The end is coming for plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery after the federal government announced today which single-use plastics will be covered by a national ban coming into effect next year.Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson unveiled the list of soon-to-be-banned items Wednesday morning at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.As it was compiling the list, the government said it considered plastics that are harmful to the environment and hard to recycle, and whether there are readily available alternatives.The single-use plastics that will be banned are: * Grocery checkout bags * Straws * Stir sticks * Six-pack rings * Plastic cutlery * Food takeout containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics (like black plastic packaging)The regulations to introduce the ban will be finalized by the end of 2021, said Wilkinson."When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products, like reusable or paper bags in place of plastic," he said."I know it is presently hard to come back from the grocery store without a single use plastic item ... You use it, you throw it in the recycling bin and more often than not, it ends up in a landfill. This has to change, which is why we'll be working with grocers and industry leaders and provinces and territories to keep more plastic in our economy through recycling."When asked how small businesses — especially restaurants surviving on takeout sales during the pandemic — will handle the shift, Wilkinson said the government was careful to choose items with environmentally-friendly alternatives on the market."We've been very sensitive to try and ensure this can be done in a very much affordable way for all businesses," he said. Watch | Liberal government bans some single-use plastics to 'achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.'"I mean, most of the beer industry has already moved away from [plastic six-pack rings] and moved to hard caps on the top of them, which are recyclable "Wilkinson said the ban will not include plastics used to make personal protective gear or medical waste. As part of the government's goal to reach zero plastic waste by 2030, the federal government said it's developing new standards for other plastic items to require them to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.Report flagged wildlife concernsThe ban, which follows some local bans on single-use plastics, is happening under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which required a scientific assessment of the problem first.That assessment report, released in January, said that in 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage — the equivalent of about 2.3 billion single-use plastic water bottles — ended up as litter in Canada on beaches, in parks, in lakes and even in the air.The report looked at the impact of all types of plastics and pointed to evidence that macroplastics — pieces bigger than 5 mm — are hurting wildlife.Watch | 'We are not leading the world in this'Dead birds have been found with plastic in their intestines, whales have washed up on shore with stomachs full of plastic (including flip flops and nylon ropes). In one case cited by the study, an emaciated turtle was found with plastic in its digestive tract.The evidence was less clear about the harmful impacts of ingesting microplastics for people and wildlife, and the scientists recommended further study. At the time, Wilkinson said the evidence on the effects of macroplastics was enough to go ahead with the ban.
Newfoundland and Labrador's Health Department is urging people who have returned to the province from three job sites — two in Alberta and one in Nunavut — to call 811 to arrange a COVID-19 test and isolate themselves from other members of their households.The government issued three media releases within a two-hour period on Wednesday. The three sites where an outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed by the Public Health Agency of Canada are: * Hope Bay gold mine, Nunavut. * Methanex methanol plant, Medicine Hat, Alta. * Syncrude Canada's Aurora mine site, 75 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta.People returning from any of those sites must complete the full 14-day self-isolation period. While Newfoundland and Labrador has relaxed rules for rotational workers from outside the Atlantic Canada provinces — specifically, workers can now get a COVID-19 test on Day 5 after returning to the province — those less-strict regulations do not apply to workers returning from one of the three above-mentioned locations. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Victoria's iconic 112-year-old Empress Hotel will be out of commission this winter.Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced late Monday that the hotel will close completely for 87 days, starting Jan. 3, to complete a necessary $3-million renovation to its heating system. A release from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts says there'll be "periods of time where the building will be without heat ... or hot water," as the project involves replacing the building's steam heating system with a high-efficiency hot water heating system, along with replacing two 1960's-era steam boilers and hot water tanks.The hotel's automation system, which controls things like heating, lighting and security features, will also be upgraded. The building is expected to reopen on April 1.The hotel's general manager Indu Brar said in a press release that "being able to leverage the slower season and reduced tourism due to COVID-19 travel restrictions gives us the opportunity to complete these necessary upgrades."Union 'disappointed,' as workers laid off yet againPublic Relations director Tracey Drake said employees will be laid off during the three-month closure, and the hotel is extending its recall time period from 12 months to 24 months, so 90 per cent of employees can return. "[These] are always our quietest months of the year, so many of our colleagues do not work during these months anyways," added Drake.She couldn't say how many employees will be out of work, as many remain laid