has opened up.Of the 44 judges currently on the court, only two identify as either Indigenous or a person of colour."I've been waiting for something like this throughout my whole legal career, being a person who's racialized," said Ottawa immigration lawyer Jamie Liew.Liew is a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the organization that spearheaded the letter. She's also a law professor at the University of Ottawa."The argument that law is neutral is false. It really ignores the lived … experiences that people have in our justice system," she told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning recently."You only need to look at how many racialized people are incarcerated. We need to take a better look at how law is interpreted and applied."Justice minister responds to call for diversityIn an interview Friday with Ottawa Morning, Lametti said the federal government had created a "rigourous" process to fill vacancies on the court, using judicial appointment committees that are "highly representative.""I don't think anybody wants us to go back to a process where a politician just picks people out without any kind of process," Lametti said, when asked if he'd commit to the request made in the association's letter.According to the Ministry of Justice, since October, 59 per cent of the judges who have been appointed or elevated are women. Another 19 per cent identify as a visible minority, while three per cent identify as Indigenous."People come through that … rigourous process recommended or highly recommended. At that point, then I will endeavour to make the bench as representative as possible, in looking at that pool of candidates," Lametti said."The best person for the job will also be representative of Canadians," he added. "The pools are beginning to get there."Liew said she wondered if case outcomes would be different with a more diverse judiciary."[One has to ask if] their perspectives would be different if they had some lived experience, either representing … or being a person of colour," she said.The letter sent by the law associations also cites bilingualism as an obstacle for some diverse would-be judges — a qualification Lametti described as "useful [but] not the only thing.""We need to … meet the constitutional rights of Canadians in terms of hearing proceedings in their own language," he said. "But it is not a requirement for any one candidate." While there are also residency requirements that affect who can be promoted to the federal court, Lametti said a diverse bench rather than one "narrowly white and male" will ultimately better understand the concerns of the people who come before them."We still need to do better, but we're clearly pushing it in the right direction," said Lametti, who held a virtual forum last week to discuss how to make courts more representative. "There's a false dichotomy out there … between merit and diversity. Inclusiveness and merit go hand-in-hand."
Two days of Chinese military aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of China's government, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday. Multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday, causing Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept. At a news conference in Beijing on Friday about China's U.N. peacekeeping efforts, China announced combat drills near the Taiwan Strait and denounced what it called collusion between the island and the United States.
When the province started to see an uptick in cases earlier this month, the government announced it would crack down on those not following public health regulations by implementing hefty fines for not wearing a mask in indoor public spaces.Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault repeated the importance of the fines in a news conference Friday."It's important to have repressive measures and it's important to have the means so that our police officers can give out tickets and fines, that they can intervene when people refuse to comply with public health measures," said Guilbeault.Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said that, while she does not want to see an increased police presence, it is a necessary step in controlling the pandemic."We don't like seeing police officers intervene in the public sphere or even private sphere," she said.But, she said, the increased police presence in parks amid the first wave of COVID-19 worked.Advocates working with Montreal's homeless population and other marginalized groups, do not share that point of view.When the province began ticketing people for non-compliance with physical distancing regulations last summer, Jessica Quijano, co-ordinator at the Native Women's Shelter, said it created an extra layer of tension and trauma for Montreal's homeless community."[The police] ticketed enormously for [not] social distancing," said Quijano."We have an enormous amount of police ticketing and police violence downtown so I don't think we can leave that to the discretion of the police officers, especially when we have all of the problems of racial profiling."Quijano is afraid those tensions will worsen now that police have another reason to issue fines.Fines for not wearing a mask in indoor public spaces can range anywhere from $400 to $6,000 in Quebec.And with the cold weather approaching, those living in the streets of Montreal will soon be relying on public indoor spaces, such as shopping malls and metro stations, for comfort and safety.While the clients she works with would like to wear a mask and may understand the importance of public health regulations, Quijano says some just don't have that option.Providing masks to vulnerable peopleThe Native Women's Shelter tries to distribute as many free masks as possible, but with funds