Dr. Murtaza Akhter says an experimental drug used to treat President Donald Trump for COVID-19 is "not a cure" despite what the president says. Trump was treated with Regeneron's antibody drug and he credited it with improving his health. (Oct. 8)
A Spruce Grove man confessed to his son that he suffocated the woman he'd been married to for nearly 55 years, then didn't tell anyone what had happened. Robert Joyes, 76, was originally charged with the second-degree murder of his wife Freda in May 2018. The charge was downgraded to manslaughter at a preliminary hearing and withdrawn altogether on Wednesday when Robert Joyes pleaded guilty in Edmonton's Court of Queen's Bench to neglecting a dead body by not contacting the medical examiner. He was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest by Justice Terry Clackson, as recommended by a joint submission from the Crown and defence. Robert Joyes was the primary caregiver for his 74-year-old wife who was confined to a wheelchair, had severe heart disease and suffered excruciating pain from rheumatoid arthritis and migraines that were treated by opioids. Following a surgery in 2017, she was no longer able to raise her head. Freda Joyes relied on her husband for trips to the doctor and giving her medication. She also received regular home care visits from health professionals. The couple had three sons, one of whom suffered brain damage at age one from post-meningitis complications and needed constant care from his parents until he died in 2015. When that happened, Robert Joyes began to drink heavily. His alcohol abuse worsened as his wife's physical state deteriorated. According to an agreed statement of facts, one of their sons visited his parents at their apartment on Mother's Day in 2018. That's the last time he saw Freda Joyes alive. Two weeks later, he came to the apartment to check on his parents and found his mother dead in her bed in an advanced stage of decomposition. His father was nowhere to be found. "During that time, he was grossly intoxicated," the court document states. "He understood the victim had passed away but did not want to report her death. "Instead, he kept drinking heavily while sleeping in the same bed as his dead wife." Robert Joyes was arrested for impaired driving on May 26, 2018, and for public intoxication the next day. No one knows exactly when Freda Joyes died. Her husband kept turning away home care workers by telling them they were going away and that everything was fine. Confession After Freda's body was found and the death reported, Robert Joyes confessed what had happened to his son. "Your mother didn't die in her sleep," Joyes told his son. "I suffocated her. She wanted it. She was in a lot of pain." His son insisted they go to the RCMP, where Joyes told an officer, "I put a pillow over her face." An autopsy was performed on May 30, 2018. At a preliminary hearing, the medical examiner, Dr. Bernard Bannach, testified that he concluded the cause of death was undetermined. Had it not been for Robert Joyes' confession, Bannach said he would have found the cause to be heart disease. Justice Clackson said that having reviewed the agreed statement of facts, he was confident Joyes likely would have been acquitted on the manslaughter charge, given the findings from the medical examiner. "One is not always sure about the mechanism of death, especially when there's a heart condition," Clackson said. Robert Joyes has undergone extensive treatment for his alcohol addiction and said he hasn't touched a drop since the death of his wife. "I fully understand and feel a lot of shame for what happened," he told the judge. "I realize my alcoholism was totally out of control. ... I have no excuses per se for what happened, other than I was so under the influence." He told the court he plans to spend the rest of his life sober, helping others who suffer from the same addiction. "Nearly 900 days ago, my client lost his best friend and partner of nearly 55 years," defence lawyer Anthony Oliver told the judge. "He clearly loved his wife who was literally on her deathbed." But, Oliver noted, "Our society can't function if you permit bodies to be left around."
Maggie, a two-year-old chocolate Lab, had been in three homes that didn't work out. Then the P.E.I. Humane Society decided to try something different.Jennifer Harkness, the society's development and communications manager, said that when Maggie arrived at the shelter, she was stressed and constantly barking, and it was hard for her to remain calm. > It was really that mental stimulation that she needed. \- Jennifer Harkness"She was so uncontrollable. It was easy to see how she was rehomed three times before," said HarknessBut when they began working with her, they saw a different side."We saw a lot of potential in Maggie. It was really that mental stimulation that she needed."She wasn't going to get in the typical home environment, so the society got in touch with Doug Stokely, a New Brunswick-based dog trainer who has been training police dogs for about a decade.Stokely saw the same qualities staff at the humane society saw."I asked for a couple of videos of her playing fetch and showing her hunt drive and her skills, and just talking with her [trainer] for five minutes, I basically knew that she is the type of dog that needed a job," he said."She has everything — rock-solid nerves, and just that drive and desire to work."'Exactly what we look for in a police dog'Maggie is with Stokely now, training and spending some time with his 19 other dogs, which includes a team of sled dogs.He has been working with her on her sniffing skills, and he said she is thriving in the environment."The reason dogs end up in a shelter, like Maggie, that's exactly what we look for in a police dog," he said.Dogs like Maggie aren't good at hanging around the house, said Stokely. They want to work.Staff at the humane society are thrilled Maggie has found a place."It just proves that taking the time to work with animals on what their needs are is so worthwhile," said Harkness.Maggie has been accepted into a K-9 training program, and Stokely is certain she will do very well, almost certainly ending up as a narcotics detection dog.More from CBC P.E.I.
