Cast members Joel Oulette and Crystle Lightning, and co-creator Michelle Latimer, discuss how CBC's new TV series "Trickster" is a "game changer" for Indigenous storytelling and film production. The six-episode thriller debuts Oct. 7 on CBC.
A Calgary minor hockey club says it is investigating a "disturbing video" that ends as a boy collapses and convulses on the floor while his teammates laugh.The video, sent to CBC News by a parent of a player in the association, shows a youth bent over in a locker room shower, surrounded by other players from his U15 hockey team — some of whom are filming on their cellphones.One of the boys counts "26, 27, 28, 29, 30." At the count of 30, the young teens push the boy in the centre up to the wall with their hands firmly against his chest.As the boy's head rolls back, one boy says "he's out, he's out." Another boy pours water over the seemingly unconscious boy's head and the boys pull their hands back from his chest, laughing, as the boy collapses on the floor. Then, the boy on the floor begins to seize, and the laughter turns nervous, interjected with exclamations of "oh sh-t, oh f-ck." The boy comes to, confused, and one says "you had a f-cking seizure, man."The video was shot on Monday evening. CBC News has blurred the faces of the boys in the video to protect their identities, as they are minors. WATCH | 'Disturbing' locker room video shows young hockey player convulsing:It's unclear whether the act shown in the video is a form of the choking game, where kids practice forms of self-strangulation in order to achieve a brief high, or a hazing ritual. A second video, shot in the same locker room, shows two of the players — both wearing helmets and gloves — exchanging blows as other kids film and cheer them on. After multiple hits to the head by both parties, one of the boys is thrown to the floor. Both videos also shows no physical distancing — the players all stand close to each other, unmasked. It's unclear whether the water bottle dumped on the boy was clean or if another player had drank from it before it was poured on his teammate's head.The Northwest Warriors Hockey Association, a minor hockey club in northwest Calgary, said in a statement sent out to parents on Saturday afternoon that it has received the video and that it took place in one of its team's dressing rooms. CBC News contacted the association to request an interview on Friday and has yet to receive a response. "The video was disturbing and gives a black eye to the hockey community as a whole," the email read.> It is a dangerous game ... you should not try this at home. -Dr. Eddy LangThe association said it takes the incident seriously, is investigating and will apply appropriate sanctions."As leaders within the hockey community we must work to put a stop to this type of behaviour and educate our athletes on how it affects all involved," it said."As an organization we do not tolerate violent and dangerous behaviour and our athletes need to be reminded that engaging in that type of behaviour will be met with zero tolerance."The parent who shared the videos said they are deeply concerned, both by the players' behaviour and the handling of the event by the association. CBC News has agreed not to identify the parent as they are concerned about negative repercussions for themselves and their child within the hockey community. "The players involved in the incident were allowed to play with no clear consequences to their actions and without a thorough investigation by an impartial, non-biased party. The board did not respond until the video became public, to those involved or affected by the events that occurred," the parent said.Doctor says incident could have ended tragicallyDr. Eddy Lang, head of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Calgary, said by cutting off blood flow to the brain, the stunt easily could have ended in tragedy."It's unlikely that he would suffer permanent damage from this but it's still an unwise game to engage in," he said."He ... could have fallen to the ground and hit his head. The loss of consciousness might not have been so brief and he could have in theory vomited and aspirated into his lungs." Lang said he worries sharing the video could present a copycat risk."You can see how young boys might see a thrill in having someone lose consciousness or be brave enough to be the victim of such a hazing or game, but there is a risk there, for sure," Lang said. "It is a dangerous game ... you should not try this at home."Hockey Calgary says player privileges temporarily revokedKevin Kobelka, executive director of Hockey Calgary (the governing body for amateur hockey in the city), said he first heard about the incident on Friday. He contacted the association and asked them to act immediately.He said the association has formed a working group to investigate and interviews with families involved are scheduled for as early as Sunday."As of this time, all players and coaches that are a part of that cohort have had their hockey playing privileges removed … as the investigation goes on," he said. "It's unfortunate but we have to act swiftly and do the right thing."Kobelka said coaches are expected to be in and around the dressing room and monitoring players' behaviour."We're not even allowed into rinks more than 20 to 25 minutes before an ice session right now. So all of this happened in a very short period of time, which is even more surprising," he said. Kobelka said he's hoping the investigation will be completed within a week. WATCH | Former NHL player says hockey culture protects abusersConversations around hazing, abuse and other dangerous behaviours in minor hockey have been at the forefront in recent years, following multiple allegations from former players and a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League. Hockey Calgary's hazing policy describes the practice as a form of initiation that may "humiliate, demean, degrade, or disgrace a person regardless of location or consent of the participant(s)."It says any player, team or association found by investigation to have condoned, initiated or participated in hazing will be disciplined, which could include suspension or expulsion from Hockey Calgary programs.
