BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Canadian Steve Nash is the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member was an eight-time NBA all-star and a two-time most valuable player during his playing career.
The Canadian Press
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Canadian Steve Nash is the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member was an eight-time NBA all-star and a two-time most valuable player during his playing career.
The Canadian Press
Canada's first known case of COVID-19 was detected eight months ago this week. As of Sept. 22, the coronavirus has been confirmed in 146,663 people across the country.CBC News has dug deep into the data collected by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to examine how COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, affects the young, the elderly, men and women in order to better understand what's most likely to land you in hospital — or worse.The data contains details on 121,795 cases up to the first week of September. See the methodology at the bottom to learn more.Here are our findings.Who is getting the virus?In the early days, people over 80 years old made up the largest group getting sick as long-term care homes were hit hard, resulting in more older people getting tested.But CBC's analysis reveals that since mid-August, infections among young people (under 30) have surged and now, after a summer of provincial reopenings and expanded testing, cumulatively outnumber the elderly.COVID-19 infections are also on the rise among the very youngest (under 20) as schools, colleges and universities reopen.How is the virus affecting us?Symptoms can vary by age group from youngest to oldest. Chills, sore throat and runny nose were reported more frequently among those under 50.PHAC only has symptom data on seven per cent of cases in the detailed data as not every province records this. The way symptoms are defined and recorded may also vary across jurisdictions. But the 9,000 cases that do list those details suggest that people with COVID-19 suffer differently depending on age and symptoms.*Other symptoms can include loss of taste and smell.Who's being hospitalized?Close to 10 per cent of people who tested positive for coronavirus ended up in hospital, according to the cases tracked by PHAC.Two per cent of cases landed in intensive care units (ICU) across all ages but mostly among people over 50.In people admitted to hospital, shortness of breath and fever were more common symptoms while headaches, sore throat and runny nose were seen more often in less severe cases.In fatal cases, shortness of breath and fever were also more common. "Keep in mind that mortality is often through respiratory distress," said University of Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan."It's not surprising that those showing an early symptom of that distress [shortness of breath] would be on a shorter path to death."Deaths and serious illnessMore than 9,200 people have died in Canada with COVID-19.Of all confirmed infections in Canada, six per cent, or 9,274 cases, have been fatal, with the elderly hit the hardest. Only two people under 20 are known to have died from the disease so far.The age gap in deaths is so wide that the chart below had to be stretched for the younger victims to be visible:More women in Canada have died from COVID-19, especially in the 80+ age group where they outnumber men. Outside that age group, more men are dying from the virus.Deonandan says differences between men and women's health might be affecting COVID-19 outcomes."Older men are more likely than women to have serious heart disease. COVID-19 might be expressing mortality through these disproportionate vulnerabilities that already exist," he said.But more men have been hospitalized or ended up in an ICU with COVID-19.RecoveryBy Sept. 22, of the 146,663 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, 126,905 had recovered.Canada's public health data only shows recovery times for about 10 per cent of cases.Older people tend to suffer longer (based on this small sample), not surprising given the greater presence of other medical conditions among the elderly.Some COVID-19 cases took as many as 11 weeks to resolve, though the average recovery time is two to three weeks."Older people are more likely to be hospitalized and need more intensive interventions, which in turn are associated with longer recovery periods," said Deonandan.Similarly, more severe cases that required hospitalization had longer recovery times.The futureThe fall return to school has health officials bracing for a rise in exposures and new infections, particularly among young people.The data shows that, while cases among 20-somethings rise, the youngest cohort, age 19 or younger, is also making up an increasing share of Canada's overall cases and by early September had overtaken people in their 70s.METHODOLOGYThe main data source for this article is the detailed preliminary information on confirmed cases of COVID-19 compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada and published by Statistics Canada.The data is based on a case report form that provincial authorities send to PHAC for each confirmed case.Provinces might define a confirmed case, symptoms and recovery time differently, so that must be taken into account when interpreting the data.WATCH | Older Canadians still at risk even as more young people get COVID-19: Not every province reports symptoms and recoveries, and those that do don't report them for every case. Only about 9,000 cases out of 121,795 in the data contain symptom information, and only about 12,500 cases contain the recovery date.Symptom onset and recovery dates are noted only with the week of the year. Recovery times were calculated by subtracting the recovery week from the diagnosis week and do not account for possible variations in days.In some cases, details are excluded or modified by Statistics Canada if there is a risk of identifying a patient in the data. For example, the data does not show any fatal cases under 50 years of age, even though there were nearly 80 such cases in the daily epidemiological report from PHAC, which contains the most recent confirmed numbers. CBC used the daily epidemiological data for the chart on deaths by age and gender.The data analysis was done in Python. Questions about how it was done? Contact data journalist Roberto Rocha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bright, teal-coloured houseboat is upside down and slowly sinking in Porlier Pass in B.C.'s Gulf Islands after a towing mishap Sunday evening.Royal Canadian Marine Search And Rescue responded to the incident at around 5 p.m.It says a towing vessel was struggling to get the houseboat through the pass, located between Valdes Island and Galiano Island. Suddenly, a strong current ripped out what it calls the "bottom floatation" that was holding the houseboat up.It started sinking and pulling the towing vessel down with it. Rescue crews were able to secure the towboat, although the houseboat remains in the water. No one was injured in the incident.Transport Canada says the houseboat is an obstruction and it is making arrangements to have it removed.Dan White, a Valdes Island resident, witnessed the houseboat initially go by as it was being towed."I didn't see the actual incident when it broke free ... but a few minutes later I saw the houseboat coming back through the pass without the boat attached to it and, yeah, upside down," White said.He says the community is mostly worried about debris from the houseboat washing up on shore for the foreseeable future — especially with a storm on its way that could smash it up."It's more of an eyesore than anything," he said. "Over the years to come, there's going to be lots of styrofoam from underneath the boat that was used for the floatation. It's going to be washing up on the beach and that'll be concerning for the environment for sure."