Ontario could be "on the brink of disaster," a Toronto epidemiologist said Wednesday, as officials continued to urge families to scrap Thanksgiving gatherings amid soaring COVID-19 cases.This week, the province — and public health officials in the hot zones of Toronto and Ottawa — stressed the safest way to celebrate is with only members of your own household.Should Ontarians not heed those warnings, some weekend gatherings could become superspreading events once infected attendees return to their homes, schools and workplaces, said Dr. Jeff Kwong, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto."It's not just about this one transmission event; it's the onward transmission," he said. "Ten people gathering, say four or five get infected, then they go on to their social circles and infect another five or 10, and so on."The result could be like a "runaway train" given the millions of residents potentially congregating indoors with extended family members from different households, he said.Ontario is experiencing a seven-day average of more than 600 cases per day, up sharply from a seven-day average of fewer than 100 cases per day at the start of August.The province has also been struggling to tackle high demand for testing and an existing backlog of more than 55,000 tests. Most contact tracing efforts in Toronto have been suspended because of the dramatic rise in infections.Against that backdrop, Ontario officials are now encouraging household-only celebrations for Thanksgiving while saying people who live alone can pair up with one other household.Activities now 'much higher risk'Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford said residents let their guard down on previous holidays, such as Labour Day weekend, which led to increased cases.But there are several stark differences between those earlier festivities and Thanksgiving, Kwong said. Unlike the long weekend holidays of spring and summer, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated indoors given the colder weather. Also, it often marks the first time college and university students return home from campus, and it now falls against a backdrop of already-rising cases."Things are a little bit out of control already," he said. "It's not like cases are going down steadily like they were earlier in the summer."Dr. Irfan Dhalla, vice-president of physician quality at Unity Health, which includes St. Michael's and St. Joseph's hospitals in Toronto, agreed the climate has changed."The same activities that we could do with relatively low risk at 50-70 cases per day are now much higher risk at 500-700 cases per day," he said.One park gathering, 27 casesAccording to Dr. Vera Etches, medical officer of health for Ottawa, even outdoor dinners aren't advised for Thanksgiving, given the risks tied to close contact in settings like a park.One outdoor gathering in that city already wound up becoming a superspreading event, she said.It was a barbecue in a park, Etches revealed last month, with 40 attendees, including two who went on to develop COVID-19 symptoms. Those infections led to outbreaks in their households, a workplace and a daycare — causing dozens of exposures and at least 27 cases. The messaging throughout the pandemic has long been "outdoors is better than indoors," said University of Toronto epidemiologist Ashleigh Tuite, but she stressed that only goes so far."I think the concern is still, you're eating a meal together, it's hard to keep a distance," she explained. "You're sharing food. You're passing dishes."Thanksgiving a 'potent accelerator' Experts say there are ways to avoid those risks while still celebrating the spirit of the occasion. Tuite said a family hike, if physical distancing is maintained, is one option. Kwong said he's carving up a turkey, offering curbside pickup for family and gathering online for the meal. The challenge, both agree, is people trying to gather together like usual and slipping up once food and drinks start flowing.With that in mind, Kwong issued a public plea for Ontarians, and particularly those in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel region, to cancel any planned gatherings."We are on the brink of disaster," he said in a tweet on Wednesday.WATCH | Canadians confused by advice on Thanksgiving celebrations Toronto warns of spring peakIn Toronto, where medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa is also calling on residents to celebrate Thanksgiving with only their own household, there's growing concern about rising case counts beyond just the holiday.The city's latest modelling shows without further public health interventions — like month-long restaurant and gym closures de Villa is requesting from the province — the spread of COVID-19 throughout October could exceed the April peak. "If the virus is left unchecked, heading into November, things can get much worse," she said. "Infections continue to rise week over week, peaking between early March and early May 2021."When asked when the city will know if Thanksgiving gatherings caused even more infections, de Villa's answer was blunt: "I hope we don't get there."