As a sex worker, Melody Merlot started to worry about her livelihood even before COVID-19 arrived in Canada. Although the single mother of four lives in small-town Saskatchewan, her job had her regularly interacting with strangers, both from within Canada and from other parts of the world, and she did not want to risk bringing COVID-19 home to her children. Merlot — the name she uses for work, which CBC News agreed to use in this piece over concerns for her and her family's safety — decided to stop working in February, shortly before the provincial lockdown. "My last client … was a gentleman who was here from Iran," she said. "And it clicked that this guy was flying internationally, so now I'm in close contact with someone who was flying internationally. "And the day after that client, I decided that I wouldn't be seeing anyone anymore."Sex workers face challenges filing taxesLike many Canadians, Merlot's decision to mitigate risks and focus on her family's safety resulted in a steep loss of income. But because she pays taxes on her sex work income, she was eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and began claiming it in April. "I was really blessed and fortunate that I did not have to work as an escort through the pandemic," she said. "Having that extra two grand a month was really beneficial to help me not have to turn to survival sex work."It's a common misconception that Canadian sex workers cannot, or should not, file taxes on their income because their industry exists in what many consider to be a legal grey area, with fears over arrests and other reprisals despite prostitution itself no longer being illegal in the country.Current status of sex work laws in Canada * But it is not illegal to sell sexual services in Canada. * It is illegal to financially benefit from the sale of someone else's sexual services or advertise someone else's sexual services. * Under the act, sex workers are considered victims of sexual exploitation. * The act, which went into effect in Dec. 2014, is due for its five-year review this year."In fact, it's the opposite," explained Toronto-based tax lawyer and CPA David Rotfleisch. "They have to. They should, and they can get in trouble if they don't file their tax returns."The Canada Revenue Agency's policy is that even income from illegal activities is taxable. "Everybody, all Canadians, have to file taxes," said Rotfleisch. "Sex workers are not exceptional in that way. You have to file your taxes, I have to file my taxes, everyone has to contribute."But Merlot, who registered her work as a formal business after the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act came into force in 2014, said sex workers who want to file their taxes face a number of barriers."A lot of sex workers don't realize that they can actually declare their income and write off their expenses and have a registered business and a GST number," she said. "And it's also really hard to find an accountant who is sex-worker-friendly and who will do your taxes appropriately and without judgment."CERB only available to those file a returnThis year, only those who were able to navigate the tax filing process had access to critical financial support.Valerie Scott, a Toronto-based sex worker and legal co-ordinator for advocacy group Sex Professionals of Canada, said the current legal status of Canadian sex workers makes it feel too risky for many in the industry to file taxes at all. "To be known as a sex worker, to file taxes as a sex worker, to have any information with the government in any form [is] exceedingly dangerous," she said. "There are so many ways we can get caught up. We're sitting ducks. "If you step to the right, you get arrested. If you step to the left, your children can be taken away. If you work at home, a neighbour with a grudge can call the snitch number. If you rent, they can inform your landlord, because you're allowing an illegal act to take place in your apartment."Privacy laws prohibit the CRA from sharing the information it collects, including with police, immigration or border agents. 'Twisting in the wind'Still, Scott believes the "grey area" legal status for sex workers and uncertainty about whether or not they should file taxes has forced many to choose between the risks of continuing to work or severe economic hardship during the pandemic. "I think Canada should decriminalize sex work, so even the sex workers working on the street who don't have bank accounts and have a chaotic lifestyle could qualify for help," Scott said. "[Instead], the government is leaving us twisting in the wind."A spokesperson for the federal justice minister said the government is examining whether the current sex work laws are meeting their objectives."We continue to engage with individuals and groups affected by the former Bill C-36," Rachel Rappaport said. "We're also aware of the specific circumstances that they've shared with our government in light of the circumstances posed by the pandemic."> I do this out of choice, and the CERB benefit allowed me to preserve the dignity of that choice. \- Rowan Reid, sex workerShe said the upcoming five-year review of prostitution laws will allow Parliament to "examine the full range of effects that this legislation has had since its coming into force."Rappaport said that to the best of her knowledge no parliamentary committee has begun the review process for the bill so far. 'I would have had to take great risks in order to survive'Rowan Reid, an Edmonton-based sex worker, worried about how she would cover her expenses after she decided to stop working in March."It was nerve-racking, because CERB hadn't been conceived of at that point," she said. To pay rent and buy groceries in April, Reid relied on the Alberta government's one-time supplementary payment of $1,142 as well as a gift from a fellow sex worker in Toronto. But as a taxpayer, she was relieved to find out more stable support was on its way when CERB was announced. "I do claim all my sex work income," she said. "I recommend all sex workers do it. I'm tired of the stereotypes that we don't."Without CERB, Reid said she would have had no choice but to keep working throughout the pandemic and might have had to compromise her standards for screening and interacting with potential clients."I would have had to take great risks in order to survive," she said. "And it's nice to not feel pushed into being a sex worker."I do this out of choice, and the CERB benefit allowed me to preserve the dignity of that choice, the dignity of autonomy, to not feel forced into sex work to make ends meet." Struggling without incomeMost of the sex workers Scott has spoken with through Sex Professionals of Canada were ineligible for CERB. This has had dire consequences for many in the industry."We've received several calls from women crying because they've lost their apartments," she said. "They're terrified. They don't want to work during this pandemic, and they don't want to move into a shelter during a pandemic."Anne Margaret Deck, vice-chair of the board for sex workers' rights group Maggie's Toronto, said her organization has seen a similar situation unfolding. "Sex workers have informed us that since the beginning of the pandemic they have struggled to afford necessities, such as food, rent, medication and toiletries," she said. "Sex workers with dependents, with physical or mental disabilities, or with precarious housing or immigration status have experienced particular hardship." Marielle Hossack, a spokesperson for Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, said the government is working on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations during this pandemic. "Our government has been providing special one-time payments to individuals eligible under existing programs, as well as investing in shelters, food banks, and community organizations," she said in an email.While some sex workers have moved to online work, that has become more difficult in recent years. "Many camming or chat platforms are increasingly hostile and unfair to sex workers, due in part to the SESTA/FOSTA legislation in the United States," Deck said.Intended to reduce sex trafficking, the 2018 laws make websites criminally responsible and legally liable for the content they host. Because of this, many websites that sex workers used to advertise their services, screen clients and warn others about bad or dangerous clients have been shut down worldwide. Working through the pandemicAnd it can be difficult for sex workers to find work in other industries. > What I've found really surprising about this whole experience is that when you don't have to scramble to make ends meet, you can reset and go after the things you want. \- Melody Merlot, sex worker"I have not heard of any sex workers transitioning from sex work to another industry during this pandemic," said Deck via email. "Transitioning from sex work to other kinds of employment (what is colloquially known in the sex work community as a 'vanilla' job) is difficult for sex workers to navigate even in 'normal' times for many reasons, negative stigma being one of the greatest."Those who have continued to work in person throughout the pandemic, including Scott herself, say they are doing what they can for themselves, their clients and their contacts to mitigate the chances of contracting COVID-19, but it's an imperfect system. "Sex workers are pretty creative; we always have been," said Scott. "So when a client comes in, we keep track of every surface his hands have touched, and all the bedding and everything gets washed after each client. Some people are even wearing masks while they're having sex with each other. It's not terribly sexy, but it helps."CERB safety net is goneAs CERB came to an end earlier this month, Reid went back to work. Although the case numbers in Alberta are increasing, she needs the income. Her final CERB payment will cover her rent and bills for October."It's a little nerve-racking to know that the risk is increasing but there's no longer a safety net," she said. The rigorous screening requirements she has implemented for clients have not been well received across the board, so she is earning much less than usual and is worried about having to take even more risks this winter. "It feels like I'm skating closer to the line of being a survival sex worker, which is a very uncomfortable feeling," she said. "It makes me feel like I don't have that choice — that autonomy — when what I love so much about sex work is that I'm in full control. I'm in control of who I see, I'm in control of my rate, I don't do a single bloody thing that I don't want to do."Merlot has not gone back to sex work. Instead, because of the other financial support she was able to access as a mature student and a single mother, she has been able to concentrate on her studies as a psychology major at the University of Saskatchewan. "I thank my lucky stars right now because just as CERB ended, my student funding came into play," she said. Looking back on what CERB meant for her and her family, Merlot wishes some kind of financial safety net could be available to more sex workers, and not just during times of crisis. "What I've found really surprising about this whole experience is that when you don't have to scramble to make ends meet, you can reset and go after the things you want."