Toronto parents say it's "just insane" that thousands of children have been without teachers this week when virtual elementary classes were set to begin.Angela Matich, a Toronto mother, said her two children were both without teachers on Tuesday and both were disappointed. One is in Grade 3, while the other is in Grade 6. She said she herself is frustrated with the delay.Every day this week, she said it'll be a question of finding out: "Did we win the teacher lottery?"Matich estimated that up to 30,000 children did not have teachers assigned to them as of Tuesday. She said it's as though more than 40 per cent of children showed up on the first day of school and were told: "We don't have a teacher for you. Go home." "That's just insane to me. I can't understand how we've gotten to this point."On Monday, the Toronto District School Board said 60,000 elementary school students had signed up for online classes as COVID-19 cases continue to climb and it had planned for all of them to begin studies on Tuesday.But the board said it wasn't able to assign staff to all classes, which means some students have had to wait to begin online school until there is a teacher in place. On Monday, the board said it had to hire about 500 elementary teachers to accommodate the number of students registered for online learning.Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the TDSB, said on Tuesday the board has hired about 300 teachers, and still needs to hire about 100 to 150 more. But he said the board hopes to have the majority of them secured by Wednesday. WATCH| CBC's Ali Chiasson talks to parents about the delay in online classes for some students:Parents were not impressed that the board waited until the very last minute to tell parents that virtual school would not be and running for all.Matich said parents took time off work on Tuesday to be there on what they believed would be the first day."Kids were crying this morning," she said.She said she hopes the children will have teachers by later this week or next week. In the meantime, there has been anxiety, stress and confusion. It has affected the mental health of parents, she added.Online learning challenging since March, parent saysMatich said online learning has been challenging since the pandemic hit in March and online learning began."From the get go, on March 13, it's been nothing but confusion, lack of communication and frustration for most TDSB parents and I would assume also TDSB staff," she said."Resoundingly, what you will hear from TDSB parents is that there's a complete lack of timely, relevant and concise information. Parents have to really dig."Adrienne Mitchell, another parent, agreed."We didn't tell our JK student Blair that she could potentially have school this morning. It wasn't worth getting her hopes up again," Mitchell said."She's been looking forward to school for quite a while. She's been fairly upset seeing kids go off to school in her neighbourhood and her not being able to participate."In a message on its website on Monday, the board said students not assigned teachers would begin the school year with independent learning.The board said it is implementing what it calls a "rolling start" to virtual school."We know that this will be a disappointment for some and is not how we had hoped to begin the school year. Please let me assure you that efforts to hire more teachers have been ongoing and staff have been working around the clock and through the weekend to keep things moving forward," the message said.Board turning to supply teachers to fill the gapsTo fill the gaps, the board said it has "predominantly" pulled from its roster of occasional teachers, who have already been vetted, according to Bird.That list should be enough to meet its staffing needs, but if it isn't, the board could urge other teachers to apply to join the pool, he said."It is a challenge because we've taken a staffing process that typically takes months to complete and organize ... and we've really condensed that to two to three weeks," he said."Given the reality that we're facing right now and the changing information over the summer, we could not begin that as early as we had hoped, so the timelines have been quite tight, and then over the weekend it became abundantly clear that the numbers just weren't adding up."The newly hired teachers can't immediately start their classes since they need to be trained to use the board's online learning platform, among other things, he said.
According to researchers at Dalhousie University, the Atlantic provinces are experiencing significant increases in food costs that are outstripping the rest of Canada, and New Brunswick may be the worst off.Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Dalhousie University and director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab, looked at numbers from Statistics Canada and found that over the past 20 years, the cost of food has risen faster than the cost of products and services that make up the consumer price index.And nowhere more so than in New Brunswick.Charlebois said the problem is New Brunswick's "food comes from far away and logistical costs are really a problem."Another issue, according to Charlebois, is that there is little to no processing of food happening in New Brunswick."Without processing, you don't control the supply chain," he said."So you are likely very vulnerable to factors you don't control like the currency and energy costs and things like that."He said more processing means more control of the province's food and its costs.Months ago, when the pandemic first changed people's daily lives by limiting outings and supply chains, gaps in food security came into focus.Charlebois said it seems the government took notice and started working with his lab on ways to extend the growing season, in an effort to make local food available year-round."Which is really critical," said Charlebois."And it's not just about potatoes, it's about celery, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, everything which is important for New Brunswickers diets," he said.While the pandemic has caused food prices to rise, "really the food inflation rate has been a challenge for most Canadians for many, many years now."In Saint John at On the Vine Meat and Produce, owner Sean Fillmore said that as prices crept up over the years, he's noticed people being more careful about what they're paying for food."They're loyal to their wallets."But it's understandable," Fillmore said."It's getting harder to put supper on the table so they shop around."And his customers agree.Mireille Savoie said she's had to change the way she eats to accommodate her growing food budget. She cut down on meat because she couldn't afford it."The price is sky high and it's so hard to try to eat healthy," said Savoie.When she couldn't cut back anymore, she put in a garden."I do intend in the winter to try to grow a little something inside."David Eagles has taken to strict budgeting and using apps to find the best prices for food. "So if it means I'm spending an extra four or five bucks on gas, I will go to four or five different stores to meet my budget every week," he said.Eagles said he was a cook in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where he was able to compare prices."You could get a six-litre jug of milk for three bucks and you're paying six bucks for four litres here," said Eagles. "The price of living when it comes to the food is absolutely astronomical."
Two RCMP officers charged in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man in northern Alberta will be getting a jury trial. Jessica Brown of the Whitecourt RCMP detachment were arrested in June and initially changed with criminal negligence causing death. The pair appeared Tuesday in Whitecourt provincial court and, court documents say, there was an election for a jury trial.
Ontario's education minister says he's considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school — shortly after British Columbia announced it's doing the same. Stephen Lecce says he's working with the province's medical officials to consider possible changes to the list, which right now includes sore throat, nasal congestion and abdominal pain. Those three symptoms are among the 10 that B.C. opted to remove from its checklist, "given the very low probability of these symptoms by themselves indicating COVID," the ministry said in an emailed statement.The British Columbia health ministry also says since the symptoms are "very common" in kids, "there are concerns that it would unnecessarily exclude children." Ontario's school reopening plan requires parents to screen their children for a list of COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they display signs of the novel coronavirus.They're allowed to return to class when they no longer display symptoms.'Conservative approach' best, says doctorTwo experts contacted by CBC Toronto expressed concern about making any changes to Ontario's list at this point, given the province's recent increase in cases. "Because the community transmission issues have not been resolved we are going to see more cases in schools," said Prachi Srivastava, an associate professor in global education at Western University. Srivastava says schools need to do everything they can to keep COVID-19 out, given that some of the major ways to reduce transmission — like substantially reducing classroom sizes and doing thorough updates to ventilation systems — haven't happened. Dr. Dina Kulik, a pediatrician and emergency room physician, agrees it's not the right time to revisit the symptom list. "I personally believe that as we see rising numbers, the conservative approach is the better way to go," she said. "We do know that COVID-19 can present with just a runny nose in kids." So far this fall, there have been 180 COVID-19 cases in Ontario schools, 77 of which are students. Two schools have had to close due to outbreaks. A recent analysis by CBC News of Canadian COVID-19 cases shows that runny nose, cough and sore throat are among the most common symptoms in people under the age of 19. 'Clear guideline' for parents would be helpfulBut Kulik does say there is room for improvement when it comes to communication around which kids should get tested or stay home, and for how long. "I think people would appreciate having a clear guideline where there wouldn't be any ambiguity," she said.Kulik described speaking with parents who have been confused by shifting or unclear rules, giving the example of two families who had their kids tested on the same day.One was told by the tester that if the result was negative, the child could return to school the next day, the other was told that they would have to stay home for two weeks. Ottawa parent Cameron Grant has direct experience with that kind of confusion.This past weekend, he took his three-year-old son to get tested for COVID-19 after the boy developed a runny nose. His son's test returned negative and he went back to school on Monday.But, while at school, his nose started running again — and Grant was called in to pick him up based on advice from Ottawa Public Health.The confusion came when Grant read another set of rules — ones posted to the school door — which indicated that the child should only be sent home again if new symptoms develop. "It's not a new symptom if [he has] a runny nose," said Grant."If they're being kept out of school when we know they don't have COVID-19 that might not be a good use of parents' time." "I don't know about getting rid of it as a symptom. I'll leave that to the doctors," he continued."But I'd say there's definitely a little more nuance to it available."