Police in southern Germany say a woman got a shock while airing out her home when a 25-centimetre (10-inch) Chinese mitten crab scurried in from the terrace through the open door. Freiburg police said Thursday that they received a call reporting the unwanted home invader in the nearby town of Unterlauchringen, near the Swiss border, the previous morning. The invasive species, native to Asia, is now found in many rivers in Germany, and the woman's residence was not far from the Rhine, though the Chinese mitten crab has never been reported in the area before.
Authorities are continuing to search Lake Ontario for a missing sailor from Oakville after the U.S. Coast Guard found his boat without him three kilometres off Rochester, New York on Wednesday.The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ont. said in a tweet that "poor weather and high waves" are making the search difficult.Halton Regional Police said they believe Eric Quimby, 65, left the Oakville Club marina on Tuesday at about 10:40 a.m. in his 30-foot sailboat for a recreational trip to the Stoney Creek, Ont. area.Quimby is said to be a long-time member of the club and that he likes to get out on the water as often as possible. He also likes to go out alone."Quimby is a skilled sailor with more than 30 years' experience and makes this trip often," police said in a news release on Tuesday.Police said they were contacted on Tuesday evening when Quimby did not return home. He is believed to be the only person on board the boat, which is equipped with a motor. The boat has a red and white hull.Quimby was not on board the boat when it was discovered adrift by a concerned citizen out on the lake. The person said the boat looked suspicious and called the U.S. Coast Guard, which towed the boat into Rochester, where it remains.Halton police said the sailboat was "unoccupied."The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre has taken the lead on the search, which involves two Hercules aircraft, one from Canada and one from the U.S., and a Griffin helicopter. Halton police said the search is now in U.S. waters.Halton police said its marine unit is working with marine units from Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police Service and the Canadian Coast Guard.There are also volunteer coast guards helping in the search.Quimby is described as white, five-foot-10, 220 lbs., with a medium build, short blond hair and blue eyes.When he left on his trip, he was wearing a white t-shirt, a dark sweater and red shorts. He is believed to have more clothing on the boat, including sweaters and wind breakers.Anyone with information is urged to call police immediately.
RCMP say a 23-year-old woman from Ontario was charged under the Health Protection Act for failing to self-isolate, after police attended several large house parties in Antigonish, N.S., over the weekend.Antigonish RCMP also charged three people at parties last weekend for failing to physically distance, according to spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau.Four people were also charged under the Liquor Act and one person was charged under the Town of Antigonish municipal noise bylaw.RCMP Sgt. Andrew Joyce said the ticket for failing to self-isolate was issued on Thursday, after an investigation related to an incident on Saturday.Now, St. Francis Xavier University said it is also investigating the "event" last weekend.A spokesperson for the university, Cindy MacKenzie, said in an email that any St. FX student found to have violated the school's code of conduct will be subject to the school's disciplinary process."Recommended outcomes are a suspension of a minimum academic term, up to a maximum of a full year, depending on the specifics of each case," MacKenzie said. "We take this matter very seriously."St. FX students were required to sign a code of conduct waiver before they could attend classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.All university students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic bubble also had to quarantine for two weeks before classes began, but several university students across the province have been fined and one student was even expelled for failing to do so.MORE TOP STORIES
Fred Bergman hardly takes a breath as he rattles off the list of economic injuries.Most notably, there's the income losses for 500 people who work at the oil refinery in Come By Chance, N.L., many of them making salaries in excess of $100,000."But then, of course, there's all the spinoff jobs — the distribution facilities for wholesale bulk fuel dealers, the jobs in the distribution network at the retail gas stations," Bergman said, outlining the cascading effects if the refinery shuts its doors for good."You're probably talking at least 1,400 jobs lost in total, potentially more."North Atlantic Refinery Ltd. said this week it's considering all options, including cutting costs, before ending operations. Irving Oil, which had been considering buying the refinery, recently walked away from a deal, leaving the company floundering.If its owners can't find a solution, the closure would be the latest hit to Newfoundland and Labrador's embattled oil industry, which has seen multiple delays in expansion and exploration projects in the last year.Fallout would spread to other sectors, too, said Bergman, a senior policy analyst for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council."You're getting crude oil coming in.