A Toronto fish store with four locations in the city has stopped buying lobster from Nova Scotia commercial fishers as a show of support for Indigenous fishing rights.Hooked Inc., which describes itself as "Toronto's knowledgeable fish store," took the stand this week in support of the Mi'kmaw people. Lobster harvested by N.S. commercial fishers used to be a primary source of fresh lobster for the store. Dan Donovan, co-owner of Hooked, said he was not surprised by the dispute but he is shocked at the violence and disappointed. He runs stores in Kensington Market, Leslieville, South Kingsway and on the Danforth. "We don't support people who behave that way," Donovan told CBC Toronto on Saturday.Donovan said the racism must stop, the violence must end and the federal government must ensure the safety of the Mi'kmaw people.The dispute between N.S. commercial fishermen and the Mi'kmaw people has led to violent clashes and a fire that destroyed a lobster pound used by Mi'kmaw fishers.Donovan said Hooked wrote on a position paper on the issue in response to questions from customers. He said customers have been largely supportive of the store's position."At the end of the day, our customers trust us to make good decisions for them," he said.Position paper says acts of violence 'inexcusable'In the paper, Hooked says: "We are saddened to see the eruption of racism and hatred that has occurred in recent days. The reported acts of violence, threats, intimidation and interfering with gear are inexcusable. We call on commercial fishermen and their leadership to publicly condemn all acts of violence and intimidation against Mi'kmaw fishers and their families."The store calls on federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan to ensure the safety of Mi'kmaw fishers, to respect treaty rights and Mik'maw law and to enter into "truly nation-to-nation" negotiations to find a solution to the management of shared resources."We hope Mi'kmaw and commercial inshore fishermen can find a way back into dialogue in good faith and based on common values, to work together and share their knowledge and expertise in community-based fisheries management."Business to donate portion of shrimp roll sales to Mi'kmaqMeanwhile, Toronto chef Matt Dean Pettit, whose latest business, Coast, operates out of Pearl Diver restaurant downtown, said a portion of all shrimp roll sales starting from Saturday onward will go toward supporting the Mi'kmaq. Coast, which opened a month ago, is delivery only.The business gave away shrimp rolls on Saturday in the hopes that customers would make a donation to the Mi'kmaq. Dean Petit said lobster has been taken off the Coast menu for now in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq."The second that it turned to clear-cut racism and violence, it's obviously something that, as Canadians, we can't stand for and can't be part of. We knew immediately that we had to at least say something," Pettit said on Saturday.Petitt actually didn't source his lobster from Nova Scotia, but he hopes the boycott will shed light on the issue here."At the end of the day, we've made a decision to stand with other cooks and chefs in solidarity across the country — Halifax, Montreal, here in Toronto, retail stores, a bunch of places — and said, we're going to do our small part as a company, as a small business, during a really tough time."Tension ignited shortly after First Nation began fishingFive weeks ago, Mi'kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia began harvesting lobster outside the federally regulated fishing season.They said they had the right to do so based on 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision, known as the Marshall decision, which affirmed a treaty right to hunt, fish, and gather in pursuit of a "Moderate Livelihood" based on the 1760-61 peace and friendship treaties.When the First Nation began fishing in September, tensions between their boats and non-Indigenous fishers ignited almost immediately. A series of escalating events ensued, leading to the destruction of a lobster pound that had held the catch of the Indigenous fishers.Mi'kmaw lobster traps were cut, large crowds gathered at the wharfs and hurled racist insults at fishers, and vehicles were set on fire. A lobster pound handling Mi'kmaw catch was burned to the ground, and big crowds damaged another lobster pound in New Edinburgh, N.S.Donovan said the move to stop buying lobster is "good business" for his store but it is unlikely to have much of a financial impact on the N.S. commercial fishers. "We're a small player," he said.
Chris MacPhail of Canoe Cove, P.E.I., never goes out with her daughter unless she is wearing sneakers — that's in case she needs to quickly run after her. MacPhail's daughter is 16. She has Down syndrome and ADHD. And one of her consistent behaviours since she was a young child has been running away. (CBC News has agreed not to name her, for safety reasons.)"As soon as she was able to run, that was it," MacPhail said.She once escaped from daycare when she was little; staff found her outside trying to chat with an elderly woman, MacPhail recounts. "No doubt she was trying to snag a ride!" Later, when the daycare moved, MacPhail said staff invited her daughter inside first and followed her around, so that they could see where they needed to secure potential escape routes. "There's never a point where she doesn't have somebody with her, because they know she tends to take off," MacPhail said. "There's little tells that she has — she'll look sideways to see where you're at before she takes off, just to see if she can get far." The challenge and some resourcesRunning behaviour like this — also called wandering, bolting or eloping — is not uncommon in those diagnosed with Down syndrome, intellectual disability and ADHD, and is common in as many as half of those with autism spectrum disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Katie McNally, the co-director of the P.E.I. Down Syndrome Society, says her daughter is a flight risk too. So is the child of Tammy Ferguson, of Project Lifesaver P.E.I.P.E.I. children with disabilities are assessed by the province and a budget is assigned for special supplies they need. MacPhail uses that money for an after-school program her daughter enjoys. Other families, like McNally's, spend the money on respite care workers who will come to their homes.There are other resources too. Project Lifesaver bracelets are equipped with a GPS that can track missing children if needed. MacPhail and McNally have each procured one for their daughters. They are among 31 clients on P.E.I., mostly children with autism who wander. They tend to bolt from a safe place to get something they want — or visit a favourite place. They may also leave a safe place if they are feeling overwhelmed by noise or other disruption, says Ferguson.The P.E.I. Down Syndrome Society has an average of three gatherings a year. It has organized a private Facebook group MacPhail is part of where they share experiences and knowledge, and has put together information and welcome baskets for new parents of Down syndrome babies. Constant vigilance neededIntellectually, MacPhail's daughter is about five years old and is considered non-verbal, although her mother noted: "I can understand her, and those who work with her can understand some." At home, MacPhail said she is in a constant state of vigilance when her daughter is with her. "That's