The First Nation community operating a new, self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia says its harvesting regulations rival and may even exceed the standards of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans."They're pretty much the same regulations when it comes to the [DFO regulated] commercial season," said Brandon Maloney, director of fisheries for Sipekne'katik First Nation, which launched its first Mi'kmaq-regulated fishery in Saulnierville, N.S., last Thursday. The launch followed decades of disagreement with government officials over the Mi'kmaq treaty right to earn a "moderate livelihood" from fishing, affirmed by the 1999 Supreme Court ruling in the Marshall case. A rare clarification by the Supreme Court stated that the federal government could regulate treaty fishing if it was justified and if the Mi'kmaq were consulted.Debate on the issue has been tense online and in communities near Saulnierville, and has often focused on DFO's yet-to-be-determined position on what qualifies as a "moderate livelihood."Following recent claims from non-Indigenous commercial fishers that Mi'kmaq are using illegal bait and equipment, Maloney said the band's regulation policies on safety, conservation monitoring and fishing gear are to the same standards as the commercial fishery."The trap sizes, escape hatches … all of those have been adopted from the commercial [DFO regulated] season," he said. "It's just easier because all of the traps are already equipped that way."Maloney said in some cases, the regulations specific to monitoring and counting the catch at the wharf may even exceed DFO's, given that the Mi'kmaw operation yields so few lobster in comparison.Photos of modified trapsOn Sunday, a news release by Coalition of Atlantic and Quebec Fishing Organizations, which represents numerous fishing associations in the Atlantic region and the Maritime Fishermen's Union [MFU], called on DFO to "publicly haul-in thousands of lobster traps set out of season.""This is about conserving the fishery for everyone – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen," said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association, in the release. "Unless there is one set of rules driven by conservation of the fishery, Canada's fishery will be destroyed."The release included a photo of lobsters in what appears to be a damaged, modified trap. "Illegal sea trap with escape mechanism blocked with tie wraps," the caption reads.A spokesperson for the coalition did not provide sources for the photos, but said they were "pretty confident" the photos came from the commercial fishers in St. Mary's Bay. Further requests for comment on the release were not returned.Maloney, who has seen the photos circulating on social media, said he believed they were evidence that non-Mi'kmaw fishers were violating DFO general regulations."The only thing that's clearly illegal in that whole situation is [commercial fishers] pulling up someone else's gear. It doesn't matter what pictures they take, they've already had the time to sabotage it," he said."They're illegally pulling them up to vandalize them and make us look bad…. It's disturbing."DFO declined to comment on whether or not citations have been issued since last Thursday in the area surrounding the Mi'kmaw traps, instead referring to a joint statement issued Monday by DFO Minister Bernadette Jordan and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. "DFO fishery officers, Canadian Coast Guard vessels and personnel, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Public Safety officials are co-ordinating their efforts in the sea, on the land, and in the air, and are working with officials from the Province of Nova Scotia to respond to any dangerous situations as they may arise," the statement reads."We want to work with First Nations leaders on the path forward of the implementation of their treaty right, and look forward to upcoming conversations on this matter." According to the list of 2020 convictions related to fisheries law on the DFO website, there are 2 convictions that can shed light on the legality of actions by Mi'kmaw and non-Indigenous fishers in the dispute.In July, a $3,000 fine was issued to a person under the DFO general fishery regulations, for "tampering with traps, nets, bait or any other thing used for fishing [and] interfering with the conduct of fishing activities by another person." A few months before, in April, a $1,500 fine was issued to a person under the DFO Atlantic fishery regulations for "fishing for lobster during a closed time." Rights 'protected in perpetuity' According to Maloney, the seven Mi'kmaw harvesters who received moderate livelihood licences from Sipekne'katik on Thursday also received the Rights Implementation and Fishery Management Plan, an 18-page document that explains the band's policies on areas like licensing and harvesting, the sale and intended use of lobsters, and a section of 27 general regulations. The plan includes a list of eight objectives that "advance the principles defined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and form the basis for fishery decision making," the document reads.According to the list, their objectives are: * To ensure conservation of the resource to protect and exercise Mi'kmaq Treaty and Aboriginal Rights to harvest natural resources for the benefit of the community and its members. * To alleviate family poverty and advance the size and security of the middle class within the Sipekne'katik community * To ensure community adherence to the traditional Mi'kmaq principles of Netukulimk. * To contribute to the social and economic well being of the community. * To develop and promote livelihood fishing activities that will provide stable and effective employment and income for community members. * Provide food to meet the nutritional and social needs of local Sipekne'katik band members. * To ensure the public and harvester safety are protected. * To have economically self-sufficient fishing operations, including management and administration."Conservation" refers to the protection and preservation of fisheries resources "to ensure the Mi'kmaq Rights are protected in perpetuity," the document reads.Maloney said the plan has been in the works for three years, and was based on community consultation through multiple surveys and in some cases, house-to-house visits. Maloney said the captains and crews remain positive despite the opposition the Mi'kmaq have faced harvesting under the new fishery. "A lot of them were born into this, they don't know anything else," he said. "They're just really proud people. It's half and half for them — they want to fish and make a living, but they also want to stand up for their rights."
BERLIN — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent is possible, the facility said Wednesday.Navalny spent 32 days in treatment in Berlin's Charite hospital, 24 of which were in intensive care, before doctors deemed his “condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care.”As he was released Tuesday, the 44-year-old displayed his characteristic sarcastic sense of humour. In an Instagram post, he took swipe at Vladimir Putin, scoffing at reported comments by the Russian president suggesting he might have intentionally poisoned himself.Navalny, Putin’s most visible opponent, was flown to Germany two days after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia.German chemical weapons experts have determined he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok — findings corroborated by labs in France and Sweden.The hospital said that based on Navalny's progress, treating physicians believe that a “complete recovery is possible,” but added that it ”remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”During his convalescence, Navalny has in recent days been posting regular photos from the hospital on Instagram, first showing him sitting up in his bed surrounded by his family, then up and about in the building.In his post Tuesday night accompanied by a close-up photo, he laughed off reports that Putin suggested to French President Emmanuel Macron in a call that he might have “swallowed the poison himself.”“Good theory, I believe it deserves the most careful attention,” Navalny wrote in Russian.“Cooked Novichok in the kitchen. Took a sip from a flask on the plane. Fell into a coma.”He wryly wrote then the “ultimate aim of my cunning plan” must have been to die in Siberia, where the cause of death would be “lived long enough.”“But Putin outmanoeuvred me. You can’t fool him,” Navalny wrote. “As a result, I lay in coma for 18 days like a fool, but didn’t get my way. The provocation failed!”The nerve agent used in the attack was the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018, and Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders have called for Russia to fully investigate.Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote. Members of his team accused the Kremlin of involvement in the poisoning, charges that Russian officials have vehemently denied.Russia has bristled at the demands for an investigation, saying it needs Germany to share medical data or compare notes with the Russian doctors who said they found no trace of poison in his system while he was at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk.Germany has noted that Navalny was in Russian treatment for 48 hours, and that Russia has its own data.Germany has also enlisted the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for technical assistance in the case.Last week, the international agency said its experts had “ independently collected biomedical samples from Mr Navalny for analysis by OPCW designated laboratories”Results have not yet been announced.The Charite statement was released in consultation with Navalny and his wife, and the hospital would not comment further on whether he would continue to receive outpatient care there.Navalny's team has said he eventually plans to return to Russia, but had no immediate statement after his release from the hospital.____Litvinova reported from MoscowDavid Rising And Daria Litvinova, The Associated Press