… You're getting import jobs, you're getting jobs in the transportation sector. Then you're getting refined product going out," he explained.Nearby retail stores can expect a dip in sales, as out-of-work residents tighten spending. As a result, the provincial coffers can expect to take a hit, too."You're going to get a loss of personal income tax, corporate tax, sales tax," he said.Those sources of income for the government — adding up to about $50 million or $60 million — "would be gone, effectively."The refinery makes up about one per cent of the provincial gross domestic product, according to Bergman. Its loss would further slow an already-sluggish offshore industry hit by delays and uncertainty following global oil market volatility this year.The ripple effect would be smaller in comparison with offshore setbacks, he said, "but certainly, it would add to the woes of the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador."Another blow for the provinceLooking at the situation optimistically, he said, oil refineries everywhere — not just at home — appear to have a limited life span.Demand for fuel products could see a broader slowdown globally with more economies pushing for net-zero emissions, said Bergman, pointing to two refinery closures in Nova Scotia, the latest in 2013. "It does happen," he said.But if the Come By Chance refinery does close, it offers a new set of future problems: what to do next."Obviously there's environmental cleanup," Bergman said, and associated costs.The lack of refined fuels also means buyers must import: there's no longer a local option."That's a deduction from GDP. It doesn't really add to GDP anymore," he said"You have to get the fuel from somewhere. People still need to drive their cars, planes still need to fly, boats still need to sail."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
The residents of a Mississauga, Ont., neighbourhood say they’ve been fighting a rat infestation for years and want city council to do more, including providing rebates for traps or exterminators.
An outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Moncton, N.B., is raising concerns about transmission of the virus inside the Atlantic bubble.On Wednesday, officials in New Brunswick confirmed 17 new cases amid efforts to contain the outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton, where 13 residents, four staff and two family members tested positive. Officials also identified potential public exposure to the virus at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and Moncton St-Hubert restaurant."We have lots of connections with New Brunswick, and the Moncton area, and it does raise concern for us here on Prince Edward Island," P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News: Compass in an interview Thursday afternoon. "At this time it is a concern, but [we are] watching carefully what is going on," she said. P.E.I. currently has three active cases of COVID-19, and 58 recovered.Changes to the bubble?With Thanksgiving weekend approaching, Morrison said it has her thinking about public health measures and how careful people need to be"I think New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in particular will all be looking at whether or not we need to make any changes to the Atlantic bubble," Morrison said."At this point, I think we will be trying to make sure that anyone coming to the Island, whether they're visitors or Islanders returning for the weekend, are reminded that if they have any symptoms that they should be tested."A news release issued late Thursday addressed how this reminder will be delivered: "Additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and avoid large gatherings." Think twice about travelIn the interview with CBC News: Compass, Morrison also urged people to think about whether they really need to travel, until officials know more about how the Moncton outbreak is going.After Morrison spoke with CBC, officials in New Brunswick held a briefing and said there are three new cases in that province, although not related to the long-term care home. That brings the total number of active cases in that province to 24.New Brunswick officials also announced wearing masks will be mandatory in most public spaces as of midnight.The COVID Alert app is available to Islanders beginning Thursday, and Morrison urged Islanders to download it. She said it's one more tool officials can use to identify contacts and lessen the spread of the coronavirus. "The more people who download the app, of course the more useful it will be," she said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Government crackdowns on social gatherings in parts of Quebec, Canada's epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, could drag on longer in hotspots like bars and restaurants, public health experts warned, as COVID-19 hospitalizations have kept rising. The province reported 1,078 new cases on Thursday, accounting for about 60% of Canada's daily tally, and Quebec Premier Francois Legault urged Quebecers to stay home this long weekend when Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday on Monday. "I will not go to see my mother this weekend," Legault told reporters in Quebec City.