off from when the hotel closed in March due to COVID-19.Stu Shields, a national representative of Unifor, the union representing the hotel workers, said he's upset that around 75 employees who'd returned to work when the hotel reopened will be out of work yet again. The workers are voting on whether to approve the one-year recall extension that would allow them to reclaim their jobs until March 2022. Results will be known next week. "They are understandably disappointed. They were really hoping that business would open up. It's back onto [Employment Insurance] for the vast majority of the workers there," he said, adding the union is skeptical that the hotel has to close entirely to complete its upgrades.A prudent time to renovate, say tourism advocatesPaul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria, said it's a "prudent time" for the Empress Hotel to renovate, given the slow season expected."They're making a strategic investment ... and it shows a commitment to improve the guest experience," Nursey said.Anthony Everett, CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island said he's surprised the Empress will be closing completely, but expects tourism numbers to drop significantly in Victoria and across Vancouver Island this winter. "Successful businesses … have been using this time to do those things that they otherwise might not be doing, [such as] improvements," he explained. Nursey said he's sympathetic to those businesses who cannot afford to make improvements for the long-term this winter."There's a lot of anxiety as we're heading into the fall," Everett said, adding that "there are going to be some tough decisions this winter" as many businesses decide whether to keep their doors open.
The COVID-19 outbreaks at Foothills Medical Centre, the largest hospital outbreak in terms of sheer numbers to hit Alberta since the start of the pandemic, are taking a devastating toll on heart patients and prompting at least one doctor in southern Alberta to keep less-urgent heart patients closer to home.According to Alberta Health Services, as of Monday afternoon, six of the eight deaths are connected to outbreaks on cardiac wards at the Foothills hospital and 34 of the 42 infected patients have been on impacted cardiac units.All five of the visitors who have tested positive are connected with patients on cardiac wards.As of Monday afternoon a total of 80 patients, staff and visitors had tested positive for COVID-19, and seven units were battling outbreaks, including two cardiac care wards and a cardiac intensive care unit.Because Foothills hospital has one of just three cardiac catheterization labs in Alberta (the other two are in Edmonton) many heart patients from southern and central Alberta often need to be sent there for diagnostic procedures and specialized treatment.For years, doctors in both Lethbridge and Red Deer have been calling for their own cardiac catheterization labs so they don't have to send patients to Calgary or Edmonton for potentially life-saving treatment.'Conservative approach'And doctors outside of Calgary are now weighing the risks of sending patients who are not in urgent need of care.Lethbridge cardiologist Dr. Sheila Klassen said a seriously ill patient she helped care for had be sent to Foothills hospital, just before the outbreak was discovered."That transfer was medically necessary.," she said. "He required advanced care in Calgary but unfortunately he ended up in the middle of the Foothills outbreak. Sadly that was something that we didn't want to see."According to Klassen, the man ended up on one of the cardiac wards with an outbreak. He tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of cardiac arrest."I don't know whether the cardiac arrest was due to COVID-19 or due to his underlying cardiac disease in absence of COVID-19," she said. "But I am concerned he was a very vulnerable patient in terms of COVID-19 infection. So I"m concerned that COVID-19 may have caused the cardiac arrest."It's an ongoing worry for doctors and patients in southern Alberta as the pandemic drags on.There are are only 47 confirmed cases in all of the south zone, while staff inside the walls of Foothills hospital are battling an outbreak that is nearly double that number."Throughout the course of COVID-19 over the last few months and certainly during the recent outbreak … there are many patients who are reluctant to travel up to Calgary because of fear of infection and them knowing that they are in a more vulnerable… population in terms of consequences from COVID-19," Klassen said.When cases aren't urgent, Klassen is finding ways to keep her patients close to home."I lean toward a more conservative approach in terms of medical management and local testing just to avoid inter-hospital transfers recently because of COVID-19," she said.But there are bigger implications to the Foothills hospital outbreaks, according to Klassen.The outbreaks have underscored the need for services, including cardiac catheterization labs, in Lethbridge and Red Deer. "The fact that we're deferring these procedures because of location and distance from a [catheterization] lab and because of COVID-19 cases that differ between locations, I think it speaks to again the inequity in access to care for Albertans living in certain areas of the province versus others."John Church, a health policy expert in the department of political science at the University of Alberta, said the disparity between the healthcare services available in urban and rural Alberta is an ongoing issue and a problem that is very expensive to fix."The stress that the system is currently under [due to the pandemic] is highlighting some of these flaws in our system," said Church."There is a problem in the province with the distribution of healthcare resources, in particular the south of the province … and the Calgary zone in particular gets way more resources than other parts of the province."Church said it's a budgetary issue for AHS which decided long ago that certain expensive services — including cardiac catheterization — would be centralized."And it's not an ideal situation from the point of view of the patient at all."