When Derek and Emilie Muth left Calgary to adopt their daughter Zoe in Nigeria last October, they had no idea that nearly a year later — after a terrifying medical ordeal and the onset of a global pandemic — they'd still be stuck abroad with no word on when they can come home.That's because despite their 2½-year-old daughter's adoption being completed, her citizenship is not yet finalized. Canadian immigration staff have been repatriated from the only government office in West Africa that can finish processing their paperwork.The family has gone months with government officials seemingly not even opening their documents, according to an access-to-information request, and, until CBC News reached out, no reply from the immigration minister to their urgent requests.They still have no update on their application.> We definitely feel forgotten and left behind. \- Emilie Muth"This family has done every single thing that every authority and every expert has recommended to them in order to comply with the federal, the domestic, the international laws, and they are just stuck," said Alicia Backman-Beharry, a lawyer who is representing the family pro bono. "If there's anything that can be done to have their file reviewed in a timely fashion, it is going to make a difference in a toddler's life. She's not getting the medical care that she requires right now."A spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said Zoe's application has been identified as a priority and officers continue to assess applications, but the Canadian High Commission in Accra, Ghana, is currently limited in its processing capacity. "The adoption is complete. It's legal. It's done. We're just waiting on a visa to come home. It's been 10 months, and we haven't been able to work. We've been away from our family. The pandemic has been really scary, navigating that abroad. She has a lot of medical difficulties," Emilie Muth said. "We definitely feel forgotten and left behind."Derek Muth said they started their adoption journey in 2017. His wife is a nurse who has worked with children with blood disorders, so when they heard of a child with sickle cell anemia in government care in Nigeria, it seemed like it was meant to be. "It just felt natural," Emilie Muth said.Life-threatening infection, malariaThe couple finalized Zoe's adoption in Nigeria on Oct. 28, 2019, and shortly after submitted the second part of her application to the office in Accra, which would grant her Canadian citizenship and the ability to enter Canada.The same week as the second and final part of their application was submitted, Zoe contracted a life-threatening infection, leading to sepsis, and severe anemia requiring a blood transfusion.The quality of health care in Nigeria was poor, and while Derek Muth was able to donate blood to Zoe — saving her life — both father and daughter contracted malaria. A doctor at the hospital recommended the family leave the country for Barbados, as it's one of the few countries that allows Canadian and Nigerian visitors to stay for months without visas, so they could receive better medical care for Zoe. The family arrived in Barbados in mid-December, after receiving permission to travel from Nigerian adoption authorities. Zoe's condition improved somewhat, and the family continued to communicate with the office in Accra, waiting for their daughter's citizenship to be finalized.Then the pandemic hit.> We've really taken a beating as a family. We need help. \- Derek MuthIn February, the Muths asked the Canadian High Commission in Barbados for help to get home, given Zoe's medical concerns that put her at additional risk if she catches COVID-19. Barbados gave residents and visitors just 24 hours' notice before the country went into full lockdown. The family couldn't leave their apartment or access groceries — they spent weeks eating just the canned food they had in their cupboards. Alberta Children's Services requested an expedited review of the family's case from the Accra office, but no action was taken.By May, no flights home were available. The family was told that they had just two days to make it onto a repatriation flight. They quickly filed a visitor visa request but were denied. Their requests for a compassionate grant of a temporary resident permit or visa have been denied. They haven't heard from the office in Accra since April. Two other families who were also in West Africa have received completed applications and have been able to return home."We've really taken a beating as a family," said Muth. "We need help."Family spent nearly $70K while in limboNot including their initial costs to travel to Nigeria and complete the adoption, they've spent nearly $70,000 waiting to return home. That figure includes Zoe's health-care costs, which have been entirely out of pocket. The family may not be able to stay in Barbados much longer.They've been granted a second visa extension until the end of November. After that, they'll likely be forced to return to Nigeria, a country that Canada warns against travelling to due to the risk of terrorism or kidnapping, and where they may not be able to access proper medical care for Zoe. If they can stay in Barbados, the situation isn't much better — every day abroad costs the family more, and access to medication on the island is uncertain given the pandemic. There have been times the island has run out of Zoe's medications since the lockdown. Soon, Muth will likely need to return to Canada for work, leaving his wife to navigate Zoe's care alone."I feel emotional talking about that because we worked so hard at building trust with her and attachment … so leaving her, one of us having to leave her, it feels really hard," Emilie Muth said through tears.No updates to their applicationIn mid-September, after CBC News reached out, the Muths finally received a reply from the immigration minister's office after months of sending letters."Due to the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IRCC is unable to provide processing times for applications at this time. Please rest assured that you will be contacted when there are updates to this application," the letter read, acknowledging that the response was likely not what the family "had anticipated.""Understandably, adoptive parents are anxious to complete the adoption process as quickly as possible," a spokesperson for IRCC told CBC News but added that time frames can vary widely from case to case.The IRCC spokesperson also said that the government is obligated under international conventions to ensure children are not trafficked or removed from their biological families without legal consent, and the process is a complex one. 'Health of child is in jeopardy'An access-to-information request filed by the Muths for the notes from IRCC's centralized Global Case Management System shows the second part of their application (filed in November) seemingly hasn't been started, and documents that show the adoption is complete do not even appear to have been opened, as there are no substantive updates to their file.None of the letters the family sent between March and August requesting updates, nor multiple letters of support sent from an MP, Alberta Children's Services and International Adoption Services, are recorded, either. There's a comment on the file that states "email sent to visa office as health of child is in jeopardy because of lack of access to medication" — but no response from the office in Accra. "If Canada truly valued the best interest of the vulnerable, they would prioritize this adoption. Otherwise, we're just paying humanitarian lip service in this country," Derek Muth said. Mike Long, director of communications for Alberta Children's Services, said in an emailed statement that staff have been working with the Muth family and have advocated on their behalf to the immigration department."It is now up to the federal government to work with the family to get the necessary documentation to return to Canada," he said.For stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong, with prosecutors saying Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves after they were shot at.The only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbours’ homes during the raid on the night of March 13. The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in the case.Ben Crump, a lawyer for Taylor's family, denounced the decision as “outrageous and offensive,” and protesters shouting, “No justice, no peace!” began marching through the streets. Some sat quietly and wept. Later, scuffles broke out between police and protesters, and some were arrested.Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home on a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation — although state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday the investigation showed the officers did announce themselves before entering. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside.Along with the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, Taylor’s case became a major touchstone for the nationwide protests that have gripped the nation since May — drawing attention to entrenched racism and demanding police reform. Taylor’s image has been painted on streets, emblazoned on protest signs and silk-screened on T-shirts worn by celebrities. Several prominent African American celebrities have joined those urging that the officers be charged.The announcement of the charges drew immediate sadness, frustration and anger that the grand jury did not go further. The wanton endangerment charges each carry a sentence of up to five years.“To not indict the officers for murder is to claim BreonnaTaylor killed herself. Racist America constantly kills Black people and then tells Black people we killed ourselves,” tweeted Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University and the author of “How to Be an Antiracist.”Morgan Julianna Lee, a high school student in Charlotte, North Carolina, watched the announcement at home.“It’s almost like a slap in the face,” the 15-year-old said by phone. “If I, as a Black woman, ever need justice, I will never get it.”Right after the decision, protesters began gathering in Louisville, with some preparing food and others bringing cases of water to “Injustice Square,” the park where people have demanded justice for Taylor.While the rallies were largely peaceful, police in protective gear carrying batons mobilized in downtown, and some scuffles broke out. Officers could be seen handcuffing some people. Police also ordered a group that broke off from the protests to disperse, warning that chemical agents might be used if they didn't.Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, said he authorized a limited deployment of the National Guard. An Associated Press reporter saw guard members and armoured military vehicles in downtown Louisville.Beshear also urged Cameron, the state attorney general, to post online all the evidence that could be released without affecting the charges filed.“Those that are currently feeling frustration, feeling hurt, they deserve to know more,” he said.The case exposed the wide gulf between public opinion on justice for those who kill Black Americans, and the laws under which those officers are charged, which regularly favour working police and do not often result in steep criminal accusations.At a news conference, Cameron spoke to that disconnect.“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief,” he said.“But my heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor. ... My mother, if something was to happen to me, would find it very hard,” he added, choking up.But Cameron, who is the state's first Black attorney general, said the officers acted in self-defence after Taylor's boyfriend fired at them. He added that Hankison and the two other officers who entered Taylor’s apartment announced themselves before entering — and so did not execute the warrant as “no-knock,” according to the investigation. The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council.“According to Kentucky law, the use of force by (Officers Jonathan) Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves," he said. "This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”Cameron said an FBI crime lab determined that Cosgrove fired the bullet that killed Taylor.Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire when police burst in, hitting Mattingly. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but prosecutors later dropped the charge.Walker told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming into the home and fired in self-defence.Cameron, who is a Republican, is a protégé of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who has been tagged by some as his heir apparent. His was also one of 20 names on President Donald Trump’s list to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy.At a news conference, Trump read a statement from Cameron saying “justice is not often easy.” He praised both Cameron's handling of the case and the governor's calling up of the national guard.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t have enough information on the decision to comment fully but warned protesters to keep demonstrations peaceful.“Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence,” he said.Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, also told reporters she also hadn't fully read the decision.“But there’s no question that Breonna Taylor and her family deserved justice yesterday, today and tomorrow, so I’ll review it,” she said.Before charges were brought, Hankison was fired from the city’s police department on June 23. A termination letter sent to him by interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the white officer had violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” fired his weapon.Hankison had previously been placed on administrative reassignment, as were Mattingly, Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes.On Sept. 15, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.___Lovan reported from Frankfort, Kentucky. Associated Press writers Bruce Schreiner and Rebecca Reynolds Yonker in Louisville, Kentucky, Kevin Freking in Washington, Aaron Morrison in New York and Haleluya Hadero in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, contributed.___Hudsbeth Blackburn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.___This story has been updated to clarify that, according to the investigation, officers did not execute the warrant as a no-knock warrant, not that they didn’t use a no-knock warrant.Dylan Lovan And Piper Hudspeth Blackburn, The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An asteroid the size of a school bus is headed our way, but NASA says the space rock will zoom safely past Earth on Thursday.The newly discovered asteroid will come within 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometres) of Earth, well below many of the communications satellites orbiting the planet, scientists said this week. The closest approach will occur Thursday morning over the southeastern Pacific Ocean.Once it’s gone, the asteroid won’t be back to Earth's neighbourhood until 2041.Scientists estimate the asteroid is between 15 feet and 30 feet (4.5 metres to 9 metres). By asteroid standards, that’s considered puny. Asteroids of this size hit Earth’s atmosphere and burn up once every year or two, said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There could be as many as 100 million of these little asteroids out there.The real threat are considerably bigger asteroids. The good news is that these are easier to spot much sooner than just a few days out.Asteroid 2020 SW, as it is known, was discovered last Friday by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in Tucson.___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.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the country about the COVID-19 pandemic hours after his government delivers a throne speech to lay out a new vision for Canada.
It's a stormy start to fall in Nunavut, with no relief expected until the weekend. On the first day of fall, Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a winter storm warning for Kinngait — the first of the season in Nunavut. Southern Baffin Island and Nunavik are in for a week of rain, snow and gusting winds. A low-pressure system made its way from Hudson Bay toward the island on Tuesday. The system will likely get stronger later in the week from the remnants of Hurricane Teddy, which is currently approaching the Maritimes. Tracking the systemThis low-pressure system will move toward southern Baffin Island tonight, and continue over communities Wednesday and Thursday.Here's how it will play out: * Kinngait will be the first to see winter storm conditions, and will get the brunt of the heavy, wet snow. Gusty conditions to 90 kilometres per hour will intensify overnight and into Wednesday. * Kimmirut will see rain and wind Tuesday night, with more precipitation building through the early hours of Wednesday. Gusting winds will begin Tuesday evening. * Iqaluit will have snow Tuesday evening, and gusting winds beginning after midnight to 90 kilometres per hour. * Pangnirtung will see stormy conditions Wednesday morning with the beginning of a rain-snow mixture. Gusts will increase to 90 kilometres per hour early Wednesday afternoon. These conditions will last through Thursday as this system continues to spin around until it absorbs further energy from the remnants of Hurricane Teddy. The most intense conditions will occur on Wednesday with the storm clearing into Saturday. Current warnings in placeA winter storm warning is in effect for Kinngait, and the conditions will continue through the next few days. Wind gusts will increase to 90 kilomtres per hour overnight, and up to 25 centimetres of wet, heavy, messy, snow is expected to fall through Thursday.This will create near-blizzard conditions, with reduced visibility for the community through the next 24 to 36 hours.Meanwhile, Kimmirut currently has a wind warning in effect, for gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour. As for marine warnings, in the regions surrounding Nunavik and southern Baffin Island, gale warnings are in effect for gusts to 47 knots. Waves may increase to five meters through Wednesday. Messy mix of snow, rain on the wayThis system will bring a messy mixture — particularly to Kimmirut, Iqaluit and Pangnirtung — in which snow will change to rain and back to snow over the week. Kinngait is more likely to just have wet snow.Winter storm conditions are likely over the next few days, which means reduced visibility, blowing snow and wind causing potential damage to buildings.Environment Canada recommends postponing non-essential travel during the winter storm warning.