short, they tend to run out, leaving many without a mask or the resources to buy one."It would just make so much more sense that, for example, when they're going to a mall, that the security guard were to just have some extra masks for someone who is homeless or struggling," said Quijano."Instead of just sending police and ticketing them an enormous amount that they're never going to be able to pay."Instead of giving more power to the police, Quijano would like to see the government and city hire more intervention workers who could facilitate mask distribution and education in vulnerable communities."I think that most people would comply. I think there's very few people that are doing this intentionally. There are some, the anti-maskers, but that's not the majority of people," said Quijano.Parallels with HIV/AIDS pandemicQuijano said the current situation of policing is similar to what the city saw during the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s."The AIDS pandemic is a good example of criminalizing people with HIV — thinking that it would incite people to wear condoms and so forth — but we know that what works with people is prevention, education," said Quijano.Quijano isn't the only one who drew a parallel with policing amid the HIV/AIDS pandemic.In a report released by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association last June, research into government strategies during past pandemics, including HIV/AIDS, concluded that an educational approach was more effective in curbing the spread of infection than fines or criminal charges."There's a disproportionate impact on certain populations that are often already sort of marginalized or otherwise vulnerable," said Cara Zwibel, a lawyer and the director of the fundamental freedoms program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association."It's just easier for some populations to comply with those rules than it is for others and so we do have concerns about how it will affect communities, but also whether it's effective in terms of achieving the public health goals that we want to achieve."Concern for people of colourBetween Sept. 7 and 13, Montreal police issued only one fine for not wearing a mask on the metro, a spokesperson told CBC News earlier this week."Our officers prioritize an approach of public awareness and co-operation," the SPVM said in a statement."They will first ask the offender to comply with sanitary regulations."Quebec City police also issued only one fine last weekend.But Fo Niemi, director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, does not believe all officers will have the same tolerant approach."We've never seen it happen like that," Niemi said."Despite the best intentions on the part of either the premier, the minister or even the police chief and police union, it's not going to work that way, on the ground, in some neighbourhoods."Niemi said that, while this approach may work for some of the province's — largely white — outlying regions, he is concerned about the impact it could have on Black people and people of colour in Montreal."We know that police officers are known to be biased towards certain groups in society," he said.
Some pubs in western Quebec are applauding the government's decision to crack down on establishments not following COVID-19 prevention rules. On Friday, the Quebec government announced it would be carrying out an enforcement blitz focused on more than 1,000 establishments in "yellow zones" across the province.Those zones, which include the Outaouais, are regions now on alert after recent outbreaks of the virus. As part of the blitz, police would be checking if establishments are serving after midnight — which is currently not allowed — and breaking other COVID-19 rules. "I actually think that it's a good thing," said Manuela Teixeira, who runs the Chelsea Pub and Biscotti & Cie in Chelsea, Que., about 15 kilometres northwest of downtown Ottawa.Teixeira said police showed up at both of her establishments on the weekend, checking for things like proper mask wearing and hand sanitizing and whether the tables were properly spaced."We're all in this together. We have to put measures in place to keep everybody safe. And this way, we may be able to stay open," she said.Teixeira also urged any establishments that haven't been following the rules to begin doing so."I can understand the economic pressure has been huge on them. So I can totally understand that. But at the same time, it's not going to get better if there's an outbreak," Teixeira said.Trying to make it through the winterThe Gatineau Police Service told Radio-Canada it had five teams patrolling Friday night, but didn't say whether any tickets were issued.The MRC des Collines de l'Outaouais police force was also out patrolling and said its officers didn't ticket anyone.At 5th Baron Brewery in Gatineau's Aylmer sector, co-owner Jacob Barrett said they hadn't received a visit as of Saturday afternoon.He said they're ready for one, however, with all their COVID-19 measures in place."We're aware that a second wave is very well possible. So yes, our business is important to us, but so is the safety of all our clients and patrons. So we're fine with it," Barrett said.Barrett said he understands the blow the restaurant industry has been dealt by the pandemic, adding he's trying to get the City of Gatineau to permit fire pits on patios to help businesses get through the winter.Lobbying for those measures will go better, he said, if everyone is obeying the rules. "We try to implement a safety first policy, and we hope that everybody follows along. Everyone's going to lose if we get a second wave — clients are going to lose, businesses are going to lose."A full report of the blitz is expected on Monday.