Striking Dominion workers have formed what the union calls a "solidarity chain" at a No Frills location in St. John's, an independently owned and operated franchise of a chain owned by Loblaw Companies Limited. Dozens of workers, standing six feet apart, are holding a yellow rope encircling the parking lot of the store on Topsail Road.The store — which, along with Shoppers Drug Mart locations, sells Loblaw products — is open for customers, and the entrance is not blocked by the striking Unifor members, but the union is asking people to buy their groceries elsewhere in a show of solidarity. Sharon Walsh, an executive with Unifor, said the action is fair and legal, calling it a "secondary picket line."She said it's necessary to bring attention to the seven-week strike. "These folks are hurting, they're hurting financially and we are doing what needs to be done to say to Loblaws, 'You need to get back to the table, you need to offer more than you've offered so far,'" she told CBC's Anthony Germain. The employees are handing out a flyer, listing the changes they are seeking from Loblaw. Tracey Murphy, a pharmacist's assistant at the Dominion in Bay Roberts, came into St. John's to attend Thursday's event. "We are all one … we are 1,400 and we are strong," she said."We are not backing down until we get what we want and we are in it for the long haul."No signs of concessions on either sideThe issues that continue to be sticking points include workers who are deemed part time but who work full-time hours, along with a demand for a wage increase. The strike began Aug. 22. All 11 Dominion stores in the province are closed, sending 1,400 workers to the picket lines. There are also no indications an agreement is near. On Sept. 1, Loblaw's Atlantic Canada vice-president, Mike Doucette, laid out the company's side, in a blunt, two-page letter. "You need to know that this strike will not result in an improved offer," Doucette wrote.He also laid out the company's side for why it won't meet worker's demands: competition is fierce, business at Dominions across Newfoundland is in decline, and the tentative agreement reached at the end of July was still on the table.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A school board north of Toronto is scrapping its virtual elementary school program in favour of a hybrid model that will combine in-class and remote instruction, saying it was making the move to support a growing number of online learners. Previously, remote elementary students with the York Catholic District School Board were taught separately online. In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, the board said that in-person students and their remote-learning peers will now be taught lessons together.
Hundreds of students walked out of class at Bishop McNally High School on Thursday, calling on the Calgary Catholic School District to do more when it comes to incidents of racism in its schools.Students organized the walkout after two recordings began circulating online of staff from the school district using the N-word."It's such a derogatory term and it needs to be stopped by Black people, by all types of people," said 16-year-old student McArthur Hilton. "I don't appreciate that from an older person who is supposed to be an example to us. As students will also look up to the teachers doing the right thing, and they should not be using that word at all."One of the incidents occurred at St. Michael School two weeks ago. Four students were suspended for recording principal Lianne Anderson's remarks without her knowledge and posting it online — something the school board said violates the student code of conduct. The other incident occurred at Bishop McNally in the past two years, but the video of the incident only recently began making rounds on social media. The Catholic school district has since apologized for both situations. "While we can't discuss any specific personnel situations due to privacy concerns, we can tell you that we apologize and our hearts go out to any student or staff member ever impacted by systemic racism," said chief superintendent Bryan Szumlas in an emailed statement. "We take every situation seriously and will investigate each individually to ensure a positive outcome that aligns with our faith."In a statement to CBC News, Alberta Education said these situations are unacceptable. "Period. We do not condone it, And frankly, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone in the education system that this is completely unacceptable and inappropriate," said press secretary Colin Aitchison in an email. "It is our expectation that the school division will take steps to listen to their community and work to ensure safe, welcoming and caring learning environments for all of their students and staff."Students said it was important for them to walk out this morning to show the school board officials and school administration that they have voices and want real change. "It's important to walk out today because that's all we can do. We can't do a lot in the world, you know, we're youth who are 16, 17, 18 years old in high school," said Hilton. "We just have to fight for our rights every day, and to be honest, if things aren't changing here, we're going to do the same thing every day until something changes."Supported by Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation — a local non-profit that uses art and music as tools for social change — students put together a list of demands for the school district.Those demands include the development of an anti-racism task force that includes students and parents, as well as the delivery of anti-racism training for all students and staff and acknowledgement of past failures. "We want concrete and immediate standards of language across the board," said Marion Ashton with the Sankofa Foundation. "To be an educator and to use that word with our children, it's not OK. We need clear standards to be set."Ashton said students are also demanding that the school district research and collect data about the problems associated with Black students' experiences in the school system."The experiences that they talk about, it's not a fragment of their imaginations," she said. "We need