Islanders may be exchanging face masks for bibs when the COVID-19 pandemic finally comes to an end.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to host "the best Fordfest barbecue that P.E.I. has ever seen" to thank the province for sending 2,000 COVID-19 kits — which equals 8,000 tests — to Ontario."This is a province with 157,000 people helping a province of 14.5 million people," Ford said Tuesday at a news conference in Toronto."I just want to tell the people from P.E.I., I absolutely love you folks."Ford also thanked P.E.I. and Premier Dennis King for sending a tractor-trailer full of meals in the early days of the pandemic, an example of what he called working together in the "great Canadian spirit."He said East Coasters are the type of people who "give their shirts off their backs" in a time of crisis."So Premier King and to all of the folks of P.E.I., I love you, I will be there… This is amazing. I'm getting chills just talking about this."Ontario announced it had 547 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 55,362. It has 5,469 confirmed active cases.More from CBC P.E.I.
MONTREAL — The second wave of COVID-19 infections in Quebec is already looking "very different" from the first, provincial Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday. The provincial government reported 1,364 new confirmed cases on Tuesday morning – the highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic. There have now been 81,014 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Quebec, more than half of all cases in Canada. While the first wave was marked by serious outbreaks in long-term care centres, there was limited community transmission outside of those facilities, Dube told reporters at an afternoon press conference. "This time, this is totally different," Dube said, noting there are currently more than 500 active outbreaks across the province. But Dube said the government doesn't know how the virus is spreading through the community. "It's really hard to say, when you have a student being diagnosed at school, where he got it. Did he get it from his parent? Did he get it from his friend? From an uncle who got it at work? It is very difficult to know exactly where you got it," he said. "That's the reason we are saying right now, we are shutting down all those places where we can get together, because we don't know exactly." Schools remain open in the province, but on Monday the government announced high school students in maximum-alert regions will be required to wear masks in class and those in Grades 10 and 11 will spend one day out of every two at home. As of Oct. 2, the most recent date for which data is available, 666 schools had active cases of COVID-19 among staff or students. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, theatres and other venues were shut in the so-called red zones, including greater Montreal and Quebec City, on Oct. 1 for a period of four weeks. The Health Department reported three deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday and said 14 earlier deaths have been linked to the novel coronavirus. Two deaths previously attributed to the disease were determined to have been from other causes, leaving the provincial death toll at 5,899. There are now 397 people in hospital, an increase of 36 from the previous day, while 67 people are in intensive care — an increase of five. But while the number of new cases is now higher than at any other point in the pandemic, the number of hospitalizations remains lower than during its previous peak. Throughout most of April, there was an average of more than 100 hospitalizations a day. Part of that may be due to the fact that younger people, who are less likely to have severe symptoms, are now getting the disease, said Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. But it's also likely that the number COVID-19 cases in the spring were underestimated. "Comparing the number of positive cases this month to the number of positive cases in April, isn't a fair comparison, because we're just doing more tests in the population," she said. On average, Quebec is now conducting more than three times as many tests as in April and more than twice as many as in May. "There's no such thing as one measurement that tells us everything we need to know," said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease specialist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital. One important factor, he said, is the percentage of tests that are positive. The higher that number, the more likely the disease is widespread in the community. "We usually consider anything less that one per cent to be indicative of good control. In the middle of August, we were at around half a percent," Oughton said. "Whereas, from these numbers today, we're at six per cent provincially." That figure could be even higher in hard-hit areas of the province, he said. While the provincial government releases data on the number of new cases by region, it doesn't do that for testing. As the number of cases grows in the community, there's a greater chance that the disease will once again spread to a high-risk community, which could lead to a sudden rise in the number of severe cases, Oughton said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020 ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press
The Ottawa Senators selected German forward Tim Stützle as the team's first pick in the 2020 NHL draft, University of Ottawa alum and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced Tuesday.Sitting in a studio decked out in Jeopardy! colours, Trebek made the announcement in his normal style as game show host during Tuesday's NHL broadcast."Our category today is the NHL. With the third pick in the 2020 NHL draft the Ottawa Senators choose this player," he said."The correct response? Who is Tim Stützle."Eighteen-year-old Stützle is from Viersen, Germany and currently plays with Adler Mannheim, a team in the country's highest level hockey league.He played in 41 of Mannheim's 52 regular-season games last season and scored seven goals and 27 assists, said a news release from the Ottawa Senators. He was rated first among European prospects ahead of the 2020 NHL draft.Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said the team is "thrilled" to bring Stützle to Ottawa."Tim's acquisition represents yet another core piece in our quest to build momentum towards icing a consistent, elite-level team," he said in the news release.