Recent developments: * Ottawa Public Health is reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19 and has declared 106 cases resolved.What's the latest?Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced select pharmacies in the province can begin testing asymptomatic people for COVID-19 on Friday, offering more options as established testing sites remain busy.Testing at pharmacies will be free with an appointment, said Health Minister Christine Elliott.Thirteen phamacies in Ottawa will offer these tests.Medical officer of health Vera Etches told Ottawa city council Wednesday she's close to escalating the city's COVID-19 status from orange to red, which signals increasing spread, outbreaks and limited hospital capacity.WATCH | Ottawa may change to 'red' alert status:Ottawa logged 65 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday, again one of its highest single-day counts days ever. This time, it was surpassed by the 106 people whose cases are now considered resolved.Three people who are neither students nor staff at Fellowes High School in Pembroke, Ont., have tested positive for COVID-19.The new cases are connected to the outbreak that closed the school last week, according to local health officials. It was the first school in Ontario to close due to an outbreak since classes resumed.How many cases are there?As of the most recent Ottawa Public Health update on Tuesday, 3,837 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 545 known active cases, 3,012 resolved cases and 280 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported 5,600 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 4,600 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. According to data shared by Ottawa's four boards, 47 schools had reported at least one case of COVID-19 involving a staff member or student. Sixty-one students or staff have tested positive. What's open and closed?As the number of active COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Ottawa, its public health officials are ordering anyone who fits one of these descriptions to immediately self-isolate or face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court: * Tests positive for COVID-19. * Has signs or symptoms of COVID-19. * Was in close contact with someone who has tested positive. * Is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. * Has reasonable grounds to think they have COVID-19.They're allowed to end their isolation after 14 days or if they test negative.Ontario and Quebec have rolled back some public health rules because of the widening spread of the coronavirus, considered the second wave in Quebec and some parts of Ontario, such as Ottawa.Private, unmonitored gatherings across Ontario are now limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors until at least mid-October.Quebec has introduced tighter restrictions in the province's "orange zones," which now includes the Outaouais.Physically distanced gatherings in public venues can still include up to 250 people, although in "orange zones" like western Quebec the maximum in a place of worship, a rented hall, or festival is now 25.WATCH | Outaouais moves to 'orange':Ottawa will resume ticketing drivers who park longer than allowed in unmarked areas on Oct. 1.Kingston, Ont., has tightened its distancing rules in city parks and increased fines.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with or have in your social circle, including when you have a mask on.Ottawa's medical officer of health and Quebec's top health official are pleading with residents to reduce the number of people they're in close contact with as new cases of COVID-19 continue to surge.Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be as useful since it takes about that long for the virus to grow to be detectable by a test, said Ottawa's medical officer of health Vera Etches in early September.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Where to get testedWait times and lines have been long at many of the area's test sites, causing some to reach capacity before closing time or even before opening.It's also taking up to five days for laboratories to process tests, according to OPH's Etches on Wednesday.Health officials have said they're trying to add more test capacity.In eastern Ontario:In Ottawa any resident can get tested, but record wait times have led Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to ask that testing be limited for now to people with symptoms or who have been referred for a test because of contact tracing.Testing for the general public happens at one of four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high. Some tests are also done in hospitals.The Brewer Arena's CHEO area for children age two months to 17 years old is now primarily by appointment, which you can book online.Ottawa's two care clinics on Moodie Drive and Heron Road are open later today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., because of maintenance on their computers systems.A test clinic is expected to open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans, likely by mid-October.WATCH | Reaction from a school with a recent case:In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman and walk-up site in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.Its medical officer of health says the Casselman centre will be moved to reduce its impact on traffic.Others in Alexandria, Rockland, Cornwall and Winchester require an appointment.In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is hosting the city's test site though Gate 2. There's another test site at Queen's University's Mitchell Hall open 5 to 8 p.m. on weekdays.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.People can also visit the health unit's website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can get a walk-in test in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, most linked to a gathering on an island in July.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can also call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.For more information
OTTAWA — Montreal lawyer Meryam Haddad has appealed her expulsion from the Green party leadership contest and is expecting to find out tonight if she will be let back in.A spokesperson for Haddad's campaign said the appeal was filed this afternoon and the party's leadership committee is to make a decision this evening.Haddad said she was informed Tuesday afternoon that the party was taking her off the ballot, citing violations of the party's code of conduct."I truly hope the Green party reconsiders for the sake of the members and democracy," she said in a tweet.The decision comes just days before electronic voting begins for the party to choose its next leader.Almost 35,000 people are signed up to vote in the contest, with the winner to be announced in Ottawa Oct. 3. Electronic voting begins Sept. 26. Fewer than 300 members requested a mail-in ballot, leaving the rest to cast their vote electronically.Haddad is the second Green candidate to be expelled from the race. In June, Montreal environmental activist Dylan Perceval-Maxwell was forced out after he made a comment during a virtual debate that police should have to pay $20 to every person of colour they stop, as compensation for the trauma and as an incentive for police to think twice about why they are stopping someone.Haddad was among those who complained about the comment, and in that debate called it "super racist."Nova Scotia veteran Judy Green withdrew herself from the contest in August and endorsed British Columbia lawyer David Merner.Without Haddad, seven people remain in contention for the Green leadership. Haddad says she believes the decision to remove her is motivated by fear her campaign has been upsetting the "status quo.""This is not the first time the (Green Party of Canada) establishment has attacked our movement or myself personally," Haddad said.She noted that former leader Elizabeth May, who remains a strong force within the party as an MP and parliamentary leader, recently retweeted a comment slamming Haddad after she threw her support in the B.C. provincial election to the new B.C. Ecosocialists party, over both the provincial NDP and Green party.May retweeted a tweet accusing Haddad of "stabbing your provincial cousins in the back" and saying Haddad did not "deserve to be leader of anything."In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, May said she shared the wrong tweet in that case and doesn't intend to take a position on any of the candidates to succeed her.But she said she stands behind the sentiment that federal Greens need to back their provincial cousins.A party spokeswoman says there will be no further comment until after Haddad's appeal is heard.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.Mia Rabson, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had incorrect spellings of Meryam Haddad's last name.
Police in Saskatchewan are checking-up on people who are in mandatory self-isolation after returning from international travel.Regina Police Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said Tuesday that police receive a daily list prepared by the Public Health Agency of Canada of people who have recently travelled. "We dispatch a police car to the home address to ensure that the person is in fact doing that mandatory 14-day isolation," said Popowich. Saskatoon police and the RCMP are also doing visits to check on compliance with the provincial order, which states anyone who has travelled internationally must isolate for two weeks. People who are isolating are allowed to be outside on their own property, such as a backyard or balcony, and they can take solitary walks if they do not have symptoms. Non-compliance referred back to health authorityPopowich said police do not issue immediate fines if a person does not open the door. Instead, they report back to the SHA to follow up. CBC has contacted the SHA for more information about the police visits and who initiated them.Regina and Saskatoon police have both been doing check-ups since April.'There are consequences' Police could issue a fine if someone is found to be repeatedly violating isolation after multiple checkups, but Popowich said she is not aware of any such fines being issued so far.She said there are some instances where people may not receive a visit from police, for example if there is a mistake in the address or if police receive the information late in the quarantine period."Don't risk getting a fine. Certainly don't risk potentially carrying an infection to someone who is not as easily able to handle the illness," she said."Treat it as though you could be paid a visit if you've been out of the country and you're not self-isolating. If you're not, then there are consequences."Popowich said Regina police have enough resources to take on the role of checking compliance. "Those calls get dispatched at a time when typically our other call loads are lower," she said. In April, a Regina woman who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 was fined $2,800 for allegedly not complying with the order to self-isolate.
Edmonton Public Schools will become the first jurisdiction in Alberta to collect race-based data for students in areas such as achievement, discipline and attendance.The motion was formally endorsed at Tuesday's school board meeting when trustees voted unanimously in favour of directing administration to develop a model to collect race-based data to dismantle systemic racism and racial discrimination."I think that if we are serious about addressing it, which I believe that we all are, then collecting race-based data is the first and necessary step," said Trisha Estabrooks, board chair, in her opening remarks."And I'd also say if we want change, which again, I believe we all do, then we must first understand the gaps and the inequities in order to come up with policies. This is about finding ways to best support students, in particular racialized students."The move comes as protests around racial inequality have swept across North America this year with many in Edmonton demanding better from police, schools, media and government.Edmonton's public school board has grappled with its own issues around systemic racism, which led to the resignation of a trustee and the endorsement of a new model to replace the controversial resource officer program. The board also recently voted to rename two schools: Dan Knott School and Oliver School.The board will consult with Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities impacted by racism on how the data will be collected."Their voice is absolutely essential," Estabrooks said.Improved policy making, resource allocationThe administration will also seek advice from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), which has been collecting race-based data since 2006. "The results and findings of this first Student and Parent Census have been leveraged both within and outside the school board for improvement planning, programming, policy making, resource allocation, as well as solicitation of funding and resources for high needs school communities," states a report provided to Edmonton Public Schools trustees.The TSBD's first survey drew a response from students of 84 per cent despite optional participation, which would also be the case in Edmonton."But I think that we need to do a really good job of building that compelling case to participate in the student census, because it does give us good information to inform decision making and resource distribution in our division," Darrel Robertson, the board's superintendent, told trustees at Tuesday's board meeting.Provincial data-collection?The motion also calls for a letter to be sent to Alberta's minister of education requesting the implementation of data-collection in all provincial schools — a step trustee Michael Janz spoke about enthusiastically."Because ultimately we are all in this together as many of our students move back and forth between various jurisdictions … but also looking at how we can better support students all throughout Alberta," Janz said, adding it would also provide an opportunity to collaborate.In 2017, the Ontario government began collecting and analyzing the data of students' ethnicity to eliminate discriminatory practices, systemic barriers and bias from schools to support all students to succeed.The unanimous vote comes as little surprise given trustees collaborated to craft the recommendation. While the data would be collected anonymously, trustee Bridget Stirling said some families are concerned it could lead to profiling of students. Robertson said it's an issue the board will work through in consultation with the privacy officer and the province, as well as drawing on the TSBD's experience.A few trustees emphasized the importance of being able to provide a timeline to the public but Robertson said it's difficult with such complex work. He estimated it could take two years.Estabrooks said the work prior to data-collection is critical."I think we're hearing that it's important to take our time on the consultation," she said. Trustee Nathan Ip asked if the collection of the data would include the composition of staff but Robertson urged the board to tackle one project at a time."I highly encourage all of us to just manage expectations because we are dealing with a pandemic right now," Robertson said. "I just would highly encourage lots of patience as we move through this process."