always on the forefront of my mind — if she's too quiet, 'OK, where is she and what is she doing?'" There are three locks on the exterior doors — MacPhail adds a new one every time her daughter figures out how to open the last one. "The option is to lock up her room, and I don't feel comfortable with that," she said. Even at night, MacPhail said she sleeps lightly, because her daughter will often get up to wander through the house. The teenager has developed a fascination with cooking, so MacPhail removes the knobs from the stove when it's not in use.Her daughter's father, Brian Cameron, says he has only single locks on the doors at his house, and his daughter stays away from the stove when she is there. But he does note: "She is a very independent kid."'It was pretty scary'MacPhail recounts the most frightening time her daughter ran away. A couple of years ago, she was staying at her father's house in Cornwall but escaped in the middle of the night out a patio door, wearing just her pyjamas. (The teen's father said he now blocks her access to that patio door.) She walked about a kilometre to a nearby Tim Hortons coffee shop, where she was found. MacPhail received a phone call at 5 a.m. from RCMP officers, asking her to come get her daughter. "It was pretty scary for me," she said. That's when she arranged for her child to have a Project Lifesaver bracelet, which she said offers her huge peace of mind. Watchful days, short nightsThe family's days can be long. Despite MacPhail's best efforts, her daughter often doesn't fall asleep until about midnight, and then wakes early in the mornings. The COVID-19 pandemic made those long days even longer. MacPhail's daughter was used to the routine of school (she attends Bluefield High School) and couldn't understand why she wasn't able to go to class from mid-March onward. MacPhail repeatedly told her daughter that the school was closed, and everyone had to say home to be safe. MacPhail said her daughter then took the message very much to heart and refused to go to her father's house as set out in their custody agreement, two evenings a week and every second weekend.That meant during the pandemic lockdown, when schools and businesses were closed, MacPhail had almost no respite. Even though her parents live on one side of her house and her brother on the other side, MacPhail said she decided to limit in-person contact with her family because her daughter lives with compromised immunity. "It was trying to deal with the meltdowns, when she realized that she can't do something — she couldn't even go see her grandparents," MacPhail said. The province did set up a respite program during the lockdown that allowed caregivers to drop off their children at some schools for a few hours a week, but MacPhail said her daughter didn't want to go. By the time they got ready and MacPhail had coaxed her daughter in and then out of the car, the break was almost over.Since the lockdown ended in mid-summer, MacPhail has convinced her daughter to go back to regular visits with her father. And of course, she is back in school. Tantrums now harder to handleAt school, MacPhail's daughter always has somebody with her — one educational assistant in the morning and another in the afternoon. Although her daughter is friendly and happy, her mother said she is a handful. There's no reason behind the running, MacPhail said, unless there is food or babies involved — she loves both and will run toward them. When her daughter's plans for a getaway are foiled, MacPhail said, "we get the temper tantrums — which you know, were doable when she was younger. I'd have to pick her up and take her to a place where she could express herself safely."She adds: "She's blown my shoulder out a few times," in attempts to flop down in protest.When things aren't going her way at school, MacPhail said her daughter will go to the bathroom and wrap herself around a toilet until staff phone MacPhail to come get her. Difficult to get and keep workMacPhail said having to be available at the drop of a hat has narrowed her job prospects. > You'll find that most parents with special needs children, they work hard. Just predominantly on their child. —Chris MacPhail"I don't know of many places that would accept the fact that I have to leave as soon as I get a phone call," she said. In the past she has worked as a consultant and as a realtor, but said work is scarce. Governments need to be more aware of parents like her, who need extra help because they are parenting special-needs children, MacPhail said — more programming that would give employment support or guidance, for instance. "You'll find that most parents with special needs children, they work hard. Just predominantly on their child.""This is an issue for many parents." agreed Katie McNally with the Down Syndrome Society. "My husband and I are very fortunate; our employers are very flexible."'Definitely a blessing'MacPhail hasn't thought much about what's in their future, she said. "You learn to be fluid whenever you have a child that runs," she said. "It's just one of those things." But she said she wouldn't change a thing.She added that even though she studied psychology in university, "that child has taught me more than any book."She's definitely a blessing."More from CBC P.E.I.
A Prince George man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three preteen girls by repeatedly putting his hand on their bottoms to push them out of the way as he swam around the lazy river at the Prince George Aquatic Centre. In a decision issued last week, Provincial Court Judge Peter McDermick found that James Allan Prince, 66, made contact with the girls, ages 11-12, four times combined - once below the buttocks and three times on them - over the course of 20-30 minutes during an evening in November 2017. When one of the girls told him his actions were inappropriate, Prince replied that they were meant to be and told her to get out of his way, McDermick said in recounting testimony from a trial on the matter. Two of the girls then alerted a lifeguard about the incidents and RCMP subsequently arrested Prince, who by then had gotten out of the water and had gone into the sauna. It took more than 2 1/2 hours for McDermick to read out his verdict as he addressed concerns raised by defence counsel Tony Zipp about the girls possibly colluding on their stories, whether they accurately identified the culprit and the nature of Prince's actions. While McDermick found they were intentional, he agreed with Zipp that they were conducted without sexual intent. Nonetheless, he concluded they still constituted three counts of sexual assault due to their "repetitive nature and anatomical placement of the contact." Had McDermick also found there was sexual intent, Prince would also have been found guilty of three counts of sexual interference of a person under 16. Prince will be sentenced at a later date once a pre-sentence report has been completed.Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince George Citizen
The New Democrats won a majority government in the British Columbia election on Saturday as voters rewarded John Horgan with a second term after he took a gamble on calling an election during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 80 per cent of the polls reporting results, the NDP had won enough seats to form a majority government. The New Democrats won 53 seats, the Liberals 27 seats and the Greens three.