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris meet on the debate stage for the first and only time Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.Vice-presidential debates rarely move the needle in significant ways during a presidential election. But with U.S. President Donald Trump recovering from the coronavirus and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, trying to become the oldest president in U.S. history, the stakes are higher this time.CBC News will have special live coverage of the debate, with analysis before and after the debate — providing a Canadian perspective.Pre-debate coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, hosted by Carole MacNeil in Toronto and Ellen Mauro in Washington. The debate itself begins at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca, on the CBC News app or on CBC Gem.The event is being held at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Susan Page of USA Today will be the moderator. While the coronavirus pandemic will be a key debate issue, it is also influencing the night in other ways. It comes less than a week after Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Harris and Pence, who will not be wearing masks, will be separated by a see-through barrier to reduce the risk of transmission. They will be seated 3.7 metres apart from each other and will not shake hands. Only a "small number" of ticketed guests will be inside the hall, according to organizers. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask besides the candidates and moderator will be removed.A second debate between Trump and Biden is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami with a third slated for Oct. 22 in Nashville.
In an effort to reduce a testing backlog, Health Canada has approved a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 that produces results in less than 20 minutes. The federal government has ordered more than 20 million of the tests, but they’re believed to be less accurate than others.
The chief of St. Mary's First Nation is calling on a Fredericton city councillor to step down because of language he used after a presentation on race and policing. Chief Alan Polchies says the words used by Coun. Eric Price at Monday's council meeting were unacceptable.Price's comments came after a presentation on policing and community safety by Black Lives Matter Fredericton.Price, who is white, asked BLM organizer Husoni Raymond who would be included in the group's work. "Does this report include other minorities — red skin, brown skin, the folks on St. Mary's etc, etc, as well?"No one at the meeting commented on or acknowledged what Price said.But it didn't take long for the outrage to build on social media. Price apologized on his Facebook page Tuesday morning, saying: "My choice of words was unthinking and stupid. And I am deeply embarrassed."But for some, it was too late and the damage was done. "It's probably a good idea that Mr. Price steps down as city councillor to show that he's taken ownership of his comments," said Polchies. Raymond said he regretted Price's comments detracted from the content of the Black Lives Matter Fredericton presentation."It highlights a gap in governance structures and who's represented in these decision-making rooms," he said. "Where it's people who are not culturally competent about the lived experiences of racialized and marginalized people." Coun. John MacDermid said he was saddened by the language used by Price. Raymond "made a really, I thought, a really good, well-reasoned presentation to the city about what BLM was asking for in terms of how the community really needs to respond to systemic racism and how we function … and unfortunately the substance and the importance of what Husoni had to say is being distracted from." Ironically, MacDermid said, it speaks to the point.Polchies said he planned to file an official complaint with the city."The other problem," Polchies said, "is that all those other councillors, including the mayor, sat around that table, and when he made those comments no one budged. No one stood up and said, you cannot be making statements or comments like that."Council members wouldn't talk to reporters after the meeting Monday.Mayor Mike O'Brien wouldn't do an interview Tuesday, but in an email he apologized for not addressing the comments in the moment.He said Price will apologize at the next council meeting.