some research now across the board."Students said they would also like to see themselves and their cultures more accurately represented in curriculum and staffing. "In all the Calgary Catholic schools I've been to, I've never had a Black teacher. I really never had Black teachers in all my years," said Grade 11 student Audrey Micah."And we should start to learn about who Black people are, who we are at our base. You know, we created so many things. We have successes, we're talented people, we're smart, but we're overlooked. It's never taught in the curriculum in schools."Ashton said educators found to be using racist language should be fired. "We need them to be fired," she said. "Adults work with the most vulnerable in society, our children, and we know how they behave. They don't know how to act. They don't care about the impact of the word."McNally students ended their walkout nearby at the city police headquarters, where they discussed issues they see at school and in society with senior Const. Craig Collins, the hate crime co-ordinator for the Calgary Police Service."It's a really powerful message. There's been so many articulate conversations that I've had with the group and so forth," he said. "I'm not in the least bit surprised. It's encouraging. And I think it's a serious thing that we encourage people to have that belief to be safe, lawful, peaceful, which is exactly what it was."Similar walkouts occurred at the same time as McNally's at dozens of other Catholic and Calgary Board of Education high schools across the city. The Catholic school district said it was aware of student demonstrations that took place across Calgary today. "We hear the voices of our students concerning this important matter," said Szumlas."There is work to be done in our district on systemic racism. In consultation with stakeholders, we will work on professional development for all our staff and on information for our families. Each and every one of us has a role to play in the fight against racism."The CBE said it was aware of the student walkout scheduled for Thursday morning."We do not have information available at this time regarding the number of schools or students who participated. This was not a CBE event, and as such, we did not promote it," said the CBE in an email."We did not prevent our students from leaving class during this time; however, any students who were not present in class were marked as an unexcused absence."The board said it works with school communities to create welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments for all students."We recognize the importance of public schools in creating a stronger democracy and the right of students to advocate for important causes."For more 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.
In the 24 years since the Art Gallery of Alberta launched its biennial gala to celebrate the province's artists, the curated exhibition of contemporary works has not included a single Black artist.Curators at the downtown Edmonton gallery discovered this fact after helping participating artists prepare for this year's exhibition. The curators' conversations with artists about representation took place as support for the Black Lives Matter movement surged in North America.So when the "BorderLINE: 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art" exhibition opened in late September, the gallery issued a statement that both owned up to the lack of representation and promised to take steps to dismantle systemic racism within its organization and Alberta's visual arts community."Arts organizations like ourselves, like many across the country, are trying to be very transparent, accountable and responsible for not just the histories of our organizations but also our futures," Catherine Crowston, the AGA's executive director and chief curator, said Tuesday in an interview with CBC Edmonton's Radio Active.The gallery has promised to ensure Black artists are represented in the future and has postponed its 2022 Biennial to allow more time to consult with community members and BIPOC artists."We wanted to be open about it — to recognize the fact that this has been an issue — and that we are accountable and will be seeking to make changes for the future," Crowston said.Eleven Biennial exhibitions have occurred since 1996, each typically featuring several dozen artists. Every exhibition has included Indigenous artists and artists of colour, but no Black artists have ever been included.Crowston said the AGA plans to expand the reach of its public call for submissions and aim for a more diverse curatorial team. The AGA's board of directors has also committed to changes beyond this exhibition, including establishing an equity committee, using anti-racism human resources policies, providing racial-equity training to all staff and holding meetings with individual organizations and BIPOC community representatives.Elsa Robinson, a visual artist who served as the first chair of the Edmonton Arts Council's equity committee, said a good place to start would be hosting accessible events at the gallery that make artists of all races and backgrounds feel welcome."Build real relationships with real people," she said. Visual artist Darren Jordan had a similar reaction."You want community engagement? You've got to make sure you've got the community in there," said Jordan, who launched his "5 Artists 1 Love" art exhibition 14 years ago to address the absence of Black art shows in the city.After five years of running his art show, Jordan was thrilled when the AGA's director at the time, Gilles Hébert, invited him to bring it to the gallery's basement space.The art show and associated musical performance — which was developed to raise money to pay for expenses associated with running an event at the AGA — thrived and expanded. Until the day when someone told him in passing, "Maybe one day you guys will get out of the basement.""I could not get that sentence out of my mind," Jordan said.A few months ago, the gallery offered up the whole second floor for the event's 15th anniversary this February — a "momentous opportunity" that Jordan called "a positive step in the right direction.""It's nice that they're making an effort," he said.