Nearly 100 members of Edmonton's Iranian community organized at the Alberta Legislature on Saturday afternoon in support of the executed wrestler Navid Afkari.Afkari was executed without notice on Sept. 12 by the Iranian government for the murder of a security guard during an anti-government protest in 2018. The execution took place despite international outcry and appeals to spare his life. "He didn't have a fair trial," said Maryam Hejazi, an Iranian Edmontonian at the rally. "He was forced to confess under long lasting torture. He got executed without telling anyone, even his family."The community stood socially distant, holding signs that read, "Free political prisoners," "Justice 4 Navid" and "Stop execution in Iran". The community had set up a display board with pictures of the late 27-year-old wrestler and other political prisoners in Iran along with roses and candles laid out in front. Hejazi said the community had gathered together to ask the Canadian government to condemn the country for his death. She said his execution was a warning to keep others from speaking out for human rights in Iran."It's a pawn to scare people and send them a message, 'if you go out and protest, that's what you get'," she said. Payman Parseyan, a prominent member of the Iranian Edmonton community said there are many ways the government can do so."Our prime minister could put pressure on Iran, given the investigations of Flight 752 downings… Canada could push the international sports bodies to ban Iran from attending those sports," he said. "And the federal government could take important steps to expedite for example international graduate students visa applications. These students aren't just coming here for academic opportunities. They are coming here to be able to live their lives."Before Afkari's execution, the international community had appealed to the Iranian government to spare his life. On Twitter, Canadian Olympic wrestling champion Erica Wiebe posted a story about Afkari from an Iranian human rights website.Wiebe told CBC News on Sept. 8 that although she didn't know him personally, in the international wrestling community there are only a few degrees of separation."Wrestling is a truly global sport and I've been very fortunate to have many friends who were born in Iran or competed for Iran," she said. "When I hear the news of what's happened to Navid Afkari, it breaks my heart."Following his death, she retweeted the United Nations Special Procedure's Twitter post that condemned the wrestler's execution. "Deeply disturbing that authorities appear to have used the death penalty against an athlete as a warning to its population in a climate of increasing social unrest," the post read.
Kira Young has lived on Great Slave Lake for most of her 14 years but doesn't know much about it, scientifically.That's about to change as she and six other students from across the N.W.T. embark on a week-long science expedition Saturday aboard a research vessel to uncover some of the lake's secrets.The expedition is being organized by Northern Youth Leadership (NYL), which conducts remote wilderness programming for youth aged 11 to 17 to develop leadership and life skills, in partnership with the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF), Nature United, and the territorial government. The students will travel to the East Arm of Great Slave Lake on the R/V Nahidik, conduct some scientific research, and learn from Indigenous knowledge holders along the way. The students will work with the technicians on board to retrieve a mooring, a long rope with a variety of measuring devices along its length, that was placed in the deepest part of the lake, in Christie Bay, a year ago. The students and technicians will retrieve all its data and then redeploy it into the lake.It's the first time so much data about Great Slave Lake will have been collected, according to Adrian Schimnowski, CEO and operations manager for ARF."The students are learning first hand and they're literally part of the team," he said."They'll be a key component to help in discovering the secrets of the deepest hole in Great Slave Lake, which is the deepest lake in North America and the ninth deepest in the world."Schimnowski said the data will be used to update charts to increase safety for commercial and recreational boats and is the first step in building a long-term science plan that will look at the sustainability of the lake, and help build an economic future for the fisheries.The students will also retrieve water samples, watch as crew members map the bottom of Great Slave Lake in real time, and shadow members of the crew to learn all about the different aspects of working on and maintaining a research vessel.It's not the first time NYL, which usually holds land-based programs, has run this program with ARC.Last October, as a pilot project, five N.W.T. students went on a week-long expedition."It went better than we ever could have imagined," said Ali McConnell, program director with NYL. "I've been working with three of them on and off for the last year and they talk about the expedition all the time. You can just tell that it's had an impact and it's inspired them and it's opened up their eyes to new opportunities."She said NYL tailors the experience to the interest of each of the participants."I really hope that the youth are able to pursue their interests on board and really learn something that inspires them to continue on in the future and to follow their passions," she said.That's Young's hope too. The Grade 9 student said she's really looking forward to the expedition."I'm really into science and biology, and I can definitely see myself pursuing a career related to it, and I think that this [expedition] will give me a pretty good idea of what that could entail."
Peel police are investigating a possible kidnapping in Brampton that happened on Saturday night.Officers were called to Creditview Road and Wanless Drive just after 10 p.m. when a caller reported an altercation between two males and one female that resulted in the female being forced into a vehicle. The caller said the victim was yelling "help me, help me," as she was being forced into black Audi, police say. The only description that police gave of the female is that she has long, curly hair. Police did not give any description of the two males involved in the incident. Police identified two possible suspect vehicles after reviewing video surveillance from a nearby business. They say a black Audi was last seen travelling northbound on Creditview Road and a red sedan, possibly a late model Lexus, was seen following behind from the scene. Investigators are appealing to the driver and possible passengers of the vehicles to contact police. Witnesses or drivers with dashcam video who were in the area between 9:45 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. on Saturday are also asked to reach out to police. Anyone else with information is asked to call investigators with the 22 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau or anonymously at Peel Crime Stoppers.
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