A man and a woman have died after a car went into Lac Saint-Louis, in the Lachine borough, Tuesday evening.Witnesses told Montreal police they noticed a parked vehicle suddenly accelerate toward the water at around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of St-Joseph Blvd. and 34th Avenue.The vehicle was pulled from the lake early Wednesday morning, as were the bodies of the two people. Police say the man was 22 years old and the woman was 19.Police say the incident may have been caused by what they're calling a "false manoeuvre" but say it's just one of the theories being considered in their investigation.Police, coast guard at the sceneMontreal police, firefighters and the Canadian Coast Guard were called to the scene of the events Tuesday.Police searched Lac Saint-Louis Tuesday evening near Parc Saint-Louis, where the lake meets the Lachine Canal.The car was nearly seven metres underwater, according to Jean-François Larente, a section chief with the fire department.Witness dives into water to helpFabilou Diop, a LaSalle resident, had his back turned to the water when he heard a noise."When I turned around, I saw a car had plummeted into the water," he told Radio-Canada. "I approached, and there was a man and a woman in the vehicle who were panicking."Diop said the window was down, and the car was sinking. He jumped into the water and tried to help, but he couldn't get near the vehicle in time, he said. He said he dove under water and was able to touch the car, but not rescue the occupants. They were trapped inside, he said.He said he has no idea how the car ended up in the water, but it was clear the two people inside were scared as it sank.
Regina police and the coroner's office are investigating after the discovery of a man's body in Wascana Park Tuesday morning.A police spokesperson says a call came in just before 7 a.m. CST about a man lying motionless on the ground.His body was found near Lakeshore Drive, between Avenue B and Avenue C, which is close to the Holodomor memorial.Paramedics confirmed he was dead. There is no word yet on what caused the man's death.Police say the man has been identified and his next of kin have been notified. They have not released his name.Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Andrew Jantzen says there are times he's had to scramble to find a friend or stranger to help with basic tasks because a home-care worker hasn't shown up. Since the pandemic arrived in Nova Scotia, the Halifax resident and home-care client said it's not unusual for staff to leave appointments early or cancel at the last minute.Jantzen has a connective tissue disorder that makes moving his hands and legs difficult. He uses a wheelchair and needs extra help on a regular basis with eating, sleeping and getting set up for work."If I just accept that I have no one in the morning then I won't be able to get out of bed and I won't be able to get breakfast or get my meds, anything like that, so what I've had to do through the pandemic is find people to step in and help," Jantzen told CBC's Mainstreet on Monday.Jantzen spoke with CBC News in April about how his cancelled home-care appointments made him feel like a "home-care castaway." He said the continuing-care system in Nova Scotia isn't working and he's calling on the province to put more money toward paying home-care workers."If there was more funding available, that would be an easy fix to making this program also work a little bit better," he said. Jantzen used to be a client with Northwood and is now set up with Bayshore Home Health through Nova Scotia Continuing Care. He said while some things have improved in recent months, his care can still be inconsistent. "It just keeps changing. Like I might have a month that things seem to be more consistent and there's not as many unfilled spots and times when people just don't show up," said Jantzen. "And then I'll have a period of time where it's two weeks and every morning there's no one."Bayshore Home Health respondsAngel Griffin, area director for Bayshore Home Health, said she can't comment on personal medical care issues due to client confidentiality. She said the organization provides home-care staff only when the main contracted providers, such as Northwood, are unable to do so and directed questions to Nova Scotia's Department of Health and Wellness.A spokesperson for the department said no one from Nova Scotia Continuing Care could do an interview. "In terms of professional care and our service we can let you know that we have stepped in to assist this client. Our team is extremely professional, on time, and respectful. That said, further to our code of ethics, we also cannot allow any of our team to be disrespected, harassed nor bullied," Griffin wrote in an email to CBC News.Jantzen said he