Substitute teacher Kevin Stebner moonlights as the operator of a used book store — and you can find it in his backyard.Situated in the Beltline and run out of a tiny green shack, the inside of Shed Books is illuminated by strings of lights and crammed with literature.It also features old dishes and a lawn mower, because in spite of the books his patrons come to peruse, it remains a functioning shed for Stebner and his husband, Joe.And though the space itself might seem quirky, Stebner came by the job honestly.He previously worked at as a manager of a bookstore and missed it, Stebner said.It was this history — and a penchant for book-buying — that would eventually lead to the creation of the little book store."I just have a tendency to hoard books in general — even just at home, my house is essentially a big library as well. So it got to a point where books were overflowing, and then I'd bring books to the shed labelled 'shed books,'" Stebner said."But then my husband was like, 'Well, why don't you just take those books and flip them?'"A place to pass books onDescribed on its Facebook page as "specializing in curated and curious lit," many of the titles found at Shed Books were sourced by Stebner himself, who hunts for a lot of his merchandise at thrift stores.He said that customers also donate their own, because used book stores are increasingly hard to come by."A lot of people just bring them in, because they want … another place to pass books on," Stebner said. "The used industry in Calgary is pretty slim, so there actually aren't a lot of used bookstores anymore. So this is just a means to have a place to have those books find new homes."The book collection initially spanned one shelf, but eventually grew to overtake six, and runs a gamut of genres that include contemporary novels, poetry, philosophy, sci-fi, graphic novels, the arts and small-press Canadian literature."Robert Kroetsch is my favourite Albertan, so I always tend to try to put something like The Stud Horse Man into someone's hand," Stebner said. "It's my favourite Alberta novel, at the very least."Currently, Stebner said he has a lot of Henry Miller that he is featuring on Instagram, but he regularly highlights different authors."I want to make sure that everything in there is good, something I could recommend, something that I know is worthwhile to read," Stebner said.As to whether or not he has read every volume himself, he chuckles."Of course not. There's like — what have I got in there? Two thousand books?"People can visit Shed Books by making an appointment with Stebner through Instagram or Facebook.With files from Elizabeth Withey and the Calgary Eyeopener.
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul says she’s wondering if the upcoming Toronto byelection she’s running in “is even going to continue,” as the city is hit with a wave of COVID-19 and public health authorities call for new restrictions. Paul is not formally calling for the Toronto Centre byelection to be called off.
Dressed to the nines in his living room, Quinton Byfield didn't have to wait long in Tuesday's NHL draft to make history.Byfield became the highest-drafted Black player ever when he was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Kings.The 18-year-old Sudbury Wolves product says he aspires to become a reliable forward for the Kings, while also adding some of the spice that he showed off with his draft suit."Just seeing the suit I was wearing, white jacket, kind of out there but just bringing some personality in the league, would definitely be something cool," Byfield told CBC News Network.More importantly, he aspires to be a role model for young Black players trying to break their way into hockey."I want a lot of people to have the experience growing up that I did … you just come to the rink, play the game and race wasn't even a factor in that," Byfield said."I think that's why it's really good to spread positivity about that and be motivation for other young kids."WATCH | Byfield discusses historic draft:Those players for Byfield were the likes of Sharks forward Evander Kane and Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones, who were the previous highest picked Black players having both gone fourth in their respective 2009 and 2013 drafts.Byfield added that he believes the NHL is doing a good job in its efforts to spread awareness of the racism and social injustice that permeates throughout society."I think just growing up, I had some guys to look up to, and hopefully as the game is growing there can just be more and more and all the support is crazy for me right now," he said. "I just want to be able to give back and spread awareness about the situation."While the NHL has appeared to make strides in this area in its return to play, some players don't believe enough has been done.The Hockey Diversity Alliance was formed by seven current and former NHLers in June with a clear-cut mission "to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey."The group is co-headed by Akim Aliu and Kane, and has also grown to include Trevor Daley, Anthony Duclair, Matt Dumba, Nazem Kadri, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and Joel Ward.On Wednesday, the HDA appeared to cut ties with the league, citing its "performative public relations efforts.""We have waited many months for a response to the common sense HDA pledge we proposed and it is clear that the NHL is not prepared to make any measurable commitments to end systemic racism in hockey," the group said in a statement.In July, the HDA asked the NHL to commit to its pledge for more inclusive employment practices and to support social justice initiatives that target racism, among other asks.Instead, the NHL's return from its pandemic-induced pause featured video boards with slogans such as "end racism" and so-called "moments of reflection" in the first games after player walkouts in wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.WATCH | Byfield selected 2nd by Kings:The NHL also announced a number of anti-racism initiatives in early September including mandatory inclusion and diversity