Pastor John van Sloten of Marda Loop Church in Calgary had been thinking about, in his view, the theology behind wearing a mask. His basic premise was that if Jesus, who was God, took on a human body to mask his Godness for the sake of others, then Christians too should cover up their faces with a mask amid the pandemic.So, he penned a column for a local newspaper and made it the subject of one of his sermons."I thought it was a pretty convincing theological argument," van Sloten says. "But people just went nuts with it."Soon, the Facebook page for Marda Loop Church was flooded with angry commenters. One told van Sloten that he couldn't possibly be a pastor with such beliefs. Another said he should be ashamed for "posting such nonsense."One commenter even posted a meme of Jesus displaying his middle finger to the reader."I thought that was creative," van Sloten said. "A lot of it was repeating of the conspiracy theories that the whole masking thing is made up, that you're drinking the Kool-Aid like the rest of liberal society."Van Sloten said he's received criticism, hate mail and even protests outside his church over the years, and has mostly ignored those instances that seemed like trolling.But he said he's also read about the advent of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon in American churches — and feels that churches in Canada should be carefully tracking its possible journey north."The Christian church has always been exposed to heresies and incorrect thinking historically from the get-go," van Sloten said. "Heresies come and heresies go, and this is the heresy du jour. And I think we ought to treat it like that."An American conspiracy comes northThe QAnon conspiracy theory originated in 2017 on the imageboard 4chan after a user identified as "Q" claimed they had insider information on the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.Through a series of anonymous posts, Q propagated the conspiracy that Trump was battling against a child-trafficking ring that included "deep state" government officials, prominent Democrats and members of Hollywood.Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory include members from both secular and religious groups, and aren't made up specifically of those people who participate in the Christian faith.And though QAnon may have begun as a distinctly American conspiracy, its tentacles have since been attached to governments and notable individuals around the world."Prime Minister [Justin Trudeau] has been mentioned in Q drops since the start of QAnon," said Marc-André Argentino, a PhD candidate at Concordia University who studies QAnon. "We have some significant influencers [based in Canada]."Amazing Polly [a QAnon influencer based in Ontario] was at the root of the Wayfair conspiracy theory. It's not like Canada is just taking the American aspect, but they're adapting it to its own context."Typical QAnon conspiracies connected to Canada involve the belief that Trudeau is one of the "deep state elites" who need to be removed from office to "awaken and liberate" the country.Growth among QAnon adherents within secular and religious communities is steady, and underpinned by different motivations, Argentino said.But he said he expected there could be an easy path for the religious community to understand apocalyptic language in the political context, making it potentially easier for members to accept QAnon."[Religions and conspiracy theories] have this function where they permit the development of symbolic resources that enable people to define and address the problem of evil," he said. "So whether you want to know why something is happening, whether you're blessed or cursed — God or the devil — it's the same thing with QAnon."This conspiracy theory is providing a mainstream narrative for things like a pandemic, or war, or child trafficking … It's just a natural pathway for a lot of evangelicals in the U.S., especially considering how evangelicalism is closely linked to American politics."'How could you believe this?'When the pandemic started, Jessica DiSabatino, lead pastor at Calgary's Journey Church, felt confident in keeping to one of her church's "high values" — that not all members shared the same views, and that was OK.But as lockdown dragged on and the church lost its face-to-face contact, she noticed some things that worried her. On social media, DiSabatino watched as the debunked Plandemic video was retweeted and watched hundreds of times by people in her congregation.Inevitably, DiSabatino began hearing of QAnon from people around her, and began to read more about it. "There is like a religious fervour about it," she said. "The more I read about it, it seems like a replacement religion, where everything has a reason."And I think people want to feel like they're on the inner workings of something, particularly when we don't have a lot of power."Seeing posts emerge on social media about QAnon from her congregation, DiSabatino soon felt herself struck by a new feeling — was this going to cause fractures within her church community? Was all the work she had done being undone by this conspiracy?DiSabatino could even feel herself getting angry. As friends in her life began voicing their openness to QAnon, she thought to herself — "How could you believe this? What is wrong with you?""These are some of my friends who I love. And what I've had to say to them, in the end, is this cannot define our friendship," she said.Looking for 'the big story'DiSabatino soon realized her own anger toward what she viewed as someone's irrational beliefs would drive a further wedge between them — and didn't begin to uncover what might be motivating those beliefs."I don't think I can say nothing," she said. "But I also think it's a very personal thing — so I'm not going to get up and preach a message about why I think QAnon is crazy."Partly, because I think different people come to conspiracy theories for different reasons. I think sometimes you've got hurt that is unimaginable in your life."> People of faith are [looking] for a big story that explains why things are the way they are. \- John van Sloten, pastor of Marda Loop Church in CalgaryVan Sloten said conspiracy theories and church can often fill the same void, because they're trading on the same faith and desire for an authoritative voice — something exacerbated in a time rife with turmoil and anxiety."People of faith are also looking for a big story that explains why things are the way they are," he said. "So again, these desires — these good desires, in all of us, I believe, as a theologian — they're ultimately meant to be directed to a grand narrator who can be trusted, who is authoritative."They're being co-opted by conspiracy theories, by people who want control by making cognitive shortcuts and just getting an answer because they've got to get an answer soon."Conspiracists functioning almost as prophetsColin Toffelmire, associate professor of Old Testament at Ambrose University College in Calgary, says there has been a historical vulnerability to conspiracy thinking in some versions of evangelicalism or fundamentalist Christianity."I think that's related to the history of how some Christians in North America have thought about history and science, especially," Toffelmire said."For example, there's this long-standing objection in evangelical subculture to really well-accepted scientific theories, like the theory of evolution by natural selection."Those objections — centred in versions of Christianity that believe that everything in the Bible is exactly historically and scientifically accurate — could make certain individuals suspicious of mainstream ideas in science and history, Toffelmire said."Some of that is kind of hard-baked into some versions of North American evangelical subculture," he said. "And so that is, I think, almost like an entry point. That suspicion of authority becomes an entry point for very strange conspiracy theories, like the QAnon conspiracy theory."Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose, said though churches should be aware of the rise of QAnon, he wasn't sure that it was yet a prominent concern in Canada.But taking an example from the United States, he said it appears that more conservative Christian groups tend to gravitate toward conspiracy, potentially because they may feel they are becoming marginalized in secular society."[They feel] they are losing positions of power that conservative religious groups have historically had, particularly in the U.S., to a lesser extent in Canada," Thiessen said."There's an emerging sense among some conservative groups that they have lost power in governments, in education, in media and so forth."Thiessen said that those in conservative religious groups who gravitate toward conspiracy still represents a small minority of churchgoers. But those who end up believing the conspiracy, Thiessen said, may typically be drawn to it for much of the same reasons others in society are. "You have potentially charismatic or polarizing figures, who almost function like prophets within these sub-narratives within society," Thiessen said. "I think because of physically distanced communities and congregations not gathering together as frequently, people are perhaps not even watching their own online religious services. That means they aren't being socialized."It actually makes this a rife time for such groups to actually capitalize on those opportunities. No doubt we're seeing those things unfold before our very eyes."