The tropical storm watch and rainfall warning have ended for P.E.I. as post-tropical storm Teddy passes over the eastern end of the Island Wednesday, but CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said strong winds are still ahead this afternoon. A tropical cyclone information statement has also ended.Strong northwest winds will follow the storm's passage, said Scotland. Islanders can expect winds of 50 km/h with gusts to 80, and higher gusts possible along the coast. The Confederation Bridge recorded gusts up to 100 km/h."With these strong winds, Islanders should be prepared for power outages," said Scotland."Also, please stay away from the coast as these strong winds, occurring near high tide, will result in elevated water levels, large waves and pounding surf. Coastal flooding is possible, particularly along the North Shore."Classes are cancelled at the P.E.I. Public Schools Branch and French Language School Board.P.E.I.'s Emergency Measures Organization provided an update at 1:30 p.m. in which Public Safety Minister Bloyce Thompson acknowledged the storm has so far had only minor effects on P.E.I. but added "it never hurts to be safe."Teddy was downgraded from hurricane status before it hit the Nova Scotia coast, between Halifax and Cape Breton, at about 9 a.m., but it still has sustained winds of 100 km/h near its centre. * Islanders can call in cancellations to 1-877-236-9350.Northumberland Ferries cancelled all sailings for the day. At 10 a.m. traffic restrictions were in place on Confederation Bridge. The bridge forecast shows windy conditions will persist into the afternoon.There are no major outages being reported at Maritime Electric so far.The rain will taper off to showers in the early evening on P.E.I. More from CBC P.E.I.
TORONTO — Canada's largest school board is drawing on its pool of supply teachers as it rushes to meet a surge in demand for online learning. The Toronto District School Board said it hired 300 teachers Monday and was working Tuesday to bring on another 100 to 150 to fulfil its staffing needs for virtual elementary school classes.The board anticipates the hiring will be complete in the next few days so the virtual classes can be set up by the end of the week, spokesman Ryan Bird said.The board has "predominantly" pulled from its roster of occasional teachers, who have already been vetted, in filling those gaps, Bird said.That list should be enough to meet the board's staffing needs, but if it isn't, the board could urge other teachers to apply to join the pool, he said."It is a challenge because we've taken a staffing process that typically takes months to complete and organize ... and we've really condensed that to two to three weeks," he said."Given the reality that we're facing right now and the changing information over the summer, we could not begin that as early as we had hoped, so the timelines have been quite tight, and then over the weekend it became abundantly clear that the numbers just weren't adding up."The newly hired teachers can't immediately start their classes since — they need to be trained to use the board's online learning platform, among other things, he said.The TDSB announced Monday it was again delaying the start of some virtual elementary classes as more students signed up for online learning.It said while the online courses were set to begin Tuesday, some classes had not yet been assigned a teacher.Students with no teacher assigned were expected to start off with independent learning.The board said 60,000 students have signed up for online learning at the elementary level, and another 18,000 at the high school level. In total, about 2,200 teachers are needed for the elementary virtual classes and 800 for the high school ones, it said.The latest employment survey conducted by the Ontario College of Teachers found that the province's decade-long teacher surplus has come to an end, with early-career teachers reporting very low unemployment rates in 2019."Teacher shortages are expected over the next several years that could reach well beyond the already challenging French-language shortages of the past few years," the report said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 22, 2020.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
NASHVILLE — For months, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to call for justice in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, including at Sunday's Emmy Awards. Her picture was used on the cover of O:The Oprah Magazine this year and even Beyoncé sent a letter to the Kentucky Attorney General asking for justice.After a grand jury on Wednesday indicted one of the Kentucky police officers on criminal charges, but not for her death, many celebrities and sports stars decried the decision.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron referenced the calls from stars and their likely reaction during his remarks, and urged people to keep protests peaceful.“There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who having never lived in Kentucky will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, that they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do, but they don’t," Cameron said. “Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”Here are how some stars and athletes reacted to the decision.___“It’s a very complicated situation. But it ain’t right and enough already. Enough already. It’s time for some people to go to jail.” - Queen Latifah, recording artist and actor, in an interview with The Associated Press.“It’s all kind of numbing. On one hand it’s like I KNOW I’m not crazy there’s a real problem in our country. On the other I’m sad that everyone doesn’t see it and some don’t want to. Of course I know God is at work. It’s just tough to process it all. BreonnaTaylor" — Lecrae, recording artist, via Twitter.“I don’t have many words right now.... but all I can say is I’m praying for the city of Louisville right now!!!” – Donovan Mitchell, NBA player, former Louisville Cardinals player, via Twitter.“'To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time.' James Baldwin. BreonnaTaylor" — recording artist and actor Common, via Twitter.“Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump’s short list as replacement of RGB on the Supreme Court. The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing BreonnaTaylor. Vote.” — Kerry Washington, actor, referring to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, via Twitter.“No. Officers. Charged. In. The. Killing. Of. BreonnaTaylor. One. Was. Charged. For. Endangering. But. NOT. Killing. Her. Neighbours. MakeMeWannaHollerAndThrowUpBothMyHands.” — actor Yvette Nicole Brown, actor.“This is is a PRIME example of Rotten to the CORE!!! UnJust!!!! Disrespectful and BLATANT DISREGARD!!!! Infuriated!!!!!!!” - Alicia Keys, recording artist, via Twitter.“Everyone needs to register to vote. Vote early, go hard, we got to go hard. This is not a year to take it easy, because no one has taken it easy on us. You know, and there’s no reason that young woman should not be walking around today, there’s no reason her mom should be burying her child." — Queen Latifah, in an AP interview.“I don’t pretend to be an expert in the law, an expert in the legal system of every state. What I do know, what I do understand is whatever the law, whatever is protecting (the police) in this case and many other cases is hard to comprehend, hard to understand. If this is the protections they have, we have a real problem. There was an anticipation that this was not going to go down the way it should have. That’s been proven with the news we got today.” — Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce, in a media call on Wednesday.“My heart is broken for the family of Breonna Taylor. once again we’re left with nothing that they try to make seem as something” - Ella Mai, recording artist, via Twitter.“Breonna Taylor’s killers getting off scot free without even a trial is exactly the systemic rot that people are protesting for. All those protests, all the outcry for justice, and can’t even get a trial. Angry doesn’t even come close to how im feeling. BreonnaTaylor” - Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson, via Twitter.“I don’t have the words. BreonnaTaylor and her family deserve justice.” — actor and recording artist Mandy Moore, via Twitter.“It’s really disappointing because justice should be served for her death, Breonna Taylor, and this movement in general, Black Lives Matter, and understanding the neglect of not only Black people but colored people in general. The injustices and the police brutality and the systematic racism and everything of that nature. It’s bigger than just sports or politics or the colour of your skin. It’s about how you treat people.” — Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins, via press conference.“Brett Hankison is indicted for shooting into the apartment NEXT to Breonna Taylor & not for KILLING HER. He’s fired for shooting into BREONNA TAYLOR’S apartment & not for KILLING HER. This is systemic racism. Property is worth more than a Black woman.” — W. Kamau Bell, comedian, TV host, via Twitter."This is why police need to be defunded and ultimately abolished! We time and time again hope for a sliver of justice but why would we get that when the system is designed to protect the very folks that are murdering and terrorizing us. This isn’t a bad apple, it’s a rotten tree.” — Layshia Clarendon, WNBA player for the New York Liberty, via Twitter.“Bulls--- decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times." — Viola Davis, actor, via Twitter.__Associated Press Writers Jamia Pugh in Los Angeles, Paul Newberry in Atlanta and AP freelance reporter Adam Zielonka in Ashburn, Virginia contributed to this report.Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press