training for players, and an "inclusion learning experience" for employees.The league and the Players' Association said it would work with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to establish a grassroots hockey development program in the Toronto area for BIPOC communities.Among the other initiatives announced, the league said it had begun conversations on building a more diverse business pipeline and looking for ways to engage with ethnically diverse organizations.Still, the importance of the draft moment was not overlooked by Byfield and his parents Clinton and Nicole."It's always great to be a part of history. For someone as our son and for the community that we're in, it's exciting. It's very good. And knowing all the younger kids are looking up to Quinton, it's just amazing. So we're very happy and very excited to be a part of that as a family," Clinton said.Quinton Byfield says he wants more young players to have the same hockey experiences he had. It remains to be seen how much the NHL is willing to help.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): --- 7:05 p.m. Health officials in B.C. are reporting 115 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths. The number of active infections ticked up by three to 1,387, including 71 people in hospital. There are 3,042 people under public health surveillance after exposure to a known case. An outbreak at the Rideau retirement residence in Burnaby has been declared over, leaving 15 assisted-living or long-term care homes with ongoing outbreaks. --- 4:28 p.m. The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is investigating a community-transmitted COVID-19 outbreak that involves contact tracing more than 100 people across different parts of the province. The agency says the outbreak appears to be linked to a series of Full Gospel Outreach events in Prince Albert from Sept. 14 to last Sunday. Dr. Khami Chokani, medical health officer, declared the outbreak today. The agency says the outbreak involves numerous people with close contacts from multiple areas across Saskatchewan. The exact number of positive COVID-19 cases linked to the outbreak was not released. --- 3:06 p.m. The prime minister is making clear that any COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada will be free for all Canadians through the country's universal health-care system. Justin Trudeau made the statement in the House of Commons after being questioned by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who said Canadians are worried about whether they will have free and timely access to a vaccine against the novel coronavirus once one becomes available. But it remains unclear exactly who would receive the vaccines first or how they would be distributed. The government has indicated the plan is to ensure the most vulnerable and essential workers have ready access. Trudeau told the Commons Wednesday a committee of experts will counsel the government on how to fairly distribute vaccines to everyone. --- 2:43 p.m. Manitoba is marking the deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, as the province announced three more people have died due to COVID-19. One of the deaths is linked to an outbreak at a care home — a woman in her 90s. The other deaths are a man in his 70s from Winnipeg and a man in his 60s from a communal living community, such as a Hutterite colony. The province announced 32 new cases of the virus — 22 of which are in the Winnipeg health region. --- 2:25 p.m. Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 at a special-care home in Moncton. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, says that brings the number of cases at Notre-Dame Manor to 19. She says that number includes 13 residents, four health-care workers and two family members of an affected resident. The first two cases tested positive after public health started an investigation into the facility Monday night. --- 12:10 p.m. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the country's average daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit 2,052 over the last seven days. That's up 40 per cent over the previous week and is nearly 10 times the low it reached last July. Tam says the Public Health Agency of Canada is seeing an upward trend in the number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized, as well. In a statement, Tam says the increasing number and variety of COVID-19 tests available in Canada is a good step, but she says testing cannot replace basic health measures like physical distancing and wearing face masks. --- 11:15 a.m. Quebec is reporting fewer than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in six days. Authorities reported 900 new COVID-19 infections today and one death attributed to the novel coronavirus that they said occurred in the past 24 hours. The province says another four deaths linked to the virus occurred between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, and says two other deaths occurred at an unknown date, bringing the total to 5,906 since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations increased by 12 to 409, with 62 people in intensive care, a decrease of five. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario is reporting 583 new cases of COVID-19 today and one additional death due to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 173 cases are in Toronto, 121 in Ottawa, 75 in York Region and 70 in Peel Region, with 60 per cent of the new cases in people under the age of 40. The province says it has a backlog of 55,413 tests and has conducted 43,277 tests since its last daily report. In total, 195 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 43 in intensive care. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020. The Canadian Press Note to readers: ADDS Quebec COVID-19 numbers
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Flu shot programs have started to roll out across Canada with higher demand and additional COVID-19 precautions. The programs are also being seen as a dry run for when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.