Do you have an Aynsley teacup in your cupboard? A Moncton auction house is on the lookout for more rare teacups after an Aynsley teacup sold for $400 during an online auction. Key Auctions owner Jared Steeves said it has four large cabbage roses painted inside the cup and on the saucer. The rim and handle of the teacup are gold rimmed. The saucer is as well. Aynsley China was a producer of English bone china in London. "At the 1920 mark they were miles ahead of most of the companies that came after them," Steeves said. "The quality was there, the patterns and just that extra detail." Steeves said they were surprised at the bidding for the teacup, which was auctioned on its own in a single lot. "The internet brought the world a lot closer. The winning bidder is from New York." Steeves said the buyer spotted it online during the week and followed it to the end. A first for businessWhile his company has sold thousands of teacups in the 15 years he's been in business, Steeves said this sale was a record for Key Auctions in the cup and saucer category.After putting a post on the company's Facebook page asking for Aynsley, Royal Albert and Paragon cups and saucers with paintings inside the cup, many have posted pictures to see if what they have in their cupboards or china cabinets are of any value. "We've been busy," said Steeves of comments and pictures he's looked at over several days. "I think we have had some success." Steeves said it takes a lot of work and a lot of calls to find the 'diamond in the rough', but he says they may have another one. "When you get a painted saucer and a painted interior of a cup, that puts you in the ten per cent above the rest already." From there he said check for the maker such as Aynsley and Royal Albert. "You've got some cups, feel free to send some pictures along." Steeves said everything is worth something and some are worth more than others. Those exceptions can be found in every category. "Once in awhile you do find it."
Knowing the Western Hockey League plans to begin play again on Jan. 8 has brought a sigh of relief from Zack Ostapchuk and some of the other players he's training with in St. Albert, Alta."I think everybody is pretty excited," said Ostapchuk, a 17-year-old forward with the Vancouver Giants. "We were all a little worried that we weren't ever going to start. Now that we've got a date, the energy on the ice and in the dressing room is completely changed. Everybody's positive now, but I just want to get going."Ostapchuk's enthusiasm may still be tempered by the realities faced by the people operating Canada's three major junior hockey leagues as they deal with the issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic."We never know from day to day what the situation is going to be," said Gilles Courteau, commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. "Every day there's something new."The 18-team QMJHL opened its season Oct. 2, but about two weeks later suspended play in both of its Quebec-based divisions because of positive tests on two teams. Play continued for five of the six teams in the league's Maritimes division.The Ontario Hockey League hopes its 20 teams can begin play in December but "there's no specific date at this point," commissioner David Branch said.The Canadian Hockey League announced March 12 it was cancelling the remaining games in the 2020 regular season due to COVID-19. A few weeks later the Memorial Cup, scheduled for Kelowna, B.C., was cancelled.Players, team officials and executives across Canada were left wondering when junior hockey would return."My whole summer has been getting questions I can't answer," said Barclay Parneta, general manager of the Vancouver Giants.The closed border between Canada and the United States creates problems for both the OHL and WHL which have U.S. based teams.Travel restrictions within Canada, protecting players' health and rising infection rates in some provinces have presented more hoops league officials have tried to jump through."Without question, it's the most difficult challenge I've ever faced both domestically and internationally in hockey in 40 years," said Ron Robison, commissioner of the 22-team WHL."We never envisioned this. But we are in this together and we have to find ways to deal with it under the circumstances."Leagues still aren't sure exactly how many games each team will play. None have finalized their playoff plans and details for the Memorial Cup haven't been announced.A reduced number of fans can attend games in some parts of the country but might not be allowed in other buildings.The QMJHL hopes to resume playing on Oct. 28 but Courteau said talks are continuing with the Quebec government. Six of the 12 teams are located in red zones, where organized sport is prohibited."It's not determined yet, so I cannot give you an answer," he said.The league said Thursday that a player with the Drummondville Voltigeurs had tested positive for COVID-19.Provincial involvementPoliticians are also throwing a few bodychecks.In Ontario, provincial sport minister Lisa MacLeod has suggested the OHL should eliminate bodychecking and physical contact if it wants to hold a safe season."There's a lot of things that we are discussing with the provincial government," Branch said. "The whole package in terms of our return to play will become a critical piece. We'll just see where that ends up."In Quebec, Enrico Ciccone, a former NHL enforcer and now a Liberal Member of the National Assembly has presented a bill to prohibit fighting in sports for athletes younger than 18.Courteau said QMJHL officials are studying the proposed bill.Across the country, owners – who already lost revenue from last year's cancelled games and playoffs – are now facing the possibility of losing more money because of no fans."The losses are very, very significant," Robison said. "It could threaten the ability for teams to be viable moving forward."Courteau said the 12 Quebec-based teams in the QMJHL will receive $1 million each from the provincial government to offset some of their losses.The league's six Maritimes teams have been allowing fans, ranging from 18 to 25 per cent of the building capacity.To help formulate its return the WHL appointed Dr. Dhiren Naidu as chief medical advisor. Naidu served as the NHL medical director for the Edmonton hub used during this summer's NHL playoffsThe WHL has teams stretched across four provinces and two U.S. states."There's lots of challenges associated with the different jurisdictions and the conditions [of] the level of cases and how that's impacted on the communities where we operate, and the facilities for that matter," Robison said."We're all aware of the fact that we're dealing with very unique circumstances. We're trying to do our best to work our way through this."Ostapchuk said the players understand and appreciate the efforts being made for them."We just want to play," he said.CHL return-to-play plansA look at how the three major junior hockey leagues hope to return to play during COVID-19Quebec Major Junior Hockey LeagueDate: League began play on Oct. 2, but Quebec-based teams paused about two weeks later after positive tests on two teams. Hopes to resume Oct. 28Schedule: The 18-team league is divided into two Quebec divisions of six teams each plus six teams in a Maritimes division. The teams hope to play a 60-game schedule within their own divisionsPlayoff Format: TBA:Fans: Maritime Division teams have been allowing fans, ranging from 18 to 25 per cent of the building capacity.Western Hockey League:Date. Jan.8.Schedule: The 22-team league will be split into four divisions. Seven teams from Saskatchewan and Manitoba will play in the East Division. Five Alberta teams will play in the Central Division. Five B.C. teams play in the B.C. Division. Four US teams will play in U.S. Division. Teams will only play within their division. Exact number of games to be determined but up to 52 games possible.Playoff Format: TBA.Fans: Will depend on different jurisdictions.Ontario Hockey League:Date: Hopefully December but no specific date yet.Schedule: Still being developed for the 20-team league, with three U.S. franchises.Playoff Format: TBAFans: To be determined.