Thinking about extending your physically distanced patio experience into the fall by installing a firepit in the comfort of your own backyard?There are rules for that. While some Ottawa home improvement stores say they're struggling to keep backyard firepits in stock, one fire official is reminding residents that it's not as easy as lighting a flame and roasting marshmallows.Here's what you need to know.Different density, different rulesCarson Tharris, a public information officer with Ottawa Fire Services, said before picking out your firepit, it's important to check the restrictions where you live. "There's different regulations depending on the density of construction," Tharris said. "How close the houses are together and how many people are living in the area."It also depends on how close you are to a forest or other fire risks. In most urban areas of Ottawa, homeowners aren't allowed to burn wood in firepits or outdoor fireplaces, Tharris said. It's always best to check the rules for your neighbourhood first.You need a permit...If your area is eligible, Tharris said you still need a permit to light a fire on a private property, including in your backyard.You can get a burn permit online through the city's website or in person. They can cost between $14 and about $60, depending on what type of permit you want.If a permit is granted, it will come with guidelines such as how far the flame should be from buildings or vegetation"The problem with the wood-burning appliances is that there can be a lot of variety in terms of how much sparks and embers can come out of the fire," Tharris said. If a fire ban is in effect, all bets are off. You can contact Ottawa Fire Services first to find out.And if you think having a spark arrestor screen or grate cover over your fire will save you from having to get a permit, think again."Any time you're burning any kind of wood outside in any appliance, you would need a [burn] permit," said Tharris.If you do get a permit, Tharris still recommends placing a grate or screen over your fire, if your appliance comes with one, to help control sparks....but not for all fireplacesTharris said outdoor natural gas, propane or ethanol fireplaces don't require a permit and are generally considered safe for urban areas. He said those products are regulated by different standard-testing authorities that guarantee their safety — if used properly."So if you're buying those, it's important to follow the directions on the label."Now you're cooking with gasIf your device is designed to be used solely for cooking in the open air and doesn't burn wood or non-compostable material, you don't need a permit either, Tharris said.Just make sure those propane-fuelled BBQs and fireplaces aren't in an enclosed area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.Firepits flying off the shelvesSome Ottawa home improvement stores say they're struggling to keep backyard firepits in stock."If I had a truckload of them right here now I could sell them, but I can't get my hands on anything," said Ann Atchison, store manager at the Home Hardware in Orléans. Atchison estimates she's sold between 12 and 15 backyard firepits in recent months, but believes she could have sold 10 times that number if only she'd had the inventory."This stuff just flew out of all three of our warehouses across the country," she said. At the Canadian Tire at Bells Corners, Don Brooks confirmed demand for the firepits is high this year as people hunker down at home."We probably sold more firepits than we ever have," he said. "We're selling them very late into the season."
To team members of comedy thriller Outrunners, the first day of filming in downtown Kamloops, B.C., looked like a family reunion after months of being out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, the all-Canadian cast and crew began shooting the film, which is based on a screenplay set in the pandemic, written by Kamloops-born Ken Hegan. The 90-minute independent movie is expected to wrap up production in early November."Everybody was so excited to be there, because all the artists were unemployed for four months," said Tracey Power, casting director for the film.Working on Outrunners also brings relief to the supporting staff, many of whom lost work as the province's COVID-19 restrictions made the reopening of some arts and entertainment venues too prohibitive."I just feel like I've come back to life," said costume designer Marian Truscott, whose six job contracts fell through because the theatres she works with remain closed. "I literally have been trying to keep myself busy, sewing masks and giving them away, and getting to do Outrunners has been the exact thing that I needed to just reignite my creativity and my brain," Truscott said.Opportunities have also become more difficult to come by for actors as the pandemic drives the casting process away from physical audition rooms, according to Matthew Graham, who plays the male lead in the film."Auditions typically are online, so you're not just competing against people in your own city," said Graham. The B.C. government requires motion picture companies to make workflow adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19, one of which is providing pre-packaged meals and snacks to crew members."Hand sanitizing, lots of plastic packaging, lots of waste," said craft services worker Cindy Croken. "That's the worst part about it for sure."This is in addition to the pandemic protocol that everybody in B.C. has been following. "We have got to make sure we have our masks. We got to make sure we have the team members in place reminding us to wash our hands and be safe," said actor Amanda McEwan, who plays the female lead.It's worth all the effort, as the cost of not playing it safe is too high."Nobody wants to be the one to shut the production down," said Graham.Outrunners will also be filmed in Vancouver and Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast.Tap the link below to listen to CBC Daybreak Kamloops story producer Jenifer Norwell's conversation with the Outrunners crew members:
Belarusian security forces detained protesters and fired water cannon to disperse crowds as thousands took to the streets of Minsk against the abrupt inauguration of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday. Ignoring calls for an end to his 26-year grip on power, Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term after an election that the opposition and several foreign governments say was rigged. The ceremony would normally have been publicised as a major state occasion but was instead held without warning following Lukashenko's claim of a landslide victory in the Aug. 9 vote.
Corner Brook musician Allison Crowe is known primarily as a solo artist, but for her latest recording projects, she realized she wanted company. "As I'm getting older, I'm finding that I want more connection with people," said Crowe. "There's really nothing like the magic of playing with other musicians and collaborating in that way." House sessionsCrowe teamed up with her longtime bassist, Dave Baird, and two musicians she worked with at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival: accordion and guitar player Keelan Purchase, and singer and mandolin/bouzouki player Sarah Melanie White. Last fall, the musicians retreated to a rented house in Corner Brook to brainstorm and record. The result was the album Pillars. Not only that, at the end of the session Crowe and the others had extra songs — enough for another album, Six More Songs. They'll meet againCrowe had hoped to spend more time with her band this year, touring in support of those two new albums. Instead, she is waiting out the pandemic at home in Corner Brook, doing some gardening, soapmaking and virtual teaching.Crowe cherishes the memories of the band recording together, and remains hopeful about performing the album with the group live. "We'll just do it in the future." Do you have a new album of music that Weekend AM should know about for First Listen? Email us, email@example.com,and tell us about it. You can hear First Listen on Sundays on Weekend AM from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in Labrador) on CBC Radio One. Get more Weekend AM on the podcast: Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Some media outlets are banking their survival on Ottawa's attempt to regulate big tech companies, saying they're suffering financially while the tech companies benefit from their work. But those tax benefits can come at a cost for media companies.