didn't have a comment to Bayshore's statement.'A huge barrier for me'Jantzen, who is young and likes his independence, said he's been told he can leave behind the province's continuing-care system and hire home-care workers on his own.But that's an option that comes with its own challenges."It's kind of set up in a way that assumes that every person with a disability is dependent on somebody so that there's going to be somebody who is there who can take that on and help you with the management, and that's a huge barrier for me. I don't have family out here," he said.Jantzen said there are also days when he's battling fatigue, nausea and chronic pain, which makes doing even simple tasks a challenge. "Making sure that my schedule is set up if somebody cancelled and I am not well, that would be difficult for me," he said.MORE TOP STORIES
Edmonton Public Schools will ask the province to suspend diploma exams for high school students in the 2020-21 academic year, the board agreed unanimously at a meeting Tuesday. Board trustees said requiring students to take the provincially-administered tests would add pressure to an already stressful learning environment in the COVID-19 pandemic. Trustee Shelagh Dunn suggested the move in a motion Tuesday. Even though the province aims to return to near-normal learning, Dunn said this year is nowhere near that. "I believe it's unhealthy to act as if things are normal when they aren't," Dunn said when presenting the motion. "It could be a recipe for fatigue, exhaustion and burn out." Dunn noted the potentially complicated situation of students and staff needing to self-isolate during exam time. "We need to find a way to relieve some of the pressure and stress within the system and focus on mental health and well-being," Dunn said. The diploma exams are given to assess a student's achievement level in core Grade 12 courses and ensure province-wide achievement standards, the government website says. The standardized test, usually offered five times a year, was cancelled in March when the pandemic started. They've also been cancelled during catastrophes like the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and the flooding in Calgary in 2013. Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks noted a few health concerns in proceeding with diploma exams. With nearly 30 per cent of students learning online, it's still unclear how the province would administer the tests, normally given in large groups in gymnasiums. Estabrooks pointed out that students opting to learn from home are doing so to cut out the potential exposure a classroom environment might present. "To ask them to come in and write a mandatory diploma exam in person, is going against the very choice that truly is the strength of our re-entry plan," Estabrooks said. Estabrooks also mentioned the added stress and effects on mental health for both staff and students. Return to regular Colin Aitchison, press secretary for Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said a majority of parents indicated they wanted to keep diploma exams in the school re-entry plan. "We heard very clearly that parents wanted a return to regular assessment for their children," Aitchison said in an email to CBC News Tuesday. Aitchison referenced a survey by Alberta School Councils' Association that found nearly 65 per cent of parents favoured a return to regular assessments. "That said, we are always exploring options to make this return to in-person learning as smooth as possible and we will make adjustments to the school re-entry plan as required," he added. But Estabrooks noted that that survey was done in May. "I think that survey was a moment of time and certainly that reflected the sentiments of parents across the province," Estabrooks said during a video news conference. "A lot has happened since May," she added. Estabrooks said the province hasn't presented a plan to accommodate on-line learners during the exams. Aitchison said school divisions are responsible for administering the exams and coordinating with their students and families. Trustees agreed school grades this year would be difficult to compare to previous years. "I think we can all agree that the marks that are awarded this year need to come with a disclaimer," Estabrooks said. The EPSB motion includes asking the province to postpone provincial achievement tests, given to students in junior high. But Aitchison said administering PATs is optional this year as outlined in Alberta's school re-entry plan so individual school authorities have the ability to decide if they will administer PATs. As chair of the board, Estabrooks will send a letter to the minister of education and copy the Alberta School Boards Association and the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta.