A retired Alberta teacher has been placed on the national sex offender registry. David Charles O'Reilly, 73, was given a suspended sentence and 18 months probation last week for the 1980 indecent assault of a female student. Next month he'll be tried on another count of indecent assault that dates back to the 1975/1976 school year. Both charges involve students who once attended Ellerslie Campus school. Their identities are protected by a court-ordered publication ban. O'Reilly's victim in 1980 asked CBC News to call her Casty. Now a 55-year-old divorced mother of two adult daughters, she has suffered from depression over the past four decades and has been diagnosed with PTSD because of what happened to her when she was 15. Before she had O'Reilly as her Grade 9 homeroom teacher, she was always happy. "I was very social," she said. "I was in the 4H Club, trying to do scorekeeping and baseball. Just continue to grow as a young person in the community." In hindsight, Casty thinks O'Reilly began grooming her on the first day of school in 1980. "I thought he was a really cool teacher," she said. "He had a reel-to-reel eight track in his homeroom that he would play the Rolling Stones on. He was always known as the cool teacher." At first, Casty said she was flattered that O'Reilly was paying attention to her. "I was quite enamoured at that age to be told that I was pretty," she recalls. "That I was developing. Different things that I was being told were very complimentary." Casty said the first time O'Reilly became physical with her was in December 1980 when they went to Sherwood Park in his TransAm to purchase Christmas decorations for the classroom. "He actually kissed me in the car and told me he could get fired for this," Casty said. "I was scared. I froze. I just became a frozen person in the seat of the car." At 15, she couldn't believe an adult had done that to her, she said. "I didn't know how to react or behave really after that happened." She didn't tell anyone about the kiss, but kept her distance from O'Reilly until the last school day before the Christmas break. He drove her to a fast food outlet to pick up lunch for the class. "He was touching my leg and in towards my groin area," Casty said. "I just wanted to get out of there. I became aware that this behavior was wrong and I could sense that it was wrong." Back in the homeroom, O'Reilly pulled her aside to give her a Christmas gift. She said he made sure no one else could see what he was doing. "He gave me an action figure," she said. "It was an Incredible Hulk doll [with] a card that said, 'May this serve as an at-home reminder of your ideal man.'" Casty put the action figure in her closet and never looked at it again. "That really set something off in me that I knew that this adult was wrong," she said. Still, she told no one. 'Being isolated is very difficult' After the Christmas break, Casty kept her distance from O'Reilly. But then he asked if she wanted to ride with him to a tournament in Nisku. She agreed after he said two of her friends could join them. She thought that would keep her safe. "Then on the way home, the teacher stopped at the liquor store and bought liquor for us," she said. "I drank it. And I got drunk." When O'Reilly dropped the students off drunk at the end of the night, their parents called the principal and the teacher was quietly dismissed. Casty said she suffered her first panic attack in May 1981. In a victim impact statement, she said she had lost trust in adults. "I would have to move forward, grow up and I guess just forget about it," she wrote. But that took a major toll on her mental health. She has been hospitalized in the past and unable to work full-time. "Being isolated is very difficult," she told CBC News. "I lost my marriage. I relive this situation every day because it's a fight or flight." After a 10-year break from teaching, O'Reilly got a job at the Grande Cache Community High School. He taught there for 29 years until his retirement in June 2016. According to a spokesperson for the Alberta Teachers' Association, O'Reilly was a member in good standing at the time of his retirement. Breaking the silence After decades of silence, Casty reached a turning point in 2017 when she took a self-esteem course at Alberta Hospital. She was asked what held her back from healing. "And the answer to the question was, I was sexually assaulted when I was a kid," she said. Casty contacted police and an investigation was launched. She praised the Edmonton police detective and Crown prosecutor for their hard work and support. A volunteer from the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton was by her side when she testified at O'Reilly's trial last month in Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench. Casty called it healing to face her abuser in court. "It was probably the best feeling that I could ever imagine," she said. "To be able to speak the truth and say it directly to him was one of the most healing things that I've felt so far in my journey." O'Reilly took the stand in his own defence. Casty watched him testify. He denied any sexual wrongdoing against Casty. Ultimately, Justice Melanie Hayes-Richards believed Casty, not O'Reilly. Casty said her daughters are proud of her. "My kids have said, 'Mom, you've really done well. You're very brave and we see that you've healed.'" She encourages other victims to break their silence as does Staff Sgt. Terrie Affolder with the EPS sexual assault section. "We encourage all survivors of sexual violence to come forward and report it, no matter how far in the past it may have occurred," Affolder said. "We take reports seriously, investigate them thoroughly, and we can and do lay charges wherever possible, regardless of how much time has passed since the offence." O'Reilly's next trial is scheduled to last five days and will be held the week of Nov. 23.
People might not think that a job which involves spending time with fluffy kittens and eager puppies would be a high-stress environment, but the organization that represents veterinarians across Canada says that would be an incorrect assumption.In fact, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is raising concerns about high levels of stress and burnout in the profession."There's no other career where you look at seeing the patient as a baby and then also seeing it in its last minutes of its life," said Dr. Enid Stiles, president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. "This takes a major emotional toll on us."Stiles said it may not immediately be apparent why being a vet would be so challenging, but she hopes people will consider the impact on people in the profession. A 2017 survey of 1,403 Canadian veterinarians — published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in February — found that 26 per cent of vets had considered suicide in the year prior to being surveyed. The number of veterinarians who completed the survey accounts for about 10 per cent of all Canadian vets.Why idealizing vets is not idealStiles said part of the misunderstanding about the stress vets are under may stem from the way the career is idealized, with people picturing veterinarians as doctors who enjoy their days in the company of cute animals."They think about how wonderful this profession might be, and playing with kittens and puppies and all the good stuff that comes with it," said Stiles."But what I think people don't realize is that we really do have a high level of stress in our profession."Stiles said some of that stress comes from long hours of work, especially in rural settings, and also from the ethical conflict and moral distress that veterinarians face daily in their work. Stiles gave the example of a client who brings in a puppy with a broken leg that can be repaired but at a higher cost than the client can afford."We've learned how to treat these issues, how to help these animals live a normal life," said Stiles."But now we can't provide that care because there are financial constraints. And that is a really, really difficult thing."Suicides among veterinariansStiles confirmed that some veterinarians in Canada have not only contemplated suicide, as the survey found, but that some have died by suicide. She did not know precise numbers. Stiles said others are taking time off for stress leave or are seeking mental health counselling, but some don't want to reach out for help because of the stigma that still exists about depression and other mental health issues."We're trying to change that as an association and help our members and help the profession know that there is available help there for them, and to reach out and have those conversations before we get to a point where suicide is something that they are thinking about," said Stiles.Stiles said one thing that would alleviate the pressure on vets is if there were more of them to do the work. She said more veterinarians and animal health technicians are needed across Canada to meet the demand for care, but she acknowledged that recruitment and training are not going to make a difference immediately."We can't find new vets right now, but we can certainly help keep them healthy and happy in practice," said Stiles.Hounding vets on social media not helpfulStiles has some advice for pet owners who may be frustrated with access to care in their particular area of the country."Be thankful for the care that they can receive, because veterinarians are doing everything that they can to provide care for these animals," said Stiles.> What I think people don't realize is that we really do have a high level of stress in our profession \- Enid Styles"But we are only people, and we can't see everything and always be available."She encouraged people to not engage in cyber bullying or attacks on social media that make it even more difficult for veterinarians to keep up their practices.Stiles recommends dissatisfied clients find a way to communicate with vets privately and not in a public way that would cause even more stress."If we're not there because we are too sick and ill and fatigued to be able to do our job, then there's going to be no care for your pets," said Stiles.If you need help …Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668. Bridge the gApp: https://www.bridgethegapp.ca/adult/Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 (phone) | 45645 (text) | http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca (chat)Kids Help Phone (24/7): 1-800-668-6868 (phone), 'CONNECT' to 686868 (text), live chat counselling at www.kidshelpphone.ca.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
CBC medical contributor Dr. Peter Lin stresses the need to make sure hospitals are equipped to deal with the resurgence in coronavirus cases.