American singer Johnny Nash, known for the 1970s reggae hit "I Can See Clearly Now," has died at the age of 80, his son told celebrity website TMZ and a Los Angeles TV station. Nash died on Tuesday of natural causes, his son, John Nash III, told TMZ.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government survived a confidence vote tonight as the House of Commons voted 177 to 152 to pass the speech from the throne.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his parliamentary caucus voted for the speech after winning some key changes to legislation last week.Those concessions included extending benefits for workers left jobless or underemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic and introducing ten days of paid sick leave for any Canadian who has to stay off work because of the pandemic.The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois voted against the speech and the three MPs in the Green caucus joined them. Newly elected Green Leader Annamie Paul said earlier today that her party could not support the speech. Paul said that while there were good things in the Liberals' agenda-setting speech last month, the Green Party could not support it because it lacked a plan to protect those living in long-term care from COVID-19."I'm not just speaking of seniors. I'm also speaking of people with special needs and with disabilities," Paul told a news conference on Parliament Hill. "Those people are not protected." Paul also said the speech should have committed to a guaranteed livable income which would make Canadians more resilient to economic shocks.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:21 a.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2020: There are 172,807 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 81,914 confirmed (including 5,906 deaths, 67,735 resolved) _ Ontario: 55,945 confirmed (including 2,988 deaths, 47,613 resolved) _ Alberta: 19,211 confirmed (including 281 deaths, 17,030 resolved) _ British Columbia: 9,841 confirmed (including 244 deaths, 8,184 resolved) _ Manitoba: 2,246 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,441 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 1,984 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,821 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,089 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 276 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 269 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 205 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 198 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (including 57 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 4 presumptive _ Total: 172,807 (4 presumptive, 172,803 confirmed including 9,538 deaths, 145,402 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020. The Canadian Press
Home renovations were popular among Albertans this summer, but one Edmonton couple took their house project to a new level. Two years ago, Alyssa Chappell and Adrian Rennie bought a charming turn-of-the-century farmhouse on a corner lot in the Mill Creek neighbourhood. On Monday, the 1913 house known as the Abram Residence was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource, meaning it has been recognized as an important piece of Edmonton's history while also giving Chappell and Rennie a grant of almost $75,000 to help with its preservation and restoration. "Like anyone says with an old house, we'll just start with paint and see where it goes," Chappell told CBC's Radio Active on Monday. "But it definitely was a bit of a can of worms when we started doing some demolition within the home." And that's where the new partnership with the city will make all the difference, the couple said. According to David Johnston, a senior heritage planner with the city, the Abram Residence is an example of Foursquare design, which was very popular in Edmonton in the 1910s and 1920s. "It looks like a smaller farmhouse property on a corner lot so it has a nice profile on the streets in the area," he said about the Mill Creek building. The layout of a typical Foursquare house was, as the name suggests, a square footprint with equally divided interior spaces. The simple, budget-conscious design — especially in comparison to earlier Victorian homes — "provided practical and comfortable living for modest middle-class families in the region," according to a city news release. "There's not as many around today," Johnston said about Foursquare homes, "and [the Abram Residence is] a little bit of a rare example in that part of the city." As part of the application process to get historic status, Chappell and Rennie dug into the history of its occupants. The first owners were Benjamin Abram, a real estate broker who later went to work for Account Metals, and his wife Jessie Matilda. They had the house built in 1913 and lived in it until 1919. The second owner was a British veteran who moved to Edmonton following the First World War. Frank Nurding would have been one of the early employees at the Pavey Candy Company, Edmonton's first large-scale candy maker which specialized in treats like hard candy butterscotch, horehound twists and lemon slices. The couple also had to get to the bottom of some major renovations which thus far have included stripping the vinyl siding that covered the original cedar, new windows, upgraded electrical and plumbing, and a new foundation that required lifting the house this summer, Rennie said. "We've learned pretty quickly that you've got to work from the ground up, so I've had to redo some things," Rennie told Radio Active. "The big push right now is to get the thing heated. We have some old cast-iron radiators that we got refinished so we're going to get those operational," he added. Chappell said she'd always been drawn to older homes. The Abram Residence's boasted a claw-foot tub (which "sealed the deal" for her), an enclosed front porch and its location near the ravine and proximity to other old homes. "We weren't prepared for the scope [of renovations] but we are happy that it's gone this way," she said. "It makes the work all the more worth it since we know it's going to be here to stay for others to enjoy for years to come."
The NDP has become the first party to release its platform in the B.C. election, promising direct payments to help people recover from the financial pain caused by COVID-19. The New Democrats are promising a one-time $1,000 recovery benefit for families and $500 for individuals if they win the Oct. 24 election. NDP Leader John Horgan said the party's platform unveiled in Vancouver on Tuesday builds on progress already underway during his government's 3 1/2 years in office.
Canadians are trying to decipher confusing advice from public health officials about what kind of gathering, if any, is appropriate and safe for Thanksgiving.