Eastern Ontario's youth rugby community is remembering a Kingston, Ont., teen who died last week as a fearless player who had his heart set on bigger things.Scottie Legg, 16, was killed Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Bayridge Drive in the city's west end that injured eight others.Legg was an up-and-coming rugby player who never backed down on the pitch and never shied away from a tackle, said Brad Greenwood, his coach with the Kingston Panthers.Off the field, Greenwood said, he was an avid student of the sport."He was a bit of a sponge. He wanted to learn more and more and more about the game ... he had big aspirations to move on and to take his game to the highest level he could," he said."[He was] absolutely fearless. A great tackler. A trustworthy player. And I think that's what endeared him to his teammates on the field." 'A catastrophic event'Kingston police have said speed was a factor in the fatal crash. They've been asking anyone who saw the two vehicles involved — a red car and a dark-coloured SUV — to come forward.Legg, a Grade 11 student Frontenac Secondary School, had most recently been training and playing with the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union (EORU). He was part of the rugby sevens team, Greenwood said, that won last fall's provincial championships.When EORU coaches first saw him on the pitch, they knew he had talent, said LeeEllen Carroll, manager of the union's junior representative program."The characteristics he displayed both on and off the field really led everybody to no other option but to invite him on tours and tournaments," Carroll said."It's a catastrophic event, and I think the ripple effects are being felt wide and far [in the rugby community]."Greenwood, who last saw Legg while he was training Tuesday night — matches went on hiatus this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic — said there would likely be a memorial at some point.As for his fellow players, Greenwood said there are "a lot of heavy hearts.""They've lost a really good teammate, and we've lost a good, good rugby player here in Kingston. You know, rugby's such a small community that any time that happens, that it's really difficult," he said."Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I can't imagine what they're going through. And we're going to really miss him."
One man is dead and a child seriously injured after a crash near Raymond, Alta., on Friday.RCMP, along with the fire department and EMS responded to the two-vehicle crash, on Highway 52 approximately one-kilometre west of Raymond, around 6 p.m.Police said a car travelling eastbound lost control and hit a van heading westbound.The 60-year-old male driver of the car was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene.The 67-year-old male driver of the van, as well as a 35-year-old woman, 31-year-old woman and a six-year-old boy were taken to a Lethbridge hospital where they were treated and released.A nine-year-old girl was seriously injured. She remains in hospital in Calgary. There was heavy snowfall at the time of the crash. RCMP said a collision analyst remained on scene investigating until 11 p.m. Friday. Police are asking people to avoid travel during poor weather conditions. The town of Raymond is located about 30 kilometres southeast of Lethbridge.
Regina police are investigating after a man's vehicle was stolen at knifepoint Saturday morning.Officers were called at roughly 2 a.m. to the 600 block of Athol Street, where a man had pulled a knife on the victim and then took his vehicle, which contained personal property and cash, according to a Regina police news release.The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the robbery. The person who stole the car is described as a man in his late teens, roughly five feet eight inches tall, dressed in black clothing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Regina police at (306) 777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Quebec is reporting 1,009 new cases of COVID-19 today as well as 26 more deaths attributed to the virus. Authorities say only five of those deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, with most from between Oct. 17 and Oct. 22. Montreal saw the highest number of new cases at 253, followed by Quebec City at 135 and the Montérégie region at 134. The number of hospitalizations increased by nine from the previous day to 549 amid a sharp spike since late September, while the number of patients in intensive care dropped by six and now stands at 93. Quebec has reported a total of 99,235 COVID-19 infections, resulting in 6,132 deaths so far. The average daily case count remains higher than any other province, but appears to have plateaued for the time being since a peak of 1,364 on Oct. 6, the same week that tight new restrictions went into effect. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020. The Canadian Press
Fredericton police found the body of Richard Vaughan on Friday, 10 days after the New Brunswick writer was reported missing.Vaughan was 55.Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious. They did not specify where his body was located.Friends and family had been searching the city over the past week for the celebrated writer and queer artist, after police put out a call for help on Oct. 13. Search efforts including asking residents of the downtown area to turn any security footage over to police.Members of the province's arts community describe him as a role model who inspired them to pursue writing. The author, playwright and poet returned to his home province earlier this year to become the writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick. He stayed on after the residency finished in May to work on projects delayed by the pandemic.Jenna Lyn Albert, Fredericton's poet laureate, met Vaughan during his time at UNB and had been working with him on an anthology of queer writers from New Brunswick."I'm heartbroken and I think that's the case for a lot of Richard's friends and family right now," she said.Albert said Vaughan was highly involved in the community, making his absence immediately felt once he went missing."People are pretty devastated."
Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick to help Bayern Munich continue where it left off in the Bundesliga with a 5-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The Poland star didn’t score in Bayern’s 4-0 defeat of Atlético Madrid in their Champions League opening game on Wednesday and evidently felt the need to atone as he took his tally to 10 goals in five Bundesliga games. Bayern suffered an early blow with Edmonton's Alphonso Davies going off with what looked a bad ankle injury in the third minute.
The presence of ranked choice voting on the ballot in Maine is a new wrinkle in a state famous for its own Yankee brand of political independence, and could play a role in deciding the presidency. Voters in the state approved the adoption of ranked choice voting in a 2016 referendum drive. Maine's vote this year is a test case for whether the system can work elsewhere, said Craig Burnett, a Hofstra University political science professor and ranked choice voting expert.
Nearly eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, charities are in different stages of where they need to be to meet their goals. Sarah Komadina reports.
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